8 December, 2021

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Bodu Bala Sena And The Friday Forum

By C. Wijeyawickrema

Colombo crowd’s Friday Forum is worried about “Muslim hunting” in Sri Lanka. As usual this mostly retired-elite group is in a tunnel.  Not a word about the Ulamas working like Taliban agents in Sri Lanka.  Aasad Saaly does a better job in his consideration of the other side of the Halal certification issue.  FF wants to blame the Bodu Bala Sena and that is all.  I do not know how many parents of the Friday Forum’s (FF) Sinhala Buddhist members sent them to a village/town Temple Sunday school when they were young children. I also do not know how many of them had heard the story of a colonial governor expressing his embarrassment when (in the 1880s) the Sinhala representative of the then Legislative Council had voted against the resolution to make Vesak a public holiday in Ceylon.  The Sinhala rep who was a Christian said that one week of Christmas holidays was enough for all in Ceylon.  No Forum can become a “useful” entity unless it at least gives the impression to the public (in this case Colombo English-speaking crowd) that it knows what it is talking about. Otherwise, the perception of people will be that FF is nothing but a weekend gathering of a wine and cheese party.

Sri Lanka’s history and a geography cannot be ignored. How can it (FF) forget even the most recent past? Think of the dark days of CBK who is now coming back to talk about bad MPs forgetting that she was the one who first made Mervyn Silva, the thug, an MP!  With her two chief disciples Mangala Samaraweera and S. B. Dissanayake, organizing white lotus peace parades in Colombo, ridiculing the village boys and girls sacrificing their lives in the North, Sinhala Buddhists were hiding their faces in fear and shame!  It was the late Ven. Gangodavila Soma, reminiscent of the earlier times of the Anagarika Dharmapala who came forward to pump oxygen to a dying and discriminated community of Sinhala Buddhists. There was no lay man or woman with a backbone to help boost Buddhist morale, and Ven. Soma said he had nothing to lose. He became an unstoppable national force which a shrewd converted evangelical businessman like Lalith Kotalawala was able to foresee. The others saw the true value of Ven. Soma Movement only after Ven. Soma’s tragic death, reminding people the Buddhist doctrine of impermanence of things. Ven. Soma’s funeral proved that Buddhists are becoming a disciplined-organized, and if necessary Malcolm X-like force.

Three entities tried to claim Ven. Soma’s dowry. Chandrika tried to bribe Ven. Soma’s mother and take a photograph with her. JVP demonstrators found Buddhist monks waiting on roadsides with pirith nuul. Ultimately, it was Mahinda Rajapakse who could benefit from Ven. Soma’s effort. MR won because of the Sinhala Buddhist vote. A president is the president all ethnic groups. But it does not mean he should ignore Sinhala Buddhists at the expense of so-called ethnic harmony or interfaith labels. Ali Jinna once told Gandhi, “Mr. Gandhi you worship cow but we eat cow, so how can we become friends?”  Similarly one God-based religions and Buddhism cannot be same as Buddhists do not believe in a God.  Since Buddhist never harmed or interfered with other religions, what the government was expected to do was to protect Buddhism from harm perpetrated by other religions came from the West. Buddhists did not ask to make Buddhism the state religion. For example, when D. S. Senanayake, on the advice of Ivor Jennings said that there is no Pali stanza saying “Aanduwa Saranam Gachchami” (I take refuge of the government), Buddhist position was clearly laid out thus:

 “The Buddhists wish—and quite rightly—that in this country where they form 70 percent of the population, Buddhism should be recognized as the predominant religion of the people. In the rest of the world, Ceylon is regarded as essentially a Buddhist country, and they want this claim established here as well…They will not be content to remain in the position of inferiority to which they have been reduced by 450 years of foreign occupation… They  have no desire to make Buddhism the State religion—in spite of the cry raised by self-seeking politicians— but they want the State to help them rehabilitate themselves and undo some, at least, of the injustices perpetrated against them during the days of their subjection.”

(From a speech by Professor Gunapala Malalasekera, President of the All-Ceylon Buddhist          Congress, printed in Times of Ceylon,January 15, 1956, reproduced on page 196 of the book,               Ceylon: Dilemmas of a New Nation by W. H. Wriggins, Princeton Univ. Press, 1960, p. 196).

