Don’t give religious slant to Gita: Prof

 Prof C Sarvamangala, former principal of Maharaja’s College, urged people to imbibe the core values that the Bhagavad Gita professes

Former principal of Maharaja’s College Prof C Sarvamangala expressed her concern over Bhagavad Gita being given a religious hue thus restricting it to only one religion instead of adopting the core values that the scripture imparts.

She said that the book deals with a variety of subjects such as the nature of the self, the need for restraining the mind and the senses, the vision of the universal self and liberation which “most of us” have either forgotten or failed to understand its message.

Speaking after inaugurating a solo-drama ‘Vydehi’ directed by Krishnajanamana on Monday, Prof Sarvamangala said that all religious scriptures had something good to tell for the betterment of humankind.

“All we have to do is take good message from the scriptures irrespective of the religion it belongs to. That is how we can grow in a peaceful environment,” she said.

She gave a clarion call to all the budding artistes to dream and quoting Harriet Tubman as saying, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Nothing you could achieve, Prof Sarvamangala added, if you had not dreamt about it. Dream is something which facilitates you with a direction to move towards, she added.

She advised all the women to fight all the odds outside and within the boundaries of one’s home.

“Going out and protesting against issues is easy, one requires real courage to speak against family and relatives,” she said.

Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, Nirmala Matapathi was present.

Blurb: Addressing students, Prof Sarvamangala, highlighted that all religions through their respective scriptures strove for the betterment of the mankind.
Caption: Former principal of Maharaja’s College Prof C Sarvamangala inaugurated the solo drama ‘Vydehi’ directed by Krishnajanamana on Monday. Also, seen is Assistant Director, Department of Kannada and Culture, Nirmala Matapathi.

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