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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Yes, and I recognize them: Buddhists, Jains and arguably Sikhs. The times have changed today, anybody can study the Vedas, including non-Indians.
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    I am not denigrating Hinduism, because I am Hindu myself. I am challenging a limited geographical definition of Hinduism, to advocate the wider universal definition of Hinduism, which we know it as...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Wiki: Hinduism



    Source: About: Hinduism

    It is a well known fact that Hinduism is the Vedic religion, hence why it is also known as Vedic dharma. Do not be fooled by Dravidian nationalist...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Tell me something I don't know



    You are obviously highly muddled up on what is vedic and what is not. So Mimassa and Vedanta are Vedic, but Samkhya is not Vedic? Right, is that why Samkhya is...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Yes, we do give Newton credit, but it does not change the fact that his name is irrelevant to our usage of it. The laws of gravity are more important than Newton himself. If we to forget him, and...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    I am just going to ignore you brother. You are not worth my time.
    I am doing noting but discussing ideas here, and you are obviously not
    mature enough to discuss something you disagree with, and...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Well, what you have done is carticturized the new age religion/movement by emphasizing its negative characteristics, but omitting the positive. This is not useful, because it is very easy to do that...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    That is what I said.



    There is no nonsense my friend. I have already shown you proto-Shiva and proto-Shakti are already found in the Rig Veda. I have already shown the Shiva/shakti dualism is...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Thank you for sharing this. Perhaps the word 'rehash' is incorrect. I recognize that Trika Kashmir Shiavism has many differences from classical Samkhya, and it can be considered a new and original...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Proof of idol worship and Shakti worship in the IVC is not evidence of it being pre-vedic. It is still a hotly debated topic whether the IVC is pre-vedic, vedic or post-vedic. Moreover, finding some...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    I am still not convinced you get Jnana.



    No, Jnana is not achieved through the practice of meditation. This is Raja Yoga, not Jnana Yoga. In Jnana Yoga we achieve wisdom(i.e., awaken the...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    It is possible, do you have proof? We know other groups existed alongside the Vedic tradition like the Sramana tradition. It is entirely possible that like today there was a pluralism of religious...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Namaste,

    You should not have to feel sorry for me because I don't get bhakti. In the same vain I could feel sorry for you because you don't get Jnana. I just hope what you are doing is working and...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    What should I think? The non dvjita were not allowed to study the Vedas for the same reason somebody who does not pass high school is not allowed admission into college. In the past not everybody got...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Your entire post is predicated on accepting AIT. I do not believe in AIT so I am liberty to ignore your post. I consider the Harappa civilization post-vedic, it is more similar to the janaprada...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Namaste,

    So far the answer to the question 'Can we let go of Hinduism' has been am emphatic NO, but answers as to why have been interesteting and seem to be strongly tied with arguments from...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    I have, it does absolutely nothing for me. It feels artificial and silly to me. I get absolutely no fulfillment from it. I have tried to feel the sacredness of it, but I cannot help thinking how...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Just to put some historical perspective on this:

    Narada Bhakti Sutras: 900-1000 CE
    Brahma Sutras: 400BCE
    Upanishads: 1000-800BCE

    The concept of bhakti has of course existed since late...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Namaste

    On the subject of bhakti:

    If murti pooja, ishta devatas, mandirs are essential in Hinduism, then pray/tell why do they not exist in the Vedic age? In the Vedic age, and note the word...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Apologies if I have hijacked this thread, that is obviously not my intention. I wouldn't really call what I am sharing "nonsense theories" though. It is simply historical fact that philosophical...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Who knows,Today"s day needs more the language of love than dry philosophy as hardly more than 1% population have patience to hear the dry language of philosophy after a days struggle with world for...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    I struggle to see what you mean by I am using double standards. I am pointing out an obvious problem in using a geographic term to refer to a universal, cosmic/eternal religion. The term...
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    Re: Hitler and why Abrahamic soteriology sucks

    The obvious problems I have with these stories you are giving of examples of people who have absolved their sins by praying/repenting to god, is none of these are historical people, they are...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    We are already parked at the tamasic level because we are in body consciousness. The aim is to eventually transcend the tamasic level, but there are different ways of doing they all take a lot of...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    This may also be one of the philosophical elements of the trimurti. It is more likely to be the guna theory because:

    1) the origins of Samkhya philosophy are older than the Brahma Sutras
    2) the...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    I think you bring a fair point, and you are correct that Hindu's have separated themselves from other dharmic traditions like Buddhism and Jainism with the nastika/astika dichotomy. However, this is...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Relax my friend, I am just a fellow Hindu floating about some ideas. Hindus have never been intolerant about discussing ideas, no matter how controversial they are. The fact that I am posting to...
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    Re: Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Some very interesting points have been brought up about Hindu identity and Hindu pride. Yet ironically the very notions of identity and pride are foreign to Hinduism. Is Hinduism after all not saying...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    on Hinduism and Philosophy:

    According to my research on Hinduism Puranic Hinduism and the later Bhakti movement is posterior to the philosophical Hinduism, thus I consider philosophical Hinduism...
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    Re: Non-Religious Hindus

    Indeed, I see Hinduism as a philosophers religion. In that Hinduism is basically philosophy taken to the level of religion. All philosophical schools of Hinduism have liberation as their ultimate...
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    Can we let go of Hinduism?

