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Narasimha in Ancient Germany

A movement of ideas in our early history

In our search for truth about our origins, the 32000-35000 year old Idol of Narasimha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu found in Germany shatters theories opening new windows for investigation and understanding. After all, we were supposed to be uncivilised and unconnected hunter gathers back then.

Archaeologists exploring a cave system in the Lonetal area near Ulm, Germany had found many representations of birds, horses, turtles and single lions, but the lion man idol made from the tusk of a mammoth in the form of a human body with a lion head created a stir across the world.

This discovery created a lot of attention in the archaeological circles of Europe. It

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Pyramid Mysteries

When how and why?

We know of Egypt as a country in North Eastern Africa where life is concentrated along the lower reaches of the Nile River. What is referred to as Ancient Egypt is the period before 1000 A.D. extending back to about 5000 B.C. when the Sahara region was transforming from savannah to desert with the lakes and rivers drying up.

This forced the population to move and many would have gone into the Nile Valley where many historians say the early civilisation of Egypt came into being as one of six civilizations to arise within what’s referred to as the pre-dynastic period from 5500 to 3000 BC.

Historians tell us that Egyptian civilization coalesced around 3150 BC

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Christianity

Eastern ideas reshaped in the West

To truly believe as a Christian, surely one must fully examine the scriptures and their meaning lest some error result in going to hell?

The belief in one Creator God and the Divinity of Jesus.

Christianity evolved from Judaism some 300 years after the birth of Jesus Christ and the religion is based on the interpretations of scholars, politicians and religious figures as well as having its roots in Judaism. The Old Testament which is a series of stories, histories, myths and legends, some of which may have some truth but others are pure fantasy.

Background

For thousands of years there had been trade and communication from the Mediterranean, acress india, South East Asian

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Hampi

This ancient ruined city preserves great secrets

Cultural exploration or romantic getaway

Spread over 35 hectares, Hampi was once a great city and capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the south Indian state of Karnataka. It’s dotted with numerous dilapidated and ruined temple complexes where you find wondrous ancient arts.

The period of the Vijayanagara Empire is considered an age of prosperity in South India. In the 14th century CE, travelogues written by visitors including ambassadors and authors of the time provide ample proof of a vibrant era. Agriculture was the main sustenance and the river Tungabhadra was the life blood of the capital city.

“After Timur’s sack of Delhi, North India remained weak and divided up. South India

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Bharathanatyam

Classical temple dances of Bharatha (India)

Bharatanatyam, the classical dance from Southern India is not an entertainment, first and foremost it’s a prayer, a celebration and an offering to the divine. The ultimate goal is both the performance and the closer connection between the dancer and the source of creation.

As a visual meditation, the audience can also be drawn into the story as Bharatanatyam expresses Hindu religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism, but also of Vaishnavism and Shaktism.

The origins of Bharatanatyam are thought go back to about 500 BC and much has been lost over time as various Muslim and British rulers banned it. But a possible origin of the name is from Bharata Muni who

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Tajikistan

On an ancient silk road

Tajikistan is a country in Central Asia surrounded by Afghanistan, China, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. It’s known for its rugged mountains making it a popular destination for hiking and climbing. The Fann Mountains, near the national capital Dushanbe have snow-capped peaks that rise over 5,000 meters. But all of Tajikistan is a mountainous region with the Trans-Alay Range in the north and the Pamirs to the southeast.

The Tajik people came under Russian rule in the 1860s and 1870s, but Russia’s hold on Central Asia weakened following the Revolution of 1917. Bands of indigenous guerrillas (called “basmachi”) fiercely contested Bolshevik control of the area, which was not fully reestablished until 1925. Tajikistan was first created as

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The Marriage of Children

A crime against humanity

Marriage is a global institution and if we step back into history there was a natural pairing off mostly between young men and women as they reached a balance of physical and mental maturity that enabled them to live happily and raise a family.

It is probable that there has always been some deviant or criminal behaviour within tribal groups but more so in the field of conquest. But the majority of the world’s population who had achieved a sense of balance and purpose in life would instinctively know when the time for marriage was right and this time was defined as when the girl is capable of bearing children and caring for them.

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Eight Steps to Happiness

And a solution to end suffering

Master, what is the secret to happiness?””Not to argue with idiots””Master. I disagree that this can be the secret” “Yes, you are right”

There are many benefits to putting the instructions of Langri Tangpa’s “Eight Verses of Training the Mind” into practice. The practice helps us to eliminate the ignorant mind of self-cherishing and self-grasping, the root of all suffering and problems.

It shows us how to transform adverse conditions into the spiritual path, giving us the opportunity to use our daily problems and issues that would normally be obstacles as our actual daily practice so we can make progress in our spiritual practice.

We live in spiritually degenerate times. Fewer people are

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Dumb Lawyers

Humour

Some of these jokes are in bad taste but we’re talking about lawyers…

A billboard ad for a law office: “Just because you did it doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Lawyer to defendant: Was that the same nose you broke as a child? Lawyer to doctor: isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, in most cases he just passes quietly away and doesn’t know anything about it until the next morning? Lawyer to defendant: Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war? Lawyer to defendant: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? Lawyer to defendant: Were you alone or by yourself? Lawyer to defendant: Q. What is the meaning of

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The Prospect of Marriage

A human institution

The joy of marriage

Marriage is a universal human relationship and a social institution that serves the couple and/or society and yet it so often fails so we ask; Does love matter? Do you want to get married? Should you get married? Does your family want you to? Is marriage necessary? Will marriage make a better life?

Marriage is a commitment generally taken for life, yet it has a very high rate of failure and remarriage is a common practice.

For Marriage to work, there must be:

love – is key and the most important aspect. desire – if you don’t’ have desire for the other, why bother? appreciation – if you cannot appreciate or admire

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