17 October, 2021

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“Conquer The Liar By Truth” Said, The Buddha

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

When Buddha uttered these words of wisdom, “Conquer The Liar By Truth” he did it with the unassailable conviction that what he is speaking is the truth. The dilemma that has confronted this nation is that the truth is unable to conquer the liar. This means there is something other than the truth that is required which is beyond the binary of truth and lies because the Buddha could never have gone wrong. It is interesting to search what that other phenomenon is.

Oscar E. Meinzer who has been called the “father of modern groundwater hydrology” defines a poor scientist and true scientist.

“A poor scientist or careless thinker, in the desire to make his concepts definite and complete, is willing to assume as a fact something which he believes is probably true but which has not been conclusively proved. A true scientist, on the other hand, thinks so clearly that he is able to differentiate between what is known to be a fact and what is only probable or hypothetical.” (Outline of ground-water hydrology, with definitions.)

Firstly, in the search for the scientific truth, Buddha’s words straight away put the following in the dock. The health authorities, the medical doctors, the hydrogeologists and every other professional directly or indirectly related to the now widely internationalized issue of forced cremation of Muslim dead bodies infected with Covid-19 and, as cleverly worded ‘suspected of Covid-19’. 

This ‘Examination-in-chief’ is to discover the scientific truth and the role of professional ethics attendant to the scientific community. For the medical profession, it is ‘Evidence based practice’ (EBP) stressing on the examination of evidence. EBP is not based on one’s intuition or perception. Besides the doctors, for the hydrogeologists and others, professionalism is bound by the highest standards of integrity, responsibility and professional knowledge.

Secondly, at a different level others like, H.E. the President, the Hon. Prime Minister, the Cabinet of Ministers, the government, the politicians in government and the respected heads of all religions are also under intense scrutiny morally, ethically, politically, and, predominantly, on the foundation of basic humanity. A test to measure the level of sensitivity in these people to the values enumerated herein.

Don’t Embarrass The Government

It is important for the engaged professionals to recognize that they should not conduct themselves in a manner that will embarrass the President, the Prime Minister and the government. The reverend monks too must act with restraint. Overall, everyone shares the responsibility to protect the image of our country internationally. We should not pave the way for the international community to consider Sri Lanka as a retrogressive and backward society. In addition, not to bring disrepute to the President and the Prime Minister in the international stage of diplomacy.  

In dealing with the first proposition, namely searching for the truth, this column cannot add anything new to the simple fact that burial should be permitted and that burial is not harmful in anyway. Medical researches and scientific compilations disseminated by both locally and internationally renowned medical scientist and experts are publicly available. All of which irrefutably and incontrovertibly tear to pieces the unsubstantiated hypothesis that there can be soil contamination if Covid-19 cadavers were buried.  So, this is the truth.

ekaṃ hi saccaṃ – Truth is one

This truth has been endorsed by the WHO scientists, by world renowned medical experts and by more than 185 odd countries globally practicing burial (where virus contamination has not been reported for the past one year). Upon conviction on the truth of the scientific evidence others like Mr. Sajith Premadasa, the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Sumanthiran, Secretary of the Tamil National Alliance, Mr. Anura Kumara Dissanayake, the Leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna, former President Madam Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, former Speaker Deshabandu Mr. Karu Jayasuriya, Reverend Asiri Perera, President of the Methodist Church of Sri Lanka, several Civil Society Organisations, the Christian community including Catholics, the empathizing lot among the Buddhist and Hindu communities and, finally, what more, the Minister of Justice Mr. Ali Sabry himself, all have requested that burial be kindly permitted.

Further the endorsement of this truth in the international stage, both by the media and by several countries, increasingly adds credence that burial should be permitted. Some countries have specifically recorded their concern against this campaign of forced cremation. Protests have taken place in the United States of America, among several countries in the European Union, Great Britain, Canada and in Asian countries.

Was Buddha wrong?

It pains to see the followers of Buddha being silent witnesses on the face of this unfair deprivation. Is it fair and reasonable if an inquiring mind innocently asks this question, “Was Buddha wrong, when he said, ‘Conquer the liar by truth?” (Dhammapada, Kodha Vagga (Anger) Verse 223). We all know that Buddha cannot go wrong. He is the noble teacher of a universal message.

Those who are wrong are the architects of this absolutely unscientific and un-Buddhistic made up drama, those who directly and indirectly support these elements and those who keep silent on the face of truth being raped. This silence is damaging the image of this country, the image of the professionals in this country, the image of Buddhism and will be the reason for the further fragmentation of fragilely united people of this country. What the Buddha said is now clear as the difference between the day and night? The truth is out there. When truth triumphs, falsehood must perish.

