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    Exploring Shvetashvatara Upanishad

    || om namo bhagavate vAsudevAya ||

    vasudeva sutam devam |
    kauMsa chANura mardanam |
    devakI paramAnandaM |
    KRshNam vande jagadguruM ||

    Namaste

    In this thread I hope to explore and discuss...
  2. Thread: Upanishads

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    Re: Upanishads

    Namaste
    I know this is old but the best would be to clear out any sAmpradAyic bias and look for a translation set.

    1. Swami GambhirAnanda's commentary on Adi ShankarAchArya's commentary on the 8...
  3. Re: Are there more than one description of Antahkarana?

    Namaste

    In such situation, it is best to use the intuitive understanding backed by native language speakers -- Indian languages derived from Sanskrit. Rather than splitting hairs.
    Yes, chitta =...
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    Re: Veda is the source of all

    Namaste
    Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Veda and Hindu Dharma in general is the Mother, the ashvattha vruksha, the ancient Tree of spirituality and religion.
  5. Re: Can anyone identify the source of this quote

    ParaBrahman ParamAtmA is Divine nectar. Why nectar? because ParamAtmA transcends material energy and is eternal, imperishable, bestows immortality (amrut).
    Devotees "drink" this nectar , and...
  6. Re: Can anyone identify the source of this quote

    Namaste

    This sounds like the Mahisis, Krishna's Queens in DwArkA, not Gopis.

    When BhagvAn Shri KRshNa returns from a long trip , His queens, who have been meditating on Him in seperation,...
  7. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    A Very Blissful KRshNa JanmAshTami and/or GokuLAshTami to all, wherever applicable around the world.

    Here is a beautiful lullaby to Bal KRshNa (Baby KRshNa), composed by Purandar Das
    In this...
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    Re: Satinder Sartaj - A Gem of a Performer

    Namaste
    I like your/Satinder's very first "Sai"
    Thank You
  9. Re: Simplest havan procedure to perform at home by only one person

    Welcome back Arjuni
  10. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    4 Day countdown to JanmAshTami

    Antarnaad 2010 - by Art of Living, Pune, India
    - This was a divine phenomenon of thousands joining bhajan via Indian classical music, Feb 2010. Naad = sound,...
  11. Re: Can anyone name the pink flower used in garlands please....?

    However, Boganvel is never used in garlands!
    I cannot see any attachment to your post, and cannot be guessing. A kind of daisy is used in garlands.
  12. Re: Can anyone name the pink flower used in garlands please....?

    For some reason I cannot see any photo/picture, but your description - papery dry texture, purplish pink, mangenta makes me think it is Boganvel

    Like this :...
  13. Re: Which calender is correct ? Poornimantha (month ending with poornima) or Amantha

    Namaste

    The calendar (panchAng) is a reference framework.

    Typically VaishNav follow the PurNimA system.
    SmArta and others follow the amAvasyA system.

    This is why VaishNavas celebrate KArtik...
  14. Re: Visishtadvaita for DUMMIES - Post 1 - Nature of God

    Namaste Virajaji,

    Thanks for a nice compilation of VishishTAdvaita philosophy in simple words.

    I would say anantam = having no end(anta) = eternal (timewise), not happiness. That would be...
  15. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    Jai Shri KRshNa

    A 15 day countdown to JanmAshTami begins.

    BAAla MukundAskTaka (Lyrics and translation are in the comment by poster.)

    The first verse is my favourite:

    karAravinde...
  16. Thread: Declarations

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    Re: Declarations

    Nice :)
  17. Thread: Alwar's works

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    Re: Alwar's works

    Namaste IndiaLover

    If you search the word Divyaprabandham, there are several sites and blogs that give English translation or meaning.

    Here is one : Koyil : http://divyaprabandham.koyil.org/...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
    *Moko kahAN dhoondhe re bande, Mai to tere paas me
    Kabir bhajan - Where will you search for Me, dear friend? I am right here with you!
    Not...
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    Re: Greetings from Gjurugram

    Namaste
    I don't know that particular site, but this one is good:

    https://www.drikpanchang.com/
    Very detailed, thorough and reliable

    Anorther one: http://www.astrojyoti.com/
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    Yashoda pulled little KRshNa's hair in a bow on top and placed a Peacock Feather in it. Notice how the peacock feather is made squarish and looks like a TrishuL.
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    ....
    Look at the NAbhi-Kamala carefully -- do you see Shiva's damrU around it? As KRshNa's (Maha-VishNu's ) navel is the source of BramhAnDa, Shiv starts rattling the damrU with pleasure.
    ...
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    I could go on...

    The concentric 4-colour semi-circles below the Swastik are either the waves in Ksheer-Sagar (milk-ocean of unmanifest universal plasma), or coiled Shesha-Naag or a combination...
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    Namaste Viraja ji

    Thanks for sharing this "modern" or "progressive" painting.

    Are you testing us? :)

    The tail belongs to the cow! Not Shri KRshNa. The cow is very cleverly camouflaged in...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Hare KRshNa IndiaLover. When you posted that a few months ago I smiled to myself -- this clip is my favorite in the "Little Krishna" movie. In fact the entire movie is so charming, and mostly, I...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Jai Shri KRshNa
    Even to normal devotees like us. He gives us many clues to come to Him in Bhagvad Gita, BhAgvat purAN, Devi BhAgvat, and other purANa, the upanishads.....

