At an event to mark the centenary death year of Maharashtrian spiritual leader Vasudevanand Saraswati Maharaj in Garudeshwar of Narmada on Saturday, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, who is on a four-day tour of Gujarat, called himself “a man with a social mission” and “without any knowledge of religion or spirituality”.
Bhagwat, in his address to the gathering, stressed on spreading the “values of religion” as the responsible “big brother” to the world.
As he began address to the gathering, comprising devotees and RSS workers, amidst chants of Sangh strota, “Bharat Mata ki Jai”.
Bhagwat, who will be travelling to Bharuch and Mehsana over the next two days, said he said, “I am not a man on a religious mission and I know nothing about religion and spirituality. I am on a social mission in the society. I preach about mind, body and character. I have no idea about souls. But I am trying to bring alive the tenets of this religion, which has just been described here, into the society. Without religion, there is nothing.”
Spiritual leader and Ayurvedic physician from Karla, Balaji Tambe, said that the Narendra Modi-led government, backed by the RSS, at the Centre was the hope for the preservation of the “Hindu dharma”. Tambe, who addressed the audience in Marathi, said, “We can now hope for a safeguard of our religion with the new government that has Modiji and Bhagwatji.” Bhagwat nodded in agreement.
Bhagwat shared the dais with several spiritual leaders along with royal scion Samarjistinh Gaekwad and Vadodara’s former MP Balkrishna Shukla as well as Ashok Godse from Pune’s Dagdu Sheth Halwai Ganpati Mandir Trust.