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  1. Thread: Sleeping states

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    Sleeping states

    Hello, I've recently experienced a subtle state of awareness during sleep. It was neither dream nor deep sleep. There was not connection with mind (thoughts), body, senses. The sense of...
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    Re: consciousness and mind & few more doubts

    Hi


    Mind is considered to be at the sukshma sharira/subtle body level, so it's part of maya (dependent reality).
    So consciousness can manifest in the form of mind, but the mind is not...
  3. Thread: Luangta Maha Bua

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    Re: Luangta Maha Bua

    Hello, when I was interested in Theravada Buddhism I found no sense in the idea that the ultimate truth (Parinibbana) is just nothingness. Actually, the teachings of Ajahn Maha Bua led me to Advaita...
  4. Thread: Subtle elements

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    Re: Subtle elements

    Well, I agree with this, I don't believe in the absolute existence of particles.
    I think the ultimate substratum (Brahman) is not an object/particle, so from the Absolute point of view, particles...
  5. Thread: Subtle elements

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    Re: Subtle elements

    Hi, wundermonk



    Right, there's no such thing as creation ex-nihilo.



    Right, but Samkhya keeps differentiating ether, air, fire, water and earth in the subtle level while modern science...
  6. Thread: Subtle elements

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    Subtle elements

    Hello,
    The "five elemens" is a good classification to describe the basic forms prakriti manifests at the gross level (which we all percieve through our senses).
    But why it is said that these...
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    Re: I really don't understand

    Hello, these are three different philosophical views, basically dealing with the realtionship between God (Brahman), living entity (jiva) and the world (jagat).

    *Dvaita (dualism): Brahman, jiva...
  8. Thread: Jiva/Ishvara

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    Re: Jiva/Ishvara

    I see, the wholeness "assumes" limitations just to witness it's own wholeness.
  9. Thread: Jiva/Ishvara

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    Re: Jiva/Ishvara

    Hello,



    So, if I understand you correctly, what we call "jiva" is only mind/ego/intellect and not the consciousness that's aware of it, am I right?
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    Re: What attracted you to Hinduism?..

    Hello,

    In my case I don't consider myself a religious practitioner of Sanatana Dharma (I don't have any access to mandir or guru in my geographical/cultural enviroment) but I embrace it...
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    Re: Shivaism and Hell

    Hello, I'm new in Hindu Dharma so I'm not an authority.
    In my opinion, from the Absolute point of view, there's no such thing as "place", but consciousness expressing itself at different "stages"...
  12. Thread: Space/Place

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    Re: Space/Place

    Hello, anucarh



    Thanks for your explanation.
    Sorry, "infinite in size" was my wrong expression.
    I didn't say that Brahman is not infinite, but in my opinion, to say that Brahman is infinite...
  13. Thread: Offering food

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    Offering food

    Hello, I'd like to know any mantra to offer my food to Lord Shiva.

    Thanks.
  14. Thread: Space/Place

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    Space/Place

    Hello, I'm relatively new in advaita philosophy and not versed in the scriptures and commentaries (I've only read the Gita).
    My only source is internet, because in the region I live I still didn't...
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    Re: Rebirth as an animal

    Hello, yajvan



    I'm not affraid at all of being reborn as an animal, I just want to get more opinions to have a better understanding of how reincarnation works, because I personally think it's...
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    Rebirth as an animal

    Hello, I've heard from ISKCON that is easy to fall back from human stage to the animal realm.
    But what is the position of other schools, like Advaita for instance, on this issue?
    Are animals jivas,...
  17. Thread: Jiva/Ishvara

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    Re: Jiva/Ishvara

    Hello, yajvan



    I read it in some articles online. To mention a couple, Sivananda and Vivekananda both make this statment about ishvara.
  18. Thread: Jiva/Ishvara

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    Jiva/Ishvara

    Hello,
    If it is said that Ishvara is nothing but the sum total of jivas then, how can be said that jiva is deluded by maya but Ishvara isn't?

    Thanks.
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    Re: Dealing with christian parents

    Yesterday, a student of theology came to see me in my house (a christian workmate of mine who knows I'm in hindu philosophy sent him).
    We had a friendly talk. It was nice to explain him my beliefs.
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    Re: Meaning of mantra

    Hello, yajvan



    Thanks for clearing my doubt. I wasn't sure if it was important or not to know the meaning.
    I'll try to focus on the sound.
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    Meaning of mantra

    Hello, can someone tell me the meaning of this mantra?
    I just know it's a variation of Mṛtyunjaya by Shankaracharya.

    om jūm saḥ mama palaya palaya saḥ jūṁ om

    Thanks.
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    Re: Conception of God

    Hello, yajvan



    So Shankaracharya's Advaita and Kashmir Shaivism have slightly different approaches regarding Prakriti.
    Shankaracharya's Advaita considers Prakriti an apparent transformation of...
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    Re: Conception of God

    Hello, yajvan



    I mean the little "me", the body-mind mechanism. Altough I know I'm the Self, this body-mind is still causing distress.
    So I (Self associated with this body-mind) need the help...
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    Re: Conception of God

    Thanks all for the answers. I have no problem in accepting that the ultimate truth is impersonal.
    What I don't wanna think is that all the japa I'm gonna do is just a placebo.
    I wanna know that my...
  25. Thread: Smritis

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    Smritis

    Hello, How should I view smritis from the advaitic point of view?
    Should I view the stories as real events or as legends that never happened?
    Should I view the avatars as historical characters,...
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    Conception of God

    Hello, I've recently consulted a Jyotish guru. He told me to worship lord Shiva and gave me a mantra.
    I've recently started in bhakti, but I'm really having a hard time trying to harmonize devotion...
  27. Thread: Organ donation

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    Re: Organ donation

    Hello, wundermonk.



