New Delhi, India, 23 March 2013 - When His Holiness met again at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Delhi this morning with the group of high school students he met yesterday, he began by extolling the importance of the 1000 year old Indian tradition of ahimsa or non-violence. He said that serving and helping others out of compassion is non-violence in action. Similarly, refraining from harm, not out of fear, but out of concern for others, their well-being and out of respect is non-violence.
With respect to inter-religious harmony, His Holiness explained how around 5000 years ago, people began to develop religious ideas. They were prompted by feelings of danger to seek help from “higher powers.” This is something only human beings have the ability to think about. Gradually, the human mind moved from worshipping the sun, moon and fire to more refined ideas of god the creator.
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking to a group of class 10-12 Indian students in New Delhi, India, on March 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama poses with students who attended the interactive sessions in New Delhi on March 23, 2013. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|Members of the audience listening to His Holiness the Dalai Lama's teachings in New Delhi, India, on March 23, 2013. Photo/Tenzin Phuntsog/NAVA|