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Rajan Zed criticizes ban on Yoga in Los Angeles’ parks and beaches

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Los Angeles City Council has reportedly decided to ban Yoga, street food, and few other things from public parks and beaches. This decision has been strongly criticized by distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, according to a report published in Punjab News Express.

In a statement in Nevada, Zed has termed the City Council’s action as unnecessary obstruction and burden on Yoga.

Speaking about the importance of Yoga, Zed said that Yoga was a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (Jivatman) united with universal-soul (Parmatman).

He further said that, for Patanjali, who authored the book Yoga-Sutras, “the Yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection, through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and psychical.”

Zed also highlighted that Yoga was a repository of something basic in human soul and psyche. He said though Yoga has been “introduced and nourished by Hinduism, it was a world heritage and liberation powerhouse to be utilized by all.”

He termed the regulation of yoga as religious infringement and urged the City Council to exclude Yoga from its vending ban on parks and beaches.

Rajan Zed is the President of Universal Society of Hinduism, Interfaith Ambassador of Nevada Clergy Association and Spiritual Advisor to National Association of Interchurch & Interfaith Families.

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Heartfulness Meditation Can Contribute to Cultivation of Gratitude Among People

The awareness of the benefits of gratitude on the general well being of a person is increasingly becoming apparent and numerous studies have supported the same

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The best attitude is one of love and Gratitude, which develops over time as a result of our ever-deepening contact with the source within. Heartfulness Meditation with yogic transmission brings this about very quickly. Pixabay

Heartfulness Meditation can contribute to cultivating Gratitude among practitioners, a study said.

The study published in the International Journal of Recent Scientific Research has confirmed that Heartfulness meditation, the popular meditation practice around the world, helped to create a sense of gratitude among its practitioners.

World Gratitude Day is celebrated on September 21 annually. The celebration started in 1965 in Hawaii to formally express gratitude and appreciation for all the wonderful things in life.

The awareness of the benefits of gratitude on the general well being of a person is increasingly becoming apparent and numerous studies have supported the same, Heartfulness Institute said.

Authored by Raja Amarnath G., Prabhakar Akurathi, Chitra Rajan, Aiswarya Ravichandran, Ravindra Deshpande, Varalakshmi A., Ved Prakash Vyas and Rani Vijayan, the study compared the gratitude levels of Heartfulness meditators with non-meditators following a comprehensive survey.

The researchers were from Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital and Apollo Hospital, Chennai; NRI Medical College, Chinakakani, Andhra Pradesh; CIPACA Institute of Research, Chennai; Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina, US; and Government Dhanwantri Ayurvedic Medical College, Ujjain.

“The best attitude is one of love and Gratitude, which develops over time as a result of our ever-deepening contact with the source within. Heartfulness meditation with yogic transmission brings this about very quickly,” said Kamlesh Patel, the guide of Heartfulness.

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Heartfulness Meditation can contribute to cultivating Gratitude among practitioners, a study said. Pixabay

The study involved a cross-sectional survey conducted online in November 2018. Participants consisted 1,746 Heartfulness meditators and 1,159 non-meditators, who responded to a questionnaire using a 7-point Likert scale rated from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree).

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The data were grouped according to the demographic, social and health information reported, such as gender, age, marital status, occupation, nature of work, health, place of residence and family system. (IANS)