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Indianapolis, Indiana USA, January 24, 2010
Kanwal Prakash Singh

For peace and harmony in our world to become a reality in our lifetime: 

We must embrace the profound Truth and humanitarian commandment enshrined in sacred scriptures and personified by the enlightened and faithful Messengers of the Highest Spirit: 

Subhey sanjhiwaal sadaayan, koyee na dissey bahira jeeo” – Guru Granth Sahib 

“Everyone originated from One Light and is equally worthy; no one is outside the Circle of God’s Love and unbound Benevolence.” 

Therefore, knowing that we are Children of One Supreme Being, no one must be outside the realm of our thoughtful consideration, compassion, and understanding. Loving and respecting one another, especially with the diversity of faiths, cultures, ethnicities, traditions and experiences in our midst, is the highest form of non-violence and one of the fundamental keys to peace at home and in the human universe.  Each of us must dare and advance the cause of Life, liberty, equality, justice, human dignity, and walk towards each other in friendship, with a grateful sense of our shared humanity, intertwined destiny, opportunity to learn from each other. 

We must always walk in the Light with Hope; follow the lessons of His Holiness the Dalai Lama: Buddha of Compassion, an Enlightened Teacher, one of the most beloved spiritual leaders and humanitarian icons of our times.  His Holiness affirms and advocates the path of understanding, forgiveness, and an all-embracing spirit towards all living beings; he daily offers a living testimony of this solemn commitment. With each of us carrying that time-honored wisdom, and our individual and collective prayers to every crossroads and to all God’s Children, peace and harmony will follow.   

As I light this candle on behalf of the Sikh faith tradition, I extend my prayers and blessings to each of you, thank Venerable Arjia Rinpoche and TMBCC friends for their leadership, and our prayers for the long life of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.