While writing this book, I have tried to
explore all the aspects of yoga and
spiritual journalism. I have tried to
illustrate various points with the latest
examples from newspapers, magazines,
research journals and other sources. The
views of yoga experts and journalists
and other scholars who have been active
in academic and professional fields have
been incorporated so as to enrich the
contents of the book. This research work
will prove useful as study material for the
students of journalists and Yoga as well.
It will help the reporters report the beat
skillfully and with expertise. It will be
helpful in promoting healthy journalism,
which is the need of the hour. It will be
helpful in propagating the message of
yoga in its true form, and will create
people’s awareness about yoga for their
well-being. Written in a clear, simple
language, this book, I hope, would be
useful to yoga and mass communication
students, media professionals, yoga
professors and yoga aspirants.
Dr. Ajay Bhardwaj, Ph.D., has four
masters under his belt, two in English
Literature, one in Human consciousness
and Yogic Science, and other in
Journalism and Mass Communication.
"A Study of Yoga Related Coverage in
Print Media" was his Ph.D. thesis. He
qualified UGC NET (Yoga) in July
Dr. Bhardwaj is a Senior Asst.
Professor in the Dept. of Journalism
and Mass Communication at Dev
Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar,
UK, India. He is also associated with
the Dept. of Yoga and Health, DSVV,
where he is teaching Post graduate and
other courses. He has authored the
book: Celebrating Life with Yoga, and
co-authored the book: Human
Consciousness and Yogic Science. He
presented his research paper titled:
Yoga for Global peace and harmony
in the first International Yoga
Conference at Consulate General of
India, New York on 20-21 June 2018.
His research papers and articles have
been published in various journals of
national and international repute,
magazines and newspapers. He is a
member of the Editorial Boards of
many YOGA and other journals. He
has presented papers in numerous
national and international seminars and
conferences. Several research
scholars are pursuing their PhDs
under his supervision.
We are passing through 21st century. The development of
science and technology during the last two centuries, and most
particularly during the present one, has brought about
revolutionary changes in the living conditions of the modern
man and their attitude towards life. But with the achievements
of science and technology can it be considered that the man
with all sorts of comforts and luxuries is happy today? The
answer seems to be a big "No". The fast pace of ever changing
trends in modern life is causing physical, mental, moral, social
and spiritual problems. Chaos and confusion, stress and
tension, commercialization and competition in every walks of
life has led to a situation where man is finding himself helpless.
The faulty, materialistic and mechanical life style adopted by
the man has resulted in psychosomatic disorders. The story
does not end here. We are witnessing the rapid degradation
of moral values in every walk of life. As a result of which the
family is getting broken. The society 1s over flooded with evil
tendencies like violence, crime, corruption, selfishness, and
countless immoral and inhuman activities. On national level
we are witnessing degradation of national character, scam after
scam, religious fundamentalism, and disharmony and
threatening national integration.
As for the degradation of moral values, even the field of
journalism is not an exception. There has been a vast change
in the values and the agenda of the press since the advent of
globalization, privatization and liberalization, the focus being
on market realities and market success. Newspapers and
magazines are flooded with negative news and views.
Thus the root cause of all the evils is degradation of moral
values. A man deprived of moral values is a problem and
danger not only for himself but the family, society, and nation
as well. Thus the man surrounded by problems is in urgent
need of inner peace and bliss which can be attained only
through yoga and spirituality, as the spirituality is the source
of human values and is capable of solving various problems
of the day. Under such conditions, the role of journalism which
is called the watch dog of society and the fourth pillar of
democracy becomes all the more important.
Today people are flocking to yoga for their well-being.
several researches conducted in the field of yoga have shown
that yoga is successful in curing several physical and mental
disorders. Today people have begun to understand that yoga
can provide them what medicines and other things can’t. Yoga
is now popular even among the youth and celebrities as they
want to gain physical beauty and fitness through yoga. No
doubt, in recent years, people’s interest in yoga has increased
but it is equally true that people are not aware of the true form
of yoga. Some asanas, and kriyas, which they consider, yoga,
are merely physical exercises and external aspects of yoga. It
is this aspect of yoga which has gained too much publicity,
first in western countries and thereafter in India.
A number of yoga clubs have mushroomed in India and
abroad where the so-called yoga gurus are projecting yoga
merely as physical exercises rather than an extraordinary
science of self-development and self-realization. Although,
yoga is helpful in gaining physical well-being but it is not the
ultimate goal of yoga. It is self-realization which is the ultimate
goal of yoga. The yoga in fact begins with the purity of mind.
That is why Maharshi Patanjali has recommended Yama and
Niyama, first in his Astanga Yoga. Thus there is the dire need
of the day that the true form of yoga is presented before the
common masses; otherwise they would remain unaware and
confused about the true form of yoga. Journalism can play a
major role in this regard.
Yoga and spiritual magazines like Kalyan, Akhand Jyoti,
Prabuddha Bharat, Yoga Vidya, Yoga Sudha, Divine Life etc.
have already been doing a remarkable job in this regard. But
here in the role of the newspapers and magazines of the main
stream journalism becomes all the more important, as the
common readers go through the newspapers and magazines
rather than any specific magazines.
At present, whatever we have in the name of yoga, in the
newspapers and magazines of the mainstream journalism is
just a beginning, and a matter of great concern. Being aware
of this fact, yoga journalism in India has yet to come out of its
present state of infancy. Therefore, there seems to be the need
of the analysis of the evolving state of yoga journalism in
Yoga journalism is, in fact, the key to real treasure of the
yogic or spiritual knowledge. By virtue of which yogic
knowledge and concepts could be carried to the common man.
It is yoga journalism by virtue of which the common man could
know how to put yoga and spirituality into practice in his day
to day life for physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
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