17 October, 2017

Buddha, Bonobos, Lincoln, And Sri Lankans

 By Jagath Asoka

DR. Jagath Asoka

DR. Jagath Asoka

Scientists, philosophers, theologians, and moralists have been arguing whether human morality is imposed from above or evoked innately. When scientists say that moral behavior is a product of evolution, theologians would vehemently disagree.

What is the origin of morality and equality? Most people think that morality and equality come from the Buddha, God, Jesus, Prophets, religion, or from some transcendent wisdom. It is not in concordance with what evolution shows us; our species is much older than religion. To think that our ancestors had no sense of right and wrong before the birth of religion, God, Jesus, or the Buddha is absolutely asinine. Our ancestors had moral systems before religion. It is not far-fetched to say that moral systems gave birth to religion in various forms and manifestations. Morality is essential for our survival as a species because, often, it puts community, society, or nation before the individual. Equality is the pinnacle of morality. To think and believe that all people are created equal is essential for our own survival, and the survival of our species. Our struggle for equality continues. Both sages and sagacious politicians—the Buddha and Lincoln—have promulgated equality. Lincoln was assassinated for promulgating his belief that “All men are created equal”—Thomas Jefferson first used this phrase—All men are created equal—in the Declaration of Independence.

Humans are not the only mammals who express emotions that we would associate with equality, empathy, and fairness. Our nearest ape cousins—bonobos, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs—express the same emotions because evolution has shaped our moral behavior. Theologians think that God introduced us to morality, but biologists think that evolution has shaped our morality. Biologists are not bashing and trashing religion. Anatomically, anthropoid apes—bonobos, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs—resemble human beings. It seems that human beings have a lot in common with bonobos than with chimpanzees. Compared to chimpanzees, bonobos are less aggressive because they often have sex, giving credence to the slogan: Make Love, Not War.

Biologists would say that compassion, morality, justice, egalitarianism, etc are a product of evolution, whereas theologians would say it is due to divine afflation. In Buddhism, there is no omnipotent, omniscient, and ubiquitous God; instead, compassion—suffering with—is the heart of Buddha’s teaching. Is this compassion that the Buddha talked about inherited, innate, and evoked spontaneously? Or is it developed through mediation, constant effort, and wisdom gained through mesmerizing mediation? Buddhists are theists to some extent, but not monotheists. So, in Buddhism, our human mind, which has evolved over the millennia, is the vehicle of compassion, morality, justice, egalitarianism, hatred, greed, sorrow, etc; these feelings and emotions can be further developed, controlled, and practiced if one were to observe these feelings as they arise. The Buddha declared that one is a Brahman not by birth, but by deportment; the Buddha promulgated that all people are equal; equality of all men and women, regardless of their caste, ethnicity, and race—compare and juxtapose Buddha’s message with Jefferson’s words, “All men are created equal.” The Buddha did not talk about our nearest ape cousins and their moral behavior, compassion, empathy, altruism, and fairness, but our modern scientists have found out that not only human beings but also our ape cousins express emotions that we would normally associate with altruism, equality, empathy, and fairness. Here are some interesting observations related to our primates and other animals.

Scientists have been studying and observing the emotionally guided moral behavior of our closest relatives such as chimpanzees and bonobos. Dr. Frans de Waal, the primatologist at Emory University, in a landmark study, has found that elephants would help their friends move heavy boxes, chimps would refuse to accept undeserved rewards, and bonobos would comfort losers after a fight. De Waal’s observations keep throwing a monkey wrench into religion’s self-assigned monopoly on morality; as far as religion and theology are concerned, the enforcer of good behavior is an omniscient deity, whose wrath dictates the moral behavior of his creatures; or morality is transmitted through various incarnations by karma. These animal observations of De Waal also throw a monkey wrench into Darwinian fundamentalism, which implies that all our actions are dictated by selfish genes. From these observations, it seems that emotions that we would associate with pious and ethical behavior, such as compassion, empathy, altruism, and fairness are innate, and have no divine afflation; God, gods, Jesus, Mohammed, and the Buddha have nothing to do with imposing our moral behavior; they did not introduce us to ethical behavior and morality; it was evolution that shaped our moral behavior as we evolved. Since the Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Prophets in the Bible and Koran are human beings, they, too, inherited these patterns of behavior through evolution. Since we evolved from our ape cousins, we inherited these patterns of behavior from them, not from God; neither the Buddha nor Jesus gave these patterns of behavior to us. It seems like we can learn a lot from our ape cousins than from any religion, God, Jesus, or the Buddha. Often, morality and ethical behavior recognize the needs of the individual—often selfish—but put society or community before the individual because without families, societies, and communities, we cannot thrive, individually; we cannot survive as a species, individually; we cannot evolve as a species, individually.

