Velandy Manohar, MD.,
Distinguished Life Fellow, Am. Psychiatric Association
06 21 23
This is the Text of my Letter to India Govt Official
A. 1. PM Modi announces 'Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' as theme for International Yoga Day - India Today
Speaking at the 102nd episode of 'Mann ki Baat' on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the theme for this year's International Yoga Day as 'Yoga for Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam' or 'Yoga for the Welfare of All as One World-One Family.'
The theme embodies the essence of Yoga, which connects and unites everyone, the Prime Minister said. He also appealed to people to adopt Yoga into their lives and make it a part of their daily routines.
The Prime Minister also recalled the Emergency in India, imposed on June 25 in 1975 by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, as a "dark day in India's history". He subsequently highlighted the 'Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav' India is celebrating today.
"India is the mother of democracy. We cannot forget 25th June, the day when the emergency was imposed. It was a dark period in the history of India. Millions of people opposed the emergency with all their might. The supporters of democracy were tortured so much during that time that, even today, the mind shudders," he said.
"Today, when we celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, we must also observe such crimes. This will teach the younger generations the meaning and importance of democracy," he added.
Further underlining the strength of India's disaster management, PM Modi praised the resilience and preparedness of the people of Kutch in facing the havoc caused by Cyclone Biparjoy. Modi also said that in the last few years, India's disaster management capability has increased, and it is becoming an example. I want to point out the People of Odissa and State and Union Govt. did very well to practice the key principles of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam, protected the lives of even fisherman who make their living in the ocean, saved the lives and met the needs of all people of all social strata in the regions affected by Cyclone Fani that churned up the Bay of Bengal. Cyclone Fani final 4pptx - YouTube. Specific References to Mahatma Gandhiji’s 5 principle concepts of all his programs of self realisation and promoting the advancement of all men, women and children. This would exemplify in the best sense the core teaching of the concept of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam. This is included in my Ted Talk type PPP MedTalkGandhhiDarshanConnecticutCollege Slides Transcript and https://youtu.be/hJ9gw3MQxqU Slides
A.2. ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’: Modi to lead VIPs from 180 countries on International Yoga Day at UN (theprint.in) Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’: Modi to lead VIPs from 180 countries on International Yoga Day at UN
Among them will be United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. 20 June, 2023 08:11 pm IST
The event will last an hour – from 8 am to 9 am – and will be attended by dignitaries from over 180 countries. United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will also be on the mat alongside the Prime Minister. The 2023 celebrations are returning physically this year after being held virtually in 2022 due to Covid when people were encouraged to practice at home.
A.3. The theme and the logo for India’s G20 Presidency from December 1, 2022, till November 30, 2023 has a mention of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam” or “One Earth-One Family-One Future”. The logo was selected after scrutiny of 2400 pan-India submissions invited through a logo design contest. This verse of Maha Upanishad is engraved in the entrance hall of the Parliament Of India.
B. Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam (Sanskrit: वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम्. from "Vasudha", the earth; "iva" = is as a; and "Kutumbakkam", family) is a Sanskrit phrase  that means everything on this earth constitutes one single family.
The concept originates in the Maha Upanishad (Chapter 6, Verse 71-73):
” अयं बन्धुरयं नेति गणना लघुचेतसां उदारचरितानां तु वसुधैव कुटुम्बकं "
"ayam bandhur ayam neti ganana laghu chetasam udara charitanam tu Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam"
Only small men discriminate saying: One is a relative; the other is a stranger. For those who live magnanimously the entire world constitutes but a family.
This concept is also mentioned in Hitopadesha: 1.3.71: Udāracharitānām tu Vasudhaiva Kutumbakkam’, meaning, ‘This is my own relative and that is a stranger’ – is the calculation of the narrow-minded; for the magnanimous-hearts, however, the entire earth is but one family ' and in Pancatantra 5.3.37, and is considered an integral part of the Hindu Philosophy.
The statement is not just about peace and harmony among the societies in the world, but also about a Truth that somehow the whole world has to live by some rules like a family, set by an unknowable source. This is the reason why Hindus think that any power in the world, big or small cannot have its way disregarding the autonomy of all others and degrading their common humanity. VM
Swami Vivekananda: All differences in this world are of degree, and of kind because oneness is the secret of everything.
India’s Gift To The UN: Gandhi Solar Park And Peace Garden Inaugurated By PM Modi And Other World Leaders (swarajyamag.com)
India’s Gift to the UN and the World - Gandhi Solar Park and Peace garden 2019
byion’s-Wednesday, September 25, 2019 01:08 PM IST
Leaders from around the world joined hands in the spirit of Gandhian universality to inaugurate a solar facility and roof garden at the UN headquarters and a garden with trees from across the US dedicated to the Mahatma on his 150th birth year.
Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Andre Holness of Jamaica, Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore placed their hands on a glass globe to inaugurate them remotely during a meeting on Tuesday (24 September) convened by India on Leadership Matters -- Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World. Coloured lights throbbed in the globe as the solar array came online catching the sun's last rays of the day and a video of the park lit up.
