Last week, to an overflow crowd in the Colombo
Plaza Hotel, Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon emphasized "That most
important thing in life is our lineage. It was more important
than love and life, because lineage allows love and life to
continue from generation to generation. When we value lineage
and family, as is the Asian tradition, it helps us change our
perspective and focus in life from self-centered to
other-centered. We then find value in living for the sake of
other, more than just for personal self-aggrandizement," said
Dr. Sun Myung moon last week at the Colombo Plaza Hotel.
Over 750 people from throughout the island and
from all persuasions, both religious and political, listened as
Father Moon poured out his heart and love for this island nation
for nearly two hours.
The event marked the inauguration of the Sri
Lankan chapter of the newly established Universal Peace
Federation. The launch of this global peace initiative is being
carried out in world tour of 67 nations covering 100 cities. It
started on Sept. 12 at Lincoln Center in New York City during
the 60th anniversary of the United Nations and will conclude
Dec. 24th Dr. Moon is 86 years old and one wonders how, at this
age, he can maintain this gruelling schedule.
Dr. Moon acknowledged that the united Nation was
established with the hope of bringing peace on earth and that is
has made many contribution bettering the world of human affairs.
But, speaking from the experience from his homeland of Korea and
other hotspots around the world, he said that the UN
peace-keeping forces often withdrew before peace was secured. To
support the UN in its efforts to establish world peace he
launched the Federation. It is backed by more than 50,000
Ambassadors for Peace from more than 180 nations.
President Mahinda Rajapakse, issuing a
congratulatory message stated that "It is simply amazing that at
the age of 86, Dr. Moon is travelling to 100 cities in 67
nations in an extra ordinary effort to promote a culture of
peace". Former President D. B. Wijethunga and Former Prime
Minister and Opposition Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe issued
similar messages in appreciation of his efforts.
Guest speakers on the program included prominent
Sri Lankans included the Ven. Dr. Kotte Pannindria Thero who
offered Greetings. Welcoming Remarks were presented by the
Speaker of Parliament, W. J. M. Loku Bandara, who noted that it
was Dr. Moon’s first visit to Sri Lanka. Ambassador D. L. Mendis
introduced the Founder of the Universal Peace Federation, Dr.
Moon. "World Peace in the 21st Century" was the topic Rev. Dr.
Baptist Croos chose to address the meeting. The cultural
programme, which included "Friends in Harmony" led by Mrs.
Mendis and the Musaeus College dance troupe trained by Mrs.
Veesha de Silva entertained the audience until the end of the
program, where the UPF hosted the guest to dinner. Following day
early morning Dr. Moon and his entourage left to Indonesia for
his speaking engagement later the same day.