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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’

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Moving Forward in Life

Saving India – Saving the world

In researching not only Indian history but the history of the world it seems we have checked enough boxes and this time that some thought was given to compiling all this information with references in a logical and meaningful manner then making approaches to the various authorities around the world to begin the correcting of school textbooks.

The narrative may likely proceed to point out the correlation between the very ancient occupation of India and the similarities with Africa of 1.3 million years ago, the before and after Mount Tober incident and the evidence of simple agriculture originating in India followed by the spread of civilisation, knowledge and technology from India around the globe.

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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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Questioning Life?

The why and how of being human

Most people at some point ask questions like who am I, why is life so temporary and impermanent, or other questions like what is beyond life and is there any truth to religion?

But really we must understand there is no ‘most’, there is you and the ‘most’ have either accepted the line of church, state or science because asking who am I also challenges us to question the nature of society. When I was growing up and asked this question of who we are as a collective, those who are considered wise in my community were of the opinion that we were simply here to do and die, not to have original

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The Cost of Progress

And how do we value life?

As a species we generally say that we believe all life is sacred and we respect our fellow human beings. But these two ideas are in relation to the one’s own survival and perhaps one’s community. Every year countless lives are lost in conflict organised by people who should know better. Every year countless lives are lost in construction and the production of our technologies. In some regions, farmers are so badly treated that they resort to suicide.

When we look at conflict, the argument may be over land or resources to create new technologies yet behind this is a small collective who believe that they have the right to send the youth of

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Japanese Wisdom

Transcending space and time

Japan has a rich past and in the temples today one see the clear influence from ancient India. The Japanese like some other cultures have absorbed Hindu wisdom and made it their own giving it a unique flavour and form of expression.

If a problem can be solved, then it’s not worth worrying about it. If it can’t be solved, then it’s useless to worry about it. Having taken the time to think, venture to act. Once you’ve done so, stop thinking. Do not hold back that which is departing; do not chase away that which is arriving. Fast means going slowly without interruption. It is better to be the enemy of a good person than

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What is Life?

We know we are alive, but:

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Why are we alive and what is life? There was once a time when parents told their children a trivial lie about where they came from and yet today more enlightened parents will tell their children that they were created in their mothers belly.

While this physical aspect of creation happened in that place, the mother had very little to do with the new life growing inside her. As with her male partner, she had a hormonal and instinctive urge for sexual pleasure which can be seen as part of a biological drive for reproduction.

But from the point of conception, beyond adjusting her diet and lifestyle as the

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Life's Journey

Reflections

Tucked away in our subconscious is an idyllic vision. We see ourselves on a long trip that spans the continent. We are travelling by train. Out the windows we drink in the passing scene of cars on nearby highways, of children waving at a crossing, of cattle grazing on a distant hillside, of row upon row of corn and wheat, of flatlands and valleys, of city skylines and village halls.

But uppermost in our minds is the final destination. On a certain day at a certain hour we will pull into the station. Bands will be playing and flags waving. Once we get there so many wonderful dreams will come true and pieces of our lives will fit together

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1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

12. Don’t

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Dying

An ancient wisdom

The Masnavi is a poetic collection of anecdotes and everyday tales from Persia, a region strongly influenced by Vedanta and this verse outlines evolution before the arrival of Islam.

I died from the mineral and became a plant I Died from the plant and re-appeared as an animal I died from the animal and became a man.

Wherefore should I fear? When did I grow less by dying?

Next time, I shall die from the man That I may grow the wings of an angel From the angel to Must I advance

All things perish save his face Once more shall I wing my way above the angels I shall become that which entereth not the imagination.

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