Dr N.K. Sharma addressing the audience

Dr Sharma, representing the High Commissioner of India

Once more I would like to congratulate Yogi Rummun on this 23rd Jnana Yajna. He is the embodiment of the guru. Everywhere in the world man’s greatest desire is for victory, but the guru is always alone wishing for defeat, and this defeat should be at the hands of his disciples. The meaning is that when the disciple rises to fame, it redounds automatically to the credit of the guru. One example of it is the defeat of his own college today …

Now about the subject chosen for today’s reflection – old age. It’s a great topic dealt with in all cultures. So many things we want in life --- health and long life; success, fame and praise; and also strength and power – power of money, of learning etc. For all these, our shastras have prescribed service to old age (vriddha seva). The Manusmriti says: "He who is used to salute old people, serves them constantly, obtains these four things in abundance: long life, knowledge, fame and strength." (2,121.).
These are your responsibilities. You symbolize the present, and in this present you must build tomorrow, for tomorrow you’ll become the yesterday of today. That is why I would like to tell my children to show a special respect to the elders and the teachers and consider the Hinduism you are studying to be humanism….

As regards the question of scholarship just raised by Yogi Rummun and Mr Matadeen, I’ll give the same answer as I gave last year viz. that we shall reserve a scholarship for Hinduism as we give for Indian languages. …