Yoga: A Celebration of Oneness with Life

As you may be aware this Sunday, June 21st is the International Day of Yoga as declared by the United Nations on December 11, 2014.

The declaration of this day came after the call by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi during his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 wherein he stated:

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness within yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day.”

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Are you this body or are you centered on this body?

Do you know that there are two ways of thinking in relation with the body?

One, thinking that the body we are carrying is everything in our life. From morning till night, we wash this body, decorate or paint it with make-up, clothe it with all kinds of fanciful attires, feed it with a variety of food, put it to sleep in a comfortable bed; nothing else goes on in the mind except the body. This group of people think they are only the body.

Second, understanding that you are centered on this body, but not only the body. This group of intelligent people know that when this body dies, they are not going to end, everything does not end, the curtain does not fall, it is not that everything is over.

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Death is a passage

Monday early morning, Singapore just lost her founding Father, Mr Lee Kuan Yew who passed on at the age of 91 years old. Mr Lee Kuan Yew was revered by many in the world as one of the most visionary leaders of our time. Not only did he fight for self-Government from the British colonial masters, he also later led Singapore into merger with Malaysia believing that this was the best option for Singapore’s future. When the merger fell apart, he took Singapore out of Malaysia and built a nation from nothing during the most difficult years.

He built up a strong defence capability to protect Singapore’s sovereignty, a vibrant economy which created many jobs, a sound education system and world-class infrastructure, housing and environment. Literally he transformed Singapore from a Third World to a First World country. He was known for his working style – meticulous, persistent, with tremendous drive and spirit, never quitting. He also ensured a successful transitioning of Singapore beyond him through leadership succession.

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