Despite this position successive governments of Colombo ruling families used Buddhism as a platform for them to get votes and erected constitutions mentioning foremost position to Buddhism etc. As we can clearly see from the Buddhism ministry under the present prime minister, this kind of false recognition became a loss to Buddhists on five different ways: No extra benefits were given to Buddhists, but other world religious units got government office space; and international Christian groups started a propaganda campaign against Buddhists citing the constitutional words. Useless and sabotaging ministry officers did more damage than good to Buddhist institutions via government control. Temple chief monks who were independent sovereign entities unlike a Christian church became dependent on government dole for funds; villagers thought that they do not have to donate for temple maintenance now that the government is taking care of temples!   While this is going on in Sri Lanka, on the other hand in Christian countries such as in USA George Bush gave all the privileges to Christian evangelists, despite the requirement of religious neutrality mentioned in the US Constitution. In UK it is Queeen’s religion. In Norway it is another Christian faith.

When a president who came to power with the Sinhala Buddhist vote could not protect even the Buddhist ruins in the East and North, when Buddhist social values and heritage was rapidly declining, Bodu Bala Sena came to speak on behalf of Buddhists.  Halal issue was the match that lighted the firewood gradually accumulating all over Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka could not prevent the dynamiting of the Bamian Buddha or setting fire to ancient Buddhist manuscripts found in Afghanistan. But the government must at least be able to prevent bulldozing ancient Buddhist temples. The jokers in the Archeology Department could not stop even that. For them it was only a heap of earth. Both Christian Church and Islam organizations in the world spend millions of dollars to convert people by unethical means.

It is true that it was Gotabhaya Rajapakse who helped MahindaR to win the war. FF can have cheese and wine parties in Colombo because of that. But when it comes to civil administration, MR Administration is no different from past administrations.  Corruption, inefficiency and general stupidity is continuing. It divides people either as yes men or enemies.  Mahinda R is missing a great opportunity to make Sri Lanka a real Dharmishta Rajya. Mahinda Chinthanaya cannot work unless and until people are freed from crook politicians. One of the best approaches is to empower people at the village level demarcated by natural, language-blind political units with a ten-member council elected on non-party basis. Instead of the present Divineguma plan based on officialdom, which is bound to fail, village councils so selected must be allowed to decide on local affairs including education. Officers and higher governmental units must be there to help and not to decide on behalf of people. This is what one can say is the 13A Plus as from village level councils it can go upward to seven river basin regions in the island with Yalpanam as the northern river basin.

Because LLRC report created more problems to the government, Ulamas thought they can capitalize on MahindaR’s weakness to bend over backwards to please the minorities and introduce hala joke in an authoritarian manner. A Buddhist country like Sri Lanka does not need American or Navi Pillay-kind of advisors to teach on human rights. Buddhist gave women equal rights and even animals and trees their rights 2600 years ago. The problem is past politicians and present president is either not willing or not able to implement Buddhist principles. Buddhist principles are reasonable principles. For example, Muslims Ulamas can have halal but it is unreasonable to gear it toward non-Muslims. Sri Lankan Muslim women do not have to become goni billas covering their head in streets as Sri Lanka does not have sand storms. In their mosques they can cover their bodies not on public roads.

I wanted show FF that if they just isolate an issue and write complaints it will be a waste of time and energy. FF must try to be a forum wanting to help all Sri Lankans and not directing their frustration against MahindaR. For example, FF members need to watch on Youtube what Bodu Bala Sena said at the Archeological Dept meeting or in Beruwala hotel about the Buddha Bar to see both the trees as well as the forest. I challenge FF to have a meeting with BBS so that FF will not write another silly letter to the president. Otherwise FF is no different from that Tisaranee Gunasekara who spits her venom against the Rajapakse family. She throws the baby with the bath water. Judging from how it works via Youtube videos I think BBS will be the future hope of Sri Lanka.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxGCY6-tMAM

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    Excellent YouTube clip ! ;) ;) :) It explains everything. Thank you CT for the clip. What an idiot this BBS monk and this writer. He says “Tisaranee Gunasekara spits her venom …” it is not her but this crap writer and Galagodaaththe monk.

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      Why not rephrase “wine and cheesy party” as “weekend gathering of a whine and creaky party”.

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        When our brothers were being blown up into peaces where was this “Senava”, that says it fights for the nation? Don’t you people ask yourselves if Buddhist monks really fight for the country when they cannot even standup when their own religion is dragged in the mud by a bunch of hooligans? May be they should know that nobody respects the Buddhist Robe when it is wrapped around animals.

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        you’re just jealous

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      I don’t give a damn about this monk or his behavior (we know enough of our Police too), but ban on halal is good and SOMETHING WE needed for a long time. And never forget, it may have been initiated by different parties/people, but it WAS DONE BY SINHALESE AND BUDDHISTS !!

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        Last year the Jamiathul Ulema helped the Sri Lankan government in Geneva by lobbying/influencing the Muslim countries to vote in favor of Sri Lanka.

        This time the Jamiathul Ulema has already informed all the Muslims countries to vote against Sri Lanka. Let us see how the BBS is going to help the government this time.

