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International Yoga Day

The day of Dakshinayan, the sun will now move from North to South, the day will start becoming smaller and the nights will increase.

Science calls it the Summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The word ‘Sol’ means the sun and ‘stice’ means stood still, the day the sun stood still. Today the duration of day and night is roughly the same.

Tomorrow the monsoons formally set in India according to the Indian calendar. The sun will enter the “Aardra” constellation and the atmosphere will see changes accordingly. It is considered to be a wet constellation also signifying that it is monsoon time.

From last 5 years now the day of Summer Solstice is being celebrated as International Yoga Day. It is the call of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the efforts of our then ambassador to the United Nation, that out of the 192 or 196 member countries more than 180 countries supported and adopted to celebrate this day as International Yoga Day. The support for this day all over the world is overwhelming and transcends religion and faiths. It is heartening to see people performing Yoga irrespective of gender, caste and creed.

The ancient science of Yoga propounded by Bhagwaan Patanjali is now being recognised in its truest sense. Also let me clarify, our seers have never given a school of thought or method of maintaining good health out of gaining name and fame. They had their own experiences which they shared with world and left it upto the human race to decide and adopt. The “Yoga” that Bhagwaan Patanjali has explained has a deep meaning and if followed in its purest sense, will not only benefit humanity physically but also spiritually. The ‘Aasanas’ being performed everyday are the basic step towards attaining bliss in life. A lot of research has and is being done on this and available on the net for my readers to read.

“Yoga” means “to join.”

A union with self and God within oneself.

A union of self and God within others.

A union of Self and God Himself.

Tell me one prevalent faith or thought which does not try to find the truth within and without. Every faith does. So Yoga transcends faith.

At the same time, Yoga is just not ”Aasanas”. It is just 1/8th part of the Ashtaang Yoga as explained by Bhagwaan Patanjali. The 8 parts are as follows:

1. Yama (Satya, Ahimsa, Asteya, Brahmacharya and Aparigraha)

2. Niyama (Shouch, Santosh, Tap, Swadhyay and Ishwarpranidhan)

3. Aasan

4. Pranayaam

5. Pratyaahaar

6. Dhyaan

7. Dharanaa

8. Samadhi

Will dwell upon these 8 some other day.

The “Dhyaan Mudra’s” that we find Lord Mahaveera and Lord Buddha are nothing but Yoga Mudras. They help us find the peace within. Just a few days back, I visited a few caves near Mumbai and they all had Lord Buddha sitting in Padmasana and smiling. The sculptures itself were so serene and peaceful, it just helps us understand the actual emotions when we do Yoga sincerely. And they both have found their self through these postures. So if practised properly, Yoga will slowly lead us to Self realisation.

So today,

Let us all dwell upon such gems given to us by our civilisation.

Let us learn to treasure them. Let us practise them.

Let us imbibe such practises into our lives.

Let the world follow.

Wishing you all and your families a very Happy International Yoga Day

Pray to Bhagwaan Patanjali to bless us all with good personal, social and spiritual health.

PS : am also attaching two links to the blogs written by D K Hariji and Hemaji on occasion of Summer solstice. Their blog name is bharathgyanblog.

Would request my readers to read their blogs as well, if interested. Please follow their blog.


Am a teacher by profession. A student of History and international politics. Believe that Bhakti (Devotion) and Humanism can only save Humanity. Revere all creation. My thoughts are influenced by His Holiness Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale

35 thoughts on “International Yoga Day

  1. Happy yoga day. Yoga is truly a beautiful form of exercise which connects our body to the spiritual world. Very informative post ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™

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  2. Very appropriate and knowledgeable post.
    Your research on subjects ..u choose are very deep and to the point …nice job Sir๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. My comment is also same difference ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐ŸŒป๐Ÿ™‚โค

      Really one has to admit it …your Research,dedication, hardwork ,everything just amazing brother

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    1. Tanusri, my time is in the Mumbai locals… travel for 3 hours daily… so try to read, listen to music and write…
      Also history, philosophy and words come as a blessing to me as am blessed by my spiritual teacher Dhanashree Athavale – Talwalkar… She has moulded me in such a way that sometimes even I am surprised to read what I have written… Her father, Pandurang Shashtriji Athavale is my guiding light and mentor…

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      1. You are really blessed and lucky too. So you used to do writing and reading during your traveling? In Mumbai, I heard it is very difficult to get sit in train.. Do you read standing inside the train? ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™

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        1. where there is a will there is a way… I have seen people chopping vegetables….
          reading books..learning guitar ….doing Namaaz….In Local trains.๐Ÿ™‚๐ŸŒป๐ŸŒป

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  3. Wao! Then train journey itself is a wonderful workplace. In kolkata, in local train few people read but guiter and namaz I hv not seen.. Though rarely I travel by local train. Trains are so crowded…

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  4. Hi there! I am a writer, a poet to be specific. Since I am just starting with my blog, may I ask you to please follow my blog to help my poems reach more readers? I am hoping for your help, God bless you more and have a great day!โ˜บ

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