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    Re: iPads - The Future of Hindu Hymn Books

    Namaste Anirudh,

    What you say is partially correct. Technology can be a positive influence in our sAdhanA. It should not eclipse the authentic methods of learning, recitation, and means of...
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    Re: iPads - The Future of Hindu Hymn Books

    Namaste,

    Although technology can be helpful in our sAdhanA from time to time, we must be absolutely sure that it does NOT and cannot replace the authentic practice of guru-siSyA paramparA.
    ...
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    Re: The Four (4) Levels of Vak (Speech)

    Any more inputs on this topic? I would like to read more about this but what Scriptures discuss vaK in (some) detail?
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    Re: Happy Deepavali/Diwali!

    Happy Deepavali to all!
  5. Thread: Hugging

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    Re: Hugging

    Necro thread revive.. but just saw that video and was laughing.

    I especially liked those comments of some "Kantii Prasad" who gives some good pointers on MANHOOD as defined by cultures. Food for...
  6. Devotion to Sri Raghava on Deepavali -Carnatic Song-

    Namaste,

    One of my favorite carnatic kirtanas is 'Marugelera O Raghava', composed by Sri Thyagaraja (?) at the turn of the 18th & 19th centuries.

    This song is devotional, as is all of Carnatic...
  7. Re: does anybody here not believe in reincarnation? plus a question about Brahman!

    Unbelievable! And now there are some "scholars" who are trying to push the date of the Buddha closer to that of jeebus! :rolleyes: I wonder why! hmm..

    Hindus need to organize and combat them...
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    Re: Why are people still so shocked?

    Namaste,

    I just wanted to say that it is very impressive that you've remained steadfast in your resolution to be vegetarian. Most of these things, like vegetarianism, yoga, even celibacy (LOL),...
  9. Re: First Hindu poised for election to United States Congress

    Namaste Believer,

    I wasn't talking about you specifically.

    I am saying that in my experience, it is better to keep people out even if it hurts their "feelings" (:rolleyes:) than let a rat/snake...
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    Re: The Four (4) Levels of Vak (Speech)

    I am really glad you brought this up because I believe, personally, that this is how Sri Krishna related the GItA to Arjuna! Think about it logically; there are ~ 700 verses in the GItA. they were...
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    The Four (4) Levels of Vak (Speech)

    So I've been reading a few tidbits here and there about speech in Hindu dharma and I came across an interesting post by someone in another forum/group.

    There are four levels of speech, or rather,...
  12. Re: First Hindu poised for election to United States Congress

    Namaste Believer,

    I suppose we should be happy that a nominal Hindu (whatever that means) got elected in the west. Yet, it is not her Hindutva that got her elected. She, like so many converts and...
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    Re: Vedanta Society?

    "Vedanta Society" and Vedanta are two distinctly different things. The latter is an astika darSana of Hinduism. The former is a "group" that studies that branch of Hindu philosophy.

    Also, Vedanta...
  14. Re: First Hindu poised for election to United States Congress

    LOL.. how is this woman "Hindu"? She never spoke about Hinduism at any of her speeches and now it becomes 'national news'? :rolleyes:

    she is not a Hindu at all since her father is a Samoan...
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    Re: Hi - Am I Hindu?

    Whatever you "learn" about Hinduism, it must be from Hindus (Indian-Hindus) and Hindus only. Wikipedia is written by mlecchas (non-Indian/non-Hindu) who are inimical towards India and Hinduism. Most...
  16. Re: Cow kills in Self Defence during Eid al-Adha

    lol.. Isn't it sad that the clowns who claim "animal rights" in the west are all for animals that are not consumed by those untouchables? Poor chickens, fish, and cattle. Selective "activism", aka...
  17. Re: Advaita seems so empty and impersonal to me leaving a void in me...

    First, I'm glad you titled your thread correctly -- "...seems so empty an impersonal to me..."

    This shows that you are aware of an oft-missed and subtle notion of frame of reference.

    The...
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    Movie on Ramanujacharya

    Someone has posted the full movie made on the preceptor of the VisiStadvaitA VedAntA, Ramanuja.

    It is in Tamil but has English subtitles.

    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC956F8B944F7D878...
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    Re: Durga idols broken, temples attacked

    Well stated. It is funny to see many abrahamics "surprised" by this sort of behavior when their rag calls on them to commit such atrocities.
  20. Re: Criticizing Islam taboo in academia: ex-Yale expert says

    Namaste ShivaFan,

    I guess we are really speaking past each other in a way.

    Do read those books when you get a chance. They will better inform you of the state of Hinduism studies, and the...
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    Re: Hugging

    Namaste EM,

    I completely agree with your assessment on hugging; it has been the explanation given by my father when I asked why he didn't hug my mother in front of us (my sisters or me). My...
  22. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    This question has been forced upon Hindus by Muslims and Christians for a while now.

    It is claimed that only "one god" is worshiped but in many forms etc.

    The analogy I give is that it is like...
  23. Re: Criticizing Islam taboo in academia: ex-Yale expert says

    ShivaFan,

    I grew up in the US and attended various Christian schools (protestant middle school and catholic high school). I took classes on Hinduism in college on three different occasions and...
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    Re: Srisailam collapse

    This is terrible, indeed. Many temples across India have been neglected terribly. The rats who steal from the Hundi instead of paying the priests well and renovating the temples will pay dearly.
  25. Re: Criticizing Islam taboo in academia: ex-Yale expert says

    Although the academicians in the US (and other western universities) are somewhat pro-Islam, they are vehemently anti-Hindu.

