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    Re: Choosing Upanishad?

    Namaste

    Tradition suggests that certain upanishads are studied in a prescribed sequence.

    For example : One is strongly advised to study Mundaka before Prashna and Mandookya after that....
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    Re: Pancha Bhoota/Zodiac Sign Mapping!!!

    Namaste Krishna

    Akasha is the repository of the Indwelling Paramatma͵ while the 12 signs relate to parricular body parts and body functions. The Atma is untouched by any of these.

    Divye...
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    Re: Realizing Brahman In Everything

    Namaste

    Who isn‘t the seer?
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    Re: Realizing Brahman In Everything

    One must see Brahman in all͵ but before that one must be able to see Brahman within oneself. Then the rest occurs simultaneously. There are yogis who seek Brahman in the sex act͵ but if they havent...
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    Re: Meaning of Satyameva Jayathey. ...?

    It has to be understood in conjunction with the previous sloka i.e Mundaka 3.1.5. This sloka announces that Satyam͵ Tapas͵ Samyak-jnanam and Brahmacharya as the 4 means with which this Atma can be...
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    Re: From reading Ramayana...

    8) The giving up of Sita - due to which Ramayana is celebrated in the form of the epic͵ for millennia
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    Re: From reading Ramayana...

    Sugriva and the Vaanaras present Sri Rama with the ornaments of Seetha that she threw at them in an attempt to grasp their attention while being carried away. In tears Rama holds them to his heart͵...
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    Re: Ever present Gita-Guru

    Namaskar

    I havent been able to locate earlier discussions on Sun salutation. If anyone is interested in posting more on the subject I‘d be grateful.
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    Re: Ever present Gita-Guru

    Glad to see the response. I dont know the Yogic Surya Namaskar procedure. I have heard that it needs to be learnt from a Yoga Instructor. I will search and append any such links if found from past...
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    Re: The Arudha - Pada Lagna

    His tenth lord is in the tenth house; another concordance as it appears to me. Or multiple footprints !!
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    Re: Svetasvatara Upanishad and temple visit

    Dear Liang

    Namaste. Even though your message was addressed to Sri Yajvan, I hope you don't mind me replying with my thoughts in brief. If the context of the story, the battle could not be termed...
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    Ever present Gita-Guru

    The fourth chapter of the Gita opens with the dramatic statement

    Imam Vivasvate Yogam Proktavaan Aham Avyayam
    Vivasvaan Manave Praaha Manurikshvaakave Abravit

    Of this Guru-Parampara, Lord...
  13. Re: How to know what is my Karma among various options ?

    See if you can get a suitable job in your native place. If yes, then by all means move there. To take care of parents is dharma of paramount importance.
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    Re: Yoga for renunciation

    In the same token, does benefics in A3 and A6 indicate a saintly personality?
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    Re: Yoga for renunciation

    Namaste.. Is this an aspect by Saturn on Moon, in navamsa, or in Rasi chart?
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    Re: The Arudha - Pada Lagna

    Namaste

    If Rahu is in AL, what does it signify? I think it appears so in Mahatma Gandhi's chart.
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    Re: Punctuality in Jyotish

    Namaste All

    I think a good Saturn gives punctuality as Saturn rules discipline as well as Time (Kaala). Saturn also rules all kinds of fears, like anxiety which again drives a person to maintain...
  18. Re: Hanuman - Why is he associated with Tuesday and Saturday?

    Namaste,
    These are interesting details hitherto unknown to me. My understanding is that Hanuman is one among the Ekadasa Rudras (devatas since Upanishadic times) and hence all days are preferred...
  19. Thread: Swadharma

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    Re: Swadharma

    Namaste Viraja ji

    The Sruti says that all are the one Omnipresent Atman. It is this One Atman who chooses to manifest himself in this world͵ in various forms.
    To my knowledge͵ Swadharma is͵...
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    Re: Short write ups on Dharmic philosophies

    There are a lot of similarities and a few disagreements between the Philosophies.

