Special Message from the United States Senator Honorable Charles E. Schumer of New York
Special Messages from the Honorable Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City
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Proclamation from the Mayor Hon. Bill de Blasio, New York City
Proclamation from Brooklyn Borough President Hon. Eric Leroy Adams, Brooklyn, New York City
Special Message from the United States Congresswomen Hon. Carolyn B. Maloney, New York
Dileepkumar Thankappan, internationally known as Avadhuta H. H. Jagat Guru Dileepji Maharaj (Spiritual Name) and otherwise known as " Guruji " is a world-renowned Yogi from Tripunithura, Ernakulam, Kerala, India. He is a humanitarian, spiritual guru, yoga master, interfaith minister, musician, artist, monk, martial artist, bhajan singer, dancer, sportsman, writer, photographer, motivational speaker, farmer, and an organizer for numerous international conferences, competitions, events, & festivals and much more. He is closely working with non-profit organizations including international NGOs affiliated with the United Nations. He is the founder of the World Yoga Community and the Global Chairman of the WYC Council. He is the founder of the International Day of Yoga movement and conducting World Yoga Festivals since 1993. He is an NGO Representative, Secretary of the Committee of Religious NGOs and the Vice President of the UNSRC-Salus Well-Being Network at the United Nations. Since 1999, he is holding an active role with the international community at the United Nations in New York City.
Yoga is Universal. At the World Yoga Community, our mission is to utilize the teachings and philosophy of this ancient practice to spread well-being and peace amongst citizens of the global community. Using the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations as a guiding principle, we strive to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellness by encouraging the adoption of exercise and meditation. In lieu of this goal, we offer Yoga classes, workshops, conferences, satsangs, community events and festivals conducted by dependable Yoga teachers to initiate and sustain the practice of yogic techniques. We also offer opportunities for those interested to delve deeper and understand the philosophy governing Yoga by connecting them to Gurus who can impart this knowledge. We also work towards spreading awareness on key concepts related to sustainable living. We encourage and promote practices that further one's well-being whilst yielding minimal harm to the environment. We aim to unite the larger society by educating individuals on how they can attain the above through simple changes to one's lifestyle choices, such as dietary changes, waste disposal mechanisms and responsible consumption. Working with different ethnic groups, NGOs, associations and institutions, we thus propagate the adoption of Yoga as a way of life for the holistic development of the individual as well as society.
Special Citation from His Excellency Andrew Mark Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York
Citation from the Brooklyn Borough President Hon. Eric Leroy Adams, Brooklyn, New York City
Proclamation from the Manhattan Borough President Hon. Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan, New York City