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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.

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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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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Understanding Karma

Towards an Ethical Way of Life

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Most of us have heard the term karma, a Sanskrit word (कर्म) implying the interlinking of cause and effect. Karma signifies a moral caution and a stimulus to become responsible in life because when we cause harm to others by accident or even design, consequences will come back to us at some point.

The Dhammapada is one of the most sacred and best-loved of Buddhist texts. It points out the method of self-realization, by the way of moral conduct:

Like garlands woven from a heap of flowers, Fashion from your life as many good deeds.

The text further enlightens on the nature of the karmic fruit:

For while the

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The Sound of Mantra

Connecting and uplifting

In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one’s heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.

Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.

Mantra if you like is the most sophisticated of reflective sound. The melody or arrangement of sounds is conducive to brain function and the activation of intelligence rather than emotion. The words

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Seeking Heaven - Seeking Pleasure

Reward for service or escapism

Sometimes we wish life could be more heavenly. but what is heaven and where do we find it? Across the Middle East during a time of growing desertification, Heaven was most often described as an idyllic paradise with lush gardens, an abundance of food and no responsibility, all one’s needs are taken care of.

If we look at the temple Art from north-west India across North Africa, it depicts this idyllic heaven as something akin to the mythical hanging Gardens of Babylon. So perhaps we can say that this was in response to harsh living conditions and indeed those with means either created their own miniature paradise or spread and conquered other lands.

The carrot

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The Ascent of Women

An unfair history heralding our peril

A Dancer of Ancient Egypt (1916). George Owen Wynne Apperley (English, 1884-1960). Oil on canvas.

For the most part, men seem rather straightforward and uncomplicated yet somehow twisted by social pressure and the competition to survive and advance in modern life. Many women have also become masculine in their attitude and behaviour.

Woman are normally seen as being much more complex, less logical and often impossible to understand. While it is man who provides the spark for new life, it is woman who often induces that spark and facilitates new life into the world.

Cosmology

In an esoteric cosmological sense there are two aspects to life, yin and yang, internal and external, masculine

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Facts about Hinduism

What Everyone Should Know About Hinduism

One in every six people in this world as a Hindu by virtue of their birth yet all around the world, people of all nations are becoming Hindu because it offers a lifestyle where life is celebrated and not controlled.   Hinduism offers freedom and a way of living that generates happiness from within, a happiness and the joy that is not dependent on any external factors. It could be said to be the art of happiness and joy which arises when one’s life is aligned with the nature of existence.   As a lifestyle, Hinduism is about living with nature, understanding the cycles and seasons and learning to adapt. But for years

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Our Sweet Downfall

Loss of health, delusion and addiction

Spare your body – sweet pleasure undermines health and the ability to enjoy life

Our love affair with sweets began when our parents used them as panaceas and bribes. When combined with untruths the result is often behavioural deviance.

One cannot categorically state that sugar is the root cause of all deviant behaviour, however it is a significant factor. The consumption of sugar as sweets gives a boost of sensory delight and energy that is addictive.

Food manufacturers know this and add sugar to most processed foods to keep people consuming their products.

Many of us as children were introduced to sweets and many of us continually pushed the margins for sweet rewards.

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Sri Sarada Devi

One of India’s Famous Women

Jai Guru DevJai Sri MaaJai Maa Kali

Sarada Devi was the wife and spiritual counterpart of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Born into a poor family in the town of Jayrambati West Bengal in the year 1853, she was betrothed to Sri Ramakrishna at a young age (as was the custom of the time), later following her husband to the famous Dakshineswar temple complex at the age of 18.

The couple lived completely celibate lives, dedicated absolutely to the path of divinity. Sri Ramakrishna at this time an already famous spiritual luminary, himself worshiped Sri Sarada Devi as a manifestation of the mother Goddess. After the passing of Sri Ramakrishna she took up the guidance of

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Children Say

Perceptive Children – humour

Tomato sauce

A woman was trying hard to get the tomato sauce that had thickened out of the jar. During her struggle the phone ring so she asked her four-year-old daughter to answer it and she said “mommy can’t come to the phone right now, she’s hitting the bottle”.

Ladies locker room

He young boy got loss at the YMCA and found himself in a woman’s locker room. When he was seen, some of the ladies almost panicked to cover themselves up. The boy watched in amazement and asked “what’s the matter, having never seen a little before.”

Police dog

A police dog handler at the end of his shift was unloading gear from his

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