1st International Yoga day in Hong Kong

As the world came together to celebrate Yog, heeding to India’s call, on 21st June, 2015, Hong Kong was not to be left behind. In fact, with the sun rising earlier than most parts of the world, Hong Kong brought in International Yog day even before the brethren in rest of world had risen to the new day. Over 2000 people gathered at the Sun Yet Sen Memorial park to witness history in making.

The program started with a short but beautiful narration of the history of Yog, rightly remembering Mahadev – the Adi Yogi and Rishi Patanjali, to whom the world owes this knowledge of Yog. Then followed Om chanting, Sanskrit prayer (Sangchadvam…) and 35 minute sequence of Aasanas & Pranayams, ending aptly with the Shanti mantra (Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah). Not wanting to be left out of this solemn occasion, the rain gods and glowing sun too made their presence felt but people were undeterred and carried on with gusto.

“Yog” the word comes from the root word “yuj” which means “to join or to unite”. In the truest sense, this Yoga day brought together people from different nationalities, religions, races and ages on one platform to perform Aasaans and Pranayaams. In Hong Kong, amongst other diplomats, we also saw the Consulate Generals of Iran and Israel share stage, showcasing on this Yog divas, one of those rare moments of universal solidarity

Was it the auspicious reverberations of Om, or just the exuberant positivity being exuded by participants, one could not have missed the energy and happy serenity in the Hong Kong air that morning. Indeed, this was a day and occasion to remember.

आज Hong Kong के Sun Yet Sen Sai Ying Pun Park में अन्ताराष्ट्रिय योग दिवस का आयोजन हुआ। विशाल मैदान तथा विशाल जन मेदनी के बीच कार्यक्रम सम्पन्न हुआ। “योग” हा मूल शब्द है “युज्”, याने जोडना । आज योग दिवस ने सही अर्थ में पृथक पृथक देश, धर्म, जात, आयु के लोगोन को एक साथ लाकर, लय से लय और ताल से ताल मिलाकर आसन तथा प्राणायाम करने का विरल अवसर प्रदान किया । Hong Kong वासीयों ने इस अवसर का खुब लाभ उठाया, 2000 से अधिक लोग सुबह ७:३० बजे योग करने उपस्थित हुए । और इस ऐतिहासिक प्रसंग को देखने वर्षा रानी भी आ हि गई । अत्यन्त अविस्मरणीय अनुभव रहा ।

ॐ शान्ति |

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