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Alexander halted

The battle of Hydaspes won by the Indian King PORUS

Alexander in the Temple of Jerusalem, Sebastiano Conca, ca. 1736

Alexander III of Macedon son of King Philip II is renowned as one of the worlds greatest military commanders. By the age of age of 18, he brought down the greatest empire the world had ever seen and conquered much of the known world by the age of 33, but the stories are not all truthful.

As a child Alexander had a passion for philosophy. He attended lectures at Mieza and was tutored by Aristotle. While there he would met Hephaestion who would later become the 2nd most powerful man in Alexander’s empire as well as Alexander’s life long

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Ellora Caves

Monuments of the ancient world

Kailasa temple

The Ellora are one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple caves complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Maharashtra, India.

The Ellora Caves consists of 34 Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temple caverns carved out from the basalt of the mountain in the Charanandri hills located 30 km fro 30 kms from Aurangabad or over 300 km from Mumbai or over 1200 km from Delhi.

Basalt is a very hard volcanic stone yet it has been carved with incredible precision and detail. The most remarkable of the cave temples is Kailasa complex (cave 16), and is dedicated to the Hindu god, lord Shiva.

Unlike other temples at the

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Demonetising India

The winds of change

In a country of 2.3 billion people where corruption thanks to foreign intervention has long been institutionalised, the government faced a huge challenge. Because many previous governments have for so long has often worked against the interests of the people, a huge black market developed that some say is greater than the officially recognised economy.

This separate economy has for years been a drain on the official economy and is one of the reasons why the welfare of the nation has lagged behind the rest of the world. For people who are honest, those who declare their income and pay their modest amount of tax, this move is being celebrated.

According Indian media websites, this music

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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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Bhagavad Gita in China

Bhagavad Gita available in Chinese

The Bhagavad Gita, the sacred ancient Indian scripture, is now available in China after its Chinese version was released during an international yoga conference held in June 2015.

Over many thousands of years China like so many other countries has benefited greatly from Hindu knowledge and wisdom. Martial arts have their origin in India as does Buddhism which played an important role in shaping Chinese life.

The Hindu influence is not so obvious in China as it is in Korea, Japan and other Asian countries as China reshaped itself during a long period of virtual isolation and its many wars. Although today modern China seems to be at odds with India as well is some

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Rajasthan

A timeless land

South west of Delhi, Rajasthan is partially desert, the colour and splendour of the local people and the place to go for camel treks.

Here you can see and even stay in old palaces, explore the famous towns of Jaiselmeer and Pushkar, or take a bus out to the temple of the rats at Bikaner.

The state capital Jaipur (Hindi: जयपुर) is popularly known as the Pink City and famous for its palaces.

Rajasthan is culturally rich and has artistic and cultural traditions which reflect the ancient Indian way of life. There is rich and varied folk culture from villages which is often depicted and is symbolic of the state. Highly cultivated classical music and dance with

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Holy Cow

And a conflict in India

Too many cows survive on garbage

Cattle have supported human life for many thousands of years. They provide milk, meat, leather and even inspiration, but opinions about India’s cows continue to create storms of controversy.

The general thrust of human evolution if you can call it that has resulted in most of the worlds population consuming meat and it’s only a small percentage of people who are vegetarians. The people who are vegetarians choose this diet either because of the health benefits, or because they recognise the value of life to the creatures that are often killed and eaten. There is also a recognition of the negative karma which is generated by killing as

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A Middle Eastern Perspective

A great drying

When attempting to piece together the fragments of history, historians we need to take into account the ice ages and climatic changes. So what has been going on?

It is said that the drying out of the Sahara desert began some 20 or 30,000 years ago. In fact much of the region was an inland sea which over time dried out giving way to vast freshwater lakes and rivers. It seems probable that much of the region spreading from North Africa to central and southern Asia was well watered during the ice age and it seems likely that there were many great tracts of forest and wetlands across the region.

It is generally thought that about 5000

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The Dragon Stirs

China on the move

China recently unveiled this god of war statue symbolising its new direction. A Tumblr image.

Western interest in China began in the 1620s and this country that was content within it’s own borders and economy had no interest in the rest of the world. There were of course Chinese sailors who ventured far from home but these travels were very limited and the most significant Chinese-Western relations occurred as the British East India company imposed itself on China causing the opium Wars and a consequent subjugation of China which some say it has not been forgiven.

In recent times we have seen China emerge as a economic and military superpower able to take on Europe

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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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