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  1. Some members on this forum have good knowledge of Christianity. I thought of taking advantage of their knowledge. There are some members who feel that, because of their lack of knowledge on Hinduism, they can not contribute as much to the discussion in various threads here as many others can. This thread should make them happy. I will be posting my doubts on Bible in this thread. I request you to please clarify them for me. My first question:- Genesis says that Enosh was Seth's son. Who was Enosh's mother? Is she mentioned in Bible?
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    Went to Tirumala

    About one week back, I with my two younger brothers went to Tirumala. On 16 June, I suddenly said to my brothers, "Let us go to Tirupati." I do not know why I suddenly thought of that. But anyway, I gave money to one of my brothers to book bus ticket to Tirupati for Friday (18 June). We started in the afternoon of 18 and reached Tirupati bus stand in the night. We purchased coupans for prasadam. We wanted to take prasadam ourselves and also give to my colleagues and to my brothers' friends and some others whom we knew once we came back to Bangalore. We got the time of visit as 10 PM of 19 June. We stayed in a nearby hotel. The next morning we visited local temples. In the evening, we went to Tirumala by bus. We got in queue at around 9 PM and got darshan at 1:30 AM. But arrangements were good and therefore, we did not find any problems because of crowd. We were really happy to have darshan. The only cause of disappointment is that we wanted to see God for some more time but we were allowed just a few seconds. But I can understand that this was done to manage crowds. There was one very pathetic sight. As we were in queue, we were once on a staircase. I looked out. There was a child lying on a mat and he perhaps could not even move. There was another child who was a few years older and, by looking at his legs, I could say that he could not even stand without support. He was just dragging himself and asking for money. People, including me, gave some money to those children. The sight was really heart-rendering. But it was not unique because I have seen such sights elsewhere too. There is so much of suffering.
  3. This thread is just to discuss the form of God according to Quran. Let us keep the discussion relevant to the topic. All the arguments must be substantiated with appropriate verses from Quran.
  4. I was very happy to read this. Often times I have read that big bang was the beginning of time and therefore we should not ask what happened before big bang, because there was no 'before'. But, it never seemed believable. According to two physicists (from Cambridge and Princeton universities), there is neither a beginning nor an end of time. They say the current model of the universe is flawed. That model starts with the beginning of time and the so-called Big Bang. The universe then cools and expands, and then in the distant future it will cool to the point when no stars are formed and normal matter breaks down. But the expansion is speeding up, and the current model does not seem to adequately explain why this is happening. The scientists claim their new model can account for this and other things that are difficult to explain. They say the universe is undergoing an endless series of Big Bangs, expansions, contractions and big crunches. There is no end of time and no need to define what existed before the universe was born.
  5. There are many posts in which people are asking how to write names into Hindi/Sanskrit. This thread should help them. Both Hindi and Sanskrit use the same script named Devnagiri. So, writing your name in one is the same as writing in another. In this post I am showing different alphabets in Devnagiri. IMPORTANT: There are some more letters than shown here but, on purpose, I am not showing those. It is because you will not need those to write a person's name in Hindi/Sanskrit. However, if I latter come across any name which requires the use of those letters, then I will include those letters. In this post I am only showing the alphabets. When I get time, I will write how they are pronounced. http://www.audarya-fellowship.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=1091&d=1145356922
  6. There are so many posts in this thread asking for help in writing names in Hindi/Sanskrit for tattoing. I am really curious to know how so many people (many of whom may not have met each other) are interested in knowing how their names or the names of some of their near and dear ones look in Sanskrit. Could you please throw some light on how you got interested in seeing names in Sanskrit? Please note. I am asking this only out of curiosity. (The thread 'Do you want to write in Hindi/Sanskrit' should help you create tattoos in Hindi/Sanskrit.)
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    Did Rama eat Meat?

    Does somebody have authentic translation of Valmiki Ramayan? Please let me know what the verse 33 of chapter 55 of Ayodhya kand says?
  8. Does somebody have authentic translation of Valmiki Ramayan? Please let me know what the verse 33 of chapter 55 of Ayodhya kand says?
  9. Time in spritual world? Before discussing that, is it not important to know what is time here in this material world?
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    Hare Krishna

    Lo, main bhi aa gaya.
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    Wow Amlesh. Beautiful poem.
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    I wish I also had NDE. But I do not want to try to have that experience.
  13. It is said that you should listen to your consicence - also called as the inner voice, the voice of God. But often there are so many voices inside our head. One says - do this. Another says - do that. More than one of these seem to be correct. So, how do you know which of these voices is the voice of conscience?
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    Mother Sita's Fire Test

    To ARZ, Even Valmiki has written about agni pariksha.
  15. There is a story that Krishna met a hunchback woman and cured her because of which she again looked beautiful. Can you tell me what she was in her previous birth? Is it written in any scripture? I remember reading in Brahm Vaivart Puran that Surpanakha was reborn as Kubja. Somewhere (don't remember where), I read that Manthara was reborn as Kunja. I have also read that she was an expansion of Satyabhama. Are all these correct? If yes, how do you reconcile these?
  16. Was Ravan born with ten heads? If no, then how and when did he get ten heads? If yes, then why was he born with ten heads? Any specific reason given in scriptures?
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    Does 'free will' Exist?

