No one religion can claim supremacy over the other: Dalai Lama

The spiritual leader, who arrived in Bhopal on Saturday, attended the government’s ambitious Narmada Seva Yatra at Dewas before delivering a lecture on “The Art of Being Happy”

Written by Milind Ghatwai | Bhopal | Published:March 20, 2017 4:03 am
Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan with Dalai Lama in Bhopal, Sunday. PTI

TIBETAN SPIRITUAL leader Dalai Lama on Sunday said “strictly secular and not religious way” was the only way forward for peaceful living and that no one religion could claim supremacy over the other. He also called people to imbibe scientific temper and common sense. Barring occasional problems caused by some “mischievous people”, all religions, including those that trace their origins abroad, have co-existed in India over the past 2,000 years and the country should tell the world that it stands for compassion and respect for all religions, he said at the Madhya Pradesh Vidhan Sabha.

The spiritual leader, who arrived in Bhopal on Saturday, attended the government’s ambitious Narmada Seva Yatra at Dewas before delivering a lecture on “The Art of Being Happy”. He praised the state government’s Happiness Department and lauded Chief Minister Shviraj Singh Chouhan, whom he met earlier in the day, for conceiving the idea. He said the department should also carry out research.

Calling Parsis the oldest refugees in India, he praised the minority community for living without fear in Mumbai and for being successful. Talking about himself, he said he never considered himself “special or holy”. “If I had allowed myself to think that I am the only Dalai Lama in a world populated by seven billion I would have felt very lonely and isolated,” he said.

Describing himself as “half Buddhist monk and half scientist”, he said he learned compassion from his mother who was caring and never got angry, and “not father who scolded me for playfully touching his moustache”.

He called for revising the modern day curriculum that focuses on material progress and replace it with a version that teaches compassion and other human values.

Replying to a seven-year-old’s question on “how to be happy in life?”, he said, “The responsibility to create a peaceful country rests on the young generation and not mine.’’ He described the 20th century as one of violence.

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    IslamForFoools
    Mar 20, 2017 at 2:06 am
    Abrahamic religions (Christianity, Islam,Judaism) all are supremacist. No wonder christians are war mongers, Islam is terror monger. Jews are ok but still they consider non Jews as inferior, but they won't act on it like musselman and xchians
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      IslamForFoools
      Mar 20, 2017 at 2:39 am
      Ignorant lama
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        IslamForFoools
        Mar 20, 2017 at 11:18 am
        Speaking truth, which planet you live on. Can't you islmiac supremacy everywhere, don't you know Christianity tells if you don't believe in Jesus you will go to hel. How more ignorant you could be, you psycho, bafffooon.
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          IslamForFoools
          Mar 20, 2017 at 1:37 am
          go to Saudi and tell this, your body also won't come back
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            IslamForFoools
            Mar 20, 2017 at 12:18 pm
            Completely wrong sentence. Islam, Christianity do not believe in this, by hook and crook, they became number 1 and number 2 ideologies in the world. Good religions of eastern origin needs to be propagated in west. Thanks to srila prabhupad, who brought iskcon to west.
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              Urdad
              Mar 20, 2017 at 11:42 am
              100% rpoved that u r sick
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                Urdad
                Mar 20, 2017 at 11:48 am
                Dont preach ISI hatred in india. Go suck ISI's di ck u
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                  Urdad
                  Mar 20, 2017 at 11:43 am
                  Sari is right. Dont let ur depression get u b4 its too latelt;br/gt;Get an appointment from a psychiatrist, hurry
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                    Urdad
                    Mar 20, 2017 at 11:46 am
                    So why isnt ur name Christian for Fools? U racist prick always see everyone by race
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                      babu
                      Mar 20, 2017 at 11:28 am
                      Chinese are looking for you
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                        SP
                        Mar 20, 2017 at 6:18 am
                        The Buddhist dharmguru is a gem of wisdom when he says that there is no one religion better than others.The problem with the followers of Christianity and Islam is that they can not understand true secularism , tolerant and just society or non-violence as propagated and practiced by a non-proselytizing religion like Hinduism. Proselytizing religions ingrain certain concepts from childhood which are against these basic concepts. How on earth a proselytizing faith can be secular in its tenets? There are many chapters on non-violence in the epic Mahabharata , the Indian society understood the meaning from generations , but Mahatma hi had to explain the same to west. There is huge gap in the understanding of these concepts between the two sections of the society - for example Dharma is beyond comprehension to the Christian or Islamic mind. Buddhism is also a proselytizing faitih , but the peace comes from its basic theology of non-violence and social harmony , and no penalty to an apostate.If the world has to be a social harmonious place , Buddhism is the solution. It has a merit in comparison to other proselytizing religions.
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                          bharath
                          Mar 20, 2017 at 1:09 am
                          Already in Bharat(INDIA) there are many scholars who got many far better spiritual realisations than Dalai Lama so no need in considering his words on supremacy of religion
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                            Raghu
                            Mar 20, 2017 at 1:26 am
                            Very true.
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                              Sari
                              Mar 20, 2017 at 10:05 am
                              Hi ,lt;br/gt;Please consult a psychologist immediately.lt;br/gt;It may still be possible to save you.
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                                Vedic_Citizen
                                Mar 20, 2017 at 1:03 am
                                True, but that does not work with only religion of peace in this world as seen in middle east, Europe and Myanmar.Even mighty nation US wants to keep that religion away !
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                                  Suhail
                                  Mar 20, 2017 at 3:29 am
                                  Very true. We are blessed to live in this world with you.
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                                    vish
                                    Mar 20, 2017 at 9:57 am
                                    Hope China and stan understand his Message.
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                                      Yeshi
                                      Mar 20, 2017 at 7:10 am
                                      Blessed to be borne in the era where we get chance to listen your noble thought.Long live your holiness.
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