A land of colours and contrasts

Taj Mahal, Uttar Pradesh, India

Since Siddhartha’s Journey to The East, seekers of truth have traveled India. In the 1960’s hippies called India home hanging out in this tropical paradise. Today the hippy hangouts have become fashionable and affordable holiday resorts with services and amenities to rival any in the English speaking world. For the modern visitor, India may be a place of learning, or a fantastic and affordable holiday destination.


India has a rich history, it has been invaded by successive armies including the Mongols to Alexander (the not so Great) and then the British, but India has survived them all. Kings and Maharajah’s have ruled, the British left their language,

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India In The World

A nation re-emerging

“India is perhaps the most creative civilization in the history of the world and has been so for thousands of years. To begin with, Indic or Bharatiya culture embraces all aspects of art, from poetry, drama and literature to sculpture, painting and architecture, music and dance, and each in a wondrous variety of forms, modes and applications. India has never suffered from the devastating cultural split between the sacred and the profane that has long shadowed over Christianity and Islam, which have often limited or even denied representational art and evocative music forms as unsacred, and which still provokes intolerance leading to violence.” ~ David Frawley, American Thinker & Author.

“It is true that even across the

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The Bhagavad Gita

An extract from the worlds greatest book; The Maharbarata

Arjuna seeking answers from Lord Krishna

The Bhagavad Gita (भगवद्गीता)(often referred to as ‘the Gita’) translates as “Song of the Lord” – Gita means song and Bhagavad means God. It is an eternal message of spiritual wisdom from ancient India and a 700 verse extract from the Hindu epic scripture; The Mahabharata (chapters 23–40).

Regarded as one of the world’s most valued scriptures, the story line of Bhagavad Gita is set in the narrative framework of a dialogue between the Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide and charioteer, Lord Krishna. The conversation takes place as Arjuna faces his duty as a warrior to fight the Dharma Yudhha,

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Hindu Nationalism

Deviating from mythology to truth

Portal on Mt. Agung, Bali

Whatever part of the world that you happen to live in, you are regularly lied to and misled by those who are sometimes genuine in their beliefs having been misled themselves or are being deliberately misleading for their own gain. If you would care to do the research you would find that modern civilisation is built entirely upon myths and legends that cannot be substantiated and a history that is controlled solely for the profit of a few.

One must remember that we are a people on an insignificant planet in an insignificant part of an infinitely vast universe with absolutely no connection to anywhere so we tend to

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The Sati Myth

It is said that Hindu women must throw themselves into their husbands cremation pyre

You can ask any Hindu community if they know of any woman who has done this and the answer is universally no. In fact the idea is seen as horrendous in all eyes, Hindu and otherwise. There may have been a few occasions in the distant past where this may have happened, yet it is so rare there is no record of it happening so where does this myth come from?

Before answering, it must be recognised that:

Remember the myth of the powerful priest Daksha who made a great yagna (ritual sacrifice) but did not invite his youngest daughter Sati and

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What is Dharma?

A mystery to those not knowing the essence of life

To get the best from life, you must love life and treat it with love.Via Vogue and lemonade

Dharma is living in accord with life while sustaining what is known and fruitful for all life.

In other words, to know Dharma in its fullness you must know life in its fullness and that is something few people achieve in their lifetimes. Therefore to know Dharma as a layperson without access to the accumulated knowledge of Vedanta requires a relaxation of beliefs and an openness to explore.

To put it simply, Dharma is a way of being in the world that sustains

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Ram Setu

A simple fact yet so much controversy

Google earth image

Ram Setu otherwise known as Adams Bridge is today a shallow ridge connecting the south of India with the north of Sri Lanka and clearly visible on the earth. Legend tells us and many believe that this is a man-made causeway built by King Rama some 5000 years ago. So what is the truth that the story and how did the causeway come to be constructed?

The causeway today is 50 km long and the area is very shallow, between 1 and 10 metres deep. It was reportedly passable on foot up to the 15th century until storms deepened the channel and temple records also indicate that Ram Setu

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Completing Saraswatī and other Devi Pujas

The Devīsūkta (Devi = Goddess and Sukta = hymn in praise), also called the Aṃbhṛnīsūkta, is the 125th sūtka occurring in the 10th mandala of the Ṛgveda. In the present day, the sūtka is popularly chanted during the worship of the Devī in the daily rituals of temples, and also in various Vedic sacrificial ceremonies like iṣti, hōma, havana etc. It is also chanted at the end of Devīmāhātmya.

The Devīsūkta is one of the most important and central texts of the Śakta-sampradāya. Written long before sectarian deity cults and philosophical schools of Vedanta, the hymn is so old we have no accurate way of dating it. Found in the Ṛgveda (10.125), and spoken

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Paramahansa Yogananda

A modern mystic and spiritual teacher

(5 January 1893 – 7 March 1952)

One of the first great teachers to leave India for a Western country, the organisation that has grown from Yogananda’s teachings (the self realisation fellowship) to almost every country in the world. He teaches more by sharing his story rather than telling you what to do.

“You are walking on the earth as in a dream. Our world is a dream within a dream; you must realize that to find God is the only goal, the only purpose, for which you are here. For Him alone you exist. Him you must find.” – from the book The Divine Romance.

Yogananda was born in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh,

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Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

A modern father of Yoga

Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi

December 30, 1879 – April 14, 1950

Sri Ramana Maharshi is widely acknowledged as being one of the outstanding Indian Gurus of modern times. He was born in Tiruchuli (also commonly spelled as Tiruchuzhi), Tamil Nadu (South India) and named Venkataraman Iyer at birth. At the age of sixteen, Venkataraman became suddenly aware that his real nature was imperishable and unrelated to his body, mind, or personality.

Though many people have reported brief experiences of this, in Venkataraman’s case it was permanent and irreversible. From that moment on, his sense of being an individual person ceased and never functioned in him again. A few weeks after his sense of individuality

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Abbakka Chowta - Heroine

A legendary Hindu heroine

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Rani Abbakka Chowta was the Queen of Ullal (one of the oldest cities in India) who led the resistance against the Portuguese; she was one of the earliest Indians to fight against colonial powers and became known as the first female freedom fighter in India.

Abbakka was trained by her uncle Tirumala Raya in different aspects of warfare and military strategy which she later used against the Portuguese forces who attempted to take Ullal after first taking control of Goa.

The year was 1555 and the Portuguese colonial power was at its peak in the 1500’s. They destroyed the Zamorins of Calicut. Defeated the Sultan of Bijapur. Took away Daman from the

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