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    Re: Buddha as an Avatar of Vishnu

    The order of "ninth" is specific to a very popular list of ten avatars of Vishnu, which also includes more popular Gods like Krishna and Rama. The Buddha is the ninth avatar in this list after...
  2. Re: How To Win An Argument With An Advaitin

    Unfortunately this is misleading. If Sayana and Madhusudhana Saraswati accepted this Upanishad as authentic, you have to provide their interpretation of it. Unless, they interpreted this Upanishad...
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    Re: Ramanuja

    Can you provide more details on this commentator?

    Thanks
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    Re: Calling "traditional" Hindus

    Seeing that hardly anyone has replied, it may perhaps be of help if you define Hindu and "traditional". There is no official definition for Hindu and therefore, there cannot be one for "traditional"...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Disagreement, it will have to be. If philosophical identity is all that is needed to retrofit names, then the same argument can be used to label Chaitanya an Iskconite and Badarayana an Advaitin -...
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    Re: spiritual regeneration

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    Isn't spirituality all about the soul and its emancipation? I do not see what it has to do with world peace.

    Most of the world does lead a peaceful life. As for afflicted...
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    Re: Ramanuja

    What is the difference? Sounds the same as invalid or incorrect to me.



    It is simple logic that the Shukla Yajur was unavailable and unknown before Yajnavalkya's time - regardless of his...
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    Re: Ramanuja

    I am pretty sure, the name Brhadaranyaka does not appear anywhere in any Sutta.

    An Upanishad school is mentioned by some writers such as Bana, but no specifics until the time of Shankara.
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    Re: Ramanuja

    It is my understanding that Mimamsa does not consider anything other than the portions that discuss action, as having value - or more specifically, relevant to their doctrine.

    As Mimamsa was the...
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    Re: Ramanuja

    Chronology existed before the British too. Yajnavalkya introduced the Shukla Yajur because he was concerned about the authenticity of the Krishna Yajur. The Yajur and Sama refer to the Rig, but not...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Technically, beating a dead horse => nothing to do with kindness to animals. On the other hand, beating a live horse would be an act of unkindness. But since, you have admitted this horse is dead, we...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Dude, you are completely missing the point. I will keep it simple.

    Did Nathamuni call himself a Sri Vaishnava or a Vishishtadvaitin? Yes or No?
    Did any other author before Ramanuja write about...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    He is not, as we will see below.



    Wrong. Unless, you have evidence that Nathamuni considered himself to be part of a school/system named Vishishtadvaita? Or else, by the same logic, one can...
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    Re: Time to fix the History of India?

    I am humbled.

    Btw, about a decade ago, the Buddha's date was revised by historians to a later time - from 600 BC to ~400 BC. No hue and cry about conspiracies yet, but it is coming down the...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Really?

    1. Who does Gaudapada refer to?
    2. Who does Madhva refer to?
    3. And if their schools already existed, why are they called founders?
    4. If they existed earlier, then please explain why...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    There is more to #1. Some also reinterpreted scripture claiming the traditional handling of Varna,etc., was incorrect.

    On #2, it is not a problem of disagreement with neo-hinduism. The problem...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    It would have helped, if you had taken some time to read the thread through. As the sources cited make it clear that neo refers to a specific set of innovations during the 19th century and also...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    As stated in the wikipedia articles posted earlier, neo-Hindu captures some specific changes to Hindu beliefs during the 19th century (and later) to adapt to Western thought. By this definition,...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Neither. You have missed my earlier posts on this thread.

    Reposting again. It should be clear that I am not pulling this out of my hat. And one more time...It is not the case that Hindusim...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Unfortunately, you are wrong. If you are being taught that Varna and caste are not by birth, then your teachers have already deviated from tradition and do have to be classified as neo-Hindus (which...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    The Manu Smriti is only one among a class of similar texts. They are intended to be followed by people of the four Varnas, originally meant for the occupants of the Aryavarta region (primarily North...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Wrong example, as the Manu Smriti does not recognize the concept of Hindu. Try again.
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    Re: Time to fix the History of India?

    So, what is the fix?

    The suspense is getting to be too much.
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    In short, Neo-Hinduism is a new age flavor of Hinduism tailored to be palatable to Westerners and people with a modern outlook on how a religion should be. It is also popularly known as "Sanatana...
  25. Re: Some misconceptions - Answers from VA pov

    :) Haven't seen any of them here.

    My classification -

    1. Traditional Hindus - The belief is followed as tradition, mostly free of modern elements. A marked identification is Hindu is not...
  26. Re: Should I Identify myself as Hindu or just a Human?

    Attitude? Really?

