June 2015 Vol 13.

International Yoga Day :

The bodily postures or asanas we call yoga today has its roots in a history that is more than 15,000 years old. While in modern times it is more often than not looked on as a form of exercise, yoga is, in fact, a sacred knowledge that lights the path of spiritual progress. It is one of the 6 major schools of Hinduism and is itself constituted of a variety of practices and methods, namely, bhakti yoga, jnana yoga, karma yoga, laya yoga, hatha yoga.

The name is derived from the Sanskrit root ‘yuj’ meaning ‘to bind, join, attach and yoke’; it denotes the true union of the will of God with that of our own. The practitioner of yoga is a yogi or yogin. The Bhagavad Gita describes such a person as one who has mastered his mind. ‘A lamp does not flicker in a place where no wind blows; so it is with a yogi who controls his mind, intellect and self, being absorbed in the spirit within him. When the restlessness of the mind, intellect and self is stilled through the practice of yoga, the yogi by the grace of the eternal Spirit within himself finds fulfilment.’

As with many sacred practices, it is a knowledge passed down from divinity itself, with Lord Shiva being termed the very first yogi, known as Adi Yogi. He passed on his knowledge to 7 disciples known as the Saptarishis. These Saptarishis took yoga to many parts of the world.

Passed down in the guru-shishya tradition, from teacher to disciple, it is a practice that has survived thousands of years. Today, it is practised by hundreds of thousands across the world.

In December of 2014, the United Nations General Assembly declared 21st June as International Yoga Day, in a way acknowledging yoga for the global acceptance it has gained for its secular approach to spirituality and self-improvement.

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. This tradition is 5000 years old. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; 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. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day."

- Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

Under the guidance of Poojya Swamiji, all the chapters organised yoga camp on International Yoga Day.


Chapter News:

Bangalore Chapter

Our Bangalore chapter organised a picnic to Tataguni Ashram along with Poojya Swamiji on 31st May 2015.

Our Basvangudi chapter organised a Healthy Mind program in Martin Luther School on 23rd June 2015. Sri Jithendra Joshi conducted the program.

Chennai Chapter

Sri K.C. Sreenivasan, a senior Prasannite took over the chairmanship of our Chennai Chapter. We wish him all the very best in his endeavours to take the chapter to new heights.

Hyderabad Chapter

Dr. G.S. Muralidhar Rao, Seminar Leader conducted Healthy Mind program for Govenment School, Mulug, a rural area away from Hyderabad on 26.06.2015 where 100 students participated.

Sri Venugopal & Smt. Annapurna have been organising lunch for the attendants of patients in Niloufer hospital every month. They contributed to the life of many families on 20th June 2015. We applaud their dedicated efforts.

Gachibowli Chapter

Gachibowli chapter organised Mantra Yoga program from 17th to 21st June at Srinagar colony. Around 20 persons participated in the program. Dr. Muralidhar, Sri P.V.R.K. Prasad, Sri M.P. Subramaniam and Sri Satish conducted the program.

Dr. G.S. Muralidhar Rao conducted a 3 hour program for the teachers of Meridian School, Gachibowli. About 100 teachers participated in the program.

Lucknow Avadh Chapter

Dr. Chandra conducted the Mantra Yoga program on 13th & 14 June 2015, where 30 persons participated.

Mumbai Chapter

Our Mumbai Ocean Pearls chapter participated in the eye camp conducted by Veer Sawarkar Samithi on 28th May 2015. We have sponsored free cataract surgery to 10 patients.

Our Trustee Sri Sriram Athri conducted Healthy Minds program for students of R.B.M. School, Airoli. Close to 100 Students participated in the program.

He also conducted a program for the Teachers of ICL School, Vashi. On 11th June 2015, 60 teachers participated and they would carry forward the message of Poojya Swamiji.

Ms. Sangeetha Hegde was invited by Osho center to conduct Satsang for their members. Kudos to Ms. Sangeetha.

Guided by our Trustee Sri Sriram Athri, the Mumbai chapter has also organised the Management Through Mahabaratha program on 27th & 28th June 2015 at IVY Restaurant & Banquets. Close to 73 participants joined the program. Kudos to the Mumbai team.

USA Chapter

Ms. Shakila from our America chapter organised the satsang on 22nd June 2015.

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