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Discussion in 'Are you new to ReligiousForums.com?' started by User14, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. User14

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    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 has an ethnic component to it, and I'm not Indian). I'm primarily drawn to the more personalist, devotion-oriented strands of the Shakta branch of Hinduism. But I also have an intellectual interest in Shaiva theology as well. I don't view Shaiva theology and Shakta practice as being contradictory.

    I feel like an oddity among Westerners who are drawn to Eastern religion and Goddess worship...because I'm not a liberal, feminist, esotericist, or New Ager. I've never even done yoga (or what is called yoga in the West). What drew me to Indian religion was the tradition of personalist bhakti, while I feel like a lot of Westerners are more drawn to the impersonalist, tantric/yogic side of Hinduism. I would be thrilled to meet people who are of a mindset similar to mine! But I want to learn from people who think differently as well.
     
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  2. sun rise

    sun rise "Let there be peace and love among all"
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    Welcome to RF.
     
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  3. pandagurl71

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    Welcome to RF!!!! I'm new too. Everyone seems very cool and respectful. I hope you like it here.

    Blessed Be.
     
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  4. Terese

    Terese Mangalam Pundarikakshah
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    Hello User14! We have a few Shaktas and Saivites here, so if you need more information about the philosophies of these sampradayas i'm quite sure they would be glad to help out! :D
     
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  5. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    Greetings User14.
    Welcome to RF!
    Tom
     
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  6. columbus

    columbus Conservative Catholic from Hell

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    There are several Western Hindus on RF.
    You might want to start a thread in The Virtual Ashram to meet them faster.
    Just a suggestion.
    Tom
     
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  7. User14

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    Thanks everyone!
     
  8. Laika

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    Hey user14, welcome to the forums. You may want to visit the Hindu dicuss individual religion (dir) subforum.

    https://www.religiousforums.com/forums/hinduism-dir.13/

    I hope you enjoy your time here. Feel free to Make yourself at home. :)
     
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  9. David1967

    David1967 Well-Known Member
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    Welcome to RF! Enjoy.
     
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  10. Rival

    Rival Mondasian
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    Welcome, I hope you find a place here.
     
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  11. Animore

    Animore Active Member

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    Welcome to RF. :) Glad the site can be of servicel
     
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  12. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Libertarian Capitalist Atheist Bokononist
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    Greetings, fellow oddity!

    RF is now serving breakfast in your honor.
    The theme is "odd food"...
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    Whooda thunk that this thread would flirt with Godwin's Law?
     
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  13. User14

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    Godwin's Law never surprises me anymore :D
     
  14. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest Libertarian Capitalist Atheist Bokononist
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    I never went searching for Hitler toast.
    But there it was!
    How could I not post it.
     
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  15. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    Welcome aboard :D

    Just be careful not to take everything here for granted. There are posts that degrade other beliefs, either intentionally or by misunderstanding.
     
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  17. DawudTalut

    DawudTalut Peace be upon you.

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    Peace be on you. Welcome.
     
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