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  1. Re: First Hindu poised for election to United States Congress

    Namaste:

    Well she is definitely a Hindu and for a Democratic politician she seems fairly open about it (see weblink below and excerpts) - she may not wear it on her sleeve in the way Bobby Jindal...
  2. Re: Advaita seems so empty and impersonal to me leaving a void in me...

    Namaste,

    Upanishads repeatedly discuss that Moksha is only through knowledge and the others such as Bhakti, Karma, meditation are contributory factors only - there are no 4 paths etc etc. The...
  3. Re: The real meaning of the word Mithya in Advaita VedAnta

    Namaste,

    Good topic.

    Real always exists independently. As an example it is said in the clay world Clay is real. What about the clay pot? Clay pot cannot exist independent of clay so clay pot...
  4. Re: Advaita seems so empty and impersonal to me leaving a void in me...

    Moksha is not conditioning of mind. Conditioning can be achieved by medicines such as tried by Huxley and others. The same thing with experience which is temporary. The Upanishads describe Moksha...
  5. Re: Advaita seems so empty and impersonal to me leaving a void in me...

    Namaste,

    Just wanted to clarify. In traditional Adi Sankara's Advaita there is no mention of equally valid paths to the same goal. Gnana yoga, i.e. knowledge of Sastras under a Guru is the only...
  6. Re: Advaita seems so empty and impersonal to me leaving a void in me...

    I posted the following in a different thread but see that this is relevant here as well:

    "I was just listening to Swami Paramarthananda today expounding Kaivalya Upanishad. The Upanishad talks...
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    Re: 2nd marriage, Hindu wedding?

    I am glad my comments were useful. It is okay to be exposed to many religions as long as one clearly knows what their basic religion is. It forms an identity in many ways with Hindus it is a way of...
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    Re: 2nd marriage, Hindu wedding?

    Yes second marriage is definitely allowed.

    I also second the 2 wedding ceremony idea as it is not possible to accommodate both set of rituals at the same time.

    I am not trying to be negative -...
  9. Thread: Hugging

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    Re: Hugging

    Having grownup in India I know that putting your arm around your friend's shoulder (only of the same gender) is very common, so is holding hands. But I think this practice becomes less common as the...
  10. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    I was just listening to Swami Paramarthananda today expounding Kaivalya Upanishad. The Upanishad talks about Ishwara in
    1. Arupa Ishwara (formless consciousness in all)
    2. Anekarupa Ishwara...
  11. Re: Reconciling Hindu scriptures with modern Hinduism

    Namaste Gwiwer,

    For the religious Hindu Veda is Shruti meaning divine revelation (as opposed to human) and hence cannot be wrong. If we dont misunderstand it is because of our inability because...
  12. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Namaste, True, at a Vyavharika level there is a gradation. Humans on account of punya can even take the Deva positions in heaven. Even Brahmaji takes birth and dies. Advaita holds that Saguna...
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    Re: Has anyone done girivalam?

    No Ramana mediated inside the temple where rats crawled on him. Later he lived in the cave and later Skanda Ashram but both are on the mountain and not the path which is around and level ground.
    ...
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    Re: Has anyone done girivalam?

    I did it a couple years back. We stayed at the Ramana Ashram - contacted them by email. We did it on a full moon it is a more popular time. There are many things along the way such as the shrine...
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    Re: The Ramayana Contradictions

    Namaste:

    Vaali asked Rama why he killed him from hiding. Rama replied that humans hunted animals from hiding, for example humans caught elephants using concealed pits. I think Rama's explanation...
  16. Re: So Long India. It was nice knowing you all this while.

    This was old news. The good news is that Congress lost badly in UP inspite of this. But I think this has merely delayed the demographics that Believerji talks about.

    India seems to be the only...
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    Re: I love Hinduism!

    Namaste, yes the beauty that is Hinduism - here are a few

    1. Everything is done with God in mind. Have you seen a classical dancer. He/she touches the ground and then feet first to seek...
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    Re: Advaita and reincarnation

    Namaste,
    I think WM and Devotee provided excellent explanations. I would simply say because the Upanishads make that claim and they cannot be wrong because they are divine revelations. In addition...
  19. Thread: Sadhana

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    Sticky: Re: Sadhana

    Vanakkam,

    I don't see how one can make much spiritual progress without actually spending a specific amount of time every day on Sadhana (my favorite is reading/listening to scriptures). In...
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    Re: Shaivite refutation Of Advaita

    I was referring to Jaishankar another student who enters the discussion (page 35).



    I think you have misunderstood. In Page 3 Atmachaitanya (AC) restates the problem (Whence Adhyasa?) as...
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    Re: Shaivite refutation Of Advaita

    Namaste Omakara:

    Thanks for the 72 page email compilation. It is very useful and I am still reading it. It appears you may not have read the whole thing. Some observations from that compilation...
  22. Re: Spiritual growth and Material Success compatible?

