Ramdev lauds Muslims for supporting International Yoga Day

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Jun 15, 2015 16:13 IST

Ramdev lauded the Muslim nations and bodies extending support to the first International Day of Yoga scheduled to be held on July 21.

United Nations General Assembly last year had declared June 21 as International Day of Yoga after the resolution of Indian government was supported by more than 177 nations of which 47 were Muslim countries.

Talking on the sidelines of the two-day preparatory session held at Sector 3 Tau Devi Lal Stadium in Panchkula Ramdev, said: “Yoga has nothing to do with religion and I am grateful that so many Muslim countries supported our resolution.” He added that a large number of Muslim bodies across the country will be part of the International Yoga Day.

Various Muslim groups have been opposing Surya Namaskar and recitation of Om mantra while performing yoga asanas.

Clearing the air on the controversy surrounding Ramdev said Surya Namaskar is just an exercise meant for physical fitness and it not related to any religion. He clarified that it can be without use of any mantra or facing towards sun. “I have never asked anyone to perform this exercise while facing sun and reciting mantras,” stressed Ramdev.

On recitation of Om mantra, he maintained that OM is just a word of Sanskrit and language has no relation with religion. He termed it as a divine voice.

Ramdev said Yoga is our heritage passed on to us by our ancestors. “It’s a moment of great pride for all the Indian that their heritage will be celebrated across the world,” said Ramdev.

Swami Ramdev said that today about 700 crore people in the world have started understanding Yoga. He said that Yoga not only brings concentration but also cures various deadly diseases adding that the success of Yoga depends on four factors including method, timing, continuity and concentration.

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