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POSTED AT 02:59 PM 18-04-2019

Maha Sangha duty-bound to felicitate virtuous leaders

Ven. Kotugoda Dhammavasa Maha Nayake Thera handing over the scroll bearing the honourary title to the Speaker.

The Maha Sangha is duty-bound to felicitate virtuous leaders, Ven. Kotugoda Dhammavasa Maha Nayake Thera of the Amarapura Maha Nayake said. He was speaking on the honourary title awarded by the Nikaya to Speaker Karu Jayasuriya.

The recommendation was announced at a meeting of the Amarapura Maha Nikaya Maha Sangha Sabha held on April 16, at the Dharmapalaramaya in Mt. Lavinia.

The thera said that more than 16,000 learned bhikkhus belonging to 22 chapters belonging to the Amarapura Nikaya had great trust in Speaker Karu Jayasuriya. At a time when the country's politics had deteriorated to a low level, the Maha Sangha and the public had hoped that leaders like the Speaker would help build a country based on moral and spiritual values.

He said that at present, there was an unprecedented sense of unity among all Nikayas, and that the Maha Sangha was always prepared to support important decisions taken by political leaders towards public welfare.

Sri Lanka has today become an international centre of drugs; religious and political leaders have to bear the responsibility of rescuing the motherland from this plight, he said.

Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said the Maha Sangha had placed their trust in him and decided to bestow an honourary title on him and as such, he would always strive to safeguard that trust.

The Speaker said that the close association he had with the temple from his childhood, as well as the religious he education received from it, had helped him act and take decisions according to his conscience.