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Yoga is a great way to stay active and healthy this winter. With temperatures dropping it is essential to stay active so your immune system can fire on all cylinders.

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  1. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Why did Jesus prepare us for the end of times so early?
    So you have decided we have reached the final part or finishing point of Space in a period of Time? Jesus decided that? Are you therefore ‘prepared’ for that point in Time? Your end-Time is being assessed as too early because you want Time in Space to be extended further? The truth is that all it is ‘endtime’ not understood in a linear fashion; it is cyclical and therefore there is dissolution and regeneration. All Religions have Prophesies – here are some:
    Time within Space is not a paved road awaiting tenders to fix it! Endtime Ministries use the Time of 2000 years and the Space between birth of (Jesus and John) and the present, to predict the poorly understood “Revelations” written by John the Baptist.
    There are seven seals (angels) and seven trumpets mentioned in the Book of Revelation. When each of the seven angels sounds his trumpet, a major prophetic fulfillment is unleashed upon the human race. Rev. 11:15,19 ‘And the seventh angel sounded….the temple of God was opened in heaven and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament; and there were voices, lightning, and thundering and an earthquake, and great hail.’
    Shortly before the seven trumpets sound the people on earth will be shaken awake by a worldwide earthquake. It will be different than any previous earthquake because it will be felt all around the world. It will be accompanied by noises, thunder and lightning. This earthquake marks the beginning of the Great Tribulation.
    Hindus and Buddhists do not believe in the linear concept of time. Hindus believe that the process of creation moves in cycles and that each cycle has four great epochs of time ot yuga. Because the process of creation is cyclical and never ending, it “begins to end and ends to begin”.
    The highest stage of humanity, one of virtue and harmony, gradually gives way to successively degenerative stages, the last of which is the Kali Yuga, an Age of Darkness where wickedness rules. During the Kali Yuga an apocalyptic figure, Kalki, emerges to destroy the wicked and save the virtuous and by so doing restores humanity to its most virtuous stage once again. In this section we devote space to various resources that focus on Kali Yuga, Kalki, and other aspects of Hindu end time prophecy.
    Predictions : The Kalki Purana
    “Whenever there is a withering of the law and an uprising of lawlessness on all sides, then I manifest Myself. For the salvation of the righteous and the destruction of such as do evil, for the firm establishing of the Law, I come to birth, age after age.” (Bhagavad Gita, Book IV, Sutra 5, 7, 8).
    Baha’is consider that Baha’u’llah has fulfilled the prophecies of the Lord Krishna when he said:
    Whenever there is a decline in righteousness, O Bharat, and the rise of irreligion, it is then that I send forth My spirit. For the salvation of the good, the destruction of the evil-doers, and for firmly establishing righteousness, I manifest myself from age to age. Bhagavad Gita 4:7-8.
    Hindus are awaiting the coming of the Kalki Avatar at the end of this present age, Kali Yuga. Baha’is believe that we are already at this time. We are at the end of the Kali Yuga and Baha’u’llah is the Kalki Avatar. This age in which we live is an age of the decline of righteousness. And, as promised in the Bhagavad Gita, the Lord has manifested Himself again, this time with the name Baha’u’llah. This name means `the Glory of Bhagwan’ or `the Splendour of Ishvara’. The coming of Baha’u’llah is therefore the start of the Sat or Krta Yuga (Golden Age). It is the time when people will return to righteousness and the world will be at peace.
    Baha’is have pointed to the prophecies in the Hindu scriptures and stated that all of these have been fulfilled in this age. There are many passages in the Hindu writings which describe the condition of the world at the end of the Kali Yuga (Dark or Iron Age). Baha’is would say that what is described in the Hindu books is exactly what we are seeing in the world today. Among the most striking of these passages from the Hindu holy books are the following:
    In the Kali Yuga, wealth alone will be the deciding factor of nobility [in place of birth, righteous behaviour or merit]. And brute force will be the only standard in establishing or deciding what is righteous or just. Bhagavata Purana XII, 2:2-3.
    Mutual liking [and not family pedigree, social status, etc.] will be the deciding factor in choosing a partner in marriage; cheating will be the order of the day in business relations; satisfaction of sexual pleasure will be the only consideration of male or female excellence and worthiness; and the wearing of the sacred thread (Yajnopavita) [and not pious behaviour or Vedic or Shastric learning] will be the outward index of being a Brahmin.
    In the Kali Yuga, only one quarter of each of the four feet of Dharma [penance, truthfulness, compassion and charity] remains. And that too goes on decreasing day by day while the `feet’ of Adharma [unrighteousness] increase greatly. So that in the end Dharma becomes extinct.
    In that [Kali] age, people will be greedy. They will take to wicked behaviour. They will be merciless, indulge in hostilities without any cause, unfortunate, extremely covetous for wealth and women. High social status will be attained by Sudras, fishermen and such other classes…
    When deceit, falsehood, lethargy, sleepiness, violence, despondency, grief, delusion, fear, and poverty prevail, that is the Kali Yuga…
    … mortal beings will become dull-witted, unlucky, voracious, destitute of wealth yet voluptuous, and women, wanton and unchaste.
    Countries will be laid waste by robbers and vagabonds; the Vedas will be condemned by heretics; kings will exploit their subjects, and twice-borns like Brahmanas will only think of the gratification of their sexual desires and other appetites.
    Celibates [of the Brahmacarya ashrama] will cease to observe their vows of study, purity and celibacy; householders will take to begging [instead of giving alms]; hermits [of the vanaprastha ashrama] will resort to villages [leaving their retreats in the
    forests]; and Sannyasins will be extremely greedy for money. [In short, the whole system of the Varnashrama Dharma will have broken down.]
    Petty-minded people will conduct business transactions and merchants will be dishonest.
    In the Kali Yuga, men will abandon their parents, brothers, friends, and relatives. They will establish their friendships on a sexual basis.
    People who are ignorant of religion will occupy high seats [and pulpits] and will [pretend to] preach religion.
    People will have their minds weighed down with constant anxiety and fear. This will be due to devastating famines and heavy taxation. The land will not grow food-crops, and the people will always be in fear of impending droughts.(3)

