One more international yoga day and India’s ancient science of Yoga practice offering immense health benefits and boost to spiritual awakening has seen a greater impact across the world. Especially with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself setting aside time to encourage others to learn and practice yoga, there is a definite increase in the number of people showing interest in this ancient science. This international yoga day PM Modi led some 50,000 participants during yoga exercise while Baba Ramdev set a new world record by leading around 300,000 participants in a single yoga session.
Prime Minister Modi said that yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and well-being. This, he said, is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.
“Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world.”
“Yoga fosters amity in societies which can form the basis of national unity.”
“In Yoga, we have the perfect solution to the problems we face, either as individuals or in our society”.
“If we don’t take pride in our own legacy and heritage no one else will. We should not hesitate in honoring the gems of our own heritage.”- Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Source)
As yoga is quickly gaining popularity in the world due to its immense health benefits some people are investing big and promoting it as a business. At the same time unscrupulous people have also jumped in and have linked the word yoga with all sorts of nonsense exposing their perverted mindsets.
Misuses aside, yoga in its original form remains the best method to keep one fit. Recently the government of India has done a great deal of work in creating and increasing awareness of this fact. With AYUSH (Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy,
Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) in force, the government is spending good amount of money in helping the citizens remain fit using ancient medical science of Ayurveda and its current offshoots, named as naturopathy and so on.
In a commendable move, on this year’s International yoga day, the AYUSH has published a highly informative book on yoga, named Common Yoga Protocols (click to download free). The fact that it is published in English shows India is looking beyond its present geographical area when it comes to spreading the science of yoga for world heath benefits.
Today when the modern medical science, although on one hand reaching new heights, on the other hand is extremely worried about the issues like Multiple Drug Resistant bacteria (MDR), adverse effects of commercially produced drugs, malpractices in the medical industry, soaring hospital cost and increasing number of deaths due to medical errors, yoga is a definite relief to the health sector as not only it is free and takes minimum efforts, it is the most trustworthy, harmless and effective method to keep the body fit enjoying the most precious peace of mind.
While all can experience how meditation, even when performed imperfectly, helps them become peaceful, if practiced strictly according to Vedic literature like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam, it lifts one’s consciousness beyond his or her best imagination of peace. Vedic scriptures, from where the teachings of yoga originate, clearly state that meditation should be done on the four-handed form of Lord Vishnu, who is known to yogis as Paramatma and who resides in everyone’s heart. (Key to success in yoga and meditation)
Indeed, the ultimate benefit of yoga goes much beyond physical body when it is performed to link our consciousness with the Supersoul. While astanga yoga siddhis or eight-fold yogic perfections are its material aspect, the dhyan yogis and bhakti yogis go beyond material perfections and achieve transcendental bliss in union with Paramatma and the supreme personality of Godhead.