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    Re: What is 'Kainkarya' (service to Lord)?

    The word kaiMkaryam is derived as the act of a "kiMkara". kiMkara-s are those who obey the orders of their masters without any hesitation. kaiMkaryam is the act of a person who acts on the...
  2. Re: Why Does Lord Shri Krishna Refer to Women and Vaishyas As People of Low Origins?

    There is nothing grammatically wrong with Sudas translation. Even Shankaracharya has done it very similarly. The question you should have answered is why this translation is inferior to the one you...
  3. Re: four types of moksha(liberation) explained by lord krishna.

    Sayujya does not mean oneness in your sense. By very definition, sayujya is intimate union or yoking of two separate entities.

    Even advaitin acharyas like Shankaracharya have not equated sayujya...
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    Re: Ganapathi pooja in Vaishnavism

    What you said is true for a mumuxu Srivaishnava, who are really hard to come by these days.

    If you can beg for admissions in schools and colleges by paying donations or other means, and bow down...
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    Re: Vaishnava Warriors of Medieval India

    In his work called Sankalpasuryodaya, Srimad Vedanta Desika has eulogized a medieval warrior named Goppanna ( he was the minister of the king of Vijayanagara named Hariharaya) who strongly resisted...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    It is said that if jiva takes one step forward, then God will take ten steps towards him. So it may take some time for the jiva to take the initial steps ( which again will be as per God's will, just...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Our samsaric journey may be very long. I am only arguing for the finiteness of this journey. I don't care if we take a million or a billion lives, as long it is not infinite, which is entirely...
  8. Re: The Wife is the Guru and the Deity of the Husband

    Does this mean that if your wife is not having the powers wielded by these women, then she is not a pativrata?

    There is much more yogic to these esoteric stories than the power of chaste women....
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    Re: Karma transfer

    Yes, karma transfer is some times possible.

    dharma shAstra-s like the manu smR^iti are full of injunctions based on this principle. For example, if people abuse you a part of your karma-s have to...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    I must admit the fact that I was one of those who did beleive that anAdi karma theory literally. After much thought, I gave up that idea. Hoping for liberation now when that has eluded you over an...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    No problem with eternality of the universe.

    How to solve the problem of evil in Hinduism? I am quoting from Sri Vallabhacharya.

    God is One and He became every one.
    A person can be cruel only...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    Arguments aside, which ones of you really believe that your existance in the samsara has had no beginning and has spanned an infinite number of lives?

    Poor soul you, whoever you are, you might as...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    It should be easy to note that if you already had infinite lives, you have been presented with ample opportunity (read "opportunities of every infinite kind") to get out of here already. So future...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    It is like this.

    Infinity refers to permanence. If your nature as a materialist who wants to be in samsara has not changed since beginningless past, it is your permanent nature that cannot change...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    The reason is this. If jiva-s cannot get moksha after infinite struggle, it means that God's role in our lives is non existant, which means whatever you are trying to attain is through your own...
  16. Re: Trying to Prove that is beyond proof is waste of time

    Proper service requires that you know whom you are serving, which requires the experience or direct perception. The more you know the nature of God, the more you know his greatness and glory - the...
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    Re: Start of the 'Atma'/Soul

    How does "soul is beginningless and so is its karma" translate to "number of souls must be finite"? The two statements are entirely unrelated.

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    The doctrine of beginningless soul and...
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    Re: When scriptural reading dominates

    Spiritual development is a long drawn process lasting many lives. I do not really see anything wrong with the reading of scriptures part; of course, it is one of the steps to climb the ladder that...
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    Re: subtleties in the gītā

    There is a reason why the secrets of making atomic bombs is not made public. All the universities demand certain qualifications for admission. Why not admit every one, without any pre-requisites? Let...
  20. Re: Believing consciousness is inside the brain is like believing light is inside the

    Here is one: - A person gets hit on the head, sustains an injury to the brain and looses consciousness entirely. What other entity apart from the brain itself is needed to explain this. What happened...
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    Re: Help with anxiety?

    As a simple step, try breathing very slowly during panic attacks, with a small pause between successive breaths. Do this for five to ten minutes. Almost every disorder of this kind can be controlled...
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    Re: Sanjay Dutt-Jail time

    In general it is not easy to get rid of sins that were done with full knowledge of the consequences of the act. Those done in ignorance or without the knowledge of the full implications of the karma...
  23. Thread: Karma Yoga

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    Re: Karma Yoga

    Gita defines karma yoga as
    yastvindriyANi manasA niyamyArabhate.arjuna .
    karmendriyaiH karmayogamasaktaH sa vishiShyate ( 3.7)

    Thus, karma yoga is control of senses by the mind. Whatever actions...
  24. Re: that whole God and the anathema of existence nonsense

    If universe is the cause of all misery so be it. Does the universe do it intentionally, does it have awareness of what "he" is doing?

    Let us say you walk down the road. There is a terrace and a...
  25. Re: Adi shankara on the eligibility of devas to meditate on brahman (God)

    Of course, there would be no problems in srI shaMkara's teachings for differentiating between devata-s and Ishvara, the supreme deva, and also devata tAratamya at the vyAvahArika level.
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    Re: why Indra is not worshipped?