    You're right, I used the wrong word, let's say "keeps on functioning".
    To be more specific with my question...
    If I die (my heart stops), but my liver is transplanted to...
  28. Thread: Organ donation

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    Organ donation

    Hello, I have a question regarding organ donation from hindu metaphysics perspective.
    If I die being organ donor, then part of my gross body will keep on living in another person's body.
    The...
  29. Thread: Three Bodies

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    Re: Three Bodies

    Hello, devotee



    Do you mean that causal body also exists at the individual level?

    I read in some advaita sites that causal body exists only at cosmic level, so it's not that everybody has a...
  30. Thread: Three Bodies

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    Re: Three Bodies

    Hello, devotee



    Thanks for the correction. I was watching a series of videos of a vedanta teacher on youtube, and he equates Karana Sharira with Ishvara. Is it right?
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    Is Jyotish originally indian?

    Hello, I was doing a Jyotish search and I've found some sites saying that Jyotish originally started in mesopotamia and it's a post-vedic greek import.
    Here is what wikipedia says:



    How true...
  32. Thread: Three Bodies

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    Three Bodies

    Hello, I'd like you to correct the following information if there's something wrong.

    *Karana Sharira (Causal Body): It's not multiple but only one, and the cause of the other two bodies. It's...
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    Re: Any mantra for ailments?

    Thanks, I'll check it out.
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    Re: Any mantra for ailments?

    Hello, vijara



    Thanks for the mantra, I'll try it.
    Can I do it alongside with Ganesha mantra or should I do it alone?

    Any link to hear the mantra?
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    Any mantra for ailments?

    Hello, I'm doing japa to Lord Ganesha everyday, it seems to be helping me in my job but I mainly was asking Him to help me with my irritable bowel problems. Some days I feel good, some days I feel...
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    Re: Dealing with christian parents

    Hello, satay



    You're right, I think I'll try to avoid any kind of discussion about hinduism vs. christianity with my parents.
  37. Thread: Causality

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    Re: Causality

    Hello



    I know it's not just Buddhism but also other philosophies derived from Sramana, like Jainism.
    What is hard to understand for me is how the insentient can work in a causal way and bring...
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    Re: Dealing with christian parents

    Hello, Ekam



    I'm mostly interested in Shankaracharya's Advaita Vedanta. I believe in Ishvara and in Brahman's trascendence.
    Anyway, it's been a year or more since I no longer go to church.
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    Re: Dealing with christian parents

    hello, eastern mind.
    Yes, we live under the same roof. I have my job and I pay them a monthly rent.
    By doing this I'm being able to save more money and it's easier for me to live this way.
    I'm not...
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    Dealing with christian parents

    Hello, I was born in a small city in north-eastern Argentina founded by north american Seventh Day Adventist immigrants.
    I was educated in this faith from my childhood, but a year ago I became...
  41. Thread: Causality

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    Re: Causality

    Hello, wundermonk



    I've heard a buddhist master saying that even in a plane crash, it was people's karma to be in that plane.
    How does buddhism explain karma coming to fruition without the...
  42. Thread: Causality

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    Causality

    Hello,
    How does Buddhism explain causality without the concept of Ishvara?
  43. Thread: Beyond Brahman

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    Re: Beyond Brahman

    Hello, yajvan



    I mean ego/mind/intellect which makes the One Awareness appear as many.
  44. Thread: Beyond Brahman

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    Re: Beyond Brahman

    Hello again.
    Ekam is right, it seems you contradicted yourself, first saying that Brahman is beyond time and space and then saying it has a lifespan.
    Anyway I read somewhere that it is possible to...
  45. Thread: Beyond Brahman

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    Re: Beyond Brahman

    Hello



    I've asked a similar question before.
    You're still considering you as a separate self who will experience something after libeation.
    Brahman is not an experience itself but the...
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    Re: Better Understanding of vasana's

    Hello, Yajvan



    Nice post. The vasanas and samskaras, Buddha calls them "the builder of the house" in the Dhammapada.
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    Re: Karma and disease

    Hello, Webimpulse



    You're right, that's why I prefer to use the word "ignorance". I'm not like those fundamentalists who say: "They are evil, they'll go to hell!".
    In fact I consider them...
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    Re: Karma and disease

    Hello, Eastern Mind



    It's not about thinking "this is the only life".
    It's about why karma that caused someone to be a saint or yogi in his present life also causes him to have health problems...
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    Karma and disease

    Hello, I was wondering why some saintly people like Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi died from such horrible disease though they lived a pure life, while some people indulge in unhealthly habits and...
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    Re: Luangta Maha Boowa and the "Citta"

    Hello, markandeya



    Thanks for the contribution.
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