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  1. Maha Devi /images/graemlins/wink.gif
  2. From "About.com" http://hinduism.about.com/library/weekly/aa100502a.htm Why Nine Nights & Days? Navaratri is divided into sets of three days to adore different aspects of the supreme goddess. On the first three days, the Mother is invoked as powerful force called Durga in order to destroy all our impurities, vices and defects. The next three days, the Mother is adored as a giver of spiritual wealth, Lakshmi, who is considered to have the power of bestowing on her devotees the inexhaustible wealth. The final set of three days is spent in worshipping the mother as the goddess of wisdom, Saraswati. In order have all-round success in life, we need the blessings of all three aspects of the divine mother; hence, the worship for nine nights.
  3. I never heard of being able to determine that. Usually your parents may know, and their parents, etc etc. I hope you find out what you are searching for. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  4. Lagna is something else Gothram is the rishi (Such as Vasistha, Vishvamithra, etc.) to which your family traces its lineage The priest will ask your gothram, rashi, nakshatra, etc. If you don't know your gothram people will usually say "Vishnu gothram" In other words, if you know your gothram then you know something about the deep roots of family history. If you don't know, then it doesn't matter because we have all come from the supreme Lord Vishnu/Krishna. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  5. There is some opinion in India today that the more "fair" the better. People in the US want to be darker (going to tanning booths to bake themselves) and people in India want to be lighter (not all people- but you *will* find "fairness creams" on the market). In both cases I think there is a bit of status involved. Favoring "fairness"- it means you probably have a job inside rather than working in the fields. Favoring "darkness" you have all the time in the world to lay out in the sun like the stars do. At any rate... The truly beautiful people are those from whom the sun of the inner Self- Lord Sri Krishna- is shining through the eyes, through the smile, through the voice, through the attitude, etc. And as for the Lord HIMSELF, who is the source of all beauty... my GOD, if you prefer the look of "fair" skin now, you will change your mind when you see that lovely black-bodied SRI KRISHNA! /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  6. Could be! Some of the oldest bhakti writings were from the Tamil alwars. Quite fitting that Krishna, who is the perfect object of bhakti, should be of a darker skin color.
  7. I have no idea Do you know your gothram? Maybe that would help! Why do you want to know?
  8. Lord Rama is born in the solar dynasty, in the line of Raghu. So He is Raghupati/ Raaghava. Lord Krishna is born in the lunar dynasty, in the line of Yadu, so He is Yaadava.
  9. You mean like Lord Rama? Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram Patita pavana Sita Ram
  10. Don't start with the vedas. Might I suggest purchasing a copy of the Bhagavad Gita to start? There are a lot of good translations out there; all of them with some idiosyncracies. I'm pretty sure that the majority of people in this forum would reccomend the Swami Prabhupada translation. /images/graemlins/smile.gif Yatra yogeshwara Krishno yatra partho dhanur-dharah Tatra sriir vijayo bhutihi dhruvaaneetir mathir mama.
  11. They are married in Goloka, but not in Vrindavana. /images/graemlins/tongue.gif
  12. That is open to interpretation. Well maybe not for you, if your guru has said "This way is right and no other." No such thing has been said to me; quite the contrary!
  13. great! /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  14. As for time period, some put the date at around 3200 BC. But I suppose there are other calculations out there. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  15. Radha was Lord Krishna's beloved in Vrindavana. He never married Her, because He was of a royal birth and later went to live with His birth parents, and kill Kamsa who had kept them in prison all those years. He later married Rukmini and Satyabhama (Sridevi and Bhudevi) and 16,106 other queens. However, Krishna never *really* left Vrindavana. He is *really* still in Vrindavana to this day. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  16. <font color="purple">Kasturi tilakam lalaatapalake vakshasthale koustubham Nasaagre varamouktikam karatale venum kare kankanam. Sarvaange harichandanam cha kalayan kanthe cha muktaavali Gopastree pariveshtito vijayate gopaala-chudamanih. </font color>
  17. But I don't want to chant for Lord Siva! I WANT to chant for Sri Hari (Vishnu/Krishna)! Jaya Jagadisha Hare, Keshava...
  18. Even if you are an asura and would like to remain an asura for eternity, if Krishna or Rama, etc. kills you personally, you are liberated anyway. So... /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  19. ""The empty promises again and again by medical science that will one day soon there will be a 'cure' for old age, disease and death . It's the underlying assumption in all the 'news' of the modern world. Modernity sucks."" --------------- My question is: what's so great about this world that you would want to stay in it for eternity? Yikes! /images/graemlins/smile.gif
  20. Krishna was involved with policits too. Nothing wrong with it. But just think WWKD or better yet WPDWKM... "What Political Desicions Would Krishna Make?" /images/graemlins/tongue.gif hehe Just dovetail all your desires... that's it! Just keep thinking of Krishna!
  21. I am NOT suggesting that "Hare" in the mahamantra is referring to Hara (Siva)! I'm just saying that it's grammatically possible! /images/graemlins/tongue.gif Doesn't mean it's at all proper! /images/graemlins/tongue.gif I will go on thinking of "Hare" as Sri Hari and Raama as Raamacandra. If you don't mind. /images/graemlins/smile.gif
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