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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 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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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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My India

An overview of Historic Processes affecting India

I grew up wanting to know and for some reason I could never accept what was presented as truth in our social history and my schoolbooks. I also wanted to know the the why of many mystical experiences that I was having and find some context. The fact that I grew up in a remote corner of the planet didn’t do me any favours although in reflection perhaps the advantage was that it made me sceptical of everything.

Like most young people I was confused by the bigotry and double standards displayed by social representatives so I learned to walk lightly. My journey eventually led to India and its chaotic colour filled me

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Indian History

Myths, Legends and Deliberate Misinformation

Published on: 16 Apr 2016 updated May 26 2018

One of India’s most famous temples in Maharashtra

If you were to ask a random selection of Indian people about the history of the India, you would get as many different stories as people to whom you asked the question. This is because as the history of the world and human origins remain a mystery, India seems like the epitome of all mysteries.

When we look back and think if we evolved from the apes, some of the evidence says maybe but some of it says not. We may have spread out of Africa or Australia, this remains unclear. When we look at the global

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The Mother of Nations

A 75000 year history

Updated May 24 2018 from April 2015

Bhārata is the official Sanskrit name of the country we call India. The name is derived from the Puranas; ancient Indian texts referring to the land that comprises India as Bhārata varṣam, and uses this term to distinguish it from other varṣas or continents.

Scientifically the entire out of Africa theory for the populating of the world is looking more unsound as it is the Big Bang theory and the entire story of our creation. There is no doubt that evolution is a fact, however the way in which this universe, this solar system and life on earth have evolved is still a mystery.

There is evidence that

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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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Hare Rama, Hare Krishna

The Maha or great Mantra

Lord Krishna adorned with his weapons to banish fear and delusion

If you live in any large world city, there’s a good chance you have seen devotees dressed in traditional Indian costume charting Hare Rama Hare Krishna. Some of those people may even seem to be unnaturally happy but that is simply a consequence of intelligent focus on those four words. Yet even within India yesterday you will find a variety of understandings and interpretations that I have attempted to clarify.

The Hare Krishna mantra, is a 16-word Vaishnava mantra which is mentioned in the Kali-Santarana Upanishad. From the 15th century it rose to importance in the Bhakti movement following

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