Newsletter from Uttarkashi-December 2017
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Dec 2017

Dear reader

Greetings from Uttarkashi.
We're feeling the bite of Himalayan winter here now; time to rug up!
This newsletter has a health orientation, beginning with an excellent quote on healing by Maharishi, which he follows with his insight into the body as consciousness. Then our esteemed Dr Robert Schneider dives deep into 'mind over ageing' with 10 tips to live a longer healthier life. And then there is a link to download the free book Genetic Roulette on how protect yourself from GMO's. Plus quotes from Buddha on the nature of transcending, and positive news from around the world. Enjoy!


I'm currently preparing the 2018 Vedic calendar which I'm sending to my regular monthly sponsors. In previous years the photos have almost all been from my own archive of pics I've taken here in India. You're in for a surprise! Something very colourful, and very Indian is coming your way this year.
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Jai Guru Dev
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"Everything in the world has healing power, has the power of healing to some degree or the other. Everything that is charming soothes the mind. When a child runs about here and there and does some mischief and somebody punishes him, he goes to the lap of mother. The lap of mother has a great healing capacity. The child on the lap of mother forgets the agony of the punishment outside and begins to enjoy.
Feeling a great fatigue and tired from the day's labor, we go to the cinema. If the scenes are good and appealing and nice, it has some soothing effect, some healing power. Everything good in the world has the effect of healing.
Now, the effect of healing is greater if the capacity of charming is greater. If one thing can charm the mind more, can fascinate the mind more, can attract the mind more, then it has a greater healing power. The greater is the charm, the greater is the power of healing in the object.
Meditation[TM] has the greatest healing power because it leads to greatest happiness. Meditation[TM] leads to greatest happiness of a permanent order. It leads to the Kingdom of Heaven; it leads to the glory of God; it leads to eternal bliss -- happiness of the greatest order and of a permanent nature. Therefore, we hold that meditation[TM] has the greatest healing power. And the greatest healing power will be that which would be able to heal the life as a whole, making all components of life, all phases of life soothing and harmonious."
~ Maharishi ~The Healing Power of Deep Meditation*(vinyl recording) -- Hollywood, USA -- 1959~

News and knowledge

“Rapturous Joy Transcending Any Other”
The Buddha 563–483 BCE
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We know about the Buddha’s life chiefly through legends, written down several centuries after he lived. Born Siddhartha Gautama in present-day Nepal, he was a prince who lived an opulent life, shielded by his father, King Suddhodana, from the world’s travails.

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Genetic Roulette-health risks of genetically engineered foods
Genetic Roulette
This vital book by Jeffrey Smith is available for free once again. It explodes every possible argument there is anything safe about GMO foods. Meticulously researched, and endorsed by distinguished scientists, academics and authors.

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The Body Is Made of Consciousness-Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
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Is consciousness a by-product of electrochemical processes? Maharishi: 'One word would be the answer to it. The word is “unmanifest.” There is the manifest, and the other thing is unmanifest. It’s manifest and unmanifest, diversity and unity. Together they are the reality. Together. Not one, or not the other.'
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Video: "80% of successful people practice Transcendental Meditation"
David Lynch
This video comprises brief clips of 30 famous entertainers and business people extolling their practice of TM. Taken from numerous YouTube and other videos, it makes for a powerful presentation to reinforce one's own experience, or to introduce TM to others.

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Mind over Aging: 10 Steps to Living a Longer, Healthier, Happier Life
Dr Shneider
Anti-aging advice from modern medicine and Maharishi AyurVeda. This article is the second in a series from internationally renowned physician and scientist Dr. Robert Schneider, Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Director of the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention at Maharishi University of Management.

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The Field Paradigm - 20 experiments that can change the world
Field Paradigm
This very readable and enticing new book (which is free) explains the field effect of TM and the TM-Sidhis in an entirely new way. Written by Joachim Claes, who created an online revolution which is attracting thousands to learn TM around the world, this book is similarly inspiring people everywhere that they have the power to change the world. Download for free here.

Breakthroughs & Indicators of Rising Consciousness

"By just about any measure the world is better than it was 50 or 30 or even 10 years ago." Barack Obama shares message of ‘relentless optimism’, 1 week ago. Geekwire

Environmental issues
  • Eleven countries are planting a wall of trees from east to west across Africa, just under the southern edge of the Sahara desert. The goal is to bring the dry lands back to life.
  • September was a great month for the war on plastic. Kenya became the 9th country to ban plastic bags, then Western Australia announced a ban starting in 2018, and now Chile says it will be the first country in the Americas to ban plastic bags in coastal cities.
  • One of the world's largest marine parks has just been created off the coast of Easter Island, and will protect 142 species, including 27 threatened with extinction. Guardian. In more than 60 regions across the globe, more populations of large sea turtles are improving than declining, a big change from a decade or two ago. Nice. Associated Press
Renewable energy/climate change

  • Bowing to overwhelming scientific evidence, and pressure from environmental groups, the UK government has agreed to an extended ban on neonicotinoid pesticides. BBC
  • There's new evidence that the sugar industry suppressed scientific studies linking sugar to heart disease and cancer. According to the World Health Organisation, global efforts to combat TB have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and have reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%.
  • The Minamata Convention, the first global treaty on mercury pollution, was ratified six weeks ago, and 156 countries are meeting this week to discuss further action. Swiss Info
  • Thanks to government welfare policies, the child-poverty rate in the United States has reached an all time low, dropping to 15.6% in 2016. The Atlantic
  • Heckler & Koch, the world's deadliest arms manufacturer, has announced it will end gun sales to countries falling short of corruption and democracy standards. Deutsche Welle
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