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  1. Shaving of the head, wearing a white cloth, and other practices are part of a vow known as the vidava-vrata, undertaken by a widow. At the time that the husband dies, the widow takes to a life of vows, and by so doing she will attain the same planet as the husband. This is the aim of the vrata of widowhood. They believe in life after death. A lady does not become the widow of a man who is impious or a criminal. The vow of widowhood is not taken for such people. You only take a widowhood vrata for someone who has attained a higher destination in life. You become his widow so that you can go to the same destination and serve him there. When one takes to this vrata, one becomes the widow of a particular husband. There is no question of just being a widow. In English when you say "widow", it does not have to be the widow of a particular person. It is just a status, like married, single, or widowed. But in "vidava" it is not a status. It is particularly connected with that husband, and only undertaken if he was a pious man. Previously, if someone's husband was an impious person, while he lived the wife would serve him dutifully, but once he died she did not have to undertake the vidava-vrata for him. If he was going to hell, why would you want to go to the same destination as him? The vidava-vrata is only accepted if the husband was pious and had attained a higher destination. There are many aspects to the vrata, such as shaving, sleeping on a stone, and other things. It is not only limited to shaving and wearing a white cloth. This is the modern application of the vidava-vrata, but it is just a pointless external ritual. While externally dressing as widows, at the same time, they are eating rasa-gulas, gulabjamuns and going to movies; that is is not widowhood. It is not the vow of renunciation of the vidava-vrata. If she is taking the vidava vrata then she is taking to a life of renunciation. She must sleep on a stone, not a soft bed. Practically all the vows that the Jains follow for sannyasa are present in the vidaha-vrata (vow of widowhood). Sindur is the sign of having a husband. Since she is a widow, she stops wearing it. It is something like when a soldier is not working in the army he doesn't wear his uniform. Sindur is a sign of mangalya. Sindur is put on the girl when the husband marries her, so when the husband dies she removes it. The husband also takes to a vow of renunciation, but he does so at the age of fifty. Traditionally the wife was always younger than the husband by many years, and as such it was most common that the husband would die before the wife. For this reason the man's vows of renunciation do not depend on the death of his wife, but on his age. The scriptures have advised the men as follows: pancasordhvam vanam vrajet "After crossing fifty years one should go to the forest." The vow of renunciation is also there for men. The man should leave his wife in the care of his fully grown son, and take to a life of vows. At first the man will take the vows of the vana-prastha ashrama, wherein he will continue living with his wife in the forest while practicing various vows of austerity. After following these vows for 25 years, at the age of 75, he will formally accept the sannyasa-ashram, at which time it is considered that he has socially died. The wife will be left with the son to be taken care of, and she will also accept the renounced life of a widow. Thus both husband and wife undertake similar vows in their old age to prepare themselves for death and the afterlife. Yours in service, Jahnava Nitai Das, Bhaktivedanta Ashram
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    Origins of Brahma Samhita

