'I'm No Healer. It's Been Proven'

November 21st 2009

New Delhi, 22, November 2009 (By Jaya Shroff Bhalla, Hindustan Times) - 'I am not a healer and if somebody says, they are wrong. And now it is scientifically proven.'

The 14th Dalai Lama, considered the incarnation of the god of compassion by over five million Tibetans, sounded downright human as he talked to reporters after inaugurating a metabolic and bariatric surgery institute at Max Hospital in Saket on Saturday.

'Last year, when my gall bladder was making me very sick, I had to seek help from Dr. Pradeep Chowbey, the surgeon at Ganga Ram Hospital who tortured me for three hours in the operation theatre,' he quipped.

The Dalai Lama had undergone a gall baldder surgery on October 10 last year. 'Although a part of my body is missing, I feel so much better now.'

The head of the Tibetan government-in-exile based in Dharamsala, His Holiness, was in his characteristic jovial spirit. Taking a lighthearted dig at traditional cures, he said 'The local Tibetan medicine, which I took for almost 20 years, failed to cure me. My surgery proved the Dalai Lama has no healing powers. I am no healer,' he said.

He praised modern day medicine, which he said has cures for everything. 'So far, there has been no medicine, no surgery for inner peace,' he said.

'There is a need to make more medical facilities available for millions of people in rural areas of India. Big private hospitals should help extend services to villages, where people have no help,' said the Dalai Lama.

'While spirituality heals, it cannot be the only medicine. For a billion population, India still needs to develop a lot of facilities, particularly in rural areas.'

 

 

 

Latest News

Basic Human Nature is Compassion: His Holiness the Dalai Lama Talks to Students at Kalindi College
January 29th 2015
New Delhi, India, 28 January 2015 - As his nearly month-long winter sojourn in Delhi draws to a close, His Holiness the Dalai Lama left the Tibetan Youth Hostel for his final big public talk in the capital city, headed for Kalindi College, one of the women’s colleges of the University of Delhi.

India’s Unique Secularism is the Basis of Non-violence and Religious Harmony
January 28th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks to Tibetan Students in Delhi
January 26th 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Speaks to the Medical Staff at Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, New Delhi
January 21st 2015

Talk on Peace and Compassion at the Baha'i Lotus Temple
January 17th 2015

Explore