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Buddhism, Neurosis, Ananda, And Nandawathi

By Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

Dr. Jagath Asoka

According to Sigmund Freud, God is an illusion—a maya—and is based on our infantile need for a powerful father figure; furthermore, according to Freud, religion was necessary at the early stages of development of human beings and our civilization, and helped us restrain our violent impulses, but now we can set aside religion in favor of reason and science. I do not think that science is going to supplant religion, at least, in the near future. Freud’s ideas of religion resemble what the Buddha had said some 2500 years before Freud: “Once you reach your destination at the far shore, do you pick up the ferryboat and carry it with you?” Buddhism was my ferryboat, but not anymore.

According to both Freud and Carl Jung, a complex is a pattern of emotions, memories, perceptions, and wishes in the personal unconscious, organized around a common theme. Here is an example of a complex: Let’s say that when you were a child, you fell down from your balcony and broke your arm; so you had your arm amputated and lived without an arm for two years; then the scientists were able to figure out a way to transplant arms, and now you have a real arm, and no trace of any handicap at all; however, now you have certain memories, emotions, fears, bitterness, anger centering on that one tragic incident of your life. If Freud and Jung were alive, they would say that you have a complex about your arm if these recurring thoughts trouble you or make you angry when people talk about balconies and arms. You know that you have a complex when you cannot tolerate what others have to say; you know that you have a complex when you react to other peoples’ ideas like an ape that has eaten hot peppers.  Mother Complex is ubiquitous. Buddhism has become a complex, and has turned some people into neurotics. If you do not believe me, just observe the BBS members. Of course, the Buddha is not responsible for this phenomenon, and what he taught has nothing to do with this phenomenon. These are just Buddhist freaks and fanatics, and they are a dime a dozen in Sri Lanka, from top to bottom, from our president to our prisoners.

Most people cannot take criticism of their own religion—if you don’t believe me, read the virulent, asinine, and malicious comments made by some people when I talk about Buddhism. Even though I keep saying that I respect—and even venerate the Buddha and his teachings and struggle daily in my own life to live according to the teachings of the Buddha, but I am totally against the way people practice and proselytize Buddhism—but still some people make some asinine remarks about my attitude towards Buddhism. People who call themselves Buddhists often ridicule and denigrate other religions because they are ignorant and do not know anything either about science or religion, let alone about their own religion. What has happened to “tolerance” that the Buddha talked about, and the Emperor Asoka tried to promulgate?

As I said, I can keep writing about religion until the cows come home. Please have a sense of humor when you read my articles. Sometimes, I say things to gather empirical evidence to concretize my thoughts, and I have not failed so far. I will let you know a little secret: When I was a kid—and even now—I always used win when I tossed a coin. Here is what I would say: “Heads I win; tails you lose.” Now, most people know this trick, but when I was a kid, I always won; even now, I win because most people do not have a clue. Often, I feel sorry; so sometimes I try to explain how I deceive them; still, some people do not get it. Sometimes, I am doing the same thing with my writings, and some people will never get what I am saying, and it has been a constant theme in my life: writing has become my bane as well as my boon. A writer is a bane to his family and friends. Perhaps your family and friends will also become the beneficiaries of your boon; but everybody who is connected to you will always get a part of your bane.

The ultimate challenge in Buddhism is to leave Buddhism as well; be detached even from Buddhism because it will eventually become a raft, if you keep practicing it properly. As the Buddha had said, “Monks, I will teach you the Dhamma compared to a raft, for the purpose of crossing over, not for the purpose of holding onto.”

Buddhism enjoys its current status because of Emperor Asoka; Emperor Asoka played the same role in Buddhism, the role that Apostle Paul played in Christianity. But there is a big difference between these two figures. Saul was just persecuting Christians before he became Paul and a Christian; Asoka is similar to Hitler, Stalin, and Mao Zedong. As far as killing is concerned, Asoka probably killed a similar percentage of the world population during his time, like Hitler, but then he became Dharmasoka. Do you think that you would treat Hitler the same way that you threat Asoka, had Hitler become a Buddhist and achieved nirvana? Buddhists talk about karma, but what happens to you when you achieve nirvana; everything is wiped out as in the case of Angulimala? Buddhists ridicule the idea of confession in Christianity, but what will happen to a Buddhist if nirvana is achieved?

