Somayagam is scientific practice: Baba Ramdev

He dubbed as “wrong” the conventional notion that the study and practice of Vedic mantras be confined to the Brahmin community.

Feb 17, 2014 10:02 IST India Infoline News Service

A grand Vedic event like the Somayagam is a scientific endeavour far from being a superstitious ritual as perceived by a section of the public, popular yoga exponent Baba Ramdev said.

“The Somayagam features a sequence of ancient rites that have proven to be promoting mental peace and overall wellness of mankind,” he noted at a press conference held in Kasyapa Veda Research Foundation (KVRF) which is hosting a week-long Somayagam here.

The Haridwar-based guru noted that major involvement of ghee lends Somayagam rituals the quality of cleansing the environment besides promoting the feeling of selflessness. “When you gulp down a spoon of ghee, it benefits just the persons consuming it. But when it is used to fuel the hawan (fireplace) at a yaga, it benefits the air around,” he added.

The Haryana-born Baba expressed happiness over a recent spurt in Vedic events in the south of the country, noting that the ongoing Somayagam at suburban Karaparamba comes soon after a similar event elsewhere in Kerala.

He dubbed as “wrong” the conventional notion that the study and practice of Vedic mantras be confined to the Brahmin community. “In fact, it is the other way round. Whoever learns the Vedas becomes a Brahmin,” Ramdev said, hailing the 2006-founded KVRF’s efforts to propagate Vedic studies to people across communities, religion, gender and age.

The Baba revealed that like Acharya M R Rajesh who heads the KVRF, he too had disciples from across caste and even religion at his Patanjali Yogpeeth based in his resident Uttarakhand city.

The Yogpeeth will be hosting an all-India ‘Yog Mahotsav’ on March 23, envisaging participation of 10 crore people doing exercise in various district headquarters of the country under the monitoring of the volunteers of the institution.

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