A change in the development paradigm is essential to make the world a better place to live, social activist Swami Agnivesh has said.
Talking at the valedictory function of a get-together of ‘people who live without diseases’ under the auspices of the Nature Life International at the ‘Nature Life’ centre here on Tuesday, Swami Agnivesh said that the development paradigm should be made more simple and spiritual rather being something driven by greed and over-exploitation of nature.
Stating that the real message of Veda is ‘to enjoy life without being greedy,’ Swami Agnivesh said that saving the earth and other elements such as air and water from the ‘assault of modern-day development’ was the real task before human beings.
“Because, people seem to have misunderstood development to be more cities, concrete structures and cars,” he said. Observing that the so-called development at the cost of the natural elements was the reason behind the increasing diseases in the society, Swami Agnivesh said that a reversal of the present situation would only be possible if a critical majority of the people in society were able to understand what was really meant by living a ‘natural life.’
“Like in a family, the weakest members should get food, comfort and all other facilities first in society,” said Swami Agnivesh, who urged the members of the Nature Life collective to be active members and propagators of the idea of “Natural Living.”
Nature Life International founder Jacob Vadakkanchery spoke on the occasion. He also interacted with the audience answering their queries.
Nature Life coordinator Abdul Latheef proposed a vote of thanks.