Chandigarh University confers Global Spiritual Leader Award upon Dalai Lama

“Guru Nanak is global preacher of Humanity, Secularism and Equity” says spiritual guru, Dalai Lama 

Chandigarh University confers Global Spiritual Leader Award upon Dalai Lama

“The students and public of China will witness the true meaning of freedom in a democratic set-up while they are visiting India as the largest democracy of the world truly respects the fundamental rights of its citizens” said the spiritual guru, Dalai Lama during his interaction with the students at the campus of Chandigarh University, Gharuan, Mohali. The interactive session by the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso was attended by students of 40 countries including 29 states of India at the Chandigarh University Campus. While referring to the UN address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, His Holiness, Dalai Lama said, “As a true statesman and global leader, PM Modi talked about World Peace, Development and Protection of Environment, while the address made by Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan was just full of emotional outburst and does not reflect maturity”. World leaders cannot be emotional while outlining the global policies as the whole world seems to look forward to listen to their views which are crucial for world peace, Dalai Lama added.

Chandigarh University, Chancellor, Satnam Singh Sandhu honored the His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso with Global Spiritual Leader Award 2019.  Governing Council Member, CU Sunil Gupta, Vice-Chancellor, CU were also present along with other University dignitaries. While answering to the question of a student on the recent Modi-Xi Jingping talks, the spiritual guru said, “It is in the global interest of world that the two countries are making progress in solving their bilateral issues through mutual talks which according to me is the only way forward and when India and China which are the countries with largest population are coming on same platform to resolve their issues then restoring of world peace is inevitable”. Trade between India and China is very crucial and both the countries are interdependent on each other for their economic prosperity as it opens new avenues for the Industry, the Dalai Lama added.

The Tibetan Spiritual Guru of Buddhist also advocated for Indo-Pak bilateral talks as it is crucial for a peaceful environment & prosperity in South Asia region and it in the best interest for Pakistan to engage with India through peaceful talks as its economy is dependent on its neighbor.

Dalai Lama referred Guru Nanak, the first guru of Sikhs as a Global Preacher of Humanity, Secularism and Equality. He further added that, “Despite being born in a Hindu family, Guru Nanak visited holy Mecca which showcases true sense of secularism and the teachings given by Guru Nanak in 15th century have become more significant today in 21st century as it gives the message of Global Community and Harmony.

While talking about the values being inculcated by the modern-day education which is greatly influenced by western world, Dalai Lama said, “Indian 3000 years old ancient and traditional education system is full of human values and ethics which is on a verge of getting extinction while we drifting towards the western education system which is materialistic approach that is full of selfishness and lust for money”. The spiritual guru referred to economic prosperity of western world as an illusion as it is lacks mental peace of individual. “I have visited USA and met lot of billionaires there. Although they seem to economically prosperous, yet their life is full of loneliness, sorrow and stress which made me realize that it is more important to have inner peace rather than having outer prosperity”, added Dalai Lama.

While advising the Universities of India, Dalai Lama said, “I advise the universities and institutions in India that along with the teaching of modern principles of science and technology, it is significant to include Human Values, Ethics and Moral Education in the academic learning of the students, so that they are brought-up as a good human being who can contribute towards society”.