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          Dont lie Mohideen nana.

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          Exactly.. Dont lie Mohideen Nana.. first are you a Nana?? I dough!!! The ACJU or the Muslim community of Sri lanka will never do anything that is going against the Mother Lanka..

          I guess now i know.. you must be one of those 100+ people who are funded by BBS to talk against in the on-line community.. Try hard Nana.. The real people know..

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        This idiot does know any Buddhist Bana.

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      Halal certification is not a big issue for us Muslims because we know how to choose our food even without a label but if anybody tries to interfere with our Muslim sisters and their way of dressing we will NOT spare. There is a limit for us to tolerate. We will definitely retaliate if anyone interferes with our women. If that happens, another Black July is inevitable and we are ready for that.

      Already, one Black July has pulled the country back by several decades and its consequences is still haunting the country in the form of Diaspora, another one will completely destroy the country and if that is what the BBS and its sponsor wants, we are also ready to face it. The country is already loosing foreign exchange from garment exports by losing the GSP+. We Muslims have the capacity to stop the foreign exchange the country is earning from the Muslim countries.

      REMEMBER, we can tolerate Anti-Halal but we will NEVER EVER tolerate if they try to interfere with our women.

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        Well said brother, i am with you.

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          There is a limit to our tolerance.If the buddhist monks cross the line and keep abusing the muslims,remember there is no other alternative than to defend.Defending our rights is a religious duty and we cannot become a lesser Sri Lankan just because we are muslims and peace loving Sri lankans.
          When they attacked the Anuradhapua,Dambulla mosques the Police was having a fun day smiling as seen in the Video.

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        very good!!! I am with you brother…

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          Let people of all religions be decent in all our discussions in print or verbal and let us not cross the lines. Anything unsolvable
          could be settled through courts of law and not through violent means for peace is of paramount at this hour.

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        Well said brother. We are with you. It could be a very costly mistake on the provekers and the very objective (purpotedly) could be dashed sooner than thought

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        So u bullshit try start a war and see who will win…what happened to LTTE

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          what happened to the ltte indeed ! they got cocky and thought there was no end to themselves ! hence there arrogance was the root cause of their demise! so david this should ring a bell with you n your like, inciting a racial war is digging ones own grave! its easy to be mommies little internet hero making comments against one community with another, but its harder to live with the consequences of your words. Hope you find wisdom in maturity ! Good day

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        Dear brother you are correct,when the Buddist want to protect Buddisum they got to practice it thats all, 99 percent Buddist consume Alcohol and 99 of the men are cheating their women.

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        I m with you too, we will shove Sinhalese nationalism down there shit filled throats.

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      Aththe Athe caught ne? :(

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    Exactly Sumith :) ;)

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    Hooooooooooo Well done! Is this a Buddhist monk? LOL I think Both Christian Church and Islam organizations in the world spend millions of dollars to discredit Buddhists. ;) :) This is clearly an international conspiracy LOMO

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      This is a Budhist monkey. What will he say to a Sri Lankan Pope?

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    Methinks what passes for Buddhism in Sri Lanka is actually an amalgam of leftover rituals, mixed with Idol worship sans any real understanding of the philosophy. This idea has been hijacked by the ethnic and fascist groups to advance their aims.

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      Fa Hsien spoiled it interpolating lots of Jatakas (Parraot’s story)into them concocting the Mahayana, eliminating great Suttas. Pali Buddhism is exactly the oldest one confirming to it’s originality. Oh Buddha, will you reincarnate?

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    Oh my, this is a Buddhist priest spittig his venom.Are these the thugs and filthy scum that is part of the racist BBS.And Gota is a supporter of these people. How low can politics and politicians come down to. And these Buddhist priests gives sermons to the poor peasants who are being brainwashed to be intolerant racists. Thank you CT for that video clip

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    ” Mahinda Chinthanaya cannot work unless and until people are freed from crook politicians. One of the best approaches is to empower people at the village level demarcated by natural, language-blind political units with a ten-member council elected on non-party basis. Instead of the present Divineguma plan based on officialdom, which is bound to fail, village councils so selected must be allowed to decide on local affairs including education. Officers and higher governmental units must be there to help and not to decide on behalf of people. This is what one can say is the 13A Plus as from village level councils it can go upward to seven river basin regions in the island with Yalpanam as the northern river basin.”

    Is this the new 13th amendment plus? It sounds like a 19th amendment that will replace the 13th. Is the water being tested?

    Further, Sri Lanka has be come a nation of boozers, according to a news report today. We are also becoming known for child rape, suicides and murder. Are these not the issues that BBS should be addressing?

