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Addressing the 14th Shankara Dharshana Management Conference here, jointly organised by the Sringeri Sarada Institute of Management, the Sankara Vidya Kendra and the Meenakshi College for Women, Mr. Justice Nagappan said mankind had always been yearning for perennial peace. International peace summits and treatises were aimed at only such a lasting peace.
Without peace and tranquillity at the individual level, global turmoil could not be solved and to distinguish dharma from adharma, man needs the guidance of scriptures.
The administrator, Sringeri Mutt, V.R. Gowrishankarn, said exposing the present generation to the ancient scriptures would contribute significantly towards the overall societal development. Mankind should endeavour to find out what solution did tradition and scriptures have for modern problems. ``Science can give comfort, but not happiness,'' he said, adding ``man has gained knowledge, but not wisdom.'' He called upon the younger generation to realise that it owed a lot to the society and strive to fulfil its responsibilities.
The management thinker, M.B. Athreya, said the most important issue facing the world today was peace, which was more important than even development. P.R. Ramasubrahmaneya Rajha, chairman, Ramco group of companies, said the symposium Shastraas for shanthi (scriptures for peace) was very relevant as it was on this day in 1992 that the Babri Masjid at Ayodhya was demolished.
K.S. Lakshmi, principal and secretary, Meenakshi College for Women; K.S. Babai, principal, Meekakshi Sundarajan Engineering College, and L. Lakshmi Narayanan, Secretary, Union Ministry of Information Technology, participated.
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