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    Re: Removal of Sacred Thread on the Wrist

    Vannakkam grames,



    Guess this is what I'm going to do. In the past I would never remove any and just let them untie and fall by itself before immersing them in the sea.

    I know I should have...
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    Re: Removal of Sacred Thread on the Wrist

    Vannakkam,



    Quite hard to think that that happened but I'll choose to believe that it did. Thank you for sharing that experience. Did your brother tie it back on his wrist then?


    Aum Namah...
  3. Thread: I'm Back!

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    Re: I'm Back!

    Vannakkam Anirudh,



    Thank you!



    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: The Angry Bird Syndrome

    Vannakkam,

    I've never faced this before but have seen others falling into this situation. From what I've observed, it's most definitely always the holier-than-thou attitude. Nothing else could...
  5. Thread: I'm Back!

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    Re: I'm Back!

    Vannakkam,



    Thank you ShivaFan. Yes I did.

    Eastern Mind: Yes I will share soon, but I'm not sure where to begin as they are too many and all over the place. :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Removal of Sacred Thread on the Wrist

    Vannakam,

    I wear a number of sacred threads on my right wrist. Some I've been wearing for about 2 years while others I've worn only for a few months. They include one from the Kalighat Kali...
  7. Thread: intro:-):-)

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    Re: intro:-):-)

    Hello and welcome to the forums!


    We are glad to have a member from Bangladesh. It would be more interesting if you could tell us more about your Hindu background and the situation of Hinduism...
  8. Thread: I'm Back!

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    Re: I'm Back!

    Vannakkam,

    Thank you Satay! :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
  9. Re: Revolutionary! Sri Velukkudi Krishnan on 'Abhishekam'

    Vannakkam Viraja,

    Yes I've often thought about it too and wonder about its necessity. Whenever I witness an abhishekam and see all those milk, honey, coconut water and other things being...
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    Re: Define the responsibilities of a Hindu

    Vannakkam Viraja and everyone,

    You've brought up a really good topic, a much-needed one. Many important responsibilities have already been given by you and other respectable members. I would like...
  11. Thread: I'm Back!

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    Re: I'm Back!

    Vannakkam,


    Ram : Thank you and yes, it is. Welcome to HDF and hope you have a great time here!


    Viraja: Nice to hear from you. Yes, I'm here to stay. I never planned to disappear anyway,...
  12. Thread: I'm Back!

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    I'm Back!

    Vannakkam everyone, :)

    Just wanted to say that I'm back after being absent for more than a year from HDF. Nothing serious, but suddenly there came a time when I felt like just standing back...
  13. Thread: Sup

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    Re: Sup

    Hello and welcome to the forums Asi.

    Being part of the younger generation myself, I definitely agree with what you said and share the same concerns.

    I've had too many heartaches just by...
  14. Thread: Practices

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    Re: Practices

    Vannakkam,



    Using astrology (panchangam) and numerology for at least some rituals in life (namakaaranam, weddings, death prayers, other prayers and occasions). Even the least religious ones...
  15. Re: Looking stupid trying to justify pseudo-science

    Vannakkam Analyzer,

    I'm glad you brought this up. I might choose to differ. Yes, I've definitely felt weird myself when reading stuff about scientific discoveries connected to Hinduism and the...
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    Re: The Lighter Side

    Vannakkam,



    I did the same thing at my grandfather's 20th death anniversary prayers some years ago, in front of all relatives and guests. After showing the aarthi, with the sudam and sambrani...
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    Re: The Lighter Side

    Vannakkam,



    At temple (or some other place sometimes), I repeatedly make the dreaded mistake of asking older people where their missing spouses are, or why they didn't come along, only to be...
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    Re: The Lighter Side

    Vannakkam,



    I can only imagine the amount of nonsense I must have done as a child myself at temples. I'm sure there were many incidents. :D


    I can recall an embarrassing situation that...
  19. Thread: Otiose Article

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    Otiose Article

    Vannakkam,

    This article irked me:

    http://news.yahoo.com/child-too-religious-094552602.html

    Gone are the days when it was wrong to NOT be religious.
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    Re: Name the Goddess (if you can)

    Vannakkam,



    She's Mother Yamuna. I know that Mother Ganga stands on Her Makara. So this has to be Mother Yamuna!


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Name the Goddess (if you can)

    Vannakkam ShivaFan,

    Could She be Mother Ganga or Mother Yamuna? :)

    Either one.


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Situations Regarding Negative Karma

    Vannakkam,



    Well, yes, I understand. I prefer the indifference method, although shunning has to happen too. But would it affect our karma in any way, be it shunning or indifference? Say, the...
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    Re: Situations Regarding Negative Karma

    Vannakkam Yajvan,




    About shunning people, yes, I do see it as a great weapon indeed. It gets the other person to know that what they are doing is wrong without us even mentioning anything. It...
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    Re: Situations Regarding Negative Karma

    Vannakkam Jodhaa,



    Great advice. Thank you!



