President Rajapaksa has observed that those who live virtuous lives will not see the faults of the past and grieve in the present. He said everyone should resolve during this Wesak Day to follow the wholesome path of the Buddha with determination and relentless efforts to build a virtuous nation.
In a message to mark Wesak the President pointed out that it is the noblest religious event for all Buddhists. This day could be spent meaningfully by engaging in Buddhist rituals and practice.
Those who observe the five precepts do not approve killing, bloodshed and torture. It brings joy to celebrate this Vesak after closing the sorrowful chapter of thirty years of bloodshed and destruction of life. It is fortunate that Buddhists now enjoy the freedom and a secure atmosphere necessary for that purpose. The President emphasized that a spiritual and virtuous way of life should be entered into to sustain that joy. “If one was heedless in the beginning but is not so afterwards, he will illuminate this world as the moon emerges through the cloud,” thus Buddha taught.
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Prime Minister D.M. Jayaratne said the first challenge they face is building a compassionate society. In his Wesak message he said in this watershed moment where they inch closer towards the 2600th year of Buddha’s passing away, a determined effort should be made to bring about a more morally righteous Buddhist society in Sri Lanka. He said the first challenge they face at this important juncture is to build a compassionate society illuminating the real Buddhist values where caste, creed, race and social class A real Buddhist has the ability to clearly differentiate from what is wrong and right and it is such minds that they should plant in society today.
Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremasinghe in his Wesak message has said that everyone should be determined to brighten the lives of the flood victims. He said helping the destitute is the noble ideal.