We are told that the Buddha had teachers: Alara Kalama and Uddaka. We also know that Vedas, Brahmana, and Upanisad are the literature of Brahmanism, which is called Hinduism now. Buddhism is based on Brahmanism just like Christianity is based on Judaism. The twist in Buddhism is the “attainment of the sphere of nothingness and the sphere of neither cognition-nor non-cognition.” Moksha in Brahmanism is similar to nirvana in Buddhism: In eschatological sense, Moksha is liberation or release; liberation from samsara, the cycle of death and rebirth. “Dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants,” is a metaphor with a contemporary interpretation meaning “one who discovers by building on previous discoveries.” Isaac Newton said the same thing, and it applies to the Buddha and Einstein as well, because they both had teachers.

I think Buddhists have a better understanding of the illusory nature of consciousness. This is what I have learnt from Kalakarama Sutra: If you have seen the miraculous performances of this magician and his magic—our consciousness—and understand the secrets of this magician, this magic show is not a big surprise. The tricks of our mind such as fear, jealousy, hatred, malice, desires, and lust can no longer capture, transfix, or deceive you. Your actions and deportment are not dictated by these illusions, generated by your consciousness. You know that they are meaningless. Most Buddhists talk about Buddhism with blind admiration, with their asinine remarks and myopic proseytization:  Truly, a strange admixture of tragedy and comedy. I was in that same place, especially when I was a Child. To borrow from the Bible: When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.”

Probably, all of us, regardless of our religion and belief in God or gods, must learn how to practice this “total detachment” from the Buddha. If you do not practice Buddhism properly and are attached to Buddhism, you will become a neurotic, and you will end up having a complex about Buddhism. I see this with my colleagues who are blinded by Buddhism. As you can see, I like to borrow from everyone, including Kalakarama sutra and Corinthians, from every religion, and that makes me a wealthy person. Borrowing makes you richer; if you don’t believe me, ask Donald Trump; but when you borrow you must do two things. You must pay back with proper interest; you must generate your own wealth and lend it to others. All of us are borrowing everything, not just the money. Even our life, we have borrowed it from our parents, and raising our children better than our parents raised us is what we need to do. That is our tribute to our own parents.

Most people cannot stomach what I have to say because I look at things that are not supposed to look at; I ask questions that are not supposed to ask; I am blunt, but sincere; I do not have an agenda; I am not trying to become an ambassador or a professional journalist; curry favoring is not one of my activities; my writing is my bliss. I will never enter politics, because I do not have this desire to control others. I will never be a manager because I hate managing; but I will lead, if necessary, and leave the management to others who want to manage; we need everyone: politicians, custodians, writers, ambassadors, managers, teachers, etc. Writing is both my vocation and avocation; I never planned to be a writer; it was a fortuitous change in my life. I think the bliss—Ananda—that the Buddha talked about can be found not only in our jobs but also in sports. When you find Anada you are in Nandawathi (the realm of joy). Once you find your Nandawathi, there is your nirvana.

“Jack of all trades, but Master of none” is my own description of myself. It is not an accolade or an honorary title. I have a bird’s eye view of life, in general; and microscopic view in certain areas of life. I do not have to read all the books that people have written on Buddhism or memorize Buddha’s Sutras verbatim; after all, no one can reproduce Buddha’s teachings with absolute certitude, and we cannot resurrect the Buddha or clone him. I have a bird’s eye view of Buddhism that I have gain by reflecting and observing myself, my actions, thoughts, desires, fears, hatred, lust, love, malice, ignorance, and stupidity; however, I think we must let our children enjoy this magic show, and we must not spoil it for them; once they have lived a full life, I am certain, most of them would become true Buddhists. We must let our children believe in Santa Claus and see the magic show. They do not need to know about the Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold path in their childhood. Now, most of my colleagues who are beyond their forties are practicing Buddhism as they did it in their childhoods; I have grown up and left my childhood, but I have to watch my colleagues behaving like children when they prattle and practice Buddhism. I used to get mad at them, and then I used to laugh at them, but not anymore. I have accepted them with their childish babble and antics: Now, it is very easy to relate to everyone and be around them. But I do not want to spend too much time with them because I know that if I were to spend too much time with my colleagues, I will find my own Kanthaka, cross the Hudson river, shave my head, and live in a cave; but I do not have that luxury, because my son is not Rahula, and I am not Siddhartha; I have to raise him, and I do not have a throng of retinues. So, instead, I live a life of a happy troglodyte, play tennis, play with my son, read books, and write. A neurotic or someone who is insane can never be happy by living his or her life as a troglodyte, playing tennis, reading books, writing articles, and playing with his son or daughter.