Sensitivity Test

This brings us to the phenomenon which is beyond the truth and falsehood. With regard to the ‘sensitivity test’ alluded to above, the benchmark for sensitivity has been clearly classified in simple terms by the Buddha himself in his words on Loving-Kindness (Karaniya metta sutta). Since the majority of those associated belong to the Buddhist faith, it is contextual to quote from the Brahma Vihara Sutta. This sutta demonstrates to what great extent the Buddha respected humanity and how much receptive he was to the sensitive feelings of the human being.

In this country, the environment echoes with the karaniya metta sutta over the public address system every day, in the morning and evening chanting ‘Sukhino vā khemino hontu – Sabbe sattā bhavantu sukhi-tattā’ – “May all beings be happy and secure. May all beings become happy in their hearts!” (Sutta Nipata 1:8). In a country where there are at least seven dedicated television channels discussing and disseminating the dhamma. In a country where ‘bana’ sermon is delivered day in day out by monks. In a country where we hear in the morning and evening the chanting of the ‘pancha sila’ five precepts over the radio. In a country where even the commercial television networks devote time for Buddhism, why do not we see the essence of humanity, the Brahma Viharas being put into practice?

Brahma Vihara Violated

What happened to the noble conduct of ‘sattesu samma patipatti’ – right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings? To rephrase it as an interrogative, “why are the Brahma Viharas grossly violated?”.

The Four sublime states of mind which have been taught by the Buddha are:

Loving-kindness (metta) Compassion (karuna)

Sympathetic Joy (mudita) Equanimity (upekkha)

(Anguttara Nikaya 10.208)

These four attitudes are said to be excellent or sublime because they are the right or ideal way of conduct towards living beings (sattesu samma patipatti), explains Nyanaponika Mahathera, co-founder of the Buddhist Publication Society. The Mahathera continues, “They provide, in fact, the answer to all situations arising from social contact. They are the great removers of tension, the great peace-makers in social conflict, and the great healers of wounds suffered in the struggle of existence. They level social barriers, build harmonious communities, awaken slumbering magnanimity long forgotten, revive joy and hope long abandoned, and promote human brotherhood against the forces of egotism.”

In his exegesis of the Brahma vihara he continues, “they should not be narrowed by any limitation as to the range of beings towards whom they are extended. They should be non-exclusive and impartial, not bound by selective preferences or prejudices.” The Brahma-viharas are incompatible with a hating state of mind, hard-heartedness, being unsympathetic and petty mindedness.

The Quran states:

“O mankind, your injustice (insolence) is only against your own selves, [being merely] the brief enjoyment of worldly life. Then to Us is your return, and We will inform you of what you used to do.” (Chapter 10 Verse 23).

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    If the Sri Lankan Governments over the years believed and followed the teachings of Buddha… then first of all the Governments should not bring about “Fake and False Views” to the public for their political survival. We saw this happening with the hatred spread by SLPP against the Tamils and Muslims during elections, which is still continuing and may continue until the provincial council elections are over. It may be rekindled again before the next Presidential and General election.

    Even when the Buddhist Monks themselves do not follow Buddha’s teachings in treating their own ( Buddha said Male and Female are equal)… they do not even recognize a Bikkuni and do not even give an identity card to a Bikkuni. First of all the Buddhist Monks who are arrogantly protesting on the streets should protest against the treatment to Bikkunies by the Mahanayakes and politicians in the country.

    Secondly with so many illegal killing of those in the prisons, especially in police custody under suspicion should be opposed by the Buddhist Monks, but this does not happen.

    Thirdly when Avon Guard takes out prisoners in the guise of reforming them, to work in private companies, when the law clearly states the prisoners cannot work in private businesses, the Monks are fast asleep.

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      Buddhist 1
      “If the Sri Lankan Governments over the years believed and followed the teachings of Buddha… “
      We would be extinct by now.

      Soma

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        Soma,
        At least you are honest about that.

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        If your argument is correct then SL cannot be called a Buddhist Country!

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          Buddhist 1
          Logic is not a Sinhala Buddhist specialty.

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    When you seek to exercise your right, don’t behave like a servile soul. Assert it. Stop brown-nosing the perpetrators who deny your right and seek to oppress you. Your proficiency in Buddhist concepts, as often exhibited by you, is impressive !. But then, don’t you know that it does not carry conviction. Leave it to the real Buddhists who are in a better frame of mind to expound the Buddhist philosophy. Also, the Rajapaksas are
    better equipped to defend themselves. You don’t have to lend them a helping hand. You want to be more royal than the king. Pity !. Try to defend yourself and your community against their onslaughts.

