Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of yoga

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    NEW DELHI: To make yogaan aam lifestyle choice in a country where religious symbolism often attracts high-voltage political controversies, Modi Sarkar is dropping all references to 'aum' — the traditional mystical invocation related to Hindu spirituality and yoga practice — in its coming high-powered promotion of this ancient discipline.
    Senior officials involved in the government's extensive preparations to celebrate the June 21 International Yoga Day told ETthat the brief is to keep the effort "free of controversy".
    Therefore, there will be no reference to 'aum' in the 33-minute Common Yoga Protocol that's been prepared by the department of AYUSH ( ayurveda, yoga & naturopathy, unani, siddha and homoeopathy), as well as all literature and video being prepared for the June 21 celebration.
    "It has to be kept in mind that the idea of the International Yoga Day is to take yoga to the global stage," a top government officialinvolved in preparations told ET.
    "Linkages with religion may just undermine this ambitious effort," the official added. Officials who spoke to ET for this story did so on the condition they not be identified.
    The Modi government's decision is significant not only in the light of recent religion-related political controversies but also global debates about yoga's 'religious' identity. Court battles have been fought in the US over whether yoga propagates religion and although the discipline's global popularity is substantial and growing, the question hasn't completely gone away.
    Ishwar V Basavaraddi, director, Morarji DesaiNational Institute of Yogaconfirmed that even the mention of the "universal sound" of aum is being avoided to ensure that there is no religious overtone given to International Yoga Day.
    Plenty of other efforts are being made to make June 21 a significant day. There are plans to issue Rs 100 and Rs 10 coins. The coins will carry the logo of International Yoga Day - a yoga posture indicating the integration of the five elements.
    The government will also issue a special postal stamp bearing the same image. The same logo is likely to be adopted by UN for the international day of yoga. The slogan likely to go with the logo will be - 'Yoga for Harmony and Peace'. Indian missions and culture centres all over the world will host the 33-minute Common Yoga Protocol, starting 8 am of June 21. There are plans to host this — starting 7 am — across India as well, in schools and government departments and security forces. And the government is approaching Guinness Book of World Records as well as Limca Book of Records to enlist June 21 celebrations as the biggest multi-venue yoga practice ever. Also, officials said, the yoga protocol, prepared in consultation with Baba Ramdev, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev and yoga institutions in India, will stick to the simplest of yoga postures. "This is to ensure yoga appeals even to the uninitiated in many countries."
    Later this month, a yoga guru will be brought in to train MPs and their family members. In New Delhi, while the culture ministry will organise an exhibition on the history of yoga, the tourism ministry will circulate brochures and booklets. To round it all off, there will be a government-sponsored international conference on yoga on June 21 and 22.

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    morons! ''OOM' is Communal??
     
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    Bad mathematics in a bid to get some percentage of the minority votes he forgets the majority vote.
     
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    I think promotion of Yoga is important, every body in this country knows that Yoga is an invention of Hindus.

    Let everybody(including Majority & minorities) first learn yoga, over a period of time they will realize that with out humming certain mantras during surya Namaskara the whole process is incomplete.

    As first step promotion of yoga is very important for health benefits & let Yoga be a household name in India.

    No matter what Modi government does, minorities(Majority of the minorities) & Anti nationals wont like it, yes its a secular move but overall health benefit to the Indians & promotion of yoga by the government should be appreciated.
     
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    Yoga cannot be learnt from videos or TV channels.

    It has to be learnt from experts.

    Incorrect exercise can have very serious effect on the health.
     
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    Aum will never go out of Yoga. Yoga will never be allowed to become a secular bastard, it does not matter what the axis of shameless commies / leftists / evangelists / Jihadis say or think!! Let's wait till the Yoga is implemented! :)
     
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    Stupid move. Just put a disclaimer for people who don't want to say 'Om'.
     
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    I don't have sufficient knowledge on merits and demerits of saying "aum" in yoga.

    But from a layman's perspective of spreading yoga across the world, "aum" can be left out for now. First let yoga be propagated across the world, "aum" can be attached later, Internet will take care of it.
     
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    This is the best move by Modi govt to popularize Yoga.

    1.Now, no xian/mus clerics will whine yoga is Hinduism.
    2.It will boost brand image of India &tourism.
    3. And we implement in our Schools by claiming Now yoga became secular :p
    4.After gaining too much popularity slowly introduce these(Om/hymns) again in yoga.
    5.Finally no one can deny Yoga Hindu roots just take steps to make yoga more popular.
     
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    Disgusting!!!!!
     
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    With OM, that is not Yoga.
     