    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Situations Regarding Negative Karma

    Vannakkam Eastern Mind,



    Sounds great!


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Sanskrit and Hindi

    Vannakkam,



    If that happens, don't worry. Try reading stuff in Hindi (books, magazines, etc) then. Will keep your Hindi fresh I'm sure.


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Sanskrit and Hindi

    Vannakkam Jodhaa,

    As some members have mentioned, which regional group do you aim to communicate with? If it's the whole of North India in general, then Hindi would be good. If south, then Tamil....
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    Situations Regarding Negative Karma

    Vannakkam,


    Karma affects each and every one of us in many ways. Nobody would want to accumulate 'bad karma'. So, honestly, how do you perceive these two situations and in what ways do you think...
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    Re: A Good Thought... =)

    Vannakkam Jodhaa,

    That made me smile! :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Vannakkam Believer,




    In Indonesia, while the stuff you mentioned of might be happening in some sections of society, I've also heard and read of reconversions from Islam back to Hinduism...
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    Re: Space Station Tour by Sunita Williams

    Vannakkam,



    Nope.

    The first Hindu in space was Rakesh Sharma I believe.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakesh_Sharma
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    Re: Space Station Tour by Sunita Williams

    Vannakkam,



    Brings back memories of me learning of the tragedy in the news back then. I was 12 and was shocked and proud that an Indian Hindu woman was part of the team. I remember watching her...
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Vannakkam,


    I can relate to some of the posts here, although I have never myself given such issues much thought in the past, which is quite surprising for someone who actually grew up in a...
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    Re: Cultivating Kshama

    Vannakkam Ramakrishna,



    Well said!




    I definitely understand how it is. My background is almost identical.
  35. Thread: hi

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    Re: hi

    Vannakkam Sonia,

    Welcome to the forums! :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Shaivite view on growing anarchy?

    Vannakkam,



    Couldn't have been put any better, especially the last line on Kali Yuga. :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Namaste :) Newbie here

    Vannakkam Catnip,

    Welcome to the forums!


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Namaste friends!

    Vannakkam and welcome to the forums!


    Hope you have a good time here. :)


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Introducing Tumburu in Hindu Art

    Vannakkam ShivaFan,



    Yes! That was definitely me. :D

    I've often seen him in the background of paintings, but had no idea as to how I could get to know him better, or even his name. He is...
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    Re: Happy 7th Birthday HDF!

    Happy Birthday HDF!

    HDF has grown into an amazing forum with so many fruitful discussions. I wish to thank Satay and all senior members of HDF for nurturing it so carefully with utmost dedication...
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    Re: Music allowed or not?

    Vannakkam,

    I agree with Ramakrishna. Netz is trying to compare Hinduism with Islam. And that is wrong on so many levels. I've heard of the "music not allowed in Islam" thing before too. Upon...
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    Re: Questions about God

    Vannakkam,

    I'm 21 and wouldn't mind giving my views, if you feel I'm not too young. :)

    Eastern Mind gave a great suggestion, if you want more perspective that is.


    Aum Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Doctors and Death

    Vannakkam Necromancer,




    That seems to be a great unconventional idea! Initially, I didn't quite attribute praying and being supportive of the family towards "cleansing" of ones own mind and...
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    Re: Doctors and Death

    Vannakkam,



    India was and is regarded as Punyabhoomi, the Holy Land, and travelling out of it meant severing ties with caste and all that. The verse was supposedly mentioned in the Manusmriti...
  45. Re: MahaShivratri (March 10th, 2013) - The Supreme Vrata

    Vannakkam,

    Just to update what went on at the famous Sivan temple here.

    There were four pujas from night till morning, the first starting at 9 pm, followed by another one at 12 am, then another...
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    Re: Doctors and Death

    Vannakkam Phil,




    Yes. That is quite the reason as to why I asked the question in the first place.

    Bathing is the general norm for all doctors anyway, but luckily, as you mentioned there's...
  47. Re: MahaShivratri (March 10th, 2013) - The Supreme Vrata

    Vannakkam and Happy Sivaratri,



    There'll be fasting and minor milk pot processions in some temples. I'll be leaving to the temple in a while! Will update when I get back. :)


    Aum Namah...
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    Re: Happy Maha Shiva Ratri 2013

    Vannakkam,


    Happy Sivaratri!


    May Shiva bring positivity and victory, as well as relieve the stress and burdens of all HDF members, and of everyone else!


    ShivaFan: Thank you for bringing...
  49. Thread: hello... :D

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    Re: hello... :D

    Hello and Vannakkam,

    Welcome to the forums! The net is definitely a great source of knowledge for everyone on almost any topic under the sun. We are blessed to be born into such an era!

    Have...
  50. Re: There is a need to respect and accept diverging views

    Vannakkam,



    Do NOT remind me of such uncouth people, out of all anti-Hindus out there. His book left me traumatised, after which I created a thread here:
    ...
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