Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana
A Yoga University, Bengaluru
The 12th Convocation of the University was held on 12th January, 2015 at the University Campus at Jigani, Bengaluru. Every year, the convocation of the university is held on 12th January, being the birth day of Swami Vivekananda. This year both the tithi and the calendar date coincided.
The programme started at 5.30 am with Saraswathi Home and Japa Upadesha at 6.15 am wherein all graduating students took part.
The convocation procession consisting of the Chief Guest, the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellor, Members of the Board of Managements, Deans and Members of the Academic Council and members of Faculty started from the Devi Saraswathi statue and reached Mangala Mandir, the venue of convocation. Nadaswara nada and bearing Kalasa by ladies of the campus added colour to the procession. The 12th convocation was lead by the Registrar, Dr. Sudheer Deshpande. The dignitaries were received by all graduands standing with Namaskara Mudra.
The convocation was declared open by the Chancellor. The program started with singing of Vande Mataram.
Welcome speech was given by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Ramachandra G Bhat. He appreciated everyone on dais for taking their valuable time to be present for the convocation. He advised the degree recipients to follow the vision and action of Swami Vivekananda for which this University is striving for. He also told that more than 172 countries in the world are practicing and supporting Yoga. Hence United Nations Organization has declared June 21st as International Yoga Day.
Chancellor Dr. H R Nagendra addressed the students by offering salutations to Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Sharada Devi and Swami Vivekananda. He told that this is a very auspicious day because both the tithi and the date of birth of Swami Vivekananda are coinciding today.
He was very happy to inform the gathering that June 21st of every year is declared as International Yoga Day by the United Nations. The struggle started by Amrit Suryanandaji has finally succeeded. The 21st day of June is supposed to be the longest day of the year.
He told the gathering that the University is aiming to propagate the vision of Swami Vivekananda by helping students to transform themselves in serving for the welfare of society. This is possible only through yoga and spirituality. Swami Vivekananda has told youth to practice Yoga to achieve holistic vision. The object of the university is to inculcate civic sense and an attitude of service through Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga. These practices will help everyone to reach perfect freedom. This is possible only if we follow the principles of Swami ‘be and make’. Swamiji has advised to combine the best of Western scientific base with the Eastern wisdom wealth.
He also informed that University’s research centre is considered to be the number one in Yoga Research and desired to strive hard so that the research articles could be published in world famous medical and clinical journals like LANCET, JAMA, etc.
He also told that India is likely to become the capital of diabetics which is spreading very fast in the country. To make the country Madhumeha Muktha, the University is conducting a Bharat Yatra starting from Bengaluru in June which will end at Ujjain on Mahakumbha Day. In the arena of research, the University has undertaken new studies on lung cancer and irritable bowel syndrome through international collaborations.
He congratulated each and every degree recipients and asked them to work with a service mind for betterment of the people and the country.
The Chief Guest, Dr. Baldev Raj who is presently Director, National Institute of Advanced Studies started his speech saying that he was humbled, inspired and motivated to be here. He told the gathering that the birth of Yoga happened in India. He was of the opinion that the pride of East (spirituality) alone or science of the West in isolation is not sufficient for a sustainable world. It is only by combining the best of both we can create a sustainable and happy society. He told that we have to bestow the best of these practices for our next generation.
Dr. Baldev Raj told the gathering he was brought up in a spiritual upbringing. Hence, it was not difficult for him to adopt yoga and spiritual world. By practicing allopathic or naturopathy or Ayurveda or any other type of medical practice combined with Yoga we can bequeath holistic health to all. It is the consciousness which is most important for this. This is possible through stillness of the mind.
It is from here, S-VYASA that the future leaders who are training in holistic science will emerge.
Like Rabindranath Tagore who was propagating for the welfare of women by providing education and placement for women in Shantiniketan, our Guruji Dr. H R Nagendra is helping the world community to inculcate good practices through yoga and spirituality and become best citizens of not only India but the whole world. He congratulated all the graduates.
Dr. David Frawley (Vamadeva Sastri) and Dr. Deepak Chopra were awarded honorary D.Litt. degree. Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. T M Srinivasan were awarded honorary D.Sc. degree.
The degrees were presented to each grandaunt by the Chancellor.
There were 12 special prizes in different categories awarded to students.
Dr. Deepeshwar Singh recipient of Ph.D. and the highest prize gave a short speech as the Valedictorian.
Mr. Sushrutha a Ph.D recipient administered the oath to all the students.
Gurupadesha was given by the Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Baldev Raj and Dr. S L Goel were honoured during the convocation for their valuable services to the University.
There was photo session for the graduates with all dignitaries present.
The convocation was declared closed by the Chancellor and the function ended with National Anthem.
For more see latest issue of Yoga Sudha – Feb, 2014