    There are similar prophesies in many other passages of the Hindu scriptures such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana. Baha’is believe that all of the conditions described in these books have come about today. And so we are living in the age prophesied in these books. Baha’u’llah describes the condition of the world at present thus: Bhagavata Purana XII, 3:24, 25, 30-33, 35, 37-39.
    The world is in travail, and its agitation waxeth day by day. Its face is turned towards waywardness and unbelief. Such shall be its plight, that to disclose it now would not be meet and seemly. Its perversity will long continue. Baha’u’llah, Gleanings, LXI, p. 118.

    Prominent contemporary Indian writers have also agreed with this assessment of Baha’u’llah. Swami Vivekananda wrote, for example:
    But greater than the present deep dismal night…no pall of darkness had ever before enveloped this holy land of ours. And compared with the depth of this fall, all previous falls appear like little hoof-marks. Vivekananda, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, vol. 6, p. 187.
    There are also prophecies of the breakdown of the caste system that we are seeing today and the abandonment of religion:
    The observance of caste, order, and institutes will not prevail in the Kali Yuga; nor will that of the ceremonials and rituals enjoined by the Sama, Rig and Yajur Vedas. Marriages, in this age, will not conform to the ritual; nor will the rules that connect the guru and his disciple be in force. The laws that regulate the conduct of husband and wife will be disregarded; and oblations to the gods with fire will no longer be offered … The doctrines and dogmas of anyone will be held to be scripture… In the Kali Yuga, those who practise fasting, austerity and liberality will do so in whatever way they please [and not according to the Law]. And men will call this righteousness… Men of all degrees, filled with conceit, will consider themselves to be equal with Brahmins…
    In the Kali Yuga, men, corrupted by unbelievers, will refrain from adoring Vishnu, the lord of sacrifice, the creator and lord of all. They will say: `Of what authority are the Vedas? What are gods, or Brahmins? What need is there for purification with water?’ Vishnu Purana 6:1.

