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Shankaracharyas are spiritual guides

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Our Shankaracharyas are spiritual guides and not political guides.

There were reports that Puri and Dwarka Shankaracharyas will proceed to Varanasi for campaigning against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. There are also reports that JD (U) will support AAP in Varanasi. Is it not laughable that an older party like JD(U) will play second fiddle and support AAP which is a newly formed outfit. This only shows jealousy on the part of Nitish Kumar, who was thinking to be the PM some months ago, ending up marching behind AAP today.

Shankaracharyas are our spiritual anchors and we expect an injection of spiritual wisdom from them rather than inform us who is sinner and who is not, whom to vote and whom not to vote. Just as the boiler water tends to get acidic and needs timely water treatment, in the same way, our spiritual strength diminishes with the time and we regain our goodness by coming in touch with the saints.

Shankaracharyas should take up the work of teaching Sanskrit to our children. Even we have forgotten Sanskrit to a large extent and we will approach our gurus to refresh our knowledge. I sincerely pray to our gurus to kindly take up this work.

Many people already exist who pass their judgements about Modi and we don’t need more. Agreed, that Modi might not be the ideal candidate to lead the nation but there is dearth of suitable candidates in our country.

Congress has made this election purely one sided by not announcing a prime ministerial candidate from the party. Leaders like Jairam Ramesh, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Salman Khurshid’s name could have been announced and then one could have looked forward to some sort of contest. In the present circumstances, Modi is the right choice but it is very important that most of us from the civil society must get ready to become watch dogs against any wrong path that he may decide to tread on.

This sort of vigilance by the Editors, University professors and other experienced citizens from business and industry is very necessary now. It should have been there right from the beginning but that was not so and hence the situation has deteriorated. It is my and your duty to remain concerned, vigilant and prevent any wrong decisions which are likely to be taken at the national level. If we (the citizens) become negligent, unconcerned and lethargic, we are bound to suffer irrespective of whether Modi becomes prime minister or not.

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