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Speech by Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj on the 5th International Day of Yoga celebrated on 23rd June, 2019 at Changlimithang Stadium, Thimphu

For many years now, a question of great debate has been a choice: between lightness and weight. Whether it is worth living life with the weight of reality or should one chose to float into the clouds in the lightness of blissful oblivion? Is suffering necessary for depth in character or shall we detach ourselves from dark realities? And this, indeed, is a philosophical question to be explored over many lavender dusks and dawns, yet I cannot help but think of yoga when I am faced with this dilemma.

Yoga is liberation. It is acknowledging the weight of life, the compelling pull of reality and releasing one's self from darkness. It is not the act of merely transcending to peace effortlessly, it is obtaining inner strength and daring to find serenity. It is the unbroken spirit to overcome, it is the indescribable, infinitely gentle thing. 

Honorable Prime Minister Dr Lotay Tshering

Honourable Foreign Minister Dr Tandi Dorji

All Cabinet Ministers present

All Dashos

All school children

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with great joy and pride that I welcome you here this morning as we jointly celebrate the 5th International Day of Yoga. I am deeply grateful for your presence amidst us and in so honoring us this morning.

Lets step back for a brief moment. To the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2014 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged the world community to adopt an international Day of Yoga. Subsequently, within 75 days of the proposal, the United Nations General Assembly, on December 11, 2014, had adopted a unanimous resolution declaring June 21 as the International Day of Yoga.

From then until now there has been an unparalleled growth in interest in this ancient Indian tradition which now belongs to humanity. I am delighted that Bhutan is second to none and that there is a huge following of yoga in this pristinely beautiful and peaceful country... peace which in fact is a core message of yoga.

As I have previously touched upon, Yoga is the absolute control of the faculties of the mind and through a control of the mind, efficiency in action. This same viewpoint is expressed in the Kumarsambhava of Kalidasa where the state of meditation of Lord Shiva is compared to “ an unflickering lamp kept in a windless place”.

The Embassy of India is indeed proud to be hosting this event at the iconic Changlimithang Stadium in the heart of Thimphu district. In this endeavor, we have received invaluable support from all our sponsors/partner organizations and concerned agencies of the Bhutan Government.  I wish to place on record my thanks to them. My special thanks to Deputy Chief of Mission Gaurav Shrestha, NWCC Director Anuja Chakravarty and Dr. Murthy our Yoga Teacher at the NWCC who will lead the yoga session this morning , and other colleagues at the Embassy and NWCC who have worked ceaselessly to make this event a success.

Coming to a conclusion, I would like to thank Prime Minister Lotay Tshering for leading Yoga Day celebrations this year in Bhutan. It is truly beautiful to see so many around the world gather in solidarity for yoga. It is not living with the burden of weight or the lightness of oblivion, it is a choice made with balance. An idiosyncratic beauty, timeless throughout the progress of humanity, Yoga has endured. It is truth beyond articulation, wisdom beyond time.  

I hope all of you will cherish this day and hold it close to your hearts, today and forever.

Thank you!

 
 
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