New Delhi: Tibetan Spiritual leader, The Dalai Lama today talked about the warm-hearted welcome he received 58 years ago, on his arrival at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh said it was a 'moment of freedom" for him.
"The days prior to my arrival in India was filled with tension and the only concern was safety, but I experienced freedom when I was received warm hearteadly by the people and officials and a new chapter began in my life," The Dalai Lama said recalling his escape from Tibet in 1959.
The spiritual leader was addressing the concluding function of platinum jubilee of 'The Assam Tribunal" and golden jubilee of "The Dainik Asom" group of newspapers. He was visibility moved on watching photographs related to his arrival in India. The photographs were published on the occasion of his visit here.
An emotional Dalali Lama said that the picture of her mother and sister along with other events published in the newspaper had brought back some of the most powerful memories of his life that he have left all behind, espically the sufferings of thousand of Tibetians who escaped their homes and arrived in India as refugees.
"Pandit Nehru gave us shelter nd received us as guests. I am the longest staying guest of the Indian government," he said.
After his arrival in India, he made several visits to European countries and "I realized that with our knowledge and culture, we can contribute to peace and help the world to become a better place.
In those countries, there is material development, but people are not happy. Anxiety, stress and suspicion plague them and gradually I realized that we can help them with our tradition," the Nobel laureate said.