Dalai Lama inaugurates 6-day world religions meet at Mahua

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzing Gyatso, on Tuesday, inaugurated a six-day World Religions Dialogue and Symphony (WRDS) at Mahuva in Bhavnagar district. Hosted by renowned kathakar Morari Bapu at Kailash Guruashram, the leading spiritual leaders of various religions will converge at the symposium to have a religious dialogue to foster unity and peace.

Emphasising on the importance of peace, Dalai Lama, who arrived at Mahuva on Tuesday afternoon from Dharmshala, said in the troubled times, one must not cease to spread the message of peace although it might not yield immediate results.

This WRDS at Mahuva, the birthplace of Morari Bapu, has been attended by a host of other spiritual leaders including Buddhist leader Samdhong Linpoche, Diwan of Ajmer Sharij Sayeed Zenul, Bishop Dr Prabalkant Dut and two Shankaracharyas—Dwarka Shankaracharya Jagatguru Swarupanand Saraswati and Kanchikamkoti Pith Shankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati.

In his inaugural speech, Dalai Lama, who spoke in his mother tongue, said there should be more such dialogues. "Although I will be leaving tomorrow, yet I want Morari Bapu and other spiritual leaders present here to set an agenda for the next dialogue. Any agenda to be fixed by you has my prior approval," said Dalai Lama, who used a translator.

Morari Bapu, in his inaugural speech, said that a when there is conflict everywhere, a dialogue between various religions in different countries is the need of the hour.

"The six-day event may or may not yield any results, but there has to be a dialogue," said Bapu.

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