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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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Narasimha in Ancient Germany

A movement of ideas in our early history

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 of attention in the archaeological circles of Europe. It

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Bharathanatyam

Classical temple dances of Bharatha (India)

Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from Southern India is not an entertainment, first and foremost it’s a prayer, a celebration and an offering to the divine. The ultimate goal is both the performance and the closer connection between the dancer and the source of creation.

As a visual meditation, the audience can also be drawn into the story as Bharatanatyam expresses Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism.

The origins of Bharatanatyam are thought go back to about 500 BC and much has been lost over time as various Muslim and British rulers banned it. But a possible origin of the name is from Bharata Muni who

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Understanding Karma

Towards an Ethical Way of Life

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Most of us have heard the term karma, a Sanskrit word (कर्म) implying the interlinking of cause and effect. Karma signifies a moral caution and a stimulus to become responsible in life because when we cause harm to others by accident or even design, consequences will come back to us at some point.

The Dhammapada is one of the most sacred and best-loved of Buddhist texts. It points out the method of self-realization, by the way of moral conduct:

Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, Fashion from your life as many good deeds.

The text further enlightens on the nature of the karmic fruit:

For while the

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The Sound of Mantra

Connecting and uplifting

In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one’s heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.

Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.

Mantra if you like is the most sophisticated of reflective sound. The melody or arrangement of sounds is conducive to brain function and the activation of intelligence rather than emotion. The words

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Life in Ancient India

An overview of the history and culture of ancient Bharatha

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It is well past time to rewrite our history textbooks and this page is based on a work by Sudheer Birodkar and Debbie Azzopardi posted in 1998. Sudheer Birodkar also has other pages linked here asking what was India like? What did the ancient Indians wear? What did they eat? Did kids play with toys? Did they go to school?

Ancient India or Bharatha once stretched from Persia or modern day Iran to the Pacific coast of Cambodia and Vietnam. This was never a unified country as we think of countries today, rather it was a collection of states functioning

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Facts about Hinduism

What Everyone Should Know About Hinduism

One in every six people in this world as a Hindu by virtue of their birth yet all around the world, people of all nations are becoming Hindu because it offers a lifestyle where life is celebrated and not controlled.   Hinduism offers freedom and a way of living that generates happiness from within, a happiness and the joy that is not dependent on any external factors. It could be said to be the art of happiness and joy which arises when one’s life is aligned with the nature of existence.   As a lifestyle, Hinduism is about living with nature, understanding the cycles and seasons and learning to adapt. But for years

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Sri Sarada Devi

One of India’s Famous Women

Jai Guru DevJai Sri MaaJai Maa Kali

Sarada Devi was the wife and spiritual counterpart of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Born into a poor family in the town of Jayrambati West Bengal in the year 1853, she was betrothed to Sri Ramakrishna at a young age (as was the custom of the time), later following her husband to the famous Dakshineswar temple complex at the age of 18.

The couple lived completely celibate lives, dedicated absolutely to the path of divinity. Sri Ramakrishna at this time an already famous spiritual luminary, himself worshiped Sri Sarada Devi as a manifestation of the mother Goddess. After the passing of Sri Ramakrishna she took up the guidance of

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A Message to All Hindus

Ten Things a Hindu Can Do When Using English Language

Ramnagar Ram Leela,Painting By Sunil Kr Vishwakarma Jee

Hindus meaning the people of the Indian Subcontinent have been severely challenged over the past 1400 years. The region has been invaded and a great deal of their culture distorted or destroyed. The land we call India today is a remnant of the ancient Hindustan that stretched from Burma (Myanmar) to Persia.

It is from this broad region that language, ideology, numbers and our sciences originated. All these things have been taken around the world and used for divergent purposes yet the Hindu origins have been sidelined, derided and even despised.

1400 years of destruction have left India battered and bruised,

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Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

An inspiration to millions

If you become fully meditative, you will be beyond karma

A knower and exponent of life, Jaggi Vasudev is more popularly known as Sadhguru. He is an Indian gentleman from South India, a Yogi, mystic, Padma Vibhushan awardee, and New York Times bestselling author with a following of many millions of spiritual seekers.

He founded the Isha Foundation, a non-profit organization which offers yoga programs around the world, including India, the United States, the United Kingdom, Lebanon, Singapore, Canada, Malaysia, Uganda, China, Nepal, and Australia.

The Foundation is also involved in various social and community development activities, which have resulted in the Foundation being granted special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of

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