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2nd International Day of Yoga

The United Nations has declared June 21 as 'International Day of Yoga'  Following a proposal by Prime Minister Sri. Narendra Modi, to the world community at the UNGA speech, on 26th Sept 2014, that India's Yoga should be celebrated as World Yoga Day, UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with a record number of 175 country co-sponsors, for observance of International Day of Yoga June 21 each year. The 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted by acclamation draft Resolution A/69/L.17 with a record number of 175 countries co-sponsoring it. This resolution has been brought about in an unprecedented manner. It...

Ugadi: A New Year of Reflections

Ugadi is the festival celebrated by all Hindus to mark the beginning of the New Year according to the Hindu calendar, Panchanga (this year, it is on 8th of April according to the Gregorian calendar). The word “Panchanga” is two-part. “Pancha” means five and “anga” means attribute. That is, Panchanga refers to the 5 attributes of the day. The attributes are as following:  -Tithi: represents the phase of the moon that day; 15 in all -Vasara: name of the day just like Monday, Tuesday, etc.; 7 in all -Nakshatra: the star within which the moon is present that day; 27...

Swami Vivekananda: A peek into his life

You may be a child; a senior citizen, an adolescent or middle aged person. But you’re as old as you want to be. You’re as old as you think you are.  Assuming and hoping you think you’re young, I wish you a very happy National Youth Day! National youth day, as you may know, is celebrated to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. He is one of the main representatives of the new age Hinduism that we see today (the term neo-Hinduism may be used). He was keen about the welfare of young people because he believed that they...

Yoga guru B K S Iyengar

“He made me the yoga teacher I am today” repeated the Yogacharya for the third time now, referring to the great B K S Iyengar. Ever since he was reminded of Guruji’s birthday that’s coming up this month, he seems to be lost in thought. His replies to my queries come delayed with a far-away look in his eyes.  “Those eight months I spent with Guruji seems more and more important with each passing year. I remember every instruction and advice he gave me during those months. The tone he used, his facial expression and his body language – they’re...

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