India’s Religious Ethics Based on a Common Religious and Spiritual Basis: Kovind
India’s cultural ethos has a common religious and spiritual foundation from east to west and north to south, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Saturday.
Kovind was addressing the centenary celebrations of Gita Press, the world’s largest publisher of Hindu religious texts.
“From east to west and north to south, India’s cultural ethos has a common religious and spiritual foundation. Ramayan is popular not only in Hindi but also in Tamil and Gujarati,” he said.
India has a long tradition of rulers who follow ‘Dharm’ and ‘Anushaasan’ (discipline).
”It is said that Dharm and governance go hand in hand and complement each other. And today, it shows here. Yogi (Adityanath) ji is the chief minister of this state and also the Gorakshpeeth Peethadhiswar (chief seer). Two things imbibed in one person is a big thing,” Kovind said.
The president called the Gita Press, launched in 1923 by Jaya Dayal Goyanka and Ghanshyam Das Jalan to promote the principles of Sanatan Dharm, a “temple of literature”.
“For an ordinary person like me, the perception was that it was a press. But today, it is clear that the Gita Press is not just a press, it is a temple of literature. The contribution of our temples and shrines to safeguarding Sanatan Dharm, a similar contribution has been made by the literature which is published by Gita Press,” he said.
The President said, “It is an honor for me to participate in the centenary celebrations of Gita Press. It must be the result of some “punya” (good work) done in previous births. Before coming here, I also met the staff of the Gita Press. The honesty, dedication and goodwill that I have seen in them is unparalleled. ”Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said the press was established in 1923 in a facility rented for Rs 10, ”And today it has taken the form of a ‘vattvriksha’ (banyan tree) and serves the country with ‘dharm’ and ‘sanskaar’ (values).” In 1955, the then president, Rajendra Prasad, inaugurated the main gate of the press, he recalls.
Governor Anandiben Patel credited Gita Press with giving people easy access to the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘Ramcharitmanas’, among other religious texts. The President then visited the Gorakhnath Temple and performed worship there. At the temple campus, folk performers greeted him with song and dance, and the president got out of his vehicle and went among the performers to cheer them on. The president fed the cows with jaggery, roti and green fodder in the Gaushala temple. After his visit to the temple, Kovind watched the sound and light show at Naya Savera in the Ramgarhtal region. In Ramgarhtal, he was greeted by dozens of children with “Welcome to the Honorable President of Gorakhpur” placards. The President spent about 10 minutes interacting with the children.
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