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Too much export of ahimsa,India needs to follow it within: Dalai Lama

Spiritual leader is sceptical about the power of prayer in solving the problems faced by humanity.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | July 29, 2013 2:57:34 am

Speaking at the sidelines of the inauguration of a Tibetan pavilion at a museum here,spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said that India has exported the principle of ahimsa “too much” and now needs to follow it within the country.

“India is one of the ancient nations…It is also comparatively stable because it has thousand years old tradition of practising ahimsa. It has a tradition of religious harmony. Sometimes I tell my Indian friends that after Mahatma Gandhi,many people outside India,including Nelson Mandela and Martin Luther King,have practised non-violence. Thus the principal of non-violence was exported from India. But India is exporting ahimsa too much. Now you should practise it within your country first. If you want to export it you should produce it more domestically,” he said.

The 78-year-old spiritual leader added that he was sceptical about the power of prayer in solving the problems faced by humanity.

“You will be surprised that a spiritual leader is saying this because I am a Buddhist monk. But I am sceptical about the power of prayer. Because if the problems were created by god then he could have solved them. But these problems have been created by us. I think God should be looking at us helplessly. We have created these problems and hence we should solve them through actions and not prayers. I am a Buddhist monk and we believe in prayer and meditation. But we also believe in Karma. Everything comes through actions not through prayer,” he said.

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