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  1. User14


    Hello RF community. I'm new and I really like it here. These boards are like an interactive encyclopedia on religion. There's a lot to learn. My religious outlook is that of a Westerner drawn to Hinduism (I think I'll always be reluctant to call myself a Hindu because I see it as a term that...
  2. निताइ dasa

    The beauty of the language that is Sanskrit.

    Jaya Nitaai! So, I've been putting off writing this post for quite some time now, but I thought I might as well get on with it. Throughout the course of my study of Hindu scripture as well as the works of the spiritual teachers of my school, I am constantly amazed at the brilliance, beauty and...
  3. DPK_RG

    Duties of Husband and Wife According To Atharva Veda

    Vedas are the most important Indian scriptures written by ancient intellectuals. It describes every duty of a person born in the Vedic religion. Atharvaveda is the fourth book out of the total 4 Vedas, but has been a late addition to the Vedic scriptures. It clearly describes the duty of Husband...
  4. Ana.J

    Why cow is a sacred animal in India?

    Can you please explain why cow is a sacred animal in hinduism?
  5. D

    Hindu Gods & Goddesses Dishonoured

    Hi there, Hinduism is a major religion of the world. The Hindus worship many Gods & Goddesses in the form of idols and pictures. Unfortunately, even though the Hindu deities are worshipped with much love and devotion, they are dishonoured at every moment somewhere or the other. This happens...
  6. Satyamavejayanti

    What is Hinduism

    Namaste, Hinduism, I profess it, I express it, I accept and respect it, but what does it actually mean for me and my life? Is there a simple answer to “what is Hinduism”, or is it more complicated and more challenging to define? Those who have Shruddha in the Hindu idea, those that are not...
  7. Shaul

    How does Hinduism's dharma compare with Judaism's muss are?

    In Judaism the is a movement called Mussar. It uses self character improvement ethical living as the vehicles for spiritual growth. I am not familiar with Hinduism but would like input from those that are. More specifically how would Hinduism's Dharma paths compare with Judaism's Mussar? For...
  8. Subhankar Zac

    Hindu Extremism; melagaon, Mecca and more

    Often religious Terror and extremist ideas are thought to exist only in Christianity and Islam. But a few are shared by an eastern religion that had diversity as it's primary focus... As someone who subscribes to their beliefs, it is gross to see on the news about Hindu Terror. Today's verdict...
  9. Subhankar Zac

    Should the Swastika and Cross be banned throughout Europe?

    Ignorance against the Swastika symbol still is predominant in the west. It's the second most important symbol in Hinduism after the OM. In Buddhism and Jainism, it's the inverted one that is the prime symbol. Many nations are now favoring banning this symbol for its association with fascism...
  10. Subhankar Zac

    Halal & Kosher meat must be banned and stunning the animal before slaughter must be mandatory India

    India is the country of 3 Dharmic faiths and philosophies that often strictly promotes a vegetarian diet. The concept of AHIMSA, That predates modern Hinduism and Buddhism, against animals often made it impure for one to consume meat or eggs (Except Kshatriya clans and a few others) Many Hindus...
  11. Subhankar Zac

    Is killing insects, small plants, etc out of fear or by accident, still sinful?

    I have tremendous Arachnophobia and often I kill tarantulas that simply pop up in the walls of my room by spraying them with poisonous chemicals. I couldn't just throw it out of the room since I m really terrified of going near it. But after killing it, I do feel guilty and sad. I also evade...
  12. Subhankar Zac

    Why do we Fear death?

    Many people, virtually all to be accurate... Believe that Death is something negative as it takes the people we love away from us. But death is a natural end to all beginnings. What is created has to come to an end yet it seems we often cannot cope up with this idea. So, why do most of us fear...
  13. G

    Hindu - May I ask a few questions? :)

    Hi! I have an interview to do for my History of Religions graduate course. I was hoping I could ask a few questions for a practicing Hindu member of the forum to answer? :) The questions are: 1) What would you say is the most important part of daily Hindu life? 2) What is Karma? 3) How would...
  14. B

    Hinduism Interview

    Hi everybody. I am in a world religions class and I need to interview someone of the Hinduism faith. Please help. 1. How do you practice good karma? 2. How do you see reincarnation? 3. Except for reincarnation, is there any other ideas of afterlife? 4. Is there a rule for what someone of...
  15. sayak83

    Dharmic Religions Only: Evolutionary Science and Hindu/Buddhist worldviews.

    This thread is dedicated to exploring the significance of the science of evolution from the perspective of Hindu/Buddhist worldviews. On several occasions within Hinduism DIR, the topic of evolution came up and several members expressed strong reservations about it. So I thought that I would...