(Please know that although we believe prayer and faith IS absolutely necessary, what he says about humanity “fixing our own” problems is in some cases accurate. – GodFruits staff)
“God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.”
The 80-year-old Dalai Lama, whose birth name is Tenzin Gyatso, tells DW that humans need to fix their own man-man problems. The Buddhist, who is known as the embodiment of humanity and compassion for millions of his devotees across the world, speaks about how to resolve the world’s violence. Let us know what you think about his speech.
DW asked The Dalai Lama about his view on the terror attacks on Paris and other world issues. Below are his responses.
The Dalai Lama:
“The twentieth century was a violent one, and more than 200 million people died due to wars and other conflicts. We now see a spillover of the previous century’s bloodshed in this century. If we emphasize more on non-violence and harmony, we can herald a new beginning. Unless we make serious attempts to achieve peace, we will continue to see a replay of the mayhem humanity experienced in the 20th century.
People want to lead a peaceful lives. The terrorists are short-sighted, and this is one of the causes of rampant suicide bombings. We cannot solve this problem only through prayers. I am a Buddhist and I believe in praying. But humans have created this problem, and now we are asking God to solve it. It is illogical. God would say, solve it yourself because you created it in the first place.
We need a systematic approach to foster humanistic values, of oneness and harmony. If we start doing it now, there is hope that this century will be different from the previous one. It is in everybody’s interest. So let us work for peace within our families and society, and not expect help from God, Buddha or the governments.”
The second question was about his main message that has always been of peace, compassion and religious tolerance, and how the world seems to be going in a direction opposite of that. “Has your message not resonated with the people?”
“I disagree. I think that only a small percentage of people subscribe to the violent discourse. We are human beings, and there is no basis or justification for killing others. If you consider others as brothers and sisters and respect their rights, then there is no room for violence.
Furthermore, the problems that we are facing today are the result of superficial differences over religious faiths and nationalities. We are one people.”
Thirdly, he was asked about how it seems that leaders are obsessed with economic growth and not concerned about morality and if he is worried about the trend.
“Our troubles will increase if we don’t put moral principles over money. Morality is important for everyone, including religious people and politicians.”
He is then asked if he thinks his “Middle Way” is the best way to solve the Tibetan issue and if it will eventually be successful.
“I believe it is the best way. Many of my friends, including Indian, American and European leaders believe it is the realistic way. In Tibet, political activists, Chinese intellectuals and students support our ‘Middle Way’ policy.
When I meet Chinese students, I tell them that we are not seeking independence from China. They understand our approach and they feel close to our cause. It is not only about Tibet; we are living in the 21st century and all conflicts must be resolved through dialogue, not by force.”
Interview conducted by Murali Krishnan in Jalandhar, India.