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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

A modern father of Yoga

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as being one of the outstanding Indian Gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli (also commonly spelled as Tiruchuzhi), Tamil Nadu (South India) and named Venkataraman Iyer at birth. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman became suddenly aware that his real nature was imperishable and unrelated to his body, mind, or personality.

Though many people have reported brief experiences of this, in Venkataraman’s case it was permanent and irreversible. From that moment on, his sense of being an individual person ceased and never functioned in him again. A few weeks after his sense of individuality

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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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Hinduism Can Save The World #1

When we celebrate the divine within

Updated Dec 22-17

This page is part of a submission to a global forum established to help reform global governance and an alternative to the current model that is clearly failing.

It is only when you understand yourself from an internal perspective that you will understand Hinduism, for it is a celebration of life and a way of living life in harmony with nature. Few people realise that thousands of years ago before Persia, Greece and Rome became empires, Hinduism was the primary influence in the world. It is from India that we get the roots of today’s science, technology and language for it is the mother of nations

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Gāyatrī Mantra

The power of now in sound

The Gāyatrī Mantra, also known as the Sāvitrī mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda dedicated to Savitr, the Sun. Gāyatrī is the name of the Vedic meter in which the verse is composed. Its recitation is traditionally preceded by oṃ and the formula bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ, known as the mahāvyāhṛti, or “great (mystical) utterance” said to have created by the sage Vishvamitra.

Gayatri Devi is known as the Mother of the Vedas, the source of Divine Wisdom. As well as having a calming influence, the Gāyatrī Mantra helps to harmonise the energies of body and mind giving it

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Who is God?

Understanding the complexity of Hindu Gods

The very act of asking who God is the most challenging of questions synonymous with asking where our universe and all life came from? For many the idea of a Creator God who has existed for all time and simply constructed the universe and the life it contains as a simple description is enough. But ultimately, if there is a God we did God come from?

I should qualify this article by saying that there is no right answer and every idea about God maybe equally valid. However since so many of us keep asking and searching, some answers have come to light and are accepted. In this search for God there is

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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.

When our environment is badly polluted, the reaction is ill-health and suffering. This idea of cause and effect is embodied in the

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Links Between India and the Americas

A history many are reluctant to consider

As much as many modern archaeologists and researchers deny the possibility of ancient connections between India and the Americas, there is a massive amount of evidence indicating that it was so. It’s tragic that so much was lost under Islamic and European colonialism and that so much of Indian history has been reduced to legend.

There have been recent publications concerning DNA evidence supporting Hindu migration into Australia five thousand years ago and yet many modern historians downplay and sometimes continue to deny the fact that in this civilisation encompassed all of Asia from the Mediterranean to the Pacific Islands. We know from Angkor Wat in Cambodia that a Hindu civilisation flourished but

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Hinduism Can Save The World #2

Because Hinduism addresses human needs

I would recommend that you read part one before continuing and remember that Hinduism or the more appropriate term of ‘Sanatana Dharma’ strictly speaking is not a religion but a way of life. Yet when we look at it as a religion, then it is monotheistic despite outward appearances and commentaries of the ignorant.

I would remind you that what is called Hinduism arose from two elements of human need beyond base survival. The first need was knowledge, to know ourselves and our relationship with our universe. The second need is how to live harmoniously and endure as a species.

One of the peculiarities of being human is our thirst for knowledge,

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History and Collapse of the Roman Empire

Empires are unsustainable

It was only a short time ago in evolutionary terms that Rome was simply a small city-state with no more significance than any other state in the region. Perhaps it happened that traders from India, Persia, Greece and North Africa passed through Rome seeded new ideas that some early Romans turned their minds to trade, usery and the accumulation of power? But its is clear they borrowed heavily from the Greeks in developing a hierarchical social structure, military techniques, arts and culture.

As Rome’s power grew, it absorbed neighbouring states until it controlled the entire Mediterranean region making it as most history books tell us was the world’s greatest empire.

This is not exactly true, long

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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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