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    Re: Cause for Rebirth - A Question.

    My understanding is that unfulfilled desires cause us to come back and be reborn. This includes the desire for moksha, which when attained in a particular birth enables us to be free of desires and...
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    Re: What are Hindus/Sikhs doing wrong?

    Namaste Anirudh ji,

    While noting salientpoints in your reply , my thought process here was different. Usually the 'action oriented' hate mongers(there are hate mongering think tanks , but they...
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    What are Hindus/Sikhs doing wrong?

    Namaste Everyone,

    Whenever hate crimes happen with Middle easterners/Muslims as the stated target , I have noticed that it has been Hindus or Sikhs who pay the price with their lives , in spite of...
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    Re: The problems of being a Hindu ''convert''

    Reminds me of a story told by Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

    "In a village, there lived a huge Naag (hooded snake). The path where it lived was narrow; so it was difficult for people to walk past. One...
  5. Re: Gita 4.40 - What does Kṛṣṇa mean by saṁśayātmā (doubting mind)?

    Namaste svh ji,


    Inquisitiveness and doubt are not the same.


    When I marry a woman I trust her & have faith in her. This is done and done once.


    If I continue to question that trust for...
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    Re: getting the whole story

    Namaste Yajvan Ji,

    Great discussiontopic.

    My understanding ofthese is mostly in agreement with slight caveats



    Brahman is real
    The universe that the unrealized observe with ...
  7. Thread: The Donald

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    Re: The Donald

    I read the election this way:

    Trump won fair & square as per the rules set by the game. He will be my president for the next four years. If his actions don’t agree with my conscience , I will be...
  8. Thread: The Donald

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    Re: The Donald

    This is a mixed bag

    Trump


    Thin skinned & very reactive
    Operates on intuition and gut instinct than knowledge and analysis
    + foreign policy positions (w.r.t Russia ,...
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    Re: Temple visits and now what?

    Namaste C.Smith ji,

    I am more and more convinced that my sadhana is not just meditation, asanas, pranayama etc.. In my day to day life atsociety, work and home, how I deal with every issue that...
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    Re: GOD - confusion about multiple forms

    Namaste Vedadivya Ji.

    This is how I view it.

    We have a difficult task with processing what our senses- with their limitations - report to us. Upanishads tell us that our mind can not...
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    Re: Finding spirituality

    Namaste Suhita Ji.

    Believer Ji has said it aptly & crisply.

    This is my thought on the subject.

    Yes they can.

    For majority of us folks, our path to liberation (i.e , knowing our true...
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    Re: WHAT'S THE USE OF BEING A HINDU?

    Namaste Anirudh Ji.

    Today I was reading 'complete works of Swami Vivekananda' & I am quoting from that book. May be this will help you. This quote is from vol 4 , chapter titled "My Master".

    "I...
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    Re: Was India poor before Islamic Invasions?

    Namaste Anirudh Ji.

    No & No. India was very rich before foreign invasion. So much so that europeans were clamoring to find a sea route that they ended up finding a new continent , called the...
  14. Re: Attack on HDF (From within, outside and backend)

    Namaste Satay Ji,

    Thanks for the unyielding attitude & spirit of seva.

    I appreciate the efforts that goes into running a forum like this.

    Many thanks to moderators- you , Yajvan ji , EM...
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    Re: Sleep duration purported by scriptures

    Namaste,

    Reading thru Tamil Siddhars works, I learnt the following



    24 hour cycle is divided into 12 hour day and 12 hour night
    Day and night have 5 samams (some call it Jamam) each ,...
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    Re: Sleep duration purported by scriptures

    Several successful people slept very little , including Clinton , Franklin(! - funny , since there is a quote above) , Edison , Tesla , Nooyi , Rice , Marisa Meyer ...
    ...
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    Re: Sticky for Authentic translations

    Namaste Believer Ji
    I think dA is a women!
  18. Thread: Coming Home?

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    Re: Coming Home?

