Religion is a personal matter and one must not mobilise or create groups of individuals along religious lines, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama said here on Wednesday. He was speaking at the second edition of the National Teachers’ Congress at MIT College, where he talked about India’s potential to become a world leader capable of combining ancient wisdom with modern science.
“Religion is personal business. Whatever religion one follows, it is a personal matter. We should not mobilise or create groups and tag anybody as we Buddhists, we Muslims or we Hindus…” he said in a message to the Maratha and Dalit communities of Maharashtra, recently involved in violence during the 200th anniversary celebrations of the Battle of Bhima Koregaon.
“I am a student of ancient Indian knowledge, so wherever I go or during my meeting with scientists, I find many among the audience showing genuine interest in my explanations… all of this has come from India. An eighth-century Tibetan emperor once invited top masters from the Nalanda University. We have preserved the Nalanda tradition for over 1,000 years even as Indians have forgotten it. Now, India must pay more attention and through rigorous study must revive its past,” Dalai Lama said.
“India’s religious tolerance is remarkable and it is wonderful for people across faiths, who mostly arrived from the Middle East in the form of Christianity or Islam… and I have full faith that despite being a young yet complicated nation, religious tolerance is possible,” he said.