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    Om is a mantra, or vibration, that is traditionally chanted at the beginning and end of yoga sessions. Coming from Hinduism and Yoga, the mantra is considered to have high spiritual and creative power but despite this, it is a mantra that can be recited by anyone. It’s both a sound and a symbol rich in meaning and depth and when pronounced correctly it is actually AUM.
    Aum actually consists of four syllables: A, U, M, and the silent syllable.
    The first syllable is A, pronounced as a prolonged "awe." The sound starts at the back of your throat and you stretch it out. You will start feeling your solar plexus and chest vibrating.
    The second syllable is U, pronounced as a prolonged “oo,” with the sound gradually rolling forward along your upper palate. You'll feel your throat vibrate.
    The third syllable is M, pronounced as a prolonged “mmmm” with your front teeth gently touching. You will now start to feel the top of your vibrate.
    The last syllable is the deep silence of the Infinite. As intelligence rises from the deep silence, you have to merge your chant from the ‘M’ to the deep silence.
    Symbolically the three letters embody the divine energy (Shakti) and it’s 3 main characteristics: (1) creation, (2) preservation and (3) liberation.
    Why do we chant it?
    Everything in the universe is pulsating and vibrating – nothing is really standing still! The sound Om, when chanted, vibrates at the frequency of 432 Hz, which is the same vibrational frequency found throughout everything in nature.
    As such AUM is the basic sound of the universe; so by chanting it we are symbolically and physically tuning in to that sound and acknowledging our connection to all other living beings, nature and the universe.
    In addition the vibrations and rhythmic pronunciation also have a physical affect on the body by slowing down the nervous system and calming the mind similar to meditation. When the mind is relaxed, your blood pressure decreases and ultimately the health of your heart improves.
    Finally it is also a way to delineate the time of our practice from the rest of our day and signify that this is a special time in which to care for ourselves and practice being mindful
    All in all, beginning and/or ending your yoga practicing with AUM helps to connects us to our practice in a deeper way than just with physical postures.

    OM: What Is It & Why Do We Chant It?
     
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    From whatever little I know, which should be more than most of what you guys are saying :p, Yog, since it is based on Samkhya is in its essence Nirishwar-vad (no need for Ishwar).

    Om OTOH is the essence of Hinduism both Ishwarvadis and Nirishwar vadis. I am personally an ishwar vadi and Om for me constitutes the essence of all reality.

    Buddhists and Jains have their own variants. Sikhs who are not expected to repose faith in Vedas have their own variant. Om, Aum, Omkar, Onkar, Ek Omkar.

    To say that Yoga cannot be excercised without practicing Om may be wrong.

    And since Om is the reality. Rather the only reality. Om does not need protection/approbation/recognition/jhagada/lafda that comes without the essential acceptance of it and that is brought about by force/norms/duress/sleight.

    Let it be, I would say. Currently the reality is that people do not even begin their journey from the basics of Yam, Niyam and Pratyahara because of the essential fear of the greater concepts involved. There is no point in intimidating people. What we should be careful for is that while allowing the multiple usages of Yoga we (practicing Hindus mostly ishwar vadis) should not end up giving up its ownership for our own usages.

    It is a bit radical though to propose Yoga without Om. But if you have seen Baba Ramdev and his acharyas on Astha Channel late in the night, when off and on they telecast their darshan classes, then you must have seen that their trust takes the Hindu heritage quite seriously and they will not give any advise that goes against the roots of our traditions.
     
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    no one opposed "Oom". I am sure,this idea is from stupid babus
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    Re: Modi government to drop all references to ‘aum’ from promotion of

    Following up their controversial move to remove “Om” from the practice of Yoga, so as to not give it a religious overtone, the Narendra Modi government has decided to similarly remove the word “Veda” from the practice of Ayurveda. A new name will be given to the practice when the government decides to market it to the international community. While there has been no official statement on the name, sources say that it could most likely be “ Ayurology.”
    “Any linkage with religion might undermine this humongous medical effort,” an official from department of AYUSH told The UnReal Times. “So in order to make sure that this doesn’t have any religious overtone to it, we’ve decided to remove the word ‘veda’ from Ayurveda. It can be either Ayurology or Ayurgraphy or Ayurical science. We plan to extend the religious de-linking further, to other aspects of Hinduism as well – for example, we will remove Kashi from Kashiyatra, Utsav from Mahotsav, Hindus from Hindustan, Shiva from Shivaratri and so on,” the official added.
    The official also added that AYUSH has received a proposal from the Finance Ministry too, in support of the decision. “In future, anyone who chants OM while doing yoga, has to mention the number of times they’ve done so, while filing their IT returns. Every utterance of OM will attract a hefty tax. Similarly, any reference to veda while utilizing ancient Hindu medical science will attract another tax, that has to be mentioned at the time of filing IT returns. All these activities will be monitored closely and any evasion will be dealt with severely,” a circular from the Finance Ministry reportedly read.
    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has however, rubbished such reports and has stated that he will give a detailed clarification regarding the same, in an exclusive interview on NDTV with Barkha Dutt.

    After removing “Om” from Yoga, Modi govt to remove “Veda” from “Ayurveda” | The UnReal Times
     
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    Control your sentiments people, such piece of news is to demoralize you all who support Modi because you're desperate. Though your intentions are pure, you people will hurt your own if you can't control your emotions.
     
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    #Pressitudes at it again.

    EDIT: Just saw @iNDiAN.96 beat me to it.

    Kudos mate.
     
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    I made the mistake of believing that 56 inch may implement measures to save native Dharmic traditions, but now it's pretty clear that him and Sangh are incompetent vision less morons. Should have known better when he made the "Shauchalaya over Devalaya" statement last year. Economy and more minority appeasement is the priority for him. Removing Aum from Yoga makes it more marketable to non Hindus, so fits in perfectly with his economic agenda. Who cares if these backward ancient traditions are digested by foreigners ?

    I hope this Govt gets royally defeated in every election from now on till 2019. The writing is already on the wall as far as Bihar, UP, Punjab, West Bengal elections are concerned. That will teach BJP a lesson as to why you shouldn't betray your core voter base. People are not fools in the cow belt that you can keep selling them B.S over and over again.
     
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