    Question: "Was Brahma Samhita authored by Lord Brahma?" Answer: The Brahma Samhita contains prayers offered by Lord Brahma to Lord Krishna prior to his act of creation. This text was lost for thousands of years, and was only rediscovered aproximately 500 years ago when Sri Chaitanya found it in South India. Sri Chaitanya was visiting the Adi Keshava temple in Kerala, and after chanting and dancing before the Lord, He was invited to visit the house of a brahmana devotee. When Sri Chaitanya took His seat in the house of the devotee, He began to feel ecstatic symptoms (bhava). He told the devotee to begin digging under His seat. Within the mud they found an ancient manuscript of the Brahma Samhita which had been almost completely eaten by white ants. All that was left was a single chapter out of the 100 chapters. Since this book was lost for many thousands of years, naturally there is no reference to it in the writings of the acharyas. Thus it is not possible to either confirm or deny its authenticity based on historical statements. Since the text was found within one sampradaya, it is natural that that sampradaya will utilize it most, whereas other lineages will not. This is not the only instance of an ancient vedic text being rediscovered. Sri Madhva rediscovered the Aitareya Upanishad, and because of this the Madhva sampradaya gives great importance to it, whereas other lineages do not. In such cases we can authenticate the text based on several secondary aspects. First, we must see what is the qualification and authority of the personality finding the text. In the case of Brahma Samhita, we should see who is Sri Chaitanya. We have mainly three possible circumstances: First, Sri Chaitanya may be a cheater and may have manufactured this text Himself. Second, Sri Chaitanya may be honest, but He may have been fooled by a false text. Third, Sri Chaitanya may be honest and the text may be authentic. The first possibility indicates Sri Chaitanya was a fallen conditioned soul polluted by lust, envy and greed. His aim was to mislead the public. The second possibility indicates Sri Chaitanya was not influenced by lust, anger and greed, but still He was ignorant and covered by illusion, just like the common man. There are four defects of a conditioned soul: He possesses a cheating propensity, has imperfect senses, is subject to commit mistakes, and is invariably illusioned. The first two possibilities above are symptomatic of a conditioned soul. To overcome the first two possibilities, we must establish that Sri Chaitanya is not an ordinary man. His minimum qualification must be that of a realized saint, situated above the four defects of conditioned consciousness. Our actual contention is that Sri Chaitanya was not just a saint, but the direct incarnation of Lord Krishna, the Kali-yuga avatara. We shall substantiate this claim with references from the scriptures. If Sri Chaitanya is established as an incarnation of the Lord, then the authenticity of this text is automatically established. Another aspect that we must judge is the consistency of the author. If Lord Brahma is offering prayers to Lord Krishna, we should compare it to other texts where Lord Brahma offers prayers. In the Srimad Bhagavatam, tenth canto chapter fourteen, we find prayers offered by Lord Brahma to Lord Krishna. Lord Brahma tried to bewilder Krishna by stealing His cowherd friends and calves. But by a slight exhibition of Krishna's own mystic potency, Brahma himself was completely bewildered. Subsequently, Brahma surrendered to Lord Krishna and out of humility and devotion began composing prayers glorifying the Lord. If one studies these prayers from the Bhagavatam, one will see that they contain the same conclusions as found in the Brahma Samhita. A third aspect we must judge is the authenticity of the subject matter in a text in relation to other established scriptures. There are two categories of authenticity to a pramana (evidence). The first authenticity is that it is accepted as pramana in other books, which are themselves accepted as pramana for various other reasons. For example, there may be a reference to Bhagavata Purana found within Matsya Purana. This is one type of evidence to establish the authenticity of a scripture. The second authenticy is that the conclusions present within established scriptures are presented and harmonized within the text in question. Though the Brahma Samhita is not mentioned in other texts (because it was lost), the prayers offered by Lord Brahma in Brahma Samhita perfectly establish and harmonize the Bhagavatam's descriptions of the Lord. The tree of Vedic literature is extremely vast, yet what is available to us today is but a fraction of the original texts that existed in the past. If we take different categories of books, such as Upanishads, we find that there are thousands of upanishads among which 108 are considered chief. Most of these Upanishads exist today in name only. In the category of texts known as Puranas it is a similar case. There are 18 maha-puranas, each of which has 18 subsidiary upa-puranas. Each upa-purana has 18 subsidiary upakhyanas. Thus the category of texts known as Puranas contain thousands of books, but most of these are lost. Even if we take a single text like Srimad Bhagavatam, we find that there are various versions given for different species of humans. Our Srimad Bhagavatam has only 18,000 verses, but the Srimad Bhagavatam given to Yama has millions of verses. The same is the case for all Vedic scriptures. The inhabitants of the higher planetary systems have much larger texts, whereas we have the abridged versions. Our Srimad Bhagavatam describes only 24 categories of incarnations. The Srimad Bhagavatam possessed by Yama describes the Lord's incarnations in all 8,400,000 species of life. There is a mosquito incarnation, a chicken incarnation, a worm incarnation, we can only imagine it! Such is the nature of Vedic knowledge. Thus one cannot deny a text's authenticity simply because it isn't common and well-known. The situation surrounding its appearance must be systematically studied, and then a proper conclusion may be had. If one has the blessed association of a liberated soul (muktatma), this entire process becomes much simpler. With guidance from a guru situated beyond illusion one can receive perfect knowledge, for he has actually seen the truth. This is Lord Krishna's instruction in Gita: upadeksyanti te jnanam jnaninas tattva-darsinah "The self-realized souls can impart knowledge unto you because they have seen the truth." This is the Vedic method. Either we can rely on our own imperfect senses to judge truth from illusion, or we can learn to see truth as revealed by the saints.
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    Who is the founder of Hinduism?

