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The Swastika

An ancient symbol misunderstood

Ursa Major and Ursa Minor in relation to Polaris.

The symbol of the Swastika goes back over 11,000 years and is believed to have originated in the Harappan or Pre-Harappan period and the culture of the Indus Valley Civilization. There is also a mention of the Swastika in the Vedas around the same time.

The swastika, an Indian symbol of peace and continuity came into ill repute because of the Nazi regime in Germany who took it as their emblem. But they may not have had any idea what it represented. Unfortunately most people still look on the symbol with some disgust due to this recent chapter in our history, but elsewhere in the

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History in context

Concepts of the Yugas, Astrological signs and Axial Precession

As I have so often said, we know very little about our history and the history that we think we know has been purposefully written to glamorise certain individuals and conceal unpleasant truths.

The idea of the time period referred to as a ‘yuga cycle’ has existed within Indian culture for thousands of years and interest about it only surfaced in the West when modern science discovered something called axial precession.

Within India that has been a great deal of misunderstanding about the yuga cycle which some pundits understood as being in the millions of years and somehow related to the birth and death of the physical universe which of course

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Does History Matter?

Why should you care?

To some history matters and to others it doesn’t. For some who are completely content, all that matters is this moment but for those who feel uncertain about the nature and purpose of life, they look to history for clues and reasons for our existence.

In examining our history, the field of archaeology has developed. But this is not an exact science and the results of all our archaeological excavations and research produce results and answers which are suppositions and not facts. Of course many archaeologists and researchers dress up the evidence to fit into their particular theory.

Classical mythology is that of the Christian Bible in which all Christian biased researchers interpret all evidence as

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Yuga's and Precessions

And the concept of time in history

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“The time concept of modern archaeology, and modern anthropology in general, resembles the general cosmological-historical time concept of Europe’s Judeo-Christian culture. Differing from the cyclical cosmological-historical time concepts of the early Greeks in Europe, and the Indians and others in Asia, the Judeo-Christian cosmological-historical time concept is linear and progressive.

“Hindu historical literatures, particularly the Puranas and Itihasas, place human existence in the context of repeating time cycles called yugas – thousands of years, and kalpas, lasting hundreds of millions of years. During this entire time, according to the Puranic accounts, humans coexisted with creatures in some ways resembling the earlier tool making hominids of

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What is Islam?

The religion of peace…?

Islam is believed to have been created by the Prophet Mohammed in the 6th century. It is said that he lived in Mecca, Saudi Arabia as a merchant.

No one knows why Islam was created: was it a valid spiritual experience, was it to civilize the Arabs? Or, was it to complete with Judaism and Christianity, to be a strong arm for the Vatican or to partake in capitalism and the wealth creation?

The association with Islam today for most people is the war that has been going on in the Middle East for the past generation and it seems to be getting worse. But not only that, terrorist groups like ISIL and Al Shebab are

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Indian History

Myths, Legends and Deliberate Misinformation

One of India’s most famous temples in Maharashtra

If you were to ask a random selection of Indian people about the history of the India, you would get as many different stories as people to whom you asked the question. This is because as the history of the world and human origins is a mystery, India seems like the epitome of all mysteries.

When we look back and think if we evolved from the apes, some of the evidence says maybe but some of it says not. When we look at the global landscape and the anomalies in the historical record without going into what is referred to as “forbidden archaeology” it is very

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So What about Islam?

And your new Muslim neighbours

It seems the only constant is change then yet we crave peace and stability. As such, we build our lives under the loose guise of democracy and religion that is supposed to ensure a degree of justice and social equity.

In some corners of the world, people have found this peace and stability although it has often come price. Prices have included defeating Germany in World Wars 1 and II. some people have been fortunate enough to buy a small slice of paradise only to be evicted by change.

It seems unlikely that they can ever be any absolute peace and certainly no life without change because the environment we live in is constantly

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The Worlds First Universities

Great Universities of Ancient India

Nalanda in Bihar

Most Indians today are well aware of the two famous ancient universities of India which also are one of the oldest universities in the world – Takshashila University (Taxila) and Nalanda. But are these the only knowledge centres that existed in ancient India? Education has always been given great prominence in Indian society since the times of the vedic civilization, with gurukul and ashrams being the centres of learning. And with evolving times, a large number of centres of learning were established across ancient India of which Takshashila and Nalanda are the most famous ones known today. Below is a list of major ancient universities that flourished across ancient India.

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Global warming

And a climate of change

Milford Sound, New Zealand

Some people argue that global warming is a myth while others live in a reality that global warming helps to explain. In many countries the lakes and rivers that people enjoyed 50 years ago have dried up or become too polluted to enjoy. We know that the atmosphere is slowly warming up compared to what it was 200 years ago and we can see the effects of that in the increasing volatility of our weather.

Rather than seek to defend the argument for or against, it may be more useful to look at the changes in the environment and life on earth.

If we step back into history, some 30,000

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New Zealand - Pre Maori

Fact or Fiction?

While a few shipwrecks have been found predating Captain Cook, there is a general quietness and you could say even an official suppression of discussions and evidence of life in New Zealand before the arrival of the Maori.

Of the shipwrecks, there is one in the Dargaville museum, there was another thrown up by a storm of Hokitika in 2014 and the initial discussions throw out ideas of it being the Spanish Galleon, however all trace of this find seems to have vanished from the public record.

But Europeans before James Cook and Abel Tasman, we must assume are probable, but what about before the Maori?

DNA and other evidence traces some Maori back through Hawaii to

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