New Delhi, December 17: President Pranab Mukherjee delivered the opening address at a conclave titled "Sach Bharat: Spirituality at Work", co-hosted by the Times Foundation, Assocham and SREI Foundation. He addressed the inaugural session of the ninth World Confluence of Humanity, Power and Spirituality, organized by ASSOCHAM, SREI Foundation and the Times Group on Friday in New Delhi.
"This conclave on 'world confluence of humanity, power and spirituality' is being conducted since 2010 to ignite the human spirit, and harness human potential to selfless service. Spirituality has a strong connect with our daily lives. What it means is to be devoted to work harder for growth of the nation and for common benefit. Human life is full of contradictions. We are running to fulfill our ambitions; on the other hand, we are looking for happiness. There is so much pressure to prove ourselves but we are also driven by the desire to look for peace and get inner satisfaction," said the President.
"Spiritual thought is one of the many gifts of India to the world. India is a guiding light in spiritual leadership, as reflected in the lives of all great avatars and masters like Rama, Krishna, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda and others. India is also a country that fought for freedom with nonviolence," the President reminded the audience that included spiritual masters like Swami Chidanand Saraswati of Parmarath Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh, Lokesh Muni, Satpal Singh, members of the Ananda Sangha led by Nayaswami Devarshi, and others; and members of the diplomatic community.
President Mukherjee continued: "I believe that, in India, we have always embraced diversity and inclusiveness, being open. Our philosophy and thought have always aimed to create a high level of being. Spirituality gives us the power to attain our goals; to surmount challenges. This conclave, 'Sach Bharat', should reignite our minds with its theme that is imperative for our country today. Satyameva Jayate - Truth will prevail. Stand for truth and victory will be ours. Truth was there at the very beginning and truth will remain at the very end - you cannot get rid of truth under any circumstance."
"All progress depends on productive, sustainable use of resources. We need to instill in people the culture of hard work and dedication through spirituality. Hence Krishna says in the Bhagwad Gita, 'Always perform your duties efficiently without attachment to results.' Today's world is becoming more insular; spirituality can show us how to treat others with compassion," said the President, and once again quoted from the Gita: "Do all work guided by compassion." He said that if we followed this kind of work culture in our offices and factories, "we will be happy and we will take this forward to the wider community and there will be great transformation". He said, "Youth is our greatest strength; we need to instill civilizational values in them."
President Mukherjee concluded his address by asking the following questions: How ethical and fair are our actions? Is our behavior consistent? Are our organizations trusted for their integrity? He pointed out that organizations have to ensure that the spirit of inclusiveness is present for self-actualization, by infusing the spiritual work ethic among members.