Tradition and Cultural Values

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

From my experience of this four-day program it seems that the citizens of Nepal are progressive in the area of tradition and culture. When tradition and culture of any society cease to exist, the destruction of that civilization takes place. Western history and world history are witness and proof that those civilizations whose traditional values have been wiped out are not on this earth anymore. They have vanished. Those civilizations, where the tradition and cultural values still exist, are able to maintain their identity in spite of facing difficult situations and combating the obstacles that come their way. Civilizations that are able to maintain their culture and society are victorious at the end. In your life in Nepal there is tradition and cultural values. Through this strength you will succeed and your country will receive happiness, peace, prosperity and God's grace.

To make the tradition and the cultural values stronger one must make an effort. The effort that one has to make is internal not external. To make an effort within, one has to take the support of yoga. In today's time, the knowledge of yoga is required to organize people's mind, emotions and actions. The need for yogic knowledge is for the purification of thoughts, actions and behaviour, not for moksha, liberation or self-realization.

No power in the world can shake you as long as yoga is the foundation of your tradition and cultural values. This was also the inspiration of our gurus, Swami Sivananda and Sri Swami Satyananda.

I am bringing forth their ideas to you so that you may accept these thoughts, and by awakening the power of sankalpa, you may protect your traditional and cultural values. Then your society and nation will move forward on the path of evolution, and remain safe and protected.

—7 June 2014, Kathmandu, Nepal