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  1. A big block in my spiritual path has been the concept of Ishta-deva. I was not born into a Hindu family nor was I around it at all growing up, so being a recent convertee, some things confuse me. I can say that I cannot pick one form of God as my Ishta-deva. I love reading about Shiva, Krishna, Kali, Hanuman, Rama, Ganesha, Narasimha. I thought Iwas being foolish about the topic until I discovered Advaita Vedanta, it seems to be more my liking. Anyway the point of the post is I feel very attracted to Bhakti and chanting the names of God. Can I chant a different mantra each day or so. I am very much attracted to the Mahamantra, Om Namah Sivaya, Om Gom Ganapati and so on. Tell me i'm not being silly guys:pray:
  2. thank you for the replies. When I first began studying the Vedas, it was difficult to believe what I read, especially how "grounded" I am with science. I read the story of the frog in the well, and it made alot of sense to me. I began opening my mind, and found my study to be much easier.
  3. Hello everyone, I am searching for some recommended Prabhupada lectures. I have found a few but the audio quality is terrible. Can you please recommend me some of your favorite lectures?
  4. Hello I have been studying Hinduism off and on for about a year now. With this site and many books I heard about from here, I have learned alot. I still have some questions, and I was hoping for some answers. I wont bog you down with them, so here it goes. Do you believe the events that occured in the Gita and the Ramayan actually took place? To clarify further, do you believed Hanuman walked the earth and there really was a battle of Kurukshetra? If so, have archaeologists discovered remains of the battle?
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  8. I went ahead an uploaded the track, I figured I'd have better luck that way. Maybe some one who downloads it will recognize his voice. http://rapidshare.com117640114/10-Bonus_Lecture.mp3.html
  9. Hello everyone, I recently bought Perfection of Desire by the band Shelter. I love it, it is one of my favorite cds and has been getting plenty of play time lately. At the end of the cd, there is a 16 minute lecture, actually, clips from different lectures. The first talks about sex, how orgasm is so quick and that is not pleasure, touches on drinking, I sat mesmerized as I listened to this man with a slight Brithish accent speak. At the end of the track, music cues in an a voice saying for copies of, sounds like Stamadas lectures, contact Touchstone productions, 103 east hamilton college blvd penn. I know this is a long shot, but does anyone know who this is, I'm desperate to find more of his lectures.
  10. Wow those are some amazing costumes, its nice to have a visual aid to the stories
  11. So whats the general consesus in the Hindu community about homosexuals, is it viewed the same way Christians do that it is a sin?
  12. Thank you everyone for your responses, I was overwhelmed with the intellegent responses I recieved and you all helped to shed light about my question. I continued my study of the Gita with a more open mind, not questioning things that may confuse my scientificaly, and am moving along nicely. I am very impressed of your guys knowledge, to be so passionate about the topic is very encouraging!
  13. Thank you shvu, the analogy of the soil made alot of sense to me, i didn't really look at it that way.
  14. mmm simple typo, i googled it and got billion orginally
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