Hyderabad, Feb 2 : President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the new global headquarters -"Kanha Shanti Vanam-of Shri Rama Chandra Mission in Rangareddy district of Telangana on Sunday. Addressing a vast gathering of people, he said he was happy to be here on the auspicious occasion of the birth anniversary of venerated Lalaji Maharaj, Adi Guru of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. "This is also a joyous occasion to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of Shri Ram Chandra Mission. I am glad to note that the Mission has become a strong spiritual force with presence in more than 150 countries across the globe".
Mr Kovind recalled reading a book dedicated to Chariji’s birth anniversary that when respected Chariji joined the Mission in 1964, the participation of Abhyasis in the Basant celebrations was only about 40. Today the number of Abhyasis runs into millions. I have been told that nearly one lakh sixty thousand visitors, mostly Abhyasis, came to this campus from many parts of the world last year alone. He said Spirituality is India’s most precious gift to the world.
From the teachings of Vedanta, Teerthankar Mahavir and Gautam Buddha to the messages of Nanak and Kabir, there is a grand flow of eternal spiritual wisdom which was transmitted to the modern world by Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and many other exemplars of India’s spiritual force. Today, Gandhiji is revered all over the world for his message of truth, compassion and nonviolence. Gandhiji was essentially a seeker of spiritual truth. He had once said and I quote, "I am striving for the Kingdom of Heaven, which is spiritual deliverance. For me, the road to salvation lies through incessant toil in the service of my country and my humanity.”
The President said he was glad to see that Shri Ram Chandra Mission has been promoting both individual change and social change. The Mission is promoting the great ancient tradition of Rajyog meditation in the modern world. This campus, Kanha Shanti Vanam, presents a model of holistic living. This expansive campus has lush green surroundings populated by five lakh trees. This world class meditation centre is a great place for spiritual rejuvenation.
The activities carried out here for the benefit of women, farmers, artisans and small entrepreneurs, and the steps being taken to conserve and nurture the environment and biodiversity are praiseworthy. I convey my appreciation to Daaji and all members of Shri Ram Chandra Mission for this new Global Headquarters which has been developed so beautifully, he said. (UNI)