The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday after a slight delay due to bad weather took off from Zanskar by helicopter and arrived in Kargil by afternoon. His Holiness upon arrival in Kargil drove directly to the park where an estimated 8000 devotees were awaiting his arrival and expressed his happiness to meet brothers and sisters there.
“I’m very happy to meet all of you, my brothers and sisters, and to be able to share some of my thoughts with you. If we are to achieve a peaceful world, we need to consider the oneness of humanity. As I said before, religious faith may be one of the ways in which are different from one another, but all the world’s religious traditions convey the same message of love, tolerance, forgiveness and self-discipline.” the Tibetan spiritual leader told gathering after he explained that all 7 billion human beings alive today are brothers and sisters.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained in the beginning that we are physically, mentally and emotionally the same. “We all want to live a happy life and avoid suffering and we all have a right to fulfil that wish. Since we all belong to it, it’s important that we acknowledge the oneness of humanity. Despite the fact that we are all the same as human beings, on a secondary level there are differences between us of nationality, race, religious faith and so on. Here in India, for example, people may be Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Jewish, Zoroastrian, Jain, Buddhist or Sikh.”
“Please keep in mind that in being human we are all the same and we have to live together in peace and friendship. Secondly, inter-religious harmony is something each of us can contribute to in our own lives.” His Holiness appealed to the crowd adding in the end, “I want to urge you young students and your teachers to pay more attention to how to tackle our negative emotions in the context of ahimsa or non-violence.”
Chairman of the J&K Legislative Council, Haji Anayat Ali, Senior Superintendent of Police T Gyalpo, Kargil DC, Vikas Kundal, Kargil MLA, Asgar Ali Karbalaie, the LBA President Kargil, as well as representatives of the Islamist School and the IKMT Kargil, Socio-Religious leaders from Dras, leaders from Mulbekh village, and villagers from Dahanu gathered at the helipad in Kargil to accord a warm welcome to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.