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    A south Indian from India would be shocked to see American Hindu temples.
    In what way ? Can you elaborate ?
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    Hinduism is as Vast as the universe itself. None of us can claim to Know it all (even though some Medhavis on this site claim it).
    So we have to choose what we want at that time. It is like a Salad Bar at the Whole food market or some Las Vegas casino, it is almost endless.
    So today you just might want to pick fruits, next day it may be greens, and then again it might be all deserts. You can also have any other combination.
    Depending on the age of the children you might keep it simple, but be flexible to answering complicated topics. There is no shame is accepting that one may not know all answers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mkrishna100 View Post
    In what way ? Can you elaborate ?
    I was involved in the construction of the Temple here in my town. We have about 12,000 hindus here. The majority of donors were from South India. So the person chosen for the religious architecture was from south India. But the community wanted all these other deities that the Agama Shastra did not even mention. Secondly all Temples in NA have to have Bathroom facility. The devotee have to have enclosed (heated) space for removing shoes. There has to be public eating facility.
    A lot of temple do not Gurbhagraham. Some do not have space for Pradhakishna.
    IN a NA Temple generally they will have 10 or 15 deities. Some of the priest we bring from India do not have prayers for them. We have to have a vaisnava priest and a smartha priest. Then we have North Indian and South Indian Priests. It is too many things unique to North American Hindu Temples.
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    In India and in tamilnadu too there are varieties of temps, and most of the small temples may not follow agaric rules. The presiding deity in vaishnava temples do not face East in all temples, but the thayar temple will always face East. There are recommendations and gudelines, and all may not follow that.
    A visit to any temple website, like esamkruti.com, will be humbling experience for one sensitive to Hindu ethos. Only ego ridden will take pot shots and swing like Don quixotic.
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    No contradictions, only paradoxes


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    In all religions:
    Actions of those who claim to be practitioners of a religion cannot be taken to represent the religion.
    There are Hindus who as people do contradictory things but they may not be aligned with any of the teaching.

    For understanding a religion one needs to understand the scriptures of the religion and what they stand for.
    In Hinduism there is not a single scripture, there are too many.
    No, it is not the so called Vedas - no one I know keep Veda books like a Bible at home. We have too many scriptures.

    Hindus *by and large* have three approaches to their religion.

    1. Delusional devotion, make things up and cite nonsense attributing them to some scriptures. The latest trend is to try to become history centric like the biblical religions. They look down upon category 2 below for not being devotional
    2. Delusional intellection - Those that have no clue what the teaching is, make things up, keep asking why without thinking, laugh at the delusional devotees. Often this is made up of people who were very religious once and found that their extraordinary effort only frustrated the hell out of them because of seemingly contradictory things said by various scriptures and various people. As they cross 50 or 60 they have a life crisis because the whole thing makes no sense.
    3. These people do not care - they just want all kinds of goodies, they think there is some force out there and are afraid of them. They pray not out of conviction but out of need or fear. They want to do some worship just to be sure plus it is part of their identity.


    There are more variations as well as exceptions.

    Chinmaya mission and other such organizations do have good books and training classes for children and adult-children.
    Kids need to develop strong character to face the world with conviction.

    For those who care to seek the truth at any cost, there are no contradictions but only paradoxes which can be understood with effort.
    Qualified teachers are indeed hard to find. But they are out there even if they are not all that well known.

    PS: If you go to a temple, just visit one Devatha of your choice for prayers. It will be more effective. Other deities do not mind :-).
    Last edited by tks; 28-08-2015 at 02:46 AM. Reason: added last line and PS
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    I have tried to address most of these question in my book " Hinduism: The Vedic Religion" The book is 100 odd pages and tries to cover most of the topics in a page or two. The book has been published by me and if interested, please let me know and I will send you a copy. My i.d is rajrajamani@outlook.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raj Rajamani View Post
    I have tried to address most of these question in my book " Hinduism: The Vedic Religion" The book is 100 odd pages and tries to cover most of the topics in a page or two. The book has been published by me and if interested, please let me know and I will send you a copy. My i.d is rajrajamani@outlook.com
    If it is in a pdf form, why not attach it here to your next posting? Unless you are selling it which is different.
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    The book is printed edition and not in a pdf format
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    What contradictions exist in Hinduism?


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    Ekam sad viprăh bahudhă vadanti,


    Indram mitram varuNam agnim ăhuh,
    atho divyah sa suparNo garutmăn,
    ekam sad viprăh bahudhă vadanti,
    agnim yamam mătari’švănam ăhuh. (Rigveda 1.164.46)

    They hail Him as Indra, as Mitra, as VaruNa, as Agni,
    also as that divine and noble-winged Garutmăn.
    It is of One Existence that the wise ones speak in diverse ways,
    whether as Agni, or as Yama, or as Mătari’švăn. (R.V.1.164.46)

    The above verse summerises the contradictions in Hindu thought.
    Some where I read that Hinduism is "Monotheistic Polytheism" (confusing
    indeed).Hindus worship multiple forms of one God. The freedom given to
    individuals in Hindu religion in their spiritual approach gives to contradictions.

    Brahmanyan,
    Bangalore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brahmanyan View Post
    Ekam sad viprăh bahudhă vadanti,


    Indram mitram varuNam agnim ăhuh,
    atho divyah sa suparNo garutmăn,
    ekam sad viprăh bahudhă vadanti,
    agnim yamam mătari’švănam ăhuh. (Rigveda 1.164.46)

    They hail Him as Indra, as Mitra, as VaruNa, as Agni,
    also as that divine and noble-winged Garutmăn.
    It is of One Existence that the wise ones speak in diverse ways,
    whether as Agni, or as Yama, or as Mătari’švăn. (R.V.1.164.46)

    The above verse summerises the contradictions in Hindu thought.
    Some where I read that Hinduism is "Monotheistic Polytheism" (confusing
    indeed).Hindus worship multiple forms of one God. The freedom given to
    individuals in Hindu religion in their spiritual approach gives to contradictions.

    Brahmanyan,
    Bangalore.
    Thank you, Mr Barhmanyan.
    This actually seem to be a strength of Hinduism. Helps people coexist with mutual respect

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