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.Hinduism is the predominant religious tradition[1] of South Asia, especially in the Republic of India,Nepal and Mauritius.^ The wedding rituals of a Hindu-Sikh couple honor the religious traditions of both.
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.Hinduism is often referred to as Sanātana Dharma (a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law") by its adherents.^ The existing law means that rapists often escape punishment.
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^ In this sense Jihad is the struggle for the cause of spreading Islam, using all means available to Muslims, including violence.  This kind of Jihad is often referred to as " Holy War".

[2] .Generic "types" of Hinduism that attempt to accommodate a variety of complex views span folk and Vedic Hinduism to bhakti tradition, as in Vaishnavism.^ Many people nowadays are spiritually inclined, but take a broad inclusive view to religion, believing that a variety of religious traditions and practices all have some validity.
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.Hinduism also includes yogic traditions and a wide spectrum of "daily morality" based on the notion of karma and societal norms such as Hindu marriage customs.^ The elected include practitioners of many spiritual traditions including: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, and Indigenous traditions, to name a few.
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^ Every religion is based on conjectures about the nature of God, soul, morality, salvation, heaven, and such.
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^ Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and most of Judaism and Christianity see responsible parenthood in marriage, including the use of contraception, as a moral good.
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Hinduism is formed of diverse traditions and has no single founder.[3] Among its roots is the historical Vedic religion of Iron Age India, and as such Hinduism is often called the "oldest living religion"[4] or the "oldest living major tradition".[5][6][7][8]
.Demographically, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion, after Christianity and Islam, with approximately one billion adherents, of whom approximately 828 million live in the Republic of India.^ The one world religion is a revival of the Babylonian one world religion.
  • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Most monks, of any religion, whether christianity or buddhism, actually live perpetually with other monks.
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^ In the sweep of the long history of the Islamic assault on the Christian world, it is sobering to consider how close the latter has come to annihilation on more than one occasion.

[9] Other significant populations are found in Nepal (23 million), Bangladesh (14 million) and the Indonesian island of Bali (3.3 million).
.A large body of texts is classified as Hindu, divided into Śruti ("revealed") and Smriti ("remembered") texts.^ That is, although the Yorb divide the person into the body and soul, the soul is made up of various attributes such as: Or, m, and s.

^ Reincarnation into the body of a baby or body jumping into another living body are talked about in many ancient texts..
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^ The Yorb conception of personhood divides a person into two parts: the body, and the soul.

.These texts discuss theology, philosophy and mythology, and provide information on the practice of dharma (religious living).^ Abstract This paper provides a philosophical assessment of two institutions and their practices: the institution of traditional medicine and the ethical issues generated by its practice; and, the institution of contemporary African philosophy and the relevance of its practice to African societies.

^ In this same vein, the works of these three visionaries provide great insight and a foundation into Taoist philosophy.
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^ However, other contributors think it provides lots of information on specific practices, but can be overwealming.
  • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

Among these texts, the Vedas are the foremost in authority, importance and antiquity. .Other major scriptures include the Upanishads, Purāṇas and the epics Mahābhārata and Rāmāyaṇa.^ I can refer you to numerous passages of Scripture to confirm what I say, but I have been asked by other atheists not to include Scripture in my dialog.
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The Bhagavad Gītā, a treatise from the Mahābhārata, spoken by Krishna, is of special importance.[10]

Etymology

.Hindū is the Persian name for the Indus River, first encountered in the Old Persian word Hindu (həndu), corresponding to Vedic Sanskrit Sindhu, the Indus River.^ The first naming of the divine, netcher, god, or netcheru divinity from which some say the English word nature is ultimately derived.

[11] The Rig Veda mentions the land of the Indo-Aryans as Sapta Sindhu (the land of the seven rivers in northwestern South Asia, one of them being the Indus). This corresponds to Hapta Həndu in the Avesta (Vendidad or Videvdad 1.18)—the sacred scripture of Zoroastrianism. The term was used for those who lived in the Indian subcontinent on or beyond the "Sindhu".[12] In Arabic, the term al-Hind (the Hind) also refers to 'the land of the people of modern day India'.[13]
.The Persian term (Middle Persian Hindūk, New Persian Hindū) entered India with the Delhi Sultanate and appears in South Indian and Kashmiri texts from at least 1323 CE,[14] and increasingly so during British rule.^ Jainism received great royal support in the South from the various ruling dynasties of the Deccan during this period.
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^ Ultimately, the Lodi Sultan Ibrahim of Delhi uprooted this ruling dynasty of Gwalior.
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^ During the Delhi Sultanate period, several Jaina temples were built, and numerous images were installed in them.
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.Since the end of the 18th century the word has been used as an umbrella term for most of the religious, spiritual, and philosophical traditions of the sub-continent, usually excluding the religions of Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism as distinct.^ For these African philosophers, the role of religion and spirituality in African ethics can be encapsulated by the following questions: From whence does ethics derive its moral force of appeal?

^ I will argue that the issues of applied ethics that arise in Yorb culture (traditional and contemporary) are by far more complex than anything ventured by most contemporary African philosophers.

^ By the end of the third century A.D., Jainism had taken firm roots throughout India.
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.The term Hinduism was introduced into the English language in the 19th century to denote the religious, philosophical, and cultural traditions native to India.^ In early 19th century Germany, many communities found themselves in conflict between traditional Judaism and the new Reform movement.
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^ It was translated from its original hieroglyphic text into the English language by several Europeans since the latter part of the 19th Century A.D. The easiest one to read is called.."The" (Egyptian) "Book of the Dead."

^ I will argue that the issues of applied ethics that arise in Yorb culture (traditional and contemporary) are by far more complex than anything ventured by most contemporary African philosophers.

[15]
.The term Brahminism was also introduced in the 19th century, describing a limited subset of the traditions subsumed under "Hinduism", viz.^ In early 19th century Germany, many communities found themselves in conflict between traditional Judaism and the new Reform movement.
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^ Sam needs to study the experiences and teachings of the 19th-century Hindu saint Ramakrishna.
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^ Written in a church cemetery early last century by a brave atheist it seems to me to describe a form of reincarnation that is not an insult to reason in the way such as Hinduism and Buddhism are.
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the principles and practices of the Hindu Brahmin caste. .The term is somewhat ambiguous and may either refer to Brahminical Hinduism, the current-day practices of Brahmins, or to Vedic Brahmanism, the historical religion from which medieval and modern Hinduism has evloved.^ Hence, unless otherwise stated, I will use traditional medicine to refer to holistic medicine, and I will use alternative (or orthodox) medicine to refer to medicine as currently practiced by the Western doctor in a standard hospital or clinic.

^ At both these places, there are the ruins of both Jaina and Hindu temples which indicate that the followers of Brahmanical religion and Jainism lived in peace and amity in this region.
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^ Muslims would have others believe that Islam is a religion of peace, but this is problematic both in view of its past history and its current policies and practices.

[16]

Typology

.Hinduism as we know it can be subdivided into a number of major currents.^ What’s more, as far as we know, no new species has formed as a result of humans releasing small numbers of organisms into alien environments."
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^ Contemporary Hinduism is traditionally divided into four major divisions, Saivism , Shaktism , Vaishnavism , and Smartism .

^ Thus Hinduism which is the religion of the majority in India has imbibed many concepts and beliefs from the religions it came into contact with.
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.Of the historical division into six darshanas, only two schools, Vedanta and Yoga survive.^ Of the Nikaya schools, only the Theravada survives.

^ Theravāda is the only surviving representative of the historical early Buddhist schools .
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^ Split into Two Sects - Mahayana (Greater Vehicle) and Hinayana (Lesser Vehicle) By the time the fourth religious council was held, the religion had vertically split up into two schools.
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The main divisions of Hinduism today are Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Smartism and Shaktism[17].
.Contemporary Hinduism is predominantly monotheistic, but Hindu tradition includes aspects that can be interpreted as panentheistic, pantheistic, polytheistic and even atheistic.^ I think most people from the Judeo-Christian tradition posit, even if they're not aware of it, some permanent aspect of that "soul" that goes on, that is unchanging somehow.
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^ The elected include practitioners of many spiritual traditions including: Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Taoist, and Indigenous traditions, to name a few.
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.Other notable characteristics include a belief in reincarnation and karma, as well as in personal duty, or dharma.^ For a person, such as you, who thrives on facts, insists on facts and uses facts incessantly to defend his own point of view, he ought to consider them as well, when others use them to argue their points.
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^ These antiquities include about twenty images of Jaina Trthakaras Nemintha, ishabhantha and others, and a Dharma Chakra .
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^ Includes general information on historical chassidism, as well as specific information on Lubavitch (Chabad), Satmar, Breslaw (Breslov), and other approaches.
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McDaniel (2007) distinguishes six generic "types" of Hinduism, in an attempt to accommodate a variety of views on a rather complex subject:[18]

Definitions

.Hinduism does not have a "unified system of belief encoded in declaration of faith or a creed",[19] but is rather an umbrella term comprising the plurality of religious phenomena originating and based on the Vedic traditions.^ Evolution is not a belief system or religious system of faith that you hold "allegiance" to.
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^ YOU: "Evolution is not a belief system or religious system of faith that you hold "allegiance" to.
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^ The quantity we refer to as "atheism" is, in fact, not a quantity at all - rather, it is the very absence of subscription to belief systems that are uniformly ridiculous.
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[20][21][22][23]
.The term Hindu in origin is a Persian word in use from the time of the Delhi Sultanate, referring to any tradition that is native to India as opposed to Islam.^ The word "hell" originally referred to a garbage dump outside the city of Jerusalem.
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^ Islam itself was welded together by Muhammad, using his limited knowledge of both Christianity, Judaism, Samaritan and ancient Persian Zoroastrism.
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^ It is believed that "al-llah" in Muhammad's time before Islam referred to a vague moon god and that Muhammad believed that al-Uzza was a daughter of this "al-llah".
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.Hindu is used in the sense of "Indian pagan" in English from the 17th century,[24] but the notion of Hinduism as an identifiable religious tradition qualifying as one of the world religions emerged only during the 19th century.^ "The universal world religion will inevitably emerge.
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^ But apparently his world-view is the only one that can make sense of it all.
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^ It is the only way that this world can be made sense of.
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.The characteristic of comprehensive tolerance to differences in belief, and Hinduism's dogmatic openness, makes it difficult to define as a religion according to traditional Western conceptions.^ What is religion but the deification of ancestors, the making sacred of traditions within the context and history.

^ Philosophical Taoism's embrace of every way, depending on the circumstances, doesn't make this philosophy a defined belief system.
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^ However, they developed a novel way of keeping their old beliefs alive by substituting each Orisha of their traditional Afrikan religions with a corresponding Euro-Christian Saint.

[25] .Although Hinduism is a clear practical concept to the majority of its adherents,[citation needed] many express a problem arriving at a definition of the term, mainly because of the wide range of traditions and ideas incorporated within it or covered by it.^ Many conflicts have arrived by the practices of Santeria.

^ Many traditions within the religion recognize different equivalencies.

^ That’s because there’s no problem needing to be solved.
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[19] .While sometimes referred to as a religion, Hinduism is more often defined as a religious tradition.^ Now, it is not often that I find myself in a room full of people who are more or less guaranteed to agree with me on the subject of religion.
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^ A third, more general meaning is the integral human life expressed in the world's religious traditions prior to modern times.
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^ Many people nowadays are spiritually inclined, but take a broad inclusive view to religion, believing that a variety of religious traditions and practices all have some validity.
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[1] .It is therefore described as both the oldest of the world's religions, and the most diverse.^ Traditional African religion is the oldest religion in the world.

^ The crucifixion continued until Heru, the Heavenly Father of all humankind, became one of the most obscure figures in both Egyptian and world history.

^ Most religious individuals simply think that an atheist is anti-religious and therefore against everything in religion including the moral codes and values.
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[5][26][27][28] .Most Hindu traditions revere a body of religious or sacred literature, the Vedas, although there are exceptions.^ There are certain themes, they get expressed in the stories/fables/oral traditions of most religions.
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^ The Circular Sacred Thread traditionally worn around the body, over the shoulder and around the genitals, by the Hindu Brahmins who are Brahmacharya, celibate and working under the tutelage of a Guru.
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^ Oriental view of the universe, which is in fact, the view of the ‘perennial philosophy’, the cosmic vision which is common to all religious tradition from the most primitive tribal religions to the great world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
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.Some Hindu religious traditions regard particular rituals as essential for salvation, but a variety of views on this co-exist.^ That is most likely the source of his irrational guilt regarding sexuality which has nothing to do with his views on celibacy in Hinduism.
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^ Many people nowadays are spiritually inclined, but take a broad inclusive view to religion, believing that a variety of religious traditions and practices all have some validity.
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^ Oriental view of the universe, which is in fact, the view of the ‘perennial philosophy’, the cosmic vision which is common to all religious tradition from the most primitive tribal religions to the great world religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Christianity.
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.Some Hindu philosophies postulate a theistic ontology of creation, of sustenance, and of destruction of the universe, yet some Hindus are atheists.^ The point being that some people are atheist to God because of a lack of evidence for God, combined with historical and sociological evidence that strongly suggests that man created God.
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^ Some ancient Gnostics believed that the Creator of the universe was a blind idiot God.
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^ Said Soja John Thaikattil: Hinduism in its essence as a religion has a universal philosophy and that is its greatest strength.
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.Hinduism is sometimes characterized by the belief in reincarnation (samsara), determined by the law of karma, and the idea that salvation is freedom from this cycle of repeated birth and death.^ Something happened to these men in their belief in the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ that changed the world.
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^ Accordingly, the world should have ended sometime between 1070-1132 AD, approximately 500 years after the birth and death of Muhammad.

^ Our lives eternally go through a cycle of Birth, Maturity, Decline, and Death.

.However, other religions of the region, such as Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism, also believe in karma, outside the scope of Hinduism.^ A comparison of Nichiren Buddhism with other religions .

^ Buddhism believes in reincarnation and karma.
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^ Most monks, of any religion, whether christianity or buddhism, actually live perpetually with other monks.
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[19] .Hinduism is therefore viewed as the most complex of all of the living, historical world religions.^ Indeed, Islam’s sole objective is to forcefully spread its heretical religion throughout the world and to subjugate all people of other faiths.

^ Looking at it this way, all the worlds major religions are equal.

^ "The whole concept of resurrection is the new and most important revelation which is coming to humanity, and which will lay the basis for the new world religion ..."
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[29] .Despite its complexity, Hinduism is not only one of the numerically largest faiths, but is also the oldest living major tradition on earth, with roots reaching back into prehistory.^ There is only one true faith.
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^ "There is only one true faith.
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^ The complex religion that people developed later, with all its trappings, incorporating the experiences and beliefs of those that came after Buddha, is a human attempt to translate Buddha’s teachings into a basis for society (that was rooted in Hindu traditions) and the life of the ordinary human being who needs images and rituals as part of his life.
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[30]
.A definition of Hinduism, given by the first Vice President of India, who was also a prominent theologian, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, states that Hinduism is not "just a faith", but in itself is related to the union of reason and intuition.^ Any given object/thing--a mountain, space, a bathtub--it's just particles of matter, energy, with none of the qualities we project onto it inherent in itself...
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^ ME - Just to be clear, I am not your typical religious adherent who inherited his faith.
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^ Rational scientists can nurse a corner of their mindworld that hosts the most egregious religiosity just because their first years were illuminated by faith.
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Radhakrishnan explicitly states that Hinduism cannot be defined, but is only to be experienced.[31] .Similarly some academics suggest that Hinduism can be seen as a category with "fuzzy edges", rather than as a well-defined and rigid entity.^ We should be committed to reason rather than some sort of "anti-dogma" dogma.
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^ We should be cmmitted to reason rather than some sort of "anti-dogma" dogma.
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^ Since some Indians consider his books controversial because it introduces the Western idea, it must refer to the nature of the relationship rather than technicalities of sex.
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.Some forms of religious expression are central to Hinduism, while others are not as central but still remain within the category.^ Even if we eradicated the term ,,atheist" form our language, wouldn't it be that religious people reinvent some other, probably offensive, term as a substitute, or just continue using the old name?
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^ While some pharmacists cite religious reasons, others believe life begins with fertilization and see contraceptives as capable of causing an abortion.
  • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It is Pride - the wish to be richer than some other rich man, and (still more) the wish for power.
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Based on this, Ferro-Luzzi has developed a 'Prototype Theory approach' to the definition of Hinduism.[32]
.Problems with the single definition of what is actually meant by the term 'Hinduism' are often attributed to the fact that Hinduism does not have a single or common historical founder.^ In actual fact, reasoning pretends to make a definite statement on God (yey or nay) is really rhetoric .
  • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Maybe with time you could come to terms with the fact that not every Christian needs to interpret every single Bible verse like you in order to be a real Christian.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ When the term "God" is used in the Bible without any further definition, it very often is used in reference to the Father.
  • What is Christianity? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.afn.org [Source type: Original source]

.Hinduism, or as some say 'Hinduisms,' does not have a single system of salvation and has different goals according to each sect or denomination.^ It is easy to overlook, but followers of Islam place their eternal salvation entirely on the whimsical sayings of only one single man - the imperfect and violent man Muhammad.
  • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Some people ask: "What difference does a little water make?"
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.The forms of Vedic religion are seen not as an alternative to Hinduism, but as its earliest form, and there is little justification for the divisions found in much western scholarly writing between Vedism, Brahmanism, and Hinduism.^ There is much more that I found downright erroneous (and tedious in the extreme)but it would take an article at least a quarter the length of his article to properly refute him.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ There are found a number of dilapidated Jaina and Hindu temples which seem to have been of the 8th to the 11th century A.D. .
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^ I don't believe in religion, but I agree there are other forms of enlightenment out there that we haven't tapped yet as atheists.
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[8][33]
A definition of Hinduism is further complicated by the frequent use of the term "faith" as a synonym for "religion".[19] Some academics[34] and many practitioners refer to Hinduism using a native definition, as Sanātana Dharma, a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law", or the "eternal way".[2][35]

Beliefs

Temple carving at Hoysaleswara temple representing the Trimurti: Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.
Hinduism refers to a religious mainstream which evolved organically and spread over a large territory marked by significant ethnic and cultural diversity. .This mainstream evolved both by innovation from within, and by assimilation of external traditions or cults into the Hindu fold.^ Sikhism is a tradition developed within Hinduism.
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^ Pat Kohli has maintained a consistent web presence since the late 1990s, particularly on USENET, addressing both external critics and dissenters within the Haifan Baha'i Faith tradition to which he belongs [5].
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^ It was, however, the last phase of Buddhism in India, where the religion - partly by reabsorption into the Hindu tradition, partly by persecution by the Muslim invaders - ceased to exist by the 13th century.
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.The result is an enormous variety of religious traditions, ranging from innumerable small, unsophisticated cults to major religious movements with millions of adherents spread over the entire subcontinent.^ The fundamentalist materialist cult is a historical quirk and aberration, now in decline, and going the way of the now dead "Shakers" religious movement.
  • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Quote: The fundamentalist materialist cult is a historical quirk and aberration, now in decline, and going the way of the now dead "Shakers" religious movement.
  • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Many people nowadays are spiritually inclined, but take a broad inclusive view to religion, believing that a variety of religious traditions and practices all have some validity.
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.The identification of Hinduism as an independent religion separate from Buddhism or Jainism consequently hinges on the affirmation of its adherents that it is such.^ In fact, I have experimented with various forms of "meditation" myself along with studying the various religions that incorporate some form of it into their rituals, such as Buddhism.
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^ "If I am wrong then billions of others who profess no religion, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, primitive religions, Wicca, and on and on and on are all destined to burn in hell.
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^ I'm not interested in seeing the whole world abandon religions such as Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism--only that part of the world where religions have substantial power, and only to the point where the balance of power shifts.
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[36]
.Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include (but are not restricted to), Dharma (ethics/duties), Samsāra (The continuing cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth), Karma (action and subsequent reaction), Moksha (liberation from samsara), and the various Yogas (paths or practices).^ Hindus try to develop enlightenment by practicing various types of Yoga.

