Did Sri Shiva say anything to you? Have you had any sightings since? Does your family have any history of mental illness? How did you go about finding a Hindi temple near your home?
1) No, not in words. Following that experience, I did find quite a few writings from different religious traditions which seemed to be of a similar nature.
2) Nothing quite so dramatic, no.
3) I assume you mean my biological family (I was adopted), and I can't be totally sure of that, although I realize that depression and alcoholism run in the bloodline. (Both of which I have experienced at times in my life, though not prior to the experience in question.)
4) I actually didn't. I was living in a rural area of Pennsylvania at the time and it wasn't very religiously diverse. Fortunately, I was attending a nominally Christian college with a well-stocked library and some professors who were quite knowledgeable regarding religion. One of Hinduism's basic ideas is "Many paths, one truth." I explored various religious traditions when I had the chance over the years, until I moved near a Hindu Smarta temple in Ohio and started attending there on a regular basis (until I moved to Texas, at least). I met a scholar there who taught me a little Sanskrit and also discussed the religion from the point of view of someone born into it. I also attended an ISKCON gathering a few times there. Now I'm disabled and rarely leave my home, and don't really get to any churches/temples/etc.
Ok, but did you know your vision was Sri Shiva at the time you were having the vision - as in had you studied Hinduism previously and recognized Sri Shiva; or did you not know who Sri Shiva was until a later time when, upon reading some Hindu material, you recognized him? How did that part work?
Yes, I fully realize it may very well have been an hallucination or mental break of some sort.
@ Davyd - In other words, you are not 100% certain of your belief. What is the price you have paid, are paying, and will pay if it was a hallucination?
So, if Ahura Mazda had revealed himself to you in a blinding light, you'd be a Zoroastrian. I guess you're just the victim of whatever god gets to you with their blinding light first.
Batman is the only major "superhero" who is 100% human and isn't really a superhero. He has no nonhuman powers. He can't shoot spiderwebs, can't deflect bullets with bracelets, can't fly, has no special senses, etc. He's just a guy in a silly suit with a lot of gadgets.
Batman has the greatest superpower of all - he's ungodly rich!
Gotta disagree with you there.... his greatest superpower of all is he's ungodly intelligent
But where does he get those wonderful toys --?
As it was before you were born, so shall it be, after you die.
I get that, and I don't have a problem with it, but I'd really like to get all of the things done that I want to do before that day arrives, and that could take a couple of hundred years --