DHARAMSHALA: India’s greatness is that it has celebrated religious harmony for thousand years, said His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Monday while interacting with a group of Indian youth at his residence in Dharamshala.
“In India, all of the major world’s religious traditions live together. For over thousand years, religious harmony has been there. This is really India’s greatness,” he said.
Touting the country’s harmonious co-existence, His Holiness recalled the recent incident in Moom village on the border of Ludhiana, where the Brahmins and Sikhs-of the majority population-helped build a mosque for its Muslim brethren.
“The other day in the newspapers a report came. In one area of Punjab, of the local population, 4000 were Sikhs, 400 Hindus and Muslims 400; very small, but the local people helped to construct a mosque for the 400 Muslims. That’s India,” the Nobel laureate said.
He stressed that India needs to embrace its ancient tradition, particularly its knowledge of emotions and the workings of emotions. He added that the revival should take place through education, not necessarily from a religious point.
“Now what is lacking is education about our emotions and transforming our emotions, not through prayers but through training of the mind. That is the unique thing about India”.