Narendra Modi speech on Yoga Day: Watch Videos

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New Delhi | Updated: June 21, 2017 1:01:23 AM

3rd International Yoga Day: PM Narendra Modi is all set to participate in the International Yoga Day 2017 event, the third edition, scheduled to be performed at Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow's Ramabai Ambedkar Ground.

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Modi, who will be joined by over 60,000 participants, will practice Yoga for around 80 minutes. (PTI)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to participate in the International Yoga Day 2017 event, the third edition, scheduled to be performed at Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow’s Ramabai Ambedkar Ground. Modi, who will be joined by over 60,000 participants, will practice Yoga for around 80 minutes. The prime minister will also be joined by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Governor Ram Naik, and Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya for the event. Modi, who has been an ardent supporter of Yoga, is also expected to deliver a speech at Ramabai Ambedkar Ground. Meanwhile, we bring you the text and video of Prime Minister Modi’s 1st and 2nd Yoga day speeches:

PM Narendra Modi’s first Yoga Day Speech delivered at Vigyan Bhavan, Delhi (21 Jun, 2015)

Fellow practitioners of yoga assembled here today and all over the world,

Today we are celebrating the first International Day of Yoga. When I spoke at the United Nations General Assembly on 27 September, 2014, urging the world community to adopt an international day of yoga, little did I know the kind of unprecedented response our proposal would receive.

The community of nations responded as one. On December 11, 2014 the 193-member United Nations General Assembly approved the proposal by consensus with a record 177 co-sponsoring countries. वैसे UN के इतिहास में अपने आप में एक बहुत बड़ी घटना है।

As I stand here today the International Day of Yoga is being celebrated across the world.

Millions of people around the world are participating in this event. From sunrise in the Far East to sunset in the furthest corner of the western hemisphere, people will join in this great celebration of yoga today.

In India, this morning, millions of people participated in a simple yoga demonstration at Rajpath, in states and district capitals, in community groups and in their homes also. This solidarity in yoga, this coming together with our brothers and sisters in other countries, brings our hearts and minds closer. I am also happy to release here today a commemorate coin and postal stamp on the occasion.

I am grateful to the international community for the support. I acknowledge with all humility that this support is not just for India. This support is for the great tradition of yoga, the tradition that helps individuals and societies to discover a sense of oneness with the self, with each other and nature.

The reach and spread of yoga spans continents, cuts across differences of colour, class and creed. I am told that there are communities of yoga practitioners in almost every country in the world.

From the banks of the river Indus to every continent in the world yoga has spread harmony between man and nature and a holistic approach to health and wellbeing.

It is said that yoga transforms lives जो लोग योगा से परिचित है उन्‍हें पता है कि योगा एक प्रकार से अगर हममें से कोई ऐसा नहीं होगा दुनिया में कोई इंसान ऐसा नहीं होगा जो ये न चाहता हो कि वो जीवन को जी-भर जीना चाहता है। हर कोई जीवन को जी-भरके जीना चाहता है और मैं विश्‍वास से कहता हूं कि योग ये जीवन को जी-भरके जीने की जड़ी-बूटी है।

In order to benefit fully from yoga, to understand yoga in its entirety, we must understand who is a yogi.

A yogi is a person who is in harmony – with herself, her body, with her surroundings, with nature. Yoga is the means to achieve that harmony.

From the Upanishads, comes the idea of Yoga to transform human consciousness through control of body and senses through constant practice. The body is the vehicle for the realization of the Supreme Being.

The Bhagvad Gita – the song of the world – is a call to action and defines itself as a योगशास्त्र . The Gita says “योग कर्मेषु कौशलम्” – that is, yoga is excellence at work. Work with devotion and without attachment is yoga.

The Gita also says “योगस्य तथा कुरू कर्माणी” – act with the discernment of a yogi.

Yoga is, therefore, a vision for a harmonious future for humanity. It is an “अवस्था”. That Is a state of mind and is a distinct from a “व्यवस्था”. कई लोगों को योग एक व्यवस्था के रूप में दिखता है, योग एक अवस्था है, योग कोई संस्था नहीं है। योग य़ह आस्था है और जब तक हम उसे उस रूप में नही पाते, जब तक हम उसे टुकड़ो में देखते हैं उसकी पूर्णता को पहचान नहीं पाते।

People often think that yoga is just a set of exercises. Yoga is a philosophy of discipline and meditation that transforms the spirit and makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion.

