21 June 2016
At the Yoga Day eve event titled, Conversation with Masters: Yoga for the Achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Mystic and yoga master, Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev told the United Nations that Yoga is not Indian as is widely believed.
Vasudev said: “It does not belong to India”
He explained that this was because yoga was “an absolute science and technology for well-being”. He noted that Science cannot be Indian because of its universality and absoluteness.
Speaking further, he told the audience of diplomats and international officials that though yoga originated from India and that though Indians are proud of it, it still does not belong to India.
He said: “The very fact that the UN has declared an International Yoga Day means India has gifted it to the world. It does not belong to India any more.”
He also said that to change the world, the individual must change first. “You cannot transform the world without changing the individual. The world is a larger manifestation of who we are.”
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin also said that “both aspects of yoga, mindful thought and mindful action, have a direct bearing on our collective response to global problems”.
Just as Vasudev said, the World Health Organisation’s Executive Director at the UN office, Nata Menabde, said yoga was India’s gift to the world and it was special because of that.