ASHTANGA YOGA OF PATANJALI VIS-À-VIS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

  • Ajit Kumar Behura Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad
  • Pradeep Kumar Sahoo Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad
Keywords: Sustainable Development Goals, Yoga

Abstract

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. 

Author Biographies

Ajit Kumar Behura, Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad

Associate Professor

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Indian Institute of Technology (ISM) Dhanbad 

 

Pradeep Kumar Sahoo, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines) Dhanbad

Pradeep Kumar Sahoo is a PhD research scholar at IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

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Published
2022-03-31
How to Cite
Behura, A. K., & Sahoo, P. K. (2022). ASHTANGA YOGA OF PATANJALI VIS-À-VIS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Journal of Dharma, 47(1), 41-56. Retrieved from http://dvkjournals.in/index.php/jd/article/view/3744