Simply days after a high-level committee was constituted by the Centre to commemorate the a hundred and fiftieth Start Anniversary of Sri Aurobindo, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday chaired its first assembly.
The committee includes 53 members from numerous walks of life, together with former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and H D Deve Gowda, eight cupboard ministers, Chief Ministers, Governors, artists and religious leaders.
Talking on the event, Modi mentioned that the 2 features of Sri Aurobindo’s philosophy of ‘revolution’ and ‘evolution’, are of key significance and ought to be emphasised as part of the commemoration. The youth ought to be inspired in the direction of the idea of greatness as embodied within the philosophy of “Nar to Narayan” to create a “Maha Manav” as propounded by Sri Aurobindo, he added.
One of many attending members advised The Indian Categorical, “A brand new revelation which got here in the midst of the assembly was the next of Aurobindo by members of the Hyderabad Nizam household within the Twenties when Aurobindo was there.
A lot in order that one in every of them adopted the identify of Prashant given to him by Aurobindo. So, moreover Baroda, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, occasions may even be held in Hyderabad to spotlight this side.”
Throughout the assembly, there was additionally talks about organising worldwide conferences and seminars to propagate Aurobindo’s message. Whereas occasions might be held throughout the nation, in Puducherry, the place he spent 40 years of his life, a slew of occasions might be deliberate, sources mentioned.
The celebrations will start on January 1, 2022, and go on until March 2024, sources mentioned. Though the date of the subsequent assembly hasn’t been determined but, the Union Ministry of Tradition may even provide you with a calendar of occasions primarily based on the inputs.
The Prime Minister additional added that it’s the accountability of India as a religious chief of the world to contribute by way of spiritualism to nations throughout the globe. He advised that 150 universities throughout the nation ought to be concerned in writing papers on totally different features of Aurobindo’s life and philosophy and these papers ought to be printed on the event, which falls on August 15, 2022, additionally coinciding with India finishing 75 years of Independence.
Throughout the one-and-a-half-hour assembly, Modi additionally proposed to launch the commemoration celebrations of Aurobindo from Puducherry, coinciding with the celebration of the Nationwide Youth Day.
“It will encourage the youth to go to Puducherry and study his life and teachings the place Sri Aurobindo spent his life from 1910 to 1950,” he mentioned, whereas recalling his discussions with Kireet Joshi, who was a disciple of Sri Aurobindo.
He added that these discussions enriched him with the ideas of Sri Aurobindo, which had been deeply mirrored when he was engaged on making ready the Nationwide Schooling Coverage. The Prime Minister mentioned the literature of Joshi on Sri Aurobindo ought to be disseminated broadly internationally.
The assembly was held in a hybrid mode — whereas 16 members had been current bodily, 22 others participated nearly by means of video convention. Secretary (Tradition), Govind Mohan, gave a presentation on the roadmap for the celebration of the commemoration and sought the recommendation of the members for the celebrations.