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Continuing thoughts on Yoga, Meditation, Self-Help



India’s Prime Minister
Narendra Modi, head of the nationalist BJP party (one of India’s two major political parties) is a vegetarian and a proud practitioner of yoga. In fact yoga, and traditional medicine have their place in the BJP election platform: “Yoga and Ayurveda are the gifts of ancient Indian civilization to humanity and we will increase the public investment to promote Yoga and AYUSH. We will start integrated courses for Indian System of Medicine (ISM) and modern science and Ayurgenomics. We will set up institutions and launch a vigorous program to standardize and validate the Ayurvedic medicine.”

Around a year ago he asked the UN to start a
World Yoga day. A few weeks ago he shuffled former tourism minister Shripad Yesso Naik to the newly created position of ‘Minister of Yoga’.

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Conscience, Objective Morality, Monkey Biz

Morality and our sense of justice (or injustice) are interesting things: is there some sort of “objective” morality? Is there a “conscience” that is the same in all of us?

For many “believers”, it is only their particular faith that holds the key to right action. In all seriousness they ask whether, without god, non-believers, “atheists” or others can even act morally. They could ask my friend Jamy...

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