It was morality that drove Lincoln to declare Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln did not have a permanent smile on his face; when I envision Lincoln, I see in my mind’s eye, a long, discomfited figure, with an unadorned, furrowed face; a man with a mind, manifestly worried in part, and in part somewhat insouciant. There were over four million African-American slaves; even free African-Americans did not enjoy equality; simply, in the USA there was no equality before the American Civil War. On 19 Nov 1886, Lincoln delivered his Gettysburg Address, where he was not even the chief guest; he reiterated and scrutinized the founding principles of the United States in the context of the American Civil War; beginning with the memorable phrase “Four score and seven years ago,” in just over two minutes, Lincoln reminded the principles of human equality espoused by the Declaration of Independence, written at the onset of the American Revolution in 1776. In less than two minutes, he not only consecrated the sacrifices of those who gave their lives at Gettysburg but also extolled the virtues of those who were alive to ensure that America’s democracy would survive:  “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth (Lincoln).” Now, when you swallow the garbage and filth that come out of our Sri Lankan politicians and asinine political pundits and sycophants with alacrity, think of Lincoln’s original 272 words.

Where is our Gettysburg Address? Is there equality in Sri Lanka after our ethnic war? Can Sri Lankans say the same things about the final battle against Tamil terrorists since our victory is tainted with allegations of war crimes? Are we going to dedicate a portion of that final battle field in Sri Lanka, as a final resting place for those who gave their lives so that Sri Lanka might live as an undivided country? Here is what Lincoln said:  “In a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate, we cannot hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.”

Gettysburg Address is Lincoln’s distilled wisdom of the American Civil War. Where is the distilled wisdom of Mahinda Rajapakasa of the Sri Lankan civil war? The two major ideas of Lincoln’s speech were that, first, the founding principle of the United States was the equality—Jefferson’s words, “All men are created equal; second, the principle of democracy: Government of the people, by the people, and for people.

As writers, it is our duty to put profound questions on the national agenda. What is the founding principle of Sri Lanka, equality of all ethnic groups? Can you honestly say that Sri Lankan government is “of the people, by the people, and for the people?” In our context, “people” means all ethnic groups: Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslims, Burghers, and other non-specified Sri Lankan minorities. We have not divided Sri Lanka into two states for the time being, but if we do not address the grievances of minorities, is it worth for the minorities to live in an undivided Sri Lanka?

Are there any similarities between the American Civil War and Sri Lankan ethnic war? Sinhala terrorists terrorized Sri Lanka before Tamil terrorists did. In deeper sense, both groups were fighting for equality, fairness, and justice: the same emotions expressed even by our ape cousins. What is the lesson that Sri Lankans has learned from the turmoil and tragedy endured for thirty years during our ethnic conflict? “What can Sri Lankans learn from the central ideas embedded in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, and how do these ideas apply to Sri Lanka today?

Both Civil wars—in the US and Sri Lanka—tested whether each nation could endure without being divided. In both countries, people died so that the nation would live undivided.

Do Sri Lankans sincerely believe that all Sri Lankan citizens are created equal? Are Sri Lankans better than their ape cousins when it comes to equality of all Sri Lankans and fairness for all Sri Lankans?

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    JAgath Asoka:

    Morality is a Christian word. Read the western philosophy and when that word came into philological discussions or into investigations.

    Buddhism says that we are are the same. one becomes the many and many becomes the one. Or the whole universe can be found within you. Or find the universe in a small sand grain. As one came originally from everything we are all the same. All those statements came into life after buddhism.

