Categories

Meet the Romans

Playboys get themselves an empire

With her ability to read between the lines and sense of realism, Mary Beard makes history interesting. She describes the legend of Romulus and Remus and its relevance to the development Rome, a city and state founded on bloodshed. Perhaps in no other time has human brutality ever been eclipsed yet the model of governance espoused by Augustus rules the world today.

Mary describes Rome as a city that takes what it wants and gives very little in return although in the modern era we tend to think that we got our language from Latin, good roads and an education system. But the Romans had no altruistic ideas, medicine was developed to serve the army

Continue reading Meet the Romans

Hindu Economics

And the art of civilisation

Hindu civilisation in India preceded the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome However the further one travels from India, the weaker its influence and modern humanity more corrupted.

The purpose of this paper is to describe the evolution of money, capitalism and its influence on not only Hindu culture, but on global civilisation.

Introduction

The word Hinduism is a misnomer coined by invaders as a derivation on Hindustan reflecting a failure to grasp the significance of the Hindu way of life although it may be more accurate to say that Hinduism is a term given as part of the effort to break the spirit of India by the most recent invaders, the

Continue reading Hindu Economics

Sahara

A Key to our History

The desertification of the Sahara is generally understood is happening within the last 6000 to 8000 years but like all great stories there is much more to it than that. The story really begins with the closing of the Tethes Sea as the tectonic plate carrying Africa moved north. This has happened over the past 41 million years as similarly the plate carrying India moved with it creating the Himalayas.

The Northwood movement of the African tectonic plate Created the Mediterranean Sea and turned the Sahara region into a shallow sea with some desertification and a series of great lakes before the complete desertification that we see today.

It seems plausible that climatic change is

Continue reading Sahara

Ancient India

A legacy the world is awakening to

There is an old saying that the truth will set you free yet in today’s modern corporate controlled world, truth has become a commodity determined by someone else for political and economic gain.

While some people invest a great deal of effort into determining the truth of what someone in the modern world may have or may not have said or done, the truth of our past is more important because it shapes who we are today.

It is abundantly clear that we reap as we sow or to express it more crudely, he who lives by the sword generally dies by the sword. The ancient wisdom originating in India advises that to

Continue reading Ancient India

Alexander's Lost World

Tracing the cultures encountered by the Greek legendary warrior

The city of Lady Moon

Alexander’s Lost World is a series co-produced with David Adams Films and Sky Vision. Following the course of the River Oxus (Amu Darya) for the first time, David Adams takes viewers on an extraordinary 1,500-mile (2400 km) journey through war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia looking for the legendary city of Bactra and an ancient civilisation existing prior to the Indus Valley and Egypt at a time when Europe was still in the stone age.

The Ancient Greeks have long been credited for bringing ‘civilization’ to the East. In fact it appears to be the other way round. Alexander the Great discovers a highly developed

Continue reading Alexander’s Lost World

The Road to Mandalay

And a land that time forgot

Burma (Myanmar to some) is increasingly in the news as some change begins. Ruled for many years by a ruthless, repressive junta, it suffers regular earthquakes and cyclone Nargis left more than a hundred thousand people injured, homeless or dead. Yet this is a magical place: a country of contrasts with a rambunctious history and a culture that is both awesome and fascinating.

Largely on a whim, the author decides to visit Mandalay, the “Golden City” foreseen by ancient Buddhist prophesies. Despite campaigns at the time suggesting no one travelled to Burma (thus supporting the regime) he takes a trip, much of it on the river cruiser “Road to Mandalay”

Continue reading The Road to Mandalay

Korea and India Linked

By the sciences of Hinduism and Buddhism

The idea that Hinduism and Buddhism represent a scientific approach to living may be foreign to some but it’s helpful to remember that once when Europeans were still cave dwellers and hunter gatherers, India represented the world’s leading civilisation with a wide global influence.

It is conclusively known that Hindus were sailing the world in 5000 BC and perhaps for many millennia before that. These connections to our ancient past being validated by archaeological and genetic evidence. It’s well known that Hinduism flourished across Southeast Asia and eventually gave rise to the city of Angkor Wat in Cambodia yet even today Hindu iconography and traditions are vibrantly alive across the parts of Southeast

Continue reading Korea and India Linked

Abeera's Short Life

The tragedy of living as an Islamic woman

Abeera’s story reflects the ‘new typical’ for a girl living under Islam. Yet even though her short life was tragic, she knew life and never yielded to blind belief. Most of the world has become familiar with the way that Islamic societies treat their women and the voices of the Mullah’s in Saudi and other Islamic countries claim that women are not humans, but animals to be owned and traded.

Most people have also heard of honour killings and the fact that Muslims are not very big on education. The Islamic scholars protest that if the information is not written into the Koran, the Hadith or the Sira, then it’s not worth

Continue reading A Short and Tragic Life

Why India was broken and subjugated

Has that old trending pattern changed? Then and Now?

For thousands of years hordes entered into ancient India & Iran from Central Asia to pillage almost every summer peaceful areas and then these same got legitimized when they raised a green flag and called themselves a new religious force.

India, once the largest, richest, and most literate culture and civilization based on principles of universal rules of Dharma – was broken, shattered, subjugated, murdered, plundered and its own remnants now fight among themselves with some disguised as agents of invasive forces and others as blinded by ignorance while both are abused by bigger conspirators to use them as source of income. How foolish one can be?

For past

Continue reading Why India was broken and subjugated

A Sanskrit Glossary

Commonly used Sanskrit words used in Yoga and Dharma studies

Sanskrit is thought to be the world’s first language from which all have evolved or been influenced by. The sounds are primal and focussed on describing a world view based on the intrinsic nature of matter, and an internal world view describing the nature of mankind.

These words are used in books about Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism and they are often a challenge to understand.

A.

Abhyasa: practice – the act of practising

Acharya: teacher

Adwaita a philosophy according to which there is no duality – only a singular state of consciousness

Agni: fire

Agnisar kriya: one of the shatkarmas (cleansing practices) -intestinal cleansing

Aham: ego

Ahimsa: a yoga Continue reading A Sanskrit Glossary