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Can A Country Swamped By Mythological Beliefs Prosper?

By Vipula Wanigasekera

Dr. Vipula Wanigasekera

Mythological practices are prevalent in many religions worldwide, ranging from visiting places of religious significance to ringing bells dangling on the testicles of a sage. This piece is not to entirely reject these practices, as some rituals have become traditions, but to highlight the absurd levels of indulgence in Sri Lanka, primarily driven by a segment of Buddhist monks.

Almost every family adheres to traditions such as consulting horoscope readers and waiting for auspicious times for significant events. Indigenous chanting and dancing, like Bali Thovil, are commonly accepted customs. However, there is an over-dependence on newly found practices and beliefs, where authorities need to act before these characters turn the youth into blind followers.

Many politicians carry talismans to ward off evil, ignoring the fact that it is corruption that has hindered the country and may catch up with them sooner or later as Karma, legal, or social justice. Similarly, it is interesting to see large gatherings of professionals daily at a joint on Galle Road to have their ola leaves read.

Incidentally, the writer conducted research on this place in the 80s and found a few possible ways they do this reading. The late Prof. Carlo Fonseka was amazed to hear the findings, saying that even he could not figure out their modus operandi.

Healers who have become quite wealthy over time only need to visit Apeksha Hospital Maharagama, Mental Hospital Angoda, and Lady Ridgeway in Borella just once to help those innocent and helpless patients. Of course, such healers are found in developed countries too, where they have formed wealthy and affluent cults.

In the 1980s, a Bo tree purportedly shedding tears drew hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Nikaweratiya until the monk admitted it was a fabrication. A popular monk claims to have been a disciple of Ven Ananda during Buddha’s time and then utters some chanting in Hindi to convince followers who do not realize that Buddha or Ven Ananda didn’t speak Hindi!

The commercialization of Buddhist mythological beliefs is rampant in Sri Lanka. Relics are often advertised involving media as “authentic,” attracting large crowds and generating significant revenue. Last year, a monk initiated a campaign urging young married couples to offer gold sovereigns to the temple as a tribute to their parents! The campaign was abandoned after facing ridicule from Sri Lankan students in Melbourne.

Sermons frequently delve into mythical narratives, with monks describing happenings in heaven and hell, citing books and illnesses caused by the effects of evil. One monk claims that a colleague of his has seen Jesus Christ in heaven carrying a pot of water. The crowd responds, “Sadhu Sadhu.”

Another monk, an expert in sexuality, discourages women from sexual indulgence and says those who commit adultery will end up in hell and their private parts will suffer incurable diseases while rotting in hell. He says in another discourse that a woman who receives a cup of tea prepared by her spouse commits a sin and goes to hell!

Known stories include a cobra appearing at the Kelaniya temple from the Kingdom of Snakes just before elections. Leading politicians sought advice from a fortune-teller, Gnaakka. During the COVID-19 pandemic and politicians endorsed pouring chanted water into rivers and promoted Dammika Paniya, a honey concoction, as a cure for the virus.

Another monk claims authority by declaring if followers have reached stages of enlightenment. He advocates a higher mental order as the only way, contrary to Buddha’s approach of reaching out to all types of people with simple words that reveal the true nature of life as preached to Suneetha Sopaka etc. Then there is the battle between two factions regarding the birthplace of Buddha, with no emphasis on the importance of Dhamma.


These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. The entire nation seems swamped by mythological beliefs that overshadow rational thinking and scientific reasoning. While mythology and cultural practices are integral to Sri Lanka’s identity, they should not impede economic progress for which the next generation must be geared to emerge with what is acceptable to international communities away from mythical indulgence.

Despite these, it is heartening to see at least a couple of monks who have come forward to counter these myths. Here is one such link .

*Writer is former Diplomat, Head of Tourism Authority and currently a lecturer for ECU and Meditation teacher

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    Thanks Vipula for the valuable article.
    More than anywhere else in the world, myths and superstitions reign supreme in South Asia, East Asia, Latin America and Africa. I heard about black magic and other traditions based on myths from my then roommates from Malawi, Lesotho, South Africa, Senegal, Cameroon and many other parts of black Africa. My hostel was filled with over 50 nationalities from far corners of the world (representing the developed and developing world as a whole) so I was lucky enough to chat with people from Africa and South East Asia.
    .
    As I read somewhere, 25% of the world’s population is believed to live in South Asia, which is plagued by myths. Indians are used to bathing in polluted rivers. Although the researchers prove that the water is contaminated and everyone gets sick easily, they believe that the “sacred river water” can cure them. However, the myths behind them are stronger in that country than the “fact-based information”.

    TBC

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    cont.
    The level of acceptance of myths and legends is much higher in developing countries than anywhere else in the developed world. Astrological beliefs are common, with 5-10% of the population in Western countries and more than 95% in South Asia. Western tourists are very happy to visit Sri Lanka’s dagabs and temples, but often critcise them on their return to europe. Some tourists did not understand the custom of wearing colorful “WRIST bands aka PIRITHNOOLE” and I was questioned many times, but I could not find an explanation clever enough to convince my colleagues in the West. These are new rituals that make the Rajapaksa family happy. When the 2 spikes turn pink, the belts turn “pink” and are seen worn by podde slaves from Gota’s business. Any scumbag continues to practice any ritual they introduce for their own promotion, it’s like a plague they’re addicted to.
    For the last 15 years, this country has been destroyed due to new-found rituals. I have fond memories of Sri Lanka in the 70’s and 80’s when people were not as mythic as it is today. Bodhi Pujas and all other Pirith sermons have become big business today as huge public spectacles at the expense of poor to rich followers.
    Tbc

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    cont.
    It is said that there is a monk named “Kiribatgoda Hamudurudwo” who is holding big festivals by making up his own stories. He is more superstitious than other ignorant monks.
    Vicious Journalists like Dilith Jayaweera gave high publicity to how even the Sorbonne (Paris) learned monk of Kelaniya proved himself to be a real mythical king and fell for the “fake relics carried by the serpent story”. Inflated the ” MEDAMULANA thugs”. They SIVURU horas played with the psyche of gullible mindset of this country.

    Today, more than in the past, myths have affected this country in a big way. That is really big mess looking back .

    Any rogue politician (Mahendra P Rajapaksa aka Mahinda Rajapaksa) today wears a thicker “ribbon” style string around their wrist than in the 80s and 90s.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahinda_Rajapaksa
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Even the name of “Mahinda” is a myth- since his birth name Mahendra as seen in his Birth certificate displayed his levels of thakakdiya nature. He knew how to tame and aim at the stupid mindset and make them eternal fools for his voter-havest. If true buddhistic virtues would govern in this country, things like this would not have occured.

    Tbc

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      Thank you for your comments. What I wrote may be just a small percentage of what is really happening. The Sad part of the story is that these beliefs and practices are propagated by Buddhist monks either politically driven and for personal gains totally against teachings of Buddha. The rational lot in the country takes all these as humor because there is no other option when majority of masses follow blindly.

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        Vipula
        “these beliefs and practices are propagated by Buddhist monks “
        Those aren’t really Buddhist monks. They are best described as witch doctors in yellow robes. It is sad that theses charlatans are not disciplined by even the Mahanayakas. That brings up the question of the quality of the Mahanayakas themselves.

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          “In the 1980s, a Bo tree purportedly shedding tears drew hundreds of thousands of pilgrims to Nikaweratiya until the monk admitted it was a fabrication.”
          Similarly, in the 90’s, there was an epidemic of Catholic statues weeping “blood” at various churches. This phomenon died out soon enough.
          I suppose imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

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          OC,
          as the post closed for that article, I have added it here.
          .https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/npp-anura-reconciliation/comment-page-1/#comment-2495571
          .
          again an insulting comment from our PISSA from UK (Lester).
          .
          “If Sri Lanka had such a policy, the UN would be investigating the genocide.”
          Religions are a variety of Indian mythology and caste-based superstitions that are intertwined in traditions that vary from one province to another. It is a complex culture that outsiders can never easily grasp. When Europeans visited India and returned, shared with me, both hell and paradise are in that subcontinent. We are a small nation of 22 million, why should we compare with them?

          Lester, if Sri Lanka had such a policy, you COULD better shape your cognitive character by getting a scholarship earlier.

          Then we would have spared your usual insulting, racist remarks. To me, your racist thoughts are like a darker smoke from the volcanoes of the Sicilian islands.
          :
          You slander everyone without studying the facts of anyone. Why does CHIV necessarily belong to a low caste person? Jealousy and hatred instilled in you only make you where you are today. Anything that comes out of you and Deepti Silva is so disgusting.

          This reminds me of my dear grandmother who told us that if someone makes such a fuss about caste, he must be from a really low caste. I have no doubts about your caste….. Lester.
          :
          So you and late Dr Nalinda Silva or the beasts in human form have proven it better than anyone else.

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            Leela,

            What’s your point? I didn’t create caste. Some are using standardisation to their own advantage, while blaming Sinhalese for “discrimination.” I already explained to you, VP was primarily influenced by DMK ideology. He did not trust the Vellalar (higher caste) and eliminated their leadership one by one. In Toilet Nadu, the DMK chased the Brahmins out, especially after 1967. That’s why the Google CEO, Pichai, ran away to California, USA (maybe he met your hero Gotha?). Many others like him. I cannot explain everything in 300 words, refer to the best Sri Lankan historian, HLD Mahindapala.

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              *In India, standardisation is called “reservation.”

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              Lester

              “VP was primarily influenced by DMK ideology. “

              Please do feel free to explain what you meant by DMK ideology, why and how was he influenced by DMK ideology? Was it good or bad? There seems to be several types of DMK, for example, DK, DMK, ADMK, MDMK, ………………. Which DMK are you referring to?

              ” In Toilet Nadu, the DMK chased the Brahmins out, especially after 1967. “

              Sundar was born on 10 June 1972, according to your stupid mind/logic he ran away before he was born.

