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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

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Women in the Vedic Field

Creating harmonious social balance

By Gauri Mataji Devi

The Hindu tradition is famous for its consideration and respect for women, manifested not only in the traditional worship of the female forms of Godhead, both benevolent and terrible (saumya and asaumya), but also in the veneration for all women, starting from one’s Mother, as well as for Mother Cow and Mother Earth.

In the Taittiriya Upanisad (1.11.2) teachers recommend the students of Vedic knowledge to first offer homage to mothers as embodiments of God.

A very well-known instruction recommends that all men should see all women as mothers, as manifestations of the one Mother Goddess, the life-giver for all. In the famous song of a devotee’s dedication to

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