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Lord Shiva in the Bible

Tracing the origins of Judaism and Christianity

In examining our history and learning that the out of Africa theory is on shaky ground and some other theories in regard to indigenous origins of modern humans remain in contention. It also seems apparent that there has been considerable mixing of subspecies between each other and between modern humans so we may never trace our exact ancestry that far back.

The identified identified first modern human remains have been identified at Jebel Irhoud, Morocco and dated to 300K BC. In contrast, “the find at the prehistoric site of Attirampakkam, India, has shown the potential of a Middle Palaeolithic culture at 385 ± 64 thousand years ago (ka), much earlier than conventionally

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Om Mani Padme Hum

Praise to the Jewel in the Lotus – ॐ मणिपद्मे हूँ

Yeshe Tsogyal

Mantras in another language represent a challenge for many people if they are not clear on the meaning yet arriving at a meaning can be something of a challenge. When I was first introduced to this mantra it was something new age and sweet, and for some people around me who had distanced themselves from Western society, it represented a point of difference and that they were members of the club.

The origins of the mantra Om Mani Padme Hum is associated with Avalokiteshvara or Chenrezig, the bodhisattva of compassion.

For many years I had the idea that when reciting this mantra

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Samkya Yoga

Samkya (or Sankya) Yoga – Yoga of Mind

Samkhya (सांख्य) is one of the lesser known schools of Yoga and is based on the sutras, or writings of the sage Kapila. Hindus believe this Yoga philosopher was none other than the god Vishnu, the son of Brahman in one of his earthly reincarnations.

On the surface, the sutras seem to be merely a series of philosophical propositions, yet students of this school affirm that a study of them will lead to samadhi and mental deliverance.

Samkhya also referred to as Sankhya, Sāṃkhya, or Sāṅkhya, a Sanskrit word that depending on the context, means “to reckon, count, enumerate, calculate, deliberate, reason, reasoning by numeric enumeration, relating to number,

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Science Fiction

A journey of the mind

Science fiction has been with us for 100 years or so and in recent years its become a popular means of expression to play out future concepts and elements of the human psyche which means it can be classed as a mythology.

So many of us loved the action adventure series Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Farscape and so many others because they take us out of our daily mind and into a fantasy world representing a future that may perhaps lay before humanity. Certainly all the gadgets and the technology undreamed up in these movies are inspiring scientists and technicians to try and create such things.

It could perhaps be argued that if it

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Growing Up

An art few truly accomplish

What does it mean to grow up? It means to become a responsible human being, and this is a subject rarely discussed and what is spoken of more commonly is that we become obedient citizens. Yet before we can become a citizen and carry out any civic duty, we need to become complete human beings.

It is from our incompleteness and failure to become human that we are engaged in so much conflict, that we are destroying our environment and living factionalised lives. If we were mature and responsible human beings we would coexist peaceably with each other and be proper custodians of our planetary environment.

By being grown up I mean that one has

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Pranayama

The science of breath

The fundamental principal of pranayama otherwise know as yoga breathing are to develop a breath that is consistently soft, smooth, even and deep.

Pranyayama or breath control works on our central nervous system. An uneven, or erratic breath will lead to diminished health whereas a soft, smooth, even breath can strengthen the nervous system and even cure diseases of the body, mind and soul.

Breath is life and life is breath as the first thing we do on entering life is to begin breathing and when our life is over, we let out our final breath.

We breathe for two primary reasons;

The exchange of gaseous energy – absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere and exhaling carbon

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Mister God, This Is Anna

Ancient wisdom manifests in a London six year old

I came across this book, Mister God this is Anna many years ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. Perhaps it inspired me to devote over 40 years of my life to becoming a little more conscious and aware of other dimensions in life beyond the humdrum found by following the crowd. I discovered there were mountains to climb, adventures to be had and if you sat still and listened, sometimes another dimension and life would open.

Such things come about through yoga and meditation such as opening new doorways and windows in the space-time continuum where real magic happens. To get there one needs to sharpen one’s

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Conversion Kills

A time to outlaw this practise

Since time immemorial perhaps since people were able to convey ideas to each other through the use of words or gestures, there has been a desire to convince others that one’s original idea is right and should be followed. It may have been as simple as we will find better hunting by going this way.

Over time some ideas proved worthy and some individuals became more authoritative because their ideas were proven. Then people listened and took note, those with the best ideas became leaders which was all very well in matters to do with basic survival. But in the realm of more intangible knowledge like defining God, there can be no collective

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Aphrodite

The Greek goddess of love, beauty, pleasure, and procreation

To some Christians Aphrodite is the Whore of Babylon, but as with many ancient Greek deities, there is more than one story about her origins. According to Hesiod’s Theogony, she was born when Cronus cut off Uranus’s genitals and threw them into the sea, and she arose from the sea foam (aphros).

According to Homer’s Iliad, she is the daughter of Zeus and Dione. According to Plato (Symposium 180e), the two were entirely separate entities: Aphrodite Ourania and Aphrodite Pandemos.

Aphrodite may be a derivation of Ashtaroth and the goddess Astarte and another story says Aphrodite arose from Semiramis the warrior queen who became known as the Babylonian “Ishtar” which is

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Global Genocide List

Atrocities at the behest of emotion and reason

Genocide takes many forms and represents humankind’s incapacity to be human and a degree of inhumanity towards one’s fellow man that is beyond the understanding of the rational mind.

Genocides take many forms, at one level there is an aversion to a neighbouring community and the development of aggression followed in some cases by complete extermination.

In addition to total genocides where entire populations are reduced near to zero, the art of cultural genocide continues today as Christianity for instance attempts to replace scientific paganism and other cultural practices as does its offshoot Islam that will happily commit genocide as it does in Kashmir and Myanmar.

This is only a partial

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