Live: Yoga Day is a result of the largest people's movement ever, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted people on International Yoga Day, asking for a pledge to make it an integral part of life.

Anshu Lal June 21, 2015 13:31:38 IST
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Live: Yoga Day is a result of the largest people's movement ever, says PM Modi

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June 21, 2015 - 12:45 (IST)

Yoga shouldn't be used by any party to further its ideology: Congress

Congress lashed out at the Modi government and said that yoga should not be used by a party to further its ideology. "It is unfortunate that yoga should be used as a party to further its ideology. That goes against the very spirit of yoga," Congress leader RPN Singh told ANI. "Yoga has been practised in this country for centuries."

June 21, 2015 - 12:33 (IST)

Yoga a way to read 'user manual' given by the Almighty: PM Modi

On a lighter note, the Prime Minister also said that people often buy mobile phones but never read the user manuals given along with them. "Similarly, even we don't know what the Almighty has given us. We have not read the user manual given to us by the Almighty," he said, adding that yoga was a way to read that "user manual".

He also warned against making yoga a commodity. "If we make yoga a commodity, we will suffer the most. Yoga is not a commodity...We should ensure that a day never comes when some people say that their yoga is better than the others."

"Even though yoga has been spread by India and the world needs to give India its due recognition, yoga is not ours. It belongs to the entire world," said PM Modi.

June 21, 2015 - 12:30 (IST)

International Yoga Day a result of largest knowledge-based people's movement: Modi

The Prime Minister also stressed on the benefits of yoga to the environment. "Global warming threatens the world as we know it. Ecology is being threatened by human greed and excesses. Yoga shows the way to consumption that is balanced and in tune with nature," he said.

"We will need to raise a generation that lives according to this balance," he said.

"The spread of yoga is a symbol of a changing world...Yoga is now a universal culture. It represents a world where knowledge grows without restrictions or boundaries...It is important to maintain an open world free of discrimination," he said.

Modi also said that the Yoga Day was the result of the largest people's movement. "International Yoga Day is not a brainchild of any government or the United Nations.. It is the result of the largest knowledge-based people's movement," he said.

June 21, 2015 - 12:26 (IST)

Yoga leads to reduction in violence, greed, coercion, promises balance and peace: Modi

"Yoga awakens the deeper sense of unity and oneness with the whole universe and all living beings. This leads to the realisation of our highest divinity," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"It leads to reduction of greed, coercion and violence. It will cause an enormous reduction in cost of healthcare and need for social support...It leads to increased teamwork in business and communities," Modi said.

"To sum up, in a world of excesses, yoga promises restrain and balance," he said. "Against the problem of mental stress, yoga promises calm. Against a destructive world, yoga promises focus and concentration. Against fear, yoga promises strength and courage."

"A disciplined mind is a must for a world without fear...We live in a world which is divided over material gains and a failure to understand each other. How will be understand each other if we don't undertand ourselves?" Modi said.

"Doctrines and dogmas are but secondary details," he said.

June 21, 2015 - 12:18 (IST)

Yoga creates a beautiful temple of the body for the mind: Modi

"It is said that yoga transforms lives. Yoga jeevan ko ji bhar ke jeene ki jari-booti hai. (Yoga is a way to truly and fully live one's life.) In order to understand yoga in its entirety, we must understand who a yogi is," said Modi.

"A yogi is someone who is in harmony with his body, surrounding and nature. Yoga is a means to acheive that harmony," said the PM. He also referred to the Bhagvad Gita as a "call to action" which encourages the practice of yoga.

"People suffer from stress-related problems and diseases like diabetes and hypertension. we have found ways to control communicable diseases but the burden is now shifting to non-communicable diseases," Modi said, adding that yoga was a way to prevent non-communicable diseases.

"If the body is the temple of the mind, yoga creates a breautiful temple. Yoga leads to perfection of a body's potential," he said. "Yoga teaches a person how to get closer to nature."

"Yoga leads to full development of our mental powers leading to intelligence, creativity, liberation of our spitits, freedom and equality. It is an answer to all challenges of life," Modi said.

June 21, 2015 - 12:09 (IST)

Spread of yoga cuts across caste and creed: PM Modi

"In India this morning, millions of people participated in a simple yoga event at Rajpath and in their homes too," said Prime Minister Modi. "This solidairy in yoga, this coming together with our brothers and sisters in our countries, brings our hearets and minds closer."

Modi also announced the release of postage stamps on yoga for the occassion.

"I am grateful to the international communtiy. This support is not just for India, but for the great tradition of yoga, a sense of oneness with each other and nature," Modi said.

"Reach and spread of yoga cuts across difference of colour, caste and creed...there are communities of yoga practitioners in almost every country in the world...Yoga has spread harmony between man and nature," said the PM.

