PM's remarks at the International Buddh Poornima Diwas Celebration

Published By : Admin | May 4, 2015 | 13:10 IST
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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today said Lord Buddha's timeless message of love and compassion could help rid the world of the problems of war and violence. "Agar yuddh se mukti chaahiye, to Buddh ki raah par milegi," the Prime Minister said.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (12)

In his remarks at the International Buddh Poornima Diwas Celebration in New Delhi today, the Prime Minister said that the whole world had acknowledged that the 21st century would be Asia's century, and added that Buddha's teachings would be the inspiration and guiding spirit for Asia, as it showed the world the path to relief from problems of conflict and hatred.

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The Prime Minister said that the gathering today, is conscious of the suffering that the recent earthquake has caused in Nepal – the land of Buddha's birth. But he added that this is also an opportunity for everyone to follow Lord Buddha's message of "karuna" (compassion), and to wipe the tears of those suffering in Nepal.

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The Prime Minister said that Lord Buddha was conscious towards both individual emancipation and social reform. He said that the importance given to the "Sangh" highlights how Lord Buddha sensed the importance of uniting people towards a noble cause. He said Lord Buddha's teaching of "Atta Deepo Bhavah" – "Be your own light" – was one of the greatest management lessons ever, contained in just three words.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (19)

The Prime Minister recalled his visits to Buddhist temples recently in Japan and Sri Lanka, and also in China when he was Chief Minister of Gujarat. He said that the profound spiritual consciousness that pervaded these temples, must be forged into a powerful force for good in the world. He said some people called Buddha "the light of the east," and added that in his opinion, this was an underestimation, and Buddha was in fact a source of inspiration for the entire universe.

PM Modi at International Buddha Poornima Diwas Celebration (22)

The Union Minister of State (I/C) for Culture Shri Mahesh Sharma, the Union Minister of State for Home, Shri Kiren Rijiju, and the Ven. Lama Lobzang, Secretary General, International Buddhist Confederation, were present on the occasion.

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The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has thanked World Leaders for their greetings and wishes on the occasion of 76th Independence Day.

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Australia, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you for your Independence Day wishes, PM Anthony Albanese. The friendship between India and Australia has stood the test of time and has benefitted both our peoples greatly."

In response to a tweet by the President of Maldives, the Prime Minister said;

"Grateful for your wishes on our Independence Day, President @ibusolih. And for your warm words on the robust India-Maldives friendship, which I second wholeheartedly."

In response to a tweet by the President of France, the Prime Minister said;

"Touched by your Independence Day greetings, President @EmmanuelMacron. India truly cherishes its close relations with France. Ours is a bilateral partnership for global good."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Bhutan, the Prime Minister said;

"I thank @PMBhutan Lotay Tshering for his Independence Day wishes. All Indians cherish our special relationship with Bhutan - a close neighbour and a valued friend."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Commonwealth of Dominica, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you, PM Roosevelt Skerrit, for your greetings on our Independence Day. May the bilateral relations between India and the Commonwealth of Dominica continue to grow in the coming years."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Mauritius, the Prime Minister said;

"Honoured to receive your Independence Day wishes, PM Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. India and Mauritius have very deep cultural linkages. Our nations are also cooperating in a wide range of subjects for the mutual benefit of our citizens."

In response to a tweet by the President of Madagascar, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you President Andry Rajoelina for wishing us on our Independence Day. As a trusted developmental partner, India will always work with Madagascar for the welfare of our people."

In response to a tweet by the Prime Minister of Nepal, the Prime Minister said;

"Thank you for the wishes, PM @SherBDeuba. May the India-Nepal friendship continue to flourish in the years to come."