On the 3rd day of the #PositivityUnlimited lecture series organised by Covid Response Team (CRT), Delhi today, Jagadguru Vijayendra Saraswati of Kanchi Kamkoti Peetham and Renowned Artist Padma Vibhusan Dr. Sonal Mansingh shared their thoughts. Bharatiya society will overcome this crisis with patience and courage said Pujya Shankaracharya Vijayendra Saraswati Ji, Positivity and not despair, will bring victory in the war against Corona said Sonal Mansingh in her address

“Sense of duty towards the nation, god’s grace, good practices and resolve will help us defeat the pandemic” – Jagadguru Vijayendra Saraswati 

The world is in the grasp of the Pandemic. India was able to defeat the first wave due to the efforts of the government and people. The 2nd wave has hit us again and has increased rapidly. Recalling Sankat Mochan Hanuman at this time helps to gain confidence. We certainly have to work hard to overcome the crisis with God’s grace. We have to follow the guidelines and adopt best practices. We also have to use both traditional Ayurvedic remedies and western medicines to overcome the pandemic. 

There is a major role for self-confidence and mental strength in fighting this pandemic. We can recall that Hanuman went to Mata Sita and instilled confidence in her by narrating the history and glory of Suryavamsha. He infused self-confidence in her and she did not lose confidence until Bhagwan Ram won over Ravan and rescued her. Similarly, we need to have confidence both at a personal level and in the society too. 

Just as Krishna said to Arjuna in Bhagavad Gita, 

Jagadguru Vijayendra Saraswati 

ष्क्लैब्यं मा स्म गमः पार्थ  नैतत्त्वय्युपपद्यते। 
क्षुद्रं हृदयदौर्बल्यं त्यक्त्वोत्तिष्ठ परन्तप।।

urging his to get up and fight as losing confidence is not in his nature, we in India today have to be confident that we will win over the pandemic. For this we all have to work with the government, cooperate with each other and every one working for the cause. Many individuals, governments, organisations are working towards this. Many from abroad are also aiding India in fighting the pandemic. 

Our Dharmic ethos teach us 

ॐ सर्वे भवन्तु सुखिनः 
सर्वे सन्तु निरामयाः।
सर्वे भद्राणि पश्यन्तु 
मा कश्चिद्दुःखभाग्भवेत||  

sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥ 
sarve santu nirāmayāḥ 
sarve bhadrāṇi paśyantu 
mā kaścidduḥ khabhāgbhaveta।  

Likewise, we do not wish for the welfare of our own selves but for the welfare of everyone in the world. We should work towards realising it. We must work to establish peace in the entire world too. 

Bharat has won over many difficulties in the past and similarly will win over this battle against COVID too with the sense of duty towards the nation, god’s grace, good practices and resolve. Recalling the shloka of Hanuman 

बुद्धिर् बलम् यशो धैर्यम्
निर्भयत्वम् अरोगताम्
अजाड्यम् वाक् पटुत्वम् च
हनुमत् स्मरणात् भवेत् ॥, 

I urge everyone to work together with self-confidence and mental strength to win over the pandemic. 

“Positivity, gratitude, prayer, constructive thoughts, control over mind will help us emerge out of negativity” – Dr. Sonal Mansingh 

We have not been sitting silently in the wake of this pandemic. Right from the President, PM to the last man we are all working to fight it. We had heard about the battles of Mahabharat and Ramayana and it looks like we are in one such battle ourselves. 

When we and people close to us are infected, we are bound to get affected and have negative thoughts. When I was infected I felt like I was reliving the days of my accident in 1970s when my whole body was plastered. When negative thoughts afflicted me, it was dance and art that saved me. Similarly, we all have hidden talents in us with whose help we can emerge out of the negative thoughts. I have defeated the disease alone with the grace of Ma Jagadamba. We have heard many verses from the Gita and Upanishads and these noble thoughts have to come to good use in these times. 

Positivity, gratitude, prayer, constructive thoughts, control over mind will help us emerge out of negativity. Negative thoughts will do no good. We have to control ourselves and this can happen when we unleash positivity in us. Positivity will wash away all the negativity that surrounds us. It is art that taught me the way to live. We all have light within us but we only have to recognize it. We have to remain mentally strong. I am sure that we will emerge bright and strong.

Report : Prashanth Vaidyaraj, Editor, Samvadaworld.com

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