India’s spirituality is its strength but unfortunately some people link it to religion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday.Addressing a function in New Delhi to commemorate the centenary celebrations of the Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS), he said Yoga is the first step towards the journey of spirituality.
“India’s spirituality is its strength. But, it is unfortunate that some people link spirituality to religion. But both spirituality and religion are different,” he said.
The YSS was founded in 1917 by Paramahansa.
A special postage stamp to commemorate the occasion was also released by Modi.
Modi’s remarks come in the backdrop of a debate over the attempts by political parties to polarise society on the lines of religion especially during elections.
“Yoga is the entry point to spirituality. Yoga is the entrance point to one’s spiritual journey. One should not consider it as the last point, as it is simply the entry gate to the spiritual world,” he said.
The prime minister also recalled that the path shown by “Yogi ji” was not about “Mukti” (salvation) but “Antaryatra” (quest within).
Remembering the last words of Paramahansa, the prime minister said his teachings are so humane and full of compassion towards all.