Nagpur, Aug 7: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohanrao Bhagwat on Friday appealed to the Hindu society to brace itself to face the challenge of spreading ‘Vishwa Dharma’ in the world to make it happy and prosperous.
Dr Bhagwat was addressing the joint valedictory function of the Vishwa Sangh Shiksha Varg of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh (HSS) and Hindu Sevika Samiti. Participants for the two camps came from 13 countries including the USA, Europe, Africa and Australia. The varg was organised by Shri Vishwa Niketan Delhi and Devi Ahalyabai Smarak Samiti Nagpur.
Noted economist and NITI Ayog member Bibek Debroy was the chief guest for the function. Pramukh Sanchalika of Rashtra Sevika Samiti Shantakka, Sarvadhikari Alok Kumar and Kirtida Bhat shared the dais.
Unfolding the global vision of RSS founder Dr Hedgewar, Bhagwat said that the founder of RSS envisioned a strong and prosperous India firmly rooted to its Dharma and helping other countries to break the shackles of slavery of capitalism. He referred to two resolutions Dr Hedgewar had submitted to the Draft Resolution committee during the 1921 AICC session held at Nagpur.
He said that the swayamsevkas of HSS are treading this path shown by Dr Hedgewar and countries like Kenya now boasts of having a similar organisation like the RSS. Each country should have their own organisation like the RSS and we should help them in achieving this task, Dr Bhagwat said.
The world today is plagued by various problems due to loss of dharma. Radicalism is spreading. The world appears to be losing the principle of good for all. Against this backdrop rise of Bharat assumes significance as dharma is its core (Prana), he said. A strong and prosperous Bharat can lead the world to Vishwa Dharma, Bhagwat said.
He said Dharma liberated while religion confined. Dharma ensures good for all while fulfilling duties of Artha, Kama and Moksha. Whatsoever is one's capabilities one should contribute to ensuring larger good with Dharma thinking of the society a nation and the world as one's own. At the same time he said that Hindus should not blame the British or Muslims for their misfortune over the centuries. Hindus themselves are responsible for their condition. Hence, Hindus should strive to conserve the values of Dharma and achieve the good of the humanity.
Debroy, who travels the length and breadth of the country and is considered as a prominent voice in policy making in India, said that he sensed a turbulent and impatient India of the youngsters. “The country is pulsating; it is overcoming ‘Tamas’ (Darkness), and is imbibing 'Rajas' (Qualitative Change). India is rising, he said.
He appealed to the HSS members from 13 countries including USA, Europe Guyana, and Australia to come to India and be part of its growth story.
Beginning his address in Sanskrit, Debroy, later switching over to English spoke at length on the concept of Bharat, Karma, and Dharma. Stating that he was proud to have been born in this country he said Bharatarsh is Karmabhoomi and Dharmakshetra in the global context. Karma and Dharma were linked to each other.
Dharma cannot be excised or removed from the life of the people. This explains the sparkle in the eyes of the people who live in poverty and penury, he said.
Making a distinction between dharma and religion he said dharma emancipates while religion binds. Religion and science are perceived as opposed to each other. Religion is a matter of faith while science involves empirical testing. Against this backdrop Hinduism with the concept of dharma emerges as an encompassing idea.
He expressed concern over youngsters using some terms fashionably. For Example, he said youngsters find it fashionable to call them ‘agnostic’. The word is used as negative. It stands to negate being gnostic. The word gnostic is linked to knowledge. So, by claiming to be agnostic, what are they achieving? Do they really understand this?
Similarly, people call them atheist. This is attached to the word theist and cannot negative meaning. Do they know what theism is, he wondered.
Debroy also spoke on the concept of ‘Rajdaharma’. At one level Dharma is Rajdharma. It is about governance. In old days kings had responsibility of defence and internal security only and the reset everything was then care of by the community. However thanks to the British legacy we have developed the habit of being pampered by the government. We seek everything form the govt. We need to understand that problems of a country can be solved by the community.
Earlier, Debroy and Bhagwat paid tributes to the statue of Dr Hedgewar and performed Bharatmata pujan.