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Call for spiritual awakening

Indian culture, marked by respect for diversities, ahimsa, religious harmony, and compassion, is the fruit of true spirituality.

india Updated: Mar 24, 2004 00:51 IST

India is spiritual by nature. A majority of world religions have sprung up from the soil of our land. Our seers and saints have meditated long and deep and unpacked the mysteries of life and eternity. India has a spiritual destiny that needs to be fulfilled for the sake of the whole world. Millennia before the idea of a global order dawned in the west, our seers intuited the spiritual truth that the whole of humankind is an extended family (vasudhaiva kutumbakam).

Indian culture, marked by respect for diversities, ahimsa, religious harmony, and compassion, is the fruit of true spirituality. Rather than feeling insecure on account of religious, cultural and linguistic diversities, we have celebrated them as our shared wealth. More than in any other part of the world, religious communities lived in peace and harmony in our land. The followers of Islam and Christianity fight among themselves in other parts of the world. But they live in peace and brotherhood in India. The spirit of India has had the strength to overcome the virus of violence in religions and to promote compassion and harmony. This is the tradition and history that we are proud of.

Today, however, depraved politics threatens to corrupt our religiosity and to drag the whole country into division and anarchy. This chokes the spiritual core of all religions and inflames communal passions.

First Published: Mar 24, 2004 00:51 IST