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    Re: I need information about rudraksha

    Namaste hengellisyydenoppilas ji and Mystical Soul ji,
    Yes, that appears to be a 5 mukhi rudraksha mala. Also, that's a great price for it. Apparently I've bought a rudraksha mala from that vendor...
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    Re: What attracted you to Hinduism?..

    There is something I can think of in addition to 'ethical life without preaching', too: a persistent voice. Because Hinduism has made it a habit not to proselytize (and thank goodness for that) it...
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    Re: What attracted you to Hinduism?..

    Basically authentic teachings on raja yoga.

    My father was a very cruel man, and my mother was a heavy drug user. I grew up not wanting to be anything like my parents, and not having any real way...
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    Re: I saw shiva 2 week ago in the middle of night

    Namaste hengellisyydenoppilas and others,

    I'm glad that you had such a nice experience. As others have said, you may have past karmas tying you to Lord Shiva. It is also true that one of His names...
  5. Re: "God Talks with Arjuna" - by Paramhamsa Yogananda

    That's truly disappointing. Trying to Christianize the Sanskrit scriptures isn't exactly something I appreciate. As a Caucasian living in California, I get preached at often enough.
    Dream or not, I...
  6. Re: "God Talks with Arjuna" - by Paramhamsa Yogananda

    That's what I was afraid of. Nevertheless seeing the book in real life is uncanny.
  7. "God Talks with Arjuna" - by Paramhamsa Yogananda

    Namaste everyone,
    Although I don't contribute very often, I frequently enjoy reading the forums here and feel as if I know some of you. :) I hope everyone enjoyed their...
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    Lingam variations and protocols?

    Namaste everyone,

    I have two main questions that I hoped could be clarified here about Shiva lingams.

    First: What are the differences between a narmada (stone) lingam, a sphatik (crystal)...
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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    Last two; both really old, but better quality:
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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    More:
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    Re: Post images of your shrine!

    Some very cool photos here! Thought I'd add mine too.

    Sorry for the bad image quality... my camera isn't in the mood to cooperate with me.
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    UNESCO Veda Project

    Namaste everyone,
    I'd wondered if any of you had heard about this. Apparently UNESCO has undertaken to record the complete chanting of the Vedas. I'm having some difficulty...
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    Re: The best commentary on Yoga-sutra

    Thank's for the link, I'm going to have to look into that myself. :)
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    Re: The best commentary on Yoga-sutra

    I've only read two translations; I recommend the second, entitled, "Four Chapters on Freedom" by Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar Yoga School. In general I highly recommend his books and the...
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    Re: Hindu/Indian Fiction?

    Namaste Webimpulse,
    I could suggest something which might at least hold your interest like a fictional book would... :coffee: have you considered reading the Ramayana or Mahabharata? I read and...
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    Re: Devon Ke Dev Mahadev

    Hello everyone,
    Great show! Although I don't understand the dialogue, I really like the actors portrayal of the Deities. I see that they've added Kartikeya to the show now, does anyone know if...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Thank you :D
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Hello everybody :)
    I've got a question about the Shiva Gayatri mantra. I've seen it in two forms, either starting "Om Pancahvaktraye Vidmahe" or "Om Tatpurushaya Vidmahe". Can anybody tell me the...
  19. Thread: Third Eye

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    Re: Third Eye

    If you are serious, you will be willing to do some homework. I would suggest reading up on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Swami Satyananda Saraswati of the Bihar Yoga...
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    Re: I have no idea where I am going...!

    I agree. In my opinion, mastery of one is mastery of all. :D
    You really can't go wrong.
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    Re: I have no idea where I am going...!

