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  1. How to deal with Adversaries Spiritually in modern Living?

    Namaste everyone. I'm not sure if this is the correct section to post this.

    I was looking for some guidance on a matter, and wondering what the Hindu Approach is to dealing with Enemies and...
  2. Re: Hindu Deity's and their effects. Seperating Reality from Superstition.

    Namaste JaiMaaDurga,

    Thank you for your response as well as answering my questions pleasantly! :)



    Just to clarify, I know this question might sound absurd to even ask this to some here, I...
  3. Re: Hindu Deity's and their effects. Seperating Reality from Superstition.

    Namaste,

    Thank you devotee for assisting and clearing up my mind on the matter of Devotion. I have read great works such as Sri Ramakrishana and Sarada devi's devotion to Maa Kaali, such beautiful...
  4. Re: Hindu Deity's and their effects. Seperating Reality from Superstition.

    Namaste Devotee,

    Thank you for your reply. I dont get close to such things, but I had to inquire since different sects of shakta worshippers will approach Mother Differently, and they normally...
  5. Hindu Deity's and their effects. Seperating Reality from Superstition.

    Namaste everone, It's been some time since i've posted on this forum.

    I have a question with respect for sincere devotees on the power and influence of the devatas and how they interact with...
  6. Re: Can advaitins believe in a personal god?

    Namaste Devotee,

    It seems you misunderstood me. I did not say I subscribed to any of the 'ideas' I have mentioned above in my previous post. Yes here it is inevitable one comes across and is...
  7. Re: Can advaitins believe in a personal god?

    Namaste Devotee :),





    I can assure you that it is nobody here. But I will clarify so we are on the same page. I would hate to make a gross generalization but I will just go based off what...
  8. Can advaitins believe in a personal god?

    Just a simple and direct question. Many nondualists from my observation focus on plurality like "we " and "us". This leaves off God as impersonal or mechanical from this viewpoint. Can one accept...
  9. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste Sudas, I am very intrigued by everything I have read in this thread so far, the very fact of the reassuring tone that "It is okay to believe in multiple gods" and that does not equate one to...
  10. Re: the world is an illusion, but its real enough

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solipsism

    "Advaita Vedanta[edit]
    Advaita is one of the six most-known Hindu philosophical systems, and literally means "non-duality". Its first great consolidator was...
  11. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste all,

    Thank you highly for all your well written responses and assisting me in getting a better understanding. I highly appreciate it.



    I understand this and I did not foresee that...
  12. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste EM. I don't mind. Like I said I'm still new to Hinduism. Right now I don't have an 'official' Hindu method like Bhakti or murti puja. While I do read about and study various philosophies...
  13. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste EM. For me there is a good reason. A mindset like mine is better suited for Vedanta, but I'm more satisfied in connecting with The supreme through form and attributes. I know some here might...
  14. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste sudas. Thank you for your response. I am new to Hinduism and it wasn't my intention to insult or offend anyone with my curious post. :( I am just very confused with the varying viewpoints on...
  15. Re: Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    I am confused whether to view Gods as beings that exist on a relative level vs a form of God one projects unto Atma with form and attributes by reading Krishnas words among other verses when he says...
  16. Demigod worship different from worshiping para-atma?

    Namaste all, typing from my phone so please excuse the structure. I have a question regarding as to how one worships and honors god through form and attributes vs a formless impersonal Brahman. I...
  17. Thread: Anatma

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    Anatma

    Namaste all

    I'm not too familiar with the concept of Anatma, can anyone care to explain the philosophy and reasoning behind this?

    Why do Buddhists disbelieve in the soul, and if this is the...
  18. Re: the world is an illusion, but its real enough

    You see if one were to put it that way, it's easier for my mind to grasp and accept by the very structure of it.

    Pertaining to solipsism and how one can easily mistake advaita for solipsism is...
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    Re: Any copy of Gita I can find?

    Namaste,

    Thank you everyone kindly for the links provided!! I am eager to get started.

    God Bless.:)
  20. Re: the world is an illusion, but its real enough

    Namaste

    I wholeheartedly agree.
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    Any copy of Gita I can find?

    Namaste all,

    Can anyone provide links or sources where I can Order An Legit English Translation of the Bhagavad Gita that is NOT an "As it is" version?

    I respect and honor the beliefs and...
  22. Re: the world is an illusion, but its real enough

    Namaste,

    As a westerner and a Newcomer to Sanatana Dharma Philosophy, I'm guilty as charged as mistaking Advaita Vedanta as Presented by Eastern Dharma Was similiar to western solipsism, In fact,...
  23. Thread: Devi-ma

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    Re: Devi-ma

    Namaste,I agree it is inevitable in the western world, I see a lot of watered down new age teachings on advaita mixed match with people's own individuals philosophy's. Theirs an ideology that will...
  24. Re: How to recognize an 'Enlightened' Person?

    Thank you both for your responses.



    Excuse my ignorance, I was under the impression these terms were inter-changeable, as some would assume, enlightenment as is described in Buddhism would be...
  25. How to recognize an 'Enlightened' Person?

