Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived at Trimbakteshwar on Sunday, a day after the first shahi snan (holy dip) to meet with religious heads who have gathered for the ongoing Kumbh. He also visited the Karshni Ashram at Trimbakteshwar.
“It is due to these democratic values that people belonging to different religions and caste live in peace and harmony. Hence, India,as compared to its neighbours,is in such state of peace” said the Dalai Lama while addressing the media and mahants.
He further said, “I look at India as a land of ‘sarvadharmasambhav’ (an equal regard for all religions or secularism), where people of all religions and caste are safe and are progressing. And so I feel there is an urgent need for heads of all religions must come together and work towards spreading the message of peace and harmony.”
With Guru Sharananand, Swami Parmanand and Swami Gyananand, Dalai Lama also planted a sapling after reaching the Karshani Ashram. He said he was in the town to meet the various mahants of Akharas in order to discuss the issue of peace and how to spread it across the world.
Beijing, October 21, 2017 : As US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson prepares to visit India next week, China on Saturday warned that it will be deeply offended if any foreign leader meets with or any country invites the Dalai Lama.
On the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, a Chinese Minister dubbed the Tibetan spiritual leader as a “political figure under the cloak of religion”.
“Any country or any organisation or anyone accepting to meet with the Dalai Lama in our view is a major offence to the sentiment of the Chinese people,” said Zhang Yijiong, Executive Vice Minister of the United Front Work Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC).
“Also, since they have committed to recognising China as a sole legitimate government representing China, it contravenes their attempt, because it is a serious commitment,” Zhang added.
China accuses the Dalai Lama of stoking unrest and secessionist activities in Tibet from where the spiritual leader fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising.
The Dalai Lama has urged for more autonomy for Tibet.
Beijing opposes any country or leader keeping in touch with the Dalai Lama.
“I want to make it clear that the 14th Dalai Lama, the living Buddha handed down by history is a political figure under the cloak of religion,” said Zhang.
In February this year, Tillerson had told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his confirmation hearing that he is committed to promoting dialogue on Tibet and receiving the Dalai Lama.
Top US Democrat Nancy Pelosi had visited the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India, in May, and sought to draw the world’s attention to human rights in Tibet, triggering protests by China.
China resorts to different tactics if any country hosts the Dalai Lama. For instance, Beijing blocked a major highway leading to Mongolia, crippling the economy there after Ulan Bator hosted the leader late last year.
Mongolia later apologised and promised Beijing never to invite the Dalai Lama.
“Officials, in their capacity as officials, attending all foreign-related activities represent their governments. So I hope governments around the world speak and act with caution and give full consideration to their friendship with China and their respect for China’s sovereignty,” Zhang added.
The comments from the Chinese Minister also comes days after Tillersoon described India as a partner in a strategic relationship and said the US would “never have the same relationship with China, a non-democratic society”.
According to reports, last month China refused to fund travel for visiting scholars at University of California, San Diego, apparently in retaliation for inviting the Dalai Lama to be its 2017 commencement speaker.
In April this year, China had reacted violently to a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tawang, in India’s northeast border state of Arunachal Pradesh, large parts of which is claimed by Beijing. (IANS)
The Dalai Lama has clearly stated that the practice of caste system is against religious beliefs of the individual
Speaking in Padum, Zanskar for the Avalokiteshvara, he urged the people to stop this practice
The caste system is a failed aspect of the feudal system in India, which no longer exists
New Delhi, August 10, 2017: Speaking to his devotees at Padum, Zanskar for the Avalokiteshvara, His Holiness the Dalai Lama explained how caste system is a practice that discriminates against the individual’s religious beliefs.
The Dalai Lama also urged the people to stop using this practice. He explained that the practice of caste differentiation was an aspect of the feudal Indian society, which no longer prevails.
Caste system goes against religion. In fact, no religion in the world promotes or encourages caste differences.
The Tibetan spiritual leader reminded us that the feudal system was beaten by a democratic system. It is the high time people realize this.
He continued that just because one is from low class does not mean we should discriminate against them. No religion teaches that. Love is a common universal philosophy propagated by every religion. Gautam Budha was against discrimination 2,600 years before the caste system was even established!
The spiritual leader went on to say that practicing caste system is an open declaration of being against the Buddha and Dalai Lama.
More than 10,000 people attended the talk at Photang Teaching Ground, with many visitors from different parts of Ladakh and Zanskar. The devotees of the Dalai Lama offered long life prayers afterward in a ceremony called Tenshug.
It is estimated that more than 260 million people all over the world suffer from caste discriminatory practices, the majority of these people being in South Asia. The Dalits from India are often cited as the most familiar example. But caste system also exists in the Middle East, Pacific, and African regions.
The discriminated caste is subjected to inhuman conditions of economics and politics. The Dalits, for example, live in severe poverty and are more commonly identified as ‘untouchables’ in India. The dirty and ‘looked-down-upon’ jobs are mostly given to the Dalits.
Even when it comes to distribution of wealth and access to resources, the Dalits are served last.
Thus, the Dalai Lama’s powerful words against caste system were much needed. The message of peace and harmony was important, especially coming from a popular spiritual leader- the Holiness himself.
– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394