Unfortunate to link spirituality with religion: PM Modi

PM Modi said the world compares India on the basis of its population, GDP or employment rate, but it has neither known nor recognised India for its spirituality.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:March 7, 2017 6:46 pm
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Hailing spirituality as India’s strength, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday lamented that some people tend to link it to religion and asserted that the two are very different. Addressing a function here to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), he said Yoga is the first step towards the journey of spirituality. Modi said the world compares India on the basis of its population, GDP or employment rate, but it has neither known nor recognised India for its spirituality.

“India’s spirituality is its strength. But, it is unfortunate that some people link spirituality to religion. But both spirituality and religion are very different,” he said.

The prime minister also hailed Yogi Paramahansa who left the shores of India to spread his message but remained connected to the country all the time. Even for a second the Yogi was not away from his motherland, which he kept remembering even in his last words, the PM said.

Back from campaign trail in his Varanasi constituency, Modi recalled how the Yogi is still remembered in Kashi and his teachings, “which are as pure as Maa Ganga”, continue to flow within many in the holy city where he spent his childhood.

Modi’s remarks come in the backdrop of a raging debate over attempts by political parties to polarise society on the lines of religion, especially during elections.

The Yogoda Satsanga Society was founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1917. A special postage stamp on Yogoda Satsanga Society was also released by Modi to commemorate the occasion.

Recalling the words of former President APJ Abdul Kalam who felt that India’s spiritualness is its strength and this process should continue, he said that the spirituality of the country has been strengthened by India’s sages and saints.

Talking about Yoga, he said it is simple an entry gate to the spiritual world.

“Yoga is the entry point to spirituality. Yoga is the entrance point to one’s spiritual journey. One should not consider it as the last point, as it is simply the entry gate to the spiritual world,” he said.

“Once an individual develops an interest in Yoga and starts diligently practicing it, it will always remain a part of his or her life,” he added.

The prime minister also recalled that the path shown by the Yogi was not about “mukti” (salvation) but “antaryatra” (quest within). The PM said despite three-four generations having gone, there has not been any dilution or diversion in Yogi’s teachings. He said the ‘Kriya Yoga’ practised by Paramahansa revitalises the subtle currents of life energy in the body.

Remembering the last words of Paramahansa, the prime minister said his teachings are humane and full of compassion towards all.

Modi was later given a memento with the Yogi’s last words inscribed on it, which speak about the strength of spirituality of his motherland.

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    Bijan Mohanty
    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm
    This man does nothing except delivering useless talks.
  2. B
    Mar 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm
    Modi is the greatest living saint of all times. His personality is the embodiment of all Hindu gods, no one was as complete and as perfect as Modi. His 5000 metre statue of gold should be installed in Indian ocean emanating cosmic rays all over the world.
  3. V
    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:31 pm
    'Mukti' has been wrongly translated as salvation in this article. Mukti means liberation, not salvation. Sad that even the concept of mukti is misunderstood and interpreted through a foreign lens by Indian journalists.
  4. D
    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:29 pm
  5. D
    Mar 7, 2017 at 3:15 pm
    people dont have anything to say but critize. people who critize are jelous because they followed a stupied congrs leders. if they realy ddid not follow leader then even leader like modi they will not follow and critize . modi has told right thing but not wrong. DID HE HURT YOUgt;gt;gt; SILLY GUYS . JUST CRY BABY CRIING ON MODI. BETTER DO YOUR WORK. JAI HIND
  6. A
    Mar 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm
    The guy needs a lot of spirituality urgently. It will be a huge benefit to mankind.
  7. T
    Mar 7, 2017 at 5:12 pm
    Holier-than-thou !lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The world has recognized India’s spirituality more than a century back, through Swami Vivekananda !
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    Mahender Goriganti
    Mar 7, 2017 at 10:13 pm
    I bet a lot Islamic scholars and stroller on Ismail express have no clue as to what Modiji is saying because their minds are shut. First principle of Upanishads is when Atman stops asking why that person (body) is dead ,mind is no more, but Atman continues its journey as it is Brahman and eternal. .
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