    Namaste Everyone.

    I'm having a crisis of faith here.. more specific, some cognitive dissosance.. I would hate to bring up a controversial topic, and everyone assumes i'm baiting or trolling,...
  26. What role do the Devas play in Advaita Philosophy?

    Namaste All.

    As the title asks, where do the devas come in according to Advaitan theory? I have seen different approaches from different advaitans across the board, but it still doesnt seem clear...
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    Re: YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Namaste, Excellent post, and thank you everyone else for your contribution to this thread.

    You did a great way of explaining it to give me a clearer undestanding of What "Maya" is. Thank you. If...
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    Ishvara And Brahman

    Namaste all,

    Only recent I have came across the concept of ishvara, the Inner Controller. To my understanding is just another name For God, Or Lord.

    Is Ishvara the same as Brahman?

    If...
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    Re: Your opinion on Zen?

    Namaste,

    YES! You hit the nail on the head right here which I had trouble expressing. I'm finding it very difficult to balance both out..

    My personal preference is Vishidvaita philosophically...
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    Your opinion on Zen?

    Namaste all.

    I was wondering if it was practical to compromise Zen Mindset with taking up any philosophy and belief in any school in Hinduism.

    From what I understand, Zen only focuses more on...
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    What is Neo Hinduism?

    I keep seeing this pointed out some places in the forums. What is Neo Hinduism and how does it differ from Traditional Hinduism in Philosophy and Scriptural Interpretations? Thanks
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    Any Vishishtadvaita Gurus?

    I live in NYC, I am very much fond of this philosophy and would love some more in-depth learning on it. Face-to-Face Teaching preferably. I am very much interested..

    Is there any Vishitadvaita...
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    Help me find this verse?

    Namaste everyone.

    I forgot where I've read this before, if I can get some help I really appreciate it. There was a verse I read I think it was in the BG, that talked about "US" always existing,...
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    Re: YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Then that was all that needed to be stated. It is a good answer I think.

    Why do I appear "shady" for asking without having presumptions thrown at me, just because I'm Non-Hindu?
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    Re: YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Namaste.

    Realists accept that the material world is real and not an illusion/maya. It's exact opposite Mono-Idealism accepts that nothing is independant from the mind. There's sub philosophies...
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    Re: YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Namaste. Yes Objective truth is truth, but would still make for an interesting discussion. Hinduism is very diverse and complex in comparison to simplistic belief systems we are all familiar with.
    ...
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    Re: YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Namaste Eastern Mind. I understand that. But do YOU think the Hindu Gods that you worship and devote yourself to, carry different facets revealing themselves in different traditional...
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    YOUR opinion on The Gods?

    Namaste all.

    What is your opinion/perspective on the God's and Deitys that are outside Hinduism and are a part of different cultural pantheons?

    Are they Non-Existant? Fictional? Or a Different...
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    Re: Teach me about Vishishtadvaita.

    Namaste all.

    Thank you EVERYONE for your input. What a great introduction to vishishtadvaita phil and WM.

    I'll check out the books and sources everyone mentioned. Vishishtadavaita sounds like...
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    So what is God?

    Give me your honest thoughts on this matter.

    I run into a lot of places that claim God is Light, Unconditional Love, Bliss, Peace, all the positive traits one can think of. There's a lot of...
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    Any Dharma Meditations for Beginners?

    There can be hundreds or thousands of ways to meditate. Most I am familiar with is Buddhist Meditation.

    Anyone can recommend what sort of "Godly" meditations they do? I can check Google but I...
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    Reincarnation

    BG: 8.6-Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.

    9.25- Those who worship the demigods will take birth among the demigods; those who...
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    Re: Teach me about Vishishtadvaita.

    Still seeking to learn here if anyone is willing. :bowdown:
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    Re: Taking a break from posting ...

    Namaste, I hope you both reconsider how long you will be taking a 'break' for. You both have a lot to offer in insight and knowledge. Even though recent poster, Long time lurker.

    You will both be...
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    Re: Personal stuff

    Okay noted.
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    Re: Advaita Viewpoint On Spiritual Worlds.

    Namaste NayaSurya,

    I would say she was a Blessing and a Curse. People often wonder why I would still consider her a friend and miss her after some of the problems she's caused me, but I wouldnt...
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    Well Hello All.

    Namaste Everyone,

    I've already been a long time lurker, and some are already familiar with my posts, but it is only proper to formely introduce myself.

    I'm a new yorker.

    I am a follower of...
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    Teach me about Vishishtadvaita.

    Hi can anyone give me a brief summary of the beliefs & fundamentals of Vishishtadvaita ?

    Any links or sources would be great too... :)
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    Re: What is Vamachara?

    Well to call it the "left hand path" of Hinduism, is inaccurate misinformation, then what is vamachara really about ?
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    Re: Advaita Viewpoint On Spiritual Worlds.

    Funny you bring that verse up, I just came across it recently as a matter of fact. I dont follow it as "coincidence" ;p

    Bhagavad-gītā s 9.25: Those who worship the demigods will take birth among...
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