    In buddhism it is the SEELA, Then comes Pancha seela, Ata-sil, Dasa sil and for Kotiyak Sanwara Seela for Buddhist Sangha.

    For lay people morality is the SEELA.

    Try to explain and understand in the buddhist way, then it is easy to understand, explain and follow.

    In the christian way or in the western philosophical way it is a mess, just a jargon that no one will understand.

    The only way in Islam total submission to Allah the greatest god. In buddhism, all the gods and those who are above gods kneel infront of BUDDHA who was born among humans. REMEMBER BUDDHA is SUPER HUMAN.

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      Jagath Asoka is talking sense today in first few paragraphs,about religions & unseen damn foolish gods / creator believes.

      …but shows he cannot control anti-lankan mind set in last para’s, worshiping world no.1 mass murderer USA Inc.

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        So so so Jagath you decided that your previous mug shot was not good enough,eh?This one is much better.But that right eye of yours tells a story.But your recent mug shot is fantastic. Jagath you are a very handsome guy!

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          Max you Racist Moron,

          At least Jagaths right eye tells a story. But in your case you are blind in both eyes ( so sadly no story) and that is why you cant read or write.

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      “We have not divided Sri Lanka into two states for the time being, but if we do not address the grievances of minorities, is it worth for the minorities to live in an undivided Sri Lanka?

      The answer is a resounding NO, but the Sinhalese politicians, if not the Sinhala people don’t subscribe to this view; they think the minorities must be treated to a lower status.

      “Do Sri Lankans sincerely believe that all Sri Lankan citizens are created equal? Are Sri Lankans better than their ape cousins when it comes to equality of all Sri Lankans and fairness for all Sri Lankans?”

      Instead ask: Do Sinhalese sincerely believe that all Sri Lankan citizens are created equal? Are Sinhalese better than their ape cousins when it comes to equality of all Sri Lankans and fairness for all Sri Lankans?

      These are the right question to ask: Again the answers are NO and NO!

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        Does Asoka know that Black Americans got equality with Whites only in 1964 ? whereas all Sri Lankans had equality in 1931 ??

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          What poppycock is that?

          Thanks to the Brits in 1931 Ceylonese were made equal not the Bihari Bandits Amude Lanka involved in genocide with 1/8 baked Percy,john et al.

          Chinese 1931: The new Civil Code grant equal inheritance rights, the right for women to choose marriage partner, equal right to divorce and right to control their own property after divorce.

          Nettie and Florence Cronise became Ohio’s first female lawyers when they were admitted to the bar in 1873.
          Barring women from practicing law was prohibited in the U.S. in 1971.

          The american mill grinds slowly but surely.

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            In the pre-Civil Rights Era American South, African Americans often technically had the right to vote, but various obstacles prevented many of them from exercising that right.

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              In 1868 the 14th Amendment set the groundwork for universal male suffrage by giving all men 21 and above the right to vote by penalizing states who restricted male adult suffrage. Two years later in 1870 the 15th Amendment granted suffrage to adult males of any race and skin color, including former slaves, and in 1920 the 19th Amendment extended the franchise to women.[7] However, many Southern States pro-actively disenfranchised black voters through poll taxation, literacy tests and bureaucratic loopholes.

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          Hey John,
          Equality in 1931 in SL? What equality you are talking about?

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        Tamils are equal, but they thought superior to Sinhalese , hence the problem & rest is history.

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          Tadpole (゜゜)~|but they thought superior to Sinhalese| Tadpole (゜゜)~

          Its obvious you aren’t the washing machine.

          Picket this for posterity:

          spread the rumour feed opinion till you are brain dead.

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            Javi, shit eating pig, when do you write sense ?

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              S_T John B.O.` you just passed the wrong sort of motion!`

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      Jim Softly’s words of wisdom.

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      I sent my messenger to person called puppet.

      he got married to 12 year old girl.

      In those day underage girls get married.

      in modern society a girl can get married in Sri Lanka when she is 18 years old or more.

      but marriage of 20 year old girl to 50 year old man is happened rarely.

      think about my puppet.

      One of my mistake.

      Thanks for reading.

