Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called upon the people, including political leaders, to follow the teachings of Guru Nanak Dev whose “timeless vision” is as relevant today as when expounded five centuries ago.
Addressing a Special Session of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha organized to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev at Chandigarh, the Vice President said: “In a world that is increasingly fragmented with narrow tunnel vision, bigotry and dogmatism, we need all the strength to dispel the darkness that constantly threatens to envelop individuals, communities and nations.”
Observing that Guru Nanak and other illustrious Gurus, who made our country a spiritual lighthouse, have shown us the path, Vice President Naidu said “But it is up to us to walk on the path and further embellish it with our own actions”.
Urging the legislatures to set an example as to how we can serve the people according to the principles enunciated by Guru Nanak Dev, the Vice President said “ Let us shape future history today through our actions”, he added.
Pointing out that Guru Nanak Dev initiated inter-faith dialogue way back in the 16th century AD and had conversations with most of the religious denominations of his times, the Vice President stressed that the world needs such spiritual leaders, who can engage in a meaningful dialogue to exchange ideas in order to promote peace, stability and cooperation.
Observing that Guru Nanak Dev was a great champion of equality, the Vice President said that for him the differences and multiple identities based on caste, creed, religion and language were irrelevant. He aimed at creating a casteless society in which there was no hierarchy and all were equal.
Respect for women and gender equality was another important lesson to be learnt from Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s life.
I am very happy that the corridor that connects us to Kartarpur, the sacred space where he spent the last 18 years of his life is going to be opened in a couple of days from now. #550PrakashPurab #GuruNanak550 #Kartarpur pic.twitter.com/u5pXiuJ770
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Describing Guru Nanak Dev as an extraordinary saint, who synthesized the best elements in various religions and spiritual traditions, the Vice President said that he was a passionate reformer who recognized the ills of contemporary society and proposed to rejuvenate society through spiritual upliftment.
Stating that a new world of peace and sustainable development could be discovered “if we can internalize and integrate these messages in our daily lives and reshape our thinking and actions,” the Vice President expressed his happiness that a number of initiatives were taken by the government to commemorate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev ji and spread his message and teaching far and wide.
Referring to the proposed opening of the Kartapur Corridor in a couple of days, Vice President Naidu expressed his confidence that it will be a corridor to the shrine of peace, harmony and humanism, to the universal vision of a world as one family and to the sublime ideal of service to humanity.
The Vice President complimented the Punjab Assembly and the Punjab Chief Minister, Capt. Amarinder Singh for conducting a Special Session to mark the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev.
Former Prime Minster Dr. Manmohan Singh, Punjab CM Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore, Haryana Governor Satydadev Narayan Arya, Punjab Assembly Speaker Rana KP Singh, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal and Members of Legislative Assembly of Punjab and Haryana, Members of Parliament from both Punjab and Haryana were present at the Special Session.