Embrace compassion, Dalai Lama exhorts youth

July 6th 2013

Bangalore, Karnataka, India, 5 July 2013 (DHNS) - Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama, who has a wily way with the youth, on Friday, exhorted them to embrace and promote compassion in order to make the world a better place for all. 

His Holiness attending the aarti prayer ceremony at ISKCON Temple in Bangalore, Karnataka, India on 5 July 2013. (Photo by Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL)
Observing that the younger generation should strive towards making the future better, the Dalai Lama, counselled the younger lot to eschew their self centred attitude and create better conditions in order to build a happy century.

Stating that all that the people of his generation could do was to pray, His Holiness, said, the youth of today, can, however, create a better world, as the youth have potential for greater things. “You should not just think about youselves and your families, and just your country but the world as a whole,” the Dalai Lama, whose benign and spiritual presence brought tears of joy amongst his Tibetan devotees, said.

His Holiness serving food as part of ISKCON's free meal distribution program for school children at the ISKCON Temple in Bangalore, Karnataka, India on 5 July 2013. (Photo by Tenzin Taklha/OHHDL)
The Dalai Lama, who with his witty and effervescent disposition, indulged in a bit of banter with Iskcon Temple President Madhu Pandit Dasa, on the common thread knit their respective religions, elucidated that whenever one has the opportunity for karuna (compassion) one should show it and any profession or knowledge should be carried forward by karuna. “One should have a warm heart and brain. Only then will it amount to true education and real achievement,” he discoursed. 

According to His Holiness, who was a guest at the Iskcon Temple, as part of a cultural initiative, India was a model of harmony despite its share of religious and social problems. “I once met a Romanian researcher who was researching on religious harmony. I told him about a village in the state which had three Muslim families in the midst of thousands of Hindus. This is India for you.” 


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