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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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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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Om Mani Padme Hum

Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus – ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ

Yeshe Tsogyal

Mantras in another language represent a challenge for many people if they are not clear on the meaning yet arriving at a meaning can be something of a challenge. When I was first introduced to this mantra it was something new age and sweet, and for some people around me who had distanced themselves from Western society, it represented a point of difference and that they were members of the club.

The origins of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.

For many years I had the idea that when reciting this mantra

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Korea and India Linked

By the sciences of Hinduism and Buddhism

The idea that Hinduism and Buddhism represent a scientific approach to living may be foreign to some but it’s helpful to remember that once when Europeans were still cave dwellers and hunter gatherers, India represented the world’s leading civilisation with a wide global influence.

It is conclusively known that Hindus were sailing the world in 5000 BC and perhaps for many millennia before that. These connections to our ancient past being validated by archaeological and genetic evidence. It’s well known that Hinduism flourished across Southeast Asia and eventually gave rise to the city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia yet even today Hindu iconography and traditions are vibrantly alive across the parts of Southeast

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Insight into Dharma

The original science and key to our survival as a species

Any science is a step-by-step process producing measurable or verifiable results be it within physics, chemistry or the life sciences that come under the umbrella of Dharma. There was a time when Dharmic traditions governed humanity and there is currently a determined drive by rampant forces to extinguish them in their homelands, yet they are appearing as if self sown in the most unlikely places because to the educated mind, they represent sanity in an insane world.

Dharmic traditions all recognise that we exist and that we are unique within the animal kingdom, yet we have the same rights as all other life, we are part of life and

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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.

But

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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

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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.

Within

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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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