^ Something happened to these men in their belief in the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ that changed the world.
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^ The fear of death, even when this is not likely to happen, can cause you to take the stupid slave-like path in life.
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[37]

Concept of God

.Hinduism is a diverse system of thought with beliefs spanning monotheism, polytheism,[38] panentheism, pantheism, monism, and atheism, and its concept of God is complex and depends upon each particular tradition and philosophy.^ Atheism is simply the lack of belief in god/gods.
  • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ So where is the belief and where is the system in atheism?
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^ The quantity we refer to as "atheism" is, in fact, not a quantity at all - rather, it is the very absence of subscription to belief systems that are uniformly ridiculous.
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.It is sometimes referred to as henotheistic (i.e., involving devotion to a single god while accepting the existence of others), but any such term is an overgeneralization.^ There is no other God in existence.

^ Is not God beyond all that it has created and involve not its existence in the carnal wishes and desires of that which it has created?

^ It is generally accepted to be true and univseral, and can sometimes be expressed in terms of a single mathematical equation.
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[39]
.Most Hindus believe that the spirit or soul — the true "self" of every person, called the ātman — is eternal.^ The Hindus had believed that the soul or Atma was identical with Brahman or God, and that it was eternal.
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^ Another problem with calling ourselves “atheists” is that every religious person thinks he has a knockdown argument against atheism.
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^ We depend on God, the Persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, not a cosmic force called awareness.
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[40] .According to the monistic/pantheistic theologies of Hinduism (such as Advaita Vedanta school), this Atman is ultimately indistinct from Brahman, the supreme spirit.^ Hindus chant it as a means of meditating on the ultimate reality and connecting with the innermost self ( atman ) and Brahman.
  • Hinduism - Search View - ninemsn Encarta 19 November 2009 17:23 UTC au.encarta.msn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ "When the Supreme Ultimate and the Immaterial Spirit unfold, the Point at the crown of your head opens and the light or tunnel or shaft leading to the Cosmic Egg is revealed" .
  • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

^ According to a theory accepted in the Yogâcâra school, the person capable of such compassion has the good nature or lineage ( gotra ) of a bodhisattva.

.Hence, these schools are called non-dualist.^ Zhuang-zi explained that these schools quibbled over logical questions and called each other heretics, but they all respected the writings of Mo-zi and the "Elder Master."
  • Ethics of Daoism and Mo-zi by Sanderson Beck 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.san.beck.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Out of these, Guru Nanak chose the Non-dualist (Advaitic or Nirguna ) Path, which had been already used by Santa Naamadeva and Santa Kabir etc.
  • Sikhism-Hinduism : Philosophical Relationship by Vishwa Mohan Tiwari, Air Vice Marshal (Retd) 8 January 2010 6:58 UTC www.boloji.com [Source type: Original source]

^ These views do not receive the approval of most other schools of the Shari`a which hold that non-Muslims are not allowed to assume any position which might bestow on them any authority over any Muslim.

[41] .The goal of life, according to the Advaita school, is to realize that one's ātman is identical to Brahman, the supreme soul.^ According to Vedanta, Brahman alone is real.
  • Hinduism - Search View - ninemsn Encarta 19 November 2009 17:23 UTC au.encarta.msn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The central doctrine of the Saiva Siddhanta philosophy is that Siva is the Supreme Reality, and that the Jiva or the individual soul is of the same essence as Siva, but not identical.
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^ Conclusion -- to interpret Brahman (the ultimate reality) as a kind of god who may become manifest if one meditates upon him.
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[42] .The Upanishads state that whoever becomes fully aware of the ātman as the innermost core of one's own self realizes an identity with Brahman and thereby reaches moksha (liberation or freedom).^ "Autonomy has to do with a sense of one's own identity.

^ There is one Brahman which is Truth’s self.
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^ It meant self realization in freedom from Karma.
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[40][43]
.Dualistic schools (see Dvaita and Bhakti) understand Brahman as a Supreme Being who possesses personality, and they worship him or her thus, as Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva, or Shakti, depending upon the sect.^ My concern is that our disagreements are a matter of degree and yet they are very important differences (and I am concerned because you seem not to be able to see those differences, acknowledge those differences and understand those differences).
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^ It is just one person’s subjective idea opposed to another with the victor being the one who can amass the most votes in favor of his/her side or the one who can voluntarily conscript the most opposition.
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^ Maybe his witnesses (the men traveling with him) can back up his story, let's see what they saw.
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.The ātman is dependent on God, while moksha depends on love towards God and on God's grace.^ You need God’s grace to respond because of your hatred towards Him.
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^ Because of God's love and grace, Deity came to earth in the form of man (Jesus) and died as a sacrifice to pay the penalty of man's sins.
  • Hinduism and Christianity: Hindu Teaching or the Bible? 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.gospelway.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Notice how Paul considers them together: "The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you" (2 Cor.
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[44] .When God is viewed as the supreme personal being (rather than as the infinite principle), God is called Ishvara ("The Lord"[45]), Bhagavan ("The Auspicious One"[45]) or Parameshwara ("The Supreme Lord"[45]).^ Timmy, you were the one who labeled it inconsistent, and you were the one who is unable to give a standard that is anything other than you own personal feelings and preferences.
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^ Rather than a sign of God’s blessing, material wealth is treated as a sign that someone isn’t heeding God’s will.
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^ God is infinite and we get to perceive only glimpses of Him in many ways as He reveals Himself in different ways to different persons."
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[41] .However interpretations of Ishvara vary, ranging from non-belief in Ishvara by followers of Mimamsakas, to identifying Brahman and Ishvara as one, as in Advaita.^ This reading list cannot claim to list them all; however, we can identify some of the largest ones.
  • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

^ But fortunately we are Identified as Buddhists because we have a philosophy to follow without a belief in a God or Gods and wonders.
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[41] .In the majority of traditions of Vaishnavism he is Vishnu, God, and the text of Vaishnava scriptures identify this Being as Krishna, sometimes referred to as svayam bhagavan.^ GUEPAS 05-18-2007, 02:25 PM The institutionalization of God, through texts, scriptures, and any other form of indoctrination, is religion.
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^ The institutionalization of God, through texts, scriptures, and any other form of indoctrination, is religion.
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^ They are mostly spoken of in Scripture in reference to possession; but in ( Ephesians 6:12 ) find them sharing the enmity to God and are ascribed in various lights.
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There are also schools like the Samkhya which have atheistic leanings.[46]

Devas and avatars

Krishna (left), the eighth incarnation (avatar) of Vishnu or svayam bhagavan, with his consort Radha, worshiped as Radha Krishna across a number of traditions - traditional painting from the 1700s.
.The Hindu scriptures refer to celestial entities called Devas (or devī in feminine form; devatā used synonymously for Deva in Hindi), "the shining ones", which may be translated into English as "gods" or "heavenly beings".[47] The devas are an integral part of Hindu culture and are depicted in art, architecture and through icons, and mythological stories about them are related in the scriptures, particularly in Indian epic poetry and the Puranas.^ The source of the conflict is the animal sacrifices, which form an integral part of some of their rituals.

^ Surely the time has come to purge the earth of this criminal insanity, and establish the kingdom of our Heavenly Father on earth as the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the true brotherhood of man being one and the same.

^ It was translated from its original hieroglyphic text into the English language by several Europeans since the latter part of the 19th Century A.D. The easiest one to read is called.."The" (Egyptian) "Book of the Dead."

.They are, however, often distinguished from Ishvara, a supreme personal god, with many Hindus worshiping Ishvara in a particular form as their iṣṭa devatā, or chosen ideal.^ They had altars and objects to worship many different gods.
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^ Would they worship a Negro God?

^ Do Hindus worship one God or many?
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[48][49] The choice is a matter of individual preference,[50] and of regional and family traditions.[50]
.Hindu epics and the Puranas relate several episodes of the descent of God to Earth in corporeal form to restore dharma to society and to guide humans to moksha. Such an incarnation is called an avatar. The most prominent avatars are of Vishnu and include Rama (the protagonist in Ramayana) and Krishna (a central figure in the epic Mahabharata).^ In the Yorb cosmos, instantiations of evil are the handiwork of natural beings (such as humans) and supernatural beings (such as the anti-gods, Ajogun , who attacked rnml in the If poem above).

^ For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
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^ Epiphany was traditionally a Christian feast to celebrate the 'shining forth' or revelation of God to humanity in human form, in the person of Jesus Christ.
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Karma and samsara

.Karma translates literally as action, work, or deed,[51] and can be described as the "moral law of cause and effect".[52] According to the Upanishads an individual, known as the jiva-atma, develops sanskaras (impressions) from actions, whether physical or mental.^ No justice for what ever you can get away with, no accountability for any inhumanity you have committed, whether verbally, physically, mentally or morally.
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^ In Nichiren Buddhism, accountability is achieved by telling people that all their actions, good and bad, will eventually come back to them as effects, whether later in this lifetime or in a future lifetime.

^ "Humans can reflect on their own desires, actions, and beliefs and understand cause and effect.
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.The linga sharira, a body more subtle than the physical one but less subtle than the soul, retains impressions, carrying them over into the next life, establishing a unique trajectory for the individual.^ More than one version?
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^ But evil is far more subtle than this.

^ A person can be more than a body.
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[53] .Thus, the concept of a universal, neutral, and never-failing karma intrinsically relates to reincarnation as well as to one's personality, characteristics, and family.^ God remain constant and is of no respect to any particular person, yet there are particular persons that is of respect to God and in so being should be particular about God, the one and only constant in the Universe and beyond.

^ I agree that the label athiest is not a good one (as if any lable is) mostly because (as Richard Dawkins has pointed out) it labels a person in relation to that which he/her considers nonexistant.
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^ And when he said, “As “atheists” we give others, and even ourselves, the sense that we are well on our way toward purging the universe of mystery,” I was stumped, because I never sensed that that about atheists.
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Karma binds together the notions of free will and destiny.
.This cycle of action, reaction, birth, death and rebirth is a continuum called samsara.^ Our lives eternally go through a cycle of Birth, Maturity, Decline, and Death.

^ But I cannot accept the birth, suffering, death, mantra .......futility indeed--and repeat the cycle every generation.
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.The notion of reincarnation and karma is a strong premise in Hindu thought.^ [Credits : Acquired from Vast Video] Learn about the basic principles and goals of Hinduism, including reincarnation and karma.
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^ Hindus believe in one transcendent Supreme Being, reincarnation and karma.
  • Hinduism: a guide to U.S. experts and organizations | ReligionLink 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.religionlink.com [Source type: Academic]

^ The Theosophical Society under Dr. Besant's guidance spread the fundamental principles of the Hindu religion - Karma, Reincarnation, Yoga and spiritual evolution.
  • An Introduction to Hinduism 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.uni-giessen.de [Source type: Original source]

The Bhagavad Gita states that:
As a person puts on new clothes and discards old and torn clothes,
similarly an embodied soul enters new material bodies, leaving the old bodies.(B.G. 2:22)[54]
.Samsara provides ephemeral pleasures, which lead people to desire rebirth so as to enjoy the pleasures of a perishable body.^ The covetous and ambitious desires allured by power distance the spirit from the body and close off the heart from higher influences, leading to actions contrary to justice and disasters.
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^ It says that he desires to lead people astray (Surah 6:39, 126; 43:36-37).
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^ The cause of suffering: The desire which leads to renewed existence (rebirth) (the cycle of samsara) The cessation of suffering: The cessation of desire .
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.However, escaping the world of samsara through moksha is believed to ensure lasting happiness and peace.^ However, it is not "testimony alone" that persuades a believer to accept a miracle as valid, it’s the philosophical assumptions within the framework of an accepted (as opposed to a fringe view) world view.

^ The Qur'an is the final Book of Divine Guidance, revealed by Allah through His Last Prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him).

^ I pray for peace throughout the world and the happiness of all living beings.

[55][56] .It is thought that after several reincarnations, an atman eventually seeks unity with the cosmic spirit (Brahman/Paramatman).^ Life is evil and obscures our real unity with Brahman-Atman -- we must seek deliverance from its traps and not follow outward pleasures or look for anything enduring among things unstable.
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^ According to his philosophy, which is a type of Bhedabhedavada, that is, the theory of the Absolute as Unity-in- difference, Brahman or the Absolute has transformed itself into the world of matter and spirit.
  • An Introduction to Hinduism 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.uni-giessen.de [Source type: Original source]

^ By achieving awareness of our atman and its unity with Brahman, we attain not only happiness, but also moksha , or liberation.
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.The ultimate goal of life, referred to as moksha, nirvana or samadhi, is understood in several different ways: as the realization of one's union with God; as the realization of one's eternal relationship with God; realization of the unity of all existence; perfect unselfishness and knowledge of the Self; as the attainment of perfect mental peace; and as detachment from worldly desires.^ God is the source of all life and intelligence.
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^ God is the author of all knowledge.
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^ Life came from the eternal living God.
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.Such realization liberates one from samsara and ends the cycle of rebirth.^ To be truly delusional, one would have to be delusional about much of reality, not simply an experience such as the one I am describing.
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^ The modern 'standard' scientific version of the origin of life on earth is one such idea, and we would be wise to check its real merit with great care.
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^ The invocation of such force starts and ends from the same source… YOU are the center of existence…reality…perception .

[57][58]
.The exact conceptualization of moksha differs among the various Hindu schools of thought.^ Within Hinduism there are various schools of thought, which Hindu scholars have systematized in different ways.
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^ Various schools of thought have explained this in different ways.
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^ Various schools have contributed to Hindu thought, each school with a different emphasis.
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.For example, Advaita Vedanta holds that after attaining moksha an atman no longer identifies itself with an individual but as identical with Brahman in all respects.^ He said, "I am no longer interested in all that."
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^ There were the greatest of all adepts who by taking the road of Chuang Tzu and Lao Tzu renounced personal immortality for the higher state identified with Tao itself where no corporal containment was possible.
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^ The liberation of the individual jīva occurs when it undoes the error of superimposition, and no longer identifies itself with a body, or a particular person with a natural history, but with Brahman .
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.The followers of Dvaita (dualistic) schools identify themselves as part of Brahman, and after attaining moksha expect to spend eternity in a loka (heaven),[59] in the company of their chosen form of Ishvara.^ If you reject Jesus and the salvation He made possible -- and follow Islam, your entire salvation (where you will spend eternity) is at stake.
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Thus, it is said that the followers of dvaita wish to "taste sugar", while the followers of Advaita wish to "become sugar".[60]

Objectives of human life

Classical Hindu thought accepts the following objectives of human life, known as the puruṣārthas: dharma "righteousness, ethikos;" artha "livelihood, wealth;" kāma "sensual pleasure;" mokṣa "liberation, freedom (from samsara)".[61][62]

Yoga

A statue of Shiva in yogic meditation.
.In whatever way a Hindu defines the goal of life, there are several methods (yogas) that sages have taught for reaching that goal.^ How do we define the Christian way of life?
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^ Hinduism and all the sub religions originating from it are characterized by having a common goal, that of achieving divine bliss and they offer several paths for achieving this.
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^ But, owing to its vastness and riches, the origin of this ancient way of life, Hinduism cannot be ascribed to a single founder or a single time.
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Texts dedicated to Yoga include the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and, as their philosophical and historical basis, the Upanishads. Paths that one can follow to achieve the spiritual goal of life (moksha, samadhi or nirvana) include:
.An individual may prefer one or some yogas over others, according to his or her inclination and understanding.^ What is agility for one, may not be agility to an other.
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^ Other factors that may have been important to consider include ethnic backgrounds of state residents, according to Adamczyk, the City University of New York sociologist.
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^ In any case, it is important that we realize that two or more different concepts (revelations) may all have merit; all may shed light on important perspectives; but one may in fact be superior to the others, according to that which bears the most fruit of righteousness.

.Some devotional schools teach that bhakti is the only practical path to achieve spiritual perfection for most people, based on their belief that the world is currently in the Kali Yuga (one of four epochs which are part of the Yuga cycle).^ As well as teaching in mosques, the women will be able to support people in prisons, schools and hospitals.
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^ Into this new church other peoples of the world, for they only await the resurrection of Europe to join and become citizens of the celestial kingdom.
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^ Some within the church are teachers or preachers who help others to grow spiritually by teaching them more of the truth (Eph.
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[64] .Practice of one yoga does not exclude others.^ What the hell does one have to do with the other?
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^ What does one have to do with the other?
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^ One does not need to know where morals originate to practice morality.
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.Many schools believe that the different yogas naturally blend into and aid other yogas.^ I believe in the one Eternal Source or Ultimate Reality, called by many names, which flows through all forms of nature and can be known through spiritual realization and experience.
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^ I believe man's natural spirituality is best expressed in loving and practical aid to his fellow man, rather than metaphysical inquiry (Humanitarianism).
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^ That is what I meant when I said that the best that we can hope for is to convert the soft believers into sort of abstract deists who see God as nature and that inner voice.
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.For example, the practice of jnana yoga, is thought to inevitably lead to pure love (the goal of bhakti yoga), and vice versa.^ The paths of karma yoga and jnana yoga lead to bhakti yoga.
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^ And vice versa, I like your blog!:) Sylwia, I love your work.

^ There are many examples of the cyclical nature of good deeds and thoughts, but as many examples of 'bad, evil' people leading privileged lives.
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[65] .Someone practicing deep meditation (such as in raja yoga) must embody the core principles of karma yoga, jnana yoga and bhakti yoga, whether directly or indirectly.^ The paths of karma yoga and jnana yoga lead to bhakti yoga.
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^ SMARTISM: Preparatory sadhanas are bhakti, karma, raja yoga.
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^ The core of the practical import of the Yoga philosophy is what it calls the Astāṅga yoga (not to be confused with a tradition of physical yoga also called Astāṅga Yoga , popular in many yoga centers in recent times).
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[63][66]

Practices

The visarjan (nimarjan) ceremony of Lord Ganesha during the Chaturthi festival.
.Hindu practices generally involve seeking awareness of God and sometimes also seeking blessings from Devas.^ Being generally given to incontinence, polygamy , deeds of violence , and even to cannibalism, they have naturally attributed the same sentiments and practices to their gods.
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^ Yet a distinctively Kantian mode of engaging these questions can be articulated from the moral and anthropological focus he gives to his general treatment of God, faith and religious practice.
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^ Similarly, when a person seeks after God according to Hinduism, becomes One with God when he attains salvation.
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.Therefore, Hinduism has developed numerous practices meant to help one think of divinity in the midst of everyday life.^ I don't think I've met anyone who's life was one hundred percent evil.

^ I think we're connected, as cultural beings, to a plethora of attachments and baggage; seems perfectly reasonable if one can be a non-practicing Jew that one can also be a non-practicing Catholic.
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^ I think Buddhist practice helps you at work because it unleashes your Buddha wisdom and life force.

Hindus can engage in pūjā (worship or veneration),[45] either at home or at a temple. .At home, Hindus often create a shrine with icons dedicated to their chosen form(s) of God.^ One of the shrines in the Kaaba was also dedicated to the Hindu Creator God, Brahma ...

^ Hindus have represented God in innumerable forms.
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^ Hinduism is often labeled as a religion of 330 million gods.
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.Temples are usually dedicated to a primary deity along with associated subordinate deities though some commemorate multiple deities.^ Though we tend to associate the concept of nonviolence with ancient Asian thought, some of the most notable instances of nonviolent political action have occurred in the West during this century .
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^ Some Jaina idols are said to have been broken in Gujarat, though Akbar later on sent a firmn to the governor asking him to protect the Jaina temples from further injury.
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^ According to Hasmukh Shah, a member of the Board of Trustees, he and many of the members of the temple are members of the Gujarati Samaj of New York, though a formal association between the temple and the Samaj does not exist.
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.Visiting temples is not obligatory,[67] and many visit temples only during religious festivals.^ I was only drawing to your attention the fact that debates with anti-theists/atheists has never ever been brought to a conclusion although debates have been carried on by many religious scholars for many centuries.
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^ Only when we reclaim our history will we be able to see that the origins of many religious ideas are African.

