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    Re: Offering Food To God

    Namaste.

    The best way to offer food to God is through loving acknowledgment.

    Saying something like: "You created this for me to eat, so the very least I can do is to share it with you".

    It...
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    Re: A bit more light...

    Namaste, Yajvan.

    Very thought-provoking thread.

    How I see it, is that there's a huge difference between personal identification and attachment.

    I can say; "I am typing these words" and for...
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    Re: Asking things of god..

    Namaste.

    This post comes on the back of another thread...one in which I became the 'voice' for Lord Shiva....again.

    Whenever that happens, I tend to feel slightly uncomfortable and uneasy - I...
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    Re: My Appreciation for Lord Ganesha

    http://www.spiritual-minds.com/easternrelgions/articles/gods.pdf

    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: where to start

    Namaste.

    Necromancer now gets to use her favourite quote from the Gita (2:12):



    na tv evāhaḿ jātu nāsaḿ
    na tvaḿ neme janādhipāḥ
    na caiva na bhaviṣyāmaḥ
    sarve vayam ataḥ param
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    My Appreciation for Lord Ganesha

    Namaste.

    After lurking on that thread in the Vaishnava forums about Lord Ganesha in Vaishnavism- I had to do a 'rethink' myself.

    For many years, Lord Ganesha was a total abstract concept to me,...
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    Re: where to start

    Namaste.

    It all depends on how much you already know about it. If you really mean 'start', I can give you a very basic crash-course that will lead you to peruse other branches of this 'Tree of...
  8. Re: Duality,Non-Duality etc are mere Blanket Terms

    Namaste.

    So, I just asked myself: "if I continued 'neti neti' and saw the world as Maya, would I arrive the same place by seeing Lord Shiva in everything"?

    All I can say about that, is either...
  9. Re: Duality,Non-Duality etc are mere Blanket Terms

    Namaste.

    I won't quote ISA above, but I can understand it.

    For years I followed the path of 'neti neti'. Problem was, I am also a very strict adherent to the 'doctrine of Spock' - pure logic -...
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    Re: Thoughts on threads and beads

    Namaste - yeah, I was sitting on the corner of the mala-bag and by this stage, chanting is no longer an 'assignment' for me...just a 'tool'.

    I still find it very relaxing, but much prefer the...
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    Re: Thoughts on threads and beads

    Namaste.

    I am going to say 'the Mantra' is the most important thing - just so I could get over my initial weirdness about chanting the Maha Mantra on Rudraksha for the first and only time years...
  12. Re: Duality,Non-Duality etc are mere Blanket Terms

    Namaste.

    I guess I must also class myself as a 'dualist' (if it really has to be that way).

    Yeah, I know all the personal representations of Siva (Lingam included) only serve to represent the...
  13. Re: Duality,Non-Duality etc are mere Blanket Terms

    Namaste.

    I have read that quote and the post over 4 times and I still don't understand any of it. I would like to try to understand it.

    Okay, so what happens when Duality and Unity merge? I...
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    Re: Asking things of god..

    Namaste.

    For many years, the only question I asked of the Lord was 'why me?' and I wouldn't take 'why not you?' for an answer.

    I can only pray and ask the Lord to allow me to feel this love I...
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    Re: Still Feel Like I'm Doing it Wrong

    Namaste.

    Sometimes it's difficult to keep my mind trained on Shiva, especially when I am grocery shopping, comparing tins of soup and everything suddenly becomes like an Andy Warhol painting...
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    Re: Still Feel Like I'm Doing it Wrong

    Namaste.

    Logic is telling me not to proceed any further without a bit of background.

    1. What kind of 'Hindu' are you? Do you believe in Shiva, Vishnu, Ganesha, Durga?

    2. Why do you believe...
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    Re: Still Feel Like I'm Doing it Wrong

    Namaste.

    I have another little story for you from the 'Personal files of Necromancer'.

    I suffer with a form of agoraphobia, really bad.

    I can go outside and walk around and even go...
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    Re: Still Feel Like I'm Doing it Wrong

    Namaste.

    I am just glad I passed this on and cheered you up a little. It looked like you could have done with one of these: :grouphug:

    It's all about a little technique I call 'Checking Your...
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    Re: Still Feel Like I'm Doing it Wrong

    Namaste, Webimpulse.

    I'm sorry to read you are feeling like this again. :(

    Most would (and have) suggested to you that you see a doctor or seek specialist advice before your continued journey...
  20. Re: 'Secularism' in India - Muzaffarnagar riots

    Namaste.

    I've been noticing a very disturbing trend worldwide over the past 10 years or so.

    It isn't so much that Hindus are being discriminated against, more than the so-called reverse...
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    Re: The Twist in the tale

    Namaste.

    The Mahabharata is full of very interesting tales or 'sub-plots' and that's what makes it very interesting (like those you have described). Nice thread btw.

    I also like the stories...
  22. Thread: Boredom

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    Re: Boredom

    Namaste.

    Boredom is just a cognitive state. It is a pattern of thinking and behaviour which can be modified (although I really cannot talk, because I post on here when I am bored).

    It's a state...
  23. Re: New Campaign Against Domestic Violence towards Women Using images of Devi

    Namaste, sunyata07.

    Seeing those images, reading those horrific stories and this thread about it, I wanted to reply, but diplomacy and tact isn't my strongest suit, so I can only try my best.
    ...
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    Re: Hi, everybody, I am a new friend.

    Namaste, cupidsrose.

    Welcome to HDF.

    I like to make new friends and I hope you enjoy your stay with us.

    Aum Namah Shivaya
  25. Re: Are Tantra really powerful or is it a placebo

    Namaste.

