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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Call to cultivate love and compassion

August 5, 2008

Newindpress (India)
August 4, 2008

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM -- "Terrorists are made when the negative emotions
within us explode at some particular moments. Therefore, the most
effective way of controlling terrorism is ensuring transformation
within each and every individual," said Greshe Lama Thubten Gurung,
Headmaster and Vice-President of Kopan Monastery, Nepal. He was
inaugurating the Pre-Parliament Summit organised by the School of
Bhagavad Gita as a prelude to the Parliament of World Religions to be
held in Melbourne in 2009.

"Anger, pride, jealousy and ignorance are the negative emotions
within our mind. If we couldn't get rid of these, there won't be
internal peace.

Religions can play a crucial role in helping individuals to reduce
the negative emotions within themselves, thus killing terrorists,"
said the Lama. In order to develop a healthy society, the
understanding and practice of religion by its members are must.

"Gandhiji and Dalai Lama were the most influential leaders of the
20th century. Both of them practised the principle and values of
their religions rigorously. This gave them the strength to lead the
masses,"said the Lama.

Referring to the relation between politics and religion, he said that
both could go together provided both of them were uncorrupted.

The essence of Buddhism is the advice to develop unconditional love
and compassion within every human being. It is a basic quality for
the survival of human beings.

"Do practise these values and get rid of the negative emotions," said
Thubten Gurung.

Rodney Moag, who has been hailed as the Singing Professor from Texas
presented the song of love. In his beautiful Malayalam, Moag spoke
about his mother who had no complaints in her life.

Later, he exhorted the audience with a discourse on the need for
expanding one's mind. Moag who had ignored his visual impairment and
mastered seven languages and the skill to play guitar, mandolin and
fiddle along with his singing capabilities, said that our minds
should not be limited by prejudices and pre-conceived notions.

Noted scholar and writer Asghar Ali Engineer, DYFI president M.B.
Rajesh, journalist M.G. Radhakrishnan and School of Bhagavad Gita
founder Swami Sandip Chaithanya were present at the inaugural. The
deliberations of the day began with the rendering of Bhoomi Sooktham
by Njeralath Hari Govindan.
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