New Delhi: The Vice President of India, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that the epics like Ramayana reminds about ones pious duty to perform in the larger interest of the society and the country. He asked everyone take a small step on a daily and regular basis on issues of common good such as controlling pollution, saving water or preserving the environment and others to make the world a better place.
“The Ram Rajya is waiting to be realized. Our smallest contribution will help in realizing the ideal Ram Rajya – a truly enlightened ethical democratic society.” he added.
Addressing the gathering after inaugurating Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s Dance Drama ‘SHRIRAM’ in New Delhi, the Vice President described the Ramayana as a heritage of the entire mankind and called for efforts to preserve, propagate and deepen peoples understanding of this immortal epic. “As we know, tradition is best preserved through constant re-creation,” he added.
Saying that the epic of Ramayana reminds people of their duty towards the world, society, and family, Naidu said that the epic also defines the relationship of human beings with each other, and with mother earth, nature, birds, and animals.
Talking about the core values of the Ramayana and its essence, the Vice President said that Ramleela was not meant only to recall and recreate the episodes in Lord Rama’s life and enjoy the taste of different Rasas that the performance would give the audience, but it makes people actually realize the message that life story of Rama and Sita has for all humanity.
Stating that Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram and Yogeshwer Krishna were the two characters, who for ages have guided mankind to a life of valor, virtues and spirituality, Naidu said that Shri Ram, in all the stages and roles of his life on the earth, his thoughts and actions sought to establish the path of righteousness by carrying out the duties and setting standards of conduct.
Pointing out that technology brought mankind together and that everybody was a global citizen in the global-village, Naidu observed that it was time to have distinct duties and responsibilities towards each other, towards nature and environment, towards all the beings and elements that make the world.
“We have to perfect the art of living together. This is the true spirit of our ideal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam. This is the ideal of caring and sharing that is at the core of our philosophy,” he added.
The Chairman, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Deepak Singh, the Director, Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra, Shobha Deepak Singh and other dignitaries were present on the occasion.