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Culturing Fear & Hatred In The Sinhalese Mind – An Open Letter To Sinhalese

By  Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

My dear Sinhalese Brothers and Sisters,

You are all aware of the gradual corruption of a great teaching, by some rogue monks who pretend to protect Buddhism and the Sinhala race. Have you given some thought that it is time to make your voice heard and rise up to stop this menace. I am certain that you also understand well the opportunistic politicians who support such activities. They want to fool the average Sinhalese that they are pro-Sinhala Buddhist.  The protection of Buddhism cannot be achieved through harvesting racism, hate and communal disharmony. And, not through nationalism. All of this is pure humbug. A true Sinhalese Buddhist would not want to be part of this.

Innocent Youth

You may wonder why a Muslim is worried about this. The answer is twofold. One, I believe that if true buddhism is practised there would be no other nation in the world to match Sri Lanka – metta (loving kindness) is one simple example. This may sound idealistic but it is the truth. Secondly, this nation and all of its people can prosper and live peacefully. We all yearn to live in such an environment along with our families.

The crass racist indoctrination by a set of asinine monks, correlating buddhism to add value to it, is crossing reasonable levels. Let me highlight and, do so in bold that it is not all of you who belong to this lot but, only a small portion. My point is that this small portion, by virtue of being led by the Sangha, may be a serious number to be reckoned with. More dangerously, the ensnared innocent youth becoming the cat’s paw in the hands of these dubious Mahatmas. The extent of spurious content dissemination in the social media indicates that they have taken leave of their intelligence and common sense. The youth is being systematically radicalised. It can be your own brother or sister, son or daughter.

The type of nonsense that is spread in the social media and the web portals sets a new benchmark for the level of foolishness of these youths. Albert Einstein said, “Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.

Wonderful Lot

ISIS and Galagoda Atte Gnanasara make good comparison (See my article in Colombo Telegraph: 28 July 2015).  Even though the Muslims are against ISIS, the global media wrongly accuses Muslims for the acts of ISIS.  Similarly, the entire Sinhalese community will be accused of being racist people because of the aberrations of Gnanasara and a few others.

The Sinhalese people are a wonderful lot. Do not get me wrong. This is not an apologetic or a sheepish statement nor is it to curry favour but, a sincere one. Of course, like in all societies you get the bad people, too, among the Sinhalese. The racists are an example. These unsocial elements are of course, a minority but certainly bring shame upon you, who belong to the respectable rest.

However, I feel that if this errored course is not corrected on time even the moderate Sinhala majority may have to face problems. A time will come when fingers will be pointed accusing you of being unpatriotic, ‘un-Buddhistic’ or ‘un-Sinhalese’. 

What Have You Done?

Philosopher, Rousseau famously said, “The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless”. It is evident that false propaganda has taken root and is viral. I question myself as to why they are doing this? Is it out of fear? Is it for strategic socio-economic manipulation?  Is it to incite and whip up Sinhala racial sentiments? Is it to destabilise the government by triggering a racial riot? I applaud the tactical manoeuvring of such exploitative folks. They take the Sinhalese people for a jolly good ride. For them self-aggrandisement takes priority before the interest of the country or the Sinhalese masses. My concern is the status of Sri Lanka, as a nation, with such malignancy metastasize into an uncontrollable pogrom against the minorities.

This should be your concern too. Ask yourself, have I ever spoken against these hate mongers? Have I ever stood up against these rogue monks tarnishing the dhamma? Have I ever discouraged those engaged in false and concocted  propagation?  Have I ever confronted those who spread inflammatory information in the social media? Have I ever had the courage and presence of mind to reply to an inciting message by saying, “please do not send such nonsense to me”. What have you done to bring some sense to these misled youths and these rogue monks?

Racism; Illogical, Irrational

No man is the owner of a race. He simply belongs to a race because by accident he has been born into that race. For example, Gnanasara who is a Sinhalese today, in the samsaric cycle, may be reborn as a Muslim, Tamil or Christian. Therefore, to protect or safeguard race is illogical and irrational. This stand is supported by the Buddhistic Doctrine of Anicca (Impermanence).

