Visit of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama visited Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar on
18th November 2017, a red letter day in the history of the Salwan Schools. The
divine presence of His Holiness created an aura of sublime bliss and transformed
the school into a sacred shrine. On this auspicious occasion, His Holiness
showered his blessings on more than five thousand members of the Salwan
fraternity including students from all the eleven schools running under the
aegis of the Salwan Education Trust, the eminent Trustees, the distinguished
members of the Managing Committees along with the Directors, the Principals, the
staff and parents of school students. History was recreated at Salwan Public
School as it was the second visit of His Holiness who blessed the school two
decades ago on 16th November 1997. Being the first-ever educational institution
to have got this great privilege and honour for the second time, the school
reached a rare milestone and the school fraternity rejoiced blissfully!
Dr. Mrs. Indu Khetarpal, Principal, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi along with the Students and Staff from all the Salwan Schools accorded a warm Traditional Tibetan Welcome to His Holiness. Dr. Prasad V. Medury, Chairman, Salwan Public School, Rajendra Nagar, New Delhi felicitated His Holiness by presenting a Prayer Wheel and a Shankha, the sacred symbols of purity and positivity. Shri Harpal Singh, Trustee, Salwan Education Trust, Mentor and Chairman Emeritus, Fortis Healthcare, welcomed the esteemed gathering. He highlighted the year-long Platinum Jubilee Celebrations of the Salwan Education Trust that reaffirmed the Trust's constant endeavour to inculcate the true spirit of secularism among students. Describing His Holiness as an apostle of peace, a symbol of love and compassion and a global spiritual leader, he encouraged the Salwanians to receive the blessings and imbibe the teachings of His Holiness with an open heart and an open mind. A soulful Inter-Faith Prayer rendition was presented by the school choir.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama in his awe-inspiring discourse, laid stress on the following points:-
- The young Indians of the 21st century have immense potential to transform the world. The young generation needs to think and work with a clear vision for creating a better world.
- The existing modern education system is not well-equipped to overcome the ongoing crisis and conflicts in different walks of life. Therefore, there is a need to revive the ancient Indian knowledge for promoting high moral values, divine virtues and ethics. Stress should be laid on character building and holistic development.
- Training of the Mind should be focused upon to ensure the over-all well-being of each individual. Just as we lay emphasis on physical fitness, mental health and emotional well-being should also be stressed upon. In order to create a peaceful world, it is essential to promote inner peace through positive forces such as humanity, unity, love, compassion, forgiveness, brotherhood, tolerance, contentment, self-discipline and selflessness. Learning to tackle destructive emotions will result in happier individuals. It is therefore necessary to shun negative forces such as anger, fear and self-centeredness.
- Promotion of religious tolerance and understanding among the world's major religious traditions will help in maintaining peace and harmony in the world.
Sharing many interesting
anecdotes and experiences with the students, His Holiness the Dalai Lama touched
the chords everyone's heart with His endearing smile. His Holiness also
addressed the queries of the students during the Interactive Session. He shared
valuable insights on anger management and stress management, encouraged the
Salwanians to protect the environment and urged them to spread happiness all
around and use the power of 'Smile' that brings inner peace and happiness. He
ignited in students a zeal to think beyond 'the self', a vision to work for the
welfare of humanity and a passion to serve mankind selflessly.
Shri Sushil Dutt Salwan, Chairman, Salwan Education Trust in his address, expressed his heart-felt gratitude towards His Holiness on behalf of the Salwan fraternity.
Leaving indelible imprints on each and every Salwanian's soul, His Holiness also planted a sapling near the school reception as a reminder to the future generations to uphold the values of generosity and compassion.
As students, parents and staff of the Salwan schools queued up to receive the blessings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, their heads bowed down in reverence, their souls were uplifted towards newer heights of tranquility. The precious moments of divine bliss will remain etched in the hearts of the Salwanians forever.