ASHTANGA YOGA OF PATANJALI VIS-À-VIS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
The present paper explores and elucidates the possibility of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga in providing solutions to the challenges posed by modern-day rifts and tensions of myriad kinds, including terrorism and geopolitical ones involving many belligerent countries. The paper investigates the aspects of interlinking actions of individuals with the global concerns like increasing violence and environmental threats and how individuals can help in achieving important goals like Universal Peace and making the planet earth environmentally healthy by 2030, which is part of the United Nations’ ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting the yogic principles in their day-to-day life. The above postulation, in which the role of an individual finds a certain accentuation as an agent bringing positive changes in the world, enjoys a definite and firm plinth of the idea that an individual soul has an inherent role in the makeup of cosmic order the philosophers have pondered over since ages.
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