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No Touch Monkey!

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Ayun Halliday may not make for the most sensible travel companion, but she is certainly one of the zaniest, with a knack for inserting he...
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This book is similar because it is about a girl who travels around a place shes never been to. And on her journey she learns many lessons, some the hard way. But by the end of the story she is a smarter better person and her past troubles were all worthwhile.

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India Atlas: Maps and Online Resources | Infoplease.com

India Atlas: Maps and Online Resources | Infoplease.com | Holy Cow: India | Scoop.it
Map of India & articles on flags, geography, history, statistics, disasters current events, and international relations.
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Sikhism Religion of the Sikh People

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The article I researched gives a lot of great information about Sikhs. It includes who and what a Sikh is, many of their beliefs and the philosophy of their religion, as well as the history of their religion and their practices. Sikhs literally means disciples, therefor they see themselves as the disciples of God who follow the writings and teachings of the Ten Sikh Gurus. They believe that these teachings in the Sri Guru Granth Sahib are practical and universal in their appeal to all of humanity. They are monotheistic that accept all races, ages, and genders and admonish practices such as fasting, visiting places of pilgrimage, superstitions, worship of the dead making them pretty similar to Christianity. The only major difference in the religion is that they believe the soul goes through cycles of births and deaths before it reaches the human form.

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GIC | Article

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This article is about enlightenment, it explains the state of enlightenment as "man's emergence from his self-imposed tutelage" meaning you reach enlightenment once you are free from yourself. The concepts and teachings of enlightenment is kind of mystical and really interesting just because of how powerful and pure it is yet it is still very hard to understand. It also says that different parts of the world and different religions have their own forms of enlightenment which I didn't know. The rest of the article just consists of philosophers and teachers of enlightenment.

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The Buddha | PBS

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The Buddha, a two-hour documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion.
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This documentary is about the Buddha and shows how the religion started and how the Buddha came to be. It features contemporary Buddhist such as the Dalai Lama who speaks about who the buddha an how buddhas teachings help you become a better person,how to meditate and how meditation clenses the mind, soul, and body, and the Buddha’s teachings of compassion and mindfulness peoples everyday life. It also shows the Buddhas greatness through artwork depicting "Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity."

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Story Telling Song: Buddha's Enlightenment

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This vieo is a tribute to the buddha in all of his greatness. It tells the story of buddha and how he reaches enlightenment. He also sings about their beliefs and practices. And it shows what enlightenment is and what it means for us.

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In the article Sudip talks about how Buddhism isn't all the hippie backpackers it once was, it says that people of modern Buddhism consists of people from all age groups and backgrounds and even though the Buddha teaches simplicity in all things, they are less strict and have adapted many modern advancements. In the article it also talks about a man who left his successful LA real estate business and moved to Dharamsala where he learned the path to enlightenment.

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India Together: A permanent poverty - 08 March 2012

India Together: A permanent poverty - 08 March 2012 | Holy Cow: India | Scoop.it
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This article is a part of an organization designed to unify India and help them fight the issues that their country faces. This specific article is about how poverty is playing such a big role in the countries economy. India is one of the wolds biggest countries and one of the poorest, most people there live off of $1.25 a day which is obviously not enough to support a family. India together wants to raise money to help lower the poverty level because they believe Indians unstable governments benefit schemes aren't helping anyone get out of poverty, they merely petty politics to make them look good even though it victimizes the poor.

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GIC | Article

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In the article it explains the different levels of the caste system and shows what they mean as well as the people who fall into them. The caste system are the rules set out that tell you who you can mix with, where you can live, what you can eat, drink, and wear and how you can earn a living. 5 levels of the caste system are the Brahmins, Kshatriya, Vaishyas, Sudra, and untouchables. The Brahmins are the scholars and priests, they are the highest social class. The caste below it is the Kshatriyas, they are the warriors and the landowners who are still very respectable. Next is the Vaishyas which include the business men. After the Vaishyas are the Sudra, the Sudra make up the majority of the caste system and includes the low income laborers. The untouchables are the poorest of the poor, they are the beggers in the street with no food or money to support their family.

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Holy Cow

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In her twenties, journalist Sarah Macdonald backpacked around India and came away with a lasting impression of heat, pollution and povert...
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"Holy Cow" an Australian atheist journalist named Sarah leaves her life behind to move to India with her husband Jonathon who is part of the Australian Broadcasting company. When she first arrives she hates her new life. Its dirty and all the people there know she has money so they con her and take her money. But when her and her husband get they're palms read and the psychic tells Sarah she will be reborn in India she decides to give it a try and goes out to reach enlightenment. On her journey she goes to many cool places like a Buddhist temple where she cant talk and must meditate for 10 days in order to feel at one with herself, and she makes a lot of friends and meets many different kinds of people along the way that show her that there is more to life then just working and that you don't have as much control over the things you do, you have to have faith.

 

The 5 topics i chose to research are The Caste System, poverty in India, white Sikhs, Buddhist monks, and Enlightenment. I chose the caste system because i think the idea of distinct social class that the Hindus use is interesting and i want to know more about it. I also want to know more about the poverty in India because in my book Sarah is cheated and scammed and constanty heckled by beggers and lepers that are poorer than poor and it made me sad. But then in some parts of India that Sarah visited were beautiful and magnificent with people covered in jewels eating "21 types of naan" until they were on the verge of throwing up.Everything about India seems like its one extreme or the other. I chose to research the White Sikhs because they tallked about them in the book and I wasn't really sure if a Sikhs is a religion or what, but it seemed cool. I chose Buddhist monks because they play a big part in the book and i want to know some of the things they do and practice and why they are so disciplined. The last thing I want to learn about is Enlightenment. Enlightenment is the theme of this book and the idea of it seems so powerful and pure. And when i think of it I think of Kung Foo Panda.

 

I kinda liked my book, it was really cool and interesting and also funny at parts. But it was sort of hard to understand and it took awhile to read.

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