              Do I have to remind you Stalin from toilet nadu fed your kith and kin during covid disaster, Nirmala and Jayshanker helped (both from Tamil Nadu) Sri Lanka stabilise its economy.

              You are an ungrateful undesirable thing, even Jellyfish can remember past experiences.
              https://kidsdiscover.com/teacherresources/brainless-animal-kingdom/

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                Native
                “Do I have to remind you Stalin from toilet nadu fed your kith and kin during covid disaster”
                You are wrong. Both Lester and Ruchira survived on food and fuel which they bought with money they printed themselves. 🤣🤣

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              Hello Lester,
              Please give me reference to one of HLD Mahindapala’s History Books.
              Best regards

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            LM,
            It is pretty obvious from that post what exactly his attitudes are. He is highly caste- conscious, even though he says “I didn’t invent caste”. He has claimed earlier that he is of Royal descent himself. A most peculiar character, who also talks a lot about abstinence and meditation, but is drunk much of the time, and uses caste to insult others.
            He isn’t a UK resident, though he might have been expelled after his refugee application was refused. These guys are embittered, solitary losers in dead end occupations who use this forum to boast of their supposed skills in maths or programming or even plumbing.
            We should be sorry for these creatures. Just hold your nose while writing about him.

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              I never said I’m of royal descent, but you are definitely descended from gutter trash. No university education, posting rubbish (there are no Sinhalese refugees other than journalists), complaining about chicken prices. Means your occupation is three-wheeler or janitor. Maybe a kotiya like “Leela” will believe you.

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                What wit! What repartee!
                I would have thought just a little of that abstinence, meditation, metaphysics, university education in fake plumbing and Sinhala-Buddhist culture would have brushed off on you. Wait till I find that Chakravarti genealogy…..
                I can complain about pork prices if you prefer, but pork nowadays is cheaper than chicken.

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                  Do you plan to slaughter your pro-LTTE friends on CT once your moon god in Mecca gives the signal?

                  ““And when the sacred months have passed, then kill the polytheists wherever you find them and capture them and besiege them and sit in wait for them at every place of ambush.”

                  – Surah At-Tawbah – 5

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                    “Buddha’s enlightened disciples) who come to console him say: “Only one and a half human beings have been slain here by thee, O lord of men.”
                    – Mahavamsa
                    But then, you ain’t no Buddhist.

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                “there are no Sinhalese refugees other than journalists”
                Another barefaced lie. Do you even know who Chamath Palihapitiya’s father was?
                https://www.newswire.lk/2022/01/19/as-a-refugee-my-family-fled-a-country-sl-born-billionaire-chamath-palihapitiya-responds-to-criticism/

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            LM,
            “Anything that comes out of you and Deepti Silva is so disgusting.”
            “Anything that comes out of you and Deepthi Silva is so disgusting.”!!??
            Life-long FRUSTRATION being exemplified ultimately in Full!!??? Coupled with exasperation of constricted living instead of expected aspirational Ambience in the west they translocated!!??
            SAD!!??

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          Agree

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          OC, Tamils are no less. One time milk was pouring from idols of Lord Ganapathi, simultaneously in Lanka and Tamil Nadu. Not sure 300 psi pumps were put in use , like in ancient Lanka ??? LOL, real entertainment. Enjoyed it thoroughly. Can only feel pity for those loners.

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          Even more concerning is the fact there there actually is a government-sponsored committee of astrologers to decide “auspicious ” times like New Tear.
          In April this time, they had an almighty squabble among themselves about the time the New Year was supposed to start.

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            OC,
            That makes sense!!!??? 50% of those Astrologers, must have been Experiencing, what is called in astrology as “NEECHA BANGA YOGAYA”, THEMSELVES AND OTHER HALF NOT!!?? These astrologers are human too!! If as per astrology, the Stars depending on their “Grouping” because of the Star Galactic movements, these astrologers too who are human are subject to NO DIFFERENT PRINCIPLE!!!??? Therefore, such conflicts could happen and expected in Human Life!!??
            Theorem used, REDUCTIO AD ABSURDEM!!??
            IF ANYONE CHALLEGES THAT DRAWDOWN, THEN CONCEPT OF ASTROLOGY AND DEPENDENCE OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR ON GALACTIC MOVEMENT DEPENDENCE!!!???
            Basic fact is None of the astrologers GROUPED in the Government Sponsored committee has the Identical, Time, Place and Date of Birth, which necessarily differs and there cannot be a better explanation for the ‘Quarrell’!!!

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    I always have a good laugh whenever I see the following legend inscribed on a poster stuck near the entrance to a house:
    “BALAGIRI DOSHAYA ADA NOVEI, HETA”
    It’s truly hilarious, I tell you!

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      Indeed

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    Dear Vipula,
    .
    Ironically the interview you have shared right at the end of your essay has been conducted by a media outfit that was heavily involved in propogating such mythological thinking that you complain of at the begining of your essay.
    .
    I however do not see much point in directly addressing these myths per say, even though such attempts could and should not be discouraged.
    .
    What we need is a genuine interest in driving the economy aided by opportunities that facilitate such drives that include sound education that cultivate critical scientific thinking while religion and spirituality taking its due place in the process.
    .
    When people are impoverished and desperate, they tend to resort to various other beliefs looking for solace, both material as well as non-material. They become the victims of various vicious forces.
    .
    Ensuring democratic discourse, sound judicial system, and responsible media all are vital in addressing and facilitating this economic drive. Waning off of such mythological thinking and practices would be a by product.
    .
    In the long run we may have to see how we could improve the cognitive skills of our ppl so thst they don’t fall victims to these various elements. Initiatives required may be multifaceted. For example ensuring good obstetric care to promotion of early childhood care and development (ECCD), along with initiatives directed at adults all are important.
    .
    But your efforts are commendable.

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      Continued from above..
      .
      In relation to developing cognitive skills, two main or broad approaches are needed in my view, that pay attention to genomics on the one hand, the environment on the other, and of course the complex interactions between them.
      .
      Whether there’s a genetic predisposition to the endowment of higher cognitive capacities may be somewhat of a contraversial question, but one that needs attention, so we could harness the true potential of such predispositions to serve the whole of humanity better.
      .
      And how we could curate optimum environments on the planet that facilitate such cognitive and other potentials that the humanity possesses.

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        R,
        “In relation to developing cognitive skills, two main or broad approaches are needed in my view, that pay attention to genomics on the one hand, the environment on the other, and of course the complex interactions between them”

        Biomedical researchers hypothesize that environment plays a more important role than genes in progressive thinking, based largely on identical and twin research on child development. Parents of immigrant families, for example, struggle with their second generations in Europe, North America, Australia and anywhere else in the world. Some have real family conflicts, unable to cope with their youth (often associated with different cultures in the school environment). Many schools filled with diverse immigrant children are more prone to crime than schools filled with local children. This is often common to Australia and Europe.
        ..
        The Japanese living in Hawaii behave completely differently from their original Japanese counterparts in mainland Japan. Turks migrate from their original habitats to Germany, UK and Australia and behave against the culture of their own parents.
        .
        Moreover, Sri Lankan youth grow up in Europe because the second generations do not get along with their parents who later migrated to Europe. Among the various environmental factors, access to the Internet is the most influential of them today.

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          “The Japanese living in Hawaii behave completely differently from their original Japanese counterparts in mainland Japan. Turks migrate from their original habitats to Germany, UK and Australia and behave against the culture of their own parents.”

          Lol, where are you getting this information? East Asians and Muslims are generally very conservative. Generation or location is not a big factor.

          Environment cannot completely substitute for genetics. Mozart was a prodigy because generations of his family were musicians. He could have been a good musician with good training, but it’s unlikely he would have reached genius level. I have noticed many of my friends whose parents were professors or scientists also gravitated towards doctorates or medicine. This is the son of the famous mathematician, John Nash: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SizS1nOOeJg&pp=ygUQam9obiBuYXNoIGpyIHNvbg%3D%3D. He has the same schizo as the father and a similar level of maths ability. Someone like me would have to spend 10 days to understand 1 page of a higher level maths book. But this guy has a full understanding in 10 min because of genetics.

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            Lester,
            “Japanese living in Hawaii behave completely differently from their original Japanese counterparts in mainland Japan. Turks migrate from their original habitats to Germany, UK and Australia and behave against the culture of their own parents.”
            Very True!!?? COMPELLED to AGREE with you on this matter!!??
            Sri Lankans who migrated to UK behave differently to those who migrated to Germany, which is clearly apparent in this discourse itself!!!???
            You are an absolute Legend Unmatched, without any doubt whatsoever!!???

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      PS: “For example ensuring good obstetric care to promotion of early childhood care and development (ECCD), …”
      .
      Good ante-natal care is imparative. The initiative should go deeper like planned conceptions to other family planning methods. The cultural beliefs associated with child bearing etc too needs attention. Good interpersonal relationships that could provide healthy family environments that children could grow and develop all are important. But regrettably I don’t see such topics are being addressed by the current leadership. We need both STEMI skills including engineering skills as well as social engineering skills too to face the various challenges the world is currently facing.

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        *STEM
        .

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        Ruchira, excellent views and suggestions.

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      * per se not per say

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      Yes you are right regarding the last interview. This media house is trying to strike a balance now with their Boss trying to enter main stream politics. After all these genuine monks also have large followers which they may be targeting

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        Vipula, Their boss is a murderous thug who should be in jail, if sri lanka was a country that had rule of law which includes implementation of laws, hardly presidential material. But I value your good intentions. There’s a certain strategy, that opposing forces at times take the precedence of promoting values that are contrary to their’s. It’s a way of containing such values in the guise of promoting them. I’m not saying that is what happening here, but that’s something to be aware of. For example I’m sure enough green activists are funded and promoted by the fossil fuel industry. Anyways thanks for your good, valuable articles and the time taken to respond. It’s a breadth of fresh air to see authors addressing progressive topics other than the usual political vitriol that dominates this forum. Keep up the good work.

