An age old practice
For the past 6000 years women have been second-class citizens although since the Industrial Revolution, it seems as if they have been allowed a degree of freedom. Allowed away from the kitchen and child-minding provided they look pretty and don’t have an opinion.
When times get tough women most often find themselves confined to the kitchen except on rare occasions as when back in the 1700’s, women stormed the palace of Versailles and demanded social equity. They didn’t get it then and it wasn’t long before French women became the most oppressed in Europe.
In today’s Middle Eastern war, it is the Kurdish and Yazidi women who have taken up weapons against daesh as have other
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An unfair history heralding our peril
A Dancer of Ancient Egypt (1916). George Owen Wynne Apperley (English, 1884-1960). Oil on canvas.
For the most part, men seem rather straightforward and uncomplicated yet somehow twisted by social pressure and the competition to survive and advance in modern life. Many women have also become masculine in their attitude and behaviour.
Woman are normally seen as being much more complex, less logical and often impossible to understand. While it is man who provides the spark for new life, it is woman who often induces that spark and facilitates new life into the world.
In an esoteric cosmological sense there are two aspects to life, yin and yang, internal and external, masculine
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Past time for change
The place of women in Catholicism and Islam has always been very explicit, that is to be mothers and doormats for the men, to be hidden out of sight and if they dare to stray from this path, they are punished. In light of our supposed civilisation, it’s a source of shame that we still give special privileges to these religious groups and continue to demean women.
We are not sure when patriarchy began but it was probably one day when some man was in a bad mood, maybe he stubbed his toe, maybe he was sad and depressed for some reason and blamed his mother for bringing him into the world. There no way
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Finding meaning in the legend
There are many legends of Buddha’s wife, some close to truth and some completely fabricated. But it’s an accepted fact that he was married and left his life in the palace sometime after his marriage.
This is not mentioned in the Tipiṭaka or Pali canon, the collection of primary Pali language texts which form the doctrinal foundation of Theravada Buddhism. In the Tipitaka she is only ever referred to as Rāhulamātā, that is ‘Rāhula’s mother.’ In the earliest reference to her, she is called Bhaddakaccānā, which may be her real name (Bv.26,15) whereas Yasodharā is an honorific title meaning ‘Fame-bearer’ and became the name of legend. Other than this, there is almost no information
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Enlightenment does not discriminate!!
Women can achieve Buddhahood, the story of Yeshe Tsogyal
Yeshe Tsogyal who lived between 757 and 817 was the consort of the great Indian tantric teacher Padmasambhava, the founder-figure of the Nyingma tradition of Tibetan Buddhism.
Nyingma tradition considers her equal in realization to Padmasambhava himself and both the Nyingma and Karma Kagyu schools of Tibetan Buddhism recognize Yeshe Tsogyal as a female Buddha.
The meditational practices related to her stress her enlightened aspect, and are similar in form to tantric deity practices in general. She is sometimes equated with the deities Vajravārāhī, Tārā and Sarasvatī.
The spiritual biography of The Lady Yeshe Tsogyel is an important milestone in Western understanding of the Tantric tradition.
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Symbols of beauty and resistance
The famous Persian heroine, Apranik,
Under the patriarchy that evolved over the past 3000 years, women around the world have been sidelined from public office and disempowered. Yet without women, men could not survive or even thrive.
Under patriarchy, men have tried to own women and control their lives, yet they have not learned that women cannot be understood, they can only be loved and when they are loved, their joy is transformative and uniting.
Women are related to the Earth, and givers of life. Within Vedanta that inspired Persian life before Islam, men and women stood together, yet under the yoke of Islam, women remain women and carry the spirit of life from
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Healthy Skin requires a healthy body
Neglect may result in your skin looking like a reptiles
How to keep your good looks and prevent sagging, lines and wrinkles.
Our skin from birth is exposed to sun, dirt and grime, and then washed with various combinations of chemicals. It is also susceptible to the process of ageing and after many years can resemble that of a reptile. But there is hope for lovely soft, clear skin, but first lets think about the skin, it’s functions and requirements:
Your Skin is a barrier to keep your insides in, and to keep the outside world out.
The skin is extremely tough and yet sensitive and can heal itself after injury, like the
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Creating harmonious social balance
By Gauri Mataji Devi
The Hindu tradition is famous for its consideration and respect for women, manifested not only in the traditional worship of the female forms of Godhead, both benevolent and terrible (saumya and asaumya), but also in the veneration for all women, starting from one’s Mother, as well as for Mother Cow and Mother Earth.
In the Taittiriya Upanisad (1.11.2) teachers recommend the students of Vedic knowledge to first offer homage to mothers as embodiments of God.
A very well-known instruction recommends that all men should see all women as mothers, as manifestations of the one Mother Goddess, the life-giver for all. In the famous song of a devotee’s dedication to
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An Affliction Caused by Malnourishment and Poor Health
From about the the age of about twelve to fifty, women experience their menstrual cycle. In the course of a healthy woman’s life, this cycle rarely causes problems or discomfort. But unfortunately today, many women find the process difficult or even distressing as many physical and emotional symptoms collectively known as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), [premenstrual tension (PMT) or stress (PMS)], appear in the days prior to bleeding.
PMS may include abdominal cramps, constipation, painful joints, backaches, bloating, breast tenderness, craving, moodiness, headaches, migraines, water retention, fatigue, acne, decreased work or social performance, altered libido, anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
PMS is a fact of many women’s lives
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Harmonising the menstrual cycle
The name menstruation comes from the Latin word menses which means “menstrual flow”, it is also the plural of mensis meaning month and is related to the Greek word “mene” meaning moon. This indicates a historical relationship between the lunar and menstrual cycles.
The moon is a symbol for primal female energy as associated with the goddesses of pagan times like Diana the queen of witches, huntress and protector of the wild and free who was worshipped in ancient Rome. Like the Indian Goddess Kali, she is still respected and admired today as a symbol of woman’s prowess and capacity to love and protect. (Details below)
The cycle of the moon takes 29.5 days, close to
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