    First off: welcome to the forums! I think that you will find that Hinduism (i.e. Sanatana Dharma) is imminently practical in that it has something for everyone. If moksha is what you're looking for,...
  22. Thread: Shaivite Library

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    Sticky: Re: Shaivite Library

    :coffee: A link to the free online books written by Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati and a few others (published by the Divine Life Society):

    http://www.sivanandadlshq.org/download/download.htm
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    :D Thanks for the link! The information provided (taken from "MOMENTS REMEMBERED") is indeed very relevant. It seems that he is confirming exactly what I thought. :coffee:
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Namaste EM,
    I like the point that you make here and I agree with you to a large extent. So much evil has been done all over the world because people get it into their heads that their skin color is...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Hello again everyone. First let me thank you all one more time for being so helpful and informative in answering my questions. I've got another one, regarding Indian culture. I'm a Caucasian...
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    I own that book!!! Guess it's time to read it! :D
    Thanks for the tip :cool1:
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    Non-localized and infinite, "pure awareness itself" - like the chakras themselves are, maybe? I will have to look into some of Ramana Maharshi's works, thank you. :D
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    You've given me much to consider; thank you :)
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    It is indeed interesting information. My questions still stand however, I hope you can shed a little more light :)
  30. Thread: Shaivite Library

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    Sticky: Re: Shaivite Library

    I seriously wonder if you realize just how awesome you are for doing this! :D
    From this day forth, you are :bowdown: "Omkara the Magnificent"! :bowdown:
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    Re: The Heart or hridaya

    Hello everyone, I'm aware that I'm posting in a 6 year dead thread here, but I hope that someone will help me out anyway :)

    My question is a little complex

    First, I'm assuming that by not...
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    Re: Sickness following meditation

    What form of meditation are you practicing?
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Good to know. Yes, most pujas I've watched are faster paced than the recording for this one is. Luckily I have a little ability with languages; actually some friends of mine taught me to sing a few...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    I had a feeling it wasn't right, but I know I have a lot to learn. If it was that way, I'd just go with it. The important part is paying respects to Lord Ganesha, in whatever form he likes. Thank you...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Here's another one: when doing puja, are you supposed to chant the names of the steps before you do them? The Himalayan Academy has a step by step recording the chants of a Genesha puja here:...
  36. Thread: The shatkarmas

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    Re: The shatkarmas

    It's going to take me a little while to post much more in this thread in order to try to stimulate a discussion. I'm taking summer classes and they're keeping me busy! So, for now: :sleeping:
  37. Thread: The shatkarmas

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    The shatkarmas

    Namaste all,
    I had hoped we could discuss practice of the shatkarmas (six acts of bodily purification) delineated in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. In my limited experience these practices seem very...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    HEYYY I DID SOMETHING RIGHT!!:D
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    You're right, of course. I'm trying to substitute HDF for a guru, although naturally that isn't it's purpose. Nevertheless, there are some very wise individuals here, and I am learning much.

    When...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Namaste and thank you,
    I didn't mean to imply that Ganesha traditionally has any specific connection with the ajna chakra, but rather that I saw Lord Ganesha clairvoyantly in the chidakasha (the...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Thank you all for your awnsers :)
    I have more questions:

    What is the significance of Lord Ganesha's red forms?
    If one sees a red Ganesha through ajna chakra, is it likely to be of very special...
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    Re: Aint India a special place?

    Truly beautiful. :grouphug:
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Excellent answers guys. Thank you. :)
    I'm interested specifically in the Iccha shakti, Jnana shakti, and Kriya shakti of Lord Shiva. I've read that these are one of the things that Trishul (his...
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    :sleeping: ... :feedback:
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    Re: A few Questions :)

    Maybe I'm confused, isn't Sanskrit the old written form (before Devangari) of the spoken language Hindi? Sanskrit wasn't a language unto itself was it?
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    A few Questions :)

    Namaste,
    First, I must compliment you all for having such a wonderful site. The moderators are doing a wonderful job, and the regular users are very wise and helpful. I'm not sure where...
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    Re: Imagine YOUR Dream Temple!

    Namaste everyone,
    This is actually something I've thought about quite a bit. Eventually I went to cnet.com and downloaded the "Sweet Home 3d" architectural design program...
  48. Thread: Chakra systems

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    Re: Chakra systems

    For the life of me I can't find it. I must have made it up.:dunno:
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    Re: Chakra systems

    Well, I believe I have read of the "bad chakras" in the sat chakra nirupana actually, but I have no idea how credible that scripture is. If I have time I'll look for the specific location of the...
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    Re: Chakra systems

    What you're saying is consistent with my personal experience, thank you.
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