Peace won't come through mere UN resolutions: Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday asked the humanity to make the 21st century an era of peace but said peace would not fall from sky or by "nice resolutions" at the United Nations.

Addressing the 'Message Proclamation of the 80th annual pilgrimage of the Sree Narayana Mutt' at Sivagiri, the Dalai Lama said peace would not come just by resolutions passed by the United Nations but through compassion and understanding of the views and concerns of other individuals.

"The new era has just begun and 88 years are more to come. So, here is an opportunity for us to to make the century a peaceful one," the Nobel Peace Laureate said.

However, he said peace will not come just by the United Nations passing resolutions or will fall from the sky.

One should overcome anger and hatred. "Actually, anger and hatred come on the basis of fear," he said.

Whether between community, individuals or nations, trust can be built only through compassion, he said, adding, exploiting and bullying others should be avoided.

Spiritual leaders said though 20th century saw development in the field of technology and science, it was an era of violence and bloodshed. Technology and science also brought destruction and fear, he said.

Quoting historians, the Dalai Lama said 200 million people were killed in the last century in violence, war and civil wars. Even nuclear weapons were used against human life. "It is terrible," he said.

"The 20th century can be described as the century of violence and bloodshed. Even nuclear weapons were used against human beings. So, we have to make efforts to make this century a period of peace. There is an opportunity to make this century a peaceful one," he said.

"The United Nations's nice resolutions will not bring peace. Compassion is the alternative source of happiness and universal religion," he said.

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