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    Re: How to best build tolerance?

    By far, the most compellingly useful advice on the subject! I really appreciate this insight.

    Many thanks,

    Viraja
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    Re: How to best build tolerance?

    Very nice thoughts, IndiaLover!

    It would also be interesting to know if intolerance stems from angry disposition/wrathful nature or it is a function of the ego.

    Warmly,

    Viraja
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    Re: How to best build tolerance?

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    Very true! Self-acceptance along with one's pluses and minuses goes a long way in emotional growth and adjustments. This also makes me think that accepting others along with...
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    How to best build tolerance?

    Namaste,

    One of the best ISKCON teachings is that one ought to be as humble as a blade of grass and as tolerant as a tree.

    Coming to the second virtue, namely tolerance, is where I have issues....
  5. Re: Brahmacharya(chastity) without guidance of a guru(spiritual master)?

    Namaste Orlando,

    I just wish to add that performing Ekadashi fasting is very purificatory. I have observed this fast for 1 full year formerly, and wish I could go back.

    Even if not for the...
  6. Re: Conflicts between teachings of Srila Prabhupada and scientific evidence

    Namaste Orlando ji,

    What you say is not really new. I have heard other narrations from former devotees and some prominent members who distanced themselves from Srila Prabhupada owing to some of...
  7. Re: Brahmacharya(chastity) without guidance of a guru(spiritual master)?

    Orlando ji,

    If you take to a guru, he will no doubt guide you but will also expect you to be more strict with your spiritual sadhana.

    Therefore, my humble suggestion being that you do that...
  8. Re: Brahmacharya(chastity) without guidance of a guru(spiritual master)?

    Namaste Orlando ji,

    The best remedy to take all anarthas away is to chant the Hare Krishna mahamantra 16 rounds a day.

    The other day I watched this video clip on Youtube and it was so...
  9. Jagannath Rath Yatra in Puri to commence tomorrow! (1st July 2022)

    Namaste friends,

    "Jagadhananda jps" is an ISKCON swami who offers really wonderful speech in Tamil language in his Youtube channel. Today he described why the Rath Yatra is celebrated in Puri.
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    A poem dedicated to Lord Murugan

    Preface:

    This is just a fun little poem. Subrahmanya or Murugan, is said to have 2 wives. One is Valli, who is said to grant all earthly wishes, and the other one is Devayanai, who is said to...
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    Re: My prayers and hymn to Lord Krishna

    Namaste Orlando ji,

    Your song reflects your love for Krishna! Hare Krishna. Well written, Kudos to you!

    It will be nice to see it being sung, the way you portray, using heavy metals.

    Thanks...
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    Re: Happy Mahashivaratri 2022

    Namaste ameyAtmA ji,

    How about 'Digambaraaya' (one who is naked), 'Nagendra-haaraya' (one who has garland of snakes), 'Trilochanaaya' (The three-eyed Lord), 'Neelakantaaya' (The Blue-throated...
  13. Re: Are our souls eternal like that of Brahman or created by Brahman?

    Namaste grames ji,

    Yes I am aware the soul part is eternal and not created. I'm referring to the jeevatma - individual manifesting as a human on earth - who is created by Brahma.

    There is some...
  14. Re: Are our souls eternal like that of Brahman or created by Brahman?

    Namaste grames ji,

    That makes sense, but the Advaita explanation about temporary real and permanent real (so as to accomodate jeevas and paramatma) is too complex for me, just as you said.
    ...
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    Happy Mahashivaratri 2022

    Namaste,

    Wish you happy MahaShivaratri 2022.

    Enjoy this blissful 'Nirvanashtakam': Nirvanshatakam | Himalayan Chants | Ashit Desai | Times Music - YouTube

    Thanks and regards,

    Viraja
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    Re: My prayers and hymn to Lord Krishna

    Very nicely written, Orlando ji.
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    Re: Change of Gender

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    Kindly share your wisdom further on the topic. Is there a conclusion you have to the Mahabharata episode? I am asking because I am not getting the conclusion arrived by you,...
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    Re: Bhagavatam Canto 11 - Uddhava Gita

    Quite a useful information, it is. Thanks, IndiaLover.
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    Re: Bhagavatam Canto 11 - Uddhava Gita

    Namaste,

    Strange, I too searched and couldn't find any reference to the said names. Looks like they are associates of Garuda, those who serve him.

    [edit] I find some relevance and mention of...
  20. Jagat Sakshi Das ISKCON guru messages in Tamil and Malayalam

    Namaste,

    ISKCON guru Jagat Sakshi Das posts useful videos in Youtube (in Tamil and Malayalam languages) from time to time, if you are a follower of ISKCON and know any of these languages, you...
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    Re: Happy New Year 2022

    Thanks Satay ji.
  22. Thread: "Um bhagavaha"

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    "Um bhagavaha"

    Namaste,

    As unique and mysterious the subject of this thread sounds, it is actually a short mantra or slogan given by Sri Sri Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi Swamigal or popularly known as...
  23. An essay on 'Tests of morality, charity and humility'

    Namaste,

    This essay is especially written with children in mild. Hindu children, need to be not only told and made aware of Hindu literature, they also need to be tested periodically of their...
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    Happy New Year 2022

    Namaste,

    Wishing HDF a wonderful and happy New Year.

    I would like to write some posts but they are not ones where I seek any kind of reply, they are 'blog posts' style. If it is not...
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    Need to be cautious online as a Hindu?

