A day after the first shahi snan on Saturday, Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama arrived at the holy town of Trimbakeshwar on Sunday to meet and interact with religious heads and mahants, who have all gathered for the ongoing Kumbh Mela. The Dalai Lama visited the Karshni Ashram at Trimbakeshwar.
While interacting with media and the mahants, the Dalai Lama said that there is peace in India due to democracy and the democratic values followed in the country.
He said, “It is due to these democratic values that people belonging to different religions and caste live in peace and harmony. Hence, India, as compared to its neighbours, is in such state of peace.”
Accompanied by Guru Sharananand, Swami Parmanand and Swami Gyananand, the Dalai Lama also planted a sapling after reaching the Karshni Ashram. He said he was in the town to meet the mahants of various Akharas and religious heads to discuss ways in which they can come together to spread peace in the world.
He further said, “I look at India as a land of ‘sarvadharmasambhav’ (an equal regard for all religions or secularism), where people of all religions and caste are safe and are progressing. And so I feel there is an urgent need for heads of all religions must come together and work towards spreading the message of peace and harmony.”
He added, “Today there are many grave global issues that are before us such as terrorism and global warming. We need to fight them tactfully and to do that everybody needs to join hands on humanitarian ground. All the religions in the world have taught us lessons of peace, harmony and well being, still there are fights and hatred among people in the name of religion. We must all work towards putting an end to these fights and differences among each other and build a world full of happiness. “