Goenkaji was invited to give a keynote speech at the International Vesakha Recognition Ceremony held by the United Nations on the full moon day of May to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and final death of the Buddha. May 29, 2002, the Union of Myanmar and the United Nations in Sri Lanka, Cambodia He and the Permanent Ambassador of Myanmar gave a short speech before the keynote speech of Goenkaji. The speech was held in the Dag Hammerskold Library Auditorium. The audience of the Ambassador and other UN nobles and associates, distinguished monks and Vipassana meditators Our speeches made the Buddha’s teachings of modern history a modern point of view, and were welcomed by all audiences.

Dear peace-loving monks and friends, I thank the United Nations and the organizers of this grand Vesak celebration, especially the delegations of Myanmar and Sri Lanka, for giving me the opportunity to speak at this distinguished gathering. When you see what is happening in the world, you will feel very sorry.

 Man has become his enemy. There are no personal grievances; people are killed simply because they belong to a specific sect or community, a specific ethnic group or country. One person kills other people, even if they are innocent, even if they are defenseless women and children, this is the degree of cruelty. Modern technology makes this tragic violence terribly destructive and may be worse than ever before in human history. Therefore, today more than ever, fundamental changes are needed to protect human beings from these inhumane and heinous crimes caused by negative emotions. The world is tormented by hatred, anxiety and fear.

 You need an extraordinary doctor’s remedy. The Buddha was an extraordinary physician, a great physician of peace and happiness. His doctrine of peace and harmony is as important as Falun Gong twenty-six centuries ago. In fact, it is more relevant today. We gathered here this afternoon to pay tribute to the teachings of this outstanding figure in human history.

Let us see how his teachings eliminate the negative emotions that are the root of cruel violence and how they can be transformed into positive compassion. Most of the time, blind faith and strong attachment to one’s own opinions can lead to negative emotions, which can lead to such atrocities.

The Buddha advises:
Don’t accept something:
• because you have heard it many times;
• because it has been believed traditionally for
• because it is believed by a large number of people;
• because it is in accordance with your scriptures;
• because it seems logical;
• because it is in line with your own beliefs;
• because it is proclaimed by your teacher (samaṇa),
who has an attractive personality and for whom
you have great respect.

Accept it only after you have realized it yourself at the experiential level and have found it to be
wholesome and beneficial to one and all. Then, not only accept it but also live up to it.

This message was like a magnetic pull. I was born and brought up in a different tradition, where I was taught to accept the words of the scriptures and the teacher without asking any questions. At the age of thirty-one, these were the very first words of the Buddha that I came across. I was thrilled to read them. This was perhaps the first charter of freedom of thought in human history.

 It became clear to me that there is no scope for blind belief or blind faith in the teaching of the Enlightened One. I decided to give it a fair trial with an open mind, accepting the truth as I experienced it. As I walked on the path, the experience of each day convinced me that the path is rational, pragmatic and scientific. There is no need for any blind acceptance. There were no doubts, as I was told to accept a truth only after I had experienced it. I also found that every step on the path is universal and non-sectarian.

This gave me great confidence. At the end of the ten-day course, I found the teaching to be completely results-oriented. It proved so beneficial to me physically, mentally and spiritually. Therefore, I accepted it wholeheartedly, and thereafter, I continued to walk on the path as taught by the Enlightened One.

After about fifteen years, I was authorized by my teacher to teach Vipassana courses in India and throughout the world. Hundreds of thousands of people from different countries, belonging to different sects and various traditions, have achieved the same good results. The teaching attracts people from all walks of life because they find that it is totally nonsectarian and results-oriented.

Source : Vridhamma

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