    So true.

    I just learned a new word today - pamplisest (I had to go and look that one up).

    A document that can be erased and re-written.

    I am not too sure how that fits here, but...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Namaste ISA and thank you.

    That thread isn't really a 'personal life story' (although it does include it).

    It's more like an inner meditation journey, starting at one point and arriving at a...
  27. Re: Are Tantra really powerful or is it a placebo

    Namaste all.

    I realise this thread is 2 years old and has no answers, but often the best answers to these questions take a lot of time (even though the OP is probably no longer among our ranks).
    ...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Namaste.

    *a tear is being shed at the bolded part!

    That is so true!!!

    Most of what I have learned didn't come from reading books or studying scriptures....it came from Lord Shiva directly...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Namaste.

    Well, now you have all just lost me again - which is really easy to do, because my approach is far too simplistic and practical.
    Pretty much.

    My head explodes until my heart...
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    Re: How can this be ?

    Namaste, Yajvan.

    A small story for you:

    I live in a rented property in share accommodation with my daughter and a really grumpy, bitter old man who whines about everything 24/7.

    I don't...
  31. Re: An Everyday Hindu Miracle (At Least I Think it Is)

    Namaste.

    Please forgive me for laughing out loud at this. It is irony at God's best!

    Maybe some of that sprinkler water fell on a Shiva Lingam somewhere. :Roll:

    Anyway, welcome back to HDF!...
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    Re: Shiva Lingams

    Namaste.

    First off, I think it's awesome and really cool that your family is encouraging your worship of Lord Shiva by giving you Lingam, even though they are not Hindu themselves. This really...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Namaste.

    Here we go, this and this alone:

    SB 8.12.8: My dear Lord, Your Lordship alone is the cause and the effect. Therefore, although You appear to be two, You are the absolute one. As there...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Namaste.

    During my time at ISKCON, I had the opportunity to study the Srimad Bhagavatam.

    Thing is though, it came in like 14-15 volumes, each as thick as War and Peace.

    I think I studied 4,...
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    Re: Mantra and karmic effects?

    Namaste.

    When one chants a Mantra, they must do it with Bhava - you gotta be in the right mindspace for it.

    So many times, I have been chanting, thinking 'what shall I make for dinner?' or 'how...
  36. Re: What are Goddesses Kali and Tara essentially

    Namasthe.

    ऊँ क्रीं कालिकाये नम

    I have always thought of Goddess Kali as the militant/wrathful aspect of the Goddess Gauri/Parvati.

    She is also the feminine aspect of MahaKala - known in...
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    Re: Odd Reincarnation Question

    Namaste.

    Very difficult question to even try and contemplate an answer.

    Your premise is assuming all Souls take human birth only and are influenced by a particular set of circumstantial...
  38. Thread: Why Black?

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    Re: Why Black?

    Namaste.

    Mother Kali standing on Lord Shiva's chest? A different perspective here.

    When the Divine Mother transforms into Kali Ma through her rage and notions of vengeance, She is totally...
  39. Thread: Mini-Pujas

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    Re: Mini-Pujas

    Namaste.

    I'm glad you found this thread helpful and it's best to just go with the flow.

    I had a friend in India send me the bottle of Ganges water.

    The significance of the candle being...
  40. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste.

    Sometimes I often wonder whose cruel idea of a joke this is.

    A young, white girl on holidays, suddenly gets everything from the lineage of Maharishi Markandeya dropped into her small...
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    Re: On Monism and Dualism

    Namaste.

    It has been a while since I last visited this thread and I have learned a lot meanwhile.

    First, there was this book:
    ...
  42. Thread: I am Shiva

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    Re: I am Shiva

    Namaste.

    Old thread...nice thread...wish there were more threads like it thread...

    Shiva

    On the white summit of eternity
    A single Soul of bare infinities,
    Guarded he keeps by a fire-screen...
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    Re: Books About Shiva and Vedanta

    Namaste.

    Okay, going a little off track now with my next book, but if it wasn't for this one, my love for Lord Shiva would have never been made complete:

    #6 - Saundarya Lahari - Sri...
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    Re: Is Brahman a Person?

    Namaste.

    I know right, but what's one to do? Chop wood, carry water?

    Yeah, I realise the task takes on a whole new significance, but you can't keep on chopping wood and carrying water for the...
  45. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste. Yes, so true!

    It's one of the problems with worshiping a Vedic God - they often perform dual roles which doesn't sit at all comfortably with them being 'Brahman'.

    I chose to name it...
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    Re: God in Hindu Dharma

    Namaste.

    I thought I would just post a few of my favourite pictures of Lord Krishna.

    http://www.energyenhancement.org/ScanGodz/Krishna-Arjuna-Yoked-to-the-Chariot-and-Horses.jpg
    Oh my old days...
  47. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste.
    Beautiful post.

    Both Lord Shiva and Lord Narayana are best friends and helped each other out.

    One of my favourite stories from the Shiva Puran, is when Lord Shiva granted a boon of...
  48. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste.

    I totally agree with you there.

    *look, we are a Shaivite and a Vaishnava agreeing with each other. :hug:

    That wasn't the point of this post however and this thread is in the Shaiva...
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    Re: Bhakti Sagara - Collection of Bhajans

    Namaste.

    Not going to post any Shiva Bhajans this time. I'll post my favourite ISKCON song from many years ago (I was 15 and blissing out to this).

    I have posted it before:...
  50. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Namaste.

    Wow, this thread is still going on? I just finished reading it and my head hurts now. You guys sure do like to philosophize, don't you?

    How I see the whole Shiva vs Vishnu debate:
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