Maldive Islamic web site insults the Dalai Lama

 

A caricature of the Dalai Lama (click to view) with a leader of the Maldive opposition movement was published in a web site called FactMaldives, one of many anonymous web sites run by employees, sympathisers, relatives, colleagues or spouses of the brutal clique of medrassa-trained mullahs entrenched in power in the Maldives for well over a quarter of a century. There are indications that FactMaldives is published from the vicinity of the campus of el-Azher Islamic medrassa (hate-indoctrination outfit) in Cairo, Egypt. That was the medrassa in which the Maldive head mullah and president of the republic and most of his clerical colleages were indoctrinated.

The Official Website of the Maldives Royal Family unreservedly concurs with the sentiments expressed in the letter published on this page.

His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso is the 14th Dalai Lama, the religious and temporal leader of the Tibetan Buddhists. He is a respected world leader and a champion of peace. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Prize for peace in 1989.

This web site respects the religious feelings and sensibilities of followers of all religions, whether or not such religions are organised or cohesive movements.

We regard religion to be defined as a sacred engagement with what is taken to be a spiritual reality. It ought to be the absolute choice of individuals whether or not they undertake this engagement publicly or privately or even undertake it at all.

We do not regard as religions, cults or pseudo-religious movements that insist on imposing their will forcibly on people. In particular, we abhor and denounce movements that call for, either explicitly or by historical precedent of their founders, the subjugation of mankind by armed action; and whose founder or founders have engaged in murder, rape and pillage to achieve their objectives. Such movements are not religions by our definition. They are political cult-ideologies akin to Nazism and Communism.

We have reproduced below, a letter to the editor of a Maldive opposition-leaning radio and news network by a Maldivian. The writer is a distant relative and a childhood-acquaintance of the editor of this web site. Whether or not it was published by the news network is unclear. The writer forwarded the letter, the appended verse and extracts of speeches to the Official Website of the Maldives Royal Family on 25 May 2005. He did not indicate that he wished to remain anonymous but the editor of this web site has made an executive decision not to divulge his identity in these pages at this stage.

Dear Editor,

I would like to express my distress on having found depictions of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the website factmaldives.com that is extremely offensive. The inappropriate or irreverent use of symbols from any religion must not be condoned and the public should be informed. These actions may hurt the feelings of people and lead to religious discord.
The media have a role to play in addressing these inappropriate actions of the part of certain individuals and groups.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is respected, admired and loved by many people of all religious persuasions and beliefs.


Kindly let the power of your compassion arise,
To quickly stem the flow of blood and tears.
Those unrelentingly cruel ones, objects of compassion,
Maddened by delusion's evils,
wantonly destroy themselves and others;
May they achieve the eye of wisdom,
knowing what must be done and undone,
And abide in the glory of friendship and love.

- His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 


Maldive Buddhist chant

 


Part of speech by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on human rights and universal responsibility.
Non-Governmental Organizations, the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, Austria, 15 June, 1993


The Dalai Lama worshipping at the western wall of the ruined Temple of Solomon, holiest site of Judaism in Jerusalem, the eternal and indivisible capital of the State of Israel.

“Recently some Asian governments have contended that the standards of human rights laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are those advocated by the West and cannot be applied to Asia and others parts of the Third World because of differences in culture and differences in social and economic development. I do not share this view and I am convinced that the majority of Asian people do not support this view either, for it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity, and they have an equal to achieve that. I do not see any contradiction between the need for economic development and the need for respect of human rights. The rich diversity of cultures and religions should help to strengthen the fundamental human rights in all communities. Because underlying this diversity are fundamental principles that bind us all as members of the same human family. Diversity and traditions can never justify the violations of human rights. Thus discrimination of persons from a different race, of women, and of weaker sections of society may be traditional in some regions, but if they are inconsistent with universally recognized human rights, these forms of behavior must change. The universal principles of equality of all human beings must take precedence.

"It is mainly the authoritarian and totalitarian regimes who are opposed to the universality of human rights. It would be absolutely wrong to concede to this view. On the contrary, such regimes must be made to respect and conform to the universally accepted principles in the larger and long term interests of their own peoples. The dramatic changes in the past few years clearly indicate that the triumph of human rights is inevitable.”


1989 Nobel Peace Prize citation
October 5, 1989 Oslo, Norway

"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize to the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, the religious and political leader of the Tibetan people.

"The Committee wants to emphasize the fact that the Dalai Lama in his struggle for the liberation of Tibet consistently has opposed the use of violence. He has instead advocated peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people.

"The Dalai Lama has developed his philosophy of peace from a great reverence for all things living and upon the concept of universal responsibility embracing all mankind as well as nature.

"In the opinion of the Committee the Dalai Lama has come forward with constructive and forward-looking proposals for the solution of international conflicts, human rights issues, and global environmental problems."

From the Nobel Prize acceptance speech of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
University of Aula, Oslo, 10 December 1989

“No matter what part of the world we come from, we are all basically the same human beings. We all seek happiness and try to avoid suffering. We have the same basic human needs and its concerns. All of us human beings want freedom and the right to determine our own destiny as individuals and as peoples. That is human nature. The great changes that are taking place everywhere in the world, from Eastern Europe to Africa are a clear indication.”


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