Udaipur : Dignitaries from various parts of the country including politicians, artists, professionals and media gurus are showing up at the 80th anniversary celebrations at the Brahmakumaris headquarters at Abu road in Sirohi district. On the third day of the event on Tuesday, Gujarat Governor OP Kohli was among the chief guest to grace the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Kohli said many current social problems were the result of society turning away from spirituality towards a materialistic ethos.“After we gained independence, there was no strong movement for social and cultural development, and as a result we see many flaws in society”, Kohli said, adding that selfishness and lack of harmony were among the problems. Asserting that moral values were based on spirituality, he called for a positive and value-based perspective to bring about change in youth.
The Brahma Kumaris, he noted, were working to change people from within and give their life the right direction. He lauded the institution’s work in the areas of women’s empowerment and ecological conservation, and its role in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Earlier, V. K. Saraswat, former director general of DRDO, said that man was the link between the material and the natural world and elevating human consciousness was necessary to create harmony between the two.
H.H. Bhikku Sanghsena, Founder of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, Ladakh, said that Brahma Kumaris provided great inspiration for women’s empowerment. “Somehow it is believed that women can’t do as well as men, which is absolutely wrong.” He sought collaboration with such like-minded organisations for making the world a better place.
Kailash Adhikari, Director, Governance Now, said that in the fast-paced modern life, people were missing the experience of happiness, peace, and contentment, which reside in one’s heart. Justice V. Eswaraiah, former chairperson, National Commission for Backward Classes, said that behind the expanse of the services of the Brahma Kumaris was knowledge given by the Almighty Himself. It was a thing to be experienced personally, he said. Applauding the work of the Brahma Kumaris, Kavinder Gupta, Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly, said that development needed to be holistic.