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Enlightenment coming to the people of Cheltenham

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: February 27, 2013

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ENLIGHTENMENT is coming to the people of Cheltenham.

Indian yoga and meditation master Yogi Ashokananda is preparing to visit the town's Isbourne Holistic Centre to host a talk on the subject.

Yogi said: "As our world becomes increasingly frenetic it becomes even more important to find your stillness within.

"When we go on a retreat or to a peaceful place, it's our surroundings which are quiet, not necessarily us, but actually it is more important to find the silence within you, where you are now."

Yogi will talk about growing up in rural North India, his take on enlightenment and how it is relevant to living a modern life in the West.

The session takes place on March 22 from 7pm until 8.30pm at the centre on Wolseley Terrace, off Oriel Road.

There will be a question and answer session and a book signing opportunity at the end of the evening.

The centre is a charity aimed at promoting positive lives through education and often attracts international authors and practitioners for talks, workshops and courses.

For £10 tickets to the event contact the holistic centre before March 8 by calling 01242 254321 or visiting www.isbou rne.org.

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  • Judas  |  March 06 2013, 6:07PM

    Glad you agree :)

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  March 05 2013, 8:11PM

    Yes Judas

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  • Judas  |  March 05 2013, 7:47PM

    TIMONLINE - "the Bible tells us that there has only ever been one God - people invent others..." What makes you so convinced that your 'god' is the right one and not Wotan or Zeus? Worth watching this. This is a fair debate. This will reveal how much truth there is in the bible and what is determined as truth. http://tinyurl.com/aeluv2r

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  • Judas  |  March 05 2013, 6:12PM

    TIMONLINE2010 - Ah right, you are telling us that the one god you claim to 'exist' is the one Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in? Is it the same being? Is that what you are telling us? I just want to be clear on that. Please confirm

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  March 05 2013, 5:04PM

    Judas - the Bible tells us that there has only ever been one God - people invent others but there has only ever been one true God - the God of Abraham, who Christians, Jews and Muslims all beleive in. In what day does intellectualism have everything to do with it as you claim? I don't know where you get the idea from that religion is satisfied in something can't be answered! There are plenty of scientists who are Christians. As far as the RC church is concered, we are all human and and imperfect and no-one is immune to sin, even priests. Sadly there are also priests in the RC church who are not Christians who present a bad example of God's church. There are many areas of the church which one could be ashamed of but that doesn't lessen the truth about of God. Christians experience God in many way - hearing his voice, seeing him in his creation, words of prophesy etc etc.

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  • Judas  |  March 04 2013, 7:46PM

    TIMONLINE - "Judas - if you translate the word 'fear' it actually means respect and revere, not be afraid of" - I will go with the common perception of fear. Why? As you put it when we discussed the man stoned to death for working on the Sabbath, your retort was "Yes - the man was to be killed for defying God". I think that justifies people in the bible being frightened (ie fear) in case they get stoned to death for picking up sticks as this 'defies' God in his eyes? I must admit, your defence of Gods action amazes me. Please expand on '...millions of Christians experience God every day'. How do they 'experience' God?

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  • Judas  |  March 04 2013, 1:56PM

    What makes YOU think there has ever been one god? If this is the case, which is the ONE god that you refer to? Are you referring to the judaism christianity, Allah, Hari, Zeus, Thor, The Great JuJu up the mountain, which one? The American Indians had their deities, and the Australian Aboriginals had their Gods and the Dreamtime. There were Norse Gods, Scandinavian Gods, Celtic Gods, Druidic Gods, along with nature religions also. Where ever there is mankind, there you will find worshippers of the Divine. Why is this? Intellectualism has everything to do with it. Science cannot explain everything but it is working on it. Religion is satisfied that if something cant be answered, it is the work of him upstairs...until science finds the answer. Who's the guy in the news who holds the highest catholic position in the UK who has finally admitting to inappropriate sexual behaviour. So this man who suposed worships and represent the 'Christian God', behaves in this manner, get found out, then denies it. The church wanted the priests NOT to report it as it could damage the faith. What sort of organisation is this? I would like to ask you one question. What part of Christianity are you most ashamed of?

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  • TIMONLINE2010  |  March 04 2013, 12:56PM

    jew - do you have evidence that there is no Jesus or is this just what you claim? Judus - if you translate the word 'fear' it actually means respect and revere, not be afriad of. The difference with Santa Clause and Tooth Fairies are that no-one has actually experienced them whereas millions of Christians experience God every day. Secondly the former were introduced relatively recently and the myths can be traced however the Christian faith is based on a 2000 year old book, much of which has a historical setting and which fulfils the Old Testament which goes back evern further. Intellectualism has nothing to do with it - people choose to turn away from God and rely in their own understanding which was given to them by God in the first place! There has only ever been one God but people choose to make other things their god, as I'm sure you yourself do.

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  • Judas  |  March 01 2013, 9:52AM

    Is there any REAL evidence for God's existance? If so, which God as there have been many through human history.

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  • Judas  |  February 28 2013, 9:51PM

    TIMONLINE2010: Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in his ways. (Psalms 128:1) The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short. (Proverbs 10:27) He who fears the LORD has a secure fortress and for his children it will be a refuge. (Proverbs 14:26) The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27) The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble. (Proverbs 19:23) Would you like anymore examples? Is it some time since you've read the Bible? Perhaps time for a re-read? Have you noticed that when we were children, we were told (and made to believe) in Santa Clause and the tooth fairy. The difference with age? We grow out of it. It is PROOF that the more intellectual society has become, the less those very people believe in religion. (Numbers 15:32-36) - "Now while the sons of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man gathering wood on the sabbath day. 33And those who found him GATHERING WOOD brought him to Moses and Aaron, and to all the congregation; 34and they put him in custody because it had not been declared what should be done to him. 35Then the Lord said to Moses, "The man shall surely be put to death; all the congregation shall stone him with stones outside the camp." 36So all the congregation brought him outside the camp, and stoned him to death with stones, just as the Lord had commanded Moses." - Would you like anymore examples? Is it some time since you've read the Bible? Perhaps time for a re-read?

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