Tuesday November 21, 2017

Are Sexual Wellness Products still a Taboo in India or People are getting Adventurous in their Bedrooms? Let’s Find out!

Instead of promoting an open environment regarding sexuality, India has become reserved and conservative about it

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November 12, 2016: Ancient India was a land of liberal thoughts and accepting attitude. The level of conservatism was low as compared to the present times. In fact, India is known as the land of Kamasutra. Our bodies were not something to be ashamed of. Openness regarding sexuality was encouraged. There was no discrimination against lesbians, gays, transgender and queers. That’s how India was—a country which accepted every individual as they were.

Our ancient stories are filled with numerous instances. Like, Vishnu turned into a woman named Mohini. Karna took birth before Kunti was married. And a demigod named Kamadeva is an integral part of ancient India myths. None of these instances were seen with a degrading perception, as they are seen now. The ancient statues and pictures are the proof that India wasn’t reserved about sexual topics.

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But now, the situation has come to the point that people are shamed for their own bodies. Parents can’t discuss about sexuality to their kids openly. Sex education is non-existent in schools. By the time, kids hit puberty, they have to figure everything out on their own. This process can be isolating and guilt-inducing as well.

Kamasutra vatsyayana, Wikimedia
Kamasutra vatsyayana, Wikimedia

Instead of promoting an open environment regarding sexuality, India has become reserved and conservative about it. The biggest taboo that exists in our society is talking about sexual wellness products. These products and supplements are available at many stores in India, but they are not sold and purchased openly. Moreover, whosoever indulges in buying these products receive umpteen judgemental eyes.

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People cannot explore their own sexuality. They cannot take significant steps to maintain their sexual wellness. They cannot discuss their sexual problems with windows wide open. Ultimately, it has led people to feel ashamed of their bodies and its functions. They do not know how to deal with its biological demands.

Ultimately, it’s really important to promote the use of these products. A few men and women indulge in physical activities, but due to lack of awareness regarding these products, the women end up getting pregnant. It’s not only harmful to women but it also puts strain on the unborn child. Many families feel stressed out due to sexual problems. But again, due to the taboo nature of this topic, many males and females are ashamed of going to doctors and taking help.

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As per a report published by healthsite, impotency is leading sexual problem that Indian men face. Sexologist Dr Mahinder Watsa reveals that due to smoking, drinking, and work-related stress, many young men are facing erectile dysfunction.  In fact, myths like ‘masturbation is sinful’ plagues Indians. Dr. Watsa stated that it is important for men to masturbate in order to get rid of unwanted sperms. Women can masturbate to explore their bodies more. There is nothing sinful about this act.

Such issues often go unnoticed and young people are ashamed of talking about these issues. It’s high time that we remove the taboo label we have stamped over sexual topics and help people to pay more focus on their sex-related health.

– by Shivani Vohra of NewsGram. Twitter: @shivanivohra26

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Maria Wirth on How Ancient Indian Wisdom can Help Modern Science Progress in the Right Direction

Maria Wirth, in her new blog article, opines that science has rarely tried to investigate what Indian Rishis have to say

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Maria Wirth. Twitter
  • The Modern Science, which is usually portrayed as a critique of religion, is shy to fight the Indian wisdom
  • Scientists have been too busy finding answers in their labs, having ignored the wisdom of Indian Rishis
  • Maria Wirth in her blog article suggests that ancient Indian wisdom could help science progress 

August 11, 2017: It was the Indian Rishis who had answers to existential questions centuries before the discovery of scientific postulates. These Rishis successfully determined the age of the universe. They also knew that it was the Earth that orbits around the sun. Further, they also knew that there was more than just one sun, and that matter is made up of small units called atoms.

It had taken science a lot of years to validate the truth behind this ancient Indian wisdom.

The scientific conclusion that everything is “one energy” was long before preceded by the Indian thought that there is only one consciousness/ awareness.

Maria Wirth, in her new blog article, opines that science has rarely tried to investigate what Indian Rishis have to say. Science is a recent phenomenon as compared to religion and spirituality, and for the many findings in such short time, science has been too proud to investigate into Indian wisdom.

Thus, it is common for science to believe that these old theories that were postulated before science have little to nothing to offer. Scientists feel that these old theories have no role to play.

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Maria Wirth explains how thirty years ago, ancient wisdom and modern science came together when nuclear physics came to the conclusion that everything is one energy.

