GUWAHATI, March 2 - A lecture on �Indian way of life and Assamese society� was organised under the auspices of Pragjyotish Publication Trust at Vivekananda Kendra here on Sunday.
The function was held under the presidentship of Chinmoy Choudhury, chairman of the trust.
Inaugurating the function, senior journalist DN Chakravartty said that unlike other religions, Hinduism was not a conventional religion but a way of life encompassing the thoughts and ideas, struggles and endeavours of streams of races and cultures down the centuries.
He added that at the height of intellectual and spiritual excellence, Indian spiritual thinkers like Basistha, Jagyabalka, Parasar and others evolved the idea of unity of mankind and the great common destiny of humanity under the sky.
�Indian people for the first time in the world proclaimed the brotherhood of mankind and the unity of godhead and common destiny of all creatures � human, plants and animals,� he said.
Delivering the keynote address, Dr Amalendu Chakravarty, Vice Chancellor, Rabindranath Tagore University, Hojai, delved deep into the genesis of India�s spiritual thought and about the uniqueness of the Sanatan dharma, known as Hinduism.
�India discovered the spiritual master Lord Krishna when they started agriculture work on the soil of India. Eternal teachings of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagawat Gita have been inspiring and motivating Indian people down the millennia. India�s Basudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family) and Sarba Dharma Samabhava (all religions are equal) were the eternal and unique message to mankind,� he said.
Dr Niranjal Kalita, in his speech, referred to the contributions of great Assamese saints Srimanta Sankardev and SriSri Madhabdev and also the contributions of Lakshminath Bezbaroa, Jyotiprasad Agarwala, Bishnu Prasad Rabha, Dr Bhupen Hazarika and others.