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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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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 Worlds First Universities

Great Universities of Ancient India

Updated May 24 2018 from Jan 2016

Nalanda in Bihar

Most Indians today are well aware of the two famous ancient universities of India which also are one of the oldest universities in the world – Takshashila University (Taxila) and Nalanda. But are these the only knowledge centres that existed in ancient India? Education has always been given great prominence in Indian society since the times of the vedic civilization, with gurukul and ashrams being the centres of learning. And with evolving times, a large number of centres of learning were established across ancient India of which Takshashila and Nalanda are the most famous ones known today. Below is a list of major ancient

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Buddhist mantras

To generate peace, wisdom, love and compassion

A “mantra” is a sacred utterance, a prayer, a celebration, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or group of words in mostly in Sanskrit or Tibetan that have psychological and spiritual powers. Sanskrit and Tibetan represent two of the world’s first languages and describe the technology of how to become more fully human.

Most people are content with the peace of mind that comes from repeating these phrases but to get more out of them, it helps to know more of the actual meaning so that you set your mind on a journey for the truth of life and these mantras have nothing to do with the common conception of prayer.

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Prārthana

Appreciation through prayer

Like describing love, most everyone has a different understanding of prayer and there can be no one description. For some prayer maybe asking, beseeching or petitioning God, confessing to God, thanking God, praising and worshipping God, being with God or as in meditation, conversing with God.

A prayer can also take the form of a person merely pouring out his/her emotions as an act of sharing. One of the main ends of a prayer across all religions and cultures is seeking inspiration or solace. What is almost universal is bringing one’s palms together to facilitate this communication. This is based on ancient yogic science

THE HINDU WAY OF PRAYER : In a Hindu’s life, the prayer forms

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Ethics in Yoga

The art and core of being

As with the ten commandments of the Christian bible and the more ancient Egyptian 142 commandments, the social and personal ethics known as Yama and Niyama are the rules which we must abide by for self realisation and for our survival as a society or civilisation. In other words, these constitute a formula for world peace and internal harmony.

Yama:

Peacefulness (ahimsa) Truthfulness (satya) Honesty (asteya) Continence (Bramacharya) Acceptance (aparigraha)

Niyama:

Purity (saucha) Contentment (santosa) Ardor or Austerity (tapas) Self study(svadhyaya) Dedication to the Lord (isvara pranidhana)

Why Ethics? Thesocial ethics, when practiced, bring about a harmonising of the community. They build trust and friendliness. Personal ethics assist us to see our true colours,

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Karma - Cause and Effect

A science fact denied by many

Isaac Newton famously stated that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The statement means that in every interaction, there are a pair of forces acting on the two interacting objects.

As with Albert Einstein’s equation of E=MC2, the scientific world is in complete agreement. This theory has clearly been demonstrated and proved in many different ways. For instance when someone says something nice to you, the reaction is appreciation and a nice sense of feeling. If someone is hostile toward you, then you may also react with hostility.

The karma’s affecting our lives extends from before the birth of the universe and the existence of life as we know it.

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Korea Divided

A victim of geo-politics

Sunset over Seoul from the Banpo Bridge by Robert Koehler

There has been human habitation on the Korean peninsula for a very long time as evidenced by pottery dating to around 8000 BC. Like most of the world of the time, kingdoms formed, some merged and eventually Korea became distinct from China, Siberia and Japan although shamanism common to the northern latitudes was widespread and linked to Siberia, Mongolia and North America.

According to historical evidence, Korea was well developed as a nation. During the period prior to 300 BC, Hinduism and Hindu culture had a strong influence after which Buddhism became established. According to local history,

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Yoga Tantra

The art of transformation

Tantra yoga is not a clear classification within western yoga because for thousands of years it has been passed from master to student, and because of inherent dangers within tantric practices the real knowledge has been kept out of the public domain. So unless one is raised within Hindu or Buddhist societies engaged in tantric practise, understanding tantra in any classical sense is impossible without years of detailed study.

Most hear of Tantra as a new age buzz word that has evolved over the past 50 years. Mention tantra to many people and they think of kinky sex and a mystical union between men and women. This is a limited view because there is no

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Recognising Science

The future is in our hands

I invite you to play this short video to your right in which Neil deGrasse Tyson argues the case of science and our collective knowledge about what works as a means for our decision-making.

We can use this rational scientific approach to ask whether peace is better than war or whether we should have greater social equity or to continue shaping the world based on sociological and economic systems that are failing.

Can take his dialogue further and ask what is the meaning of life?

For many, life has no meaning at all and as individuals we have absolutely no responsibility and no need of any morality. For others life has become a quest

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