International Conference on Spiritual Response to Critical Times Concludes
Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee calls for Strengthening spiritual base of society
New Delhi, March 10: Former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee said the answer to all the problems in the present critical times lies in following spiritual wisdom and values. “Now is the time when we must start to pay attention to the moral, ethical and spiritual dimension of our life, and strengthen this foundation of an advanced and healthy society.”
Mr. Mukherjee was speaking at ‘Spiritual Response to Critical Times’, a one-day international conference organised by the Brahma Kumaris at Indira Gandhi Stadium here today. The event was a confluence of dignitaries, guests, professionals, spiritualists and religious leaders from 122 countries, and emphasised on the oneness of humanity.
Mr. Mukherjee also said that spirituality was one of India’s many gifts to the world, and was much needed to check stress and anxiety prevelant across all walks of life.
Earlier in the day, special guest for the programme Vice-President of Argentina H.E. Mrs. Gabriela Michetti said that politics was about loving humanity and serving as a family member. “If we don’t relate politics to service, politics would exist only for the sake of power… My relationship with God gives sense to my political worķ and tranforms it into service… Our best contribution to the world is to share our love with humanity, and to be sincere to what we believe in.”
BK Brijmohan, Additional Secretary-General of the Brahma Kumaris, said the intention of the programme was to give a wake up call to people, and to share with them the hope that it was time for change to come about. “As night is followed by day, it is time for our present circumstances to give way to peace.”
Explaining the process of Rajyoga meditation, motivational speaker Sister BK Shivani, who had a day before been accorded with the Nari Shakti Award by the President, said: “When we connect our mind through remembrance to anyone, their state of being begins to influence our energy field. So when we connect to the Divine, His qualities of peace, love, happiness start flowing into us, and our life starts to transform… We then change from expecting from others to becoming givers of goodness.”
BK Jayanti, Director of the Brahma Kumaris centres in Europe, said: “If we see time on a linear scale, we wonder what the future holds for us. On the other hand, when we see things in a cyclical way, we can have hope for the future…. We will then know that we are moving from a world of falsity and darkness to a world of truth.”
She said the chaos inside people’s inner world and the vice of greed was the root cause of the environment al and climatic crises, and so a transformation could come about when we enhance our relationship with the self within.
The programme, which was attended by a huge audience of several thousands, was interspersed with many fun activities and cultural performances by musicians, dancers and singers from across the globe. The audience was also led into live meditation experiences.