"Let go of everything, your attachments, your wealth, your desires. Then you will experience eternal bliss." These words are spoken by the guru Baba Nirala, the main protagonist in Aashram, a Hindi web series currently being streamed in India. Despite his spirituality, the guru's ways are often immoral. He treads the gray zone between crime and justice, sin and morality when his love for a female devotee turns into sexual abuse — and while using his power over his followers to break the law. Directed by veteran Indian filmmaker Prakash Jha, Aashram is fictitious yet has been criticized by many who say it wrongly depicts Hindu spiritual leaders as drug peddlers and sexual predators. Meanwhile, a lawyer in the northwestern city of Jodhpur has filed a petition against the series claiming it "hurts the religious sentiments of Hindus” and summons have been sent to Jha and his lead actor, Bobby Deol. The case will be heard on January 11. A … [Read more...] about India’s ashrams: Havens for spirituality or scandalous snake pits?
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Getting out of the house, switching off devices and spending less time in front of a screen can improve happiness levels during lockdown, a study shows. Researchers from Anglia Ruskin University studied 286 people from Austria during a strict lockdown in April 2020 that limited time they could spend outside. They found that levels of happiness were higher when participants were outdoors and lower when they spent more time in front of a screen or on a device. The team behind the study say governments should tell people to get some fresh air instead of staying indoors during a Covid-19 lockdown, to improve their mood. They found that levels of happiness were higher when participants were outdoors and lower when they spent more time in front of a screen or on a device. Stock Image Previous studies have shown that being outdoors, particularly in green spaces, can improve mental health by promoting more positive body image. This prompted academics from Anglia Ruskin, the Karl … [Read more...] about People are happier during lockdown when they turn off their screens and devices and get some fresh air, study shows
Young and healthy people across the world might have to wait until summer 2021, or even into 2022, to receive a COVID vaccine. However, in Indonesia, the government plans to put people aged from 18-59 years old near the front of the line for shots. The first two phases of Indonesia's vaccination campaign started on January 13 and are expected to run concurrently until April, according to the Health Ministry. The first shots will go to health workers and support staff. This will be followed by members of the public workforce, including public servants at ports and stations, electric companies, banks, water companies and any officials providing community services. People in the 18-59 age group comprise the majority of the workforce. Individuals above 60 years old will be next in line for shots. China's Sinovac vaccine makes up the majority of Indonesia's supply. The country aims to vaccinate around 181 million people to achieve herd immunity. Indonesia is one of the hardest-hit … [Read more...] about Indonesia’s COVID vaccination campaign prioritizes workers