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  1. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    A warm welcome!
  2. Re: Vaishnava Deeksha, not meant for westerners

    Yes, I think this is where the issue of western discrimination lies. Otherwise it would contradict the Upanishads:

    Isavasya Upanishad:

    6. He who perceives all beings in the Self alone, and the...
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    Re: Sitting for study

    Thanks EM, I will look into it. Perhaps it isn't too late to start. :)
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    Re: two of many questions about puja

    I was looking at this site this week, it seems to give some clear indications. I haven't read all the material and I myself am learning to understand puja:

    ...
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    Re: Sitting for study

    I agree and can confirm from experience, sitting in a seat for long periods of time is bad. That includes a car seat.

    Is sitting crossed legged really better for the body?
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    Re: Enchanting song... on Lord Shiva

    Thank you for sharing this srinidhi
    I very much like Carnatic and Raag. I hope to learn more one day of their history and composure, Shiva willing :)
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    Re: Post subscription

    Hi Mana
    I am not admin, but as I see we are both online now, I can confirm I see it under Thread Tools, when viewing a thread.
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    Re: Hellow from a new forum member. Hari Bol!

    Welcome Quark :)
  9. Thread: Temple email ?

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    Re: Temple email ?

    Agreed. It can feel frustrating.
    Perhaps a reply face to face will be worth more. :)

    I have tried by email and not received a reply. I have visited and been treated with respect, kindness and...
  10. Thread: Krishna Lover

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    Re: Krishna Lover

    A warm welcome! :)
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    Re: Is there anything wrong with being Christian?

    IMHO the issue should be considered as theological/philosophical.

    Abrahamic (Christian) concepts do not align with the Upanishads. Christian doctrine i.e. the Nicen Creed states that Jesus is the...
  12. Thread: Purana's

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    Re: Purana's

    Welcome to the forum Pra4ash! :)
    I feel you can approach it like that. They certainly express profound philosophy, found in Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads which I have had the fortune to read.
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    Re: Hello-seeking excitedly

    Welcome to you Shantiseeker!
  14. Thread: Very nice forum

    by Onkara
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    Re: Very nice forum

    A warm welcome, Rosemary!
  15. Re: arranged marriage : social work or religious believes ?

    namasté Ajun
    Although people in the Europe and Americas may choose through love, I assure you that the parents are consulted and opinions shared. As NayaSuryaji's great response has shown, there is...
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    Re: Doubt about Shri Rudram

    namastÚ kundanghanekar
    My suggestion is to find a translation in your first language e.g. English and that will help with the verse you quote.

    At this stage I have no reason to doubt the...
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    Re: How does one become Hindu?

    namastÚ Sunyata,
    I can relate to your words. When my eyes become sore of reading and I put the scripture down, there is still a connection, a sense of feeling at home no matter where I am and when.
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    Re: How does one become Hindu?

    That is an interesting observation. The bottomlessness is felt!
    So beyond the constraints of the mind, ideas and words there is something profound. It depends on no-thing to get there yet it is...
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    Re: How does one become Hindu?

    ISBN means International Standard Book Number, it is the way that each publication can be found and located regardless of author or title. Of course the books has that too, but ISBN searches can...
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    Re: How does one become Hindu?

    What do you mean by "living", EM?



    I like the idea that our mind is liberated to seek the infinite. It certainly feels like an endless path at times. There is so much. :)

    According to...
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    Re: How does one become Hindu?

    You touch on the fundamental point, which is a sense of belonging. We may all already belong, but still we feel we need to "do" something more.

    Many people seem to seek a way to unite or bond with...
  22. Thread: Suffering?

    by Onkara
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    Re: Suffering?

    namasté

    Our awareness and senses are like an arrow pointed outwards towards the world.

    O -----> world

    When all is going well in the world our awareness and senses remain focused outwards on...
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    Re: Saadar Namaskar.......

    A warm welcome!
    :)
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    Re: How do you choose your way of Yoga?

    There is no limitation. :)You can pursue all ways. You can switch between them as the day or your desire requires.

    In the morning you may engage in bhakti yoga. Later karma yoga whilst you work,...
  25. Re: How much of the Upanishads should you read each time?

    My advice is to read, the path of JñAna has been the most fruitful for me. However each has his own nature (svabhava) and consequently you may find bhakti brings you closest to the divine.

    In...
  26. Thread: Advice sought

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    Re: Advice sought

    namasté Friend
    Not trying too hard, will help you both to enjoy it I think. Some of my fondest memories are wondering and talking with my friend in the woods. It was the escape from all 'demands' of...
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    Re: Mandelbrot, Maths and God.

    namast˝e Mana
    You offer some new angles for me :) How to reconcile mathematics and the divine?

