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East vs West

Spiritual truth in the East and the lack there of in the West

Gaia as the world tree by Alex GrayThe tree of life giving life – East but being destroyed by human greed, the West

The philosophical and lifestyle differences between East and West are apparent particularly when travelling from any western country to India. It is such a crazy chaotic place and yet there is something wonderful and transcendent in India not in addition to the resplendent colours and the joy on people’s faces.

I’ve written several posts on the subject and now thanks to a line by Chaman Lal, the penny has finally dropped in regard to what I’m attempting to

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Pranayama

The science of breath

The fundamental principal of pranayama otherwise know as yoga breathing are to develop a breath that is consistently soft, smooth, even and deep.

Pranyayama or breath control works on our central nervous system. An uneven, or erratic breath will lead to diminished health whereas a soft, smooth, even breath can strengthen the nervous system and even cure diseases of the body, mind and soul.

Breath is life and life is breath as the first thing we do on entering life is to begin breathing and when our life is over, we let out our final breath.

We breathe for two primary reasons;

The exchange of gaseous energy – absorbing oxygen from the atmosphere and exhaling carbon

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The Five Koshas

The subtle anatomy of man

Kosha, usually rendered “sheath”, is one of five coverings of the Atman, or Self according to Vedantic philosophy. According to Vedanta, the wise person being aware of the subtle influences of the five elements within each kosha, ever discerns the Self amidst appearances.

In other words, if the individual has some appreciation of these aspects of self, then in daily life they exist in a state of calm abiding and less reactive to worldly phenomena.

Physical – Annamaya Kosha

Anna means food. All of the physical aspects of life come and go, and are consumed by another aspect of external reality. Thus, the outermost of the koshas is called the sheath of food, or

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Nikola Tesla

10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943

Tesla, aged 34, circa 1890. Photo by Napoleon Sarony

A personal acquaintance of Swami Vivekananda who made the first concerted effort to introduce the Holy Science of Yoga to the West, Nikola Tesla was a Serbian born inventor who moved to the USA. He is best remembered as electrical and mechanical engineer, a futurist who designed of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. He also developed X-ray imaging and wireless communication.

In 1882, Nikola Tesla got a job in Paris with the Continental Edison Company installing direct current incandescent lighting. He gained a great deal of practical experience in electrical engineering and improved system designs before moving to the

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Definition and History of Massage

The most ancient of healing arts

No one knows when massage was first practised, but over the past 50 years it has become a popular treatment for aches and pains and those who have regular massages proclaim to be one of the best forms of preventative medicine.

This page presents a simple summary of massage including its history, common use and some of the different types of massage that are also described in more detail on this site.

History:

Massage is an instinctive human response that when we bump ourselves that we rub it and the ‘ouch’ soon goes away. This basic instinct has been slowly developed over the countless generations into a sophisticated healing art and science.

Professional therapeutic

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The Science of What's Real?

The why of how we all perceive differently

The science of how everything is relative and no one is right or wrong.

The science of yoga talks about the universe as we perceive it as being an illusion and not real in the way that we believe that it is. This is primarily because everyone perceives our everyday reality inside their own mind. To remind you; our five senses perceive something and then they send an electrical signal to our brains which interprets that signal and creates the concept of that reality. Because we experience life in our minds, we actually have no external reality other than how we perceive it to be and as some say ‘create’.

In these

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Artificial Intellegence

Engineering our future

Will engineering artificial intelligence create a just and humane future for us? Will the imposed ideologies of religious political biases be unchained?

Our scientists have over many generations been seeking to create not only obedient robots, they have been working towards autonomous intelligent units capable of doing the hard work and providing pleasure for their owners. Development is progressing rapidly in technology to give robots and more human appearance as well as an intelligence facilitating autonomy.

Within many industries, robots are doing the work of people creating a new class of unemployed and increased profits for the corporate masters. Without going into the debate about the safety of such a project, many thinkers and the entertainment industry

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Recognising Science

The future is in our hands

I invite you to play this short video to your right in which Neil deGrasse Tyson argues the case of science and our collective knowledge about what works as a means for our decision-making.

We can use this rational scientific approach to ask whether peace is better than war or whether we should have greater social equity or to continue shaping the world based on sociological and economic systems that are failing.

Can take his dialogue further and ask what is the meaning of life?

For many, life has no meaning at all and as individuals we have absolutely no responsibility and no need of any morality. For others life has become a quest

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Origins of Mathematics

A secret history

Today there would be no software, no binary computing, accounting or the sciences if there was no zero and the Indian numericals all modern science and technology is based on.

This includes the branches of Math : arithmetic, algebra, geometry, trigonometry, conics, astronomy, calculus, etc.

Ancient Hindus deviced an amazing system of math codes using syllables and then creating sutras [aphorisms] & mantras [chants] with that that gave a student instant idea of the mathematical applications.

This sutra is endowed with spiritual content as well as mathematical significance: gopi bhagya madhuvrta, srngiso dadhi sandhiga, khla jivita khatva, gala hala rasandara It translates: O Lord anointed with the yogurt of the milkmaids’ worship, O saviour of the fallen,

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Space Time Continuum

Was there ever a Big Bang?

Was there a start point for the evolution of our universe? Science thinks there was and they refer to that as the Big Bang theory, but is this really what happened?

Because life as we know it on the physical plane has a beginning and an end, it seems logical that the universe in which we live must also have had a beginning and will one day have an end. But on the face of it seems that our imagination along with our perception has yet to reach the milestone of knowing one way or the other.

Scientists have used our most powerful telescopes yet they have not been able to define any

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