    Unless you can explain what is wrong with his post, I would say the damage is more from people like you who take offense at any portrayal of Hindu that does not match your idea...
  27. Re: Some misconceptions - Answers from VA pov

    Did you leave out the third type or did you mean to write there are two types of Hindus?
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    With all due respect, to be consistent, shouldn't we leave interpretation of Gaudiya texts to Gaudiyas - such as Brahma Jijnansa?

    After all, much offense was taken when Ganesh quoted Azhwars,...
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    Re: Gandhi Diet

    Add white vinegar (apple cider, etc) to the list of good foods for weight loss. Two teaspoons mixed with water, every night.
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    1. Time is either cyclic or linear. Per the former, the present point of time T0 will repeat several times. However, Moksha is not subject to cycles and will happen exactly once, at Tm.

    2....
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Again, it has already been offered. In your own words, go back and read it again, till you understand it.
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Why would you bother in any case? This is a key point to consider, as many people are content with just accepting that they are supposed to be on a spiritual quest. Traditionally, moksha was a goal...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Don't really get what you mean here.



    Does not matter when. No one will ever be liberated or was liberated.



    I read about 15 posts and did not find the connection. Unless, you are...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    No, I meant the paradox only. On the finite vs. infinite souls, I rephrased my statement and clarified the paradox is independent of this topic.



    It is quite simple. The period of time is...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    1. Let me rephrase. With Semitic beliefs, souls are created as new people are born and therefore the total soul count can increase with time (with no theoretical limit). Not so with Vedanta, as no...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    In semitic beliefs, the soul has exactly one life (always as a human). The point of creation of the soul = time of birth. However, the soul , once created, never dies and survives past the point of...
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    Re: Importance of Dasavataar

    A strong factor against the Dashavatara => evolution theory is the absence of such a claim by Puranas. None of them recognize the concept of Darwin's evolution, much less associate it with the order...
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    Re: On Liberation from Samsara

    My opinion.

    This logic fails once it spans multiple lifetimes. Your memory is reset each time and so long as you are happy with your present circumstances (family, friends, career, health and...
  39. Re: Questions aboutThe battle of ten kings

    What is your basis for deciding it was a very important event? It is not mentioned in other texts such as the Mbh, Ramayana or Puranas.
  40. Re: zorsastrinism - whats your thought about it

    Is that correct? The Rig-veda is older, unless you contend that the RV is not monotheistic.

    The RV predates knowledge of iron in the sub continent making it older than 1000 BC, while...
  41. Re: Ancient UFOs of India-The hidden knowledge of Vedas

    This text was discovered in 1875. It has only been 138 years now... give them some more time and we should see these stealth crafts flying, spinning and seeking out other cultures to strenghten...
  42. Re: Believing consciousness is inside the brain is like believing light is inside the

    The analogy is not a good one. It is easy to determine that the source of light is not within the eye ( a couple of simple experiments will do).

    However, when it comes to consciousness, as of...
  43. Re: Why are some physicists so bad at philosophy?

    Really? Let us reverse positions and see if it works.

    Some philosophers are clueless about scientific issues and make nonsensical statements which an undergrad student in Science 101 can expose....
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    Re: Is Brahman a Person?

    I have no problem with that. However, I do not see people on this forum who can discuss Advaita or Dvaita to that depth.
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    Re: When scriptural reading dominates

    While most commentators write single bhashyas on the Brahma Sutras, Madhva is different for he wrote four commentaries. One of them is the Anu Bhashya, a short text, written on the request of some of...
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    Poll: Re: A forum for calssical debate

    I do not see representation from Advaita and Dvaita schools on this forum. I do not mean the Ramana\Ramakrishna flavor of new age Advaita, but traditional Shankara Advaita - with enough depth in his...
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    Re: Is Brahman a Person?

    Doesn't everyone :)? Every interpreter firmly claims/believes his interpretation is the only correct or the best among the lot and a similar line of thinking is adopted by their followers.

    ante...
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    Re: Is Brahman a Person?

    This is interesting. Just so I am clear, are you saying that Advaita attributes a permanent form to Brahman? If yes, what is your understanding of Saguna/Nirguna Brahman per the Advaita doctrine?
    ...
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    Re: Vaishnava

    Jopmala,

    Advaitins/Mayavadins do chant the name of Krishna. I do not know where Chaitanya got his information from, but he is wrong on this one.

    It looks like Vaishnava does not have a clear...
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    Re: Worship of sanyasis/saints

    He is always present as a soul. People believe Raghavendra is still active(somewhere) and has the ability to grant their wishes. Same with Sai Baba, etc. Such ideas are mostly driven by the need to...
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