NEW DELHI: The RSS chief, Mohan Bhagwat, has said that Hindus have no aspiration of dominance and Hindu society will prosper only when it works as a society. He has also urged Hindu community leaders to unite and work for the betterment of mankind. Bhagwat said this while addressing a gathering of some 2,500 delegates attending the second World Hindu Congress in Chicago. He said the key values for bringing the world together as a team were to have control over one’s ego and to learn to accept the consensus.
The second World Hindu Congress commemorates the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 in Chicago. “If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that. We want to make the world better. We have no aspiration of dominance. Our influence is not a result of conquest or colonisation,’ Bhagwat said. He said a sense of idealism was good, and described himself not as “anti-modern”, but as “pro-future”. He sought to describe Hindu dharma as “ancient and postmodern”.
In this context, he alluded to war and politics in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and said politics could not be conducted like a meditation session. “To work together, we have to accept the consensus. We are in a position to work together,” Bhagwat said. Bhagwat said Hindu society had the largest number of meritorious persons. “But they never come together. Coming together of Hindus in itself is a difficult thing,” he said.
Bhagwat also noted that Hindus had suffered for thousands of years because they forgot to practice its basic principles and spiritualism. Addressing the congress on a theme drawn from the Mahabharata, ‘Think Collectively, Act Valiantly,’ Bhagwat highlighted the need for such action.