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    Re: Photos of my Local Temple

    Beautiful mandir! Thank you for sharing these photos.

    Hope you're doing well.
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    Re: Back after a long time...

    Thank you, Satay! Namaskar!
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    Re: Back after a long time...

    Namaste, Believer! I've missed being here. I have, in fact, been overseas more than once since I was last active on HDF. Unfortunately (or fortunately), no secret missions!
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    Back after a long time...

    Namaste!

    I have not visited HDF for more than a year, simply due to being busy with many things. I am re-introducing myself because it has been such a long time.

    I post under my actual name. ...
  5. Announcing the Launch of Sutra Journal!

    Dear Friends,

    Namaste! It has been some time since I have posted here at HDF. I hope everyone is doing well.

    It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the launch of a new free online...
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    Re: Bhagavad Gita learning tool

    Excellent! I will share it with my students as well.
  7. Re: Mantras: It's The Same God - Why Different Results?

    Namaste!

    Think of it this way. All medicine is meant to cure our ailments. So in this sense all medicine is "one"--healthful, beneficial, etc.

    However, different medicines are appropriate for...
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    Re: Puja without incense?

    Namaste!

    I find that scented candles are a nice substitute. My mother has allergies, and when she visits us or when we visit her, we use scented candles for puja rather than incense.

    Bhakti is...
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    Re: Aum Namah Shivaya

    Namaste ShivaFan!

    It's nice to be back. Not that I've really "been" anywhere. Just incredibly busy, including some travel. I will always check in to HDF from time to time.
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    Re: Aum Namah Shivaya

    Namaste!

    It is difficult to add to the excellent postings on this topic, except perhaps to say that it is an extremely powerful mantra. When recited silently, it creates a sensation of profound...
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    Re: Happy Birthday!

    I am delighted to share my birthday with HDF. That is lovely news! :)

    Happy Birthday HDF!

    (And Albert Einstein, and me.)

    It's also come to be known as Pi Day (3.14).
  12. Poll: Re: Timeline from Wendy Doniger's "The Hindus"

    Good piece by Koenraad Elst on this topic:

    http://www.hinduhumanrights.info/banning-wendy-donigers-the-hindus/
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    Re: Hinduism in academia

    Not all Western academicians are the same. :)
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    Re: Games of Ancient India

    The most famous one is of course chess; and six-sided dice have been found in the ruins of the Indus-Saraswati civilization. Gambling (using dice) is mentioned prominently in the Mahabharata and is...
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    Re: Dear European Hindus, Friends

    Great minds think alike! I did not notice your post when I submitted mine.

    Shanti. :)
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    Re: Dear European Hindus, Friends

    Namaste,

    I picked up the latest issue of Hinduism Today in my mailbox this morning and found that the cover story is: Hinduism in Europe! Check it out.

    It's the January/February/March 2014...
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    Keeping Things in Perspective

    Namaste Friends,

    On a light note, I would like to share this humorous piece to remind us all (myself included) about how ridiculous we all sometimes look when we lose a sense of perspective:
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    Re: advaita or tantra?

    They are distinct, but their worldviews and fundamental insights are closer than is widely acknowledged. Thinkers like Abhinavagupta of the Kashmiri Shaiva tradition saw them as essentially...
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    Re: advaita or tantra?

    Namaste!

    It is both. Seeing a very sharp distinction between Advaita and Tantra is largely a result of western scholarship, which has made this distinction appear to be greater than it actually...
  20. Thread: Kshama

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    Re: Kshama

    Namaste!

    Kṣamā is essential to the practice of karma-phala-vairāgya (renunciation of the fruits of action), the heart of Karma-yoga as taught in the Bhagavad Gītā. We need to be able to bear it...
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    Re: Hinduism in academia

    Namaste!

    I am similarly snowed under with work, so will post at greater length on your main question (an important and interesting one to me) in another day or two.

    But regarding gotra, my...
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    Re: Washington DC Kalibari

    I can now say a little more. I had to attend to something else suddenly as I was writing my earlier posting.

    My wife and I have been involved with this temple a great deal, though the distance...
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    Re: Washington DC Kalibari

    I love this temple! I attend it every couple of months or so.
  24. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    Yes. I love that movie! :)
  25. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    That is true, but it is a much later development. Early in the Common Era, some Mahayana Buddhists in China (quite a few, in fact) began to practice vegetarianism very seriously as a natural...
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    Buddhist monks are required to accept anything that they are given to eat, whether vegetarian or non-vegetarian. They are forbidden, though, to ask for any particular type of food, and if they are...
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    Jaskaran-ji is correct (and impressively knowledgeable, if I may say so) in essentially everything he has posted here.

