Address by Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, Honourable Vice President at Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu on March 8, 2024.

Tamil Nadu | March 8, 2024


Never easy to speak after the great man! His presence is inspirational, motivational and energizing for me and you all.

Revered Sadhguru ji, the one and the only, one of his kind on the planet and distinguished audience here and in virtual mode.

Sadguru ji believe in sublimity of human values and basic life.

Friends, I am in a face with divnity.  It is a rare moment of my life. It is an absolute honour and privilege to be part of MahaShivRatri celebrations at Isha Yoga Center. These celebration are unique. They are unforgettable. This is a moment I will cherish all throughout my life.

My heartiest greetings to all on Maha Shivratri- festival of festivals.

Maha shivratri is one of the largest and most significant among the sacred festivals of India home to 1/6th of humanity.

The festival celebrates the Grace of Shiva, who is considered the Adi Guru or the First Guru from whom the Yogic tradition originates.

As indicated by Sadguru ji, the planetary positions on this night, which is also the darkest night of the year, are such that there is a powerful natural upsurge of energy in the human system.

I am feeling it, are you feeling it?

I am carrying this energy to be in service of Bharat Mata to the best of my capability.

Friends, I shall be ever grateful to Shadguru ji for making available this opportunity to me and my wife Dr Sudesh Dhankhar.

What a pleasant coincidence!

This year Mahashivratri coincides with The International Women's Day 2024. The theme this time is “Invest in Women: Accelerate Progress” and the campaign theme is: 'Inspire Inclusion.' all these are amply reflected in the initiatives and endeavours of Sadguru ji.

Let me at the outset commend your endeavours in resolutely addressing existential challenges to the planet and humanity. In a sense this is essence and spirit of Lord Shiva.  

I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Sadguru ji for organizing the Maha Shivaratri celebrations on such a grand scale.

This much attended occasion is motivational and inspiration to millions across the globe, generating in them hope and possibility.

Friends, I considered deeply how to describe this event. I thought over it entire night yesterday. In a way, it is tryst with sublimity intermixed with modernity to attain eternity. This is how I describe the present occasion.

In a divided and impatient world, we know how deep is the impatience we know how divided it is, Sadguru emanates Compassion and inclusiveness. His focus on issues that are germane to humanity and planet has earned him accolades all over.

I will betray my sentiments. I am his great admire. If he were playing a batsman in cricket, he will never spare a ball, never ever he will spare a ball. I have watched his interactions with young minds, with old people with experience people, he never  ducked a single question. He has satisfied the inquisitiveness to the ultimate level. We will have to examine his brain little more seriously. I don't think a Parliamentary committee can do the job.

But what I commend most is his highly impact full to add demographic dividend which the entire world envies that the largest number of youth that resides in Bharat as I said home to 1/6th of the humanity. He has instilled a sense of hope in young minds providing them all the reasons to get away from despondency and to relish the joy of life

The Adiyogi Statue at the Isha Yoga Center is a monumental representation of Lord Shiva as the first yogi, symbolizing spiritual wisdom. We can legitimately claim this to be repository of Bharat over 5000 years.

Adiyogi has become synonymous with Shiva. I take him as a reformist for those who are recipe for disruption and chaos. From here a neutralizing mechanism will emanate for them and that will be in our national interest.

Isha Yoga Center is highly impactful teertha kshetra with a Shiva Linga, sacred jatakund and Devi Bhairavi.

This reminds me of Kashi. Wonderful to see Kashi coming alive here in front of Adiyogi.

When I was coming to this place in the sublime company of Sadguru ji being driven by him, I felt as if I was in Kashi.

When I was coming to this place in the sublime company of Sadguru ji being driven by him I felt as I was in Kashi.

Friends,  I know it is never good to eulogize a mortal  but there are exceptions to a great rule sadguru is an exception.

A significantly unique feature is that  Sadguru while maintaining pristine Mahashivratri tradition, imparts tryst with modernity thereby relating to wider spectrum of society - in a way there is convergence of the old and the young as also people from different walks of life.

This is a celebration that transcends religion, nationality, language and several and culture. A rare unifying spectacle. The great need of the planet and the universe

The methods are unique – offering all four paths – bhakti, kriya, karma and gnana.

This comprehensive approach touches a chord with every individual is satisfying the thirst and anxiety of every individual on the planet.

Sir particularly, you are inspiring young people to not only practice but also take Yoga to every nook and corner of the world, has evoked accolades from all over.

Surrounding friends is always important. We have to be in the right company and ambience. This leads to a pleasant life and has put many a despondent in upbeat mood.

What can be greater occasion and place to have it. This is a place to set your despondent behaviour and leave the place with full of hope and possibility.

Friends, we are in a country that is on rise as never before. Our rise is globally acknowledged on all parameters be it economy, where we are already the third largest purchasing power on the planet.

In the size of our economy we were fragile 5, a decade ago. We are now among top 5 ahead of UK France and Canada.

When I will be coming here after 2 years, I can assure you sir economy of Bharat will be ahead of Germany and Japan to be the third largest global economy.

If Bharat has to retrieve its past, the destination is set Bharat@2047. The Vibe generated here will be the major factor and that will account for global peace harmony and stability.

I am full of hope and optimism that  Sadguru ji  will continue pursuing revival of India’s diverse culture, tradition and celebratory spirit.

Before concluding, I need to commend him for one particularly task which he is discharging. He is resolutely addressing existence challenges to humanity and the planet at the large scale i wish grand success.

Thank you, and may the blessings of Lord Shiva be with each and every one of us on this sacred Maha Shivratri.

I feel blessed like all of you.

Thank you may you remain ever blessed.