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What is your religion?

Postby greentara » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:33 am

What is your religion is a common question asked. In India it's easy to become spiritually promiscuous. To view a rupa of the Buddha, to then enter a mosque, watch the rituals in a Seik temple and then stand in front of the dancing Nataraja. You can bow or worship everywhere as where ever you go there seems to be a shrine or nook where devotion or meditation is taking place. Does this make the heart expand or is one being too expansive or perhaps too loose?
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby plwk » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:59 am

What is your religion? This
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Indrajala » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:59 am

A lot of polytheist cultures are like.

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Re: What is your religion?

Postby greentara » Wed Jul 03, 2013 10:10 am

plwk, Tok Pisin is the dialect of Melanesian Pidgin spoken by more than 2.5 million people in Papua New Guinea. It's used in the broadcast and print media, and in parliamentary debate. It's quite amazing to read the bible in pidgin English/Tok Pisin. I managed to get my hands on a pidgin English bible years ago and it was wonderful reading, great stuff.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby shaunc » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:01 am

I once watched a show on tv about Philippine merchant seamen and a nun in Australia that helped them in conjunction with the austalian maritime union. In one episode a sailor showed her his alter in his cabin, it contained a crucifix, a Buddha statue and a copy of the Koran. When the nun asked him why he said "sister, when that sea gets rough, you'll have a little bit each-way too. I always liked that answer.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby shaunc » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:01 am

I once watched a show on tv about Philippine merchant seamen and a nun in Australia that helped them in conjunction with the austalian maritime union. In one episode a sailor showed her his alter in his cabin, it contained a crucifix, a Buddha statue and a copy of the Koran. When the nun asked him why he said "sister, when that sea gets rough, you'll have a little bit each-way too. I always liked that answer.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Simon E. » Wed Jul 03, 2013 11:04 am

And when things go smoothly which is his refuge then ? Paradoxically that's the real test.
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Re: What is your religion?

Postby lobster » Wed Jul 03, 2013 4:00 pm

Does this make the heart expand or is one being too expansive or perhaps too loose?


Depends where you are. Fanatically dharmic or a slacker from the
'Church of the SubGenius' or vice versa . . .
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_the_SubGenius

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Re: What is your religion?

Postby Jainarayan » Wed Jul 03, 2013 5:31 pm

greentara wrote:Does this make the heart expand or is one being too expansive or perhaps too loose?


I think it depends on the individual. Some people are capable of taking a broad view, seeing everything as different versions of one thing and making it work. Some people get confused with too many options and need to adhere to one discipline. I'm the former... I take a broad view. I'm an unabashed universalist syncretic henotheist, specifically a Hindu-Buddhist-Daoist Syncretic Henotheist. It works for me.
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flawless in manner and intelligent, such one will honor gain. - Digha Nikaya III 273
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