Address by Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Honourable Vice President after participating in the Yoga Camp conducted by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev Ji of Patanjali Yogpeeth, in Hubbali, Karnataka, on 2 February, 2020.

Hubbali, Karnataka | February 2, 2020

I am extremely happy to participate in the Yoga Camp organized by the Patanjali Yogpeeth of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev ji, who has taken yoga to the nook and corner of the country and made it easy for everybody.

My good wishes to the people of the beautiful town of Hubballi on a pleasant morning as we all gather here to practice Yog Asanas under the supervision of Shri Baba Ramdev. 

यह बड़ा ही संतोष देने वाला दृश्य होता है जब सुबह सुबह छोटे बड़े शहरों के पार्कों और सामुदायिक केंद्रों में नागरिक योग आसन का अभ्यास करते दिखते हैं। ये दर्शाता है कि नागरिक आज भी हमारी सनातन सभ्यतागत ज्ञान और विद्या पर सहज ही विश्वास करते हैं और उसका पालन करते हैं। वे हमारी प्राचीन विद्याओं पर गर्व करते हैं। अपने सनातन ज्ञान का पुनर्जागरण करना, उसे अपनाना,मानवता के कल्याण के लिए उसका प्रसार करना, नागरिकों की सराहनीय राष्ट्रनिष्ठा का प्रतीक है।

As we all are aware, yoga is an ancient physical, mental and spiritual practice that originated in India. The word ‘yoga’ derives from Sanskrit and means to join or to unite, symbolizing the union of body and consciousness. Yoga brings unity between mind and body.

Yoga is India’s greatest legacy, its most glorious gift to the world. Thanks to the efforts of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, it is now being celebrated by the world. 

योग हमारे सभ्यतागत अनुभव का सार है जिसे हमने अखिल विश्व के साथ साझा किया है। हमारा तो विश्व दर्शन ही वसुधैव कुटुंबकम् का रहा है। विद्या हमारे लिए विश्व कल्याण का साधन है, संस्कारगत रूप से ही हम विद्या को बौद्धिक संपत्ति नहीं मानते। इसीलिए हमारे प्रधानमंत्री श्री नरेन्द्र मोदी ने इसे विश्व के साथ सहर्ष साझा करने के लिए अंतरराष्ट्रीय योग दिवस का प्रस्ताव किया और मुझे हर्ष है कि विश्व समुदाय ने भारतीय सभ्यता की इस भेंट को सहर्ष स्वीकार किया है।मुझे प्रसन्नता है कि बाबा रामदेव जी ने योग का व्यापक विस्तृत प्रसार किया है। इन प्रयासों से योग एक बार पुनः आम जनसाधारण की दिनचर्या का अभिन्न हिस्सा बन गया है। यह संतोष का विषय है कि योग युवाओं में विशेष लोकप्रिय हो रहा है।

With about 60 percent of our population below the age of 35 years, India is poised to realize a huge demographic dividend. However, the need of the hour is for the youth to be healthy in a holistic manner. The problems affecting the youth such as overweight or depression can be avoided totally by the daily practice of yoga asanas.

It is essential because the youth are suffering from lack of self-control, self-confidence, and coordination between body and mind. Ever-mounting pressure, wayward lifestyle and changing food habits have resulted in youth suffering from physical and psychological disorders. In the long run, they are leading to life-threatening diseases.

Our ancestors had shown the simplest remedy for these lifestyle disorders. And that is the Science of Yoga. Yoga occupies a prominent place in 64 ancient arts.

In December 2014, the United Nations had declared June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’ as proposed by India and the same was endorsed by a record 175 member states. 

The resolution passed by the United Nations noted: “the importance of individuals and populations making healthier choices and following lifestyle patterns that foster good health.” 

Yoga is more than physical activity. Late B. K. S. Iyengar, said: “Yoga cultivates the ways of maintaining a balanced attitude in day-to-day life and endows skill in the performance of one’s actions.”

The massive participation of people from all over the world during the International Yoga Day celebrations annually is a testament to its global popularity.

Sisters and brothers,

The society we live in is in need of a transformation.

We need a transformation in the way we live, in the way we think and in the way we interact with our fellow human beings and Mother Nature. I believe that Yoga will be a powerful tool to bring about the desired transformation in people who practice it regularly.

Stressful workplaces, rise in environmental pollution, changing lifestyle and eating habits are impacting the health of our youth population.

Yoga practice will have a beneficial effect on people, especially at a time when we are witnessing a sharp rise in lifestyle diseases like cardiovascular ailments, diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other respiratory diseases as well as cancers. 

योग मात्र शारीरिक अभ्यास नहीं है, योग शरीर, मन और आत्मा का योग है, यह संपूर्ण और स्थाई खुशहाली की विद्या है। हमारे दर्शन में अद्वैत की अवधारणा है। शरीर, मन और आत्मा में परस्पर कोई भेद न हो, योग इन तीनों की एकता और समरसता का अभ्यास है।

The economic burden of the Non- communicable diseases in terms of lost productivity and expenses incurred for treatment, among others, in India have been projected to amount to $ 6.2 trillion during the period of 2012-2030 by the Harvard School of Public Health based on WHO data.

There is a need to wage a war against NCDs and develop a culture of focusing upon the disease- prevention measures. 

हमारी नई उपभोक्तावादी व्यव्स्था, मन की इच्छाओं को बढ़ाती है और शरीर को आराम देने के साधन पैदा करती है। इससे हमारी जीवन शैली व्याधि ग्रस्त हो रही है। आधुनिक जीवन शैली, खान पान के कारण असंक्रामक व्याधियों जैसे मधुमेह, रक्तचाप जैसी बीमारियों का खतरा लगातार बढ़ रहा है। योग न केवल शरीर के अभ्यास की वैज्ञानिक शैली है, बल्कि वह मन के विकारों, लालसाओं पर भी नियंत्रण करने की प्रेरणा देता है। योग ऐसी जीवन शैली की प्रेरणा देता है जिसमें वैज्ञानिक अभ्यास भी है, खान पान पर नियंत्रण भी, जो हमारी स्थानीय खाद्य संस्कृति पर आधारित है, जो मन के विकारों पर नियंत्रण कर, व्यक्तित्व को स्वस्थ, सात्विक बनाता है।

A healthy diet, complemented with regular exercise along with practicing Yoga will go a long way in ensuring good health.

I compliment Shri Baba Ramdev and the Patanjali Yog peeth and many other yoga trainers and gurus, who have been making a great contribution towards making India healthy by popularizing Yoga and meditation.

I call upon people the younger generation to shun sedentary lifestyle and undertake a regular physical exercise to stay healthy. 

As you all are aware, good health an essential precondition to prosperity and it is important for us to realize that only a healthy nation can become a wealthy nation.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As Swami Vivekananda said India needs youth having nerves of steel, muscles of iron and minds like a thunderbolt. Yoga would make the youth gain such powers. I convey my appreciation to Shri Baba Ramdev and his Yog Peeth for this endeavor and call upon all those gathered here to continue what they have learned in this Yoga camp and stay fit and healthy.

Jai Hind!