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    Re: Did my first "worship"

    Thank you!! :D


    Hi wundermonk :)

    All IS well. I already feel my worries melting away. Too cliche? It's true.

    Eh, not quite. I'm not vegetarian yet, but I've vastly cut back on meat so...
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    Did my first "worship"

    Namaste,

    I don't know if any of you recognize my name, as I've not been a regular member on here. I'll pop in for a day or two and then leave for weeks at a time. Anyway, I finally got around to...
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    Re: What exactly is Sanatani Sikh and who?

    As far as I know, Guru Nanak Dev Ji never intended to start a new religion . . . he was just teaching people how to be decent people. He considered himself a Hindu (or whatever word you like to use...
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    Re: Shaiva equivalent to ISKCON?

    Vanakkam,

    I live in Everett, Washington (25 miles north of Seattle)
  5. Re: So Long India. It was nice knowing you all this while.

    Dalit? As in untouchable? I thought that calling certain people untouchables was not actually part of Sanatana Dharma? Did I miss something?
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    Languages of India (!!)

    Vanakkam,

    At some point in my life, preferably in 1-5 years (while I'm still young and able) I would love to travel to India. India, from what I have heard and seen, is the absolute coolest place...
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    Re: Misuse of Sanskrit by westerners

    When I first heard of Aveda, my first thought was not the opposite of the Vedas, rather it was "what do the Vedas have to do with spa?" The TV commercials call it the "ancient healing art of India",...
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    Re: Proper south Indian clothing

    Vanakkam,

    What about South Indian clothing for males? For North Indian, from what I've seen, men usually wear either a Dhoti or a Salwar Kameez bottom with an oxford shirt top. But what about...
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    Re: Shaiva equivalent to ISKCON?

    Thank you so much guys, I appreciate it so much! :D

    I will take all of this into consideration. Thanks so much.
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    Shaiva equivalent to ISKCON?

    Namaste,

    I am feeling very drawn to Lord Shiva, and have for a while. But as an American, I do not understand the deepness of Sanatana Dharma or even Indian culture. I only know the very...
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    Partition of Bahrat - Am I correct?

    Namaste,

    I have been having a huge argument on a Muslim forum (ShiaChat) about the partition of Bahrat. Basically, I want to know if my arguments are considered valid?
    ...
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    Very Simple Vegetarian Meals

    Namaste,

    I am new to this whole thing, and the fear of how complicated this can be has made me really mess up my diet these past two days. I was hoping to make a list of VERY simple vegetarian...
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    Re: Caste Census

    Namaste,

    I have a question about castes . . .

    I am not Indian. I am an American, so I was not given a caste at birth. Does that mean I get to choose?! Or do I just not have one at all?
  14. Track my progress towards vegetarianism and overall health

    http://dharmichealth.tumblr.com/

    I've only written one post, but it basically explains everything. My next post will be this evening, when I'm done eating and drinking for the day. I will just...
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    Re: Is vegetarianism required?

    Namaste,

    I thank everyone for their posts. I think I have been convinced of why I need to be a vegetarian.

    I'm going to create a blog to track my progress.

    Om Namah Shivaya
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    Why is ISKCON forum not under Vaishnava?

    Since ISKCON is a sect within Vaishnava, shouldn't ISKCON be grouped with Vaishnava instead of having it's own sub-forum, or at least be a sub-forum of Vaishnava?

    There is probably a reason that...
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    Re: I Don't Want Another Life

    I *don't* wan't Moksha, yet. I want to live a good life, gain good karma, and come back as a very wealthy man. Then get moksha :P
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    Re: Why you love Lord Ganesh ?

    Namaste,

    I love Lord Ganesha because he answered a prayer of mine, even before I believed in all of this. Around October of last year, my family needed a place to move, and we found the PERFECT...
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    Re: Daily ritual for Lord Shiva

    Namaste,

    I really appreciate your trying to help, but that's in a whole other country :O

    Om Namah Shivaya
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    Re: Daily ritual for Lord Shiva

    I live around 25 miles (40 km) North of Seattle, Washington, USA in the city of Everett. South Everett, to be precise. I live between the Everett Mall and the Walmart (if you know how things are in...
  21. Re: You know what irks me the most about Islam..

    All these "scientific miracles" in the Qur'an are bogus. People take the translation and mangle it up into something. The original Arabic is not like that. It's very beautiful poetry, but nothing...
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    Re: Daily ritual for Lord Shiva

    Namaste,

    Where can one go about obtaining Rudraksha Beads? Is there a particular store I should look out for? I assume that you can buy them online, but that is massively inconvenient for me...
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    Re: Islam is impossible

    You are correct, Mu'mineen means believer. I have had it changed, however, to my current name. I have no problem with this, because a Mu'mineen implies a belief in Islam, which although I may...
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    Re: Islam is impossible

    It's alright, I've come to terms with what I am lol.

