New Delhi: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama inaugurated a book titled Two Saints, speculation around and about Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and Ramana Maharshi authored by former BJP leader and journalist, Arun Shourie at C.D Deshmukh auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi on 25 May 2017.
The event was witnessed by noted personalities including former Deputy Prime Minister of India Shri L.K. Advani, Fali Sam Nariman, an Indian jurist, Shyam Saran a former foreign secretary to Government of India and media personalities like Barkha Dutt.
Fali S. Nariman, Shyam Saran and Dr Ambarish Satwik spoke at the event, sharing their views and comments on the book. Commenting on the book, Dr Ambarish Satwik said the book is holy work based on neurotheology. While Shyam Saran, termed it ‘profound’ and ‘erudite’, Fali S. Nariman called the book a loving service to mankind.
“Today, when I meet my Indian friends I am struck by the sense that although this body of mine is Tibetan, in terms of study and knowledge, I may be more Indian than you. This is because of what I’ve learned from ancient India and the Nalanda tradition about tackling negative emotions and strengthening inner values,” said Tibet’s spiritual leader, highlighting his commitment to revive ancient Indian knowledge.
Pointing to senior BJP leader L K Advani, who was present on the occasion, the Dalai Lama said, “Advani once told me, according to Indian understanding, secular means to respect all religions and also to respect non-believers. Since I heard that from you, I want to consider you my teacher.”
His Holiness further informed the audience that the drafting of curriculum based on secular ethics will be finalized within this year.
“Then we will see what effect this curriculum (has) after one year, two year, three year. in America, two cities. I can’t remember the name but the city they developed as city of kindness, city of compassion. Within the city, more activities referring kindness and compassion. As a result, the schoolchildren become more compassionate. It is quite pity, in this country, ahimsa and karuna is always said, but no city with the name of karuna,” he said.
His Holiness further said, “Ancient Indian knowledge is not just to close eyes and pray, rather it is to do more of analysis and reasoning. That’s why only in India it is possible to combine ancient knowledge with modern technology.”
His Holiness captivated the packed hall of 250-strong audience and eminent scholars with his incisive views punctured with playful humor.
He concluded by appealing the Indian members to “pay more attention to your longstanding traditions in the spirit of the Buddha’s advice to examine, investigate and experiment with what you hear before making it your own. In the earlier 20th century scientists only acknowledged the function of the brain, now they are more interested in knowing about the workings of the mind.”
Arun Shourie, veteran journalist said the Dalai Lama is the only religious leader who has said Buddhism must face facts so that if there are new discoveries in science and they contradict something that is written in the ancient scriptures, the part of description is to be either reinterpreted or cast away.
He also said, “The number of Tibetans in exile is smaller than the population of Karol Bagh, the fact that Tibet is a matter of world concern is due to his efforts.”