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  1. In the Advaita tradition, there is the concept of Jivanmukti or Liberation when the body is still alive. Ramana is considered by some as such a Jivanmukta. Though the soul had been liberated, the body continued to function due to some Prarabda Karma, etc. Another such example is UG Krishnamurti where he calls the process of Liberation (as it happened to him) as a calamity and some people believe he was a Jivanmukta. The bottomline is it is impossible to know if an individual is liberated or not. There are no exact rules to be used for such an identification and therefore it all comes down to personal sentiments.
  2. We all had our fun, but it is time to move on. Hopefully, the existence of these forums for a decade now helped raise enough funds to feed a lot of hungry people - people who may have gone hungry without these forums/website. I would also like to think some people had their perspectives on religion broadened due to time spent here. I will miss Ranjeet. With Ranjeet not having a forum to wax eloquence anymore, who will rid the world of Mayavadis aka the rascals? Have fun, you all. The clock is ticking and time cannot be reversed. Make best use of the time you have, and that means doing something you like - today/now. Do not wait for fun to begin in some afterlife. Twenty years from now, you will regret all the things you did not do, than the things you did do - Mark Twain Cheers
  3. More importantly, you should consider not passing off unsubstantiated opinions as hard facts. By their own admission, they are not Hindus. Thus, they automatically become another religon - like Sikhism, Jainism, etc. Cheers
  4. I do not find it astonishing at all. We see what we want to see. if your goal is to see similarities and unify the two, then you will find astonishing similarities. If you want to see diffferences, you will see enough to see that the two have no relation to each other, whatsoever. it is all a matter of perspective. The same Gita in India is interpreted completely differently by different scholars. Does this mean they all are wrong, except the one who matches the Christian scripture? As you can see, we create the differences and similarities based on our personal preferences. It is not about what the scripture says, it is about what we want to see in it. Cheers
  5. You are kidding, right? Shiva statues have been discovered from the Indus valley civilization period and the Mahabharata reports on long traditions of Pashupathas and Bhagavatas. None of this has any evidence to back it up. Matha heads have a job to perform - running and sustaining the Matha. They cannot throw up their hands and say "God will provide" for God will not as everyone should know by now. It is up to the head to ensure the endowments are healthy and patronage continues to exist - whether he relishes the task or not. If he sits back and does nothing, another Matha with a different affiliation may win over the King, in which case this Matha will have to close shop. This sets the basis for all the rivalry between Shiavas and Vaishnavas and among themselves too. One cannot be in the position of running a Matha and not be poilitical. Almost always, it just does not work that way. This proves you are kidding, after all. Shankara did not promote Shaivism in any tangible way. He was an Advaitin with a Smartha outlook that all Gods are personifications of the same Brahman. He wrote a Soundarya Lahari for Shiva, a Bhaja Govindam for Govinda and his landmark Sringeri temple is of Sharada. To take the position that Advaitins promote Shaivism reeks of a Hare Krishna misinformation campaign. Slight correction there. Nothing is superior except the Hare Krishna religion. The rest are equal when HKs say so or are inferior demi-God based religions when the HKs say so. It all depends on who is asking and prevailing circumstances. Cheers
  6. I can help you there. He means you have to agree with him or else you are going on his ignore list. But seriously, your position does not appear to comply with standard Vaishnavism, unless I am reading you wrong. How do you define Liberation? Do you see the jiva worshipping Vishnu in Vaikunta? Cheers
  7. Smaranam, With all due respect, never imagine that you know someone else's religion better than they do. That is plain arrogance and most Hare Krishnas on this forum are afflicted by this syndrome. You really do not want to be one of them. Cheers
  8. You are absolutely right. We have got to something about Mayavadis. Here you are, making hundreds of posts about how dumb they are and yet nothing has changed at all. Since posting on discussion forums is clearly not working, perhaps we should get together and beat them into submission. And then we can have a grand Hare Krisna initiation cermeony for all the subdued Mayavadins and the world will be a great place again. Let me know your thoughts on this. Cheers
  9. This is an incident from India from a few years ago. A local beef butcher was identified by an "animal lovers" group who had the butcher arrested for violating a ban and his operations were suspended. But it turned out this butcher was supplying most of his meat to the Zoo. With the butcher shut down, there was no meat to feed the zoo animals! And of course, the animal lovers had no answer to this, as they had not really thought this through. Consequently, the zoo sourced another butcher who would supply buffalo and hog meat to feed the animals in the zoo. And the animal rights group has no problem with this! It is funny that there was no ban on buffalo slaughter. It looks like cow slaughter is a big offense, but killing other animals is OK and animal lovers do not really love Buffaloes, after all which means one of the following othings, 1) They were not really animal lovers in the proper sense 2) Buffaloes and hogs are not animals 3) Zoo animals are not really animals This whole concept of cow protection with almost no regard to other animals, is highly irrational and has more to do with religious emotion than anything else. Cheers
