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Srila Prabhupada was instrumental in taking Vaishnavism and love for Lord Krishna to entire world, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that Srila Prabhupada was instrumental in taking Vaishnavism and love for Lord Krishna to the entire world. Addressing the programme marking the 150th birth anniversary of Srila Prabhupada at Bharat Mandapam in New Delhi on Thursday (08th February 2024) , Mr Modi said he has also experienced joy by following the teachings of Vaishnava saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. He emphasised that in this new India, development and devotion can be seen side by side. He said in this new India, people have embraced both modernity and identity. Mr Modi said life is a beautiful balance of the paths of devotion and knowledge.

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the contribution of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu for creating the conditions of experiencing the joy of devotion. He said, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu made spiritualism and meditation accessible for the masses. He added that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu showed the way of reaching God through joy.

Mr Modi stressed that Bhakti is a grand philosophy given by Indian Saints. He said, it is not despair but hope and self-confidence. The Prime Minister said, Bhakti is not fear, it is enthusiasm and Devotion is not despair, it is hope and confidence. He said Bhakti is not defeat but a resolution for impact. Mr Modi said, Bhakti involves getting a victory over oneself and working for humanity. He said due to this spirit India never attacked others for the expansion of its borders. The Prime Minister paid tributes to the saints for reintroducing the people to the glories of Bhakti. He said that today, in the Amrit Kaal of independence, the country is taking forward the resolve of the saints by taking the pledge of freedom from the mentality of slavery.

Mr Modi lauded the significant contributions of spiritual leaders towards India’s cultural and societal fabric. He emphasised their pivotal role in India’s freedom struggle and the shaping of its national ethos.

The Prime Minister recalled that during the struggle for independence, spiritual luminaries such as Swami Vivekananda and Srila Prabhupada infused boundless energy into the masses, guiding them towards the path of righteousness. He said personalities like Netaji Subhas and Mahamana Malviya sought guidance from Srila Prabhupada.

Mr Modi said, the unity in diversity is ingrained so deeply in the Indian psyche that the notion of division finds no place within it. He said that for the world, a nation may represent a political ideology, but for India, Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat is a spiritual belief.

The Prime Minister underlined that India’s speed and progress are being discussed everywhere today and the nation is at par with developed countries in modern infrastructure and hi-tech services. He said, India is even surpassing big countries in many fields and Indians are being seen in leadership roles. Mr Modi said that yoga is reaching every home in the world and the trust in Ayurveda and Naturopathy is also growing. He credited the energy of India’s youth for the change in the outlook and emphasized that they take along both knowledge and research together. The Prime Minister said, the new generation now wears its culture proudly on its forehead. He said that today’s youth understands the importance of both spirituality and start-ups and is capable of both. Mr Modi said, as a result, pilgrimage centres like Kashi and Ayodhya are witnessing a large number of young people.

Throwing light on the awareness of the young generations of India, the Prime Minister said that it is natural for a country to build the Chandrayaan and also illuminate Chandrashekhar Mahadev Dham. He said that when youth lead the country, it can land a rover on the moon and nourish the traditions by naming the landing spot Shivshakti.

The Prime Minister said the harmony between development and heritage will continue for 25 years of Amrit Kaal. He said that with the blessings of the saints, a Viksit Bharat will be built and the spirituality will pave the way for the welfare of the entire humanity.

The Prime Minister said that the 150th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati is being celebrated at a time when the consecration of the Shri Ram Temple at the Ayodhya Dham was held a few days ago.  

On the occasion, Mr Modi released a commemorative stamp and a coin in honour of the spiritual guru Srila Prabhupada. Ministers of State for Culture Arjun Ram Meghwal and Meenakshi Lekhi were present on the occasion.  

Acharaya Srila Prabhupada was the founder of the Gaudiya Mission, who played a pivotal role in preserving and spreading the fundamental tenets of the Vaishnava faith. Gaudiya Mission has played a significant role in propagating the teachings of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and the rich spiritual heritage of Vaishnavism across the world, making it the centre of the Hare Krishna Movement.

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