Goddess Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India, says Modi

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Goddess Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday while praising the country’s saints for always upholding “Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat” (One India, Great India).

The creation of Ramakrishna Mission is also associated with this idea, he said in a video message on the centenary celebrations of the birth of Swami Atmasthananda, a former leader of the organization.

Invoking Goddess Kali, Modi said that Ramakrishna Paramhansa was a saint who had a clear vision of her and her disciple Swami Vivekananda also felt the Goddess’ spiritual vision, which infused her with tremendous energy and strength.

Noting his association with Atmasthananda, the Prime Minister said that the saint often mentions Maa Kali and it was natural for him to feel an association with the goddess when looking at her temple in Dakshineswar during his visit to Belur Math.

“When faith is sacred, the shakti itself shows us the way. Maa Kali’s boundless blessings are always with India. With spiritual energy, India is moving forward with the spirit of the welfare of the world,” he said.

His comments came amid a row over the controversial portrayal of the goddess in a poster by an Indian-Canadian filmmaker, which has drawn ire from BJP leaders and Hindu groups. Remarks by TMC MP Mahua Moitra that she had every right to imagine the goddess Kali as a “meat-eating, alcohol-accepting” deity added to the row. Modi made no reference to the subject in his speech. Everything is permeated by the consciousness of the mother, and this consciousness is seen in the Kali Puja of Bengal, he said.

Modi noted that Swami Vivekananda, who founded the organization, lived to make India great.

His influence was seen in all parts of the country and his travels awakened a national consciousness in this era of slavery and instilled in him new confidence, Modi said, adding that this tradition had been carried on by Atmasthananand throughout. of his life.

“Whether it was Adi Shankaracharya hundreds of years ago or Swami Vivekananda in modern times, India’s holy tradition has always proclaimed ‘Ek Bharat, Shreshtha Bharat’. The creation of the Ramakrishna mission is also associated with the idea of ​​’Ek Bharat, Shrestha Bharat’,” he said in a PMO statement.

Paying tribute to Atmasthananda, the Prime Minister recalled the time spent with him and said it was his chance to be in contact with him until his death.

The prime minister also said he was pleased with the release of a photographic biography and a documentary to publicize his mission to the masses.

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