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Being Human

A discussion on our humanity

Over the past few thousand years we have looked outwards in an attempt to understand and tame the world we live in, yet for the most part we have avoided looking into the nature of being human. We are the only species capable of breaking the bonds of karma and creating the life we desire, but unfortunately the emphasis is on external control instead of self-knowledge and responsibility.

When will we ever learn?

We struggle to break free of any binding yet in our struggles we bind ourselves more tightly in groundless beliefs that directly causes suffering to self and others. At the core of our humanity is a desire for

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What is Freedom?

We are prisoners of our own ignorance

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Many people dream of differing freedoms and at times go to great lengths to break free of what they think or believe binds them, but lets first ask what level of freedom is possible? To start with, we as conscious beings are physically confined to our bodies and their physical needs, our minds and consequently our terrestrial environment.

Given our physical restrictions, physical freedom or a freedom to move freely in the environment is constrained by a combination of mental and physical abilities along with political and financial freedoms. In other words you have to have the means and the capacity to move where you want. In other words you

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The Rationality of Violence

Why are we so aggressive?

When we consider that war and violence have been a significant trait throughout modern history and as we live in a world at war today, it’s a question that everyone should consider at some point in their life.

From the perspective of yoga and the thoughtfulness that gave rise to Sanatana Dharma, knowing oneself as a part of life and a part of existence produces a human society and indeed a civilisation to know life and further.

This is about having a population of individuals who take what they absolutely from nature and do what must be done in terms of environmental protection and living harmoniously with each other.

It is from a position

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Village Life

Work and Lifestyle

A boat was docked in a tiny Mexican fishing village. and a tourist complimented the local fishermen on the quality of their fish and… asked how long it took to catch them.

“Not very long” they answered in unison.

“Why didn’t you stay out longer and catch more?”

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families.

“But what do you do with the rest of your time?”

“We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take siestas with our wives. In the evenings, we go into the village to see our friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs.

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Mother Theresa

Saint of fraud

Published on: 7 Sep 2016, updated 16 July 2018

Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who many believe devoted her life to helping India’s poor and she was declared a saint in a canonization Mass held by Pope Francis in the Vatican on September 4 2016.

Because so many actually revere Mother Theresa, it can appear insensitive to fact-check her more odious pronouncements, but any journalist should check the facts and not just be a voice of the establishment as there’s more to this story.

Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu was born in August 26, 1910 in Skopje which was then part of Kosovo Vilayet in the Ottoman Empire. This was a volatile period and she lived in the shadow of the Mother Teresa

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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Sanatana Dharma

Creating The Eternal Way  of Peace and Happiness

I have previously described Dharma as a way of living harmoniously with each other and with nature in the now. An extended meaning gives us Sanatana Dharma, meaning harmonising or enabling the best outcome not only for mankind, but for all life on Earth, for all eternity. To appreciate the evolution of this understanding, we must also ask the how and why it came about?

At some point that we may assume as a ‘beginning’, our historic ancestors began to more closely observe, remember and seek greater understanding of the phenomenal world, internally and externally. Perhaps this was the birth of true intellect as a tool of discernment and appreciation instead of division

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Lord Hanuman

Hero of the Ramayana

Lord Hanuman in Hindu tradition is said to have lived sometime around 9000 years ago (7000 BC*), he is said to be the son of Anjana and Kesari, and he had a special relationship with Vayu, the wind-god. He is also said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva and he was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, another hero from the same period.

Lord Rama is renowned as a king who faithfully executed his duties in the most difficult of circumstances and he was deeply appreciated. Stories have been invented about Hanuman’s birth and childhood yet it is clear that he must’ve been a noble character who was perhaps in some way facially disfigured

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Rembering Vlad Dracula

And his responsiveness to Muslim invasions

Is there any relevance to this historical figure, a man who has been vilified across the world as a monster, a tyrant, a bloodthirsty psychopath and of course a vampire in the realm of popular entertainment?

One must realise that troubled times breed men and women who act ‘abnormally’ to deal with the various shapes of adversity. What the teenage Vlad Țepeș (the second son of Vlad Dracul, who became the ruler of Wallachia in 1436) was dealing with were the divisions of a newly Christianised Europe and rule by fear. As Christianity took root, society became more pleasantly capitalist for some with a more clearly defined class structure or cast

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10,000 B.C.

Tracing our evolution

Entering the modern era

About this time, ice sheets as much as two miles deep are thought to have covered much of the northern hemisphere and a dramatic climate change is about to take place.

There are people on all continents, in Europe the population extending across Doggerland and perhaps parts of what we would recognise as today’s United Kingdom and Western Europe are hunter gatherers. They are dark skinned and little is known of their evolution: they are mixing with Neanderthal and peoples migrating from the East where life was more evolved.

The ‘out of Africa theory’ has been disproved, there may have been some small amount of migration from Africa

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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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