New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravishankar participated in the Global Hindu Buddhist Conclave attended by Buddhist spiritual leaders, scholars and other respected dignitaries here on Thursday.
Here is what the PM said while addressing 'Samvad', a global conference on Buddhism:-
- Without embracing the path and ideals shown by Gautam Buddha, this century cannot be called an Asian century: PM Modi
- Without proper dialogue we cannot clear our conflicts: PM
- Entire Upnishads are based on dialogue: PM
- That's why any dialogue should be without anger and conflict: PM
- Madana Mishra lost and became a disciple of Adi Shankara. The legendary debate on merits and demerits of Hindu philosophy is a lesson for all: PM
- Of all, the greatest dialogue and debate was between Mandana Mishra and Adishankara. Mishra's wife was chosen as moderator. She said the person whose garland withers first will be declared the loser: PM
- It is my firm belief that the solution to all problems lies in dialogue: PM
- Personally it is my reading of Vedic literature that educated me about the strong bond between humans and mother nature: PM
- It is our duty to give a peaceful life to next generation: PM
- We, the present generation, has to act like a trustee to save our climate and environment: PM.
- It is time to shift from climate change to climate justice: PM
- Climate change is a global challenge, I have written a book on climate change, it was released by APJ Abdul Kalam: PM Modi
- Intolerant non state actors now control large territories where they are unleashing barbaric violence on innocents: PM Modi
- Gautam Buddha was convinced that material wealth is not the sole goal. Human conflicts repulsed him: PM Modi
- Buddhism and environment are closely co-related. From a Buddhist perspective nothing has a separate existence: PM Modi
- Life of Gautam Buddha illustrates the power of service, compassion and most importantly renunciation: PM Modi
- Hinduism and Buddhism called for collective effort and action
- My govt is doing every thing to facilitate and promote Buddhism in India.
- India is the ideal venue to hold this nature of conference: PM
- Buddha was revolutionary: PM
- Gautam Buddha's teachings and philosophy are the greatest lessons for humanity; PM
- We in India are proud of the fact that it was from this land that Gautam Buddha gave the world the tenets of Buddhism: PM
"Voice of peace must rise over the voice of hatred and violence in the world," Ravishankar said while addressing the conclave.
The Prime Minister had earlier announced this on his regular radio address, Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, August 31.
Modi had said that he considered himself lucky to have got an invite to visit Bodh Gaya in Bihar for the Hindu Buddha Conclave. In Mann Ki Baat, he praised Gautam Buddha saying that he is present in everything and everywhere, and we need to follow his principles in order to rid ourselves of war.
Delhi’s Vivekananda International Foundation is hosting the Hindu Buddha Conclave. It is the first Hindu Buddha Conclave and is being organised to spread the message of peace in the wake of rise in terrorism.