Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has expressed concern over the rising levels of irritation, intolerance and impatience in the world and called for more soothing voices that inspire tranquillity, inner peace and joy.
He was addressing the gathering at ‘Samvaad with Sadhguru’, a discourse by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, at the Uparashtrapati Bhawan today.
Vice President opined that mechanical lifestyle and high-pressure work routines are making our lives stressful. He also expressed concern that anger and hatred are discolouring discourses across the world today. ‘This does not bode well for our progress’, he said.
Vice President Naidu spoke of the need for inner peace, tranquil minds and joyful hearts and called on all spiritual leaders to interact more frequently with people and give them spiritual advice and guidance for improving the quality of lives.
The Vice President said that Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev had the rare ability to explain complex concepts easily. ‘He is a guru who reaches out to the people with the message of hope, of peace and positive thinking’, he added.
Vice President Naidu said that for most of us who are only used to ‘vaad’ and ‘vivaad’, a ‘samvaad’ would be a refreshing change. He expressed hope that the ‘samvaad’ would lead us a little closer to the ‘sadasad viveka’ or the ability and the wisdom to separate ‘sad’ from ‘asad’, the ‘good’ from the ‘not good’.
The Vice President appreciated Sadhguru’s discourse on happiness, positivity and wellbeing and applauded his ‘Rally for Rivers’ initiative for water conservation.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, the Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, the Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, the Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, Justice NV Ramana, Judge, Supreme Court, Justice L Nageswara Rao, Judge, Supreme Court, Justice R Subhash, Judge, Supreme Court, A Surya Prakash, Chairman Prasar Bharathi several secretaries to the government and prominent educationist, JS Rajput and others were present on the occasion.