New Delhi: Over 30,000 people gathered for a huge convention on ‘Ancient Rajyoga for a Healthy and Happy Bharat’ organised by the Brahma Kumaris at Indira Gandhi Stadium today (Sunday 17thSeptember).
In a letter which was read out, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his gratitude to the Brahma Kumaris for organising the event: “Yoga is a wonderful way to remain healthy. Yoga is about both fitness and wellness. It is a passport to health assurance…my heartfelt congratulations for organising this mega yoga event and I extend my best wishes for the successful conduct of the national convention.”
Emphasising that a tranquil mind is the basis of a healthy body, yoga guru Dr HR Nagendra, founder and spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, said that meditation is a very critical tool to maintain state of wellness and is also helpful in dealing with a number of diseases, the majority of which start in the mind.
BK Brijmohan, Additional Secretary-General of the Brahma Kumaris, said: “The purpose of this huge gathering of Rajyogis is to concentrate pure vibrations for promoting a swachhta abhiyan of the mind.”
Swami Chidanand Saraswati urged the gathering to join hands in formation of a new Bharat based on our original qualities of brotherhood, peace and compassion. He called on news organisations to move away from mundane breaking news to a real focus on positive stories that will uplift their audiences.
BK Shivani, motivational speaker, invited everyone in the audience to take a pledge to give away at least one weakness that was coming in the way of their progress and by doing so, become instrumental in changing the world. She also took the audience into a short and tranquil meditative experience.
Yoga Guru Dr HR Nagendra, Chairman, VYASA, Bangalore; Swami Chidanand Saraswati, founder and spiritual head of Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, and Mr. Manoj Tewari, president, Delhi BJP, were among a number of dignitaries present who felicitated Dadi Janki, head of the Brahma Kumaris organisation at the age of 102 years.
Dadi Janki said: “Rajyoga is all about the reality of who we are and to whom we belong, and the connection between the soul and the Supreme Soul.” Dadi then asked all present in the stadium to give up waste thoughts and to always create positive and elevated thoughts.
Sending her blessings through a pre-recorded video, Dadi Hirdaya Mohini, Additional Chief of the Brahma Kumaris, said: “We all believe that God is one. This means that we, His children, are one family and must live with this consciousness.” She added that the loss of original spiritual identity is the source of conflict in the world.
The event was also filled with music, songs and classical dances. A popular song sung by Sister Asmita echoed through the programme with the lyrics: “Don’t tell God that my difficulties are big, but tell the difficulties that my God is big.”