23 December 2008 — Amritapuri Ashram
Mahinda Rajapaksa, the President of Sri Lanka, today officially requested Amma to provide her “divine intervention and merciful blessings” to put an end to his nation’s 25-year-old civil war.
In a letter hand-delivered by Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, Member of Parliament and Minister of Construction & Engineering Services for Sri Lanka, Rajapaksa wrote:
[in Photo: Amma reads a letter from Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, requesting her blessings in ending the country’s civil war. The letter was brought by Sri Lankan cabinet minister Dr. Rajitha Senaratne (centre).]
“I count myself fortunate enough to be one among many millions of Mai Devi [sic] devotees. Your benevolence and magnanimity is universal, which transcends all geographical and man-made barriers, serving entire humanity with all-embracing compassion. Hence, may I, most respectfully, request your divine intervention and merciful blessings to cleanse our motherland of this horrendous scourge of terrorism, thereby ushering an era of everlasting peace and prosperity.”