All work and no play can make Jagath a dull boy, so let’s have some fun with pun. I can talk about Buddhism or science using the Sinhalese names that I know. Sinhalese is the language of my heart. If you understand Buddhism and live according to Buddhism you will find Ananda (bliss); when you find Ananda, you will be in Nandawathi (Realm of Joy); Nandawathi is like Thusitha, where redolent Jasmine flowers do not wither, and where you live with Asoka (without sorrow) and with Darshanamali (a flowery vision).

We must see limitations of any affirmation or negation, including Buddhism. Dissent without malice is the life blood of any relationship. I have seen this show so well, so I am going to miss the show that most of you are watching now with alacrity. As far as God or gods are concerned, take a step towards gods, and they will take ten towards you. Enthusiasm (“en,” “theos”) means “filled with god”. So be enthusiastic about life; all life is filled with enthusiasm, not with sorrow. If you are a Buddhist then you probably know that sorrow is just an illusion of this magic show that we call “our consciousness.” But these illusions can still really hurt you; just remember this analogy: movies are illusions, too, but most people, including myself, cry when they watch sad movies.

Everybody has the potential to be a Buddha, and that is what I meant when I said: All of us are Buddhists after all. Even a Muslim, a Jew, or a Christian has this potential. After all, most of us did not choose our own religion, just like we did not choose our own parents, siblings, and names. The idea of God and belief in God is much bigger than the ideas promulgated or generated by any puny human being, including the Buddha, Jesus, and Mohammed. In other words, the magic show is much greater and bigger than the magician. If you don’t believe me look at the number of theists in this world, far greater than atheists, apathyist, agnostics, and Buddhists.

Where and what is your bliss? Have you found your Ananda (bliss) and Nanadawahti? I pray that you would not end up becoming a neurotic because of your religious beliefs.

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    Well, “Buddhism” has indeed become a religion when its not. There is no blind faith involved. Its as transparent and accountable as any teaching can be.

    BBS and “Sinhala Ravaya” are indeed strange. There are many a pedophiles who cloak themselves with a robe to have fun with an altar boy. BBS and Sinhala Ravaya do not abuse the robe for their own self indulgence it seems. They are part of larger orchestration that aims to bring the church down.

    So be rest assured they do not represent Buddhism. It fact the circumstantial evidence more than suggest they are not.

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      Asoka says,

      “Jack of all trades, but Master of none” is my own description of myself.”

      Yes, for that only you should not talk about religions , politics etc,but may be chemistry where you had a cheap degree from USSR

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        This is an another example for the malevolent attacks of some lankens. I have worked with Russian medical docs and life scientists, all of them wee very successful. I know lankens in general believe that local degrees are the highly recognized ones, but the reality lies somewhere else. Any interested ones should check it for their good by exchanging with those who left to Australia, Canada, US and several Europe to get the real stories about lanken degrees.

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          Sirimal, the problem is most people who got these East European degrees failed to get entry in to Sri Lankan universities in the first place and worst still they got in through either the backdoor (political or bureaucratic influence) or bought them out using money. Hence people are bound to rate them as inferior qualifications.

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          Sirimal,

          Well said….it’s true…

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        True.

        Little knowledge and the infantile craving to display English knowledge seem to make this writer produce lot of incoherent rubbish.

        Little knowledge is dangerous and Freud is not God anyway.

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          You seem to be a pundit by adding this kind of comments, why not you (and the ilk) try to bring a good article about alarming issues in the country today ?

          Is it worth all to call guys of your calibre as “RATTRAN” though just for your username ?

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            Gold is the most noblest metal..

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              Can I suggest “poo” as a suitable username for you. Use it next time.

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                In-te-rest-ing :(
                Despicable human scum of your kind is NOT the rarity in poor world such as TODAY^s lanka.

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                When Dr. Jagath Asoka is casting pearls, a few pigs are also stepping over them.

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        Why is this person assuming that the whole world is interested in finding out about him.

        “I do not have an agenda; I am not trying to become an ambassador; curry favoring is not one of my activities; my writing is my bliss. I will never enter politics. I will never be a manager because I hate managing; “but I will lead, if necessary”, and leave the management to others, blah. blah blah.

        As a Buddhist I feel that ego has grown to a level its close to exploding. And he has other ambitions.

        A fool in short.

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      “So be rest assured they (BBS and Sinhala Ravaya) do not represent Buddhism”

      who are you to give the assurance, and why should we take it from you?

      The present regime is portraying BBS and Sinhala Ravaya as the saviors of Buddhism and the Sinhala Masses are falling for it.!

