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Soul Power – informative talk by BK Sister Jayanti

August 31, 2011

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Sister Jayanti, European co-ordinator of the Brahma Kumaris reflects on the power of the human spirit or the power of the soul which she defines as the original core values and universal qualities that the soul naturally possesses. Peace, goodness of spirit, inner wisdom are an innate part of our inner world. Also from the […]

Bob Thurman on compassion

August 29, 2011

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In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward the compassion of our Buddha nature – and the first person who becomes happy when compassion emerges in your heart is yourself. Bob Thurman is the first American to be ordained a […]

Towards total transformation

August 29, 2011

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A talk Vimala Thakar at Stiles Hall, University of California, October 22, 1968 As one wanders through various part of the world, one finds that the whole human life is in a state of turmoil. Politically, socially, economically, and even culturally, human life seems to be going through a very grave crisis. Long cherished ideas, theories, […]

This Earth is precious

August 29, 2011

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One of the most beautiful and profound statement on the environment ever made.  In 1854, Chief Seattle replied to an offer for a large area of Indian land by the “Great White Chief” in Washington who promised a `reservation’ for the Indian people. The original letter of Chief Seattle appeared in the Seattle Sunday Star […]

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index on TED talk

August 25, 2011

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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation’s success by its productivity — instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index …, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn’t have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? […]

Is GDP An Obsolete Measure of Progress? Time Online

August 25, 2011

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An article by Judith D. Schwartz  Since last summer the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has gone up — indeed, it grew at a surprising 5.7% rate in the 4th quarter — seeming to confirm what we’ve been hearing: the recession is officially over. But wait — foreclosure and unemployment rates remain high, and food […]

The Consumption paradigm

August 21, 2011

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For the last four centuries, the world has been dominated by the belief that everything that exists is material and that consciousness and inner states of being, things like happiness, love, well being and self esteem, are the result of physical/bio chemical processes taking place inside the body/brain complex. Consciousness is defined as a by-product of […]