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Chamundi Viche

Celebrating the Mother of Mothers and obtaining her blessing

Within Hinduism, Chamunda/ Durga is the fierce aspect of Devi, the Supreme Mother and Goddess. Characteristically she is portrayed as a doll-like figure riding a lion or tiger, or at times other animals depending on her purpose. But there is no doubt that when she is astride a lion or tiger, her intent is more serious.

For a moment, put aside the iconography and the plethora of and the basis of Devi being the earth mother, representing the earth and everything she gives us. Remember too that we come into this life through our mothers and we owe her a debt of gratitude. That debt also extends into the earth from

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Divided we Fall - United we Stand

Negotiating life and discovering Dharma

By Udaya Charan Shrestha

“Spirit is one, although variety exists, its oneness is found within the light of pure consciousness. Due to misuse of independence the soul separates from this light and descends to this realm, the world where spirit mixes with matter, a world of duality. Sanskrit language encapsulates this “separation from the light” in the words “dvi” and “dva” meaning “two”. “Vi” expresses “separation” and “D” expresses “light” combined they produce “dvi” whose primordial meaning is to be “separated ( vi ) from the light ( d )”.” ~ James Robinson Cooper

This adage ‘United we stand, divided we fall’

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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.

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Moving Forward in Life

Saving India – Saving the world

In researching not only Indian history but the history of the world it seems we have checked enough boxes and this time that some thought was given to compiling all this information with references in a logical and meaningful manner then making approaches to the various authorities around the world to begin the correcting of school textbooks.

The narrative may likely proceed to point out the correlation between the very ancient occupation of India and the similarities with Africa of 1.3 million years ago, the before and after Mount Tober incident and the evidence of simple agriculture originating in India followed by the spread of civilisation, knowledge and technology from India around the globe.

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Defeating the Devil Within

Represented by the belief systems of the world

Let’s be clear that any idea of a devil, of an antichrist like all the gods are man-made constructions. The real division is about tangible knowledge versus belief. Belief systems tend to argue that life is only meaningful when seen from their particular point of view. But the key word is belief which pales in comparison to common sense and real knowledge.

When we look at the world, even as you read this text your visual perception only picks up elements in the detail and your mind completes the picture of the words even before you begin to interpret them, and how you interpret is dependent on how your

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Hair is Beautiful

Increasing numbers of women quit shaving

We all love the hair that grows on our heads and we spend a fortune over a lifetime looking after it. Some people even spend small fortunes trying to retain hair when nature decides otherwise, but then there are varying aspects to body hair.

We have some insight from our history books that the Egyptians and Romans extended personal grooming from basic cleanliness to various hairstyles to the trimming of beards and other ascetics like plucking eyebrows and removing undesired here from other parts of the body.

There is a wide variance between peoples in terms of how much body hair individuals may have. The actual amount is determined by body chemistry, inheritance and

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Buddhist mantras

To generate peace, wisdom, love and compassion

A “mantra” is a sacred utterance, a prayer, a celebration, a numinous sound, a syllable, word or group of words in mostly in Sanskrit or Tibetan that have psychological and spiritual powers. Sanskrit and Tibetan represent two of the world’s first languages and describe the technology of how to become more fully human.

Most people are content with the peace of mind that comes from repeating these phrases but to get more out of them, it helps to know more of the actual meaning so that you set your mind on a journey for the truth of life and these mantras have nothing to do with the common conception of prayer.

Within

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Hemorrhoids

Facts, causes and treatments

Hemorrhoids or haemorrhoids are more commonly known as piles, they are swollen, enlarged, prolapsed and/or inflamed blood vessels occurring inside or outside the anal cavity. They are very common and while some people may not notice them, they cause many people a great deal of discomfort along with rectal bleeding. Some people find haemorrhoids painful when going about ones daily business in activities such as walking and preclude people for sports and exercise.

Internal haemorrhoids may only become apparent due to discomfort and/or bleeding when passing stools although they can also protrude as an external haemorrhoid.

External haemorrhoids are usually seen as protruding lumps or bumps located around the entrance to

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Prayer - Asking or Celebrating

How should we pray – Asking or Celebrating?

If we look back to the beginnings of religion, people prayed for good fortune from a mix of fear and desire, this was a calling to the gods for protection or bounty which has continued into this day.

People of all religious beliefs pray for salvation from suffering and good fortune, and even those who consider themselves as atheists set aside a degree of hope and faith that the world around them will be supportive.

What is Prayer?

The most limited form of prayer is the asking God, the asking of the universe for some freedom or blessing. In that sense prayer is an acknowledgement that an individual is not in control

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Benefits of massage

Just some of the things massage is good for

A list of some of the health problems and conditions that massage can help overcome. But remember, massage is not just about helping to restore health when things go wrong, it’s one of the best preventive medicines.

Massage has a long history and proved effective to assist recovery from illness and injuries, or to restore functions that have been lost.

The list below represents some of the conditions that can successfully be treated with massage, however not all therapists are sufficiently trained to address many of these issues.

These conditions improve more quickly with counselling, proper diet and nutrition, exercise, and where appropriate, prescribed medications.

Please note the words remedial and

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