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    Re: There is no Christian Yoga.

    Christianity is a vast religion, and not all of them feel Christians should practice yoga and accuse it of being an occult and so forth. http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/yoga.htm
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    Re: Sometimes i feel

    In terms of being a self-obsessed fantasy based Westerner, no, that's not me and what my spiritual path is like. East and West may be different, but it goes both ways. Each doesn't understand the...
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    Re: Sometimes i feel

    Yes-good point. I agree that religion is definitely not God , but the journey to know God. This is part why I am not labeling myself any "particular" religion itself. If one happens to fit in for...
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    Re: Sometimes i feel

    I am at a crossroads. I've looked at Hinduism. (I'm a westerner). I still practice yoga and believe there is something to the chakra energy centers. I like the Gita.
    But I do know that I'm not...
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    Re: Change religion

    I really like the replies here. This is why I like Hinduism. It's non-judgmental and open, and look at the friendly and helpful responses. I'm still totally new to all of this even though it's been...
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    Agreed! All the other secular days are observed too, and in my case, due to the few close people in my life, Christmas is there. Doesn't mean I can't wait for the season to be over! I have the kind...
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    That's a good point. Although I don't consider Christmas the way it is celebrated in the US as particularly religious, but for people to be happy together is a fine default experience, although I...
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    I love it. They totally forget that part. I have known since childhood that 12/25 was not at all when Jesus was supposedly born. I heard TBTL's take too-somewhere around the spring being more likely....
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    Carve out my portion-that's a good way of viewing it, as well as viewing the Santa figure as love. That's the part that I find just fine, although IMHO kids here are just taught to view Christmas as...
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    I am resurrecting this thread as I continue to be an explorer of Hinduism, and in fact, when faced with challenges, I go right to Ganesh to help me overcome barriers, or help me understand that one...
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    Re: Why should I work?

    A very interesting thread indeed. it brings up many branches of thought. It reminds me of that fact that in a medical facility, the housekeeping staff may not feel they're a high and mighty surgeon...
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    Re: Lookout notice for US evangelists

    sanjaya-you make a good point between thought and action. Many years ago, I worked in a small department with colleagues of the fundamentalist variety-literally the whole, only those who accept Jesus...
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    INDEED! Terrible how they think that's "spreading the gospel" of a "loving God". Yeah, right. What a contradiction. Love and condemnation. When I see such signs, I just roll my eyes and keep going....
  14. Re: Catholics are crazy to send their kids to monasteries.

    How many older adults do I know tell me the story of the nuns in grade school who were nasty to them? The whole crack the ruler on their knuckles deal. Or people who were left handed forced to write...
  15. Re: Catholics are crazy to send their kids to monasteries.

    As an American, alas, the RC sex abuse scandals are nothing new. Been years since they first came to light in the US, but every so often, I still will see some news article reference to it, like...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    Awesome! I took a glance at the Bible one and that's perfect how it shows the horrors that I know are there but don't have off the tip of my tongue. Shows all the contradictions too-a loving God and...
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    Re: Why all the Missionaries here

    I used to be Christian too, and probably at large, my extended family assumes I still have leanings toward it. Fortunately, I don't come from a proselytizing extended family, and none of them are...
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    Re: Forum for former christians

    I saw that referenced on another thread somewhere but thanks for making it its own thread for those of us in the recovering from Christianity type deal. I have been meaning to check it out, but I...
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    Re: Organ Donation

    My friend has a donated kidney from a sibling, and it has been a blessing to keep her alive and living life fully with her family and raising her two children. Whatever organs of mine are healthy...
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    Re: Another mis-characterization

    Oh good grief. What an absurd article! What a rudeness to claim Eastern religions are amoral! Does the author of that article have ANY idea of the atrocities committed in Christian history? And the...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    I'll have to take a look at the ex-Christian site. Thanks for the link!
    I may still have my struggles, but I am at much more peace. I just dealt with finding a new job, when I put it up to the Lord,...
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    Re: Convenience Dharma

    I hear what you are saying. I agree with EM that some of this can have to do with size and finances, if it's a temple in the West for example. I'm in the US, and there is a large temple near me which...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    EM:
    Good points. Mixed marriages vary in terms of tolerance levels for both partners. As I do my path, should I arrive at a point that I can say I am now "Hindu", it will be just me, but I have a...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    Good point-but then what of households where one member is following Hinduism, but another isn't? Kind of like even in the US, a mixed Jewish-Christian marriage where kids are raised Jewish if the...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    Indeed! I know I wrote this very thing already on another thread, but I knew a Catholic who hadn't darkened the doors of a church for at least 10 years, and after that, it was probably more like 30...
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    Re: Purging myself of Abrahamism

    As a born & raised American, it is beyond hard to escape Abrahimistic everything, but quite in particular with Christianity as a whole being the predominant religion most Americans "identify"...
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    Re: Gita on iPad or iPod?