The Gandhi Solar Park costing $1 million and having an output of 50 kilowatts of electricity is located on the roof of the Conference Building at the headquarters and is a gift from India to the UN to provide it clean energy. India also donated the Gandhi Peace Garden made up of 150 trees located at a university campus in Old Westbury as another environmental gift.
Marking the 150th birth anniversary of Gandhi, the two gifts symbolize India's commitment to the environment by producing clean power and capturing carbon emissions in the trees.Accepting the gifts, Guterres said: "I commend those who have decided to pay tribute to Gandhi's legacy by marking this anniversary with a project connected to one of the Sustainable Development Goals -- a fitting way to honour this most action-oriented leader."
“Gandhiji’s writings were full of thoughts on living in harmony with the environment and not doing any harm to it”
1. “We may utilize the gifts of Nature just as we choose, but in Her books, the debits are always equal to the credits”
2. “The earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
Ambassador Akbaruddin summarized Bapu’s precepts thus, very much along your statements at the UNO: “This reflects that in many ways, Mahatma Gandhi viewed primary peril stemming from within individuals than from outside, more from inside us, than from others. He introduced us to the limits of human consumption, well before we faced the specter of acute environmental threats like global warming and its complex domino effects.”
I offer you my detailed description of our precious One Human Family whose lives are intertwined inextricably with each other and the history of living creatures on Gods good Earth our most unique Blue Planet that is the alma mater for all of God’s creatures and vegetation.
The Human Family (velandymanoharmd.com)
Spiritual Devotional: Welcoming the Stranger Welcoming the Stranger figures prominently in the Bible. In Genesis 18, Abraham sits at the entrance of his tent and sees “three men”. Abraham welcomes them, bows to the ground, has water fetched, and commands his wife Sarah to make bread.
Welcoming the Stranger figures prominently in the Bible. In Genesis 18, Abraham sits at the entrance of his tent and sees “three men”. Abraham welcomes them, bows to the ground, has water fetched, and commands his wife Sarah to make bread.
V. I offer you a great deal of information on the faith traditions embraced by people all over the world in The Wonder of It All, Amen (velandymanoharmd.com) This is the companion book with over hundred citations that followed the previous eBook Sadhana Path - The eBook (velandymanoharmd.com) This offers specific information on Sanatana Dharma as well Holy Matrimony.
Brahman Satyam Jagat Mithya (speakingtree.in)
Brahman Satyam, Jagat Mithyam, Jivo Ātmaiva Naparah [Srimad Adi Shankaracharya of Kaladi, Kerala]. This link offers a deep reflection and detailed explanation on the indivisible Oneness of The Almighty, all of Creation, all of humanity and all of God’s creatures.
Durjanah sajjano bhūyātsajjanah śāntimāpnuyāt
śānto mucyeta bandhebhyo,muktaścānyān vimocayet
May evil minded individuals be transformed into good persons. May good persons attain peace within. May those who have attained to Peace achieve freedom from bondage and may those who have achieved liberation work to set free persons from their bonds"
Samano mantra; Samiti samani, Samanam mana: saha cittamesam, Samani va Akuti; Samana hrdayani vah, Samanam Astu vo mano, yatha va: susahasati
Let our speech be one; united our voices! May our minds be in union with the thoughts of the Wise. Sharing a common purpose; we worship as one.
Let our aim be one! Let our hearts be joined as one. United be our thoughts. At peace with all, may we be together in harmony
May peace prevail in all three spheres.
Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu, Sarvesham Poornam Bhavatu, Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥa, Sarve santu niraamayaha, Sarve Bhadraani pasyanti, Mā kaścit dukkha bhāgbhavet.
Sarve Janana Sukhino Bhavantu
Loka samastha Sukhino Bhavantu
Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantiihi
Respectfully presented by a humble member of the vast Indian Diaspora a grateful beneficiary of Bharat Mata’s inestimably rich and varied, unique and enduring heritage who admires poojya Pradhan Mantri Modiji for his vast knowledge and fearless leadership in all the domains of Indians ancient traditions especially for reviving vital life affirming, health promoting, strategies that underscores the five core precepts of Bapu’s perspectives on enhancing one’s respect autonomy interdependence for the uplift of all sections of humanity in India and across the World to the farthest reaches of the Universe.[Mangalyaan, Chandrayaan, What is next where will Brahmos technology take us?] https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/indian-navy-test-fires-brahmos-supersonic-cruise-missile/article66849527.ece Vande Mataram, Jay Jawan, Jay Kisan, Jay Hind, Jaya Bharat Mata!
Velandy Manohar, MD.,
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I am attaching the following resources to support the highly successful strategy of Atma Nirbhar including the powerful teachings of Swami Vivekananda and sacred teachings imparted to brave , brilliant Nachiketas by Yama In Katha Upanishad and to the mighty descendent of King Bharat, Arjuna by Bhagwan Sri Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavad Gita.
I am posting this separately under this title, :Atma Nirbhar Abhiyaan.VM