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    Re: BRAHMA IN BHAGAVAT GITA

    Greetings,

    I suggest that the "jalpa/vitanda" subforum is more suited for this original/opening post.

    Sincerely
    WM
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    Re: Sri Shankaracharya in English

    Sri Ramakrishna Math has a fairly well stocked bookstore if you are in and around Chennai. Many of the works of Shankara are available (Upanishads, Brahmasutras and Gita commentary). Prices are...
  3. Re: Amazed To The Love of Bhaktas Toward Lord Hanuman

    Hanuman never complained when asked to go in search of the Sanjeevni herb. Without thinking twice, he nonchalantly lifted the entire mountain and brought it to Lakshmana's side. A great inspiration...
  4. Re: Fundamentals of Advaitha - Request from a newbie

    Hi,

    Unlike user devotee, I would suggest that you do NOT jump into any threads online.

    To understand the intricacies of our various darshanas, it is a much better idea to become familiar with...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    Hi,



    The Jivanmukta is an elightened being who while being alive and after having burned away all prior karma, continues to operate in this world with no new karmic accumulation.
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    Re: Caste/Varna System ?

    Yes. Varna system is proclaimed in the Vedas as well. Not sure what you mean by "correct" here, though.



    What makes you think it is not followed? [It is.] You mean, there are no Brahmins,...
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    Re: Atman-Brahman in Buddhism

    Hello skull,

    While the empirical self is indeed ultimately denied by all astika schools as transient, unreal and hence sublateable, a spiritual atman that is unchanging and undergoes...
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    Re: Shastra is Pramana

    Greetings,

    There are few things that have to be established within the Advaitic framework.

    (1)First, Shabda as a pramana has to be shown to be independent of and irreducible to other pramanas...
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    Re: Can anyone explain this?

    Hi,

    The idea here is that God is the common cause just as how rain is the common cause for the sprouting of different plants from different seeds, just as how sunlight is the common cause that...
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    Re: Do you believe in life after delivery ?

    The problem with such stories, IMO, is that it proves or disproves nothing.

    If the life in the womb is not complete, in itself, and it requires birth to attain such completion, then this opens up...
  11. Re: "objects are non different from their names"? explain?

    Hi,



    There are multiple layers to this question.

    Per Nyaya realism, everything that exists, exists independent of consciousness. So, Nyaya holds that the following are equivalent.

    (a)A...
  12. Re: Define Soul/Atma(/Jivatma?) and Where is it exactly found?

    Hi,

    Two schools of thought on this.

    Nyaya/Vaiseshikha - the self of each person is omnipresent. The individuality of each self is secured by associating this omnipresent self with an atomic...
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    Re: consciousness and mind & few more doubts

    Hi,

    There is a short answer to this and a long answer. The long answer requires a guided tour through a substantial portion of Indian metaphysics and epistemology. Good references for these are:
    ...
  14. Thread: questions?

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    Re: questions?

    Hi SoL,



    In all Dharmic philosophies (this includes Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism), the universe did not begin to exist. It always was. That is, we can keep going back and back and we will...
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    Re: Greetings from America

    The reasons why Abrahamic religions are despised by us Hindus are the following:

    (1)Xity is mostly deceptive in its operation. For e.g. there is no Indian figure anywhere in the Bible....
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    Re: Subtle elements

    Hi,

    Samkhya does not believe in atomism like the Nyaya Vaiseshikha do.

    So, from a Samkhya POV, any subatomic particle today, such as quarks, atoms, etc., are an instantiation of a particular...
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    Re: Subtle elements

    Good question!

    The basic idea in Samkhya is that the effect pre-exists in the cause. That is, when we observe the gross elements, the effect, it is but a manifestation of what was pre-existent,...
  18. Re: I am not sure if any one could answer my question. However let me try.

    Hi,



    Firstly, there was no "start" to anything. There is no creatio-ex-nihilo in Hinduism. Prakriti and jivas are beginningless -- affirmed by the Lord in the Gita itself. The universe is...
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    Re: throttled down....

    Hi,

    The effect cannot be completely different from the cause, for we never see a mustard seed used to produce a cloth. Yes, the limited goodness of the human condition is possible only because...
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    Re: Define Happiness Philosophically?

    Hi,

    There is a large body of work by Christopher Framarin and Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad on this topic. Many of the links above could be behind paywalls. In any case, I provide some references and...
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    Re: Define Happiness Philosophically?

    I will approach this from the soteriological angle. There is a dispute between Naiyayikas and Advaitins about the status of the jiva in moksha.

    Naiyayikas define the state negatively. i.e. moksha...
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    Re: Jiva/Ishvara

    Greetings,

    A few analogies may help the beginner.

    A woman searches hither-thither for necklace. She finds it around her own neck where she had never looked before and is now relieved.

    Where...
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    Re: Does God have desires?

    Greetings,

    God has no unfulfilled desires for himself. This is because our scriptures declare God to be all-blissful.

    So, why does God act then, at all, assuming action necessarily has to be...
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    Re: Do you Love Carnatic Music?

    Yet another sublime rendition of Thyagaraja Yoga Vaibhavam by Ranjani and Gayatri.
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    Re: Organ donation

    Hi yajvan,

    I did some digging around. The references are

    BS 3:3:27-31.

