BOMBING OF THE SACRED TEMPLE
OF THE TOOTH
25th January 1998, the day terrorists attacked the most sacred and
revered place of worship for the buddhist, not only in Sri Lanka but
for Buddhists all over the world.
From the time the Sacred Relics of the Buddha was presented to this
Island State, The Monarchs of Sri Lanka, The Venerable Mahanayake
Thero's and the Buddhist Clergy,of both sects, the Buddhist worshippers,
Foreign dignitaries from around the world, have respected and revered
the Sacred Relics.
From ancient times Kings and Queens, probably, would have sacrificed
their lives to look after it. At times of war they have moved the
relics in great secrecy from place to place.
Sadly in these modern times, with all the technology we have, we were
not able to keep the enemy from striking a devastating blow to this
most Sacred Temple. I think the Buddhists and the guardians of the
Buddha's preachings, should remember this day with sadness.
If we do make this a special event in the calendar, we will be doing
our duty to make sure the future generations will remember to look
after the Sacred Relics of the Buddha, with Reverence, Pride and with
great care, for many more generations to come.
Some of the events that are commemorated around the world are the
two world wars, the Jewish Holocaust, there are many more, added recently
is 11th September to commemorate two financial buildings that were
destroyed in the USA.
Sri Lanka is a predominantly Buddhist Country, it's democratically
elected government should take the lead in this respect.
After all the country commemorated the 2000 Millennium at a great
cost to the tax payer.
I have here copied a part of a publication from the <Sinhaya.Com>
website, to remind everyone of this sad day