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  1. Poll: Re: Timeline from Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus"

    Of all the jubilant voices celebrating Wendy's book being recycled back to pulp, how many have actually taken the pain to read it and form an independent opinion (if that is actually possible)? Let...
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    Ok, makes sense now.
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    Re: What is Neo Hinduism?

    For someone who doesn't even believe there is any consistent meaning or basis to the terms Hindu and Sanatana Dharma, your views on what constitutes "traditional" vis a vis "neo" hindus is...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    I would think cyclic/linear time is unnecessary consideration - events in time may be cyclic, we can w/o loss of generality take time to be linear in the beginning less creation model. Your argument...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    He has read it, understood it but like any other apologist instead of an honest discussion decides to NITPICK on rigour of your and mine framing of statements about infinity, or stuffing words in our...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    A long reply with more "carefully" constructed argument to show no finite upper bound to time to salvation starting ant time t in future in case of beginningless souls under a very mild additional...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Yes there are pros and cons of either assumption.

    Shaiva agamas have always put their weight on creationism and a God giving salvation in few life times. Tantra goes ahead and even pins it to 7...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    How kind of you.



    If there was I would have pointed out. Its simply a irrational expectation that something will work in finite horizon in future, when it did not work out for an infinite...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Nice argument, but we can only stop with the conclusion that every jiva needs infinite time for liberation which itself is a death blow to concept of liberation for those who can think, BUT, this...
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    Re: A Dragon at the Gates

    Http://www.sunday-guardian.com/news/jiang-group-in-chinese-army-behind-incursions

    Since geopolitics is ever black and white the above gurdian article is important to be noted. Subramaniam swamy...
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    Re: A Dragon at the Gates

    http://manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/chinese-incursion-of-2013-just-the-beginning/



    I think exactly the same as outlined by the blogger. I will be surprised if China sits tight with...
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    A Dragon at the Gates

    China setting up now a full fledged camp site [not a camp] 20km inside [not 10Km anymore] Indian territory. Personally I think they can simply come to Leh and declare entire Ladakh...
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    Re: Playing Games With Lord Shiva

    While I don't believe for a moment that a 'Lord Shiva' or anybody else is playing any games with you, BUT --- if you can take these 'material' losses, setbacks with a smile as you have described -...
  14. Re: Why are some physicists so bad at philosophy?

    O yes, Really! Except we r talking about plato's philosophy 101 or ishwar krishana's theology 101 or some other theology. I am sure many physicists have studied why plato objected to creatio ex...
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    Re: Defining Hindu - Part 2

    The definition provided by the great atheist Veer Savarkar stands most crisp and apt to me even now, more than when I first saw it.

    But if one takes a fundamentalist attitude to scriptures as many...
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    Re: Sanjay Dutt-Jail time

    We would, if not for anything else but to see how he copes with a night a cell, plus i am sure a small fraction of his enormous wealth goes to jehadi funding. But he is not supid enuf to keep an AK...
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    Re: Sanjay Dutt-Jail time

    His hard luck that stupidity of youth is still haunting him after 20 years.
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    Re: Converts and hate

    Those reactions r of people who r low in confidence about hinduism or their own place in it. You need not judge hindu behaviour to new comers solely based on online experience. Also not online groups...
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    Re: Vedic hinduism vs.puranic hinduism

    Excellent Proof.
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    Re: The significance of the Veda

    None of the above r vedic but based on much later created paddhatis based smriti and smriti related kalpa. Yes they use vedic mantras often bearing no relation to the ourpise or context of deployment.
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    Re: Unusual French Name

    Great, prosecute people for wearing t shirts.
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    Re: The significance of the Veda

    We can include brahmins also as the question is equally valid for 99.99% of brahmins as well.
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    No, the argument was we only see Neo Hindus [like in this forum] living in fantasy dream world of conspiracy theories, while traditional sampradaya hindus having no problem in welcoming western...
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    Birds of a feather flock together.
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    Re: ahiMsa and Arjuna

    Disclaimer: The post is not meant to glorify violence but Arjuna and OP's purpose is a pragmatic reflection on nature of life and role of violence in Ruling and Politics, and problems with unnatural...
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    ahiMsa and Arjuna

    http://manasataramgini.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/the-lesson-of-arjuna/

    Interesting note from Mahabharata.
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    Relax! Nobody cares about points here too much reputation or other wise, they dont prove anything. Given my opposition to almost every opinions on this forum barring from 2 people, i am not surprzed...
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    That would be few families of srauta ritualists among the namboodris living in a small neighbourhood of kerala.

