MORAN, Sept 12 - The Chief Minister, Tarun Gogoi, on Friday went theological when he underlined that the core teaching of all religions was about human feelings.
Speaking against the backdrop of the inauguration function of a Hari Mandir (a temple) on Moran Blind School campus near Moranhat town, the Chief Minister said that people professing different faiths may invoke the God in different names such as Krishna, Jesus Christ, Buddha, Hazarat Muhammad etc., but all religions advocated benevolence, love, affection and other virtues. There was only one universal God, he said.
Recalling the teachings of Mahapurush Sankardev, the Chief Minister said that the great saint sought to establish a spiritually healthy and disciplined society. �The saint taught about piety, truthfulness and love through various means. His teachings have great relevance today when we are accosted with conflicts in the name of religion, caste and language. The rich knowledge, derived from him, has managed to dispel darkness from the society,� Gogoi said.
Referring to the students of the Moran Blind School, the Chief Minister said that the differently-abled people must be loved and cared in the light of the teachings of our religions. �The God has given talent and skill to each and every differently-abled person. We must never underestimate them,� he said.
He highly appreciated the noble works of Victor Banerjee, the Indian film actor and his father Major (retd) Samarendra Nath Banerjee who established the Moran Blind School in 1971. He said that the step taken up by the Banerjee family to educate, motivate and empower the visually-impaired children is laudable. At present, there are at least 64 students in the school with 35 teaching and non-teaching staff.
The new temple established within the precincts of the Moran Blind School was consecrated by the Satradhikaar of Sri Sri Auniati Satra, Dr Pitambar Dev Goswami on September 5. The Chief Minister formally inaugurated the temple for the public on the occasion. The temple was designed and built by artist, engineers and architects from Kolkata.
The temple structure is a depiction of various religions with the presence of 10 incarnations of the Hindu God, the lion of Judah (as per the Bible), wood carving of Sankardev, lion of Odisha, image of Guru Nanak and the carvings of the mul mantra of Srimanta Sankardev.
Victor Banerjee, in his welcome address, said that the great saint Sankardeva started a culture which sought to unite the people from different faiths. The more than 500-year-old culture is still surviving and thriving with erection of several namghars every passing day, he said.
Among others, the programme was also attended by the former Union Minister and chief patron of the school, Paban Singh Ghatowar, the Forest Minister, Atuwa Munda, the secretary of Assam Branch of Indian Tea Association (ABITA), Sanjib Ghosh, and the CEM of NC Hill Autonomous Council, Debojit Thaosen.