24 October, 2017

An Open Letter To Mahanayakes: Disrobe This Monk Or Disown His Acts!

By Vishnuguptha

Would the rise of Balakayas cast a blemish on Buddhist Order in Sri Lanka?

An open letter to Malwatte and Asgiriya Mahanayake Theros…

Most Venerable Sirs,

Let’s not go into the legal and theological mumbo-jumbo. The person who calls himself Galagodaaththe Gnanasara is no Buddhist Monk nor is he a guardian of the teachings of the Great One. He may well be a safe keeper of certain temples and shrines that pretend to be preaching the Four Noble Truths and Arya Ashtangikha Marga (Eight Noble Paths) but he is indulging in all sorts of unholy mundane practices and greed. Such charlatans can be found not only in saffron robes but also in ungodly cloaks of other religious garbs.

BBS monks threatening Jathika Bala Sena monks

BBS monks threatening Jathika Bala Sena monks

But the immense shame and disrepute that his recent actions have heaped upon the pious and devoted Buddhists who, day in and day out attempt to practice and observe so enthusiastically and passionately the fundamentals of the Dharma of the Great Teacher, Gautama the Buddha, have been accumulating over the last two years. The cumulative ill-effects are almost infinite; the disgrace that these pretenders have caused to the purity and serenity of the Teachings is beyond the pale and irrefutable.

Yet the most unfortunate aspect of this entire ‘crusade’ undertaken by these dishonorable ‘Monks’ is that not a single prelate of the Buddha Sasana has had the courage or the willingness to call it what it really is. One can well understand if lay leaders are keeping quiet about these shenanigans committed by these ‘dusseela’ (impious) members of the Sasana. But as those who receive all accolades and reverence from the lay followers and pious devotees of the Dharma, you, Most Venerable Sirs, have an inherent right and obligation to uphold the basic principles at lofty levels. In trying to do so, keeping those dusseela Monks away from the Sasana is of primary significance. If any disciplinary action is deemed necessary in order to keep the Dharma unspoiled, unsoiled and holy, such disciplinary action must be taken forthwith.

The least Your Reverence could do is issue a public statement denouncing the crude and ‘unBuddhist’ behavior of this Monk in question. Keeping quiet would not only encourage this lunatic person to continue his mad and hasty run towards total destruction of our faith in the spirit in which the Sasana was established by the Buddha; it would also, by implication, signal that this outrageous conduct on the part of this Monks is being condoned by the High Priests of the Order. I am not sure that such a state of affairs is what is desired by Your Reverence nor would it be a legacy that you would desire to leave behind. And it won’t be tolerated by the reasonable and pious lay devotees of our religion either.

Barging into a press conference like an overfed punkish Mafioso, this demented man intimidated, screamed at and nearly manhandled another Bhikku. Intolerance of other beliefs is a no-no as far as the Teachings of the Buddha are concerned. Yet this man displayed for the entire world to behold how a member of Buddhist Clergy should not conduct himself. But the inevitable question remains: What can we do about it as responsible and reasonable members of a civilized society and what can Your Reverence do to prevent such atrocities being committed by a member of your own order?

At a time when the entire country is being engulfed in a phony sense of nationalism which is mistakenly identified and defined as patriotism and when non-Buddhist religions and their clergy are being subjected to inhuman and completely shameful disgrace, I as a fervent believer in the Four Noble Truths and the Eight Noble Paths, and as a reasonable human being, appeal to you to initiate some action with a view to arresting a fast-declining situation. If timely action is not taken to arrest these acts of sheer brandishing of untruths and desecrations of fundamental human values and if Your Reverence choose to keep muted about this approaching disaster, then the scorn and fault-finding by future generations would fairly and squarely be hurled upon you and the rest of the Buddha Sasana. You will be indicted on the count that you fell asleep while the unruly and uncouth elements entered the hallowed precincts of the Sasana and committed carnage to its sacred values and teachings. Their visceral relationship with their own beliefs and prejudices are undoubtedly based on some primordial instincts of man that have made man more beastlike than a reasoning organism. And that primitive organism seems to have taken possession of these counterfeit-saviors.

Even now, it’s not too late for Your Reverence to do something, something which might just save the day and not so much for you personally but for the continuation of the Order without a major catastrophe. But that action you might take should not be ambivalent nor should it be ambiguous. It should be categorical and uncompromising for what is at stake may be much more than you care to realize. Bodhu Bala Sena, Ravana Balakaya and all such fringe organizations do not represent the Maha Sangha; they do not preach nor do they practice the sublime Teachings of Gautama Buddha. On the contrary, they are a threat to the very continuation of the Dharma and Sasana.

