Lucknow, Feb 27 : Paying floral tribute on the statue of Sant Ravidas, on the occasion of his birth anniversary, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said that his government has started working on the beautification of the holy birthplace of Guru Ravidas in Varanasi.
He also requested the Sant Ravidas Seva Samiti members to create an action plan for the same so that the memories of Guru Ravidas can be cherished here. Paying tribute to the great saint Guru Ravidas, who gave the immortal message of ‘Mann Changa To Kathauti Mein Ganga’, CM said that his birth in Kashi, 645 years ago, gave a new dimension to the tradition of Sanatan Dharma in India.
Addressing the event organised at Sant Ravidas Temple in Lucknow here, the Chief Minister stated that spiritual practice results from a pure mind, and Guru Ravidas is the biggest example of this.
Quoting lines of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Yogi said, “Admi Na Chota Hota Hai, Na Bada Hota Hai, Admi To Admi Hota Hai. Guru Ravidas perfectly demonstrated how a person achieves greatness through his deeds and how one should be revered.” adding that, “Whenever I go to Kashi, I get the privilege of visiting the temple of Sant Ravidas Ji.”
Stating that ‘Religion is considered as a Duty’ in Indian Mythology and Guru Ravidas is the living icon for this, CM Yogi narrated a short incident. He said that Guruji regularly used to take a holy dip in River Ganga. But due to some work, unfortunately, one day, he could not manage to take a dip and asked his friend to offer Re 1 to River Ganga. As soon as, Rajidas Ji’s friend offered the donation in the river, Ganga Maiya herself came out of the river and accepted the donation.
His friend later shared the complete incident with Ravidasji to which Guru replied, Mann Changa To Kathauti Mein ganga’ which means our body needs to be holy by soul not by just taking bath into the pious river.
Spiritual practice is a sense of conscience. If we are pure from conscience, then the reward of spiritual practice will also be received in the same room. If we are corrupted by conscience, then we will never get the fruits of spiritual practice. While facing all the fundamentalist hypocrisies of the society throughout his life, Sant Ravidas, always worked to strengthen Sanatan Hinduism.
Thanking the member of the committee, the Chief Minister said that it has been working to propagate the teachings of Guru Ravidas Ji for the last 83 years with their limited means.
“Sanatan Dharm is strengthening Hinduism to fulfil the vision of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”, CM added.