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    Re: Words people Hate

    My brother can't stand the word "Grand."

    Must be too... grandiose. :rolleyes:
  2. Thread: Loss of Dharma

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    Re: Loss of Dharma

    This may not directly address the OP, but I'm just wondering: how do you know your dharma in the first place before you can really "loose it." I mean, I have seen Philosoraptor arguing for varna by...
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    Re: Purpose of Universe

    I used to think this was illusory too, now I think there is more to humans assigning purposive meanings to the universe. In a way I suppose you could call this "properly basic" to humans.

    As...
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    Re: Question about Snake/Rope Analogy

    Sounds like a knowledge filter to me. On a par with projection of a mistaken identity.



    The belief that is already there superimposes itself on the rope, or in the world's case, the substratum...
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    Re: Question about Snake/Rope Analogy

    I may be missing something, or perhaps seeing something that isn't there, but when you say "knowledge" I don't think it can exist in a vacuum, or that it can be condensed to a "single notion."...
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    Re: Question about Snake/Rope Analogy

    They do not make much of a difference when it comes to the mistaken identity of the thing perceived... but I think when it comes to a knowledge-base, as the grounds or justification of what one...
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    Re: Unfamiliarity, Contempt, Fear and Shootings

    I offer my compassion and condolences on behalf of all parties involved in this brutal attack....

    This is what, in my opinion, happens when one buys into the ego belief-system. I don't think one...
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    Re: Eternality of the Universe

    The world is never absolutely destroyed...but perhaps it is "destroyed" for all in the soteriological sense on a case by case basis. On the relative level it is ever-existing, but on the upper level...
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    Re: Eternality of the Universe

    Why thank you ShivaFan. :)
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    Re: Eternality of the Universe

    How does this line up with the notion that this world was over long ago? That is, with enlightenment all ignorance (as well as a world) is destroyed....

    Why is the world still here if we are one...
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    Question about Snake/Rope Analogy

    I have a question, in Advaita, about the snake and rope analogy. I wonder if the following could be construed as an accurate summation of what it means, or what it could be taken to mean in some...
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    Re: Lord Krishna predicts a new Dharmic Golden Age

    I used to frequent this guy's Youtube channel for a while. At times I thought he had some good things to say but later on decided it was more of the same, and more of the same.... For a guy who wants...
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    Re: deep sleep is bliss?

    I can understand why sleep would be compared to bliss. There is no incompleteness in deep sleep. There is no consciousness of lack or fear or any other unsettling emotion. It is an expression of...
  14. Thread: Evolution

    by Kismet
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    Re: Evolution

    Isn't it rather the opposite case? It is radical DE-volution which is depicted, isn't it? We used to be as powerful as the Gods, in some sources if I remember correctly. But somehow fell down to the...
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    Some thoughts on 'BE-lief'

    Since my last post didn't go down too well I thought I might give another shot. :D

    This time I'm interested in the idea of: why does belief matter? Psychologically speaking, why are people prone...
  16. Thread: A Syllogism

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    A Syllogism

    I'm wondering if anyone (maybe wundermonk) could chime in on this little argument I've cooked up. I won't say it's perfect, and I probably need to retouch it a bit (or a lot), but I'm just curious...
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    Re: Materialism and depression

    When you give in to the apparent meaninglessness of life you find true meaning.

    When you see that the world is cold and heartless, then you find the TRUE God who exists.

    In so much as you...
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    Re: Materialism and depression

    Matter and spirit are the same. There is no difference, ultimately speaking. :)
  19. Re: Was Pre-Enlightenment Civilization Superior to our Epoch?

    Notice, however, that these are all particular and external goods. One can have a hundred clean forks but only one dust-covered knife. The problem is, the knife is what's required.

    What I am...
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    Re: Namaste from The Philosoraptor

    Welcome to the forums!

    You seem to be of a very well-versed and intellectual bent... I like that. :)
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    Re: Chota Haridas in the Chaitanya Caritamrita

    I agree it is serious. To the extent that I have almost no doubt I myself would never be fit for it this lifetime.

    What I mean is... these days it's been cheapened by people who don't live by...
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    Re: Chota Haridas in the Chaitanya Caritamrita

    Can't really blame you for thinking that way. It's safe to say a "cult" did organize itself around him if you will; which happened to be the Gaudiya Vaishnava movement. Though I'm sure we can quibble...
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    Re: Chota Haridas in the Chaitanya Caritamrita

    If memory serves me correctly, didn't Shankara break his orders of sannyas?

    I would say that in these days the position is still serious, but has become less so thanks to people's themselves not...
  24. Re: Was Pre-Enlightenment Civilization Superior to our Epoch?

    At the same time, this cuts both ways. How much anxiety, misery, hopelessness and despair do we really know there existed in older times? We simply do not have a real gauge of the internal state of...
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    Re: How is the Self Non-material?

