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    Re: Amazing Vedic Aradhya Brahmins

    I had the good fortune of meeting such brahmins. This was in Sri Rangam in around 2004-2005 when my wife and I did a pilgrimage there. These were traditional, hereditary brahmins who had an unbroken...
  2. Re: Closed the thread in Vishishtadvaita forums?

    Of course, there is a logic to posting the entire anuvAkam. Specifically, it makes no sense to post one mantra and invite discussion, when you cannot really interpret one mantra without the global...
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    But his postings are not a large dump of text, as they cannot be found elsewhere (except the first anuvAka commentary), and they have purely original content.

    I'm just asking because, if this is...
  4. Re: Closed the thread in Vishishtadvaita forums?

    So just to be clear - has it been determined that SV's posting on the Manyu Suktam is not in fact SPAM, as per the HDF rules posted above?

    I only ask to determine if it is safe for me to invest...
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    Just FYI, here are the rules governing the issue of SPAM. I would appreciate it if someone could explain why SV's original commentary could be interpreted as SPAM, since it doesn't do any of these...
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    I think there is a serious problem if an original commentary on a Rig Vedic sukta is considered "SPAM" on a Hinduism forum.

    Perhaps we could get some clarification on this, because I am sure that...
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    Re: Gods Series: Sri. Ganesh

    Just a short reply, if you will excuse the conceit. But if this is to become a regular series devoted to an "intelligent interpretation" of the gods, then it would be nice if scriptural references...
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    Pranams,

    If I may make a few small comments on this issue, please just hear me out on this.

    We live in a world where, in spite of the internet and other popular media, information about...
  9. Re: Closed the thread in Vishishtadvaita forums?

    I don't understand why this thread was closed. It was clearly labeled as a Sri Vaishnava interpretation on the Rudra suktam, and was appropriately posted in the vishishtadvaita forum. No one was...
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    Re: nArAyaNa in the veda-s

    I could be mistaken, but I believe madhvAchArya interprets this reference as being to that of a sage who happens to be named kRiShNa, and who also happens to have a mother named devakI.

    I liked...
  11. Re: Pancharatra Agamas allow Upanayanam for women and Shudras?

    From hari-bhakti-viLAsa, which was written by shrI sanAtana gosvAmI.

    Believe what you wish, but that's what he wrote. You can find many copies of this text online. I found it on a website called...
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    Re: Dharmic Wisdom Quotes

    The story of shiva and satI is one of my favorite from the bhAgavatam. I liked how Lord shiva exuded calmness even when he is being insulted by daksha, and how he quietly withdrew when all the...
  13. Re: Pancharatra Agamas allow Upanayanam for women and Shudras?

    I found the reference - it's verse 38 of hari-bhakti-viLAsa:

    atha visheShataH shrI-guror lakShaNAni

    mantra-muktAvalyAm

    avadAtAnvaya-shuddhaH svochitAchAra-tat-paraH |
    AshramI krodha-rahito...
  14. Re: Pancharatra Agamas allow Upanayanam for women and Shudras?

    Hari-bhakti vilasa is available all over the internet for free in English. I think rasabihari.com or krishna.com or one of the other ISKCON websites might be selling a good translation.

    Just FYI,...
  15. Re: Pancharatra Agamas allow Upanayanam for women and Shudras?

    I checked this reference against Griffith's translation online. It doesn't appear to be saying anything about a wife wearing sacred thread:


    1. THESE first, the boundless Sea, and Mātariśvan,...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Pranams,

    Perhaps I simply lack your level of realization. I get all my information from shAstra, and when apparent contradictions arise, I seek out reconciliation or at least explanation of why...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Quick addendum to my previous posting about vedavati. The rAmAyaNa (vALmIki) does say that vedavati became sItA - this is in the uttara-khANDa. Please disregard my previous note about the skanda...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    I checked the AITM translation that I have - could not find it. Do you have a chapter/verse reference?
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Thank you for this quote - I have added it to my notes, and will take great pleasure in pointing it out next time I am confronted with another feminist anti-Hindu hater.

    :-)

    PR
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Pranams,

    I did not understand the reasoning offered above. But I can say this: the rAmAyaNa of vALmIki does not anywhere imply that anyone other than sItA was abducted. I can understand the desire...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    Do you have the verse reference for this? I would like to note it down



    This verse I definitely remember reading:

    असंदेशात्तु रामस्य तपसश्चामपालनात् | न त्वां कुर्मि दशग्रीव भस्म भर्मार्ह...
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    Re: About Sri Venkateswara

    This is the Vaishnava subforum, so hopefully the arbiters of political correctness will not object to this discussion.

    I have nothing to add to Sri Vaishnava's excellent explanation. This was also...
  23. Re: Pancharatra Agamas allow Upanayanam for women and Shudras?

