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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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Sankalpa or Resolution

Developing conscious intent

Sankalpa (संकल्प) is a conception, idea or notion formed in the heart or mind that leads to a resolve or vow to act, a determination to perform, a definite intention, volition or will. In relation to yoga, it is a chosen resolution made during the practice of Yoga Nidra.

It is a process of training the mind to develop trust and faith in yourself and provide a direction for your whole life – if you use it wisely. Its effect is to awaken the willpower within, by uniting the conscious awareness with the unconscious forces, lying dormant. It takes the form of a short phrase or sentence, clearly and concisely expressed – using the same wording each

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Monkey Mind

Taming the beast within

Patanjali says you have something permanent within you and that is called “The Monkey Mind.” It is compared to a monkey drunk with the wine of desire, stung by the scorpion of jealousy, and possessed with the demon of pride. Lust, greed, jealousy, anger, ego, tensions, reactions, grudges, depression, stress, and strain are the symptoms of this mind. We suffer from these because we gave all the powers to the mind and made it our master. We are happy when the mind is cheerful. We are depressed when the mind is gloomy. We are at the mercy of the mind that waxes and wanes. We consider ourselves nothing but mind.

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Isha Kriya

An inward knowing

Meditation can be done in any comfortable position, you don’t have to sit like this.

Meditation is practised in all spiritual traditions and it sometimes occurs naturally making a pleasant space in our day. But to become more conscious and responsible, we need to make a regular effort and practise. It’s often said that practise make perfect, well here meditation practise at some stage becomes an involvement and not just a practise. It becomes real and has measurable benefits in terms of health improvement and happiness.

Results are determined by a combination of practise, tenacity and an ability to relax and even these attributes improve in time. Typically we may begin trying to meditate, we begin

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The Meditator in Love

Meditation is against false love

“If you can move into love making totally, the ego disappears because at the highest peak, at the highest climax of lovemaking, you are pure energy” – Osho (artist unknown)

Love is a many splendid thing and so misunderstood. At a base level love is seen or experienced as an attachment, at it’s highest it’s an inseparability with the universe. Due to karma, the consequences resulting in our situation and perception, everyone has a different understanding of love.

The fact that we can’t agree, that we so oft feel disconnected cannot be resolved intellectually, it is only through meditation, the art of yoga that provides an inner connection to life

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Is Saving Ourselves Possible?

Or avoiding another mass extinction event

The Doomsday Clock was created in 1947 to represent how close we are to a global catastrophe. It’s maintained by the members of The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists’ Science and Security Board.

The group of scientists, including 16 Nobel Laureates, announced this morning that we have moved dangerously close to all-out disaster. The Clock’s recent advance to two and a half minutes means that scientists and experts agree that we are teetering on the brink of societal collapse or an apocalyptic scale nuclear war, which symbolically occurs at midnight on their scale.

In the years since the Clock was created we have only been this close to midnight once, in 1953 when the

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Why Meditation?

A foundational practise

Most people understand that activities go better with some planning and while some things that occur spontaneously can be brilliant, some can go horribly wrong. Meditation grounds us in a reality that leads to a harmonious life and success.

Whatever we do, we want to be successful but sometimes the best planning and our most sincere actions don’t always result in success. But if we look at some of the people who meditate, they range from executives within the world’s most successful companies to ordinary people who want to achieve the best out of life.

Many meditators say that meditation is actually instinctive and this is borne out by the fact that usually before we commence any

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Political Correctness

Artificial niceness

We’ve been hearing a lot about “PC Culture” from the conservative media and presidential candidates lately, and the consensus seems to be that all of this political correctness is stifling our right to freedom of speech. But when has speaking out against discrimination and hate ever stripped someone else of their ability to voice their opinion? You still have the freedom to say whatever you want, and the “PC Police” still have the right to tell you how wrong you are.

Political correctness is just a fancy term for not telling the truth and preventing others from being truthful. The term was originally used within the Communist Party in Stalin’s Russia to describe which opinions on

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Ending War

The dream of humanity

If we look at small tribes of hunters and gatherers, they have a natural hierarchy around the collective survival of their communities because every individual is important and valued. There is no one person that can do anything nor is there any one person who would want to do everything. Overtime every individual evolved a role to play in order to support the community by doing what needed to be done.

In larger communities that arose with the development of agriculture, these gave some people more free time and occupations diversified not only for community survival but self aggrandisement. The ideas of trade and profit led to an inflated sense of self-worth as the end result

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Beyond the Body

Obstacles to healing

We exist within our physical body and it becomes a playground for working out some of our karma as we have experiences ranging from vibrant health to debilitating illnesses.

Most of us identify ourselves as our body and refer to our body as me, myself or I. Yet anyone familiar with any modern understanding of spirituality will recognise that the body is a vehicle and what we refer to as ‘I’ is something greater.

Our body is composed of about 70% water and a collection of elements and stuff which is obtained from the earth via the foods we eat. But even our mind is considered as being something physical, it is a bioelectrical system that facilitates

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