‘Festivals greatly help us in fostering emotional integration, social cohesion’


 The Governor, Mr Bharat Vir Wanchoo, has appealed to people to celebrate festivals like Mahashivratri together with full cooperation, friendship and unity, irrespective of any religious considerations, which he said will promote national integration and unity for growth and development of the country.
Mr Wanchoo was speaking after inaugurating the Mahashivratri Mahotsav on Saturday.
The NRI Commissioner, Dr Wilfred Mesquita was the guest of honour.
Mr Rajendra Arlekar, Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly and Thivim MLA, Mr Kiran Kandolkar were other dignitaries present on the occasion. 
The Mahotsav was organised by Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, Panaji, Unit.  12 Jyotilings replicas, Amarnath caves, meditation centre, deaddiction centre, agriculture products   are exhibited at the nine day mela.
Speaking further, the Governor said, “Festivals like these greatly help us in fostering emotional integration, social cohesion and promote national unity.”
He said, “We belong to one creation but approach Him through different espoused paths.” 
Mr Wanchoo said, in his view all living religions reflect the process, of progress from darkness to light, from bondage of the spirit into eternal freedom, from imperfection to perfection and truth. 
He said, “We should try to seek truth so that the basic philosophy of all religions will become a binding force, a force for creating enlightment and fellowship and annihilating factors that lead to disunity, distrust or disturbance of the minds.”
He further quoted Dalai Lama saying: “This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples, no need for complicated philosophy, our own brain, our own heart is our temple, the philosophy is kindness.”
The Governor expressed satisfaction and appreciation that Prajapita Brahmakumaris Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya has been striving hard as a silent crusader to propagate great values of love, peace, fellowship spirituality and value based life, to which our country is deeply rooted.
NRI Commissioner Dr. Wilfred Mesquita said that the festivals like these unite all religions and remind us that the biggest enemy in man is within himself and therefore if we want to make the world a better place to live in, we have to change ourselves.
Dr Mesquita said in a greedy world, full of vices, this kind of gathering will go a long way in awakening our souls and hoped better days will prevail for future generations.
Mr Arlekar congratulated the Brahmakumaris for having organised such an event for awakening our souls when it is absolutely necessary in today’s world full of different vices.
Mr Kandodkar spoke on the importance of Mahashivratri and other festivals. Dr Prashant Kakode, Director of Brahmakumari‘s Centre, Cambridge, UK in his speech said that our planet is full of greed and superficial approach will not eradicate the problems. 
He said each one of us should try to transform our own self then only the whole world can be transformed.
Brahmakumari Shobha, in-charge of Goa Unit proposed the vote of thanks and Mr  Kaustubh Kamat conducted the proceedings. [NT]