Religious leaders should avoid cheap political rhetoric: Azhikode

Thrissur: Writer Sukumar Azhikode has said that religious leaders should strive to revive the country’s spiritual glory instead of aping politicians. He was addressing a seminar on Rabindranath Tagore organised by the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi here on Thursday to commemorate his 150th birth anniversary.

“Religious leaders should avoid cheap political rhetoric. They should be in tune with the country’s spiritual glory, which has lit up the works of the likes of Tagore,” Prof. Azhikode said.Tagore’s mystic vision was imbued “with the ancient spirit of India as revealed in our sacred texts”

“Religiosity is absent in Tagore’s mysticism. He believed in man’s spirit more than in temples,” Prof. Azhikode said. He quoted Tagore’s verses, ‘Go not to the temple to put flowers upon the feet of God/ First fill your own house with the fragrance of love…’

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