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Plato’s TIMAEUS

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Plato’s TIMAEUS

In the Timaeus, the most metaphysical of Plato’s writings and the one most influenced by Pythagoras, Plato returned to a consideration of science and the natural world; two subjects which Socrates had abandoned long ago. It is not like most of his other writings. Socrates is present, but he plays only a minor role. The…
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“PEACE FESTIVAL – 2014”

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“PEACE FESTIVAL – 2014”

Please consider this your personal invitation and be our guest! International Gurukula Community cordially invites you to the “Peace Festival – 2014” Sunday, September 14, 2014 3:00 pm – 7 pm 4 West 43rd Street (between 5th & 6th Ave.), Ball Room, New York City , NY 10036 Meditation, Kirtan, Bhajan, Music, Art Show, Interfaith…
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A Beatitude: Mercy and Forgiveness

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A Beatitude: Mercy and Forgiveness

A good reminder in today’s world. “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.” Unless we show mercy and forgiveness towards others, Christ teaches in this fundamental statement of karma, we will not receive mercy or forgiveness for ourselves. The Greek word for mercy, eleemon, means to actually feel and suffer with another person,…
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Honoring Labor, Not the Lies

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Honoring Labor, Not the Lies

Protecting the Promise of Labor Day: Five Ways Workers are Under Attack by Zaid Jilani In 1897, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day a federal holiday, reacting to pressure from unions following the contentious Pullman Strike. Over the next century, unions fought to win all sorts of benefits for Americans, ranging from widespread employer-sponsored health…
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Science and Religion, again

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Science and Religion, again

This is a wonderful talk in all sorts of ways. What is missing, what is ALWAYS missing, is the recognition that the entire realm of religiosity is not reducible to the naive belief in an “invisible friend in the sky”. This naive (fundamentalist) idea of ‘God’ as a kind of super-human “out there” someplace, who…
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Fundamentalist Thinking is Not Limited to Religious Nuts

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Fundamentalist Thinking is Not Limited to Religious Nuts

There’s yet another story doing the rounds of Facebook today, worrying about whether Jesus was an historical figure or not. It’s such a silly waste of time. It’s all the same problem, on either side of this ‘argument’. Whether it’s literal fundamentalist Christianity (“The Bible is literally true and you MUST believe it”) or literal…
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Meaninglessness

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Meaninglessness

A veiled feeling of meaninglessness is a primary quality of the contemporary psyche. And this belittling acceptance of ultimate insignificance provides all the necessary groundwork for selfishness, boredom, hatred, servility, violence and fear. The consequences of meaninglessness are seen throughout that disintegration of human life which is so pitilessly recorded in each day’s news report,…
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Propaganda

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Propaganda

“Propaganda”, wrote Jacques Ellul, “does not aim to elevate man, but to make him serve. It must therefore utilize the most common feelings, the most widespread ideas, the crudest patterns, and in so doing place itself on a very low level with regard to what it wants men to do and to what end. Hate,…
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Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

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Titans, Gods, & War in Heaven

The Greeks symbolized the continuing process of unified Divinity transforming itself into diverse entities and qualities – the ‘One’ becoming ‘Many’ – as the appearance of the Titans: the elder gods who descended (by the power of the Logos) from the stars to the level of our sun. These were the children of Uranus and…
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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

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The Lesser Mysteries of Eleusis

The Eleusinian Mysteries were open to virtually everyone (only murderers, and people who could not understand the Greek language that was spoken in the rites, were excluded), and during the nearly two thousand years that they were celebrated, thousands of men, women, slaves, foreigners, common folk, and illustrious public figures (including Plato, Cicero, Augustus Caesar,…
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The Allegory of the Cave

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The Allegory of the Cave

To illustrate his four levels of existence and consciousness, Plato relates his celebrated ‘Allegory of the Cave’ in the Republic. The story begins with human beings who have lived in a large underground cave since birth, chained in such a way that they can only see in front of them, being prevented by the chains…
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