21 July, 2024


History Says It Was Prosperous & Righteous

By Ven. Horowpothane Sathindriya Thera

Ven. Horowpothane Sathindriya Thera

“We are the disciples of the King of the Dhamma. In compassion towards you, Your Majesty, we have come here from Jambudeepa (India).”

This is the profound and impressive introduction of Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera who arrived in Mihinthale during the reign of King Dewanampiyatissa.

Today it marks the arrival of Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera in Sri Lanka along with the message of the Great Son of Sakya clan, who were born in Maha Bharath, the Gautama Buddha. 

By admiring and respecting the Buddha’s impeccable words, Emperor Asoka who governed Maha Bharath – the ancient India, profoundly launched a Dhamma mission programme throughout numerous countries.

The Son of Emperor Asoka – the great disciple of the Fully Enlightened One, Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera was requested by his preceptor Venerable Moggaliputta Tissa Maha Thera to visit Sri Lanka to introduce an incomparable message of the Gautama Buddha and establish a dispensation of the Buddha in Sri Lanka.

Poson Poya or Full Moon Day of June is a significant month for Sri Lankan Buddhists who vibrantly commemorate it with many colourful cultural activities.

2328 years ago, the King Devanampiyatissa was a Head of State. There was a national festival; both people and the king took part of it at Mihintale which is situated in the vicinity of Anuradhapura.

At the present time, all ruins around Mihintale and Anuradhapura witness and testify, how that period and generation were prosperous and united. It was called and named the ‘State of Reservoirs and Island of the Dhamma’.

After amicable meeting and cordial discussion with Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera, the head of state and powerful leader, King Devanampiyatissa placed unwavering and unshakable confidence in three refuges or the Triple gem. He was very pious and devoted Buddhist leader who governed our country without hatred and prejudice. Not by words and lip service but genuinely by deeds, he supported to establish and safeguard the Buddha-Sasana in Sri Lanka.

Above mentioned facts were very visible and evident in the past in our history, but in the present, most of them have dramatically eroded away and become topsy-turvy because most people have embraced and obsessively follow so called “Party Politics” which dangerously and atrociously have changed the whole atmosphere in our human society.  Human values, values of human life are degraded, and this has taken turn for the worse. Antagonism and animosity are vivaciously and lively visible. State of Dhamma or Dharmarajjyaya has perilously become a state of injustice. Corruption and injustice are the driving and governing forces in our society today. However, still it is not too late to re-establish the righteous way to lead our society to be united, harmonious and prosperous.

Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera never requested or proposed King Dewanampiya Tissa to be an authoritarian or tyrant. Maha Thera implanted Dhamma seeds and enriched him to be a righteous leader who wholeheartedly led the country towards justice and prosperity. Even father of Arahant Mahinda Thera, Emperor Asoka completely became a Dharmasoka by renouncing and abnegating the attitude of atrocity after meeting of well- composed young and enlightened disciple of the Buddha.

Fortunately, at that time, disciples of the Buddha or Buddhist monks were not politicized or never did party politics like today. Even though multitude of various preachers recite day and night, neither any positive improvement nor slight change in our human society today. Original teachings of the Buddha have inscribed and paraphrased into their own personal interpretations and dogmas.

Rulers, leaders, high prelates, Minister of Buddha Sasana and members of Task force of Buddha Sasana are blind and deaf. These individuals concentrate and dedicate only how to misappropriate and embezzle even from foreign borrowings and public funds. They have no compassionate thoughts about any destitute citizen. Multifarious classic examples were disclosed by social and digital media recently.  All are intoxicated with power and funds. All are well corrupted and still try their utmost to misuse all public funds like wild dogs who are hunting wild animals.

Unfortunately, those who do not understand the benefit of wholesome kamma and repercussion of unwholesome kamma, will never refrain from wrongdoing and immoral activities.

Rulers, leaders, politicians, and their henchmen must be learning about THEMIYA JATHAKAYA in previous birth stories of the Gautama Buddha. Kindly advise Maha Nayakas and Anunayakas to read and preach daily to their leader about this special Jathaka Story. These people never understand the hardship of people currently they are going through. They never experienced hunger or any agony what these innocent citizens terribly experience today.

