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Sunday, April 19, 2020

Positive Message from H H Dalai Lama

As you know, I am mixing positive messages with my usual posts on Asya Vamasya Sukta.
Here is a message from the Charter for Compassion   April 3, 2020 with an excerpted message from the Dalai Lama dated 30 March 2020.

My dear brothers and sisters, 

...[A]ncient Indian tradition describes the creation, abiding and destruction of worlds over time. Among the causes of such destruction are armed conflict and disease, which seems to accord with what we are experiencing today. However, despite the enormous challenges we face, living beings, including humans, have shown a remarkable ability to survive.

No matter how difficult the situation may be, we should employ science and human ingenuity with determination and courage to overcome the problems that confront us. Faced with threats to our health and well-being, it is natural to feel anxiety and fear. Nevertheless, I take great solace in the following wise advice to examine the problems before us: If there is something to be done—do it, without any need to worry; if there’s nothing to be done, worrying about it further will not help.... 

...[I]understand that as a result of the necessary lockdowns across the world, many people are facing tremendous hardship due to a loss of livelihood. For those with no stable income life is a daily struggle for survival. I earnestly appeal to all concerned to do everything possible to care for the vulnerable members of our communities.

I offer special gratitude to the medical staff—doctors, nurses and other support personnel—who are working on the frontline to save lives at great personal risk. Their service is indeed compassion in action.

With heartfelt feelings of concern for my brothers and sisters around the world who are passing through these difficult times, I pray for an early end to this pandemic so that your peace and happiness may soon be restored.

With my prayers,

 [H.H. Dalai Lama]
Let me follow it up with a link to an audio on eight pillars of Joy based on a book by H H Dalai Lama and Rev. Desmond Tutu with the title Book of Joy. This came to me in an email from IdeaArchitects who published that book.  Here is the link:

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