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  1. Thread: Caste System

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    I am not familiar with this, even though I've spent time in Australia as a young man. Can you please tell me why aborigines deserve an apology? Apology for what, exactly? If it's about the stolen...
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    Re: Extrapolating Christianity--to What End?

    A rational response, at last! From RamMohan Roy to Sri Sri, hindu 'gurus' have been actively propagating Christianity and Jesus' divinity, all the while receiving donations from Hindus.;) What has...
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    Re: Hindu view of Jesus

    Just because Jesus said, "I and my father are one," it doesn't make him an advaitin, nor is this statement similar to 'aham Brahmasmi.' Even dictators and megalomaniacs often think they're god, that...
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    How to discover doshas?

    Friends,

    How to discover doshas or body constitution of a certain individual? There are three types: kapha, vata, pitta. There are diff. descriptions given in various places, all conflicting with...
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    Re: Hindu view of Jesus

    It always depends on the context. You can say these things out of concern that knowledge could fall into wrong hands, as Krishna has done. Or, you may say the exact same thing out of arrogance. In...
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    Re: Seeing snakes in dreams!

    I don't know if it's specifically for rahu alone, because many people suggest this mantra for other reasons also. And there are differing views as to which deity the mantra signifies. Many people...
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    Re: Seeing snakes in dreams!

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Thanks for a very interesting and detailed analysis. The following particularly caught my eye. It is scary too!



    I am on the verge of being cheated by someone in a distant...
  8. Thread: Faith

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    Re: Faith

    Unfortunately, I don't. Sorry!
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Atanu,

    Your questions are based on the supposition that the unreal, being non-existent at all times, cannot be an object of pratyaksha. But this isn't true, the unreal can be perceived, as...
  10. Thread: Faith

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    Re: Faith

    Namaste Bob,

    You haven't gulped the ocean to find out that sea water is salty. So can one argue that this particular knowledge-that sea water is salty-is based on faith? Hope you catch my drift.
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    Re: My Experiences with ISKCON

    Sorry to butt in, but faith is required only if reasoning fails. So faith is intrinsically evil, especially when it concerns religion. Christianity and Islam are terrific examples.



    And who...
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    Re: My Experiences with ISKCON

    Namaste Atanu,



    We can always remove the word 'believes', and it'll read: As advaita defines the truth negatively. Which means, faith isn't necessary. So let's not pay too much attention to...
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Yajvan,



    This is the neo-Vedanta line, equating temporary with false, and permanent with real. But the q will arise as to whether this change is real. If real, there will be two...
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    Re: Seeing snakes in dreams!

    Namaste Sarabhanga,

    Spiritually, what you say may be true. But astrologically, I doubt it. There are many doshas associated with the snake, kala sarpa being the worst. So in astrology, snakes are...
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    Re: My Experiences with ISKCON

    Namaste Sarabhanga,



    Faith is always unconfirmed, isn't it? If confirmed, it's truth.

    The negation of false IS truth, which is why most believers are fanatical, because they have something...
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    Re: Seeing snakes in dreams!

    Namaste Yajvan,



    Yes. I'd only considered up to pratyantardasa, which was the reason for my confusion. If we consider sookshmadasa, then the dream must be the result of rahu's influence. But...
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    Re: My Experiences with ISKCON

    Namaste Yogkriya,

    All believers are fanatical to an extent-Christians, Muslims, Vaishnavas. So it's not surprising that Vaishnavas, whether gaudiya or sri, are also fanatical and foul-mouthed more...
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Atanu,

    Didn't Madhusudhana Saraswati say that the gita is like a lion's roar, meaning even if the dream is false, the lion's roar does help one in waking up? Maybe, we should understand...
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Yajvan,

    The Sankhya system of classification is common to most schools, including dvaita, advaita etc. So I wasn't referring to the Sankhya philosophy, only to this particular...
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    Re: Seeing snakes in dreams!

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Thanks for your thoughts. I considered the possibility of rahu, but there's no rahu period as of now. But what of saturn? People say it gives similar results to rahu, so could it...
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Yajvan,

    In Sankhya, prakriti refers to the 24 elements such as pancha bhutas, karmendriyas, mahat, tanmatras etc. These are inanimate matter, and therefore different from Brahman, which is...
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    Re: My Experiences with ISKCON

    You're right, especially about that forum. But it's not like they only attack non-Vaishnavas and Mayavadis. They also attack Gaudiya Vaishnavas, if they don't agree with their (Iskcon's) pet theories...
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    Seeing snakes in dreams!

    Dear Pandits,

    Is there any significance to seeing snakes in dreams, especially if one doesn't have sarpa dosha or any other dosha?

    No psychoanalysis please, only astrology here.

    Suresh
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    Re: beginner and expert

    I am sorry to say this, but usually these so-called talks between Buddha and Brahmin are made to look rather one-sided, that is, making the Brahmin look like a clown or a fanatic with little...
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    Re: Hinduism and India's Decline

    Guys, we've digressed. Let's stop this fist fight, and focus on the issue at hand.

