Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Challenged about vegetarianism.
"So some creatures are allowed to be meat eaters and others to be eaten out of a desire on the part of both? "
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"So awareness, then, is only awareness of bodily states? A devotee friend of mine says we have a level of awareness only available to us when we have re-awakened to our true identity. Our ordinary "I am" awareness is just in relation to the body. Our…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"Hare Krishna

I think I understand what you are saying. Since we are of the same substance as God, and God is never unknowing or unconscious, there must be at least an aspect of us that is the same. Does that sound like the right way to put it?

Har…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"Hare Krishna,
That makes sense. I've gotten the idea in my readings that the soul, the real identity of the person, is the sense of "I am" or pure conscious awareness, but now I see this may have been a mistaken notion. When I become unconscious, af…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"Hare Krishna
Much to ponder here, and I am very grateful for your help in overcoming this difficulty. 
Your servant,

Doran"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"Hare Krishna. 
Thank you for the excellent blog post. Very helpful. 

Your servant
Doran"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Aham Brahmasmi
"Hare Krishna,

So when we fall asleep or otherwise lose consciousness, the consciousness we lose is not pure consciousness?"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Puneet Soni's discussion Can Somebody help me with my downfall???
"Wow, thank you for this amazing long extract. Wonderfully helpful. Haribol. "
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion We are not these bodies
"That is a sobering thought about Arjuna. And I appreciate your point about not trying to artificially convince ourselves that we are not affected by bodily pain (or sickness, or pleasure, or grief, of whatever). I have no doubt that that is true at…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion We are not these bodies
"Hare Krishna, Mataji
PAMHO.
Thank you for your very helpful, detailed reply. It exactly addressed the source of my doubt, though I am still having difficulty understanding.
If someone cuts me, I say “I have been cut.” I—the soul. But if I am the sou…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion We are not these bodies
"Hare Krishna,
PAMHO.
I appreciate your insights very much. I have no doubt that I am not my body and that I will survive death. What strikes me as challenging is the idea that the soul is totally transcendent to the body and to experience. If I get…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Marginal energy
"I'll let others more learned than me speak to whether there could be only one energy. We do know that there is only one God, Sri Krishna, and that everything is His emanation, ultimately. "
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Marginal energy
"Hare Krishna.

You're probably right. I do feel like I'm stuck in a labyrinth with certain questions. Will keep chanting. 

Haribol,
Doran"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Marginal energy
"Hare Krishna,

Thank you for the reply. So then, it's just a matter of perspective. Being "contaminated" is just a state of mind? In reality everything is Krishna, and Krishna is always pure?"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Marginal energy
"Hare Krishna. That is a very helpful reply. Thank you.

So it is not like so-called Gnosticism where matter is considered evil. I would have thought that what "contaminates" is also, if not evil, then is at least not good. But from what you wrote he…"
May 15, 2019
Doran Hunter replied to Doran Hunter's discussion Marginal energy
"Hare Krishna,

Thank you for the reply. Then when Srila Prabhupada speaks of "contamination," he is speaking metaphorically, and in a way that simplifies things for us? Otherwise, since the material energy is Krishna's energy, and we are contaminate…"
May 15, 2019
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