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As a person thinketh, so they become.

The Story of Omar

One man begins a global transformation

Young Omar was said to have been something of a precocious child yet he was also uncannily charming and got away with things that other children may have earned some reprimand. But children were loved because their parents saw them as an investment towards an unforeseeable future.

The village where young Omar lived was inconspicuous, the wall of woven twigs that kept lions and other creatures out of the village at night was in the process of being replaced with a much more solid mud brick wall. Omar and the other boys his age helped their elders as they were capable although much of the time they played as they watched.

The village was

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The New Shape of Education

Prioritising happiness

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Modern schools somewhat sadly have become institutions repeated for turning out children equipped with the skills that may or may not suit some adventure working in industry or the marketplace. There are high rates of dropouts and the most successful students adapt to what may be well called borderline misery.

The most successful school graduates of those who have survived despite being educated and have the natural intelligence to become successful at some endeavour with success being defined as how much money one has.

There seems little doubt that the modern education system which is still something of an experiment has little concern for any sense of happiness and well-being, the focus is on

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Secularism in Perspective

A grand hoodwink and political tool

Like before the last election in 2014, this time too, there are voices by so-called intellectuals that “secularism is in danger” if BJP comes to power again. Though Indians are generally highly intelligent, when it comes to secularism, most intellectuals, media and politicians get the concept wrong.

Since secularism is a western ‘invention’, I would like to put it into perspective:

Contrary to the general perception in India, secular is not the opposite of communal. Communal as such is not objectionable either. It means ‘pertaining to a community’. In Germany, elections to local bodies are called “communal elections” (Kommunalwahlen).

Secular means worldly and is opposite to ‘religious’. Now ‘religious’ in this context refers to

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Women In Vedic Culture

The rise of the Divine Feminine

The distinction between women within the Vedic culture and the women in other places is that the Vedic approach to life was deeply thoughtful and meditative. From that inward reflection came the comprehension that life has two polarities, masculine and feminine, positive and negative, darkness and light.

There was a knowing that even before the universe was born, there was an interplay between Shiva and Shakti, between two forces that gave rise to our dualistic world. These two forces are at play throughout creation and within all matter and all manner of things.

What we define as masculine contains masculine and feminine elements and what we call feminine also contains the elements of masculine

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The Shiva Lingam

The Presence of Shiva and a universal centre

The Shiva Lingam has been in common use for many thousands of years in parts of Europe, across Asia and even some places in the Americas. The lingam at Mecca is hidden away within that big black box and the Christians have replaced theirs with a cross.

Today the lingam is mostly found in Shiva Temples although a great many remain carved into the beds of rivers across Southeast Asia to bless the water that so many depend on for life.

The Shiva lingam is a round, elliptical, iconic image that most often sits on a circular base or peetham. Most commonly made of stone, Shiva Linga can also be composed

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Education Fails

When fictions and beliefs are taught as truths

Most parents want their children to become successful and happy in life, most often with more emphasis on success because they believe that success is the key to happiness. Success as in money is the flag of aspiration and meaning in life that supersedes almost everything else and children today are being driven en-mass towards this ill-defined goal.

Success is a great many things and every individual develops their own interpretation. While the most basic success is to grow into life, reproduce and see one’s children grow into life to the point where one can experience grandchildren represents the greatest universal success because it is biological and represents the natural continuation of

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The Dharma Manifesto

A New Vision for Global Transformation

If you are a regular reader of this blog site, you will know that the content represents a search for truth, knowledge and solution to the world’s problems. It’s become clear that the only sustainable way forward is for humanity is by following a lifestyle consistent with Dharma.

To put Dharma into a nutshell, it is a way of life to ensure humankind’s continued survival into the unforeseeable future. The modern world seems bent on self-destruction and many are arguing that such a scenario is imminent. Some predict the end of humanity within the next hundred years as conflict, squabbles over resources and the

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Charity

A real need or a con?

Anywhere we go today in the modern world there will be beggars and charity collectors many who also knock on your door asking for money or support. Online there is a large amount of advertising trying to persuade you to give money to one charity or another and one must acknowledge that charity has become an industry.

Within democratic socialist societies, the nature or structure of that society is such that anyone without paid employment has no means of sustenance and therefore dependent on handouts. The state has tried to keep these people out of sight and out of mind and even today cities legislate to exclude the dispossessed. Should they transgress they

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East vs West

Comparing a holistic against a superficial view

There is no doubt that the eastern world as philosophically and indeed spreadsheet different from the west. By the east a refer to the landmass that as today east of modern Iran previously known as Persia. Until the advent of Christianity and Islam, the civilised world was guided by Sanatana Dharma all the heart of Hindu (Indian) understanding.

If we take 6000 BC as a starting point of this discussion, Hindu civilisation was thriving and this is one of the proposed dates for the Mahabharata war. It is also a time when the Indus Valley civilisation was thriving with trade to Egypt, Greece and some

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A Call for Change

And a New World Order based on Dharma

Further ideas towards saving humanity.

If the world continues on its present course, by the year 2050, the population will be over 9 billion and everyone will have to learn to survive on 40% less of everything that we enjoy today.

That’s less water, less oxygen, less materials to produce things and the way of modern agriculture we will also have 40% less land because that would been destroyed by agricultural chemical use.

At present we have democracies which have been co-opted by capitalism to serve the interests of the global elite. If we were able to wipe the slate and begin again, economically, everyone would own what

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