On the eve of International Day of Yoga, I convey my heartfelt wishes to
all the people around the globe. Yoga is a 5,000-year-old physical,
mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India, Which Aims to
transform both body and mind. On December 11 in 2014, the United Nations
General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga.
The declaration came after the call for the adoption of June 21st as
International Day of Yoga by Hon’ble Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra
Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014
wherein he stated: “Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient
tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action;
restraint and fulfillment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic
approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to
discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.
“In Suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the
International Day of Yoga, Mr. Narendra Modi had said that, “the date is
the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special
significance in many parts of the world.”
Yogi and mystic, Sadhguru
notes the importance of this day in the yogic tradition: “On the day of
the summer solstice, Adiyogi [the first yogi] turned south and first set
his eyes on the Saptarishis or Seven Sages, who were his first
disciples to carry the science of yoga to many parts of the world. It is
wonderful that June 21 marks this momentous event in the history of
humanity.”
The science of Yoga has its origin thousands of years
ago, long before the first religion or belief systems were born.
According to Yogic lore, Shiva has seen as the first yogi or Ādiyogi and
the first guru or Ādiguru. Several thousand years ago, on the banks of
Lake Kantisarovar in the Himalayas, Ādiyogi poured his profound
knowledge into the legendary Saptarishis or “seven sages”. These sages
carried this powerful Yogic science to different parts of the world
including Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa and South America.
Interestingly, modern scholars have noted and marvelled at the close
parallels found between ancient cultures across the globe. However, it
was in India that the Yogic system found its fullest expression.
Agastya, the Saptarishi who travelled across the Indian subcontinent,
crafted this culture around a core Yogic way of life.
Yoga is widely
considered as an “immortal cultural outcome” of the Indus Saraswati
Valley Civilisation – dating back to 2700 BC – and has proven itself to
cater to both material and spiritual uplift of humanity. A number of
seals and fossil remains of Indus Saraswati Valley Civilisation with
Yogic motifs and figures performing Yoga sādhana suggest the presence of
Yoga in ancient India. The seals and idols of mother Goddess are
suggestive of Tantra Yoga. The presence of Yoga is also available in
folk traditions, Vedic and Upanishadic heritage, Buddhist and Jain
traditions, Darshanas, epics ofMahabharata including Bhagawadgita and
Ramayana, theistic traditions of Shaivas, Vaishnavas and Tantric
traditions. Though Yoga was being practiced in the pre-Vedic period, the
great sage Maharishi Patanjali systematised and codified the then
existing Yogic practices, its meaning and its related knowledge through
Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.
After Patanjali, many sages and Yoga
masters contributed greatly for the preservation and development of the
field through well-documented practices and literature. Yoga has spread
all over the world by the teachings of eminent Yoga masters from ancient
times to the present date. Today, everybody has conviction about Yoga
practices towards the prevention of disease, maintenance and promotion
of health. Millions and millions of people across the globe have
benefitted by the practice of Yoga and the practice of Yoga is
blossoming and growing more vibrant with each passing day.

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