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    Mahabharata query

    Near the beginning of Vana Parva, ch. 3 page 12 of the PDF of the Ganguli version is this:

    "Thou art called Indra, thou art Vishnu, thou art Brahma, thou art Prajapati. Thou art fire and thou art...
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    Re: 'Mahatmas' of Theosophy as Sikh leaders?

    A response can be to the idea or question, not the person, thus no problem. As for 'hair brained theories', I agree about Paul Johnson's notions.
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    Re: First appearance of Gayatri Mantra

    I wonder if time is experienced in our linear way in higher states of awareness? Perhaps it is more a 'timeless Now' beyond our samsaric mind. Seems that the Gita has a verse, something about...
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    Re: First appearance of Gayatri Mantra

    Thank you for the information yajvan.

    "gāyatrī appears in the ṛg veda but has always been around" - this I can believe. Is it not true that huge time cycles repeat, so that the Vedas are...
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    First appearance of Gayatri Mantra

    Amita Sugata all.

    It is found in the Rig Veda 3,62, but was that the first or oldest place? Also, when were the three realms (Vyahritis) and OM added?
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    Re: Plurals in romanized mantra

    Sanskrit is surely a difficult language, for dopes like me. Ran across this:

    http://sanskrit.inria.fr/cgi-bin/sktdeclin?q=mantra;g=Neu;r
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    Re: Plurals in romanized mantra

    Grateful prostration to you yajvan!
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    Plurals in romanized mantra

    I was asked and do not know... What is the correct romanized plural of 'mantra'?

    I know the modern convention is just to add an 's' - but is that really right?
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    Theosophy as put forth by Blavatsky supported...

    Theosophy as put forth by Blavatsky supported Indian philosophy and religion in the 19th century. I wonder if modern-day Indians know much about Blavatsky's Theosophy or care to know much?

    David...
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    Re: Best Gita version

    Whichever version inspires one toward the selfless Self is the 'best'. There may be more than one.

    A recent one, in three volumes, I find uplifting is by Swami Ranganathananda.
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    I guess from your response to my original question about "if the varied Hindu paths emphasize the bodhisattva vow? That is, returning voluntarily after liberation, to help for countless lives the...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    M108dasa:

    Both before full buddhahood, theoretically, and at full buddhahood (even before as great bodhisattva) samsara is known as identical with nirvana. But the question of what 'needs to be...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    Aside from discussing the nature of bodhi, Mahayana followers like me wonder if the varied Hindu paths emphasize the bodhisattva vow? That is, returning voluntarily after liberation, to help for...
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    Audio of Buddhist Sanskrit

    First project of this new site is the famous Shantideva's Bodhisattva Guide. Much merit in listening to these divine syllables.http://www.bodhisvara.com
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    "one self-existent impersonal Spirit , the one universal Soul (or one divine essence and source from which all created things emanate or with which they are identified and to which they return) , the...
  16. Thread: White Lotus Day

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    Re: White Lotus Day

    A visitation from the real HPB:

    Julia Keightley,
    May 1891,
    Pennsylvania
    [Wachtmeister 1893, 127]

    A few days after Madame Blavatsky died, HPB awoke me at night. I raised myself,...
  17. Thread: White Lotus Day

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    White Lotus Day

    Blavatsky and her Theosophy certainly had a positive effect on India in supporting the traditions of that ancient land and people.

    The 8th of May 1891 she died and many fans of hers remember her...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    Since buddhas and bodhisattvas are real, dedicating eons to helping and teaching beings, the question turns on understanding reality. I am avoiding 'existence' and 'affirmation' because Mahayana...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    From Bhattacharya's conclusion, p. 207:
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    Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    The work on the subject, in French, by Kamaleswar Bhattacharya has been translated into English now. Here is a link on both books and the late Bhattacharya's other related writings:
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    Re: Suddha Dharma Mandalam Gita

    Been away for some time, so just wondering if anyone ever has read this unusual Gita?
  22. Re: Anyone know a good English translation of Ramayana?

    Thank you so much Anurudh!
  23. Re: Anyone know a good English translation of Ramayana?

    Being a sacred day 13 Oct. 2013 of triumph of good over evil - is there a passage or two within Valmiki's Ramayana that is good to recite?

    I only have and can read only the English of HP Shastri's...
  24. Re: Anyone know a good English translation of Ramayana?

