PM Narendra Modi attended the inaugural session of Global Buddhist Summit in New Delhi today. Addressing the inaugural session, PM Modi underlined that ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’ i.e. guests are equivalent to God, is a tradition of this land but the presence of many personalities who have lived through Buddha’s ideals make us feel the experience of Buddha being present himself around us.
PM Modi said, “Buddha is beyond the individual, it is a perception. Buddha is a sensation that transcends the individual, he is a thought that transcends form and Buddha is a consciousness beyond manifestation.” “This Buddha consciousness is eternal”, he said.
Noting that the Global Buddhist Summit is taking place during India’s 75th year of Independence when the nation is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Kaal, PM Modi underlined that India has a major goal for its future and new resolutions for the global good. He emphasized that the inspiration behind India achieving the recent global landmarks in various sectors is Lord Buddha himself.
He mentioned peace missions and India’s whole-hearted efforts in rescue work for disasters like the earthquake in Turkiye. “This emotion of 140 crore Indians is being seen, understood and accepted by the world”, he said. Platforms like IBC, he continued, are giving the opportunity to like-minded and like-hearted countries to spread Buddha Dhamma and peace.
Throwing light on Lifestyle For Environment or Mission LiFE, an initiative by India influenced by the inspirations of Buddha, PM Modi said that if people become aware and change their lifestyle, then this huge problem of climate change can also be tackled. Today, the demand is that the priority of every person, of every nation should be the interest of the country as well as the interest of the world.