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Yoga key to harmony and togetherness: Modi

Yoga has the potential to create a new era of togetherness and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

dehradun Updated: Mar 02, 2017 19:22 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
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Foreigners perform yoga on the bank of the Ganga in Rishikesh on Thursday.(HT Photo)

DEHRADUN: Yoga has the potential to create a new era of togetherness and harmony, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday.

“When we talk of combating climate change, we seek to move away from a lifestyle of consumption or ‘Bhoga’ to one of ‘Yoga’,” Modi said after inaugurating International Yoga Festival via video conferencing. He added that Yoga can prove to be a strong pillar for the people to lead a life of discipline and development. “Yoga is the art of oneness, a journey from ‘Aham’ to ‘Vayam’.”

The International Yoga Festival began at Parmarth Niketan in Rishikesh will conclude on March 7. Participants from across the globe are attending the week-long festival. The Ministry of AYUSH, the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board and the Parmarth Niketan Ashram are jointly hosting the event.

Modi said when a person talks about global peace, there should be peace among the nations and Yoga is the way. “That is possible only when there is peace within the society. Only peaceful families can constitute a peaceful society. Only peaceful individuals can make peaceful families. Yoga is the way to create such a harmony and peace within individuals, family, society, nation and ultimately all over the world,” he asserted.

Highlighting his pet programme Swachh Bharat Mission, Modi said awareness and observance of cleanliness of water bodies, land and air is crucial. “Therefore, good health is a collective effort of personal well-being and environmental well-being. Through the Swachh Bharat Mission, we are attempting to establish the link between community hygiene and personal health,” he said.

The PM said works such as Encyclopedia of Hinduism, when made available in various languages, increase understanding and enhance awareness of other traditions and cultures within the country. “In turn, it reduces hatred, misunderstanding and increases cooperation, peace and amity among communities.” The encyclopedia is the brain child of Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarth Niketan.

First Published: Mar 02, 2017 19:22 IST