Peace begins in the heart of man, says Dalai Lama

Last Updated: Sat, Nov 24, 2012 14:50 hrs

Thiruvananthapuram, Nov 24 (IANS) Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama said Saturday he hoped that the remaining 88 years of this century would be peaceful. He said that for peace to endure, it should begin in the heart of man.

"Peace will not fall from the skies or emanate from the earth. No resolution of the United Nations and no feat of science or technology can bring peace. It should originate from the heart of man," said the Dalai Lama, while speaking at 80th Sivagiri pilgrimage at the Sivagiri Madhom, 40 km from here at Varkala, Saturday.

Sivagiri is the hometown of social reformer Sree Narayana Guru, renowned for his work to end casteism in the 19th century Kerala.

The Dalai Lama arrived in the state capital Friday on a five−day visit.

At Kochi Sunday, the Nobel Peace Prize winner is set to address the Catholicate centenary celebrations of the Syrian Orthodox Church.

The Dalai Lama pointed out that the 20th century was one in which an unprecedented number of people had died because of war and violence. Nearly 200 million people met violent deaths in the 20th century, he said.

"Scientific and technological advancement had its own share in propelling violence. This was in spite of its significant role in reducing disease and tackling other major achievements to the benefit of humanity. The century saw the extensive use of nuclear arms, and we had Hiroshima and Nagasaki," the Dalai Lama pointed out.

He added that mischievous elements were present in all religions and communities, and asked seers to reach out to the masses, rather than confine themselves to temples reciting slokas and performing poojas.

"Sanyasis (seers) should go out to the masses and strive to cultivate core values for a creating a better society," the Dalai Lama said.

He also released a logo of the exhibition to be held in connection with the Sivagiri pilgrimage, and planted a jackfruit sapling.

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