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  1. sheru

    Hindus Only: Alternative to Naam japa in Hinduism (Advaita Vedanta)

    I used to do Naam Japa in the past but since I have come to know about Advaita this practice is unacceptable to my mind. I can't find it logical. Though I have experienced it's mind purifying benefits yet it doesn't satisfy my logical mind. Is there any way I can do something other than Naam...
  2. sun rise

    YouTube Channel "Lets Talk Religion"

    He's got an academic background in comparative religion. https://www.youtube.com/@LetsTalkReligion He covers not only the main revealed religions but also "Old Norse Religion", "Religion in Ancient Mesopotamia" and so forth. I watched two examples shown below which I found excellent. and
  3. Haru13

    Question about Lord ganesha trunk!

    I have a question about the depiction of Lord Ganesha's trunk and the story behind it. This Ganesh festival season, I've learned a lot about him but am still confused about which direction his trunk was originally facing when he first received the elephant head. I've heard there is some debate...
  4. AnthonyGiarrusso

    Power of Relics

    Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, and many other religions have relics. Sometime their small trinkets spanning into weapons and even human body part remains or full bodies. It is fascinating to me that so many people would treasure these relics for so long. It really shows how...
  5. ronki23

    Bhai Prithi Chand and Manohar Das

    The son of the 4th Guru Ram Das was Guru Arjun Dev, the 5th Guru. The son of Guru Ram Das and brother of Guru Arjun Dev was Prithi Chand. When Guru Arjun Dev went away on some business, he wrote letters to Guru Ram Das; Prithi Chand hid 3 of the letters from Guru Ram Das and regularly stole...
  6. DharmaCatLamp

    Was Muhammad A Prophet? Some Questions and Concerns

    Howdy! Recently I've been reading a lot about Jesus Christ and Muhammad. This is for a variety of reasons but the origins of both the early church and the early ummah are very interesting to me. I have my doubts about the exact nature of Jesus Christ but he is a very interesting figure and I...
  7. DharmaCatLamp

    Accepting Jesus Christ as Lord, Syncretism and relationship

    Howdy ho! At this point I may as well call myself Syncretism cat. Recently I was meditating and praying as is my usual activity. Sometimes I mix up which form of God I focus on though usually it is Kali, Shiva, Waheguru etc. This time I decided to use Christ as the center focus and use the...
  8. DharmaCatLamp

    Systems, Theology, No path Path

    Howdy! I just felt like sharing some thoughts. The universe started with a divine dance. Not something like a waltz but something more like salsa. Shiva and Shakti came together, and their dance created all things. There was passion, lust, adventure, thrills, horror and so many other things...
  9. DharmaCatLamp

    Interesting Experience and Thoughts about Interconnection

    So It's been a little while since I posted on these forums but I have been continuing my practice. Yesterday I was doing my normal ritual worship and meditation. I offered a banana to Ma Kali then bowed down so my head touched the floor. When my head touched the floor I was immediately filled...
  10. DharmaCatLamp

    I don't think Reincarnation Makes Much Sense

    Most of my religious beliefs come from experiences and personal evidence. The sort of thing where you have an experience and then extrapolate from that to get to something else. I started worshiping Kali cause I had a pretty profound experience. I had some faith in certain practices or the idea...
  11. Laddu1

    Where to meet other people interested in Hinduism?

    I know this seems a bit silly as most people would say "... uhh at the temple? duh??" but it is not so easy for me, or maybe I am making this too difficult (probably the latter). In my city we have one iskcon temple and a hindu minority. A "regular" hindu temple with various deities is located...
  12. DharmaCatLamp

    Asking Questions and Not Taking it All So Seriously

    Howdy! I just thought I’d share some thoughts while they were fresh in my mind. I’ve been fascinated with religion most of my life but for a long time it was purely academic. I was an atheist after I left Islam and remained as such for quite a while. I would debate people about the existence...
  13. firedragon

    Why Hinduism?

    This thread is opened to understand Hinduism better. My knowledge of Hinduism is very limited, but what I do know is that Hinduism is probably the most generic name used for the largest library of philosophies in the world. I remember vividly a scholar of sociology of religion once stated in a...
  14. DharmaCatLamp

    What would you like to share about your religion/worldview?

    Howdy! Being a cat I am ever curious. What do you want to share about your religion? What do you wish people would ask you about your religion? Are there any assumptions made that drive you nuts? What about common misconceptions you would like to correct? I think I would like to share that...
  15. DharmaCatLamp

    Filth and the Obsession with Purity

    Howdy! Humans are obsessed with filth and purity. Those two can be some of the easiest ways to define a culture. Things like Kosher, the obsession with purity by the brahmins in India, holding up ideals like chastity rather than being promiscuous. What is interesting to me is that despite the...
  16. Laddu1

    Is it ok to just love physical aspects of bhakti without the jnana aspect?

    Hello everyone!:) So basically what the title says. I used to be into philosophy as a teen, but now in my late twenties I rather find joy in just practicing a few things that I learned in iskcon mixed with my own interests, such as offering incense, bathing deities, sewing outfits, making...
  17. DharmaCatLamp

    Religion, Spirituality and Effort

    Howdy! I was thinking that a lot of folks seem to forget that spiritual paths require effort. Yes you might be a part of a path merely by claiming membership in said path but often this is only the beginning. If one claims to be a Buddhist for example this is all cool and good but if you...
  18. DharmaCatLamp

    Meaning In Fictional and "Real" Religion

    Howdy folks. This was inspired by the post Fictional Religions so you guys should check that out I suppose. I was thinking about fictional religions and the thought I kept coming back to is that whether an idea appears in what we might call fiction vs what we might call scripture is...
  19. DharmaCatLamp

    The Subtle Difference Between All religions are truth and All religions have some truth

    Howdy I have been thinking about the nature of truth and religion for a bit today so I decided I would type out my thoughts and share them. Some folks won't agree with the stuff I want to say and that is of course fine. There is a subtle difference between the idea that all religions have some...
  20. DharmaCatLamp

    DharmaCat Update

    Howdy folks! Not sure if any of y'all remember me but I was a frequent poster on here for a bit and decided I might come back on and do some more posting. Lately I've been continuing my Dharma practice. I am becoming increasingly convinced that there is a mystical thread that runs through all...