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    Incidentally the monk who is an expert on sexuality is invited by a group of Sri Lankan buddhist in Melbourne to give a sermon, God save their wives

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      If God could be first saved from the Church….

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        Ruchira, some high thinking sub mentality imagining you can save God

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          DTG – I thought you are a little literate than that. I did not say I can save God, whoever that is. I said, IF God could be saved… I hope you have enough knowledge to know the difference unlike the old fart – codger.

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      Vipula,
      Athana, Methana, Hithana, Nattana Ratana too is very familiar with Fallopian Tube, Function and Malfunction capabilities and certainly would be of help, in the mission!!! Could someone donate a Ticket to MLB!?? One-Way Ticket would suffice!!!??? Less bother during elections! GROBR!

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      vipula, what is the idea in keeping these buddhist priests unmarried. They take what they want anyway only creating issues for the hierarchy. Non-RC Christian priests marry and have families and live normal lives like other people

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        DTG,
        “Non-RC Christian priests marry and have families and live normal lives “
        Quite normal. I hear even the Arcbishop of Canterbury didn’t know who his father was.
        https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/09/justin-welby-archbishop-canterbury-discovers-father-churchill-private-secretary
        Let’s not talk about our very own Rev. Matthew Peiris.

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        davidthegood,

        Abstinence has important benefits, both mentally and physically. If you compare Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammed, you will see that the first two reached a very high level of cognitive development. I presume you already know the “life story” of the third.

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          Hello Lester,
          Jesus is not mentioned in any contemporary documents and is probably an amalgam of various gurus of the time. In the Bible he was a Carpenter as was his father. By the way have a look at Michelangelo’s Last Supper, who is the woman in the painting?
          Mohammed (PBUH) was a warrior of the Quraish a Merchant tribe and supposedly illiterate, however like many Holy men he had a prodigious memory. He was probably descended from Abraham through his son Ishmael. Abraham and Ishmael built the Kabba in Mecca.
          Despite what DTG says they worship the same God as the Christians and fought battles to rid Arabia of Idolatry. Most of the Surahs are references to the old testament and how they should be followed.
          As for The Buddha we all know his life story and his Revelations but have very little Documentation contemporary with his life in North India/Nepal. I am open to correction if anyone has evidence.
          Best regards

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            Hello LankaScot,

            Both Jesus and Buddha rejected the material world, a proposition which has been validated by modern science, when one moves beyond classical mechanics. Duality, superposition, uncertainty, entanglement, Bell’s Paradox, etc. suggest that our senses are limited, which brings into question the very nature of empiricism.
            Mohammed did not reject materialism. He owned slaves and married 13 women. He administered severe penalties upon his enemies, such as the destruction of 360 idols and the slaughtering of 600 Jews at Banu Quraysh. He was indeed illiterate. What about the the authenticity of the Quran? The Quran is supposed to be based on the revelations of the Angel Gabriel to a man who had earlier learned about Christianity and Judaism per his travels as a caravan driver. The Angel Gabriel did not reveal much in the way of novelty to Mohammed. Which raises the question of why reveal at all.
            I agree that Mohammed was a very good warrior. But that is 180 poles apart from being a prophet. Genghis Khan was an even better warrior with over a million descendants. Putin is likely one of them. But Genghis did not claim to be a prophet.

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              Hello Lester,
              An Electron is part of the Material World, as is a Photon, Neutrino, Proton and various flavours of Quarks. Now please tell me what is not part of the Material World and how you (a Material Being) can detect this immaterial world. You are harking back to the Mechanical Materialists of the 18th Century despite your references to Quantum Mechanics. Your knowledge of Quantum Mechanics is the same as Deepak Chopra’s.
              It is very easy to quote from Wikipedia or other online sources, but knowledge is something constructed by humans using their brains, senses and practical experience. It is not just the regurgitation of facts. What defines Science as being closer to reality than other ideologies/religions is it’s Testability. Karl Popper called it “Falsificationism”.
              I hate to nit pick but a pole is 90 degrees, therefore 180 poles is 16,200 degrees, not good coming from a Mathematician https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/latitude/
              Best regards

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                Hello LankaScot,

                I did not quote from Wikipedia.
                Classical mechanics can be re-constructed from quantum mechanics. That means classical mechanics is just an approximation of QM at a different scale. QM does not agree with everyday experience. So if you constructed a fundamental theory of everything, as Einstein tried to do for 20 years, it would not agree with everyday experience. So the world you are living in – the one that you experience empirically – is an illusion. There is a higher reality, and I am not referring to the party scene with 72 virgins.
                Knowledge exists independently of humans. It’s up to humans to discover it. I have personally seen an ESP demonstration. The psychic was probably utilizing some kind of energy field to see into the past and the future. There is no scientific method to tap into an energy field. Just like science cannot explain (except superficially) how certain traits get passed from parents. Ex: musical families. I know one with three children, two became professional musicians. If science could isolate such genes (assuming they existed), we could create superhumans.
                180 poles apart means 180 degrees apart. Your difficulties in trigonometry are excusable, I have seen far worse.

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                  *There is no scientific method to tap into an energy field.

                  In a metaphysical sense.

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                    Hello Lester,
                    ” I have personally seen an ESP demonstration. The psychic was probably utilizing some kind of energy field to see into the past and the future”.
                    The only thing the Psychic was utilising was your gullibility.
                    And “*There is no scientific method to tap into an energy field
                    In a metaphysical sense”.
                    James Clerk Maxwell and Richard Feynman both used equations and experiments to show the reality of Electromagnetic Fields. Both QED and Maxwell’s Equations have shown high degrees of accuracy. Of course Science is continually researching the nature of the real world and new things will be discovered.
                    In the meantime try reading one of the best books on Physics and the real world written by a renowned Mathematician Roger Penrose “The Road to Reality”. You never know it may excise some of the Juju from your brain.
                    Best regards

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                      Hello LankaScot,

                      Science is just a method, one approach, to understand the intricacies of the Universe. Its reliability relies on mathematical assumptions. Now take away the number “pi” and a great deal of science would simply collapse. Including QED. Now, how do you prove that a number like pi exists? You can’t, except in an approximate way.

                      Here is a good quote from Einstein: “”The human mind is not capable of grasping the Universe. We are like a little child entering a huge library. The walls are covered to the ceilings with books in many different tongues. The child knows that someone must have written these books. It does not know who or how.”

                      So Einstein the atheist acknowledges some higher power or unknown force, though he doesn’t explicitly call it “God.” Here is another useful quote: “”It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure.” Similar to if you translate Shakespeare to Japanese, the meaning gets lost.

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                    Electricity does not exist. There is no scientific method to tap it.
                    Lester does not exist either.
                    In a metaphysical sense, naturally.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  If the expression “We are poles apart” means we are diametrically opposite (i.e. 180 degrees) how can 180 poles mean the same? https://www.dictionary.com/browse/poles-apart
                  Best regards

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                    Lanka Scott,
                    “Poles Apart”!!
                    That means to me that you are 450 ft away from your adversary – The distance between 2 Light or Telegraph posts!? In a ‘STRAIGHTLINE’!!!??? NO DEGREE OF TURN ACCOMODATED!!!
                    Perhaps becomes 90, 180 or 360 degrees, people are used to be trained at Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge!!?? QM they mutter all the time, don’t understand nor do they seem to!!??

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                      Hello Mahila,
                      450 ft, let me get my Binoculars. I am sure Lester doesn’t live in Welligala.
                      As for the Cavendish, opened by James Clerk Maxwell. Some of the first Graduates were CTR Wilson and Ernest Rutherford. If you include JJ Thomson that’s 3 Nobel Prizewinners.
                      Wilson invented the Cloud Chamber (we had one in our Science Class in Aberdeen 1960s). The Radioactive materials were kept in a Lead lined safe. I saw my first Alpha particle tracks back then. See this about the Brocken Spectre and Wilson – https://figuringoutfulfillment.wordpress.com/2012/04/20/the-ghost-and-the-machine/
                      Best regards

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                  “180 poles apart means 180 degrees apart. “
                  Sounds a lot like “taqiyya” to me.🤣🤣🤣

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                    To those whom it may concern,
                    I found this interesting piece by one “Jay Chambers” in the CT archive:
                    “April 19, 2020. Unlike India where the Aryan Brahmins and Aryan Kshatrya have maintained their bloodline with minimal admixture, Lanka is a place where such conscious and careful practices are rarely followed. Lankan Moslems are a mix of mostly Dravidian Hindu converts to Islam from the lowest non-Aryan castes with some Sinhalese admixture. Lankan Dravidians are overwhelmingly pure Dravidian, and only a handful are Brahmin and these Brahmins usually carry out religious rites. Sinhalese are a mish mash of races from the North of India with visible Dravidian admixture in coastal belt and some interior parts. However, the Aryan blood in the Sinhalese is not too diluted and you …..”
                    Sounds familiar, right?

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                      oc
                      Sad to note that such gibberish recurs ad infinitum.

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                      SJ,
                      The guy has operated under many different avatars, but the consistent jargon gives him away.

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                    Hello OC,
                    Maybe Kitman (كتمان ) is more Lester’s methodology. I can’t decide if he is Sunni, Shia or Closet Jew. In the USA he would be a MAGA Trumpist. In the UK a Farageist. In France he would be holding Marine Le Pen’s hand and in India he would aspire to be one of Modi’s Hindutwa underlings. Given his confusion over the true meaning of Poles, I think he has lost his Moral Compass.
                    Best regards

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                      Hello Lanka”Scot”,

                      Poles is not a reference to Polish people. 180 poles apart = 180 pole degrees apart. Logical inference is useful. Grown man marries 9 year old. 9 year olds should not marry grown men. Dial 119 (Scotland Yard).

                      “You see,” he (Holmes) explained, “I consider that a man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose. A fool takes in all the lumber of every sort that he comes across, so that the knowledge which might be useful to him gets crowded out, or at best is jumbled up with a lot of other things so that he has a difficulty in laying his hands upon it. Now the skilful workman is very careful indeed as to what he takes into his brain-attic. He will have nothing but the tools which may help him in doing his work, but of these he has a large assortment, and all in the most perfect order.”

