Saturday, June 18, 2005

Dalai Lamentation

"Peace, in the sense of absence of war, is of little value to someone who is dying of hunger or cold. It will not remove the pain of torture inflicted on a prisoner of conscience. It does not comfort those who have lost their loved ones in the floods caused by senseless deforestation in a neighboring country. Peace can only last where human rights are respected, where the people are fed, and where individuals and nations are free. True peace with oneself and with the world around us can only be achieved through the development of mental peace."
-- Dalai Lama. Lecture at Oslo University, 1989.

"The older generation has made a mess of the world, you have made a terrible mess of the world with your pujas, your gurus, with your gods, with your nationalities; because you are only concerned with earning a livelihood and cultivating part of your brain, the rest you neglect, you discard. Each human being is responsible for this disorder within himself and in the society in which he lives . . ."
-- J. Krishnamurti. Talk in Madras, 1968.


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