24 October, 2023
Key Points of Sarsanghchalak Ji’s Speech in Shri VijayaDashami Utsav
1. We celebrate Vijayadashami every year as the festival of strength (Shakti-Parv), of complete triumph of humanity over demonism. This year, the festival has brought pride, joy and events that have been encouraging to all of us.
2. Due to Bharat’s distinct thoughts and vision, our guiding principle of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ has now been incorporated in the philosophy of the entire world. Thanks to Bharat’s endevours, the economy-centric idea of G-20 has now transformed into human-centric.
3. Our country’s sportspersons brought us great pride and joy by winning 107 medals (28 gold, 38 silver and 41 bronze), leaping past the 100-mark for the first time in the Asian Games. We extend our hearty congratulations to them.
4. The Chandrayaan Mission also gloriously showcased the resurgent Bharat’s strength, intelligence and tact. The will of the nation’s leadership seamlessly combined with the scientific knowledge and technical prowess of our scientists.
5. Lord Shri Ram personifies dignified conduct for our ancient nation, is the epitome of dutifulness and Dharm, and symbolises affection and compassion. Same type of environment should be created at our respective places. On the occasion of the consecration of Ramlala, we should organize this event at a small scale in various places.
6. We are commemorating the 2550th year of Nirvana of Shri Mahavir Swami, who showed the path of non-violence, kindness and morality to the entire world through his exemplary life.
7. This was also the 350th year of coronation of Chattrapati Shri Shivaji Maharj, who showed us the path of liberation from 350 years of foreign subjugation, by establishing the Hindavi Swaraj based on justice and public welfare.
8. This also happens to be the 200th birth anniversary of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati, who gave a clear and true vision of our ‘Swa’ or ‘self’ to the people of the country through ‘Satyarth Prakash’ to attain freedom from the British rule.
9. This would be the 500th birth anniversary of the indomitable Rani Durgavati, who made the supreme sacrifice for identity and independence. She is an icon, remarkable for her enterprise, courage, patience, intelligence, strength and bravery as well as her administrative skills and care for welfare of her subjects.
10. This year also marks the 150th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj, the ruler of Kolhapur (Maharashtra), who, with his welfarist vision and administrative acumen, dedicated his life to rooting out social inequality.
11. We have just completed celebrations of 200th anniversary of the Tamil saint Srimad Ramalinga Vallalar, who began to awaken people for the country’s independence right from his youth and the stove lit by whom, for the Annadan for the poor, still burns in Tamil Nadu. Besides his struggle for the country’s independence, he persevered for Bharat’s spiritual and cultural awakening as well as for a complete eradication of social inequality.
12. The Himalayan Region has special geological, geo-strategic and geo-political significance. Keeping that in mind, this area will have to be considered from a different perspective.
13. We ought to rid ourselves of the colonial mindset, and embrace from the outside world only what suits our country. The need of the hour is to adopt our own Swadeshi (indigenous) path of development based on ‘Swa’.
14. A society that is divided and entangled in mutual conflicts and confusion becomes weak and easily and unknowingly falls prey to these destructive forces that are seeking their own dominance everywhere. In Bharatiya tradition, this style of functioning which creates disbelief, confusion and mutual hatred among the people of any particular nation is called Mantra Viplav.
15. In Manipur, when people on both sides of the conflict are seeking peace, which are these forces that are attempting to trigger hatred and violence by causing an incident as soon as any positive step is seen being taken in that direction? Multidimensional efforts will be required to solve this grave problem. To resolve this vexed problem, we would need a strong political will, concurrent actions and efficiency. Simultaneously, the enlightened leadership of the society will also have to play a special role in bridging the gap of mutual distrust that has arisen due to the unfortunate situation between the two communities.
16. The swayamsevaks of the Sangh are continuously and dedicatedly serving everyone and organising relief work, while appealing to the positive, influential people of the society to help bring peace in Manipur.
17. The modus operandi of destructive & divisive forces involve taking control of the media and academia, and plunging education, culture, politics and social environment into confusion, chaos, and corruption. Such an environment enables the creation of a vicious cycle of fear, confusion and hatred. A society that is divided and entangled in mutual conflicts and confusion becomes weak and easily and unknowingly falls prey to these destructive forces that are seeking their own dominance everywhere. In Bharatiya tradition, this style of functioning which creates disbelief, confusion and mutual hatred among the people of any particular nation is called Mantra Viplav.
18. We are fortunate to have inherited a tradition of unity that startles the minds of the outsiders, but also attracts them. The three elements devotion to the motherland, pride in ancestors, and common culture, make us stand out proudly as one nation by tying together all the diversities of language, region, sect, caste, sub-caste etc. present in our country, and has been the unbroken thread of our unity.
19. This is an exhortation to all to recognize the thread of cultural continuity and unity that runs through our country’s vast diversities. This is 75th year of the Constitution of our independent Bharat. That Constitution also points towards this direction. If we pay enough attention to the two speeches given by the respected Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar in the Constituent Assembly at the time of delivering the Constitution, then we will arrive at the same essence of cultural continuity and unity.
20. We often see that a small incident gets exaggerated and publicized in a dramatic manner. Statements expressing concern and warning are elicited from within the country and abroad. “Tool kits” that incite violence are activated and mutual suspicion and hatred are further intensified.
All those who seek and favour harmony in the society need to be wary of these nefarious games.
21. The country is going to hold elections to the Lok Sabha in the early days of 2024. Attempts to harvest votes by inflaming emotions are not desirable, but they still keep happening. Let us avoid these things, as they hurt the unity of the society.
22. We should deepen our relationships with nature by saving water, removing plastics, and increasing greenery in and around our homes. Let’s strengthen our reliance on ‘Swa’, or self, through Swadeshi. Wasteful expenditure ought to stop, too. Employment opportunities in the country should rise, and the country’s money (capital) should be used within, and in the interest of the country itself. Hence, the practice of Swadeshi should start from home. Law and order, and responsibilities as a citizen, should be followed by all. A climate of harmony and cooperation should prevail in the society.