If the fan won't come to Dalai Lama,he'll go to the fan

Jul 28, 2013, 23:44 IST | Anup Satphale

When the usually unflappable Tibetan spiritual leader felt a bit uncomfortable during an interactive session with actor Aamir Khan at a city auditorium, he rose to his feet and, much to the amusement of the sizable audience, went over and began fiddling with the knobs of an air cooler, before anyone could come to his aid.

The spiritual leader of Tibet, the Dalai Lama had an interactive session along with actor Aamir Khan in the city yesterday, with over a thousand followers of Dada JP Vaswani and Aamir Khan fans. The event celebrated Dada JP Vaswani’s 95th birthday marked by Sadhu Vaswani Mission. The audience in the jam-packed auditorium that was ventilated only by fans were mildly amused by the Dalai Lama’s unassuming antics.

Feeling the heat: Dalai Lama had an interactive session with actor Aamir Khan yesterday at the event celebrating spiritual guru Dada JP Vaswani’s 95th birthday, where thousands of the latter's followers had turned up. Pic/Krunal Gosavi

Minutes into the programme, the Dalai Lama rose to his feet and headed to the only cooler in the room to adjust the flow of breeze. The audience was pleasantly surprised by the Dalai Lama’s unpretentious action. Apart from addressing the audience yesterday, the Dalai Lama will attend various other functions in his three-day visit.

Keeping his cool: Minutes into the programme in honour of Dada Vaswani, the audience was amused to see that the Dalai Lama rose to his feet and headed to the only cooler in the room to adjust the flow of breeze from it. Those present were pleasantly surprised by the Dalai Lama’s unpretentious action and humility. Pics/Krunal Gosavi

Dada J P Vaswani graced the occasion called Ru Ba Ru held in his honour. Followers started trickling in from 7.30 am, even though the programme was to start at 10 am. The auditorium was filled to capacity by 9.00 am. Only a few fans and an open door ventilated the room. Adding to the discomfort, people continued to enter the auditorium even after the ceremony had started.  The Dalai Lama started feeling uneasy just as the function was about to start and got up himself to adjust the settings of the cooler. The problem persisted even after the spiritual leader’s attempts and volunteers had to arrange for one more fan. 

At the session, Dada Vaswani talked about a lesson he learnt from a holy man. He said, “Be a lion not a dog. If you throw a bone at a dog, the dog will run after the bone. If you shoot a bullet at a lion, the lion will chase the hand that shot the bullet. Similarly, we should not ponder on the happenings of incidents, but go to the source. Do not think of what has happened, but do remember the source. And the source is always God.”

In his speech, Dalai Lama told the people who had gathered that happiness always comes from love and affection. He also said that secular ethics are the way to bring peace in the world, adding that compassion and affection are human values independent of religion. He said, “I consider myself a human first, as one amongst the 7 billion human beings on this planet.”

When contacted the public relations officer of Sadhu Vaswani Mission, Naresh Singhani, he said “His holiness the Dalai Lama was feeling hot so he increased the speed of the fan.” Commenting on the situation in the auditorium Singhani added, “We’ll rectify the situation so there’s no discomfort in the auditorium. Also, we will try to improve the ventilation.”

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