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  1. Thread: Incense Thoughts

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    Re: Incense Thoughts

    Namaste,

    I am so immersed in Shiva that I don't think much about other devas/deviis. Others come in, for sure - Krsna, Paarvatii, Kaalii, .. - but not regularly. My use of incense as more than...
  2. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste Mana,

    Well, I hope that my responses are okay. While I am single in the legal sense, my mind and heart are so devoted to Shiva that I am not available for a relationship with a man. ...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Done! http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?p=82376#post82376 :-)
  4. Thread: Incense Thoughts

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    Incense Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Since the conversation here http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=9251&page=3&highlight=incense doesn't show any signs of diminishing and it's largely no longer strictly...
  5. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste Indraneela and all,

    ahhhh... now I see. Yes, that could make sense, but seems a narrow view of what one's priorities might be. Buddha was married, after all. Still, they ask for...
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    Re: Surya Namaskar Ritual

    Namaste,

    These singers have better pronunciation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2l0tadiQHE but they don't include the last part, om śrīsavit.rsūryanārāyaṇāya namaḥ (ॐ श्रीसवितृसूर्यनारायणाय...
  7. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste Mana,

    Thank you. Now that I have considered others' stance on choosing these, I will be more alert as to the sensation of the mala. But I also believe that we somehow wind up with...
  8. Thread: The 'H' word.

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    Re: The 'H' word.

    Namaste,

    Apparently, when the Persians heard the people living in the Indus Valley refer to 'sindhu' it was mispronounced, 'hindu' and came to be the label for those living there by all...
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    Re: Chanting mantra throughout the day

    Namaste,

    I find it's very important to find the right rendition to emulate. It's been my experience that an inordinate number of renderings are very poorly pronounced. I don't know this for a...
  10. Thread: Survey

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    Re: Survey

    Namaste Mana,

    Me too! LOL I tried 3 times to answer truthfully, but I'm just not a yes/no, black/white dvaita sort of thinker. :-) Of course there was no option as far as caste for me so that...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste Indraneela,

    What I like about the Sri Sai Flora is that the sweetness has a heavy, resin-y undertone. Is that what datura supplies, do you think?

    I'm not a big fan of the "usual" nag...
  12. Thread: Renunciation

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    Re: Renunciation

    Namaste Yajvan,

    From one saṃskṛtacātra to another, thank you very much. :-)

    Hari Om
    हरि: ॐ

    :-)
  13. Thread: Renunciation

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    Re: Renunciation

    Namaste,

    Well, I do hope to hear from those who practice renunciation. ...whether just a matter of observing ekādshīs or further. I'm not concerned with whether or not one thinks of him/herself...
  14. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste again EM,

    That makes sense, to pick them out in person. Turns out a friend of mine in India picked some out for me at a temple. We'll see how they are. Of course, if one has never held...
  15. Thread: Renunciation

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    Re: Renunciation

    Namaste EM,

    That sounds peaceful... at least potentially so. I'm not sure that minimalism is the same as renunciation, though. In fact, on reflection, I must say I think though they may appear...
  16. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste EM, So, the traditional knotted kind is an example of one with spacers? Or do you mean specifically with smaller beads in between?
  17. Thread: Rudraksha mala

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    Re: Rudraksha mala

    Namaste,

    I am looking for a rudraksha mala, but I see so many varieties - even for the simplest kind. Could someone kindly advise me?
    ...
  18. Thread: Renunciation

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    Renunciation

    Namaste,

    I'm not sure where this thread belongs, so I rely on the mods to move it, if necessary.

    I am very interested in others' experiences of this path - however gentle and relatively...
  19. Thread: Detachment

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    Re: Detachment

    Namaste,

    English is a language ill-equipped to talk about spiritual concepts. In my Sanskrit studies, the entire margin can be filled with the definition of a single term. LOL One...
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    Re: Becoming Vegetarian

    Namaste Aum namah shivāya,

    I *thought* it was you! :-)

    Wonderful. That sounds so much like how it went for me... can't say I was repulsed by meat, just not attracted to it - well, except...
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    Re: Becoming Vegetarian

    Namaste,

    For me it just happened. I didn't choose it. That seems to be happening a lot in this walk of sanatana dharma... it's all so easy and natural.

