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  1. It isn't even the case in Buddhism that you must destroy the ego or otherwise get rid of it. The entire point in Buddhism is that it was never really there to begin with.
  2. 667 meters is substantially less than 800 meters. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/4081885.stm
  3. 1. “How valuable is an individual?” To whom? Even the most depressed people tend to value their own lives, no matter what they may say on the subject. 2. “What makes me significant, unique, and worthy?” This is subjective, too. It is the ability to say "I" as opposed to "you" or "it". From my point of view I mean me when I say "I". 3. What is reality? Perception is reality. What you perceive is real to you even if no one else shares in experiencing your perception. 4. “Why do I exist?” If you didn't exist you couldn't ask this question. You are looking for a reason why you were brought into existence. If you believe in God you probably believe that God did it to you intentionally and you want to hear someone else say it also and maybe that God loves you and has a plan for you. The trouble with that is that it misses the point. You do exist and it is up to you to find a reason to continue to exist. As they say, if you have lemons you should squeeze them for juice and add sugar and water. If you don't have sugar and water, you can slice them and arrange them in a decorative way. If you don't have a knife, peel the lemons and arrange the slices. If you don't want to ruin your fingernails peeling lemons, get someone else to do it for you or maybe sell the lemons.
  4. I think Bhaktajan is mocking me for choosing a picture where I am at a Christmas party and am holding a glass containing mostly pear-flavored vodka. Really, it surprised me that no one has said anything sooner.
  5. It seems like a good idea at the time. No, really, it did. Maybe I just want to know about your motivations when you answer questions.
  6. Why do you feel compelled to do that unravelling?
  7. Maybe I don't have a problem with devotion to an impersonal Krishna. It is like saying I like women in general and yet I married my wife. There doesn't have to be a conflict here.
  8. Why does it bother you so much?
  9. We can say that all leaves on the tree are leafy and good without having to pluck them all off the tree to see what happens to them.
  10. Marriage will not be easy, but there is a lot of opportunity if you are willing to try it. You will not be bored. There will be a lot of strong emotions. You will not get what you expect very often so you will have to be willing to be surprised. It reminds me a lot of my own marriage. It has been difficult in many ways, but I see how I am a better person now because of it. My friends still sometimes thing about rescuing me from my wife.
  11. As far as I know, it is just the Jainists who refuse to eat on religious grounds.
  12. Maybe I think that the point of capitalism is that no one exploits anyone. In communism, you get to envy the people who have more than you and you get to fear that what you have will be taken away to be given to those who have less than you. I read "We The Living" by Ayn Rand. Let's say Krishna isn't real to me at this time, but I still want to have a more meaningful existence than just a daily routine. In my own way I still serve.
  13. I'm still waiting for some kind of evidence that Sai Baba has never helped anyone.
  14. It is good that devotion to Krishna is working for you now. It is nice that I can be aware of having this option, but this is not the best choice for me at this time. It would be foolish of me to reject the tools that would work best in my condition at this time just because something else is working for you. It would be nice if you would talk more and quote at me less.
  15. There is a difference between having faith that there is a goal and the devotion required in Bhakti Yoga. With that sort of devotion, the center of your life moves outside of yourself - such as making your life center around serving Krishna. It isn't something that works best for everyone.
  16. There are many kinds of Yoga because there are many types of people. If devotion comes naturally to you then Bhakti Yoga is a good choice. If service to others comes naturally, Karma Yoga. If study and thinking, Jnana Yoga. If you like to meditate, Raja Yoga. Usually people end up with their own combination of two or three approaches.
  17. I'll agree with you if you are saying that atheists tend to be religious people. Some of them are serious fundamentalists, too. They like to say things like my science can beat up your god.
  18. My wife and I adopted a cat from the city animal shelter. He gets his meals every day and he has a water fountain that is supplied with reverse-osmosis water. He has his favorite places to sleep and he likes to look out the windows. If you could ask him, he'd tell you that he is happy where he is. It would not serve his best interests to throw him out the door and to tell him he has his freedom back. Somehow he knows when I am meditating or giving myself reiki and he comes over to me even if he is in another room when I start. He sits with me when I meditate. Sometimes I tell him he needs to grow thumbs and learn to walk upright, so he can do more things on his own. He glares at me and goes back to licking his paws. Remember, people ... he is a cat. I have not gone somewhere and adopted another human being. It is a bit of a leap to say that I am holding our cat in captivity as though he were a human being who should be attending school or getting a job or finding a lady cat to marry and settle down with. Certain animals are no longer wild animals. Their natural environment is now living with human beings. Even when our cat was living on the streets, he was living in a city, surrounded by human beings. If you want a dog for a pet, great. It isn't like you are choosing a wolf, who really would be better off in a more natural environment. If you want a cat, you probably aren't going to choose a cougar or a lion. The only thing I would suggest is that you get your pet from a shelter instead of a pet store, where the animals are bred for the purpose of becoming pets. That way you can avoid supporting "the industry" and you'll be saving a life in the process.
  19. What are you trying to say, Beggar?
  20. Does it matter if he is a fake?
  21. The more I read your posts, Xexon, the happier I am to see you here.
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