Poson poya day is the most significant day for Sri Lankan Buddhists. Arahath
Maha Mahinda Thero came to Sri Lanka on a Poson poya day , with the supreme
message of the Buddha including, the four noble truth and the profound
teachings. King Devanampiyathissa the ruler of Sri Lanka , at that time met this
noble seven-member group headed by Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero at Mihinthala
Cliff in Anuradhapura for the first time. With the respectful invitation of the
King ,this noble group was willing to spread the message of Dhamma .
In this first meeting, after introducing himself and his noble group, the
Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero explained to the King , the purpose of their journey
to this island. For the benevolence of the Sri Lankans, Arahath Maha Mahinda
Thero settled down in this country with the intension of conveying the profound
teachings of the Buddha. With immense respect to the Buddha, Dhamma, and Sanga,
the King and the people offered the Mahamewuna Park to the Buddha Sasana and
built the first Monastery which became the Center of Buddhist propagation.
King Devanampiyathissa, Queen Anula, the ministers and the public sought refuge
in the Noble Triple Gem. Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero preached the “Chulla
Haththipadopama Sutta” to the devotees . Then the King inquired as to how the
Buddha Sasana was to be established in Sri Lanka . Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero
then explained that someone born in Sri Lanka should get ordained and
disciplined in Dhamma for the proper establishment of the Buddha Sasana in the
Minister Arittha and fifty five followers consented to be ordained and that was
the inception of a proper Buddha Sasana in Sri Lanka.
Not only the establishment of the Buddha Sasana, but also the positive change to
the entire socio-economic culture of Sri Lanka was the most significant result
of the arrival of Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero. The Economy, Art, Agriculture,
Languages, Irrigation Systems etc. , were developed in Sri Lanka by the guidance
of the new traditions and by the diversly skilled individuals and artisans who
came to the county later.
Sri Lankans became spiritually well cultured and prosperous as a result of the
Dhamma and the Buddhist principals introduced by Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero and
Arahath Maha Mahinda Thero is thus respected by the Sri Lankans and would only
be considered second to the Buddha.
May all of you be well and happy by the blessings of the Buddha, Dhamma and
Sangha on this Poson poya day!