In the mighty Indian Ocean
In this wonderful little isle
We - Sri Lankans,
are proud of,
the meaningful ‘National Flag’
The four ‘Bo’ leaves
that stand in the four corners
Metta, Muditha, Karuna, Upekkha
are the treasures of valuable virtues
that lead us to a life sublime.
Metta for loving kindness; benevolence
Karuna for compassion; care and concern
Muditha for empathetic joy
Upekkha for equanimity;
a balanced state of mind.
That is what should be
fulfilled by one and all,
who are skilled in goodness
must - live in peace,
harmony and brotherhood!
So, let’s arise! Awake!
Striving to live out the sublime virtues
caring and loving, with kindness;
living out in equality and full consciousness
as one united nation!
The more we are aware
The more humane we will be
irrespective of caste, creed and race.
Let’s bow down to values and virtues
to let our nation glow!
‘Inspirational thoughts’ - by:
Rev. Sr. Marie Iolanthi Nicholas St. Lawrence’s Convent, Colombo 6