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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...
  2. 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.
  6. 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...
  14. 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.
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    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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  24. 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...
  25. 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...
  26. 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...
  27. Thread: Name for blog?

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    Re: Name for blog?

    Namaste,

    I have few thoughts:

    Kalpa Vriksha
    Akshaya Patra
    Bakthi Mukthi Peetam
    Adiguru_answers_you
  28. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    IndiaLover,

    Kindly see my refutation to your reply above.

    I did some research and came upon the following reply.

    I am a newbie ISKCON follower and my knowledge is just starting to...
  29. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    IndiaLover,

    I have a few thoughts.

    According to ISKCON tradition, Gopeshwara or Shiva is understood to be the keeper/grantor of Vrindavan and the one who sanctions the jeevas their eligibility...
  30. Re: For Proper Understanding of Srila Prabhupada's Books

    @Believer ji,

    Your knowledge of current affairs, international politics, and in general all your threads here are so informative! Kudos.

    @OP,

    Yesterday I had some thoughts about acharyas in...
  31. Re: Is hatred, anger, etc a representation of absence of love ?

    Namaste,

    Interesting indeed, Kallol ji.

    In my observation, the root cause for anger many times (if not all times) is because something happens against our desire or wish. We get disappointed,...
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    Re: The Life and Creation Ecosystem - Question 2

    Namaste ji,

    The forum is quiet. As I find your question interesting, I venture to add a few of my thoughts.

    Now I understand your question as to why i) there is an eternal cycle of...
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    Goddess Varahi and her moola mantra

    Namaste,

    Unable to post a picture of her but you can get it easily if you search for 'Varahi'.

    Commander-in-chief of the army of mother Lalitha Tripurasundari, she is the head of numerous...
  34. Re: Why Shiva never worships anybody whereas Vishnu worships him in all his incarnati

    Namaste,

    This thread has been around for so long, finally I'm motivated to also share my 2c.

    Like the OP, I too ponder deeply about so many details and observations around the mythological...
  35. Kanchi Sri Mahaperiyava suggested remedy (parihara)

    Namaste friends,

    I recently came across this, and started it too. Quite very easy, simple procedure, but it has been given by our Kanchi Sri Chandrasekarendra Saraswathi swamigal and it is...
  36. Astrology builds 'attitude' more so than talent.

    Namaste,

    During times of American Presidential Campaigns, people donate thousands of dollars and they are 'acknowledged' sometimes with a dinner or lunch with the Presidential candidate. So much...
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    Puja room rangolis named

    Namaste,

    Traditionally Southern Indian homes makes different fresh rangolis each day in front of home shrine and invite the devatas. Typically they are made with rice flour and never stepped on. ...
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    Re: Sect - Sectarian

    Namaste,

    Aptly said.

    Without knowing much of what the scriptures have to offer, we are all fishing in the shallow pond of narrow-mindedness and sticking to our own ideas and really twisting...
  39. Re: Did you ever know about temples on a straight line?

    Namaste,

    I thought given the importance of each of those temples in the longitude list (size, relatedness to an ithihasa, number of devotees who throng there, etc), it is highly significant they...
  40. Did you ever know about temples on a straight line?

    Namaste,

    It is believed that worshiping Saneeswarar at Thirunallar in TN, India is very powerful to bring about Lord Saturn's grace especially during troublesome times and they speculate it is...
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    A poem dedicated to Krishna

    Author: Viraja

    RESPECTING THE DIVINE IN YOU
    ======================


    I'm an Af-gun boy dwelling in this Mumbai slum
    I have no one well-off on earth to give me asylum
    When the wars tore my...
  42. Pitru dosha - does fasting help and on which day

    Namaste,

    As remedy for Pitru dosha, I have committed to fasting (upavas).

    I am not sure which day is best. Saturday, perhaps??

    Also other remedies based on my chart sought.

    DOB: Oct 31st...
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    Re: Jagannath Swami - My perceptions

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    Drifts are interesting.

    I watched a TED talk. It was about holograms. Essentially, holograms are structures that are extensions of a 2-dimensional figure, in all possible...
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    Jagannath Swami - My perceptions

    Namaste,

    When I look at Jagannath Swami standing there with his sister Subadhra and his brother Balabadhra, to me it feels like he is suggesting the following teachings:

    1. God is essentially...
  45. Re: A new interpretation of 'Hare Krishna' Mahamantra

    So beautifully worded, IndiaLover. Yes, true, I agree, every thought and counter-thought has a place in this tradition.

    Blasphemy is when I misrepresent things. Not when I elevate it or escalate...
  46. Re: Best way in northern US to obtain puja flowers?

    Namaste,

    I am eager to read responses to this thread for ideas.

    As for me, I find flowers way too pricey to afford honoring the gods in my shrine every day using them.

    Whenever I feel like...
  47. Re: A new interpretation of 'Hare Krishna' Mahamantra

    Namaste all,

    I tried to place myself in the shoes of dissenters to see if their argument is right.

    It still appears to me their argument would be right if there was no basis for the thoughts I...
  48. Re: A new interpretation of 'Hare Krishna' Mahamantra

    That is precisely the point!

    What makes anyone think what I wrote in the OP 'should' only be imaginary? It could be factual.

    While referring to principles of dharma, strict adherence to...
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    Re: Let's kick into Ajapa Japa!

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    A lovely reply from you!

    Jai Ganesha - I'm motivated to read Ganesha Purana and gain insights.

    I think I too would have chosen bad karma first. Coming to think about it,...
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    Re: Let's kick into Ajapa Japa!

    Namaste IndiaLover,

    I am happy to read your thoughts as they are exactly in line with what I think on the subject, and I have been a searcher for long, my knowledge on spirituality related topics...
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