Rajasthan Governor Kalraj Mishra writes

The word yoga is derived from the Sanskrit root, ‘yoj’, which means to join. In the Bible, yoga is classified as the art and science of healthy living. The Yoga Sutras were first codified by Maharishi Patanjali by regulating various meditation practices. There are references to yoga in the Vedic culture. Hiranyagarbha Yoga preached at the beginning of creation. Sages like Patanjali and Gemini made it accessible to all.

With yoga focused on the health of the body and mind, it has been accepted as an ideal way of life. I believe that yoga is not a cure, it is the greatest means of self-development. In Indian culture, it has always been held in importance as a means of fulfillment.

At a time when the mind is constantly wandering in the blind physical race, yoga is very beneficial for mental peace and contentment. In the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, UNESCO considered this great tradition of India important to the world and declared June 21 as International Yoga Day. This signifies the universal acceptance of our traditions and culture.

Yoga shows the path to the ideal way of life, as the mind embraces ideas of well-being, not only towards the individual, but to the whole world. Our civilization has always emphasized building ties, not breaking them. Yoga is the basis for this. Maharishi Aurobindo explained yoga in depth. He wrote, “Yoga does not mean giving up life, but facing life’s problems and challenges with courage, and maintaining faith in the divine power.” According to Aurobindo, yoga is not just the difficult practice of asana and pranayama, but an unselfish surrender to God and the transformation of oneself into the divine form through mental education.

Yoga is about the relationship between the mind and the body. If the mind is healthy, the body becomes healthy too. If the current generation adopts yoga routine and yoga becomes mandatory in schools and colleges, many complexities related to life can be solved very easily.

Children practice yoga as part of preparations ahead of International Yoga Day, in West Bengal on Monday. (Photo: PTI)

We all know that Prana Shakti controls all activities and arrangements of the body. The accumulation and arrangement of life force is possible only through yoga. Yoga is naturally associated with pranayama. It awakens our inner energy and makes it healthy, balanced and energetic. By helping us control our instincts, yoga helps us live a healthy life. Bhastrika, Kapal Bhati, Tribandha, Anulom Vilom and Bhramari are easy yoga asanas that anyone can practice with little effort. Performed regularly, it nourishes not only the body, but also the mind and directs a positive life.

The meaning of yoga is to know the inner forces, to harness them and awaken one’s infinite powers through realizing one’s inner self. Swami Vivekananda had advised yogis of his time to set a personal example. What he meant was that yoga should be kept away from the physical. It should be seen as a practice for the welfare of mankind. This is the greatest need of the hour.

Lord Shri Krishna said in the Bhagavad Gita, “Yogah karmasu kaushalam” (Doing any work skillfully is yoga). This message has a deep meaning and if we understand it, we will be able to synchronize our way of life with the principles of yoga spread by Indian culture. True yoga is knowing the mind and adapting accordingly. On Yoga Day, let us continue this great tradition and spread the message of ‘Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah’.

The writer is the governor of Rajasthan

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