  10. Thanks for the clarification. What drives the Lord's emotions? Would this not be similar to the Christian God who has mood swings? And what is the significance of a form (or forms) wrt a personal God? Interesting. A Supreme being with no activities can play no role in creation or sustaining the universe. Is such a concept existing in any religion? Yes, it is this inconsistency that pushed me to raise this topic. I believe the HKs (as usual) have varied opinions on this topic, with each person adding his own spin to it (as usual). Anyway, no one has come forward to answer the question thus far. Cheers
  11. That is just a matter of opinion as they think idol worshippers are disjointed from the supersoul and are wrong. However, all this aside, Prabhupada has endorsed that Allah and all other other foreign (non-Indian) Gods are none other than Krishna. Let us check the implications of such an identification. 1) Allah = Krishna & Krishna = Allah (per Prabhupada) 2) In the Arabian desert, Krishna preached Jihad to Mohamed as part of the Islam religion. In simple terms, people who did not align by Mohamed's new religion and people who worshipped idols, were to be put to the sword and that would please Krishna immensely. 3) Allah preached to Arjuna in India that people who think of him during their time of death will reach his lotus feet. 4) When the terror team crashed places into the WTC, they were shouting the name of Allah (aka Krishna), which means they were thinking of him during the time of death. 5) Plus, they also engaged in Jihad as preached by Krishna. 6) 4 and 5 together means, these terrorists reached the lotus feet of Krishna by following his instructions given out in two different countries under two different names. If one agrees with the identity of Krishna = Allah as proposed by Prabhupada, then one cannot disagree with conclusion 6, no matter how much one can try to tap dance around it. Cheers
  12. The Personal God concept comes from Semitic religions - where the Creator God goes through varied emotions of anger and love. It is not clear what they mean by an impersonal God - or even if the concept is acknowledged by them. For Vaishnavas, it is should farily clear that Krishna (as he has declared in BG 9.29) that he - unlike the Semitic God - does not go through bouts of anger to throw down lightning, rain, fire, etc. Recently, the concept of a Personal God has been applied to Hindu Gods too - though the exact relevance is not clear to me and hence the question - What does personal god mean in a Hindu context? Do we mean an anthromorphic God who looks Human/Indian with a shape and size? If not, then what? I ask because it appears most people who make such claims do not understand it themselves. They simply seem to be repeating what they heard, without thinking it through. Thanks
  13. it is my opinion that the general pulbic (including Vaishnavas) do not differentiate betwen the two. When we say we dislike corrupt politicians, we do not mean we dislike corrupt politics. We actually dislike those individuals. Ditto with other criminals like pedophiles, serial killers, etc. That is wrong. Terrorists are driven by religious ideals which means they do not consider themselves apart from God. On the contrary they consider themselves closer to God than most people. As for sympathy and education, they are sympathetic to their own people and many of them have decent education too. Finally about Bhakti, like I said earlier, they are religious to a fanatic degree, which in their world would mean they possess more Bhakti than most people on the planet. Cheers
  14. With due respect, it is not like Hari is gonna eat the food offered to him. Whatever food is offered to him will ultimately have to eaten by you or someone else. Therefore, obviously, you have to offer food that you consume and therefore (again) these restrictions are based on your diet and are not coming from Hari. I do not think anyone here takes the position that Hari will frown upon an offering of carrot halwa because carrot is a "forbidden" vegetable...or that Hari the universal God is partial to a desi diet. These are distractions that many people easily fall prey too. At some point, most of their religious activities are about following rules than actual worship. Rules vary from one Vaishnava group to another and several times there are conflicting rules adopted by people even inside the same tradition! Everyone has an opinion and no two opinions are fully alilke. Stick to what is common among all these groups and you are in a much better position. Or else, you will find yourself spending most of your time figuring out rules and struggling to adhere to them. I fail to see how a vegetarian diet accomplishes this goal. The garden slug has the supersoul present in it too, but do vegetarians care? No. And what about people? Vaishnavas hate non-Vaishnava Hindus, though technicaly speaking, these non-Vaishnavas have the Supersoul too. We hate terrorists, we hate people whose views differ from ours, etc, etc. The list is not small. Obviously diet comes nowhere close to addressing your goal of respecting the supersoul in other life forms. Worshipping Hari to the best of his ability is all that any Vaishnava can do. The rest are just details. Cheers
  15. It all depends on the user. If the GV Guru is calling someone a rascal, that is friendly, healthy, good-natured criticism. if anyone else else uses the term, it is an insult. As for myself, I am just happy that Ranjeet is back! As the number of his posts increase, a search on these forums for the word "rascal" will produce proportionally more results. Cheers
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