A fortuitous incident in my life which I will never forget, took place on 26th May 2020. Due to the curfew imposed by Sri Lankan Government as a result of the disastrous situation that prevailed, all my activities came to a standstill for a few days just as it happened to all the others. As the curfew was relaxed on 26th May, a wonderful incident that had never been in the deep recess of my mind and which has never happened before occurred when I went out for some work.
While I was travelling on the road after leaving home, I wanted to take a phone call. So, I stopped the bicycle for a moment by the side of the road. A familiar vehicle stopped in front of me and tooted the horn. As it was a familiar vehicle I went close to it thinking that it could be a friend or a close associate. It was the Director of the Apostolic Media Networks, Mr. Manoj Chinthaka who lowered the shutter while he remained seated on the driving seat, spoke to me and told me at once, “Shanaka, can you go to the door on the other side for a while.” When I went there at once, the scene I saw was like flowers blooming in my mind. The Second Holy Apostle, who was selected and appointed by Jesus Christ by making His Appearance in person in this world, His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso lowered the shutter of the car. I got goose pimples. As I did not have even in the deep recesses of my mind that I would have such a fortunate moment of meeting His Holiness. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I was unable even to think of what I should say at that moment. As I couldn’t say anything, I addressed His Holiness and said, ‘Holy Apostolic Father’ to Him, folding both my hands remaining in the same posture. Then, His Holiness smiling slightly, mixing His usual good humour and loving kindness jokingly said, ‘Where are you going? Curfew is said to have been imposed again.’ I who was unable to say what I should say because of that unexpected incident, answered His Holiness with a smile and tears of joy. At that moment, He took a small souvenir that was inside the vehicle and once again with His usual smile, presented it to me jokingly saying, ‘Keep this’. There is not any argument about the value of that precious occasion to anybody that knows who is, His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso. After taking that souvenir affectionately and worshipping from His Holiness folding both my hands, I watched the vehicle until it disappeared at the distance.
Actually, I completely forgot the journey I wanted to go on and the telephone call I wanted to make. I kept imagining the opportunity of meeting His Holiness. At that moment, I wanted to enjoy freely the happiness of that meeting. Therefore, I turned back my bicycle and came home with the thought of postponing my journey for the following day. Another incident happened while I was at home enjoying the happiness of meeting His Holiness. I am a civil engineer by profession. I have been running a sole business for a period of one year, obtaining architectural and building projects. Even before an hour elapsed, a person arrived at my house inquiring me whether I was engaged in ‘house planning’ and asked me whether he could know some details about it. I had never seen that person before. That person had come looking for me to have an architectural planning made since he was hoping to build a new house. This is what came to my mind at once at that moment. If I had not met Holy Apostle today, I wouldn’t have returned home and if I had not returned home, I wouldn’t have received the building project from that person. I achieved the merit of seeing His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso in that manner.
That story is an additional story, of the main content of this letter. The business activities given to me by coming to my house itself, is not worth a decimal when compared to meeting His Holiness in an unexpected moment and the gift His Holiness gave me which was in the vehicle at that time. I mentioned about it in this letter in order to show others the good fortune of meeting His Holiness even in that manner.
From our childhood onwards, we see Holy Apostles in the form of statues, otherwise through paintings. Jesus Christ appeared in person for the second time in this world and selected and appointed a living Apostle who speaks with us, blesses us, loves us and who travels. What a good fortune is it ? How many of us will understand the value of that fortune after reading this letter? The reason is how many of us have the ability to recognize an Apostle who is living in this era? There is no use of blaming people for it. For that, there should be an enormous amount of merit accumulated in their previous births. If I were to mention it simply, they should have the merit to recognize His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso. How many Christians are deceived today? Even in it, the fault lies not in people, but in the leaders who have misled their followers. They have constricted their followers without allowing them to seek the truth. The followers who go beyond their constrictions are considered as traitors. Therefore, the fright the followers have in their minds is the latch of the constriction. I have met people who change their minds forcibly though they sometimes think the truth is beyond their constrictions. Then, you yourself can decide who are at fault.
The meeting of the only living Apostle in the world is an occasion I can never forget in my life. Only the meritorious people recognize the value of it. Recently, I had the opportunity to go out of the house for a short while during the period when the island wide curfew had been imposed. I took that opportunity without thinking twice, to step into the only Most Sacred Grounds that gave me the solace and was the turning point, not only in my life journey but in my whole spiritual life as well. That is to visit Sri Lanka’s Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine, The Only Most Scared Shrine in the world, where Jesus Christ appeared in person and appointed a Holy Apostle and where that living Holy Apostle resides and where Mother of God appeared for 23 times. Though I couldn’t see His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso in person at that moment, yet, I have no words to express the satisfaction I had when I took a breath for a moment at the Most Sacred Grounds, where His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso resides.