      The Police never touch BBS or Sinhala Ravay when they vandalise public proeprties. Why? because the Polcie see them as Bhikkus safeguarding Buddhism or is it because the police is afraid of the guardian/patrons of these two organisations

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      Vibhusana looks likes a not very intelligent man. Vibhusana does not understand the world as it is.

      I give Vibhushana a clue. SAI- BABA was accused of pedophilia.

      DO you believe Sai Baba ?

      If you don’t believe Sai baba, you haven’t understood Buddhism yet.

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    Excellent presentation , a joy to read and complex, yet quite mundane issues that confront us in our lives, to contemplate. The profound words of Middleton Murray in the conclusion to his book on the Vatican, ” There was only one Christian and he died on the cross’ applies to all organised. religions. We become captives of a structure and a label , while losing sight of the essence and failing to become transcendant. We are shackled by our beliefs and rarely liberated by them.

    The comparison between Asoka and Hitler was profound. Have we as humans in the period between Asoka and Hitler and thereafter, become less forgiving, more vengeful and even likely lost our understanding of human nature- the ability to evolve in thoughts and actions within a lifetime? Has our burgeoning knowledge, blunted our ability to comprehend the profound in simple terms, as our ancestors did?

    Thanks Dr.Asoka.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    Grate piece of writing mate… As you expect, “magic of mind” will be applied to lot of neurotic Buddhists while reading your article as well. Your words which go through filtering processes in subconscious mind will produce quite contradictory images and meanings in some people’s conscious mind… and their blood pressure may go up…

    This filtering process is a true condition for all of us unless we unlearn all our perceptions and associated knowledge. I guess complete unlearning of one’s perception is theoretical stage..
    So my new aim is your Namdawathi status..:-(.
    Anura

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    A beautifully didactic and profound article that left me navel-gazing in wonder. I found my bliss on the old 153 Borella-Fort bus and reached nirvana shortly afterwards whilst on a short holiday in cool and salubrious Nuwara_Eliya. The only things I have found after all these long and happy years is 1) we are all creatures of circumstance, and 2) we human beings tread a fine line between sanity and madness.
    Dr Asoka, I don’t agree with all you write but I promise to read everything you write. Subha Aluth Awuruddak Wewa!

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    The Sufi Saint Abdul Qadir Jailani Rah. writes in the ‘Secret of Secrets’
    Whoever contemplatess his devotions and seeks the cause and reason and comes to know it, his meditation is worth seventy years of worship.

    Whoever contemplates the divine wisdom with a strong wish to know Allah most High, his meditation is worth a thousand years of worship, for this is the true knowledge.

    True knowledge is the state of unity. The wise lover unites with his Beloved. From this material realm, flying with spiritual wings he soars to the realm of attainment, for the devout walk to Paradise while the wise fly to the realms close to their Lord.

    ‘Lovers have eyes in their hearts.
    They see while others are staring blind.
    Such wings they have, not flesh and blood.
    They fly towards angels, their Lord to find!’

    To each person his understanding of the Truth, Nibbana, Savargam or Salvation. The journey is fraught with desires and distractions. The world is a cesspit of evil.

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      Meditation is not part of ISLAM.

      That is Buddhism (NOTE: Buddhism IN INDIA was absorbed into HINDUISM), and Sufi’s learned it from Hinduism.

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        Jim Stupidity,

        Meditation is part of Buddhism??? LOL

        It existed in India long long before Buddha.

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          There were many Rieshies in the Himalayas meditating long before the birth of Buddhism. It was the early Rieshies who discovered Astronomy and Astrology that later spread to other areas.

          Pandit Jim Softy has trampled his tail. No wonder he calls Sharmini an idiot.

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            Moreover, looks like some scholars think meditation is something to do with sitting under a tree with closed eyes! Please study Sathara Sthipattana, thought by great teacher Buddha. Meditation can be done while Sleaping, Walking, Sitting.

            According to o Krishna, it can be done while you’re engaging in even sex …! Funny isn’t ? I call this all are missing links! The day you learn this all, you will be in upside down.

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              Sorry, it must be read as,
              Sathara Sthipattana, taught by great teacher Buddha

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    Our inhabitants must be thankful to the American God, for giving this serial Buddhist basher a resident permit…..

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      JAGATH ASOKA is another failure of the Sri Lankan system offering to INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS – STUDENTS to STUDY ABROAD.

