KNOW Father of the flag: THE FIRST BUDDHIST AMERICAN PERSON
The US Army officer, journalist and lawyer Colonel Henry Steele Olkot, the father of the Panchsheel flag and the reviving Buddha Dhamma in Sri Lanka, was the first American person to accept Buddha Dham. Olkot revived the Buddhist dhamma in Sri Lanka. Because of this, he is still proud of the freedom fight in Sri Lanka and the leading hero of today’s religious, national and cultural revival.
In 1880, Colonel Olkot Damodar Malavankar went with him to Galle (Sri Lanka). He accepted the Panchsheet and accepted the Buddhist Dhamma.
Olcott worked as counselor in the committee appointed to produce the Buddhist flag in 1885. The Buddhist flag designed with the help of the Alcott was later approved as a universal folklore of the Buddhists and the universal symbol of Buddhist tradition. On the day of Buddha Jayanti in Sri Lanka recognized the official holiday. At the time of the Buddhist revival in Sri Lanka, three colleges and 205 schools were established. In which 177 schools received government subsidy
The two main roads of Colombo and Galle Yeh have been named Olkot Inca. In addition, he has a statue in front of the Colombo Fort Railway Station. Many memorials have been set up in Sri Lanka for their contributions to Buddhist education.
In 1879 Olcott came to India and for some time he started living in Bombay. In India, he first presented the issue of “Swadesi” movement in the first session of the established Thilosophical Society.
* Meaning of five colors included in Buddhist flag
1) Blue – affectionate tenderness and compassion, peace and global compassion
2) Yellow – Medium way, quiet peace
3) Red – Yashasiddhi, Wise, Virtue, prosperity and prestige
4) White-blood purity, free-spirited everywhere
5) orange – knowledge and understanding
6) The insertion of all colors shows the sharpness (aura’s spectrum). The aggregation of these colors is the essence of light.
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