Meditation will transcend human minds to strengthen peace, compassion and harmony – Prime Minister

Prime Minister Dinesh Gunawardena said since ancient times the religious teachings have focused on human development and meditation is the most positive way a human brain could be developed to spread the message of peace harmony and tolerance,. Speaking after laying the foundation stone for International Meditation Center at Sita Amman Temple at Sita Eliya in Nuwara Eliya today (23), he said as the most ardent devotees of Hinduism mediate at the foothills of Himalayas, the tallest mountain range in the world, the new Meditation Center at Nuwaraeliya, at the foothills of Sri Lanka’s highest mountain, Pidurithalagala could become a place of human development of the world citizens when the new international meditation center is established in the Sita – Ramayana Trail.

“I have the fullest confidence that this center for Meditation will be a great strength to uplift the human minds not only of the Sri Lankan society but also of the people of India and other nations to instill positive thoughts and ethical values. It will also be a symbol of the close ties between Sri Lanka and India since ancient times”, he said.

“As Prime Minister of Sri Lanka I thank Indian High Commissioner His Excellency Gopal Baglay and Delhi Rotary Club and its President Pradeep Jain and the Sita Amman Temple Committee President Mr V Radhakrishnan MP and the philanthropists from India for providing generous assistance to build the proposed Meditation Center. It is not merely the financial assistance, but the thought of helping such a project of human upliftment in the Sita – Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka is highly appreciable,” he said.

We also thank the Government of India for the support and strength given to Sri Lanka to overcome the unprecedented economic crisis.

The Prime Minister said the great religions of Asia, Buddhism and Hinduism, coexist in Sri Lanka to enhance positive ethical values to the society. The followers of these religions lived and worked together making our society stronger and progressive.

The event was marked by issuance of a Special Stamp depicting the history of the Sita Amman Temple, together with a first day cover.

Ven Nuwaraeliyè Chandima Thera, Indian High Commissioner Gopal Baglay, the Sita Amman Temple Committee President, V, Radhakrishnan MP, C B Ratnayake, MP, Yadamini Gunawardenar MP, former Parliamentarian Puthrasigamani and Pradeep Jain , President of Delhi Rotary Club and large gathering of foreign and local devotees were also present.