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      Mr. Usuf says:
      “In a country where there are at least seven dedicated television channels discussing and disseminating the dhamma. In a country where ‘bana’ sermon is delivered day in day out “
      Anyone can see that the above has not improved the people or country in the least. So the logical thing to do is to return to the pre- 1948 situation where we had a well-run country and a good economy and no bogus Bana sermons from mendacious monks.

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    Can these Muslims and Tamils please leave Lord Buddha and the Buddhist teachings alone? If you have a political problem, present your case and seek solutions. Please refrain from this abhorrent practice of abusing the Buddhist scriptures.
     
    What exactly is the truth? The truth is that viruses from dead bodies can infect humans and animals and kill in their thousands. Depositing dead bodies with infective viruses under ground and hope for the best, could be compared to wilful killing. We have a responsibility to nature and our animals and wildlife too. This virus is not a virus that belongs naturally in this island – it is imported and is extremely contagious and is deadly, besides being in a circle of mutating and successfully switching hosts. The mink situation in Denmark has played out every step of this deadly virus, including digging up of buried carcasses! Lets just hope they don’t have to do the same with the over million corpses buried all over the world. Demanding to bury corpses with deadly infective viruses is which can bring death to millions is total lunacy, when the corpses can be cremated respectfully.

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      Comparing Srilanka to other countries in the manner the author and proponents of burials are doing, is not a valid argument, as all countries differ. The fault of this burial controversy lies solely in the mismanagement of the discredited WHO, which has given one single guidelines for handling of Covid-19 corpses for the entire globe, and the Srilankan government for not presenting the facts. Everybody is talking over each others heads and circulating most dubious arguments and falsehoods. Even the Buddha and the Buddhist scriptures are not spared by the Muslims in their most unjust demands to deposit corpses with deadly infectious viruses under-ground. All this is because the government of Srilanka and its experts who have gone against WHO recommendations, just leak a few statements, that too without any references to scientific research, and then go silent, and watch people fight and quarrel. This is how each and every conflict in this country has been made. If the government and its hiding experts come out and lay down the proof of what they are claiming, then the Muslims will understand the danger. What we need is an open hearing about this matter, with experts from both sides.

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      P.P,
      I think you have some reading deficiency. There is absolutely NO risk of viruses spreading to groundwater. Even Prof. Malik Pieris says so. The author has cited several more real experts. Even Denmark has no fear of viruses spreading through dead mink.
      Some Buddhists are behind this insane cremation campaign, so all Buddhists and Buddhism get a bad name. If people like you actually practiced Buddhism, we wouldn’t be in this situation.

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        o c ,

        It is high time Srilanka takes steps to SEPARATE RELIGION
        from Politics and vice versa , something long overdue . And
        the Monks too can take this step by deciding to mind their
        business assigned to them .

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        old codger

        The Sinhala/Buddhists have been systematically marginalizing the rights of minorities.

        Its high-time Muslim leaders revisited their corrupt relation with corrupt Sinhala/Buddhist leaders. Their close relation with various partys only strengthened the hands of Sinhala/Buddhist fascists.

        As their power accumulates saffron thugs are going to demand the expulsion of entire Muslim population from this the island as their brethren did in 1990 back in Jaffna.

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        Old Codger, Stop trolling and spreading lies.
         
        Show me where Prof. Pieris has said “There is absolutely NO risk of viruses spreading to groundwater.” . Has Prof. Pieris published any scientific study on this in any peer reviewed journal? Or do you have a way of verifying this, other than dubious sites misquoting him, about “virus stop replicating when a person dies therefore it is safe to bury” nonsense! This is utter nonsense, which a virologist will never say. Virus stop replicating when the host dies – we don’t need virologists to tell us that. The false conclusions drawn from this and falsely attributed to known professors, is what is wrong.
         
        FYI, how being unable to replicate in a dead host affects the survival and infectivity of surviving live infective viruses in the body is the question. The infective viruses once transferred to soil through decaying corpses will stay there until they die or reinfect humans or other hosts. From the soil it can also get into water sources. The survival rates in different media (including corpses) and how it behaves (eg.mobility) in soil and water is what matters. Not absurdities about virus replication.

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          P.P,
          I don’t need to waste my time leading you to peer- reviewed articles by Prof. Pieris. You can read the Sunday Times. Apparently you are a greater virologist than Prof.Pieris or Dr. Paba Palihawadana !
          Some people will stick to untenable positions until their religious masters tell them to switch.

