Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that reports suggested that neither the Vatican and nor the Diocese of Derry Bishop, Most Reverend Donal McKeown, had offered apology on the actions of the priest who just trashed a highly revered and respected ancient practice.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that although introduced and nourished by Hinduism, yoga was aworld heritage and liberation powerhouse being utilized by millions of people of various faith traditions worldwide for achieving physical and mental fitness.
Why this Derry priest was unnecessarily disparaging yoga whom Patanjali described as “a methodical effort to attain perfection” and about whom US National Institutes of Health indicated: yoga may help one to feel more relaxed, be more flexible, improve posture, breathe deeply, and get rid of stress? Rajan Zed asked.
Zed further said that Bishop McKeown, whose Diocese of Derry was directly responsible for the actions of this priest, should apologize to the hurt worldwide yoga community and clearly state where he stood on this issue. Moreover, Vatican should also clarify its stand on yoga, honestly and transparently.
Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Rajan Zed pointed out and added that yoga was the repository of something basic in the human soul and psyche.