I feel sad to know that a spiritual topic like Yoga is being dragged into this dirty, filthy discussion. Adding on, some pessimistic people or those who have no clue regarding the virtues of India are addressing India as a dead nation. India is a land of culture, heritage and values gifted with Vedas, Vedantas and Yoga which form the essence of Indian culture. I feel sorry for those who cannot appreciate her wonderful virtues.
In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards, the Greeks, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch, all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history tried to enforce our way of life on them. Why? Because we respect the freedom of others. The distortion it has gone through due to invasion has not destroyed the spiritual thread.
I am a student of ShivaYogaPeeth and I know how great my country is and what a holy place Rishikesh across the mother Ganges has to offer. When I talk about yoga, I am not referring to various postures that people seem to want to achieve. I?m talking about yoga as a method, a whole technology, which leads you on to a sense of inclusion; to experience everything and everyone as a part of yourself, which ultimately brings absolute clear perception of the realities in which you exist. Yoga and meditation go hand in hand: Yoga helps to strengthen the body for long meditation sessions; meditation helps the mind get into the body for yogic postures. The interesting fact is that both originated in India.
As a result, travellers find an array of courses and treatments in India that strive to heal mind, body and spirit. India is such a great nation where legends like Swami Vivekananda and Swami Yogananda have born. The affinity of yoga and what one might call the ?American temperament? began a century ago with Swami Vivekananda who taught widely what he called raja yoga, the ?royal yoga,? which he described as both ?mystical? and ?psychological.? He saw it as a spirituality based on the cultivation of concentration. Swami Yogananda, also spoke to a wide audience through his Self-Realization Fellowship. Both Vivekananda and Yogananda described the practice of yoga as ?scientific,? a term they used in order to convey the insistence on verifying the attainments of yoga through one?s own experience.
Indian culture has always been about human liberation. No other culture has looked at a human being with so much depth and understanding and created methods to evolve a person into his ultimate nature. We have Yoga as our biggest spiritual science which lights a way to enlightenment. Western societies talk of political, social and physical liberation, but we have always understood liberation as the core value of who we are, the ultimate liberation. Indian spiritual ethos is not about belief systems. It is about systematic practices that were so intellectually and magnificently presented over thousands of years that they sharpened the mind and body in a certain way. That is why the country is so effortlessly going ahead in the information and technology age. It has an ethos and a quality that you can?t find anywhere else. People always looked east when they thought of inner well being and still do so. India aspires to make every nation meditative, creates well being for itself and as far as possible, well being for everyone in the world. That is what makes India a unique nation. It?s not just Indians who love India but it has inspired millions of poets and artists too. Here are a words of a few:
Mark Twain, American author: "India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only?.
Max Mueller, German scholar: ?If I were asked under what sky the human mind has most fully developed some of its choicest gifts, has most deeply pondered on the greatest problems of life, and has found solutions, I should point to India?.
Romain Rolland, French scholar: ?If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India?.
The above quotes are from legends. India was great not just then but still continues to be one of the best nations in the world. Get your facts right and you will know how incredible India is.
The world knows that India will be the next generation superpower. With time we are one of the fastest developing countries in world. India has the mass labour and production which can take India to a next level. India has already put a stamp of authority in the IT sector and is ready to reach the world stage to find a place in manufacturing. India has entrepreneurship and leadership capabilities which are of utmost importance in creating a successful nation and a super power. Economic liberalization has resulted in the rise of the growth rates of the middles class which is a good indication for India. APJ Abdul Kalam had a strong vision of India and our PM is working hard to make that dream possible. A developed India by 2020 is not a dream. It need not be a mere vision in the minds of many Indians. It?s a mission that we all are working towards and shall succeed.
I wish you had a positive approach towards life then all you could view would only be sheer beauty and nothing else. Till you learn to respect gentleness, you will never know the evolved situations.