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            If you don’t want to waste your time giving references to peer reviewed studies/study published by Prof. Malik Pieris in regards to your claims, then don’t jump and answer posts, which demand such references. The articles in The Island and Newswire are not reliable, as they are good as the so-called journalists who have written them. Prof. Malik Pieris has not written those articles. I am not ” a greater virologist than” anyone. The point is that none of the virologists you say have said these things you claim, have said what you are saying, and you are UNABLE to give references to any peer reviewed articles !! The fact remains that Prof. Malik Pieris has not said that there is no danger of burying Covid-19 dead, what he has said is the risk is minimal. And Srilanka has clearly said that we cannot take this risk, however small it is.

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              P.P,
              Why don’t you set up your own news agency and give out news which is “more reliable than the Island and Newswire?”
              Are you even aware how idiotic you sound?

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                The idiocy is all yours, as you have failed to give any peer reviewed references. You are just making up stories. Prof. Malik Pieris has not said what you are saying. Get it into your head. What he has told is that there is a small risk of burying Covid-19 dead, but that it is negligible. Sri Lanka has categorically said that we cannot take that risk. Everybody agrees that there is a risk, how to handle that risk is the dispute.
                 
                You are unable to give any peer reviewed study where Prof. Malik has concluded that it is perfectly safe to bury Covid-19 dead, and you are angry. Too bad, science does not function in that direction – you must adjust according to scientific facts, don’t try to adjust science as you want, because then it become fake and falsified info. Do you get it?
                 
                The island article you keep talking about is written by M. A. Kaleel, not Prof. Peiris.
                It says:
                “Dr Peiris told The Island: ‘The answer is simple. Viruses can only replicate in living cells unlike certain bacteria like Ebola…… ‘   ”
                !!!! ?
                Do you think Dr. Peiris told that nonsense?

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        Prof. Pieris is a proponent of burials, but he has never said any of the nonsense that is being said by diverse posters at CT. What he has said is that there is a risk of groundwater contamination, but that it is very small. What Srilanka has said is that, taking into account the nature of this deadly virus, we are not able to take this risk, however small it is. Besides, when it comes to viruses there is nothing called a small risk, if you have one single virus, theoretically you can get billions and trillions before long. We actually cannot take this risk at all. Our water, soil, demographic, agricultural, waterfall (rain, drought, flood), topographical situation is very different to other places. Not only is the water-table low in most of the island, the river beds of our 103 rivers cover 90% of the island, besides there are numerous lakes, irrigation tanks and wells in their thousands. We simply cannot risk our whole existence, including our animals and wildlife, because of some people’s extremist religious superstitions. Insisting on burials in this way, when we are facing such great danger, shows the fanaticism of the Muslims.

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        Old codger, stop spreading dangerous lies. Look at this:
         
        CONCERNS MINK MASS GRAVES IN DENMARK
        MAY HAVE CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER
        11.Dec.2020
         
        Danish environmental authorities are looking into whether decomposing mink buried in dirt pits following a nationwide cull may have contaminated groundwater and nearby protected nature areas.
         
        A new study from the country’s Environmental Protection Authority says groundwater in the area could quickly become contaminated and urged the authorities to take swift action.
         
        “It is the groundwater just below the graves that is in imminent danger of becoming contaminated,” EPA department head Per Schriver said. Mr Schriver said the graves were not placed above reservoirs of drinking water and were located far away from local waterworks. But the contaminated groundwater could migrate to nearby streams or lakes, causing pollution.
         
        The study was commissioned by the agency in late November and was prepared by the Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland and the Technical University of Denmark. The agency is currently conducting additional examinations to assess the environmental impact of the graves, including geophysical probes and drillings. It said .. it expected the results of those early next year.
         
        https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-12-11/mass-mink-graves-in-denmark-may-have-soiled-groundwater/12973200

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          “The work will only begin in May next year, when the risk of contamination of COVID-19 from the dead animals has been eliminated, the ministry said.”
           
          “The macabre burial sites, guarded 24 hours a day to keep people and animals away, have drawn complaints from area residents about possible health risks”.
          https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-denmark-mink-idINKBN28U0PQ
           
          Lets see how this elimination functions. The minks were afterall not tested for COVID-19, only suspected. Nevertheless it is reasonable to assume that some of them were infected with mutated mink variant of SARS-Cov-2. Your claim “Even Denmark has no fear of viruses spreading through dead mink.” is false, since they are so scared of contracting Covid-19 from the dead mink, that they are guarding the place continuously and they are going to wait until May next year to dig up the minks. How they have calculated that the danger of SARS-Cov-2 from the dead mink will pass by May is not known, since nobody knows for certain how long this virus survives in different media and environments.