    The reason I mentioned the analogy of blind men is because scientists are talking about a unified theory. Superstring theory being the strongest contender for the theories at present. But my point is that we do not even understand what the elementary particles are. Therefore, is it not important to first understand them correctly and then attempt unified theory? Experiemental results match with Mathematics of quantum mechanics. But what about Physical significance? Therefore, first the basics are to be corrected. By basics I mean understanding what these particles are. As I said, wave-particle duality explains observed phenomena. But this is a false duality.
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    Does 'free will' Exist?

    Consider double slit experiment. A very common interpretation of quantum mechanics says that if experiment is set up to observe particle property, then a photon behaves like particle and goes through one slit. And if we set up the experiment to observe wave behavious, then the photon behaves like wave and goes through both slits. But, I personally do not believe at all that the experimental setup affects whether a photon should behave like wave or like particle. I do not believe that a photon can hit a screen, the behaviour of a photon is affected by what is there in that screen. Rather, I believe that photon is neither a particle nor a wave. It is something entirely different. It is just that there are some experiments in which we get the same results which we would have got if photon had been a particle and there are some experiments in which we get the same result which we would have got if we photon had been a wave. I am reminded of the analogy of an elephant and blind men. One blind man touches one of the feet of the elephant and says that elephant is a pillar. Another touches one of its ears and says that the elephant is a large winnowing fan. Is elephant a pillar? Answer is no. Is it a winnowing fan? Answer is no. Is it a duality of the two? Answer is no. It is something entirely different. It is just that the first blind man did an experiment and got the same result if he had done the experiment on a pillar. The second blind man got the same result if he had done his experiment on a large winnowing fan. So, I believe that we are the blind men and photon is the elephant. I used photon only as an example though I could have used elecron, proton, neutrino and many others. Our current scientific understanding is heavily dependent on the understanding of elementary particles (or rather, so called 'particles'). It is important to first understand what these particles are. As I mentioned earlier, we are like the blind men of that story when it comes to interpreting what these elementary particles are.
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    Does 'free will' Exist?

    Dear Ravindran, For simplicity, I was using probability to mean probability amplitude though I accept that it is complex quantity as opposed to real number between 0 and 1 as used in Probability theory. But the two are related in the sense that if we know probability amplitude values of positions, then we can find the probability of the occurence of a particle in a given region. Yes, it is true that Schrodinger's equation determinines the values of probability amplitude for all times to come. But this does not guarantee us precise determination of measurable quantities like position, momentum, energy etc. I agree with you that position is a property of particle and not of wave. I also agree that if we consider wave property like amplitude instead of particle property like position, then there is no uncertainty. But why should we not consider particle property? And what is the real-world significance of this amplitude? These are important questions.
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    Does 'free will' Exist?

    Yes, but what is the meaning of that state? In Schrodinger's equation, it is wave function. As per Born's interpretation, this wave function represents probability. Irrespective of whether it is probability or not, just because wave function evolves deterministically, we cannot say that position, momentum etc. evolve deterministically. Physical quantities have various probable values before they are measured but they get one precise value once measured. This is called as collapse of wave function. May be this is what you are also saying. Yes, Schrodinger opposed but it has been mathematically proven that his wave equation is equivalent to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. Yes, it is possible to have an underlying deterministic theory. But, could you explain how the chaotic system model leads to Heisenberg's uncertainty principle as approximation?
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    Does 'free will' Exist?

    Bart, In your model, material reality is completely deterministic. But, according to quantum mechanics, quantities like position, momentum, energy etc. are not deterministic. The probability value of any of these quantities is deterministic but these quantities themselves are not deterministic. Then, how can material reality be deterministic?
  22. In 1st chapter of 5th canto of Vishnu Puran, Parashar tells Maitreya that a black hair of Lord Vishnu incarnated as Krishna and a white hair as Balarama. In 3rd verse of the same chapter, the word viSNoraMshaaMshasambhUticaritaM is mentioned. As you can see the word aMsha comes twice in this word. It is aMsha + aMsha, meaing part of part. Krishna is supreme. Then why does Vishnu Puran call Krishna as part of part of Vishnu? And why does this Puran say that just a black hair of Vishnu incarnated as Krishna?
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    Ram and Vali

    go4harish, Vali was Indra's son and Sugreev was Surya's son.
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    English names in hindi script

    Is it Petre or Peter?
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    Ram and Vali

    It was hunter Jara (and not Arjuna), who was Vali's rebirth.