On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi underscored the significance of Vipassana, describing it as a unique gift from ancient India and a contemporary science with the potential to aid individuals, both young and elderly, in managing the "stress and distress" prevalent in their lives. In a virtual address commemorating the birth centenary celebrations of Vipassana teacher S.N. Goenka, Modi emphasized that meditation and Vipassana, once viewed as pathways to renunciation, have now evolved into tools for practical personality development.
Addressing the common challenges faced by the youth and senior citizens in today's fast-paced life, Modi asserted that the teachings of Vipassana can offer valuable solutions. He hailed S.N. Goenka as a living example of 'one life, one mission,' highlighting his dedication to the welfare of society and his inspirational role as India strives to achieve the goals of Viksit Bharat.
Drawing inspiration from Lord Buddha, Modi emphasized the effectiveness of collective meditation as a powerful pillar of Viksit Bharat. Reflecting on his personal connection with Goenka, the Prime Minister lauded the late Vipassana teacher for his calm and serene demeanor, emphasizing that Goenka's sole mission was the dissemination of Vipassana knowledge for the benefit of humanity.
Highlighting the uniqueness of Vipassana as both an ancient Indian legacy and a modern science, Modi emphasized that it is a transformative journey from self-observation to self-transformation, offering solutions to contemporary challenges. Drawing parallels with the global acceptance of Yoga and the International Yoga Day, Modi stressed that meditation and Vipassana, once perceived as practices of renunciation, have now become integral to practical life and personality development.
In conclusion, Modi called for the transmission of Vipassana, a legacy of ancient India and a modern science, to future generations, recognizing S.N. Goenka's role in popularizing the ancient Vipassana meditation technique aimed at eradicating mental impurities for the attainment of ultimate happiness and liberation.
(With Agency Inputs)