Hindus are grateful to the Council of the District of Columbia (CDC) for not imposing tax on yoga.
Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, who strongly criticized the attempts to regulate yoga in the recent past by various states in USA, has applauded CDC for reportedly rejecting the idea of yoga tax.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that yoga was one of the six systems of orthodox Hindu philosophy whose traces went back to around 2000 BCE. Yoga never had any formal organization and yoga practice had been handed down from one guru to the next.
Zed stressed that yoga was a mental and physical discipline by means of which the human-soul (jivatman) united with universal-soul (parmatman). Some sages had described yoga as the silencing of all mental transformations, which lead to the total realization of the Supreme Self. Some had used yoga attempting to gain liberation by removing all sensory barriers. For Patanjali, author of the basic text, the 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 the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche and regulating it was kind of a religious infringement, Rajan Zed added.bout 16 million Americans, including many celebrities, are said to practice yoga. The CDC is the Washington's legislative body, responsible for crafting laws for the nation's capital. Vincent C. Gray is the Chairman.