New Delhi: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday pitched for spread of compassion as he said practising the value offers solution to many present-day concerns like extremism of all forms, materialism and self-centredness among people.
"We need to understand what is at the core of our religious traditions. Satya (truth) and shuchita (piousness) are at its core and both are not possible without compassion. Hence, we will have to begin with compassion," Bhagwat said.
"The imbalance, extremism after the destruction of religion, competition with each other, the rampant rise in self-centredness...all these we can fight by practicing compassion and truth...To be able to do that, we should practise compassion," he said during launch of a book titled Compassion in 4 Dharmic Traditions.
The event was attended by BJP veteran LK Advani and Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan.
Bhagwat said, "Whatever is happening" in the world at present is due to absence of compassion, without which, "religion cannot exist".
"There are many people...who worship in different ways, are believers of different faiths, follow different eating habits, speak different languages, and we should ensure that all are happy.
"What develops all, produces happiness, peace all the time, does not go against welfare is dharma (religion). The existence of religion is impossible without compassion," he said.
Advani, who called Bhagwat a 'mahapurush', suggested that no religion permits criticism of the other and stressed that "one who does not perceive as wrong religion-based ideologies is the one who accepts other religions too".
The former deputy prime minister also said the work of the author Ved Nanda showed how there are commonalities in religions like Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism when it comes to compassion.