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The Windup Doll

The Women of today’s Iran

Iran like so many countries has a troubled history, it has fallen from its greatness as Persia, an empire related by Dharma to India. It was a principled country based on truth but after being conquered by Islam, it has degenerated into divisiveness and oppression. Oppression particularly against women and children.

Excerpts from Iran Oppresses Women

The main religion in Iran is currently Sunni Islamic. In the Quran (the Islamic holy book), it states that women may try to manipulate and distract men from making important political decisions. Women are said to be evil. To prevent these distractions, women often are forced to wear head coverings such as hijabs. They can

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Polygamy under Islam

A base herd instinct

A religion’s purpose is to connect with God but Islam does anything but that. Instead it teaches men to abuse children, women and encourages slavery and above all treat them in the most inhuman way possible. Obviously social pictures of a few rich and famous show bejewelled women who look very lavish but the reality is very very different inside the veil.

Majority of Muslim women, as much as 89% suffer more than any other women born under any other social system or so called religious faith. On surface and text books, news media and public statements talk of great love and peace and nobility towards women. However the reality is that women are considered

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What is Dharma?

A mystery to those not knowing the essence of life

To get the best from life, you must love life and treat it with love.Via Vogue and lemonade

Dharma is living in accord with life while sustaining what is known and fruitful for all life.

In other words, to know Dharma in its fullness you must know life in its fullness and that is something few people achieve in their lifetimes. Therefore to know Dharma as a layperson without access to the accumulated knowledge of Vedanta requires a relaxation of beliefs and an openness to explore.

To put it simply, Dharma is a way of being in the world that sustains

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Caste and Class

Social divisions throughout history

In looking at the world we have naturalism which sees biology as being the determining factor in life, modern humanism that sees cultural norms as the defining factor which is where we are now, yet this is based on the perception of power and possession of animalism or base survival.

The natural world isn’t fair, just or kind. It’s a place where the strong dominate, exploit, use or even kill the weak because it’s the natural order of life. In the race for survival, the fittest and strongest life-form on Earth are humans. The natural world is not devoid of compassion and kindness, it’s just that the more powerful rule over the weaker and from a

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The Art of Belly Dance

Goddess Celebration and Fertility Dance

‘The Pearl Fishers’. Rene Milot. Oil on canvas. Click for larger image

Belly dance plays a number of functions within society and it has a rich history. Often referred to as Arabic dance, Oriental dancing or Exotic dancing, it’s widely believed to be an Arab dance originating in Egypt. Know one knows the exact origins although it appears to have been centred between North India, The Black Sea and North Africa. Over the millennia it has evolved to take many different forms depending on the country and region between the Mediterranean to the Pacific.

It originated as a fertility dance within cultures inspired by the joy of life and it

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Indo-Aryan Languages

An 8000 year history

Indo Aryan languages are all derivatives of Mother language Sanskrit – the most complete human language of this planet. These include almost all languages of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Balochistan, Kurdi communities in Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and some areas of Caspian.

Many languages that are in red like Prakrit, Gandhari, Vedda, Niya, Avestan, Scythian, Bactrian, Khotani, Khwarezmian, Saka, Sarmatian, Pamiri, Vanji, Old Persian, Mediani, Alanic, Sogdian, Parthian, Zaza Gorani are no longer in colloquial usage or rather extinct as they were originally known. Some of them may have corrupted into some colloquial usage among smaller communities that have been merged by force by Islamic influence that literally bulldozed hundreds of ancient communities and forced

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Origin of the Seven Day Week

The 7 day week and 24 hour day are not western concepts

Why do we have only 7 days in a week? Why can’t we have 8 or 9? What is an hour? Why do we have only 24 hours in a day? Why can’t we have 30 or 40 units and call it an hour?

Our 7 day week is not a concept borrowed from Babylonians or the Romans as it is generally believed. During the Republic period, the Romans had an eight day week. The 7 day week is not really based on western calendar. The 24 hour day is often attributed to the Egyptians or the Babylonians yet none of these histories mention India which

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Ancient Aliens

A distinct possibility

Given that we reside on a small obscure planet in some out of the way corner of our universe that extends beyond our imagination, to believe that we are the only intelligent life is pretty stupid. But until such time as one meets or perceives an alien from a realm beyond our Earth, such an existence remains a probability rather than something to be expressly believed in.

They have been a great many unexplained phenomenon referred to as UFOs, but the same can be said of God’s and ghosts because the seat of perception is within our own minds. When we experience something in our mind as all experience is, it can be rather challenging to know

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How We got to Here

Understanding Humanities Problems part 2

There is no doubt that various populations in the world are suffering from war, impoverishment, starvation, habitat loss, slavery and the myriad of other sufferings that have come about directly through the process of karma and what we call civilisation.

While there is archaeological evidence pointing to technological developments stretching back millions of years, there is no consensus, only a possibility to the implications which modern science and archaeology sweep under the carpet because it is too difficult to think about not to mention a lack of supporting evidence.

Therefore thinking about the current evolution and human’s problems must only cover the past 30,000 years and for many, even

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Understanding Humanities Problems

What are our most pressing concerns?

This page is part of a submission to a global forum established to help reform global governance and an alternative to the current model that is clearly failing. This is less about political systems, it’s more about embracing our humanity and making civilisation sustainable based on our available resources and our real instead of imaginary human needs.

Understanding our problems

It is evident that the complete failure of human civilisation and the extinction of our species is an imminent possibility. The real question is, do we have the will and the guts to pull ourselves back from this precipice we have created for ourselves? For certain we have the capacity

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