One should have the merit to understand the value of this Most Sacred Grounds of Our Lady of Katunayake of Shrine, where the only living Holy Apostle of the world resides. There is no wonder or argument that in the era of thousands of years ago, when Jesus Christ, the other Apostles, the 1st Apostle who was selected and appointed by Jesus Christ by making His appearance in person in this world, and similarly, the 2nd Apostle, who was selected and appointed by Jesus Christ by making His appearance in person, in this world, would have to face humiliations, defamations and accusations without any evidence. Then, if it hadn’t happened so, the words of Jesus Christ will become false. Those were the words expressed by Jesus Christ about two thousand years ago in relation to those incidents. Jesus Christ then, beforehand, expressed in many ways to the Apostles, how people would treat an Apostle in the future, that means, how people will treat an Apostle who is living in the present era. This experience could be seen in all the lives of Apostles. This experience can be seen in the life of the first Apostle, who was appointed by Jesus Christ, by making His appearance in person. In the same way, the experience of the words of God can be seen being fulfilled in the life of the Second Apostle, His Holiness Rohan Lalith Aponso, who is still living among us, because His Holiness is a genuine Apostle. If this His Holiness is a fake Apostle, the word of Christ will not be fulfilled and His Holiness will receive only respects everywhere among all.
I note down two expressions made by Jesus Christ mentioned in the Holy Bible you and I have in our possession. I turn the pages in the Bible I have and mention them where they could be found. You could also turn the pages in your Bible too.
01. These things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me. But these things have I told you, that when the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you of them. (John 16 : 1 – 4)
02. If the world hates you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. (John 15 : 18 – 19)
I would never be able to enjoy this glorious experience, if I believed humiliations, defamations and accusations directed towards an innocent Apostle in the past, as well as in the present without any evidence by the beasts, which are disguised as humans. If it is so, even today, I would be simply defaming His Holiness while staying among those wretched people. But due to a merit in my previous birth, God Himself created a fortunate opportunity for me to experience the truth of His Holiness by myself.
I haven’t been able to write about even a slight amount of happiness I enjoyed by meeting His Holiness The Apostle Rohan Lalith Aponso by the side of the road. The happiness I still enjoy is ten thousands of times greater than the happiness I described in writing in this letter. I enjoy it forever. There is another significant reason to be happy about it. So, one should have the good fortune and merit for it. There is a significant reason for me to be happy. The Holy Apostle is an introverted person who spends a sequestered life. If anyone can see Him in the ordinary society, it is only in a fortuitous manner. Therefore, all the devotees do not get the opportunity to speak with Him in this manner. In the same way, all the devotees do not get the opportunity to receive a souvenir in a fortuitous manner. So, for that one should have good fortune and merit for it. There are a large number of devotees who have been attending Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine for two to three decades. But all of them have not got such an opportunity to meet His Holiness. There are devotees who have not got the good fortune up until now to speak even a word with His Holiness though they attend the Shrine regularly. Yet, they all know by experience that His Holiness’s blessings shower all of them. All those who come to Him receive His loving kindness in a wonderful manner.
How fortunate I am to meet His Holiness by the side of the road and speak with Him though I have attended Our Lady of Katunayake’s Shrine only for a short period of time. I can’t bear to see the loving kindness His Holiness shows to a sinner like me who simply defamed His Holiness without any evidence.
Dear Holy Apostle, the rest of this letter, the latter part of this letter is addressed to you. Most Holy Father, you know I am a person who defamed you in the past without any evidence. I understand your power and the true Christianity you preach by my own experience. People, who disgraced Jesus Christ and all the Apostles, are born even today and disgracing Your Holiness too. It is still happening in the same way. Most Holy Apostolic Father, I know Jesus Christ has said if somebody slaps you, turn the other cheek also. I know Lord Buddha has preached to show compassion to all. I know very well that Your Holiness too preach the same thing. In the same way, I show compassion to all those who humiliate me and disgrace me. Yet, I do not want to attain Nirvana or attain the Kingdom of God by showing compassion to anyone who disgraces Your Holiness and who comes before you to harm you without any evidence. At every moment and in every manner, I will always lead the way to protect Your Holiness and the true Dharma Your Holiness preach.
Praveen Shanaka Perera