External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that yoga should not be seen as belonging to any particular religion, adding that the ancient Indian exercise of healing is a science of well-being.
“Yoga is neither a religion, nor should it be seen as belonging to any particular religion. It is a science of well-being,” she said while addressing the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations here.
She also said the International Day of Yoga is a perfect platform to bring the world together in a spirit of unity and harmony.
“By celebrating YogaDay at the United Nations, we send a powerful message about men and women living in harmony with each other and with nature,” she said.
“At a time when ethnic conflicts and extremist violence are threatening to destabilize society, yoga can serve as a perfect antidote,” she added.
The External Affairs Minister also said that yoga could become a potent tool for the United Nations to promote the message of brotherhood and amity in the finest Indian tradition of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
“It is not often that both occasion and location match each other in scale. Yoga began in India some 5000 years ago but it was given International acclaim only last year by the United Nations,” she said.
And this is the place where it all began. On 27th Sept 2014 PM Modi first made the proposal of a Yoga Day at UN General Assembly,” Swaraj said.
“In a world increasingly divided by what the great poet Rabindranath Tagore called “narrow domestic walls”; Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a vision of India’s ancient treasure that would do the opposite,” she added.