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The Indian mind

Because India is blessed by a warm climate, a rich soil, abundant productivity and easy communication, the ( traditional) Indian mind feel in harmony with the nature, with the universe. Contrary to the western mind that assigns great importance to the … Continue reading

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India : the vultures are back

Twenty years ago, the parsis living in Bombay used to offer to the vultures their own dead. Since centuries, that’s the way parsis got rid of their dead. By respecting this tradition, none of the sacred elements ( air, earth, water, fire, … Continue reading

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“Take up one idea”

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Anarchy in ( muslim) India

Considered as the anarchists of Islam, fakirs are muslim ( male) wanderers who live on charity and the love of Allah.  They are not magicians who perform “miracles” such as lying on a bed of nails, eating fire, raising bodies,…even if … Continue reading

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India : about sorcery and witchcraft

The unknown, the unexplainable has always aroused fears in man. This is were the occult fills the bill. For many people in India ( most of the time illiterate people), magic and superstition serve as a ready substitute for knowledge … Continue reading

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Islam : about religious fanaticism

Islam ( as well as other religions) gives people a message of hope and a desire to live in a better world. But when the believers can’t understand the forces that are bringing changes around them ( such as the activities … Continue reading

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Zarathustra’ s guide to good living

In the VI° and V° centuries BC, five of the greatest religions of the world are born ( or have been strongly reformed). These were buddhism, jaïnism ( both in India), taoism, confucianism ( both in China) and zoroastrianism in Persia ( now … Continue reading

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Pushkar, a town of legends in the Thar desert

It is no exaggeration to say that, in some parts of Rajasthan ( one of the many Indian states, and probably the most colourful), the income from cattle is almost equal, if not more, than the income from agriculture. The … Continue reading

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Shamanism in Nepal

More ancient than any religion, shamanism is followed in diverse ways throughout the world by peoples fortunate enough to have been overlooked by the institutional religions. Variously described as medicine men, witch doctors or oracles, shamans perform mystical rituals to … Continue reading

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The five pillars of Islam

There are five practices (“akran”), known as the five pillars of Islam, which are generally accepted as being obligatory to Muslims. “Shahada” : the profession of faith ( “There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger”) which … Continue reading

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