Greetings of Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India to the Inaugural conference of World Fellowship of Buddhists (WFB) at Ceylon, 1950

Sri Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India

   I send my greetings to this Conference of the World Fellowship of Buddhists and my earnest wish that its labours will lead people to think more of the teachings of the Buddha and to attempt to act up to them. Those great teachings have a value in every age. But perhaps no other period in history requires them more than this present one in which we live. We pass from crisis to crisis and think always in terms of violence and coercion, forgetting that these methods have seldom, if ever, yielded any substantial results. The vicious circle goes on and both as individuals and as national communities, we are dragged into it. Yet the old and eternal law remains that evil cannot be conquered by evil but by good, that violence leads to violence only and not to peace, that hatred poisons everything it touches, that fear degrades and enfeebles and thus leads to other ills.
   We seem to have lost anchorage and drift about in search of some magical remedy. Because we do not find this we grow frustrated and fear overshadows the world. It is at this time, more than at any other time, that it is necessary to think of the basic truths that the Buddha taught, not the many dogmatic and other accretions that grow round every truth, but rather that truth itself in all its simplicity and nobility. I express my homage to the memory of the greatest of the sons of India, whose light and message have illumined millions of minds and hearts.