Vice President visits Shirdi Sai temple, calls for unity among all

RSTV Bureau
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visits Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi on December 23, 2017.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu addresses the inaugural ceremony of 2nd Global Sai Temple Summit in Shirdi after visiting the Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi on December 23, 2017.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu addressed the inaugural ceremony of 2nd Global Sai Temple Summit in Shirdi in Maharashtra on Saturday morning.

At the event the Vice President lauded Shirdi Sai Baba’s life. He said Baba’s life was a glorious example of living in peace with self and in harmony with others for larger good.

“The core message of Baba was to help and serve the fellow humans beings and help them overcome the pain and suffering of any kind. This principle of ‘ Service to Humanity’ calls for the people to come together in aid of each other. Baba blended the core principles of Hinduism and Sufism and taught that the path to salvation lies in the way we think and live,” said the Vice President.

Speaking as the Chief Guest at the event, Naidu drew a parallel between spiritual quest and nationalism. He said that being an Indian national amounts to being spiritual as it was all about seeking a larger identity and rising above narrow and divisive considerations.

“India is a larger collective and to be known as Indian is going beyond the identity based on birth, caste, region or religion and coming together for a larger cause. Nationality and nationalism are the instruments of larger unity and integration, uniting the people, thereby going beyond primary identities. This unifying principle of nationalism should not be misunderstood. To feel, think and act as an Indian or Bharatiya involves overcoming our primary and divisive identities. So, in my view, to be an Indian is being spiritual, as it elevates us to a higher level of identity and shared experience, purpose and actions,” said Naidu.

Before addressing the summit, the Vice President made a visit to Sai Temple and offered prayers.

On his arrival in Shirdi, he was received by Maharashtra’s Water Conservation Minister Prof. Ram Shinde and members of the Said Temple Trust.