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      JIM SOFTLY,
      Budhism is Fail, BUddah is a Satanic Day Dreamer, why the fcku you always pull ISLAM in your openion? is Muslim guy raped your wife or what ?
      Sinhalaya is Modaya untill they belive in Budhism… time they come to Islam wil be the best wisemen…
      Casino will help us to convert Sri Lanka in to Islam in 33 years as per BBS… ask me how..

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      Jagath Asoka, Satan and Mara

      “Scientists, philosophers, theologians, and moralists have been arguing whether human morality is imposed from above or evoked innately. When scientists say that moral behavior is a product of evolution, theologians would vehemently disagree.”

      Science (knowledge) and reason is the biggest challenges for beliefs and bigotry, in the absence of supporting data for Rebirth, Hell, Heaven,Nirvana, Kama(Karma), Soul, After life etc.

      There are many beliefs, for example, and one of the beliefs of the Jewish People, is not to believe in Jesus, as the Messiah and Son of God. One of the explanations given is that the Jewish People were misled by Satan.

      So, this is Christian Morality that tried to get to the final solution of the Jews. It was the same Christian Morality, that was mostly responsible in wiping out the Natives of the New World, and the Slavery of the Africans, the Crusades of 1096, the Spanish Inquisition, and it was moral according to the Bible. Look at the other despicable moral values given in the “Holy” Bible.

      Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus pt. 1

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvCJ-3KB9O0

      Why Jews Don’t Believe in Jesus pt. 2

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cHJqwc6dYSg

      In Buddhism, the Satan Equivalent is Mara who was opposing the Enlightened Buddha. It is more than a coincidence that Mahinda Rajapaksa is commonly referred to as MaRa or Mara.

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      Jim Softy,

      You say:

      “In buddhism it is the SEELA, Then comes Pancha seela, Ata-sil, Dasa sil and for Kotiyak Sanwara Seela for Buddhist Sangha.”
      “For lay people morality is the SEELA.”

      This is Buddhism. This is NOT Sinhala Buddhism.

      The Sinhala Buddhism, as practiced in Sri Lanka, in Sunday Night Pancha Seela, Pan Sil, and Monday Night Pancha Mara, or PPan Mara or Pan Kill.

      This has been practiced intermittently on a regular basis in Sri Lanka with the active support and Encouragement of Sinhala “Buddhist” Sangha. or Monks. This has become hegemony of the monks. There is no marality with the Sinhala Buddhist Monks. Look at BBS, the Mahanayakas, the Somaramas, the Buddharakittas etc.

      It is correct to say, Sinhala Buddhism is the Curse of Lanka.

      Lanka would have been better off being Hindu, and peaceful like Bali Indonesia with 94% Hindus.

      So, Sri Lanka became more Immoral with the introduction of Buddhism with war crimes , riots etc.

      Here is more data to support the above hypothesis.

      Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa.. Sinhala Buddhist Morality.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

      Uploaded on May 29, 2010
      She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

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    let the free birds fly in the serene sky!

    Tamil Poet Norwegian Citizen Jayapalan To Be Deported
    November 25, 2013 | Filed under: Colombo Telegraph,News,STORIES | Posted by: COLOMBO_TELEGRAPH

    Sri Lankan born Tamil poet and Norwegian citizen Shanmugampillai Jayapalan who was arrested by the Terrorist Investigative Division on Friday, will be deported by Sri Lankan immigration, the Government Information Department says.
    Jayapalan was arrested in the Northern Province three days ago, while on a visit to his mother’s gravesite. Sri Lankan Police claim he was arrested for propagating extremist views and organizing political seminars in violation of his tourist visa.

    The authorities have accused the Tamil poet of inciting communal tensions in the former conflict zone. Activists are agitating for his release and their calls have been echoed by former Norwegian Peace Envoy to Sri Lanka Eric Solheim. Jayapalan was visiting Jaffna for the first time in seven years. Since he was unable to attend his mother’s funeral in November 2006 while the conflict was raging, Jayapalan is reported to have visited her gravesite near his ancestral home in Mankulam.

