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    Re: Improper?

    Sia Ram
    Believer ji.

    I accept your criticism, fully, however this is NOT poor choice of words. My stand has been very consistent here on HDF (see this post on "defining Hindu" thread) (perhaps...
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    Re: Improper?

    https://rohinigupta.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/ganesh-on-hanuman.jpg

    Namaste Smith ji,

    As this image of a Ganapati visarjan procession from Mumbai amply shows, Hanuman ji carries Sri Ganesha...
  3. Re: 'Fashionable' Hindus and their statements

    Namaskara,

    And I thought that by secular hindu you were meaning "Marxist bong_atheist_types"! So I was mistaken, hmmm.

    (good thing I quoted it, lest it be edited. Hehe.)
    So secular hindu...
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    Re: What is Sanskrit?

    Namaste Mana-ji,

    Difficult to carry on, if there is no point. We might better give the thread some rest, just in case, under the shade of the mango tree, dwell here, and just chit n chat or simply...
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    Re: What is Sanskrit?

    Namaste Mana ji,

    Thank you for your intuitive nudge to the thread discussion.
    Advaita and K.Shaivism should, imho, only come into picture when we would be into Sanskrit verbs. Before that, let us...
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    Re: What is Sanskrit?

    Namaste Mana ji,

    (sorry the format came off real bad in my last post)

    Actually some of the readings sounded very Advaitic, and my core beliefs are very much polytheistic Hindu, so the last...
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    Re: What is Sanskrit?

    Namaste Mana ji,(re the horned character in my new avatar : no, I haven't turned into a rAkshasa yet, after running the above mentioned medical tests;:D btw it is Lord Yama :) in his usual horned...
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    Re: Saṃskāras

    Namaste dA,

    Genetics is part of the group karma. Souls take birth primarily in the same group. This is easy to understand once we follow the continuity of the flow of karma.
    So sometimes this...
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    Re: What is Sanskrit?

    Thank you IC.

    Surely that is one way ahead for Computing & computers. But before that we will see a lot of sociological changes, passing through necessary milestones; one that comes to my mind is:...
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    Re: Feeling confused

    Namaste Avyaydya,

    Deva-s are, to me, as much divine principles as Brahman is; so I see Brahman as just another deva. And, Sat is not Brahman but is simply the state of affairs when all Devata-s...
  11. Poll: Re: Religion - a joy unto itself (or not)?

    Namaste Viraja ji,

    In all fairness, that member was only advising a youngster (13 or 14 yrs of age) when saying to the effect that religion is ultimately meant to help us in all other things -...
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    Re: Reconversion

    Namaste Avyaydya,

    I see it differently. Judaism's very basis is in race, so their scriptures don't make, don't need t make, any sense. It is as if something was built into this people in the...
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    Re: Sampradaya = Bhakti Marga?

    Pranam Smaranam ji,Suppose if someone lacks these qualities - by the way of simply lacking, or perhaps due to cultural reasons - can these be cultivated? If, say, vyAkultA, or ruchI, or prema -...
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    Sampradaya = Bhakti Marga?

    Namaste,

    I was going through another forum, RF, where a post (#20) by @Poeticus, who is a Hindu polytheist of Vedic persuasion (not me:cool1:), caught my attention. He wrote:


    If we go to...
  15. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    I am very interested in this statement. Can you please provide with the quote/ reference from a Hindu text or an Acharya saying "the supreme protects"?
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    What is Sanskrit?

    namaste,

    What is Sanskrit?
    This is what flashed in my mind when posting an answer regarding a Sanskrit question In another thread where the free-word structure of the language was highlighted. I...
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    Re: Sanskrit mantra question

    Namaste,

    Let us say, this is just to prove the context-free nature of Sanskrit grammar that we see somewhere "gaNaehAya namaH" and elsewhere "namaH SivAya". Context free means: word order don't...
  18. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Namaste GaruDa,


    Many Hindus cultivate a habit of using the RAma nAma frequently, such as by greeting each other using the nAma ("Jai Sri rAma", etc). The secret behind this is no secret at all:...
  19. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Namaste GaruDa,
    Welcome to HDF.

    Again, this is just an assertion (and not an explanation) when we say, "..where the Narayana appeared in 2 forms, one is Nara and the other Narayana". I will...
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    Re: Emotional Religion: Good or Bad?

    namaste,

    I am a big fan of Emmy Noether who I think could someday turn out to be the most intelligent human that ever walked the earth in the documented history.

    So, yes I agree with the point...
  21. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Namaste,

    That is OK, but as I said this is perfectly OK too otherwise because here Vishnu ji is given (in a totally valid manner) epithets "Narayana" and "Vasudeva", which even though are proper...
  22. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Namaste Ram,

    Yes I agree wiki is not reliable at all in Hindu studies (notwithstanding my great admiration for how on other subjects wiki manages information and also the 27-or-so old typically...
  23. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Viraja ji, here is a quote from wiki,

    Also, in satyanArAyaNa kathA we all know how "Once there lived a Brahmin in Mathura, so poor that he had to live by begging. One day, he could not get even a...
  24. Re: Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu

    Namaste,

    There was some recent interest again regarding nArAyaNa, sUrya nArAyaNa, rAm nArAyaNa, and even satya nArAyaNa. I see this thread best fit for expressing my view in addition to the post#3...
  25. Re: Tailbone pain - locust pose/root chakra issue?

    Namaste Vasily,

    From now on, I will recommend higher emphasis on deity worship and mantra meditation.

    The two most important deities here could be Mother Chinnamastā, and Vel Murugan. You...
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    Re: Various deities and Navagraha

    However, all Devata-s, except one, belong to the non-material planes. Even then, all Devata-s are available at the material plane also, though in form of a very real projection.

