September 30, 2016 6:40:29 pm
“I greet our Army (for their action) today. Traditionally, every yagya in Hindu philosophy needs sanrakhshan (protection). So India’s commitment towards world peace needs protection from obstacles like terror. Today, our jawans have shown terrorists their place,” said Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, while opening his address at an event to celebrate the 1000th death anniversary of 10th-century Kashmiri philosopher Abhinavagupta in Delhi on Thursday.
Shankar added, “I would also congratulate our Prime Minister. It shows that peace needs to be protected not only through shaastra (scriptures) but also shastra (arms).” RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat added, “I fully endorse guruji’s (Shankar’s) statement. He has also already greeted who all deserve to be greeted today.”
Bhagwat and Shankar were presiding over the event organised by RSS-affiliated Jammu & Kashmir Study Circle at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. The event was also attended by other Sangh leaders such as Dattatreya Hosbole and Dinesh Chandra of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad and a host of prominent litterateurs, philosophers and artistes from Kashmir.
On Abhinavagupta, who is known as the proponent of Kashmiri Shaivism, Bhagwat added, “More than a thousand years ago, Abhinavagupta had given us the philosophy of unity in diversity, which is what India is all about. India is not only a noun but also an adjective. Our only status is that we are all Indians; nothing else should matter.”
The two-hour event was part of the millenium celebrations of Abhinavagupta, which began in February this year. Ever since, the commemoration committee — under Ravi Shankar — has been organising seminars, goshthis and yatras in Kashmir and other parts of India.
The panel had also sent a proposal to the New Delhi Municipal Council to name the Mandi House circle after Abhinavagupta. “Considering that here was this great man more than a 1,000 years ago who did such extensive work on theatre, it’s only befitting that the Mandi House circle, the hub of theatre activities in Delhi, should be named after Abhinavagupta,” said a member of the J&K Study Circle.
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