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2007-08-18
Name: Editor Do you believe in God? What is your idea of God? Have you tried any spiritual practice?
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2007-08-23
#1
Name: Girish_J
Subject:  Philosophy of the East
Actually it is the entire philosophy and outlook of the East that is entirely different from that of the WEst that is reflected in Hinduism and its concept of the universal conciousness.
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2007-08-24
#2
Name: sauve_seeker
Subject:  West zand East
How true about the difference between the East and the West. In the East the spiritual aim is the annihilation of the ego, because of which there is visible this strongly inclusive attitude to spiritual paths. That is why the Upanishads had no documented authors. In the West oin the other hand the individual ego was sought to be celebrated and paths, philosophies, schools of thought were seen to be wholly exclusive of the others
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2007-08-20
#3
Name: Sachin
Subject:  Excellent
This article is simply superb. I myself did not know all this and reading it was like an eyeopener for me. I realised that most of us do not even know the basic concepts of our own religion yet we are quick to form opinions of the other religions around us.
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2007-08-20
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Name: Demosthenes
Subject:  Good
Excellent stuff. You are right about God in Hinduism being impersonal and formless. Wish many Hindus would see that. In today' s world, most of us don' t bother to understand the great scriptures of the past.
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2007-08-22
#5
Name: Jayanto
Subject:  Assimilating spirit
YEs, it is this spirit of assimilation that really marks out Hinduism. In that sense Hindusim is hardly a religion - or atleast not ´ one´ m religion. Even the Buddha is sometimes accepted as an incarnation of Vishnu!
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2007-08-21
#6
Name: hindu_at_heart
Subject:  To Demosthenes
Not quite true. In fact, the beauty of Hindusim that it equally easily lends itself to the concept of a formless, impersonal GOd, as to a highly personal or specific deity... so much so that you have the freedom to even create your own... there´ s even a temple dedicated to Amitabh Bacchan where the superstar is worshipped and the arti is performed in his name. I am not quite sure Hinduism would not open heartedly embrace atheism or agnosticism too.
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2007-08-20
#7
Name: Ajinkya
Subject:  Hi
Demo, " wish many hindus would see that" is weak assertion. Why should everyone believe in your conception of God? The fact is that very few people, not just Hindus, have the divine fortune to experience true divinity. I don´ t think it is possible for the average Hindu to understand that God is formless. Why should he? As someone said, if triangles had a god, he would be three-sided. The same is the case for people of all religions. Their " God" is just the person they really adore or admire or want to be. The true nature of God is a mystery only few can understand...

So don´ t expect the average joe to understand God is formless. First, try to understand that your soul itself is formless the body is just the clothing.
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