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  1. I just wrote the answer for this in my blog yesterday. Please check it out at http://photos-india.blogspot.com.
  2. Haven't you seen pictures of Varaha Dev carrying round earth? This is also from sastras.
  3. This tread is simply making everyone offenders. Better to look into individual lives and behaviors. For devotees, why create a situation where someone may be tempted to offend Krishna. This is neither good for the offender nor for those who create such opportunities
  4. Yes it is a hoax. Sorry i should have checked.
  5. Three women in North Florida, turned up at hospitals over a 5-day period, all with the same symptoms. Fever, chills, and vomiting, followed by muscular collapse, paralysis, and finally, death. There were no outward signs of trauma. Autopsy results showed toxicity in the blood. These women did not know each other, and seemed to have nothing in common. It was discovered, however, that they had all visited the same Restaurant(Olive Garden) within days of their deaths. The health department descended on the restaurant, shutting it down. The food, water, and air conditioning were all inspected and tested, to no avail. The big break came when a waitress at the restaurant was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms. She told doctors that she had been on vacation, and had only went to the restaurant to pick up her check. She did not eat or drink while she was there, but had used the restroom. That is when one toxicologist, remembering an article he had read, drove out to the restaurant, went into the restroom, and lifted the toilet seat. Under the seat, out of normal view, was a small spider.The spider was captured and brought back to the lab, where it was determined to be the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata), so named because of its reddened flesh color. This spider's venom is extremely toxic, but can take several days to take effect. They live in cold, dark, damp climates, and toilet rims provide just the right atmosphere. Several days later a lawyer from Jacksonville showed up at a hospital emergency room. Before his death, he told the doctor, that he had been away on business, had taken a flight from Indonesia, changing planes in Singapore, before returning home. He did not visit (Olive Garden), while there. He did, as did all of the other victims, have what was determined to be a puncture wound, on his right buttock. Investigators discovered that the flight he was on had originated in India. The Civilian Aeronautics Board (CAB) ordered an immediate inspection of the toilets of all flights from India, and discovered the Two-Striped Telamonia (Telamonia dimidiata) spider's nests on 4 different planes! So please, before you use a public toilet, lift the seat to check for spiders. It can save your life!
  6. Interviewer said "I shall either ask you ten easy questions or one really difficult question. Think well before you make up your mind!" The boy thought for a while and said, "my choice is one really difficult question." "Well, good luck to you, you have made your own choice! Now tell me this. "What comes first, Day or Night?" The boy was jolted into reality as his admission depends on the correctness of his answer, but he thought for a while and said, "It's the DAY sir!" "How" the interviewer asked, "Sorry sir, you promised me that you will not ask me a SECOND difficult question!" "Technical Skill is the mastery of complexity, while Creativity is the master of simplicity." </XBODY>
  7. 'Transference of the atomic individual soul to another body is made possible by the grace of the Supersoul. The Supersoul fulfills the desire of the atomic soul as one friend fulfills the desire of another. The Vedas, like the Mundaka Upanishad, as well as the Shvetasvatara Upanishad, compare the soul and the Supersoul to two friendly birds sitting on the same tree. One of the birds (the individual atomic soul) is eating the fruit of the tree, and the other bird (Krishna) is simply watching His friend. Of these two birds—although they are the same in quality—one is captivated by the fruits of the material tree, while the other is simply witnessing the activities of His friend. Krishna is the witnessing bird, and Arjuna is the eating bird. Although they are friends, one is still the master and the other is the servant. Forgetfulness of this relationship by the atomic soul is the cause of one’s changing his position from one tree to another, or from one body to another. The jiva soul is struggling very hard on the tree of the material body, but as soon as he agrees to accept the other bird as the supreme spiritual master—as Arjuna agreed to do by voluntary surrender unto Krishna for instruction—the subordinate bird immediately becomes free from all lamentations. Both the Mundaka Upanishad (3.1.2) and Shvetasvatara Upanishad (4.7) confirm this: samane vrkse purusho nimagno ’nisaya socati muhyamanah justam yada pasyaty anyam isam asya mahimanam iti vita-sokah “Although the two birds are in the same tree, the eating bird is fully engrossed with anxiety and moroseness as the enjoyer of the fruits of the tree. But if in some way or other he turns his face to his friend who is the Lord and knows His glories—at once the suffering bird becomes free from all anxieties.” Arjuna has now turned his face towards his eternal friend, Krishna, and is understanding the Bhagavad-gita from Him. And thus, hearing from Krishna, he can understand the supreme glories of the Lord and be free from lamentation.' BG Ch 2 Text 22 Purport by Srila Prabhupada. So there is a Supreme and a subordinate. THis is theism. Dictonary defines theism as 'Belief in the existence of a god or gods, especially belief in a personal God as creator and ruler of the world'. When you think I am a JIva created by Supreme, you will be called theistic, for you believe in God as a person who is the controler. But if you think there is Supreme and that is I, then this is in turn 'I am everything'. Obvoiusly there is no God according to you. You are He. So an entity called God is a non entity to you. Its just you all over. Ok if we consider your case for argument sake, tell me which Supreme power has put you into your present illusion in this material world? Right now all are suffering under Maya. So logically speaking Maya is more powerful than God(That is you). What God are you if Maya can put you in illusion?