      This MORON’s PARENTS HAD SOME POLITICAL – POWER, for sure. WHEN JAGATH ASOKA got Four F’s in the ADVANCED Level examination they sent him to USSR (UKraine AND NOT moskow lumumba).

      This guy HAD thought that he WOULD be intelligent and went to USA looking for better opportunists.

      NOW, screwed UP.

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    Hi there I am a Jaffna Tamil by birth.I am fluent in Sinhala Language.Language. Recently I was navigating on the web and came across a Web page about Ven Kotte Devananda Mha Thero.Very interesting, I think BBS and people who criticize Buddhism should listen to it.
    Roshan

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      I think I know you. Are you a Dentist ?????

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    Dr. Jagath Asoka,

    Buddhism, the philosophy (not the Buddhist religion) is a “ferryboat” you can carry with you, for the rest of your life.

    Sharmini Serasinghe

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      Shayamini Serasinghe is an Idiot.

      She is not intelligent at all. She KNOWS ENGLISH. THAT IS ALL.

      I can talk to her, But she will not understand a WORD.

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        Jim Stupidity

        From which mental assylum did you escape. I thought you are only an imbecile but you are also insane.

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    Just Garbage n Garbage out article.

    People hallucinated with mental diseases also see this kind of reasoning.

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      Jim Softy!
      Please don’t add your comments because they reveal you are only an idiot.

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      His own experience!

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    “Spirituality is beyond the boundaries of all religions …” so true spiritualist not attached to any religion or he/she has no religion. Like Buddha, Jesus Christ or Eckhart Tolle, Adya Shanthi etc. They never had religions, but followers had.
    True seekers are very rare. They are like Lotus leaves come out from muddy water… never get contaminated, yet lives with it. Ability to deal with many or all teaching without attached to it is one of the highest blessings. Good luck Dr JA.

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    Excellent Article Doc Asoka.

    Please dont get me wrong, person following Buddhism damaged this world to extend still bothers human life like Hitler ( Strong Buddhist), Carl Marx, and Stupid Darwin whom are the back bone of Helena Blawasky and Henry Olcott whom followed Demons, and she written a book of ARIAN, where these demons become and evils.

    When a Man had sex with 40,000 odds women, and then tell every other man not to Marry and stay under the tree is a complete waste of time for a Man. you can see that in Sri Lanka very well, too many Lazy buggers in the Temple called Budhist.

    You put lot of things good and straight, and most i like to that Ashoka’s story. Actually this is a part of Free Mason in USA, and they are Illuminati believing Kabbala and their Logo is Pyramid, and if you know that Arms trade in USA is backed by Illuminati and againts to Creator.

    According to all Abrahmic Religon Followers Judism, Christinaty, and Islam is 100% againts to Buddah and he is REP of SATAN.

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      You are right in one angle. But what about Muslims who follow Islam blindly and promote Satan by killing? To me, blind followers of Islam and blind followers of Buddhism has no difference. They all like animals. Half-baked knowledge is very dangerous is it not?

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      Sri Lankan Muslim!
      You are a true follower of Al Qaeda who cannot stomach other religions. Hitler may have learnt a lot from prophet Mohammad.

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    “As I said, I can keep writing about religion until the cows come home. Please have a sense of humor when you read my articles”

    Smooth as silk Rajnesh did it best.
    He just did not know when to give up!! ;)

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    Jagath Asoka,

    You write ‘ people who call themselves buddhists often ridicule and denigrate other religions’ – this form of generalisation is baseless and quite pedantic .If you are indeed the intellect you try to portray yourself to be , why not start start an analysis of other ‘beliefs’ too ?

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    Needless to say Buddism’s overall rating improves when clowns, who have no capacity to comprehend what Buddhism is, leave. Thank you for this Jago.