    Hey, OP (sorry... forgot who...
  22. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Re: Shiva Bhaktaa

    Namaste,

    I know... I have a hard time putting it into words. As for scriptures, perhaps I simply haven't encountered relevant ones yet. Mostly, though, I find whatever I need in terms of what...
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    Re: Encountering Siva

    namaste,

    I totally agree! I love these stories! Once while swimming, I saw a little blue-grey figure in padmaasana on everyone's forehead. It was the symbol of God in everyone. Then while...
  24. Thread: India Abroad

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    Re: India Abroad

    Namaste,

    This is fun! I can totally relate to the whole thing about gettin all screwed up inside over things that now can simply flow on past.

    still reading your article... ...and very...
  25. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Re: Shiva Bhaktaa

    Namaste realdemigod,

    Thank you for your compassionate remarks. :-) The scriptures don't teach me to understand; that comes in meditation. What you suggest is a different path to God. This is...
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    Re: Encountering Siva

    Namaste, But exercise helps, I think. My teacher is always reminding me, abhyāsena ca vairāgyam... by means of practice and renunciation... :-)
  27. Thread: Survey

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    Re: Survey

    Namaste Hesh,

    Thank you for your kind answer. :-) My questions aren't all cleared up, but I think they're best left for another thread.
  28. Thread: Survey

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    Re: Survey

    Namaste, I have a question. Under the part of the survey where one is asked about caste, the only option given to those not born into an Indian family is "I am not a Hindu". I was under the...
  29. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Re: Shiva Bhaktaa

    Namaste,

    I would love to learn from other bhaktas and bhaktaas how they move through their devotion and understanding of their relationships with God... how their worship has developed over the...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste Indraneela, Would that my many SHTs were marketable! May it soon be so for us all... :-) (And this doesn't seem stupid at all... very very helpful!)



    Yes! Please!



    This...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste EM, I've never heard of brown sandalwood. I'll have to check that out. I find that the $ store stuff is a little 'light' for my taste. I like the heavier, rich stuff, like the Sri Sai...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste,

    I believe that what is discouraged is the image that the western mind might tend to attach to the picture as soon as "pot" is mentioned. The tendancy would be there to infuse it with...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste,

    My teacher was born and raised in India. To him, it's common knowledge. As I said, I don't think it's smoked nor burned as incence. As far as I know, it's always in the form of a...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    ha ha ha

    Namaste EM, Well, usually it's served in the form of a beverage, not smoked. :-) It's called bhang.
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    Re: Encountering Siva

    Namaste,

    I too love to share my experiences! And bravissimo for such devotion!! Such a personal experience is only for your interpretation, but for me sometimes the awe blanks my mind and only...
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    Re: Lord Shiva and incense.

    Namaste,

    I LOVE Sri Sai Flora. It quite honestly affects my state of mind... I feel at once taken away... somehow less physical... ...
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    Re: Meeting Other Hindus

    Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I think that as my mind is set toward expanding my community, so it will unfold, īshvarasya kṛpayā. :-) Namaste
  38. Thread: How to Learn

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    Re: How to Learn

    Namaste, Another point of view on this - there are those who contend that people bring all sorts of different knowledge forward from past lives. From that perspective one can understand many things...
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    Poll: Re: Sanskrit and Vedic Forum

    Namaste,

    Also, we have been working on reviewing आत्मनेपदिप्रयोगा:, तकारान्त forms which lead into present participles.

    The only way to get any language in one's head is repeat repeat...
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    Poll: Re: Sanskrit and Vedic Forum

    Namaste,

    I wanted to share something my teacher and I are working on. This is an example of what I'd like to share in a forum here.
    ...
  41. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Re: Shiva Bhaktaa

    hmmmm... So it really does seem that what is for us will get plopped down in front of us if/when it's to be ... and if it's meant to be, then I will hook up with others. That's what I'm getting out...
  42. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Re: Shiva Bhaktaa

    Namaste,

    Well, I didn't choose Shiva. It was a series of visions wherein the figure became more and more clear to me. I had to ask my teacher who it was. So, I don't know anything about what...
  43. Thread: Shiva Bhaktaa

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    Shiva Bhaktaa

    Namaste,

    I am not a Shaivite, but I am a Shiva bhaktaa. I don't see any forum on this site for devotees who do not fit into any particular denomination. So, I thought I would start a thread......
  44. Thread: Some websites...

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    Re: Some websites...

    I tried that link without success, but found this one: http://bhajans.org/dynamic/ They have audio files and words in English and Hindi, but not in devanāgarī, unfortunately. There is this: ...
  45. Thread: Some websites...

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    Re: Some websites...

    Yes. I am a member of indus ladies. It's a very good site, but a little disorganized. It's hard to find the topics and to follow the threads. But they are very active with a ton of very helpful...
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    Re: Meeting Other Hindus

    Yeah, I am on that site, but haven't found any groups in my area. But for others who are looking too, here's the link: http://www.meetup.com/.

    namaste
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    Re: Meeting Other Hindus

    hmmm... I already shop at those places, but there aren't many around here. I never thought about asking them about it, though. I will next time. I've never seen any Desi papers in English around...
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    Meeting Other Hindus

    Namaste,

    Now that Shiva is a constant companion and I can comfortably say "I am a Hindu" I would love to hook up with others who feel the same - virtually as well as in real life.

    Does anyone...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    I also agree! Thanks for the quote! :-)
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    Poll: Re: Sanskrit and Vedic Forum

    Namaskar,

    What I was hoping to see were posts for people of all levels, with topics of grammar, examples of different exercises to practice case endings and sandhi rules... conversations with...
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