    What they know about poets
    Politicians who sing their annoying song
    once in a blue moon
    before the election?
    We fools vote them
    As their promise
    to give us a passage to Heaven?
    They think that Heaven & Hell
    in the same vicinity and they
    specially harass the Artists when they talk
    using their faithful Henchmen?
    To whom it may concern
    under the so called huge Democratic flags?
    Please do not pluck the bird’s wings
    and let the free birds fly in the serene sky!

    nimal p.dunuhinga

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    [Do Sri Lankans sincerely believe that all Sri Lankan citizens are created equal? Are Sri Lankans better than their ape cousins when it comes to equality of all Sri Lankans and fairness for all Sri Lankans?]

    replace the work Sri Lankans with “Americans” what do you think ?

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      I think you should contact doctor immediately.

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        you know there is no GOD right ?

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    Jagath,
    Very well done Sir. to me this article is the best I read in CT so far.
    I believe the societies created those great people like Buddha, Jesus, Krishna, Mohammad and well as Lincoln, Gandhi and Dalai Lama in recent times.
    In similar thinking Mahinda Rajapakse is a creation by the current society of SL. These bad symptoms have to be eradicated, but the focus should be on how to upheld the values and knowledge of the society. Unless we do that, next leaders SL society creates can’t be any better.
    Anura

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      It is just – the mirror image of society is MR and his administration.
      Majority of the general public in SL today would not give place for RESPECT, DIGNITY, EITHICAL VALUES, MANNERS. => MR made CRIME friendly SRILANKA

      In retrospect, I still remember the society in SL 4 decades ago – everyone respect the other. Buddhist monks played a greater role to safeguard those values. Not a single BUDDHIST MONK in saffron robed behaved LIKE THAT LEADER OF BBS at that time. Piriwenas and Daham School contributed a lot in building the society.
      I dont think that all those good politicians, buddhist monks, lawyers and other professionals died through 30 year war. Problem is – they are even seniors today, but NONE of them would open their voices up – THE BEST EXAMPLE WE SAW YESTERDAY – SO CALLED SELF PROCLAIMED MAXIST -VASU DEWA behaves as LIKE BEERI ALIYA…today. DEYYO SAKKI … BUDUMA SARANAI APITA :

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        That BBS Ghanasara holds hate speeches like fish mongers in Negombo fish market. Two years ago, I happened to go there with my brother to see how many varieties of fish we have in those markets. There only I got to know the language they are used to – This reminded me just now .. recalling my past in SL.

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    Tamils have no right to talk about SLs.

    They are 2 different people. No connection whatsoever.

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    You know I was going to ask to explain what evolutioutin is after this statement “because evolution has shaped our moral behavior.” and then you got me again, you had some valid points following this stupid comment. I listened and thought I had you all wrong..

    Than I heard this:

    “From these observations, it seems that emotions that we would associate with pious and ethical behavior, such as compassion, empathy, altruism, and fairness are innate, and have no divine afflation; God, gods, Jesus, Mohammed, and the Buddha have nothing to do with imposing our moral behavior; they did not introduce us to ethical behavior and morality; it was evolution”

    I was fooled I must say because I thought Jaga had investigated and thought things through before writing this article. Can you please explain what you mean my evolution?
    What is the fucking definition of it?
    What is the purpose and the ‘drive’ behind evolution?
    What is the force that keeps this “evolution” happening?

    I tried to write something after these questions, but I failed as I’m not sure what else to write for you Dr Asoka? Please I mean no harm but you have have been brainwashed by the system and it’s time for you to wake up to the truth and die with honor..

    DO NOT EVER FORGET that that the only truth we actually know is, we are all going to die.. Apart from that, what do us monkeys really know!!

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      `What is the fucking definition of it? Put your boots in before fuckeverything`

      Rip Van Winkle you slimeball!

      It’s all to do with 4D and 5D( man & environment).

      Morality is of the highest importance – but for us, not for God – Albert Einstein

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        Hindu Jain and Morons

        Brahma is rarely worshiped because it’s all knowledge- emptiness!


        The 3 heads with different aspects are worshiped because man has faith.
        “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it”.


        Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: The unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or that may actually be in conflict with factual evidence.


        Patriotism is the incubator of wars.

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    Funny, not even a single mention of Hinduism.

