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    Sashtanga Namaskar/Girls

    So anyways...at the mandir today for Devi Puja, my daughters saw an Indian Hindu woman do a full sashtanga namaskar, so they dutifully copied her. It was very "cute," (particularly for the 3 year...
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    Re: What do you think?

    Now you just need a mustache! LOL.

    Seriously though, as someone who wears a kumkum tilak on a regular basis, I usually go with the slightly more oval or "line" style...like Varun Gandhi in this...
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    Re: Can we celebrate christmas?

    Well, since the actual celebration on December 25th comes from the Roman Dies Natalis Soli Invicti, (Birthday of the Unconquerable Sun - Sol Invictus), which is a Romanization of the Persian deity...
  4. Re: Any Hindu had a fleeting moment of Self doubt about faith ?: what do YOU DO then?

    Just read Sita Ram Goel's "How I Became a Hindu" (again). Worked for me recently. And remember that Ramakrishna converted to both Islam and Christianity before coming back to Sanatana Dharma.

    It...
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    Re: Modernization/Westernization?

    Naya:

    You really need to move. ...[EDITED, since I probably shouldn't speak ill of her in a public forum]...I moved out of that Pennsylvania cesspool into a much better environment back in my...
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    Re: Who highest one in charge in heaven?

    "This way of looking at the Godhead is disconcerting to the Western schematic mind. In the Vedic approach, there is no single God. This is bad enough. But the Hindus do not have even a supreme God, a...
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    Re: Can we have warning system ?

    Certainly not all of us indeed. ;)

    I still contend that Abrahamic religion is the single most destructive ideology in the history of the planet...not just to Hindus, but to all of Humanity in...
  8. Re: Is there anything wrong with being Christian?

    ...and if you're gonna go there, you ought to know that I have a Master's Degree in History...



    What...exactly...does this have to do with anything? Yeah, after a few centuries of being...
  9. Re: Is there anything wrong with being Christian?

    If you seriously believe that...then you are completely ignorant of American history in regards to slavery. It saddens me that the educational system has let you down so significantly. I suppose...
  10. Re: Is there anything wrong with being Christian?

    ...and even then, after the brutal destruction of African American culture and religion...many traditional African practices and beliefs live on in Voudou, Santeria, and other Christian/African...
  11. Re: Is there anything wrong with being Christian?

    Even ISKCON has never been so bold as to act with even the tiniest percentage of coercion, hatred, and trickery used by Christian missionaries. Indeed, the entire world-view of this tiny minority...
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    Re: ...Shakta...

    Here's a way to get some info from one of the priests at the Washington Kali Temple:



    He will set you on the right path! :)

    Also, the most common tilakas for Shaktas (as far as I know...any...
  13. Thread: Kali

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    Re: Kali

    It sounds to me like you are mixing up your "Kali's." The Kali Yuga is named for the demon "Kali," which is not the same as the Goddess "Kālī".

    Also, one way to think about Kali Maa and her...
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    Re: Temple email ?

    Let me suggest two things:

    1. Look over any pictures on their website of festivals, programs, etc. Do you see any Westerners there? If you do, then chances are...they are fairly open. If not,...
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    Re: Capitalism & ignorance

    ...and the Internet said, "You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to TatTvamAsi again." ;)
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    Re: Capitalism & ignorance

    This is getting ridiculous. Neither Socialism, Communism, Capitalism, or any other modern Western economic ideology is 100% compatible with Dharma, which is why most sensible people, (including...
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    Re: If we all had pictures of ourselves

    ...and until now, I never realized that I was pretty much the only person who bothered to do so... LOL.
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    Re: Worship of other Religious dieties

    The Mycenaeans, (the people that would become later known as "The Greeks"...) did not even arrive in the area of Greece until around 1600 BCE or so...whereas the civilizations of India had been...
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    Re: Worship of other Religious dieties

    "There was a time when the old pagan Gods were pretty fulfilling and they inspired the best of men and women to acts of greatness, love, nobility, sacrifice, and heroism. It is, therefore, a good...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    Well, this temple was fairly well-known, even back in England, thanks to some of the silly rumors about suicidal Hindus crushing themselves under the "Juggernaut." But I'm also talking about more...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    Actually...the murders have continued. Most people don't realize this, as they are primarily in California (which has a larger Sikh population than most places), and the majority of news...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    I do not know about the story that you are relating...but it appears that we are also discussing slightly different things. I assume, for example, that the Muslim in your story was Indian as...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    I like old buildings, and one day decided that I wanted to see the inside of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. I put on a SUIT. Yeah, even a tie....just to go walk around inside of it, and...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    For the record: From what research I have done...every temple that I've found to have a "no Westerners" policy has either been rooted in one of two different reasons:

    1. Recent, bad or...
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    Re: Common misconceptions and pet peeves

    I had someone ask me on FaceBook recently if Hindus can have more than one wife.

