Community service should be part of education: vice president

On Sunday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu suggested making community service compulsory in schools and colleges as he tried to instill the spirit of “sharing and caring” in young people. He urged the people of the land to follow the ideals of seers and the teachings of ancient scriptures that have guided many generations.

The Vice President urged the people of the country to draw inspiration from the lives of great saints and spiritual leaders such as Srila Prabhupada and imbibe the qualities of discipline, hard work, patience and empathy to become better human beings. He said it was important to rise above narrow considerations of caste, gender, religion and region and work to bring unity, harmony and peace in society. Srila Prabhupada, he said, embraced those who had been abandoned by society and brought joy and fulfillment to their lives. Recalling Prabhupada’s efforts to promote universal peace through the spread of Vedic knowledge and culture, Naidu said he emphasizes bhakti, or the love of God, and works for global harmony .

“His (Prabhupada’s) life showed us the unique path to supreme consciousness, ethereal and enduring inner peace and salvation,” Naidu said. He added that ISKCON has worked tirelessly to uplift the masses through non-sectarian universal worship methods. He praised the efforts of ISKCON Bangalore’s spirit of service and the efforts of the Akshaya Patra Foundation which provides lunch to hundreds of poor children every day.

Sengupta said that Srila Prabhupada was one of the greatest figures in global Hinduism who built a worldwide movement of Hindu spirituality.

Jill E. Washington