Loving and Divine Soul,

I send my best wishes and love to all of you on the occasion of the International Yoga Day, celebrated on June 21. I also wish you healthy, happy, and peaceful lives. Yoga is a precious gift from India to humankind. It transcends national, religious, and cultural boundaries.

This ancient art of perfect living offers hope for a future where humankind can live in love, peace, and joy. In spirit and practice, it is universal. Yoga has crossed the boundary of India for thousands of years, traveling eastward all the way to Japan. It has been modified and has evolved into many different names and forms. It also traveled westward from India, but lost its fragrance for different reasons.

However, in modern times yoga came to the West through great masters such as Swami Vivekananda and Paramahamsa Yoganandaji. Many others followed in their footsteps. Although the path of yoga has faced many obstacles, it has now been accepted worldwide. Ordinarily, people think of yoga as a physical exercise, but in reality, it is not that.

The essence of yoga is the successful art of living, which provides a practitioner with perfect health, a mind free from agitation, a sharp intelligence, a good memory, and a life filled with love and compassion. The modern world roils with ruthless competition, concentrates wealth in the hands of a few, and sires hatred, jealousy, and intolerance. Practicing the different limbs of yoga, including meditation and contentment, will bring real peace in the world, not mere slogans. Yoga transforms the heart, bringing forth love and compassion that ultimately can make the world a better place to live.

Let higher levels of consciousness awaken in the minds and hearts of people due to practice of yoga and meditation. Let peace and harmony thrive everywhere.

I pray to God for peace, love, compassion, and harmony in our hearts and minds as well as everywhere in the world.

With Love,
Prajnanananda

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