Friday, June 12, 2015

Church unhappy with PM's Yoga Day plans

June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations General Assembly on December 11, 2014.[1] Yoga, a 6,000+-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India (Bharat), aims to transform body and mind. The declaration came after the call for the adoption of 21 June as International Day of Yoga by the 15th and current Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014[2][3][4][5] wherein he stated:

"Yoga is an invaluable gift of India's ancient tradition. 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."[6]

Narendra Modi further stated that "Yoga 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." [7] In suggesting June 21, which is the Summer Solstice, as the International Day of Yoga, Narendra Modi had said that the date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world.[8]

Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that there will be a website for this, and will be maintain by Ministry of External Affairs, and gives all the details.[9][10] From the perspective of yoga, the Summer Solstice marks the transition to Dakshinayana. The first full moon after Summer Solstice is known as Guru Poornima. According to Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, in the yogic lore, the first transmission of yoga by Shiva, the first Guru, is said to have begun on this day.[11] Dakshinayana is also considered a time when there is natural support for those pursuing spiritual practices.[12] Govind Gurbani Yog Guru / Vice President of Rajasthan Swasthya Yog Parisad Jaipur India informed that on 21 June fifty thousand followers of Yoga will perform Yoga in Rajasthan. 
-From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Common Yoga Protocol

Yoga is an invaluable gift of ancient Indian tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action, restraint and fulfillment, harmony between man and nature, and a holistic approach to health and well-being. This film is an introductory guide to the principles and practice of Yoga, an age- old Indian spiritual discipline based on extremely subtle science. It showcases how Yoga is both an art and science for healthy living. Celebrating the International Day of Yoga, this 44-minute film is broadly divided in two parts. The first part (of approximately 8 minutes duration) is an introduction to the concept and brief history of Yoga, and also tells you what to do before, during and after you practice Yoga. The second part of the film is a helpful guide on how to practice some of the most common Yoga practices. Welcome to the world of Yoga. Welcome to the world of wisdom that is as relevant and beneficial today as it was thousands of years ago.

Church unhappy with PM's Yoga Day plans

KOCHI: The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of Catholic priests in the country, on Thursday expressed displeasure over the Narendra Modi government's decision to organize International Yoga Day on June 21, saying Sundays were a "sacred day" for Christians in the country. 

"The Church is not against yoga but church practices on Sunday cannot be compromised," CBCI president and Syro-Malankara Major Archbishop Cardinal Baselios Cleemis said. " is sad that such important events are being observed on Sundays these days. Sundays are holy days for Christians. Organizing such programmes on Sundays will clash with our beliefs." 

"The move by the Union Government to impose observation on certain days on Sundays cannot be accepted. It is against the religious freedom envisaged in the Constitution," Cardinal Cleemis, also the leader of the Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC), told reporters after a three-day KCBC conference in Kochi ended on Thursday. 

The Church's reservations against Yoga come at a time when some minority groups, including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, have spoken up against compulsory yoga classes in schools.

The Centre has said participation in June 21 events to mark International Yoga Day was not "compulsory". Reacting to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's suggestion that the National Cadet Corps try and create a world record by doing yoga across the country at the same time on June 21, the KCBC on Thursday appealed to the Centre and state governments to give Catholic students the freedom to keep Sunday free for their spiritual obligations. 

"We request the government to keep such a united practice on June 20, Saturday instead of Sunday," said Fr Paul Thelakkat, spokesperson for the Syro Malabar church. 
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യോഗ ദിനാചരണം ഞായറാഴ്ചയാക്കിയതില്‍ കെ.സി.ബി.സിക്ക് എതിര്‍പ്പ്

കൊച്ചി: യോഗ ദിനാചരണം ഞായറാഴ്ചയാക്കിയ കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാര്‍ നടപടിക്കെതിരെ കെ.സി.ബി.സി രംഗത്ത്. കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാര്‍ നടപടിയില്‍ ആശങ്കയുണ്ടെന്ന് കെ.സി.ബി.സി അധ്യക്ഷന്‍ കര്‍ദിനാള്‍ മാര്‍ ബസേലിയോസ് ക്ളിമീസ് കത്തോലിക്ക ബാവ പറഞ്ഞു. സഭയുടെ ആശങ്ക ബന്ധപ്പെട്ടവരെ അറിയിക്കുമെന്നും അദ്ദേഹം പറഞ്ഞു.
നേരത്തെ യോഗദിനം ആചരിക്കുന്നതിനെതിരെ മുസ് ലിം സംഘടനകള്‍ രംഗത്ത് വന്നിരുന്നു. യോഗയിലെ സൂര്യനമസ്കാരം അനിസ്ലാമികമാണെന്നും സൂര്യനെ സാഷ്ടാംഗ പ്രണാമം ചെയ്യുന്നത് വിശ്വാസത്തിന് എതിരാണെന്നും സംഘടനകള്‍ ചൂണ്ടിക്കാട്ടിയിരുന്നു. ഇതേതുടര്‍ന്ന് യോഗദിനാചരണത്തില്‍ നിന്ന് കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാര്‍ സൂര്യനമസ്കാരം ഒഴിവാക്കിയിരുന്നു.
ഐക്യരാഷ്ട്രസഭയുടെ അംഗീകാരത്തോടെ ആചരിക്കുന്ന ആദ്യ അന്താരാഷ്ട്ര യോഗ ദിനാചരണം ജൂണ്‍ 21 ഞായറാഴ്ച ആഘോഷിക്കാന്‍ കേന്ദ്രസര്‍ക്കാര്‍ തീരുമാനിച്ചിരുന്നു. ഡല്‍ഹി രാജ്പഥില്‍ നടക്കുന്ന ചടങ്ങില്‍ 40,000ത്തോളം പേര്‍ യോഗ ചെയ്യുമെന്നാണ് പ്രതീക്ഷ. രാവിലെ ഏഴു മുതല്‍ 7.35 വരെയാണ് ചടങ്ങ്. അന്നേ ദിവസം 190 രാജ്യങ്ങളിലെ 250 നഗരങ്ങളില്‍ ദിനാചരണം നടക്കും.

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