“Lord Buddha wanted evolution in the society… The issues being discussed presently were taken up by Lord Buddha 2500-years-ago. His teachings are relevant in this age also,” -Narendra Modi
New Delhi : On the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said his teachings of compassion were the answer to the ongoing turmoil in the world and wished that “beloved” Nepal bounces back soon from its current crisis created by the devastating earthquake. “We should share the pain and wipe the tears of people of Nepal,” he said while referring to the devastation caused in the birthplace of Lord Buddha.
He wished that Nepal overcomes its present crisis and quickly bounces back with new strength even as he observed that the tragedy is so huge that nobody can assess how long it will take for recovery. Modi was addressing a gathering here on ‘Buddha Purnima’ where one-minute silence was observed in memory of those killed in the recent earthquake in Nepal and India.
“The birthplace of Lord Buddha, our beloved Nepal is going through a massive crisis. It is difficult to imagine how long and arduous this journey will be. We should share the pain of people of Nepal. Let us pray to Lord Buddha that they get new strength,” he said. Modi said the world is going through “turmoil” and the teachings of Lord Buddha can show the way out.
“Violence is at its peak. Major part of the world is soaked in blood….People are baying for each other’s blood. In this situation of bloodshed, where will the message of compassion come from? The only resort is Lord Buddha and his teachings,” the Prime Minister said.
He cited how Buddha, who was born as a prince, renounced the wordly things like power and wealth to seek salvation through spiritualism 2500 years back.
Modi said Lord Buddha had always championed the cause of Dalits, oppressed and deprived classes of the society besides empowerment of women. He did not believe in “ekla chalo” (march alone) but always laid emphasis on bringing people together, which has inspired Dalit icon Baba Ambedkar. “Lord Buddha wanted evolution in the society… The issues being discussed presently were taken up by Lord Buddha 2500 years ago. His teachings are relevant in this age also,” the Prime Minister said.