    My wife responded to THAT one... ;)
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    Re: coming back

    I am certainly no "expert" on Orthodox Christianity (or really much of anything to do with the Byzantines...as they bore me to tears), but I AM very knowledgeable about Western Roman history,...
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    Re: Female Priests?

    I can only speak from experience, but I've seen female priests at Shakta temples in the US. I wouldn't say that it's overly "common," but it happens. For example, at the Sri Vidya temple in New...
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    Re: Feminism and Hinduism

    For the record: I was using the quote to show how sexist men in Western cultures viewed Shaktism. To the average Western man of 1910 (when the book was originally written), even sexual equality...
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    Re: brand new hindu

    For the record, name changing in the USA is a pretty complicated process. I don't know what it's like in India, but over here, a lot of expensive paperwork has to be filed, and a court must rule on...
  30. Thread: Writers

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    Re: Writers

    There isn't much Hinduism in either of the two books. One of the characters in THE DESERT espouses some Buddhist cosmology, and Patel has some harsh words for Atheists, but for the most part, the...
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    Re: Feminism and Hinduism

    At least we can be civil, right?

    Besides, the quote that I posted (Striyo devah striyah pranah...) was from the Sarvollasa Tantra, something that is not necessarily the kind of thing your average...
  32. Thread: Writers

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    Re: Writers

    Let's see...

    My new book, ACHERON, comes out in a few months. On July 12th, it comes out as an audiobook, and will be available on Audible.com. A few weeks after that, it will be available in...
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    Re: Feminism and Hinduism

    "Gender discrimination a cultural bias, not religious truth" by Pooja Deopura, a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, now a software professional living in Fremont, and an...
  34. Re: Hindu Faux Pas - How to not sound silly?

    Hey now! Some of us still do that! LOL.

    I grew up near the beach in Florida, and at my high school, we had a computerized "ticker" in the cafeteria letting everyone know the surfing forecast. ...
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    Re: Feminism and Hinduism

    Heresy? In Sanatana Dharma? Surely you jest...

    Besides, you just admitted that that kind of thinking is Bengali Shaktism. Are you saying they aren't "real" Hindus? And then you said it was...
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    Re: Feminism and Hinduism

    Considering the fact that even Conservative Hinduism treats women's rights better than Christianity or Islam, I'd say yes.

    ...and then there are Shaktas (like me) who believe in treating every...
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    Re: brand new hindu

    Yeah, only the very wealthy here in the USA can afford to have "servants," and most of the time, both husband and wife have to work 40+ hours a week. Our American lifestyle is not really geared much...
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    Re: brand new hindu

    Now you're talking REAL Hindu, LOL. ;) Sure you aren't native Indian?

    Example: Indian MasterChef
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    Re: tattoos of god images?

    Do you really think that 99% of Americans would even recognize an Om symbol if they saw one? Much less see it as a symbol of Sanatana Dharma? I could walk down the streets of just about any...
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    Re: brand new hindu

    One thing to remember about caste is that you probably have a "European" one. For example, let's say your last name is "Baker." That means that back in medieval times, your ancestors probably ran a...
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    Re: brand new hindu

    In my opinion, the best way to "go vegetarian" is to first restrict your meat to specific times/days. Just say to yourself, "I'll only eat beef on Fridays!" or something, then stick to that for a...
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    Re: When did I convert?

    I'm just trying to use an example that other people can understand. I'm actually extremely in favor of gay rights.
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    Re: When did I convert?

    Again, going with the "handicap" analogy...why do we (as in people who are not directly affected) need to "cure" them? Some deaf people become extremely offended when people talk about "curing"...
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    Re: When did I convert?

    I don't know that I'd even classify it as a "normal/abnormal" issue.

    Look at it this way: If someone is born with only one hand, it is not really "normal," but neither should he/she be treated...
  45. Re: A comparative study between the Bible and the Vedas.

    No. I am a historian, and neither I, nor any of my other friends who are historians, (including a prominent Christian religious professor at a Christian university), believe there is any historical...
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    Re: $hit hits the fan!

    I've not studied the Qu'ran much, but I would have to assume that there is something in it about lying being an immoral act. Whenever followers of a faith act in an immoral fashion, it only serves...
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    Re: burning of koran

    I think it all comes down to national interests and regional issues. In the USA, Islam is almost nonexistent, and is a very minor "threat" in terms of terrorism or religious freedom.

    The USA...
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    Re: burning of koran

    1. Worrying about Islam "defeating" the West is unnecessary. The majority of the USA is as fundamentally Christian as the populations of countries like Iraq and Afghanistan are Muslim. When the...
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    Re: Kali

    For the record, I noticed that the OP is in the USA. Here, we do not see much Sri Vidya worship, at least I haven't. There is one temple in Rochester, NY, but that is the only one with which I am...
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    Re: Christian Imperialism

    Cyril of Alexandria, the leader of the villains, was the "Pope" of Alexandria at the time, and therefore part of the hierarchy of the Roman church. So he was basically "Catholic," though I don't...
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