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Delhi Metro creates park from waste material

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) unveiled a “one of a kind” park here on Monday which is adorned with artistic installations built with waste material from Metro construction sites and is mostly powered by the solar energy.


“The main highlights of the park are the artistic installations created from waste materials generated from the Delhi Metro’s construction sites. Artists from across the country have come together to create these beautiful installations,” a statement issued by the DMRC said.

The park, which is located near Shastri Park Metro Station, is spread over 10 acres and will offer a host of facilities like auditorium, amphitheatre, meditation corner, playground for children and gymnasium. The park also has a lake and a fountain in it.

There are a range of other environment-friendly measures which the transporter adopted to make the park live upto its name.

“The water required for horticultural use will be provided by the Sewage Water Treatment Plant (STP) in the vicinity and 20 kilowatt of power requirement will be met by solar power, making it a net positive energy park,” the statement added.

In making of the park the DMRC also used “top soil from various underground station sites” and furnished it with “medicinal and pollution absorbing plants”, because of which the location has received ‘Platinum’ rating from the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)’, the statement said.

Justice Swatanter Kumar, Chairman, National Green Tribunal (NGT), present at the unveiling, said, “(The) DMRC has not only contributed excellence in transportation but it stands out for two more things – it is environmentally conscious and it makes the effort to be self-reliant.

"With the Prakriti Park, (the) DMRC has begun a new chapter in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility). It will set a good precedence for others in the corporate sector.”

–IANS

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Yoga has become a diverse phenomenon throughout the world from spiritual gurus and meditation methods to physical fitness programs. Yet there is no doubt that Yoga as a term and as a movement overall has its roots in the Hindu and Vedic tradition over the last several thousand years and its prime texts like the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Shastras and Upanishads – including the use of Om, the essence of all Hindu teachings and mantras. Yoga philosophy follows Hindu concepts of karma, rebirth, liberation and Self-realization, and Hindu cosmology of the chakras and lokas.

Some people today say that Yoga is universal and so not limited to Hinduism. Yet the true name for Hinduism is Sanatana Dharma, the “eternal truth or dharma.” Hinduism is also formulated as a universal tradition and yogic concepts of universality reflect those already existing at the core of Hindu teachings, which occur in all Yoga, Vedic and Vedantic texts.

In other words the universal view behind Yoga rests upon the universality of Hinduism and is not an outside or new concept that just recently has come into being. Hinduism is not formulated as one religious belief against another but as a set of dharmic teachings relevant to all creatures and to all worlds. It is not limited to One God, one scripture, one savior, prophet or revelation, but embraces all valid paths to Self-realization, wherever these may occur.

Does this mean one has to formally become a Hindu to practice Yoga? That is not the case, but one need not deny the Hindu roots of Yoga in benefitting from its teachings. One does not say that Zen is not Buddhist or Tai Chi is not Taoist, though these practices have been widely used outside of their original traditions.

Yoga is a great gift of India and Hinduism for all humanity. It has spread beyond India not only today but in many centuries past as well. May that sharing of Yoga continue and flourish!

—Vamadeva Shastri

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