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    ‘Nirvana’ is not a state of mind, but a realm the soul, spirit or whatever enters and cease to be born again in any form thereafter. Further the desire to achieve Nirvana, is also a yearning of the mind which others crave for worldly objectives or spiritual otherwise. The Human mind to pursue anything, there has to be desire. If not for desire the Humans will cease to exist. It is said that the veracity, truthfulness of the Philosophy of Buddhism does not rest on Mahawamsa but on Thripitaka. Thripitaka again was chronicled long after Buddha’s demise, again by a set of Buddhist Priests in Sri Lanka, far away from the land Buddha lived. Besides Buddha never wrote his Autobiography nor his Philosophy. However today we have Buddha’s life story from before birth to death as if some one was there to take notes everyday of his life. This was never the case while Buddha was living. Coming back to Mahawamsa, according to Mahawamsa Buddhism, it is believed that Maithree Buddha is yet to come. This is like the belief of the second coming of Jesus among the Christians. Now the issue is when? Is it going to be during the time of the present Humans or after the present Human Race perish and another Human Race is born? If the Mahawamsa Buddhists believe that there were Buddhas prior to Gauthama, what happened to the Buddhism that existed prior and those Humans that lived at that time? Were the societies divided then as well and were fighting like the Sinhalese and the Tamils? Is it the same Philosophy that Gauthama preached or is it something different? What is the source of evidence to prove the existence of such Myths? What were the Nationalities of the previous Buddhas? What will be the Nationality of Maithri Buddha? What if Maithri Buddha is born as a Tamil and the Tamils hijack Buddhism as Tamil Buddhism? Then there will be no Sinhala Buddhism. What will happen to the Sinhalese without Buddhism in the future? Leave alone Sinhalese without Buddhism, I wonder whether there will be a Sinhalese Race in another couple of hundred years from now. See what happened to the Red Indians?

    Religion is a personal belief. Problems arise only when it is institutionalized and each group try to brain wash others.

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      With the HELP of ISLAM SEE SINHALA BUDDHIST PERFORM MAGIC: HEADLESS HORSEMAN:
      ______________

      Hindu epic Mahābhārata, the Kuru heir Parikṣit (grandson of the Arjuna) was enthroned at Takṣaśilā.[16] Traditionally, it is believed that the Mahabharata was first recited at Takṣaśilā by Vaishampayana, father of Vyasa at the behest of the seer Vyasa himself, at the Snake Sacrifice.[17]

      Takshashila is also described in some detail in the Buddhist Jātaka tales, written in Sri Lanka around the 5th century.[18] The Jataka literature mentions it as the capital of the kingdom of Gandhara and as a great centre of learning.

      The Chinese monk Faxian (also called Fa-Hien) writing of his visit to Taxila in 405 CE, mentions the kingdom of Takshasila (or Chu-cha-shi-lo) meaning “the Severed Head”. He says that this name was derived from an event in the life of Buddha because this is the place “where he gave his head to a man”.[19] Xuanzang (also called Hieun Tsang), another Chinese monk, visited Taxila in 630 and in 643, and he called the city as Ta-Cha-Shi-Lo. The city appears to have already overrun by the Huns and been in ruins by his time. Taxila is called Taxiala in Ptolemy’s Geography.[20] In the Historia Trium Regum (History of the Three Kings) composed by John of Hildesheim around 1375, the city is called Egrisilla.[21]

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    Dear Jasgath!
    Kalakarama Sutra or kalarama Sutra?
    I wish to say that almost all your articles are thought provoking.
    I was born a Buddhist and I believe the Buddha is the greatest person in the history of mankind.
    I do not go to a temple even on a Wesak Poya day. Yet I try my level best to follow Buddha’s teachings.
    I hate nobody.
    I hurt nobody.
    I treat others only as humans , not as a Tamil nor a Muslim nor Indian nor English etc etc.

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      Punchisingho,

      I was born to a very Conservative Buddhist family. As a young child every night I had to recite Pansil before going to bed. Coming from a large family, playing all day in the open with the neighbour hood kids I used to be the first to fall asleep in the household, very often without reciting Pansil and none knew. If ever questioned I recited the number of days I had missed to catch up. Then I realised the futility of just parrot repeating everyday, if I adhered to the five precepts. Thus I saw no reason to recite and never did afterwards in life ever, but always adhered. I have seen the Foolish who recite ever so often, but flouts every now and then, making a mockery of their belief.

      ‘Pirith’ the chanting of the Suthra is another. Today the foolish people believe and some including Buddhist Priests claim that ‘Pirith’ has power over Humans and they even venture to transmit that power to a piece of thread to safeguard individuals from evil. It has become a fashion today to sport a thread on one’s wrist to show their leanings of faith. Then there are Politicians, Businessmen, Forces Personnel who tie a bundle of thread on their wrists and are the very ones who flouts Pansil all the time and commit crime of robbing and killing in society. The supposed Pious in society.