    Hinduism actually has no single founder as far as the modern history is concerned. The ancient scriptures of India claim the religion is originally established by God Himself (dharman tu sakshad bhagavat pranitam). From the scriptural viewpoint, this religion or dharma, manifests after every creation by the will of the Lord. After the present cyclical creation, the Supreme Lord Narayana instructed the first living entity within the universe, Brahma, in the matters of religion. Brahma in turn instructed this same science to his son, Narada, who in turn passed this knowledge on to his disciple Vyasa Mahamuni. In this way the ancient religion has been passed down in a chain of disciplic succession directly from God for countless millions of years. This Vedic religion is therefore known as sanatana dharma, or the "eternal religion", for it predates all man-made conceptions of time and space. We should not confuse this sanatana dharma with any sectarian religious faith, for the true sanatana dharma is the very function of the soul, as inseparable as liquidity from water. The modern word "Hinduism" is a term developed approximately 700 years ago by the Muslim invaders of India. There was a river by the name Sindhu, which was mispronounced by the invaders as Hindu. All people living beyond that river, regardless of their religious beliefs, were called as Hindus. Thus some may mistakenly conclude that it is possible to trace out the historical origins of the ancient religion of India based on the historical use of this word. We should know that in the ancient "Hindu" scriptures we will not find the word Hindu mentioned even a single time, but instead we will find the words sanatana-dharma (eternal religion), vaidika-dharma (religion of the Vedas), bhagavata-dharma (religion of God), etc. This dharma is ever fresh and eternal. It is stated in the Vedic scriptures that whenever this message of dharma is lost, God Himself will incarnate to reestablish it: yada yada hi dharmasya glanir bhavati bharata abhyutthanam adharmasya tadatmanam srijamy aham "Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion - at that time I descend Myself to reestablish it." (Bhagavad Gita 4.7) One such incarnation of the Supreme was that of Lord Krishna, who appeared 5,000 years ago to reestablish dharma by speaking the Bhagavad Gita on the battlefield of Kurukshetra. In the Vedic history, there are countless saints who have come and propagated the ancient teachings found in the Vedic literatures, but none can be called as the founder. Each one was a disciple of another guru, and each one was passing on the same knowledge as had been taught to him by his guru. This is the Vedic system - there is no founder, because everyone is first and foremost a disciple. Dharma cannot be man-made, for it is defined as the direct instructions of God - dharman tu sakshad bhagavat pranitam. Yours in service, Jahnava Nitai Das, Bhaktivedanta Ashram & Bhaktivedanta International Charities http://www.foodrelief.org
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    Somaka Swami Maharaja Leaves Body

