8 thoughts on ““A Tribute to Our Nation””

  1. My dear Ruthraj, Deepthi and the gang

    Beautiful lyrics and equally nice voice
    Meaningful stressing the qualities divine
    Thank you for sharing at appropriate time
    Even in sadness, there’s room to be humane


  2. Thank you Eddie/ Sam for the lovely post on the song by Friends in Harmony Orchestra , sung to the ancient melody of Danno Budunge- almost a second National Anthem of Sri Lanka .

    Beautiful lyrics , sung with such feeling and devotion .

    THIS is TRUE Dhamma- Metha that was said 2600 yrs ago – now sadly forgotten by many ..
    Time has come to Re Learn and Practice the Philosophy that has stood the test of time for 2600 years .

    I hope Radio Ceylon ( or what ever it is called now ) plays this over and over again — and I hope The People of Lanka will hear it and take it to heart .

    Dammo Budunge- almost like a Second National Anthem of Sri Lanka – since it was composed in 1903, and has sung by so many- late singers of Sri lanka– WD Amaradeva, Rukmani Devi and Mohideen Baig .
    It is Mohideen Baig’s voice that keeps ringing in my ears with his hauntingly lovely ‘ Maya’ voice …

    Like I said in a previous post—– ‘ When your Mother Lanka has been Violated to this extent,The Children of Lanka, put aside your petty differences, squabbles , divisive and dysfunctional ideas, stand up as ONE and Rise Up And Protect Mother Lanka . ” .

    Thank you Eddie and Sam for the post .

    Deepthie .


  3. “The Divine Buddha incarnated on Earth to bring wisdom, inspiration and blessings to humanity. There are so many beautiful lessons to learn from the life of the Buddha. His life is the epitome of enlightenment in action.

    The Buddha went to forests to seek enlightenment and to find the Truth. Thus, people ask, “So, must we also leave everything to see the Truth?” No. Once Edison discovered the laws of electricity, we merely have to use these laws and apply them in our daily lives. We do not have to rediscover them. Once Newton developed the laws of physics, we use these laws in our lives and in our work. We do not have to re-discover these laws. We only need to use them and apply them.

    Similarly, the Buddha went to the forest and discovered the Truth. We don’t have to leave everything, go to the forest and re-discover this. We only have to take the Truth that he discovered and apply it in our lives.

    After many years of sadhana in the forest, the Buddha attained enlightenment. However, once he attained this state, what did he do? Did he stay in the forest and continue only to enjoy the divine ecstasy of union with God? Did he spend all of his time in meditation, puja and silence? No. He immediately came back to the world and started serving. He immediately started to share this treasure chest of wisdom with all. Whatever he knew, whatever he had realized, he spent every minute of his life sharing it with everyone who would listen.

    The Buddha’s gift was his wisdom. So, he spent the rest of his life sharing this knowledge with all. Our gifts may be different. Our gifts may be certain talents or may be our financial wealth or may be something else. But, we must take this message to heart. We all must spend our lives sharing our gifts with the world. Whatever gifts God has bestowed upon us – whether divine knowledge, expertise in a certain field, a particular talent, or financial wealth – must be shared with all.

    Let us realize the true, temporary and illusory nature of the material world, and instead dedicate ourselves to Truth, to God, to spirituality and let us give, give and give whatever we have to others. This is the message of the Buddha.”

    – H.H. Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji


    1. Thank you Sree for the very beautiful qoutation on the Life of The Buddha .

      Danno Budunge– Know the Buddha …

      Look upon this tragedy as a Gift and an Oppertunity of Learning for a Better Future .

      Again — Education — is the Key .
      And, lets leave it to the People of Lanka to decide what is Best for Them .

      We who lived most of our working lives , many oceans away , can only Hope and Pray for Peace … for Mother Lanka …

      Deepthie .


  4. Thanks for this posting.
    Very meaningful song sung at the appropriate time.
    Let’s sing this again & again.
    Hope everyone in the world listen to this, including the radicals.


  5. Thank you for posting this beautiful song. Our country has been torn apart by extremists and chauvinists who have tried to exploit every possible division that exists in society. In these situations it is very easy for even the gentlest of persons to get dragged into the maelstrom of hate and violence and be ‘radicalised’.
    I have seen this happening in close friends and other people I know.
    Songs and music like this will have a special ability to soothe such heated hearts and minds and help to unite our beloved nation again.
    Thanks again.


  6. Thanks Eddie and Sam for posting this lovely song. The melody we are all familiar with. The words are needed at a time like this to heal the wounds caused by the carnage on Easter Sunday.

    Thank you Deepthi and Sree for the lovely comments , meaning full words and encouragement . Well needed at a time like this.



  7. Thank you everyone for sharing your views on this heart rending topic.After such traumatic events, time is the great healer but every catastrophe is forgotten in time.Hope this cycle is never repeated again in Sri Lanka.I think changing attitudes must start at home.After all, each and every one of us is a reflection of our homes, our religion,parents attitudes, school influence and input from everyday media.It is a hard task to get all this right and create a better society but someone has to provide leadership.I see none on the horizon.Let us all hope for a better tomorrow.Warm regards to all of you.Eddie.


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