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Life in Ancient India

An overview of the history and culture of ancient Bharatha

Moenjo Daro Site

It is well past time to rewrite our history textbooks and this page is based on a work by Sudheer Birodkar and Debbie Azzopardi posted in 1998. Sudheer Birodkar also has other pages linked here asking what was India like? What did the ancient Indians wear? What did they eat? Did kids play with toys? Did they go to school?

Ancient India or Bharatha once stretched from Persia or modern day Iran to the Pacific coast of Cambodia and Vietnam. This was never a unified country as we think of countries today, rather it was a collection of states functioning

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A Message to All Hindus

Ten Things a Hindu Can Do When Using English Language

Ramnagar Ram Leela,Painting By Sunil Kr Vishwakarma Jee

Hindus meaning the people of the Indian Subcontinent have been severely challenged over the past 1400 years. The region has been invaded and a great deal of their culture distorted or destroyed. The land we call India today is a remnant of the ancient Hindustan that stretched from Burma (Myanmar) to Persia.

It is from this broad region that language, ideology, numbers and our sciences originated. All these things have been taken around the world and used for divergent purposes yet the Hindu origins have been sidelined, derided and even despised.

1400 years of destruction have left India battered and bruised,

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Why was India conquered?

India’s loss to foreign invaders

Awake IndiaJai Shiva Consecration of AdiYogi in Coimbatore Youtube

Over 1400 years, India has been raped and exploited by foreigners with different ideologies. It’s somehow ironic that the underlying ideologies of the Arabs, the Greeks, British, French and others are all based of seeds of knowledge from India that have been genetically manipulated.

From a psychological perspective, these invasions are akin to the children attacking their mothers for India is the mother of all nations. Many historians disagree, but the scientists agree that without India’s contribution of knowledge and wisdom, our world could not have developed as it has.

An ancient civilization where Dharma prevailed, India consisted of many polarized societies led by

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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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