International Yoga Day
When Shriman Narayan (ex-governor of the Indian state of Gujarat) and son-in-law of Jamnalal Bajaj (an industrialist, philanthropist and Indian independence fighter) asked Albert Einstein (the world famous scientist and theoretical physicist, who was known for his failures in his young age) the secret of his success in the field of research, he showed them a room where he used to practice yoga & meditation in isolation and gave all credit of his success to the yoga which he had learnt from Indian saints. Now even the letters written by him are so precious that one of those was sold at auction for around INR 40 lakh and others are yet to be auctioned.
While All India Muslim Personal Law Board is against performing the asanas with mantras, Mufti Shamoon Qasmi, General Secretary of All India Imams’ Organization, considers performing yoga with mantra appropriate.
There was this dialogue in one of famous Hindi movies – Krantiveer
ये हिंदू का खून और ये मुसलमान का खून, दोनों मिला के बता अब कौनसा किसका खून ….
— Meaning: This is Hindu’s blood and this is that of a Muslim, just mix both (the blood samples) and let me know which of it is Hindu’s and which one the latter’s.
No doubt, the dialogue delivery by the actor in the movie was superb; but, at the same time, a deep thought over it unveils a lot of facts. When a person requires blood for medical purposes, nobody considers the source of blood belonging to any religion. Just think whether we have even come out of the shell of constraints set by religions? Not yet! For now, looks like we have become secular & broadminded only while watching movies, wherein we have actors & actresses from different sects & religions, viz. Shahrukh Khan (Muslim), Katrina Kaif (Anglo-Indian), Amitabh Bachchan (a Hindu), Madhuri Dixit( a Brahmin)etc.; and its noteworthy that everyone is acceptable by every single community. Our kids & youngsters can sing & dance on all kinds of dirty songs ‘Munni badnam hui, Sheela ki jawani’ etc, without relating it to religion, values and other constraints; but when it comes to chanting mantra and performing yoga, then it becomes debatable.
192 countries are open to welcome the World Yoga Day on 21st June this year but India itself is going through many hurdles by its own people and hasn’t come out so far from all sorts of “wh’s”.
Considering the level of overall acceptance in India, looks like PT can be performed, but not Surya Namaskara. Our secularism and broadmindedness vanish at such instance, knowing that it is related to any religion and that too Hinduism. Our children can say “good morning” in their schools but if, for example, it’s made compulsory to say “Namaskar” or “Ram-Ram”, it would certainly become a big time controversial matter. Looks like our “religions” give us freedom to cut cakes in birthday, wedding or engagement parties, as done by the Westerners; eat pizza& junk food or wear dresses like them(though harmful) because we are supposedly “modern” and “open minded”; but, seemingly, the fact is: Not all Indians can accept the things, which are beneficial for their own health & fitness.
No doubt, Muslim religion includes yoga techniques while offering their holy prayer ‘Namaz’ for which the booklets have been distributed by the government to spread awareness depicting Prophet Mohammed a great yogi, yet reluctance on Surya Namaskar cannot be understood or accepted, as Surya Namaskar is a complete yoga/exercise that is significant for overall physical fitness. Before we argue more on the topic as to whether Surya Namaskar should be adopted or not, let us discuss something more important – When it comes to acceptance & adaptability, the intellectual foreigners have left no stone unturned from medicinal to yogic practices; in-fact, they have even started getting patents over yogic techniques, about which the stories of our controversies are never ending.
We must think the above-mentioned aspect and take the decision accordingly in public interest.
Do you know as to how our Prime Minister reached at this level? When he, as a minister visited the ashram of Sant Shri Asharamji Bapu (hereinafter “Bapuji”) for initiation, Bapuji kept him waiting for at least two days and later, when He found the former eligible due to his strong belief and unwavering faith, He initiated him and announced in 2008 that He wished to see him as nation’s Prime Minister in the up-coming years. Bapuji’s resolve of seeing & making India rise as Vishwa Guru is fructifying by such a Prime Minister.
Please note that Bapuji has a huge followership & fan-base even in Muslim community; when He’d held His discourse in Pakistan, He was requested to continue it only until the Muslims’ holy prayer –Namaz time, while He had continued it for more time and surprisingly, Pakistani public was much keen to listen more from Him regarding yoga, meditation and the God. They chanted some mantras too.
Can we ever forget the contribution of Bapuji , i.e. Saint Shri Asharamji Bapu in giving yoga recognition not only in India, but also abroad? At the time of initiating His disciples, He teachs them yoga & meditation for their happy & healthy lives, which He learnt from His revered Guru – Shri Leelashah ji; while the foreigners are ambushing to have patents over such yogic practices and have all monopoly rights over these.
The awareness, created by saints like Bapuji, is the reason we Indians are also getting patent protection with regards to various yoga technics in order to protect such technics from having exclusive rights by foreigners.
It is yet to be seen whether such a great and selfless personality like Bapuji is acquitted from false case before Guru (Vyas) Purnima (full moon day to manifest emotions by the disciples for imparting eternal knowledge by their gurus).
Let us all celebrate the occasion by practicing Yoga and spreading awareness with regards to the same. And also pray to God that the innocent saint (Bapuji) incarcerated in fake case, be released soon and be amongst His disciples waiting for His come back again so as to have His blessings during the discourses session held by Him.
May almighty fulfill the divine wishes of all such aspirators, only then would the observance of International Yoga Day would make “true” sense.