Worst case is where such protection is sought to the detriment or endangerment of the other human beings. Again, in violation of the Four sublime states of mind taught by the Buddha:

Loving-kindness (metta),

Compassion (karuna),

Sympathetic Joy (mudita),

Equanimity (upekkha).

Since racism is violently demonstrated by these imprudent halfwit monks, let me refer to a sutta in the dhamma. Like the Brahmins who during buddha’s time spoke high about their caste demeaning the other castes, so is Gnanasara demeaning the Muslims. Gnanasara is behaving just like Ambaṭṭha, who goes to meet the Buddha but is arrogantly proud towards him. He did not show proper social decorum during the conversation. He called buddha menial and of lower status as buddha was not a Brahmin. To learn the truth, Brother/Sister, kindly read the Ambaṭṭha Sutta, Diga Nikaya to see how buddha shatters the arrogance of Brahmanism analogous to Gnanasara’s racism today.

Mankind Versus Racism

Modern biological science proves that mankind is one species. “Buddhism is in accord with the findings of the modern biologists who exploded the doctrines of racism and would urge the biological unity of mankind in support of the concept of a common humanity.” (Buddhism and the Race Question, Professors G. P. Malalasekera and H. N. Jayatilleke) .

Irrespective of whether a person is born a Sinhalese, Tamil or Muslim, he has come from a single species. The Quran states:

“O mankind! We created you from a single (pair) of a male and a female, and made you into nations and tribes, that ye may know each other (not that ye may despise (each other).  (Quran 49:13)

Dear Brother/Sister, do you know how Buddha rebuked a section of his monks who felt superior to the rest in that they had more fame and gain than the others.  The beauty of his analogy should penetrate the brains of these misguided people.  Buddha likens them to worms who, born in dung, bred in dung, and living on dung, feel superior to other worms who are not so privileged in this respect.

Professors Malalasekera and Jayatilleke notes, “Man’s destiny is to develop as a spiritual being and therefore what really matters is the degree of his moral and spiritual development. This has no connection with birth in any particular race or caste since the “meanest”, “humblest” of mankind may have the potentialities for attaining the very highest in this respect in this life, so that we have no right to despise any person whatever his station in life may be. …”

“Race and caste discrimination are also inimical to social progress since they bring about artificial and unreal divisions among human beings where none exist and hinder harmonious relations”. (ibid.)

Rise up now and say, “NO” to these socially regressive and economically damaging racism that is making our great nation an ill-famed extremist hotspot. We have been living for three decades in fear and insecurity.  Peace has just begun to flower and hardly before the nation enjoys its fragrance, we are in the threshold of hate, enmity and violence.

My dear Brothers and Sisters, do we need this?

Thank you.

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    This is a great piece. It is the silence of the good among the Sinhala Buddhists that has brought misery to our country.

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    [Edited out] Please avoid typing all capitalized comments – CT

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    Mass Usuf – do you have anything to say about “Tortured Sri Lankan Muslim Child Marriage Victim Dies, Police Soft-Pedals Capture Of Murderous Husband”….specially you were advocating child marriage and underage sex.

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      Agree with Mass Usuf, Gandasara is a racist thug. SL should deal with him accordingly, before too late.

      However, Rajash is correct Wahabi & fundamentalist Islamic invasion of SL is real. Child marriage is taking place in SL. Muslim women are being treated like 2nd class citizens. While all these Islamic leaders and writers look the other way.

      Both “Buddhist” thugs & Islamist fanatics have to be dealt with severely.

      Cheers!

      PS: So happy to be an atheist myself. While the so called religious kill each other over a potential free ride to heaven. Hahahahahaha! Good luck with that.

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        Ben Hurling, Rrmember how you catholics had numerous Crusades and what have you done all over the world. Itis the protestant christianity which stopped Crusades. Say Amen to Anglicans for that starting it.

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        Ben Hurling:-
        The Buddha’s True Dhamma is Atheist. His Dhamma is not a Religion, although we poor Mortals have made it so in our search for something to Hang on to!

