Unity is the greatest strength of Indian culture and it is this aspect that has enabled us to become a “vishwa guru” or a teacher of the world, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari said at an event here Sunday.
Speaking on “Global Challenges for Community Harmony and the Role of India” at an interfaith conference organized by the Lokmat Media Group to mark the Golden Jubilee year of its Nagpur edition, the top BJP leader also said that Indian culture is truly secular.
Respect for all cultures, religions, communities, ideologies was the specialty of Indian culture, which is not associated with any “dharm”, he said.
“Unity is the greatest strength of Indian culture and this is what enables us to become a vishwa guru, which was predicted earlier by Swami Vivekananda,” he said.
The founder of the Art of Living, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, said that the demand of human life is diversity, but there is hatred against diversity due to our lack of understanding as well as stress. .
He said, therefore, that it was necessary to walk together and respect each other because all communities are important.
In a video message, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that “the dharm unites”, while man used it as an “instrument to break”, and this was due to a lack of “mutual interaction”.
“India believes the world is full of diversity. There may be differences in appearance and name, but from the inside out, we are all one. Forgetting this distinction and this diversity becomes the reason for isolation. Therefore, mutual interaction is necessary to ensure that this (isolation) does not happen, ”Bhagwat said.
Speaking at the event, yoga guru Baba Ramdev emphasized the values of unity, equality, freedom and universal brotherhood, and asserted that religious, economic, political and medical was the greatest danger to the world.
“Let’s not focus on the differences but on what unites us. India is home to many religions and is the standard bearer of the Vasudhaiva kutumbakam thought process. We have a rich heritage of people of diverse traditions living together and it is the noble responsibility of spiritual leaders to preserve and promote it, ”said Cardinal Oswald Gracias.
Haji Syed Salman Chishti of Dargah Ajmer Sharif spoke of patience and gratitude, which, if followed, cannot be overcome.
Among those who spoke at the event were Ahimsa Vishwa Bharti Acharya Lokesh Muni, founder of the Jeevanvidya Prahlad Wamanrao Pai mission, founder of the Mahabodhi International Meditation Center Bhikkhu Sanghasena and Brahmaviharidas Swami from the United States of America.