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article imageLiving, loving laughing and dying: Dalai Lama in Mumbai

By Sravanth Verma     Jun 4, 2014 in World
Mumbai - Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama was in Mumbai, India on May 31, 2014 to inaugurate the Somaiya School in Vidyavihar suburb of northeast Mumbai.
Nestled in a three-acre green plot within the 65-acre Somaiya Vidyavihar Campus, the school has a student-teacher ratio of 10:1 and a built up area of 100,000 sq. feet, with two wings, one of which is dedicated to the pre-primary section besides resource rooms, learning centers.
The Dalai Lama inaugurated the school and was surrounded by children performing a traditional Maharashtrian folk dance. Later, during a talk, he discussed the variety and diversity of ancient Indian knowledge. "Institutions like this should co-ordinate, discuss and exchange their experiences with one another for growth and development. There is a great need for educational institutions to be developed with the ethos of persevering and promoting Indian culture," he said. He also spoke at the K.J Somaiya College giving an "Introductory Teaching on Buddhism."
The previous day, the Dalai Lama had delivered a lecture on “Living, Loving, Laughing and Dying” in Mumbai, as part of his series of spiritual discourses in the city till June 2.
He answered several questions during his discourses, including one on “the need for oneness in religion.” His answer spoke of the root causes of division as economy, power and politics. “In most cases, religion isn’t the problem. In some cases, economy and power, too is to be blamed. The problem is also with the view that there is one God and one religion,” he said. He continued, “In terms of religion, one truth is relevant, but in terms of humanity, we need to look at several truths and several religions. This is more realistic. The Indian constitution is based on secularity, and not on Hinduism. This is our reality.”
The 14th Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, narrated how he missed the Kumbha Mela festival in India last year because of bad weather. “It seems that Lord Shiva doesn’t want me to attend the festival," he joked, referring to one of the primary gods in Hinduism. "Lord Shiva is a permanent resident at Mount Kailash [in Tibet] and Lord Buddha is a Hindu God from India. It is all so complicated!”
The spiritual leader, the mentor of the Gelug school of Tibetan Buddhism, urged women to come together and play a bigger role in bringing harmony to the world. “Women are more sensitive, thanks to biology. Women should take an active role, and work hard to promote affection non-violently,” he said.
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