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Modi: India can be world guru

Modi chose to project himself as a disciple of the “hugging saint”.

Written by Shaju Philip | Kollam |
September 27, 2013 1:27:18 am

On the 60th birthday celebrations of Mata Amritanandamayi Devi Thursday,BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said he has full faith in India becoming a world guru given the country’s strong base in spiritual and traditional values.

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Addressing a huge gathering here,Modi said many people were dejected about the current situation of the country,“but I am not disheartened. I have full faith in India becoming a world guru in near future,given our strong base in spiritual and traditional values.’’

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Throughout his half-an-hour address,Modi chose to project himself as a disciple of the “hugging saint”. He delved on the nation’s spiritual tradition and highlighted saints’ teachings as energy for growth. “True spirituality aims at happiness of everyone. Now,there is talk about inclusive growth which is nothing new for India. But if we think about our sages,we will realise there is no better manifesto for any political party in India or better guide to any government in India than advice saints had given to us — sarve bhavantu sukhinah,sarve santu niraamaya,sarve badraani pasyantu,ma kaschit dukahbhag bhavet (may all live happily,may all enjoy good health,may all see auspiciousness,may none experience distress).”

The meeting was attended by senior bishop of Marthoma Church Philipose Mar Chrysostom,Nagore Dargah cleric Mohammed Masthan Khalifa Sahib,Swami Prakasanandan of Sivagiri Mutt and several BJP leaders.

Earlier in the day,Modi visited Sree Padmanabhaswami temple and met the Travancore royal family in Thiruvananthapuram.

He said,“Innocent people and children were murdered in Nairobi. In Pakistan,a church was attacked when Sunday prayers were on. Today morning,news has come that terrorists killed our soldiers. On the one hand,a river of blood is flowing. But here a river of love is flowing from Amma and there is thought about saving life.’’

The meeting was attended by senior bishop of Marthoma Church Philipose Mar Chrysostom,Nagore Dargah cleric Mohammed Masthan Khalifa Sahib,Swami Prakasanandan of Sivagiri Mutt and several BJP leaders. Earlier in the day,Modi visited Sree Padmanabhaswami temple and met the Travancore royal family in Thiruvananthapuram.

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