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                      Hello Lester,
                      Equation of a Circle
                      (x – h)2+ (y – k)2 = r2, where (h, k) represents the coordinates of the center of the circle, and r represents the radius of the circle.
                      Pi (π) is just the relationship between the radius/diameter to the circumference of a circle. You can also us Radians “Because the radian is based on the pure idea of “the radius being laid along the circumference”, it often gives simple and natural results when used in mathematics”
                      Best regards

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                  Lester –
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                  “Your difficulties in trigonometry are excusable, I have seen far worse.”
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                  Some here I’ve seen claim that you have no sense of humour…. lol

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                    If that is a joke, I have seen far better…..

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                    Lester,
                    IS Very Essence of Humour!!?? No Contest whatever there!!???

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                  Hello Lester,
                  “Classical mechanics can be re-constructed from quantum mechanics”. Now show me the proven connection between Gravity and Quantum Mechanics.
                  Best regards

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            LS, what do you think about the superstition levels (95%) of Sri Lankans living in a village in Sri Lanka?

            Do you really think what they believe is true Buddhism? What do you think about the violation of animal rights disguised in the Kandy perahara festival?
            Please share your views with us as you are neutral to all. I wonder if even 5% of Sri Lankans know the truth behind the “True Buddha Sermon”. If Buddhism is dominant as many say, how can crime skyrocket?
            My relatives (expats from Sri Lanka) had come to Sri Lanka from LA for their annual vacation, many of them shared with me, that going out was scary in Colombo today. Doubletakes have made them worried as never before. Everywhere they thought they should go, they were partly deceived.
            I don’t like to criticize them openly, because I might become their next convenient dish at their table.
            SB’s banners and ribbons adorn their physical bodies but even some monks in robes are really cruel. Lies spread there with the speed of light velocity today. Then that becomes the fake public perception -> vicious circle is the consequence.

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              Hello Leelagemalli,
              Strangely I have found that when pressed, most of the younger generation take my side on the Supernatural beliefs of their elders. However one of the best English Speakers that I know (outside of family) is a Snake Oil Salesman. He is very eloquent and amongst other things teaches English. In his 40s, well dressed and obviously not short of money, he clammed up a little bit when I criticised Theosophy and Blavatsky. Little did I know was that he was the local Juju man. He tried to sell me and my wife some “Powerful” Gems that he maintained had special properties. My answer of “Bollocks” caught him unawares. He didn’t expect anyone to so directly challenge his beliefs. As I got to know him better over time I realised he was what we in Scotland call a “Chancer”. He didn’t actually believe any of it, but it made him money.
              Best regards

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                LS, Thanks, but our people are highly vulnerable. I sometimes feel that this vicious circle is closely connected with crooked politicians. It is a win win situaiton for the politician so long people stay slaves.
                I guess some 6 years ago, a man pretending to be a Professor of estatic science, called “Walampuri” promoted artificial Valampuri and there were many people who believed that it would bring good luck.
                Please watch this with your wife… that in sinhala
                https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWjiWHgs2CU&t=173s
                I as one qualified in bio stream have never heard of any resarch publication in ocenealogy that VALAMPOORI could have that supernatural powers. Nevertheless people went after those untruths for no good reasons. I think not only the fraudsters but also people are to blame.
                The truth was revealed a few years ago that this person is a liar and a high level fraud. This criminal lives still near to colombo, but being not caught by police for all high frauds he made during a period such as 10 years. His was promoted by Rajapakshe and his henchmen. In this country Rajapakshes are the most superstitous political prominents that then misled entire nation on and on.

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            LS,
            Here are a few hilarious questions about the Book of Leviticus:
            https://youtu.be/dkw7VdYQzuE?si=_zgn0UaipjkbUSM5
            I wonder what DTG has got to say?

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              Hello OC,
              I have just thrown out the Shrimps that my wife bought today at the Fishmongers. I didn’t know that eating them was an abomination (Lev. 11:9-12).
              The Link was very funny, but did you see some of the older ones in the Audience looking uncomfortable?
              Best regards

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                LS,
                I wonder if DTG eats abominations?

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                “I didn’t know that eating them was an abomination.”

                How about pork, funny we have so-called “atheists” here commenting exclusively on seafood and chicken. Yallah!

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                  Hello Lester,
                  I have eaten Pork, Snails (Escargot), Pâté de merles (Blackbird Pate), Rabbit, Fish eyes and even Cervelle navarin d’agneau Vol au Vents (Lamb’s Brains stew in Vol au Vents). Many British people would rather stick pins in their eyeballs than eat some of these foods. Many Sri Lankans (in my experience) are particularly averse to trying new foods.
                  But I refused to eat Bush Meat in West Africa, for Ecological and Health reasons.
                  Best regards

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            Hello LankaScot,

            “Mohammed (PBUH) was a warrior of the Quraish a Merchant tribe and supposedly illiterate, however like many Holy men he had a prodigious memory.”

            Is this a Freudian slip? So you consider the illiterate Mohammed to be of higher caliber than Jesus or Buddha? The “PBUH” qualifier is neither Scottish nor atheist – are you practicing taqiyya like OC here, or has the anti-semitism reached a climax? With that said, how is the halal meat in Kandy? Superior to your knowledge of trigonometry, I presume.

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              Hello Lester,
              Being an Atheist does not make me a Philistine (to use the English term meaning uncultured). Let us go back in my Time Machine 2500, 2000 and 1500 years. We might start in Lumbini, but what language to use? Jerusalem, my pidgin Latin may be OK and if we take OC with us back to Medina our combined Arabic may be OK.
              Next we have to find each in turn, Jesus may be a problem, there are a few possibles. Mohammed may be a problem, you can do the fighting. Is there any proof that either the Buddha or Jesus were literate? So out of the three prophets none of them will be able to pass a modern IQ Test in whatever language we choose.
              Best regards

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                LankaScot,

                “Mohammed may be a problem, you can do the fighting. “

                The problem is not the fighting. Grown men should not wed 9 year olds. I thought as an atheist your viewpoint would be balanced, yet it’s come to this. Defending the most abhorrent of behaviors. And refusing to acknowledge the superior nature of pork – now I have to refer you to the UNHRC.

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                  “Grown men should not wed 9 year olds”
                  Perhaps it’s OK when Jews do it?
                  https://www.gotquestions.org/how-old-was-Mary.html
                  .
                  “Gideon had 70 sons from the many women he took as wives. He also had a Shechemite concubine who bore him a son whom he named Abimelech, which means “my father is king”
                  Let’s not forget that perv Jacob:”Rachel is first mentioned in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 29 when Jacob happens upon her as she is about to water her father’s flock. She was the second daughter of Laban, Rebekah’s brother, making Jacob her first cousin”
                  Why do jungle savants not know enough not to judge 8th century people by 21st century mores?
                  This is the sort of twisted mentality that would condone throwing paint on topless frescoes in Sigiriya while at the same time talking about Kassapa’s 300 psi water pump.

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                  Hello Lester,
                  Good attempt at humour, have you been taking lessons? Now make your mind up, in some comments by you, I am denigrated as an Atheist, and in others denigrated as “taqiyya” a faux “atheist”. So for consistency, Grasshopper, let me know which one it is. As you said before a statement cannot be True and False at the same time.
                  Best regards

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                    Hello Lanka”Scot”,

                    My question is simple, why are you willing to condemn Jesus (you say his existence is subject to speculation) and Buddha (suggesting he’s illiterate), yet assign to Mohammad qualifiers such as “PBUH” and claim he had a “prodigious memory.” Are you denying Muhammad married 9 year old Aisha? Can you explain how marrying 13 women brings one closer to “God?” Certainly, many would feel like God, but they don’t claim to be prophets.

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                      Hello Lester,
                      Where, in any comment that I have written, have I condemned Jesus or the Buddha. I am not an apologist for any Religion, Faith or Supernatural Ideology. I do not insult people that follow any of these, however I can question their assertions that they are a true reflection of reality. Now you may be a Solipsist and believe that everything is a figment of your imagination, but if you stand under a Durian Tree you’ll change your mind.
                      Remember what Carl Sagan said “Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence”
                      Now show me the evidence that Jesus and the Buddha were “literate”. We are fairly sure that Muhammad wasn’t. I am well aware of the history of Islam and Christianity, Buddhism not so much, however it is up to you as a Religious person to explain away the contradictions contained in most of these Faiths including your own.
                      But I have to give you respect for being a supreme exponent of “Malle Pol”.
                      Best regards

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                      Hello Lanka”Scot”

                      I agree that the origins of Jesus are shrouded in mystery. However, the behavior of Mohammed is not in question. For example, the destruction of 360 idols at Mecca in 630 BC and the execution of 600 Jews. It seems that you are not an atheist, therefore you refuse to condemn this behavior. Very telling, indeed. So why don’t you tell us YOUR true origins, which is relatively easy to do in 2024? It looks like you have been exposed at last.

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                L
                Is literacy by any means a measure of wisdom?

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                  SJ,
                  It depends on what kind of literacy: if one defines literacy as writing and reading, it seems no use to refer to countries with high literacy etc.
                  – Political Literacy – 0% in Sri Lanka – Even the so-called investigative journalists on TV channels don’t seem to know the subject very well
                  – Computer Literacy – 30% –

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              “With that said, how is the halal meat in Kandy? Superior to your knowledge of trigonometry, I presume.”
              It seems that the jungle savant, who practices meditation and follows true Buddhism and is a fan of Sinhala culture, is unable to control his own animal instincts. What price fake erudition? The underlying hypocrite always emerges.

