A long gap after the 1966 Jorhat Sant Sammelan, the Poorvottar Sant Manikanchan Sammelan – 2023 was held on December 28 in the presence of RSS Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat, at the North Kamla Bari Satra of Majuli, known as the holy “Land of Satras” in Assam.
In this one-day Sant Sammelan, a total number of 104 spiritual Gurus belonging to 48 Satras of Assam and 37 different Dharmik institutions and sects from all over the Northeastern states were present.
The main objective of this conference was to pursue coordination, goodwill and harmony among all the different Sanatan spiritual traditions and communities, and also, there was a unanimous call for mutual cooperation towards this mission.
At this conference, there was a discussion on various issues faced by the people of the Northeastern region of Bharat and the different sects operating in it. In the Sant Sammelan, Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat said that just as every person has a particular nature, similarly, every nation has its own unique way of life and the nature of the nation is derived from its culture. The Sanskriti of Bharat is reflected through Ekam Sat Vipra Bahudha Vadanti (Truth is one, but it’s revealed by intellectuals differently). This all-inclusive tradition exists only in Bharat. Dr Bhagwat also stressed that in today’s crucial period, Bharat has to stand firm to give this message of peace and coexistence to the whole world. To fulfill this noble task of Bharat, the revered spiritualists and Sants will have to come forward in our society.
Dr Bhagwat reminded everyone that we all have the same ancestors, we all have the same values, and we all have to take our unity forward while adhering to our diversity. “Unity is not uniformity, but it is unionness,” said Dr Bhagwat. He also said that we must try hard to make our society self-reliant through service, education, healthcare and employment.
“We all have the same ancestors, we all have the same values, and we all have to take our unity forward while adhering to our diversity” — Dr Mohan Bhagwat, Sarsanghchalak, RSS
Dr Bhagwat said there is a great need for national awareness in families to uphold Bharat’s eternal spiritual values and time-tested customs. He requested all the Dharmacharyas and their Maths and temples to do the work of conveying this great message of Bharat and her best spiritual values to the new generation.
Sarsanghchalak Dr Mohan Bhagwat added, just like what Assam’s Shrimant Shankardev exemplified in his noble life by bringing social reforms, the same way, we all have to eliminate the evils within our society through our benevolent behaviour to eliminate different social evils.
In this one-day Sant Sammelan, prominent among eminent Satradhikars and Dharmacharyas from North east Bharat including Shri Chittaranjan Maharaj from Shantikali Ashram of Tripura, Shri Janardan dev Goswami of North Kamlabari Satra, Sri Sri Satradhikar Prabhu from Auni Aati Satra, Dakshin Pat Satra, Garh Mool Satra, Shri Sundaria Satra of Barpeta, Pramukh Bhonte from Namsai Bodhi Vihar, Pramukh Mahant of Parshuram Kund, Arunachal Pradesh, religious leaders from Shrimant Shankardev Sangh, Daloi Shri Puramon Kinjin of Jayantiya Pahad, Meghalaya, Jheliang Rong Hararkka, Bodo Bali Batho Samaj, Rajashree Bhagyachandra Foundation, Manipur, Lakhiman Sangh, Karbi Anglong, Kargu Gamgi Samaj, Arunachal and Assam Sattra Mahasabha were present.