Address at the
10th year celebrations of DPS Sharjah
24 January 2011
RIGHTEOUSNESS IN THE HEART
I am delighted to participate in the 10th year celebrations of Delhi Private School, Sharjah. What does it mean? That means, DPS Sharjah has orbited 10 times around the sun. My greetings to the DPS management, teachers, students and their parents. I was happy to see your website and your attitude to see each student in his or her potential strength. Education is becoming borderless and we all have to work for an education with value system at global cadre. I strongly believe enlightened citizenship will born the basis of world prosperity and peace. The three components of enlightened citizenship are (1) Education with value system (2) Bridging religions through spirituality and (3) Economic Development. When I see a large number of parents assembled here and their children and teachers, I would like to talk on the topic “Righteousness in the heart”
My experience in Greece
Friends, let me share with you a beautiful experience when I visited Greece in April 2007. I was negotiating and climbing towards Acropolis mountain top in Athens and came across a group of 150 Greek students. They threw a spontaneous smile on me; the teachers came forward and introduced the students. They said, they were very happy to see the Indian President and that the children would like to hear from him a few words. My mind at that time was thinking about the great personalities the land of Greece had given to the world: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. The words of Plato were ringing in my mind when I saw the young students. Plato brings out that “Our aim in founding the State was not the disproportionate happiness of any one class, but the greatest happiness of the whole”, 2400 years ago. Similarly, around the same period Tamil poet Saint Thiruvalluvar said,
That is, "the important elements that constitute a nation are: being disease free; high earning capacity; high productivity; harmonious living and strong defence". We have to find how we can provide all these elements to the citizens of every nation on an equitable basis for happiness for all. With these thoughts, I made up my mind, of what to say to the students and the youth of Greece. I slowly repeated line by line, a hymn which I normally hear in Indian spiritual centers.
Where there is righteousness in the heart
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
There is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home.
There is an order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.
When the students and the youth repeated with me, the tourists around at the Acropolis also repeated and there was all round ovations. Then I realized how people from multiple nations, young and experienced were influenced by the thought of righteousness in the heart irrespective of their nationality. You can see how the righteousness in the heart generates beauty in the character in the human beings and beauty in the character leads to harmony in the home. Harmony in the home in an integrated way generates order in the nation. Of course the order in the nation finally blossoms peace in the world. The righteousness in the heart is the starting point for great individual, great family and great nation and ultimately great planet earth. Now the question is: How do we inculcate the righteousness in the heart. In my opinion, there are three sources which can build a youth with righteousness in the heart. One is mother, second is father and the third and the most important is the teacher, particularly primary school teacher. Also, to provide righteousness in the heart to the young minds, we should have an environment of great education and a spiritual way of life and spiritual environment. When the parents and primary school teachers create righteousness in the minds of your children, then he or...
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