Vrindavan, 2017.10.07 (VT): Yesterday UP’s Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and Baba Ramdev of Patanjali fame visited Vrindavan and spoke at the grand opening of Mansi Dhyan Kendra at Nikunjavan Ashram. Here’s what they said:
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath
Yogi Adityanath said that Hindutva is not a political agenda but but a way of life. When we live a life in harmony with Hinduism, then a sense of nationalism automatically awakens within us. Indian nationalism is the greatest religion, beyond even spirituality, ethnicity and sects. The reason for this is that India itself embodies spirituality in the core of its being, and the holy men are the spiritual dynamo of this country. These sants give direction to our society, and they shape our social identity. India will remain India as long as there are temples and holy men in every village.
Adityanath also called upon the youth of India to join hands and work hard for their country. When that happens, he said, India will become a true world leader. He praised the RSS, as well as Sadhvi Rithambara and Vijay Kaushal Maharaj for their social work, and called upon ashrams to transform themselves into centers of social service.
He assured the audience that the BJP is bringing the rule of law into Uttar Pradesh, and that the mafia and criminals are either leaving the state or are already in jail. Responding to journalists, he said wherever officials are not working in the interest of the people, appropriate action will be taken.
Speaking specifically about Braj, Adityanath said that the government is planning to develop several areas in Braj, namely Vrindavan, Govardhan, Baldeo, Gokul, Barsana and Nandgaon. Part of the development plan will be to clean up the garbage and stop the flow of sewage water into Yamuna. More Yamuna water will be released from Delhi and a new sewage treatment plant will be made for this purpse. The CM also stressed the need for planting trees on the Yamuna riverbank. He went on to say that a variety of trees, like neem, peepal and banyan, should be planted and not just eucalyptus.
He also assured the people that the government would try its best to compensate those affected by the Yamuna khadar demolitions.
When asked about the national anthem issue, the CM defended the move saying that it is strange that the high court should have to force citizens to sing the anthem; it should be spontanous just as working for a swachh Bharat (clean India) should be spontaneous and self-motivated.
Baba Ramdev said that it is the need of the day that the Hindu community should come together, leaving aside all differences of caste and social status. The day we all start working together, India will become the most powerful force in the world. The blessings and help of Vrindavan’s holy men are indispensable in this endeavor.
If the one billion plus people of India can come together, then the dreams of the saints and of Prime Minister Modi for this country will surely come to pass.
Ramdev called upon citizens to take inspiration from Lord Ram and Krishna and make their lives worthwhile through spirituality. He also emphasized the importance of daily yoga practice, and indigenous cow agriculture not dependent on dairy.
Baba Ramdev also paid a visit to Sant Gyanananda’s Krishna Kripa Dham and attended the Sankarshan Kund inauguration in Govardhan.
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat
RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said that a bright age has come for India, and that India will become the guru of the world.
Hindu society has faced a lot of tribulations, he said, yet it remains standing strong. Hindus have been attacked by outside forces for centuries. They were beaten and slaughtered. People wanted to change their religion, but Hindus gave up their lives rather than converting. Humanity bears the burden of heavy memories from the past, and there is also some trepidation about the future, but that should not affect the present. We can face any hardship when we stand together.
The RSS Chief called upon India’s youth, saying that the young people of this country have all the capabilities needed to make India a world leader. Youth and saints should work together for the betterment of society.
On the subject of sprituality, Bhagwat said that meditation is needed to make life worthwhile. When we meditate, outside circumstances do not affect us and we become strong.
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