^ An inscription of 1134 A.D., in the Jaina temple of Sheragarh, records how a great festival of the Jaina Trthnkara of Nemintha was celebrated at the new Chaitya during the reign of Naravarman.
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Hindus perform their worship through icons (murtis). .The icon serves as a tangible link between the worshiper and God.^ Mecca might be real after all, serving as saints or angels to mediate between God and man .

^ "They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator - who is forever praised.
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^ Thus all humankind was held in darkness concerning the only direct link between their souls and the Pure and Perfect Mind of God the Creator himself.

[68] .The image is often considered a manifestation of God, since God is immanent.^ This short introductory book reveals the secrets of this complex form in all its manifestations: symbol of the universe, image of God and aid to inner peace.

^ Since man was made in the image and likeness of God, [96] the philosopher could comprehend himself by obtaining an intellectual knowledge of his Creator.
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^ Hindus worship of images and idols is not idolatry, since Hindus do not consider the images and idols as God, but symbols of God.
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The Padma Purana states that the mūrti is not to be thought of as mere stone or wood but as a manifest form of the Divinity.[69] .A few Hindu sects, such as the Ārya Samāj, do not believe in worshiping God through icons.^ Only a few of the miracles of Jesus are recounted in the four Gospels, but they are "written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name" (Jn.
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^ Walk into a catholic church and tell them that they believe in the same God as the Hindus, but just from a different perspective.
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^ For me, I don't need such evidence to believe the global flood happened, for I trust everything that God says, and the Bible alone is enough evidence for me.Good arguments in this thread?
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.Hinduism has a developed system of symbolism and iconography to represent the sacred in art, architecture, literature and worship.^ Other sacred literature, especially the Hindu epics, may be more popular with readers, but the Vedas, written in Sanskrit, are the oldest and most respected scriptures.
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^ The four Vedas constitute the most important body of sacred Hindu literature, at least in theory.
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^ Vivekananda, a representative Hindu product of India’s new English-language education system, became a devotee of Ramakrishna and renounced the world after the priest’s death.
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.These symbols gain their meaning from the scriptures, mythology, or cultural traditions.^ All people find personal meaning by situating their personal narrative in (or occasionally against) a larger cultural tradition, and that is religion's franchise.
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^ These materials may be of interest to those studying Taoism, the history of Chinese science, and comparable traditions in other cultures."
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^ These claims are based on subjective beliefs and traditions that are as fallacious as Greek mythology.
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.The syllable Om (which represents the Parabrahman) and the Swastika sign (which symbolizes auspiciousness) have grown to represent Hinduism itself, while other markings such as tilaka identify a follower of the faith.^ Like the Choku Rei Symbol and the Prayer Wheel the swastika represents the spiral flows of energy around a central stem.
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^ Jim Powell's " Deconstruction for Beginners " contains a nice description of how Taoism and Buddhism undermined the traditional religiosity of Hinduism and other logocentric faiths.
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^ The following is a copy of an email I received from a Miyka'el ben Yisra'el as spiritual evidence and a strong sign of such hope: .

Hinduism associates many symbols, which include the lotus, chakra and veena, with particular deities.
.Mantras are invocations, praise and prayers that through their meaning, sound, and chanting style help a devotee focus the mind on holy thoughts or express devotion to God/the deities.^ The Holy Spirit is also God, that is, deity, or divine.
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^ It is through man's sense of thought that the Church of Smyrna receives knowledge of and from God that is processed into forming the intelligence through which it gives life to the other churches.

^ In Independent Nichiren Buddhism, the Eightfold Path consists of chanting the mantra and sutra to the mandala, study, and helping other people.

.Many devotees perform morning ablutions at the bank of a sacred river while chanting the Gayatri Mantra or Mahamrityunjaya mantras.^ We see Haridwar and the Hindu arati ceremony there at dusk on the banks of the River Ganges where crowds of thousands view the sacred flame and chant the songs of enlightenment.
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[citation needed] The epic Mahabharata extols Japa (ritualistic chanting) as the greatest duty in the Kali Yuga (what Hindus believe to be the current age)..December 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] Many adopt Japa as their primary spiritual practice.^ Many people nowadays are spiritually inclined, but take a broad inclusive view to religion, believing that a variety of religious traditions and practices all have some validity.
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^ This cycle of spiritual and natural events has many practical consequences for the treatment and control of smallpox in Yorbland.

[citation needed]

Rituals

Traditional diyas and other prayer items during a Hindu wedding ceremony.
.The vast majority of Hindus engage in religious rituals on a daily basis.^ The wedding rituals of a Hindu-Sikh couple honor the religious traditions of both.
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[70] Most Hindus observe religious rituals at home.[71] but observation of rituals greatly vary among regions, villages, and individuals. .Devout Hindus perform daily chores such as worshiping at dawn after bathing (usually at a family shrine, and typically includes lighting a lamp and offering foodstuffs before the images of deities), recitation from religious scripts, singing devotional hymns, meditation, chanting mantras, reciting scriptures etc.^ Traditional Yorb society operated on a four day week, and as such there is no fifth day that is "set apart for the worship of the Deity".

^ Keep in mind that a lot of the "mumbo jumbo" (mantras, deity worship, statues, etc) are for inspiration.
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^ Building temples, feeding groups of monks, worship of the Jaina images and celebration of festivals formed the time-honoured mode of showing religious zeal.
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[71] .A notable feature in religious ritual is the division between purity and pollution.^ Requirements of ritual purity may seem to restrict a woman's access to religious life, but are viewed as concessions.

.Religious acts presuppose some degree of impurity or defilement for the practitioner, which must be overcome or neutralised before or during ritual procedures.^ In the disorganized times during and after World War II they acted in political and military roles, often largely controlling some provinces.

^ Before leaving this subject I must guard against some possible misunderstandings: .
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^ Recent scholarship is moving toward a consensus that the persons who developed and collected the teachings of the DDJ played some role in civil administration, but they may also have been practitioners of ritual arts and what we would call religious rites.
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.Purification, usually with water, is thus a typical feature of most religious action.^ I generally feel a sense of solidarity with most atheists, but they usually dismiss me as a religious moron right out of the gate.
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^ The view that fear is in most instances the spring of religious action is untenable.
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^ Secularization is thus very limited in scope, for as Peter Berger (2001) observes, most of the world is bubbling with religious passions.
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[71] .Other characteristics include a belief in the efficacy of sacrifice and concept of merit, gained through the performance of charity or good works, that will accumulate over time and reduce sufferings in the next world.^ Exploring Islam explains the basic fundamental beliefs of the Islamic way of life and how Islam is associated with the world's other leading religions.

^ Others will find much more value in almost any other work on Taoism, for founding history and a good background of Taoism's early development go with Elements of Taoism (Martin Palmer).
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^ I think Bernie Bee made some very good points, and his central point, that religions view pain and suffering as "we have to go through Hell to get to Heaven", was spot on!
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[71] .Vedic rites of fire-oblation (yajna) are now only occasional practices, although they are highly revered in theory.^ Arab_Persian_Al-Razi 05-18-2007, 05:50 PM GUEPAS, If they present evidence for a theory, then its obviously not a theory anymore, now is it.
  • The real God is HOLY [Archive] - Lebanese Forces Official Forums 20 September 2009 1:46 UTC www.lebanese-forces.org [Source type: Original source]

^ "Now this is eternal life: that they may KNOW You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent."
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^ So now the only reason they would leave is if they are no longer in love.
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.In Hindu wedding and burial ceremonies, however, the yajña and chanting of Vedic mantras are still the norm.^ We see Haridwar and the Hindu arati ceremony there at dusk on the banks of the River Ganges where crowds of thousands view the sacred flame and chant the songs of enlightenment.
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^ A Hindu wedding consists of ceremonies performed over several days, culminating in the joining of the bride and groom.
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^ The mass wedding ceremony, however, was attended by only the grooms and the brides' guardians who had arranged the matches.
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[72] The rituals, upacharas, change with time. .For instance, in the past few hundred years some rituals, such as sacred dance and music offerings in the standard Sodasa Upacharas set prescribed by the Agama Shastra, were replaced by the offerings of rice and sweets.^ Worship in temples consists of prayer and puja before images of the tirthankaras ; the devotee circumambulates the image, chants sacred verses and makes offerings of flowers, sandalwood paste, rice, sweets and incense.

^ In contrast to what Guru Arjan achieved 400 hundred years ago, some modern scholars/writers indulge in plagiarism, manipulation, deception and hypocrisy.
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^ Gynecologists say that in the past few years, more Muslim women are seeking certificates of virginity to provide proof to others.
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.Occasions like birth, marriage, and death involve what are often elaborate sets of religious customs.^ I have set up this page in order to facilitate our students and other people interested in the Internet to built their own view of the situation and the religious tradition involved."
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^ The Death Penalty in America 19 Dec 07 Religious communities have been deeply involved on both sides of the capital punishment issue.
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^ All the Sikh ceremonies like birth, baptism, marriage and death, are simple, inexpensive and have a religious tone.
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.In Hinduism, life-cycle rituals include Annaprashan (a baby's first intake of solid food), Upanayanam ("sacred thread ceremony" undergone by upper-caste children at their initiation into formal education) and Śrāddha (ritual of treating people to feasts in the name of the deceased).^ The complex religion that people developed later, with all its trappings, incorporating the experiences and beliefs of those that came after Buddha, is a human attempt to translate Buddha’s teachings into a basis for society (that was rooted in Hindu traditions) and the life of the ordinary human being who needs images and rituals as part of his life.
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^ While I have no doubt that the Amish are mistreating their children, by not educating them adequately, they are not likely to hijack aircraft and fly them into buildings.
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^ But I think people want to go through these rituals, ceremonies and symbolic ways of expressing their love because it is something that makes them feel good.
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[73][74] .For most people in India, the betrothal of the young couple and the exact date and time of the wedding are matters decided by the parents in consultation with astrologers.^ When most people hear of the term abuse, they do not think about being slapped, being chilly, being ignored or, for that matter, having someone stare at you in the shower.
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^ This book describes the Buddhist idea of heaven and hell prevalent amongst the people of northern India at the time of Buddha and later incorporated in the Buddhist scriptures.

^ Naturalism is also the basis for how all people live their lives most of the time.

[73] .On death, cremation is considered obligatory for all except sanyasis, hijra, and children under five[75].^ And an alarming number of over 4.3 Muslim children worldwide under the age of five die every year.
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Cremation is typically performed by wrapping the corpse in cloth and burning it on a pyre.

Pilgrimage and festivals

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a prime festival of Hinduism. Shown here are traditional Diyas that are often lit during Diwali
.Pilgrimage is not mandatory in Hinduism, though many adherents undertake them[76] Hindus recognise several Indian holy cities, including Allahabad, Haridwar, Varanasi, and Vrindavan.^ He demanded that Ganga Sagar, a place of Hindu pilgrimage, be declared a holy place like Haridwar, and that the Left Front government in West Bengal should respect the sentiments of the Hindus and take steps to ban non-vegetarian food at the holy site.
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^ He built twenty Jaina temples of the Trthakaras at Sammeda ikhara and led pilgrimage to this holy place several times.
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Notable temple cities include Puri, which hosts a major Vaishnava Jagannath temple and Rath Yatra celebration; Tirumala - Tirupati, home to the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple; and Katra, home to the Vaishno Devi temple. The four holy sites Puri, Rameswaram, Dwarka, and Badrinath (or alternatively the Himalayan towns of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Gangotri, and Yamunotri) compose the Char Dham (four abodes) pilgrimage circuit. .The Kumbh Mela (the "pitcher festival") is one of the holiest of Hindu pilgrimages that is held every four years; the location is rotated among Allahabad, Haridwar, Nashik, and Ujjain.^ Four babies are born every minute, only eight of 100 are planned, 20 are unwanted and some 400,000 fetuses are aborted every year.
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^ Four babies are born every minute or almost two million a year.
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^ Every year 17,000 women die due to pregnancy-related complications and one child in four does not reach his/her fifth birthday.
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.Another important set of pilgrimages are the Shakti Peethas, where the Mother Goddess is worshipped, the two principal ones being Kalighat and Kamakhya.^ The two have nothing to do with one another.
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^ It is just one person’s subjective idea opposed to another with the victor being the one who can amass the most votes in favor of his/her side or the one who can voluntarily conscript the most opposition.
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^ One cannot eat or die for another human being.
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.Hinduism has many festivals throughout the year.^ The Hindus, according to him, were Spinozists more than 2,000 years before the advent of Spinoza, Darwinians many centuries before Darwin.
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^ Many years back I had certain silly notions about Hindus.

^ But most of these invaders acculturized themselves in a few years after their coming and many of their kings embraced either Buddhism or Hinduism.
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The Hindu calendar usually prescribe their dates. .The festivals typically celebrate events from Hindu mythology, often coinciding with seasonal changes.^ These distinctions are not rigid and generally all Hindus participate and celebrate all these festivals.
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^ Less common, but often drawing many more devotees, are the temple's celebrations of festivals.
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^ A festival was held by Deala, Samar Shh's father to celebrate this event.
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.There are festivals which are primarily celebrated by specific sects or in certain regions of the Indian subcontinent.^ Suppose there is a specific species of herbivores which has occupied a certain habitat for thousands or hundreds of thousands of years.
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.Some widely observed Hindu festivals are Maha Shivaratri, Holi, Ram Navami, Krishna Janmastami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dussera, Durga Puja and Diwali.^ Ankh, Sword in the Stone, Squaring the Circle, Tree of Life, The Holy Trinity, The Hindu Trimurthy, Vishnu/Krishna and Son/Christ, Shivalingam, Kundalini Key!!
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Scriptures

The Rig Veda is one of the oldest religious texts. This Rig Veda manuscript is in Devanagari
.Hinduism is based on "the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times".[77][78] The scriptures were transmitted orally in verse form to aid memorization, for many centuries before they were written down.^ They have all been answered many times.
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^ They were fulfilled centuries after they were first written.
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^ Which will be different for every time, for every person, for every situation.
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[79] Over many centuries, sages refined the teachings and expanded the canon. .In post-Vedic and current Hindu belief, most Hindu scriptures are not typically interpreted literally.^ This entire, very sobering, article is posted and reviewed here , and we have a most revealing quote from this review about Lewontin’s a priori materialistic belief.
  • Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC creation.com [Source type: Original source]

^ Other sacred literature, especially the Hindu epics, may be more popular with readers, but the Vedas, written in Sanskrit, are the oldest and most respected scriptures.
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^ The relationship could be due to the fact that communities with such religious beliefs (a literal interpretation of the Bible, for instance) may frown upon contraception, researchers say.
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.More importance is attached to the ethics and metaphorical meanings derived from them.^ The doctrine which assumed great importance later - that custom has the force of law - is also exemplified by the twofold meaning, in Panini's Astadhyayi, attached to Dharma.
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^ But the word Kurmayaee literally means the coming or the meeting of the parents of both the boy and the girl, and this shows the importance attached to the union of the two families.
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^ That I don't believe in God.The humanist bit means,according to my dictionary,"attaching greater importance to human rather than divine,or supernatural matters."
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[80] .Most sacred texts are in Sanskrit.^ The Tao Te Ching The Tao te Ching is one of the most widely read sacred texts, due to its simplicity and depth.
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^ Other sacred literature, especially the Hindu epics, may be more popular with readers, but the Vedas, written in Sanskrit, are the oldest and most respected scriptures.
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.The texts are classified into two classes: Shruti and Smriti.^ Hindu scriptures can be classified into two types: shruti and smriti .
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^ Our investigation will focus on two main themes: the role of the I Ching in the discussion of Confucian-Shinto relations and the project of transforming the text from a Confucian classic into a Shinto text.
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^ The world was divided into two classes, Muslims and others, and only Islam counted...Indeed the general feeling was that the leavings of the Muslims were good enough for the dhimmis.
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Shruti

Shruti (lit: that which is heard)[81] primarily refers to the Vedas, which form the earliest record of the Hindu scriptures. .While many Hindus revere the Vedas as eternal truths revealed to ancient sages (Ṛṣis),[78] some devotees do not associate the creation of the Vedas with a god or person.^ We believe the revealed truth of God instead.
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^ In the Old Testament (Exodus 34:6) the real God revealed Himself as " merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth ".
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^ Therefore, this intelligence reveals that fulfillment of the Law of Love is a prerequisite to becoming one with the Pure and Perfect Mind of God the Creator himself, and one with the Creation of the Universe, which is Eternal Life.

.They are thought of as the laws of the spiritual world, which would still exist even if they were not revealed to the sages.^ They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
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^ But under Brazilian law they were Brazilians even so.
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^ She said they had been in love and she thought they would marry, but their relationship petered out after he failed to leave the priesthood.
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[77][82][83] .Hindus believe that because the spiritual truths of the Vedas are eternal, they continue to be expressed in new ways.^ They are ways of expressing the sense th...
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^ The reason why heaven and earth are able to endure and continue thus long is because they do not live of, or for, themselves.
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^ But I am not going to accept that they are better because you happen to believe it.
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[84]
There are four Vedas (called Ṛg-, Sāma-, Yajus- and Atharva-). .The Rigveda is the first and most important Veda.^ The book is considered the most important document ever published and it reveals God's true identity for the first time in human history.

[85] .Each Veda is divided into four parts: the primary one, the Veda proper, being the Saṃhitā, which contains sacred mantras.^ The Yorb conception of personhood divides a person into two parts: the body, and the soul.

^ This advance into new territory has the ability to unify to integrate the mother, the father and all the internal children into one energetic, soul infused and peaceful being.
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^ Since one of my posts kept getting rejected and it had absolutely nothing to do with my language or content, I thought perhaps it was due to length, so I am going to divide this one up into two parts and see if it accepts them.
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.The other three parts form a three-tier ensemble of commentaries, usually in prose and are believed to be slightly later in age than the Saṃhitā.^ Although btl, just as the other gods, is lesser than Oldmar, it is quite clear from If poems that three divinities have always co-existed with Oldmar.

^ I believe you can experience a connectedness---somehow our brains are wired to experience this---just as we are wired to experience other phenomenon like love, compassion....this is after all, part of being human."
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^ According to some Heracles was the only person to steal the apples, other than Perseus , although Athena later returned the apples to their rightful place in the garden.
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These are: the Brāhmaṇas, Āraṇyakas, and the Upanishads. .The first two parts were subsequently called the Karmakāṇḍa (ritualistic portion), while the last two form the Jñānakāṇḍa (knowledge portion).^ This is part of the first amendment called the establishment clause.
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^ I agree with the last part, the first part is still a mystery.
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^ I agree with the last part, the first part is still a mystery.'
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[86] .While the Vedas focus on rituals, the Upanishads focus on spiritual insight and philosophical teachings, and discuss Brahman and reincarnation.^ The most significant doctrine expressed in the Vedas and the Upanishads (the first philosophical explorations of Hinduism) is that Reality is One or Absolute, changeless, perfect and eternal, Brahman.
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^ His teachings on ethical, spiritual, and philosophical problems are fairly well known.
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^ These lofty teachings of the Vedas and Upanishads had to be clothed in symbolism, and presented in allegories.
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[80][87][88]

Smritis

The Naradeya Purana describes the mechanics of the cosmos. Depicted here are Vishnu with his consort Lakshmi resting on Shesha Nag. Narada and Brahma are also pictured.
.Hindu texts other than the Shrutis are collectively called the Smritis (memory).^ In many ways, labelling the other dharmic traditions as non-Hindu has a basis that derives more from politics than from philosophy.
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^ He has two concluding Books; the one containing a collation of various readings, and the other a collection of articles on the history and genius of Kwang-dze, and different passages of his Text.
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^ As part of the Mahabharata , the Bhagavad-Gita technically falls in the category of smriti rather than shruti .
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The most notable of the smritis are the epics, which consist of the Mahābhārata and the Rāmāyaṇa. .The Bhagavad Gītā is an integral part of the Mahabharata and one of the most popular sacred texts of Hinduism.^ One part of the Mahabharata , the Bhagavad-Gita, functions virtually as a text on its own in Hinduism.
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^ Such a thing is integral part of Hinduism.

