Theertha vitthala, the pilgrimage to God is holy, chethra vittahala, one’s creed is holy, deva vitthala, and God is holy and to be puja, worshipped. Matha vithala, mother is holy as is pitha the father, vithala, vithala matha, vithala, pitha vithala, bandhu vithala, one’s friend is holy gothra vithala, one’s ancestors are holy, deva…guru vithala, one’s master is holy gurudevathar your teachers are holy for life vithala nidhana vithala, the emptiness is a place to be filled with holiness, niranthara vithala, theertha vithala, the pilgrimage is holiness nama manae baidae, our father’s names are vithala holy, swapanla, manoni kadi thala, and the call for holiness comes in dreams, paar nahi, paar nahi, without which there is no salvation. Theertha vithhala chethra vithala…the pilgirmage to Jerusalem, the holy city of all faith and humanity.
I am very happy to be here with you today to receive the Nobel Prize for Peace. I feel honored, humbled and deeply moved that you should give this important prize to a simple monk from Tibet. I am no one special. But, I believe the prize is a recognition of the true values of altruism, love, compassion and nonviolence which I try to practice, in accordance with the teachings of the Buddha and the great sages of India and Tibet. I accept it as a tribute to the man who founded the modern tradition of nonviolent action for change – Mahatma Gandhi – whose life taught and inspired me. And, of course, I accept it on behalf of the six million Tibetan people, my brave countrymen and women inside Tibet, who have suffered and continue to suffer so much. They confront a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities. The prize reaffirms our conviction that with truth, courage and determination as our weapons, Tibet will be liberated. I speak to inform you of the sad situation in my country today and of the aspirations of my people, because in our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess. War today would be a form of suicide.