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The three Hindu gunas – a meeting of psychology, spirituality and cosmology

The Samkhya philosophy of Hinduism outlines three gunas (Skt. = string or tendency) of sattva, rajas and tamas. The gunas are qualities apparently found in material nature (prakṛti) with a corresponding consciousness found in living beings. A refined guna in material … Continue reading


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Pali – Language of the ancient Buddhists

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, presenting the Presidential Award to the Scholars of Sanskrit, Arabic, Persian & Pali/Prakrit & Mahrshi Badrayan Vyas Samman for the year 2014 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. Pali is an ancient language derived from Sanskrit, used … Continue reading


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Positivism – not so positive after all

Positivism is a branch of philosophical thought asserting that all knowledge is arrived at through observing phenomena and learning facts. Although the positivist approach has been a recurrent theme in the history of western thought, the modern sense of the … Continue reading


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Protestantism – Another take on the Biblical Jesus

The Apprentice Boys March of the Orange Order leads through a street in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The march, which involves the playing of traditional Orange songs such as ‘The Sash My Father Wore’, celebrates the ending of a seige on … Continue reading


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Psyche – More than a bundle of chemicals

Psyche (Greek: soul or spirit) is the personification of the soul in Graeco-Latin myth. The early Roman writer Apuleius looks at psychological transformation and the love between Cupid and Psyche in The Golden Ass, one of the earliest surviving Latin texts. Apuleius is … Continue reading


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Psychiatry – An evolving science

Psychiatrist and patient in counseling session Psychiatry generally sees itself as a branch of medicine specializing in the assessment, treatment, study and prevention of unhealthy psychological suffering. However, not everyone sees psychiatry in an entirely benign light. In a nutshell, … Continue reading

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