Discipline, vital for country's progress - Ven. Prof Bellanwila
Even though "Let us be Principled" was the theme of the 2600th
Sambuddhathva Jayanthi year, an increase in crime and unlawful acts has
been recorded in the country from 2011-2012 , Sri Jayawardhanapura
University Chancellor Ven. Prof Bellanwila Wimalarathana Thera said.
The Thera was addressing the Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi year conclusion
ceremony held at the Temple Trees under the patronage of President
Mahinda Rajapaksa on May 3.
"While providing infrastructure facilities throughout the
countrywide, we must make every endeavour to protect ethics. Therefore
all parties should take measures to strengthen morals in society," the
According to a Police report 1,473 cases of hurt caused by weapons
were reported throughout the country between 2010 and 2011.This number
increased to 1,793 between the 2011 to 2012, the Thera explained.
"There were 2,816 cases of stabbing reported between the years 2010
and 2011and this number increased up to 2,951 between the 2011 to 2012.
According to the above report 687 people were killed during the year
2010 to 2011 while 711 killings were reported between 2011-2012.
"Cases of money fraud (cheating for Rs 100,000) had increased from
4,852 to 7,096 during these years.
Offences regarding narcotics rose from1,000 to1,109 during this
year," the Thera said.
"According to Ananda Coomaraswami's article "Gospel of Buddhism",
around 20,000 in the country used to gather for the Poson ceremony in
Anuradhapura around 150 years ago and there was not a single policeman
to control them. Even though we were under foreign rule, we were a
disciplined nation. Even the foreigners who had come to teach us ethics
also realised that we were a disciplined peopled. Society must be built
in keeping with the teachings of the Buddha," the thera said.
"Ven Kirama Wimalajothi Thera contributed a great deal for the
success of the 2,600th Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi year. The Thera was
instrumental in helping build a beautiful building to commemorate the
2,600th Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi while many programmes were launched at
temples countrywide to mark the 2600th Sambuddhthwa Jayanthi year," the