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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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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Introducing Brain Sense
Do you have trouble remembering people’s names or find that you’ve gone to get something from another room and then forgotten what it was by the time you got there?
These are common problems that come from the fact that our minds are often overloaded or that our physical health is not so good which creates a drain on our mental abilities. While a sensible solution is to spend more time relaxing and doing what you really enjoy, and consuming nutritious food and exercising, not everyone has this aptitude.
On the other hand, like taking multivitamins and minerals to help keep the body in order, brain sense is one of the new ‘smart pills’ designed to help
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Do you want to live and be happy?
Were it not for our technology, the knowledge of the world at War and all the atrocities that go on would be a distant rumour that would have taken months to circle the globe. But last week when a naive and excited young girl went on a date with a Muslim man she thought charming and safe, images of her dismembered corpse appeared in the world media the next day.
While our media is full of horror stories and it seems like Doomsday is fast approaching, how do we make sense or even retain any semblance of sanity? Our politicians are playing games with our lives for the betterment of their
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A foundational practise
Most people understand that activities go better with some planning and while some things that occur spontaneously can be brilliant, some can go horribly wrong. Meditation grounds us in a reality that leads to a harmonious life and success.
Whatever we do, we want to be successful but sometimes the best planning and our most sincere actions don’t always result in success. But if we look at some of the people who meditate, they range from executives within the world’s most successful companies to ordinary people who want to achieve the best out of life.
Many meditators say that meditation is actually instinctive and this is borne out by the fact that usually before we commence any
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You have the power to change your nature
In all the holy books of the world it is said that even the most despicable characters should they transform themselves progress to heaven and should the sick transform themselves, they will become well.
It has long been known but not very well discussed or understood that our DNA is malleable. This course is key to adaptation to new environments and not peculiar only to humans, but all life. A simple example is that children who ride horses, their pelvis will grow a little differently to those who never ride horses.
In a recent TV program (though the wormhole), Morgan Freeman and his experts were saying that DNA changes over time and
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Celebrated as a gift of life
There is no knowing when yoga really began, but there is a solid history going back 15,000 years showing how the nature of teachings have changed, yet the essence remains the same. It is the technology of being human that evolved into Dharma and shaped what is referred to as Hinduism.
No one really knows about the people who lived before then let alone what they thought and how they lived, but what is clear is that yoga began either in India as we know it today or in very close proximity, and we must remember that India’s borders have shrunk. 200 years ago Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and part of
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An old remedy for modern times
There is no doubt that massage is perhaps the oldest healing art because we have known for many centuries that just a little rubbing ouch go away. But it’s not just humans, most animals enjoy being stroked and rubbed, primarily because it makes them feel good.
In today’s modern world what we feel is shaped by external forces, and much money we have, how good we look and who our friends are. In the old world he felt good because you were powered the right food, from keeping enjoyable company and living a life that had some sense of purpose.
In this age of individualism, relationships tend to be superficial and our happiness is
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A blessing for women and the environment
Ruby Cup is a social business that keeps women more comfortable during their periods and it also helps keep girls in school as when you buy the company donates another Ruby Cups to a girl in Africa.
Many women load their periods, those without money are afraid of leaking and a great many woman isolate themselves for two or three days. But the majority must carry on with life and typically do their best with tampons and sanitary pads.
The trouble with tampons and sanitary pads is that they contribute hugely to landfills. They are detrimental to the environment and they often contain unpleasant toxins due to the variance of manufacturing processes.
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Undermining the health of the world
“Do as I say stupid humans and suffer while I take my pleasure. “
You may well think of this as the voice of moral authority but it’s time to wake up and realise that the world is becoming increasingly unjust. Most of us as children are told what not to do and yet we see those older than us doing those things. These things by the way are not necessarily harmful, we just told not to do them.
The issue of breastfeeding really highlights how sick this world really is and it’s just as bad as every good Christian bent on killing their neighbours. To find out how we have gone so badly
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