    [From another forum.] Somaka Swami Maharaja Leaves Body Dear devotees, With a saddened heart, we announce the passing away of Somaka Maharaja. He was affected by an incurable disease, and in the evening of the 18th of this month, his body ceased to function. He was Italian born and was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1972. He faithfully served in ISKCON almost his entire life. He was a sannyasi and an initiating guru. He relinquished his position a few years ago and retired. He was loved and respected by everyone. The Italian devotees especially mourn the great soul who gave them so much. Writings about him are published on the Italian web site www.isvara.it . Hare Krishna!
  5. This one was too funny not to post here. This is from the website of Siva Sankar Baba of Chennai, who is a self proclaimed incarnation of God: http://www.samratchana.org Siva Sankar Baba Now click the link "Proof of Divinity" and you get taken to a page with this conclusive proof:
  6. Below are 30 verses from the Damar Tantra, an ancient sanskrit text on Shivambu practice (urine therapy). The Damar Tantra contains a total of 107 verses. It is a conversation between Shiva and Parvati. Later I will post some known people's experiences with this practice. O Parvati! I shall expound to you the recommended actions and rituals of Shivambu Kalpa that confers numerous benefits. Those well versed in the scriptures have carefully specified certain vessels for the purpose. (1) Utensils made from the following materials are recommended: Gold, Silver, Copper, Bronze, Brass, Iron, Clay, Ivory, Glass, Wood from sacred trees, Bones, Leather and Leaves. (2, 3) The Shivambu (one's own urine) should be collected in a utensil made of any of these materials. Among them, clay utensils are better, copper are by far the best. (4) The intending practitioner of the therapy should abjure salty or bitter foods, should not over-exert himself, should take a light meal in the evening, should sleep on the ground, and should control and master his senses. (5) The sagacious practitioner should get up when three quarters of the night have elapsed, and should pass urine while facing the east. (6) The wise one should leave out the first and the last portions of the urine, and collect only the middle portion. This is considered the best procedure. (7) Just as there is poison in the mouth and the tail of the serpent, O Parvati, it is even so in the case of the flow of Shivambu. (8) Shivambu (auto- urine) is heavenly nectar, which is capable of destroying senility and diseases. The practitioner of Yoga should take it before proceeding with his other rituals. (9) After cleansing the mouth, and performing the other essential morning functions, one should drink one's own clear urine, which is the annihilator of senility and diseases. (10) One who drinks Shivambu for the duration of a month will be purified internally. Drinking it for two months stimulates and energizes the senses. (11) Drinking it for three months destroys all diseases and frees one from all troubles. By drinking it for five months, one acquires divine vision and freedom from all diseases. (12) Continuation of the practice for six months makes the practitioner highly intelligent and proficient in the scriptures, and if the duration is seven months, the practitioner acquires extraordinary strength. (13) If the practice is continued for eight months, one acquires a permanent glow like that of gold, and if it is continued for nine months, one is freed from tuberculosis and leprosy. (14) Ten months of this practice makes one a veritable treasury of luster. Eleven months of it would purify all the organs of the body. (15) A man who has continued the practice for a year becomes the equal of the sun in radiance. He who has continued for two years conquers the element Earth. (16) If the practice is continued for three years, one conquers the element of Water, and if it is continued for four years, the element Light is also conquered. (17) He who continues the practice for five years conquers the element Air, and he who continues it for seven years conquers pride. (18) Continuation of the practice for eight years enables one to conquer all the important elements of Nature, and continuation of it for nine years frees one from the cycle of birth and death. (19) One who has continued the practice for ten years can fly through the air without effort. One who has continued it for eleven years is able to hear the voice of his sour (inner self). (20) He who has continued the practice for twelve years will live so long as the moon and the stars last. He is not troubled by dangerous animals such as snakes, and no poisons can kill him. He cannot be consumed by fire, and can float on water just like wood. (21) O Goddess! I shall tell you now about other variants of the therapy. Please listen attentively. He who takes powdered amrita (gaduchi, Tinospora Condifolia) mixed with Auto-Urine habitually for six months, is freed from all disorders, and acquires happiness. (22, 23 cont...) Powdered haritaki (harade, Terminalia Chebula) should be assiduously taken with Shivambu. This combination destroys senile degeneration and all diseases. If this practice is continued for a year, it makes one exceptionally strong. (...23, 24) One masha (about one gramme) of sulpher be taken along with Shivambu every morning. He who continues the practice for three years will live as long as the moon and the stars last. His urine and feces will whiten gold. (25) The powder of the Koshtha fruit should be mixed properly with Shivambu and taken in the prescribed manner. If this practice is continued for twelve years, one's body will be free from the ravages of old age such as wrinkles on the skin, and whitening of the hair. One acquires the strength of a thousand elephants, and lives as long as the moon and the stars continue to exist. (26) If powdered pepper and Triphala Choorna (mixed powder of Terminalia Belavica, Terminalia Chebul and Phylonthus Embica) mixed with Shivambu are taken regularly, one acquired a radiance like that of the gods. (27) The essence (bhasma) of mica and sulpher should be taken with Shivambu along with a little water. This cures al disorders caused by malfunctioning of the digestive system and all disorders caused by the Vata humour. He who takes such a mixture regularly become strong, acquires a divine radiance, and can cheat time (escape the ravages of time). (28, 29) He who takes Shivambu daily and excluded salty, sour and bitter food from his diet acquires divine accomplishments quickly. Freed from all ailments, and possessing a body comparable to that of Shiva Himself, he disports himself like the gods in the Universe for an eternity. (30). [This message has been edited by jndas (edited 05-29-2001).]
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    Beautiful stone - ?sanskrit engraving

