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    Poll: Re: Fossilisim VS Subjective Evolutionisim

    Namaste,



    Please define your terms.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Natural products you use

    Namaste Icy,

    A simple Ayurvedic practice for skincare is applying coconut oil. I used standard chemical-filled lotions for years, before switching over to "baby oil", which is mineral oil with...
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    Re: Keeping shivaling at home

    Namaste,

    I have heard the same said regarding murties of ugra-devatas such as Kali, Narasimha, etc. - "ferocious" deities, but less so with a lingam. I do not keep any ugra-devatas at home (in...
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    Re: Humour in the Tirukural

    Namaste,

    I don't have anything to add yet, but this does make me want to study the Tirukural more. Sometimes the "Daily Inspiration" quote in the Hinduism Today daily emails will be from the...
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    Re: MahaShivratri!

    To my brothers and sisters of HDF. May Mahadeva shower his blessings on us all. May he guide us all to greater truth, light, love, and peace!
    ...
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    Re: Falling Apart...Again...

    Namaste Webimpulse,

    Great advice given above. Obviously, I am not a psychiatrist, but the only thing I advise you to do is chant and meditate upon the names of the Gods. You probably already do...
  7. Re: Hindus getting brutally attacked in Bangladesh

    Namaste Isavasya,

    This is so saddening. I have been keeping up with the dire state of Hindus in Pakistan, but Bangladesh is just as bad.

    I have signed petitions to US lawmakers urging them...
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    Re: Religion is Poison

    Namaste RVR, et al,

    re·li·gion noun \ri-ˈli-jən\
    : the belief in a god or in a group of gods

    : an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods
    ...
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    Re: Where to start?

    Namaste Catnip,

    Welcome back. I again highly recommend the practice of nama-japa. If you already chant/meditate upon the names of Gods on a daily basis, try increasing the amount of time you...
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    Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    Namaste,



    I think this type of thinking stems from the romanticization of Buddhism that Sahasranama alludes to. The portrayal of Hinduism as overly ritualistic, superstitious, orthodoxic, etc....
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    Re: Mantra for Lord Brahma?

    Namaste Martin,



    I humbly apologize for this immensely delayed response.

    Yes, uttering the names of the Gods themselves are effective ways of invoking and experiencing them. Nama-japa is a...
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    Re: Mantra for Lord Brahma?

    Namaste Martin,

    The names of the Gods are powerfully glorious mantras in and of themselves. They must not be neglected in pursuit of more advanced mantras which may be unsuitable for one's...
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    Re: Vaishnava Basics?

    Namaste Webimpulse,

    In addition to the excellent advice given above, I would like to encourage you to immerse yourself in Hari nama-japa. Even if you already practice this, expanding and...
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    Re: Happy Deepavali

    To my brothers and sisters of HDF. Wishing a happy and blessed Diwali to all! May Lord Rama and Sita Mata shower their blessings upon us, and may good triumph over evil, as always!
    ...
  15. Re: One Deity, or One Brahman vs Many devas? What the Puraanas say:

    Namaste Omkara,



    Have you done the explanatory post to date? If so, kindly provide it's location, as I am quite interested.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Sita Ram,



    Indeed, thank you for this enlightening post! Bhakti is our very nature! To see Him everywhere, to think of Him always, to serve and glorify Him in all that we do! It is all...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Sita Ram,



    Can you please expand on what you mean by "self-efforts"? I understand that moksha ultimately comes from Bhagavan's grace alone, but is our sadhana not a "self-effort" towards that...
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    Re: Oil Pulling and Coconut Oil

    Sita Ram,

    Coincidentally, a website that I irregularly follow just had a post about this practice today. According to them, sesame oil and sunflower oil are the best, although coconut oil and...
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    Re: How to recognize an 'Enlightened' Person?

    Sita Ram Spirit Seeker,

    If by "enlightened" you mean a Self-realized person, the main thing to know is that such a person is extremely rare. Self-realized people are most commonly found in India,...
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    Re: How can this be?

    Namaste,

    You make good points, but all of it seems to be going off of the assumption that religion is an intrinsically good thing. With the exceptions of the Dharmic religions of Hinduism,...
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    Re: Buying Meat for Others

    Sita Ram,

    On a somewhat related note, just earlier today I found an insect in my bedroom. I picked it up with a piece of toilet paper and took it outside to release it upon a bush. (I used to have...
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    Re: How To Study Hinduism

    Sita Ram Arijitmitter,

    Given your preconceived notions pertaining to various integral aspects of Sanatana Dharma as explained through your current beliefs and practices, I would recommend the...
  23. Re: The Wife is the Guru and the Deity of the Husband

    Sita Ram,



    I also believe that the greatest threat to Hinduism is from within. It's from a combination of radically universalist "Neo-Hindus" as well as those who masquerade under the guise of...
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    Re: Lot less traffic these days...

