June 25 - July 2, 2019

Gulf Weekly Letters

 Today, the world is witnessing several problems like terrorism, religious fanaticism, racial prejudices and hatred. In the atmosphere of uncertainty, distrust and fear, I believe that by spreading the philosophy of yoga it can help restore peace in mind body and spirit.

The International Day of Yoga was created to bring harmony and peace for humanity in the entire word. Peace has therefore become a necessary condition for man’s survival. To be in a position to abolish war or to achieving global peace requires internal harmony and serenity within the nation states. Yoga brings message of harmony and peace, it brings people together as well as preaches to the world.

Yoga has a unique capability to mold ones behaviour, awakens ones potentials, perfect his attitudes and perception, set standards of social, emotional, mental and intellectual life and brings changes in the outer and internal world. It is practiced not only to achieve perfect health but also to achieve professional, personal, social and spiritual excellence in life.

Yoga is derived from a Sanskrit word “yujir” meaning to yoke, to bind or to unite. Here the word union represents the best and the highest union so that human beings can live, move and act in health, harmony and happiness. It aims at the melodious progress of the mind, body and the soul.

It believes that peace starts from within, then and only then can it be extended outward to others and the community. When we suffer, we tend to be more willing to inflict pain and misery upon others and ourselves, whether through words, actions, and energy.

Creating a practice of non-violence towards oneself and others allows each individual to gain a stronger sense of well-being, thus reducing their negative impact on the world. The ultimate impact is the realisations that we can each contribute to creating a more peaceful, healthy global society by becoming more peaceful and healthy.

Yoga is a science that tries to understand the root cause of all sufferings facing the human race. It offers a sound philosophy and the ancient scriptures claim that its different practices will help bring an end to all sufferings -physical, mental, emotional, social, professional and spiritual.

The essence of humanity is based on peace. Humility, gratitude, forgiveness, compassion and honesty are virtuous qualities of a harmonious life. Humility is cultivated in yoga by being noncompetitive and not seeking to create the perfect posture, but to admit fragility and taking care of your body and mind.

Inner peace does not mean merely a state of inner being, which ignores the reality of human suffering. Rather, holistic peace is seen as encompassing an individual compassion for human need, coupled with a sincere attempt at identifying with and helping to transform the suffering of others.

Yoga is a universal science and technique. It is an agreement between the individual and the universe and it is applicable to all human beings irrespective of gender, age, caste, creed or religion. It works on the whole of the individual so it is meant for the development of the whole of mankind on physical, mental, and spiritual levels.

Yoga aims to transform the body and mind by bringing it into sound state. It is a scientific and a powerful technique to master instinctive behaviour of human beings. It aims at the melodious progress of the mind, body and the soul.


Dr. Meraj Ahmad Meraj

Assistant Professor

Department of Arabic, Aliah University, Kolkata

Editor’s note: International Yoga Day was actually celebrated throughout the kingdom. Check out Social Scene on Page 15.                                       

After 12 years of landing exclusives, moulding reporters and sharing exciting new developments in the kingdom, the Gulf Weekly newspaper bid farewell to its editor Stan Szecowka. He will be heading GDNonline from now on.

The team will miss him retelling Paul Levies joke of the day and at how hard he laughed at it. They will also miss his dad dance moves and his music know-how. He has left behind his fish, named Rasika, for the new editor in charge to keep her calm during deadline days as it did for him. Your fish friend will be in safe hands.

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