    For me mathematics are cold where the divine is full of feeling. This isn't a criticism, after all,...
  28. Thread: Ishta Devata

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    Re: Ishta Devata

    namasté
    I am glad you asked this lakshmidevi, as this has been a question on my mind. I have found that my ishta-deva doesn't always correlate with the philosophy which resonates loudest for me....
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    Re: One's real status...

    namasté
    I wonder if there is no coincidence that the mukha, mouth, engages in the creation of japa - chanting the divine names. Could this be the the bhāvanā of the sādhaka.
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    Re: Pointless Satsang

    namasté
    I used the tables on omniglot to help me become more familiar with devanagari for Sanskrit:

    http://www.omniglot.com/writing/sanskrit.htm

    Or Hindi:...
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    Re: Scriptural headaches..?

    namastÚ Indraneela
    Just to add a comment, I suggest approaching reading a book as something you plan to repeat. Consider the first read to be a light-heated read to just get the gist and structure of...
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    Re: question on Atman

    Welcome to the forum chophel
    Yes, I would agree with your description of the Atman. :)
    Do you have further questions or statements to add?
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    Re: Sticking to one Mantra, no matter what!

    NamastÚ WTyler
    One little suggestion would be that you could try to approach the mantra as syllables, concentrating slowly on each syllable and its meaning until you feel you can japa at a more...
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    Re: Pointless Satsang

    Namasté DK
    Have you considered learning another language i.e. Hindi or that of your local Hindu community? The mandir I visited in the UK provides free Hindi lessons, perhaps you could find people...
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    Re: Can anyone be outside Hinduism ?

    Thought provoking post Kallol!
    I am with EM when he says: "If a guy says he's a Christian, we should respect that, and not say, "Oh, but you're just a subsect of SD.""

    However we should welcome...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    NamastÚ
    The individual who act as such acts from rajas or tamas guna in that deluded they still follow their desires.

    It is not the teaching of Krishna which is at fault (you are not suggesting it...
  37. Thread: God as father

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    Re: God as father

    Namasté
    I am glad you raised this as this is something I have been considering personally quite a lot recently, I have started other threads, although not the same, to explore how to understand God...
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    Re: Can Kundalini energy get "stuck"?

    Dear NayaSurya
    On a side note, anyone who has taken a moment to read your posts will know you make every effort to bring out the positive in the negative :) I feel there is value in sharing what the...
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    Re: Can Kundalini energy get "stuck"?

    Sunyata,
    I am so pleased you are caring for your self and that my rather dry English humour regarding the Duracell wasn't misunderstood as rather dry English sarcasm (which it was not). :o The...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    Namasté

    I agree that Ishvara is Gunaatit and beyond the Gunas, and so when we realise that we are not separate from Ishvara we go beyond the Gunas also.

    However I would like to better...
  41. Choosing one deity and sticking to it no matter what?

    What is your opinion?

    What are the advantages and disadvantages of choosing one deity (name and form of Brahman if you wish) or a single sampradaya and sticking to it to help us?

    For example,...
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    Re: Is it possible......

    Just to add that is a very true observation and one which I can share. Your words capture this perfectly. Many times I have thought that my life would be easier if I liked football and could follow...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    I agree with you, respected Ganeshprasad :)
    The ultimate "driver" in your analogy is the Atman, and for the non-dualists Atman is verily Brahman. Once the aspirant knows their Self as Atman-Brahman...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    Namasté friends
    I can see how this can become confusing. One issue with this is that we cannot contribute more than snippets of information, often this is not as complete as scripture (a book) and...
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    Re: Can Kundalini energy get "stuck"?

    Namasté Sunyata
    Energy cannot get stuck. Energy by nature is full of movement and change. You and I are not Duracell batteries, and we don’t accumulate energy in specific areas for weeks on end....
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    Namasté Mana and all
    Thank you.

    If you don't mind I would like to elaborate a little further on something familiar to us, which you bring out in the analogy of the dance.

    If we accept that...
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    Re: Right knowledge in Sanatana Dharma?

    Many thanks for the replies and the elaboration. I am continuing to consider this. :)
  48. Thread: Book Purchases

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    Re: Book Purchases

    Hello Ananda
    I had that impression, but I think it is that their printing equipment is much older than what we are used to, so the books appear older. However when reading them I found the pages had...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    NamastÚ
    As others have answered above, the Gunas, born of prakriti are the stimulant of our actions.

    The Lord has no investment in our actions, be they good or evil. Because all actions occurs in...
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    Re: Who is the "Doer"

    Thank you for your reply, Ganeshprasad, :)
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