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Help fellow human beings achieve their potential, says Kovind
Kollam, October 9, 2017
The greatest service we can render to our fellow human beings is to help them achieve their potential, President Ram Nath Kovind has said.
Speaking at the initiation of various welfare programmes organised by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math here yesterday, Mr Kovind lauded Kerala as one of the leading spiritual homes of the country and its composite society.
“The flame of spiritualism shines brightly in Kerala and has done so for thousands of years. Revered people such as Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Narayana Guru and Ayyankali did much to unite our country with a common sense of spiritualism – as well as to push for much-needed social reform,” he pointed out.
The President said Kerala’s spiritual consciousness is beyond faith and religious distinctions. The Christian community here is one of the oldest not only in India but anywhere in the world.
The first mosque to be built in India is in Kerala. The state also has a rich Jewish heritage. These historical instances reflect the mutual accommodation and understanding of different faiths and religious communities.
This is a state where one community has willingly given space to another. This is a history that we cannot forget and must learn from. This is a fine example of accommodation and understanding that is at the essence of spiritualism.
Praising Mata Amritanandamayi for her social work, Mr Kovind said she represents the enlightened spiritual tradition of Kerala.
Like Adi Shankara or Ayyankali, she sees her spiritual mission as a contribution to nation building. She recognises, as only the truly spiritual can, that the greatest service to the Divine is service to fellow human beings, he said.
"And the greatest service we can render to our fellow human beings – especially to those less privileged than us – is to help them achieve their potential.
"This includes building their capacity in health and education and ensuring that they get equal opportunities," he said.
The Mata Amritanandamayi Math, the President noted, has worked precisely in these areas.