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History and Collapse of the Roman Empire

Empires are unsustainable

It was only a short time ago in evolutionary terms that Rome was simply a small city-state with no more significance than any other state in the region. Perhaps it happened that traders from India, Persia, Greece and North Africa passed through Rome seeded new ideas that some early Romans turned their minds to trade, usery and the accumulation of power? But its is clear they borrowed heavily from the Greeks in developing a hierarchical social structure, military techniques, arts and culture.

As Rome’s power grew, it absorbed neighbouring states until it controlled the entire Mediterranean region making it as most history books tell us was the world’s greatest empire.

This is not exactly true, long

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Jagadguru and The Missionary

A clarification of religion

This debate between the Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Shringeri Sharada piitam, Shrii Shrii Abhinava Vidyathiirtha mahaswamigal ( 1931 – 1989 ) and a Christian Missionary which took place sometime in the year 1973. The missionary had come to Shringeri (Karnataka India) to debate with the Acharya and establish the “supremacy” of Christianity over the Dharma. After exchanging a few words of formality:

Jagadguru: What is the purpose of your visit ?

Missionary: Swamiji, I intend to open a Christian church and an ashram near by.

Jagadguru: What’s the objective or motivation for doing so?

Missionary: I want to preach Christianity and help distressed people seek peace and salvation

Jagadguru: Well, what do you preach ?

Missionary: Regarding

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Facts about Hinduism

What Everyone Should Know About Hinduism

One in every six people in this world as a Hindu by virtue of their birth yet all around the world, people of all nations are becoming Hindu because it offers a lifestyle where life is celebrated and not controlled.

Hinduism offers freedom and a way of living that generates happiness from within, a happiness and joy that is not dependent on any external factors. It could described as the art of happiness and joy which arises when one’s life is aligned with the nature of existence.

As a lifestyle, Hinduism is about living with nature, understanding the cycles and seasons and learning to adapt. But for years Hinduism has been grossly misrepresented

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Sanatana Dharma in Bali

Intelligence in paradise

A cleansing ceremony at Sebatu, Bali

Bali is an island (state) of Indonesia and one of the worlds most popular tourist destinations. Yet while Indonesia is a secular country with the biggest Muslim population in the world, the state of Bali is almost exclusively Hindu.

It is generally thought that Buddhism arrived in Indonesia during the reign of Ashoka (269-232 B.C.E.) but there is uncertainty whether Hinduism preceded of followed Buddhism. However, given the widespread influence of Hinduism around the entire world it is most probable that Hinduism was influencing life across the Indonesian archipelago long before Buddhism arrived1.

The ancestors of today’s 4.22 million Balinese Hindus had to flee from other islands of Indonesia after

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Enlightenment

Entering the light

Enlightenment is a term especially common within Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Tantra, but the idea of ‘seeing the light’ is a common expression in most cultures implying that the seer has realised something of importance.

What enlightenment means in an ultimate sense is to know the nature of existence or the meaning of life. This may sound far fetched and even irrelevant in terms of day to day living, work, paying bills, keeping up with people, gossip and struggling to survive.

This survival struggle is punctuated by moments of learning, pleasure and perhaps real joy. But so often these moments are the result of external things happening. For example people feel good on payday, they feel great

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A Background on Hinduism

A science embedded in culture

B. B. Vishnu discusses the myths and facts of India. Some of the dates have been revised since this video was made. The Harrappan civilisation existed before 6000 BC and the Rig Veda as old if not older. Characters like Rama and Krishna who were thought to have been mythological characters have been proved to be actual people who lived some 5000 years ago.

Theory has the ancient port city of Dwarka as being built/ occupied about 1600BC, however some think that it was submerged at the end of the last ice age when ocean levels rose. Much of history as has been learned in the West attributes a great deal to the Arabs,

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The Science in Hinduism

A scientific understanding of our universe

A modern scientific view of our universe

Within what people refer to as Hinduism there is a fundamental desire to know or understand the nature of reality and our place in the universe, and to be free of all suffering.

Within the subcontinent of India and its surrounds, people became seekers of knowledge and not believers and any particular thing. For something to be true, it must be verifiable and over the past thousands of years this knowledge has been accumulated within the books referred to as Vedanta.

Today the majority of the worlds population is being driven by beliefs and many of these beliefs cannot be verified and in fact

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Vedanta

Foundations of Hinduism

The ancient books referred to as the Veda’s contain systemic knowledge referred to as Vedanta, it’s a collection of esoteric stories to give people insight into the nature of life so that they may better live in accord with life. Vedanta also contains formula or maps with which individuals can journey in consciousness to know the absolute nature of reality.

It is more traditionally referred to as (Vedanta or Uttara Mīmāṃsā) being one of six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. The term veda means “knowledge” and anta means “end.” Some say Vedanta originally referred to the classical Upanishads, a collection of foundational texts in Hinduism, but there’s more.

Many traditions that continue today are supported by

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Samkhya

A pillar of Indian philosophy

Introduction to Samkya

Regarded as one of the oldest philosophical systems in India and also known as Sankhya, Sāṃkhya, or Sāṅkhya or सांख्य in Sanskrit, 数论 in simplified Chinese, 數論 in traditional Chinese and Shùlùn in pinyin. Samkhya is one of the six schools of classical Indian thought believed to have been founded by the Sage Kapila, although no historical verification is possible.

Samkhya was one of the six orthodox systems (astika, the systems that recognize vedic authority) of Hindu philosophy. The major text of this Vedic school is the extant Samkhya Karika thought to have been compiled as a book circa 200 CE.

Just because Samkhya may not have appeared

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Insanity is An Infectious Disease

The worlds most misunderstood disease

No one is sure how long modern humans have lived on earth. Some suspect that it may have only be 200,000 years, and while we have survived, it’s debatable if we have actually evolved. We have figured out what it takes to survive physically and technically, but we have always been at odds about what it takes to survive intellectually and emotionally.

We know that we have a fundamental desire to be happy, and we know that happiness comes from the fulfilment of our desires. Yet for a great many people, the fulfilment of those desires is dependent on other people’s compliance, unhappiness and sometimes even their termination.

There was a time when we simply

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