In the Dhamma it says immediately effective and to be experienced by wise for themselves.

Whether one believes it or not, the Law of Kamma will pave the way to one’s own destination which designs by oneself.

The Teaching of the Buddha completely based on the mind. In his first and foremost discourse he clearly and explicitly has explained about suffering, cause of suffering, cessation of suffering and the way to cessation of suffering. No one can understand this till one treads on this path. In words anyone can endlessly argue with various information and   numerous facts but, in reality, till one eradicates one’s own defilements is not free from suffering.

We, as members of human family in the globe, experience the culture of violence. Hatred, jealousy, ill will, anger, resentment, animosity, craving, covetousness and many more mental toxics are the governing forces of one’s life. We rarely find some individuals are in opposite. They do not boast and bluster about their spiritual practice but silently they cultivate and develop spiritual inner qualities.

Lack of inner qualities and dearth of spiritual development have designed this atmosphere in our society today. Pursuit of commercial culture and materialism has paved the way to extermination of selflessness and effacement of other human values. Many people try to quench and satiate their insatiable desire and unquenchable craving till their last breath.

As a genuine disciple of the Blessed One, one should diligently follow the path of freedom and path of inner peace. The person who diligently and honestly practices the Dhamma will experience the taste of freedom.

Human life is very precious and worthy. No words, terms and phrases to descriptively elaborate the worth of human life. Only a human being can develop the mind. Only the human being can let go and abandon defilements. Only the wise human being can watch and read his or her own mind.

One should be a genuine human being, not in form but with innermost qualities.

This is the great message that we received 2328 years ago and compassionately Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera delivered us.

An Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera established the Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka with paramount support of King Devanampiyatissa. He implanted the seeds of Dhamma in humanity. After embracing the Dhamma people completely changed the way they led their lives and substituted unblemished values of Dhamma. They genuinely understood the value of social and communal harmony and unity. Venerable Maha Thera introduced the culture of inner peace and remarkably revealed the true danger of culture of violence.

Venerable Arahant Maha Mahinda Thera’s life was very exemplary character. Even though he and his fellow monks received all supports from king Devanampiyatissa, he did not enter any political avenue. This is an outstanding and paramount distinguishable disposition of Arahant (Enlightened disciple of the Buddha).

We all know that any Arahant never will do it. He was the embodiment of a true disciple of the Buddha. He was neither bias to a king nor any other person in the country and  led a life as a true disciple of the Buddha. Though Arahant Mahinda Thera was foreign to people at that time; he was greatly welcomed and treated with respect. Venerable Maha Thera perfectly completed his mission and contributed a unique treasure which is incomparable to any other. The message of the Gautama Buddha was established and the Head of state along with people started to follow the Buddha Dhamma.

The great Master the Buddha is our impeccable and incomparable role model.  Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera was our spiritual leader. Specially all monks should reflect upon this remarkable character. The Dhamma mission he launched in a small island was extraordinarily successful and meaningful. The life he led in a foreign country was exemplary, not only for monks who live in the country but also for those have left the country for the Dhamma mission. Maha Thera never divided humanity into classes or groups, but he united all. Unfortunately, most so-called preachers have destroyed the whole society. Most of them are actively involved in party politics. They are the one who led this country into hell. Unfortunately, majority is not wise enough to understand this disaster.

Unfortunately, in order to preserve and secure their political hidden agendas our political individuals influenced and manipulated Buddhist monks to engage in politics after becoming independence. From the beginning we commenced to divide and separate. Even though people destructively criticize westerners, no one divided us, we, ourselves have separated and discriminated us. It is very apparent and distinct, even in so-called Sri Lankan, specially Sinhalese Communities in the globe. It is in fact ridiculous that they talk about Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. These individuals are very keen to discuss, debate, argue and boast about their knowledge but practically they are very poor and incomplete.

