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17-May-2015 18:08 IST
English Rendering of the Text of PM’s remarks at the Community Reception in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Last night also I was in Mongolia. When my visit to Mongolia was confirmed, I called up Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who was in USA at that time. He told me that Mongolia has a tremendous spiritual awakening and please spare some time to meet the people there. Had I left Mongolia without meeting you people, my journey would have been incomplete. Our cultural heritage is so profound and powerful that irrespective of the language, the colour of skin, the dress or the food habits, spirituality connects us through the soul. This is the bond that goes on for many generations.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar travelled throughout the world. He packaged the spiritual awareness with its roots in India in a modern avatar with all modern trappings so that it appeals to the new generation around the world. The message of “Art of Living” is resounding in each household of Mongolia. No one could imagine that a nation smaller than Andaman in terms of population will witness so many people in such a huge stadium. This demonstrates your spiritual interest in India.

Today, you demonstrated Surya Namaskar here. Human beings all over the world are under mental stress and the society lacks peace. Mankind seek freedom from stress and the society needs peace. People can be relieved of stress and the world can attain peace through brotherhood and Yoga can be the medium. It was a great pleasure watching this demonstration from above. Mongolian citizens dressed in Indian tricolor were performing Surya Namaskar with pride, people of all ages were doing it. And not only that, all were singing together about “Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam”.

I am the first Prime Minister from India to visit Mongolia and my hear goes out to the people of this nation for their warmth and hospitality.

My heartfelt thanks to the people of Mongolia for the grand event and the honour they bestowed upon me. Thank you all.

The entire global community will celebrate International Yoga day on 21st June. I would request the people of Mongolia to come together for a mass demonstration of Yoga to send a message to the world about how Yoga can bring freedom from stress, freedom from desires, freedom from disease and how it can bring peace in the society. This is my humble request to you all.

My best wishes to all of you, best wishes to Mongolia and best wishes to the Indo Mongolian friendship.