    Namaste Satay ji,
    Some may not post for long times, but may still be active by reading the posts daily!

    Btw, I notice that Yajvan ji hasn't posted anything this year. hope everything is fine at...
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    Re: Prove God exists, how?

    Namaste Vrindavan Ji,

    This may not be the news you want to hear. It wont be possible to prove the existence of God to someone who does not want to believe.


    Your son may have...
  20. Thread: What Next?

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    Re: What Next?

    Namaste Smith Ji,

    The process we undergo in liberating ourselves spans multiple births. Guru kripa works in some people in a single life time , but for others it provides an incremental...
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    Re: Why is daily sadhana important?

    Namaste Silence Speaker Ji,

    Thanks for your reply.

    I can see where you are coming from.

    If I am a prince & view myself as a prince , then I am Okay. I will know that I have command over...
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    Re: Why is daily sadhana important?

    Namaste Silence Speaks Ji,

    So far I have concluded , that the following steps are necessary for most of us.

    Seeking - this where a person starts looking & searching for answers for relation...
  23. Re: Bhaghavad Geeta All Chapters Complete Talks in English By Swami Paramarthananda

    Namaste Believer Ji

    Here you go:
    http://hinduonline.co/AudioLibrary/Discources/CommentaryonBhagavadGitaParamarthananda.html
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    Re: Semen retraction

    Namaste IcyCosmic Ji,

    Difficult for me to accept these.

    At my current state of understanding of sanathana dharma , I firmly believe that any one's spiritual progression is not impeded by...
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    Re: Pooja Room & Other Things @ Home ..

    Namaste Ravi_Shanker Ji,

    This is my understanding.

    We have Sthula Sarira (Body), Sukshuma Sarira (Mind) & Karana Sarira (I, Self) . We will need healthy Body , healthy mind and these two need...
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    Re: Physical changes with Religion

    Namaste Dhanya Ji,

    There may be physical changes , calmness in demeanor or even radiance - but it is a slippery slope to follow. Most of the times genetics & good health can make one appear...
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    Re: Narendra Modi- What He Represents

    Namaste,

    http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Indian-Muslims-Will-Live-For-India-They-Will-Die-For-India/292014

    Came across this today & wanted to share with forum members.

    See how many...
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    Re: The Angry Bird Syndrome

    My experience has been the opposite - I have seen folks much kinder and pleasant to interact at shrines & ashrams. In larger temples (like Tirupathi or Palani) , I have seen folks hurrying others. I...
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    Re: Karma and disease

    Namaste ale84 Ji,

    I would like to offer my interpretation of karma, reincarnation & sufferings of saints.

    First of all, Karma & reincarnation are not 'action-reaction' or 'deeds-punishment'...
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    Re: Has anyone done girivalam?

    Namaste Believer Ji.

    You can travel from either Bangalore or from Chennai to Vellore (Katpadi Junction).

    Train schedules from Chennai

    http://indiarailinfo.com/search/35/36/0

    Train...
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    Re: Has anyone done girivalam?

    Namaste,

    I finally made it to Ramashramam at Thiruvannamalai.

    We (family of 3) , planned our trip well in advance. I had corresponded with the ashram management earlier , and secured stay for...
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    Re: Why not tell the truth right away?

    Namaste Renuka Ji,

    In these situations , my sympathies are with the priest/pundit/monk.

    Unfortunately these are the people who are not in power. Usually they struggle to meet their ends , but...
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    Re: Leather, meat and rennet ?

    Namaste Alekander Ji,

    I am a Vegetarian by choice. My food consists of plant based & dairy based sources.

    Having said that , off late this is my view on vegetarianism.

    Everything with...
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    Re: Humour in the Tirukural

    Kural - 127

    Tamil Text
    யா காவார் ஆயினும், நா காக்க; காவாக்கால்,
    சோகாப்பர், சொல் இழுக்குப் பட்டு.

