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    Re: Longest period of Meditation!

    Namaste,


    Meditation is probably the most meritorious act in spirituality, and I am glad that you are enthusiastic about long periods of meditation.

    Here is a relevant scriptural teaching of...
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    Re: Was Bhima a Vegetarian.

    Namaste Markandeya,

    Yes, I remember reading in the Mahabharatha of Krishna highlighting the psychological state of Bhima as he seems to have ceased relishing dishes of meat and spending much time...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Namaste to all,

    In my conversations with Delhiites in this regard, they stated that the issue comes from largescale migrants from nearby states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar and who live in slum...
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    Re: Trivial issue, but unable to find solution

    Namaste Anirudhji,

    First of all, I congratulate you on your endeavour to become a vegetarian after years of being a non-vegetarian. That itself is a great hurdle that you have crossed. Your...
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    Re: How can I shed my ego?

    Namaste Viraja,

    Cultivation of Awareness or mindfulness through meditation has been stated to be one of the best means for overcoming the ego, along with unconditional love for God .

    The ego is...
  6. Re: From a 'dharmic' stand-point, what is 'Unity in Diversity'?

    Namaste Viraja,

    Brahman is pure consciousness, and all seemingly seperate names and forms are based on this unitary consciousness.

    To understand this fact is to love all and have compassion for...
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    Re: Why Krishna did not participate in M.B war?

    Namaste Anirudhji,

    This is not my personal opinion but what the scriptures say. Nara-Narayana is considered as the twin-brother avatar of Vishnu on earth, working for the preservation of dharma or...
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    Re: More Questions on God and Karma

    You can go through the book ' "I Have Lived Before": The True Story of the Reincarnation of Shanti Devi. ' This is the first known book on reincarnation based on the recollections of a little girl...
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    Re: Meditation and Meeting God

    Namaste myth,

    Meditation is but the practice of thoughtless awareness, and I am not sure if this can help you to have a conversation with Ganesha or Shiva. The practice of meditation or awareness...
  10. Re: How to know what is my Karma among various options ?

    Namaste Harih,

    Another way to decide on the right course of action is by following your intuition that arises in your mind in meditation or from the state of awareness.

    As Swami Krishnananda ,...
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    Re: Why Krishna did not participate in M.B war?

    Namaste Anirudh,

    The answer to your question is there in your own post. :)

    As you said, the important thing is to create accountability for our own actions.

    My own input here is that Krishna...
  12. Re: Bala Raama, incarnation of Sriman Naaraayan or Adishesha?

    Namaste Anirudh,

    Yes, I also believe that Balarama was perhaps an incarnation of Adi Shesha rather than Narayana. If you read the Mahabharatha I perceived some character flaws in him which would...
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    Re: What to call myself

    Namaste Rose,

    See, here you can bear in mind Krishna's saying in the Bhagavad Gita , " Yoga is equanimity of mind. "

    Swami Sivananda stated that the weakest person is he who gets irritated...
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    Re: Hello from Saudi Arabia

    Namaste and hi vep2,:)

    I am glad that you have practiced Vipassana. Theory of vipassana is that every thought or emotion has a corresponding sensation in the body, and by observing these...
  15. Autobiography of Swami Sivananda Saraswati in pdf form....

    Namaste,

    Swami Sivananda , like Dr.Albert Schweitzer, was a doctor who gave up his lucrative career in Malaya and returned back to India at the age of 36, with the twin goals of attaining...
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    Re: Hindu Yogi Chanting Aum

    Namaste Suryavedanta,

    Sri Chinmoy was very popular among athletes for his promotion of sports and athletics as ways to expand the consciousness by conquering the mind's perceived limitations....
  17. Thread: Personal mantra

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    Re: Personal mantra

    Namaste Bakta,

    It would be splendid if you can get the mantra from a Guru who would also tell you how to pronounce it well. By chanting the mantra you will be getting grace from the Guru as well....
  18. Re: What's the philosophy behind disturbing someone's penance ?

    Namaste Anirudhji,

    Tapas results in development of strength and power. We can see that Ravana had acquired great strength because of his tapas and so too did other demons. The Lord is helpless...
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    Re: Forgiveness. What's it?

    Namaste Anirudhji,

    I have read a saying of Sri Sharada Devi, the consort of Sri Ramakrishna, that forgiveness is tapasya itself.

    The inclination to punish in a personal sense, stems from...
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    Re: Mind is the cause for bandhan and moksh !!

    Namaste Tsureshji, :)

    The purpose of meditation is to bring the mind to the state of thoughtless awareness.

    Japa and visualization of your favourite deity are but one of several means to slow...
  21. Re: Virulent attack on Hindu Dharma by Ignorant Zakir Naik

    Namaste,

    Zakir Naik has been banned in the U.K for his speeches, so I read. If he indulges in propaganda vilifying other religions and their religious beliefs, he has to be banned in India as...
  22. Thread: Personal mantra

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    Re: Personal mantra

    Namaste Anasuyaa,

    Some of my relatives are devotees of Mata Amritanandamayi, and I know that she has a practice of giving mantras to those who ask for it. The mantra given is based on Amma's...
  23. Thread: Why we chant OM ?

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    Re: Why we chant OM ?

    Namaste Suhita,

    I would also like to add here that when chanting Om, the prana in the system increases and becomes complete. The increase in prana helps boost consciousness to its totality.
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  24. Re: Discerning between a worldly desire and Dharmic-fulfilling action?

    Namaste Goatess,

    I would say this depends to a large extent on the quality of your meditation and intuitive awareness. If you are able to attain a high level of awareness through witnessing and...
  25. Re: 5,000 buffaloes slaughtered in Nepal's animal sacrifice ritual

    Namaste Believer, :)

    Yes, I have read in the works of Vivekananda where he states that animal sacrifices came down in India largely due to the Buddha's efforts. Buddha's criticism of animal...
  26. Re: 5,000 buffaloes slaughtered in Nepal's animal sacrifice ritual

    Thank you for putting this post over here. Animal sacrifices have come down due to a large extent due to the efforts of Buddha, Mahavira and Mahatma Gandhi in modern times.

    Animal sacrifice is...
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    Re: Was India poor before Islamic Invasions?

    Yes, this is correct. Along with Chandragupta Maurya and Ashoka, I would also add Samudragupta and Chandragupta II as emperors who exerted sovereignty over much of the Indian subcontinent.
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    Re: Realizing Brahman In Everything

    For me the highlighted part is the key to seeing unity in all beings, that is, by raising your level of attentive awareness. Duality basically arises due to lack of awareness or total love , and one...
  29. Thread: Euthanasia

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    Re: Euthanasia

    Namaste all, :)

    I remember reading that the Jain tradition have the practice of santhara/sallekhana, wherein the very elderly or those in extreme stages of disease and ill-health, take the...
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    Re: Chanting versus meditation

    Yes, chanting definitely helps to keep the mind one-pointed and reduces the flow of unnecessary thoughts, and prepares the ground thus for meditation later on.

    I would even say that chanting well...
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    Re: Can Women wear Rudraksha Beads?

    Namaste Suhitaji, :)

    I have seen Mata Amritanandamayi, the female enlightened sage,famously known as the hugging saint, wearing rudraksha beads around her neck and wrists. You can clearly see...
  32. Thread: Namaste to all...

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    Namaste to all...

    Namaste to all, :)

    I am Ajay, and I am in this forum to learn the deeper nuances of Hindu and dharmic philosophy. Am also interested in sharing viewpoints and ideas stemming from practice and...
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