Today, I learned the truth and meaning behind Compassion and behind Peace. I learned to appreciate Beauty in the simplest of things. I learned what it meant to be at Peace with yourself and with your neighbors. I learned what Happiness meant to me.
"Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible."
Today, I was Blessed enough to be in the presence of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama.
He came to Calgary for a few days to spread his message of Peace. When my family heard that he was coming to our area, we jumped at the chance to hear him speak. Now, to answer the question probably running through your mind: No, I am not an anti-war activist. I hold a great Respect and Love for the men and women who fight for their country. I Respect the search for World Democracy. But I abhor the horrors and the sadness that war causes. And no, my family and I aren't Buddhists but we Respect His Holiness to a depth that reaches reverence.
"Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive."
"Happiness does not diminish when shared." *
Before we went to see him, we were warned repeatedly that he is nothing but a political figure spreading his own agenda. I have to strongly disagree. He spoke highly of every nation. Even China. He spoke of violence, Peace, Love, Unity, Education and Compassion. And how we, as the next generation, can belong to the Century of Peace if we but work together. Our skin colour, our nationality, our political beliefs and our religious beliefs may be different, but first and foremost, we are all humans. We--together--make up Humanity.
In my opinion, His Holiness has achieved an inner Peace most of us only dream of having. I think this is reflected in his smile. He just makes you want to hug him. He has seen horrors in this world, and yet, he still believes in us. In Humanity. That's why I love him. Because he spreads messages of Compassion and believes it himself. And I will be Eternally grateful for the gift he has given me. He has given me the gift of Understanding in a world full of Ignorance.
"Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend - or a meaningful day."
*All of the other quotes are from His Holiness. This quote, however, was said by an elementary school teacher and his class who performed today.*
**I don't like to post about possibly controversial topics, but I figured it's my blog and I felt like sharing this day with everyone. I hope I did not offend anyone.**