Vice President M Venkiah Naidu called upon people to strive to attain peace and spare no efforts to suffuse harmony into their relationship with nature. Expressing concern over the degradation of natural resources, adverse impacts of climate change and others, the Vice President stressed upon the need to cease the reckless exploitation of the abundant resources of nature and exercise restraint in the way people lead their lives.
Addressing the gathering during the Bhagwan Mahaveer Janam, Kalyanak Mahotsav organized by the Jain Seva Sangh on Mahaveer Jayanti at Hyderabad today, he said it was time that people introspect and have a re-look into ancient values; identify the best of them to find solutions to the pressing issues.
Saying that the life of Bhagwan Mahaveer and the philosophy of Jainism hold many crucial lessons for the contemporary world, he said that some of the answers to the serious questions of present time could be found in the philosophy, principles and teachings of Lord Mahaveer.
The Vice President said that Bhagwan Mahaveer’s messages of non-violence, truth and universal compassion illuminated a path of righteousness and honesty. Vice President Naidu said that the spiritual radiance and moral splendour of Bhagawan Mahaveer’s teachings would keep inspiring everyone to strive for peace, harmony and progress for all humanity.
He observed that that terrorism, insurgency and civil wars on one hand and the consequences of unchecked exploitation of resources, on the other hand, were posing grave challenges to the modern world. He asked people to change the way of life or be prepared to face the inevitable consequences of actions such as exploitation.
Opining that Economic growth must take environmental protection into consideration, the Vice President said that human beings were simply the trustees and it was the sacred duty of every individual to ensure and pass on whatever they have inherited in terms of social order and natural resources.
Saying that Indian philosophy teaches on ways to live in harmony with nature, the Vice President said that one must go back to roots and learn to love and live with nature. ‘Nature, Culture, together for a better future,’ he added.