'Abandon anger and frustration'

Celebration of peace: Lama condemns communal disharmony

'Abandon anger and frustration'

Lauding all the religions in the world, the 14th Dalai Lama, said that all the religions preached love and peace in depth.

At his 78th birth celebrations at Sera Jey Monastic University’s Debate Courtyard, organised by the Tibetan Settlements of Bylakuppe, Periyapatna taluk, Mysore, the spiritual leader spoke of Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, and regretted that despite such preachings of harmony in all the religions, communal problems and violence prevailed. He said, people should be intelligent enough curb the violence and embrace love and peace.

“All the faiths aim to make humans better and their main goal remains same,” he added.
He said, all the faiths should be respected and a sense of devotion should be developed, which would be beneficial individually.  Dalai Lama said that nearly one lakh Tibetans had been sheltered in India for more than 50 years and thus he was grateful to India and Karnataka.

The Lama asked his men to abandon anger and frustration, which he said were the “greatest enemies” of human beings, and noted that it would be the gift they would be giving him. “Remember my face when you are angry or frustrated. Promise me to leave them behind. Transform into good and warm hearted beings, and that would be the gift on by birthday. I am overwhelmed by the joy and happiness you share on my birthday,” he added.

He wore the Mysore Peta which was presented to him by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah during the speech, and said that it was a token of love and affection from the Karnataka government. “This peta makes me feel comfortable in the State,” he added.

Siddaramaiah, congratulating Dalai Lama on completion of his 78th birthday, said that he wished to witness many more such occasions. “For me the Lama is a symbol of love and compassion, just like Buddha,” he said.

He said, there were more than 40,000 Tibetans spread acrosss the State and the government would be committed to providing more facilities to the community, including drinking water and roads. “Lets have empathy and sympathy towards the community and facilitate them a secure space,” he added.

Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, said that his government would be happy to have an understanding with that of Karnataka in terms of culture and heritage.
He expressed his happiness over Karnataka’s aid for education to Buddhists.

He said, his government would support Tibetans and their cause. “Buddhist monks pray for peace and spread the same,” he added. Tuki regretted that despite some facilities provided in his State, people are forced to migrate, owing to the “remoteness”.

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