The problems of modern lifestyles are well known. People suffer from stress related ailments, lifestyle related diseases like diabetes and hyper-tension. We have found ways to control communicable diseases, but the burden of disease is shifting to non-communicable diseases. Young people who are not at peace with themselves seek refuge in drugs and alcohol. There is ample evidence that practicing yoga helps combat stress and chronic conditions. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple.

The benefits of yoga are manifold. When practised correctly and with discipline, Yoga leads to:

Opening and refining of the heart’s emotions leading to greater compassion, mutual understanding, and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Full development of our mental powers, leading to heightened concentration, intelligence, creativity, intuition.

Liberation of our spirit from ignorance, suffering, incapacity, leading to freedom, equality, constant joyfulness and inner strength to overcome all challenges of life. It awakens the deeper sense of unity and oneness with the whole Universe and all living beings.

Together, these lead to the realisation of our highest divine Perfection.

At a community level, the evolution of the individual through yoga results in:

Reduction of greed, coarseness and violence in thought and action.

Enormous reduction in the cost of healthcare and social support.

A dramatic reduction in conflicts and misunderstandings within families, communities, and between nations.

Increased collaboration and effective teamwork in businesses and communities

Compassion towards all beings: plants, animals and humans and long-term and ecological thinking in all socio-economic planning.

Increased power of innovation, technology and knowledge; deeper impact of art, music, poetry, dance to uplift the quality of life and an overall increase in the pace of human development and evolution.

To sum up, in a world of excess, of seeking after materialism, yoga promises restraint and balance. In a world suffering from mental stress, yoga promises calm. In a distracted world, yoga creates focus, creates concentration. In a world of fear, yoga promises strength and courage. A healthy body and a disciplined mind are the foundations of a world free from fear. In crafting a new self through Yoga, we create a new world.

We live in a world that is divided, in a world in conflict over material gains. A world in conflict over failures to understand each other. How shall we understand each other, if we do not understand ourselves?

Swami Vivekanand says in his book on Rajyoga – “Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”

It is this freedom that will free us from misunderstandings, from doubt, from conflict, and lead us towards world peace.

We are at a point in history, where global warming threatens the world as we know it. The world’s ecology is threatened by human greed and excess. Yoga shows the way to consumption that is healthy, balanced, and in tune with nature.

We will need to raise a generation that lives according to these principles if we want to leave the world habitable for future generations.

Sri Aurobindo said “Indian Yoga is potentially one of these dynamic elements of the future life of humanity. it is now emerging from the secret schools and ascetic retreats in which it had taken refuge and is seeking its place in the future sum of living human powers and utilities.”

The spread of yoga, therefore, is the symbol of a changing world. In the past, yoga was the preserve of a select few saints. Today, it is available to all – in the words of Patanjali, “सार्वभौम” or a universal culture.

It represents a world where knowledge flows, without restriction of country, creed or class. It represents a world where people come together across boundaries, for causes and concerns that unite the planet.

As we work to make the benefits of yoga accessible to the whole world, we will also work to keep barriers to knowledge down, to ensure free flow of knowledge and information across boundaries. We will work to maintain an open world free of prejudice and discrimination.

I greet all present here today, my fellow travelers in spreading the message of yoga. I greet all my fellow practitioners in different countries who are present here in spirit. Yoga is our collective gift to humanity. It may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world. International Yoga Day is not the brainchild of a government or of the United Nations. It is a reflection of the largest knowledge based peoples’ movement the world has ever seen. A movement of people whose lives have been touched, been changed by yoga. We will take this movement forward to aim for better health, more fulfilled lives and more connected communities.

On this day, I also pledge the spirit of India, the collective energy of our people, to the creation of a more equal world, a world without fear, a world of peace. We will build on the foundations of the Indian spirit and its creative genius to reach out and foster a culture of inclusiveness, of fraternity, of one global family – वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम.

I will end with the grand invocation of good health and peace – the Shanti Paath,
Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah
Sarve Santu Niramaya
Sarve Bhadrani Pasyantu
Ma Kascit Dukkha Bhagbhavet

May All Be Happy
May all be free from illness
May all see that which is auspicious
May no one suffer

PM Narendra Modi’s address at International Day of Yoga event at Capital Campus, Chandigarh

Unlike the first International Yoga Day adress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi delivered a brief speech on the second anniversary celebrated at Capitol Complex in Chandigarh. “Make yoga a part of your life,” the prime minister said in a brief address. “Just as the mobile phone is now a part of your life, make yoga too a part of your life.” The second event was led by around 57 ministers. Those who led the event included cabinet ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Smriti Irani and Manohar Parrikar at various places across the country.

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