    It is written in sanskrit and says "namaste". namah - "obeisances", te - "to you"
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    Commentaries on the Bhagavatam

    A relevant post from the Bhakti List. I think this clearly shows the concept that Bhagavatam is a "Gaudiya" book as being baseless. By Bharat Asur Dear BhAgavatottama- While we are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Sri Krishna this year,Mani suggested I should give a short write-up about the various commentaries on Srimad Bhagavatham which has been the source book for so many Vaishnava Sampradayas in the past.In summarising the facts available,my main sources are Pandit Baldev Upadhyay's series of volumes on Bhagavata Darsan, and Sri N.Raghunathan's superb translation and notes on Srimad Bhagavatham. There is a saying in Sanskrit <vidyAvatAm BhAgavatE parIksha> -it is the touchstone of one's learning. Hence it has attracted a host of commentators through the centuries,belonging to all schools of Krishna worshippers. 1.SrIdhara swamI - "BhAvArtha-dIpikA" This is the oldest and most influential commentary available today,though he himself refers to an earlier commentary by ChitsukhAchArya.He was a Nrisimha upAsaka and advaitin.He also wrote commentaries on Sri VishNu PurANam and GItA.His philosophical leanings haven't prevented AchAryAs of other schools from praising his commentary.In fact excepting where they differ,most of them have simply repeated his words.Sri Chaitanya had great regard for him .It is narrated by Sri NAbhAdAs in his BhaktamAl,that SrIdhara wrote the commentary at the command of his guru ParamAnanda at KASI,and as a test it was placed before Lord BindumAdhava with other books,and after a 'prahara' the curtain was removed to find SrIdhara's work right on top of the other works. SrIdhara's period is considered to be 1300-1350 AD (VISISHTADVAITA COMMENTARIES) 2.SudarSana SUrI - "Suka-pakshIyam" This is a short commentary by Sri Sruta-prakASikAcharya. It was later elaborated by - 3.VIrarAghava - "BhAgavata-ChandrikA" He was the son of SrISailaguru belonging to SrIvatsa gotra and belonged to the 14th cent.This is a very detailed commentary where every single word of the original text is explained. (DVAITA COMMENTARY) 4.Vijayadhvaja - "Pada-RatnAvalI" The founder of Dvaita schoolSri Ananda TIrtha has written a work called "BhAgavatha-tAtparya-nirNaya" which is not a regular commentary.Hence his follower Vijayadhvaja wrote a full commentary in which he has acknowledged his debt to the works of Sri AnandatIrtha and another AchArya Vijaya- Tirtha(whose work is not extant).The text is conspicuous for its substantial additions,as well as variant readings. (VALLABHA SAMPRADAYA ) 5.VallabhAchArya - "SubodhinI" Sri Vallabha belongs to the SuddhAdvaita school.His commentary,excepting touching upon a few earlier Skandhas,is almost totally on the DaSama Skandha.The commentary is simple and totally devotional.Another AchArya of this school Giridhar MaharAj has also written a commentary which goes much deeper into the individual sectors and elaborates and supplements the earlier book. (NIMBARKA or HAMSA SAMPRADAYA) 6.SukadEvAchArya - "SiddhAnta-pradIpa" He was a follower of SrI NimbArka,the founder of the school,and his commentary is comprehensive,while others of the school have written commentaries on specific sections like RAsa-LIlA. (CHAITANYA SAMPRADAYA or GAUDIYA VAISHNAVISM) 7.SanAtana GOswAmI - "Brhad-vaishNava-tOshiNI" While sri Chaitanya considered SrIdhara's commentary as adequate,some of his followers wrote various commentaries,of which this is the oldest and considered the most authoritative.It however deals with the DaSama Skandha only. 8.JIva GOswAmI - "Krama-Sandarbha" He was the son of Roopa and nephew of SanAtana GoswAmI- who were the immediate disciples of Sri Chaitanya.He was a geat scholar and he wrote the commentary in seven sections,each called a "sandarbha",of which this was the seventh. 