Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat addressed the Second World Hindu Congress in Chicago on Friday and said the Hindu society had suffered for thousands of years because it forgot its basic principles and spiritualism.

“We have knowledge and wisdom but we have forgotten how to work together. Even today Hindu society has the largest number of meritorious people across all societies. But they never come together,” he said.

Hindus have no aspiration of dominance and the community will prosper only when it works as a society, said RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, urging the community leaders to unite and work for the betterment of the mankind.

Addressing a gathering of some 2,500 delegates, Bhagwat said one of the key values to bring the whole world into a team was to have controlled ego and learn to accept the consensus.

“If a lion is alone, wild dogs can invade and destroy the lion. We must not forget that. We want to make the world better. We have no aspiration of dominance. Our influence is not a result of conquest or colonisation,” he said.

Bhagwat said a sense of idealism is good and described himself not as “anti-modern”, but as “pro-future”. He sought to describe Hindu dharma as “ancient and post-modern”.

“Hindu society will prosper only when it works as a society,” he said at the conference inspired by the Hindu principle ‘Sumantrite Suvikrante’ or ‘Think Collectively, Achieve Valiantly’.

Bhagwat urged the attendees to discuss and evolve a methodology to implement the idea of working collectively. He said the Hindu society had the largest number of meritorious persons, “but they never come together. Coming together of Hindus in itself is a difficult thing.”

The second World Hindu Congress marks the commemoration of the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s historic speech at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 in Chicago.

(With agency inputs)