  8. renuka


    It is true that it is best to engage the mind in service than the body. Hence Krishna says "Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this because you are My very dear friend." Bhagavad Gita 18.65 But at the same time Krishna says, "Just fix your mind upon Me, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and engage all your intelligence in Me. Thus you will live in Me always, without a doubt." "My dear Arjuna, O winner of wealth, if you cannot fix your mind upon Me without deviation, then follow the regulative principles . In this way develop a desire to attain Me." "If you cannot practice the regulations of bhakti-yoga, then just try to work for Me, because by working for Me you will come to the perfect stage." "If, however, you are unable to work in this consciousness of Me, then try to act giving up all results of your work and try to be self-situated." "If you cannot take to this practice, then engage yourself in the cultivation of knowledge. Better than knowledge, however, is meditation, and better than meditation is renunciation of the fruits of action, for by such renunciation one can attain peace of mind." BG 12.8-12 Here Krishna is recognising 'regulative principles of bhakti-yoga', 'work for Me', 'try to act giving up all results of your work', 'knowledge', 'meditation',... as the process to attain perfection. Any of these above mentioned activities could become ritualistic. One should take care to understand the importance Krishna is giving to these offreings and avoid it to become ritualistic. When Krishna askes for patram phalam toyam puspam one can might as well offer it in real than in imagination. if the mind is channelised to please the Lord with service , one can avoid the risk of it becoming ritualistic. Moreover in the material world one identifies oneself more with body than spirit. hence sometimes bodily service is more satisfying. this may be till we completly realisd that we are atma and not this body. But ironically for a realised person it does not matter for he will engage everthing he has in service of the Lord. Body, spirit makes no difference to him.
  9. Ok. Let us take your definition of atheism. 'atheism means that there is no Higher Power or spiritual Being.' An impersonalist in the initial stages recognises 'that God is Real, and is the Supreme Self of all'. BUt in their so called advanced stages they conclude that the Supreme and you are the same. you are merged. so you have become God. No difference between you and God. so you are God. No one above you. This is covered atheism.
  10. In order to understand this point clearly one needs to know some basic facts about the existance of soul. 1. The soul is the marginal potency of the Lord. Marginal means the soul has the independance to choose to be either in the material world or in the spiritual world. Doesn't this sound like freewill facility? 2. The souls constitutional positions is servant of God. The Lord is the Supreme enjoyer. One who owns a car can be called the ultimate enjoyer of the car. Similary the creator is the supreme enjoyer. and the jivas are his servitors. 3. the creator has created the creation for the jivas to live in. Since jiva is not god he cannot create some thing new for himself. Now if one thinks the jiva is forced to be in this world created by God and hence he has no free will, this would be too much of asking by a mere servitor, keeping in mind his constitutional position. 4. It's just like a king/dictator....he lets his subjects do things, but only under limits....this is not free will.[/quote - this is true. the only difference is the king's subject humbly accepts the authority of the king where as the jive foolishly tries to lord over creation. 5. It is true that not all can understand this for this knowledge is imparted only to those who render humble service to the Lord and His devotees. FOr the rest it is like licking the mere honey bottle thinking of honey. 6.WHY AREN'T WE ALLOWED TO REMEMBER OUR MISTAKES ? Why not? you should be able to remember the cookies you stole when you were a kid. Try to rectify them. You may be able to progress.
  11. Try this oil mixture. This worked for me. 100ml olive oil+100ml coconut oil+100ml castor oil. mix it, apply twice a week and massage. wash hair after an hour . Can keep it over night also.
  12. This simultaneously one and different philosophy is called acintya bheda abheda tattva. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu taught his school of philosophy and Sri Chaitanya is neither an impersonalist nor an atheist.
  13. Well said. Believing that God has an impersonal feature also is good. But to think that that impersonal is feature is ultimtely 'I' is not impersonalism but atheism. Obvoiusly you are negating the existance of God here.
  14. Nevertheless, in the end the impersonalist concludes that he is that impersonal God. If this is not atheism, what else is it?
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