Neither the blistering humid heat of August nor the enthusiastic crowd could disturb the tranquil spell as His Holiness Dalai Lama graciously conducted the “Art of Happiness” talk, organized by the Association of British Scholars in collaboration with Speakingtree.in at the Siri Fort Auditorium in the capital on August 10.
With his trademark smile, effervescence and warm aura, the 14th Dalai Lama started the talk by modestly accepting that he is not different from any of us, physically or mentally, rather it is our actions that make us different from others, for better or for worse. He further added that our basic human nature is in fact compassion and anything cultivated beyond that (anger, greed, jealousy or hate) is something that arises from our own understanding of the world. In his own words, “Just like other things create energy, anger too creates energy all around, the only difference is that this is blind energy that forces us to do things the wrong way.”
Sharing his wisdom on education, he said that it should go beyond books and games, rather it should include study of basic human nature and how compassionate it is – something that we all struggle to achieve.
Talking about how happiness is sometimes measured by yardsticks of physical beauty and money, His Holiness said, “There is no point in applying make-up, if you are ugly from the inside. Real beauty lies within us”. Similarly, something as pure as friendship requires two souls to connect, regardless of caste, creed, colour and gender.
However, what he really emphasized on was the art of forgiveness — a noble practice, but a difficult one to follow. His Holiness said that to forgive someone, you must first learn to let go of prejudices and negative thought processes. “If you reasonably, nobly and respectfully deal with an enemy, he might even become your friend, this time next year!”
Expressing his concern about today’s youth, The Dalai Lama stressed that the youth are impressionable and must be dealt with in the right manner. “There is no substitute for a mother’s physical touch. The more a mother loves a child, the more he will love the world. Also, education about different human emotions and their repercussions in the society will go a long way in making this world a happy place for our children.”
Considered as one of the wisest men in the world, he said that the only way to achieve unparalleled wisdom is to study, but not just the books. We should also indulge in analytical mediation or Vipassana, which would empower and revitalize us mentally. The Dalai Lama concluded his talk by stating that we might have different ways of praying to the Almighty, but our motive is the same. He signed off by saying, “I pray that I am around till the time the world is suffering so that I can serve one and all, always”.
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