His Holiness Sri Sri Sri Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji met with Hon’ble Prime Minister with the following agenda:
- To invite honorable Prime Minister Modi ji for Statue of Equality inauguration next year in November
- Invite Modi ji to Samatha Snanam being conducted during Krishna Pushkaras on Aug 19th, 2016
1. Sri Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Celebrations
Giving an introduction about the Statue of Equality project to the PM, HH showed the walk-thru of the project. Also, to commemorate the millennium birth celebrations of Ramanujacharya, HH proposed the following:
a.Name the national high road between Delhi and Kashmir after Bhagavad Ramanuja as ‘Ramanujacharya National Highway’.
Bhagavad Ramanuja went to the library ‘Saraswathi Bhandar’ in Kashmir to read Bhodhayana’s commentary on Bramha Suthras and authored the commentary on Brahma Suthras. This text also served as an inspiration and foundation for writing other philosophical texts during his lifetime. Goddess Sarawasti was so impressed with Ramanuja‘s knowledge that She gave him a title of ‘ Bhashyakara’ and gifted him a small idol of Lord Hayagriva. After that, He revolutionized the world with Bhakthi Movement.
With this background about Ramanuja‘s travel to Kashmir from Delhi, His Holiness put forth the proposal to honorable Prime Minister to name the National Highway from Delhi to Kashmir after Ramanujacharya and call it ‘Ramanujacharya National Highway’.
b. Release a coin of Rs. 1000
c. Attend the inauguration of Statue of Equality which might be in November 2017
2. Samatha Snanam
Ramanujacharya Swamy was really moved by the neglected and downtrodden people, strived for EQUALITY and brought them into the mainstream of the society. With these actions, the compassionate nature of Ramanujacharya was experienced by the whole world. He gifted the society with the perspective on how to live harmoniously. The lineage of these people who were influenced and followed Ramanujacharya continue to preserve and practice the Vaishnava philosophy even till today, including in naming their children. This commitment is still continuing irrespective of various influences that continue to allure them away from the path of Vedic culture. By encouraging them more we can build their confidence to grow further since they are still at a low standard of living.
Hence HH Swamiji is planning a Samatha Snanam program – a holy dip in the Krishna river during pushkaras to provide them moral support on August 19th, 2016. The program will start off with a Sankalpam from 6 am to 7 am. From 10 am various elders will give them messages lasting till 5 pm. About 1 lakh people are expected to participate.
HH Chinna Jeeyar Swamiji invited the Honorable Prime Minister to attend the program and said that “We are not aware of any protocol that needs to be followed but would like Prime Minister’s presence as it will be a huge morale and confidence booster to the people.” Prime Minister Modiji was very pleased with the intent of the program. Modi ji replied that there are two types of leaders one who follow protocol and others who just follow the right “call”. He jovially said that he belonged to the second category.
Modi ji also enquired with interest about Bhagavad Ramanuja‘s history and how he drove positive changes in the society including the Goshtipurna incident. He also asked if people of other religious beliefs will accept this philosophy. Swamiji conveyed the story of how Ramanujacharya Swamy at Melkote, Karnataka gave status to Bibi Nachiyar, a Muslim girl on par with Mother Lakshmi, and are offering prayers to her. Ramanujacharya believed in giving respect to people based on their knowledge and practices and not based on their birth or religion they were born into.
Thus concluded the 40 minutes meeting with Modi ji. He spent about 40 minutes with His Holiness discussing all these facts and was really engaged and interested in the discussion though the allocated time originally was just 15 minutes !!!