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Prayer - Asking or Celebrating

How should we pray – Asking or Celebrating?

If we look back to the beginnings of religion, people prayed for good fortune from a mix of fear and desire, this was a calling to the gods for protection or bounty which has continued into this day.

People of all religious beliefs pray for salvation from suffering and good fortune, and even those who consider themselves as atheists set aside a degree of hope and faith that the world around them will be supportive.

What is Prayer?

The most limited form of prayer is the asking God, the asking of the universe for some freedom or blessing. In that sense prayer is an acknowledgement that an individual is not in control

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Islam: A Destructive Force

Media hides the dangerous intentions of Islam

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In May of 2018 there was an unforgettable and important event in the world. A French manifesto called for passages of the Koran promoting violence on unbelievers to be deleted. This has sparked outrage among Muslims who claim their religion is being unfairly ‘put on trial’.

The rationale for these passages to be deleted was to take a practical step to combat rising anti-Semitism and attacks on Jews by Islamic migrants into France and help quell Quran-based Islamic violence that’s become widespread over Europe.

The incident should have been promoted and expanded throughout the world, but the media have been almost silent, their

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Belief – A Redundant Idea

Updated from June 2016

As we think, so we become

Beliefs are the thoughts and convictions that we generally hold to be true, they are ideas without substance having no actual proof or evidence. Beliefs may contribute to or hinder our development and understanding of the world, and who we are.

People used to believe the earth was flat, but today we know it’s round from testimony and scientific consensus, or you maybe you have flown and seen the curvature of the Earth. The erroneous belief has been replaced by acquired or direct knowledge, therefore we no longer have to believe because we know. But so many were so attached to that particular belief, it took hundreds of years to

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Questioning Life?

The why and how of being human

Most people at some point ask questions like who am I, why is life so temporary and impermanent, or other questions like what is beyond life and is there any truth to religion?

But really we must understand there is no ‘most’, there is you and the ‘most’ have either accepted the line of church, state or science because asking who am I also challenges us to question the nature of society. When I was growing up and asked this question of who we are as a collective, those who are considered wise in my community were of the opinion that we were simply here to do and die, not to have original

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Revising the Koran

An antique book overdue for an update

Anyone watching the news today will be familiar with Islamic fanatics rampaging with vehicles and using all manner of weapons to kill or maim generating fear and populations because this ideology is written into the Koran. The people who carry out acts falsely believe that this is the will of a Allah or God and they must convert every individual into believers and those who refused to convert ultimately must die.

In 2018, around 300 prominent French citizens, including former president Sarkozy, actors, singers and philosophers have written an open letter in which they declared that verses calling for ‘murder and punishment of Jews, Christians and disbelievers’ should be deleted on the

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Capitalism

A cancer corrupting Humanity

Most people see capitalism is a good thing and nestled within democracy that we mask ask if this is actually a good thing for us and is it really contained within democracy?

Perhaps we should first ask what is capitalism? Capital begins with some form of asset in other words if you create an idea, you can share that idea by giving it away without expectation of reward or you can attach a reward value. But capitalism begins when you attach value to the idea or thing that you have created and can persuade someone to pay your price.

In early human society perhaps a man takes a piece of stone and transformed it into a

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Hindu and Hindutva

Is being a Hindu ok and is Hindutva not ok and even dangerous?

Before getting into the politics, please note that anyone born or resident in India regardless of what they think or believe is Hindu because Hindu is a geographical term misappropriated to imply religion. ED

Many Hindus seem wary to be associated with Hindutva, in spite of the fact that Hindutva simply means Hindu-ness or being Hindu. They tend to accept the view which mainstream media peddled for long: ‘Hindutva is intolerant and stands for the ‘communal agenda of an extreme right Hindu party that wants to force uniform Hinduism on this vast country which is fully against the true Hindu ethos.’

Is this true? The Supreme Court

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Why is Hinduism Higher than Religion?

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Hinduism (the term is used today to cover many different strands) is based on the Vedas. One could call the Vedas the most ancient, original ‘revelation’, because the Rishis are not the authors of the Vedas. Due to their Tapas (austerities), they ‘saw’ (Sanskrit: drishtih = see) the mantras in cosmic awareness through the veil that prevents ordinary eyes from seeing them.

The Vedas were the first to claim that there is one great Brahman (Supreme Being) as the base of this varied manifestation, in whom all is contained. Nothing exists apart from Brahman. Brahman is not personal. It is infinite, eternal, blissful awareness. Our Atman (Self or I) is one with it.

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Defining the Creative Force

How different religions and ideologies define the Creative Force – aka God

Religions-of-the-world By Tsuyoshi Nagano

ब्रह्मैवेदममृतं पुरस्तात् ब्रह्म पश्चात् ब्रह्म उत्तरतो दक्षिणतश्चोत्तरेण । अधश्चोर्ध्वं च प्रसृतं ब्रह्मैवेदं विश्वमिदं वरिष्ठम् ॥ 2.2.11. Translated it says: I am in the east, the west, I am above [North] and below [South], I am this entire Cosmos as recorded in VEDIC Scripture from a time when there were no organized religions.

But what all religions that came much later say: “God is omnipresent (present in all particles) in it’s un-manifest aspect & is always present all around us. This omnipresent God consists of knowledge & knows everything about this whole world & also knows about all the people

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Women within Islam

The myth of social equity under Islam

The Quran says that men and women will be judged by Allah. This does not mean that they have equal rights and roles, or that they are judged by the same standards. There is no ambiguity in the Quran, the life of Muhammad, or Islamic law as to the inferiority of women to men, despite the effort of modern-day apologists to salvage Western-style feminism from scraps and fragments of verses that have historically yielded no such progressive interpretation.

After military conquests, Muhammad would dole out captured women as war booties or prizes to his men. In at least one case, he advocated that they be raped in front of their husbands. Captured women

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