    Indra is just one of the names of paramAtma. There is no reason why you can't worship indra. Vide sahasranAma. Indra means one with unlimited aishvarya or splendour - which is God himself.

    The...
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    Re: Shaivism and Vishishtadvaita

    Srikanta's philosophy has a close parallel to Ramanuja's Vaishnavism.
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    Re: How do you Deal with This

    The purANa-s present the cosmology, inner and outer. Earth or pR^thvI of the vedas is mUlAdhAra - it is the foundation of yoga and is "fixed". All of the purANic descriptions are true, either in...
  29. Thread: Personal Vow

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    Re: Personal Vow

    Nice vow. But christianity isn't totally irrelevant to Hinduism - it is antagonistic to hinduism and any Hindu who ignores christianity is actually encouraging the rampant run of christianity.
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    Re: In All Things

    You think christianity as taught by Jesus is a bigoted desert cult? Jesus only said - "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me". When Jesus was speaking,...
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    Re: Ramayana- A Real historic narration?

    Ramayana is an itihAsic presentation of jnAna yoga - seven chapters allegorically narrating the seven bhUmika-s of jnAna yoga ( vide varAha upanishad), namely, shubeccha, vichAraNa, tanumAnasi,...
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    Re: Purpose of Puranas and need for repackaging

    purANa-s are amongst the most misunderstood of Hindu scriptures. They are commentaries or explanations of the veda in the form of concretized allegorical/itihAsic narrations. They are not meant for...
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    Re: the Devas (Figurative vs. Literal)

    Gods are literal as well as metaphorical.

    That Gods intrinsically look like human beings or animals, is course only an imagination of the human intellect, that is used to seeing humans and...
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    Re: Christianity & Me

    Proselytism without realizing the Truth is a case of blind leading the blind. Beleiving in something and realizing it are quite different. You must know the Truth beyond the books to be eligible to...
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    Re: One stop enlightenment ?

    Enlightenment is a multi-level process. The seven or fourteen worlds described in the shAstra relate to the fourteen stages of evolution.

    Note what the gIta says:

    manuShyANA.n sahasreShu...
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    Re: Questions on Ma Durga

    durga is "dukkena gamyate" - one that is difficult to penetrate or attain is called durga. durga literally means a fortress or a citadel stronghold.
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    Re: Paradvaita Doctrine of Kashmiri Shaivism

    That is right. Ramanuja is known to have referred to the elaborate commentary on the brahma sUtras by sage bodhAyana at kashmir. The authoritative and the most ancient commentary by bodhAyana is now...
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    Re: Hint of Eternal Damnation?

    If you literally read the verses 16.19-20. the following conclusions may be drawn.

    1. The continued fall of the jIva is imminent.
    2. Ataining the Lord is impossible.
    3. In that fallen state the...
  39. Re: Do you consider Madhvacharya to be too "hardcore"?

    Actually Sri Madhva's vaiShNavism is quite liberal while compared to several other vaishNava-s. He accorded a place to all vedic Gods in his system unlike some others who completely disregarded all...
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    Re: Happy New Year

    Happy New Year to everyone!
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    Re: Spousal Abuse and Brihadaranyaka Upanishad.

    Note that the scriptures are quite esoteric - Just because you note words like husband, wife etc does not make them necessarily connected with worldly things.

    In general, the causal principle is...
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    Re: Question for SriVaishnava

    An exclusive approach to God can end up in fanaticism. Yet the opposite extreme, to just lump everything together into one insipid mess is not wise either because the veda does not seem to agree....
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    Re: Christianity is simpler

    Yep! The so called freewill that man cherishes is just an illusion in the bigger scheme of things. It is God's will all the way.......down to the slightest movement of a blade of grass, so isn't he...
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    Re: Complete surrender to God

    In the layman's language I see complete surrender to God as equivalent with stop complaining about life. Dont blame yourself or others for anything in life. Take joy and sorrow equally and as the...
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    Re: Christianity is simpler

    Hinduism is a big university, teaching all classes and subjects from kindergarden to the doctorate level. Needless to say, it may appear vague and confusing to the uninitiated. Thus Hinduism has a...
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    Re: Giving things up?

    Asceticism makes both mind and body strong. Luxury makes both mind and body weak. This is why religion mandates some kind of renunciation.

    It is not suitable for everyone though, and I agree we...
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    Re: Christianity is simpler

    Just a few comments on the role of grace and effort in this thread.

    Now there are two perspectives to look from. One from that of God and one from the human side.

    God is all knowing and knows...
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    Re: The Ganges River (Maa Ganga)

    All tIrtha-s( holy places) have a bhouwma ( worldly/brahmANDa) and a mAnasik ( mental/piNDANDa) aspect. Those who cannot access the mAnasik tIrtha should utilize the bhowma tIrtha.

    Ganga, who came...
  49. Thread: Who is Rama?

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    Re: Who is Rama?

    ganga, yamuna and sarasvati are well known in the Yogic traditions to represent the iDa-pingaLa-sushUmna nADi-s. So gangAvataranaM is pretty much straight forward to explain. I have heard of the Oort...
  50. Thread: Who is Rama?

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    Re: Who is Rama?

    The birth chart of rAma is actually astronomically incorrect. It has punarvasu and navami in the month of chitra which is impossible except when the zodiac is unequally partitioned. I dont know...
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