Dewas: Spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Sunday said that it was only India that could combine modernity with its ancient knowledge to make life more meaningful and joyous.
He said time had come to share with the world the lessons of India’s civilizational ethos and work together for implement initiatives for environmental protection.
Dalai Lama was speaking at a function organised in connection with the ongoing Narmada seva yatra on the banks of the Narmada in Dewas district, 161 kms south-west of Bhopal.
Dalai Lama said India was perhaps the only country where people of different religious faiths had lived together in harmony for centuries. “Now time has come that India should share this experience of the religious harmony with the rest of the world. We can change our future with optimism and realistic world view”, he said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said there were problems in the world due to sectarian views, caste and wrong interpretation of religions, which breeds conflict and violence. “Physically, emotionally, mentally, we are all one. We are humans. I am one among the seven billion people. And each one of us, wants peace and harmony”, he said.
Talking about the need for sustained initiatives for protection of environment, Dalai Lama said, “If you want to make a real change, you have to work for days, months, years and decades. And mere talks won’t help. You have to implement the initiatives for which cooperation of people is required”, he said.
Emphasising the need for a collective fight against global environmental problems, global warming, population increase and so on, Dalai Lama said, “we have to work together to save environment, to save our rivers, to save water. I never use bathtubs, I use shower during bathing to save water”, he said.
Dalai Lama emphasized the importance of development of rural areas, with facilities for good education and health care. “Technology is good. A drone was used here for photography. It is good. But poor people can’t eat this technology. Instead of creating big cities, we need to have development in the villages”, he said.
The Tibetan spiritual leader also suggested that the modern education needed a change. It had to teach the values of love, companionship and compassion also. “Women in general have more Karuna (compassion). We need more women participation in various spheres of life to better this world.”
Dalai Lama said, “In the morning he had a discussion with the chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan about various issues and policies of his government. I support his policies, his views and what he has in mind for the development of the state”, he said.
Earlier Chouhan, welcomed Dalai Lama and spoke about the initiatives taken by the state government for protection of Narmada River. He claimed this river protection campaign was the biggest such initiative in the world. Chouhan also informed that from April 1, liquor shops will be shut down in the five km belt on both sides of the Narmada River.