The wisdom of the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet is spreading like a wildfire. Many look up to him and try to live by his teaching because they are convinced it would lead them to peace and tranquility. And they are not far from the truth.

The Dalai Lama speaks openly of everything that is taking place around us and how the world is headed to a wrong direction.

Following the incident which took place in Paris some few years ago, he tried to spread the message that we cannot ask from God to repair what we humans break, putting the accent on the number of wars, terrorist attacks, and the money spent on those meaningless fights in which humans of all kind are killed and entire families are destroyed.

The message that appeared on his website touched millions of hearts. It read:

Decide

“Of course, war and the large military establishments are the greatest sources of violence in the world. Whether their purpose is defensive or offensive, these vast powerful organizations exist solely to kill human beings. We should think carefully about the reality of war. Most of us have been conditioned to regard military combat as exciting and glamorous – an opportunity for men to prove their competence and courage. Since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed. War is neither glamorous nor attractive. It is monstrous. Its very nature is one of tragedy and suffering.”

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We are all very proud and very thankful for the sacrifice of our military men and women. They put their lives on the line for the sake of their country, but as the Dalai Lama puts it, the global war on terrorism is a complete fabrication and an actual product of their own country.

Others, among which Dr. Michel Chossudovsky, University of Ottawa’s Emeritus Professor of Economics, also claim that the wars taking place at certain parts of the world are based on fake premises and that the ordinary people and the soldiers are brainwashed. What they are not aware of is that as they are convinced they are going after an enemy and defending their own country, that same enemy is fully supported and financed by the Western military alliance. 

The Dalai Lama’s website further states: “Modern warfare waged primarily with different forms of fire, but we are so conditioned to see it as thrilling that we talk about this or that marvelous weapon as a remarkable piece of technology without remembering that, if it is actually used, it will burn living people. War also strongly resembles a fire in the way it spreads. If one area gets weak, the commanding officer sends in reinforcements. This is throwing live people onto a fire. But because we have been brainwashed to think this way, we do not consider the suffering of individual soldiers. No soldiers want to be wounded or die. None of his loved ones wants any harm to come to him. If one soldier is killed, or maimed for life, at least another five or ten people – his relatives and friends – suffer as well. We should all be horrified by the extent of this tragedy, but we are too confused.

He explains that the war is something humans made up, and it is humans who kill other humans and prolong it. If more people decide they don’t want to be part of the war, especially soldiers, things would take a different turn.

“No matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.”

Further, this great thinker speaks of how expensive the war is and how all the money could be instead used for greater causes, such as the end of poverty and feeding the hungry.

For example, the ex Canadian Defense Minister Paul Hellyer pointed out, “trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars” that “have been spent on projects which both Congress and the Commander in Chief know nothing about.”

“We should feel fed up with the violence and killing going on around us. If a human being is killed by an animal, it’s sad, but if a human being is killed by another human being it’s unthinkable. We have to make a special effort to think of each other as fellow human beings, as our brothers and sisters,” Dalai Lama’s post states.

This is such a powerful perspective of looking at the madness that is surrounding us each and every day.

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