^ "Why is most of the energy/matter seemingly dead, but this one tiny part of it is alive?
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It contains philosophical teachings from Krishna, an incarnation of Vishnu, told to the prince Arjuna on the eve of a great war. .The Bhagavad Gītā, spoken by Krishna, is described as the essence of the Vedas.[89] However Gita, sometimes called Gitopanishad, is more often placed in the Shruti, category, being Upanishadic in content.^ The Upanishads really form the essence of the Vedas.
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^ Brahma-Sutras In the Hindu philosophical tradition Vedanta means the essence of the Vedas, as described in the Upanishads, the Brahma-Sutras, and the Bhagavad Gita.
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^ Tai chi is often described as "meditation in motion," but it might well be called " medication in motion."
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[90] The Smritis also include the Purāṇas, which illustrate Hindu ideas through vivid narratives. .There are texts with a sectarian nature such as Devī Mahātmya, the Tantras, the Yoga Sutras, Tirumantiram, Shiva Sutras and the Hindu Āgamas.^ Freewill is an idea a concept, it is not a force a substance or an essences, there is no such thing as freewill in the natural (causal) world, and there cannot be unless you go supernatural.
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^ But equally there is such a thing as benefit of prayer, apart from whether it alters outcomes of the prayer request without a natural explanation.
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^ There is no such thing as freewill in the natural (causal) world, and there cannot be unless you go supernatural.
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A more controversial text, the Manusmriti, is a prescriptive lawbook which epitomizes the societal codes of the caste system.[citation needed]

History

Sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet is regarded as the spiritual abode of Shiva.
.The earliest evidence for prehistoric religion in India date back to the late Neolithic in the early Harappan period (5500–2600 BCE).^ The early dating of the manuscripts is significant too, for legend usually takes a longer period of time to be established, for the facts have to first be embellished...."
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^ It is this early period that he credits with shaping his sense of the inner unity of all religions and providing him with a permanent and inspiring vision of a world infused with the sacred.
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  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

^ The early dating of the manuscripts is significant too, for legend usually takes a longer period of time to be established, for the facts have to first be embellished.
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  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

[80][91] .The beliefs and practices of the pre-classical era (1500–500 BCE) are called the "historical Vedic religion". Modern Hinduism grew out of the Vedas, the oldest of which is the Rigveda, dated to 1700–1100 BCE.[92] The Vedas center on worship of deities such as Indra, Varuna and Agni, and on the Soma ritual.^ Indeed, this is the false foundation of practically all religions - the belief that we can 'understand' the world by prayer, worship or submission to an All-powerful God.
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^ AG religion is such a pure expression of Dawkinsian biology that the Christian God could almost be called Gene.
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^ The old Christian wisdom tended to enclose itself within a historical architecture of archaic religion and classical thought.
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.They performed fire-sacrifices, called yajña, and chanted Vedic mantras but did not build temples or icons.^ They do not worship, offer sacrifices, nor build temples for Oldmar.

^ It is true that the Muslim rulers were not in favour of erecting new temples, but at times, they gave their consent to the erection of new temples or did not object to the repair of old ones.
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^ Mantras Speech is born of tapas (austerity) and throughout the Vedic literature is related to Agni (fire).
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.December 2007" style="white-space:nowrap;">[citation needed] The oldest Vedic traditions exhibit strong similarities to Zoroastrianism and other Indo-European religions.^ Traditional African religion is the oldest religion in the world.

^ If on the other hand such spirituality is indeed practiced and tolerated, why not the same extended to other mystic traditions or religions?
  • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

^ That is to say, historically, the Europeans had no genesis of religion to claim as their own, other than what came up 'out of Africa', Christianity, which was brought to them by the so-called Jews.

[93]
.The major Sanskrit epics, Ramayana and Mahabharata, were compiled over a protracted period during the late centuries BCE and the early centuries CE. They contain mythological stories about the rulers and wars of ancient India, and are interspersed with religious and philosophical treatises.^ In addition, the major epics—the Ramayana and Mahabharata —received their present form.
  • Hinduism - Search View - ninemsn Encarta 19 November 2009 17:23 UTC au.encarta.msn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ This is the way of the ancient sage kings to bring about safety for the rulers and officials and to assure ample food and clothing for the people.
  • Ethics of Daoism and Mo-zi by Sanderson Beck 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.san.beck.org [Source type: Original source]

^ They were around during the events described, no twentieth century armchair liberal theologian was.
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The later Puranas recount tales about devas and devis, their interactions with humans and their battles against demons.
.Three major movements underpinned the naissance of a new epoch of Hindu thought: the advent and spread of Upanishadic, Jaina, and Buddhist philosophico-religious thought throughout the broader Indian landmass.^ At the center of the canon of Hindu texts is the Vedas, followed by a large body of literature of secondary religious importance, which largely derive their legitimacy from Vedic thought.
  • Hindu Philosophy [The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy] 11 January 2010 23:23 UTC www.iep.utm.edu [Source type: Original source]

^ I've sometimes thought about how Europe has lost its religious ferver, and I noticed that it wasn't because an atheist movement wiped it out.
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^ Finally, it is the synthetic vision of Indian philosophy which has made possible the intellectual and religious tolerance so pronounced in Indian thought throughout the ages.
  • An Introduction to Hinduism 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.uni-giessen.de [Source type: Original source]

[94] .Mahavira (24th Tirthankar of Jains) and Buddha (founder of Buddhism) taught that to achieve moksha or nirvana, one did not have to accept the authority of the Vedas or the caste system.^ Accepting the absolute authority of one messenger and one book is unscientific.
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^ Poverty, disease, hunger, war, caste system, killing in the streets to show whose version of "Ultimate Reality" is the right one.
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^ Dogen, one of the founders of zen buddhism in Japan, spent three years at Tien-tng in China, entering whole heartedly into zazen practice.
  • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

.Buddha went a step further and claimed that the existence of a Self/soul or God was unnecessary.^ Kant terms immortality and the existence of God “postulates” in order to distinguish them from the “ideas” of the soul and of God that rationalist metaphysics had made objects of theoretical proofs.
  • Kant's Philosophy of Religion (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC plato.stanford.edu [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ YOU: "By saying there is no permanent self, you are just seconding the atheist claim that there is no soul.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ He even went further, claiming to be the latest manifestation of God and teaching that his revelation superseded all previous revelations of God and manifestations of God on earth, including Muhammad, the Lord Jesus Christ and a host of other founders of world religions that he claimed were manifestations.
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[95] .Buddhism peaked during the reign of Asoka the Great of the Mauryan Empire, who unified the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BCE. After 200 CE several schools of thought were formally codified in Indian philosophy, including Samkhya, Yoga, Nyaya, Vaisheshika, Purva-Mimamsa and Vedanta.^ An inscription of 1134 A.D., in the Jaina temple of Sheragarh, records how a great festival of the Jaina Trthnkara of Nemintha was celebrated at the new Chaitya during the reign of Naravarman.
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^ The Jaina temples at unascribed to the eleventh and twelfth centuries, appear to have been built during the reign of the later Paramra kings of Malwa.
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^ During their reign, the copies of the Jinadatta Charitra 515 and the Holireuk Charitra 516 were written respectively in 1549 and 1551 A.D. by the rvakas for presentation to Lalitakrti who visited this place.
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[96] .Charvaka, the founder of an atheistic materialist school, came to the fore in North India in the sixth century BCE.[97] Between 400 BCE and 1000 CE Hinduism expanded at the expense of Buddhism.^ Like Jainism and Buddhism earlier on, it tried to relax the rules in Hinduism and end the rivalry between Hinduism and Islam.

[98]
.Sanskritic culture went into decline after the end of the Gupta period.^ In the Gupta period, Jainism received no royal patronage, and therefore declined.
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.The early medieval Puranas helped establish a religious mainstream among the pre-literate tribal societies undergoing acculturation.^ Religious fanatics are bent on perverting the structure of society to conform to their rigid belief systems, which are based on literal interpretations of mythical literature.
  • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

^ Ascribing the long history of homophobia in mainstream society to religious influence alone isn't tenable.
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The tenets of Brahmanic Hinduism and of the Dharmashastras underwent a radical transformation at the hands of the Purana composers, resulting in the rise of a mainstream "Hinduism" that overshadowed all earlier traditions.[99]
.Though Islam came to India in the early 7th century with the advent of Arab traders and the conquest of Sindh, it started to become a major religion during the later Muslim conquest in the Indian subcontinent.^ Bernie if you believe anything that you yourself say about Islam, then you should know that the muslim populous are victims of that religion.
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^ It did not take long for the Plas to decline after Devapla in the twelfth century A.D. Before the advent of the Muslims, the Senas of Bengal built up their power in the twelfth century A.D., and finally destroyed the power of the Plas.
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^ During the thirteenth century the capital of the Sntaras was shifted to Kalasa, and later to Karkala in Tuluva.
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[97] .During this period Buddhism declined rapidly and many Hindus converted to Islam.^ When his end was near he had acquired a large following among the Hindus and also among some Muslims who had recently been converted to Islam at the point of the sword by the Sultans and Mughals who then were in power at Delhi.
  • Hindu Customs in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism - Socio-cultural Interchange between Religious Communities in India 14 January 2010 7:18 UTC www.hindubooks.org [Source type: Original source]

^ It could not be more clear exactly what Judaism, Christianity, Islam Hinduism, and Buddhism are.
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^ The reasons for this decline could be many but the principal one was to be the absence of royal patronage since the Gupta period, although there was no persecution either.
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.Numerous Muslim rulers such as Aurangzeb destroyed Hindu temples and persecuted non-Muslims; however some, such as Akbar, were more tolerant.^ Timmy, I was glad to see that you do question some of the more important matters of life, such as purpose and meaning!
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^ I have to agree with Gilbert: we need a MORE militant stance to fight institutionalized racism, classism and persecution of "non-Christians" in our own country and around the world.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
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^ It is appalling that some dishonest Muslim apologists actually have the audacity to dishonestly cheat non-Arabic speakers to such an extent.
  • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

.Hinduism underwent profound changes, in large part due to the influence of the prominent teachers Ramanuja, Madhva, and Chaitanya.^ Women are largely unaware of their rights, due in part to educational weaknesses and failure by governments to engage in public education campaigns.
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^ But what I'm saying is that for God to do anything, to have some awareness of what's going on, to be a part of it all, able to influence things, to create, whatever, then some aspect of Him must be capable of change, it must be part of the flow.
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[97] .Followers of the Bhakti movement moved away from the abstract concept of Brahman, which the philosopher Adi Shankara consolidated a few centuries before, with emotional, passionate devotion towards the more accessible avatars, especially Krishna and Rama.^ Granted, Schonborn was one of the most 'friendly' towards U.S. Intelligent Design partisans, but he was warned away from endorsing the movement.
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^ The original temple of Sambhavantha was probably built probably a few centuries before the birth of Christ.
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^ Women won’t have to be promiscuous, but if the norm changes toward promiscuity, then there will certainly be more “pressure” to follow the norm.
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[100]
.Indology as an academic discipline of studying Indian culture from a European perspective was established in the 19th century, led by scholars such as Max Müller and John Woodroffe.^ White Light (such as in European Intelligence) is the master in the study of the effects of Creation, but it can never master the study of the cause of Creation.

^ It would be the Europeans of the 15th through 19th centuries that wouild try to divorce Europe from its African origin and deny Africa any role in civilizing the world .

^ English language by many Europeans since the latter part of the 19th Century A.D. The easiest one to read is called...

.They brought Vedic, Puranic and Tantric literature and philosophy to Europe and the United States.^ They were in somewhat a similar situation to what we find ourselves in here in the United States.

.At the same time, societies such as the Brahmo Samaj and the Theosophical Society attempted to reconcile and fuse Abrahamic and Dharmic philosophies, endeavouring to institute societal reform.^ Much of contemporary African philosophy is impoverished because it fails to assess the conduct of institutions and individuals on the basis of the moral theories upheld by individuals in contemporary African societies.

^ Abstract This paper provides a philosophical assessment of two institutions and their practices: the institution of traditional medicine and the ethical issues generated by its practice; and, the institution of contemporary African philosophy and the relevance of its practice to African societies.

This period saw the emergence of movements which, while highly innovative, were rooted in indigenous tradition. They were based on the personalities and teachings of individuals, as with Shri Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi. .Prominent Hindu philosophers, including Sri Aurobindo and Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON), translated, reformulated and presented Hinduism's foundational texts for contemporary audiences in new iterations, attracting followers and attention in India and abroad.^ Judaica Press, NY. [A new, modern, traditional translation of text and classic commentaries, including all of Rashi, with Hebrew text.
  • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

^ Presents the Hebrew text and English translation of the Torah and the Haftorahs.
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^ [This popular Chumash presents the Hebrew text and English translation along with a commentary digest which presents midrashic, philosophical and literary interpretations by such commentators as Rashi, Ibn Ezra, Rambam, Sforno, Nachmanides and Gersonides.
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Others such as Swami Vivekananda, Paramahansa Yogananda, B.K.S. Iyengar and Swami Rama have also been instrumental in raising the profiles of Yoga and Vedanta in the West. .Today modern movements, such as ISKCON and the Swaminarayan Faith, attract a large amount of followers across the world.^ In this age of such highly advance science and technology, education has no doubt become the most universal exercise in faith known to modern man.

^ In his new book, Yoga Body: The Origins of Modern Posture Practice, he questions commonly held beliefs about the nature and origins of postural yoga and suggests a radically new way of understanding the meaning of yoga as it is practiced by millions of people across the world today.
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^ Publishers of a large amount of material dealing with the Reform movement.
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[101]

Society

Denominations

.Hinduism has no central doctrinal authority and many practising Hindus do not claim to belong to any particular denomination.^ Archbishop Lagdameo said no matter how many surveys claim the increasing support for family planning methods, the Church will never waver in its support for natural methods to plan families.
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^ Science has thrown doubt on many claims in the Bible in particular in relation to miracles and general decline in gross superstition.

^ There are no distinctive Bahá'í names, so many Indian Bahá'ís will be identified as Hindu or Muslim.
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[102] However, academics categorize contemporary Hinduism into four major denominations: Vaishnavism, Shaivism, Shaktism and Smartism. .The denominations differ primarily in the god worshipped as the Supreme One and in the traditions that accompany worship of that god.^ Do Hindus worship one God or many?
  • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

^ To paraphrase the atheist argument "the only difference is we've gone one god further" I've gone one choose further...
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^ While for some Hindus, while they worship many deities, they believe in the existence of one deity who is the most supreme.
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.Vaishnavas worship Vishnu as the supreme God; Shaivites worship Shiva as the supreme; Shaktas worship Shakti (power) personified through a female divinity or Mother Goddess, Devi; while Smartas believe in the essential oneness of five (panchadeva) or six (Shanmata, as Tamil Hindus add Skanda[103]) deities as personifications of the Supreme.^ Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."
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^ And we know that the definition of an atheist is "one who believes that God does not exist."
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^ YOU: "God can not be omniscient, and want his creation to believe in him, and have even one member of his creation doubt his existence for even a second."
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.The Western conception of what Hinduism is has been defined by the Smarta view; many Hindus, who may not understand or follow Advaita philosophy, in contemporary Hinduism, invariably follow the Shanmata belief worshiping many forms of God.^ To worship God you must have an accurate understanding of who He is.
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^ Christians worship God who came to earth in the form of a man.
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^ Without an accurate understanding of who He is, as He Himself has revealed Himself, we are guilty of worshiping false gods.
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.One commentator, noting the influence of the Smarta tradition, remarked that although many Hindus may not strictly identify themselves as Smartas but, by adhering to Advaita Vedanta as a foundation for non-sectarianism, are indirect followers.^ Do Hindus worship one God or many?
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^ It may be noted that the Hindus never gathered the courage to demolish this assumed piece of insult during last 400 years.

^ The Upanishadic thinkers considered themselves in the line of descent from Vedic seers, while the followers of Buddhism and Jainism tended to question Vedic authority, although they retained many concepts from the Vedas.
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[104]
.Other denominations like Ganapatya (the cult of Ganesha) and Saura (Sun worship) are not so widespread.^ His comparison of 'self-evidence', like the sun (for example), is ridiculous since we can measure the intensity, radiation, and many other factors of the sun.
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^ It's absurd TO YOU. His comparison of 'self-evidence', like the sun (for example), is ridiculous since we can measure the intensity, radiation, and many other factors of the sun.
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.There are movements that are not easily placed in any of the above categories, such as Swami Dayananda Saraswati's Arya Samaj, which rejects image worship and veneration of multiple deities.^ Since you have not reached the point of Nirvana you do not know whether there is such a point or place.
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^ It means that Rvaa worshipped the image of Prvantha at this place.
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^ A person can act deliberately to satisfy a known prophecy.There are no prophecies in the Bible that cannot easily fit into one or more of those categories.
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It focuses on the Vedas and the Vedic fire sacrifices (yajña).
The Tantric traditions have various sects, as Banerji observes:
Tantras are ... also divided as āstika or Vedic and nāstika or non-Vedic. In accordance with the predominance of the deity the āstika works are again divided as Śākta (Shakta), Śaiva (Shaiva), Saura, Gāṇapatya and Vaiṣṇava (Vaishnava).[105]
.As in every religion, some view their own denomination as superior to others.^ I think Bernie Bee made some very good points, and his central point, that religions view pain and suffering as "we have to go through Hell to get to Heaven", was spot on!
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^ For a person, such as you, who thrives on facts, insists on facts and uses facts incessantly to defend his own point of view, he ought to consider them as well, when others use them to argue their points.
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^ The writers against religion, whilst they oppose every system, are wisely careful never to set up any of their own.
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.However, many Hindus consider other denominations to be legitimate alternatives to their own.^ However, devotion to Confucian principles has led to a lack of consciousness by women who are either unaware of an alternate mode of behavior or consider any other lifestyle inappropriate.
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^ Despite a superficial resemblance to the rites of many theistic religions, however, these activities are neither prayers nor pleas for salvation directed towards a transcendent Other.
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^ For a person, such as you, who thrives on facts, insists on facts and uses facts incessantly to defend his own point of view, he ought to consider them as well, when others use them to argue their points.
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[citation needed] Heresy is therefore generally not an issue for Hindus.[106]

Ashramas

.Traditionally the life of a Hindu is divided into four Āshramas (phases or stages; unrelated meanings include monastery).^ Ashramas - four stages of life .
  • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

^ The 4 Ashramas (Stages of life) Traditionally, life of a person was divided into four stages viz.
  • Hindu Customs in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism - Socio-cultural Interchange between Religious Communities in India 14 January 2010 7:18 UTC www.hindubooks.org [Source type: Original source]

^ A Sanyasi was supposed to rise above the requirements of normal material life and devoted himself to the seeking of truth Society among the Hindus has been divided into four Varnas Brahmin (clergy), Kshatriya (nobility), Vaishya (traders and cultivators) and Shudra {menials).
  • Hindu Customs in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism - Socio-cultural Interchange between Religious Communities in India 14 January 2010 7:18 UTC www.hindubooks.org [Source type: Original source]

.The first part of one's life, Brahmacharya, the stage as a student, is spent in celibate, controlled, sober and pure contemplation under the guidance of a Guru, building up the mind for spiritual knowledge.^ One of the first things a Tai Chi student learns is circularity.
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^ One of the first things I learned when pushing hands is that tensing up offers the other person a marvelous means of manipulating me.
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^ This shows respect for the sanctity of human life, which is part of being one with the universal law.