      The truth is Buddha never composed any Suthras(Pirith) or chanted Pirith or for that matter even Pansil. All these were composed by the Buddhist Priests afterwards. What is Pirith? Pirith is, when Buddha was questioned about an issue, he explained in Pali stanza drawing a parallel to explain an issue. Thereafter his disciples who listened to it narrated thus, ‘Evang Mey Suthang, Ekang Samayang Bagahwa’ referring to, I heard the Buddha say this at such and such place. So Pirith has no special power as the foolish are made to believe and reciting so through loud speakers non stop even the whole year through not just one night, has no effect whatsoever, unless one understand Pali to know what is meant. if Pirith has any power, then it should be a ‘Mantra’ and Buddha should be a Magician, which is not the case as he was only a Philosopher. However in Buddhist Scriptures Buddha has been projected as a colossus with magical fetes by the Priesthood for their benefit and convenience.

      As your self I have self control, with no hatred and jealousy towards others in society and have immense patience and tolerance extending compassion to the less fortunate. It is only that I cannot stick Politicians who are murderers and rogues and MR is my number one enemy. This is because I am only Human.

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        GAMINI:

        YOU ARE a liar.

        pEOPLE LIKE YOU LIVED EVEN DURING THE lIFE time of the LORD BUDDHA the ALMIGTHY.

        JESUS was just another Humanitarian. IT is the Roman kings who did this.

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          sinhala buddhist are very much like the islamic twisting hinduism.
          gautama was not a hindu but like Peter Tosh the rastafari with curly hair. peter tosh’ s mother unknown and looked after by another woman- it all works well for the story.

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        You are not alone. MJ`s great song reminded me this morning instantly I read your comments, Gamini, any right thinking would not support MR and the leaders of his nature. Absolutely right, this is the most brutal regime we ever had so far.

        Where the majority people are not healthy minded, how can we expect them to vote in suitable candidates to govern over them ? I really dont think that vibrant democracies can ever be practised in countries where majority of the people have not learnt to respect one another. They steal universal franchise from the gullible masses in the name of democracy, but their actions are not far from North koreans that let dogs tear off and kill the convicted criminals.

        Everyone of us is clear that the buddhism is the best philosophy that guides to a peaceful and healthy life. So where the buddhism is being practised, there should be peace.
        Theoretically, we a predominant buddhist nation should not have high crimes rates and other forms of social abuses as read to this day, if majority follows up the philosophy since it guides anyone to become a good person by every means. I have the feeling several decades ago, we enjoyed it to some extent, but today, no democracy is there at all – and not significant masses of the society are seen as good natured people.
        For all this to reach this appalling level of deterioration of the society, basics of many should have gone wrong.

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        Thank you .But try not to hate your enemies.

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        Excellent point of view gamani.

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      Yes, but he hides in a B&B in Sinhala land at Galalgedara and throws stones at Sri Lankan society.

      Mongrel, CIA agent.

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    If one would closely examine by going through the diversity of the comments being added to this forum:
    Those are most of the time:
    – > irreverent than relevant
    – >irrational than rational
    – >personal attacks than any factual critics or comments focusing only on the contents (sometimes attacking the writers personally far abusive tones)
    – >malevolent than encouraging
    – >jealousy than pleasing

    – >but many of them claim to be Buddhists than non-buddhists ??????????????????????
    So this reflects EXACTLY the mirror image of the society where
    Vijaya Kumarathunge, Richard de Soysa, Lasantha and numerous other unarmred ones were brutally murdered– and still waiting for justice

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    Jagath

    A brilliant piece work. A pleasure to read.

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    Yes Dr Jagath Asoka,

    You are most certainly more enlightened than the Siddhartha and the other so-called unintended and intended religion founders, thanks to people like UpaluruGopala Krishnamurthy (UG) even as you have indirectly admitted to it by way of “Pygmies on the shoulders of Giants see further than the giant” but why not be even more honest and face the stark realities of life even as people like UG faced up to and try to recast with your writing skills in the relaying, revamping of a more realistic foundations to all so-called religions.

    There is more information on this and many other similar issues of the so-called spiritual or religious issues as on the web site u_g_krishnamurti.net or org re the “the mystique or mistake of enlightenment” so that people like you may wean the misdirected and misunderstood from the unrealistic, illusive and delusionary goal/s of Buddhism and other religions that come by to some quite accidentally like to people like Ramana Maharishi?

    Like Fire and Sight. Life too to me is a mutually inclusive triangle of three aspects Sex, Food and living creatures. The food you eat becomes sex. The sex turns into more life forms. Life forms are food. As all life lives on, in and through other life forms.

