Sadhguru: The coming year is a historic event, in many ways. The United Nations has declared the World International Yoga Day. Over 15,000 years ago, since Adiyogi, many things have happened, in terms of propagating yoga, in terms of reaching out. Many administrations in the form of kings, took to yoga. But the first time, the head of a major nation on the planet is talking about yoga in public, in international forum.
The compere: And we invite him to address himself, Mr. Prime Minster
Modi: Yoga is not about exercise, but to discover the sense of oneness with ourselves.
Sadhguru: This could be a kind of a foundation stone to make scientific approach to the inner well-being of the human being, a worldwide thing. That if you want to be well, you don’t have to seek heaven’s help. You can turn inward and fix it. This is the message when you say there is an international yoga day, this is what it means. The world is beginning to accept human well-being is not in heaven, it’s within us. It’s a tremendous step for the world. And for the first time 177 countries get together to pass a resolution. Never before in the history of United Nations, 177 countries have voted for anything.
Today, nearly two billion people on the planet are doing some form of yoga. I am not happy with that. I want the 7.2 billion people to do some form of yoga, because, in the last 100 years, we ripped the planet apart,but we are nowhere near well-being. If human well-being has to happen, the only and only way is one has to turn inward. There is really no other way, because, pain and pleasure happens from within you, joy and misery happens from within you, the very light and darkness happens within you. The only space where you generate experience is within. If you don’t turn inward, fixing your well-being on this planet is out of question.
Today, we have the necessary resource, capability and technology to address every human problem on the planet. Never before were this possible, only thing that is missing is an inclusive consciousness of human beings. And this is what yoga can do. Beyond religion, beyond belief systems, beyond caste, grade, race, nationality, people can experience a deep sense of unity within themselves, which is what the world needs. This is a moment, a step that the humanity is taking. It is time the world turns inward for their well-being, not up, not out, in. In is the only way out. If you want well-being, in the only way out.
Isha Foundation also stepped forward to help reach yoga in a massive way. No less than 35,600 isha teachers taught UPA Yoga classes in over 1,00,000 locations around the planet to bring the true wealth of yoga to people everywhere. Over 2 million across the globe took time out to become a part of yoga day.
Participator: Today we heard Sadhguru’s speaking, it’s a very enriching experience.
Narrator: People from different cultures, ethnicities, and religious backgrounds, create a global wave.
Participator: It’s still one of the greatest courses, it is very good. The video is very easy to follow.
Participator: It is good there is, having a reminder, at least once a year for people, that there is something else to life.
Narrator: June 21st , International Day of Yoga, has become a day to remember.
Participator: Great experience for everyone.
Participator: That was my first time here, definitely really good stuff, really good stuff. Thank you very much.
Narrator: Even 35,000 feet up in the air, people were getting high on yoga.
The Internet helped us reach even more, over 7.5 million joined us as we released, special complimentary five-minute practices, and even yoga app. The inspiration behind this whole effort was Sadhguru, a profound yogi, mystic of our times. Under the support of the media. Sadhguru’s wisdom on yoga reached many more.
News: Sadhguru, he runs the Isha Foundation, which is an international yoga foundation, which has trained about 30 million people.
Sadhguru: Every individual should be able to hold the tools of transformation and well-being in their own hands. This message going across in the form of International Yoga Day, is truly historic. This is a true empowerment of humanity. I hope everybody，every one of us will stand up to this occasion and fulfil this great responsibility that’s been placed in our hands, the privilege of being able to raise human consciousness, the privilege of being able to make a huge difference in the world. Thank you very much.