The Asian Age
7 November, 2000
New Delhi, Nov.6: In a scenario where the world is changing at a hectic pace which often makes it difficult to maintain one’s equilibrium, it is necessary for man to turn to fundamental truths exemplified in religion, said former finance minister Manmohan Singh.
However, he said, religion did not mean dogmas or worshipping of one or the other deity. „It was important to combine science with spirituality so that the human race can lead a life of dignity and self-respect and inner contentednes.”
Inaugurating the Guru Nanak Week organised by Osho world Galeria here on Sunday evening, Dr. Singh described the guru as „the most modern patron saint of India” as he had expressed his thoughts on all the problems perplexing mankind today, including environmental degradation, gender equality, human rights and so on.
Releasing a compact disc of Osho’s analysis of Japuji, which encompasses the basic thought that pervades the Guru Granth Saheb, the leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said analysis of this kind would inspire future generations of people in all parts of the world. „Whenever human beings ask these questions on how to improve human condition, I am sure Osho’s thought will be uppermost on their mind”, he added.
While he had never met Osho, Dr. Singh said that he had always increasingly found that „his is truly a psalm of peace which gives me contentment. It also enlightens me and it opens up new vistas of exploration about the redemption of human condition. Later Dr. Singh wrote in the Osho World visitor’s book that Osho’s „life and work will continue to inspire future generations of humankind and his powerful message of essential unity of mankind will equip us to evolve a new global ethics for the improvement of the human condition.”
Dr. Ajit Singh, professor of music at Delhi University, rendered shabad kirtan from the verses of Guru Nanak on the first day of Guru Nanak week to a meditative listeners. He will also present on Gurupurab, november 11, at the conclusion of this special week. ( UNI)