Yoga, Religion and Swamis on TV

Although I like early mornings, I very rarely manage to get up early. Today was one of those rare days. As the newspaper had not come in, I switched on my TV set and had a look at some of the early morning religious preachings being aired on various channels.

While many channels had people talking about religion and god, there were some that also aired a mix of Yoga and religion. I do not remember the name of the swami I watched but I was impressed by the way he held the audience and made them do various yoga poses.

TV swami’s have become very popular in India and some like Baba Ramdev have become even more popular due to some recent controversies. The one thing I like about these swami’s is that they ask the listener to do good. The yoga swamis I think have had a good impact on society as Yoga today is more popular in India than it might have been in 100s of years.

I too was fairly ignorant of yoga until a few years back and used to associate yoga with PT drills that we had in school. Yoga is nothing like Physical Training (PT) and the mind plays just as important a role as the body.

Anyway, teaching yoga is fine, but preaching religion to 1000s of people through the medium of TV however I don’t think is such a good idea. Religion and mass media is a very dangerous combination.

  • Ali

    I have a differenet opinion. Looking at the positive side of it, i think [Religion + Mass media] is a far better comnination than [Violence + Mass Media] or [Sex + Mass Media]

  • Ali

    I have a differenet opinion. Looking at the positive side of it, i think [Religion + Mass media] is a far better comnination than [Violence + Mass Media] or [Sex + Mass Media]

  • Ashok

    Well!!!! It’s sweet to see yoga getting it’s due in the hearts of people today. waves/vibrations all such radiations and in relation to positivism and sane/humanism would be a sweet start to a spiritually charged India in view of it’s culture that preaches and leads to formation of a spiritual growth conducive enviornment through laws and precepts laid down in Vedas, Bhagavadgita and many more.. but again it has to be remembered before saying preaching religion, it has good effect on society but let it not lead to prejudices as started in the Later Vedic Period. So true Hinduism is Universalism in true sense than being under the self-centered leaders guidance/misguidance.. Thank you you have written articles favouring yoga
    Ashok

  • Ashok

    Well!!!! It’s sweet to see yoga getting it’s due in the hearts of people today. waves/vibrations all such radiations and in relation to positivism and sane/humanism would be a sweet start to a spiritually charged India in view of it’s culture that preaches and leads to formation of a spiritual growth conducive enviornment through laws and precepts laid down in Vedas, Bhagavadgita and many more.. but again it has to be remembered before saying preaching religion, it has good effect on society but let it not lead to prejudices as started in the Later Vedic Period. So true Hinduism is Universalism in true sense than being under the self-centered leaders guidance/misguidance.. Thank you you have written articles favouring yoga
    Ashok