The Vice President asked the youths to be inspired by great saints and spiritual leaders such as Srila Prabhupada and imbibe the qualities of discipline, hard work, patience and empathy to become better human beings.
“You must always rise above narrow considerations of caste, gender, religion and region and work to bring unity, harmony and peace in society,” he said, according to a statement issued by the Vice-President’s Secretariat. Describing Srila Prabhupada as a torchbearer of egalitarian thinking, Naidu said he embraced those who were rejected by society and brought joy and fulfillment to their lives.
Praising Prabhupada for his tireless efforts towards universal peace and harmony through the propagation of Vedic knowledge and culture, Naidu said: “The only criterion he insisted on was bhakti, or the love of God .”
Praising ancient scriptures for their transcendental spiritual value, Naidu said that for millennia they have been manuals urging people to lead ideal lives based on ethics and values.