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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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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. Yet while the West wallows in its moral and economic quagmire, spiritual traditions from the east continue to thrive and inspire a relatively small number of people to find a genuine peace and

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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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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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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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