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            P.P,

            “How they have calculated that the danger of SARS-Cov-2 from the dead mink will pass by May is not known, “
            Stop spreading lies yourself. The contamination referred to here in Denmark is bacterial diseases from surfacing corpses. NOT VIRUSES. It is not my fault that you can’t understand simple English.
            If you want to protect Buddhism, stop lying and start practicing it .

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              You are the one who cannot read. It clearly states that they are going to wait until May next year, because “the risk of contamination of COVID-19 from the dead animals has been eliminated”! Show me where does it say about “bacterial diseases ” in the articles? You are nuts.

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                P.P,
                “Once the mink are no longer contaminated with Covid-19, they will be transported to an incineration facility, where they’ll be burned as commercial waste,” the ministry said.”
                The present concerns are about nitrogen and other gases produced by decomposition. . A stink, to a simple mind like yours.
                Anybody with a basic understanding of science knows that bacteria associated with rotting flesh can cause cholera, typhoid, etc.
                In any case, if a couple of months in the ground can remove virus contamination, what on earth are you arguing about. That statement itself proves that Denmark is NOT bothered about viruses in groundwater. Please, please, don’t expose your ignorance of basic English. Science of course is completely out of your understanding, because it needs logic.

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                  Nitrogen smells? Then it must be stinking all over the world. ;)
                   
                  Please spare me of these and other absurdities like “bacteria associated with rotting flesh can cause cholera, typhoid, etc.” and SHOW ME WHERE in the article it says about “bacterial diseases ”. FYI cholera and typhoid bacterias are not decomposer bacteria and both are human specific pathogens. If cholera and typhoid are present, then the last thing they will be worrying about is smells, and would secure all water sources as much as possible, as these two sicknesses spread primarily via water and food contamination. Its shocking how crazy people like you make up such stupid stories out of thin air. You have been spreading anti-Sinhalese and anti-Srilankan rumours here for years, I would strongly advice you not to spread rumours about cholera and typhoid in Denmark, especially in association with this macabre mink graves issue. Its a huge problem for Denmark as it is. Its beyond me how people like you can manufacture “news”.

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                  “In any case, if a couple of months in the ground can remove virus contamination, what on earth are you arguing about”.
                   
                  Have anyone heard of such nonsense?! Shocking. Where ever you went to school they didn’t teach you what groundwater is, or how decomposition happens or what nitrogen is or anything worthwhile. You should not bother about other people’s ignorance, but about your own mental health. The amount of fanciful fabrications and twistings you make, is shocking.
                   
                  Although according to you, “the present concerns are about nitrogen and other gases produced by decomposition”, according to National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, the Danish Technological Institute for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency, Danske Vandværker (Danish water-authority) etc the ONLY concern is contamination of water sources, including groundwater. According to National Geological Survey of Denmark the groundwater is in all probability already contaminated! The whole country is disturbed and people are scared and demonstrating against the burying of minks by the government against the advice of the experts from the water authority and locals. Therefore, I would advice you strongly not to spread vicious substantiated stories and rumours about the mink graves in Denmark.

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                  THE GROUNDWATER MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN
                  CONTAMINATED – WILL SWELL IN DEAD MINK

                  Translated from original you can find in the link:
                  “Studies have shown that there is a risk that they buried mink already have contaminated groundwater, that demand political intervention/action”.

                  Watch the video and look at the pitures. Run Google translate and read the whole news report.
                   
                  One demonstrator is holding a poster which says:
                  YOU SHALL NOT FUCH WITH MY GROUNDWATER
                   

                  https://nyheder.tv2.dk/lokalt/2020-12-10-grundvandet-kan-allerede-vaeret-blevet-forurenet-kommer-til-at-svuppe-i-doede-mink
                  There is a huge outcry in Denmark about the whole mink issue. The prime minister and another minister have resigned. The groundwater in that area is most probably contaminated. Lets just hope that its just other less dangerous contaminants and not SARS-Cov-2.

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                    PP,
                    What part of this don’t you understand?
                    “Residents have raised concerns around the potential contamination from the nitrogen and phosphorus gases produced by their decay, which have caused some of the animals to resurface. “
                    The way you keep arguing in circles makes me feel sorry for your husband, if any.

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                      And yes, I know phosphorus is not a gas, in case you are jumping for your keyboard.