    Few more points....

    Hinduism advocates renunciation, the single most dangerous concept not only for an...
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    Re: The Material Cause...

    Namaste Yajvan,

    The q will arise as to whether clay and clay pot are one. If so, God and world will be one, meaning all the flaws of this world will be attributed to God. If not, we must treat god...
  27. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    Namaste Sarabhanga,

    I am afraid I don't understand this equation. Could you explain a bit more?
  28. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    Namaste Devotee,

    Existence is that which is an object of knowledge. E.g. World. That which isn't is non-existence, such as round square etc. To say that there's something which is neither or both...
  29. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    Namaste GP,

    One trying to prove the existence of a round square may also say the same thing. Since the subject matter is beyond the realms of logic, we must accept the round sqaure as true, even...
  30. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    Namaste Atanu,

    Sorry, but I do not see how this analogy helps in establishing that there's a state beyond sat and asat. Either the chair exists or it doesn't, that's all this analogy proves.
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  31. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    Most probably, yes. Pleasure is always outside, objects give us pleasure, which is why all people go after them. If happiness were an inward thing, then we'd all be staying in our rooms, experiencing...
  32. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    We only know and experience sat and asat, so how can one be sure there's some state which is neither? Either a thing exists or it doesn't, period.
  33. Re: Why do we get bored with things we initially enjoy ?

    "When advaita is known...." isn't an answer but an evasion, because one is questioning the very validity of the thing to be known. When the validity of an experience itself is in question, one cannot...
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    Re: Hinduism and India's Decline

    That's the problem, there are too many different versions of Hinduism. So how does one choose the right one, because not all of them can fit into a political ideology that's required to guide a...
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    Has Colonialism made Indians racist?

    Here's an excellent article that takes the cricket controversy as an instance, and from that proceeds to establish how colonialism has turned Indians into racists. As the author of this piece rightly...
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    Re: Hinduism and India's Decline

    Namaste TTA and Sarabhanga,

    Both of you say (in different words):

    #1 Hinduism is 99% misunderstood
    #2 This misunderstanding is the real culprit

    Granted misunderstanding of Hinduism is the...
  37. Thread: Caste System

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    Re: Caste System

    Caste is an extremely complex thing.:confused: So I'd like to know the following from the members, so we can understand each other better.

    #1 Do you support birth-based caste system? In this...
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    Hinduism and India's Decline

    Friends,

    How is everyone?:) It's been a while since I've posted here.

    I want to post something regarding Hinduism and its influence, if any, on India's decline. This may sound rather...
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    Re: Drekkana (D3) and past lives

    Namaskar Yajvan,



    In my case, it shows human. But in the case of Ramana Maharishi and Swami Vivekananda, it says otherwise, that they could've had an animal birth. Doesn't make sense, does it?...
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    Re: REMEMBERING YOUR PAST LIVES

    Hi Yudhamanyu,



    Mind sharing it with us? It'll give us a better idea as to where you come from. And were you surprised when you found out, or did you have a gut feeling all along? Because...
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    Re: Jesus Christ lived in India

    If it isn't too much trouble, will you please post a link to the transcript? Not the video, which will take a while to load, but the text. Thanks.

    Suresh
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    Re: Drekkana (D3) and past lives

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Thanks for the wonderful analysis.

    I think in Phaladeepika, there's a method by which one can determine whether or not one were human last time. We have to see whether the moon...
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    Re: Drekkana (D3) and past lives

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Yes, I think it's clear now, thanks a ton. But if I was on earth last time around, does it mean I took this (present) birth without actually travelling to any other world? I...
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    Re: REMEMBERING YOUR PAST LIVES

    Namaskar Yajvan,

    Thanks for the detailed explanation, but since I am a novice and perhaps too slow to understand all this, let me work it out, so you can see if I am correct. Hope it's ok with...
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    Re: Jesus Christ lived in India

    Just curious. Is it true that Sri Sri apologized for writing the book, even admitting that there were several errors?
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    Re: Jesus Christ lived in India

    Dear Satay,

    This isn't getting us anywhere. While I agree with your views on Jesus, I don't think it's right to attack Sri Sri Ravishankar. The man has done a lot of good. If we are to blame him...
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    Re: REMEMBERING YOUR PAST LIVES

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Do you mean to say we must consider the lagna lord of the drekkana chart, and subsequently its tattva? If the lagna lord of d-3 chart is mars, then it must be bhu tattva, is that...
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    Re: What I Find to be 'Maya'

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Thanks, that's a novel way of looking at it. Rather than consider space in the jar, we might as well consider the space itself as the vast field of existence, where the jar...
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    Re: Mercury Retrograde

    Just a general thought on retro planets.

    I've also heard that retro indicates 'unfinished business' from the previous life, so if a person has retro mercury, his intellectual work hasn't been...
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    Re: What I Find to be 'Maya'

    Namaste Atanu,



    That's exactly the problem, it's circular reasoning, isn't it? The inquiry is done to ascertain whether or not there's an advaita self, so if one knows the advaita self, inquiry...
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