Prime Minister Narendra Modi today performed Yoga with over 50,000 enthusiasts at the Forest Research Institute campus here, saying the ancient Indian discipline has emerged as the most powerful unifying force in a strife-torn world.
He said in fact yoga has become the biggest mass movement across the globe in the quest for good health and wellbeing, which is crucial to the creation of a peaceful world.
"Dehradun to Dublin, Shanghai to Chicago, Jakarta to Johannesburg, Himalayan highlands or sunburnt deserts, Yoga is enriching millions of lives all over the world. Yoga fosters amity in societies which can form the basis of national unity," the prime minister said.
He said the proposal for the Yoga Day at the UN was accepted in record time with a majority of nations supporting it. Today people all over the world have come to look upon yoga as something which belongs to them, Modi said.
"Instead of dividing, yoga unites. Instead of further animosity, yoga assimilates. Instead of increasing suffering, yoga heals," he said.
Modi said yoga presents a ray of hope for future of the world. "Yoga is beautiful because it is ancient yet modern, it is constant yet evolving," he said.
The growing popularity of yoga across the globe has brought India closer to the world and this position is going to get strengthened in times to come, he said.
The prime minister had arrived here last night to participate in the main event on the International Yoga Day. Elaborate security arrangements were made and nearly 3,000 security personnel deployed in and around the venue.
Modi arrived at the FRI at around 6.30 am and addressed the people before performing asanas with them.
Yesterday, while greeting yoga enthusiasts across the world, the prime minister had said that this exercise is one of the most precious gifts given by the ancient Indian sages to humankind.
(With PTI inputs)