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                  Old Codger, here is another report which debunks your idiotic claims:
                   
                  MINK PITS MAY HAVE ALREADY CONTAMINATED GROUNDWATER
                   
                  There is a risk that liquid from the millions of buried mink in Kølvrå near Viborg and Bovtrup near Holstebro has already polluted the groundwater in the areas. This is shown by a report prepared by the National Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (Geus) and the Danish Technological Institute for the Danish Environmental Protection Agency. …
                   
                  The Danish Environmental Protection Agency commissioned the report on 23 November and received it on 4 December. According to state geologist and head of department at Geus Claus Kjøller, who is one of the researchers behind the report, the risk of pollution is imminent. – Under a number of assumptions, the upper groundwater may have already been polluted, he says to Radio4. Claus Kjøller says that concrete measurements must be made at and under the mink graves before it can be said with certainty whether pollutants are seeping into the groundwater. The report calls on the authorities to initiate these measurements immediately.

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                    According to Radio4, another key recommendation in the report is that a roof be made over the mink graves as soon as possible. This must be done to prevent rain from accelerating the seepage of the harmful substances into the groundwater.
                     
                    At Danske Vandværker, which is the industry organization for the country’s water supplies, the report arouses anger. – It is deeply worrying, and it confirms that when we have raised the questions we have, then there has been reason for it, says chairman Susan Münster to Radio4. ….
                     
                    The Danish Environmental Protection Agency stated in a press release on Wednesday that the agency is in full swing investigating the area around the buried mink. So far, geophysical surveys have been made at both Kølvrå and Bovtrup, and boreholes have been drilled where soil and groundwater samples have been taken. The Agency states that the purpose of the current studies is to map the environmental condition in the area before there is any environmental impact from the buried mink. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency informs Radio4 that a decision has not yet been made to build a roof over the mink graves.
                     
                    https://nord.news/2020/12/10/mink-pits-may-have-already-contaminated-groundwater/

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                      Where does it say that the contamination is from covid-19 ?

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      Punchi!
      “Can the Muslims and Tamils please leave lord Buddha and the Buddhist teachings alone” Why? Is Buddha an exclusive guide for the Sinhalese only. He was a a Hindu philosopher and did not preach any new religion.
      Today Sinhalese feel that without Buddhism they are no where. The government cannot exist without Buddhist Hamuduruwas. Buddhism is highly politicized and militarized. The non violent Buddha has been made violent by the Sinhala Buddhists devotes. Buddhists are not only in Srilanaka. They are in Thailand, Vietnam, Japan, China and they keep Buddha nonviolent except in Burma, perhaps, where Rohiyans have been slaughtered. Do not forget the fact there are Tamil Buddhists too. When the Buddhists Hamudurus lead politics in Srilanka they cannot veil themselves with Robs and cover their sins.

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        Please spare us of these hateful interpretations of Buddhism and the Buddhists. You say “The non violent Buddha has been made violent by the Sinhala Buddhists devotes ” because you have no understanding what Buddhism is as you have no cultural and religious background to understand who Buddhists are. You Tamils live by propagating hate against innocent Sinhalese Buddhists, but it will never do you any good. So please let Buddhism be and do your Tamil and Muslim things, and seek solutions for your problems in a straight forward way. I am not interested to know of Tamil Buddhists or Muslim Buddhists or Eskimo Buddhists for that matter. Anybody can be Buddhist, but when Tamils and Muslims try to attack Sinhalese by using Buddhism, it is just does not make any sense at all. Taking Buddhist scriptures and copying and pasting Paali versus which this Muslim man has no understanding whatsoever, to make political propaganda is nothing but desecration of Buddhist sacred scriptures. What exactly has he achieved for bringing a solution to the burial issue by this write-up? The burial issue is a scientific issue, and cannot be solved by copying and pasting Paali versus from Dhammapada.

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          “What exactly has he achieved for bringing a solution to the burial issue by this write-up?”
          In simple terms, he has shown up the shameless lies and clumsy attempts to misinterpret facts by small-minded individuals pretending to be authorities on viruses. Perhaps these individuals would prefer that their misdeeds should not be exposed, because that reveals them as lying fakes unworthy of being called disciples of the greatest religious teacher.

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          Punchi!
          Yes you are not interested in anything except on you self and what you utter.

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          P.P,
          I have repeatedly said that I think Buddhism is the best religion. There is a difference between criticism of Buddhism and criticism of so – called “Buddhists” who justify racism, murder, child abuse, and worse. They worship trees and statues. The sum total of all the fake relics is a ton or more. Local “Buddhists” are unable or unwilling to challenge “monks” who behave like thugs. The Buddhism” practised here is an insult to its great founder. The Christian church is no better, but it suffered a reformation for similar reasons. Islam has still to have one, mainly because Western interference has backfired.

