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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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What Is Yoga?

The science of being human

With the passing of the third International Day of Yoga in 2017 as sanctioned by the United nations, a few thoughts on yoga for the uninitiated.

The word “Yoga” cannot be translated into English. In the Sanskrit, it derives from the root “Yuja,” which is to join or weld together. Just as two pieces of metal are welded together to become one.

So in the philosophy of Yoga, the embodied spirit of the individual becomes one with the Universal Spirit through the regular practice of certain physical and mental exercises. In another definition, Yoga is the art of life and its philosophy is meant to furnish the principles that substantiate and explain that art.

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The Sound of Mantra

Connecting and uplifting

In contrast to music and song designed to soothe or stimulate one’s heart and mind towards some short-term happiness, the intent of mantra is to help an individual to transcend the mundane and enter a super conscious existence.

Mantra मंत्र – is a sacred utterance, a syllable or group of words written and spoken in Sanskrit believed to have psychological and spiritual powers.

Much of our modern music can stimulate right action towards greater peace and harmony that like the brokenhearted cowboy songs it serves to reinforce a sense of hopelessness and limitation. Some music will set your body free to move and dance while some music facilitates greater reflection.

Mantra if you like is the most

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Is Saving Ourselves Possible?

Or avoiding another mass extinction event

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to represent how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight on their scale.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the

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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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Entrapment

And the nature of suffering

Most people at some stage in their lives, and more so if they fall into the middle and lower socio economic classes in Western society will disparage their life and experience of time passing. How often have you heard someone say that they hate their life or that they can’t wait for it to be over?

There are many reasons to take on such an attitude. When we are very young, adults tend to act very nonsensical and as such child’s minds are filled with trivia until such time as they can make sense of their world. There is a time and place to go “goo goo gaga” but very often parents do not know

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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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The Gotra System

The first knowledge of genetics

India is a country that has been largely dismissed by historians and in fact Indian history was rewritten by the British only a few hundred years ago. They never took into account any of India’s true history, however the real history of India is slowly merging to show a culture far more advanced than any European culture stretching back for many thousands of years.

It is from India that we received the decimal system of numbers and Indian scientists had a knowledge of our place in the universe unmatched in Europe until the 20th century. Western scientists scoff at the idea that the Indians knew anything, however the facts of history are now making

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Mother India

A celebration of life

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India was stripped of its wealth and world status by the British who also did their utmost to destroy Indian culture. They succeeded to a large extent that they are the cause of a great deal of suffering in India today.

However I do not want to lament this fact. Rather, I would like to point out that before the British, India never really suffered from capitalism, a system based on exploitation. Indian culture in the past 20,000 years has been based on real life wisdom and answering life’s most perplexing questions.

This wisdom was expressed by Buddha who clarified the fact that there is suffering in life and that if we

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Philosophy for a New Age

A New Paradigm is Long Overdue

All the world’s philosophies and religions in setting out to create meaning and purpose for our existence have failed to address basic requirements for our long term survival as a species. Our starting point without reference to what has been proposed before is seen in the following circumstances of what we do or don’t know:

We do not know who we are or why we are here. A fundamental idea is that we are here to simply experience life. But this seems rather pointless if we screw the world up to make a difficult time for our children’s children. We must accept responsibility for who we are. We know that we exist, in other

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