Do not be afraid of yoga, Hindu statesman Rajan Zed tells
practitioners of different faiths.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a
statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that although introduced and nourished by
Hinduism, yoga was a world heritage to be utilized by all. One could still
practice one's respective faith and do yoga. Yoga would rather help one in
achieving one's spiritual goals in whatever religion one believed in. It was
not at odds with any faith and rather made one spiritually healthier. Question
of spiritual confusion was irrelevant as yoga brought more clarity in thought.
Rajan Zed further said that yoga, referred as "a living
fossil" whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley
civilization, was a mental and physical discipline handed down from one guru to
next, for everybody to share and benefit from. According to Patanjali who
codified it in Yoga Sutra, yoga was a methodical effort to attain perfection,
through the control of the different elements of human nature, physical and
psychical. Yoga was based on an eightfold path to direct the practitioner from
awareness of the external world to a focus on the inner.
According to National Institutes of Health, Yoga may help
one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply,
and get rid of stress.
Swami Vivekananda reportedly brought yoga to USA in 1893.
According to an estimate, about 16 million Americans now do yoga.