    The dress that the Muslims adopt is their business. however alien and disconcerting it is to others. Girls of other communities, even in the villages are wearing tight jeans now. Al men adopted the western garb when colonialism was introduced. It has stayed because it is convenient. Further, the author should know that Muslim women generally do not go to mosques with their men. If they attend a women only mosque or there is a separate area for women to pray in a mosque, they need not be covered. What the Muslims do in their community is their business. It becomes the others business only when it interferes with the others business. Why are mosques being attacked? The Halal issue is also a taste of many such things to come. BBS is interfering in other peoples business. This is unacceptable. Period. Tolerance and
    compassion are the need of the times.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      I am not a Buddhist but this clip should be removed at all costs. A disgrace to All Sri Lankans and the article is spicing the clip in the name of Freedom of the speech.

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        You can spout venom at Muslims. However this hurts. That’s called BIGOTRY spelt in big capital letters

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          You should first learn the message of Islam before injecting venom on yourself. Islam sees the progress of humanity and does not to see it’s downfall of a nation and its people.

          Have they not travelled in the land and seen the nature of the consequence for those who were before them, and they were mightier than these in power? Allah is not such that aught in the heavens or in the earth escapeth Him. Lo! He is the Wise, the Mighty. (The Noble Quran 35:44) If Allah took mankind to task by that which they deserve, He would not leave a living creature on the surface of the earth; but He reprieveth them unto an appointed term, and when their term cometh – then verily (they will know that) Allah is ever Seer of His slaves. (The Noble Quran 35:45)

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        Agree – one idiot’s foolishness should not shame several noble !

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        The ‘Ceylonese’ has to adapt himself to imbibe the truth and be a ‘SriLankan’, or else be a “Teporabana” moron.

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          A SriLankan parasite under the guise of a borrowed Indian relic

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            Do you know what does “Gem of Kapilavastu” mean, do you read BuboCaput, it is assimilated to the “Buddha”. Firstly be a scribe to gripe, or else strive to imbibe the truth.

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        This video clip is going viral, attracting a lot of worldwide attention.

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        The name of the f.. priest should be stated.Unfortunately the images are not clear. The foul language used by the fellow sired in a cess spool should be published. Why did not the inspector who was there not use the gun issued to him and lay these rotters down once and for all

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        There’s a saying that Prevention is better than Cure.

        Once you let the crazy dog out…..it’s going to bite some one and….the closest one. That’s what Sir.John Kotalawela said to SWRD Bandaranaike.

        This Yellow robe Meat eating, extra heavy drunkerd Rowdy crook should be tamed before catestrophe occurs.

        This is Gota’s Republican Guard unit.

        Should expose to world before it’s too late.

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          Well done Mahela,very refreshing brother

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        Why should this clip be removed. If any uneducated, uncouth scoundrel wearing a robe of religion uses such language, they should be exposed, and charged for demeaning a religion. Then once found guilty, they should stripped naked and thrashed all over, in front back,head, chest

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      Addendum:

      I find the fact that the Defense an Urban development Secretary, Gotabhaya Rajapakse identifying himself with the BBS worrying. It is the wrong time for the wrong person to be in the wrong place! Should we make things appear worse than they are? The following link reflects my concerns with the related details:

      dbsjeyaraj.com/dbsj/archives/17939

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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        He is a stooge of Colony Inhibiting Activity agency.

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        Dr.Nar,It’s the right person,right time and the
        right place.It was his title that was in the wrong
        place.I saw this clip once before and to
        my knowledge,the band was returning from a Pirith
        connected to Gota.American Lankan dual gives the
        power to bring out the real creature in them that
        has been long overdue.Listen carefully how venomous
        this BBS talks about Muslims and his rage even against
        himself of eating alms given by his devotees.What else
        do you expect this govt to give you other than what’s
        best known to them.They want to develop the country only
        for Sinhalese and this is the truth for UPFA and the UNP
        will have to match them for survival and don’t forget
        JVP slogan “munuth ekai unuth ekai.”

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        why this sudden change from this govt. lackey, weren’t you the one prostrating himself at the feet of Gota for personal glory (as part of the diaspora group???) and claiming all sorts of ‘development’????
        Well this too is part of the development, now live with it !!!

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        “Should we make things appear worse than they are?”

        No we shouldn’t, but on the other hand things are worse but appear benign.

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        Gothabaya is not asociated with the BBS , it is peoples perception and false propaganda that carries this message.There are more lies and rumours floating in SL than the actual truth . Make sone wonder where truth lies.It only takes one person to start this lie and the others repeat this like parrots, without rhyme or reason .Says a lot for the intellgience of Sri Lankans .

