Violence is man made problem not by god: Dalai lama

By: Vijyender Sharma
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SHIMLA: Tibetan Spiritual Leader Dalai lama while interacting with students from over 60 schools at the Jahrhunderthalle convention center in Frankfurt, Germany, said god not created violence, man made it, So we have the responsibility, to reduce and eventually to eliminate all these violent actions.

Violence is man made problem not by god: Dalai lama

"There are a lot of problems in this 21st century. Leaving the natural disasters aside, most of the problems are our own creation. Why?" "We are not considering others are brothers and sisters. My nation, their nation, my religious belief, their religious belief; are secondary level of differences and there are a lot of problems arising from these secondary levels of differences. The only remedy to this is by going to a deeper level and considering that the seven billion human beings are the same human brothers and sisters." "The future of the world is in our hands. Future depends on the present. Past is gone. We can only, learn from the past, we cannot change it" Dalai lama said.

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"But why is there still violence when basic human nature is said to be compassionate. It is due to too much emphasis on the secondary level of differences including different religious faith. Now, in order to create a happier world, we need sense of oneness of 7 billion human beings irrespective of nationality, colour and religious faith. We must make efforts to promote a sense of oneness of humanity, through education"he added.

Dalai lama added ,we must not be indifferent to the suffering of other beings. I cannot ignore when someone is in pain, even if he or she isn't a Buddhist. He or she is a human being, brother or sister, whom you must help as much as you can". "So now we really need the sense of oneness of humanity, irrespective of the nationality, religious faith and family background, be it rich or poor".

"Take for instance, India and China. Neither of the two can destroy the other. So where we like it or not, you have to live side by side. So it's much better to live harmony with mutual respect. Mutual respect eventually develops mutual trust. The Middle way approach too is based on this principle, living in harmony and mutual respect. Suspicion only gives way to distrust, distance, spending more money for weapons which is the real source of all the trouble"he added.

Dalai Lama mentioned that the European Union is the perfect example of oneness of humanity and that it should expand and spread the message of oneness. "I really admire the spirit of the European Union. If it wasn't for the formation of the European Union then the past two decades would have seen a lot killings and disputes among the member states."

"Just recently Scientists came to a conclusion that 'basic human nature is more compassionate', which gave me a real sense of hope. If basic human nature is anger, then there is no hope, which would make the recent reports of violence more understandable since the basic human nature is anger."

"Scientists say constant fear; constant anger is actually eating our immune system. When a person is coming from distance, you feel fear/irritation. It creates a barrier but if you consider the person as your brother or sister, that sort of thinking immediately removes that barrier between them and us" "Global economy with no national boundaries; climate due to global warming beyond national boundary or religious boundary; and increasing population that limits our natural resources, under these new realities, now the time comes to develop a sense of oneness of humanity "he added.

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