.Grihastha is the householder's stage, in which one marries and satisfies kāma and artha in one's married and professional life respectively (see the goals of life).^ This shows respect for the sanctity of human life, which is part of being one with the universal law.

^ We may travel back to, see and fix one life problem in one of our past lives, but what about the other thousands of life-times, each with their own traumas, deaths and problems.
  • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

^ That is why the Gita has become a handbook for the Hindu, a kind of New Testament, because it is a teaching for the householder, the man living his ordinary life in the world, married and with children.
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.The moral obligations of a Hindu householder include supporting one's parents, children, guests and holy figures.^ The private nature of puja may arise from the extremely personal relationship that Hinduism nurtures with the divinity, as parent, friend, or other supportive person.
  • Hinduism - Search View - ninemsn Encarta 19 November 2009 17:23 UTC au.encarta.msn.com [Source type: Original source]

^ One instance of this is the ire against the constitution of India wherein the term 'Hindu' includes Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs.
  • Hindu Customs in Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism - Socio-cultural Interchange between Religious Communities in India 14 January 2010 7:18 UTC www.hindubooks.org [Source type: Original source]

^ Christianity offers support, and in fact the Holy Spirit is the one who does the change within you if you let him.
  • The Evil of Christianity | Progressive U 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.progressiveu.org [Source type: Original source]

Vānaprastha, the retirement stage, is gradual detachment from the material world. .This may involve giving over duties to one's children, spending more time in religious practices and embarking on holy pilgrimages.^ GAD: "One more time!
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^ One more time.
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^ One more time!
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.Finally, in Sannyāsa, the stage of asceticism, one renounces all worldly attachments to secludedly find the Divine through detachment from worldly life and peacefully shed the body for Moksha.^ Divination in Yorb culture is an attempt to make a connection with the spiritual world through one’s Or.

^ The key is basing ones existence on the 10th life state, Enlightenment, which allows all nine lower life states, such as Hell, to express their enlightened aspect.

^ Oldmar in Yorb theology cannot be all-knowing because Oldmar frequently consults If (i.e., the god of wisdom) for knowledge and advice through divination!

[107]

Monasticism

.Some Hindus choose to live a monastic life (Sannyāsa) in pursuit of liberation or another form of spiritual perfection.^ These blockages normally prevent people from growing spiritually and living a more harmonious and peaceful life.
  • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

^ ME: "God could not hold you accountable if you had lived a perfect life in submission to what He revealed as good.
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^ Unless an all energy life form could live in all the energy of our universe compressed to an infinite point and at infinite temperature.
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.Monastics commit themselves to a life of simplicity, celibacy, detachment from worldly pursuits, and the contemplation of God.^ Worshippers of Krishna were expected to neglect all worldly duties to devote themselves single-mindedly to the adoration of the god.
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^ You are dealing in worldly wisdom in your answers to the complexities of life, which is not wise at all for it has no base to attach itself to, if not to the solid and unchanging bases which is God,..."
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^ How easily the principle of ascetic detachment from the world may lead to a community life in which celibacy as observed, may be seen in the monastic systems that have prevailed not only among Buddhists, Essenes, and Christians, but also among the early Aztecs and Incas in the New World.
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[108] A Hindu monk is called a sanyāsī, sādhu, or swāmi. A female renunciate is called a sanyāsini. .Renunciates receive high respect in Hindu society because their outward renunciation of selfishness and worldliness serves as an inspiration to householders who strive for mental renunciation.^ The Hindu is not satisfied merely to accept Christ in theory, but he strives hard to live the life, which Jesus lived, to lead a life of renunciation, of self-control and of love to all.
  • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

^ "You hear it from your parents, from your teaches, from your peers and from those who are the respected intellectual elite of society; all of whom are subjective and limited in their understanding."
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^ It is the householder who sustains society whereas an ascetic is a parasite.
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.Some monastics live in monasteries, while others wander from place to place, trusting in God alone to provide for their needs.^ You've got the innocent child with some terrible disease, and God's up there saying, "I really need to test some people here.
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^ God has revealed Himself to us by His perfect, true, living Word and in order to hear what He says we need to correctly interpret that word.
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^ If a church is a manifestation of the living body of Christ, you can't have loose body parts all over the place: a congregation needs to congregate, in small groups and in large.

[109] It is considered a highly meritorious act for a householder to provide sādhus with food or other necessaries. .Sādhus strive to treat all with respect and compassion, whether a person may be poor or rich, good or wicked, and to be indifferent to praise, blame, pleasure, and pain.^ Mahavir attracted people from all walks of life: rich and poor, kings and commoners, men and women, princes and priests, touchables and untouchables.
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^ I have heard that a good merchant, though he have rich treasures safely stored, appears as if he were poor; and that the superior man, though his virtue be complete, is yet to outward seeming stupid.
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^ We also share many key social values in common; including a respect for knowledge and justice, compassion towards the poor and the underprivileged, and a respect for the importance of family life.

[108]

Varnas

Hindu society has traditionally been categorized into four classes, called Varnas (Sanskrit: "colour, form, appearance"):[45]
  • the Brahmins: teachers and priests;
  • the Kshatriyas: warriors, nobles, and kings;
  • the Vaishyas: farmers, merchants, and businessmen; and
  • the Shudras: servants and labourers.
.Hindus and scholars debate whether the so-called caste system is an integral part of Hinduism sanctioned by the scriptures or an outdated social custom.^ It is well known that Hinduism has been historically associated with the caste system in India .

^ Elements of their beliefs including the caste system, circumcision, magic, and witchcraft combined with the influence of the Osirian Mystery System of earlier epoch, produced Hinduism.

[110] Among the scriptures, the Shrutis do contain verses that mention the Varna system, but very sparingly and descriptively (i.e., not prescriptive). Indeed, the only verse in the Rigveda which mentions all four varnas is 10.90, the Purushasūkta. The other varnas, the Brahmā (i.e. Brahmins) and Rājanya (i.e. Kshatriyas) are mentioned separately in some other verses in the Rigveda (e.g. RV 10.80.1) and the other Vedas, and rarely in the Upanishads. .Some—definitely including most Smriti texts—have interpreted these as prescribing the division of society in the four varnas.^ We have the luxury of sitting at our computers, living in western societies, to exchange and debate these ideas because we live in countries that respect some of the most anti religious views ever played out in the history of mankind.
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^ All you are doing is ensuring that it will definitely not be you, who discovers some new idea about these questions that we currently do not have conclusive answers for.
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^ These are the lines Idowu interprets as the four days of creation.

A verse from the Rig Veda indicates that a person's occupation was not necessarily determined by that of his family:
."I am a bard, my father is a physician, my mother's job is to grind the corn."^ My father, a medical doctor by profession, was a disciple of Schopenhauer and Freud, and my mother was an ardent disciple of my father.
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^ Vis a vis Kaddish, I did have a man say kaddish for my mother (I don't know who said it for my father because I was very young when he passed away).
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^ Khaleda Begum laughs ] Khaleda Begum: Son, if my parents were not my own mother and father, I would have gone on cursing them till the end of my life.

(Rig Veda 9.112.3)[111]
.In the Vedic Era, there was no prohibition against the Shudras listening to the Vedas or participating in any religious rite, as was the case in the later times.^ There were no Samaritans at that time.
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^ There is no religious overtone to this whatsoever.
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^ There will be plenty of time to be dead later.
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[112] .Some mobility and flexibility within the varnas challenge allegations of social discrimination in the caste system, as has been pointed out by several sociologists.^ In other words Guru Nanaks philosophy challenged old religious traditions, and political, economic and social systems of his time.
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^ They accepted the authority of Vedas and Upanishads and all the doctrines and systems prescribed therein including the caste system and its social ramifications.
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^ After you disclose what you believe I will point out to you some of the evidences.
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[113][114]
.The Smritis, having interpreted the Vedic mentions of the varnas as prescriptive, clearly sanction the division of the society into the four varnas, and also mention various sub-divisions within these varnas, which would later emerge as the present birth-based caste system.^ Religious fanatics are bent on perverting the structure of society to conform to their rigid belief systems, which are based on literal interpretations of mythical literature.
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^ Now the fact is, if it hadnae been for that upstart Will Shakespeare having a hand in writing the Authorised Version o’ the Bible the lotta o’ ye would be speakin’ Scots these days!
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^ So indulge me as I enter into a duel conversation with the god within, as I engage on various level of consciousness.

.Many social reformers, including Mahatma Gandhi and B. R. Ambedkar, criticized caste discrimination.^ Many groups, including Reform, use him as a source because of this superiority.
  • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

[115] The religious teacher Sri Ramakrishna (1836–1886) taught that
"Lovers of God do not belong to any caste . . . . .A brahmin without this love is no longer a brahmin.^ So now the only reason they would leave is if they are no longer in love.
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^ (And remember this started out as a no-strings-attached relationship---x without love.
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^ Men don’t just cheat because one day they wake up and no longer are in love with their mate.
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.And a pariah with the love of God is no longer a pariah.^ I believe in infinity, and I call that power God, but I do not engage in the primitive ritual of worship and I am no longer blinded by the darkness of such spiritual cancers as churches.
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^ Since Adam’s sin, our wills are no longer free and unbiased; they have a propensity to do that which is evil in God’s sight and in that action man was no longer able to do that which is perfect.
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^ He is loved and venerated by Muslims, although in no manner to suggest that he is worshipped, for worship is to God alone.

Through bhakti (devotion to God) an untouchable becomes pure and elevated."[116]

Ahimsa and vegetarianism

.Hindus advocate the practice of ahiṃsā (non-violence) and respect for all life because divinity is believed to permeate all beings, including plants and non-human animals.^ All futures are made by human beings.

^ Level 3: Humans; plants and animals.

^ We define man's soul as being a divinely inspired sphere of knowledge, light (intelligence), life and energy retained in the mental, molecular, and motor activity of the human brain--until the transformation or of death of the brain.

[117] .The term ahiṃsā appears in the Upanishads,[118] the epic Mahabharata[119] and Ahiṃsā is the first of the five Yamas (vows of self-restraint) in Patanjali's Yoga Sutras.^ Yoga, Pranayama, Meditation, Samadhi and Samyama are part of the Eight Limbs of Yoga in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Samyama is talked about from over 5000 years ago in the THIRD AND FOURTH Chapter of The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali .
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^ They may not be able to do this very much at first but the effort "for a long time, without break and with enthusiasm" is that which is prescribed in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.
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^ This technique comes from the Ninth Limb of the Eight Limbs of Yoga from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,- an Ancient Yogic Text predating Buddhism.
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[120]
.In accordance with ahiṃsā, many Hindus embrace vegetarianism to respect higher forms of life.^ Many images of women relationships passed in front of me some of them pregnant and I saw that I had no respect for the women in my life.
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Vegetarianism is propagated by the Yajur Veda and it is recommended for a satvic (purifying) lifestyle.[121] .Estimates of the number of lacto vegetarians in India (includes adherents of all religions) vary between 20% and 42%.^ And it is the religion of unity and agreement on the obedience to Allah, and total equality between all people, without regarding their colour, sex, or language."
  • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I think we can spend eternity disputing the numbers and we will find some variance between different surveys completed over the last few years.
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^ The one commonality we all have, is the white man religion, broken up into various categories of religious persuasion, as it serve to be the Black Nation Achilles heel.

[122] .The food habits vary with the community and region, for example some castes having fewer vegetarians and coastal populations relying on seafood.^ Let us examine some examples of his radical reinterpretation – alternately referred to as intentional misrepresentation – based on various aspects of this principle.

^ JM [To the viewer]: Having discussed the various arguments that have been offered in favour of the existence of God, I asked Colin to summarise some of the best reasons for not JM believing.
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^ The historic origins of some of the various Hindu festivals revolve around their special significance for each of the four castes.
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[123][124] Some Hindus avoid onion and garlic, which are regarded as rajasic foods.[125] .Some avoid meat only on specific holy days.^ But then some people lose their mind and say, "not only does this creator entity certainly exist, but we know who he is and we know very specific things about him.
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.Observant Hindus who do eat meat almost always abstain from beef.^ Whether they be big (“enlightenment”) or small (“eat a snack”) intentions we’re almost always engaged in getting from here to there .
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The cow in Hindu society is traditionally identified as a caretaker and a maternal figure[126], and Hindu society honors the cow as a symbol of unselfish giving[127].
.Cow-slaughter is legally banned in almost all states of India.^ He elevated Buddhism to the level of a state religion and sent missionaries not only to all parts of India but also to Sri Lanka, West Asia, Central Asia and China.
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^ Well the fact is that not so long ago the majority of the people supported witch burnings, slavery and raping one’s wife was legal in all 50 states.
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^ LJ: “Well the fact is that not so long ago the majority of the people supported witch burnings, slavery and raping one’s wife was legal in all 50 states.
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[128] .See further discussion at Cattle in Religion and Food taboo.^ This adds nothing to further our discussions about atheism/religion in general or Sam’s writings in particular.
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^ Thanks Sam, this gives me a much better way to approach discussing religion with others I meet and to break the taboo of criticising, not religion, but the many various and very different religions.
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Conversion

.Concepts of conversion, evangelization, and proselytization are absent from Hindu texts and in practice have never played a significant role, though acceptance of willing converts is becoming more common.^ But it would take a real film buff to remember the other "holy" roles Heston played, including St. Thomas More in a 1988 TV ...
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^ Unusual weather phenomena have captured the evangelicals and made many more willing to listen to scientific warnings.
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^ TIMMY: "And so anomalies that help a creature survive to reproduce more and more, will become more and more common in that species until it becomes not and anomaly, but a part of the new species.
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.Early in its history, in the absence of other competing religions, Hindus considered everyone they came across as Hindus and expected everyone they met to be Hindus.^ I have come across many priests, and it was, in the beginning, a great shock to me that they are people who know nothing about religion; they are the people who know nothing of prayer; they are the people who have never meditated.
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^ If I came across as moralizing other's behaviors that don't prescribe to my view, it was not meant i .
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^ I am only suggesting they consider the other side of the coin instead of always insisting they have the correct and righteous view of the world.
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[129][130]
.Hindus today continue to be influenced by historical ideas of acceptability of conversion.^ The culture of the country has also been much influenced by Hinduism and animist ideas.

^ The influence of Islamic ideas of God (Allah) being an abstract power, on some strains of Hindu thought cannot be ruled out.
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.Hence, many Hindus continue to believe that Hinduism is an identity that can only be had from birth, while many others continue to believe that anyone who follows Hindu beliefs and practices is a Hindu, and many believe in some form of both theories.^ Many other gross forms of Hindu superstition were also adopted.
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^ Some believe, and others do not.
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^ The concept of magical initiation was as valid for a runemaster as for anyone else, and the knowledge imparted orally and in practical demonstration would only have been communicated to the worthy, who would have to prove their worth.
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.However, as a reaction to perceived and actual threat of evangelization, prozelyzation, and conversion activities of other major religions most modern Hindus are opposed to the idea of conversion from (any) one religion to (any) other per se.^ Most monks, of any religion, whether christianity or buddhism, actually live perpetually with other monks.
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^ I'm actually happy to see by the reaction to these posts that most atheists are not like the one's that I refer to, but more like me.
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^ However, those communications merely were being transmitted from one side of the brain to the other and were mistakenly construed as coming from an outside source.
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.Hindus in Western countries generally accept and welcome willing converts, whereas in India acceptance of willing converts is becoming more common.^ The common language of the country at that time had become assimilated to the Semitic dialect, especially through the influence of the Assyrians, and was the language that was used for all civil purposes.

^ TIMMY: "And so anomalies that help a creature survive to reproduce more and more, will become more and more common in that species until it becomes not and anomaly, but a part of the new species.
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^ I am assuming that if women do not want to be in non-monogamous relationships because their partners are now being promiscuous then monogamy will become scarcer and promiscuity more common.
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With the rise of Hindu revivalist movements, reconversions to Hinduism have also risen.[132] .Reconversions are well accepted since conversion out of Hinduism is not recognized.^ Not a single current Hindu sage or intellectual has ever uttered a word against the injustices meted out the Sikhs since 1947.
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[133] .Conversion into Hinduism through marriage is well accepted and often expected in order to enable the non-Hindu partner to fully participate in their spiritual, religious, and cultural roles within the larger Hindu family and society.^ This is long before God found it necessary to restrict marriage within the immediate family because the gene pool was weakening from the effects of the Fall.
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^ According to Shi’ite religious law, unmarried women may enter into temporary marriages for hours to an entire lifetime.
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^ I have often used the awkward description of myself as spiritual, but not religious.
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[citation needed]
.There is no formal process for converting to Hinduism, although in many traditions a ritual called dīkshā ("initiation") marks the beginning of spiritual life.^ There's no "rejection" involved in the process.
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^ So hypothetically (not as an alarmist) I would say that it could affect me personally although there is no way of knowing that until the “honesty” becomes a reality.
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^ "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are IN CHRIST JESUS, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.
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.A ritual called shuddhi ("purification") sometimes marks the return to spiritual life after reconversion.^ By 1977 Andrew Harvey had become disillusioned with life at Oxford and returned to his native India, where a series of mystical experiences initiated his spiritual journey.
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^ What you describe - that spontaneous contentment and feeling of spiritual unity with nature and the universe - is sometimes called revelation .
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.Most Hindu sects do not seek converts,[134][135][136][137] as they believe that the goals of spiritual life can be attained through any religion, as long as it is practiced sincerely.^ "They seem to believe that you can argue people out of religion."
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^ It doesn't matter what you do in your life, as long as you admit before you die that you believe, and ask for forgiveness, it's all good with JC." .
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^ Discipline is a life long (and welcomed) practice in my life.
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[134][138] .However, some Hindu sects and affiliates such as Arya Samaj, Saiva Siddhanta Church, BAPS, and the International Society for Krishna Consciousness accept those who have a desire to follow Hinduism.^ The government’s tubal ligation program only caters to women 45 years and below, but some of those who came are as old as 52.
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^ His call sparked angry retorts from church leaders who said that Temu was asking the churches to act against their consciences.
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^ Such gods do not mind the sins of those who have made them up.
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.In general, Hindu view of religious freedom is not based on the freedom to proselytize, but the right to retain one’s religion and not be subject to proselytization.^ Freedom was not the right always to do what one pleased.” .
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^ Freedom was not the right always to do what one pleased.
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^ Why is one view right over another?
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.Hindu leaders are advocating for changing the existing formulation of the freedom of religion clause in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights since it favors religions which proselytize.^ Actions that selectively exclude groups or individuals from basic human and civil rights and that deny people their freedom and happiness are the antithesis of moral.
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^ The Religion and Technology Project has produced a liturgy on climate change, and took part in a silent protest outside Gleneagles, where leaders concluded a climate agreement.
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^ Said Soja John Thaikattil: Hinduism in its essence as a religion has a universal philosophy and that is its greatest strength.
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See also

