Comments of Well Wishers

Comments of Well Wishers

Janaka Edirisinghe (Albert Edirisinghe Opticians)

[The extract below is a translation from an article that was included in the “අටපිරිකර කප්රුක පිංකම හා මාහෝ සුමේධ යතිවරයාණෝ ” printed with support from Sampath Sirimanna]

Once, Venerable Sumedha thero was invited to an alms giving. The Thero arrived in a small uncomfortable looking vehicle, which immediately caught the attention of the well wishers present. Together, they decided between themselves to donate a more comfortable vehicle for the use of the thero. The mother of Mr. Janaka as well as another disciple by the name of Pamankada Abeysekara presented this idea to the Thero only to be amazed at Venerable Sumedha Thero’s determination and far-fetched thinking.

The Thero blessed all of the benefactors behind the idea while solemnly declining the proposal. “I left behind all I had gained and could gain from being a teacher to find refuge in the forest solely to fulfill my wishes. If I accepted this vehicle, it would defeat my entire purpose of this search for the path to enlightenment and detachment from worldly things. Therefore, I am politely declining this offer”

Venerable Kotugoda Dhammawasa Thero

[The extract below is an adaptation from an article that was included in the “අටපිරිකර කප්රුක පිංකම හා මාහෝ සුමේධ යතිවරයාණෝ ” printed with support from Sampath Sirimanna]

Venerable Sumedha Thero grew up in the presence of many noble and wise mentors like Pandith Yatipawwe Medhananda, Pandithacharya Olaboduwe Rathanapala, Rajakeeya Panditha Karandana Pangnalankara, Heenatiyana Dhammaloka Maha Thero and Kalashura Mapalagama Vipulasara Thero. These surroundings encouraged a lifestyle that included meditation, self-development, and gathering of knowledge.

Sumedha Thero was specially known for His ability to explain deep Dhamma courses to both the layman and the monk. Due to this, Sumedha Thero was held in high honor by priests, the High Priests, Ministers, Prime Ministers and benefactors alike.

Sumedha Thero also undertook the difficult task of clearly demonstrating practically how to perform a pinkam. In fact, Sumedha Thero was the initiator of the Saman Pichcha Pushpa Pujawa which takes place annually in the vicinity of the Sri Maha Bodhi Anuradhapura. He was also the initiator of numerous other pinkam on behalf of the Swarnamali and Thuparama pagodas; these were attended by hundreds of Buddhists.

Mirihanegama Pangnanadda Thero

[The extract below is a translated adaptation from an article that was included in the “අටපිරිකර කප්රුක පිංකම හා මාහෝ සුමේධ යතිවරයාණෝ ” printed with support from Sampath Sirimanna]

Venerable Sumedha Thero was the prime organizer behind the 2-day maha pinkama that was took place on the 7th and 8th of July, 1984 at the foot of the Rathnamali pagoda in Anuradhapura.

“I was only 5 years old when this great event took place. I heard about the event and its grand scale from my grand parents. The newspapers at the time headlined this pinkama as one of the largest ever after the times of King Bathiya. The number of disciples who attended this ceremony was uncountable. Relative to those times, the ceremony saw over 15 million offerings along with atapirikara placed around the radius of the pagoda”. Photographs of the ceremony serve as evidence for the grandeur of this event.

Wimalasena Gunawardhana (Primary Benefactor of Sumedha Thero)

[The extract below is a translated adaptation from an article that was included in the “අටපිරිකර කප්රුක පිංකම හා මාහෝ සුමේධ යතිවරයාණෝ ” printed with support from Sampath Sirimanna]

During the time period of the 1989 Revolt, Sumedha Thero was deprived of any form of dhane since people were afraid to step out of their houses. However, this did not stop Mr. Wimalasena from offering both morning and afternoon dhana as well as evening gilanpasa. We should take a moment to contemplate on the fact that the merit from this single task that he undertook would be equal to all the merit of some laymen summed up.

By profession he was a SLTB bus driver. His work schedule was such that it got in the way of spending time to look after the needs of the Thero. The president of the time, Mr. R. Premadasa re-arranged the schedule so that this problem was solved.

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