Dalai Lama Advises Not To Use Religion As A Tool To Mobilize Public

The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama while visiting the Indian city Pune to attend the inaugural ceremony of 2nd National Teachers Congress on Wednesday told that religion should not be used as a tool to mobilize people while speaking to the press after the event. His Holiness graced the event as the chief guest and gave an inaugural address there.

“Modern education pays little attention to inner values and yet our basic human nature is compassionate. We need to incorporate compassion and warm-heartedness into the modern education system to make it more holistic. Much of the turmoil we witness across the world is because people are overwhelmed by disturbing emotions that they have no idea how to tackle. I believe that the rich understanding of the workings of the mind and emotions that we find in ancient Indian traditions remains relevant today. There would be great value in examining this and applying it, not from a religious point of view, but from an academic and practical standpoint.” His Holiness the Dalai Lama told the 5000 plus teachers of post graduate and undergraduate colleges of all disciplines from India and 1000 teachers of Indian origin serving globally.

While His Holiness was speaking to the media after the event, “Religion is a personal business. Whether you follow this religion or that religion, it is personal matter. We should not mobilise…As we Buddhist, we Hindus, we Muslims. That is not good.” the spiritual leader advised against the recent communal that took place near by Pune.

“For building a better world, one needs to think about the oneness of all human beings. It is only the dialogue which creates new ideas and peace in the world,” he added while calling for 21st century to be of dialogue. The Buddhist spiritual leader also explained that despite different religions in the world, all religions spread the same message of love, tolerance and affection.

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