When an Eastern or Indian Prime Minister addresses the United Nations and dedicates some of that time to add that there should be an International Yoga Day where we change ourselves and inspire the world to change, people hear it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered yoga as one of India's contributions to global efforts. It is not just exercise, he said. "By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help us deal with climate change," he said. "Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day." Somehow it would be heard differently if President Obama were to say it; perhaps critics would murmur that something has gone real wrong here.
I wonder, if we were to imagine an International Yoga Day where the world is invited to turn inward, create union with a higher consciousness and allow the result of such a global practice to spread far and wide, what would happen?