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Myths and legends confused as history

Myth and legend’s are inspiring stories and some of them may well be factual or based on facts that as yet we cannot prove. Yet they are so often used to shape morality and justify some human behaviours. These stories are perhaps best seen as a decoration of history and not to be relied on until proven factual, but even here we must remember that the exploration of the history involves a lot of educated guesswork. Please note that this section contains factual historic information that many people misconstrue as being simply mythological.

The Hare Krishna Movement

Hare Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Hare

Celebrating Krishna by OmerArt

Introduction: Iskcon may be seen as a way of seeing life, a philosophy or a belief system that has manifested within what is referred to as Hinduism. Lord Krishna whom is celebrated was an actual person who lived some 4000 years ago and he promoted the idea of Bhakti (devotion) as a means of spiritual survival during a dark period of history.

If you have heard the mantra Hare Krishna, Hare Rama. Rama is also a historical figure who fulfilled his duty to society even though his life was made exceedingly difficult by the political climate in which he lived.

Iskon began five

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Divine Feminine

The mystical prowess of woman

Image by Goddess Within

Inside each and every single human being, there are two polarities. There is a male and a female polarity. It doesn’t matter which gender you are, you have both male and female energies within your body. These energies are also known as yin (female) and yang (male). However, most of us are completely unaware of how to use these energies. The world is more identified with the masculine energy, and has greatly suppressed the feminine. That is why, the energy of the awakening on this planet, is feminine energy.

Because we have suppressed the feminine over the past several thousand years, this planet has been thrown into

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The Mystery Rock

A dream story

Once upon a time, the residents of a small rural village emerged from their homes one morning to see a huge rock that had mysteriously appeared beside their village. It was very big and took up the space of several houses, the people gathered around guessing about how the rock might have appeared. It was far too big for anyone to move and probably weighed more than 1000 tons.

While all the villagers were bewildered, the family who owned the piece of land that it occupied were most upset because it interfered with their lifestyle. But as the word went around the district, people flocked to see this big rock and the affected family became wealthy by

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Islam: The Untold Story - Documentary

The origins of a political movement

Many historians are challenging long-held opinions of the origins of Islam and in this documentary, Tom Holland examines whether the religion was born fully formed, or if it evolved over many years.

Adopting the theories of academic historian Patricia Crone as a basis, Holland asserted that there was little hard evidence for the origins of Islam and asks why it took several decades after the death of Muhammad for his name to appear on surviving documents or artifacts.

Arguing that there was little evidence for how the faith was born, he suggested that the city of Mecca may not have been the real birthplace of Muhammad and Islam, and – while not clearly disputing

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The Swastika

An ancient symbol misunderstood

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in relation to Polaris.

The swastika, an Indian symbol of peace and continuity came into ill repute because of the Nazi regime in Germany who took it as their emblem. But they may not have had any idea what it represented. Unfortunately most people still look on the symbol with some disgust due to this recent chapter in our history, but elsewhere in the world the swastika has a different meaning and this is what we should focus on.

It is thought that “single swastikas began to appear in the Neolithic Vinca culture across south-eastern Europe around 7,000 years ago. But it’s in the Bronze Age that they became

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A Background on Hinduism

A science embedded in culture

B. B. Vishnu discusses the myths and facts of India. Some of the dates have been revised since this video was made. The Harrappan civilisation existed before 6000 BC and the Rig Veda as old if not older. Characters like Rama and Krishna who were thought to have been mythological characters have been proved to be actual people who lived some 5000 years ago.

Theory has the ancient port city of Dwarka as being built/ occupied about 1600BC, however some think that it was submerged at the end of the last ice age when ocean levels rose. Much of history as has been learned in the West attributes a great deal to the Arabs,

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Islam

An ideology disguised as a religion

An Islamic saying; ‘The words of the scholar are more valuable than the deaths of martyrs’. This is an interesting line in context with all the crime, rape and killing this going on all around the world in the name of Islam. Those who believe in Islam are referred to as Muslims.

Islam is supposedly a religion based on the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad who lived in Saudi Arabia some 1400 years ago. From analysis seems his ideas were cobbled together from Judaism. His ideas did not go down too well in Mecca where he lived and he had to leave town.

He moved to Medina and their when people disagree with

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Islamic Health

All is God’s Will

Philippine Nurses in Saudi

If you happen to be travelling in an Islamic country as a welcome visitor and you need healthcare, you will find facilities as good as any western country. The doctors and nurses will most likely have been trained somewhere like the USA, the UK or Switzerland where they have learned the best of allopathic medicine and surgical procedures.

While some of the doctors and nurses will be native to the land, most will be from overseas and there on temporary work permits, but the modern medical facilities are generally reserved for the privileged few.

One of the concerns in many Western countries is that as Islamic populations increase, in some cases

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India's Caste System

Varṇa and social history

The caste system in India has intrigued visitors to the country, yet it was exploited by those who sought to rule over India. Within India today there is controversy and there are even efforts being made to ban the caste system, so does it really exist, what are its origins and purpose?

Actually class systems exist all around the world and in the West, caste demarcations refer to social class and wealth. It has been traditional in Western society that children received a level of education and went into the same work as their parents. The son of the blacksmith became a blacksmith and the son of the trader also became a trader.

On the whole,

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What About Virginity?

A misunderstood aspect of our humanity

Religious morality dictates that young men and women should abstain from sexual contact until after they are married, and this is an issue going way back in history because the husband always wanted to know that only he was the father of of any children produced.

But the idea of virginity has changed over the centuries. If we go back before the time of Jesus, then a virginal woman was any free and independent woman who did not rely on a man for his support. In that sense virgins in olden times could have been courtesans or sex workers.

One thing is absolutely certain is that our desire to reproduce and our desire for

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