Monday, January 4, 2016

No value in the world without character-based power, Mohan Ji Bhagwat at Pune

No value in the world without character-based power

Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat Addresses RSS Members
Shiv-Shakti Sangam Held at Pune with participation of more than one lakh volunteers
Pune, 3 Jan: We have the tradition of Shivatva and if Shakti is added to it, we will get a new identity. Character is our power. Without the power with the character, one has no value in the world. Shiv- Shakti Sangam, a confluence of virtuous and power, is necessary for attainment of this highest ideal, said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday.
He was speaking at the gathering of the Shiv-Shakti Sangam at the borders of villages Jambhe, Marunji and Nere near Pune, Maharashtra organized by the RSS.  Dr. Jayantibhai Bhadosia, Paschim Prant Sanghchalak, Nanasaheb Jadhav, Prant Sanghchalak, VInayakrao Thorat, Prant Karyavah were present on the dais.

In his address which lasted for more than 45 minutes, Sarsanghchalak Bhagwat took stock of the social conditions and explained the importance of foundation of RSS and its work. He said, “It is praiseworthy to organize and present the Shiv-Shakti Sangam in the 125th  birth anniversary year of Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar and on the birth anniversary of Savitribai Phule. With the name of Shiv-Shakti, we remember Chhatrapati Shivaji. This was the first king who ruled fittingly in his situation. This was the king who thought of nation even in his small kingdom. He was the founder of the ideal Hindavi Swarajya and thought of brining rule of dharma. His way of organizing was based on the dedication to principles. Hence, this dedication to principles deems the saffron flag as its guru. Acting on the principles is not possible without the nirgun niramay (formless and characterless divine). Virtues are need in the principles which is the work RSS is doing. None of the six festivals of RSS are person-based except for the festival of Shivaji’s coronation. Remembering King Shivaji is like remembering character and code. While remembering the great men, it is necessary to remember how they did their work and created power. We have the tradition of Shivatva. ‘Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram’ is our culture. Neelkanth, who drank the poison born out of the churning of sea, is our favorite deity. Our journey is going on his ideal. The tradition of Shivatva is known as the perpetual existence. Shiva must be adjoined by Shakti. The society does not recognize Shiva without Shakti. The world does not debate on the vices of the powerful nations. We bear them without any complaint. However, good things of good but weaker nations are not debated. The better culture of that nations gets no respect.
Citing the example of a felicitation of Rabindranath Tagore in Japan, he said, “Many students did not turn up for his felicitation because the students asked why they should listen to someone from a slave nation.  We could not speak truth even when we possessed it. Our honor grew after the independence, victory in the war and nuclear tests. As the power of the country increases, the honor of the nation also increases. The power is utmost necessary for this. Power means acceptance. Even the powerful kings bow to the learned men with character, this is our tradition. The power for us lies in the sacrifice and character. Power means suppression. The thinking of power comes from the character and the power with character comes from the truthful behavior.
Dr. Bahgwat further added, “Many types of beings are found in the world with character. All existences are one. To see the unity in diversity, one needs to look with an equal eye. The truth has no place for discrimination and inequality. We should treat all like us. The character generates the individual and social power. A society battered by the difference can make no progress. The interest of the society can be achieved only when there is well organized society which cares for one another” and cited the example of pride and progress of Israel. He explained the secret of the progress achieved by that country in last 30 years.   

