Goddess Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday while praising the country’s saints for always upholding “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” (One India, Great India).
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The establishment of Ramakrishna Mission is also associated with this idea, he said in a video message on the centenary celebrations of the birth of Swami Atmasthananda, a former leader of the organization.
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Invoking Goddess Kali, Modi said that Ramakrishna Paramhansa was a saint who had a clear vision of her and her disciple Swami Vivekananda also felt the Goddess’ spiritual vision, which infused her with tremendous energy and strength.
Noting his association with Atmasthananda, the Prime Minister said that the saint often mentions Maa Kali and it was natural for him to feel an association with the goddess when looking at her temple in Dakshineswar during his visit to Belur Math.
“When faith is sacred, then shakti shows us the way itself. The unlimited blessings of Maa Kali are always with India. With spiritual energy, India goes forward with the spirit of the welfare of the world,” he said.
His comments came amid a row over the controversial depiction of the goddess in a poster by an Indian-Canadian filmmaker, which has drawn ire from BJP leaders and Hindu groups. Remarks by TMC MP Mahua Moitra that she had every right to imagine Goddess Kali as a “meat-eating, booze-accepting” deity added to the row.
Modi made no reference to the subject in his speech. Everything is permeated by the consciousness of the mother, and this consciousness is seen in the Kali Puja of Bengal, he said.
Modi noted that Swami Vivekananda, who founded the organization, lived to make India great.
His influence was seen in all parts of the country and his travels awakened a national consciousness at this time of slavery and instilled in him new confidence, Modi said, adding that this tradition had been carried on by Atmasthananand throughout. of his life.
“Whether it was Adi Shankaracharya hundreds of years ago or Swami Vivekananda in modern times, India’s holy tradition has always proclaimed ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. The establishment of the Ramakrishna Mission is also associated to the idea of ’Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’,” a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Paying tribute to Atmasthananda, the Prime Minister recalled the time spent with him and said it was his chance to be in contact with him until his death.
The prime minister also said he was pleased with the release of a photographic biography and a documentary to publicize his mission to the masses.
Noting that Atmasthananand received initiation from Swami Vijnanand, a disciple of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Modi said that the awakened state and spiritual energy of Ramakrishna Paramhansa were clearly visible in him.
He also talked about the tradition of renunciation in the country. Modi said the meaning of ‘sanyas’ is to work for society by rising above oneself and living for the good of society.
Vivekananda shaped the great tradition of sanyas into a modern form and Atmasthananand also retreated into this form and lived and implemented it in life, he said.
Modi also highlighted the huge relief and rescue operations carried out not only in India but also in Nepal and Bangladesh under his leadership by the Belur Math and Ramakrishna Mission.
He viewed serving the poor and spreading knowledge and his work as a cult, Modi said.
“Everyone knows the saints of the Ramakrishna mission as conductors of national unity in the country. And when he goes abroad, he represents Indianness there,” he said. -he adds.
The wise have shown us that when thoughts are broad, people are never alone in their endeavors, he said, adding that there is no goal that cannot be achieved through the collective resolve of 130 million citizens.
Giving the example of “digital India”, Modi said India has become a global leader in digital payments. The Prime Minister also highlighted the achievements of administering 200 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the people of India, according to the statement.
Addressing the gathering of saints, he said that 75 ‘Amrit Sarovars’ were being made in each district as part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ and urged everyone to inspire people and join the noble human service work.
(with PTI entries)