Various religious traditions are prevalent but all work for the welfare of all

Various religious traditions are prevalent but all work for the welfare of all

Puri, Feb 20 (UNI) Different religious traditions and practices are followed in different parts of the country but there is only one belief to work for the welfare of all considering everyone as one family, President Ramnath Kovind said on Sunday. Inaugurating the three-year celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Sriman Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, the founder of Goudiya Math and Mission, the president said that God is worshiped in all his forms, but the traditions of worshiping God with devotion have been important in India. Many great saints practiced selfless worship here. Among these great saints, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu occupies a special place. Inspired by his extraordinary devotion, a large number of people have chosen the path of Bhakti, he said. The President said that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu used to say that people should remember God with a humble attitude, seeing themselves as smaller than grass. One must be more tolerant than a tree devoid of any sense of ego and respect others, he said. The President said that this feeling is found in all followers of Bhakti Marg. He said that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s abiding love for God and his drive to connect society through equality give him a unique reputation in Indian culture and history. He said that Bhakti Marg saints were above the prevailing discrimination of that time based on religion, caste, gender and rituals. This is why people of all classes have not only been inspired by it but have also taken refuge in this way. Guru Nanak Dev Ji tried to build an egalitarian society by walking on Bhakti Marg. The President said that Bhakti Marg’s specialty of complete devotion to God is evidenced not only in the spiritual side of life, but also in the daily life of every individual. Serving the needy has been the top priority in our culture. Our doctors, nurses and health workers have displayed this spirit of service during the covid pandemic. They were also infected with the coronavirus, but even under such extreme circumstances they did not lose heart and engaged in treating people. Many of our corona warriors sacrificed their lives, but the dedication of their colleagues remained unwavering. The whole country would always be indebted to such warriors. The President said that apart from Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, other great saints of the Bhakti movement have also enhanced unity in our cultural diversity. The saints of the Bhakti community did not contradict each other in their teachings but often drew inspiration from each other’s writings. Swami Vivekananda, while presenting the spiritual message of India to the world community in his speech in Chicago, said that rivers from different places eventually join the sea, in the same way man chooses different paths of his own will. These paths may look different, but in the end they all come to God. This principle of India’s spiritual unity was propagated by Ramakrishna Paramhans and Swami Vivekananda who was also adopted by Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The President expressed his confidence that the Goudiya Mission would succeed in its resolve to spread the message of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the world keeping its objective of human welfare as paramount. UNI BD RN

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