No lay organization nor any political party including leading politicians would undertake such an awesome responsibility of calling the bluff of these ‘terrorists in saffron robes’. In fact some of the politicians willfully back these pretenders and provide cover and refuge in the hope that driving a frenzy of phony patriotism would reap a harvest of votes at the next elections. Those who really think otherwise are too afraid to call a spade a spade. But in this cruel world, nothing is crueler that a coward. Fear not for any worldly paybacks including white vans for the downward slope that these Balakayas are taking the lay devotees is feverishly volatile; its slippery slope is inviting yet dangerously clogged up at the end and it’s not that they’re going down alone, they’re taking you also down with them.

Reasonable men got rules, criminals don’t. These extreme elements that are dominating the socio-political drama today don’t seem to obey the rules of a civilian and civilized society; they don’t seem to recognize that there is an alternative to every shade of thinking and thought. In a civilized society, differences are settled in an amicable, decent and civil manner within the confines of the law. We should not be just a country of men and women. We are a country of laws. That should be shown to these lawless elements in no uncertain ways.

Allow me to lay down some options that are available in this regard to the higher echelons of the Sasana:

  1. Issue a public statement enunciating what is being done by these Balakayes and their patron Monks is plainly wrong.
  2. Tell the world that you denounce these acts most categorically and unequivocally.
  3. Tell the world that these persons in saffron robes who propagate ethnic violence and ethnic disunity have no place among the pious Monks of the Buddha Sasana.
  4. Tell these Monks in question to seek professional help in psychiatry and behavioral-management before they step into society again.
  5.  Make an appeal to all politicians to refrain from hate-speech
  6. Ask all politicians to stay away from funding the organizations that engage in hate speech and racial discrimination.

All you may be able to do is make an appeal. I fully realize that, in terms of the Order of the Buddha Sasana, individual Monks are not subject to any hierarchical disciplinary action. But what would stop Your Reverence from making an appeal in the name of humanity, in the name of the Dharma that you are purported to protect and disseminate and in the name of the continuation of the Buddha Sasana? Standing in the middle doesn’t get you anywhere. You have to take the turn in the right direction.

May the blessings of the Triple Gem be with you and this land of ours!

*Writer can be contacted at vishnuguptha2012@gmail.com

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    Vibushana,

    First of all I denounce all kinds of Extremisms either LTTE or BBS. Also history showed that all kinds of terrorisms failed.

    Please watch the following web Video to see what the ultimate goal of BBS Gnanasara.

    http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=who+was+Galaboda+atthe+gnanasara+before+he+became+a+buddhist+monk&v=teo0fV3cqKQ&qsrc=472

    What MR/Gota/ ultimatium is to capture the Dalada Maligawa along with it’s assetts and vote base using Southern BBS Gnanasara sect.

    At the moment Rajapakses are in charge of 80% of Southern Buddhist Temples and viharas. Even Kataragama Basanayake Nilame Sashendra Rajapakse is MR’s family goon.

    Capture Dalada Maligawa gives Rajapakse access to 70% Buddhist population Vote,and Land and other assets.This is simlar to how Gota captured land in Colombo and other high end places across Sri Lanka, and Kandy Prilates may not understand this game plan fully.

    Rajapakses are the biggest Land grabbers of Sri Lanka today, and they will not stop there.

    http://sri-lanka.theglobalmail.org/brothers-grip
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/sri-lanka-tamils-protest-land-grab-ahead-of-commonwealth-meet-445014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

    It’s better keep an eye on Drunkard Gnanasara and Rajapakses actions in coming months. Today Indian Customs nabbed Sri Lankan Air staff is a Gold Smuggle racket.

    http://dailynation.lk/sri-lankan-airlines-staff-arrested-involvement-gold-smuggling

    We need answers as to where we are heading.

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    Vishnuguptha,

    First of all I denounce all kinds of Extremisms either LTTE or BBS. Also history showed that all kinds of terrorisms failed.

    Please watch the following web Video to see what the ultimate goal of BBS Gnanasara.

    http://www.ask.com/youtube?q=who+was+Galaboda+atthe+gnanasara+before+he+became+a+buddhist+monk&v=teo0fV3cqKQ&qsrc=472

    What MR/Gota/ ultimatium is to capture the Dalada Maligawa along with it’s assetts and vote base using Southern BBS Gnanasara sect.

