Message of Goodwill

Arjun Atwal, Golfer, India

Hari Om. My first visit to Munger was in the 1980s, and since then I have been seeing Swamiji and everybody here at the Bihar School of Yoga for quite a while. I began learning yoga with the Bihar School of Yoga when I was a boy of fifteen, and my teacher was Swami Kaivalyanandaji, who is sitting here before me now. I learnt yoga from him when I was fifteen, and I have carried the teachings of BSY with me ever since. I am forty now, and I have been doing the same routine all this while.

Let me tell you a little bit about the sport of golf. Golf is an individual sport where you set out by yourself for five hours on the golf course. There is no one there to help you, no team like in soccer or cricket. There, alone on the golf course, you have to control your own emotions. After a little while, at the professional level, you have to begin controlling your breathing. You have to be conscious of what you are doing, mentally more than physically, and it is here that yoga comes in. Swamiji told me a long time ago to remain very aware of my body and my mind, and if the body and mind are in sync, then you can produce unimaginable results. I have, and I still cannot imagine that I did, and all through yoga. Therefore, any success of mine is due to the Bihar School of Yoga, Swamiji's blessings, and everybody here. It's been a great journey. I ended up being the best golfer in India and it has nothing to do with me, it has all to do with the Bihar School of Yoga, and so I thank you.

—Address, 23 October 2013, Polo Ground, Munger