    For example͵
    1) Shankara͵ Ramanuja͵ Madhva͵ Nimbarka͵ Chaitanya... all give utmost reverence and worship to...
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    Re: Astrological indications of Sanyasi...

    Namaste Krishna ji

    Reg pt 5͵
    I thought Debilitated Venus (without bhanga and without malefic connection) promotes Sannyasi way of life͵ and not exalted Venus. Please correct me if mistaken....
  22. Re: Does Saturn in Leo in Navamsha Chart always bring "doom"?

    Jupiter in your chart͵ by way of placement and aspects. If he aspects your Saturn͵ then what else is required? And in case if he is not aspecting your Saturn͵ well͵ by some other way he must be still...
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    Re: Short write ups on Dharmic philosophies

    Sriram ji

    I understood your point. However I am not knowledgeable enough to write about the various philosophical theories or systems. My understanding is solely based on directly reading the...
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    Re: Power struggles in Cyber Fora

    Viraja ji

    Cyber fora should be a miniature version of real life͵ shouldnt they? Its but natural that the animal instinct comes up once in a while.



    Though not directly related to OT͵ this...
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    Re: Remembering god's name at the time of death

    Namaste Believer ji
    Yes one has to practise divine consciousness throughout life. Hence Prahlada advises the Asura baalas (in Bhagavatham) :- Kaumaara achared praajno dharmaan Bhagavathaan iha. ...
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    Re: What motivates human behavior?

    I would disagree with the view that 1) humans are rational beings or 2) humans are motivated to avoid discomfort. Have you read the classic novel “Notes from the Underground“ by F Dostoyevsky ?
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    Re: Short write ups on Dharmic philosophies

    Namaste Sriram ji
    What is Advaita? It is beyond definition. It is vastu-pradhana. It is not a concept/definition as that will be dependent on the mind of the conceiver.

    It is dvaita practice to...
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    Re: Short write ups on Dharmic philosophies

    My philosophy or Darsana is the Upanishads. Specifically the messages like :

    vAchArambhanam vikaro nAmadheyam mRttiketyeva sathyam.
    nEha nAnAsti kinchana.
    na hi drashtur drshyasya viparilopo...
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    Re: Remembering god's name at the time of death

    Just verified with Srimad Ramanuja Gita Bhashyam. He has explained (8:9) ie Kavim Puranam Anusasitharam and (8:10) together. So as to emphasize the Abhyasyamana-bhaktiyukta-yogabalam of focusing on...
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    Re: Remembering god's name at the time of death

    Namaste Viraja-ji

    Both would seem true͵ imo. Due to dharma-bhramsa that happens in the course of life͵ apamrtyu occurs. ie man does not live his full span of life. This is what happened to...
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    Re: Ravana Granting a Blessing to Rama?

    Namaste
    There are many fanciful versions of the story whereas the original story in Valmiki Ramayana itself is so thought provoking.

    In VR it is Akampana who narrowly escapes from the carnage...
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    Re: Why did Ramanuja ignore Srimad Bhagavatam?

    As for the query why Sri Ramanuja didn‘t comment on the entire Bhagavatham͵ the same query might be asked with regard to Vishnu Puranam as well which anyway is extensively quoted. Moreover͵ I think...
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    Re: Why did Ramanuja ignore Srimad Bhagavatam?

