Spiritual leader Sadhguru, founder of Isha Foundation, addressed civil service aspirants at Sardar Patel Institute of Public Administration (SPIPA) in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. He has been at the forefront of a campaign to make school students embrace yoga “as a tool for mental and physical well-being”.
He aims to covering nearly 10,000-15,000 schools across the nation for the International Day of Yoga (IDY, June 21) when he plans to address the increasing suicidal tendencies among children by motivating them to follow yoga. He was in Gujarat to cover the state under the campaign for which a meeting was scheduled with the chief minister later in the day. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh have already given their consent to be a part of this campaign. “We want to touch the students in a big way by training school teachers not only to teach but to sustain through a year as a simple form of yoga. We also wish to do this in Gujarat,” he said.
Terming the IDY as the most visionary step of the Prime Minister, he said, “Declaring the International Yoga Day means the entire world will have the capabilities to take tools of transformation into their own hands.”
Asked about his support in making yoga mandatory in schools, he said that it must not be done as an imposition, but with an understanding and in a school one should not use words like compulsory and mandatory.
On the JNU issue, he advised all political parties to stay away from universities and also suggested to limit the age of a student. “We should not give so much importance to a handful of misguided students. This is not a condition of the students in this country but a handful of them. I would advise all political parties to stay back from universities. Let the youth debate it with their own intelligence, with their own ideologies of what youth want for the next generation,” he said.
“No religion should have any part in the making of this nation because we have decided this on a secular nation. Nobody can impose anything on the other whichever way, either with money or force. This has been the ethos of this culture forever. In the same family, people can worship five different gods and still we have no problem. This has been our culture. Don’t make it a big issue now,” he added.