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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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Dharma or Adharma

What happens when Dharma is not protected?

What happens when the radiation of Sun is stopped; the physical land will become barren, icy sheet covered and life as we know it will end.

Durga has been a warrior goddess, and she is depicted to express her martial skills. Her iconography typically resonates with these attributes, where she rides a lion or a tiger, has between eight and eighteen hands, each holding a weapon to destroy and create. She is often shown in the midst of her war with Mahishasura, the buffalo demon at the time she victoriously kills the demonic force which is NOT a being but darkness and Adharma symbolized by a buffalo without brains. Her icon shows

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Pan, The God of Joy

A God of gaiety and joy

Published on: 5 Sep 2013 updated 01-2019 The most famous image is of Pan is of him running through the hills and fields playing his ‘pan pipes’ and seducing every female which serves to warm hearts and loins.

Pan is known for his wit, charm and sexual prowess and he is often depicted with an erect phallus. Diogenes of Sinope, speaking in jest, related a myth of Pan learning masturbation from his father, Hermes, and teaching the habit to shepherds.

Pan’s greatest conquest was that of the moon goddess Selene. He accomplished this by wrapping himself in a sheepskin to hide his hairy black goat form, and drew her down from the sky into

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A Sanskrit Glossary

Commonly used Sanskrit words used in Yoga and Dharma studies

Sanskrit is thought to be the world’s first language from which all have evolved or been influenced by. The sounds are primal and focussed on describing a world view based on the intrinsic nature of matter, and an internal world view describing the nature of mankind.

These words are used in books about Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism and they are often a challenge to understand.

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Abhyasa: practice – the act of practising

Acharya: teacher

Adwaita a philosophy according to which there is no duality – only a singular state of consciousness

Agni: fire

Agnisar kriya: one of the shatkarmas (cleansing practices) -intestinal cleansing

Aham: ego

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Spirituality

The essence of life

Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. It is a large Hindu temple.

There is such a general disagreement about what constitutes spiritual spirituality and because none can agree at least in the Western world, the fallback position is judgement and morality based on beliefs that are impossible to substantiate.

Perhaps we need to revisit the meaning of the word as ‘moving in accord with the spirit of life’ whereas many who have a spiritual hankering plunge in to the esoteric and occult,

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Gabriella Burnel

Inspirational Sanskrit scholar and vocal artist

Gabriella Burnel is a Sanskrit scholar and an accomplished musician and musical theatre performer. After studying Sanskrit at Oxford, she completed a Masters in Drama at Goldsmith University in 2010. She has since written musicals for off-West End theatres in London and performed with the band Gabriella and The Planets.

Gabriella is well-known as a composer and performer of poems and hymns drawn from the Sanskrit tradition. Early in 2016, she set to music a hymn in praise of Adi Śaṅkara which she also performed at a Teacher’s Day event in the London School of Economic Science.

Mother Madālasā singing to her children, telling them that they are Shudha, buddha and mukta, pure, conscious

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The Question of Truth

And that truth will set you free

As children growing up we are taught to speak the truth as we see it, yet we learn to see that truth is often a matter of perspective and in some situations where a number of people have witnessed the same event, their telling is different because they all saw from a different perspective, a major problem when the law is involved. So what is referred to as the truth today is a convenient concept that most of us can agree upon.

This most of us has come to distinguish between various truths in relation to what we choose to believe this. The Christians believe that there heavenly guard is real even though

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Fashion

Flavours in times of of change

Published on: 2 Nov 2014, updated, 2 Nov 2018

Fashion changes by the season and to a large extent is driven by the marketing division of the fashion industry, but it’s really an age-old phenomenon that’s probably existed since before we wore clothes and is inspired by people’s sense of ascetics and comfort.

In some ancient cultures, fashion is irrelevant as people wear traditional costumes although even within those cultures, there is room for subtlety to express better quality, greater comfort and social status. To a large extent the idea of fashion has driven the clothing industry since it began and today it has become something of a monster as the fashions change from

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Going Braless

Moving beyond the bigotry and social injustice

It is rather sad that we live in such a twisted world with different rules for everyone based on their social class. Hollywood and the fashion industry sets a precedent for women to be as daring and minimally clad as possible while the working classes are required to be strapped up and their bodies a tool of industry, not for public display, because that is the role of the glamour model and movie star.

Perhaps this stems from the time when the Romanised version of Christianity became vogue and a tool to help maintain the capitalist empire with privileges for the rich and mundane work for the poor. In terms of wearing

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Naked Thuth

A moral insight into our suffering

Right from birth we are encouraged to tell the truth even though sometimes we have no idea what it looks like because we are living in a world where the truth is suppressed and the education system along with our politicians and corporate masters feed us so many lies that some don’t believe the truth ever existed.

According to a 19th century legend, the Truth and the Lie meet one day.

The Lie says to the Truth: “It’s a marvellous day today”!

The Truth looks up to the skies and sighs, for the day was really beautiful. They spend a lot of time together, ultimately arriving beside a well. The Lie tells the

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Three Sisters

Book humour

Three Nuns just want to have fun! But when these former Catholic nuns have too much fun and get in trouble with the law, they become nuns on the run. Driving back to Washington D.C. where they work at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Parts, the three sisters are arrested in Tennessee.

After defeating the local deputy in strip poker, they escape from jail, and are pursued by the zealous Detective Schmuck Hole, who has personally offered a $10,000 reward for their capture on The 700 Club. Little do they know that when the three sisters visit the Washington Monument, their lives will change forever.

Set in 1979, The Three Sisters is a sacrilegious satire that skewers

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