AR Rahman seems very happy with his recent interaction with none other than the Dalai Lama recently and has tweeted about it. Rahman shared the stage with his holiness the Dalai Lama at the One World Conference at Syracuse, New York, USA, with several other dignitaries who all spoke on world peace and spirituality.
Rahman was asked about his views on World peace and while citing examples from his personal life, he said, “It’s a big honour to be here today. My life journey has been a very interesting one. I lost my father at the age of 9. My mother was a homemaker. I discovered what life was at that time. I went through a phase where I felt there was no God. Then I found the Sufi path and spirituality. I became very satisfied and content as a result and much of my music from 1991 to 2000 reflects that. When 9/11 happened I started asking questions about world peace and educated myself on the topic. I discovered that people all over the world basically have the same aspirations for love and family. I have three kids and what do I teach them? I teach them not to discriminate between rich and poor or between people of different races and religions. If we disrespect others, we disrespect humanity.”
Rahman went on to point out that ignorance is the main cause of disturbance in the world. Linking his profession with his beliefs he added, “Giving is fantastic. When you have expectations then you feel selfish, small and dark. I am a musician. When some people come to me without money for a song sometimes, I still do it for them. But there are certain strings attached to my profession. If allowed, I would be doing music for free.”