        ‘Atheism’ means, not believing that God/Gods rule our Destinies!

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      Rajash. This is the first time I came to know a Muslim killed his wife. Before I had heard only of one or two suicides. But killing wifes, raping girls as young as 8 years, selling women are rampant in non-Muslim majority and minority. Do you have anything to say about it. Don’t look up and spit.

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        the non Muslim majority and minority don’t advocate under age sex

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          Rajash. “the non Muslim majority and minority don’t advocate under age sex” true but that was because you follow your western masters for whom under age marriage is taboo but can have sex with even 8 years old without marrying, raping even toddlers. You all following the same if you see the number of underaged raped, young girls before marriage become pregnant and throw the infant to dustbin once given birth. Get hold of a pimp and you can enjoy sex with even a 12 years old for the right amount. I am not writing bullshit here but the facts.

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            Rall Amee: I know where you coming from. You and the likes of Mass Usuf want to shift the “Muslim” agenda of legalising under age sex and marriage in to a “National Agenda” >>>>>>Sorry mate this is not going to work..>>>>>>>any how Anyhow .Mas Usuf is addressing to the Sinhala people and not tot the Tamils. As he knows that the Tamils cannot be fooled so easily

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    Before blaming others, we have to do some soul searching.

    See what has happened to Thameem Fatheema Sharmila. Some in our own community are blocking the law! How can we advise others when this is how we conduct?

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      Fathima Fukushima

      So you are saying we also have faults and others also have faults so lets all keep quiet and let the people commit faults and we should keep quiet and so lets create a fault riddled country and world and you want to live in that world.

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        No, it is the which way you like to duscuss these so-called faults of others, or whose actions you want to justify.

        Tell us what is the answer to islamic expansion. All over the world, they use the democracy to expand and then after that, it is Quran, sharia law, halal, hadith, haram… List goes on.

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    Minorities would talk about mankind, equality, humanity etc.
    Did any of Muslim did talk for those Non muslim minorities of Majority Muslim countries?
    Did you talk for Hindus in Pakistan? Did you talk for Hindus in Pakistan?
    Christian in Egypt?
    why too far?
    do you talk for minority Tamil in Muslim majority Town of East?
    NO, Definitely No
    Once Muslim becomes a majority in SL, Muslim will do the same to Sinhalese.
    Muslims are the provokers of racism. You do see Buddhist and Hindus as sinners. You guys do not accept other religions. This is the main problem. preach your community first, please.

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      Sisira. You a brainless donkey because a donkey with a brain will better than you. What Sri Lanka Muslim got to do with Pakistani Muslim and Pakistanis Hindu problems also Egyptian Muslims and Egyptian Christian problems. Sri Lankan Muslim have been helping Sri Lankan Sinhalese from the beginning. If not for local Muslims and Pakistani Muslims help Eelam would have been established long ago. Ask Fonseka who turned SL ceremonial forces into a fighting force.

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        Don’t get angry on brainless donkey. Answer the second part of the comment. Muslim do not accept the Buddhism as equal religion. You guys think that Buddhism is sin. You are being nice because you are minority now. If you become minority, we all have to live in sharia law. I can imagine how majority sl muslim would treat minorities by looking at the way you guys ruling east. No non Muslim can have trusted relationship with you guys.

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          Sisira. In that sense nobody accept their religion equal to other religions. They may take the followers as equal. Buddhist always think their religion is superior to others. Hindu, Christians or Muslims thinks same way. That is natural, otherwise there won’t be any religion.