    Who may I contact to have a name change? Is there an admin that would do that for me? Now I just have to choose a better name.

    Out of...
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    Re: Islam is impossible

    Thank you for your kind post.

    I have been a Muslim only for about two and a half years (I became a Muslim on Eidul Adha 1430 -- Nov. 27, 2009), but I am so tired of worry about it, honestly. I...
  26. Re: relegions which accept and refuse rebirth/reincarnation concept

    Jesus responded by saying that neither him nor his parents sinned. If Jesus didn't believe in Karma or reincarnation, he would have been like "you idiots, there's no such thing" but he didn't. He...
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    Is vegetarianism required?

    Namaste,

    Is vegetarianism required in Santana Dharma to be considered a "good person" or to not stir up bad karma?

    I ask this because I *love* meat. Unfortunately, beef is one of my favorites,...
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    Islam is impossible

    Namaste,

    I am a Muslim (Shia Ithna-Asheri Usuli), but I am seriously about done with it. I have so many issues with it, I don't even know where to start.

    There are SO many freaking rules. ...
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    Re: [non-Hindu] This is overwhelming

    If that's the case, why didn't I get results when praying to Allah or Jesus? I'm not disregarding what you're saying, but I'm just trying to understand better.



    Ah, I think I understand what...
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    Re: [non-Hindu] This is overwhelming

    Namaste,

    Thank you for your very informative post. I checked out a copy of the Bhagavad Gita: As It Is at one time, but I never really read much of it. Perhaps I will have another look and see...
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    [non-Hindu] This is overwhelming

    Greetings,

    Some of you may have seen my introduction thread and know that I am a Muslim that is here to learn more about Hinduism. Well, it is extremely overwhelming! I was hoping that someone...
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    Re: Is HDF unnecessarily anti-non-Hindus?

    Hey! Yeah, I was thinking about telling you, but I figured you would find out anyway :P

    I understand. Abrahamic faiths tend to do that to people. Divide and conquer is all we know,...
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    Re: Is HDF unnecessarily anti-non-Hindus?

    Heh, I feel special. Wundermonk linked to my thread on ShiaChat (Are Bollywood Movies Haraam?). I created that thread because I was always being told that they were, but I really don't see the...
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    Re: Encounters with Maa Saraswati?

    Namaste (this is the correct greeting, right?)

    The other day I was writing some essays for english class (I waited until the last possible day to write all five). I wrote the first three, and it...
  35. Re: "Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula" - Saudi Grand Mufti

    I apologize, I forgot to include that quote from Muhammad I mentioned in my last post about racial equality. I find it really pathetic that even though this is in the Sunni hadith (traditions and...
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    Re: Humble introduction

    Thank you both for your warm welcomes :D I hope that it will be fruitful as well, if nothing more than to promote inter-faith tolerance. I know a lot of Muslims that are very anti-Hindu and it...
  37. Re: "Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula" - Saudi Grand Mufti

    Ah, yes. This is very true. A lot of countries have tried passing laws that declare Shi'as and others to be kaffir (unbelievers - non muslims) which would strip them of all rights. This hasn't...
  38. Re: "Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula" - Saudi Grand Mufti

    Have you ever read the Qur'an? The Qur'an allows violence, but only in very very specific circumstances. I could easily pick and choose verses from Vedic literature and talk about how Hinduism in...
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    Re: Humble introduction

    I apologize for that. I didn't really mean to badmouth him. I just . . . I don't really know how to describe it. Maybe because his first language is not English it maybe didn't come across as...
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    Re: Humble introduction

    I apologize, I forgot to mention Zakir Naik in my last post.

    He is one of those Wahhabis. Wahhabi's like him are totally backwards. They try to purify Islam and make it like the original...
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    Re: Humble introduction

    Actually I am from America as well! :D One day I hope to go to Iran, not to live, but to visit some of the shrines. I've always wanted to go to Qom in particular. And Najaf (in Iraq). This is...
  42. Re: "Destroy all churches in the Arabian Peninsula" - Saudi Grand Mufti

    The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia is a nutjob. Well, most of Saudi Arabia is, to be honest. The majority of the country belongs to the Wahhabi sect of Sunni Islam.

    I hope you don't let him...
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    Humble introduction

    Namaste and as-salaamu alaykum (peace be upon you) :D

    I am a Shi'a Muslim, and I have come here to learn about Hinduism. I've been interested in Hinduism for quite a while, and I really love the...
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