    Sita Ram,

    During my first couple of years on HDF, I posted much more frequently. However, over the past year or so I have been posting in a scanty fashion. This has been due to a combination of...
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    Re: Converts and hate

    Sita Ram,

    While this rarely significant subject is raised, albeit in a seemingly off-topic manner, I shall not hesitate to present the wise articulations of Sri Vamadeva Shastri:

    "Cultivating...
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    Re: April 25 Hanuman Jayanti Victory

    Happy and blessed Hanuman Jayanti to all!

    http://wikinewstime.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Hanuman-Jayanti-wishes.jpg

    Jai Hanuman!
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    Re: Happy Rama Navami

    To my brothers and sisters of HDF. May Lord Rama bless and guide us all to greatness!

    http://bhaveshpatel.info/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Happy-Ram-Navami-Festival-2013.jpg

    Jai Sri Ram!
  28. Thread: Japa Mala

    by Ramakrishna
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    Re: Japa Mala

    Sita Ram Catnip,



    It definitely would!

    Again, the point is that there is not really a need to undertake one mantra for negative thinking, one mantra for negative behavior, etc. Rather,...
  29. Thread: Japa Mala

    by Ramakrishna
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    Re: Japa Mala

    Sita Ram Catnip,



    You are missing my point. You stated earlier that you have many different problems and that is why you were undertaking many different mantras. I was concurring with Yajvan...
  30. Thread: Japa Mala

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    Re: Japa Mala

    Sita Ram Catnip,



    All Hindu mantras are for Self-improvement.

    Jai Sri Ram
  31. Thread: Japa Mala

    by Ramakrishna
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    Re: Japa Mala

    Namaste,

    The general idea of undertaking specific "mantras" for many different problems that one is facing is more associated with Neopaganism than Hinduism. There are different Hindu...
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    Re: On Negative Emotions

    Namaste,



    Nama japa is the meditative chanting of the divine names. It is not just mindless repetition, but rather a concentrated devotional practice. Attention should be paid to the...
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    Re: On Negative Emotions

    Namaste Catnip,

    The best thing I can suggest is to do a regular practice of nama-japa. Although some would advise against this, doing japa when such negative emotions arise could definitely help. ...
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    Re: Holi March 27 2013

    To my brothers and sisters of HDF, wishing you all a very happy and blessed Holi!

    http://www.wallpaperswala.com/wp-content/gallery/holi/happy-holi-wallpapers.jpg

    Jai Sri Krishna!
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Namaste JignyAsu,



    Yes, that's correct. The number of fundamentalist evangelicals and Christians in general are declining in the US. I just happen to live in the "Bible Belt", which is the...
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Namaste Believer-ji,

    Excellent questions!

    It should be duly noted that I have not lived in the South my entire life; I was born up North in New Jersey and lived there until I was 13 years old...
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Namaste Sunyata,

    Lots of excellent advice has been given. My sentiments mostly echo Sahasranama's.

    I live in the Bible Belt of the US and I've had to deal with people like this on a regular...
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    Hindu Human Rights website

    Sita Ram all,

    I recently discovered this website, called Hindu Human Rights. It has many articles pertaining to Hindu philosophy, culture, current events, as well as the state of dharma...
  39. Thread: Hi

    by Ramakrishna
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    Re: Hi

    Namaste Amarkaur,

    Welcome to HDF. It is wonderful that you are cultivating your spiritual nature in the materialistically asuric west, as I try.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Happy 7th Birthday HDF!

    Sita Ram,

    Happy birthday to HDF! What a glorious satsang this is!

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Music allowed or not?

    Namaste Netz,

    Perhaps you are getting Hinduism confused with the oppressive religion of Islam, as many Muslims believe that music is forbidden by the Quran.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: LA Sivan Kovil

    Namaste Eastern Mind-ji,

    Good information; thank you.

    I have always wanted to travel west to California. Yet, first on my list is a pilgrimage Home, to Bharat Mata. I pray that a journey...
  43. Re: MahaShivratri (March 10th, 2013) - The Supreme Vrata

    http://superradiance.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/happy-shivaratri.jpg
  44. Re: Which meditation or mantra to deal with Irrational fear?

    Namaste Spirit Seeker,

    Chanting and meditating upon the name "Ram" is suitable for all ills.

    Jai Sri Ram!
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    Re: Niv Borsuk " NEWBIE"

    Sita Ram Lonelyboy,

    Welcome to HDF. You are not lonely here.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Hello namaste

    Namaste Jnana Shiva,

    Welcome to HDF. Interesting background, being raised Mormon.

    I look forward to your posts.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Eating meat

    Sita Ram,

    I would just like to emphasize that if one chooses to eat meat, please at least make sure to avoid eating the flesh of slain Gomata.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Newbie on the block :-)

    Sita Ram Anira,

    Welcome to HDF. I echo what Equinox said. You have definitely come to the right place, as you can fill your soul with the brilliant nectar of knowledge contained throughout HDF.
    ...
  49. Thread: Hi

    by Ramakrishna
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    Re: Hi

    Namaste Sachin95,

    Welcome to HDF. I look forward to your posts.

    Jai Sri Ram
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    Re: Need Direction Towards God

    Sita Ram OmAspie,

    Excellent advice has been given. I would like to emphasize the power of chanting Ganesha's name. As applies to any of the great Hindu deities, their names are tremendously...
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