I'm a messenger of ancient Indian thought: The Dalai Lama
'Mor Desh aru Mor Manuh- Punyatma Dalai Lamar Atmojiboni' by Indrani Laskar released at a function at Gauhati University.
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 2: “India has highly developed ancient Indian thought and knowledge. The crisis the world is facing today can be addressed from the knowledge that ancient Indian thought imparts. India is a secular country and it can show the world the way of peaceful co-existence, despite different beliefs. Therefore, I am a messenger of ancient Indian thought,” The Dalai Lama said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader was delivering a public lecture on ‘ancient Indian Knowledge in modern times’ and released the Assamese translation ‘Mor Desh aru Mor Manuh- Punyatma Dalai Lamar Atmojiboni’ by Indrani Laskar of his first autobiography ‘My Land and My People’ organized by K K Handique State Open University and lawyers Book Stall at Gauhati University.
The spiritual leader pinned hope on the youth of the country and said that they could learn about ‘ahimsa’ and ‘karu’ from the rich ancient Indian thought to move forward in life “The landa tradition, the origil school of thought of Tibetan Buddhism, is origited from India. In this way Indians are mentor to Tibetans,” he mused.
Laying stress on constructive emotion The Dalai Lama said: “Destructive emotion like anger can create distrust. By questioning and investigating one’s own believes one can create constructive emotions. Meditation helps in self alysing. Every individual physically and mentally desires to live a joyful life and it is possible if compassion is inculcated in every individual,” he said.
Explaining the theory of one being and about modern global economy when one tion is interdependent upon each other the Dalai Lama said: “The world’s help to India is as necessary as India’s help to world to realize world peace. Human is social by ture and are dependent on each other. An Individual is dependent upon his family, the family upon the community and ultimately upon the whole world. By inculcating karu in oneself one can realize such togetherness. One has also has to be logical at the same time,” he said.
“The world population is about to cross 10 billion. There is still a huge gap among individuals. People are still living in poverty. India too is afflicted from problems arising from class differences. Such differences are hindrance to equality,” The Dalai Lama said.
Viewing that religion without knowledge is not worthwhile, the spiritual leader said that prayer is required for cleansing and happiness of inner being and for over all development of humanity, it is necessary for individuals to become knowledgeable.
When asked by the moderator the secret behind his beautiful skin, the spiritual leader just said: “Let the secret remain a secret. It’s a secret because it is still with me alone. The beauty is only skin deep. Only the inner beauty has much to do with goodness.”
The spiritual leader took a time out of his busy schedule and had a chat with the media and asked them to strike a social balance. He thanked the learned mediamen for doing a good job.
The spiritual leader is on a 12-day visit to Assam and Aruchal Pradesh amidst protest from Chi. However, India maintains that the visit of the Tibetan leader is purely apolitical one, and asked Chi not to meddle in India’s interl matters. He is going to leave for Tawang tomorrow.
It is worth mentioning here that ULFA leader Paresh Baruah appealed to the spiritual leader in an open letter not to make any mention of Chi in his visit to Assam as the State is much nearer to the neighbouring country.
The Dalai Lama took part in the mami Brahmaputra Festival after the book release function.