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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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East vs West

Spiritual truth in the East and the lack there of in the West

Gaia as the world tree by Alex GrayThe tree of life giving life – East but being destroyed by human greed, the West

The philosophical and lifestyle differences between East and West are apparent particularly when travelling from any western country to India. It is such a crazy chaotic place and yet there is something wonderful and transcendent in India not in addition to the resplendent colours and the joy on people’s faces.

I’ve written several posts on the subject and now thanks to a line by Chaman Lal, the penny has finally dropped in regard to what I’m attempting to

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The Hindu Gods

Creating balance in our universe and our lives

Who are these Hindu gods and are they significant? Some say they are and some say they are not and there are perhaps tens of millions of conflicting opinions as to the nature of these gods so let’s examine them in the light of science and reason.

Siva-Shakti: It is said that before this universe was created there was a state of nothingness or emptiness yet this emptiness was not completely empty because it contained the potentiality from which existence emerged. It is perhaps an argument of logic and reason that seems to defy reason and yet modern science has an inclination to agree.

This state of emptiness or nonexistence is

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Creating a Better World

By way of Sanatana Dharma, Human Duty or Humanism

I have written extensively on the failure of modern civilisation that I need say no more. This is clearly seen by watching any newscast – is it only good news? The reason why civilisation is failing is evidenced within our social behaviour and many of our movies contain rather eloquent examples.

In so many movies we have a principal character or set of characters desiring to be happy and they equate happiness with possessions and financial wealth. Yet almost always in these stories, the only outcome of antisocial behaviour is an increase in pain and suffering, often placated by some happy moments for some winners at the end of the story.

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Women In Vedic Culture

The rise of the Divine Feminine

The distinction between women within the Vedic culture and the women in other places is that the Vedic approach to life was deeply thoughtful and meditative. From that inward reflection came the comprehension that life has two polarities, masculine and feminine, positive and negative, darkness and light.

There was a knowing that even before the universe was born, there was an interplay between Shiva and Shakti, between two forces that gave rise to our dualistic world. These two forces are at play throughout creation and within all matter and all manner of things.

What we define as masculine contains masculine and feminine elements and what we call feminine also contains the elements of masculine

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The Shiva Lingam

The Presence of Shiva and a universal centre

The Shiva Lingam has been in common use for many thousands of years in parts of Europe, across Asia and even some places in the Americas. The lingam at Mecca is hidden away within that big black box and the Christians have replaced theirs with a cross.

Today the lingam is mostly found in Shiva Temples although a great many remain carved into the beds of rivers across Southeast Asia to bless the water that so many depend on for life.

The Shiva lingam is a round, elliptical, iconic image that most often sits on a circular base or peetham. Most commonly made of stone, Shiva Linga can also be composed

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Amitayus Buddha

The Buddha of Infinite Life

Amitayus also known as Amitābha or Amida Buddha is the celestial Buddha of Infinite Light, and resides in the heavenly abode of Sukhavati, also known as the Western Pure Land.

Adored throughout eastern Asia, devotees of Amitabha, Amitayus or Amida (as known in Japan), recite mantra, meditate and pray to awaken these Buddha qualities within themselves.

As the Buddha of Infinite Life and Infinite Light, Amitayus has special popularity amongst Buddhist practitioners due to the infinite benefits that can be received from expanding consciousness, the immediate result being inner peace and joy.

“Amitābha is known for his longevity attribute, magnetising red fire element, the aggregate of discernment, pure perception and the deep

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Dharmic Capitalism

How does Dharma equate Capital and prosperity?

Conventional capitalism that runs the modern world requires free capital, slave labour and gullible consumers. Within the modern capitalist market place, resources are ripped from the earth, transformed and sold for profit.

The lifespan of many products is sometimes so short, the time from manufacture to waste is measured in days and the environmental, social and economic impact damaging to life.

The consequences of conventional capitalism are seen by many as a driver of our own extinction but along the way causes great pain, hardship and suffering. Conventional capitalism is related to or correlatable with a certain country and entities functioning as a military industrial complex to dominate our world.

Dharma Capitalism

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The Dharma Manifesto

A New Vision for Global Transformation

If you are a regular reader of this blog site, you will know that the content represents a search for truth, knowledge and solution to the world’s problems. It’s become clear that the only sustainable way forward is for humanity is by following a lifestyle consistent with Dharma.

To put Dharma into a nutshell, it is a way of life to ensure humankind’s continued survival into the unforeseeable future. The modern world seems bent on self-destruction and many are arguing that such a scenario is imminent. Some predict the end of humanity within the next hundred years as conflict, squabbles over resources and the

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A Cronology of Hindu History

Re-Writing the narrative from emerging discoveries

Like many people seeking to know the truth of our existence I have questioned the historic narrative handed down to us through various governmental agencies tainted by religious and other belief systems. It comes down to a question of believing what might be true without evidence and seeking to find out what is true based on tangible evidence.

The Western, patriarchal capitalist point of view dominates the world and anyone would have to be pretty stupid to not see that the associated political structures are rotten to the core. They say nice things but do dastardly deeds in the name of power and profits. Conversely in the east and by East I mean east

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Charity

A real need or a con?

Anywhere we go today in the modern world there will be beggars and charity collectors many who also knock on your door asking for money or support. Online there is a large amount of advertising trying to persuade you to give money to one charity or another and one must acknowledge that charity has become an industry.

Within democratic socialist societies, the nature or structure of that society is such that anyone without paid employment has no means of sustenance and therefore dependent on handouts. The state has tried to keep these people out of sight and out of mind and even today cities legislate to exclude the dispossessed. Should they transgress they

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