    BS 4:1:17

    Best.
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    Re: Organ donation

    I managed to track down the specific Samkhya Karika sutra that deals with the discussion of "subtle body". It is aphorism 40.

    The discussion on this (source Samkhya Karika, Sri Ramakrishna Math...
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    Re: Organ donation

    Hi,

    The problem with being able to answer this question is, it is not clear in our living life what it means to die and what happens when we die.

    So, we have to rely on scripture/philosophical...
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    Re: Organ donation

    Hi,

    Nice question.

    Few things from Hindu metaphysics perspective.

    Consciousness can only be predicated of the self (jiva/purusha). Prakriti (body) is considered insentient. So, it neither...
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    Re: Is Jyotish originally indian?

    Hi,



    Well, there are bragging rights attached to the "first" discoverer of a law. There is a certain mystique and awe associated with the "pioneer" even though the same law may be rediscovered...
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    Re: Sounds of Creation

    Greetings.

    The grammarians believed that reality is one, all pervading and eternal. They introduced the concept of sphota. The basic idea is that each word that we speak imposes a limitation on...
  31. Re: why sat chit anand are not attributes to brahman

    Hello folks,

    Before we debate whether Brahman has attributes or does not have attributes, perhaps we should define a substance (dravya) and an attribute (guna) as was discussed in Indian...
  32. Thread: Causality

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    Re: Causality

    Hi:



    There are many (rather famous) counter examples to this debated in Indian philosophy. For e.g. centuries of Nyaya Buddhist debates revolved on the counterexample provided by Buddhists of...
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    Re: Dealing with christian parents

    Hi Satay,

    Since you posted as a user and not as a moderator, I wish to "take you to task" as it were for the above.

    I hope you reconsider the wording in your post above. It appears you have...
  34. Thread: Causality

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    Re: Causality

    Hi



    It is not just Buddhism, but even Mimamsa and Samkhya have a purely naturalistic explanation for karma with no over arching mind guiding the process.

    Cause and effect are naturalistic...
  35. Thread: Causality

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    Re: Causality

    Greetings,

    Atleast according to some schools of Buddhism, everything is momentary. To exist is to be causally efficacious.

    Putting in syllogistic form, we get:

    (1)Nothing exists for more...
  36. Re: If brahma writes our fate, then why does Yamraja punish us?

    Greetings,

    Karma is anything that differentiates one self from another prior to birth.

    Allow me to elucidate further using a syllogism.

    P1. God's knowledge is eternally unchanging. (i.e. God...
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    Re: Is Jainism an integral part of Hinduism?

    Greetings,

    My knowledge of Jain metaphysics is limited and mostly derived from discussions of Jainism in the Brahmasutras and other secondary sources.

    IIRC, Jainism holds that the self varies...
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    Re: Parallel Universes in Hinduism

    Hi,

    One should be clear what one means by "universe". If the definition of the "universe" is "all that exists", then what is this parallel universe? If that parallel universe exists, why does not...
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    Re: Why are cows holy?

    Why would anything created by the Divine NOT be holy?!
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    Re: Can Samhkya be theistic?

    Howdy,

    Samkhyakarika makes no mention of Iswara.

    Yoga accepts Samkhya ontology/metaphysics but provides for a place for Iswara as a special being concentration upon whom helps in sadhana.
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    Re: Two Eternal Entities

    Hi,

    It is not clear to me why this question should arise.

    I wrote:



    That is, there was no point in time in the past when this lotus was NOT blue.
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    Re: Two Eternal Entities

    Greetings,

    There is a difference between ontological priority/precedence and temporal priority/precedence.

    There are many possible cases.

    (1) Two entities can have a temporal infinite past...
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    Poll: Re: Fossilisim VS Subjective Evolutionisim

    Greetings,



    Are you meaning "before" in a temporal sense or an ontological sense?

    By form, do you mean matter?

    In any case, the traditional Hindu realist view is that time itself never...
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    Re: God is not a Mere Superintendent.

    hello,



    What do you mean by "technically" here?



    Again, what do you mean by "technical sense" here?
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    Re: God is not a Mere Superintendent.

    hello,

    Which particular verse's commentary do you have?

    The problem of why different people are born into different circumstances is considered here in the Brahmasutras.

    The quick summary...
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    Re: Desireless action

    Excellent. So, we have two types of desires:

    (1) Desires for ends/fruits.

    (2) Desires for means to ends/fruits.

    So, Krishna is against desires of type (1) but favours desires of type (2).
    ...
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    Re: Desireless action

    In most theories of motivation and action (both Western as well as Indian), action necessarily implies the pre-existence of desire. For e.g. according to Manusmriti:

    Belief -- > Desire* -- >...
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    Re: Desireless action

    Reference for Premise 1: Krishna advises Arjuna to act without desire.



    Reference for Premise 2: Desire is a necessary condition of action.
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    Desireless action

    Hello all,

    Let us discuss the following.

    Premise 1: Krishna advises Arjuna to act without desire.

    Premise 2: Desire is a necessary condition of action.

    Conclusion: Therefore, Krishna's...
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    Re: Fear of death

    Technically, our state of mind is a part of the "sukshma sarira" that persists through various incarnations.



    If "completely forgetting" our past is what you would "technically" call an end,...
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