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              Hello Lester,
              So just mentioning anything to do with Islam or Arabs is antisemitic? The Israelis murdered a 6 year old girl in her Family Car after killing the rest of her family. They also killed the Medics in the Ambulance sent to fetch her. Is what I just wrote antisemitic? If so then this is worse than the people that claim anti-Zionism is antisemitic. Read this report by the Washington Post carefully, they are not known as Hamas Supporters https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/interactive/2024/hind-rajab-israel-gaza-killing-timeline/
              Best regards

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                To those whom it may concern,
                I found this interesting piece by one “Jay Chambers” in the CT archive:
                “April 19, 2020. Unlike India where the Aryan Brahmins and Aryan Kshatrya have maintained their bloodline with minimal admixture, Lanka is a place where such conscious and careful practices are rarely followed. Lankan Moslems are a mix of mostly Dravidian Hindu converts to Islam from the lowest non-Aryan castes with some Sinhalese admixture. Lankan Dravidians are overwhelmingly pure Dravidian, and only a handful are Brahmin and these Brahmins usually carry out religious rites. Sinhalese are a mish mash of races from the North of India with visible Dravidian admixture in coastal belt and some interior parts. However, the Aryan blood in the Sinhalese is not too diluted and you …….”
                Sounds familiar, right?

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            LankaScot!
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            What’s this?

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            Michelangelo’s Last Supper!
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            Do you mean Leonardo’s Last Supper?
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            Two towering geniuses. There seems no doubt whatever about the younger man’s biographical details:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelangelo
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            I’ve checked quickly and find that both parents were of distinguished stock. So I assume that the Justin Welby difficulty that old codger has referred to, above, doesn’t arise.
            .
            The older man’s parentage is clearly less distinguished, but the date of his birth is given as though there is no doubt.
            .
            Contrast with all the controversy about the birthday of a guy who was born within a few weeks of Michelangelo’s death:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Shakespeare
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            All three of these were among the greatest humans who ever lived. Place them at around the same level as this man:
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            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aristotle
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            I thought that given the manner of his teacher’s death, that the exact date of Socrates death would be known with certainty – but it seems to be not so!
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            February 15, 399 BC?
            .
            https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=1&client=firefox-b-d&sca_esv=23880a39524b5597&sxsrf=ADLYWIJHR_lWcpCopZ-VEaS9Q25meAHBqA:1720114918434&q=Socrates&si=ACC90nyvvWro6QmnyY1IfSdgk5wwjB1r8BGd_IWRjXqmKPQqm-Jz3ccueeaAz-Ll79t6ci3luDbgPbGOHbie7V690LaX0_HSVKAAtI_CJ_U1ggYZoV-7cUTjqM-yl9cXdgfzOEDktzHeT8SgS2zeMz1cAnmImULFr8oQLO7oJk797U_-ZnLUL-KfGjZpXLUDQZe0-1xPGkdr1NhDGDwxms6cMhaLecuUH41zx35Xlx583IhVzPAvhmk%3D&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiGp761942HAxXUUWwGHYQhCAwQmxMoAXoECCEQAw&biw=1366&bih=607&dpr=1
            .
            That, above is a lot, but let it be, please!

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              Hello SM,
              Yes you are right, Da Vinci painted the Fresco. Michaelangelo was responsible for the Sistine Chapel ceiling. My mention was for Lester to see that one of the disciples was a Woman possibly Mary Magdalene and Jesus may not have been abstinent.
              I never thought too much of Plato after reading his Dialogues, even though I think I got my dislike of Sophistry from his Protagorus, but I always found Socrates fascinating. Many people take his phrase seriously “the unexamined life is not worth living for a human being”. I think his attitude, or as much as I gleaned from Plato’s writings, was the correct Philosophical one. Don’t take for granted what people say – question what they really think to their face. It might make you some enemies (as it did given his Trial and Death by poison), but it may cause a few to rethink their position.
              I share your opinion about the three men and Aristotle who lived around the time of the Buddha and Confucius.
              Best regards

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          Lester, Jesus did not get anything by his own struggles. He was the son of Jehovah made flesh in a virgin’s womb to save all humans from sin, and rose from his crucifixion. It was not Justin Welby who committed sin. Matthew Peiris in his lustful behavior was an exception which you are good at digging up and for which murders he was going to be hanged legally.

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          Lester, Jesus did not get anything by his own struggles. He was the son of Jehovah made flesh in a virgin’s womb to save all humans from sin and rose from his crucifixion. It was not Justin Welby who committed sin. Matthew Peiris in his lustful behavior was an exception which you are good at digging up and for which murders he was going to be hanged legally.

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            Was Matthew P the sole exception?

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      Do you have the name of the monk ?

      Is this Walasmulle Abhaya ?

      Before becoming a priest, the man had worked as a priest in Panadura.
      To me those who seek the help of those Kattandiyas are real weak people.
      I will add one of the series of video from that Halawatha Appachi man.
      .https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aj4SNE0Wbs0

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        I also found a video of TODAY #S Walasmulle Abaya prior to his monk’s life.
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        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44GRkp_SUuc

        He was then a YAKADURA…. please watch the video.

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        LM,
        One thing noticeable, all those shorter than the preacher do not collapse??? May be height or Length when down on the floor matters most!!!??? Hilarious Indeed!!

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    Well DTG, this is what happens when you’re swamped by mythological beliefs such as the OT. Crap like this gave rise to the crusades and the burning of ‘witches’. ‘Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities’ – Voltaire. Once you accept what you are told without questioning it, no matter how ridiculous, you lose the ability to understand what is good or bad.

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      Paul, you should know by now that I accept the truth in the bible whether I understand it right now or not. My God given special ability is to not be deceived by stories of the devil fighting God.

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        DTG, you accept all the contradictions in the Bible and the bloodthirsty God of the OT. That is why you will never be free of doubt however much you proclaim “I believe”.

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          Paul, whether you understand it or not, all what is prophesied in the bible will happen and the proof is when they happen. Invasion of Israel by Gog of Magog ( Russia) with Ezek.38,5 mentioned as Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Turkey and others will happen and at that time if you are still alive, you will know that God defends Israel as he will bring Jesus back to undivided Jerusalem, with a military and political anti-Christ promising a false peace to Israel. God’s plan is to free his family from sin and be in union. I believe more than you can fathom. So express what you believe and leave others alone who belong to God.

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    Vipula,
    don’t you think that the IT revolution, the myths and the attachments to them should rightfully be on the decline, but why is the opposite being exhibited in the context of Sri Lanka?

    SLRC has monthly programs that are all about myths that Sri Lankans use in their daily lives.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GE5-UjSVp_Y
    I have been respecting this monk for so long, but it seems that he does not reply to emails.
    .
    There you will know how blind some men are, and are compelled to believe that what they have practiced is acceptable.

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      The idea is to nullify the mythical practices but they are counter productive as you rightly said

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    Dear vipula,
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    You’re in Edith Cowan University, Perth, aren’t you?
    .
    Dr Ameer Ali is in Murdoch University, somewhat South of you. I got in touch with Ameer (much older than you!) when I found that he had missed meeting AKD in Perth. The primary reason for his missing out on that meeting was Ameer’s not knowing Sinhala. It would be most welcome if you would establish contact with Ameer, and ultimately meet and befriend him.
    .
    Being much the younger man, it would be nice if you could make the first move. I will copy this comment of mine, and email it to Ameer right now. (It is almost 2.00 am in Bandarawela).
    .
    Ameer appears to lead a full life in Perth, with regular Bridge parties. However, he appears to not have much contact with the Sinhala-speaking fraternity in Perth. I’m sure that there will be mutual gain for you both.
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    I hope that you don’t mind me giving my two cents worth here!
    .
    Panini Edirisinhe (NIC 483111444V) of 51B, Golf Links Road, Bandarawela, Sri Lanka

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    Myths and Mythology, particularly in Asia, knows no bounds. In such an environment of irrationality how can sensible thinking prevail for development of the society, both material and spiritual? The solution appears to be that sense of discipline where one’s private beliefs should not interfere with the performance of public duty. Especially those in authority should never display their beliefs. It is seen that in Sri Lanka if a head of state were to have so many strands of threads or artifacts tied to his hand then the unscrupulous would venture to find its source and exploit the same to serve their own ends. If a local judge were to be seen very frequently in a temple, then the local lawyers too would “patronize” that temple to coincide with the judges visit. It is very rarely that the priest would tell the lawyer that the judge visits the temple to worship and seek counsel in the religion and not to seek counsel in judgements that he intends to deliver. A non-transparent regime too fosters the spread of private “beliefs” in the exercise of authority thus shelving rational and scientific thinking.

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      GS,
      “If a local judge were to be seen very frequently in a temple….”
      There was a local Chief Justice, no less, who was seen quite often dispensing his opinions on Buddhism on TV. Sadly, he was also seen in a car with his pants off, with a lady who was someone else’s wife. Such devotion to Buddhism.

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    Since SWRD let loose the monks, Buddhism has be been rewritten several times to absurd & ridiculous interpretations we have now. Just for curiosity, I opened one of the links the author has provided where a monks talks of Jesus in haven. The language was too high brow for my understanding but I got the gist of it & it was hilarious. I can understand if the audience was old ladies in the village but for this monk to broadcast in public, indicates the mentality of average SL citizens. Then again, what can be expected when a Minister, so backward, that she volunteered to make the ultimate sacrifice by jumping in to the sea to save the country, only to change her mind & pour holy water into rivers instead. Worse was when even so called educated people queued up to buy a magic portion to cure COVID created by a carpenter from a recipe whispered in his ear in his sleep by a divine power. The govt. even endorsed it instead of jailing this snake oil vendor.

    We have the street cunning but not the intelligence to think critically & the monks have exploited the gullible. We have mixed folklore, myths & customs, even the Sinhala race, with Buddhism, yet, a Ministry dedicated to Buddhism & a whole bunch of monks consisting the ‘sanga saba’ are unable to crack the whip on opportunist monks & thugs who discredit Buddhism.

