President and Spiritual Head, Parmarth
Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh
We were one, we are one and we will stay as one- as has been beautifully spoken by my fellow speaker Indresh Kumar. What is needed today is the mantra of togetherness, the mantra of oneness and the mantra of all-ness. Individually, we are all dong great in our own individual spheres. But today, time has come for togetherness. If we are together, we can work and believe me, everything is possible. This is true spirituality - ‘saṃgacchadhwaṃ saṃvadadhwaṃ saṃ vo manāṃsi jānatām’. Let us raise our hands to reach the sky.
Mangalam Bhagavan Vishnu
Mangalay tano Hari.
Dr. Hari Prasad Kanoria is a very special person and he has brought the world together in this confluence. I have seen him in many countries and seen how his heart bleeds for unity, oneness and harmony. Let us give a very big round of applause for him and his wife Champa Devi.
Today, we are celebrating the confluence of spirituality, power and humanity. To me, when we believe in spirituality, we believe in humanity. It means that your spirit and my spirit is one and it is not us versus them. We all are one and we are one family. This is the mantra which has not been given by a few leaders of this nation but this is the mantra given by the rishis who were the true scientists. They had understood the power of spirituality and the power of oneness. That’s why they have given one beautiful mantra which is - ayam nijah paro veti ganana laghuchetasam -udaaracharitaamtu vasudhaiva kutumbakam.
We are one family. I think the world needs this music again as so many barriers are being created. We all have to stand up together to say ‘no’ to those barriers. When I see the power, what I can see here may be shakti, because power separates us but shakti always unites. That shakti is being forgotten today. That’s why we see so many barriers and boundaries.
I remember meeting Narendra Modi, before he became our Prime Minister, in Haridwar. Swami Ramdev was also there. We sat in one room for an hour and we were discussing the spirit of India. You know what he said? He said to me that the spirit of India is Om sarve bhavantu sukhinah sarve santu nir-aamayaah | Sarve bhadraanni pashyantu maa kashcid-duhkha-bhaag-bhavet | Om shaantih shaantih shaantih. He gave that speech there. That is spirituality. How can we create borders in the name of religions? We can make a good Hindu or a good Muslim or a good Christian but to me before we may be a good Hindu, a good Muslim or a good Christian, we should become better human beings.
The Vedas tell us – the very first mantra - Isavasyamidam sarvam yatkiñca jagatyam jagat. If you go into the mantra of Manurvabha – just two words – insaan bano, admi bano, be human. We become Hindus, Muslims or Christians but we don’t become humans. It’s not that we have to leave religions, we should worship, we should pray according to our religions, but we should respect all. If my mother is revered to me, then other’s mother must be revered to others.
We need to cross the little barriers. A donkey does not have to go to university to become a donkey and a monkey does not have to go to university to become a monkey. A monkey is a monkey and never takes a certificate. But a human being after having all these degrees and so many certificates may need to hear from his wife ‘insan bano’.
Let us all do our work but we need to respect the woman in our homes, show respect to shakti and give respect to Mother Nature. Believe me there can be a plan A and a plan B but there is no planet B. The next big war can be for water. We don’t want that. We have to be together to protect and preserve water and refrain from polluting it. We worship the Creator but we need to take care of his creation.