Hinduism
Related systems and religions
Hinduism in popular culture

Notes

  1. ^ a b Hinduism is variously defined as a "religion", "set of religious beliefs and practices", "religious tradition" etc. For a discussion on the topic, see: "Establishing the boundaries" in Gavin Flood (2003), pp. 1-17. René Guénon in his Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines (1921 ed.), Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-74-8, proposes a definition of the term "religion" and a discussion of its relevance (or lack of) to Hindu doctrines (part II, chapter 4, p. 58).
  2. ^ a b The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions. Ed. John Bowker. Oxford University Press, 2000; The modern use of the term can be traced to late 19th century Hindu reform movements (J. Zavos, Defending Hindu Tradition: Sanatana Dharma as a Symbol of Orthodoxy in Colonial India, Religion (Academic Press), Volume 31, Number 2, April 2001, pp. 109-123; see also R. D. Baird, "Swami Bhaktivedanta and the Encounter with Religions", Modern Indian Responses to Religious Pluralism, edited by Harold Coward, State University of New York Press, 1987); less literally also rendered "eternal way" (so Harvey, Andrew (2001). Teachings of the Hindu Mystics. Boulder: Shambhala. xiii. ISBN 1-57062-449-6. ). See also René Guénon, Introduction to the Study of the Hindu Doctrines (1921 ed.), Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-74-8, part III, chapter 5 "The Law of Manu", p. 146. On the meaning of the word "Dharma", see also René Guénon, Studies in Hinduism, Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-69-3, chapter 5, p. 45
  3. ^ Osborne 2005, p. 9
  4. ^ Morgan, Sarma 1953
  5. ^ a b Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Encyclopedia. Merriam-Webster. 2000. p. 751. 
  6. ^ Laderman, Gary (2003). Religion and American Cultures: An Encyclopedia of Traditions, Diversity, and Popular Expressions. Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO. pp. 119. ISBN 1-57607-238-X. "world's oldest living civilization and religion" 
  7. ^ Turner, Jeffrey S. (1996). Encyclopedia of relationships across the lifespan. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. pp. 359. ISBN 0-313-29576-X. "It is also recognized as the oldest major religion in the world" 
  8. ^ a b Klostermaier 1994, p. 1
  9. ^ "Major Religions of the World Ranked by Number of Adherents". Adherents.com. http://www.adherents.com/Religions_By_Adherents.html. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  10. ^ The Gita Dhyanam is a traditional short poem sometimes found as a prefatory to editions of the Bhagavad Gita. Verse 4 refers to all the Upanishads as the cows, and the Gita as the milk drawn from them. (Chidbhavananda 1997, pp. 67–74)
  11. ^ Lipner 1998, pp. 7–8
  12. ^ See Indo-European sound laws for a discussion of the transition from "Sindhu" to "Hindu"
  13. ^ Thapar, R. 1993. Interpreting Early India. Delhi: Oxford University Press. p. 77
  14. ^ David Lorenzen, Who Invented Hinduism? New Delhi 2006, pp. 24-33; Rajatarangini of Yonaraja : "Hinduka"
  15. ^ "...that many-sided and all-enfolding culture which we in the West have chosen to call Hinduism" Jan Gonda, Visnuism and Sivaism, Munshiram Manoharlal. 1996, ISBN 812150287X p. 1. cited by Welbon, G.R. (Journal of the American Academy of Religion, Vol. 43, No. 1, 98+100. March, 1975.). Review: Love of God According to Saiva Siddhanta: A Study in the Mysticism and Theology of Saivism by Mariasusay Dhanamoy. 
  16. ^ "Hinduism: The polytheistic religion of the Hindus, a development of the ancient Brahmanism with many later accretions." (OED).
  17. ^ Adherents.com, which itself references many sources; The World Almanac & Book of Facts 1998 being especially relevant.
  18. ^ J. McDaniel Hinduism, in John Corrigan, The Oxford Handbook of Religion and Emotion, (2007) Oxford University Press, 544 pages, pp. 52-53 ISBN 0195170210
  19. ^ a b c d Flood 2001, Defining Hinduism
  20. ^ Smith, W.C. (1962) The Meaning and End of Religion. San Francisco, Harper and Row. p. 65
  21. ^ Stietencron, Hinduism: On the Proper Use of A Deceptive Term, pp.1-22
  22. ^ Halbfass, (1991) Tradition and Reflection. Albany, SUNY Press. pp. 1-22
  23. ^ Smart, (1993) The Formation Rather than the Origin of a Tradition,in DISKUS: A Disembodied Journal of Religious Studies, vol. 1, no. 1, p. 1
  24. ^ OED cites J. Davies, tr. Mandelslo's Trav. 74 (1662) The King of Cambaya, who was a Hindou, or Indian, that is, a Pagan. and Sir T. Roe's Voy. E. Ind. in P. della Valle's Trav. E. Ind. 374 (1665) The Inhabitants in general of Indostan were all anciently Gentiles, called in general Hindoes.
  25. ^ Bryan S. Turner "Essays on the Sociology of Fate - Page 275"
  26. ^ Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of World Religions, p. 434
  27. ^ Vaz, P. (2001), "Coexistence of Secularism and Fundamentalism in India", Handbook of Global Social Policy: 124, http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&id=opHYPSvPpWYC&oi=fnd&pg=PA123&dq=oldest+major+tradition+Hinduism&ots=dvtYVKGW2O&sig=evj3yKYq4oNkrZDX1tQ_UrKLTb8, retrieved 2008-06-26, "Hinduism is the oldest of all the major world religions." 
  28. ^ Eastman, R. (1999). The Ways of Religion: An Introduction to the Major Traditions. Oxford University Press, USA. 
  29. ^ Joel Beversluis (2000). Sourcebook of the World's Religions: An Interfaith Guide to Religion and Spirituality (Sourcebook of the World's Religions, 3rd ed). Novato, Calif: New World Library. pp. 50. ISBN 1-57731-121-3. 
  30. ^ Weightman & Klostermaier 1994, p. 1
  31. ^ Bhagavad Gita, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan: "Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that can not be defined but is only to be experienced."
  32. ^ Ferro-Luzzi,(1991)The Polythetic-Prototype Approach to Hinduism in G.D. Sontheimer and H. Kulke (ed.) Hinduism Reconsidered. Delhi: Manohar. pp. 187-95
  33. ^ "JSTOR: Philosophy East and West, Vol. 34, No. 2 (April, 1984 ), pp. 234-236". www.jstor.org. http://www.jstor.org/pss/1398925. 
  34. ^ Hinduism in Britain Kim Knott, (2000) The South Asian Religious Diaspora in Britain, Canada, and a United States.
  35. ^ Harvey, Andrew (2001). Teachings of the Hindu Mystics. Boulder: Shambhala. xiii. ISBN 1-57062-449-6. 
  36. ^ Weightman 1998, pp. 262–264 "It is Hindu self-awareness and self-identity that affirm Hinduism to be one single religious universe, no matter how richly varied its contents, and make it a significant and potent force alongside the other religions of the world."
  37. ^ Brodd, Jefferey (2003). World Religions. Winona, MN: Saint Mary's Press. ISBN 978-0-88489-725-5. 
  38. ^ "Polytheism". Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica Online. 2007. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article-38143/polytheism. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  39. ^ See Michaels 2004, p. xiv and Gill, N.S. ""Henotheism"". About, Inc. http://ancienthistory.about.com/cs/egyptmyth/g/henotheism.htm. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  40. ^ a b Monier-Williams 1974, pp. 20–37
  41. ^ a b c & Bhaskarananda 1994
  42. ^ Vivekananda 1987
  43. ^ Werner 1994, p. p37
  44. ^ Werner 1994, p. 7
  45. ^ a b c d e Monier-Williams 2001
  46. ^ Sen Gupta 1986, p. viii
  47. ^ For translation of deva in singular noun form as "a deity, god", and in plural form as "the gods" or "the heavenly or shining ones", see: Monier-Williams 2001, p. 492. In fact, there are different ranks among the devas. The highest are the immortal Mahadevas, such as Shiva, Vishnu, etc. The second-rank devas, such as Ganesha, are described as their offspring: they are "born", and their "lifespan" is quite limited. In ISKCON the word is translated as "demigods", although it can also denote such heavenly denizens as gandharvas. See: "Vedic cosmology". Vedic Knowledge Online. VEDA - Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. http://www.veda.harekrsna.cz/planetarium/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-25. . For translation of devatā as "godhead, divinity", see: Monier-Williams 2001, p. 495.
  48. ^ Werner 1994, p. 80
  49. ^ Renou 1961, p. 55
  50. ^ a b Harman 2004, pp. 104–106
  51. ^ * Apte, Vaman S (1997), The Student's English-Sanskrit Dictionary (New ed.), Delhi: Motilal Banarsidas, ISBN 8120803000 
  52. ^ Smith 1991, p. 64
  53. ^ Radhakrishnan 1996, p. 254
  54. ^ Bhagavad Gita 2.22
  55. ^ See Bhagavad Gita XVI.8-20
  56. ^ See Vivekananda, Swami (2005), Jnana Yoga, Kessinger Publishing, ISBN 1-425482-88-0  301-02 (8th Printing 1993)
  57. ^ Rinehart 2004, pp. 19–21
  58. ^ Bhaskarananda 1994, pp. 79–86
  59. ^ The Christian concepts of Heaven and Hell do not translate directly into Hinduism. Spiritual realms such as Vaikunta (the abode of Vishnu) or loka are the closest analogues to an eternal Kingdom of God.
  60. ^ Nikhilananda 1992
  61. ^ as discussed in Mahābhārata 12.161; Bilimoria et al. (eds.), Indian Ethics: Classical Traditions and Contemporary Challenges (2007), p. 103; see also Werner 1994, Bhaskarananda 1994, p. 7
  62. ^ The Philosophy of Hinduism : Four Objectives of Human Life ; Dharma (Right Conduct), Artha (iRght Wealth), Kama (Rght Desire), Moksha (Right Exit (Liberation)). Pustak Mahal. 2006. ISBN 81-223-0945-3. 
  63. ^ a b Bhaskarananda 1994
  64. ^ For example, see the following translation of B-Gita 11.54: "My dear Arjuna, only by undivided devotional service can I be understood as I am, standing before you, and can thus be seen directly. Only in this way can you enter into the mysteries of My understanding." (Bhaktivedanta 1997, ch. 11.54)
  65. ^ "One who knows that the position reached by means of analytical study can also be attained by devotional service, and who therefore sees analytical study and devotional service to be on the same level, sees things as they are." (Bhaktivedanta 1997, ch. 5.5)
  66. ^ Monier-Williams 1974, p. 116
  67. ^ Bhaskarananda 1994, p. 157
  68. ^ Bhaskarananda 1994, p. 137
  69. ^ arcye viṣṇau śīlā-dhīr. . . narakī saḥ.
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  72. ^ "Hindu Marriage Act, 1955". http://www.sudhirlaw.com/HMA55.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  73. ^ a b "Life-Cycle Rituals". Country Studies: India. The Library of Congress. September 1995. http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/r?frd/cstdy:@field(DOCID+in0056). Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  74. ^ Banerjee, Suresh Chandra. "Shraddha". Banglapedia. Asiatic Society of Bangladesh. http://banglapedia.search.com.bd/HT/S_0516.htm. Retrieved 2007-04-20. 
  75. ^ Garces-Foley 30
  76. ^ Fuller 2004
  77. ^ a b Vivekananda 1987, pp. 6–7 Vol I
  78. ^ a b Vivekananda 1987, pp. 118–120 Vol III
  79. ^ Sargeant & Chapple 1984, p. 3
  80. ^ a b c Nikhilananda 1990, pp. 3–8
  81. ^ See, for instance, René Guénon Man and His Becoming According to the Vedanta (1925 ed.), Sophia Perennis, ISBN 0-900588-62-4, chapter 1, "General remarks on the Vedanta, p.7.
  82. ^ Note: Nyaya-Vaisheshika believe that the Vedas were created by God, not eternal.
  83. ^ Harshananda, Swami (1989), A Bird's Eye View of the Vedas, in "Holy Scriptures: A Symposium on the Great Scriptures of the World" (2nd ed.), Mylapore: Sri Ramakrishna Math, ISBN 81-7120-121-0 
  84. ^ Vivekananda 1987, p. 374 Vol II
  85. ^ Rigveda is not only the oldest among the vedas, but is one of the earliest Indo-European texts.
  86. ^ "Swami Shivananda's mission". http://www.dlshq.org/religions/vedas.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-25. 
  87. ^ Werner 1994, p. 166
  88. ^ Monier-Williams 1974, pp. 25–41
  89. ^ Sarvopaniṣado gāvo, etc. (Gītā Māhātmya 6). Gītā Dhyānam, cited in Introduction to Bhagavad-gītā As It Is.
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  91. ^ "Hindu History" The BBC names a bath and phallic symbols of the Harappan civilization as features of the "Prehistoric religion (3000-1000 BCE)".
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  93. ^ The Ṛgvedic deity Dyaus, regarded as the father of the other deities, is linguistically cognate with Zeus—the king of the gods in Greek mythology, Iovis (gen. of Jupiter) —the king of the gods in Roman mythology, and Tiu/Ziu in Germanic mythology[1], cf. English 'Tues-day'. Other Vedic deities also have cognates with those found in other Indo-European speaking peoples' mythologies; see Proto-Indo-European religion.
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  • Bowes, Pratima (1976), The Hindu Religious Tradition: A Philosophical Approach, Allied Pub, ISBN 0710086687 
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  • Klostermaier, K (1994), A Survey of Hinduism (3rd (2007) ed.^ The wedding rituals of a Hindu-Sikh couple honor the religious traditions of both.
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    ), .State University of New York Press;, ISBN 0791470822, http://www.oneworld-publications.com/books/texts/hinduism-a-short-history-ch1.htm 
  • Lipner, Julius (1998), Hindus: Their Religious Beliefs and Practices, Routledge, ISBN 0415051819, http://www.google.co.in/books?id=HDMLYkIOoWYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=sindhu+hindu&as_brr=3, retrieved 2007-07-12 
  • Michaels, A (2004), Hinduism: Past and Present (5th ed.^ In his book, "Islam and Terrorism", doctor Gabriel (not his Muslim name), an ex-professor of Islamic history at Al-Azhar University, Cairo , and an ex-Muslim, tells us what the world press has been ignoring for decades.
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    ^ In my technical book Mindworlds (google rosssblog), I describe worldviews as consistent sets of statements modeled in momentary states of a world.
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    ), .Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-08953-1 
  • Monier-Williams, Monier (1974), Brahmanism and Hinduism: Or, Religious Thought and Life in India, as Based on the Veda and Other Sacred Books of the Hindus, Elibron Classics, Adamant Media Corporation, ISBN 1421265311, http://books.google.com/books?id=U5IBXA4UpT0C&dq=isbn:1421265311, retrieved 2007-07-08 
  • Morgan, Kenneth W., ed.^ In my 2005 book "Scientific and Religious Habits of Mind" (Peter Lang Press) I identify habits of mind that characterize scientific approaches to life's questions and problems and compare them to religious habits of mind.
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    ^ While some pharmacists cite religious reasons, others believe life begins with fertilization and see contraceptives as capable of causing an abortion.
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  • Werner, Karel (1994), "Hinduism", in Hinnells, John (Ed.^ Said Soja John Thaikattil: Hinduism in its essence as a religion has a universal philosophy and that is its greatest strength.
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    ^ At both these places, there are the ruins of both Jaina and Hindu temples which indicate that the followers of Brahmanical religion and Jainism lived in peace and amity in this region.
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Hinduism is often referred to as Sanātana Dharma (सनातन धर्म) by its practitioners, a Sanskrit phrase meaning "the eternal law."

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Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan (1888–1975), first Vice President of India (1952-1962), and the second President of India (1962-1967).
    • Hinduism is not just a faith. It is the union of reason and intuition that can not be defined but is only to be experienced. Evil and error are not ultimate. .There is no Hell, for that means there is a place where God is not, and there are sins which exceed his love.^ I don't "believe there is no god."
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      ^ That is what I mean when I say there are no absolutes.
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      ^ When I say I am an atheist, I mean that I believe that there are no god or gods.
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Klaus L. Klostermaier, Professer Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba, former director of Oxford Centre of Hindu Studies
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    • Hinduism has proven much more open than any other religion to new ideas, scientific thought, and social experimentation.^ But we are all much more than that.
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      ^ So, I have no more reason to believe in your religion than I have to believe in any other.
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      ^ When we can do this then any thought we have becomes so much more powerful.
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      .Many concepts like reincarnation, meditation, yoga and others have found worldwide acceptance.^ Like many others you say you couldn’t bring yourself to torture a baby, but depending on the circs it is quite possible for any of us to do that awful thing.
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      ^ You haven't noticed Gad and Jeff and many other posters not only criticizing people like Sam and Lindajean for experimenting with meditation but eluding that Sam the great atheist is backsliding into supernatural thought?
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      ^ So it might not seem so to you Bernie, but from the outside looking in, it sure seems like you have a need for all others to appreciate poetry and disregard meditation.” .
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      .It would not be surprising to find Hinduism the dominant religion of the twenty-first century.^ The twenty first century game.
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      ^ It would be the first religion oriented toward the future,and not a slave and messenger of the past,it will be humanistic, tolerant and creative.
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      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I would invite you to first find an answer (good luck besides God) for these questions, before denying that He exists.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It would be a religion that doctrinally is less clear-cut than mainstream Christianity, politically less determined than Islam, ethically less heroic than Buddhism, but it would offer something to everybody.^ Islam claims to be a religion of the people of " T he B ook" , or Ahel al-Kitab, which would have one believe it is a continuance of that B ook God revealed to H is Jewish Prophets.
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Quote: If something so simple as cause/effect here can not be measured, than why would any scientifically minded person have an opinion on the topic.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Categories: Around America , Christianity , Islam and Muslims , Judaism , News from afar , Politics , Quote of the day .

      .It will appear idealistic to those who look for idealism, pragmatic to the pragmatists, spiritual to the seekers, sensual to the here-and-now generation.^ 'Look, here is the living Shiva.’ How can He who is the Absolute Brahman, omnipresent and pervading the whole universe, incarnate Himself as man?
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The Pope said he is spiritually close to those who suffer as a result of HIV-AIDS, as well as to their families, and that he offers prayers for them all.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ As I gazed on the picture of those first Western believers, a huge banquet hall with what looked to be at least a thousand believers, I noticed a man in the very front who looked so familiar.

      Hinduism, by virtue of its lack of an ideology and its reliance on intuition, will appear to be more plausible than those religions whose doctrinal positions petrified a thousand years ago.

Quotes on Hinduism

Romain Rolland (1866-1944) French Nobel laureate, professor of the history of music at the Sorbonne and thinker.
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    • If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India....For more than 30 centuries, the tree of vision, with all its thousand branches and their millions of twigs, has sprung from this torrid land, the burning womb of the Gods.^ There is only one God (Deut.
      • What is Christianity? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.afn.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Yes, there is more than one version of the 10 commandments.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ More than Dreams on DVD .
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It renews itself tirelessly showing no signs of decay.
    • Let us return to our eagle's nest in the Himalayas.^ There is no boasting on our part before God, but thankfulness in His mercy to us who deserve His justice for doing what is wrong in His sight.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ What would have us tell our children, you ain't got no hope in hell of ever having everlasting love so just take what you can get when it comes along.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Show me the gods we Africans worship and I will show the extent of our moral and ethical decay .