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      It seems irreversible now. At our age, we can only write while from time to time being exposed to ICCPR. You know what I mean

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        You may know what the former professor from india said about Sri Lankans decades ago.
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham_T._KovoorHe had a socio psycho analysis about srilanken society some decades ago. Also our late Prof Carlo Fonseka had some sort of good analyses about the society and how they tick about their day today life.
        .
        No matter what academic and educational brands you wear, at the end of the day, Sri Lankans sit together with their myths – prayers adn mystics and don’t open their heads to facts. He was Professor: Kovoor.
        We were forced to see how the SRIALNKENS with MBBS and engineering titles gathered together and caught the “dhammika paniya against COVID-19 pandemic” and threw the “water chanted by the pirith in clay pots”.
        Their levels of stupidity cannot be measured and estimated. A few years ago, I was forced to contact some witchcraft healers in Gampaha to appease my dear mother’s thoughts as our land property was grabbed by thugs. There I learned that a monk who was shivering before us to assume the guise of a “ghost” had blatantly lied to steal his fees. And every corners of the country there GURUKAMRALAs and MANIYOS (perhaps street women in their PAST life) cheat any gullible people they found as their easy prey. We need powerful laws to stand against these fraudsters. These men and women should be treated with much higher punitive actions.

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      Raj,
      I suppose you are aware of th Civil Aviation Authority being instructed by Gota to research the technical details of Ravana’s Dandumonara aircraft?
      https://archives1.dailynews.lk/2020/07/22/features/223929/govt-keen-establish-ravana-world%E2%80%99s-first-aviator
      I suppose there is a need to promote ancient local engineering “talent” if any, but a project to research mythical machines by a government agency makes the country look even more shambolic.

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        There are even individuals who perform mathematical calculations to prove that the pool at the top of Sigiriya was fed by a 300 psi pump in 500 A.D.

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          oc
          Are the objections to the suggestion that there are such intellectuals or the suggestion that the idea is absurd?

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            SJ,
            It’s a curious thing that the red thumbs appear in the middle of the night, all at once.. Perhaps this lack of sleep explains their eccentricity.

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          OC,
          That significant feat was achieved by 300 men; WITH EXTRA STRONG Bladders was a pre-requisite in the process called “HIGH-PRESSURE SEQUENTIAL PUMPING”!!?? Hi-Tech but allowing meagre 1 PSI per contributor had a good safety factor for all times!!?? Sustainability was sadly Intermittent, complaints of very high Sodium and Potassium content which was disturbing indeed!!??

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        old codger

        We were taught at school that Buddha visited SL ‘by air’. I don’t know if Ravana reigned before Buddha but it seems that air travel must have existed in those ancient times. It would be interesting to know if any historian undertook the research & the conclusion.

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          Raj,
          This is another issue which is discouraged for public discussion. An ICCPR issue, you see.

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    Vipula,

    Good article. However, these superstitions are influenced by the culture, not the religion. They are not ingrained in the religion (Buddhism) itself. In other religions, superstitions are ingrained in the religion itself. Hijab (headscarf) is one example. Does any woman really want to wear that? But in that particular religion, they often have no choice.

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      Lester,
      .
      “In other religions, superstitions are ingrained in the religion itself. Hijab (headscarf) is one example. Does any woman really want to wear that? But in that particular religion, they often have no choice.”

      Is your chosen focus pathological? Why can’t you open your eyes?

      Is it not the same in SINHALA_BUDHISM practiced in our motherland?`

      1) Almost all Buddhists in our country believe that a mother turns her own blood into breast milk.. as if humans are the only mammals to do so?????. As we know it is the nature of every mammal. Even though biology has proven it to be true, people have implanted the little ones ( truth is that mama glands produce the mother milk, it is not blood).
      .
      2) Why on earth are elephants being abused in perahara festivals?
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KlEOhNMVxYWell-informed biologists believe that it is a violation of animal rights under the guise of the Jataka stories.
      :
      3) Stupid monks in Sri Lanka even tie strings around their big bellies… Stupid monks even annoint on domestic animals for no good reason, and all these are n newly found rituals.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZVtJBURIKA

      4) Shortly before the expulsion of Gotabaya, Ghanakka was believed to be his prophet. Why on earth are these beliefs more ingrained in the so-called Buddhist today than a few decades ago?
      .
      Is all this related to true Buddhism? No

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        Some of these beliefs may seem irrational or silly, but they are not part of the religion. Let me explain this another way. Despite the very high GDP and high standard of living, Saudi Arabia is still implementing medieval punishments and forcing people to live by medieval rules. On June 24, 2018, Saudi Arabia decided women can drive cars! Sri Lanka had women’s rights 2500 years ago. Just look at Sigiriya. In modern times, we had the first female PM. So which religion is guilty of backwards thinking?

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          Hello Lester,
          I live here, in the middle of a small Village, where I see and hear (some on the Grapevine) most of what goes on in other households. You cannot seriously talk about women’s rights with a straight face. I see the differences every day. Men’s infidelities are treated as indiscretions not to be worried about. A wife’s infidelities are enough to cause major fights. I see husbands that keep all their money to themselves whilst the wife works and feeds the kids.There are many households where wives and husbands treat each other with respect and share the burden, but there are some with constant problems. Poverty doesn’t help, or Alcohol.
          A friend of my wife’s had her wrist cut by her drunken husband so badly that she had to have the Tendons sewn together. The Police were so reluctant to do anything. Bad things happen to women in the UK, but the Police attitude has changed (with exceptions), as have many men’s. It doesn’t matter what the Law says, it is how it is enforced that counts.
          You cannot count an Absolutist Feudalist Monarchy as an example of upholding women’s rights. “Sri Lanka had women’s rights 2500 years ago”. Sigiriya was extant at the time of Kashyapa around 500AD. Where is your evidence, the concubines on the Mirror Wall?
          Best regards

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            LS,
            srilanken police was politicised by Rajapaksa facists over the last 15 years. TODAYs mess in the country is a cumulative act of years long indiffernece and lethargy.
            There was a place called Kahavatta in Rathanpura, it was reported some 9 years ago that over 20 women were murdered by the men with police being complicit in that high crime.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1aepKcFIjQ
            I really dont know if that is yet today fully investigated.
            Law and order was jeopardised by Rajapakshes “rascal politics”: Rajapakshes were per se were uncultured bastards as my elders repeated me in late 80ties. However, srilanken media is worst and highly biased. Consequence is fake public perception taking precedence of the society. Our people had no guts to raise their voices against at the time, Rajapakshes started thier criminalization dominated culture. As NV repeats often, it was the Safronists that were behind Rajapakshes and their supporters while they were proomoting that culutre.

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              LM,
              “VOTES” – more Important than women’s Lives and then elected corrupted members of Parliament to do Thackkady work for those reigning (NO Kings now in SL), but there are many Mighty and High Poli, occupying upper echelons of Power, who head Politics!!!?? Those MP’s who “could muster minions”, by and they become important, and those guys are more Important than Women’s Lives and Modesty!!!???

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        LM,
        As usual, this guy is lying. Even in Saudi Arabia, Hijab is not compulsory anymore.
        https://youtu.be/HSUxaRwY8g8?si=XSDvywID_6yRAUIh
        https://youtu.be/ZEFUEpDpEWE?si=kyetzTpQl_Ra7AOA
        Iran:
        https://youtu.be/LB7fmEFB9Rc?si=7CV16OlEoGC1YGSv
        This guy has never been to the Middle East. He hates Muslims and tries to show that all Muslims are terrorists.

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          “The penal code, anti-terrorism, and cyber-crime laws allow for the imprisonment or suspension of journalists who voice criticism on grounds of “blasphemy,” “inciting chaos,” “jeopardizing national unity,” or “harming the image and reputation of the king and the state.”

          This is from 2024: https://bti-project.org/en/reports/country-report/SAU

          You can be arrested for any reason in Saudi and disappear permanently into a barrel of acid (after being dismembered), like journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Now House of Saud paid his family millions to keep quiet.

          Muslims like “Old Codger” never criticize Wahhabi Islam, they criticize the SHIA while their Sunni leaders do secret deals with Jews. SHIA are the real enemy of these people (Sunnis), the Saudis are fighting wars with Iran all over the Middle East and Yemen for dominance. Osama Bin-Laden attacked the US on 11th Sept; he did not approve of American military bases in Saudi. Saudi royals live in luxury with American money and protection. They have to support Israel as part of the deal. These people are the biggest hypocrites on the planet.

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          OC,
          Some of our people who enter the UK feel overwelmed. It may be the language they spoke before entering the UK. But the truth is that xenophobia in the UK is higher than in east german cities. And now it’s even more so, with London’s unemployment rates skyrocketing.
          :
          . But every time I enter the UK for duty-related travel, I count the days until I return to Germany. In any case, our Sinhalese racists are unique to themselves.Their behaviours are not normal. Lester prevaricates mostly.. His responses to our comments are not always constructive answers. Either he is suffering from “Deepthi Silva” syndrome or some other disease.

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            Leela,

            I know you escaped from the village to the university then to Germany. You can take the “higanda” out of the “gama”, but you can’t take the “gama” out of the “higanda.” That is what you are demonstrating here.

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              What else can we expect from a refugee who doesn’t seem to know what he is writing about. 🤔 get well soon!

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              Lester – “You can take the “higanda” out of the “gama”, but you can’t take the “gama” out of the “higanda.”
              .
              My thoughts exactly. On top of it he tries to generalise his experiences and observations to an entire nation. Or rather the Sinhales Buddhist part of it.
              .
              I can see that he somewhere above has enumerated certain mythical or superstitious or whatever practices he condemns, but I can’t see what the likes of Pastor Jeorome or Kirby de Lanarolle, the self proclaimed breatharian does on that list.
              .
              Perhaps when such activities are conducted in English in multi million rupee luxury venues to which poeople of the highest Echelons of the society flock in their Mercedes and BMWs dressed in expensive suits and saries, not mention the scents, and what not, they probably no longer belong to the category of mythical and superstitious acts????
              .
              Or do you have any other explanations?

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                “Or do you have any other explanations?”

