To this day, Sri Lanka is influenced by Buddhism, in which a central role is taken by the Bodhi Tree. It is said that Siddhartha Gautama, who would become known as Buddha, later on, reached enlightenment whilst meditating under this tree. An event of such importance in this belief, that we can still find symbolic representations of it in the flag of Sri Lanka. The four golden leaves in the flag are a representation of the four central virtues in Buddhism. Which are: Mettha (loving kindness), Karuna (compassion), Upeksha (equanimity) and Muditha (happiness).
Natural Sapphire – Sri Lanka