In today’s world, the youth is misled by the internet and social media. Technology has taken over young kids resulting in them to take hasty and impulsive decisions in life. It is also seen how the younger generation is generally impatient, unintelligent, and lack the ability to control impulsivity. The Maha Mangala Sutta is discussed and the importance of not associating with the foolish, and the importance of associating with the wise is taught. The only way to avoid getting trapped into the wrong paths encouraged by the unwise on the internet is to wholeheartedly go for refuge to the Supreme Buddha. Swaminwahansa teaches us a sermon where the Supreme Buddha details 4 streams of merit that create happiness in one’s life. They begin by going for refuge to the Supreme Buddha, Supreme Dhamma, and Supreme Sangha with an understanding of their great qualities, and by protecting precepts. The merit accumulated by the devotee who is well established in these four factors is immeasurable. Swaminwahansa further emphasises the importance of having unshakeable confidence in the Noble Triple Gem which results in incalculable merit, as explained by the Buddha in the Asankheyya Sutta. Also, the value of being patient and how it helps with decision-making is explained by Swaminwahansa too. Swaminwahansa finally encourages us to develop unshakeable confidence in the Triple Gem by clearly understanding and qualities of the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha. Because if one develops confidence in the Triple Gem in this manner, it will remain unchangeable.
The Most Venerable Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero is the founder of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Learn more about his
life and his work. You can also find out about his books in Sinhala and in English. His entire translation of the Sutta Pitaka is now available online.