India ‘guru’ for sharing ancient knowledge, Dalai Lama
He said that deprivation from social justice in the name of caste was not from religion, but from existing societal systems like feudal system.india Updated: May 23, 2017 16:41 IST
Tibetan spiritual leader, Dalai Lama today said that the deprivation of social justice in the name of caste was due to feudal systems that exist in our societies and it has nothing to do with religion.
Calling himself the messenger of ancient Indian values and knowledge, the Dalai Lama said, “India is a guru and we are chelas (followers), we are reliable chelas, because we have preserved your ancient knowledge.”
“I also consider myself as the son of India asevery part of my brain cells are filled with ancient Indian knowledge and my body is because of Indian rice and dal,” he said.
Deprivation from social justice in the name of castewas not from religion, but from existing societal systemslike feudal system, the Dalai Lama said speaking at the state level seminar on ‘Social Justice and Dr B R Ambedkar’ here on Tuesday.
He said that it was a negative aspect that exists in our society and must be removed. He mentioned that even in the name of religion and religious systems, there were some feudal practices and that “it should not be there”.
Stating that through education, caste related injustice could be wiped out and that through education the sense of inferiority that was present in certain sections of the people must be wiped out.
“...so that there is a sense of equality, so that they can build self confidence. Through self confidence, hard work and education one can achieve equality,” he said.
On ancient Indian values and knowledge, the Dalai Lama said that it must be revived in the country, as “it is not ancient, but most relevant.”
He said that ancient Indian knowledge and values, along with modern technology, can do great for the country as one canattain mental comfort with ancient knowledge and physical comfort through modern knowledge.
“...ancient knowledge and values, side by side with modern science, is worthy for the society,” he said.
Noting that everybody wants to be happy and they havethat right, he said, “if we consider the rest of the humanity as brothers and sisters, there was no chance for exploitation.”
Buddha dharma is Indian dharma as most of its teachings and knowledge came from the country, he said pointing out that the ancient Indian values like ‘karuna’ and ‘ahimsa’ had reached millions of people across the world with the spread of Buddhism.
Pointing out that like in many other religions, Buddhismalso had different philosophies originating from different schools of thought, he said, “we need different philosophical views.
”Wonderful people with great teachings have come from diverse faith and philosophical backgrounds, but with a common message of love and compassion, as also is good ‘karma’,” he said.
“Any activity which brings happiness is a positive karma and that makes someone uncomfortable is negative karma,” he added.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and leader of Congress party in Lok Sabha Mallikarjuna Kharge participated in the seminar organised by the Social Justice Department of Karnataka government to commemorate Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary.
First Published: May 23, 2017 16:40 IST