    All the Hindu scriptures are agreed that when conditions have reached this point, when things have deteriorated and mankind has sunk to the lowest depths of moral degradation, then the Lord will again manifest Himself as the Kalki Avatar:
    When Vedic religion and the dharma of the law books have nearly ceased and the Kali Yuga is almost exhausted, then a part of the creator of the entire universe…the blessed Lord Vasudeva [Vishnu], will become incarnate here in the universe in the form of Kalki. Vishnu Purana 4:24. and Bhagavata Purana XII, 2:16.

    Some Baha’i scholars have even demonstrated that the prophecies in the Manu Srmiti and other books indicate the exact date of the end of the Kali Yuga and the coming of the Kalki Avatar. This date, 1844, is also the year of the beginning of the Baha’i Faith. Munje, 1844 A.D. – The Pinpoint Target of all Faiths and also Mishra, Kalki Avatar.
    Therefore Baha’is believe that, faithful to the promises and prophesies recorded in the Hindu holy books, the Lord has now manifested Himself again in the form of the Kalki Avatar. Baha’is believe that this is Baha’u’llah. The purpose of Baha’u’llah’s coming is to fulfil the prophecies in the Hindu scriptures and to give us the teachings that will bring in the new Sat or Krta Yuga (Golden Age). As foretold in theVishnu Purana:
    He will then establish righteousness upon the earth and the minds of the people will be awakened and become pure as crystal. And these men, the remnant of mankind, will thus be transformed… And these offspring will follow the ways of the Krta Age. Vishnu Purana 4:24.

    Baha’is believe that through the teachings of Baha’u’llah, which are described in this book, these prophecies will be fulfilled. As a result the Sat or Krta Yuga (Golden Age) will be established.

  2. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Who is Emmanuel Goldstein and why is he so important these days when Democracy is being murdered by Corporations?
    Emmanuel Goldstein may or may not actually exist. He may, be a creation of a Political Party’s propaganda machine, created in order to drum up support and affection for the Big Brother.
    Although Goldstein was, allegedly, once a close ally of Big Brother, it is rumored that he split from his former comrade shortly after the Party took power, and fled to go into hiding.
    There’s also a rumor that, after the split, Goldstein formed a Brotherhood to oppose Big Brother.
    The Brotherhood supposedly fight for freedom from the oppressive government. Goldstein is portrayed as the enemy of Big Brother and, therefore, the enemy of all right-thinking Oceanians.
    Not only this, but Goldstein is used as a scapegoat. If ‘someone’ betrays Party secrets: Must be Goldstein’s fault! There’s got to be a catch, though, right?
    It all seems too perfect. If you’re thinking that, then you’re absolutely correct in your suspicions. Goldstein is supposedly the head of an anti-Party, anti-Big Brother group…that may or may not actually exist.
    He’s supposedly written an anti-Ingsoc book…that may or may not be churned out by the Party in order to catch traitors. He’s supposedly this sinister, evil man, bent on throwing out Big Brother like month-old milk…yet nobody sees him in person. Hmm. Sounds a bit suspicious.
    Goldstein Versus Big Brother
    Goldstein, as mentioned before, is portrayed as Big Brother’s complete opposite. He’s the foremost enemy of the state, and is to be hated and derided by everyone in Oceania. After all, if Big Brother says Goldstein is a traitor and an evil, scary man bent on destroying both Big Brother and Oceania, he has to be right, no? Big Brother, after all, to Oceanians, is a kindly, gentle, ‘big brother’ type, who only wants to protect his citizens like they’re his younger siblings. That’s the thinking behind scapegoating Goldstein: make the Oceanians hate and fear Goldstein so that they won’t realize it is actually Big Brother who should be hated and feared. Smart move, guys.

