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by Nicholas
Thu Oct 22, 2020 4:15 am
Forum: General Dharma comparisons
Topic: Vedanta compared to Buddhism
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: Vedanta compared to Buddhism

There are at least two Mahayana understandings of buddha-nature or dharmata. Some think it is fully present within every person, but ineffectual without a direct awareness. Others think of it as a seed or potential that can be unfolded into buddhahood. Will have to think & research some old Vedanta ...
by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:34 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 12
Views: 31735

Re: Bhagavad Gita

No need for posting the entire text of chapter nine. Just a few verses and/or the link alone will do.
by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 8:39 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 12
Views: 31735

Re: Bhagavad Gita

Earlier in chapter 9, there were a couple of verses that mentioned those hostile to living a spiritual life. Swami Rama comments: 11. Only the foolish attribute to Me a lesser station when I assume human bodies—not knowing My supreme aspect, which is the great Lord of all beings. 12. Of vain expecta...
by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavad Gita
Replies: 12
Views: 31735

Re: Bhagavad Gita

Minds & spiritual tendencies vary much between individuals, but chapter 16 is a good reliable guide for living. Over 5000 years ago Krishna tells his warrior disciple Arjuna what sorts of virtues to have and which vices to avoid. In short, the line between Divine & demonic humans is made clear. Befo...
by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 198
Views: 330130

Re: What music are you listening to now?

by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 3:17 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: What music are you listening to now?
Replies: 198
Views: 330130

Re: What music are you listening to now?

by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 2:18 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: 15 most religious countries
Replies: 3
Views: 21

Re: 15 most religious countries

From the same US News site:
Meanwhile, the United States, with freedom to practice religion guaranteed in its Constitution, ranks No. 55. Sweden and Australia are perceived to be the least religious countries at Nos. 72 and 73, respectively.
by Nicholas
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:31 am
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: Shurangama Mantra
Replies: 2
Views: 46797

Re: Shurangama Mantra

Here is the text with recitation of the wondrous benefits of this mantra. At around 18 minutes the mantra verses begin:

by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:29 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

Of course we are to remember that Krishna is the Source of Vishnu, and that He is the same yesterday, today, tomorrow, and forever, being the Source of all Emanations and Incarnations. Om Tat Sat Hare Krishna! Yes that Purport is a clear & full explanation. But your chart above says Krishna is one ...
by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:36 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

For those who wish to study the Bhagavatam but who have no specific lineage to follow and just wish to immerse themselves in the text, I will suggest the recent three volume version done by Bibek Debroy as a starting point. Here is part of his Introduction giving the difficulties that he or any tran...
by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

Brahma Das wrote: Tue Oct 20, 2020 6:39 pm
I chant Hare Krishna all day, as well as some Buddhist Mantras because Krishna is Buddha according to the Vedic Line.
You mean like Narasimha, Rama etc. Buddha is considered in the lineage of avatars?
by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:03 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

I will guess that version is your favorite Brahma Das? Have you read any other in English? Perhaps you are fluent in Sanskrit?
by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

Wiki shows how influential this work is, with many commentaries giving differing interpretations. Even in English translations there are many version to choose from. The Uddhava Gita section has only about three stand-alone versions that I know of - one Non-dualist, three Hare Krishnas & one other t...
by Nicholas
Tue Oct 20, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Bhagavata Purana
Replies: 15
Views: 15724

Re: Bhagavata Purana

Countless devas praised Krishna... 8. O Thou Invincible One, through Thy Mâyâ1 consisting of the three Gunas, and resting2 in them, Thou dost create, maintain and destroy in Thyself3 this unthinkable universe, but these activities do not touch Thee, for Thou art unimpeachable, being immersed in the ...
by Nicholas
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:29 pm
Forum: Judaism, Kabbalah-Jewish mysticism
Topic: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)
Replies: 9
Views: 66124

Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

The Call of God In the depths of the human soul the voice of God calls ceaselessly. The tumult of life can confuse the person so that most of the time he will not hear this voice. But under no circumstances will it be able to uproot the source of this voice which, in truth, constitutes the essence ...
by Nicholas
Mon Oct 19, 2020 6:23 pm
Forum: Judaism, Kabbalah-Jewish mysticism
Topic: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)
Replies: 9
Views: 66124

Re: Rabbi Abraham I. Kook (d. 1935)

Even great knowledge in itself will not be sufficient if it is not also accompanied with the other ethical virtues, without which it is impossible for the truth to be disclosed.
Essential Writings, page 28
by Nicholas
Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:42 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Eight Great Bodhisattvas
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Eight Great Bodhisattvas

I PROSTRATE TO THE BODHISATTVA MAHASATTVA KSHITIGARBHA! [ 1 ] I VENERATE YOU! I TAKE REFUGE IN YOU! From the Kshitigarbhadasachakrasutra [...] The bhagavat [Buddha] replied, “There is a bodhisattva mahasattva called Kshitigarbha. He has ripened beings throughout countless kalpas during times of fiv...
by Nicholas
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: Modes of Being
Replies: 2
Views: 58360

Re: Modes of Being

How it begins: The Treatise on the Modes of Being: “The Jewel that Gathers Forth Divinities and Glory”1 Just by calling Him to mind, the door to the treasure trove Of the intellect that knows the two modes of being Is opened. May the wisdom treasury of the Jinas, The Heroic Manjushri, protect you! I...
by Nicholas
Fri Oct 16, 2020 4:49 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Eight Great Bodhisattvas
Replies: 8
Views: 117

Re: Eight Great Bodhisattvas

Here is the Dedication at the end of A Garland of Jewels: Feeling even slight admiration for these deeds of the eight mahabodhisattvas is the ground of immeasurable virtue. Based on admiration, we develop the aspiration to do what they have done. That wish is the root of the mahayana path. We also n...