Bhopal : Chief Minister Shri Shivraj Singh Chouhan today held a detailed discussion on the “Challenges and Integral Awakening of Covid-19” with prominent spiritual gurus and members of Acharya Shankar Sanskritik Ekta Nyas.
Shri Chouhan said that today is the birth anniversary of Acharya Shankar and Ramanuj. All trustees are aware of the installation of Shankaracharya’s statue and other works in Omkareshwar in Madhya Pradesh. He said that Corona has posed a challenge. We are facing it with patience, courage and control. All necessary actions were taken in the country under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Modi. Religion and philosophy too is showing the way to deal with this crisis.
Chief Minister Shri Chouhan said that the Corona crisis is also giving a message that we shall have to adopt a new way of life. We will have to live in a new way. The question as to how our development is taking place is arising. In order to bring the economy back on track, cottage rural industries will have to be developed using indigenous knowledge while adopting Swadeshi. Shri Chouhan said that the tradition of worship of nature should be strong. We consider the river to be our mother and rever our trees. All rivers are considered sacred by us. One soul (Atma) is seen in all animals, birds and insects. He told the spiritual gurus that I bow down at your feet. How can the Integral Awakening take p;ace and how must we move from darkness to light. Your philosophy will be useful in this regard. The Chief Minister said that a meeting of Acharya Shankar Sanskritik Nyas will also be organized soon.
The spiritual gurus lauded the use of Ayurvedic kadha by Chief Minister Shri Chouhan in enhancing body immunity and controlling Corona in Madhya Pradesh. He said that this kadha will be exemplary for other states as well. Swami Awadheshanandji Giri, Swami Swaroopanandji Saraswati and Swami Sanvit Som Giri lauded this innovation of Madhya Pradesh.
Swami Awadheshanand Giri, Haridwar
Juna Peethadheeshwar Swami Awadheshanand ji Giri, head of Bharat Mata Temple, said, “Sanskritik Nyas is a product of your resolve.” Congratulations to you on behalf of all the trustees of the trust and all the saints-seers. Swami ji said that this challenge has brought fear, dearth, depression, but there is also an opportunity for solution. Life is synonymous to endless possibilities. Human conscience has been witnessing such suffering for centuries. Swamiji said that the message of Ekatma of Acharya Shankar is also available in the form of a big solution. The world is integrated with this principle. Anyway, the principles of India have been accepted in the world. India’s yoga is an important medium for enhancing immunity. Similarly, other cultural traditions and the use of Ayurveda are helpful in reducing and ending this crisis. Swami Awadheshanand ji lauded Chief Minister Shri Chouhan’s move to increase the use of Ayurvedic kadha and reach it out to about one crore population of Madhya Pradesh. Swami ji said that Shri Chouhan’s move to plant around 25 crore trees during the Narmada Parikrama, the successful organization of Simhastha and his presence for a whole month gives him the identity of a ruler, a capable administrator and a true worshipper.
Swami Swaroopanand ji Saraswati, Mumbai
Swami Swaroopanand Ji Saraswati said that a lot of change is envisaged in time, but even in times of difficulty, it is God’s will. Ayurveda is being promoted as it is useful in enhancing the immune system. In the same way, if a human being is mentally at peace, it is good for the immune system. Swamiji said that at this time devotion and faith is working to bring about change. People’s enthusiasm is increasing. All are active in prayer and recital. There is definitely a positive effect of worship and prayers. We Indians pray for the whole world. We serve and try to bring about change in behaviour, which it is useful for the whole society. Consideration and implementation of the principles of Vedanta Gyan and Bhagwan Shankaracharya is the need of the hour.
Swami Sanvit Som Giri-Bikaner
Swami Sanvit Som Giri Ji said that it is necessary to give Shankaracharya’s message to the world. Today, science is looking up to religion and spirituality with hopeful eyes. There are different rites in India from conception to last rites. He said that it is described in Indian culture that there should be no discrimination among humans. It is necessary for everyone to understand self-awakening. Today, the message for humans is that we should apologize to nature and the environment for our crime. Swamiji said that Covid-19 is a challenge but its solution is also easy. We all have to be rich in self-awakening, the earth is our mother, we should recognize our power by connecting to this awakening. Swami ji praised Chief Minister Shri Chouhan for implementing the system of Ayurvedic kadha. He also said that it should reach the whole world.
Swami Paramatmanand Saraswati, Rajkot
Swami Paramatmanand Ji said that extreme self-confidence is not beneficial but painful. It arises from ignorance. We get to learn how the parts of our body cooperate with each other. We learn this through Ekatma Darshan. Corona is a psychological problem. Due to poor mental health, it increases. Today God is probably trying to give us this lesson through this crisis that the more a person consumes, it will cause problems and not welfare. A person has to become a contributor from a consumer. Expressing concern over increasing consumerism, Swamiji said that it is certain that only Ekatma Bhav can save humans from Corona virus. Swami Ji said that we are known as Sone ki chidiya because of the spirit of sacrifice for the society for socialism and for Ekatma Bhav. India did not become a Sone ki chidiya due to its richness. Swamiji said that a person needs to strive to be unindebted and also it is necessary to protect nature.
Sushri Nivedita Bhide, Kanyakumari
Sushri Nivedita said that man had forgotten Ekatmakta and started living in Upbhog. Kaam (Lust), Krodh (Anger) and Bhay (Fear) result in diseases. God has conveyed the importance of self-awakening through Corona crisis. Sushri Nivedita said that the body should have its own rules. Today a person sleeps, wakes up anytime, which affects his immunity. It is very important to engage oneself in the spirit of service of the universe and to strive for the protection of all from disease. Extending best wishes on Shankaracharya Jayanti, Sushri Nivedita termed Chief Minister Shri Chouhan’s efforts as significant.
Shri Mukul Kanitkar, Nagpur
Participating in the video conferencing, Mukulji said that the Bharatiya Shikshan Mandal is constantly trying to ensure that the traditions remain intact. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya also termed the philosophy of Shankaracharya ji as necessary. Today, Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri Chouhan is active in this direction. People have started understanding the importance of the collective Surya Namaskar started in the year 2007. Mukul ji hoped that Acharya Shankar Nyas would work towards awakening the power of the soul. Among our traditions, small rituals like feeding the first chapatti to the cow, offering water to Tulsi are important parts of our culture. Gurukul Shiksha Kendras give message to the whole world. We have named this lock down as Ghar Vas, which should be seen as an opportunity to boost our morale. The Laxman Rekha, which Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has talked about, is the fulfillment of Rashtra Dharma. Mukul ji said that a model of ideal governance can be prepared on the basis of this Ekatmata. There should be research in this regard and model should be prepared through study, research at university level.