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    Dear Usuf

    Thank you.

    SAARC countries all need to learn few fundamental things that is to give and take as a first step. We have been focused on Colonial histories and someone else’s mistakes for all our blunders is our history for the past 100 years. In the process we have been good at undermining each other “collectively” and compounding mistakes and misdeeds by the few into beyond human intelligence for a long time.

    Remembering Mahadma Gahandi for the right deeds we should perhaps start a new journey in the new year is the lessons learned for the past 100 years off not more.

    Playing politics or even making aggravative conclusions from each and every event leads to more issues beyond our capacity to resolve is what we have personally achieved in our nation to date.

    Conflict management and conflict resolution is a subject we should all learn is requires more mindfulness than ever before as the world we live in is struggling with the entire concept currently….simply because we have been living beyond our means…at time at the expense of others too.

    Therefore based on the fact none of us are not angels we should perhaps reduce the finger pointing/bit of forgiveness too will go a long way to progress as a Nation overcoming the geo political handicap we have found ourself in a wrong strategic location.

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    Mass Usuf,
    Please tell us where in Holy Quran it says that Muslim dead bodies ‘SHOULD’ be buried.

    I asked this before but few guys started beating around the bush without giving a direct answer. From what I have gathered from other writers is nowhere in Holy Quran it says Muslim dead bodies should be buried or should not be cremated.

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      Eagle Eye

      SURAH MAIDHA 5: 30
      And his soul permitted to him the murder of his brother, so he killed him and became among the losers
      SURAH MAIDHA 5: 30
      Then Allah sent a crow searching in the ground to show him how to hide the disgrace of his brother. He said, “O woe to me! Have I failed to be like this crow and hide the body of my brother?” And he became of the regretful.

      Can you tell WHO has aproved for burial and why it is not allowed

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        RBH59,
        What a dumb story!

        WHO gave guidelines suggesting both burial and cremation. It is up to the country concerned to decide which option to take. ‘Moda’ Muslims in the Muslim community who live in Stone Age failed to understand the rationale behind the decision taken by the Government and making a big fuss.

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          Eagle Eye

          The story will dump to you not to all covid virus is an international born virus
          the medical interligent has given to the order burial is safe why only one country takes the decision on what fall basis.

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        Allah sent a crow? WTF couldn’t he send a fully equipped microbiology lab with the associated personnel? That would be more useful these days. If you base your beliefs on primitive superstitions you are as ridiculous as the SBs who think that the Buddha was Sinhala.

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          “you are as ridiculous as the SBs who think that the Buddha was Sinhala.’
          Surely you aren’t suggesting he was a Tamil?

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    The attitude of Muslims confirm what Sinhalayo feel that minorities in this country expect majority Sinhala Buddhists who are the Native people to compromise to keep the minorities who came from other countries and settled down in Sinhale by giving them citizenship happy. Don’t we have any moderate Muslims who are willing to come forward and say let us compromise for the safety of all the people in Sri Lanka?
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    Now you are dragging Buddhism to justify the arrogant attitude of Muslims. Sinhala Buddhists who felt sorry when Demala Muslim refugees from Hindusthan were persecuted by Portuguese saved them and allowed them to settle down in this country. But what did they get in return. Problems! Problems! Problems! Once Bitten Twice Shy!

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      Eagle,
      “Sinhala Buddhists who felt sorry when Demala Muslim refugees from Hindusthan were persecuted by Portuguese saved them and allowed them to settle down in this country.”
      Don’t lie! It was the Muslim fleet from Calicut that came to the aid of King Senarath against the Portuguese. Sinhalayo should show some gratitude.

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    Don’t resort to Buddha’s teachings. Rely on Koran the ultimate guide. Nowhere in Koran says dead Muslims must be buried. Koran is the word of Allah (PBUH). If anyone thinks he can contradict Allah, I pity his stupidity. May Allah be merciful to him.

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      PBUH in parentheses is used after Prophet Mohammed , not Allah.

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        So that’s all you saw? Pity!

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    Is there life hereafter ?

    Where is heaven ?

    Is there a God ?

    Are there objective answers or the answer depends on which country, which belief and which family you are born into ?

    Does your intelligence matter ? Or do all people see things the same way ?

    If you take a simple street scene and ask people of varying intelligence (IQ–70, 80 , 120 etc) to describe what they see, will there be startling differences in what they see and more important, how they interpret what they see ?

    Do societies reflect what they have believed for 2000 years ?

    Are humans fundamentally tribal and find reasons to praise the habits and thoughts of his tribe ?