    The so called...
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    Re: Various deities and Navagraha

    Namaste,

    Other than Vedantis no Hindu to my knowledge believes that devata-s are mere aspects of Brahman.

    Of late many Hindus have met their Vedanta co-religionists on intellectual level also...
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    Re: Surya Narayana

    Namaste Devotee123,

    This is was discussed some time ago. Please refer post no.#3 in the thread Analysis of the name 'nArAyanA' for Sri Vishnu for less discussed side of the story.
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    Re: Vaishnava vs(?) ISKCON?

    Namaste Avyaydya,

    I agree there could not be any broad brush applied to understand such issues in black and white.

    Therefore, though there is a concern about sectarianism that is genuine, but...
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    Re: Vaishnava vs(?) ISKCON?

    Namaste,
    Prabhupada is an acharya of Vedic Dharma and his interpretations are therefore authoritative.
    Also, there is no such thing as "truthful translation", because every translation is an...
  31. Re: I'm having shivling dreams most of the days

    Namaste AS,

    No need to worry. The lady in question is Devi Ushā. Shivalinga related dreams do have this common refrain, even on HDF itself in some threads (once I received even a private message...
  32. Re: Tailbone pain - locust pose/root chakra issue?

    Namaste Vasily,

    It may be better to discontinue those poses causing discomfort in that area.
    If "kundalini" is the cause, then any doctor will also not be able to diagnose a physical issue.

    On...
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    Re: "Sri Gayatri Mantra" for Meditation.

    Namaste.

    I couldn't agree more with what Amrut and C.Smith have said in addition.

    AFAIK, the full range of any sAdhana - be it a Puja or a Yagya or Sankirtan and so on - is exemplified by the...
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    Re: "Sri Gayatri Mantra" for Meditation.

    Namaste Charles,

    Lack of guidance is a bit of problem, but as we know we lack the support system - that is the case even in India what to speak of outside.

    As a simple and effective solution,...
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    Re: Lord Shiva -Agni Deva Narrative?

    Namaste,

    It is here and here.

    Only the best of the gurus have the power to tell us their true significance. Of course it is anything but "establish superiority".

    This is an important...
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    Re: Lord Shiva -Agni Deva Narrative?

    Namaste Ram11,

    I don't have any references but the Agni-Rudra rivalry, where Agni is said to have lost (in some transformative way), to me seems like a parallel to Ganesha-Shiva conflict....
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    Re: Veda-Brahman-Devas RELATIONSHIP?

    Namaste Ram11,
    I said that what I wrote is simple to understand, isn't something that requires special super powers or a premium club membership. And that even if it is misunderstood for reasons...
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    Re: Veda-Brahman-Devas RELATIONSHIP?

    Namaste Ram,

    I don't mean to cause any disturbance. I am not rejecting anything or anyone here. But I am not being elitist as well, to say :" this is the highest knowledge so and so, and only few...
  39. Re: Hiranya Garbha-Agni-Rig Veda-Vedic Rain Goddess - Help

    Namaste Ram11-ji,

    This is a good link to find consolidated information on iLA (also called iDA in Sanskrit), though I'd advise not to take opinionating of the authors too seriously. There are...
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    Re: Veda-Brahman-Devas RELATIONSHIP?

    Namaste Ram11,

    Every theonym (deity-name) is unique and points to a unique deity. So, Brahm, Mitra, Agni, Indra etc - all have different independent existences. They are the Swayambhu-s of the...
  41. Re: Hiranya Garbha-Agni-Rig Veda-Vedic Rain Goddess - Help

    Namaste Ram11,

    Goddess iLA is specifically mentioned as rain / causing rain [Yajur Veda (1.7.2.2)]. You might remember iLA from our last conversation.
    (You also asked more about Her. IMO She is...
  42. Re: Does Hinduism justify providing a living wage?

    Namaste faze,

    Dharmically speaking, a Hindu household is under obligation to never return a beggar - it could be a sadhu - empty handed. This tradition is still followed in India. I think India...
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    Re: Greetings from America

    However, just to remind that this is one POV - of one sect - among almost innumerable sampradaya-s of Hinduism.
    Hindu sects, in general, never "claim" anything - they don't practice exclusivism...
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    Re: Reconversion

    Namaste,

    Madan Mohan Malviya, a Hindu educator, is mentioned in the OP - and there lies the core of the issue imo. While bringing people back in the Hindu fold is all good, and builds up the...
  45. Re: FIR for hurting religious sentiments:

    Namaste,

    The chink is that such antics of the Abrahmacis easily give away. Because in their binary worldviews they lack the diversity the average Hindu is well endowed with, and therefore to my...
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    Re: Vishnu incarnations

    Namaste Seeker,

    I fear it is just the opposite: Hindus are very serious about who the Avatars were, and take the guidance of their various scriptures in this regard.

    Those who also have some...
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    Re: Vishnu incarnations

    Namaste Seeker,

    I am sure Lord Vishnu will guide you in everything. There is no harm in the views that you hold.

    Buddha is anyway considered a Vishnu avatar by many (I don't). Gandhi - no Hindu...
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    Re: Pronunciation: letter r

    Namaste dA,

    It will be odd hearing a Hindi speaker with a trilled r.
    र् is the original consonant, but this alone can't be pronounced.
    To be able to do that, we add अ (a) to it (as usual in case...
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    Re: Approaching Materials?

    Namaste IC,

    Any business-venture has the capacity to grow into, what we can call as, a "shadow state". So even though the "backbone" of the whole society is constituted as in the vital framework...
  50. Re: Does "Bharat-Varsha" refer to India, or the entire planet?

    Namaskar,

    Bharata means, "light-giver". BharataVarsha means, "the land of light". On a mundane level, it means, "the East". But to be accurate, BharataVarsha means vrihata Bharata including all...
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