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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.

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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

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Insight into Dharma

The original science and key to our survival as a species

Any science is a step-by-step process producing measurable or verifiable results be it within physics, chemistry or the life sciences that come under the umbrella of Dharma. There was a time when Dharmic traditions governed humanity and there is currently a determined drive by rampant forces to extinguish them in their homelands, yet they are appearing as if self sown in the most unlikely places because to the educated mind, they represent sanity in an insane world.

Dharmic traditions all recognise that we exist and that we are unique within the animal kingdom, yet we have the same rights as all other life, we are part of life and

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Sanatana Dharma

Creating The Eternal Way  of Peace and Happiness

I have previously described Dharma as a way of living harmoniously with each other and with nature in the now. An extended meaning gives us Sanatana Dharma, meaning harmonising or enabling the best outcome not only for mankind, but for all life on Earth, for all eternity. To appreciate the evolution of this understanding, we must also ask the how and why it came about?

At some point that we may assume as a ‘beginning’, our historic ancestors began to more closely observe, remember and seek greater understanding of the phenomenal world, internally and externally. Perhaps this was the birth of true intellect as a tool of discernment and appreciation instead of division

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Divided we Fall - United we Stand

Negotiating life and discovering Dharma

By Udaya Charan Shrestha

“Spirit is one, although variety exists, its oneness is found within the light of pure consciousness. Due to misuse of independence the soul separates from this light and descends to this realm, the world where spirit mixes with matter, a world of duality. Sanskrit language encapsulates this “separation from the light” in the words “dvi” and “dva” meaning “two”. “Vi” expresses “separation” and “D” expresses “light” combined they produce “dvi” whose primordial meaning is to be “separated ( vi ) from the light ( d )”.” ~ James Robinson Cooper

This adage ‘United we stand, divided we fall’ is generally thought of

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10,000 B.C.

Tracing our evolution

Entering the modern era

About this time, ice sheets as much as two miles deep are thought to have covered much of the northern hemisphere and a dramatic climate change is about to take place.

There are people on all continents, in Europe the population extending across Doggerland and perhaps parts of what we would recognise as today’s United Kingdom and Western Europe are hunter gatherers. They are dark skinned and little is known of their evolution: they are mixing with Neanderthal and peoples migrating from the East where life was more evolved.

The ‘out of Africa theory’ has been disproved, there may have been some small amount of migration from Africa

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Dharma

The art and science of living while supporting life

Published on: 23 Jun 2016 updated June 8 2018

Dharma is described as a noun meaning to live by the eternal law of the cosmos that is inherent in the very nature of things. For many people, this may be too much of a stretch of the imagination, but it can be redefined as living in accord or in harmony with nature.

The idea of Dharma arises from Yoga and Hinduism because the ancient yogis were able to identify and relate with nature. Unfortunately this is beyond any people’s ability today because we live in such a consumer driven world where personal identity and happiness is dependent on external phenomena.

But

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Hindutva, Neoliberalism and Secularism

The political dilemma of India

Actually this is not India’s problem alone, it is a problem for the whole world to consider since we are all heading in the same direction. We are all governed by neoliberal democracies who claim to be secular yet because of the fear generated by Islam, the Muslims are seen as a special case must be appeased because within neoliberalism, this is simply the game of politics and a response to fear without any reference or understanding of the underlying reality.

So let’s take a closer look at the meanings of these three words:

Hindutva is an ideology seeking to establish the hegemony of Hindus and the Hindu way of life. It

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Mothers Tears

A tragedy in the modern world

Suffering is our creation

It has become a feature of modern civilisation that powerful men are celebrated whereas the woman who stood beside them and help them to shape the ideas that made them famous are not seen and not heard. It is characteristic that the children of today quickly seek to distance themselves from their mothers and displays of emotion, so why is this?

There was a time in our distant past when men and women were seen as equal. That made sense because when the sun was seen as God because it sustained life, it did not discriminate against women. It is thought that men began discriminating against women some five

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The Science of What's Real?

The why of how we all perceive differently

The science of how everything is relative and no one is right or wrong.

The science of yoga talks about the universe as we perceive it as being an illusion and not real in the way that we believe that it is. This is primarily because everyone perceives our everyday reality inside their own mind. To remind you; our five senses perceive something and then they send an electrical signal to our brains which interprets that signal and creates the concept of that reality. Because we experience life in our minds, we actually have no external reality other than how we perceive it to be and as some say ‘create’.

In these

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What is Dharma?

A mystery to those not knowing the essence of life

To get the best from life, you must love life and treat it with love.Via Vogue and lemonade

Dharma is living in accord with life while sustaining what is known and fruitful for all life.

In other words, to know Dharma in its fullness you must know life in its fullness and that is something few people achieve in their lifetimes. Therefore to know Dharma as a layperson without access to the accumulated knowledge of Vedanta requires a relaxation of beliefs and an openness to explore.

To put it simply, Dharma is a way of being in the world that sustains

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