NEW DELHI, INDIA, July 26, 2016 (Times of India): RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday pitched for spread of compassion as he said practicing the value offers solution to many present-day concerns like extremism of all forms, materialism and self-centeredness among people. "We need to understand what is at the core of our religious traditions. Satya (truth) and shuchita (piousness) are at its core and both are not possible without compassion. Hence, we will have to begin with compassion," Bhagwat said.
"The imbalance, extremism after the destruction of religion, competition with each other, the rampant rise in self-centeredness...all these we can fight by practicing compassion and truth...To be able to do that, we should practise compassion," he said during launch of a book titled "Compassion in 4 Dharmic Traditions".
The event was attended by BJP veteran LK Advani and Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan.
The former Deputy Prime Minister said the work, edited by Ved Nanda, showed how there are commonalities in religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism when it comes to compassion. The book is a set of papers delivered by a wide range of scholars at the Uberoi Foundation Experts Meeting at the Naropa Institute, Denver, Colorado, in 2014.