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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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Divided we Fall - United we Stand

Negotiating life and discovering Dharma

By Udaya Charan Shrestha

“Spirit is one, although variety exists, its oneness is found within the light of pure consciousness. Due to misuse of independence the soul separates from this light and descends to this realm, the world where spirit mixes with matter, a world of duality. Sanskrit language encapsulates this “separation from the light” in the words “dvi” and “dva” meaning “two”. “Vi” expresses “separation” and “D” expresses “light” combined they produce “dvi” whose primordial meaning is to be “separated ( vi ) from the light ( d )”.” ~ James Robinson Cooper

This adage ‘United we stand, divided we fall’

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Giving Selflessly

India : impressions of all times

“The visible world passing though the passage of time is continually changing and morphing into new forms, shapes, realities and surrealistic ideas.” We have evolved from being hunter gatherers and around the world people have evolved into a mixture of believers and seekers. The majority of people in India have always been seekers which gave rise to scientific enquiry leading to a clear understanding of the world.

At the core of this enquiry was the question “who am I?” In the modern world many people simply accept the religious or state-sponsored answer that an individual is a body and mind. But the serious Inquirer learns that body and mind physical, borrowed from the

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Moving Forward in Life

Saving India – Saving the world

In researching not only Indian history but the history of the world it seems we have checked enough boxes and this time that some thought was given to compiling all this information with references in a logical and meaningful manner then making approaches to the various authorities around the world to begin the correcting of school textbooks.

The narrative may likely proceed to point out the correlation between the very ancient occupation of India and the similarities with Africa of 1.3 million years ago, the before and after Mount Tober incident and the evidence of simple agriculture originating in India followed by the spread of civilisation, knowledge and technology from India around the globe.

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Hindutva, Neoliberalism and Secularism

The political dilemma of India

Actually this is not India’s problem alone, it is a problem for the whole world to consider since we are all heading in the same direction. We are all governed by neoliberal democracies who claim to be secular yet because of the fear generated by Islam, the Muslims are seen as a special case must be appeased because within neoliberalism, this is simply the game of politics and a response to fear without any reference or understanding of the underlying reality.

So let’s take a closer look at the meanings of these three words:

Hindutva is an ideology seeking to establish the hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu way of life. It

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Enlightenment

Entering the light

Published on: 30 Aug 2016, Updated May 30 2018

Enlightenment is a term especially common within Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Tantra, but the idea of ‘seeing the light’ is a common expression in most cultures implying that the seer has realised something of importance.

What enlightenment means in an ultimate sense is to know the nature of existence or the meaning of life. This may sound far fetched and even irrelevant in terms of day to day living, work, paying bills, keeping up with people, gossip and struggling to survive.

This survival struggle is punctuated by moments of learning, pleasure and perhaps real joy. But so often these moments are the result of external things happening. For

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The Swastika

An ancient symbol misunderstood

Published on: 9 Aug 2016, updated May 29 2018

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in relation to Polaris.

The symbol of the Swastika goes back over 11,000 years and is believed to have originated in the Harappan or Pre-Harappan period and the culture of the Indus Valley Civilization. There is also a mention of the Swastika in the Vedas around the same time.

The swastika, an Indian symbol of peace and continuity came into ill repute because of the Nazi regime in Germany who took it as their emblem. But they may not have had any idea what it represented. Unfortunately most people still look on the symbol with some disgust due to this

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Defeating the Devil Within

Represented by the belief systems of the world

Let’s be clear that any idea of a devil, of an antichrist like all the gods are man-made constructions. The real division is about tangible knowledge versus belief. Belief systems tend to argue that life is only meaningful when seen from their particular point of view. But the key word is belief which pales in comparison to common sense and real knowledge.

When we look at the world, even as you read this text your visual perception only picks up elements in the detail and your mind completes the picture of the words even before you begin to interpret them, and how you interpret is dependent on how your

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Narasimha in Ancient Germany

A movement of ideas in our early history

Published on: 7 Apr 2017, updated May 27 2018

In our search for truth about our origins, the 32000-35000 year old Idol of Narasimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu found in Germany shatters theories opening new windows for investigation and understanding. After all, we were supposed to be uncivilised and unconnected hunter gathers back then.

Archaeologists exploring a cave system in the Lonetal area near Ulm, Germany had found many representations of birds, horses, turtles and single lions, but the lion man idol made from the tusk of a mammoth in the form of a human body with a lion head created a stir across the world.

This discovery created a lot

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The Business of Maligning India.

A strange question on Quora recently:

Is India becoming the most hated country?

It reminded me of the years after Nirbhaya’s rape and murder, when a massive campaign was launched worldwide to portray Indian men as rapists. It was so massive that it reached not only local papers in Germany and probably everywhere else, but a local paper in Nuremberg dedicated half a page to her memory even one year AFTER it had happened. The impact of this campaign was extraordinarily “successful” if one could use this term: in March 2015 a biochemistry professor at the University of Leipzig refused admission to her course to an Indian student because of India’s “rape problem”. It even

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