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The essence of life

Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham complex is a Hindu mandir, and a spiritual-cultural campus in New Delhi, India. Also referred to as Delhi Akshardham or Swaminarayan Akshardham, the complex displays millennia of traditional Hindu and Indian culture, spirituality, and architecture. It is a large Hindu temple.

There is such a general disagreement about what constitutes spiritual spirituality and because none can agree at least in the Western world, the fallback position is judgement and morality based on beliefs that are impossible to substantiate.

Perhaps we need to revisit the meaning of the word as ‘moving in accord with the spirit of life’ whereas many who have a spiritual hankering plunge in to the esoteric and occult,

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Lord Hanuman

Hero of the Ramayana

Lord Hanuman in Hindu tradition is said to have lived sometime around 9000 years ago (7000 BC*), he is said to be the son of Anjana and Kesari, and he had a special relationship with Vayu, the wind-god. He is also said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva and he was an ardent devotee of Lord Rama, another hero from the same period.

Lord Rama is renowned as a king who faithfully executed his duties in the most difficult of circumstances and he was deeply appreciated. Stories have been invented about Hanuman’s birth and childhood yet it is clear that he must’ve been a noble character who was perhaps in some way facially disfigured

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Defining the Creative Force

How different religions and ideologies define the Creative Force – aka God

Religions-of-the-world By Tsuyoshi Nagano

ब्रह्मैवेदममृतं पुरस्तात् ब्रह्म पश्चात् ब्रह्म उत्तरतो दक्षिणतश्चोत्तरेण । अधश्चोर्ध्वं च प्रसृतं ब्रह्मैवेदं विश्वमिदं वरिष्ठम् ॥ 2.2.11. Translated it says: I am in the east, the west, I am above [North] and below [South], I am this entire Cosmos as recorded in VEDIC Scripture from a time when there were no organized religions.

But what all religions that came much later say: “God is omnipresent (present in all particles) in it’s un-manifest aspect & is always present all around us. This omnipresent God consists of knowledge & knows everything about this whole world & also knows about all the people

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Is God Exclusive?

Nature, elements and the energy permeating all is universal

How often do you get the idea that everyone believes that their idea of God is better than someone else’s? Yet fundamentally God has never risen beyond an idea because no identifiable and quantifiable entity as ever arisen in this world who can rightly be called God.

When we try and rationally understand what God might be, most broadly accepted idea is that it is the creative principal that generates all life. Some call God by names like Shiva, Brahma, Vishnu, Allah, others Yahweh, Jesus, Mohammed which all represent masculine aspects. Women are not left out, there are a wide range of goddesses across the eastern world who are curiously

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Prārthana

Appreciation through prayer

Like describing love, most everyone has a different understanding of prayer and there can be no one description. For some prayer maybe asking, beseeching or petitioning God, confessing to God, thanking God, praising and worshipping God, being with God or as in meditation, conversing with God.

A prayer can also take the form of a person merely pouring out his/her emotions as an act of sharing. One of the main ends of a prayer across all religions and cultures is seeking inspiration or solace. What is almost universal is bringing one’s palms together to facilitate this communication. This is based on ancient yogic science

THE HINDU WAY OF PRAYER : In a Hindu’s life, the prayer forms

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Who is God?

Understanding the complexity of Hindu Gods

The very act of asking who God is the most challenging of questions synonymous with asking where our universe and all life came from? For many the idea of a Creator God who has existed for all time and simply constructed the universe and the life it contains as a simple description is enough. But ultimately, if there is a God we did God come from?

I should qualify this article by saying that there is no right answer and every idea about God maybe equally valid. However since so many of us keep asking and searching, some answers have come to light and are accepted. In this search for God there is

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What's the deal on Idol Worship?

And the Nature of God

There are many ideas about what God may be, but for the sake of argument let’s say that God is the creative principal that permeates all existence. It is God that creates the difference between water and stone because fundamentally everything is made out of five elements.

In terms of ourselves it is the godliness or the creative principal inside our own bodies that regulates out autonomic nervous system, that converts the food we eat into new body parts and energy. In a wider sense God is the light that reveals what is hidden in the darkness beyond our perception.

Light is everywhere, but if we want to see the power of light, how can

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Sex on the Sabbath

A man wonders if having sex on the Sabbath is a sin because he is not sure if sex is work or play. So he goes to a priest and asks for his opinion on this question.

After consulting the Bible, the priest says, ” My son, after an exhaustive search, I am positive that sex is work and is therefore not permitted on Sundays.”

The man thinks: ” What does a priest know about sex?”

So he goes to a minister, who after all is a married man and experienced in this matter.

He queries the minister and receives the same reply.

Sex is work and therefore not for the Sabbath!

Not pleased with the reply, he seeks out

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Rabbi & The Tax Man

Humour

At the end of the tax year, the Tax Office sent an inspector to audit the books of a Synagogue.

While he was checking the books he turned to the Rabbi and said, ‘I notice you buy a lot of candles. What do you do with the candle drippings?’

‘Good question,’ noted the Rabbi. ‘We save them up and send them back to the candle makers, and every now and then they send us a free box of candles.’

‘Oh,’ replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question had a practical answer. But on he went, in his obnoxious way: ‘What about all these bread-wafer purchases? What do you do with the crumbs?’

‘Ah, yes,’ replied the Rabbi,

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Papal Erection

Humour

One morning the Pope awoke in his bed chamber in the Vatican. To his surprise, he noticed that he had woken up with a massive erection. Perplexed, he called on his personal physician.

“Doctor, this should not be possible,” he said, “I’m the Pope, and I’m celibate! I haven’t had one of these for 30 years!”

The doctor’s reply was, “Well, father, this is a natural phenomenon for all men, and it will happen even to you from time to time”.

The Pope exclaimed “But you must do something about this! I have mass in an hour, and this thing isn’t going away!”

The doctor replied “You have two options… either I can administer an injection to your penis

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