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        Sri Lankan Muslim( Converted Hindu Tamil Dravidian immigrant from Tamil Nadu) only helped Sinhalese to commit war crimes and genocide on the island’s Tamils, not out of patriotism to their newly adapted land but out of greed and self interest, as the Sinhalese promised them benefits and large chunks of stolen Tamil land. Despite being ethnically Tamils , these converted immigrant low castes from South India, are very opportunistic selfish and backstabbing will only worship Arabs , who treat them like dirt. Ralli Ameen is a good example. Now the promised goodies have not arrived but only kicks and pummels from the Sinhalese , therefore they are screaming and howling and reminding the Sinhalese how they helped them in their genocide. They are trying to call it patriotism, when did aiding and abetting discrimination genocide and war crimes on an indigenous population, especially by an immigrant population , become patriotism? These clowns do not understand the meaning of patriotism . If they were patriotic they should have stood up to Sinhalese racism from the very beginning. Instead of this , these slimy toads were fawning to the Sinhalese racists and joined with them in their killing spree but now screeching in agony with it is their turn. Useless fellow

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    Mass L. Usuf,———————————————————————————-

    Culturing Fear & Hatred In The Sinhalese Mind – An Open Letter To Sinhalese——————————————————————————————————————————————————-
    “You are all aware of the gradual corruption of a great teaching, by some rogue monks who pretend to protect Buddhism and the Sinhala race. Have you given some thought that it is time to make your voice heard and rise up to stop this menace. I am certain that you also understand well the opportunistic politicians who support such activities. They want to fool the average Sinhalese that they are pro-Sinhala Buddhist. The protection of Buddhism cannot be achieved through harvesting racism, hate and communal disharmony. And, not through nationalism. All of this is pure humbug. A true Sinhalese Buddhist would not want to be part of this.”————————————————————————————————————————————————————————–
    The error you are making is that you are ASSUMING the Sinhala “Buddhism” is Buddhism. Sinhala “Buddhism” is NOT Buddhism or Pristine Buddhism. Therefore your arguments will be dismissed. SinHala ” Buddhists”practice Casteism and Racism, which the ENLIGHTENED BUDDHA ABHORRED———Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!—–By Sharmini Serasinghe —–Caution- The following is more suitable for the broad-minded and the wise. Others are kindly advised to pass!——————————————————————————https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

    ————————————————————————————-
    ————-Who are the so-called Sinhala “Buddhists”? They are Para-Indian-Sinhala-Para-‘Buddhists’, just like the Para-Indian-Tamil-“Hinds”, and the other Patas such as Pata-Indian-Biddle East North Indian-Para-“Muslims”.and other Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, who claimed the Land by Walking, 8,000 to 30,000 years ago.—————————————————————- ——————— ————————– —————————- ——————————
    Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people:———————————————
    Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.————————–

    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html

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    We have all learnt the story of the wolf with the sheep’s skin. This is exactly that and a replay of the same story and the lesson we were taught at primary school. These are not monks but thugs conveniently attired in spiritual clothing in the same way the proverbial wolf that wore the sheep’s clothing to deceive and trick to capture and satisfy its hunger.

    If the very Mahasangha does not take notice of this glaring abuse, I feel they do not see any way it contradicts Buddagama principles. So I must believe as a non Buddhist that is what ‘Lord’ Buddha said to do to achieve success and this is how any outsider will interpret.
    Can anyone clarify me and other non Buddhist on this whether this is what ‘Lord’ Buddha preached to achieve success!

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      Wow, Tamils come and preach muddha dhamma here. Why don’t you talk what your religious leader has said. IS it Kill infidelas.

      If Usuf had to do this in “his Islamic Reoublic of Sri lanka” they would have killed buddhist monks first and then would have got all the women as sex- slaves. That is islamic way.

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    Mass L. Usuf ———————————————————————————————————————–
    Sinhala Generics, Tamil Genetics , Muslim Genetics etc. aRe different from Sinhala Culture, TAMIL CULTURE AND MUSLIM CULTURE ETC.————————————————————————————————
    GET THEM TO TAKE ANCESTRY TESTS.——–Then call the Monks——————————————————————
    http://www.nature.com/jhg/journal/v59/n1/full/jhg2013112a.html ————————————

    The Try Guys Take An Ancestry DNA Test————————————————————————
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N06g2kc1Dxo

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    gnanasaraya will start a war with muslims if not stopped now. As for your comment on isis, you are following the european lying mindset. of vilifying any muslim who fights in jihad.