    Surely there are more hindus than a few 100?

    But if one is willing to weaken the...
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    I thought he stays in india but instead of practicing any form of hinduism studies translations of darshanas.

    But the bigger problem i see with neo hindus of this forum is the myopic and linear...
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    Re: Meditative Instructions for Durga Devi

    Ofcourse the objective is different, i meant meditation in the sense that one is still focussing attention, and outer mandalas are projection of inner points. Shakta wants to experience the visarga...
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    Re: Meditative Instructions for Durga Devi

    Apart from these why should outer ceremonies not be mediation unless one is fixated on difference between outer and inner? What is done outwardly is just a projection of the inner. Shakta tantras are...
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    Re: What Role Does Buddha Play in Hinduism?

    Thanks. I meant refuge which is for enlightenment of self and others and not general veneration or worship.
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    Re: Neo-Hinduism and Traditional Hinduism

    Nice summary list of neo hindu criteria. Deleted the rest of the post as it does not make sense to make the same points again and again.
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    The Modern Mystic

    After watching the video, I think it makes to promote it. Nice talk by the person, I don't know much about him - but he surely seems an inspired personality in the video. He even finds Dawkins...
  35. Re: There is a need to respect and accept diverging views

    All these problems are related to vedanta which is a small miniscule portion of Hinduism with no real consequence except on religious politics. Part of the reason is there has never been any living...
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    Re: What Role Does Buddha Play in Hinduism?

    Buddha himself strongly believed he was teaching something new and buddhism represents a paradigm shift in understanding the locus of reality. No form of Hinduism is anyway close to Buddhism and vice...
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    Re: What is Vamachara?

    "Left Hand" is on the other hand a new age creation based on Hindu vamachara. Vamachara is not a separate system or philosophy, it is simply one of the 7 or 9 acharas as one progress through shakta...
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    Re: Greetings...

    ...But precisely, God is not the epicenter of the religious philosophies in Hinduism except vedanta [and its offspring].
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    Re: Greetings...

    Welcome. Indian culture always had good representation atheistic opinion even atheist evangelicals, and most of so called astika systems except Vedanta are either atheist or only paying lip service...
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    Re: Please educate; Advice on relationship

    If he is bound by parental consent, don't you think it is good enuf reason not to remain bound to this man?
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    Re: how is turiya blissful?

    It is quite different from buddhistic void which is existential and not a transcendental uncognizable absolute void (if u say so, but turiya would be cirrevt and it is not said to be void) of advaita...
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    Re: Worship of the non-Brahmins

    Really? ;)

    RSS is not nearly as strong opinionated as you and are glad now to put up muslim faces, oppose narendra modi and have always held gandhi in high regards.

    Only real Hindtva person was...
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    Re: living in India: serious questions

    India has worst record for women safety, and I will not suggest this bold move unless you have strong friends and connections here. Just being practical. You being in 20s is a good thing, IMO as you...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    If one uses common sense one cannot stick to religion at the same time, so it is not a fair expectation.

    Besides, phil is right, shruti and smriti doesnt give same status to men and women. Shruti...
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    Re: Swami Nithyananda

    I was being sarcastic. I found his videos humorous because it there is some humor in seeing a person so completely full of himself on tape. I don't think this much of self indulgence and narcissism...
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    Re: Swami Nithyananda

    What's stopping you, its not that a video can give you flu?

    Nitty's own website and organization:-
    http://www.nithyananda.org/

    A nice blog against him:-
    http://nithyananda-cult.blogspot.ch/...
  47. Re: Buddha Not a Reformer (of the then Hindu Dharma)?

    Buddha's core teaching is to understand things as they are without subjective colorings. All the rest of the things are kind of a substantiation of this in a slightly ironical development.

    If one...
  48. Re: Buddha Not a Reformer (of the then Hindu Dharma)?

    This is mostly wrong and misunderstanding.ALL Hindu acharyas criticized buddhism of being false, asuric or only very partly true. ALL Buddhist acharyas have criticized sanatana dharma as a wrong view...
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    Re: Rajnath President BJP

    None, until they declare Narendra Modi the PM candidate for BJP.
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    Re: Truth is One; Paths are Many

    One thing may be said in various ways, but various sayings may not be talking about the same one thing. Not sure why this sloka causes so much confusion and justification of universalism.
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