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Dalai Lama calls for end to violence over religion

DC | Shilpa P. | 07th Jul 2013

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Chief Minister Siddaramaiah greets the Dalai Lama on his 78th birthday, at Bylakuppe on Saturday —DC

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah greets the Dalai Lama on his 78th birthday, at Bylakuppe on Saturday —DC

Mysore: Speaking on the occasion of his 78th birthday celebrations, the Dalai Lama on Saturday made an impassioned plea for an end to violence related to religion and faith, noting that all religions advocated peace.

“In this particular period of time we are witnessing violence related to religion and faith. Though the views and ideologies of various religions are different, the essence of all faith is love and compassion.

Being a practitioner of Islam one has devotion to Allah, and so we need to be loving and compassionate to all the people created by him and treat them as brothers and sisters. This is the message of Islam and Allah and the very belief of jihad is equity and compassion,” he stressed, addressing a huge gathering of Tibetans who had flown to the settlement in Bylakuppe from different parts of the country, spiritual leaders of various religions and representatives of several countries.

Extending his birthday wishes to the Dalai Lama, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, described him as a towering personality in the spiritual world.

“I see the spirit of Buddha in him. India and Tibet have a unique historical and cultural relationship. And the Tibetans settled here since 1960, have completed their golden jubilee,” he noted, adding that the over 40,000 Tibetans settled in Mysore, South Canara and Chamarajnagar districts were being treated as guests and provided all basic amenities such as roads, drinking water, besides free technical advice in the field of agriculture.

“Love and respect for each other is the foundation of development. If each of us is empathetic and sympathetic to others we can create an atmosphere of “Sarve jana sukino bhavanthu,” he exhorted, pledging to continue support for “our Tibetan brethren.”

Later, prayers were offered for world peace and the long life of the Dalai Lama.

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