    Namaste Smaranam Ji
    I have a copy of Prabodha-Sudhakaram - I think its authorship is disputed as it differs from Sri Shankara‘s other works in style and content. My point is (and this is per what I...
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    Re: Dakshinamurthy form of Lord Shiva

    Namaste
    I know only about Dakshinamoorthy Ashtakam by Sree Sankaracharya with a varthika called Manasollasa by his disciple Sureswaracharya. May be other learned scholars can add more.
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    Re: The Gayatri Mantra

    Namaste Learned all
    I was taught to recite it as “sUvah“. South Indian style.
  36. Thread: Bhishma - Pitama

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    Re: Bhishma - Pitama

    Namaste
    Bhishma was the incarnation of one of the Ashta-Vasus. Hence any prayer to the Vasus should please him. Those born with Dhanishta nakshatra are specially enjoined to worship the Vasus as...
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    Re: Advaita on the topic of gurus

    Namaste
    I concur with the learned scholars who spoke above. I would like to add that͵ Advaita is based on Sruti as a Pramana. The Sruti clearly states that Brahmavidya must be learnt from a...
  38. Thread: Prasthana Traya

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    Re: Prasthana Traya

    Namaste
    Naayamaatma pravachanena labhyo na medhayaa na bahunaa srutena ||

    The Prakarana granthas are many and varied; the Upanishads themselves are counted 8; 10; 11; 108 and more. Beyond a...
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    Re: Brihadaranyaka Upanishad - VI, 4, 3-5.

    Namaste

    Sree Shankaracharya has commented on these lines. Hence it must be understood that͵ they are authoritative according to Sree Shankara. This portion deals with Putra-Mandham and...
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    Re: Mundaka Upanishad question

    Even while we are asleep we know that digestion etc happen in the body. These jaDa internal body parts are directed by the Self. “Though without eyes͵ he sees all; though without ears he hears all “...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Namaste Sri ramji

    Your messages were very illuminating.

    Somewhere in Sri Shankara Bhashyas I have read that the Pramanas are like the indriyas in a body - eyes͵ ears etc. Thus͵ Pratyaksha has...
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    Re: Some interesting questions to Sri Krishna

    Had he been there͵ would Krishna have played for Yudhishtira and won the dice game against Sakuni? I have already quoted from MBH the words used by Krishna. He would have tried his best to prevent...
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    Re: Some interesting questions to Sri Krishna

    Namaste Viraja-ji

    I dont think the conversation͵ purportedly between Uddhava and Krishna͵ is sourced from the Bhagavatham or any of the 18 puranas. I would like to know the source͵ if your...
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    Re: Why did Ramanuja ignore Srimad Bhagavatam?

    Not only Sri Ramanuja, even the Bhashyas of Sri Shankaracharya never quote from Srimad Bhagavatham. This is despite the fact that he quotes from numerous Puranas in Vishnu Sahasranama Bhashyam etc,...
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    Re: Some interesting questions to Sri Krishna

    Viraja - ji,

    The correct answer to Question (1), as per the Mahabharata, is as below. Answers to (2) and (3) are related.

    Krishna did not/ could not, dissuade Dharmaputra from playing the...
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    Re: Gayatri mantra & Ramayan

    There is a Gayatri-Ramayanam, consisting of Slokas sourced from the Valmiki Ramayanam, corresponding to each letter of the Gayatri mantram.

    For example - Tapasswaadhyaaya niratham thapaswee...
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    Re: Looking for a specific mantra...

    Another sloka/mantra that Aasthikas regularly recite as part of Sandhya Vandanam :

    Shankha Chakra Gadaapaney Dwarakaanilaya Achyutha |
    Govinda Pundareekaksha Raksha maam Sharanaagatham ||
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    Re: Astrological indications of Sanyasi...

    Namaste Yajvan ji

    From what I‘ve read͵ Venus͵ Saturn and Ketu in mutual konas are more like Tapaswi yoga - dedicated and selfless pursuit - sometimes seen in scientific research students as well....
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    I would like these two Yogas:

    1. Nish-Kapata Yoga.

    The 4th house must be occupied
    by a benefic, or a planet in
    exaltation, friendly or own house,
    or the 4th house must be a
    benefic sign....
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    Re: How atman got separate from Brahman?

    Not exactly - in my view - its more a case of What you want to see - that youll see. No question starts without an answer already expected - in our mental depths. As we continue seeking͵ the...
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