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          Get you all impossibly dirty
          Get you all impossibly dirty
          Sounds like a love song
          Sounds like a love song

          Good dudes, I know you love me like cooked food
          Even though a nigga GOTTA move like a crook move
          We was together on the block since we lunch
          We shoulda been together havin’ 4 seasons brunch

          Read more: JAY-Z – SONG CRY LYRICS

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          Gota is the worst Rascal and he is the head of the BBS Buddhist monks.This time they want to taste the Blood of Muslims.

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          Of course not. He is only the patron saint! He visited the Meth Sevena gifted by a German philanthropist out of pity for the BBS

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    “Judging from how it works via Youtube videos I think BBS will be the future hope of Sri Lanka.”
    Yes, Mr Wijeywickrama, you are absolutely correct. BBS is the future of Sri Lanka! Good luck to you!

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    Be careful of American citizen’s creations

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    This BBS priest needs to go thru the HALAL certification process and hope the ACJU will do it free of charge. What a Scoundrel

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      No he must be circumcised to cut him into size. Ha, Ha.

      A bloody disgrace to all law abiding citizens, free thinking Buddhists, the Sangha and the whole country at large. I wish this video clip go viral. I was told by a reliable source that he visits Bangkok very often for rest and rehabilitation (R&R). He seems to be empowered by the robe he is wearing and his sheer arrogance against law enforcing officers, knows no bounds.

      For the writer of this article, it must be a case of getting caught with his pants down. He heee!

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      No ACJU cannot do it. We need a sausage making machine that can take the whole of him and all the other BBS dirty sons of bi…

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    The vidoe says it all. I wonder about the mental state of the author who seems to think that this is how business should be conducted in Sri Lanka? Has he lost his bearings? Gone bonkers.

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    Author must be brain dead. Dumb down; living in a fox hole, a disgrace to humanity. The clip reveals one of the darkest hours against Buddhism. Is the Justice system impotent. This kind of behaviour needs to be addressed immediately. Why does the majority Buddhist organisations silent. Do they really like to see their way of life extinct. Perhaps this is why Buddhism is on the decline world wide.

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    This guy seems to be more interested in what people wear on the street, I wonder what his reaction will be if his kith and kin wear the minimum and be goggled at , talked about in the most vulgar terms, remarks of the most lowly nature passed at and raped with eyes! In short he seems to love goggling and fantasising!

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    It is pretty clear from the article that the author hasn’t understood the true Buddhist principles of Isla,samadhi and pragna…. There is no place in Sri Lanka for thuggery from any race and from anybody wearing any religious garment, majority or otherwise. The Manifest superiority complex that would divide a nation can be seen pretty clearly in the video.

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      The doctrine of Buddha is adulterated. The very Samgha he created to teach the Dhamma teaches treachery and bigotry. Are they incarnations of Devadatta?

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    ‘I think BBS will be the future hope of Sri Lanka’, you must be joking, going by what this video shows. More like the future Taleban of Sri Lanka. Uncouth buggers with no respect for the law, but demand respect to what they wear (Siyura), probably after a few drinks, just a disgrace to any decent society.

    Whereas FF consists of panelists is led by a personality of highest eminence in Justice Weeramantry (ex-Sri Lankan Judge and lawyer). A former Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) from 1991 to 2000, serving as Vice-President of the ICJ from 1997 to 2000. Justice Weeramantry was a Judge of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka from 1967 to 1972.[1] He is currently an Emeritus Professor at Monash University.

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    The writer is jobless and stupid as all others involved in this mess. He is seriously making Allah the all mighty angry, have not he heard/read of what happened to the disbeleivers at the times of Nuh, Hud, Noah, and Moses (pbut)??

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    Not to forget the Buddhist Monk in Dambulla who removed the robe and showed his genitals in public. Oh what a let down of those really pious and venerable Buddhist priests.

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      This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
      https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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      Mohamed Marzook

      “Not to forget the Buddhist Monk in Dambulla who removed the robe and showed his genitals in public.”

      As usual he was only flashing to women. If the Sinhala women tolerated such behaviour of the saffron clad thug, why should the men worry about it?

      Let the women deal with his genital.

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        Looks like you are jealous of the monk
        Because you have no battery to flash.
        The monk had to remove his sivura to jingle his bell
        In your case all you have to do is to raise one tiny little kos kola (Jak leaf) to show your dead battery!

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          So you bet at it, we commonly make cheap carbon batteries to your model, we are afraid, Lithium Ion will burn your nickles.

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          Enjoyed ur funny comment Rambler,keep it up brother

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        The funny side of the Buddhist Monks who removed the robe and dangled his genitals in Dambulla was that it was a tiny coca of 2 incheas,thus not worth the Publicity

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          Asif did you measure it yourself?

