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Shaping Humanity

Our ideas and our lives

It seems probable that as described in evolutionary theory, we have evolved over many hundreds of millions of years but over the past 10 million years we became a little more refined as we learned to respond to nature.

One of the biggest leaps in our evolution was a domestication of fire thereby harnessing the ability to cook our food which made it more digestible and bioavailable. The second biggest step forwards was language, systematic use of vocal sounds to convey specific meaning. A third biggest step was agriculture and discovering new sources of food that fostered population increase and free time in some sectors of the community.

Leisure time spawned creativity, improved agriculture,

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Building a Civilisation

And ensuring our survival as a species

Our current civilisation is on the verge of extinction as modern governments serve money, not the people they are sworn to protect.

If you want to build the civilization of a nation, there are 4 ways:

1. Uphold its family structure 2. Uphold its education traditions 3. Uphold its role models and raise its reference points 4. Preserve nature

To uphold the family: honour the role of Mother as a culture-carrier and home-maker. To uphold the education: honour Teachers, and raise their place in society so that the seekers love and respect them. To uphold the role models: honour the Sages and Seers, the Poets, the Scientists and Scholars, esteem their opinion, listens

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Oh So Liberal

But what is liberal?

The dictionary says that the liberals are those willing to respect or accept behaviour or opinions different from one’s own; to be open to new ideas concerned with broadening general knowledge and experience as opposed to technical or professional training.

According to Wiki, Liberalism is a political philosophy or world view founded on ideas of liberty and equality. Liberals espouse a wide array of views depending on their understanding of these principles, but generally they support ideas and programmes such as freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, free markets, civil rights, democratic societies, secular governments, gender equality, and international cooperation.

According to Student News Daily, Liberals believe

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Belief – A Redundant Idea

Updated from June 2016

As we think, so we become

Beliefs are the thoughts and convictions that we generally hold to be true, they are ideas without substance having no actual proof or evidence. Beliefs may contribute to or hinder our development and understanding of the world, and who we are.

People used to believe the earth was flat, but today we know it’s round from testimony and scientific consensus, or you maybe you have flown and seen the curvature of the Earth. The erroneous belief has been replaced by acquired or direct knowledge, therefore we no longer have to believe because we know. But so many were so attached to that particular belief, it took hundreds of years to

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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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Can Peace Be Imposed?

Can we impose peace via any religion or man made ideology’s?

May all beings everywhere plagued with sufferings of body and mind quickly be freed from their illnesses. May those frightened cease to be afraid, and may those bound be free. May the powerless find power, and may people think of befriending one another. May those who find themselves in trackless, fearful wilderness– the children, the aged, the unprotected– be guarded by beneficent celestial’s, and may they swiftly attain the wisdom of Liberation or Buddhahood.

Firstly, who are we?

We call ourselves human beings and we see ourselves as the dominant species in this environment.

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Eight Steps to Happiness

And a solution to end suffering

Master, what is the secret to happiness?””Not to argue with idiots””Master. I disagree that this can be the secret” “Yes, you are right”

There are many benefits to putting the instructions of Langri Tangpa’s “Eight Verses of Training the Mind” into practice. The practice helps us to eliminate the ignorant mind of self-cherishing and self-grasping, the root of all suffering and problems.

It shows us how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path, giving us the opportunity to use our daily problems and issues that would normally be obstacles as our actual daily practice so we can make progress in our spiritual practice.

We live in spiritually degenerate times. Fewer people are

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What is The Divine Feminine?

The gateway and the universe

Some argue that beliefs of women being divine and givers of life are pagan and erroneous, yet without our mothers we do not exist. Instead of believing, our ancient ancestors understood that without the sun there could be no life on earth and without the earth, we could not exist here.

Therefore the sun was seen as the father and the earth as the mother because life comes through the substance of the earth that is powered by the energy of the sun. Another understanding is that everything physical is feminine in nature while space which has no apparent physicality is seen as masculine. This is because our spacious universe holds the physical in place

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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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Seeking Heaven - Seeking Pleasure

Reward for service or escapism

Sometimes we wish life could be more heavenly. but what is heaven and where do we find it? Across the Middle East during a time of growing desertification, Heaven was most often described as an idyllic paradise with lush gardens, an abundance of food and no responsibility, all one’s needs are taken care of.

If we look at the temple Art from north-west India across North Africa, it depicts this idyllic heaven as something akin to the mythical hanging Gardens of Babylon. So perhaps we can say that this was in response to harsh living conditions and indeed those with means either created their own miniature paradise or spread and conquered other lands.

The carrot

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