Intellectual, spiritual and physical strength of Indians will make India Vishwaguru: Bhagatsingh Koshyari  

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Pune, 30th November 2021: “India can become ‘Vishwaguru’ if we make our country strong. This can be achieved through intellectual, spiritual and physical strength of each one of us. Merely indulging in erudite sermons will not help,” said Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari here today.

He was addressing the valedictory function as the Chief Guest of the 26th Saint Shri Dnyaneshwara & Saint Shri Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series and Orientation Workshop 2021 at the Dnyaneshwar Hall on the premises of the MIT World Peace University, Kothrud, Pune.

The annual seven-day lecture series is being organised for the past 26 years jointly by the MIT World Peace University, Pune, the Saint Shree Dnyaneshwar and Saint Shree Tukaram Endowment Lecture Series Trust, Pune and the World Peace Centre, Alandi, MAEER’s MIT, Pune.

Special Guest of Honour Sunil Deodhar, National Secretary, Bharatiya Janata Party, Dr Vishwanath Karad, Founder-President, World Peace Centre, Alandi, MAEER’s MIT World Peace University, Rahul Karad, Executive President, MITWPU, Prof. Swati Karad-Chate, Secretary General, MAEER’s MIT, Dr. R.M. Chitnis, Vice Chancellor, MITWPU & Dr.Milind Pande, Pro-Vice Chancellor, MITWPU were present.

Driving home his point of gaining strength, Koshyari narrated an anecdote from the life of Swami Vivekananda. He said, “Once a weak-looking boy went to Swami Vivekananda and requested him to teach him Bhagvad Geeta. Swamiji told him to visit a playground and practice football for some days. He told the boy to become physically strong and then learn the teachings of Bhagvad Geeta.” Quoting Vivekanand, Koshyari said, “Strength is life and weakness is death.”

Highlighting the BJP government’s steps to make India a strong nation, Sunil Deodhar praised the new national education policy. He said, “Lord Macaulay ruined the traditional Indian education system by destroying our cultural values. Now, the government has decided to impart primary education through the mother tongue only.” He emphasized the role of education in building honest leaders and citizens.

Explaining Swami Vivekanand’s thoughts, Prof.Dr. Vishwanath Karad said, “India has the strength to combine spirituality with science as propagated by Swamiji, which can show the way to the world.” He narrated MIT’s efforts to build a pilgrim network across India. He praised Koshyari’s efforts and blessing during the consecration of Goddess Saraswati Mandir built by MIT at Mana near Badrinath in Uttarakhand.

Rahul Karad emphasized on breaking the colonial mindset. He suggested that India should be officially known as ‘Bharat’ only and ‘Independence Day’ should be called ‘National Day’.