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The Art of Living

Creating a sustainable lifestyle

If you happened to be an outsider looking in on this world and all its lifeforms, you would see that the human population has become excessive to the point where it is destroying the environment that it depends on for its existence. If we carry on like this for another generation or so, humanity and most other species will become extinct. Life on earth will carry on without us and do very well, therefore we need to adopt a lifestyle that sustains and celebrates life instead of destroying life.

“Once joy is your constant companion, you are no more an issue in your life. After that, life is a journey of endlessly unfolding celebration and discovery.”

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Vasco Da Gama

And the sea route to India

De Gama at the Cochin court

The mainstream narrative that most of us learned in school was that Vasco de Gama was the first European to discover the sea route to India and this is still taught in many schools around the world and astonishingly in India even when it has been disproved.

But there are many untruths in history and the influence of India can can be seen across Europe and the world today. A lesser-known point is that Indian elephants did much of the heavy lifting for the Greek and Roman empires and that Asiatic lions were more likely to feature in the Roman arena than African lions as most historical

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The Origins of Marriage

How the institution came to be and what is best?

Published 29 Dec 2015 – updated Sept 12 2018

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In Europe before 1100 A.D. people wanting to join together for fun, to raise a family and what might be seen as marriage just got on with it. But with the growth of European civilisation there was a problem surrounding inheritance and being absolutely sure the ‘right’ child was being left the family fortune, because in those days the oldest child or the oldest boy child inherited the family assets.

To resolve this issue, the Catholic church came up with the idea of a church sanctified marriage which coincidently helped to fill their coffers. They also made

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Of Gods and Goddesses

In search of the elemental human

Iconography, the use of humanlike images representing aspects of the have been in use and venerated for many millennia and we are all familiar with this phenomenon regardless of birth or belief. We know from archaeological discoveries that before the development of belief systems most of these deities were depicted naked and as population increased, and beliefs developed, they became increasingly better clothed.

People continue to ask the reason why and many presume to know the answer is becoming more popularised idea that all these early deities because the statues are naked is that it was the earliest form of pornography. This idea has perverted most of the westernised thinking about the deities within

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Osho on Meditation

The first step to meditation is to be playful about it

Meditation is not anything of the mind, it is something beyond the mind. And the first step is to be playful about it. If you are playful about it mind cannot destroy your meditation. Otherwise it will turn it into another ego trip; it will make you very serious. You will start thinking, ‘I am a great meditator. I am holier than other people, and the whole world is just worldly – I am religious, I am virtuous.’

That’s what has happened to thousands of so-called saints, moralists, puritans: they are just playing ego games, subtle ego games.

Hence I want to cut the very root of it from

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Women of India

Are Hindu women as unsafe as the media proclaims?

“Shasana Sundari”, a women writing a letter in the Jalasangi village temple in Karnataka from the period of Kalyani Chalukyas. At that time, rule was purely on Hindu principles. Muslim, Christian or western narrative did not exist. It clearly proves, women in India knew reading and writing. Image credit to Arun Bharadwaj

In so many families today, the children think they know better than the parents and in most societies believe they know more than the most highly educated. In our world of nations where it is now becoming increasingly evident that India is the mother of all nations, because India is the humble mother she is

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Human Sexuality

A major confusion

Published on: 29 Dec 2015 updated August 20, 2018

There is about as much consensus in society about sexuality as there is about spirituality, and more sex happens in peoples minds than their genitals.

Confusion arises because those who assume moral leadership say one thing and do another.  Couple this with the ongoing deconstruction of our societies by social and economic forces.

Sigmund Freud described sexuality as the driver of our psychology and a motivator for all our behaviour which remains relevant today.

But the primary drive to have sex comes from a base biological desire to pass on our genes and perpetuate our species. The desire to breed is an instinctive and powerful force in our lives that

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The Disease Spreads

The calls to accept and normalise paedophilia

Before getting into this argument, we must remember that paedophilia has been going on for centuries in some form or other. In many cultures girls became married soon after their menstrual cycle commenced but there is very little record or evidence to support any ideas that what we refer to as paedophilia today existed before the rise of the Greek and Roman empires. The civilised world that stretched from the Mediterranean, North Africa, South and Southeast Asia are thought to have been much better organised and responsible.

Under the Greeks and Romans who used slaves to create their empires, a new kind of indolence and leisure developed along with a disregard for life

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The Consequences of Alcohol

And it’s impact on civilisation

Published on: 18 Aug 2016, Updated 18 Aug 2018

It’s a well established fact that alcohol dulls the senses and over a long-term period destroys brain tissue. Yet we are sensory beings and we rely on our senses to perceive the world around us as well as to make sense of that world. Therefore alcohol in effect is destroying sensitivity to life; in other words, making drinkers stupid.

Civilisation is a recognition that one belongs to a collective. So if we look at ants, each colony is a unique civilisation in a similar way to us. As human beings we all share common traits, but our sense of civilisation depends on our language and upbringing.

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Yasmeena Ali

Giving the finger to morality

This is a story that everyone should take note to to better understand how Islam functions, it’s cruel reality and implications for Islamic host countries. Born in Afghanistan during the Taliban regime and moved to the UK as a child aged 9, Yasmeena rebelled against the nonsense that ruled her life.  Yasmeena in her speech below gives  a synopsis of Islam and living as a Muslim inside ond outside an Islamic country.

What Yasmeena describes as common to the many thousands of people born Muslim and escaped when their sensibility and appreciation of life awakened. That is something that takes great courage as you can really turn their backs on their families and communities. But what is

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Massage

The world’s oldest healing art

We instinctively rub our achy and sore bits and it’s from there that the science of massage evolved. These pages discuss the sociology and technology of massage in relation to how we see ourselves and in time will put up some descriptive pages on how to safely perform massage.

The history of massage runs back over thousands of years, but over the past 30 years therapeutic massage has grown from a fringe recreational activity into an accepted recreational and healing discipline. Already many medical clinics, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and others have remedial massage therapists as a part of a multidisciplinary team.

Anyone who has received any massage sincerely performed, Receives the benefits of relaxation

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