Lord Buddha’s inspiration for the Constitution of India, even today: Modi: The Tribune India

Kushinagar (UP), October 20

Lord Buddha is still the inspiration for India’s constitution today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday.

Addressing a rally on the Abhidhamma Day program here, he also claimed that the “dhamma chakra” on the tricolor is the driving force of the country.

The day symbolizes the end of the three-month rainy retreat – “varshavaas” or “vassa” – during which Buddhist monks stay in a monastery to pray and meditate.

“Even today, when someone walks into the Parliament (of India), he sees the mantra ‘Dharma Chakra Pravartaanye’,” said the Prime Minister, who has inaugurated a new international airport here, while modernizing the message from the Buddha.

“Buddha is global because he talks about starting from within. Lord Buddha’s Buddhatatva is the sense of ultimate responsibility,” he added.

“Today, when the world talks about climate conservation and expresses concern over climate change, many questions arise. But if we embrace Buddha’s message, then the path of what needs to be done, instead of who has to do it, will be visible, “he said.

Kushinagar, about 320 km from the state capital, Lucknow, is the final resting place of the Buddha. It was there that he reached Mahaparinirvana after his death.

The inauguration of Kushinagar International Airport was marked by the landing of a flight from the Sri Lankan capital Colombo bringing a Sri Lankan delegation of more than 100 Buddhist monks and dignitaries. PTI

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