Nashik, Maharashtra, India, 3 January 2015 - Prior to His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s departure, his host Mr Govind Dholakia came with his family to thank him once more for coming to Surat. His Holiness thanked him in turn and encouraged him to keep up his good work, his philanthropy as well as his business.
|Members of the Indo-Tibetan Mangal Maitri Sangh welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his arrival at the airport in Nashik, Maharashtra, India on January 3, 2015.|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama speaking during his talk on "Secular Ethics" in Nashik, Maharashtra, India on January 3, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
“When we are hungry,” His Holiness remarked, “prayer and meditation won’t fill our stomachs, that’s why these monks have to go on their alms round. But if we compare our physical pleasure and pain with our mental experience, the mental is much more powerful. Having a calm mind we can withstand or overcome physical pain, but physical comfort alone will not relieve mental unease. I have wealthy friends who have all they could want, but because they worry, they are unhappy. This shows that material comfort is not enough by itself to make us happy. Scientists have found that anger, fear and hatred damage our immune system, while peace of mind fosters good health. Does our modern materialistic society by itself provide for a peaceful, happy humanity? I don’t think so. What we also need to do is pay attention to the inner values that give rise to peace of mind.
“We all experience these inner values, love, affection, trust and so on, in the arms of our mother as soon as we are born. According to some scientists the mother’s touch is the major factor encouraging the proper growth of our brains in those first early days of our lives. Those of us who receive such affection when we are young tend to feel happy and secure later in life too, whereas those who, for some reason, lack it, tend to be insecure and have difficulty trusting others. This can be a source of frustration because our very life depends on the rest of our community.
“When we are children we don’t care very much about differences of faith, family or nationality, we just play together. But as we grow up we function less on that basic human level and learn to pay more attention to secondary differences like faith, race, social background and level of education. By seeing each other in terms of ‘us’ and ‘them’, we lay the ground for conflict. We seek ways for ‘us’ to win and ‘them’ to lose. This is the basis for bullying, cheating and exploitation that gives rise to violence, corruption and the gap between rich and poor. It is a result of thinking only of yourself, with no regard for others. The time has come to promote the oneness of humanity instead.”
|Some of the over 4,500 people attending His Holiness the Dalai Lama's talk in Nashik, Maharashtra, India on January 3, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|
|His Holiness the Dalai Lama answering questions from the audience during his talk in Nashik, Maharashtra, India on January 3, 2015. Photo/Jeremy Russell/OHHDL|