President Kovind said, "Vipassana helps us connect with our inner selves. It is an effective way to cleanse our mind and body and equips us to face the stresses of modern life. If practised correctly, it can provide the same benefit as that received from certain medicines."
He further urged not to associate Vipassana with any specific religion as it is meant for the welfare of all humanity.
Comparing the Buddhist philosophy and the Constitution, President Kovind said, " the ideals of Buddhist philosophy are reflected in our Constitution, especially in the stated principles of equality, fraternity, and social justice. In today's age of insecurity, the message of non-violence, love and compassion given by Lord Buddha is extremely relevant."
Talking of the social reform, President Kovind laid emphasis on how urge for social change was central to Lord Buddha's philosophy and inspired many social reform movements in later centuries.
"A number of such movements took place in Maharashtra itself and they in turn set an example for social reform movements in other parts of India, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries, " said the president.