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            No i saw it in the Video.

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    Hey , who care about this useless ,uneducated BBS Thugs,

    SEE THIS BEWS LINK , HOW AN ANTI-MUSLIM BECOME A MUSLIM. HOTTTTTT NEWS

    new-muslims.info/converts/arnoud-van-doorn/

    Arnoud van Doorn accepts Islam
    ex-member of Geert Wilders’s right-wing anti-Islam Freedom Party, Arnoud van Doorn, surprisingly declared his conversion to Islam.

    Via his account on the famous social networking site,Twitter, Arnoud announced in Dutch his ‘Nieuwe start’ (New start) as a Muslim. The news was confirmed in Dutch news as well.

    The news is one of the latest breaking in the Netherlands.

    Till the end of 2011, Arnoud van Doorn was a member of the fiery, far-right, anti-Islam, anti-immigration Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV) Dutch party.

    On February 27, 2013, Arnoud posted a tweet in Arabic declaring his Shahadah (Testimony of Faith): Ashhadu an-la ilaha illallah, wa ashhadu anna Muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluhu (I bear witness that there is no deity but Allah and I bear witness that Muhammad is His servant and messenger).

    The phrase is known as the First Pillar of Islam that in order for a person to be a Muslim this conviction is firstly needed.

    Given his previous explicit views on Islam, Arnoud’s story was a shock to many who doubted and harshly criticized the announcement, which is still a subject of debate on twitter. In another tweet, he expressed his grief and discomfort with ‘the many hateful comments on social media’.

    Arnoud account was deluged with hundreds of followers and positive comments backing and congratulating his choice. To them he posted a late tweet in both English and Arabic expressing his gratitude: ‘Thanks for all the support!’

    In face of strong attacks on Twitter, Arnoud declined to comment on the reasons or circumstances behind his conversion, confirming that the choice is his own and that his religion was ‘a matter of privacy’.
    He just stated that more details about his conversion will be released soon.

    And it is…

    In an interview with Al-Jazeera.net, Doorn made it quite certain confirming the truth of his conversion, and thus removing the spreading doubts about it.

    ‘Anyone who knows me closely can just predict the decision. For more than a year now I have been learning deeply about Islam through books and talks.

    ‘No doubt, other than those close, many are shocked by the decision, particularly those who know of my anti-Islam stands. And this is why they are questioning it.’

    On the grounds for his decision Arnoud explained: ‘I’m a person who is looking beneath the surface of things, so I judge them not according to the appearance or just what’s said and heard.

    ‘After communicating with a Muslim colleague at The Hague’s city council- and after long discussions in fact- he directed me to the Sunni mosque where I was embraced with all kindness and affection. My decision came later as I freely embraced Islam. And it is one of my own, out of the question.”

    And on quitting a party known with its open enmity against Islam, and being at time one of its voices, Doorn said: ‘We all make mistakes. But, regardless of that, I see for every life experience there’s a meaning. And my own experience has its relevance to my new choice.’

    ‘ I’ve learned so much from such experience. And I believe it is the reason why I am a Muslim now. It is a new beginning of my life I ask God to guide me through’, He concluded.

    Certainly, guidance is from Allah (Exalted is He), and Arnoud is the very example.

    We all welcome Arnoud to Islam and ask God to guide him to His right path.

    Ameen.
    new-muslims.info/converts/arnoud-van-doorn/

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    This is what I reiterated – that this monk and the like minded should be taken to custody. His contents of the shouting contained good points others to react, but as a one who are on safron costumes he should be able to behave well.

    This is so called lanken buddhist radicals how they are trying to create new problems to the bunch of the unsolved alarming ones.

    If these pseudo monks should better leave temples and get back to gihi life if they cant behave well. These have been a disgrace to the entire buddhist world.

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      Well said Seelawathi,

      we should not be talking to the bigots! What is the point? They must be locked up for sure.

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    Bodu Bala Sena monk in this video has proved he is a member of the Balu Bala Sena. What a shame.

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      But what I wonder is- why the other malwathuchapter and the related upper nikaya are not making any efforts to make this kind of hamuduruwos aware about the violations that they themselves seem to be not grasphing…

      Where is rule of law in this country ?

      No matter he is safro robed or not – there should be a law in a country… before being named as anachial state…

      why the rulers are not seeing this is the problem.

      They seem to be concentraing on the devleopment of the country- only being bound to chines whose human rights records are the worst among the all international communties, while negecting burning issues like BBS ` radicalism.

      If this was the case in Europe, this particular SAFRON robbed guy – pseudo monk would have been arrested immediately – calling for a immediate investigation, but our leader seem to be not even seeing the gravity of the problem…

      that is the distinctive nature of current regime. Even hamudurwos become violent as no other times in the past.