      .It is waiting for us, for it is ours, eaglets of Europe, we need not renounce any part of our real nature...whence we formerly took our flight.
    • Religious faith in the case of the Hindus has never been allowed to run counter to scientific laws, moreover the former is never made a condition for the knowledge they teach, but there are always scrupulously careful to take into consideration the possibility that by reason both the agnostic and atheist may attain truth in their own way.^ Arabs have always coveted Israel, and in the Christian Gospel, they will never get their way there.
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Each of us must find our own nature and flow with it where it leads us.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ They do not understand the Spiritual Nature of their Teaching!!
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      .Such tolerance may be surprising to religious believers in the West, but it is an integral part of Vedantic belief.
    • The true Vedantic spirit does not start out with a system of preconceived ideas.^ Believing is such things is religious thinking.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In what other parts of life does "belief" hold such power over reason?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But I’m of the opinion that such a relationship should form part of a love relationship, not merely a commitment to have a sexual relationship, no matter how spiritual, free and without constraints it may be.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It possesses absolute liberty and unrivalled courage among religions with regard to the facts to be observed and the diverse hypotheses it has laid down for their coordination.^ They cannot set an absolute standard unless they follow the one laid down by God.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ They cannot set an absolute standard, they can only follow the one laid down by God.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Grahasthya (Householder) From The Mahabharata) As regards the domestic mode of life, four kinds of conduct have been laid down by the learned.
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      .Never having been hampered by a priestly order, each man has been entirely free to search wherever he pleased for the spiritual explanation of the spectacle of the universe.
    • The greatest human ideal is the great cause of bringing together the thoughts of Europe and Asia; the great soul of India will topple our world.
    • The vast and tranquil metaphysics of India is unfolded; her conception of the universe, her social organization, perfect in its day and still capable of adaptation to the demands of modern times; the solution which she offers for the feminist problem, for the problems of the family, of love, of marriage; and lastly, the magnificent revelation of her art.^ "And the Temple of God [which is represented of earth by the 90% of the functions and dynamics of the human brain that belongs the spiritual universe, or the divinely inspired mental universe, of pure and perfect thought and thought energy] was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the Ark of his Testament [which is the Ark of the Covenant that Moses never fully understood]; and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail."

      ^ To accomplish great achievements, during this time in history, men and women were gathered together by spiritual concept, or a declaration of the Word of God.

      ^ And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      The whole vast soul of India proclaims from end to end of its crowded and well ordered edifice the same domination of a sovereign synthesis." There is no negation. All is harmonized. .All the forces of life are grouped like a forest, whose thousand waving arms are led by Nataraja, the master of the Dance.^ Well my point was that we all have groups or (stereo) types of people that we don't like, I was dividing by don't like, not the degree of dislike or badness of a group or type.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Daoist philosophy, as I hoped to show, generally affirms the world of "presence" ( you ), that is, all the "ten thousand things <' life and death, even action and speech.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Like all groups of humans some men are bent on evil, some bent on good and some rather neutral.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Everything has its place, every being has its function, and all take part in the divine concert, their different voices, and their very dissonances, creating, in the phrase of Heraclitus, a most beautiful harmony.^ It's the most beautiful place in all of life.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ For such is the divine order the Creator himself placed in Creation, and all of Creation had to follow his divine order.

      ^ Symbolising all your levels of the Auric Body which need to be fed and created, so that we can function at our full capacity.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      .Whereas in the West, cold, hard logic isolates the unusual, shutting it off from the rest of life into a definite and distinct compartment of the spirit.^ "And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."

      ^ What I don't want to do is shut myself off to new knowledge, understandings, truths, insights into reality.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      .India, ever mindful of the natural differences in souls and in philosophies, endeavors to blend them into each other, so as to recreate in its fullest perfection the complete unity.^ Science is the perfect tool to "measure and quantify" not only music and other arts but also religion because science just is the business of measuring and quantifying natural phenomena in all their variety.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ From my perspective, what people do in their lives to seek different states of mind is their business as long as they are not causing harm to others.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Of its eight chapters, one is about the strongly pro-nature face of the Bible, and it briefly mentions other religions and philosophies that stress the great importance of nature.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      .The matching of opposites produces the true rhythm of life.
    • Of course, this entire fabric of Indian life stands solidly on faith, that is to say, on a slender and emotional hypothesis.^ Experiments with electromagnetic stimulation that produces emotions indistinguishable from religious bliss would seem to confirm this hypothesis.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ So you don't force your one true faith on your wife (as the bible says) and children?"
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Which is what you say when you say something that makes no sense and you have no way to explain but claim is true in any case, which is what the term "faith" was invented to hide.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .But amid all the beliefs of Europe, and of Asia, that of the Indian Brahmins seems to me infinitely the most alluring.^ YOU: "Men seem to be able to have X without all the emotional stuff in non-committed relationships, but I argue most women cannot.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Men seem to be able to have X without all the emotional stuff in non-committed relationships, but I argue most women cannot.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Me: "Men seem to be able to have X without all the emotional stuff in non-committed relationships, but I argue most women cannot.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .And the reason why I love the Brahmin more than the other schools of Asiatic thought is because it seems to me to contain them all.^ It has not been any more standard than other moralities."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ One is more than the other.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But we are all much more than that.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Greater than all European philosophies, it is even capable of adjusting itself to the vast hypotheses of modern science.
      Our Christian religions have tried in vain, when there were no other choice open to them, to adapt themselves to the progress of science.^ But that is religion, no different than any other religion, fundamentally.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ That is how science progresses unlike religion.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If we were all programmed there would be no choice in the matter.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .But after having allowed myself to be swept away by the powerful rhythm of Brahmin thought, along the curve or life, with its movement of alternating ascent and return, I come back to my own century, and while finding therein the immense projections of a new cosmogony, offspring of the genius of Einstein, or deriving freely from the discoveries, I yet do not feel that I enter a strange land.^ And feel free to come back here and comment -- or to weigh in there.

      ^ Please feel free to ignore my questions if they come across to you as too personal.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Because of my conversation with Gad, I had to find out for myself what most atheists thought.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .I yet can hear resounding still the cosmic symphony of all those planets which forever succeed each other, are extinguished and once more illumined, with their living souls, their humanities, their gods – according to the laws of the eternal To Become, the Brahmin Samsara – I hear Siva dancing, dancing in the heart of the world, in my own heart.
    • In the great philosophy of Brahma, such violent turns of the scale are quite unknown.^ First of all, God is living, loving, personal and warm hearted.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Life came from the eternal living God.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ A celestial body such as a planet: the possibility of life on other worlds.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      It embraces vast stretches of time, cycles of human ages, whose successive lives gravitate in concentric circles, and travel ever slowly towards the center...."

Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) was an advocate and pioneer of nonviolence.
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    • I am a proud staunch Sanatani Hindu.
    • Hinduism has made marvelous discoveries in things of religion, of the spirit, of the soul.^ The wedding feast, therefore, is the new thing which God is doing in the earth at this time, in which He, the Spirit of God, is overshadowing the elect and INSEMINATING their souls with His own DIVINE NATURE..."
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ He was with God in the beginning [again showing the difference between Father and Son and Holy Spirit] Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ In the ninety years since Darwin we have made stupendous discoveries; with a spirit of scientific humility and of faith grounded in knowledge we are approaching even nearer to an awareness of God.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      We have no eye for these great and fine discoveries. We are dazzled by the material progress that Western science has made. .Ancient India has survived because Hinduism was not developed along material but spiritual lines.
    • Hinduism is a relentless pursuit of Truth.^ Below is a Shiva Lingham and Yoni from the india and the Ancient, 5000 years old Hindu religion.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      ^ If that's what he wants to do, OK, yes disappointing, but the anger is not with him, it's with the people who tell you you are on the wrong side of "the line" for not going along with him because he is on the right side of "the line".
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ H.G. Wells in the Outline of History describes him as 'the greatest of Kings' because he tried not only for the material but also spiritual welfare of the people.
      • CHAPTER - VI 14 January 2010 7:18 UTC www.jainworld.org [Source type: Original source]

      ."Truth is God" and if today it has become moribund, inactive, irresponsive to growth, it is because we are fatigued; and as soon as the fatigue is over, Hinduism will burst upon the world with a brilliance perhaps unknown before.
    • I believe that the civilization India has evolved is not to be beaten in the world.^ He was influenced by both God and Satan and he chose to believe a lie instead of the truth.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is believed that "al-llah" in Muhammad's time before Islam referred to a vague moon god and that Muhammad believed that al-Uzza was a daughter of this "al-llah".
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ YOU: "The truth be told: Creationist and ID believers hold that accepting a scientific view of evolution will challenge their faith in god.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      Nothing can equal the seeds sown by our ancestry. .Rome went; Greece shared the same fate; the might of the Pharaohs was broken; Japan has become westernized; of China nothing can be said; but India is still, somehow or other, sound at the foundation.
    • The Geeta is the universal mother.^ Unless science is able to prove that something can come out of nothing, we are still left with the scientific explanation of God as the uncreated Creator of the Universe.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Soja said: " Believers have nothing against any kind of explanation that atheists might think up."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Although some aspects of the elevator visibly change, and at varying rates, something about the elevator is still the same, uniquely identifying it, visibly designating it as an elevator and distinguishing it from other elevators.

      I find a solace in the Bhagavadgeeta that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount. .When disappointment stares me in the face and all alone I see not one ray of light, I go back to the Bhagavad Gita.^ I see nothing at all to back up this kind of remark and find it deeply annoying."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "More allegations that no one was around to see or knows exactly what happened, except for God who made it all and understands it completely.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Think about all those "dead" ovaries and sperm our parents produced that never made it to see the light of day.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .I find a verse here and a verse there , and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming tragedies - and my life has been full of external tragedies - and if they have left no visible or indelible scar on me, I owe it all to the teaching of Bhagavadgeeta.
    • Hinduism is a living organism liable to growth and decay subject to the laws of Nature.^ Life is meant to be lived full throttle.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Divorced women are often left with no financial means to support themselves and often without a place to live.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ There is no natural harmony between these two, for they go in opposite directions.

      .One and indivisible at the root, it has grown into a vast tree with innumerable branches.^ Darwin had a vision of the tree of life branching over geological time into countless species, all struggling to prevail.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith.
      • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

      The changes in the season affect it. .It has its autumn and its summer, its winter and its spring.^ We know that summer and autumn and winter and spring will continue because God has promised such things in His word and He does not lie.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      It is, and is not, based on scriptures. .It does not derive its authority from one book.^ Accepting the absolute authority of one messenger and one book is unscientific.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The artifact is a one-page translation from the Latin Vulgate Bible and is a section derived from the book of Job.
      • Alltop - Top Religion News 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC religion.alltop.com [Source type: General]

      .Non violence has found the highest expression and application in Hinduism.
    • I think I have understood Hinduism correctly when I say that it is eternal, all-embracing and flexible enough to suit all situations.
    • I am a Hindu because it is Hinduism which makes the world worth living.^ Could be, was all I could think tae say.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When I say "we", I mean all living things.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The point mjf was making was that scientists embracing different theories have never attacked each other because of their differences.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      .I am a Hindu hence I Love not only human beings, but all living beings.
    • Hinduism is a living organism.^ All futures are made by human beings.

      ^ As for your contention that the only meaningful love we can have is that for another human being.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We are human beings living in the physical world.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      .One and indivisible at the root, it has grown into a vast tree with innumerable branches.^ Darwin had a vision of the tree of life branching over geological time into countless species, all struggling to prevail.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ With Roots in Heaven: One Woman's Passionate Journey into the Heart of Her Faith.
      • Judaism Reading List: Introduction and General (Pt. I) 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC www.faqs.org [Source type: General]

      Knowledge is limitless and so also the application of truth. .Everyday we add to our knowledge of the power of Atman (soul) and we shall keep on doing so.
    • I am unable to identify with orthodox Christianity.^ Though our studies have been so different, I believe that we both earnestly desire the extension of Knowledge, & that this is in the long run sure to add to the happiness of Mankind.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ YOU: "If God is, as you report, our perfect creator, all knowing, all powerful and omniscient, then we ARE doing things his way."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ He sought this power that they might forever have faith in the knowledge of eternal life given to humanity by our African ancestors.

      .I must tell you in all humility that Hinduism, as I know it, entirely satisfies my soul, fills my whole being, and I find solace in the Bhagavad Gita and the Upanishads that I miss even in the Sermon on the Mount....I must confess to you that when doubts haunt me, when disappointments stare me in the face, and when I see not one ray of light on the horizon I turn to the Bhagavad Gita, and find a verse to comfort me; and I immediately begin to smile in the midst of overwhelming sorrow.^ Not even telling you!
      • The real God is HOLY [Archive] - Lebanese Forces Official Forums 20 September 2009 1:46 UTC www.lebanese-forces.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I must confess to being a lousy blogger.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ A group of beings approached from my right and turned to face me one by one.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      .My life has been full of external tragedies and if they have not left any visible and indelible effect on me, I owe it to the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita.
    • I have no other wish in this world but to find light and joy and peace through Hinduism.
    • Hinduism insists on the brotherhood of not only all mankind but of all that lives.
    • Hinduism is like the Ganga,, pure and unsullied at its source but taking in its course the impurities in the way.^ And of course, finding a way to get there.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Fear CAN be the result with all OTHER courses.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      ^ I have been searching for you all my life!"
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      Even like the Ganga it is beneficent in its total effect. .It takes a provincial form in every province, but the inner substance is retained everywhere.
    • On examination, I have found it to be the most tolerant of all religions known to me.^ Which form of all is the most difficult to obtain?
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "The way into the kingdom is found by questioning and answering, by seeking and finding, and by the obedience to that inner voice which can be heard when all other voices are stilled.
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Take away all of the religion, and a theist is just one who answers the big unanswered questions.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Its freedom from dogma makes a forcible appeal to me inasmuch as it gives the votary the largest scope for self-expression.
    • Hindu Dharma is like a boundless ocean teeming with priceless gems.^ Mawdudi's views are not accepted by most Islamic schools of law, especially in regard to freedom of expression like criticism of Islam and the government.

      ^ Ancient Hindus saw consciousness as like an ocean that we swim in, and the sheep of monotheism see their own souls as immersed in the heavenly glory.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ You still have the freedom to chose, in that you make choices everyday, of your own volition, but you will never choose God unless He gives you the ability.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .The deeper you dive the more treasures you find.
    • Hinduism is like Ganges, pure and unsullied at its source, but taking in its course the impurities in the way.
    • It is impossible for me to reconcile myself to the idea of conversion after the style that goes on in India and elsewhere today.^ I'm finding myself liking Harris more and more every day.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ YOU: "I think it is more likely the reverse i.e.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ And of course, finding a way to get there.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It is an error which is perhaps the greatest impediment to the world’s progress toward peace … Why should a Christian want to convert a Hindu to Christianity?^ URI (www.uri.org) is based in San Francisco, CA. Its purpose is to build global interfaith cooperation by seeking peace and cooperation among religions toward a more peaceful world.
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Although, perhaps we could grant the claim: if atheists want to argue that atheism requires no more intellect than that which an infant can muster, why should we argue?
      • Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC creation.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Halfway through it, a gentlemen peddled advertising in his Christian Business Directory saying “we can’t trust the world and we should want to do business with those who share our same values.” Needless to say he (Bradley) got upset.
      • Alltop - Top Religion News 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC religion.alltop.com [Source type: General]

      Why should he not be satisfied if the Hindu is a good or godly man?

B. R. Ambedkar, Indian politician and founder of the Indian Constitution
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    • The basic idea underlying religion is to create an atmosphere for the spiritual development of the individual.^ That idea creates religions which are divisive.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When Constantine in 325 A.D. took ideas from African spirituality and created a control mechanism at Council of Nicea he was trying to organize a system for using African spiritual ideas.

      ^ So we seek out a religion or spiritual system that promises a solution to the problem that we’ve created ourselves.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      .This being the situation, it is clear that you cannot develop your personality at all in Hinduism.
    • In Hinduism, conscience, reason and independent thinking have no scope for development.
    • My religious conversion is not inspired by any material motive.^ When you practice independently, your Buddhist practice is self motivated.

      ^ Remember: For each character, you can click on the link in the "religious affiliation" column to see supporting material, excerpts from the comics, images, discussion, etc.
      • Religion of Comic Book Characters (esp. Super-Heroes) 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.adherents.com [Source type: General]

      ^ And my death is exactly what the believers want if I cannot obey them or perhaps to be homeless and then you can turn to your children and say look, that's what happens when yopu do not believe.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      This is hardly anything I cannot achieve even while remaining an Untouchable. .There is no other feeling than that of a spiritual feeling underlying my religious conversion.^ Praise Allah, for there is no other but he!
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There have been no others.
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is no other God in existence.

      Hinduism does not appeal to my conscience. My self-respect cannot assimilate Hinduism. .In your case change of religion is imperative for worldly as well as spiritual ends.^ The demonstrators, including women and men, are demanding an end to discrimination based on gender, as well as changes to Islamic laws that protect men at the expense of women.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Most religions would have us believe that spirituality is other-worldly, a state to be achieved by denying physical desires, ignoring physical sensations, eschewing physical wisdom.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If, after acquiring spirituality, you lead a worldly life, you will never lose your peace of mind.
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      .Do not care for the opinion of those who foolishly ridicule the idea of conversion for material ends.^ We reserve the right to ridicule, ban, or generally ignore and then delete those who burst our bubble.

      ^ The idea that the label "Atheist" was not helping but hurting the efforts of those who have been using it as their label had never occured to me.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ That person who bears in his understanding merely the texts of the Vedas and other scriptures without being conversant with the true sense or meaning of those texts, bears them fruitlessly.
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      .Why should you live under the fold of that religion which has deprived you of honor, money, food and shelter?
    • Law and religion are two forces which govern the conduct of men.^ You asked me why you should believe me?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ How do you force them to obey His laws?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ You cannot live under the laws of God and be free.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .At times they act as handmaids to each other.^ They have their head bowed down so as to no longer remain in control of their acts, whilst on the other hand, the victims keep for longer their vivid memories’ (Gatwa, 17).

      ^ I see atheists call other atheists agnostics all the time on these blogs, and they don't call them that because they think that they are wishy washy about Jehovah.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Here you are telling other people what they should do with their time.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .At other times they act as check and counter-check.^ They have their head bowed down so as to no longer remain in control of their acts, whilst on the other hand, the victims keep for longer their vivid memories’ (Gatwa, 17).

      ^ At other times people tell me they are glad to see that practicing independently is a viable option without any kind of bad consequences attached to it.

      .Of the two forces, Law is personal while religion is impersonal.^ The committee for Kurdistan, is leaning toward having one personal status law that can be applied to all regardless of religion.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Whereas Nichiren Buddhists believe in a Universal Law which is not a personality, but more like a force or like a law of physics.

      ^ However, Article 39 of the national constitution says the personal status law should be applied according to one's religion.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      Law being personal it is capable of being unjust and iniquitous. But religion being impersonal, it can be impartial, it is capable of defeating the inequity committed by law. .Religion is believed to ennoble man and not degrade him.^ I believe the dichotomy gained acceptance during the Enlightenment when man tried to separate science and religion, faith from reason.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The man whose mind is pure is competent to tread the path of knowledge, and to him comes knowledge; and thus (indirectly) the religion of Works forms also a means to the Supreme Bliss.
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Quite simply because all his religionists have been converted to another religion, and there is no one left to make children believe they need him.
      • Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC creation.com [Source type: Original source]

      Hinduism is an exception.

Niels Bohr, (1885-1962) Danish nuclear physicist who developed the Bohr model of the atom. His received the Nobel Prize in physics in 1922, for his theory of atomic structure
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Erwin Schrödinger (1887--1961) Austrian theoretical physicist, was a professor at several universities in Europe.
^ Jeffrey S. Wicken, Professor of Biochemistry, Pennsylvania State University, "The Generation of Complexity in Evolution: A Thermodynamic and Information-Theoretical Discussion," Journal of Theoretical Biology, Vol.
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
  • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

He was awarded the Nobel prize Quantum Mechanics, in 1933. During the Hitler era he was dismissed from his position for his opposition to the Nazi ideas and he fled to England. He was the author of Meine Weltansicht
.
    • This life of yours which you are living is not merely apiece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance.^ I hope you will one day come to your senses Lindajean.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ You have your explanation that you seem certain of.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When you lose your blood, you lose your life.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear; tat tvam asi, this is you.^ And what did knowing " Ultimate Reality sustaining the whole universe" do for India, not a mystical dam thing!
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But although I gave you an answer Bernie, my answer isn't really credible, or clear, nor could anyone's be, really.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The real meaning of these will not necessarily be clear unless you’ve looked at more detailed explanations.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Or, again, in such words as "I am in the east and the west, I am above and below, I am this entire world."
    • The unity and continuity of Vedanta are reflected in the unity and continuity of wave mechanics.^ It is entirely wrong to think that we have done, or can do, good to the world, to think that we have helped such and such people.
      • http://www.hinduism.co.za 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC www.hinduism.co.za [Source type: Original source]

      ^ A more pertinent reflection would be that if they did not escape such blindness, we are no more likely to, as indeed the daily record of our behaviour continues to show.

