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  1. Laddu1

    Where to find people who love Deity worship?

    Hello everyone! I hope this is ok to post here. I am relatively new here. Last year I officially left Iskcon after 6 years (although 3 out of those years I had already not been going to the temple but still associated myself with iskcon). From everything that I had learned to practice there...
  2. C

    What Do You Know About Rangda?

    I am a Canadian Religious Studies Major, just graduated and I am interested in the figure of Rangda from Balinese Hinduism and mythology. I have read a few books on Rangda and have done various internet web research, but I would like to listen and hear what an actual Balinese person would like...
  3. sayak83

    Survey of religious attitudes: India

    The Pew have published a detailed survey on the religious beliefs in India. Lots of insight. Here is the detailed article. Thanks @Vinayaka for the original thread. Religion in India: Tolerance and Segregation
  4. The Crimson Universe

    Did Hinduism start with the arrival of the Aryans?

    Even though most hindus consider that hinduism is an eternal religion and that it existed from time immemorial, historians on the other hand believes that the roots of hinduism can be traced back to the Vedic period, with the arrival of the Aryans in the Indian subcontinent (1500 BCE - 500 BCE)...
  5. The Crimson Universe

    What's the point in living, when we're all eventually gonna die?

    We all know the world is constantly changing and that nothing lasts forever and yet i see people all around me, getting along with their daily life as if there's nothing wrong. Not once do they think that they're all gonna die (i.e. their vessels or sheaths gonna die). Not once do they think...
  6. R

    Heaven - Being Reborn as Dogs/Cats

    Many people know that Hindus believe that we come back as lower life forms - bugs, animals etc First of all let us understand that Hindu ideas were never meant exclusively for Hindus - Hindus don't preach that way, these ideas apply to ALL of us. These are God's laws - they apply to ALL life...
  7. ronki23

    What are the castes in Sikhism ?

    Ramgharia, Ravidas, Vohra, Jat, Khatri ????? What are these equivalent to in Hindu castes ?
  8. ronki23

    Muhammad in Mahabharat

    What if Muhammad A) Replaced Yudishtra before the exile of the Pandavs-knowing they were cheated B) Replaced Arjun in the battle of Kurukshetra C) Replaced Bheem when fighting Duryodan D) Replaced Krishna in the battle of Kurukshetra or when fighting Duryodan
  9. ronki23

    Questions on Mahabharat and Geeta

    Firstly, if this is in the wrong forum please move it to an appropriate one. I have been reading Amar Chitra Katha's Mahabharat and Geeta. I have some questions: Mahabharat 1) Why did Kunti not accept Karna as her son ? 2) Why did Karna choose the Kauravs? 3) Why did Vichitraveerya die of...
  10. A

    Questions for people who practice Hinduism

    If you don't practice Hinduism, feel free to keep scrolling! Hi, my name is Ari, and I'm wondering if you could answer some basic questions about Hinduism for me. Thank you! Are you vegetarian? How long have you been practicing Hinduism? What gods do you worship? What texts have you...
  11. Domi333

    Rights of Hindus and Polytheists in Islam

    Considering Muhammad’s actions of destroying and supporting the destruction of idols, what rights would polytheists or Hindus have in Islam? Demolition of Dhul Khalasa - Wikipedia
  12. Ashiqur Rahman

    Interfaith Marriage in Hinduism

    I am Muslim and I am in Love with a Hindu girl. I think my life will have no meaning without her. Is interfaith marriage permitted in Hinduism?? How can I convince her parents?
  13. H

    Desires and modern hindu youth-hinduism

    Hi all namaste I’m new to this forum, I’m a hindu youth in my mid 20’s and come from a staunch practicing hindu family. I currently live in the United States as I came here to do my masters education. In recent times i have started reading about our gurus and spiritual practice. I do however...
  14. SalixIncendium

    Is Advaita Vedanta Theistic or Non-Theistic?

    I found an interesting article from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy that states that Advaita Vedanta is considered to be non-theistic. It discusses how Advaita posits that all is (Nirguna) Brahman, and that it has no attributes or properties, it cannot be understood as a god. "Advaita...
  15. stvdv

    Another interpretation of the 33 million Gods in Hinduism

    Another interpretation of the 33 million Gods in Hinduism Non-Hindus always criticize Hinduism having so many Gods. Usually I argue "Hindus see 1 God, it's just characteristics. It's you who see many Gods. As you speak of My God, Your God etc. Whereas we Hindus see only 1 God for all" I...
  16. firedragon

    Why Hinduism

    As far as i know 1. Hinduism is a term that refers to the religion or/and philosophy of the Hindu. But is it the other way around or is it simply both ways? 2. Scholars have said that it is a pantheistic religion. But is it monotheistic or is it polytheistic? 3. Hinduism doesnt take evil as...
  17. ronki23

    Were Hindus and Buddhists enemies?

    The antics of Adi Shankara in the 8th century assuming he was born in 788 and died in 820 CE are well known and part of history. Sankara postulated the Vedas as authority; and hence was ranked as a Sanatani. Later on, the priestly class appropriated this and Max Muller called it Hinduism. Thus...
  18. white_lotus

    Why do we workship Shani, Rahu and Ketu when they're malificious?

    This is something that I'm not able to understand. I can understand going to the temple and praying to Gods and Godesses. However, according to our Hindu scriptures, Shani, Rahu and Ketu are evil and malicious by nature. Then why do we go to their temples and why do we workship them? Moreover...
  19. ronki23

    Rama and Hercules

    I dreamt about this but isn't the Ramayan the Indian version of Hercules? Like Hades, Ravana kidnaps Rama's/Hercules' wife. In the ensuing battle, Hercules/Rama cuts off the head of the Hydra but more regrow in its place- just like how Ravana's heads grew back when they were cut off. Rama...
  20. U

    Searching for a Hindu to interview on 6 month miscarriages

    Hello, my name is UEV and I am a former undergrad from University. Yet currently, I am enrolled with an online graduate program with John F. Kennedy University and am looking for an individual to interview for my World Spirituality class. I am searching for someone who is Hindu to ask a series...