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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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Behavioural Science

Are The Roots of Crime Biological?

A New Scientist Best Book of 2013. Winner of The Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s Annual Literary Award. Why do some kids from good environments become mass murderers? Is there actually such a thing as a natural born killer?

There are many theories about what makes people behave the way they do, but it comes down to a full belly, a stable family life and peace.

Adrian Raine, a pioneering neurocriminologist introduces the latest biological research into the causes of–and potential cures for–criminal behaviour. A few successful tests show that this approach can, indeed, work. On the island of Mauritius, for example, Raine and his colleagues provided extra nutrition, exercise and intellectual

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Demeaning Women

Past time for change

The place of women in Catholicism and Islam has always been very explicit, that is to be mothers and doormats for the men, to be hidden out of sight and if they dare to stray from this path, they are punished. In light of our supposed civilisation, it’s a source of shame that we still give special privileges to these religious groups and continue to demean women.

We are not sure when patriarchy began but it was probably one day when some man was in a bad mood, maybe he stubbed his toe, maybe he was sad and depressed for some reason and blamed his mother for bringing him into the world. There no way

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Is Saving Ourselves Possible?

Or avoiding another mass extinction event

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to represent how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight on their scale.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the

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Karma as Destiny and Retribution

The mechanics of energy in nature

By Gauri Mataji Devi

The word karma has entered the vocabulary of all the modern languages and has become a household word, but often its meaning is trivialized and distorted due to cultural superimpositions and lack of proper information. It is generally used with the meaning of destiny, retribution or punishment, ie. what goes around comes around, as you sow, so shall you reap, or what you put out comes back.

In Abrahamic ideologies, this destiny is the “lot in life” incomprehensibly and unquestionably assigned by a tyrannical God to each individual at birth, and that must be accepted without discussion and without attempting to improve one’s situation.

To this fatalistic

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Prajnaparamita

The Heart of Wisdom Sutra

Buddha image taken at Borabador, Java

Introduction: The heart of wisdom Sutra is a short text defining the nature of existence as being non-existent. In other words it is describing the nature of existence that we perceive as an illusion.

What we think of as reality is perceived only within our own minds and consciousness, if you think for a moment that when you see something, the light is refracted from the object and that lighters reflected onto the retina in the back of the eye and from there an electrical signal passes to the brain which then interprets the signal and deciding what one is seeing. This is true for all our five

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Japanese Wisdom

Transcending space and time

Japan has a rich past and in the temples today one see the clear influence from ancient India. The Japanese like some other cultures have absorbed Hindu wisdom and made it their own giving it a unique flavour and form of expression.

If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it. Having taken the time to think, venture to act. Once you’ve done so, stop thinking. Do not hold back that which is departing; do not chase away that which is arriving. Fast means going slowly without interruption. It is better to be the enemy of a good person than

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Sacred Sexuality

Into the Realm of Bliss and Wholeness with Sacred Sexuality

Sacred Sex Art from Khajuraho, India

Sacred sexuality has had a great deal of press in recent years however with new avenues of research and new understandings, these ideas are spreading within the wider community. There are those who continue to disparage this work, but they are an increasing minority.

It is hoped that the casual reader may get that sexuality has nothing to do with morals or social rules, it is more to do with a divine connection which occurs in the hearts of lovers and is fuelled by real intimacy and sex is only a part of that conversation.

Sacred sexuality is not about having

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Water Holds Memory

Ancient knowledge confirmed by modern science

Copper, the ideal water storage. Note it must be well cleaned regularly

Most of us tend to think as water as a convenience and something to nourish our bodies. In fact we can’t live more than about three days without water which makes it a necessity for life.

Within ancient yogic and Hindu understanding, water was highly respected and even venerated because there was the knowledge that our bodies were approximately 70% water. So while water had all its practical applications, the perception of water was that as an entity it has memory.

Memory of water is subtle and yet powerful, if you mistreat the water it will not nurture and support life.

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A History Snapshot 10000 BC

A great awakening

Underwater off Japan

For most of us, the history we learned in school and the history that is most commonly portrayed is really a whitewash over what really happened. In part this is because people have no way of knowing exactly what happened and for others, well, they couldn’t care less because they are only focused on their survival.

While there is evidence of human habitation on all the continents pre-dating 100,000 BC with underwater cities and habitation sites pre-dating the end of the last ice age around 10,000 BC, it’s relevant to clarify some key points. Of significance is the lion-man image dug up in Germany dated to 40,000 BC and a solidified mercury Continue reading A History Snapshot 10000 BC