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Old 12-12-2008, 11:18 AM
 
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Kudos to my hindu friends out here, I was walking with my friend today in the town center when we were approached by two monks who gave us some literature to read. It made my day.
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Old 12-15-2008, 05:40 PM
 
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Monks are Buddhist. :-D
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Old 12-15-2008, 06:44 PM
 
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Monks are Buddhist. :-D
Yes, but all the big religions have a monastic element.
Hindu monks are called sadhus (there may be other types of Hindu monks - not sure) and they have renounced worldy ways to practice their religion full time. Some sadhus are very interesting folks with really odd religious fetishes.

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Old 12-16-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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Kudos to my hindu friends out here, I was walking with my friend today in the town center when we were approached by two monks who gave us some literature to read. It made my day.

Which literature was that? I will be very interested to read them too. I recently read "Autobiography of a Yogi" and really got inspired in to Yoga.
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Old 12-19-2008, 04:59 AM
 
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Which literature was that? I will be very interested to read them too. I recently read "Autobiography of a Yogi" and really got inspired in to Yoga.
The monks were from the Krishna consciousness society and the books are titled:

Srimad Bhagavatam first canto

Bhagavad Gita as it is

Both by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

I'm reading the second one atm. I'm specially happy since I have a 10 hour flight on sunday.
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Old 12-19-2008, 05:08 AM
 
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I have the Bhagavad Gita and another one on reincarnation that is called Coming Back both given to me by Krishna monks years ago. Interesting read.
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:25 AM
 
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Which literature was that? I will be very interested to read them too. I recently read "Autobiography of a Yogi" and really got inspired in to Yoga.

The autobiography of a Yogi is a supreme book, since I read it Paramahansa Yogananda became my guru

it is a beautiful story huh?
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Old 12-19-2008, 08:31 AM
 
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Kudos to my hindu friends out here, I was walking with my friend today in the town center when we were approached by two monks who gave us some literature to read. It made my day.
That is awesome Joaquin!!! after you finish reading the bhagavad gita as it is, I'd suggest you to read, God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita

This is an spiritual interpretation of the sacred text, Paramahansa Yogananda uses his intuition, as well as his knowledge of sanskrit and the yoga sutras of patanjali to explain you what is the true meaning of the story, and what does every character that appears on it represents.

Vyasa who was the author of the bhagavad gita, was clever enough to give every character a meaning he coded this meaning on the names of them, which are roots of sanskrit that have very precise meaning

I'd also like to say that the first culture to grasp the concept of infinity were the hindus and jains.

The Indian mathematical text Surya Prajnapti (c. 400 BC) classifies all numbers into three sets: enumerable, innumerable, and infinite. Each of these was further subdivided into three orders:
  • Enumerable: lowest, intermediate and highest
  • Innumerable: nearly innumerable, truly innumerable and innumerably innumerable
  • Infinite: nearly infinite, truly infinite, infinitely infinite
The Jains were the first to discard the idea that all infinites were the same or equal. They recognized different types of infinities: infinite in length (one dimension), infinite in area (two dimensions), infinite in volume (three dimensions), and infinite perpetually (infinite number of dimensions).

According to Singh (1987), Joseph (2000) and Agrawal (2000), the highest enumerable number N of the Jains corresponds to the modern concept of aleph-null (the cardinal number of the infinite set of integers 1, 2, ...), the smallest cardinal transfinite number. The Jains also defined a whole system of infinite cardinal numbers, of which the highest enumerable number N is the smallest.
In the Jaina work on the theory of sets, two basic types of infinite numbers are distinguished. On both physical and ontological grounds, a distinction was made between asaṃkhyāta ("countless, innumerable") and ananta ("endless, unlimited"), between rigidly bounded and loosely bounded infinities.

Kudos to you too!
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:46 PM
 
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The monks were from the Krishna consciousness society and the books are titled:

Srimad Bhagavatam first canto

Bhagavad Gita as it is

Both by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

I'm reading the second one atm. I'm specially happy since I have a 10 hour flight on sunday.

i love the bhagavad gita i havnt read the bhagavatam yet but have read some references on it, ive read a good few of prahupadas books he will take a couple of verses from the gita or other scriptures and write a whole book about them, explainin their meaning in life.

i think these scriptures are one of a kind especially the gita since it was spoken bye god himself to his desciple 5000 years ago.it is the instruction of the supreme personality of god and is the science of self realization,Krishna first spoke it to the sungod millions of years ago then the desciplic succsesion was lost and Krishna reinstated the knowledge to his friend and devotee Arjuna.then from arjuna thru desciplic succsession it was tought thruout the ages but had to be put into writin form since kali-yuga was a time of forgetfullness and mans memory would not be the same in this age
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