  3. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Is present day Harmony of Religions is not rooted in skepticism – take Dante’s experience, for example?
    It is said in Awareness, Truth can be realized, and is indeed possible by a following a variety of paths: the many systems of belief and practice make up the shared human inheritance.
    Dante was an end-product of personal enrichment through Four Constellations of Spirituality: Hinduism, Judaism, Pre-Mohammedan Islam and Christianity.
    World religions are definitely not “all the same” but their ideas of mutual enrichment came from many traditions of adherents of diverse world views.
    In a world marked by violence and well-defined intolerance, Dante went beyond the minimum requirement of tolerance and moved towards acceptance. He did not see all others as ‘other’, but as his “own. “
    Through the three divisions of “Divine Comedy” (Inferno, Purgatory and Heaven) Dante of the Middle Ages endured a gradual spiritual understanding and development of three states of being: intolerance, falsehood, and problematic otherness.
    His [Dante’s] intolerance saw all ‘others’ as a threat and he felt that should not be allowed to exist. Falsehood was presented repeatedly as relative truth. He saw others according to an imagined integrity and personal value. When problematic ‘otherness’ was allowed, it became challenging, even to Dante’s understanding.
    But Dante moved through progressively higher states of realization. He moved away from a deluded identification with the physical body and its various adjuncts – the emotional mind, and senses.
    Relations of family, ethnicity, nationality, and even species were cracked as meaningless.
    He had a need to be protected from the strange and different.
    Through intellectual identification he assessed the part with the Whole.
    In this virtue of tolerance, Dante saw the survival of a higher spirituality.
    It brought him to a full realization of one’s unity with the Whole. The virtue of acceptance for him came with a realization: “We’re One, but we’re not the same.”

  4. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What is the purpose of Knowledge for one seeking the Divine Truth about oneself?
    It is through comprehension of True Knowledge that one drops attachment and affection to worldly life. He or she becomes able to see all sides of his self-serving physical identity: such as general apathy about Self and “I am ‘self’! In time, Knowledge of the difference between ‘self’ and Self, leads one to disinterest in alliance with name and form’.

  5. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Is there really a Path for humans to reach a godly Existence?
    When humans end their relationship with the demands of their five senses and have accomplished all deeds through their physical faculties of being, they give up all wants and use their body for premeditated deliberate acts, like yoga, designed to achieve a transformation of one’s inner state.
    This is ‘sādhana.’ It is for recognizing and identifying the principle of the soul – one’s own divinity of godly existence.
    Ātmā is Soul ‘Self’; it is not intelligibly understandable to the five senses.
    It is attained by one who has a squeaky clean inner constitution of mind-intellect-personality (chitta).
    This spotless inner constitution once cleansed transforms itself through the brightness of the Knowledge of Truth.
    Once enlightened it purifies the inner constitution of a meditative person.
    Only then does the soul reveal itself as Divinity [Brahma] to the purified chitta [personality of mind/intellect/causal body] in meditation.
    That is how godly existence is attained!

  6. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What do the wise see as the source or cause of all beings?
    This ’cause of source’ is the definitive critical entity. but it is without ancestry and therefore descends from anything known to humankind. Creator (Purusha) through self-will and willpower invokes Matter (Prakriti) to jointly create all names and forms.
    It is Om (AUM): It is ‘everything’ from the past, in the present and will in the future – all is only Om, the Source, the Cause, the Foundation and Resource.
    If ‘Om’ is the essence of the worlds (bhu, bhuvah, svaha), then the worlds are and must be the manifestation of Om.

  7. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    How can a Creation of names and forms come out of That which has no quality, characteristics or attribute?
    Creation emitting from the Creator Brahma is impossible without the Energy of Prakriti (Nature) who is endowed with Her three gunas (tamas, rajas, sattva). Together they manifest in a smorgasbord of different names and forms.

