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Buddhism

The birth date and teachings of Gautama Buddha

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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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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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Tantra defined

Path To Enlightenment or Sexual Freedom?

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Tantra for most people is seen as something vague and mysterious from the East, so what are the origins of Tantra?

No one is sure exactly when tantra first appeared on the world stage. It seems probable that it was introduced about the same time as the first yoga teachings were given some 15,000 years ago.

The primary purpose of tantra was to further the process of self-realisation and what self-realisation means is that as an individual you have turned to look inside yourself and realised your human nature and potential.

One of the teachings of Jesus Christ that has been overlooked is the verse from the Gospel of Thomas

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How Well Do You Sleep?

A restorative process

Sleep is one of the most mysterious human activities. Science hasn’t been able to tell us why we need to sleep and scientists can only tell us what happens if we don’t sleep.

We all know that if we do not get sufficient rest and sleep, our bodies become more susceptible to infection and we do not function as well as when well rested. The most accepted reason is that sleep serves our psychological and physical restorative functions.

Some people may find that ten hours of sleep is not enough, others will feel well rested and ready for a big day just after only a couple of hours. One of the most common ways to describe the

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Taken

A young girl’s story of being kidnapped (R)

Thousands of girls disappear every year

Nina was walking home, having enjoyed her day at school and she felt delighted with her school companions and the warm sunny afternoon. When they came to her street, she said goodbye to her friends and thoughtfully turned her mind back to the school lesson of the day as she walked the 200 m to her house unaware of the two men behind her until she was grabbed.

Her world went dark, she was bundled into a vehicle, her mouth, hands and feet bound with tape so she couldn’t move, and her head covered with some rough and scratchy cloth which at the moment was

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Lemuria Revisited

Unravelling legends

Legends put Lemuria in the Indian and / or Western Pacific / or south of Thailand with all propositions including some of Australia. There is some chance that if Lemuria actually existed, New Zealand may have been included in this land mass.

Within India there are many legends of the continent south of modern day India, but if we look back at the history of tectonic plate movement, at a time before India began to push up the Himalayas, it would have been a much more volatile place to live because the Deccan traps were being formed.

New Zealand should I say Zealandia seems more plausible because if you look at New Zealand today on Google Earth, the

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A Possible Future

The Background

This is an opportunity to suspend disbelief and consider the possibilities. But I find this interesting as he describes a future that I also see and is a reason why I began writing the book Zealandia Rising.

If the story below is true, his participation in developing the oil sands resource makes him complicit in creating the future scenario.

If you know what’s going on in the world, you’ll know about oil sands.. Did physical time travel really happen, or was this a journey in consciousness?

In the video below, Al Bielek discusses what he remembers from his 6 weeks spent in the year 2137 and you may note that many of the events he described have

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An Ode to Pan

The delight of many hearts

Pan by Gerald Metcalfe

The popular concept of Pan is that of a very happy, flute playing, charming and fornicating character who some think may be related to Krishna in India.

It is said that the has the horns of a devil, a grin that will charm your pants off and the music he plays on this Pan pipe entice your feet to dance and your spirit to rejoice.

His torso is that of a strong virile man, but his legs are more animal in nature and he has cloven hooves instead of human feet.

His male appendage is like that of the Greek God Priapus, substantial and always ready.

He was celebrated

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