Pandurang Shastri Athavale
Indian philosopher, spiritual leader and social reformer
Pandurang Shastri Vaijnath Athavale (19 October 1920 – 25 October 2003), known as Dada (Gujarati: દાદા, Marathi: दादा), meaning elder brother in Marathi) was an Indian philosopher and social reformer who gave discourses upon the Hindu religious texts Bhagavad Gita and Upanishads.
- It is my experience that awareness of the nearness of God and reverence for that power create reverence for self, reverence for the other, reverence for nature and reverence for all of creation.
- Devotion as an expression of gratitude to God can turn into a social force and bring about transformative changes in all aspects of human life and at all levels of society. - Acceptance speech while receiving the 1997 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, from HRH Prince Philip at a public ceremony held in Westminster Abbey, May 6, 1997.
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