    Namaste,

    I sketch/paint quite well, thus I call myself an artist. I have uploaded some pictures I have made in my Facebook page.

    Sometime back, a shady personality inboxed me and he was...
  26. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste,

    After listening to a 2-hr lecture from HH Indradyumna Swami on Lord Shiva with reference to his role as a Vaishnava, I am inclined to write this. May be this will be useful for other...
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    Re: Calling Yajvan Ji

    Namaste,

    It will be nice to have Yajvan ji, EM ji and Devotee ji back. Wishful thinking....

    Pranam,

    Viraja
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    Re: Mahatma Gandhi - Writings

    Namaste,

    Yesterday in a speech by an eminent South Indian personality, I heard that Indian Congress of olden days had 2 wings - one of those moderate folks that thought Independence should be...
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    Re: Sri Vaishnava books and its sources

    Planning to purchase 'Bakthamala' compiled by Shri. Nabha Goswamiji, English edition, through amazon.

    This book is about close to 500 illustrious Vaishnavas, a very old book from the past century.
  30. Re: Can soul ever return to samsara after getting moksha.

    Namaste,

    That was a splendid piece of information!

    I have a related question.

    Is the 'reality' different for one who attained mukthi via traditional bakthi yoga vs. other means to realize...
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    Re: Science and Faith - Not a Conflict

    Namaste,

    Very nice post. Recently I heard someone exclaim, "While so many % of non-believers turn to believers by the time of old age (or death), not so many believers ever turn towards...
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    Mahalaya Amavasya and Navratri 2021

    Namaste,

    I convey my heartfelt wishes to all of HDF and wish you a very happy Mahalaya Amavasya and great festive Navaratri season!

    Jai Mata Di!


    Warm regards,

    Viraja
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    Hinduism on blackholes, aliens, and such?

    Namaste,

    The other day I had a lovely dream on blackholes. That's when I realized Hinduism does not say much about the mammoth phenomenon. Or at least, I have not heard about any Hindu stories or...
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    Re: Yantra made by Guru/Priest/Astrologer

    I have had a yantra made to my custom needs (based astrologically) by astrologer Allen Teft. He formerly used to write at email id jyoteekat@yahoo.com. Now I am unsure if he still continues the...
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    Re: Choosing Kali as deity.

    For some reason, I did not see this post appear in the 'Past 7 days' link from forum menu page.

    You don't need initiation from a guru for Kali sadhana. Although she is fierce, she is commonly...
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    Happy Janmashtami 2021!

    Namaste HDF,

    Wish you a very happy Janmashtami 2021. (30th August)

    During these unprecedented Corona times, let us pray to the lord for relief..............

    Thanks and warm regards,

    Viraja
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    Re: Hierarchy of Hindu scriptures

    Namaste,

    I kinda vaguely remember some members of this elite forum formerly discussing that some scriptures are 'shruthi' and ranked on top of everything else, and some are not.

    But I know...
  38. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste ji

    Yes I agree with the stand and in fact, that is what I told in my replies to IndiaLover. Thanks for this clarification.

    Thanks and regards.
  39. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

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  40. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    The above quoted line describes it all very well, and I agree.

    Before trying to answer, I tried to search for the video by HH Sri Indradyumna Swami Maharaj of ISKCON wherein he describes the role...
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    Re: Why is ISKCON Krishna so opulent?

    I am surprised at this sudden increase in view count overnight. Yesterday it was in the teens.

    I'm motivated to give the name for this 3rd form of Prema bakthi towards Krishna. The bhaava or tone...
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    Why is ISKCON Krishna so opulent?

    Namaste,

    One can see Krishna and Radha are always dressed in a very opulent manner in ISKCON temples. Not that they aren't looking as regal in regular Krishna temples, but yet, dressing is seen an...
  43. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    I have already clarified my stand.

    ISKCON is not degrading Lord Shiva. As per ISKCON, Lord Shiva is a demigod and he is represented as such.

    Degradation of anyone is...
  44. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    Personally having listened to lectures by eminent ISKCON gurus like Bakthi Vikas Swami, and HG Amarendra Dasa, I am convinced the pool of devotees to this mission comes from...
  45. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste,

    I had one more thought on the subject. Perhaps some Shiva devotees feel that since ISKCON is growing worldwide, its assertion that Shiva is a demigod may be cause for some newbie foreign...
  46. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    Namaste,

    I absolutely agree with this view. Each sampradaya views his god as the only GOD.

    The other sampradaya need not worry about how a particular sampradaya views his god, every sampradaya...
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    Re: Reintroduction Post-FaceBook

    Namaste,

    You must have a very rich set of experiences to share.

    HH Radhanath Swami of ISKCON in one of his videos discusses his experiences as a hitch-hiker who came all the way from America...
  48. Thread: Name for blog?

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    Re: Name for blog?

    Namaste,

    With regards to Bill Gates and US Govt, it is not a bad idea to empower their rival, a.k.a Sanathana Dharma and its agenda of ahimsa, after all! :D

    I wish you tremendous success with...
  49. Thread: Name for blog?

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    Re: Name for blog?

    Namaste deafAncient,

    It is said the Age of Aquarius makes for the dawn of a new age within Kaliyuga where similar to Satya Yuga, Sanathana Dharma will flourish for a brief period. I think we are...
  50. Thread: Name for blog?

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    Re: Name for blog?

    Namaste deafAncient,

    May be my suggestions do not sound scholarly...... perhaps they scare you, especially the 3rd one....

    I just came upon something that crossed my mind quickly. I see your...
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