JAMMU: Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama today said India’s ancient knowledge is very relevant in today’s world to achieve a peaceful 21st century and that India can play a major role to achieve this goal.
He gave these remarks while addressing a crowd of hundreds at the first convocation of the Central University of Jammu.
“I never attended school, university and modern institutions Our knowledge came from India. India is our teacher and we are its reliable pupil,” he said, hailing India’s 1,000-year-old tradition of secularism, non-violence and religious harmony.
“Jammu and Kashmir is a state in which Buddhists, Hindus, Muslims and Christians live in complete harmony. This state presents the true harmony of India,” His Holiness said.
While lamenting how the world was plagued by violence and a swelling crisis of emotions, he noted that India can play a major role in bringing together a curriculum that ensures both physical and inner wellbeing. “Modern education, which is too much oriented to material values, has failed to help reduce violence. India is the only nation that can combine modern education and its ancient knowledge”.
He added, “Modern knowledge has given us physical comfort but ancient Indian knowledge has the power to provide inner comfort and peace. You can combine the two. Ancient Indian knowledge is very relevant in todays world”.
“The ancient Indian knowledge must be revived in India, it is not ancient but most relevant to today’s needs,” said the 82-year-old nobel laureate.
He further stressed on resolving differences through means of dialogue and how the basic human nature is scientifically proved to be compassionate.
“Young children, six months, four months old, smile at each other. Compassion comes to a child from his mother. Even the mischief mongers have basically the same compassion… It is the duty of our educational system to further that basic character of compassion so that the world has hope”.
His Holiness was the chief guest of the event; he presented gold medals and merit certificates to students of the Central University of Jammu. This was the first convocation of the University.
Tomorrow His Holiness will travel to Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh to participate in an interactive session at the 92nd Annual Meet of the Association of Indian Universities at Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies (CIHTS).