    At the moment Rajapakses are in charge of 80% of Southern Buddhist Temples and viharas. Even Kataragama Basanayake Nilame Sashendra Rajapakse is MR’s family goon.

    Capture Dalada Maligawa gives Rajapakse access to 70% Buddhist population Vote,and Land and other assets.This is simlar to how Gota captured land in Colombo and other high end places across Sri Lanka, and Kandy Prilates may not understand this game plan fully.

    Rajapakses are the biggest Land grabbers of Sri Lanka today, and they will not stop there.

    http://sri-lanka.theglobalmail.org/brothers-grip
    http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/sri-lanka-tamils-protest-land-grab-ahead-of-commonwealth-meet-445014
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7U6CcjOSlTo

    It’s better keep an eye on Drunkard Gnanasara and Rajapakses actions in coming months. Today Indian Customs nabbed Sri Lankan Air staff is a Gold Smuggle racket.

    http://dailynation.lk/sri-lankan-airlines-staff-arrested-involvement-gold-smuggling

    We need answers as to where we are heading.

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      Lasantha what about the state terrorism that is still flourishing since 1956 June under MR/Gota. would you keep an eye on this matter as well.

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    Couldn’t agree more, well said Vishnuguptha. Your name sake Lord Vishnu was charged with the sacred duty of protecting Buddhism in this Country.

    You have tried to do your best towards the cause !

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    Unless these Pinguttarayas given some kind of jobs to do, they will definitely create more trouble in Sri Lanka. After eating mega danas and going in AC Luxury vehicles there need to have some outlets to send excess energy.

    They should be either trained to be sportsmen or should send to the fields to grow Paddy and Vegetables.

    There will be harmony then in Sri Lanka. Lack of physical work make one go mad.

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    @ Piranha… Good one man.but here is no real Buddhism to destroy..it has already been destroyed. What is practiced or faked here is dirty politics in the name of Buddhism. Buddhism is kind of dead in India where it originated.
    Thailand Buddhism is SEX buddhism. Mayanmar Buddhism is state sponsored terror Buddhism. So the Buddhists are killing their own religion in their countries. Not Muslims or any others. It’s the Karma and fate of some religions which are on the verge of death. Buddha was a great sage but not the so called followers. We salute Buddha, we love him for what he was, but not the fakers. They are a danger to the world peace. They are using the religion for their own evil purpose. Don’t worry about Galagoda Gnanasara fake thug monk, his destiny is in the hands of god the creator.
    We suffer by him, by others , by the state and it’s terror. What to do ?
    Life in Sri Lanka is no bed of roses, it’s tough, it’s horrific, future is gloomy. Pakse’s are enjoying some temporary fake evil happiness. The days are numberred until another evil doer get into the devil seat. Lanka will not get real peace or freedom from sufferings. Who is there to save us all ?
    The almighty god only can do something ! Do not worry , there is an end for everything…..

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    I hope Vishnuguptha sent Sinhala translations of this appeal to the Mahanayake Theros by registered post. In any case, it will have as much effect as blowing a trumpet into a deaf man’s ears!

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      Ramasamy

      A similar letter by the same author needs to be sent to all
      Muslim politicians in the govt and the opposition forcing
      them to come forward and face the threat if they haven’t
      betrayed the community.Too long this has been tolerated by
      Muslim leaders citing false reasons and deliberately
      ignoring an imminent psychological,physical,religious and
      economic threat which had been a long time project of
      pseudo Buddhist nationalists.

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    It’s a great encouragement to see the article above written by Lasantha,Easwaran,Don,Saman,Billa,Ramasamy,Whywhy and many more who will write in the same manner.At least we can take comfort that we have a sound future with people thinking in this manner for the betterment of the motherland. No doubt a few narrow minded ones will contribute with negative comments. I hope the politicians of our country read these comments and hope CT post these comments to the respected Mahanayakas. Though its not CT’s job to do so.
    The greatest threat to our country what Rajapaksa family and these Bahu Bootha Sena is doing is ruining a teaching of a great religious leader and dragging our country to bankruptcy.
    The people of the country ahould educate themselves to create a political system devoid of nepotism,unlimited number of cabinet posts and make a system where each politician has a limited term, retirement age, minimum qulification to enter politics and access to freedom of information for each government project.
    In this regard CT has done a great service and should encourage its readers to make a contribution to voice for the advancement of this country through good governance. For this a special page be reserved for its readers to contribute.

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      Has Anyone seen the Ordination Certificate of this ‘so-called’ Monk, Gnanasara?
      CT Please publish if you find it, like you did for his conviction for Drink driving.

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