    English Pronunciation:
    Ya Kaavar Aayinum Na Kaakka Kaavaakkaal
    Sokappar sol ezhukkupattu
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    Re: Humour in the Tirukural

    Kural - 580

    பெயக்கண்டும் நஞ்சுண் டமைவர் நயத்தக்க
    நாகரிகம் வேண்டு பவர்.

    Pronounced in English:

    Peyakandum nanjun damaivar nayathakka
    Nagarigam vendu bavar
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    CNN article on Rishikesh

    Came across this write up. Sharing with the forum members.

    http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/06/world/rishikesh/

    May be our own Believer ji will visit and write a nicer blog with nicer pics!
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    Re: Who Attains Moksha?

    Namaste Yajvan ji,
    Thanks for the excellent posts.

    Namaste Sudas ji,

    What do you think of moksha?

    Is it an acquisition ?
    Is it a change of state?
    Is it a discovery of something that you...
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    Re: How To Win An Argument With An Advaitin

    ++
    the contest you mention here in an incessant fashion bothers me way too much.
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    Re: First Time to Hindu Temple-Guide?

    Namaste,

    I drop money at the hundies, while I am at USA. But whenever I visit India , I make it a point to drop my donations in the pundit's arti plate. The reason is two fold.

    - Most of the...
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    Re: Calling "traditional" Hindus

    Original Poster!
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    Re: "Brahmins are not a Privileged Caste"

    Copied from the Yaksha Prasnah

    मधुधधिय उवाच
    श्रणु ुमऺ कुरॊ तात न स्वाध्यामो न च श्रतु भ ।्
    कायण ॊ धह धद्वजत्व े च वत्तृ भवे न सशॊ म् ॥ ८९
    वत्तृ ॊ मत्नने सयॊ क्ष्य ॊ ब्राह्मणने धवशषे त् ।...
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    Re: Seeing strange things

    Namaste EM ji,
    Intelligence of animals has been an obvious observation for me since childhood.

    I grew up in a rural area in India , and the farmers carry produces to weekly markets (Shandy or...
  43. Thread: Tamil Siddhars

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    Re: Tamil Siddhars

    Namaste ,

    Things I gleamed while reading Thirumandhiram

    I am progressing in my reads at a slow pace , and I am currently reading 4th thandhiram.

    Thirumoolar treats Shiva in the same...
  44. Thread: Tamil Siddhars

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    Re: Tamil Siddhars

    Namaste,

    I was looking for a translation for sivavakkiyar poems and came across this biography of sivavakkia siddhar.

    Source: http://www.poemhunter.com/sivavakkiyar/biography/

    Sri...
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    Re: When scriptural reading dominates

    Vanakkam EM Ji,

    Tamil is not my native language - please allow some leeway for translation errors.

    Verse 13 - when you are tired & sweating , does constant chanting of shahtras give you any...
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    Re: When scriptural reading dominates

    vanakkam EM Ji,

    I see wisdom & value in your post. Sivavakkiya siddhar has some interesting comments on getting lost in shastras & loosing the real spirit behind seeking divine grace. Hope you can...
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    Re: Worship of sanyasis/saints

    Namaste Viraja Ji,

    In Thirumandhiram , there are several places where in Thirumoolar asserts that after a certain stage , Shiva morphs a devotee into Himself. Two such verses that stuck to my mind...
  48. Thread: Tamil Siddhars

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    Re: Tamil Siddhars

    Vanakkam EM ji,
    Thanks for the link. Nazhikai is 24 mins from your link & that seems in line with what I am reading.
  49. Thread: Tamil Siddhars

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    Re: Tamil Siddhars

    namaste,
    Does anyone know how the Tamil units of measure 'mathirai' and 'nazhigai' translate into seconds / minutes? some siddhas use these units in reference to yoga practices
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    Re: Defining Hindu - Part 2

    There seem to be multiply threads on the same topic - three since I joined.

    It is tough to define Hindu - but I follow a simple guideline. Worship , dharma , karma , reincarnation & moksha. If...
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