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The Kama Shastra: Beyond Sex

Sexuality and the human condition in spiritual context

By Gauri Mataji Devi

Many people have heard about the Kama sutra, but generally the ideas that circulate are rather distorted, vague and confused by ignorance and prejudice. Such prejudice is mostly due to the cultural superimposition of layers of prude bigotry and self-righteous moralism brought by iconoclastic Islamic dominator’s and later by Victorian British Christians.

Enforced by the abrahamic invaders, the wholesale condemnation of the intrinsic beauty and joy of the natural form and activities of the body, effectively destroyed the Vedic expressions of beauty and joy, or covered them with the thick plaster of shame.

And that’s not simply a manner of speaking: plaster physically obliterated

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Osho

The controversial yogi

Osho was born 11 December 1931 and departed this life 19 January 1990

Born Chandra Mohan Jain, and like a chameleon, Osho was known as Acharya Rajneesh during the 1960s, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s and as Osho from 1989. Over his lifetime, he became an Indian mystic and spiritual teacher (guru) with a large international following.

As a professor of philosophy, he travelled throughout India in the 1960s as a public speaker and his outspoken criticism of socialism, Mahatma Gandhi and institutionalised religions which made him controversial. He also advocated a more open attitude towards sexuality: a stance that earned him the sobriquet “sex guru” in the Indian and later international press.

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Homelessness

Symptomatic of disease and not the real problem

If you think for a moment that of all the people on this planet we call Earth, on this planet that we are entirely dependent for our continued existence, and the fact that we have no idea what we are doing here beyond survival and a few trivial pursuit’s, a third of the worlds population is always hungry and malnourished.

In the Western world we have the increasing problem of homelessness and this is symptomatic of a civilisational disease and the only cure or solution to this problem is by healing the problems within civilisation.

The problems within civilisation have been developing, festering over thousands of years and are not new. The

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Why Meditation?

A foundational practise

Most people understand that activities go better with some planning and while some things that occur spontaneously can be brilliant, some can go horribly wrong. Meditation grounds us in a reality that leads to a harmonious life and success.

Whatever we do, we want to be successful but sometimes the best planning and our most sincere actions don’t always result in success. But if we look at some of the people who meditate, they range from executives within the world’s most successful companies to ordinary people who want to achieve the best out of life.

Many meditators say that meditation is actually instinctive and this is borne out by the fact that usually before we commence any

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What did Buddha Mean

When he said “Ignorance is a Cause of Suffering?

Buddha is one of the most remarkable men in recent history. He was born between 600 and 700 BC* and is renowned as the first person who clearly defined the nature of suffering, then described the steps to be taken to end suffering.

There are two primary levels of suffering, there is the individual suffering the doubt and confusion of one’s own mind and emotions as well as the pain or discomfort in one’s own body. Then there is a collective suffering that is experienced by communities.

The suffering that we experience within ourselves and the suffering experienced by our wider community, (including all the wars and famines in the

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Drugs and society

Why I the Reason?

Humans have been using drugs throughout all known history. Almost every culture tested the properties of almost every plant in substance within its domain. Some plants /substances produced fatal results, but some produced therapeutic results and became medicines while others produced results that we refer to as ‘mind altering’.

In hunter gatherer communities, one of two people would take a drug and to gain insight as to where to find food, or solutions to the problems they were experiencing. Often this person was the Shaman who was not always a male in every culture.

The use of drugs like cannabis, mescaline and ayawasca were tools for those special occasions as was alcohol. But it was alcohol

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How to Improve Your Memory

A smart choice for smart people

Those first signs of slipping memory or dementia can be a little alarming – especially if you know the dreariness of that route. You may first see it in your 40s, or even younger, with memory loss symptoms like slower facial recall or where you left your keys.

What groceries were you supposed to buy? Wait – you forgot your grocery list at home. Memory loss really hits home at times and it can be both sad and lonely – to say nothing of the decrease in productivity at work or the effects on family and friends.

While it’s normal to forget things on occasion, it’s a pattern to watch. The makers of Brain

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Brave New World

There is something extraordinary happening in the world

Most of us haven’t quite realized there is something extraordinary happening. A few months ago I freed myself from standard-procedure society, I broke the chains of fear that kept me locked up into the system. Since then, I see the world from a different perspective: the one that everything is going through change and that most of us are unware of that.

Why is the world changing? In this post I’ll point out the 8 reasons that lead me to believe it.

1- No one can stand the employment model any longer

We are reaching our limits.

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Buddhism

The birth date and teachings of Gautama Buddha

Buddha Image

Siddhartha Gautama was born in north India (now Nepal) about some 600 – 1200 years before the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth date has been contentious with a general agreement among many scholars that Buddha died within a few years of 480 B.C. giving a birth date about 560 B.C.

Some Hindu Pundits define his birth date as 566 B.C, others have said his birth was as early as 1200 BC. and many modern Western scholars generally put the time of his birth or enlightenment as between 300 and 500 B.C.

So there is no unanimously accepted date for the historical Buddha’s life amongst scholars and in 1988,

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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things.

For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but I can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

But the idea of Dharma and the idea of living

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