    Hinduism is the oldest if not one of the oldest religions,

    Surely it must have had some sort of influence on this dude’s take on Americans, Monkeys and Srilankans.

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      Dr. Jagath,
      Thank you for writing this piece. I hope this would
      have some positive effect on readers to overcome their
      credulity which has been the main reason for Rajapaksha
      family to fool majority of Srilankans in the name of
      Buddhisam and bogus patriotism. Morality is an innate
      quality of normal human beings. Those who do not process that
      are called sociopaths. Religon gets morality from
      humans not the other way around. Only reason human
      spices did not join 95% of the spices which are instinct
      now, is this innate human solidarity and morality we have
      which clearly predate polytheism and monotheism. Credulous
      society is a must for survival of dictators. If SL can
      amend it’s consituion (which has given Buddism special
      place) to a secular one, it will not only guarantee the freedom
      of religion but also freedom from religion. Thomas Jefferson’s
      1st amendment is the resason USA became the home
      for hundreds of different religions that are practiced without
      any fear of prosecution and intimidation. Buddhisam does
      not need government help to survive in SL. Certainly not
      from Rajapakshas, BBS , Ravana Balakaya, SU and other
      anti Buddhist criminals.

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        “Instinct” = “extinct”.

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        Tend to agree with you Avi.

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      There is no need for mentioning anything about Hinduism,because there is nothing called as such and it is a misnomer to label it as such.
      APPA DIPO BHAVA=OM TAT SAT.

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      “| take on Americans, Monkeys “|””|


      Sumane the incubator of wars!Like your TM southern monkey not the tailless bonobos.- not so funny when we think of school days in the island.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrTz5xjmso4 –Beautiful girl

      Hanuman ki Jai

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    Jesus love you……..

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    Thanks to you Jagath@, this is one another good article from you I read on this platform. I wish I could read more from Dr. Asoka (I guess surname should be Asoka ?). It is the style of his writing make me feel like reading his articles. He owns an unique way of writing. That attracts many.

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    Jagath,

    JimySoft is right. Buddhism should be on top Gear. Have a look at Sri Lanka – the land like no other. What more proof do you need ?

    Don’t push your NGO Christian agenda here. The Buddha has said it all. So we got to just excel in being racist, hateful and stupid. And we are doing very well there thank you.

    Dont bring this Christina NGO nonsense.

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      Why do you even comment? Dung-headed men like you ate what we no longer need!

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    Hey Jagath where have you been?I missed you.What have you been doing during CHOGM.You were not here.You’ve been to any monkey tricks?Hope you were not sneaking to CHOGM dinner parties.
    By the way whats this boring article?Pl come up with Rajapakse bashing articles.If you don’t have any,pl create.

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    Jagath,
    Bertie Appuhamy emigrated to the US a very long time ago and his son Lincoln (he dropped the Appuhamy in order to become president) gave a fine but gave very short speech because he was the last speaker and time was running out. Here Mahinda Percy and his Brother Gotchabaya (our next president) would like our people to know that in Sri Lanka we have a ‘Government of the buddhist people, by the buddhist people, and for the buddhist people’. Other people, we call them ‘minorities’, are welcome to stay and be quiet or they are welcome to leave, and be quiet when they go to other countries. One third of the planet has recognised our great leader and the commonwealth has now appointed Mahinda Percy as their leader in recognition of his brave and wise leadership qualities. These days, the new wisdom is in the east.

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    Jagath Asoka is one who could be described as a true Buddhist. He transcends caste, creed and prejudice and he is a beacon of Lord Buddha; whose precepts are supposed to be the predominant philosphy Sri Lanka relied upon.

    You find his ilk in humble villagers who sincerely would not harm a living thing.

    Unfortunately Buddhism has become a dividing force among this ruling politicians to castigate minorities and cause dissent.

    Lord Buddha must be turning in his grave.

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    What an article Jagath!