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    Mass L Usuf is writing on behalf of Lankan Muslims. Late forties/early fifties Muslims broke away from the Federal Party. For over six decades enjoyed the rewards. Now a feeling of insecurity has set in and Mass L Usuf is writing this letter to his “Sinhalese Brothers and Sisters”. Tamils are still there Usuf! Yes the version of Buddhism preached by BBS is wrong. But do you ever worry about the preaching of Rizwi Mufti? Hm….. I forgot that you the same views!

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    Mass Usuf,

    I believe that most important thing to do is to write an open letter to Muslims, and it is even better if it goes from another educated Muslim.

    Please include these topics in it:
    1. Don’t be selfish 2. Don’t be greedy (I believe the recently collapsed building in Wellawatte belongs to one Muslim greedy fellow) 3. Ask rich Muslims not to take the poor Muslims for granted. (example: many rich Muslims businesses where they employ majority of Muslims paying them less than peanuts too, and tricking them to stick to showing religion) 4. Concentrate investing in education and schools rather than only on mosques 5. Ask Muslim parents, especially lazy moms to pay some attention to their kids and their education, for which I am sure Allah will forgive them skipping daily Quran recitals. 6. Nowadays, most of the average Muslims, especially the ones running shops show more respects to non-Muslims (Sinhalese) while ignoring other Muslims, tell them to treat all equally that will give them some dignity. 7. Ask Muslims to reduce lying and cheating (this has direct links to their poor education, but I feel mosques and imam’s preaching failed to do it

    Note: Gnanasara thero or any extremist non-Muslims don’t have to be worried about Muslims becoming a threat in any form as they’re not qualified to be a threat with above samples and surely more needed fixes

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    Good People,

    There are many wrongs that need to be put right in our thrice-blessed island in the sun. They will be in time. But right now the biggest evil is about to hit us. This is Buddhism’s ‘enemy within’. The insidious BBS led by the evil Gnanasara will stop at nothing to achieve their evil ends; he and his growing band of evildoers will bring chaos, division and misery to our land, long term. All Gnanasara and his followers need is for decent people to do nothing. The outcome if unchecked will be a eternal and universal damnation of Buddhism and the Noble message it brings. The time to act is NOW!

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    Cannot compare some monks or a monk outfit to ISIS. First of all, Islam has been at war with the civilized world for at least 1400 years, ever since Muhammed destroyed the 360 idols at Kabaa. That is a seminal event, because there has been a concerted effort by Muslims ever since to suppress the so-called “polytheists.” It is why North India was vandalized for 1000 years, the Bamiyan Buddha statues were destroyed, Jews and Hindus have very few rights in Muslim-majority nations, and many archeological treasures, such as pertain to the Mesopotamian and Sumerian civilizations, were outright destroyed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. ISIS do not even consider Yazidis as human, they are given the name “devil-worshippers.” While certain crimes were committed by the Sri Lankan Army during the span of a 30 year war, such crimes had nothing to do with Buddhism. There has never been a religious mandate to suppress Tamils or Muslims on behalf of a supernatural entity. Maybe in Pakistan you had Benazir Bhutto; not only did Sri Lanka have the first female Prime Minister, we have ALWAYS had Tamils in our Parliament, including as foreign minister. We have also included Muslims, regularly, in our civil service.

    Sinhala-Buddhism is 2000 years old. Islam is 1400 years old. No monk has ever issued a fatwa for suicide bombing, slavery, or beheading. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same in regards to the mullahs. The author tries to separate ISIS from mainstream Sunni Islam. Yet, ideologies do not emerge in a vacuum. ISIS grew out of the seeds of Sunni dissatisfaction.

