The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated a mass Yoga event at Rashtrapati Bhavan to commemorate the International Yoga Day on June 21, 2015.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, described Yoga as a journey from "Aham to Vayam; Sva to Samasti." (I to we; Self to Universe). He said that if we perceive our human body to be a unique creation, then Yoga is similar to a "user manual" that made one aware of the immense capabilities of that creation.
He described Yoga as a means to achieve harmony with oneself, one's body, surroundings and nature. He said that when practised correctly and with discipline, Yoga leads to greater fulfilment in life.
The Prime Minister said that as the world united in celebrating the International Day of Yoga, there would be a lot of expectations, regarding Yoga, and India stands ready to the shoulder the responsibility of these expectations, for the greater good of the world.
He added that it may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world. He reiterated India's resolve to reach out and foster a culture of inclusiveness, of fraternity, of one global family – Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam.
The Minister for AYUSH (I/C) Shri Shripad Yesso Naik, the Minister of State for Finance Shri Jayant Sinha, and Yoga exponents Baba Ramdev, Dr Nagendra and Dr. Veerendra Heggade were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that 177 countries co-sponsored the resolution in the United Nations, for adopting June 21st as International Yoga Day.