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Dharma in the Political Context
Written by Vrndavan Parker   

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Ramrajya Ideal Revealed. Bharat worships Lord Ram's Sandals and keeps them on the throne. Tulsi Manas Mandir , Varanasi 

The opinion has often been presented that politics and religion have no common ground. Beyond that, it is commonly expressed that the combination of politics and religion is volatile and dangerous. Historically it would appear that this is the case. However once we understand that Dharma is at the essence of both politics and religion, it is then that we can recognize the important role they both have in society.

Dharma means that which sustains, nourishes or holds together. A successful application of politics and religion sustains the community. Unfortunately, in modern times, great efforts have been made to completely sever any connection between the two. A focus on one without the other leads to social imbalances and rigid bureaucracy; we can see examples of this all around us. Nations that have tried to govern through rigid Theocracy have stagnated. Secular governments ignore the spiritual and emotional needs of the people and the social chaos ensues.

Many studies have confirmed that there is a direct correlation between the spirit or mood of a patient and the patient's rate of recovery. Prayer has repeatedly been confirmed to have a positive impact as well, thus many physicians have included spirituality into their patient's health regimes. Though their medical skills can help the physical being, something more is required to help the spirit or spiritual being. In the same way, politics is meant to deal with the physical realities of everyday governance while as religion or spirituality enlivens and sustains the spirit of the community.

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Dogs and the God of Death
Written by Vrndavan Parker   

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Solid Evidence confirming a shared Vedic cultural tradition between three of the ancient worlds most influential civilizations

The Indic, Coptic and Aztec religions all have Dogs at the center of their Death rituals and traditions. 

In India Yamaraja the God of Death is accompanied by Dogs and also appeared as a Dog and joined the Pandavas in their final days, eventually guiding Yudhisthira into heaven.

As seen in the image above: "It is customary in Nepal for people to offer blessings to dogs which are, according to Hindu tradition, the messengers of Yamaraj, the god of death." Photograph: Prakash Mathema/AFP/Getty images and text.

In Ancient Egypt the God of Death Anubis is Wolf-headed and accompanied by Dogs. The centre of the Anubis cult was in uten-ha/Sa-ka/ Cynopolis, a place whose Greek name simply means "city of dogs". Anubis has usually been identified as 'jackal-headed' yet "...recent genetic studies show that the Egyptian jackal is actually a form of the grey wolf and has thus been renamed the "Egyptian Wolf".

And in the Aztec Culture: "...believed dogs could guide human souls into a new life after death on earth, and could guard pyramids and other monuments when buried under them.:

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2014-02-aztec-dog-burial-site-mexico.html#jCp

 
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