    Shanti--
    That's one reason why I love the Krishna Varma Gita app, as it displays one verse at a time for an easy read on my iPhone, like on break at work, in between work when I have but a moment,...
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    Re: How to give

    Here are some of my suggestions: (to anyone else also reading,bearing in mind I'm in the US)

    Donation to emergency funds for persons facing eviction/electricity or other utilities being shut...
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    Re: How do you choose your way of Yoga?

    Indeed! I too have a family, and a full-time job (a profession which provides meaning to me and gives meaning to others). I absolutely could not spend all day meditating. I'm just looking for a...
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    Re: New to Krishna Janmashtami

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    As a Westerner too, I can relate to you. I too get into concerns that oh no, I must get it done perfectly, or it's just one big farce. I reckon part of it comes from the going through the...
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    Re: How do you choose your way of Yoga?

    Eastern Mind raises a good point about western yoga studios. Yoga studios here in the US I would say 99% of the time overwhelmingly mean Hatha yoga. It depends where one attends in terms of how...
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    Re: taken to the absolute extreme

    The author may be from India, but was in fact raised in a Christian family, so it's IMHO, part of the usual indoctrination, as well as the author's family supposedly from one of four families of...
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    Re: Depending on HDF ?

    Agreed! HDF has been wonderful for me thus far, and I will continue regular visits here to grow and learn about SD. But indeed, concurrently I have multiple other sources I am reading and engaging...
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    As a recovering Christian myself, this has been the quintessential Bible story from day one, and then as an adult, realizing that it is then basis on God sending himself to Earth as the son, to go...
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    Re: hindu newbie...

    I would say that's an excellent point! I'm also studying Hinduism and drawn to it, a newbie from the west as well. I say mantras and read the English translation so understand in general (as best as...
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    Re: Nasal wash

    Read about it recently, but no. Seems it would be the perfect thing after Neti.
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    Re: Nasal wash

    No problem, and thank YOU for noting it DOES help migraines. It will motivate me to try it on a more regular basis.
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    Re: Nasal wash

    Thanks TBTL! I may just do so 2x/day, then to once. I have a past history of sinus infections, including one a good 24 years ago where I had a 103 degree fever and remained quite ill for several...
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    Re: Nasal wash

    TBTL-I'm following you these days, but LOL, some common themes we seem to have! I've used a Neti pot many times due to migraine and intermittent nasal congestion related issues. I sometimes use the...
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    Re: Surya Namaskar Ritual

    Excellent TBTL-it's neat to know any mantra. I know the Lokah Samasta Sukhino Bhavuntu from yoga, and if I'm correct, a yoga class venue is where it is frequently said.
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    Re: Surya Namaskar Ritual

    :D Yes we'll get an answer! I know a few mantras by heart: Om Gum Ganapatayei Namaha, and the Maha mantra, as well as Om Namah Shivaya (that one's not too hard to remember, LOL). Plus the one we say...
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    Re: Surya Namaskar Ritual

    TBTL
    I join you in the confusion between seed sound and mantra because actually, I have an iPhone chakra app. It has an audio and then the written of each chakra's mantra, but I don't see the seed...
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    Re: Surya Namaskar Ritual

    Okay, TBTL:
    I'm new to Sanatana Dharma, but not the chakra system. I've believed that many years.(though in no way am I an expert) You can Google this to to verify that I'm remotely accurate, but...
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    Re: two of many questions about puja

    Ah yes, the Sun Salutation...
    We do many of the poses that are part of what I believe is the whole sequence. I have a not so great back myself-disk problems, arthritis, but I feel refreshed after...
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    Re: two of many questions about puja

    That's awesome TBTL!! And it's kind of what I figured-if it's a sincere offering, I think the Lord gets the point. I adore Ganesh, so I offer many prayers to him, and I have contemplated setting up a...
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    Re: two of many questions about puja

    TBTL

    Lovely shrine.
    I am contemplating a future shrine at some point. Right now-the idea of a mind's eye puja I find heartening, as I am SO new to this journey, and could easily do things because...
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    Re: Sri Krishna and Sri Ganesha Mantras

    LOL-I can sort of kind of live with the rap, but it's not my favorite either, and I surely won't be bothered listening to it again. I don't mind some actual rap (but I truly do despise the nasty,...
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    Re: How do you view this ?

    Well, considering the title includes The Way, The Truth, and The Life, as in (Jesus said I am __________________________), as a previous "Christian", I certainly have heard that verse, and anyone who...
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    thank you, thank you! yajvan, very helpful! I hope with prayer and intent, I can have a mini A-ha moment where some of this will start to integrate. :D
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    Thanks. Well, it's not on Kindle or Kobo, but I found it on Nook of all things for free, and I do have the Nook application on my iPad, and an account, but it was a FAIL! :mad: The book shows up in...
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