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India is the perfect destination for a spiritual soul with a wanderlust. From the edge of land at Kanyakumari to where the earth touches the skies in the Himalayan ranges, It is abundantly speckled with spiritually magnetic places, people and practices. It is the mystical traditions of this land and its inhabitants that have surpassed the test of time to immortalize our age-old practices that draws people from the far corners of the globe who wish to quench their spiritual curiosity.
Grand Master Akshar shares kinds of practices that are popular with people arriving in India for spiritual tourism:
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Spiritually Charged locations
From the foothills to the highest peaks, the Himalayan mountains have a mesmerizing and magnetic power that draws people from across the globe to its glorious ranges. This land is the origin of Yoga, the true source of knowledge. With Rishikesh and Haridwar at the foothills being the capital for Yoga to the snow-capped peaks of Himachal Pradesh, these vast mountains are brimming with spiritually charged venues. People from across the globe travel here for spiritual rejuvenation surrounded by the natural beauty and powerful vibrations of these spiritual hubs.
Yoga: The truth behind the trend
Yoga is now a lifestyle trend across the globe. The curiosity of people has been sparked and they can now see the impact of this everyday practice on their physical fitness, their mental health and their emotional balance. This has piqued their interest in deepening their knowledge and broadening their experiences. Yoga is more than physical postures and breathing techniques, it is a holistically healthy approach to everyday living, the method to living life to perfection, to be the best version of ourselves and ultimately be one with the universe. To bask in the happiness of a physically fit and mentally peaceful life is the most attractive quality that draws people to the birthplace of Yoga.
Ayurveda: the scripture for Life
Ayurveda teaches us everything we need to know about living our lives in a manner that brings us the most health and happiness. Every human body is defined by the five composite elements namely, Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Space. Ayurveda is the science of manipulating these elements within our bodies through various external practices to bring about a balance. Much like the saying goes, no plant grows on this land that is not of some benefit to the health of humankind. Ayurveda can account for every single plant, fruit, flower or herb that benefits the body to not just bring about everyday health but to even cure a myriad of illnesses. Such rejuvenating experiences where the body and mind are cleansed are opportunities that people truly need and greatly look forward to.
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Human curiosity: our mental and spiritual evolution
The human mind is ever searching for something more, something to give our existence meaning. The pursuit to understand our place in the grand scheme of things, as more than a speck in the ever-expanding universe is what drives us to wander. The more one explores the outside world, the more you get in touch with the world within. Truly, the path to the inner self is the road less travelled. This search for answers is a spiritual and divine experience. This deep craving is what draws people to this mystic land where the first greeting is. (IANS/AD)
Canadian researchers have discovered an overlooked gene that plays a major role in the development of antibodies, which help the immune system recognize and fight viruses including SARS-CoV-2, bacteria and other causes of infectious disease. The gene -- FAM72A -- facilitates production of high-quality antibodies by enabling the effect of an enzyme called AID (for Activation-Induced Deaminase), the researchers showed.
Immunologists have known for two decades that AID is essential to produce antibodies capable of clearing infections, but the full mechanism of its effect has remained unknown. "Our findings answer the long-standing question of how AID does its work," said Alberto Martin, a professor of immunology at the University of Toronto's Temerty Faculty of Medicine. "FAM72A helps AID to promote mutations in antibody genes that are essential for the development of effective antibodies," he added.
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. | Pixabay
Genetic mutations that lead to lasting changes in DNA occur through a process called mutagenesis. In the context of antibody development, mutagenesis unfolds largely through the AID-driven mechanisms called somatic hypermutation and class switch recombination -- both of which help antibodies gain the diversity and potency they need to counter a wide range of pathogens.
The results published in the journal Nature will help researchers better understand antibody development broadly, but they also have implications for cancer. Uncontrolled mutagenesis in B cells that produce antibodies is linked to B cell lymphoma, and FAM72A is present at very high levels in other cancers such as gastrointestinal, breast, lung, liver and ovarian cancers.
"Our data show that high levels of FAM72A promote mutations in antibody genes, so increased levels of FAM72A could spur cancer development, progression or drug resistance by increasing mutagenesis,a Martin said. Martin's team is now exploring those possibilities. Intriguingly, unlike other mammals, humans have four gene versions of FAM72A and their roles in cancer and antibody production are still unknown. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: researchers, cancer, mutagenesis, antibody, development, antibodies, canada, COVID
Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL), a subsidiary of Coal India will set up a 50 megawatt (MW) solar power plant in Odisha's Sambalpur at a total cost of Rs 301.92 crore, moving steadily towards its goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2024. MCL has placed a turnkey order to set-up a 50 MW solar power plant with a Chennai-based firm M/s Hild Energy Ltd, which will establish this green energy project within a timeline of 10 months, the MCL said in a statement on Saturday.
This solar plant would cater to the captive power requirement of MCL. The Central PSU had successfully set-up a 2MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014. The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net zero energy company, aligning itself to use cleaner forms of energy for coal production.
The company said it has pledged a target of installing 182 MW of solar power by 2024. | Photo by Mariana Proença on Unsplash
This 50 MW solar power project will reduce CO2 emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of around 24,824 tonnes per annum, claimed the MCL. MCL is the leading production subsidiary of Coal India, having mining operations in Angul, Jharsuguda and Sundargarh districts of Odisha. Having achieved the highest ever capital expenditure of Rs 2,419 crore in the financial year 2020-21, the company has coal production and dispatch targets of 163 million tonnes and 182 million tonnes, respectively.
MCL was the coal mining company to introduce environment-friendly surface miner technology, which contributes over 95 per cent in coal production. As another environment-friendly initiative, the company has successfully introduced vertical rippers for blast-less over-burden removal in Hingula and Kaniha opencast projects. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: solar plant, carbon neutrality, Odisha, Sambalpur, Coal India, subsidiary, Mahanadi Coalfields Limited, solar energy
As the nation celebrated the 114th birth anniversary of his father - renowned poet Harivansh Rai Bachchan - megastar Amitabh Bachchan remembered his dad as he penned a heartfelt note for him. The actor took to his blog where he poured his heart out and also shared an unseen photo with his father. The image in question is from Big B's wedding in 1973, where the two are caught in a sweet moment as they look at each other.
Amitabh Bachchan wrote on his blog,
"My Father , my all .. November 27th his birth in the year 1907 .. Which makes it his 114th Anniversary .. He is in the heavens, with my Mother and they celebrate .. as do we , in thought word and deed .. (sic). But first."
He then posted the picture followed by elaborate paragraphs. The megastar wrote,
"Those rare moments when one would find himself rushing against the winds to prevent the distance between us and to close it down as soon as it can be. The day of my wedding and his expression of fulfilment to not just be in congratulation but instead to be in the face of a belief, a chime, an ultimate season of love and great passion, of the quarries of the fears and conditionings of these deprived gym routines kart ..(sic)". "This could have been unknown for long facilitating years, to give not expected versions and lastly large scale informations of the insides ; but as time passed by, as does now , they explained purposely, the values of education and similarity .. Be in peace and love .. (sic)",
the veteran actor concluded his note. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Amitabh Bachchan, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, actor, blog, birth anniversary, 114th birthday