India notes importance of Buddhist links with Sri Lanka

India today noted the Buddhist linkages with Sri Lanka, saying it dated back to the times of Lord Buddha himself who visited Sri Lanka on three different occasions as per ancient texts.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said that the International Buddhist Confederation, with the support of Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Government of India, Mahabodhi Society of India and Indian Council for Cultural Relations organized the annual Esala Poya Day (known as Ashada Purnima in India) event to mark the first sermon by Lord Buddha on Saturday.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind gave a video message on the occasion and also planted a sapling of the Bodhi tree in the garden of Rashtrapati Bhavan, residence of the President.

In his message, the Indian President said that the appeal of Buddhism goes way beyond the nearly 550 million formally ordained followers and noted that people belonging to other faiths, sceptics and atheists feel attracted towards the teachings of The Buddha due to the logical, rational and simple answers to fundamental problems of humanity provided by Buddhism.

He stressed that key principles of The Buddha such as universal compassion and non-violence; morality and moderation in all aspects of life; etc have inspired countless people over the last 2600 years since his first sermon at Sarnath. Further, Lord Buddha’s spiritual power was the result of his steadfast adherence to truth.

The President also mentioned that the world needs the healing touch of compassion, kindness and selflessness more than ever before as it is reeling under the aftermath of COVID-19. He also called for the adoption of universal values propagated by Buddhism.

Speaking at another event to mark the auspicious day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also echoed similar views and said that in times of tragedy, the world felt the power of love and harmony. Quoting The Buddha, PM said that Harmony between our mind, speech, and resolve and between our action and effort can guide us away from pain and towards happiness.

“Millennia-old Buddhist linkages between India and Sri Lanka date back to the times of Lord Buddha himself who visited Sri Lanka on three different occasions as per ancient texts. Later, King Asoka sent his son Mahinda Thero and daughter Sangamitta Theri to Sri Lanka for the cause of Buddhism,” the Indian High Commission said today.

The High Commission said that in the modern times, these deep bonds are marked by religious expositions, pilgrimage tours etc.

The High Commission also recalled that Prime Minister Modi also announced a USD 15 million grant for the promotion of Buddhist ties between India and Sri Lanka at the Virtual Bilateral Summit with Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in September 2020. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. Religion has nothing to do with your corrupt and dark minds. You use religion to fool your own people.

    During the Bandaranayake administration, Tamils joined with Sinhalease and kicked out Indian Tamils. Sinhala and Tamil leaders will not improve the up country Tamils’ lifestyle. There are enough hate and divisions among the people based on regional, religion, language, caste and gender. I do not believe any country in South Asia can become a developed country.

    Many of you are not smart enough to know why your democratic society has forced 15-year-old girls to work as maids and sex workers. South Asians have not developed themselves enough to implement a democratic system. You are trapped into a western trick, so you have no chance to compete with the West. Evolution must lead to democracy. Otherwise chaos and poverty in developing countries are inevitable.

    My question is, why parents have four or five children when they are very poor, instead of having one child. China implements right policies to improve the people’s lifestyle, but corrupt South Asian politicians will not make the right policies. In South Asia political leadership is a business, it is all about creating wealth. So people should do what is necessary to improve their lives, instead of relying on corrupt politicians. Instead of engaging in human biology to bear children, people should be held accountable for their actions. Why can’t they use condoms to prevent diseases and unwanted births?

    The problem is the South Asian countries have gained independence from the West, but those countries are following the Western political system. It does not work. The Western system was created for the people who developed their knowledge, not for the grassroots. China’s system is the only solution for the grassroots. Basically, almost every vote in India has been bribed. Fake democracy in India, but people are fooling themselves by thinking they are better off with the fake democracy. The West loves it because it helps to keep South Asia under the West.

    In the name of religious freedom and human rights, the West is deliberately increasing the population of developing countries. People will continue to fight against poverty and fight among themselves, because of limited employment opportunities, university admissions, and housing. This makes it easier for the foreign powers to divide and rule the people in the developing countries. The people need extra money to support their families, especially if they parents have five or six children. So the parents are forced to make money through illegal means, especially through corruption to look after their kids.

    Education loses its quality when educational institutions sell certificates for money and thus students lose their ability to think. South Asian universities are ranked low in the world, because of corruption. Plus developing countries are forced to depend on the Western countries for employment and financial assistance. It also facilitates the use of poor people in developing countries to undermine or assassinate the intellectuals and leaders of developing countries in order to impose Western interests. Billions of people around the world do not have the veto power in the UN Security Council to influence important decisions in the world. The majority of people are unable to win a gold medal or host the Olympics. But the West is promoting the population of developing countries for their own benefits.

    • Blame British. They gave away high positions to Tamils leaving majority of Sinhalese out. British colonial period after Kingdom of Kandy was the worst time period for Sinhalese. Why everyone talks about Tamils, when Sinhalese Buddhists had suffered for a century under the British rule. They literally massacred thousands of innocent people in Uva Wellassa, they almost wiped out Buddhism, they made Sinhalese Buddhists poor, and still they are against Sinhalese Buddhists. Tamils never had such problem. Bandaranayaka had actually a Tamil background.

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