      In 1925, the world view of physics was a model of a great machine composed of separable interacting material particles. .During the next few years, Schrodinger and Heisenberg and their followers created a universe based on super imposed inseparable waves of probability amplitudes.^ A few years ago, Al-Jazeera reported that roughly six million Muslims are leaving Islam and becoming followers of Jesus every year in Africa.
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Based on the U.S. Bureau of Census rate of growth, the U.S. population will double again within the next 75 years and will reach 540 million people.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ So, as you just read, this proves that the baby Jesus was born during the summer, in the year 7 A.D. based on the death of Herod.

      .This new view would be entirely consistent with the Vedantic concept of All in One.
    • Vedanta teaches that consciousness is singular, all happenings are played out in one universal consciousness and there is no multiplicity of selves.
    • Nirvana is a state of pure blissful knowledge..^ There is no consistency in what good is.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If we were all programmed there would be no choice in the matter.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Also, there's a couple of new ones for you above.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      It has nothing to do with individual. The ego or its separation is an illusion. .The goal of man is to preserve his Karma and to develop it further – when man dies his karma lives and creates for itself another carrier.
    • There is no kind of framework within which we can find consciousness in the plural; this is simply something we construct because of the temporal plurality of individuals, but it is a false construction....The only solution to this conflict insofar as any is available to us at all lies in the ancient wisdom of the Upanishad.
    • The multiplicity is only apparent.^ Should it be simply that there is no God?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ So there is no common language dividing us at all.
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      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is no law that say something can only come from nothing.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      This is the doctrine of the Upanishads. And not of the Upanishads only. The mystical experience of the union with God regularly leads to this view, unless strong prejudices stand in the West.

Dr. Carl Sagan, (1934-1996) famous astrophysicist.
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    • The Hindu religion is the only one of the world's great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths.^ There is only one true faith.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ "There is only one true faith.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The one world religion is a revival of the Babylonian one world religion.
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientific cosmology.^ II.Tim.4:3-4 "...it is suggested that not only demythologizing religion is necessary, but that the Church should play a part in remythologizing Christianity to make it credible to modern man."
      • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ At times I will teach these people the immeasurable length of the Buddha's life, and to those who see me only after a long while I will explain how difficult it is to meet the Buddha."

      ^ We only know our time here is limited, that's what all religions and most philosophies have tried to address, and one thing science can't.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      .Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long.^ It took Homo sapiens 2 million years to reach our first billion in about 1800 but only about a century to add the second billion in 1927.
      • Faith, Religion and Population of WOA!! World Population Awareness 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC www.overpopulation.org [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

      ^ Their vision is of a natural time machine, because the light from those stars can take from minutes (our Sun) to billions of years (the edge of the universe) to reach us.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang.^ These people are so hell bent on "RELIGION", that they've long since forgotten about the pure Spirit of a loving God a looooooooong time ago.

      ^ Every since that time, the Spiritual Evolution of Man and the history of God on earth has been governed through that very same baptism.

      ^ It takes about eight and a half minutes for light to reach Earth from the sun.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      .And there are much longer time scales still.
    • The most elegant and sublime of these is a representation of the creation of the universe at the beginning of each cosmic cycle, a motif known as the cosmic dance of Lord Shiva.^ I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If time (and the universe) had a beginning, what caused that beginning?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We can not create flaws in ourselves that were not there from the beginning.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      The god, called in this manifestation Nataraja, the Dance King. In the upper right hand is a drum whose sound is the sound of creation. In the upper left hand is a tongue of flame, a reminder that the universe, now newly created, with billions of years from now will be utterly destroyed.
    • A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions.

Count Hermann Keyserling (1880-1946) philosopher, author, public speaker. He is the first Western thinker to conceive and promote a planetary culture, beyond nationalism and cultural ethnocentrism, based on recognition of the equal value and validity of non-western cultures and philosophies.
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    • Hinduism at its best has spoken the only relevant truth about the way to self-realization in the full sense of the word.
    • Hinduism has produced the profoundest metaphysics that we know of.
    • The absolute superiority of India over the West in philosophy; poetry from the Mahabharata, containing the Bhagavad-Gita, “perhaps the most beautiful work of the literature of the world".
    • Benares is holy.^ The only way to be secure is to have full faith in the Way.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Do all atheists really have a sense of superiority?
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      ^ That's partly what I was referring to way back on this thread, when I suggested you can have "secular Christians" in a cultural sense, in the same way a "secular Jew" is an accepted reality.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      .Europe, grown superficial, hardly understands such truths anymore.....I feel nearer here than I have ever done to the heart of the world; here I feel everyday as if soon, perhaps even today, I would receive the grace of supreme revelation...The atmosphere of devotion which hangs above the river is improbable in strength; stronger than in any church that I have ever visited.^ Perhaps, even more than a jolt.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We both would agree this could (and even in today’s world can ) turn on a dime.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I know I'm pushing it here, even for me, but we'll see if anybody feels the need to talk me down from this one with some physics or something.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      Every would be Christian priest would do well to sacrifice a year of his theological studies in order to spend his time on the Ganges; here he would discover what piety means.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) also known as Samuel Clemens, one of the most widely loved and celebrated American writers since his first books were released in the late 1860s.
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    • Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speech, grandmother of legend, great grandmother of tradition.^ There are many instances where spirituality and religion are uprooting the veery fabrics of the human race.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But the general undervaluation of the human soul is so great that neither the great religions nor the philosophies nor scientific rationalism have been willing to look at it twice.” .
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Harris would do well to heed it -- as he would the subjugation of more than half the human race, the female half, under religion.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .The land that all men desire to see and having seen once even by a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the globe combined.
    • It is a good and gentle religion, but inconvenient.
    • India had the start of the whole world in the beginning of things.^ But in the extreme all things can begin to unravel.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is a whole new way of seeing the world.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ God is sovereign and works his will in history, and the goal of all things in this world is the complete glorification of Jesus Christ as Lord (Phil.
      • What is Christianity? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.afn.org [Source type: Original source]

      .She had the first civilization; she had the first accumulation of material wealth; she was populous with deep thinkers and subtle intellects; she had mines, and woods, and a fruitful soul.
    • Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India.
    • "Land of religions, cradle of human race, birthplace of human speach, grandmother of leagacy, great grandmother of tradition.^ In attempting to encompass what religions provide humanity, it appears that much of known faith-based scriptures are intended to act as a platform for clarifying the rights of people on one another, obligations and responsibilities towards others, towards their wealth, life, intellect, as well as towards the most sacred resource humanity has, environment.
      • In Good Faith: Judaism - A blog for news and discussion on matters of faith - baltimoresun.com 28 January 2010 0:12 UTC weblogs.baltimoresun.com [Source type: General]

      ^ His most recent book, A Most Holy War: The Albigensian Crusade and the Battle for Christendom, looks at a pivotal moment in world history, the world’s first genocide.
      • Alltop - Top Religion News 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC religion.alltop.com [Source type: General]

      ^ A great example of this is Jimmy Carter's book, Our Endangered Values.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      The land that all men desire to see and having seen once even a glimpse, would not give that glimpse for the shows of the rest of the globe combined."

Dr. Arnold J. Toynbee (1889-1975) the great British historian. .His massive research was published in 12 volumes between 1934 and 1961 as `A Study of History'. Author of several books, including Christianity: Among the Religions of the World and One World and India.^ Volume 1, Book 12, Number 711.

^ Studies in World Christianity 6:1-20.

^ The one world religion is a revival of the Babylonian one world religion.
  • Heeding Bible Prophecy: New Religion 28 January 2010 0:44 UTC watch.pair.com [Source type: Original source]

Toynbee was a major interpreter of human civilization in the 20th century.
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    • It is already becoming clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to end in self-destruction of the human race.^ Genesis: A history of the beginning of the world, the human race, and God's early dealings with mankind through the Patriarchal Age.
      • What is Christianity? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.afn.org [Source type: Original source]

      .At this supremely dangerous moment in human history , the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together in to a single family.
    • So now we turn to India.^ Only on the principled issues of the violation of human dignity and the commercialization of the human person is the Church at odds with modern science in any fundamental way.
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But if they say no, and this is so often the case, the only way to make them share everything is to take away their free will.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The aggression that powered human evolution has now become a perilous legacy, an original sin, transmitted not only in our education but in our genes.

      .This spiritual gift, that makes a man human, is still alive in Indian souls.^ This chain of events was started by other spiritual entities when they exhibited w bbur (bad character) by laughing the old man who was trying to make merry.

      ^ But even great souls like Moses are not exempted from making mistakes while still on earth in the flesh.

      ^ The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man's judgment: 'For who has known the mind of the Lord that He may instruct him?'
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Go on giving the world Indian examples of it.^ You are going to define away any example I give you, aren't you?
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      .Nothing else can do so much to help mankind to save itself from destruction.
    • There may or may not be only one single absolute truth and only one single ultimate way of salvation.^ I contend that there is only one.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is only One who does.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We can have it only one of two ways; either there is an ID or there is chance."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      We do not know. .But we do know that there are more approaches to truth than one, and more means of salvation than one.’’‘‘This is a hard saying for adherents of the higher religions of the Judaic family (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), but it is a truism for Hindus.^ More than one version?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ What can I say, there is no higher appeal.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is no difference in speaking of Ptare as one religion and speaking of Christianity or Islam as one religion.

      The spirit of mutual good-will, esteem, and veritable love ... is the traditional spirit of the religions of the Indian family. This is one of India’s gifts to the world.
    • At the close of this century, the world would be dominated by the West, but that in the 21st century "India will conquer her conquerors."

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) Scientist, philosopher, bohemian, and radical. A theoretical physicist and the Supervising Scientist for the Manhattan Project, the developer of the atomic bomb. Graduating from Harvard University, he traveled to Cambridge University to study at the Cavendish Laboratory.
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    • Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.
    • The general notions about human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of or new.^ Which one is right about human nature?
      • The real God is HOLY [Archive] - Lebanese Forces Official Forums 20 September 2009 1:46 UTC www.lebanese-forces.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ That is all I am saying (about women in general).
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I can accept that as humans we may not understand presently all there is to understand.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place.^ "Yes, and in all instances it reduces to dreaming about our own immortality, even if it is by proxy" .
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I have to agree with earlier posters who lament that the religionists (majority of the US population) lack even the BASIC tools needed to fathom our world and our places in it.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The first and only life form in the billions of years history of life on this planet that can imagine the likelihood of other life forms existing elsewhere in the universe, or even outside of our universe.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      What we shall find [in modern physics] is an exemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom.
    • The juxtaposition of Western civilization's most terrifying scientific achievement with the most dazzling description of the mystical experience given to us by the Bhagavad Gita, India's greatest literary monument.

Klaus L. Klostermaier professor of Religious Studies at the University of Manitoba.
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    • Hinduism has proven much more open than any other religion to new ideas, scientific thought, and social experimentation.^ But we are all much more than that.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ So, I have no more reason to believe in your religion than I have to believe in any other.
      • The real God is HOLY [Archive] - Lebanese Forces Official Forums 20 September 2009 1:46 UTC www.lebanese-forces.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ When we can do this then any thought we have becomes so much more powerful.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      .Many concepts like reincarnation, meditation, yoga and others have found worldwide acceptance.^ Like many others you say you couldn’t bring yourself to torture a baby, but depending on the circs it is quite possible for any of us to do that awful thing.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ You haven't noticed Gad and Jeff and many other posters not only criticizing people like Sam and Lindajean for experimenting with meditation but eluding that Sam the great atheist is backsliding into supernatural thought?
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ So it might not seem so to you Bernie, but from the outside looking in, it sure seems like you have a need for all others to appreciate poetry and disregard meditation.” .
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It would not be surprising to find Hinduism the dominant religion of the twenty-first century. It would be a religion that doctrinally is less clear-cut than mainstream Christianity, politically less determined than Islam, ethically less heroic than Buddhism, but it would offer something to everybody.^ First he gives a clear-cut analysis of the spiritual and natural dimensions of the disease called smallpox.

      ^ Some argue that Buddhism is a philosophy rather than a religion.

      ^ Islam would have Christians and Jews believe that this pagan Allah who insists on world domination and death to non-believers -- and who is the same god who offers Muslim terrorist martyrs hedonistic sex with virgins in heaven - is the same Christian and Jewish "holy God of the Book".
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      .It will appear idealistic to those who look for idealism, pragmatic to the pragmatists, spiritual to the seekers, sensual to the here-and-now generation.^ As I gazed on the picture of those first Western believers, a huge banquet hall with what looked to be at least a thousand believers, I noticed a man in the very front who looked so familiar.

      ^ We reserve the right to ridicule, ban, or generally ignore and then delete those who burst our bubble.

      ^ The purification and perfection of such knowledge also gave him power to appear before those whom he loved the most, as one who was resurrected from the dead.

      Hinduism, by virtue of its lack of an ideology and its reliance on intuition, will appear to be more plausible than those religions whose doctrinal positions petrified a thousand years ago.

George Bernard Shaw, (1856-1950) a vegetarian and Nobel Laureate in Literature.
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    • The Indian way of life provides the vision of the natural, real way of life.^ The way I see it, everything real is natural.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But when it's the foundation of religious or spiritual faith, we're out of balance, way up there in our own head, not grounded in natural reality.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      We veil ourselves with unnatural masks. .On the face of India are the tender expressions which carry the mark of the Creators hand.
    • The apparent multiplication of gods is bewildering at the first glance, but you soon discover that they are the same GOD. There is always one uttermost God who defies personification.^ There is only one God (Deut.
      • What is Christianity? 19 January 2010 8:49 UTC www.afn.org [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is only one God and one baptism.

      ^ Sarfati, J., If God created the universe, then who created God ?
      • Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC creation.com [Source type: Original source]

      .This makes Hinduism the most tolerant religion in the world, because its one transcendent God includes all possible gods.^ Those are your possibilities and only ONE can make sense of all of this.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ But apparently his world-view is the only one that can make sense of it all.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ That is not possible because religion invented marriage.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      In fact Hinduism is so elastic and so subtle that the most profound Methodist, and crudest idolater, are equally at home with it.

Sir Charles Eliot (1862-1931), British diplomat and colonial administrator, a famous scholar and linguist of Oxford.
    • Let me confess that I cannot share the confidence in the superiority of Europeans and their ways which is prevalent in the West. .European civilization is not satisfying and Asia can still offer something more attractive to many who are far from Asiatic in spirit.
    • I do not think that Christianity will ever make much progress in Asia, for what is commonly known by that name is not the teaching of Christ but a rearrangement of it made in Europe and like most European institutions practical rather than thoughtful.^ I resonate to notions of the One much more than the Many.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Each re-reading offers up new insights, with some thoughts popping out of a page with much greater vigor than before.
      • Church of the Churchless: Taoism 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC hinessight.blogs.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Conversely, the more marked intellectualism of Christianity, especially in Western Europe, can be a challenge to Japanese Buddhists to think beyond cherished practices and to pose afresh questions of religious truth, in more open dialogue with contemporary philosophies.

      And as for the teaching of Christ himself, the Indian finds it excellent but not ample or satisfying. .There is little in it which cannot be found in some of the many scriptures of Hinduism..."
    • The claim of India to the attention of the world is that she, more than any other nation since history began, has devoted herself to contemplating the ultimate mysteries of existence and, in my eyes, the fact that Indian thought diverges widely from our own popular thought is a positive merit.
    • Hinduism has not been made, but has grown.^ There, this man found some people.
      • True History of Islam, Mohammed and the Koran 28 January 2010 0:00 UTC bibleprobe.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It has not been any more standard than other moralities."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It is found from within and we become aware of it from our own and others' experiences and contemplation.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      It is a jungle, not a building. .It is a living example of a great national paganism such as might have existed in Europe if Christianity had not become the state religion of the Roman Empire, if there had remained an incongruous jumble of old local superstitions, Greek philosophy, and oriental cults such as the worship of Sarapis or Mitras.
    • Compared to Islam and Christianity, Hinduism’s doctrines are extraordinarily fluid, and multiform.^ There are many national variations to this religion.

      ^ Religion in such cases becomes a cocoon.

      ^ If there is progress it is in the direction of pragmatic efficacity, of bringing the religion closer to the lives and the needs of the people.

      India deals in images and metaphors. .Restless, subtle and argumentative as Hindu thought is, it is less prone than European theology to the vice of distorting transcendental ideas by too stringent definition.^ It has less to do with theses than with a wisdom enacted in daily life, a sensibility as prone to esthetic as to religious expression.

      ^ You say earlier: "He gives our side of the argument credibility by being so open minded and willing to explore transcendental thought.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Logically, by definition you cannot be less than 100% human, if you are human, just as Jesus cannot be less than completely God and still be God.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      It adumbrates the indescribable by metaphors and figures. .It is not afraid of inconsistencies which may illustrate different aspects of the infinite, but it rarely tries to cramp the divine within the limits of a logical phrase.
    • The Hindu has an extraordinary power of combining dogma and free thought, uniformity, and variety.^ "GAD: "The thing to note is that they are trying to make free will work within the physical world laws."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ It's just my way of illustrating that there may be a higher (or different if you prefer) purpose that we serve that we are not aware of like the bee."
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The thing to note is that they are trying to make free will work within the physical world laws.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      Utmost latitude of interpretation is allowed. In all ages Hindus have been passionately devoted to speculation. It is also to point out that from the Upanishads down to the writings of Tagore in the present day literature from time to time enunciates the idea that the whole universe is the manifestation of some exuberant force giving expression to itself in joyous movement.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founder of the Bangalore based Art of Living an International Foundation. He recently addressed the UN Peace Summit on Aug 28.
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    • Hinduism is not a religion; it is just a way of life that thousands of Rishis have written about.^ We need a lot of media coverage to let people know that the spindoctors only represent a small part of the population, and that all the hoopla about religion is just that B.S. .
      • The Tyee — Preaching the Word of Atheism 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC thetyee.ca [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The Seven Stages of the Hierarchy of Needs is just a plagiarism on the Theories of Tantric or Kundalini Yoga known about in India for thousands of years.
      • The Kundalini Kriyass of Kriya Yoga!! Energy Enhancement Meditation Course Level 1 14 January 2010 9:19 UTC www.energyenhancement.org [Source type: General]

      ^ On Religion: It's not just about paying lipservice to an unknowable Essence that we think will punish us if we act 'wrong' .

      .It is such a democratic religion where everybody has the freedom to think, write or say whatever they want.^ If you say you are against their religion, they think your are bad.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ If you say your are for their religion, they think you are good.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ I don’t think so yet they are saying what they think he wants, says and desires….
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .We have no opposition for any other philosophy coming into us.^ What would have us tell our children, you ain't got no hope in hell of ever having everlasting love so just take what you can get when it comes along.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ The other, and less bad, vices come from the devil working on us through our animal nature.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ Yes there are other ways to know about God for God speaks to us by what He has created, but only through His Son and by His Spirit can we truly come to know Him in Person.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      .We have no opposition for the Bible to be part of our own study.^ No we do not exist by our own power.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ There is no boasting on our part before God, but thankfulness in His mercy to us who deserve His justice for doing what is wrong in His sight.
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]
      • On Faith Panelists Blog: The Problem with Atheism - Sam Harris 19 January 2010 8:48 UTC newsweek.washingtonpost.com [Source type: Original source]

      ^ We close our eyes to the big problems in our own part of the world with pathetic policies that promote more problems and more pathetic policies.
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