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Faith Without Moral Values is Not Faith: Dalai Lama

25/09/201104:57(Xem: 2901)
Faith Without Moral Values is Not Faith: Dalai Lama
New Delhi, India, 10 August 2011 (www.phayul.com) -"People get up early morning to pray to their Gods butside by side involve in corruption. These two cannot go hand in hand. Faithwithout moral values is not faith," said His Holiness the Dalai Lama inthe Indian capital New Delhi today.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was delivering the fourth annual lecture of theNational Commission for Minorities at the India International Center.


Addressing the problem of corruption that plagues India and China, the DalaiLama said that the absence of moral values was the reason behind the rampantrise in corruption.


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Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama (c), Indian Union Minister forMinority Affairs Salman Khurshid (l) and Chairman National Commissionfor Minorities Wajahat Habibullah (r) attend the fourth annual Lectureon Minorities in New Delhi on August 10, 2011.
(Photo/AFP/GettyImages/Raveendran)

"Without moral values, a person loses self-control and does what is wrongas soon as he finds the opportunity," the exiled Tibetan leader said.

Hailing India for her tolerance of diverse cultures, religions, and languages,the Dalai Lama said he continues to be inspired by the ancient Indianprinciples of non-violence and religious harmony.

Speaking on the universality of moral ethics, His Holiness the Dalai Lamaunderlined the importance of the secular nature of moral ethics.

“Some people mistakenly believe that moral ethics are based on religiousvalues. If that was so, then it can never be universal because the reality isthere are so many religious traditions,” His Holiness said.

“Secular ethics relate to all of us as the same human beings using our commonexperience, common sense, and latest scientific findings to make positivechanges in oneself and others,” the Dalai Lama added.


Speaking on his recent devolution of political authority to the electedpolitical leadership, the Tibetan spiritual leader who is scheduled to leavefor a three-nation Europe tour said that it was a decision he “happily,voluntarily and proudly” took.


Union Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, West Bengal Governor GopalKrishna Gandhi, NCM Chairman Wajahat Habibullah, BJP leader Jaswant Singh andMinister of State for Minority Affairs Vincent H Pala were among thedignitaries present on the occasion.
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