  8. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What is Jealousy?
    Jealousy ‘is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation” says
    Jealousy by definition is a jealous resentment against a rival, a person enjoying success or advantage, etc.; or against another’s success or advantage itself.
    It happens to those who are afraid of another’s success or are angry about it.
    It is a mixed emotion of possessiveness, rage, suspicion, and humiliation which leaves one threatened

  9. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    Many young persons of this millennia complain of being lonely – what is this loneliness while surrounded with and by “One and ALL”
    Loneliness is feeling sad through being without friends or company; but it can also mean, being without companionship, has left you without a ‘support system.’ That means your loneliness stems from a complex set of emotional problems. Friends and family are who make one happiest in life.
    What’s the point of loneliness?
    Millions in this world yearn and look to others to make them happy (because they are anxious and depressed also) and yet insist on isolating themselves. Why… you can cure loneliness with a minimum of effort!
    Figure out where you can find some good friends who regularly congregate at a local watering hole, ready to discuss a local newspaper, visit community events, and/or join activities of groups and organizations.
    Become of service to others in need.
    The act of doing a good pushes out lonely feelings and becoming more connected with others: a sense of belonging and attachment are engendered. Meet good people who are trying to make a difference in the world.
    The best cure for loneliness is to go within and consult the wisdom of your soul. I
    It has dreams, and it daydreams if you allow those dreams to emerge!
    Write them down and look for opportunities to make it happen with others who also have wishful dreams: you need to be optimistic and spiritually connected to Nature.!

  10. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What is the difference between Satisfaction and Disappointment?
    Satisfaction comes from contentment with your personal happiness. It is an approval of and about yourself. Everyone has to confront relationships and life-issues. Sometimes the choices made can be unconventional but they make sense at the time.It presents itself as fulfillment and gratification of one’s desires – it gives you the space to make your want and needs possible. Unfortunately it is time-bound!
    Sometimes that makes you wonder cynically if you are on the right track! You are, if you continue to follow your life’s passion, honestly and single-pointedly with optimism: there is unlimited promise in your and my life.
    Disappointment comes from disillusion. It sounds like you are disenchanted with yourself and have come to realize something you thought was or was no true.
    An emotion of disappointment can be intense but it is still a negative emotion and therefore it should be broken free from!
    We do things we really do not want to do! We will do just about anything to defend ourselves from one of the most uncomfortable emotional states around: Disappointment. There is something about the experience of disappointment–either yours or someone’s you love–that can leave one through a back-pedaling of guilt or shame, because of an assault on our status.
    When things do not look bright, even if not easy, learn early on how to cope with it!
    Accept disappointment as a part of life.
    Experiencing repeated letdowns can actually do more than simply burst your bubble.
    An inability to cope with disappointment can jeopardize health, causing stress symptoms that may aggravate minor aches and pains or headaches
    Disappoint originates from the Old French word desappointer which means to “to deprive of an office or position.” In relationships, this translates to being “no longer favored” by someone whose favor means a lot to us.
    Transcend it!

  11. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What does it mean to be Single-pointed?
    Single-pointedness is unification of mind and work with full concentration. It is an exercise of Will and is the ‘heart’ of any and all spiritual paths.
    It addresses a core exercise that provides one with a ‘real’ image of what one wants and not wavering from it.
    There is with such an attitude of expectancy a consistency of intent for our desire. Wavering from the inner intent will take on an indefinite result for the better.

  12. Sneh Chakraburtty says:

    What is a ‘lost opportunity’ in life?
    Lost opportunity is always of a ‘value’ – it a choice that allows you to give value to the best alternative waiting out there, for you, with open arms!
    Disappointment to most and all of us should become fuel to make changes in our life and therefore it would have the same influence on all those who have expectations from you! ‘We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.’ Martin Luther King, Jr. from
    Our heavenly Parent understands disappointment, misery, hurt, fear, and doubt. He offers sufficiency for all of our needs.
    Accept this as an absolute truth in life, all will be right in the end!

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