Guru Nanakji Awakened India - Kamal Nath
Guru Nanak Dev ji stands as a source of inspiration for those who believe in humanity and are selflessly committed to the service of humanity. We are spiritually privileged to celebrate 550th birth anniversary of the great Saint.
The teachings of Guru Nanak Shah Fakir have become even more relevant as humans are facing misfortunes they have created for themselves. The spirit of unity is facing threats and human faith in values has been shaken badly. Years ago Guru Nanak Ji had warned of the such situations and also suggested reformative steps.
As proud citizens of India, we find ourselves fortunate to have Nanakji as our guide and philosopher. Today, when ethnic diversities across the world have been threatened by nefarious forces and fanatic minds. We are fortunate to have Guru's verses as our guiding force. He is not a Guru of Sikh community alone. He is the great spiritual teacher of humanity as he lays emphasis on cleaning of behavioural disorders from mind and heart.
Guru Nanakji is an icon of socio– religious and cultural harmony. The companionship of Nanakji and Bhai Mardana is a unique example. It symbolises cultural unity. The two noble souls were so deeply connected that their companionship lasted till Bhai Mardana, 10 year older than Guruji departed for the heavenly abode. They travelled together for over two decades singing the glory of the Supreme Being. Nanakji used to sing and Bhai Mardana was accompanying him on Rabab, of which he was a brilliant exponent. He even improvised it by making it a six-string instrument. He was born into a lower caste Muslim family. His knowledge of music is clearly reflective in Shri Guru Granth Sahib, which has been set into 60 Ragas. Bhai Mardana finds mention in Sri Guru Granth Sahib. Bhai Gurudas devoted a verse, which says–
'Ek Baba Akal Roop Duja Rabab Mardana.' The world needs to know that - Adi Sach, Jugadi Sach, Hai Bhi Sach, Nanak Hosi Bhi Sach.
That simply means that He was an ultimate reality, omnipresent. Nothing is real but the Eternal Lord. Nothing shall last but the Eternal lord.
With such verses of wisdom, Nanakji awakened the people of India as rightly describes Urdu mystic poet Allama Iqbal - 'Fir Uthi Aakhir Sada Tauheed Ki Punjaab Se,
Hind Ko Ek Mard –E –Kamil Ne Jagaya Khwab Se' (Once again a divine voice rises from the Punjab declaring that there is only one God. A perfect man Nanakji awakened India from its dogmatic slumber.)
Nanakji and Bhai Mardana started the tradition of Kirtan, which has proved to be an instrument for spiritual awakening. In order to demonstrate the idea of equality, he started the tradition of organising community kitchen or Langar. Years later, we understand that it was a revolutionary religious reformative step.
Nanakji demonstrated a radical spiritual streak. He said that internal awakening is the only desirable thing. He announced that all are equal and everyone has presence of the Divine. Through his spiritual journeys, Guru Nanakji awakened India and spread its glory.
Nanakji practiced what he preached. He internalised every word he uttered and carried out radical social reforms. We have the best prescriptions for the betterment of humanity in his philosophy. Always be on the side of truth and be ready to serve humanity. Always shun five evils– Ego, Anger, Greed, Attachment and Lust. Guru is the true source of knowledge. Have faith in Guru.
Let us be ready to practice in our day– to–day life Guru Nanak ji's teachings and strengthen universal brotherhood.
Why Cant M.P. Excel With Excellent People? - Kamal Nath
I extend my heartiest greetings to people on the foundation day of Madhya Pradesh. It is a historic occasion for all of us. I also extend warm greetings to all those who are abroad and miss the beautiful landscapes and winsome memories of Madhya Pradesh.
My salutation to all those who have immeasurably contribued to the building of Madhya Pradesh and are passionately engaged in transforming the State.
Madhya Pradesh has come a long way. It is a magnificent state. It is not because of its peaceful ethnic diversity, mesmerising biodiversity and landscapes or breathtaking monuments. It is unique because of its peace loving and enterprising people. Religious harmony or Sarva Dharm Sambhav is the hallmark of Madhya Pradesh.
Undoubtedly, the landscape of Madhya Pradesh is heavenly enough to hypnotize the visitors. The serene flow of Narmada river, freely moving majestic animal Tiger, the mystic beauty of Kanha National Park, poetry on stone Khajuraho, wonderful Maheshwari and Chanderi fabrics, ethnic culture and diversity and so on.
After six decades of journey, we are now renewing strategies for the better future.
I think we have lost precious time and energy in dialogues without focusing on strategic actions. Why can't Madhya Pradesh excel if its people are excellent. We are redrawing plans so that our universities excel, tourism flourishes and new milestones are achieved in industrial growth. Our youth can do wonders with their talent and enthusiasm. Our farmers can excel with their skills. We have to build new pathways to development and people will do wonder with their enduring strengths, talent and wisdom.
People deserve the credit of making Madhya Pradesh a peaceful state. We have learnt a lot. What Madhya Pradesh needs is an excellent planning of human and natural resources while harnessing the existing infrastructure. The biggest capital with us is enormous young talents. They need opportunities. It is our duty to create opportunities for them.
We have always respected the popular wisdom. All our polices and decisions reflect the aspirations of people.
Today, Madhya Pradesh is looking forward to New Horizons. The greatest strength of economy of Madhya Pradesh is its farm sector. Now we have to promote entrepreneurship in farming sector so that our farmers become self dependent. We are engaging young manpower into economic activity and are creating job opportunities for them. The objective of industrial development is to create jobs.
I think that present should be well-managed and future should be well -planned. People of Madhya Pradesh are skillful, talented and full of wisdom. Every policy must reflect their aspirations. People rightfully deserve quality public services. We have plans to utilize Artificial Intelligence for effective delivery systems.
I believe in people's power. I believe in talent of young generation. I trust our entrepreneurs. I admire the strenth of empowered women. Let it be very clear that this is the Government of People and with accountable governance, people will make Madhya Pradesh stronger in every respect. Madhya Pradesh will arise and take off. It is our commitment.