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  1. Namaste Tulasi Devi. I've always been a big fan of Acharyaji ever since I listened to some of his discourses on Youtube, and visited his website. I know Acharyaji teaches Vishishtadvaita Vedanta, but is he strictly a Vaishnava? How is Shiva viewed by your acharya's sampradaya? Is Shiva considered a demigod or the Supreme deity non-different from Vishnu?
  2. How can they murder Prabhupada? Even if they had indeed killed Srila Prabhupada's physical body, he would just end up where he is now, in the hoyl dham of Goloka, and they could never destroy the teachings and legacy of such a great acharya. I myself had once been very critical, and spiteful towards Prabhupada, however I realize my foolishness, to even think of criticizing a great scholar, devotee, and renunciate like Srila Prabhupada. Jaya Srila Prabhupada Jaya Shri Krishna Jaya Jagannatha Swami Om Namah Shivaya
  3. Namaste all. I can't help but laugh when I hear these kind of things. Do these priests think that some how they have a monopoly on God? How sad. I pray these people come to their senses soon, and repent for such acts of bigotry and foolishness. Aum Namah Shivaya Jai Jagannath Swami Jai Shri Krishna
  4. Namaste Yagna Narayana. I was also a big devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba for awhile. Though, lately I began to doubt him being an avatara, my faith in him has slowly been restored. I remember been told by my Guru that it would be auspicious for me to read Sri Sai Satcharita, in a week. By the grace of Sainath, I was able to do such in exactly seven days. Jai Sai Ram!
  5. Oh geeze sorry about that. I can't believe I forgot to put that in my original post http://www.celextel.org/108upanishads/maha.html
  6. Namaste Avinash. I've found an online translation of the Maha Upanishad (which if I am not mistaken is just a spelling variation of Mahopanishad, yes?), in which the opening first four verses state
  7. What is the point of filling your posts with irrelevant cultural references and phrases? I'm going to be honest and say almost none of your posts have any actualy substance behind them. Now, on to the subject at hand, I really have to congratulate and give my respects to Dark Warrior for his superior debating schools. As a Shaiva, I can't say I can ever be fully convinced without a doubt that the Vedas promote Vaishnavism, but at the moment it sure seems like they do.
  8. Namaste Darkwarrior. Skanda Upanishad solves this dilemma for us when in verses 8 and 9 it states However I understand Sri Vaishnavas don't consider this Upanishad to be authentic, yes? Regardless, these arguments about what the Vedas mean, the authenticity of certain Upanishads, whether Shankaracharya was a Vaishnava etc. have been done to death already, and I agree with you that we should not hijack this thread and turn it into another one of those endless debates.
  9. What is with this term Neo-Advaita? Even if you are correct and Shankaracharya was a Vaishnava, his followers have been worshiping Shiva and Devi for years. This isn't a new development.
  10. I recall hearing variations of the story, where instead of Parvati being the one who saves Shiva from halahal, it is her wrathful form Tara Maa. So, I'm assuming it is this Tara who arises from the ocean, in some variants of the story.
  11. Get off your high horse. This woman has done a lot more for the world then you ever have, so I suggest you keep the usual ignorant "shun the impersonalistic atheist" junk to yourself.
  12. Yes, whether or not there is any major archeological evidence is of little relevance to me, but I have heard that off the coast of Gujarat, there was a recently discovered sunken city, that many think was Dwarka. Likewise, many think Ram Sethu was indeed the bridge Rama built to Lanka.
  13. How does one even get away with making ludicrous comments like this? Kal Bhairava is mentioned in the Shiva Purana, and I think even the Bhagavad Purana (Srimad Bhagavatam), so how can this swami say he is a voodoo demon of African origin? Don't let this so-called "swami" kill your faith, he clearly doesn't know what he is talking about.
  14. Namaste Pujari. My mistake, thank you for clarifying.
  15. Namaste and Jai Maa, HST108. One of the Nav Durga (nine forms of Durga); Maa Siddhidatri is traditionally worshiped to gain siddhis (occult or mystical powers). I'm unfamiliar with her mantra, but perhaps someone else here knows it? Edit: I should also note she is very popular in Trinidad where she is usually called Kateri Maa.
  16. I see hate once again fills people's minds....
  17. There have been studies that prove sex is psychologically damaging for children. So, we know pedophilia is wrong. Such is not the case for homosexuality.
  18. Indeed, we should not judge who is and isn't the lord based upon physical appearance alone. Whether my mother appears old, and wrinkly, or with the face of a moon she is still beautiful to me, and still my mother. I am certainly no fan of Sathya Sai Baba, and certainly not a fan of anyone who promotes him either, but to judge an avatar based upon physical appearance is very shallow.
  19. Indulekhadasi, I mean no disrespect to you when I say this (or other Vaishnavas, and Vaishnava gurus who hold this point of view), but this view point of yours is contradicted by Shruti. Brihadaranyaka Upanishad says in VI.4.9 and VI.4.10 I know this is perhaps a bit explicit, but it is Shruti, and when we debate concepts like this, it is important that we use Shruti, to determine what is and isn't Vedic.
  20. Actually a large stone some 400 years ago. Come on now, isn't Bhagwan capable of anything?
  21. Einstein, considered the idea of God found in Christianity and Judaism to be childish, however he actually believed in a pantheistic and deistic God.
  22. Can't one then just argue that Whenever Narayan or Vishnu is talked about in the Vedas, it is a reference to Shiva being all pervasive, or the eternal-being?
  23. I'm rather unsure of them. I understand they segregate male and female devotees while they're in the mandir. As for the proper atire to wear, I don't think your legs need to be completely covered, just avoid wearing anything too low-cut. I would however make sure the top you wear in the mandir covers your shoulders. Pranams to you!
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