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Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar addressing participants during International Yoga Day Celebrations at Jabalpur ; Image courtesy: AIR

Yoga creates a healthy and powerful society: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a video message from the United States, where he is on an official tour to mark the ninth International Yoga Day, that yoga produces a healthy and powerful community where collective energy is much more.

Delivering his address during the National celebration led by Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar at Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh on June 21, 2023, where 15,000 people attended the celebration, the Prime Minister said, “The coming together of more than 180 countries in India's call is historic and unprecedented.”

The Prime Minister emphasised that the participation of crores of people from all over the country and the world in this unique celebration in such a spontaneous manner demonstrates the vastness and fame of yoga, recalling the support of a record number of countries in 2014 when the proposal for Yoga Day was tabled in the UN General Assembly, making it a global movement and a global spirit through the International Day of Yoga.

Quoting sages, the Prime Minister said, “What unites us, is Yoga.”

“Propagation of Yoga is an extension of the idea that the whole world is included as one family,” he added.

Highlighting the theme of 'One Earth, One Family, One Future' for this year's G20 Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that by propagating yoga one propagates the spirit of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’. “Today, crores of people all over the world are doing yoga together on the theme of ‘Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam,” he added.

Referring  to the scriptures, the Prime Minister said that one acquires health, vigour and strength through yoga, and those who have been regularly involved in this practice over the years have felt its energy, adding,  “Today the minds of the country have changed leading to a change in people and their lives.”

Pointing out that yoga strengthens the feelings of welcoming new ideas and conserving the diverse cultural heritage of the country as it expands the inner vision and connects people with that consciousness which makes them feel the unity of the living being, giving a basis of love for the living being, he said, “Therefore, we have to eliminate our contradictions, blockages and resistances through yoga.”

The Prime Minister is scheduled to attend the Yoga program at the United Nations Headquarters around 5.30 pm Indian time today.

“Through Yoga, we know the selfless action, we decide the journey from Karma to Karmayoga”, Mr Modi said as he expressed confidence that with yoga, people will improve their health and imbibe these resolutions. “Our physical strength, our mental expansion will become the basis of a developed India”, the Prime Minister concluded.

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