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Defining Beauty

A state of perception

Beauty is a concept that crosses all of life, yet it’s as impossible to define as life itself, but there are some commonalities from passive perception to active experience.

At its root, beauty is mathematical as reprsented by the Fibonacci Sequence is the series of numbers, proportioned and pleasing to the eyes and is also expressed as the ‘golden mean’ or ‘golden ratio’.

Perception is an activity of our senses and to some extent influenced by our education, beliefs and state of mind. A depressed person may not recognise beauty as a happy person may do.

But as with life, there are many who attempt to decide for other’s what is beautiful and what is not,

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Samkya Yoga

Samkya (or Sankya) Yoga – Yoga of Mind

Samkhya (सांख्य) is one of the lesser known schools of Yoga and is based on the sutras, or writings of the sage Kapila. Hindus believe this Yoga philosopher was none other than the god Vishnu, the son of Brahman in one of his earthly reincarnations.

On the surface, the sutras seem to be merely a series of philosophical propositions, yet students of this school affirm that a study of them will lead to samadhi and mental deliverance.

Samkhya also referred to as Sankhya, Sāṃkhya, or Sāṅkhya, a Sanskrit word that depending on the context, means “to reckon, count, enumerate, calculate, deliberate, reason, reasoning by numeric enumeration, relating to number,

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What Defines a Hindu?

And could you become a Hindu

The idea of Hinduism as most people know Rosen India and in the Western world the colour and joyfulness is spreading. In the streets of almost every major city in the world people are coming out and dancing, chanting and celebrating. Increasing numbers of people are joining these movements so what about you?

As discussed in previous posts, the term Hindu is one of geography and properly refers to the geographic region of greater India more correctly known as Bharat and sometimes written as Bharatha. However in this modern era the term Hindu is applied as a religious label.

This is extremely confusing because anyone born in India is automatically a Hindu. Therefore Moslems,

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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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A Sanskrit Glossary

Commonly used Sanskrit words used in Yoga and Dharma studies

Sanskrit is thought to be the world’s first language from which all have evolved or been influenced by. The sounds are primal and focussed on describing a world view based on the intrinsic nature of matter, and an internal world view describing the nature of mankind.

These words are used in books about Yoga, Buddhism and Hinduism and they are often a challenge to understand.

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Abhyasa: practice – the act of practising

Acharya: teacher

Adwaita a philosophy according to which there is no duality – only a singular state of consciousness

Agni: fire

Agnisar kriya: one of the shatkarmas (cleansing practices) -intestinal cleansing

Aham: ego

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Life is Big

Experiencing the unthinkable and charting your course

Life is a big project that by fussing about small things and wasting time in big ones we miss out on the real joy and potential of our lives. It is wiser to consider human life to be finite, limited and very short as time flies, and before it flies away, capture few good moments of life that is free of stains, biases and foolish ideas imposed by some obscure theory, book or idea. Do not waste away your precious life in someone else’ wars and battles that wont contribute any thing to our life.

Why to be so obsessive about religion, politics and other dividing issues? They do not enrich common

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Salamba Sarvangasana

Yoga Asana Series

The shoulder stand inversion

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Within classical hatha yoga, Salamba Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is most often done following headstand in order to create an energetic balance. But one should should learn and be comfortable doing shoulder stand for 3 to 5 minutes before incorporating head stand into one’ practise.

The objective is to balance the body primarily on the shoulders and elbows with minimal weight on the back of the neck or head as demonstrated Very few people are naturally as flexible as the woman in this right image and such a performance generally comes after many years of practice. However very few people are naturally

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Meditation

Oneness in stillness or action

“Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in Eternal awareness or Pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity” ~ Voltaire 1694-1778

MEDITATION The process of Meditation is a part of Raja Yoga. Just as Hatha Yoga is primarily concerned with the body, Raja Yoga is primarily concerned with the mind and is supported when:

All undesirable thoughts have been removed from the mind. The mind has been freed from the burden of unnecessary elements. Your basic desires are now rooted in your mind. Steps for proper care, and protection, have been taken to ensure satisfactory growth of the symbolic seeds. Steps have also been taken to weed out the unwanted growth from

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Painless Childbirth Through Yoga

Yoga Asana Series How to Achieve Painless Childbirth Through Yoga

To achieve painless, or “normal,” childbirth, Yoga offers exercises and postures which will foster healthful development of secreting organs, especially those located within the waist and pelvic zones, and of the muscular and nervous systems.

The Western fashion world demands that women have thin waists. Actually, a woman requires a larger waist because her liver, stomach, spleen, kidneys, pancreas and colon are in the waist zone, and are proportionately larger than these organs in the male. This is part of nature’s provision for motherhood. The fashionable small waist necessarily is accompanied by displaced stomach and bowels and perhaps by a dislocated liver and a “floating” kidney.

The health of

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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’ is generally

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