    Even the Buddha like many other religious leaders/ unintended founders of various religions and sects misunderstood the accidental neuro-endocrino-physiological change that came over them as enlightenment. There is no such thing as enlightenment. Some people who were accidentally overtaken by this change had committed suicide, entered mental homes or met with road accidents. The closest one can think of to this state is known as “Cotards Syndrome”. Though I have had no confirmation for this from a Neurologist such as V.S.Ramachandran practicing in the USA who seems to be more concerned in being a great specialist in his more parochial field where he most certainly excels.

    I do suspect that it’s another of nature’s proto type experimental “magic of reality” that Richard Dawkins has written extensively about and alludes to somewhat. Yet he too in his future revisions has more room to expand and improve on his trying to be more encompassing of all these and other yet to be known “unknown -unknowns” aspects of the ever changing and evolving life in nature in his “The Greatest Show on Earth” which should really form part and parcel of the pre-requisite reading material for anyone who consider themselves modern humans who are paradoxically on the threshold of greater hope in the scientific and technological progress as well as in the possible regression to the prehistoric Pre-Cambrian era.

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    Hmm, interesting…

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    @ gamini, sama and mahulchandran;
    With all due respect to Dr. Jagath. A, all three of your comments, writings, facts, arguments are equally realistic and interesting like Dr. Jagath Asoka’s article. Appreciate all your way of looking at things differently and with a positive, practical approach. Pleasure reading your comments and learning. I respect all the religions. They are all guiding us to lead a peaceful human life in different ways. The essence of all the religions are almost the same, but the followers manipulated every religion to suit their needs and wrote ‘fictions’ in the name of religion. Those should not be taken as gospel truth. All of these religious (so called) rites are hard to follow and not very practical. One should try and live without hurting others,help others if possible, refrain from hate, racism,violence and things considered as evil. There is God within oneself and be honest to yourself, be truthful and respectful at least to that God inside you. Those fictional religious stories were told or written to convince the nomadic, not so educated people of earlier generations to explain good things, way of life, good human behavior with stories to make them understand.
    There is no point fighting over religions since every religion has it’s own merits and may be some demerits. Behaving like a good human is what we have to try and do.

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      All organised, disorganised, unorganised and even some cultish religions and their many sects and sub-sects too may have at some time served as both internal and external scaffoldings to humans and their societies and progressed from animistic, pantheistic, multimode/gods and one and only true god to the atheists no-god through-out the evolution of humans on this planet. All these in my reckoning from archaeological, historical and other evidence have and are doing more harm than good today to all living things and this planet and space-ship earth that sustains us all whilst being over-populated, over-polluted and over-run with all manner of creatures for which its taking its toll with the parasitic human animal as well from birth to death.

      If at all the only seeming good that yet prevails from the legacies of religions past and present is the “service aspect” of it that too is a partly delusionary for better after-life, rebirth, moksha, nirvana or to sit on the RHS of Christ in heaven etc. Further many progressive and enlightened states have taken over that role especially in the better educated and more enlightened Nordic and Scandinavian countries where I would like to emigrate to if I was able speak their language. Islam to-day undergoing what Christianity underwent in the middle ages in the attempt of the separation of state and religion. Even Christianity still has not completely separated itself from state and church matter as in the USA with around 40 odd percent fundamentalist Christian stance that would like all other religions wiped off the face of the planet for them to get into that exclusively deluded 140 odd thousand who may go to heaven after the so-called apocalypse as stated in one of 66 books the outdated pico-library of their frozen wisdom.

      It’s high time for mankind (which includes womankind) to take the raft or boat that Jagath Asoka has left behind without carrying it as a mental-emotional and physical cross and/or burden through their inherited delusionary belief systems and their self imposed chains of the mematic and epigentics limitations if they are to live a freer and less violent and painful life and not self annihilate themselves and most other life forms through some fraction of the thousands of nuclear devices kept in readiness for their so-called defense when it’s so obvious to any average thinking being on this planet that this (MAD) “Mutually Assured Destruction” idea and delusionary belief of so-called world leaders, politicians and those in governance are also aware that based on prevailing and changing weather conditions will not let any sane leader use it based on the evidence in the aftermath of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      Who knows with VP’s mental twin MR at the helm anything is possible with a huge amount of the SL budget and many countries budgetary spending that go to military expenses that also provide the food, clothing and shelter for its members for the annihilation of other fellow humans and other life forms which would mainly arise from deep ingrained religious beliefs as invisible virus are stated to have caused more deaths and hence may be Bruz you and others like you are perhaps right to carry-on regardless.

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    Hello Jagath
    Can you write an articel on

    Buddhism Drugs Child Abuse Sex Money Laundering Fraud Racial Violence

    Regards

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