    I am unsure if the story of the survival of Kumārila Bhaṭṭa is authentic or a...
  28. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    They not only excommunicated and humiliated him, but attempted to murder him by throwing him from the top of a high building, an attempt which the great Vedic scholar nevertheless survived.
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    Re: Hinduism Aggregation

    That's a good, succinct way to put it.

    I would also want to add iṣṭadevatā.
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    Re: Hinduism Aggregation

    Namaste!

    I know the topic of Universalism is hotly contested on HDF, and I do not want to open that whole can of worms. But perhaps we can find a way to add to the list the concept that Truth can...
  31. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    Oh, no, the Buddhist and Jain activities against Hindus (and against each other) are also covered. No community is completely innocent. Maybe in the popular imagination, but not in serious...
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    Cyclone

    Heartfelt prayers, on this Durga Puja and Navaratri night, for all our brothers and sisters in the path of the cyclone.
  33. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    One does occasionally see "Hindu kings" cited as one of the factors in the decline of Indian Buddhism. But as you correctly note, whatever actual, physical persecution might have occurred against...
  34. Re: Why is Buddhism More Accessible in the US

    The main reason is the almost total destruction of Buddhist monasteries, temples, and educational institutions due to the invasions of the medieval period (the same invasions that led to the massive...
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    Re: Banned Members Thread

    You do a fantastic job, Satay, and we all appreciate it. At least on HDF, Satay eva jayate!
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    Namaste!

    I second much of what others have said. A lot of it boils down to how the two traditions have been presented in academic scholarship. Remember that many of the early Indologists...
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    Re: Namaste

    Namaste!

    From one Jeff to another, welcome to HDF! I hope you find it a helpful resource in your spiritual journey and make some good friends as well.
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    Re: Anatta and Rebirth

    I don't think this is the case. Dogen, for example, refers to the various types of rebirth in his Shobogenzo. Maybe particular Zen teachers (probably westerners) might deny it, but I do not think...
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    Re: 9/11 - A day of remembrance

    Namaste,

    I pray that the spirit of 9/11/1893 will surpass and win out over the spirit of 9/11/2001. 120 years ago today, Swami Vivekananda gave his first address to the Parliament of the World's...
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    Re: Buddha's Role as a Social Reformer

    Neither Buddha nor Mahavira "rejected caste." This is a common misconception. Buddha affirmed varna based on guna and in the Dhammapada repeatedly uses the term Brahmin to refer to a wise person,...
  41. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste Viraja,

    And I also find it intriguing that recitations of the 108 or 1000 names of Lord Vishnu include names such as Shiva, Nilakantha, etc.

    Certainly not all Shastras affirm A>B or...
  42. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    I think this is why the adherents of A=B end up simply becoming one more sect, in addition to, rather than synthesizing or taking the place of, A>B and B>A. And yes, this aspect of A=B needs to be...
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    Re: Is Buddhism theistic or atheistic?

    Namaste Lakshmidevi,

    A very helpful posting indeed! In my studies of Buddhist texts, but even more so in my interactions with Buddhists (mostly in Japan, though also in the USA where I reside), I...
  44. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    A fair point, and I don't want to speak for anyone else, but I suspect that some of us are sometimes drawn to conclusions such as A = B in an effort to develop a single coherent position out of what...
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    Re: Hinduism in Historical Outline

    Yes, this is the bane of authors everywhere. I just had an article come out in an excellent volume, and I am quite proud of the content. But I read through it after the hard copy arrived in my...
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    Re: Hinduism in Historical Outline

    Namaste Eastern Mind,

    Thank you for promoting Hinduism Today's History of Hindu India. I served as a consultant for it.
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    Re: Byproducts of Meditation

    Namaste!

    I would echo what others have already said. Though not necessarily pleasant or easy, this is actually one of the greatest benefits of a serious meditation practice. And yes, it will...
  48. Re: Why Does Lord Shri Krishna Refer to Women and Vaishyas As People of Low Origins?

    ...And receiving it!

    No disagreement intended. I just thought this worth pointing out. :)
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    Re: A Western name...

    Two more very nice Hindu girls' names that I have encountered also correspond to western names: Rita and Anita.
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    Namaste, Friends,

    There is wisdom in what everyone here has posted, but I think that Viraja, Yajvan, and Eastern Mind have really put the matter well. In many forms of Hinduism--certainly Kashmir...
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