GUWAHATI, April 2 - Anger affects not only one�s mind but also the overall health, said Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. He also said that the special supplement brought out by The Assam Tribune to commemorate the concluding function of its platinum jubilee celebrations brought back his childhood memories.
Talking to The Assam Tribune in his hotel room this morning, the Dalai Lama stressed the need for having mental peace for overall good health of a person. He pointed out that anger, fear, stress, etc., not only affect the mind of a person but also the overall life. He said that anger, stress, etc., affect the overall immune system of a person and lead to different diseases. That is why, the scientists all over the world are now giving stress on mental peace for overall good health, he added.
The Dalai Lama said that even infants, who do not speak a single world can differentiate between good and bad. When infants are shown good cartoons, one can see joy in their face even though they do not understand a single word of it. But if they are shown violence on TV, their expression changes immediately and they can recognise that something is not right. If infants can differentiate between good and bad, there is no reason why the human beings cannot differentiate the same. Violence will never give anyone peace of mind, which is necessary for a healthy body, he added.
The Dalai Lama pointed out that some political leaders of India have now started promoting vegetarianism, which, according to him, is a good gesture as it would stop killing of animals. At the same time, he supported the ban on alcohol imposed by some states of India.
The Tibetan spiritual leader said that they, like the Indians, believe in reincarnation and said that the human body may go away but the soul does not. On this issue, he jokingly said, �once I had a dream that I was in Egypt in one of my previous lives and I was jailed by the Pharaoh. It made me wonder whether I was a bad man in a previous life to be jailed,� he said.
The Dalai Lama said that he was happy to address yesterday�s closing function of the platinum jubilee celebrations of The Assam Tribune and golden jubilee of Dainik Asam. He admitted that he felt good addressing an �enlightened audience� and receive some �interesting questions� during the interactive session.
Praising the supplement brought out by The Assam Tribune to commemorate the occasion, the Dalai Lama said that it took him to childhood days as an old picture of his mother and sister entering India along with him in 1959 was also published. He said that his mother was a very kind-hearted woman and never scolded anyone. He said that his elder sister always took good care of him since his birth. He jokingly said, �once I pulled my father�s mustache and got a good beating for that.