    The sad fact is that most of the programs and classes on Hinduism in...
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    Re: Is vegetarianism required?

    Hello ShivaFan,

    I'm not sure what you're trying to imply by saying that "you've come across Indians who eat meat". I never implied nor stated that Indians, many of them, refrain from eating meat....
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    Re: Conversion: Do we want you?

    No, we don't want you. Those who want to convert are perennially dissatisfied. They delude themselves into thinking the answer(s) lie(s) somewhere "out there" and keep jumping from one pillar to the...
  28. Re: Criticizing Islam taboo in academia: ex-Yale expert says

    This is a dangerous trend but not in the way I presume you think.

    Western academia is an extension of its military-industrial complex; a rather large extrapolation one might say. Western academia...
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    Re: Is vegetarianism required?

    This topic of vegetarianism has been discussed to death on HDF.

    Philosoraptor has made the point unequivocally. There are some on this forum (and elsewhere) who wish to compromise the principles...
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    Re: The Green Rama and The Blue Rama

    To what end do you need to speculate? That is an issue that should be addressed by oneself through introspection. It is restlessness of the mind that one needs to constantly analyze, interpret,...
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    Really Nice Ganga Documentary -BBC-

    Namaste,

    Here is a pretty good documentary of the Ganga made by the BBC. Surprisingly, or rather, astonishingly, it does not dwell on the squalor, filth, and pollution of the Ganges but rather, on...
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    Re: AUM Wallpaper -Revisited-

    *sorry* for the delay guys. Just got my PC working properly now! :D

    Sent you the wallpapers "realdemigod". Enjoy!

    IcyFX, for some reason, I can't find the PM you sent me. Send me another one...
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    Re: Mahabharath - Through the Alphabet

    Indeed.. and IsAvAsyA UpaniSad talks about infinity and zero (an extrapolation).

    also notice on "S" where it says Svetaketu, of ChandOgyA UpaniSad fame, started the institution of marriage and...
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    Re: Secular India

    India, going down the tube one year at a time.

    I am reminded of a story I read as a kid that is so apt for this terrible situation in India.

    ShalivAhanA... the king.. as a young man he formed...
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    Re: Sanskrit and Tamil -- Which one is older?

    Namaste Believer,

    I did not mean to offend as I am not a Hindi speaker so I cannot claim what Hindi exactly is. My sister is fluent in Hindi as are my relatives (cousin married Punjabi Hindu etc....
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    Re: Purpose of Universe

    The purpose of the (uni/multi)verse is to ENJOY!

    So that "I" may know mySelf! ;)
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    Mahabharath - Through the Alphabet

    Here is a wonderful graphic I found online about the Mahabharat and its important aspects described for each letter of the English alphabet.

    This could be a brief introduction to the greatest epic...
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    Re: Unfamiliarity, Contempt, Fear and Shootings

    Sad tragedy.

    The ridiculous thing is that this mleccha scum who did the shooting considered himself "Aryan". hahahhaha..

    Someone needs to write an article telling him that a stray dog in India...
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    Re: Sanskrit and Tamil -- Which one is older?

    This is absolute bunk.

    Although there were agitations against Hindi being imposed on Tamils in the 1930s and 1960s, Tamil Nadu did not "manipulate" the government to declare it a classical...
  40. Re: Looking for 24-mantra version of Purusha Sukta

    Awesome! Thanks Sahasranama.

    Also, love your subtitle now! :D
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    Re: Opinionated?

    Namaste Yajvan,

    Does "you" not feeling pressure mean that the more than 1 billion Hindus also don't feel pressure?

    If you truly think Hinduism/SD is not under attack, what is your opinion of...
  42. Thread: A Syllogism

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    Re: A Syllogism

    I fail to see how this pertains to Hindu Dharma or any of the Dharmic traditions for that matter.

    First and foremost, "religion", as understood today, is not what Dharma is. This has been repeated...
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    Re: How do you Deal with This

    ^^:thumbsup:
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    Re: AUM Wallpaper -Revisited-

    Sorry for the delay to those who PM'd me. My main computer has been on the fritz (I'm using my laptop and don't have those wallpapers on here) and will send them to you once the computer is back up...
  45. Re: Scriptural references supporting Vegetarianism?

    I would think you would know that's not what I meant. From an outsider's perspective, whose background/religion is based on do's and don'ts and a central "book", would look for similar things in...
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    Re: Truth is One; Paths are Many

    you should read Being Different by Rajiv Malhotra. your touchy-feely salad-bar idea of religion is not only idiotic, it is highly dangerous.

    Malhotra's upcoming "U-Turn" book will beautifully...
  47. Re: Scriptural references supporting Vegetarianism?

    One of the main things to keep in mind is that people tend to apply western/abrahamic paradigms to Hinduism/India.

    Hindus are not slaves who are beholden to some "book" or some "verses" in some...
  48. Re: Indians are not descendants of Aryans, says new study

    It is not a slander when it is truth. You should really read "Breaking India" by Rajiv Malhotra. It is clearly explained therein the chronology of events that led to the Renaissance, Enlightenment,...
  49. Re: Some questions about Hindu prayer and temple customs

    No, Hindus pray four times a day. If they don't, they will be flogged 10 times.



    Yes, they purify themselves, but not with water. They purify themselves with a fresh, cold, Heineken! SVA-HA!
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  50. Re: Indians are not descendants of Aryans, says new study

    It is only after the inception of indology as a serious subject of study in 17th century Europe that German seemed to have the most in common with Sanskrit. Thanks to the work of Max Mueller and...
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