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Dalai Lama congratulates Obama

January 23, 2009

The Hindu
January 20, 2009
 
Puducherry (PTI): Congratulating Barack Obama on his taking over as the 44th President of the United States, Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Tuesday said he would pray for his success.
 
Dalai Lama, on a visit to international township of Auroville near here, expressed his "deep congratulations" and "prayers" for Obama for success.
 
Talking to reporters after inaugurating Pavilion of Tibetan Culture in Auroville, Dalai Lama also advocated promotion of genuine human spirit and common aim to bring peace and prosperity for individual nations.
 
"Rather than individual interest, if common things, common interest is accomplished each individual nation or individual people will certainly get maximum benefit" in the form of peace, prosperity and compassion.
 
"Most of the man made problems, including World War I and II and colonial rules were due to the self-centred attitude and out of disregard of others` rights and feelings. But what we really need now is an effort to promote genuine human spirit and respect for all human beings," he said.
 
On his impression about the Auroville, the Dalai Lama said he was very happy that during his each visit he found "more progress, more development here which is important." There was real human spirit, the spirit of brotherhood here with people from different countries and nationalities, he said.
 
Dalai Lama had laid the foundation for the pavilion in 1993. This is his third visit to the township.
 
Director of the Pavilion of Tibetan Culture Claude Arpi described the occasion as significant, said it was the first cultural pavilion that had come up in Auroville.
 
He recalled that the Mother, spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo, had dreamt of a city where people of all nations could live together in peace and harmony.
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