                It’s very funny. If you go to a church, they collect money. Every single time. Where does that money go??? Not to feed the hungry guy in the neighborhood, rest assured. It’s more like a business than anything else. Fill the church building to maximize revenue (MR=MC). The non-Catholic priests must be having a great time, quite a few of the wives are good-looking. As Nietzsche pointed out, the priest is a snake oil salesman: “The priest has at all times lived on punishments, on sin, on the whole dialectic of negation and refusal; his instinct directed him to find the ‘guilty’ everywhere.” (The Antichrist, § 27) Basically people join these religions because they feel “guilty” and the priest has some special power to address the guilt. In reality, the priest is just pocketing a commission.

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                  Lester – apparently miracles happen in church, especially in Jerome’s one, for which reason called Miracle Dome. More money you give more miracles that happen I presume. it looks like miracles have been happening to leelagemalli and old fart codger is desparately waiting some miracle would happen to him too. Codger I noticed these days is really worked up. I wonder if he sniffs the same stuff that Kirby sniffs.

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                    Ruchira,

                    Leela is gone, mentally. Hopefully that individual gets the treatment they need. I regret any vindictive language on my end towards him, given their condition. Social media is very bad for people with mental disorders, it reinforces their cognitive biases. The Tamil Liarspora is abusing Leela on CT for their own purposes. This is what I meant by placing some limits on “free speech.” Dirty Codger is a different story. Insider trading is legal for him, now he’s defending child marriage. Definitely a threat to society. Welikada is the best solution.

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                Ah, the rapist looney has joined the racist looney. What fun!

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                  “If you go to a church, they collect money. “
                  If you go to a temple, you not only have buy the priest a car, but feed him as well. Which is better?
                  The Anglican clergy at your private school might have been inclined to fancy certain pupils (not you, of course), but they wouldn’t ask to ordain your 6 year olds in due course….
                  “Basically people join these religions because they feel “guilty” and the priest has some special power to address the guilt. In reality, the priest is just pocketing a commission.”

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                Loony the rapist,
                If you know how to read, go up and read that bit about Leviticus. IF you know who Leviticus was, that is.🤣🤣

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              Lester the joker ” Higanda ?”@
              .
              I ran away from a village as everyone does, that is true, but not to the manner you did. That is long ago though.. I respect federalism having lived in federalized countries (Switzerland, Germany). I found my own Buddhism based on Dharma. I do not respect Sinhala Buddhists today: However, I respect true Buddhists:
              Then visited in capitals around the world. That is why I feel good each time reading from Lankascot. Now I live in a village again. I will come back to my home country after entering my retirement. Then it depends on who is in control. If it will be JVP, I will never settle there. Good thing I dont act by predujices about others. You have always prejudices about others. Go and see will you, in a mirror. It is high time you to do so.
              You dont know what you are talking about. I do not go after Rajapakshe rascals as you and other fools do.: Not even my dogs respect them. You brag about yourself, like little Nalin de Silva, but you can’t get out of the refugee camps where you’re firmly entrenched.

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                LM,
                “Lester the joker ” Higanda ?”@”
                That proves finally that the jungle joker is not Sinhalese.

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                I don’t know how it’s possible for someone to post volumes of senseless gibberish – similar to a broken machine – unless there is some serious mental disorder. Anyway, your English is at a very low-level (assembly language) and your ideas don’t make sense, so I will limit my responses in the future.

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                  Lester,
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                  “your ideas don’t make sense” – He thinks insulting could compensate for the lack of intellect.

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                  “will limit my responses in the future.”
                  Yes, run away with your tail on fire. Anyway, you have your downvoting machine to operate.🤣🤣

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            LM,
            Even Deepthi Silva doesn’t insult people based on their caste.
            It’s not surprising that he can only find one loony to back him up.

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              Anyways, Deepth is currently somewhat silent 🤫. .
              .
              Lester may be continuing his mission which late Nalin de Silva and Mahindapala infected in him. Unfortnately, these kind of racists are the majority 🙄 in our motherland. Let s hope a world free from the kind of beasts.

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              OC,
              What about Ruchira Babu [ mental bd 1]and Bandarawela swami [mental bd 2]? Are they not giving nods to Lester the joker?.
              .
              As for me not even my dogs would agree with Lester or the kind of racists 🙄.

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            LM, it’s unfair to compare with Deepthi or for that matter anyone. Deepthi may be a stereotype who belittles own people ( , Lankans, Asians, Colored ?????) but more knowledgeable, has better sense and ability to make a case. Our STEM expert is nothing but an overt racist plagued by castes, good at lying, childish, mostly circumstantial to the point of being tangential / rambling, making facts of his own , and not to forget gives up votes to self and down votes to others. ( didn’t like me giving credit to Ruchira , check the response to my simple cue ) that too overnight after the comments are closed.

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              Now watch this space to clear all doubts. LOL.

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                Chiv,
                “not to forget gives up votes to self and down votes to others. “
                Seems particularly busy on this article. What self-confidence! 🤣🤣

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                Chiv
                Please ignore the guy! For him I m Kotiya number 01. We should respect the good kind commenters that talk sense. Unfortunately Lester or the like ll never see it right.
                .
                For Bandarawela swami I am the biggest enemy to JVPrs. Whenever he writes on something he is aiming at LM.🙃🫠🫠🫠

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                  LM, how can I be serious about ” STEM expert having AI assisted relationship with robots using 300 psi pumps ???

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              We call them ones bearing the “frogs in a well mentally”. For some reasons, they seem to be struggling not being able to grow out of it. Talk high about quantum theory or other but turn blind eye if questions 🤔 further.

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                LM,
                Frog in the jungle, actually.

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                  OC,
                  .
                  We can understand how Nalinda de Silva (NDS) became a toxic racist. His family background (father was a carpenter). Not being able to face the life in a western country. And his radical thinking (never respected others’ thoughts).
                  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFbGGZ7uVcI&t=217s
                  I always respect Prof. Carlo Fonseka or the like Scholars.
                  .
                  I also know some Ethiopians (Germany) and Indians (In the Netherlands; Germany and Switzerland) who ended their feud with UK and Germany after getting their their PhD work unusually extended. Some wanted to kill their doctoral thesis supervisors. Their reactions are similar to that of NDS. According to them, his study groups have marginalized them because of their idiotic thought patterns.
                  But LATE NDS is said to have spent only a few years in the UK studying for his Ph.D.
                  However, I don’t understand how a man like Lester spent years in the UK, abusing social welfare and acting like an asylum seeker…however different from Bayan, who is simiilarly inseparable from Rajapaksa rascals.

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                  Sorry for the typo. It must be the “mentality/mindset”.
                  while travelling around the globe, my keyboards aren’t always in order. My devices are based on android systems. I always have some unexpected problems.
                  OC, we are a nation that will never change drastically for good. AKD or many others’ dreams can be fair, but not knowing the seriousness of the problems, how can we change the mindset for good ?. However, I now believe that Gota also dreamed of doing somegood work. I listened to some videos of late NDS and I was forced to think that even PhDs cannot change a person’s hatred (engrained in his growth) and wrong thinking.

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      No one said hijab is officially required in Saudi Arabia. It’s required in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country. Married women in Saudi are still the property of their husband: https://www.nytimes.com/2022/08/19/opinion/saudi-arabia-women-rights.html. Cannot marry non-Muslim man, must breastfeed, etc. According to the article, “She may not “withhold herself” from her husband.” So rape is legal under this system. Old Liar thinks Saudi is now a paradise for females because foreign women can run around in Riyadh without an abaya.

      “Indonesia has had 120 local mandatory hijab regulations, mostly local executive decrees, which were first introduced in West Sumatra in 2001 and Aceh in 2002. Of those, 73 are still in force. Feb 28, 2024

      In Saudi Arabia, honor killings are very common.

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        Lester the congenital liar,
        “It’s required in Indonesia, the largest Muslim country” No it isn’t. It is required in a mosque, just as even you can’t enter the Dalada Maligawa in shorts.
        Will you never stop lying? Here is Jakarta:
        https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=dznIYHASveI

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          I can only compare Lester with the most abusive late man Nalinda da Silva.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGD-ALD7nuU

          – How much slave is he?
          .
          I’m amazed at the type of racists and how tamed they are by the hoodlums.

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        Lester Lester – don’t bash Indonesia it has nude beaches where our old codger wants to show off his exhibit A. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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          Ruchira,

          No doubt he would go running. He thinks Saudi & Indonesia are promoting bikini tourism.

          https://thediplomat.com/2022/09/indonesian-girls-are-under-pressure-to-wear-the-hijab/

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            Lester I know. His anti-Sri Lankanism and anti- Sinhala Buddhism makes him think all these Muslim countries are better places. Simply because he has worked in the Middle East. I suggest they try asking for a separate Tamil federal state somewhere in the middle east and see what happens.

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              Ruchira,

              Old Loser is frustrated because there’s no way for him to get an exit visa. So he is venting all his frustrations out on SB’s via CT. Even Dubai didn’t want him – once the cleaning job was over, back you go. Earlier we thought he’s an Anglican, actually Muslim is more likely. He keeps insulting the Bible while fighting with DTG, who has correctly called out inconsistencies in the Quran. The “Scot” may also be a double-agent, I caught him saying “PBUH” to refer to Mr. 13 Wives. No, not piss (what it should be), but “peace.” Kandy could just be a front for him to gather intel, before planning the next attack. Dangerous times.

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                “venting all his frustrations out on SB’s via CT. “
                Certainly , one who doesn’t know the difference between “higanda” and “hinganna” cannot be an SB.

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                  Higanna/higanda, some three-wheeler drivers are experts in Singlish now. Maybe they carry a Singlish dictionary with them as they pick up tourists.

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                    All that fake knowledge of metaphysics, quantum mechanics, plumbing, etc, but the jungle genius doesn’t know that Higanda is a town in Japan, not a Sinhala word. What a waste of his parents’ money on a purported private education.

