INDIA, June 23, 2014 (Press Information Bureau): The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, received a copy of the Encyclopedia of Hinduism at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan Auditorium. Speaking on the occasion, the President complimented Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan, who is the founder chairman of India Heritage Research Foundation, for undertaking the massive effort of bringing out the Encyclopedia of Hinduism.
The President said that Hindu religious philosophy identifies Dharma, Artha, Kama, and Moksh, as the foremost objectives of a human being. Striking a balance in human behavior in working towards these objectives has been prescribed as a key aim of human existence.
The President stated that the basic tenet of Hinduism is happiness, health and enlightenment for everyone and suffering, pain and agony for none. He quoted Mahatma Gandhi and said "If I were asked to define the Hindu creed, I should simply say: Search after truth through non-violent means. A man may not believe in God and still call himself a Hindu. Hinduism is a relentless pursuit after truth... Hinduism is the religion of truth. Truth is God. Denial of God we have known. Denial of truth we have not known."