What is the purpose to be a Buddhist monk? What is the prime role and responsibility as a monk?  If someone examines though the whole teaching of the Buddha no one can find any advice or word that he has asked monks to engage in party politics. Now they have completely changed the Buddha’s words as they wish.  This is the disaster in our country now.

The language they use is despicable. The words they verbalize are atrocious and shocking. The quality of the monkhood has been completely stigmatized and ignominiously disparaged. Young generation has no examples and if they take and follow these immoral activities unfortunately this is the downfall and catastrophic disaster for our future generation.

This is the way that monk should behave as a true disciple of the Buddha thus:

“Good is restraint in the body; good is restraint in speech; good is restraint in thought. Restraint everywhere is good. The monk restrained in every way is freed from all suffering” (The Buddha)

“He who is friendly amidst the hostile, peaceful amidst the violent, and unattached amidst the attached – him do I call a holy man.” (The Buddha)                                 

One’s own introspection is the profound examination and analysis. If someone honestly excogitate on one’s own inner behaviour with great deal of changing the manner which mostly discloses in words and deeds, will encourage correcting in righteous way that leads to true peace and happiness.

Now the time has arrived to look inward for every one of their own mentality, thoughts, feelings, how they treat others, what refined language they speak with others, how they address others, how polite you are, do you verbally hurt or physically harm others, are you jealous of others, are you happy about others achievements and accomplishments, are you strong enough to tolerate others mistakes, do you discriminate others, do you tolerate others beliefs, faiths and culture, and so on.

Human rights and equal rights are the most crucial and exigent issues in our global society today. Individually, multitudes of people hold discussions and criticize as they wish according to their political partiality and personal propensity. But people rarely concern about their own individual vicinities and nuclear families, such as home, office, school, working place and so on. This is very pivotal and significant fact which most people have forgotten.

Freedom of expression and freedom of speech are under threat. Police interrogations, multitude of inquiries and investigations have revealed the fact that how visible and conspicuous the danger and the threat in our society now.

History has taught a lesson.  Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera was an exemplary spiritual master. Hope bhikkhus (Buddhist monks) will follow his examples rather making or building gigantic statues of Arahant Mahinda Maha Thera, and misguiding innocent devotees.

As a righteous and virtuous head of state who wholeheartedly practiced the Buddha Dhamma and compassionately governed the country, king Dewanampiyatissa was an outstanding leader and the ruler. Hope present ruler will be compassionate towards our citizens.

Compassionately appeal wise, intelligent, kind both young and matured people to think about our future generation and change the system which we have been miserably experiencing and despondently enduring since independence. Millions of youths are in  a very desperate, and their aspirations are in a dull situation. Let us join to change the system of cheating innocent citizens for the benefits, well being and happiness for our future generation irrespective of religion, race or ethnicity.

“Watchful of speech, well controlled in mind, one should not commit evil with the body. Let one purify these three courses of action, and win the path made known by the Great sage – the Blessed One.”

 “Overcome the angry by non-anger; overcome the wicked by goodness; overcome the miser by generosity; overcome the liar by truth.” (The Buddha)       

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  • 1

    /* By admiring and respecting the Buddha’s impeccable words, Emperor Asoka who governed Maha Bharath – the ancient India, profoundly launched a Dhamma mission programme throughout numerous countries.*/ So here is the thing. There is no mention of “Maha-Bharat” anywhere in the scriptures. What is says is something along the lines “Jambudipa iddagatha Lankadipa”. The place name Jambudipa has been translated as India. The place name Lankadipa has been translated as the entire island. This monk lives thinking in a day like today Arhath Mahinda magically flew all the way from the Nepal region to the island. The middle word “iddagatha” has been translated “using supernatural powers”. The translation is quite misleading. Arhath Mahinda did not magically fly. He lives in Rajagala, Ampara. This region was known as Jambudipa in the ancient times. Rajagala was known as “Rajagaha” – the city Gothama Buddha lived the first part of his life. Arhath Mahinda walked from Rajagala to Anuradhapura. The Lankadipa was only the northern regions of the island – not the island itself. More here -> http://jambudipa.quora.com

