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Coronavirus: The role of Philosophy in the time of crisis

Swati Arora[1]

Abstract:

In the rise of COVID-19 virus, uncertain prognosis, shortage of medical resources, and imposition of strict public health measures, such as isolation and restriction to movements contribute to widespread depression, anxiety, and fear among all. Though these measures are the only way to curb the spread of the virus, Indian philosophical principles have an important role in addressing these emotional outcomes arising due to the pandemic. In this essay, I shall discuss about the yogic principles of asanas, and the spiritual effect of meditation to promote physical and psychological well being of an individual. Further, I will address the Vedanta and Jain principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ which has positive implications in the fight against the virus.

Keywords: COVID-19, Fear, Meditation, Yoga, Vedanta philosophy.


[1] Research scholar, The University of Sydney (Australia)

  Saro8652@uni.sydney.edu.au

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