India: Yoga is not a religious practice and doesn’t scrap a person of their Religious identity, says Yoga Guru Ramdev

Doing 'Surya Namaskar' does not convert a Muslim into a Hindu," Ramdev said while leading a rehearsal on the eve of Second International Yoga Day

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Yoga Guru Ramdev. Image source: www.zhagdoo.com
  • Second International Yoga Day will be observed on June 21, 2016
  • The event began after Baba Ramdev paid homage to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate
  • Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu also participated in the rehearsal

Stressing on yoga’s secular nature, Baba Ramdev, who led about 35,000 people in a rehearsal ahead of the International Yoga Day at the Rajpath on Sunday, June 19, said yoga was not a religious but a spiritual practice and did not make a practitioner lose his religious identity.

Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu also participated in the rehearsal.

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“Practicing yoga is not a religious practice. It’s spiritual and secular practice. Doing ‘Surya Namaskar’ does not convert a Muslim into a Hindu,” Ramdev said while leading a rehearsal for the second International Yoga Day on June 21.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, front and center, leads tens of thousands of people in a yoga demonstration on the first International Day of Yoga. Image source: blogs.wsj.com
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, front and center, leads tens of thousands of people in a yoga demonstration on the first International Day of Yoga. Image source: blogs.wsj.com

The event began after Baba Ramdev paid homage to martyrs at Amar Jawan Jyoti at the India Gate.

Singer Kailash Kher, who promoted the event, sang his famous numbers while Ramdev performed yoga matching the beat, as Naidu called him a ‘true sage’.

“In today’s world of Liberalization, privatisation and globalisation, spirituality, peace and self-control is possible through yoga. Guru ji (Ramdev) is doing a pious work. He is a saint,” Naidu said.

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Jaitley also praised Baba Ramdev and said that yoga is India’s gift to the world.

“India is respected for sharing its Vedic knowledge in form of yoga with the world. Baba Ramdev is taking care of people’s health by spreading it across the world,” he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for getting global respect for yoga, Ramdev said the International Yoga Day had become a festival like the Independence Day or Diwali.

BJP MPs Meenakshi Lekhi, Babul Supriyo and Manoj Tiwari were also present. (IANS)

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  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This should be promoted more as there has been cases wherein people are isolated or punished to practice Yoga saying it is a Hindu tradition and culture and if practiced by anybody else, would lose their religious identity. As such there is nothing like that.

  • Kalpana Meena

    Good show!
    He talks sense except when it comes to homosexuality.

  • AJ Krish

    Practicing yoga not only keeps you physically fit but also mentally healthy. There is no religion when it comes to Yoga. He is absolutely right!

  • devika todi

    yoga has aided many people in overcoming their sufferings. it helps one remain fit and healthy. the secular nature of yoga should be propagated. why should one not do yoga only because they are Christians, Muslims, Jews or Hindus?