    I've been told by ISKCON devotees that their initiation system is pancharatric in origin. However, as they've never given me any specific quotes from pancharAtra, I did not know what to think about...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Rubbish. VCT stated no such thing, and neither he nor Baladeva ever wrote about a "Fall from Vaikuntha." Bhagavatam purports are not the Bhagavatam, and in any case, you only accept the BBT purports...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    This same point is made by U.Ve Velukkudi Krishnan Swami in his discourses. I'm only just now becoming aware of the controversies surrounding the authorship of some of shankara's works.

    I'm going...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    The problem is, nobody did that. As usual, when you feel the need to argue, you first transform the other person's argument into a strawman you feel more comfortable knocking down. I am well aware of...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    You are right - I just now noticed the older thread in which this was discussed. I was looking at another thread with 3 postings. I'll check out the earlier one that is longer.
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Namaste ShivaFan. I am stunned as always with your ability to grasp the obvious.



    Vedas means shruti. Commentaries on Vedas are not shruti.



    Non-sequitur. It was you who claimed that...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    It depends on what you mean by "spiritual" in this context. The beginning of vedAnta starts with the realization that the fruits obtained by karma-kANDa rituals are temporary, and that a higher goal...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    *bump*

    I assume that the vakratuNDa referred to here would be seen as a reference to gajanana, the nitya-suri aide to Vishvaksena?

    At first, I thought it was significant that vakratuNDa was...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    I couldn't make heads or tails of what Vidyasankar was trying to say about this reference on the Advaita list. However, I looked at Malladi Sastry's translation of shankara-bhAShya on 9.25 - it...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    I dislike responding to my own postings, but I just remembered the following reference which is germane to our discussion:

    tatpuruShAya vihmahe vakratuNDAya dhImahi |
    tanno dantiH prachodayAt ||...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Omkar, are you sure about that reference? I checked shankara's commentary to 9.23 in Sanskrit and found no reference to gaNesha or viNAyaka.
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    You don't have any idea what you are talking about. Again, let me just restate my point: mahAnArayaNa upaniShad which equates nArAyaNa with brahman is recognized as an authentic shruti even by...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    OK GP, have it your way. It's meaningless to say that nArAyaNa is the supreme brahman based on statements from the taittirIya AraNyaka, which all vedAnta schools, including that of Adi shankara,...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Just FYI, here is Rg veda saMhitA 2.23 with Griffith's translation, for anyone who is interested. As a smArtha, I'm inclined to believe in a Vedic basis for gaNesha, but I'm not entirely convinced...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Feel free to stand by that statement, because it is meaningless.

    taittirIya AraNyaka is not a "secondary" text. Study of the veda did traditionally include study of upaniShad-s, brAhmaNa-s, and...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Excuse me... but taittirIya AraNyaka is a "secondary text?"

    Please explain the objective basis for that comment.
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    Every time I think about the situation in India, it calls to mind the predictions about Kali Yuga found in the Puranas. The Puranas mention that the leaders in Kali Yuga would be nothing more than...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Actually, nArAyaNa is explicitly mentioned in the mahAnArAyaNa upaniShad, which is the 10th prapataka of the taittirIya AraNyaka which is pramANa for all vedAntists.

    kRiShNa is mentioned in the...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

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    Then why don't you tell Gaudiya vaishnava acaryas that they are "puerile"? They have explained anadi karma thus as I have said. You know, I'm still waiting for you...
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    Sowing the seeds for a revolution....
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    Yes, I remember. You have a tendency to make puerile misinterpretations of straightforward scriptural statements (such as, for example, arguing that anAdi karma does not imply anAdi samsAra) which no...
  44. Re: Questions on Vaishnavism and sampradayas

    Since when are the opinions of Maharashtrian followers of HLK's non-Vedantic sect the standard for determining what is and is not authentic Vaishnavism?
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    By "Vaishnava practice," brahma jijnasa is of course referring to his understanding of "Hare Krishna practice." Hare Krishnas don't represent Vaishnavaism, and brahma-jijnasa does not exactly...
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    Am I missing something? Who exactly is upset, and over what?
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Sure, and I could similarly argue that when God is portrayed as being superior to the jIva, it is for the purpose of making the jIva meditate very sincerely so he can realize his sameness with God.
    ...
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    Re: Bhagavan Shiva in Srimad Bhagavatam

    Of course, I'm sure Amrut realizes that he is ignoring quite a bit of evidence from the bhAgavatam in which Lord Shiva is depicted as a non-supreme deity.
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    Re: Happy Onam! (Monday - 09/16/13)

    Are Onam and vAmana dvAdashi pretty much the same? The bhAgavatam seems to imply that His appearance as vAmana pretty much happened the same day as His initiation into the sacred thread and His...
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    Re: Laws of Manu

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMEe7JqBgvg
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