JAMMU Governor N. N. Vohra has called for enlarging awareness about the relevance of Yoga, adding that it can make a most significant contribution towards the establishment of stable societies which promote brotherhood, harmony and peace.
The Governor, as Chief Guest, was inaugurating a 3-day World Yoga Conference on Global Peace and Harmony through Holistic Approach of Yoga and Meditation, organized by The Yoga Centre, University of Jammu, at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium here today.
The Governor observed that Yoga inculcates discipline and is valuable alternative medicine for the effective management of varied physical ailments and neurological disorders. As such, he said that all possible measures should be taken to promote Yoga in our State and the country. He expressed happiness that large numbers, particularly children, are taking keen interest in learning and practicing Yoga. He observed that if a Yoga practitioner attains the highest levels of concentration and coordination of mind and body he can aspire to embark in the realm of spirituality.
Referring to the global situation and the growing number of countries, across the world, which were being devastated by conflicts, violence and terrorism, the Governor observed that there is need for encouraging all initiatives and approaches which can possibly reduce conflicts and tensions and help in promoting peace and harmony.
The Governor, who is Chancellor of the Jammu University, expressed high appreciation of the excellent standard of Yoga performances given by the group of seven students, which included two girls. He also lauded the role of their teacher, Mr. Sanjay. He said that a brief documentary should be prepared of such demonstrations to encourage children in various institutions. He interacted with the Yoga students and their teacher and presented mementos to them.
The Governor released a Souvenir and a CD on Meditation brought out on this occasion.
The Governor was honoured on this occasion by presenting a memento to him by Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University.
Earlier, the Governor lit the ceremonial lamp to mark the commencement of the Conference.
Prof. M. P. S. Ishar, Vice Chancellor, Jammu University, thanked the Governor for inaugurating the Conference. He said that Yoga promotes a healthy and peaceful life.
Dr. Bharat Bhushan, an eminent Yoga practitioner, in his Keynote Address, dwelt on the aims and objects of the Conference. He said that this Conference will provide an excellent opportunity to deliberate on Yoga and Meditation.
In his welcome address, Dr. D. L. Choudhary, Director, The Yoga Centre, Jammu University, said that about 300 delegates are participating in this Conference from within the country and abroad, including those from USA, Canada, Iran, Mexico, Thailand and Myanmar.
Among those present on the occasion were Mr. Abdul Rahim Rather, Minister for Finance; Prof. Swatantra Kumar, Vice Chancellor, Guru-kul-Kangri University, Haridwar; Ms. Lee Halina Majewski, Yoga scholar from Canada; Prof. Ved Kumari Ghai, Member, Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board; Mr. K. Rajendra, Additional Director General of Police; senior officers, Deans, Heads of Departments, Faculty members and students of the University, delegates of the Conference and invited participants.
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