New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu yesterday said that understanding of spirituality was extremely important to lead a peaceful and purposeful life. He also stressed the need to preserve, promote and propagate India’s great cultural heritage, values and ideals ingrained in India’s philosophy.
Speaking at an interactive meeting organized at his residence with spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Naidu said that India has a great tradition of respecting elders, and seeking guidance from Seers, Rishis and Gurus to seek solutions to many problems.
Talking about Ravi Shankar, the Vice President said that he has been guiding people across the globe and enlightening them through his spiritual discourses, especially at a time when there is a rise in violence, tensions, and erosion in values leading to social tensions, affecting peace, prosperity, and development of the nation and the world.
Ravi Shankar while interacting with the gathering spoke about the importance of Yoga and Meditation and suggested practicing these two for ‘mental hygiene’. He also highlighted the importance of daily meditation, proper sleep and focus on breathing for a peaceful mind. He said it would greatly benefit people to think beyond earthly things and help them find the truth and the real purpose of one’s life.
On a question about anger management, Ravi Shankar replied that anger is not bad if it is momentary, but one should not keep holding the anger inside for long. He also emphasised the importance of Indian values such as sharing and caring for creating a peaceful world.
Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh; the Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy; the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan; the Chairperson of Prasar Bharati Dr A. Surya Prakash; the Chairman of DRDO Dr G. Satheesh Reddy; and several members of Parliament from different parties including TRS, BJD, YSRCP, TDP, DMK, AIDMK, and Congress were present. Around 50 members including MPs, Senior Officials of the Government of India, Mayors of Delhi, and Chairman of NDMC attended the session.