    I figured another simple and yet enlightening example to use with materialists. Consciousness in the mind is like milk tinged with food coloring. The milk remains the same (it is not really...
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    Another example comes to mind: we live longer today, and this is seen as a good. Why is it seen as a good? I am serious. Longevity means the fulfillment of more goals, the enjoyment of greater...
  27. Re: Was Pre-Enlightenment Civilization Superior to our Epoch?

    The thing is, there are far more distractions now than there were a thousand years ago, thanks to the admittance of so much new media. Before you may have been a simple illiterate peasant. But in a...
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    Re: How is the Self Non-material?

    Exactly my point as well.



    Here I am not so sure. Aren't you falling into the trap of vitalism here?
  29. Was Pre-Enlightenment Civilization Superior to our Epoch?

    Is it the case that our 21st century is one iota better, if not entirely worse, than the period centuries prior to both modernity and post-modernity?

    I dare to say this: we are elevated...
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    Re: Eternal Recurrence

    No offense, but why the pessimism?

    Or perhaps its not pessimism... if the story on repeat is a lovely one anyway... Still, even the best story gets tiresome (this is from someone who watched...
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    Re: Reincarnation as non-human beings

    This is a complicated issue which I've thought over and over about. Ultimately, I think the prospect of the process of rebirth being a 'random shooting gallery' as EM puts it is too extreme, and...
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    Re: How is the Self Non-material?

    Look at it this way: is consciousness an object or a subject? Can you point at your 'mind' as this or that thing? Can the point of the finger touch itself, while it may touch others?

    My answer is...
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    Re: Eternal Recurrence

    If so, then everyone within their karmic sphere (parents, acquaintances, people on the street, even animals and insects) would have to recur along with them. But since this seems unlikely we could...
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    Re: Chota Haridas in the Chaitanya Caritamrita

    Very true.



    Well, I only asked for thoughts and concerns, not necessarily a defense, though I personally would look for one as I do believe Chaitanya was the avatara of Radha and Krsna and...
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    Chota Haridas in the Chaitanya Caritamrita

    Namaste All,

    It's been a while since I've posted, here or anywhere, mostly because I've been trying to seek out my own truth in this thing called 'life', but now and again something catches my...
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    Re: Definition of a Hindu

    Hi WM,

    I heard not too long ago from a blog poster that Eastern religions (such as SD and Buddhism) are less focused on orthodoxy or right belief (which is of course the mainstay of dogmatic...
  37. Thread: Art!

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    Re: Art!

    Beautiful.
  38. Re: Did Shiva worship Krishna or Krishna worship Shiva

    Coincidence? I am actually going through this same exact problem. And I have to say I'm just as confused.

    Don't lose hope though, I'm sure both of us, determined, will come to our true...
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    Re: Movie time: Adi Shankara

    Judging by the first video in your playlist, it looks more like sentiment than truth. Isn't non-dualism supposed to be concerned with truth? Wondering at the stars is all fun and good, but I think...
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    Re: Agree? Disagree?

    Namaste, All...

    I wish to thank you all for the information you have provided me. I realize now that I still have a great deal of soul-searching to do. I am right now undecided exactly *what* path...
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    Re: Agree? Disagree?

    This is interesting to me. I have always thought that the Mother aspect of the divine is the most benevolent and compassionate side of God. While it is the Father who is most strict and demanding....
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    Agree? Disagree?

    This is from Bhaktivinod Thakur's essay "Non-sectarian Vaishnava Dharma"

    As I am curious to my sva-dharma or psycho-mental constitution, I am wondering what this may imply for me in tandem with my...
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    Re: Dangerous Mantra Meditation?

    Well, to be honest, I do not know if I am qualified for that form of worship. Do asuras worship Lord Vishnu? I feel that, unless I can better my nature, I do not have the right to worship the deity I...
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    Re: Thinking about karma again

    I am not entirely sure what you're getting at. Are you talking about observer effect in relation to our moods, and from that arriving at a karmic result?

    Well, from my pov, that still does not...
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    I have pondered this much myself. Isn't it a very stereotypical view to "Heaven" after all?

    What if it is in fact an archetypal representation of spiritual life, and not in the literal sense it is...
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    Re: Dangerous Mantra Meditation?

    Fair enough. I am curious though, if you know any more writings about these "shatkarmas." Legitimate sources, of course. It is interesting you speak of ill fortune and desperate times, I am myself...
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    Dangerous Mantra Meditation?

    Namaste all,

    So I've been doing japa for over a week with this one mantra 'Aum Kreem Kalikaye Namaha' in an attempt to, shall we say, destroy my own ego.

    Since I've begun a number of rather...
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    Re: Thinking about karma again

    I do agree karma is most likely far more complex than an "eye for an eye" as you put it. In a sense the only reason I mentioned getting murdered for murdering was to figure in the proportionality of...
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    Thinking about karma again

    So I have been thinking yet again about karma and something occurred to me. It was so obvious and yet it had not reared its face until now. How can a necessary outcome rely on a contingent act? This...
  50. Thread: hi 2 users

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    Re: hi 2 users

    Welcome. :)

    I hope you find the knowledge you seek.

    Namaste.
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