Home / FT Click/ Collective meditation and all religion prayer to mark 71st Independence

Collective meditation and all religion prayer to mark 71st Independence


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Monday, 4 February 2019 00:18

Facebook

Early on Saturday morning, 2 February, a diverse group of people sat in meditation beneath the Banyan tree at the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute, in Colombo. The group, members of Sri Lanka’s four major religions, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity had gathered for a prayer-meditation on the role of religion in responsible governance. 

The one-and-a-half hour program was conducted by leaders of the four religions, and was a prayerful reflection on whether our religions have united people and facilitated coexistence or acted as a divisive and destructive force during the country’s 71 years of independence.

The meditation was led by the Ven. Galkande Dharmananda Thero, Swami Gunatitanada Sarawvati, Sheikh Siyad Ibrahim and Bishop Duleep de Chickera. The second of a series of programs aimed at removing barriers and calling for responsible governance, Saturday’s session was also an inner reflection for all responsible citizens, to collectively and spiritually evaluate where and how we have failed in achieving this goal of peaceful co-existence.

Organised to coincide with the 71st anniversary of Sri Lanka gaining independence, the organisers of the event stated, “We could jointly, through meditative prayer, transmit positive energies with sincerity, for harmony and respectful coexistence.”

The organisers held a similar prayer-meditation on 15 December 2018 at the same venue to develop spiritual energies to help citizens face the fear, confusion and concern resulting from the political turmoil in the country at the time.

Religions for Responsible Governance is a collective of religious leaders and lay persons sans any political affiliations. RRG promotes a people based approach that would ensure ethical behaviour, integrity and values in governance.

The collective plans to conduct more such meditative programs both within and outside Colombo with the aim of promoting and upholding peaceful co-existence amongst all Sri Lankans. – Pix by Chamila Karunarathna

 


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

No more stones to break Sri Lankan bones

Friday, 19 April 2019

Trial by fire is not a new ordeal to Christian community. It predates Notre Dame and Nazism by millennia. In fact, a decade or so before Nero torched believers to light Roman avenues, Jewish religious leaders put Jesus-followers to the test as the Ch


Wounding the social psyche

Friday, 19 April 2019

In this article, I intend to discuss the serious wounds inflicted on the psyche of Sri Lankan society, which have not received adequate attention, but need immediate cure, for they might develop into a dangerous cancer if not treated without further


What 5G could be to Game of Thrones (and vice versa)

Friday, 19 April 2019

We will be hearing a lot about these two seemingly unrelated topics this month. In a hurriedly but meticulously organised event, Dialog Axiata recently demonstrated 5G applications for the first time in South Asia. 5G will be commercially available


On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


Columnists More