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      Who said Emperor Asoka’s son Mahinda Thero came flying? According to Dr. Shu Hikosake, Professor of Buddhism, Mahinda Thero visited South India before coming to Sri Lanka. Later, it was from Tamil Nadu that Mahinda Thero came to Sri Lanka by sea-route. In his Rock-Edict No. III, King Asoka says that his Dharma Vijaya prevailed in the kingdoms of the Cholas, Pandyans and at Tambapanni (Sri Lanka). As Buddhist missions to Sri Lanka had to come by way of South India, the spread of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and South India in the 2nd century AD should be considered contemporary events, but it was King Asoka’s son Mahinda Thero who was responsible for the introduction of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. Mahinda is said to have erected seven viharas at Kaveripattinum in the capital of Chola while he was on his way to Sri Lanka.

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      Rev Thero,
      U are a true Buddhist monk who has the right to transport the true teachings of our lord buddha.
      “Rulers, leaders, high prelates, Minister of Buddha Sasana and members of Task force of Buddha Sasana are blind and deaf. These individuals concentrate and dedicate only how to misappropriate and embezzle even from foreign borrowings and public funds. They have no compassionate thoughts about any destitute citizen. Multifarious classic examples were disclosed by social and digital media recently”
      As of today so called buddahagama monks in my home country ate like decorative elephants of those Buddhist processions. They would bend down to V8 or any kind of perks being offered to them crook politicians like Mahinda Rajapakshe who is the god father of abusive politics in this country as of today.it is fair to call them “Thattamamala ” or pinguththarayas s born to ruin this nasty ☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

  • 12

    Ven. Sathindriya says:
    “Now the time has arrived to look inward for every one of their own mentality, thoughts, feelings, how they treat others, what refined language they speak with others, how they address others, how polite you are, do you verbally hurt or physically harm others, are you jealous of others, are you happy about others achievements and accomplishments, “
    True, exactly what every Buddhist should aspire to. But again, this is a good example of how one’s attitudes are formed by one’s environment. In this case it is Australia and its culture.
    Would it be possible in Sri Lanka with its toxic hypocrisy and seething jealousy covered with touristy smiles?
    Really, is it necessary to live in a Christian country to be a good Buddhist?

    • 2

      Dear o c,
      A profound observation!

      I think that societies and cultures that avail open mindedness, individuality, individual rights and freedoms, freedom of thought and expression, and the pursuit of innovation and discovery are bound to shape one’s attitude in the most positive way.

      Ours is essentially a religious state, stifled by religious politics at every turn. It has produced champas and jambus. The champas and the jambus are relentless without ever realizing their sacreligious behaviour. These folk are mounting further social regression and further moral decay.

  • 2

    “AnuBudhu Mihindu” is a fake story.
    There was no king in the name of Asoka in India.
    Even King Devanampiyatissa’s name is wrong. The correct name is King Piyatissa II or King Deveni Piyatissa who ruled ancient Lanka in 706 BC, not 307 BC.
    In the time of the Portuguese and the Dutch, there was no mention of an “AnuBudu Mihindu”. Even Fa Hien hasn’t written about an “AnuBudu Mihindu” or a King Devanampiyatissa.
    The “AnuBudu Mihindu” story has come to the surface only in the time of the British. We must remember that Lord Buddha has rejected both Schism and Sects.
    It is not difficult to reveal the true history of Lord Buddha and the true history of the Sinhalese people. When our true history is revealed, Sinhalese Buddhists will even drop the term “Theravada Buddhism” and use the term “Pure Buddhism or Early Buddhism” only. Many things will change and many books will be found not valid anymore.
    I think by the time the pandemic is over, there will be a huge transformation in Sinhalese Buddhists thanks to Executive Electrical Engineer Mr. Sisira Perera, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry Mr. M.A.B. Prashantha and Mr. Janith of “Yathartha YouTube Channel” and many others who made significant contributions to the ongoing discussion.