9.ViSvanAtha ChakravarthI - "SArArtha-DarSinI" He has written a simple commentary in which he has put together the gist of the commentaries of SrIdhara SwAmI,Prabhu Chaitanya and his guru. while he is generally in sympathy with the school sometimes he takes an independent stand. Out of the above main works,with the exception of Brhad-VaishNava-tOshiNI,the other eight were published together from VrndAvan in 1958.I have seen a copy in Madras Sanskrit college library. But it is not generally available. There were many other commentaries on SrImad BhAgavatham which are referred to here and there.For example JIva GOswAmI mentions works like,Hanumad-BhAshya, VAsanA-BhAshya,SambandhOkti,Vidvat-kAmadhEnu,Tattva- DipikA,BhAvArtha-DIpikA,Paramahamsa-PriyA and Suka-Hrdayam. There was a great devotional poet called SrIHari who was a brahmin belonging to KASyapa gOtra,and who lived on the banks of GOdAvarI.He wrote a poem of 5000 SlOkas as a commentary on the first half of DaSama Skandha.Called "Hari-bhakti-rasAyanam" its date is taken to be 1759 AD.While being a commentary it is also an independent imaginative work. To show that both these could be possible simultaneously let us see this example: As is well-known,while VasudEva carried the baby Krishna to Gokula on his head,the deep and roaring Yamuna suddenly became shallow to allow his passage. While narrating this incident the poet reasons within himself:why did she suddenly come down to the level of Vasudeva's throat or waist or knee at various places? Because she knew that the baby Krishna had already started wondering how He would be able have water-sports with the Gopis in the future if the river was so deep;and so in order to set His mind at rest she gave a preview of her ability to adapt herself to circumstances!- <AgAdhE jalE-syAh katham vAmbu-kElir mamA-grE vidhEyE-ti SankAm pramArshtum kvachi-jjAnu-daghnA kvachi-nnAbhi-daghnA kvachit-kanTha-daghnA cha sA kim tadAnIm ?> EmberumAnAr TiruvaDigaLE SaraNam!
  9. From BV Tirtha Swamiji: Barbarik was the son Ghatatakocha who is the son of Bhima. Hirimba was his grandmother. Barbarik was the greatest fighter in the world. In the Mahabharata, at the beginning of the battle of Kuruksetra, Barbarik came to see the Pandavas and Sri Krsna. He told them, “Please take me on your side and you will not have to fight this battle. I will kill everybody. There will be no need for this war. I can finish the battle in one minute.” Sri Krsna said, “You should show me how you will do it.” Barbarik then took a piece of grass and, reciting a mantra over it, threw it into the air. At that moment everyone's chest was struck with a red mark. All the Kauravas and the Pandavas, even Sri Krsna, had this red mark on their chest. Krsna was very amazed to see this. At once he took his Sudharshan cakra and cut off Barbarik’s head. Barbarik's head spoke, asking, “Why are you cutting me this way?” Sri Krsna said, “You have the greatest power of any warrior here. You will not kill anyone here. Everything will be finished too quickly. This is not really a battle but an utter annihilation. We do not need you to kill them” Krsna then asked him, “What do you want?” Barbarik said, “I want to see this Kuruksetra battle take place.” Then Sri Krsna placed his still living head on the top of a nearby hill where he could see the whole field. When the Mahabharata battle was finished Arjuna and Bhima were arguing amongst themselves who was the greatest fighter. Each was claiming himself as the greatest. Then Sri Krsna told them, “Oh Bhima and Arjuna, let us go to Barbarik and ask him. He has witnessed this entire battle and will tell who is the greatest fighter.” When they reached him they asked, “Oh Barabarik, who was the greatest fighter in this battle? Who killed all the enemies?” Barbarik replied, “Sri Krsna is the greatest fighter, he killed everyone. He didn’t take any weapon but he killed everyone. He is very clever." If you read the Mahabharata you will find this story. Your servant, Tridandiswami Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja
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    Sandalwood paste stone

