Pune: “Youngsters should begin their day with yoga as they are reeling under tension, secure jobs, salaries and so on,” said Former Union HRD minister Murli Manohar Joshi who was in Pune as the chief guest for the birth centenary celebrations of Guruji as Iyengar.
“Youths must appreciate that Indian sages, seers and forefathers have given us the science of controlling tension and to work with concentration and commitment. Once you have a healthy body, a sound mind and a sharp intellect, nothing is impossible,” he added.
He also recalled one of his earliest memories of yogacharya BKS Iyengar from 30 years ago when he had met him for his daughter, Nivedita’s, slipped disc when she was 15 years old. “We brought her to Iyengar because she had been suffering for years. Some people advised us to turn to yoga. Nanaji Deshmukh (social activist, Jan Sangh leader) referred us to Iyengar’s centre. Now, she can dance, move without a problem and teach yoga as well,” he said.
“He would say there is no use performing skin deep yogic postures. You should feel the experience penetrate into your flesh and bones. In a way, it should be felt all over the body and the entire nervous system should respond to it,” Joshi recollected.
Present on the occasion was Author Rajiv Malhotra who said, “Guruji never treated people like he had already arrived. His journey was a continuous one and a lesson for us,” he said.
Malhotra, secretary of the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, said he first met guruji while featuring him on his television talk show in the 1980s called ‘In Conversation’. His most powerful memory of Iyengar was when he facilitated a meeting between the yoga guru and the Dalai Lama. “Guruji later told me that he was working on me because I’m a student of the Dalai Lama. He said he wanted me to be able to serve him even better,” he added.