PM Modi said that India’s culture and shaastras, knowledge has always been a centre of attraction for the entire world. “Many people came to India to discover and study them and stayed back forever, whereas some of them returned to their respective countries as carriers of this culture. I got an opportunity to know about the work of Jonas Masetti, also known as Vishwanath,” said PM Modi.
He told that Jonas teaches Vedanta and Geeta to people in Brazil and runs an institution named Vishwavidya, situated in the hills of Petropolis, an hour’s distance from Rio De Janeiro.
“Jonas, after studying Mechanical Engineering worked in his stock market company. Later he was drawn towards Indian culture, especially Vedanta. From stocks to spirituality, it has truly been a long journey for him. Jonas studied Vedanta Philosophy in India, staying at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam in Coimbatore for four years. Jonas has another specialty- he is using technology to propagate his message. He regularly conducts online programmes,” said PM Modi. He said that Jonas also does a daily podcast and during the last seven years, through his free open courses on Vedanta, Jonas has taught over a lakh and a half students.
“Jonas is not only doing great work – he is doing it through a language understood by a large number of people. People are much keen on knowing how this could be of help to them during these times of COVID-19 and quarantine,” expressed PM Modi.