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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Published on: 23 Jun 2016 updated June 8 2018

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things. For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but it can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

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The Sabarimala Temple Issue

Allowing women to enter Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala, Kerala

Following much public discussion stirred up by special interest lobby groups and politicians keen to cash in on the publicity, and September 2018 the Indian High Court ruled that women of all ages are able to enter Lord Ayyappa temple in South India. These people have little idea that traditional temple spaces are not places of worship in any Christian or Islamic sense, they are places to re-energise and in this sense, the Lord Ayyappa temple was constructed to enhance the masculine identity of men and enable them to function harmoniously in a civilised manner.

The High Court kowtowing to feminists and lobby groups setting aside what scant knowledge of

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The 42 Ideals of Maat

Goddess of truth and Earth Mother

The ancient Egyptian Goddess Maat or Ma’at is depicted as a tall woman wearing a crown surmounted by a huge ostrich feather. Her totem symbol is a stone platform or foundation, representing the stable base (ensuring human continuity) on which order is built.

Maat personifies the concepts of truth, balance, order, harmony, law, morality, and justice. She is also the goddess attributed with regulating the stars, seasons, actions of mortals and the deities, and who brought order from chaos at the moment of creation.

Later, as a goddess in other traditions of the Egyptian pantheon, where most goddesses were paired with a male aspect, her masculine counterpart was Thoth and their attributes are the

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New Robe

A Buddhist Life Lesson

There is no doubt that we live in a material world yet we have come to live in a throwaway society that is highly wasteful of resources, this short story speaks to the consciousness and mindfulness about the use of the material things that support our lives.

A disciple of Buddha, said, “Oh Master! I have a request to make.”

Buddha: “What is it; tell me?”

Disciple: “My robe is worn out. It is no longer decent enough to wear.Please, may I have a new one?”

Buddha looked at the disciple’s attire and found that the garment was absolutely in tatters and really needed replacement. So he asked the store-keeper to give a new robe to

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Life is Big

Experiencing the unthinkable and charting your course

Life is a big project that by fussing about small things and wasting time in big ones we miss out on the real joy and potential of our lives. It is wiser to consider human life to be finite, limited and very short as time flies, and before it flies away, capture few good moments of life that is free of stains, biases and foolish ideas imposed by some obscure theory, book or idea. Do not waste away your precious life in someone else’ wars and battles that wont contribute any thing to our life.

Why to be so obsessive about religion, politics and other dividing issues? They do not enrich common

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Of Gods and Goddesses

In search of the elemental human

Iconography, the use of humanlike images representing aspects of the have been in use and venerated for many millennia and we are all familiar with this phenomenon regardless of birth or belief. We know from archaeological discoveries that before the development of belief systems most of these deities were depicted naked and as population increased, and beliefs developed, they became increasingly better clothed.

People continue to ask the reason why and many presume to know the answer is becoming more popularised idea that all these early deities because the statues are naked is that it was the earliest form of pornography. This idea has perverted most of the westernised thinking about the deities within

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Standing Poses

Establishing your connection to the earth

In the western yoga literature from the 1940s and 50s, standing poses were about giving shape and strength the legs, but today we know much more than this. Of course these exercises tone and strengthen the legs that more importantly they are all about grounding.

If you think about our fundamental nature, about 70% of our body is water and the other 30% composed of minerals and elements of the earth that we have extracted from the soils that produces our food. In other words like the words of the song, we are stardust and these elements can be harnessed to support us.

At a more subtle level we are bioelectrical organisms connected through

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Halasana

Yoga Asana Series

The plough asana

Typically halasana or the plough pose is done as a continuation or part of a series when performing shoulder stand but it can be done as an easier alternative. But it can be something of a challenge and should be approached with caution as there is the same risk to neck damage as in shoulder stand.

Halasana is an inversion of dandasana and for anyone who cannot comfortably sit in paschimottanasana and reach their toes, this pose is impossible to complete without the risk of injury. Therefore anyone who is not flexible, must position themselves so that they can bring their feet down onto a wall or chair.

If you are

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Salamba Sarvangasana

Yoga Asana Series

The shoulder stand inversion

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Within classical hatha yoga, Salamba Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is most often done following headstand in order to create an energetic balance. But one should should learn and be comfortable doing shoulder stand for 3 to 5 minutes before incorporating head stand into one’ practise.

The objective is to balance the body primarily on the shoulders and elbows with minimal weight on the back of the neck or head as demonstrated Very few people are naturally as flexible as the woman in this right image and such a performance generally comes after many years of practice. However very few people are naturally as

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Meditation

Oneness in stillness or action

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity” ~ Voltaire 1694-1778

MEDITATION The process of Meditation is a part of Raja Yoga. Just as Hatha Yoga is primarily concerned with the body, Raja Yoga is primarily concerned with the mind and is supported when:

All undesirable thoughts have been removed from the mind. The mind has been freed from the burden of unnecessary elements. Your basic desires are now rooted in your mind. Steps for proper care, and protection, have been taken to ensure satisfactory growth of the symbolic seeds. Steps have also been taken to weed out the unwanted growth from

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Osho on Meditation

The first step to meditation is to be playful about it

Meditation is not anything of the mind, it is something beyond the mind. And the first step is to be playful about it. If you are playful about it mind cannot destroy your meditation. Otherwise it will turn it into another ego trip; it will make you very serious. You will start thinking, ‘I am a great meditator. I am holier than other people, and the whole world is just worldly – I am religious, I am virtuous.’

That’s what has happened to thousands of so-called saints, moralists, puritans: they are just playing ego games, subtle ego games.

Hence I want to cut the very root of it from

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