The Significance of Poson
Another Poson full moon day is around the corner. Sri Lankans are
getting ready to celebrate this very important day to mark the advent of
Venerable Mahinda Thera to Sri Lanka with the sublime doctrine of The
Commemorating this great day with a profound sense has become more
important today, than ever before, owing to the tragic situation that
prevails in the country with regard to the nature and the environment,
which of cause, could have been avoided in full, if the people of Sri
Lanka continued to stick to the message Venerable Mahinda Thera brought
to this country.
The taste and the nourishing ingredients of all agricultural crops,
including rice, vegetables and fruits are fast dwindling due to the use
of harmful chemicals, pesticides, weedicides and artificial fertilizer.
Let alone the taste and the nutritional aspect, this situation has
become the cause for many serous health hazards. This disastrous
situation, which has been resulted by people's drifting away from the
nature friendly lifestyle and practices, could have been avoided at
least within Sri Lanka, if the people of this country did not deviate
from the beneficial practices and methodologies they followed from
generation to generation since the day Venerable Mahinda Thera set foot
in this island twenty three centuries ago.
Venerable Mahinda Thera not only brought the core Buddhist doctrine
to this country but inculcated an incomparable value system in Sri
Lanka, based on Buddhist principles. This excellent value system
consisted of sustainable agricultural methods and all means of
preserving the nature and the environment for all times.
The great thera placed an enormous emphasis on the man's role in
maintaining a proper equilibrium in the natural processes and the
importance of man's being responsible for his actions in relation to the
This clearly demonstrated by the following words Venerable Mahinda
Thera uttered to King Devanampiya Tissa when the great thera met the
king for the first time at Mihintale mountain.
"Oh! Great King, the birds of the air and the beasts on the earth
have an equal right to live and move about in any part of this kingdom
as thou. The land belongs to the people and all other living things, and
thou art but the guardian of it"
During this Poson festive season it is opportune for everyone to look
back at the profound message Venerable Mahinda Thera imparted to the
people of this country with regard to the nature and the environment.