- 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