    Not necessarily. We know of many who are spiritually advanced but materially poor. If you want money you have to go out and try and get it of course following Dharma.
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    Re: KAnchi ParamAchArya satsangham

    Namaste Saidevo,

    I have heard the following. I would like to know if this consistent with Kanchi Paramacharyal's teachings:

    Nirguna Brahman (NB) is attributeless, actionless, formless,...
  24. Re: “You STILL eat with your hands.” by Oprah Winfrey

    I recall reading that S. Radhakishnan one of the past presidents of India was at a state dinner when he was in Moscow. He ate with his hands. When the host asked him why he replied "I know for sure...
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    Re: Shaivite refutation Of Advaita

    http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=8076
    http://www.hindunet.org/srh_home/1997_6/0003.html


    I agree arguments never help. But it can help to understand the POV of that which is...
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    Re: Shaivite refutation Of Advaita

    Advaita POV is that Nirguna Brahman does not have any guna, so cant listen, can act etc. But how can God listen to our prayers? The explanation is that it is the Saguna Brahman (Ishwara) which does...
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    Re: Shaivite refutation Of Advaita

    I believe the Advaita POV is that there is duality/multiplicity as long as there is avidya. You are already the limitless nondual Brahman but you don't know it due to avidya. You think you are the...
  28. Re: Analysis of dreams to establish idealism in Yogachara and Shankara's response

    Per Advaita World exists but not independent of God. World is Mithya which is not unreal as in the horns on a man etc. It is not real either because world as we know it disappears in Pralaya. On the...
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    Re: NavDurga, why ?

    Namaste McKitty,

    Try to visit Chinmaya Seattle if possible

    http://www.chinmayaseattle.org/about/ChinmayaSeattle.aspx

    They have a great book on various Hindu Gods and symbolism. Have a copy...
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    Re: The Ramayana Contradictions

    Yes in Valmiki Ramayana Rama is portrayed as if he did not know he was divine. He cries, gets really angry to the point of saying he will annihilate the 3 worlds, gets depressed and is consolated by...
  31. Re: Buddhists and Hindus are on the rise nationally, Baylor University professor find

    Sure there are more Hindus in USA now than in 2000. Most cities have temples and the larger cities have many. If you go to the temples 99% who attend are Indian origin very few are Western. ...
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    Re: The Ramayana Contradictions

    Uttarakanda is considered a later addition
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayan...rarajan-106-11
    The Valmiki Ramayana book published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has only 6 kandas. Uttara Kanda is...
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    Re: Secular India

    Good ideas, I will add government control of temples, Ministry of minority affairs and its budget, Article 30 etc. But why is no Indian politician raising these issues? Is it a fear of being...
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    Re: What qualifies a written work as scripture?

    Namaste Charitra,

    Rather than react to a phrase try to read all the posts I have made in this thread (#115, #128) and my position will become clearer.
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    Re: What qualifies a written work as scripture?

    Not necessary. It could be to determine if he was from outside the 4 varnas.



    If Sudras are not to study Vedas it would have been stated explicitly in many Upanishads. After all the same...
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    Re: What qualifies a written work as scripture?

    I think what I was getting at was birth merely provides a starting score (brahmin starts at a higher score) but a bigger weightage is on what one does with this life which is what determines one's...
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    Re: What qualifies a written work as scripture?

    Namaste Phil,

    Yes birth determines one's Varna and on average a Brahmin baby starts of at a higher spiritual score than a Shudra baby. There may be anomalies for example if the Shudra birth was...
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    Re: What qualifies a written work as scripture?

    Uttarakanda is considered a later addition
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana#cite_note-sundararajan-106-11
    The Valmiki Ramayana book published by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan has only 6 kandas. ...
  39. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Differences between the 3 philosophy levels have existed for a long time and any amount of discussion will not resolve this. HIndus have got along just fine for all these years. There are many...
  40. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Vanakkam,

    The absolute identity or sameness comes at Paramarthika level, i.e. when one is self realized (Aham Brahmasmi, Tat tvamasi). At that level there is no difference between a Jnani and God...
  41. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Halo IcySFX,

    As I said in the other thread read Advaita, Dvaita, V. Advaita thorougly and make up your mind which one to pursue in depth. Philosoraptor had a more specific suggestion which I...
  42. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Namaskar,
    Intially you think you are different and later by knowledge you realize you are the same. Devas are not really different. In Kena Upanishad before liberation Devas (Agni, Vayu, Indra)...
  43. Re: Is there One God worshipped with many forms and names or are there many ?

    Namaste,

    If you go by logic there has to be only 1 God - Brahman which is limitless, all pervading without form etc etc. The forms of different devatas like Agni, Indra even Brahma are pervaded...
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    Re: Spiritual Teacher

    Namaste,
    My understanding is Smriti is not divine and may not be 100% accurate. Correct me if I am wrong.
    What I have generally seen is that even religious Hindus dont do much scriptural...
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    Re: Spiritual Teacher

    Namaste Yagvanji,

    I find your words full of wisdom. Could you kindly state if this idea/feeling of "proper fit" a personal opinion or is it supported by scriptural injunctions?



    Yes,...
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    Re: Spiritual Teacher

    No there are many who teach traditionally who have come from a Guru-Sishya lineage. So they are definitely at B level. You trust them that they are Gnanis and that will help progress.

    I dont...
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    Re: Spiritual Teacher

    Namaste,

    I am not saying that the Gnani may not choose to teach Upanishads or may not teach at all. But there are 2 issues here:

    1. How does one know if a guru who is currently living is...
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    Re: Spiritual Teacher

    Adi Sankara explains the Guru qualifications here

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advaita_Vedanta#Necessity_of_a_Guru

    According to Śankara and others, anyone seeking to follow the philosophy of...
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    Re: The Future of Hinduism

    Our temples are not set up to propogate basic knowledge about Hinduism. Some of them have lectures from time to time but I think it should be more regular like several times/week. Many of the...
  50. Re: Does Dvaita lead to the same goal as Christianity?

    Doesnt have to. The Dvaitin may define liberation as going to Heaven and being with Vishnu while the Christian may define liberation as going to Heaven and being with Christ. The Universalist comes...
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