Creating wealth, values for humanity at core of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’. PM Modi urges youngsters to read Bhagavad Gita

PM Modi urges youth to read Gita to understand the meaning of life

PM Modi urges youth to read Gita to understand the meaning of life
PM Modi urges youth to read Gita to understand the meaning of life

PM Modi said the beauty of the Gita is in its depth, diversity and flexibility

Asserting that a self-reliant India is good for the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday that creating wealth and value “not only for ourselves but for the larger humanity” is at the core of ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat‘. Speaking at the launch of the Kindle version of Swami Chidbhavananda’s ‘Bhagavad Gita‘ via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said the epic’s core message to people is to perform the action and asserted that 1.3 billion people of India have decided their course of action which is to make India ‘Aatmanirbhar’ or self-reliant. In the long term, a self-reliant India is in everyone’s interest, he said.

“At the core of Atmanirbhar Bharat is to create wealth and values not only for ourselves but for the larger humanity. We believe that an Atmanirbhar Bharat is good for the world,” he added. In the recent past, when the world needed medicines, India did whatever it could to provide them, the Prime Minister said, referring to India providing medicines and now vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Modi said this e-book will also deepen the connect between the eternal Gita and the glorious Tamil culture and enable the Tamil diaspora spread across the world to read it easily. He praised the Tamil diaspora for scaling new heights in many sectors and yet carrying the greatness of its culture wherever it went.

“Our scientists worked in a quick time to come out with vaccines. Now, India is humbled that vaccines made in India are going around the world. We want to heal as well as help humanity. This is exactly what the Bhagavad Gita teaches us,” Modi stressed. He said the Bhagavad Gita was born during the conflict, a reference to Mahabharat, and many feel that humanity is passing through similar conflict and challenges now, Modi said.

“The world is fighting a tough battle against a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. The economic and social impacts are also far-reaching. In such a time, the path shown in Bhagavad Gita becomes ever relevant,” he asserted. It could provide strength and direction to once again emerge victorious from the challenges humanity faces, he said.

“In India, we saw many instances of this. Our people-powered fight against COVID-19, the outstanding spirit of the people, the courage of citizens, one can say that behind this is a glimpse of what the Gita highlights,” he said. Noting that the e-books are becoming very popular especially among the youth, Modi said, therefore, this effort will connect more youngsters with the noble thoughts of the Gita. The beauty of the Gita is in its depth, diversity and flexibility, he said.

He quoted a peer-reviewed journal of cardiology published by the University of Oxford which talks at length about the relevance of Gita during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Modi said this e-book will also deepen the connection between the eternal Gita and the glorious Tamil culture and enable the Tamil diaspora spread across the world to read it easily. He praised the Tamil diaspora for scaling new heights in many sectors and yet carrying the greatness of its culture wherever it went.

Paying homage to Swami Chidbhavananda, the Prime Minister said the mind, body, heart and soul of the Swami was devoted to India’s regeneration. He said the beauty of the Gita is in its depth, diversity and flexibility. Modi asked youngsters to read Gita, saying its teachings are extremely practical and relatable. In the middle of their fast-paced lives, Gita will provide an oasis of calm and peace, he added.

Prime Minister’s full speech can listen below:

[with PTI inputs]

Team PGurus

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thinking about the Gita and the degree in Entire Political Science.

    Is this a new Gita ?

    That teaches you a new way of life!

  2. Creating wealth

    Modi hai to mumkin hai

    ‘ Indian tycoon Gautam Adani has added more billions to his wealth than anyone else in this world this year”

  3. Creating wealth and values for humanity, is precisely what the Hindus followed before the invaders started plundering Akhand Bharat since 1000 years. Akhand Bharat shrunk nearly 50% as on today and continues to shrink. Where lies the fault ? Due to misinterpretation of Gita, passing the buck on karma and devatas and pushing Kshatriya dharma to back seat. Dalai Lama is an example. Fortunately, we have military, facet of khastriya dharma.

    To have a blissfull life in the present day society, what people need is a perfect judicial system, efficient police force ( as practiced by Kings ) and media which spreads truth. In the absence of above, teachings of Gita will not have impact on society and Shakunis will have upper hand.

      • While Lord Krishna may have existed in physical body, all the players in Mahabharata may not have existed. Shakuni in modern day can be defined as chamchas or advisors or consultants and best definition is parasites who hold on to hosts for their survival. You find them in every profession ( not in west ) including our families. As business advisors, they make you millionaires and one should be smart enough to make use of them and insulate before they destroy you.

        Without Shakuni type character, none of our movies or TV serials can exist and heroes cannot be glorified without Shakuni role. As such, whether one reads Mahabharata or not, shakunis will tag everyone having money or power, even if you become a sanyasi with cash. After all he too is manifestation of God and a genius politician.

  4. Team PGurus:
    Now that Professor Ramseyer has done to Koreans and Korean-Americans what has been done by academia to our people, can you invite a member of the Korean community to share their perspective?

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