Cultural Diversity

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The world is such a diverse place. It is like a mosaic with different cultures forming a rich and beautiful tapestry. We understand that it is the uniqueness and identities of different groups and societies that make up this wonderful human world. And we need dialogue and exchange of thoughts constantly to remind us that we need to live alongside different people in harmony and peace.  We have to acknowledge this diversity, only then will we be able to accept and learn from others and share what is good in our own. This kind of a dialogue should be there in all our schools and colleges, I feel, only then we can truly call ourselves cultured.

There is so much divisiveness in a society that we have to take this call especially when we live in multi-ethnic, multicultural societies. The Dalai Lama keeps stressing that dialogue is a good thing. Otherwise, we will grow up as separate islands or pockets without mingling with others. As the world is becoming more global and we are moving across continents, this kind of integration and seamlessness is necessary. This is what the meaning of true culture is. When I was researching for the Hindu Culture Studies books which I have authored I found that India from the ancient times had this kind of approach. Vasudaiva kutumbhakam, we always believed that the entire world is my family. We assimilated all cultures, welcomed people of all ethnicities, treated them as our own and that is the true culture of our ancient country. We have to teach our children and our future generations about this. That is the reason why our country holds reverence among the world nations. This pride should be instilled in all our countrymen.

Wherever I travel in this wide world I come across people asking me so many questions as they want to know about what they have read or heard about India and I feel quite happy to talk to them about the greatness of our culture. We don’t realize the priceless treasure that we have inherited. Let us hold on to it and become cultured in the true sense of the word.