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                    Lester,
                    Dose changes of hapomeridol can help u for sure.
                    .
                    Not even just arrived Ukrainian refugees are not beggars-like in this part 🙄 of the world.
                    What are u talking about?.
                    We understand ur depri levels..Anyways we have lost our hopes!

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                      Typo,
                      Haloperidol, sold under the brand name Haldol among others, is a typical antipsychotic medication.[6]
                      Haloperidol is used in the treatment of schizophrenia, tics in Tourette syndrome, mania in bipolar disorder, delirium, agitation, acute psychosis, and hallucinations from alcohol withdrawal. It may be used by mouth or injection into a muscle or a vein.Haloperidol typically works within 30 to 60 minutes.A long-acting formulation may be used as an injection every four weeks by people with schizophrenia or related illnesses, who either forget or refuse to take the medication by mouth.

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                Lester – you are absolutely right about the Scottish one. On an earlier occassion I can remember you openly questioned why he is here, which I at the time thought was uncalled for. I still am bit naive. So I thought he must have been fallen in love with some Sinhala KGB lass and come to live here. Now I see that, that is not the entire truth. Looks like he has some hidden agendas. Sinister ones. For example atheism I’m sure is a good cover to bash Buddhism. Codger I thought was catholic and one of Fonsekas boot lickers. Not sure if he is a muslim but two things are sure about him. One he is a criminal. Two he is a pervert. That goes to the vedda fellow too. Nimal is probably the decent one out of the trio. But he too suffers from anti-SB syndrome. Anyway I saw you comment about India’s university admissions policy wrt medicine and health sciences. Thanks gor the information. 37% RESERVED for OBCs and the economically weak! That’s revealing. You are right if we were to do it it would have been called racist. Mahawamsa, Dutugamune and Dharmapala would have been held responsible. Appreciate your input. May be you have seen this, if not I thought you might find it interesting/useful.
                .
                https://www.globaltamilforum.org/media/news/accusers,-co-sponsor-struggling-to-cope-up-with-naseby-revelations.aspx

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                  Ruchira,

                  There is a certain class of Western men who face rejection from Western women, for whatever reason. At some point, these (usually older) Western men discover that Asian women are easy prey, via monetary incentives. I am not saying Scot belongs to this class. I have no conclusive evidence. He seems like a decent fellow. I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt. However, he refuses to acknowledge the fallibilities of Mohammed, despite claiming to be an “atheist.” After bashing every other religion under the sun, the man goes batshoot quiet when you mention Islam. This lack of consistency cannot be a simple coincidence.
                  Regarding the report, Sooka was never neutral. Like your link suggests, most of her sources have some pro-LTTE interest. Naseby knows the truth. A lot of those people buried in “mass graves” are simply LTTE cadres. LTTE was forcibly recruiting young men and boys till the end of the war. They wanted to create a humanitarian crisis to force MaRa into a permanent ceasefire. Unlike every other Pres before him, MaRa called their bluff. GTF is another LTTE front.

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                    “At some point, these (usually older) Western men discover that Asian women are easy prey,”
                    I wouldn’t like to describe anyone as “low-bred”, because that would be going down to his level. On behalf of decent users of this site, I apologise to LankaScot. You aren’t the first to be abused by this literal psycho.
                    .
                    And this is the same eternal victim who complains about “ad-hominem” attacks on himself.

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                  “Codger I thought was catholic and one of Fonsekas boot lickers.”

                  Fonseka is a nationalist. He said Sri Lanka is SB and others can live here as guests. People think it was GR, actually it was Fonseka who did most of the dirty work (ground level) during the war. Waging a war of annihilation and gradually cornering the final remnants of the LTTE into a tiny space surrounded on all sides. He says the white flag incident was GR’s idea; I’m sure it was SF’s. Just like SF was behind the white van squad and taking out journalist LW, who had the scoop on military secrets.
                  Old has the same agenda as the Scot. Bash every religion except Islam/Muslims. If you are unfamiliar with “taqiyya”, Yarden Mariuma, sociologist at Columbia University, writes: “Taqiyya is an Islamic juridical term whose shifting meaning relates to when a Muslim is allowed, under Sharia law, to lie.” If these people begin a new war in SL, we won’t be able to win this time. They have 100x the resources of the Tamil Liarspora, not to mention, determination.

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                    So, the late unlamented coward “Jay Chambers” re-emerges.
                    What happened to all that metaphysical meditation, ESP shows and all the other rubbish? A lack of basic culture can’t be concealed.

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                      What an advertisement for the great “Sinhala-Buddhist “culture”!

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                    Hello Lester,
                    Maybe your date with destiny is coming. If Biden is replaced in the USA and Sunak gone in the UK, there is a possibility that action may be taken on the following – “There are no examples we know of a regime undertaking wholesale investigations of its own troops or senior officials for war crimes while that regime or government remained in power. In Sri Lanka this is further complicated by the fact that responsibility for many of the alleged crimes rests with the country’s senior civilian and military leadership, including President Rajapaksa and his brothers and opposition candidate General Fonseka”. https://www.theguardian.com/world/us-embassy-cables-documents/243811
                    The above may be old (former US ambassador in Colombo, Patricia Butenis) but it is still there as evidence.
                    Best regards

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                  “One he is a criminal. Two he is a pervert. “
                  So, there must be a lot of little Ruchiras running around, considering all the condoms filled with high-IQ stuff he has donated to Indian lasses?
                  “These clinics seem to clandestinely employ attractive young promiscuous Indian females to lure young, fit, high IQ males to provide them with various sexual pleasures, most particularly in the form of oral sex” – Ruchira July 2nd
                  BTW, is your family still hiding from you in the mosque?

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                  Hello Ruchira,
                  Here is a good example of my hidden Agenda. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-hao1KscQeU
                  I agree with everything that Kyle says and there are many more like me and him, many even in the USA (a den of Zionists and Christian Fundamentalists).
                  Lord Naseby is a Rajapakse apologist and can be believed just as much as Namal Rajapakse can. https://www.ft.lk/opinion/On-Lord-Naseby-s–Sri-Lanka-whitewash/14-673210
                  Do you two really believe that I have ulterior motives for coming to live in the middle of a Village in Central Province? Do you think I am some sort of Garibaldi come to lead the revolution? (he does look a bit like one of my Gt Grandfathers).
                  Jeremy Corbyn 😎won in Tony Blair’s old constituency of Islington. If I were a Buddhist I would say Karma, so I’ll just call it revenge for Starmer’s back-stabbing.
                  Best regards

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                A bad case of folie a deux. A shot of good old Haloperidol may help to relieve symptoms temporarily.

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                Hello Lester,
                You don’t even have the nous to realise that the “PBUH” was for your benefit. I and probably OC and others could just imagine you like Tam o Shanter’s wife sitting at home “nursing her wrath”. At times like these “schadenfreude” can be quite pleasurable.
                It must be a very disconcerting time for you seeing your cherished ideas picked apart numerous times and by many different people. I imagine you, like Roald Dahl’s Mr Twit, adding little pieces to his wife’s walking stick and chair to gaslight her into believing that she is shrinking. Anyway enjoy your Spaghetti and make sure it doesn’t get stuck in your beard.
                Best regards

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                  LankaScot,

                  Picked apart? None of them have been picked apart. They have only been confirmed. With the latest one being that a grown man should not wed a 9 year old girl. If you were not intellectually dishonest, you would condemn it, but for unknown reasons, you avoid the question altogether.

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                    Bad news, Lanka”Scot.”

                    “AI could prove that reality doesn’t exist, physicists say”

                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVGI46MZ33A

                    A measurement is meaningless. I know you’re going to counter-argue with some bird cage you built in 1969 (the wood is real, blad!), that’s not the point. Why don’t you consult with your old profs at Sharif (oops Aberdeen) Uni and get back to us.

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                    Lester the liar ,
                    “Picked apart? None of them have been picked apart. “
                    🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
                    Let’s consider a couple or so, shall we?
                    300 psi water pumps in Sigiriya.
                    Compulsory hijab in Jakarta
                    Gravity explained by quantum mechanics
                    The ancient Egyptians used calculus.
                    The Buddha was literate
                    Higanda is the same as hinganna
                    Poles are the same as degrees
                    Science would fall apart without Pi

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                  “You don’t even have the nous to realise that the “PBUH” was for your benefit”
                  If Lester had any kids, he would probably read quadratic equations to them at bedtime. He did claim that some kid could read at 1 year.

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              The rapist loony and the racist loony. The jungle plumber and the condom supplier. Mutt and Jeff. Tom and Jerry……

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              Hello Ruchira,
              Have 2 million people left the Middle East to come to Sri Lanka for work?
              I spent 11 years in Qatar and a couple of years in Saudi and short periods in other Islamic countries
              Both of you know full well from my previous comments, my criticisms of Islam, so stop the gaslighting. My criticism’s of all religions will not have much affect on the practitioners of these religions. Neither will yours. But unlike you and Mr Twit I don’t insult any believers, and as I said before to claim that a religion or ideology can be insulted is stupid.
              Best regards

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          So, what about your experiences with condoms? 🤣🤣🤣

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    Mythology ???? check this. More than 120 people , mostly women and children were killed this week in a stampede in UP , India. Apparently thousands ( mostly illiterate ) attended a religious meeting conducted by rogue preacher named ” Bhole Baba “. Turns out Baba is a former policeman turned into a religious preacher two decades ago, after he was terminated on charges of sexual offence. According to reports hundreds of thousand attended the prayer meeting, where stampede took place at the end, when Baba was leaving, many of his followers rushed to collect the soil under his feet.

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      Its the same unthinking foolishness of people like DTG. Religion – a medieval form of unreason (Salman Rushdie).

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        Paul, you believe Salman Rushdie who wrote an article. I believe the Creator God of this universe Jehovah, who paid the price of sin for all humans including you, by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross, who was resurrected and ascended. Which side is worth following?

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          Hello DTG,
          This is a genuine question. Were you always religious or did you have a Damascene moment that converted you?
          Best regards

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