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Category : Dharmic Action

Volunteer With Go Dharmic: Meeting Tomorrow

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Dear Friends,

If you would like to volunteer on any of our campaigns, we have a meeting tomorrow in London you may wish to attend.  It will be at 6pm to 7.30pm at the Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Angel, Islington.

This is an opportunity to take a lead role in building a temple school and changing the lives who need our help the most.

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Help us Make Our First Dharmic Temple

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Yesterday we launched a very important campaign. We are trying to raise £20,000 over the next 60 days. I want to build a small temple dedicated to serving the poor.
There will be a children’s school made on the site as the main service to the village community.

I hope you can support us by helping to raise the needed funds to make the dream a reality.

I would also love your personal involvement in the project. You can even come and help us build it with your own hands!

Yesterday a very special day on the Hindu Calendar. When King Yudhisthira recieved a pot that eternally gave provisions. In the same spirit I hope these centres can be places of eternal service for those who need it most.

Here is the link below, I will be eternally thankful for any contribution you can make.

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A Dharmic Mala and a Great, Great, Cause

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Namaste, In 2014 over 1 million people have interacted with Godharmic.com.  Thank you to each and everyone of you for your support in making this possible.  It is my wish to utilize this platform to help those who need our help. Here is our new campaign..

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A Move Towards A Cruelty Free India

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As of today, India has placed a country wide ban on animal testing for cosmetics. This is part of a significant move towards improving conditions for animals in the world, it should be celebrated as a great breakthrough in a long walk to freedom from suffering for animals. Much of the credit for this success has to go to the Global Be Cruelty Free campaign.

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Peter Singer Discusses Vegetarianism And Morality With Richard Dawkins

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Peter Singer is somebody I deeply respect, he is considered by many to be the initiator of the animal rights movement in the West. I find his application of logic to ascertain what the path to Dharma not just very refreshing but also very Hindu. There are many instances in the Mahabharata where Shri Krishna declares that we should not blindly follow the rest of society, but carefully consider the path of right action. At one point, he even states that one who adheres blindly to the truth is no better than a fool. He tells a story of a saint who through is adherence to truth, directed criminals to an innocent man, which they looted and murdered. He says how can this be the path to Dharma. In the context of the video below, Richard Dawkins accepts that it is only due to wilful blindness of current culture that he chooses to eat meat, not a decision based on Dharma or ethics. This conversation, and even the openness of Dawkins forced me to think about aspects of my own life, and aspects I can choose Dharma over wilful blindness.

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What Does It Mean To Be Human?

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Krishna Das in this video interview explains that to give love unconditionally is the path to happiness. The great saints and holy men and women of the world are a constant source of compassion for all, they share love with everybody. When we can realise that the path of giving brings us to our true nature, and the path of feeding our selfish desires leads as away from it, we begin to move in the right direction. KD is a wonderful role model and example of somebody who lives fully in the world whilst at the same time being totally infused by loving devotion.

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Rama Rajya, As Relevant Today As It Was Thousands of Years Ago

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As India celebrates the Victory of Shri Narendra Modi, I feel that Hinduism, more than any time in my lifetime has a unique opportunity to flourish and serve the world. To realise the dream of Rama Rajya, we have to understand exactly what is meant by the term. Here is my take, based on Valmiki Ramayana 6.129.90-100.

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This Man Was Mocked by Society, He Stood Firm and Revolutionized Sanitary Pads For The Poor

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This man was mocked by family, friends, and society, but he stood firm and revolutionized sanitary pads for the poor. The TED video shows the spirit of Arunachalam Muruganantham as he works for social change and the betterment of society. The dogma around women and menstruation is something that can make life inescapably difficult for women, especially in India. This is an incredible effort by a very brave man and is true dharma in action.

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This Chef Questioned The Purpose Of His Life And Is Now Changing The World

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Namaste,

When I say Dharmic Action, this is exactly what I mean. The whole reason we set up Godharmic.com was to make a difference, to help bring to the fore content that we could share with each other and inspire one another to become better people.This is the story of a chef who questioned the purpose of his life and is now changing the world. Narayanan Krishnan in the CNN Heroes tribute below is a Dharmic Hero. As Swami Vivekananda said, Feeding the poor is feeding God.
This is such a wonderful story of an ordinary man, living an ordinary life who stopped and asked, what is the purpose of my life. He asked himsself he can remain blind to the suffering of the destitute on my door step. His doorstep is our doorstep too, may he inspire us to Go Dharmic..

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Project Crayons

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Project Crayons is a charitable organisation very close to my family’s heart. It is run by my cousin NeishaaGharat and family. We are all dubious about sending money abroad to charities, worried about whether the money reaches the people who actually need it. Here is I project I do not have to worry about.

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What is Dharma? (Free Download)

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Many people ask me What Dharma is, and I looked through our website and found there was not much material actually defining what we actually mean when we use the term. I feel the following download perfectly articulates what we mean by the word

This amazing video could change your outlook on life in 8 minutes

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This story, perfectly articulated by Ram Dass is why compassion will always be victorious over anger and ego. If it resonates with you, please share it with your friends. Ram Ram, Hanuman Dass

Don’t stay quiet on this… Piglets fed to their mothers.

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This new horrific video produced by the Humane Society of the United States shows slaughtered baby piglets being fed to their mothers who are confined in gestation cages.

Philosophy to action

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Namaste,

I have not been blogging recently as I have been working on the Upanishads books with Ram Dass. Something we discussed during our work was the question of why the great beings continue to act in the world after being enlightened. The Upanishads teach that all living beings, all things are part of Brahman. But why then should we feed the poor? why should we care for the welfare of others? We agreed it was compassion. Overwhelming compassion arises when you see the beloved in all beings, to serve others is the same as to serve oneself. Ram Dass said it is no different then eating with two different hands. What do you think of this?
राम राम

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Can We Help The Flood Victims?

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What can you do to help?

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A learned person who gives the gift of safety to all creatures is regarded as the giver of life to the whole world. - Mahabharata 13.116.20

Dharmic resolution for 2013

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Now one who perceives that all living beings are actually within the Atman and that the Atman is present in all living beings will he never despises anyone Yas tu sarvani bhutany atmany evanupashyati sarva-bhuteshu chatmanam tato na vijugupsate – Isa Upanishad Namaste, I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break and wish you all the very best in 2013. I selected a verse from this Upanishad as it almost universally regarded by the acharyas as being one of the most important works in establishing the metaphysical doctrines of Hindu Dharma. This is the highest of ideals and resolutions for us to aim for. By realising that the Atman is within all living beings and all living beings are in the Atman we lose our false sense of ego and see ourselves as including others.  I truly believe that the Hindu scriptures and philosophies if realised at the highest levels can provide the basis for the Dharmic social changes that we all hope to see in the world.

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Feed People!

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Sewa day, as always, was excellent motivation to go out and do some good. The Go Dharmic team joined up with Luton Hindu Mandir to feed the homeless at the Noah Shelter. They were treated to a delicious vegetarian prasad, with all of the dairy products used being organic. It was wonderful, if only for a few hours, to see life from the perspective of people who are less fortunate then most of us, and all involved felt deeply that it was something we should do more often.