That is interesting when you say strict vegetarian would you say you follow a vegan diet ? How do Hindus view Tofu for example ?There is no uniform standard dietary restrictions that Hindus follow, the only common being that vast majority of Hindus will avoid beef. However there can be different dietary restrictions based on different sects/castes. In my case for instance, I come from a Vishnav family and belong to Pushtimarg sect (Am from Rajasthan), and we happen to be strict Vegetarians. In my house even onions are usually not kept and our dietary pattern is quite similar to Jains, but this is not necessarily the case with even other Vaishnav sects let alone other Hindu sects.
The body teachings in Kundalini Yoga postulate a multitude of levels on which the material exists in different complexity (bodies).
Plants comprise the gross, pranic and astral level (bodies). Animals may additionally have a rudimentary mental body. Humans comprise all levels (bodies).
The levels in detail:
All these levels are interlaced like Russian dolls. The degree of fineness of the material increases with each level by a (provisionally said) billionfold. Each physical atom floats in a sea of ethereal atoms. Each ethereal atom floats in a sea of astral atoms. Each astral atom swims in a sea of mental atoms etc.
The biological body of man corresponds to the physical (gross) level. The etheric, surrounding (and penetrating) body serves to absorb the higher energies from the astral, mental, etc. body. The astral body is the body that surrounds it and penetrates it to connect the higher energies from the astral, mental, etc. plane to it, and passes away when the astral body separates from the physical body after biological death. The astral body has an independent being, also detached from the body, and is essentially the seat of emotions, i.e. the emotional world, of passions. It is constantly embedded in the higher bodies, the mental and the causal. The surrounding (and penetrating) mental body is the body with which man thinks.
The causal body corresponds to the cosmic consciousness. The mind recognizes that it is in everything, it penetrates everything that exists on all levels. It is the unity in diversity (atman = brahman).
When humans are under attack, our fight-or-flight reaction is triggered — and it turns out the same is true for plants too.allthatsinteresting.com
Yes, there is a concept of "Isht Devatha", personal deity. Every individual can worship the Higher Power/God in whatever form he or she wants and imagines. This does not mean they consider the other Gods not worthy of respect because we understand that all the Gods are just a manifestation of the Ultimate Brahman. This actually is also one of the major concepts of Hinduism.I'm not sure what you mean. Is that meant to be generalizing or do you want to say that in Hinduism there is amongst other things also this concept?
Steven Pinker argues with statistics that the world is in fact much safer than 50 years ago. How accurate is he?There is certainly a problem with women safety in India but statistically, there are lots of countries in the West in Europe and Americas that are worse. India has a population of 1.3 billion people. So, kindly don't turn into India bashing campaign.
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