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    If you convert to Hinduism what cast would you be?

    Well, I'm a convert, and have never had a problem in 40+ years. In fact, I'd say we're more admired than not. Most Hindus I know love it when a white convert joins them in expressions of faith. But yes, experiences do differ, and I guess there may be a few people out there who don't really...
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    If you convert to Hinduism what cast would you be?

    It's a complicated question. In India, caste is more social than religious, at least these days, and you see caste in both Christian and Muslim populations, although leaders will deny it. Originally it was called varna, and was intended to separate people by their natural inclinations, just as...
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    Yoga versus Tantra

    Personally, I have found it incredibly easy to be a vegetarian in the west, but then I don't eat out much. I think that many immigrants falsely associate vegetarianism with Indian food, when many cuisines of the world have great vegetarian dishes. It's sad that immigrants from Hindu countries...
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    Fire... what is it to your belief?

    Fire is an essential part of all Hindu ceremony. Waving of flames in front of the deity is called aarti, and the hand-held oil lamps can be single flamed, 5 flamed, or multi-flamed (called alankara deepams) up to over 100 flames. The priest waves the flame in patterns that trace letters, or have...
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    Yoga versus Tantra

    Absenteeism from meat, and absenteeism from sex? For most people, one is probably 100 times more difficult than the other. At least one third of India is vegetarian, whilst probably less than 500 000 souls take the old sannyasi path. But I digress. Yes, your world view creates your reality...
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    Yoga versus Tantra

    There are many valid viewpoints. Although I hold a particular viewpoint, I don't hold that it is the one and only correct one. So in that sense, I'm not up for debate. I've been taught that within the sushumna there are 14 separate nadis, all beginning at the muladhara, and culminating at the...
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    Yoga versus Tantra

    See, there you go. Main differences? Between which definition of yoga, and which definition of tantra? If I entered this discussion, I have high suspicions that we wouldn't at all be talking the same language. That was my point. It's like you're talking about agriculture in tropical Brazil, and...
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    Yoga versus Tantra

    Both yoga and tantra have several meanings, and in my experience discussion will bear no fruit unless such diverse words are narrowed down so any discussion participants are actually talking about the same thing.
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    Changing the world versus changing yourself!

    Beautiful lesson bearing stories. Thank you. As for this last part, I don't see it as wrong, just a stage in the grander scheme. One can choose to not live in that mindset.
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    I need some info on Shiva

    It can get very complicated, or remain rather simple, all depending on how far you want to delve ito it, what you mean by Saivism, and what you mean by tantra . Here is an explanation of the 36 tattvas, for example, from a reputable site for exploring Saivism...
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    Changing the world versus changing yourself!

    There is an old story that illustrates the non attachment to the world while still being active in the world. Two monks of a strict order were walking the length of India when they encountered a raging stream. A small girl was weeping, worried at not being able to get home for fear of being...
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    I need some info on Shiva

    There is a lot on the net. I'm not sure what there is that's not on the net. Anyways, for Saivas, (any of the 6 traditional Saiva schools, not somebody from the Smarta tradition seeing Siva as his chose devata) Shiva is God. Brahman, Parabrahman, the whole thing. If you look at Nataraja, you...
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    Thanks, Thomas. I'm no expert but I can give it a shot. Firstly, I'm not an advaitin, nor a person who sees Shankara as infallible. However, historically, Advaita Vedanta has been the subsect of Hinduism that has made it to the west, for several reasons. One is that many of the original swamis...
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    An astute observation, ACOT. As you may have guessed, I struggle with it here all the time. However, what our friend was trying to get at wasn't really eastern in my POV, anyway. Very neo-advaita (a misunderstanding of traditional advaita, and common in the west, replacing the ego 'i' for the...
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    I believe this article: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandiose_delusions is useful to those people who are trying or have tried to engage folks with these attributes who happen along. It adds clarity to the situation, I think.
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    Do you Own a Gun?

    Thanks for the laugh ...
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    Maybe a Jewish person could answer that. I'm a Hindu.
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    First time I've heard that. Not surprising though.
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    Do you Own a Gun?

    Those kinds of false thinking assumptions happen all the time, not just to do with guns. "What kind of beer will you have?" "What's your favorite team?" "How often do you attend church?" "Are you Democrat or Republican?" "Coffee or tea?" Some folks just need to get out more.
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    Hindu deities=1 God?

    Depends on the advaitin. Some call Brahman God. Some don't. But yes, advaitins are atheisic to the idea of a personal dualistic God.
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