The principle of Mahasammata was the rule of law in Lanka. No others were necessary because society operated on the basis of meritorious acts and had almsgiving as a way of life. It is the giver who is blessed and to thank some one for a gift, was to take away from that merit. In other words allowing someone to do something for one was also meritorious. As a result one's obligation to one's village overrides one's obligation to oneself. It also meant that once one's societal duties had been performed one's time was one's own.
No one knows what it is like to be anyone else and this unique inquiry was the only thing any individual could actually know. Society exists to facilitate such inquiry and expresses its civility by the protection of the weak from the strong. One could do anything one wanted in one’s unique self-discovery, so long as one didn't interfere with anyone else’s.
Hence ahimsa comes from himsa, that is non-hurt comes from hurt, and is expressed by the dictum, "if the people live in dhamma, then Dhamma will protect them" and the people and the land, the flora and fauna would be safe. And this is the Maha (great or common) Sammata (consensus) that ruled this land for thousands of years.
This was nothing less than a personal and societal undertaking to behave well.
In this spirit we have drafted a possible consensus for today.
The Consensus (draft)
We, the citizens of Mahasammata, a free and sovereign society of like-minded sentient beings, who agreeing that knowledge of oneself is an unique and individual pursuit, hold the following to be true and irrefutable:
Edwin J Connors II, Swami Siva Kalki, Manik Sandrasagra, Mudiyanse Tennekoon, Ranil Senanayake, Patrick Harrigan & Amrik Jayewardene
Buckminster Fuller, J. W. Smith, C. H. Douglas & Richard Maybury
e. o. & e.
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