    Finally in every religion, do the priests/preachers have a vested interest in keeping the faith going. Very simply ,do they eat from that religion ( eating also includes ego boost, social recognition , tribal feeling etc)?

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    Muslims asked for this and got it. Ali Sabri wanted recognition the easy way without contesting. He wanted to live on the ‘reflected glory’ of the President, not being satisfied with his own glory in the Bar. Now he has been bard from taking his own decision and is a MINISTER for INJUSTICE now. The infamous 5 apparently was ‘bought over’ and is unable to get out of the net. The notorious Hameed was a minister in every government but failed with this government despite aiding his members to vote for 20. After a very long period, I saw Muslims participate in the agitation to release the Tamil political prisoners, perhaps because it included Covid Muslims burial too. When the Tamils fight for their rights Muslims are always in the WRONG SIDE expecting the best of both worlds and end up with the dead bodies in the freezer containers. Pity.
    Unfortunately the Muslim politicians re not worried about their community, they are selfish and Self Centred.

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    There are only two sorts of doctors: those who practice with their brains, and those who practice with their tongues: The WHO Infection Prevention and Control for the safe management of a dead body in the context of COVID-19 can be buried the other team virus can be soil contamination if Covid-19 virus can transmit through layers of by using blue tooth technology.

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    Mr Usuf ,

    A friendly word for you ! Leave Buddhism to Buddhists ! We who are not
    Buddhists , are not expected teach them Buddhism . That is a job even
    top monk in the country has failed to do and so are Muslims, Hindus
    and Christians ! Their religion now is politics ! Not just any politics !
    Perfect Muddy Politics ! You can now call it with your collar up ‘Kali
    Amma’ Juice Politics ! Whether they believe in their Buddhism or not ,
    leave it to them !

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      Dear whywhy,
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      I agree with you only partly.
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      If you can demolish bigots, do so.
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      I have not really studied this article, but Iknow Usuf to be an intelligent writer.

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    Mas L Ysuf: You have taken quite a lot of pain to explain the “Buddhas Teachings” to justify a solution to a grievance. However much you say” Conquer the Liar by the Truth”, do you expect any good results from a country (meaning people) where 95% or more are “BLINDED” by “SUPERSTITION”? Taking your own example, the “Buddhists”, do they live or follow the “Teachings” of Gauthama Buddha. According to the Teaching, there are ten fetters that prevent a person from seeing the “Truth” or attain “Enlightenment”. Of those ten one is called “Seelabbatha Paramasa” or “Superstition”, the belief in a Supreme Being or in Gods and in the efficacy of purification rites and ceremonies. Do you see this state of mindset in the people of all religions? You won’t. Why? Because the “Custodians” who have “Institutionalized” these valuable “Teachings” have very surupciously misled the people and made them be a flock of sheep who follow the “Master” in seeking favors from the “Unseen”. This has hampered the people see the “TRUTH” and as a result, the “LIARS” rule the country.

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    If cremation is a religious requirement, first quote the Mohammad’s exact verse on funeral procedure. But don’t bring up misinterpreted “The Crow Story”.

    Notice how quiet Muslim world is about Covid 19 victims. Because there are exceptions to creamate if a muslim dies of a contagious disease.
    Also, Muslims are ordered by Kuran to resect all laws where muslims are adapted.

    Buddha is right. That’s why there is no such nonsense called “Buddhism phobia”, nor super devotees who blow up innocent people on Easter Sundays, etc.

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    Mass, It’s good that you and other muslim writers always quote Buddha, intellectuals and philosophers. But please make sure you include lots of quotes of Mohammad in your future articles. Because, for average Sinhalese, a Muslim still means Biryani and Watalappan.

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      You don’t have to be guided by other other peoples quotation as long as you know how to ‘live and love humanity’ and ‘love and live with humanity.’

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      Tony ,

      It is simply Demand and Supply !

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    Dear old codger,
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    I feel that Punchi Point knows well enough that his shameless performances on this site are dishonest. Please steer clear of him.
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    We are wasting our time countering his specious arguments. Even if he is sincere, there is no way such bigots can be convinced by us.
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    There was no way that unsatisfactory politicians like Ranil Wickremasinghe could be shown the door except by having them made a joke of at National Elections. He got next to no votes even from Cinnamon Gardens this time.
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    We have a much harder task on our hands. How to get rid of the SLPP politicians who employ persons like Punchi Point, Eagle Eye and Pasqual. Ignore them. They will wither away.
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    I didn’t think it would ever be necessary for me to say this to a man of your intelligence.

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