His Holiness the Dalai Lama Mourns the Passing of Lingayat head Shivakumara Swami

His Holiness the Dalai Lama offering a butter lamp to Sree Shivakumara Swamiji during his visit to Tumkur University in Tumkar, Karnataka, India on November 27, 2012. Photo by Jeremy Russell

Dharamshala: His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his condolences today to the followers of Dr Sree Sree Sree Shivakumara Swamiji who passed away at the venerable age of 111.

“I had the privilege of meeting Swamiji at Tumkur University several years ago,” His Holiness wrote. “I admired his dedicated service for the benefit of the poor, especially the many educational institutions Swamiji set up for them,” His Holiness the Dalai Lama said.

His Holiness noted that Swamiji’s long and meaningful life was an inspiration to others. He concluded by paying his respects once again to Swamiji and his many followers for their service to humanity.