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‘Headscarf instils positive body image in women’

‘Headscarf instils positive body image in women’

British Muslim women who wear a hijab (headscarf) generally have a more positive body image, are less reliant on media messages about beauty ideals and place less importance on appearance than those who do not wear a hijab, says an Indian-origin researcher. These effects appear to be driven by use of a hijab specifically, rather

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Melbourne celebrates Ganesh Chaturthi

The festival of Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated with much pomp and fervour throughout Melbourne. Ganesh Chaturthi which marks the birth of Lord Ganesha has united the Indians for more than a century. Different parts of India have different rituals but the core of the festival is the belief that Ganesh is the destroyer of all

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Ramadan: The month for rebuilding spiritual strength

Ramadan: A month of fasting, feasting and shopping by India’s Muslims India’s 140 million Muslims, who constitute the world’s third-largest Muslim population, observe Ramadan with devotion and fervour. The holy month Ramadan, which began in India Monday, is a month of fasting, compassion and charity as Muslims try to move closer to Allah through sacrifice,

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The Story of Australia’s First Female Guru

She is not your quintessential guru in a saffron robe leading an austere lifestyle. On the contrary, Guru Shakti Durga is every bit the ‘modern’ guru with a zest for life. Catch a glimpse of her Shanti Mission centre at Abbotsford – the place is alive with music through the satsangs, the sweet smell of

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Australia Blessed With Two More BAPS Mandirs

Inspired by His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the current spiritual head of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, the newly reconstructed BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Rosehill, Sydney was officially inaugurated with Vedic rituals by Sadguru Sant Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami, a senior BAPS sadhu, and the State Premier of New South Wales, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell, on Sunday

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Yoga not just for body, but also brain

Los Angeles, June 6: The enormous benefit that regular practice of yoga yields in increasing the flexibility of the body is well known. Researchers now show that a 20-minute session of yoga significantly boosts brain activity immediately afterwards. A report in Science Daily showed that participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice, than

Can Suicide ever be a Happy Alternative for Life?

This one looks like straight from a hit thriller movie’s story, the only difference is that it is not. Couple of months ago when 83 year old Beverly Broadbent ended her life by consuming a lethal drug, legally and medically, she had committed suicide but to her and many others like her she had just

Yoga gives higher awareness

Yoga postures are very different from ordinary exercise. It is a mistake even to call the postures exercises, in the usual sense of the word. Their purpose is not to strengthen the muscles. They emphasise relaxation quite as much as they do tension. Unlike most physical exercises, they do not excite; rather, they eliminate excitement

Indian leads spiritual healing project in Britain

London: Hospitals in Britain under the National Health Service are offering patients “spiritual healing” under a project led by an Indian-origin man. The 205,000-pound research project features “healers” who pass their hands over the patient’s body to channel “healing energy” to affected areas in a 20-minute session. Sukhdev Singh, a consultant in gastroenterology is coordinating

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