‘India should play an active role in working for peace across the world’

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said here on Tuesday that he was hopeful of finding a solution to the Tibetan issue. He was participating in the 150th birth anniversary celebration of Swami Vivekananda, organised by Universal Ramana Maharishi Sanmarga Bhakthi Movement at the CODISSIA Hall

He said that the Tibetan issue was very sensitive and so was the issue of the youth there committing suicide. “The youth immolating self was very, very sad.”

The Dalai Lama wanted India to play an active role in working for peace across the world, as it had been a land of peace, allowing people following different faiths to live in harmony.

He said that the Indian youth who had acquired modern education, adopted modern technology, and materialistic way of life should learn about and appreciate Indian culture.

India had been a country that had practised spiritual pluralism, tolerance and ahimsa for over 1,000 years. It was here that people with various faiths had found a home.

He had heard of a Jodhpur village where three Hindu families lived in peace among the villagers who were Muslims. This was possible in India because of its heritage and culture, which had hosted and entertained people of various faiths and thoughts. Most of the problems the humans faced today are man-made in that they are “our own creation.”

The Dalai Lama said that he appealed to the Indian spiritual masters to come out in the open and do more to teach the people about the glorious Indian tradition

Showering praise on India and its culture, he said that at least 2,000 years before the modern science made progress in quantum physics, the ancient Indians had made in-depth study in the subject and proof of the same could be found in Nagarjuna’s texts.

Earlier, Nirmalananda Natha, president, Adhichunchunagiri Mutt, spoke on the occasion.

Satyananda Maharaj conveyed his wishes. T.R. Dinakaran of Sri Jayavilas Group, Arupukkotai, welcomed the gathering.

Security measures

Tight security marked the visit of the Dalai Lama to the city on Tuesday with a large number of police personnel pressed into duty.

A three-tier security was provided for the Tibetan spiritual leader, who comes under the Z plus security category provided by the Central Government.

The commercial private airliner carrying the Dalai Lama from Bangalore landed at 9.58 a.m. at Coimbatore Airport, where a tight security cordon prevailed. He reached a private hotel in Race Course in a bullet-proof car around 10.30 a.m.

The traffic was briefly blocked for his convoy movement.

Entry into the private hotel was restricted.

All visitors and vehicles were searched before allowing entry.

Intelligence personnel in plainclothes were deployed all over the Race Course. Several patrol vehicles and armed personnel were also deployed outside the hotel. The Dalai Lama will return to Bangalore on Wednesday after a night halt in the city.