International Yoga Day Declaration by the United Nations

December 15, 2014

Malaysia Hindhudharma Maamandram applauds and welcomes the resolution by the United 

 

Nations to declare and observe 21st of June as International Day of Yoga. 

 

An unprecedented 177 out of the total 193 member states of the United Nations have co-

 

sponsored a resolution on International Yoga Day. This is the highest number of co-sponsors 

 

ever for any resolution of this nature in the history of the United Nations. The proposal was 

 

made by the Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi during his address to the United 

 

Nations General Assembly on 27th September 2014. It is an effort to ensure a vibrant, happy and 

 

prosperous human race. 

 

Yoga has gained popularity because of its scientific approach and benefits. The sheer number of 

 

supporters as well as the smooth adoption also symbolizes the strong international support and 

 

human spirit for the wholesome wellbeing of mankind. 

 

Yoga is a 5,000 year old physical, mental and spiritual practice having its origin in India. It is a 

 

vast discipline which has remedies for various physical illnesses. Yoga postures effectively 

 

enhance the efficiency of the respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive and endocrine systems 

 

and many other organs in the human body. Acharya Pathanjali, the founder of Yoga, prescribed 

 

the control of Prana (life breadth) as the means to control the body, mind and soul. 

 

If every child is taught Yoga and Meditation, there will be tremendous reduction in various 

 

social illnesses and violence, worldwide. This is achievable within one or two generations and 

 

the entire Humanity shall benefit from this ancient treasure. 

 

Maamandram takes this opportunity to call everyone to practice Yoga as it is the doorway to 

 

physical and spiritual wellbeing. Yoga subsequently rewards one with good health and inner 

 

happiness. 

 

The date 21st June is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Also known as 

 

summer solstice, it has special significance in many parts of the world. Malaysia Hindhudharma 

 

Maamandram being a part of the global Indian/Hindu fraternity is thankful and glad that this 

 

event is observed worldwide. Maamandram is scheduled to organise a mass Suryanamaskar on 

 

this day, beginning from 2015 in Kuala Lumpur.  

 

Radhakrishnan Alagamalai AMN

 

President, 

 

Malaysia Hindhudharma Maamandram

 

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