Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation

Salient Points of PM Narendra Modi’s speech at unveiling of 112 feet statue of “Adiyogi – The Shiva” on 24 Feb, 2017

  • There are many Devs, but only one Maha-Dev.
  • There are many Mantras, but the Mantra which is identified with Lord Shiva, is called Maha-Mrityunjayi Mantra
  • Maha-Shivratri symbolizes a union of divinity with a purpose, of overcoming darkness and injustice.
  • My home state, Gujarat is the land of Somnath. The call of the people and the longing for service took me to Kashi, the land of Vishwanath.
  • Standing here before this 112-feet face of Adiyogi and the Yogeshwar Linga, we are experiencing a colossal presence enveloping everyone in this space.
  • Oneness with our families, with the society we live in, with fellow humans, with all the birds, animals and trees with whom we share our beautiful planet…this is Yoga.
  • The diversity has been India’s greatest strength and has also brought India together.
  • It is a specialty of our culture that wherever there is a God or Goddess, there is either an animal, a bird or a tree that is associated with him or her. That animal, bird or tree is also worshipped with the same spirit as the God or Goddess. There cannot be a better means to inculcate a spirit of reverence for nature. Nature equals to God, this has been firmly established by our ancestors, showing their foresight.
  • I am proud of the fact that in our culture the role of women is central.
  • India is home to many women saints, who led the movements for social reform be it in the north, south, east or west.
  • It gives me immense sadness, one that I cannot describe in words, when I read about people taking to substance abuse and alcohol because they are not at peace with themselves.
  • Yoga makes the individual a better person in thought, action, knowledge and devotion.
  • The world celebrated both the Yoga Days, 21st June 2015 and 2016 with great fervour.
  • The coming together of so many nations to mark the International Day of Yoga illustrates the real essence of Yoga- togetherness.
  • I see so many radiant and joyous faces here. I see people working with utmost love and care, paying attention to the smallest of details. I see people full of energy and enthusiasm to offer themselves to a greater cause.
  • Adiyogi will inspire many generations to take up yoga. My gratitude to Sadhguru for bringing this to us.