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        Only other time when Hamuduruwos were violent when they killed Bandaranaike. The sadest thing is even today the government ministers are blaming the international bodies and diaspora for the UN resolution. They do not accept the fact that its their actions that has called for the resolution. We are all Sri Lankans, irrespective the fact we belong to different religions, races, and languages. If the leaders of the country do not understand this then no one will. We will continue to go down the drain until there is regime change.

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          See the manner the very same MONK who behaves well at TV studios, seems to be running an amok on this video – if buddhist monks behave in this way, so no talks about the youth in the country today. Need of the hour is to send this particular monk to send to a rehabilation program to have him learnt how to behave. Secondly, he is apparetnely owning more criminal energies. Even if the point he is going to make could be fair, as a buddhist monk, he behaves shamelessly using the disgusting langauge smilar to that of Mervin.
          How can the particular monk contribute for protection of the buddha sasanaya is the next question – though it can be almost comparable to the country leader´s performances sofar in terms of CJ impeachment process, appointment of a new CJ of all records of corruptions and his ridiculous indifference towards the enforcement of law and order in the country.

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        seelawathi BBS is organized by Mr. Gotabaya R, that is why one is trying to stop their crimes now. He is behind all these things. we are very shame on these radical monks behaviors.

        the world is closely watching us of discrimination, ethnic hatre, provocations etc.

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      you are correct , i agree
      yes it is MARA BALA SENA

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    The quality of debate in these forums are very poor … there is never rational thinking and arguing only insults and accusations.

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      There is nothing to debate (for and against) in this blog, as it is all one way traffic after viewing the video clip. Even the writer may have not expected this avalanch. If you consider what this BBS General Secretary (trying to assume the mantle of leadership to cleanup all the ill-wills this country is facing)it is a sheer mockery. He spews shocking insults at Police officers in raw filth, who incidently now go behind him subserviently to provide protection and support at all his public rallies. This government must be going mad with absolutely no proper leadership at the helm.

      What I really like to see is how they would implement the balance 9 point of the infamous Maharagama Plan, one of is the recall of all Middle East workers.

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      Shiva

      “only insults and accusations”

      I wish for more and not less, as you may not know my primary objective in this forum is to regularly insult the stupid Tamils and stupid Sinhalese because both deserve it.

      Do you think we should praise these two stupid peoples?

      If you do, please let me know why?

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      good comment . Bravo!

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        Good comment Shiva well said!

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      Open your third EYE.

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    I have had the privilege of knowing several learned and cultured Buddhist monks – whose serene nature, gentle language and attitude
    towards those of other faiths generates admiration and respect.
    I have been a strong critic of excesses by Buddhist political formations and their fascistic tendencies. These are often aimed at their own personal advance and that of political groupings that place them in the front of events.

    Still I refuse to believe this foul-mouthed thug in yellow robes is representative of any features of the peaceful and tolerant Buddhist faith. Like the Kudu self-claimed Dutugemunu, it is more than likely this degenerate also will rise in our politico-social system harming both the religion and the ancient culture. It is up to the Sinhala people to de-robe such harmful creatures among them. Alternatively, like the cancerous influence of Kudu Vermin, the example of this rowdy priest may be taken as a role model.

    Senguttuvan

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      Vel Kelu Kuttuvan, you yawn with awe and disbelief, funny?

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    BBS is a creation of Gota, me thinks.

    I say no more.

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    Revealing Youtube piece. What a shame for the robe. Soon people will stop giving alms to monks.
    What are “adhikarana sanga nayakas” (monks responsible for instilling discipline in monks) doing?

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      Pabawathie, the reason is Mahavamsa. Mahavamsa is indoctrinated to appreciate Hindian paganism within Buddhism after the demise of the Great Thinker the Sakyamuni Gautham, throwing Pali Canon to the disregard. Good man gone, Lanka puthra forgot to protect Theravada and all kinds of innovative new formulas rise within the protectors of the Ism and society ultimately to discard Buddhism to the oblivion.

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    Forget the U-Tube. This writer has written some home truths about why the Buddhists feel cornered even in independent Sri Lanka.The worst thing done was to give Buddhism the foremost place in the Constitution.That removed whatever the orgainisation that the buddhists had in fighting for their rightful place and even the maintenance of village temples. Organisations like BTS have become name boards and relics.

    It is unfortunate that the writer went to comment on the dress code for Muslim women and the halal issue, the latter of which is not really a Buddhist issue but a wider issue in which even a section of the Muslim community does not agree with the imposition of Halal certified food especially at the cost to the consumer.

