Spiritual Leaders Alone Can Ensure Harmony

Posted on: Friday, February 19, 2016 | Posted by: Art of Living Universe

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living movement, on Thursday claimed that spiritual leaders alone can put an end to caste and communal clashes in the country.

Speaking after inaugurating a three-day All India Sanyasin conference at Govindapuram near here, to coincide with Mahamaham, Ravi Shankar said political leaders cannot end caste and communal tensions in the country but spiritual leaders could.

Appealing to Sanyasis to guide the nation in the right direction, Ravishankar lamented that people are straying from the path of ethical living and it is the duty of spiritual leaders to set this right. Though the heart of a Sanyasi should be filled with happiness, there should be also a tinge of sorrow, which will push them to work towards making people come back to ethical ways of life, Ravi Shankar added.

Further, he said a mere dip in the Mahamaham tank is not enough to cleanse one of his or her sins. Instead people should take a holy dip in the pond of wisdom. Quoting from Srimad Bhagavatam, the spiritual leader said Bhakti movement was born in Tamil Nadu, nurtured in Karnataka and attained old age in Gujarat.

Earlier, Ambalavana Desiga Paramacharya Swamigal, head of the Tiruvavaduthurai Mutt, hoisted the flag and presided over the conference. Addressing the gathering, he claimed that the present name of the town, Kumbakonam, was a Sanskrit word and said Devaram and Tiruvasagam referred to the place as “Kudamukku”, later Kudanthai, which is a Tamil word. He further added in the beginning there was no religion and it is manmade. He added that one can take a holy dip in the Mahamaham tank in any day and said Kumbakonam is holier than Kasi.

Kundrakkudi Ponnambala Adigalar said Saivite saint Manivasagar preceded Darwin in outlining the evolution theory. He said faith is the only anti-dote for sorrow and added that the real Sanyasi is one who takes the risks and gives security to others.

Speaking at the meeting Ramagopalan of Hindu Munnani criticised the district administration for not allowing Annadanam inside the town during Mahamaham. He also claimed there is a need to create a “Hindu Vote bank”. Marudachala Adigal of Perur Mutt, Coimbatore, and V Ramasubramanian, High Court judge, were present.

Source: The New Indian Express

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