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Syria in Crisis

Anticipating Obama Care – Now Trump

Originally published in 2013.

Look at today’s news and nothing has changed except the presidential face. In fact Trumps attitude while being praised in his pre-election rhetoric for disestablishing globalism is turning more hostile to the world and fuelling the military industrial machine without concern for human rights or the rights of nations.

If you don’t know by now, the USA has a nasty habit of inventing some attack or atrocity, or even getting its own agents to do the dirty work. The US relies on its manufacture of weapons of mass destruction to keep its economy afloat and to do this, it regularly starts wars.

As the UK falters in support of Obama,

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Bharathanatyam

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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Tajikistan

On an ancient silk road

Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for its rugged mountains making it a popular destination for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. But all of Tajikistan is a mountainous region with the Trans-Alay Range in the north and the Pamirs to the southeast.

The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia’s hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called “basmachi”) fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as

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The Marriage of Children

A crime against humanity

Marriage is a global institution and if we step back into history there was a natural pairing off mostly between young men and women as they reached a balance of physical and mental maturity that enabled them to live happily and raise a family.

It is probable that there has always been some deviant or criminal behaviour within tribal groups but more so in the field of conquest. But the majority of the world’s population who had achieved a sense of balance and purpose in life would instinctively know when the time for marriage was right and this time was defined as when the girl is capable of bearing children and caring for them.

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Eight Steps to Happiness

And a solution to end suffering

Master, what is the secret to happiness?””Not to argue with idiots””Master. I disagree that this can be the secret” “Yes, you are right”

There are many benefits to putting the instructions of Langri Tangpa’s “Eight Verses of Training the Mind” into practice. The practice helps us to eliminate the ignorant mind of self-cherishing and self-grasping, the root of all suffering and problems.

It shows us how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path, giving us the opportunity to use our daily problems and issues that would normally be obstacles as our actual daily practice so we can make progress in our spiritual practice.

We live in spiritually degenerate times. Fewer people are

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Vicious / Virtuous Circles

Learned behavioural habits

A vicious circle is a chain of events, in which the response to a difficulty creates a new problem that aggravates that original difficulty. The virtuous circles do just the opposite. The response to an occurrence creates a positive result that improves the whole situation; and as it repeats, the whole thing becomes better and better.

The fundamental reality is that some people just seem to go up; their timing is excellent, the right people and the right things come their way, they are surrounded by smiling people who love them, and they even maintain abundant good health. Life for them, and the people they influence, just gets better and better. However, some other people, who grow

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Exploitation of Women

An age old practice

For the past 6000 years women have been second-class citizens although since the Industrial Revolution, it seems as if they have been allowed a degree of freedom. Allowed away from the kitchen and child-minding provided they look pretty and don’t have an opinion.

When times get tough women most often find themselves confined to the kitchen except on rare occasions as when back in the 1700’s, women stormed the palace of Versailles and demanded social equity. They didn’t get it then and it wasn’t long before French women became the most oppressed in Europe.

In today’s Middle Eastern war, it is the Kurdish and Yazidi women who have taken up weapons against daesh as have other

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Education Is Failing Us

Acquiring the tools for living

In a more perfect world education would be about sharing and learning about life and all its processes, it would be about becoming a responsible human being in an intelligent civilisation. However as we are governed by ignorance and strength, learning has degraded into learning how to survive in a corrupted world.

Our modern education system is a corrupted version of an ancient Hindu system that taught children how to live in harmony with life which is why before the arrival of Islam and colonialism, it was the world’s most advanced civilisation that had no need to go to war and yet had some capacity to defend itself although there was probably no Hindu who

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What is The Divine Feminine?

The gateway and the universe

Some argue that beliefs of women being divine and givers of life are pagan and erroneous, yet without our mothers we do not exist. Instead of believing, our ancient ancestors understood that without the sun there could be no life on earth and without the earth, we could not exist here.

Therefore the sun was seen as the father and the earth as the mother because life comes through the substance of the earth that is powered by the energy of the sun. Another understanding is that everything physical is feminine in nature while space which has no apparent physicality is seen as masculine. This is because our spacious universe holds the physical in place

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Hard Times

When economies fall, women sell their bodies for cash

The development of the modern economy began thousands of years ago which gave rise to slavery and prostitution as we came to know it. With the development of agriculture men developed unhealthy desires for the fruit of labour and the joy of pleasure without earning it themselves.

They rated neighbouring lands bringing it back strong men to do the physical work and women for sex. Over these thousands of years, little has changed only the methodology governing the acquisition and control of slaves for any purpose has modernised.

Traditionally in countries without social welfare, the poor have been disposed of or conscripted into another service as soldiers or comfort women. As

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