    Namaste,

    When I am asked what my religion is. I am confused whether to answer 'Hindu' or 'spiritual' I often answer 'Hindu' because of my strong identification with Hinduism, but when I say...
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    Veggie eats meat: Reflections

    I have been vegetarian for more than 10 years now for ethical and spiritual reasons. I am not fussy though, I do occasionally eat eggs(though it is not my first preference) and jelly, and I don't...
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    Sikhism is just another form of Hinduism

    Namaste,

    I often tell people I was not born Hindu, but I was born Sikh. I then have to qualify my statement by saying, "But then again, Sikhism really is just another form of Hinduism anyway"...
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    Re: Refutation of Charvaka

    Carvaka is indeed an internally inconsistent philosophy. They reject inference as a means of knowledge and only accept perception. If they are asked why perception is the only means of knowledge,...
  35. Re: Why is Carvaka considered a "dharma tradition?"

    Carvaka is not included among the six schools of Hindu philosophy. It is a heretical school of philosophy(nastika) meaning that it rejects the Vedas as supreme authority.

    Carvaka is basically the...
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    Re: Mr. Hawking's view

    Namaste,

    Mr Hawkings is entitled to his view. I do not think we should become too preoccupied with what Hawking believes. The ex-nihilo hypothesis is common to Western science and religion. In...
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    Re: Banning Muslim Garb

    The traditional hijab is a symbol of oppression and in addition it breeds mistrust. If I cannot see the face of a person in public, I am going to suspect that person. It would be just like people...
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    Re: A Need for a United Hindu Voice

    Ganeshprasad ji,

    Yes, I am aware that the term "Hindu" is originally a Persian word, which is how the Persian people pronounced the river "Sindhu" It means the people who live beyond the Sindhu...
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    Re: A Need for a United Hindu Voice

    Namaste,

    It is great to see many of you agree with my points, but even greater to see disagreements. As these disagreements are what must be settled in order to develop a concensus and a united...
  40. Re: Vedas, Puranas and the Hollow Earth Theory - Part 1 or 3

    Namaste,

    I am sorry but the notion of hollow earth theory is completely ridiculous from a scientific point of view. The Lokas in the Puranas do not refer to physical realms but other planes of...
  41. Thread: Big Science

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    Re: Big Science

    Namaste,

    I think all science is good. The more knowledge we have of the universe the more helpful it will be to us. However, I don't think it is big-science in which we will we find the greatest...
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    A Need for a United Hindu Voice

    O citizens of the world!
    Live in harmony and concord.
    Be organized and co-operative.
    Speak with one voice
    And make your resolutions with one mind
    As our ancient saints and seers,
    Leaders and...
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    Re: Christian Yoga??!!

    Namaste Sunyata,

    I think you are right that the concepts of karma, reincarnation and god-consciousness crop up in all religions(although relegated to the esoteric/gnostic sections) because they...
  44. Thread: Namaste All

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    Namaste All

    Namaste,

    I just recently joined this forum for discussion of Hinduism and related matters. I am a graduate in Philosophy and have a strong interest in Hindu Philosophy. I understand Hinduism to...
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    Re: My thoughts on the Devas

    Namaste,

    Devas are not people. Deva comes from the root div which means to shine or shining one. A synonym for the the word is senses. In other words devas are like energies or powers that govern...
  46. Re: arguements provided by atheists against religion and God

    Namaste,

    I agree with all of those arguments. These are all real fallacies of reason.
    Hindus do not need to concern themselves with these arguments, because they do not apply to us. Hinduism is...
  47. Is the history of Bharata severely distorted?

    Namaste,

    It seems to me the more research I do into Indian history that the dates are very very wrong for most major personalities and events, and I think we Hindus need to take a stand and get...
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    Re: Karma (going through a tough time)

    Namaste,

    I would encourage you to get out of the habit of labelling karma as good and bad. Karma is simply cause and effect. Some effects we call "good" and some we call "bad" Something is only...
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    Re: Muslim Women's rights

    Namaste Riverwolf,

    I recently talked to a Muslim woman, who had no problem in proudly admitting, "Men are superior to women" Why do you think she believes this? Part of this is to do with...
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    Re: Christian Yoga??!!

    Namaste,

    I am of the opinion that Yoga is Hinduism and Hinduism is Yoga. I even find it hard to understand how a Christian or Muslim could practice Yoga, for Yoga contradicts their beliefs. The...
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