    Valmiki's Ramayana in three volumes was translated very well by H.P. Shastri. It is still in print by Shanti Sadan.
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    Re: Looking for Upanishad book

    Robert E Hume's version of 13 major ones is more accurate than most:

    http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?option=com_staticxt&staticfile=show.php%3Ftitle=2058&layout=html
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    Re: New version of Rig 10.129

    The 19 March entry begins:
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    New version of Rig 10.129

    The 28 Feb. post on this blog by David Reigle gives his translation:

    http://prajnaquest.fr/blog/
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    Global Philosophy book

    I did not see a book section, for reviews or comments on recent titles, so I put this post here.

    In 2010 this important book, which surveys spiritual concepts from philosophical, scientific &...
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    Looks like no one has posted anything giving the general effect of the Venus transit of the Sun on humanity. I suppose it will be positive spiritually.

    Surely someone can get the views of...
  30. Thread: Chakra News

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    Chakra News

    A new site for me; it focuses on Dharmic news regarding Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism & Jainism.

    http://www.chakranews.com/
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    Re: Gayatri Mahatmya

    Thanks for the information.

    What does the 4th line mean and why is the 3 line version the one most used?
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    Re: Gayatri Mahatmya

    If I recall Swami Chinmayananda mentioned an added fourth line that is rarely heard. Where does that line come from?
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    Re: Adi-Buddha vs Gautama Buddha

    I do not know of any "first" buddha, unless one limits the focus to a particular cycle of time. In that case some buddha would have to be first.

    Gautama (or Gotama) buddha said his teachings...
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    Re: Beginning to study Bhagavad Gita

    This site has four traditional commentaries with an emphasis on devotion & dualism. Find a copy of Sri Shankara's non-dualistic commentary and those 5 views should give you plenty to chew on.
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    Vijnana Bhikshu dates

    This famous commentator on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (among others) lived when ???

    I thought maybe 9th century, but cannot recall, nor find anything about him... Until...

    Finally found...
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    Re: Vasistha's Yoga - if you have interest.

    I guess "Low Price" cut out the Devanagari. My Parimal pub. edition includes them. Of course it is much more expensive.
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    Moderate Muslims Arise!

    At least that is what I would like to see - more courage from the really peaceful followers of Islam. Here is Dr Jasser, an example of such:
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    Story Source

    A friend recalls this outline of the tale:



    I cannot help her, for I am not familiar with the story; anyone here know the story and the source?
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    Re: Buddhist Web Resource

    Recent translations of Mahayana shastras:

    http://www.kalavinka.com/
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    Re: Vasișțha's Yoga

    Being too lazy myself, may be why this short compilation on self-reliance from the YV is so inspiring to me.

    http://www.katinkahesselink.net/other/selfrely.html
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    Re: Vasistha's Yoga terms

    Unfortunately, my friend got these terms from an old booklet on the YV by Bhagavan Das that did not give section or verse or anything.

    In Chinese there are programs that can search terms within...
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    Re: Vasistha's Yoga terms

    I am familiar with the kosas yajvan. Why do you think these terms are synonyms, since only manomaya is identical?

    For example, two translations said ativahika body was a "subtle mind or thought...
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    Re: Vasistha's Yoga terms

    A friend wonders what these terms mean, as used in Yoga Vasistha:

    adhibhautika body
    ativahika body
    chin-maya form
    manomaya deha
    jynyan body
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    Re: Abortion

    Thanks for the link Eastern Mind. It looks like several loopholes are provided, so that many abortions would be legal. For example: "Failure of contraceptive device used by a couple."

    What does...
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    Re: Abortion

    I am pleased to read that both traditional sacred writings and most modern Gurus say abortion is killing and thus is very bad karma.

    I just wonder if the laws in India today have any strictures...
  46. Re: Bhagavad Gita with Adi Shankara's explanation in English - online?

    Here is one:

    http://www.archive.org/details/bhagavadgitawith00maharich
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    Suddha Dharma Mandalam Gita

    Here is an unusual recension of the Gita, translated in 1939.

    http://www.easterntradition.org/bhagavad%20gita%20sdm%20edition%20sansktrit-english%20part%201.pdf

    For part two go to...
  48. Re: Hindu Groups Say "No" to Statues - NBC Washington

    Selling statues and paintings of deities of all traditions is and has been common. I do not see the objection - unless the artists are not followers of the deity represented. Then might one say their...
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    Re: what is Paramatma?

    Then the use of "who" & "he" is a mistake - perhaps "which" and "it" are more correct?
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    Re: what is Paramatma?

    Thanks for your views atanu. But I was focusing on Jnanadeva's description of the state of "mind" of purushottama.



    When both the seer and the object "vanish" I do not see how,...
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