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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 21, 2013, 10:30:32 PM »

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Humour / Re: Funny pictures,quotes,videos...
« on: August 21, 2013, 07:08:58 AM »
Those are pictures of Axolotl babies.








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General Discussion / Re: The value of Certificates
« on: August 19, 2013, 06:48:35 AM »
This guy tours in my country sometimes.
According to my mother who believes in him, he just stands there, looking upon the people.
I think this is the cleverer version of this woman 'Amritanandamayi' who is known for her hugging sessions - she at least has got to do something!

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Great! Thanks' a lot.  :)

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General topics / Re: Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 11, 2013, 12:03:31 AM »
Well, according to this Wikipedia article Narada never married but claimed to have 60 wives.
Perhaps he's just too busy these days?

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General Discussion / Re: Krishna and Rama - did they really live?
« on: August 10, 2013, 11:56:39 PM »
Is it true that in some Versions of the Ramayana Rama is not an Avatar of Vishnu but an exemplary human being?

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General Discussion / Krishna and Rama - did they really live?
« on: August 10, 2013, 02:47:33 AM »
I mean, are they to be regarded as historically confirmed persons?

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General topics / Re: Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 09, 2013, 08:36:29 PM »
@Ravi N.

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General topics / Re: Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 09, 2013, 06:51:17 PM »



Jyothi,

it appears you seem to gather information from unauthentic sources. It is important to be sure about the source and their reputation and credibility. There are innumerable sources for information in the web, but most of them are bogus and spread wrong facts.
Well, it seems true that in India (and in China too, because of the only one child politics of the communist party) there are more men than women:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_states_and_territories_ranking_by_sex_ratio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_sex_ratio


The other social aspect concerning the status of women in Indian Society-I warmly recommend the Talk by Swami Vivekananda,so very incisive and objective and insightful.
Here is an excerpt:
"When I hear Western women denounce the confining of the feet of Chinese ladies, they never seem to think of the corsets which are doing far more injury to the race. This is just one example; for you must know that cramping the feet does not do one-millionth part of the injury to the human form that the corset has done and is doing — when every organ is displaced and the spine is curved like a serpent. When measurements are taken, you can note the curvatures. I do not mean that as a criticism but just to point out to you the situation, that as you stand aghast at women of other races, thinking that you are supreme, the very reason that they do not adopt your manners and customs shows that they also stand aghast at you.
That is true: Wearing corsets and speaking critical about foot deformation is hypocritical.


Jyothi,

regarding Dowry, let me present you the following excerpt:

Dowry was not a part of the Indian marriage before European influence crept into the society. The earliest example of Europeans practicing the dowry in India, the case of Mumbai, which was presented as part of the dowry when Princess Catherine de Braganza of Portugal was married to King Charles II in 1661. The native population disliked practicing dowry, as they believed that this would lead "obliged to buy them husbands". Writes Alex Knox, when addressed to David Doig, Lord Provost of Montrose,

"As I observed before, their marriages are all conducted by the parents during the parties infancy, the expence of this ceremoney, which is considerable according to the ranks of the persons married, is always from the bridegroom's family, nor is it customary to give any fortunes with their daughters, because it should not be said they were obliged to buy them husbands, for this custom it seems they despise the Europeans very much."

(Wikipedia)

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Thank you for this information, I didn't know that.  :)

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Health & Welfare Issues / Vedic horoscope
« on: August 09, 2013, 07:02:54 AM »
Does someone know a good astrologer who makes horoscopes out of interest, not for profit?
I would like to have answers to some key questions via e-mail.

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General topics / Re: Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:18:45 PM »
Why do Hindus not want daughters, not even the gods?
This confuses me - on the one hand you have all those powerful goddesses, on the other hand Hindu couples check the baby's sex before it is born and abort the girls.  ???
Where does that dowry tradition come from, is it from vedic times?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Re: Karma
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:11:42 PM »
What happens when the Prarabdha karma of two persons collides?
Like, one person's karma is to jet a certain job - but another person also has the karma to get this job?

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The teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi / Karma
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:36:37 AM »
From here:

*M:*  Their destiny is what happens. There is no thwarting of destiny. You mean to say everybody's life is totally determined at his birth? What a strange idea! Were it so, the power that determines would see to it that nobody should suffer.

So there seems a difference here in regard to the teachings about Karma.
Can someone explain this?

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General topics / Re: Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 08, 2013, 11:25:21 AM »
Shiva is the one who is worshipped by the Asuras as well.He Grants boons to asuras and Vishnu is required to tackle them later!

Namaskar.
Is this not Devi's job?
She is a great demon fighter I read (Mahisasura, Bhandasura, Raktabija and so on).

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General topics / Some questions about Hindu mythology
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:44:53 AM »
As I am not an Indian, Hindu mythology sometimes is confusing for me.
Two questions often come to my mind:
- Why do Shiva & Uma have children but Vishnu & Lakshmi have none?
- Why do Shiva & Uma have sons only, but no daughter?
Books about Hinduism I read often state that this reflects the preference for sons and the aversion for daughters in the Hindu society (because of dowry).

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