However, there is a difference in the notion of what science says and what the Indian Rishis have said. Indian Rishis claim that the ‘energy is aware of itself’. Whatever exists has emerged out of a singular awareness. The universe exists and is fully aware of it.

Modern science begs to differ. The energy that it talks about is ‘dead energy’ meaning it is not aware of itself. The humans that are ‘aware’ of their existence are manipulated by the brain into thinking so. This is a result of an accidental chemical reaction produced in our brains. This awareness dies when the brain dies.

For this distinction, Maria Wirth gives two possible reasons. Firstly, in the western societies, there was a period of renaissance and reformation when scientific knowledge was rapidly expanding. It led to a narrative that says science is opposed to religion. As religion believed that there was a God that watched over us, science opposes that.

The other reason is rather simple. “Awareness cannot be objectified,” which violates scientific principles. The inability to objectively measure and explain awareness is beyond scientific comprehension, at least as of now.

The literature in India regarding awareness and consciousness is extensive. Atman, which refers to ‘self’ also implies individual experience and awareness. Brahman, on the other hand, refers to the absolute and universal awareness. Brahman is the absolute truth.

Atman is a capacity that resides within us. It makes us “feel alive.”

The Mahavakyas in the Vedas claim that “atman is Brahman.” Ultimately, atman and Brahman are one. This means that a person’s individual awareness is their absolute awareness of the world.

If it is so, then indeed, science needs to move away from research and explore more of consciousness.

Wirth highlights the five components of the universe according to Indian scriptures. Name and form, which make up the first two components, are dynamic. They emerge out from the world of Maya. The other three; sat-chit-ananda (being-awareness-bliss) are constant. While science covers name, form and sat, it misses out on chit and ananda, i.e. the bliss that is derived from the awareness.

Modern science presents us with a rather bleak scenario, where there is basically no meaning in living, all is chance and with the death of the body, everything is finished. This nihilism is a popular belief among the intellectuals of the West.

– Summarised by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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Raja Chari: Indian American Astronaut chosen by NASA

Raja Chari, an American of Indian descent, has been chosen by NASA as one of the 12 astronauts for a new space mission.

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Raja Chari. Twitter.
  • Raja Chari is an American of Indian descent chosen by NASA for the new batch of astronauts
  • Currently, he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force
  • Chari will have to go through two years of astronaut training which begins in August

June 06, 2017: NASA has chosen 12 astronauts out of a record-breaking 18,300 applications for upcoming space missions. An American of Indian descent, Raja Chari, has successfully earned his spot in the top 12.

The astronauts were selected on the basis of expertise, education, and physical tests. This batch of 12 astronauts is the largest group selected by NASA since two decades. The group consisting of 7 men and 5 women surpassed the minimum requirements of NASA.

Born in Waterloo, Iowa, Chari graduated from Air Force Academy in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in Astronautical Engineering and Engineering Science. He went on to complete his master’s in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The astronaut is also a graduate of US Naval Test Pilot School.

Currently, Raja Chari is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Air Force. He is the commander of 461st Flight Test Squadron and director of the F-35 Integrated Test Force at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

After Late Kalpana Chawla, Lt. Col. Raja Chari is the second Indian American astronaut chosen by NASA.

The 12 astronauts will have to go through two years of training. Upon completion, they will be assigned their missions ranging from research at the International Space Station, launching from American soil on spacecraft by private companies, to flying on deep space missions on NASA’s Orion Spacecraft.

The US Vice-President Mike Pence visited the Johnson Space Centre in Houston to announce and congratulate the new batch. Pence also said that President Trump is “fully committed” to NASA’s missions in space.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2393

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Over 5,000 Plant Varieties in Last 3 Years sent in by Tribal Farmers to protect the species : Minister

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tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years (representational Image). Wikimedia

New Delhi, June 8, 2017: Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh on Wednesday said tribal farmers submitted more than 5,000 plant varieties in last three years through Krishi Vigyan Kendras for registration at the Protection of Plant Variety and Farmers Rights Authority.

It will play an important role in the development of climate resilient and sustainable varieties in future, he said at the National Workshop on Empowerment of Farmers of Tribal Areas here.

“New technological innovations in agriculture must reach to the fields of tribal areas but before taking such steps we must keep in mind the unique conditions of these areas, which are the gift of nature and therefore, we should promote natural farming in those areas,” he said, as per an official release. (IANS)

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