    Red sand stone is often used in Orissa. In South they use a black stone, but I don't know the name.
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    Avadhoota in sakkarayapattana(karnataka)

    Please post a photo if you have one. Thank you.
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    Testing, please ignore

    this is a test, please ignore.
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    Rig Veda

    The present Rig Veda consists of 10,600 verses, whereas the Puranas state there are 1 crore verses. Thus the Vedas are 95% lost in modern times.
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    Rig Veda

    The Vedas are 95% lost. What we have left are the remnants.
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    Thanks JNdas

    I would just like to add one name to the list, that is Jaya Radhe Dasi, who passed away in the first few years of the forum. I think all the old timers know her. A very nice devotee and disciple of Prabhupada.
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    Say your goodbyes...

    Please email it to me: bvashram {at} gmail {dot} com. I think many would be interested in that, so maybe I can send it to our email newsletter list. I think I saw that in BTG 10 years ago. I tore it out and kept it in a box somewhere, where it is still sitting.
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    Care for Cows Goshala in Vrindavan

    Here is a great website. It's the "care for cows" goshala website based in Vrindavan. They take care of injured, sick and abandoned cows from the streets of Vrindavan (the land of Lord Krishna). I have visited their goshala, and it is one of the greatest things I have seen. They really take care of these abandoned cows for life. Some of the cows come with very serious injuries from car accidents or attacks from wild dogs, but they treat them with modern medical equipment to help them recover, and then they maintain them for their entire lives. Home | Care for Cows in Vrindavan You can download their latest newsletters (in PDF format) here: http://careforcows.org/downloads/newsletters_0
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    Thanks JNdas

    Thanks to you as well. You were there from day one and have participated more than anyone else.
  20. Here is a website I came across today that provides some simple lessons to teach yourself to play the Bengali clay Mridanga: Forum ‎(Mridanga, the drum)‎
  21. Sometime on August 8th we will be switching the forums to read only mode, which means it will no longer be possible to post new replies or new threads. After a month we will review the status, but it is likely that the forums will not be reopening after this. Thank you to everyone who has participated here over the years, and especially to those of you who have been here from the beginning (10 years ago). If you want to maintain contact with any of the other posters, please contact them by PM within the next few days to get their email IDs, so that you can continue communicating with them.
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    i am disturbed by agastya

    Agastya is definitely a siddha rishi, but don't let what some newspaper writes make you doubt him. Nowadays they write anything they like to get readers. They make up deities, like half hanuman/half ganesh in Madhya Kailash temple. Every week they need to come up with something spectacular to impress the readers, so they resort to making up all sorts of stories.
  23. Jahnava Nitai Das

    Proper Shiva Lingam Abishek

    Do as you like. In South Indian temples 108 Shankha abhishekam is common in Shiva temples. Everyone should follow their sampradaya. For example, you can see here a temple in Madurai advertising 108 Shankhabhishekam for Pradosham puja to Lord Shiva: /message/11434 You can also see Thirukkadavur Shiva temple near Kumbhakonam, where Markandeya Rishi performed Shankhabhishekam to Lord Shiva, and a Shankha Mandapam still exists there to commemorate the history: http://www.indianetzone.com/5/tirukkadavur_temple.htm
  24. Jahnava Nitai Das

    Parad Lingam- Percentage of Mercury??

    Bhakti is the most important aspect. Any stone when worshipped becomes a shivalinga. I have seen sadhus worshipping stones that no one would think is a shivalinga. By worship Shiva enters it and His presence is manifested. The scriptures always speak about something being millions of times better than something else. It is kind of cryptic because you have to read through it. Millions of times better in what way? A car can drive millions of times better than a plane, but a plane isn't meant for driving, so the comparison is meaningless.
  25. Jahnava Nitai Das

    Proper Shiva Lingam Abishek

    Each sampradaya will have different rules. Need to follow which ever sampradaya one belongs to.