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The New Shape of Education

Prioritising happiness

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Modern schools somewhat sadly have become institutions repeated for turning out children equipped with the skills that may or may not suit some adventure working in industry or the marketplace. There are high rates of dropouts and the most successful students adapt to what may be well called borderline misery.

The most successful school graduates of those who have survived despite being educated and have the natural intelligence to become successful at some endeavour with success being defined as how much money one has.

There seems little doubt that the modern education system which is still something of an experiment has little concern for any sense of happiness and well-being, the focus is on

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Secularism in Perspective

A grand hoodwink and political tool

Like before the last election in 2014, this time too, there are voices by so-called intellectuals that “secularism is in danger” if BJP comes to power again. Though Indians are generally highly intelligent, when it comes to secularism, most intellectuals, media and politicians get the concept wrong.

Since secularism is a western ‘invention’, I would like to put it into perspective:

Contrary to the general perception in India, secular is not the opposite of communal. Communal as such is not objectionable either. It means ‘pertaining to a community’. In Germany, elections to local bodies are called “communal elections” (Kommunalwahlen).

Secular means worldly and is opposite to ‘religious’. Now ‘religious’ in this context refers to

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The Shiva Lingam

The Presence of Shiva and a universal centre

The Shiva Lingam has been in common use for many thousands of years in parts of Europe, across Asia and even some places in the Americas. The lingam at Mecca is hidden away within that big black box and the Christians have replaced theirs with a cross.

Today the lingam is mostly found in Shiva Temples although a great many remain carved into the beds of rivers across Southeast Asia to bless the water that so many depend on for life.

The Shiva lingam is a round, elliptical, iconic image that most often sits on a circular base or peetham. Most commonly made of stone, Shiva Linga can also be composed

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Education Fails

When fictions and beliefs are taught as truths

Most parents want their children to become successful and happy in life, most often with more emphasis on success because they believe that success is the key to happiness. Success as in money is the flag of aspiration and meaning in life that supersedes almost everything else and children today are being driven en-mass towards this ill-defined goal.

Success is a great many things and every individual develops their own interpretation. While the most basic success is to grow into life, reproduce and see one’s children grow into life to the point where one can experience grandchildren represents the greatest universal success because it is biological and represents the natural continuation of

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The Dharma Manifesto

A New Vision for Global Transformation

If you are a regular reader of this blog site, you will know that the content represents a search for truth, knowledge and solution to the world’s problems. It’s become clear that the only sustainable way forward is for humanity is by following a lifestyle consistent with Dharma.

To put Dharma into a nutshell, it is a way of life to ensure humankind’s continued survival into the unforeseeable future. The modern world seems bent on self-destruction and many are arguing that such a scenario is imminent. Some predict the end of humanity within the next hundred years as conflict, squabbles over resources and the

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Therapy

Anything that improves the human condition

Therapy is considered to be the treatment of disease or disorders, to be remedial, rehabilitating, or a curative process, a curative power or quality. With such a wide definition and our knowledge that what is good for one person is not necessarily good for another.

Therapy can be good food, good company, a day at the seaside, a good massage, a course of multibyte tablets, visiting the hairdresser or anything that makes an individual feel better about themselves at a mental level or feel better at a physical level. There are therapies for body and mind.

Often when we are feeling a little under part, when the body is not performing as one would

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A Call for Change

And a New World Order based on Dharma

Further ideas towards saving humanity.

If the world continues on its present course, by the year 2050, the population will be over 9 billion and everyone will have to learn to survive on 40% less of everything that we enjoy today.

That’s less water, less oxygen, less materials to produce things and the way of modern agriculture we will also have 40% less land because that would been destroyed by agricultural chemical use.

At present we have democracies which have been co-opted by capitalism to serve the interests of the global elite. If we were able to wipe the slate and begin again, economically, everyone would own what

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Islamophobia

And does it affect one’s health?

Phobias are an extreme and often irrational fear of or aversion to something. Women are often terrified of mice or spiders, mice may carry some disease and some spiders are deadly and therefore must be avoided. Avoiding them or having them exterminated from one’s home is a sane healthy choice, screaming and fleeing is an over reaction.

Phobias are one of the most common mental illnesses in the United States. The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that eight percent of U.S. adults have some type of phobia. Women are more likely to experience phobias than men. Typical symptoms of phobias can include nausea, trembling, rapid heartbeat, feelings of unreality, and being preoccupied

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus – ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ

Yeshe Tsogyal

Mantras in another language represent a challenge for many people if they are not clear on the meaning yet arriving at a meaning can be something of a challenge. When I was first introduced to this mantra it was something new age and sweet, and for some people around me who had distanced themselves from Western society, it represented a point of difference and that they were members of the club.

The origins of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.

For many years I had the idea that when reciting this mantra

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Sari Tradition

Without blouse – A kick back against colonialism

Whatever country men live in, the majority have a somewhat unhealthy appreciation of the female body because we live in a capitalist and patriarchal society where things are to be possessed. Women for the most part have been chattels in many countries, slaves and baby makers for the men who owned them.

India as a matriarchal civilisation was spared this tradition until midway through the British occupation when they decided that because women in England had no rights, Hindu women should also have no rights. With stroke of a pen they passed a law disinheriting women of their wealth and social status and telling men that they had all the power.

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