New Delhi: The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu, yesterday called for a renewed effort towards a cultural renaissance by promoting our rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Addressing the gathering at Isha Yoga Center, in Coimbatore, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri yesterday, Naidu said that India is the only country which believes in ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam- the whole world as a family’. Naidu highlighted that our ancient sages and rishis have guided and enlightened the people of this land through their knowledge and wisdom. He called upon the need to pass this treasure of wisdom to the next generations.
Mentioning the twelve Jyotirlingas, the Vice President said that this exemplifies that India has always been a single cultural entity since ancient times.
Emphasising the relevance of Lord Shiva in modern times, the Vice President said that present-day lifestyle and high-pressure work routines are making our lives stressful leading to increased levels of frustration, irritation and impatience.
In such a competitive world, the Vice President said, the people are increasingly turning to yoga as it not only improves health but brings inner peace. It helps to achieve self-control through unity between body and mind, Naidu said. He also stated that yoga is an art and a science and should not be viewed from any political or religious prism.
Describing Shiva as ‘Neela Kantha’ who consumed ‘halahala’, the poison to save the world, Naidu appealed to the youth to fight against the poison of social evils such as corruption, casteism, illiteracy and poverty inflicting the modern-day society.
Mentioning Shiva’s love and closeness to nature, mountains and animals, the Vice President asked everyone to love and live with nature. Describing the respect for nature as a speciality of Indian culture, he called for adopting sustainable development practices. “We should benefit from nature without being exploitative,” he said.
Naidu appreciated Jaggi Vasudev for his initiatives such as ‘Rally for River’ and ‘Cauvery calling’. The Vice President said that Vasudev reminds us of our ancient sages and Rishis. “He has the rare ability to explain complex concepts easily. He is a guru who reaches out to the people with the message of hope, of peace and positive thinking,” Naidu said.
Naidu called upon the people to develop a positive attitude in life and shun violence and destructive tendencies. He appealed to the people to take an oath on Maha Shivratri to bring peace, harmony and prosperity in the world.
On this occasion, the Vice President also released the book titled ‘Death – An Inside Story’ written by Jaggi Vasudev and witnessed a light and sound show on Shiva.
The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Bandaru Dattatreya; Chief Minister of Puducherry, V. Narayanaswami; Union Minister for Jal Shakti, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat; Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Ashwani Chaube; Tamil Nadu Minister for Animal Husbandry, Udumalai K. Radhakrishnan; Tamil Nadu Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development, SP Velumani; Jaggi Vasudev and devotees from across India and world were present on the occasion.
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