Modi unveils statue of sage in PJ mission

Modi (inset) speaking at the unveiling of Swami Vivekananda

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently unveiled the statue of Swami Vivekananda at the Ramakrishna Mission in Petaling Jaya.

The Swami Vivekananda follower took a break during his visit to Malaysia from the Asean-India and East Asia Summits to unveil the 3.7m statue.

Modi, who arrived at the Mission around 4.20pm to the cheers of some 2,000 people, was received by the president of the Ramakrishna Mission in Malaysia, Swami Supriyananda.

He spent an hour at the Mission, beginning with a visit to the prayer hall before unveiling the statue.

In his speech, Modi said Swami Vivekananda was not only a great religious scholar but also a living example of the 100-year-old Indian culture and civilisation.

He continued to narrate several anecdotes from Swami Vivekananda to the delight of the crowd.

Modi also said the sage was the first person to introduce the “One Asia” concept that was discussed at the Asean and East Asia Summits.

Modi said the truth is essential in tackling the two biggest threats facing the world – climate change and terrorism.

He said Asia could resolve the problems and the solution will come from Asians.

“When we talk about terrorism, the solution to it is not in taking on a ‘holier than thou’ attitude, it is in accepting the truth,” he added.

Modi also stressed that when conflicts are resolved, there is no room for terrorism.

Meanwhile, Swami Supriyananda told StarMetro they wanted Modi to unveil the statue of Swami Vivekananda since he was a follower of the sage’s teachings.

“Modi is a well-informed person who understands the teachings of Swami Vivekananda.

“He is a symbol of inspiration and an embodiment of self-confidence,” he added.

Swami Supriyananda said self-confidence was one of the messages spread by Swami Vivekananda.

He said the sage placed great value on the worth of the human race that concentrated on the liberation of the soul and the individual, which was an important aspect of life.

The Ramakrishna Mission is a volunteer organisation founded by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of a revered 19th century Hindu Saint Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.

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