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by Nicholas
Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:52 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: 84000 Translations
Replies: 22
Views: 42491

Re: 84000 Translations

Welcome Jenny, hope you find more Dharma Paths captivating.
by Nicholas
Wed Dec 08, 2021 3:24 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Book Reviews
Replies: 22
Views: 6059

Re: Book Reviews

It is a needed book by Helen Joyce -- Trans When Ideology Meets Reality . From her Intro: This is a book about an idea, one that seems simple but has far-reaching consequences. The idea is that people should count as men or women according to how they feel and what they declare, instead of their bio...
by Nicholas
Tue Dec 07, 2021 9:00 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vishnu Purana
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: Vishnu Purana

Rishi Parāśara: I bow to Viṣṇu, unchanging, pure, eternal, supreme, always in universal form, all-conquering, 1 Who is also Brahmā, Hari, Śiva, Vāsudeva, saviour and cause of creation, preservation and destruction of the world. 2 I bow to Viṣṇu whose form is one and many, gross and subtle, unseen an...
by Nicholas
Tue Dec 07, 2021 4:35 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vishnu Purana
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: Vishnu Purana

The new Taylor edition can be bought in book format, yet it is also free in pdf format:

https://press-files.anu.edu.au/download ... f/book.pdf
by Nicholas
Tue Dec 07, 2021 12:13 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vishnu Purana
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: Vishnu Purana

Parasara recalls Vasistha's advice about anger: Don’t be angry, my dear boy. Set aside your fury. The rākṣasas haven’t wronged your father. It was his destiny. 16 Only fools get angry, not the wise. Who is killed, dear boy, and who’s the killer, when a person merely suffers the outcomes of his actio...
by Nicholas
Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:30 pm
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vishnu Purana
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Re: Vishnu Purana

The excerpt above is Wilson's version from 1840, here is a 2021 rendering by McComas Taylor: Those unwise beings who see this world, which is in nature knowledge, as an object with reality sink in an ocean of delusion. But pure-hearted beings who understand true knowledge, highest Lord, see this wor...
by Nicholas
Mon Dec 06, 2021 4:34 am
Forum: Hindu Dharma
Topic: Vishnu Purana
Replies: 4
Views: 51

Vishnu Purana

The ignorant, who do not perceive that this universe is of the nature of wisdom, and judge of it as an object of perception only, are lost in the ocean of spiritual ignorance. But they who know true wisdom, and whose minds are pure, behold this whole world as one with divine knowledge, as one with ...
by Nicholas
Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:34 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert
Replies: 11
Views: 161

Re: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert

The Commies around 1920? or so, in USA, started using Catholic & Protestant groups among their many false fronts to twist them for Soviet benefit. (Far better than CIA, as present-day shows.)

But we are veering way :offtopic:
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:23 pm
Forum: Engaged Buddhism, engaged Dharma
Topic: Abortion
Replies: 6
Views: 1102

Re: Ahimsa

Buddha taught non-violence, so here are some verses from his Dhammapada on that: 129. All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill. 130. All tremble at violence; life is dear to all. Putting oneself in the place of an...
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 7:26 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert
Replies: 11
Views: 161

Re: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert

However, I can accept the simpler truth that the great Master Isha/Jesus still lives and has decided to appear in some Muslims' dreams. That's an interesting opinion, but apparently it just ain't right: https://www.biblicalintegrity.org/2012/03/01/muslim-visions-jesus/ This study concludes that the...
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:38 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert
Replies: 11
Views: 161

Re: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert

However, I can accept the simpler truth that the great Master Isha/Jesus still lives and has decided to appear in some Muslims' dreams.
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 5:30 pm
Forum: The Greatest of All Gifts
Topic: Gems of Wisdom
Replies: 422
Views: 410871

Re: Gems of Wisdom

Credulity has become a characteristic trait of the educated. Or to frame that inversely, it is the putatively uneducated who incline towards healthy skepticism.
David A. Eisenberg in American Greatness article.
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:05 pm
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert
Replies: 11
Views: 161

Re: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert

How might they affect Xtianity though? Increased conservatism, the likes of which one sees in the Orthodox church, for example. I agree with this point. But your first one about psyops & subversion makes no sense; unless someone (or a few) have the psychic power to invade dreams and imitate Jesus. ...
by Nicholas
Sat Dec 04, 2021 4:22 am
Forum: Christianity, Gnosticism-Christian mysticism
Topic: Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert
Replies: 11
Views: 161

Muslims Dream of Jesus and Convert

Many reports about this, especially in the last 20 years or so. One Muslim cleric said "millions" were converting to Christianity. Since there are about 1000 millions (aka one billion) in Islam these numbers of dreamy converts may not change Islam now. How might they affect Xtianity though? One samp...
by Nicholas
Fri Dec 03, 2021 4:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Book Reviews
Replies: 22
Views: 6059

Re: Book Reviews

The clear-eyed Alex Berenson has laid it all out, just facts & reason with no hyperbole. He calls this bestseller Pandemia -- here is an excerpt;

https://townhall.com/columnists/alexber ... s-n2599327
by Nicholas
Thu Dec 02, 2021 5:16 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: what is Jainism?
Replies: 14
Views: 23394

Re: what is Jainism?

The rest of the preface. Of course this book has selections for each kind of major Indian philosophy, even the Carvakas - very materialistic group who existed around the time of Mahavira & Buddha. The cause of the soul's embodiment is the presence in it of what is called karmic matter. The self is n...
by Nicholas
Wed Dec 01, 2021 10:22 pm
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: what is Jainism?
Replies: 14
Views: 23394

Re: what is Jainism?

More from the preface: [pardon missing diacriticals] In its perfect condition the soul is pure jnana and darsana , i.e., knowledge and intuition. In its imperfect condition there are disturbing media, passions and emotions, which cause the inflow of matter and prevent the soul from exercising its na...
by Nicholas
Wed Dec 01, 2021 3:40 am
Forum: Jain Dharma
Topic: what is Jainism?
Replies: 14
Views: 23394

Re: what is Jainism?

Source Book in Indian Philosophy has about 20 pages on this heterodox system. Here is part of the preface to the three selections: The Jainas are the followers of Vardhamana (Mahavira) (599 b .c. - 527 B.C.), who systematized the doctrine of the three tlrthankaras (founders of the path), Rsabha, Aj...
by Nicholas
Tue Nov 30, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Mahayana Buddhism
Topic: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)
Replies: 13
Views: 35261

Re: Je Tsongkhapa (d. 1419)

A key truth on dependent origination, from Illuminating the Intent page 94: “The three avenues” here are the three thoroughly afflicted factors of (1) afflictions, (2) karma, and (3) birth. That there is no beginning, no end, and no middle to these three is because from the afflictions arise karma, ...
by Nicholas
Mon Nov 29, 2021 2:02 am
Forum: Theravada Buddhism
Topic: Dhammapada
Replies: 11
Views: 44376

Re: Dhammapada

Immediately, the Dhammapada challenges us to reflect on our lives by contrasting skillful and unskillful ways of living. The opening verses are incisive: choose between patterns of thought and behavior, between habits that lead to enslavement and misery and habits that foster freedom and happiness....