    • 3

      “The “AnuBudu Mihindu” story has come to the surface only in the time of the British. “
      I didn’t know it was the British that named Mihintale. So you have discovered that the British ruled for 2500 years, and not 150?
      Champa, please tell us why the Brits didn’t build more railways in 2500 years ? About your Executive Engineer and his Buddhist Covid cure, why doesn’t he stick to his trade and provide a Buddhist cure for Norochcholai’s electrical troubles?

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        old codger
        Mihintale is also a fake name. Its original name is a different one.
        It was the British who translated Mahanaman’s story with serious errors.
        They made so many mistakes in their books. For example, Fa Hien never said he went to India. It was the British who sent him to India. I can give a long list of such errors.
        However, one or two British writers have expressed their doubts about those stories.

        • 1

          “Fa Hien never said he went to India. It was the British who sent him to India. “
          So, you are saying that the British were here in the 5th century and sent him to India?
          Why don’t you write your own history book, Champa?

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            How did Fa Hsien walk from China to Sri Lanka without passing through India? Did Ravana give him a ride on the Dandumonara?

            • 2

              According to Champa, the British Loved India but Hated Sri Lanka. WHY???
              The British took away everything from Sri Lanka and gave it to India. WHY???
              Champa sounds like a nut case, needs institutionalized psychiatric treatment.

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                She is. But dont u think that this is average mind set in our so called 2500 year heritage? They believe yet today that human milk is produced by mothers blood ? Le kirikkaralalu ammek daruwata kiri dhenne? The main problem is the majority down there are like mercy cows, they just believed war criminal mlechcha Gota with various records on high crimes would make tangible changes????how naive our people are, amu meeharak, not insulting the poor animals 😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎😎☹☹☹☹

                • 1

                  Now so called ultra Patriots allow chinese to cultivate sea cucumbers in srilanka? This is under so called powerful govt? What happened to that ballige putha Wimal Buruwanse and Alle Baluwanse who recited all songs about the mlechcha medamulana alpha animals?😎😎😎😎😎😎😎

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                    Srilanken press should be accountable for letting pattapal horas to spread any untruths and let the gullible majority be misled becoming voters. So called press is today blind and dead astonishingly as to why wimal Buruwanse rhetoric are fully dead today??????,,, what happened to maedagoda abeythissa mudalili?????SRILANKEN TV CHANNELS OVER TO U PLEASE COME WITH UR ANSWERS @@@@😎😎😎😎😎😎

    • 3

      A Chinese NGO is funding for this project to keep Sri Lankans away from India. These so called ‘Engineer, Chemistry Lecturer & others’ are very highly paid to write all these concocted fiction drawn from thin air. The Cult in Sri Lanka that created this Myth are caught with their pants down. All those sacred trees that the Cult claim to have recognized are less than 500 years old. LOL!

  • 5

    Today marks the arrival of Arahat Mahinda Maha Thera in Srilanka. Poson Poya.

    Duminda Silva convicted by the highest Court in Srilanka has been pardoned by a Higher Court -The Compassionate One.
    Buddhism Betrayed!

  • 6

    Great to see Buddhist clergy writing in this website. We need more of the learned priests to write and show the readers areas for improvement. We need more learned monks and priest to bring this perspective. Pls submit more articles to this site.

  • 5

    Ven. Horowpothane Sathindriya Thera,

    Very glad to see a Buddhist Thera writing in this forum. Please continue writing.
    Some NGO has created and is funding a Cult in Sri Lanka to distort Buddhism and the Buddhist history. The ‘Buddha Born in Sri Lanka’ Cult is heavily funded by this NGO. It is the beginning of the end of Buddhism in Sri Lanka. They will end up distorting the Tripitaka (Pali cannon) and the Mahavamsa (Pali Chronicle) by creating some mythical fiction. Hope you will support in exposing these culprits in order to stop this kind of nonsense.

    • 4

      This great monk is an exception to our society which is misled by numerous pinguththarayas, they should be made accountable for the mess created by bringing Rajapakshes back to power aiyooooooo☹☹☹☹☹☹☹☹

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