INDIA-TIBET CONNECTION: SANATANA DHARMA
In my analysis, India and Tibet are connected with each other because of the practices associated with The Sanatana Dharma, even long before the birth of Gautama Buddha.
Sanatana Dharma, in Hinduism, term used to denote the eternal or absolute set of duties or religiously ordained practices incumbent upon all Hindus, regardless of class, caste, or sect. Different texts give different lists of the duties, but in general sanatana dharma consists of virtues such as honesty, refraining from injuring living beings, purity, goodwill, mercy, patience, forbearance, self-restraint, generosity, and asceticism. Sanatana dharma is contrasted with svadharma, ones own duty or the particular duties enjoined upon an individual according to his or her class or caste and stage of life. The potential for conflict between the two types of dharma (e.g., between the particular duties of a warrior and the general injunction to practice non-injury) is addressed in Hindu texts such as the Bhagavad Gt, where it is said that in such cases svadharma must prevail.
The term has also more recently been used by Hindu leaders, reformers, and nationalists to refer to Hinduism as a unified world religion. Sanatana dharma has thus become a synonym for the eternal truth and teachings of Hinduism, the latter conceived of as not only transcendent of history and unchanging but also as indivisible and ultimately nonsectarian.
I am a son of India, mentally and physically: Dalai Lama
Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama on Thursday said that he is the son of India, both physically and mentally.
Speaking at ‘Silver Lecture Series’ function of Mumbai’s Guru Nanak College of Arts, Science and Commerce, the Dalai Lama said: “Media from China and America asked what makes me a son of India. I answered that my brain is filled with thoughts of Nalanda and this physical body survived on India’s dal, chapati and dosa. So both physically and mentally I am from this country, that’s how I’m a son of India.”
He said that according to Tibetan religion, all human beings are created by God. “Today, we have created a lot of problems on our own including greed and exploitation,” he added.
The 83-year-old also asserted that everyone’s rights and desires should be respected.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, who is on a three-day visit to the city, is expected to address students on December 14 during the 22nd TechFest 2018 at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.