He said that this country is an example of what can a determined society, standing on the foundation of the truth, can achieve. A human stand on the basis of dharma by saying that all are mine. Dharma means the one which connects and binds together, which takes further and follows the values. This conduct comes from the loyalty to the truth.
Saying that at the time of writing the Constitution, Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar had said that we had achieved political unity but it could not survive without the economic and social unity, Dr. Bhagwat said, “We lost many battles not because of the enemy’s strength but because of differences among us. If we do not stand forgetting all differences, even Constitution cannot save us. A society based on individual and social character must be built. The social cohesiveness cannot be created through provisions of the law. Cohesiveness has to be imbibed for which one needs sanskaras of the cohesiveness. Mahatma Gandhi would say that politics without values, property without labor, business without truthfulness, enjoyment without conscience, science without humanity and worship without sacrifice are the social sins. He thought that eradicating these sins would constitute the total self-rule. Hence, the total self-rule as envisaged by him is yet to come. Creating a society having such total freedom, equality and fraternity is the aim of the RSS and RSS was founded for this.
 Dr. Bhagwat said, “Venerated Dr. Hedgewar founded RSS for the worship of Shivatva and Shakti. He fulfilled his duties by participating in many campaigns for the upliftment of the nation. Before and after the foundation of RSS, he participated in many movements and went to jail. He was familiar with all types of ideologies. He had recognized that there was no alternative but to create a virtuous society for which he had found a solution. He knew that Hindutva was the thread which bound together. He explained the values which expressed gratitude to all and create awareness on that basis. The devotion to motherland is in the nature of the Hindus and it has having come down through generations. The culture grows on that basis and the forefathers are respected. The world needs this today. Organization is needed to establish the Indian values. To create a society building the national character and taking the country to the pinnacle of prosperity is the work of RSS. The volunteer who runs at the time of any natural calamity is the face of the RSS.  Sangh Swayamsevak is one who abandons self-interest and serves the society without selfishness. This is the result not of the pride but of the work which RSS is doing for 90 years. The nation does not advance on the basis of leaders or governments. It survives on the basis of the society built on character. The societal change happens through the conduct of the men with character. Shiv-ShaktiSangam is not a display of affluence but a way to the social change.
If the nation is not secure and respected, the individual happiness has no value. RSS’ work means the power to serve the society without relinquishing any familial responsibility. All should participate in the work of social interest. 
Prant Karyavah Vinayakrao Thorat took stock of the work of RSS. He made an appeal for help to RSS and Jan Kalyan Samiti for the drought-affected people. He appealed to give a miss-call to (०२२) ३३८१४१११ for direct participation in the work of drought affected people. Sunil Desai and Sandep Jadhav were the compeers. 

Presence of dignitaries from all sectors
The Shiv-Shakti Sangam saw presence of dignitaries from all sectors of life. The special invitees started to arrive at the venue at about 3 PM. Heads of various sects, political leaders, arts, dignitaries from the cultural field and industrialists came in big numbers which proved an attraction of the event. Four gates for the special invitees and a special gates for the heads of the sects were allocated. The invitees were welcomed with a CD apprising about the RSS’ work and service, tilgul vadi (sweet), water bottle and pack of sarbat.  More than 140 functionaries of RSS affiliated organizations were present on these gates for the welcome. Of these, the women functionaries were in same color saris.
Among the politicians present on the occasion were Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Pune’s Guardian Minister Girish Bapat, Pune’s MP Anil Shirole, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, MP Harishchandra Chavan, Arun Sable, Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan, Rural Development Minister Pankaja Munde, Public Works Minister Chandrakantdada Patil, Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Sawara, Education Minister Vinod Tawade, Minister of State for Home Ram Shinde, Social Justice Minister Dilip Kamble, MLA Medha Kulkarni, Vijay Kale, Lakshman Jagtap, Bhimrao Tapkir, Madhuri Misal, Yogesh Tilekar, Sadashiv Khade etc.
From the culture field, Maharashtra Bhushan Shivshahir Babasaheb Purandare, Vishwanath Karad, author D. M. Mirasdar, Prof. S. B. Mujumdar, Dr. Ashok Kukade, Prof. Aniruddha Deshpande, Rahul Solapurkar, Ravindra Mankani graced the occasion.
Among the religious field, Shri Shankaracharya of Dwarika Peeth Swami Trilokteerth, Gyani Charansinghji, Shri Kalsiddheshwar Maharaj, Acharya Shri Vishwakalyan Vijayshri Maharaj, Shri. Maruti Maharaj Purekar, Shri. Kishan Maharaj Purekar, Shri. Bhaskargiri Maharaj, Shri. Balyogi Oturkar Maharaj, Shri. Shanti Giri Maharaj, Shri. Makran Dasji Maharaj, Shri. Farashiwale Baba, Shri. Kalki Maharaj, Shri. Narayan Maharaj of Narayanpur, Rashtrasant Bhaiyyuji Maharaj, Shri. Bandatatya Karadkar were present on the occasion.

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