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Dalai Lama calls himself `messenger` of Indian values

Last Updated: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 18:00

Mumbai: Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai
Lama on Sunday said he considered himself a "messenger" of core
Indian values of non-violence and secularism.

In a spiritual discourse here, the Dalai Lama said that
in India, the principles of non-violence and secularism are
not just preached but also practised.

"I am the `sevak` carrying this message wherever I
travel outside the country," he said.

He said technological advancements of the 21st century
cannot bring peace, brotherhood and happiness. "All religions
teach these values and India is the only country in the world
where these teachings thrive. Mumbai is one such glaring
example," the spiritual leader noted.

"Wealth cannot bring peace of mind. Our religious
teachings have the strength, capacity and potential to bring
inner peace."

The Dalai Lama said only devotion and prayers will not
bring peace of mind. "Buddha experienced sorrow and sadness
and understood it before attaining moksha and nirvana."

The word Buddha did not mean a particular individual but
"it meant to attain nirvana and moksha, to get rid of your
shortcomings, wrong thoughts. To rid yourself of sorrow and
sin, you have to understand it first."

He said he is 76 years old, but still studies whenever
he gets time. "Education is very important and essential part
of your life. The uniqueness of Buddhism is to utilise human
intelligence in the maximum way," he added.


First Published: Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 18:00
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