Kollam, Sept. 26: Narendra Modi turned a devotee and a “guru” today, advocating India’s ancient wisdom as the panacea for the evils facing the world.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi’s 60th birthday celebrations at her ashram here, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate referred to debates on inclusive growth and said the country’s sacred texts offered better solutions for improving the lot of the people.
“Nowadays there is talk of inclusive growth, about improving the condition of the poor. But if we refer to what our heritage taught us, there can be no better manifesto for political parties or model for governments than (the advice condensed in) the verse (from the Brihadaaranyaka Upanishad), ‘Sarve bhavantu sukhinah, Sarve santu niramayah, Sarve bhadrani pasyantu, Ma kaschit dukhabhagbhavet (May all be happy, May all enjoy good health, May all see auspiciousness, May none be distressed)’,” the Gujarat chief minister told the crowd, which seemed to lap up his every word.
Modi, who arrived at Thiruvananthapuram yesterday, visited the Sree Padmanabha Swamy temple this morning. Dressed in traditional Malayali attire, he offered prayers at the shrine dedicated to Vishnu.
After spending about half an hour at the temple, he called on Uthradom Tirunal Marthanda Varma, the head of the family that once ruled the erstwhile Travancore province.
The royal family was in the news recently as the custodian of the temple when its secret vaults revealed riches worth billions.
Observers looking for clues to political equations post-2014 pointed out that the helicopter that ferried Modi from the Kerala capital to Kollam was a Tamil Nadu government chopper. If that was not all, present on the stage at the Amritanandamayi ashram was Bengal tourism minister Krishnendu Narayan Choudhury.