Dalai Lama Attends 400th Anniversary Celebration of Sikh Scriptures

September 2, 2004

Source: Phayul.com/The Tribune


On September 2, 2004 The Tribune reported, "His Holiness the Dalai Lama... arrived [in Amritsar] [on Sept. 1] to participate in the Parkash Utsav [400th anniversary of the Sikh scriptures, the Guru Granth Sahib]... On the spiritual front, the Dalai Lama said, 'Guru Granth Sahib enshrines the message of universal brotherhood and good of all mankind.' He said that every human being wants to be successful but for this, peace of mind was important. 'Peace cannot be bought with money, power, machines or technology advancements. It can only be achieved by inculcating human values of love compassion, service and giving. All religions have special role to propagate higher values and these are enshrined in plenty in Guru Granth Sahib. I am not a Sikh but I respect all traditions and values of all religions that universally teach compassion, non-violence, love and service.' He appealed for introspection on how far people adhere to the teachings in each religion. 'The aim of mankind should not only be of advancement in every field but of spiritual growth and mental peace,' he added."