    Morality is the product of evolution which encompassed the civilisation, religion was considered to be the saviour of this morality and had its root devoloped,

    As the saint poet valluva said in his masterpiece kural

    “Pirapokkum ella uyirkum” ( meaning at birth every living things are same, or alternatiely this also means every living things born the same way, implying no living things are less or more than to any other)

    During the indus valley civilisation, cattle was considered to be main wealth, hence those who protected “pasu”( cattle) called pasupathi (pathi means the one who protects) hence they worshipped everyone who protected the cattle wealth for fellow human beings as “pasupathi”, Later these pasupathi turned out to be worshipped as “lord shiva”. Thus cattle protection was later a religious sanctimony in vedic culture thus deeply rooted in Hinduism. Budhdhism later imbibed this. What worse is, buddhism which claims to protect this practice demolish the the temple of “pasupathis” what an insane!

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      Sorry i should not have written “buddhism which claims to protect this practice demolish the the temple of “pasupathis” instead i should have written ” few budhdhists who claims to protect this practice demolish the temple of “pasupathis”.

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        Thank you Manisekaran. Learned something new.

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    “Most people think that morality and equality come from the Buddha”.
    Only an ignorant can make such outrageous claim, a position emanating from ignorance.

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    DR. Jagath Asoka,

    Brilliant and a very enlightening article, congratulations!

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    A thought provoking essay from Jagath Asoka, very insightful. It is a reasonable assumption that morality and it’s development is a product of evolution rather than that of religious teaching. When I apply this hypothesis to Sri Lankan political leadership I cannot help but deduce that our politicians of yesteryear were morally more upright and therefore more evolved than the present lot. So in Sri Lanka, are we evolving or revolving?

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    but if we do not address the grievances of minorities, is it worth for the minorities to live in an undivided Sri Lanka?

    Jagath Asoka:

    You are a minority where you are living and you don’t have time to think about your rights.

    Instead you have to earn to pay your bills and taxes. Shy Sri Lanka needs the same crap that you are in ?

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    Dr Asoka, purportedly,a chemist, discussing Biology !!

    Morality is indeed evolved behavior. ‘Morality’ as a term ( just another word consisting of 8 letters ), does not signify anything really meaningful and can be interpreted any which way one likes.

    Helping others in your own group evolved as a ” you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” type evolutionary adaptation which enhances survival. Helping one another in the group will help the whole group to survive biologically. This can extend even into helping others outside your own ‘group’ due to “reflex action” or instinctive behavior.

    Non-Biologists try to give it a religious, moral, ethical or some other kind of twist just to prove their own point of view.

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    These are the popular facts that most of the people like to discuss today as they would never end. If they end these people would hve nothing else to do. They like to bring this kind of topics to the light and keep on talking. Ashoka tries to show that he knows what all the religious teachers taught, Evolution, religion, political science and geneology etc. etc. In short, what I have to say is that religion is the way people in the past tried to find answers to questions appeared in front of them which had no clear answers. Buddhism (not the popular one today) discusses something completely different from religion. As religion is the most popular bussiness int he owrld today it is not easier to discuss any religious fact because they alll are blended and now trying to pronounce that all the religions are same. In one of the discussions the Buddha said once “If pure water is available everywhere no one needs to dig wells”. Everyone digs however the much deeper possible to them as no well provides the pure water. Because of this we should be mindful not to get into the holes dug by these relious people as they all are nothing other than ways to earn some money to them.

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    If the article was written by a non-Sri Lankan, at least it would have been half tolerable. Jagath, you know next to nothing of Buddhism or Sri Lankans.

    Anyway few questions back at you.

    Is Jagath really a doctor of medicine?

    Do Sri Lankans believe in creation to start with?

    If so, by whom?

    What do you make of the tribes that still exist remote part of the world who may never have heard of major religions, philosophers or Abe Lincoln?

    Don’t know much about monkey though but Sri Lankans are taught that all beings (humans, animals, etc) are equal, every one has a right to live, every one has a right to live without intimidation and fear, and every one has a right to live with dignity.

    As for compassion, morality, justice, egalitarianism, love, etc, they are product of ones life’s experience, practicality, convenience, trial and error, wisdom after events, etc, all of which are evolved from one generation to another.

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      Check it out for you – Dr means: Not ONLY medical degree holders, but also ones that have earned doctorates. Dr. Jagath Asoka is a chemist. So what BS are u talking ?
      Just try to collect some facts before adding your BANA.

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