June 21, 2015 - 11:58 (IST)

Recognition of Yoga Day a big event in the history of UN: PM Modi

"Little did I know the kind of response our proposal will receive," said PM Modi at International Conference on Yoga for Holistic Health in New Delhi.

"The community of nations responded at once. On 11 December 2014, the 193 member-UN General Assembly approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries. This was a big event in the history of the UN," said PM Modi.

"As I stand here today, the International Day of Yoga is being celebrated across the world. Millions of poeople arpound the world are participating. From sun-rise in the far east to sunset in the western hemisphere, people will join in this great celebration of yoga today."

June 21, 2015 - 11:45 (IST)

Yoga Day event at Rajpath likely to set world record

Terming the participation of thousands of people during the first International Yoga Day at Rajpath as "overwhelming", a representative of Guinness Book of World Records hoped that the event will set a world record.

The mega event witnessed participation of more than 35,000 people including school children, NCC cadets, army personnel and officials. - PTI

June 21, 2015 - 11:43 (IST)

Achche din guaranteed for people practising yoga, says Ramdev

Yoga guru Ramdev praised PM Modi for International Yoga Day celebrations and said that the acknowledgement of yoga by the world was a huge contribution by the PM to humanity.

"Many people are asking why Modiji has now become involved in yoga when he promised to bring achche din. But Modiji has brought about achche din in politics. And for those doing yoga, achche din are guaranteed," Ramdev said.

June 21, 2015 - 11:40 (IST)

PM Modi attends conference on yoga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted people on International Yoga Day, asking for a pledge to make it an integral part of life.

Live Yoga Day is a result of the largest peoples movement ever says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi performed yoga along with around 37,000 participants at Rajpath, Delhi.

Minutes before the mega event commenced at Rajpath, the Prime Minister tweeted, "Greetings to people around the world on first International Day of Yoga! "Lets pledge to make yoga an integral part of our daily lives," he said.

In another tweet, he said in some parts of the world, the first rays of the sun have already been welcomed by people practising yoga. This will continue across the world.

"I will join the yoga day programme at Rajpath in a short while," Modi said.

The Prime Minister, who practised 'asanas' along with nearly 35,000 participants during a mega event at Rajpath in New Delhi, also thanked the United Nations and the countries which backed the resolution by India to mark 21 June as International Yoga Day.

The Prime Minister, who was expected to only address the gathering, surprised everyone by participating in the yoga exercises along with thousands of people, including children.

Yoga guru Ramdev shared the dais with Modi along with heads of some other religious and yoga institutions. Modi later joined the participants on the ground as he practised the 'asanas' during the 30-minute programme.

Kicking off the event, the Prime Minister said the programme is aimed at benefiting the people by making them both physically and mentally healthy.

It seeks to make a tension-free world and spread the message of 'Sadbhavana' (harmony), the Prime Minister said, adding that yoga is "more than only physical fitness".

"For most of the people, yoga is just a physical exercise. This is the biggest mistake.... Had this been the case, children working in circuses could have been called 'yogis'. Hence yoga is not only about making the body flexible," he said, while addressing the participants.

The Prime Minister expressed hope that the atmosphere built in favour of yoga in the country will continue in future as well.

He also said that it is not important for him where this ancient technique originated and where all it has reached.

"We are not only celebrating a day but we are training the human mind to begin a new era of peace - Sadbhavana...This is a programme for the benefit of mankind, a tension-free world and a programme to spread the message of Sadbhavana," Modi said.

Modi, while addressing the crowd at Rajpath, said, "Did anyone ever imagine that Rajpath can be a 'Yoga-path'?"

The Prime Minister also said that this was the beginning of a new era. "I bow down to the sages who encouraged Yoga through centuries," he said. "Everything is moving forward. We don't want a situation where humans are lagging behind."

He also said that yoga was much more than just physical exercise. "Just making a body flexible, turning body into shapes is not Yoga. Otherwise, everyone in a circus would be a yogi...Mann (heart), buddhi (mind), shareer (body) and aatma (spirit) have to be in sync," he said.

Diplomats from 152 foreign missions were invited to take part in the event which started at 7 am.

Apart from PM Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was also seen practising yoga with the participants.

President Pranab Mukherjee also addressed the people practising yoga and said, "I wish that everyone finds peace and happiness through yoga."

Even Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took part in the practising yoga. He also said that yoga is not something to be politicised. "Yoga is very essential, but it isn't something to do politics over," he said.

Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung, who has been involved in a political row with Kejriwal, was also seen doing yoga along with the others.

However, alleging that yoga was being privatised by BJP, the East Singhbhum District Congress Committee has decided to organise a 'Walk for Nation and Society' in Jamshedpur on Sunday to coincide with International Yoga Day.

Congress members and supporters will assemble at Jubilee Park gate on Sunday morning and take part in the walk, said district Congress (DCC) president Vijay Khan.

(With inputs from PTI)

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