    Prahlad -- was a case...
  26. Re: Are our souls eternal like that of Brahman or created by Brahman?

    Namaste

    1. "Our" existence is a phenomenon for which no one is to blame except "us" indirectly, but even then, blaming is wrong, Would you blame clouds for rainfall or lack of it? Do you blame...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    AtmA is sacchidAnanda pure consciousness, it is not the body mind , 4-5 kosha
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Jara itnA batA de kAnhA, terA ranga kAlA kyon? Tu kAlA hokar bhi jag se nilArA kyon?

    Actually, I do not like this bhajan. How dare you call my KRshNa kAlA ?? He is NOT kala , He is megha shyAm,...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    --
    P.S. According to Geeta: 1. Right action, karma-phal-tyAg and nishkAm karma is only possible when fully in Yog (BG 12 - if you can't do this, do that, and better than this is that.... chain...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    It is not something we do with efforts. Surrender to paramAtmA and He will take the sAdhak on the advaita journey. The yog is two-way - not one-way. All dev-parivAr is Me. We are One. ... this is...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    Jai Shri KRshNa ~

    1. yuddhastwa applies today also, believe it or not -- in the context of standing up to those who inflict injustice. Does not mean war.

    2. yujjasva -- Be in Yog with Me....
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    Re: Mauna (Silence)

    Very true.
    Silence is bliss
    Silence is luxury
    I cherish silence gratefully

    Spending an endless time discussing silence defeats the purpose of silence. There is nothing to discuss, investigate...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    I think you meant 2.18 , not 18.2 , I see now, the relevance to the discussion.

    अन्तवन्त इमे देहा नित्यस्योक्ता: शरीरिण: |
    अनाशिनोऽप्रमेयस्य तस्माद्युध्यस्व भारत || BG 2.18



    The body is...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    Jai Shri KRshNa ~

    BG 18.2 does not say any tasmAd xyz. Did you mean BG2.37 - tasmAd yuddhastva or BG2.50 tasmAd yogAya yujjasva or 6.46 tasmAd yogi bhavArjuna ? or numerous other places where...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    To explain how paramAtmA accompanies the subtle body (but some are aware of Him, others are not) -- and the BG 15 Purushottam Yog,

    TukArAm MahArAj 's abhanga is a very good example :

    Jethe...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    Namaste Dutta and RedDragon

    This is where BG14.27 bramhaNo hi pratishThAham .. comes into play.
    Imagine the subtlest of the subtle paramAtmA as the substratum of all appearances including the...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    I have the Gambhirananada Upanishad-set. What he may have meant by unchanging is --- that he wanted to emphasize on the AtmA part of the transmigratory subtle body (sUkshma sharIra) - the rest of...
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    Re: What does the term embodied mean?

    Namaste

    I do not know why my picture is not getting uploaded, but here it is:

    Each of the following layers is "embodied" by the outer layer of body

    1. AtmA (a.k.a. paramAtmA - pure...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdCve18wBeo singer: Chitralekha Devi

    O Friend , I will go to VRundAvan, 'cause my eyes are set on that One who lives a life of bliss -- Shri KRshNa (bihAri -...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Jai Shri KRshNa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ril78CwLGMM
    When you sing the glories of Govind (KRshNa, Hari, VishNu),
    You will please the Supreme Brahman'
    When you let Hari into your heart...
  41. GopAshTamI: When the 5 year old KRshNa took the "big cows" grazing for the first time

    Jai Shri KRshNa

    Yesterday was GopAshTamI - it was on this kArtik shukla ashTamI -- the 8th day of the bright lunar fortnight of the month of Kartik in the Hindu calendar -- that little 5 year old...
  42. Re: Brahman cannot be Nirguna. It is simply Nira-Kara.

    Namaste Markandeya ji

    Thanks for your kind words. The msg is a bit concise, but I think Red Dragon has understood, he has studied advaita.

    praNAm
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    _/\_...
  44. Re: Brahman cannot be Nirguna. It is simply Nira-Kara.

    There are levels of reality

    Bramhan' is nirguNa in both senses - beyond guNas and without prAkrut guNa - sattva raja tama , in different contexts

    Just as the dream world is not real, at the...
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    I am sorry to disappoint you Viraja ji, but I become speechless, dumbfound and cannot utter a word. Therefore please accepts the bhajans as what i have to say.
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    It looks like you did not listen to the bhajans very closely
    They speak a lot, and acc. to me are relevant to the thread. I just did not want your thread to go empty - and I did point to devotee...
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    Who says BhagavAn (Bramhan' , paramAtmA, Parameshwar), does not come to His devotees, live, eat, sleep, dance, sing, teach, mentor, guide, BE ?
    Singer - Vikram Harza,
    If you call Him like Meera,...
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    *There is a group of devotees of Shri KRshNa - called "KRshNa Kutir" and "Shri KRshNa LeelA Kendra" (main centers in Maharashtra and other parts of India, one in LA), many of whom have recorded...
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    Re: God appreciation thread

    Namaste

    I woukd like to sing this bhajan in Gratitude:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0HphOaoGdQ

    Meaning:
    O Most compassionate and ever victorious achiever of the Highest goals and...
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    Re: Om Namah Shivaya :)

    Namaste and Welcome

    Please read this thread which explains the dwAdashAksharI mantra (12 syllable mantra) of VAsudev :...
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