Blend science and spirituality for peace: Kalam

NEW DELHI DEC. 7. The President, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, today called for a harmonious blending of science and spirituality so that the culture of peace and harmony is restored both in the family and in society.

Addressing a mega peace festival and grand assembly on "World Peace through Spiritual Power'' here, Dr. Kalam said : "When religion is elevated to the level of spirituality and when science is harmoniously blended with spirituality for development, then real peace, harmony and happiness can be restored in the family, State, nation and the world.''

Dr. Kalam said positive thinking, determination and courage which emanated from the practice of spirituality can bring peace and happiness in self and society. Cultivation of inner powers, he added, was most essential not only for peace in individual and social life but also for making people and nations great.

Arguing that India can become an economic and spiritual super-power by 2020, the President said this can come about from the integration and development of six core sectors like education, health care, agriculture, food processing, science and communication technology along with spirituality, positive lifestyle, universal values and meditation.

Earlier, opening the peace festival organised by the Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya in the morning, the Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, said the root cause of tension and conflict in the world were inner vices like geed, hatred and animosity which could be eliminated with the practice of spiritual discipline, values and meditation. He said inspite of several foreign invasions, no power could destroy Indian culture, spirituality and ethos which were the bedrock of Indian civilisation and a perennial source of true peace and happiness.

Presiding over the function, Rajyogini Dadi Prakasmani, the Chief of Brahmakumaris, said that the practice of spiritual wisdom and Rajyoga meditation were vital not only for removing the inner negativities, conflict and tension in self and society but also for restoring unity, peace, love and harmony.

On the occasion, Mahendra Kapoor, noted singer enthralled the audience with his soul elevating devotional songs and music. The Mayor, Ashok Kumar Jain, also accorded a civic reception to all the three Chief Dadis of the Brahma Kumaris institution.

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