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Krishnamurti Centenary at KFI includes the Dalai Lama (IE)
World Tibet Network News
Saturday, April 22, 1995
1. Krishnamurti Centenary at KFI includes the Dalai Lama (IE)
[After a week of very unseasonable cool, wet weather, the Krishnamurti
Birth Centenary Year was opened on the compound of the Krishnamurti
Foundation India with a moving ceremony attended by 3,000 individuals
from all over the world. It was covered by the Indian press, and
recorded live for broadcast by radio and television. All the major
newspapers in India carried frontpage photographs and articles on the
observance. The Dalai Lama also unveiled the special souvenir book
created by the Foundation on this occasion. From a local paper, we
quote from their coverage of the events.]
Date: January 22, 1995
Human beings should develop love and compassion independent of any
religion or faith, the Dalai Lama, who is the spiritual head of Tibetan
Buddhists, declared on Saturday. "When we're born, we're free from any
religion, but we're not free from human love," he said while inaugurating the
J. Krishnamurti Birth Centenary Year programmes in the city.
Compassion should arise from the goodness of human beings, rather than
from any particular faith. Individuals must have universal responsibility:
"Without that, how can we solve our problems?" he asked. Paying homage to J.
Krishnamurti, the Dalai Lama said Krishnaji was one of the greatest thinkers
and philosophers of the age and pointed out that the philosophy left behind
by great thinkers was immortal, irrespective of whether they were alive or
Underlining the interdependency of the world, he said there could not be
any individual interest which was independent of human interest as a whole.
"If humanity is happy, I'm happy; if humanity suffers, I suffer," he said and
added that the future of any individual was related to the future of the
entire humanity. Rather than be "foolish-selfish", individuals must be
"wise-selfish". If there was a compassionate atmosphere in the whole world,
then individuals would get the benefit.
Highlighting the importance of non-violence as a guiding principle of
life, he said this principle came closer to human nature. Non-violence was
not just mere absence of violence, but was a manifestation of compassion. It
involved love and respect for the other's rights. There must be genuine
concern for one's enemy - everyone had the right to be happy and to overcome
On the struggle of the Tibetan people, he said, while this could be
termed as sad and unfortunate, there was also the opportunity to realize the
full human potential. There was need for bringing together the brain and the
heart in solving problem., Most of the human problems "are actually our own
creation." While certain problems were unavoidable, the rest could either be
reduced or eliminated. Human intelligence could solve the problems of its
own creation, but there was need for using the heart also, he said.
Former President of India, R. Venkataraman, who is the chairman of the
Krishnamurti Birth Centenary Committee, while paying tributes to J.
Krishnamurti, said the philosopher was not a guru or a teacher, but a fellow-
searcher in the quest of truth.
Vice-Chairperson of the Birth Centenary Committee, Mrs. Pupul Jayakar,
said Krishnamurti was the greatest religious revolutionary of the age. He
repeatedly stated , "Hold on to the teaching and forget the teacher" and was
against any memorial being built for him. His presence was felt everywhere,
especially in the school now being run in his name. Secretary of the
Krishnamurti Foundation India, Mr. O.R. Rao, proposed a vote of thanks.
Articles in this Issue:
- Krishnamurti Centenary at KFI includes the Dalai Lama (IE)
- Letter to the Editors
- Exiled Tibetan Arists To Perform in New York City
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