29 July Dharamshala : Over five thousand people came to attend an interactive session entitled “Ru Ba Ru Roshni’ between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Indian spiritual leader J.P Vaswani at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in Pune. The session was held as part of a week-long celebration of the latter’s 95th birthday which was hosted by noted Indian movie star, Amir Khan.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, in his address at the session, discussed the idea of secularism and non-sectarian religious harmony. He said, secularism means respecting all religions, even if one is a non-believer. He cited India as a perfect example where all major religions of the world live in peaceful co-existence, and said he disapproved conflicts arising in the name of religion.
His Holiness also said that religion is not just about prayers. Real religion is when you practice service to humanity, especially towards children. At the same time, he urged people to instil moral values in children so that they become better adults in the future, exhorting the audience to uphold India’s rich tradition of ahimsa.
Sadhu Vaswani talked about love and forgiveness as a way to create harmony among ourselves. He said that belief in a god as a supreme power is significant in creating a better humanity.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama also inaugurated the launch of a book “Simply Love” authored by Sadhu Vaswani at the interactive session. Sadhu Vaswani is an Indian educationist and spiritual leader based in Pune. He started the Mira movement of education and is the founder of Sadhu Vaswani mission.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama arrived in Pune after giving a series of teachings in Karnataka.