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    Do you say we whould not feel worried our 2600 old civilization. If people are becoming panicky that is wrong ? Do you think eventhough you people never discuss it and pretend it never happened what happened in 1915 and how you are behaving when Sinhala people do buddhist festivities or how you object to those. Do you want us to forget in our culture how you are killing animals, you have double standards of having fashion houses or bugs to other cultures while your women are completely covered. How about the unprecidented number of mosques you have built in this small country. How about one politician building a saudi arabia in the east while the other one is islamizing from wilpattu to mullative onw whole streatch. What do you have we as sinhala buddhists can not live our culture in our country. Because, muslims want their halala, their sharia, their slave women as wives. Do we have to forget how muslims behave where ever whenthey become the majority culture. Examples are every where to see how barberic the muslims are. Go and see there is a you tuve clip one muslim girl was stoned to death because she fell in love with a christian boy. Destroying bamiyan buddhas, destroying buddha statues that were in Maldive island museum, recent jalining of the christian mayor of india for blasphemy.

    Sri lanka politicians may forget it because of voters,. but not everybody..

    See how pathetic you are. You can not compare even LTTE to ISIS as ISIS are simply animals If you compare Galaboda atthe Ghanasara, then which comes closest is muslims. They are getting the same thing that they give to others.

    Anyway, You people have to give up your expansionary ideology. It is time to consider how you inpterpret your religious ideology. Because, the whole world is aginast you. YOu can complain. On ther other hand, give us one example some one that helps you except the christians and you know why.

    You talk about logics of Albert Einstein. You people preach to everybody. Why don’t you muslims think about your logics either in your holy book or the way your interpret your ideology.

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      Jim Softy:-
      “Do you say we should not feel worried our 2600 old civilization.”

      Our 2600 year old Civilisation, looks a little Worn Out! Maybe we should give it a bit of ‘Spit and Polish’

      Even the Bible had an Updated Version in the New Testament!

      The Buddha asked us not to look Back at the Past, or look forwards to the Future. He asked us to Live in the Moment of NOW!

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      dimwitty,

      Why not go down to SL to protect SL? Rather than googling here and there happenings in the world and confusing your already deaf and dumb mind without any vision for future, you’re only making ‘achcharu’ out of situations.

      Let people living and struggling in the land speak for themselves and sort out the matters. Once an year visitor of few days should not add fuel to burning fire hiding behind a keyboard. If you’re for betterment of this land where mostly the poor live, your interference should be very welcome.

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    MAss L Usuf:

    If you check the video published by CT, it is muslims who is scolding Galaboda Atthe Ghanasara, the buddhist monk, they were threatening the monk infront of police. Probably, they bribed the police to arrest the monk. fortunately, sinhala youth were watching, if muslims tried they would have got it better and really bad.

    The monk is saying even Faiser Musthafa is a thief and he is preparing fake land deeds either for him or for muslims. Rishad bathiuddin is the exprt in that and that is how he got filthy rich but the Sri lankan govt is silent because of block votes.

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    Muslims say whet ever until they have upper hand then they start to kill, we can see that all over the world, Cunning barbarians ask why they don’t sell land to Sinhalese, why you are following Arabic language=e and clothing , why are you bringing Dugs to kill non Muslims. act first then we believe you other as my farther use to say they are like their hat no matter what side they where it look same , so don’t believe this carp from this guy he will say what ever for now

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    It seema to me that what Rev. Gnanassara and his supporters are doing is exactly what real Buddhism teaches Buddhist monks and followers to do and that is the reason President Sirisena and the Prime Minister ignore the behaviour of these monks and allowing violence and destruction on non- Buddhist to continue.

    This has now become law of the land when the Sinhala Buddhist Monks attack the non-Buddhists the govt in power should remain silence.

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    If true Buddhism is practised by the Buddhist in Sri Lanka … including the Top two or three Priest in Kandy … it will be a threat to all other religions and followers of these religions will also follow Buddhism. 99 % of all Buddhist priest are on wrong track following Jaina Mahaweera religion of India introduced by Colonials and Buddha gosh. It is the Laukika Dahama. What Buddha Preached is Lokothera Dahama. Majority of the so called Buddhist Priest know this but if they practise Lokothera Dahama they will have to give up the luxuries in Life and possess only the 3 robes and go begging with the begging bowl. This is what Buddha did.

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    Time the moderate muslims also demonstrated when there were killings done around the world by fanatics

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    Primitive Arabic bullshit or garbage

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