    I do not approve the rise of organisations like the BBS.but would not insult them calling Bodu Balu Sena as some commentators have done here and elsewhere which only display intolerance and bad upbringing.

    Organisations like BBS rise because the existing Buddhist hierarchy like the Mahanayakas and Sangha Sabhas have been been inactive over the problems of Buddhists. (e patthata me pattthat kahinawa nettam depatthata kahinwa ; nettam kuliyata kahinawa.)

    Who thought that the evangelists should be allowed to build a Church at Mihintale, the birth place of Buddhism in the island as Sumana Saparamadu once wrote? But this has happened in recent times. These are provocations and reminds one of the time when i saw the Church built in the very precincts of Ruwanweli Seya; and the Church in the precincts of dalada Maligawa.

    Buddhista and Muslims have co-exited in the island without disharmony except during 1915 which itself could have been avoided.Theway the Halal issue has been sorted out is creditable for all sides though many still pick holes in it.

    Much of the comments on this article are off the mark and have missed the woods for trees.

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      Easterner

      “but would not insult them calling Bodu Balu Sena as some commentators have done here and elsewhere”

      I am of the belief we must actively continue to insult where insult is due and deserved.

      As a religious duty Bodu Balu Sena should be insulted on a regular basis, more insult and not less insult.

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    “It is true that it was Gotabhaya Rajapakse who helped MahindaR to win the war.” – Bull shit. Where was Gota when the war was in its prime phase? He was in America. Does he a specialized in the war? Does he better than Sarth fonseka, The 4 star General who faced all the major battles in the country? We do not want to repeat past. What we can do is, learn from it. We have to thank JVP, JHU and other nationalism movement to create a platform to finish the war. They pressured Mahinda to do the war.
    We do not care Navi pillay or Mahinda…Our people want justice? Happy life? Give justice to Hirunika! Give justice to Dr.Shirani Bandaranayaka! Give justice to Gen.Fonseka! Give justice to people who killed and suffer from arsenic! Don’t talk about history and live in a fantasy…

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      Duleep

      “We have to thank JVP, JHU and other nationalism movement to create a platform to finish the war.”

      How did these bigots create the platform to finish the war.

      It was India which not only persuaded Chandrika in 2005 to take on the LTTE, but also provided everything from training, intelligence, international logistics, war chest, political cover and more.

      Please note JVP, JHU,…….all and sundry are not blessing as you imply but curse.

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      Duleep, you are tired and retired of analyzing the past? The scruples of the history of our Cut-throat-Island reminds for ever the treachery of a contemptuous past from D.Gamini the thug King to Ahalepola the panderer, in our native history books which cannot ever be relinquished. Read and reason.

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    HINDUTVA, CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALISTS, JIHADISTS, BODU BALA SENA

    SS DD BP

    SAME SHIT DIFFERENT DAY BIGGER PILE

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      Ajay

      I hate to agree.

      However you have missed two, namely Zionists and Tamil Saivites.

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    These animals should be kicked into the gutter.

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      Who is the extremists now . BBS WILL NOT STOOP TO YOUR LOW LEVEL.

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        Sarojini, is there a level below the level of the BBS? :(

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        If it’s below the (navel) it’s fine. Marinas…

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    What an entertaining and educational video clip. It was a refresher course in Gutter Sinhala, from a street scholar!

    I had not heard this kind of language since I passed through Mariakade yonks ago, but that was from an inebriated fishmonger, not a saffron-robed thug passing off as a monk.

    If what the writer asserts is true, it is a dim prospect if the future of SL is encapsulated in this video clip!

    But Wimal Weerawansa may claim this is an international conspiracy, and this video clip was manufactured and doctored by Channel 4 to discredit the benign BBS.

    Blessings of the Triple Gem on us all!!

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    Watch the proceedings of meeting 11/Mar. on removal of Halal logo. Google for ‘Youtube ACJU knowledgebox’, and watch all clips Q&A, and the presentations made by all

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    ISLAM IS CLEAR ON HALAL ISSUE.

    JUST FOR THE SAKE OF EXPORTS, THE GOVERNMENT WANTS CERTIFICATION.

    I WOULD LIKE TO WARN THE ACJU AND THE GOVERNMENT NOT TO PLAY
    ABOUT OUR RELIGION AND VALUES.

    ACJU IS IRRELEVANT AND COULD BE WOUND UP.

    MUSLIMS WILL NOT BE BOUND BY ACJU DECISIONS TAKEN,AND COMPRISE TO PLEASE THE GOVERNMENT.

    THEY ARE FREE TO COALESCE WITH THE BBS,JHU AND GOVERNMENT AND GO TO HELL,WHICH WILL BE THEIR FINAL ABODE!!!!!

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      Well said brother..

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