2 December, 2020

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Dinesh Breaks Coconuts

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

Dinesh Gunawardena, MP is an old friend and neighbour of mine. A good man he is, and I always respected him. His Dad was a youthful hero for me. However, it is with a mixture of amusement, bemusement and dissapointment that I observe his behaviour since the defeat of Mahinda Rajapaksa. The newspapers report that he has organised a trip to the Seeni Devale in a little island in the South noted for occult practices and black magic performed by desperate persons to supplicate an imaginary god and typically pray for harm to enemies.

Dinesh has moved to prayer in order to stop the “revenge,” on the Rajapaksa family, which according to him now takes place. He wants to curse the yahapalanaya government and bring it down without even the votes of the people.

POLThe Yahapalanaya government set up by President Maitripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe had sought and won a mandate from the people to investigate charges of corruption and abuse by the Rajapaksa regime.

There was absolutely no doubt that the broad electorate and independent civil organisations had been traumatised by the daily gossip about alleged huge corruption by that regime. Besides the gossip, the very conduct of the regime had been full of impunity, irresponsibility and extravagance that were in such magnitude that these acts hit the very sensibilities of right thinking and socially conscious people and seemed to confirm the perceptions of corruption, abuse and murder.

External behavioural manifestations of conduct unveiled a lot. The disregard for the law and for due process was shocking. Critical incidents included the arrest of war warrior General Sarath Fonseka and the impeachment of Chief Justice Shirani Bandaranayake. There were numerous other incidents that could be listed with ease.

It was evident that Mahinda Rajapaksa, having given political leadership to the war, was on a personal course of self-aggrandisement. Mahinda, instead of using the success of the war to turn the country around and turn our relationships with Tamil brethren around, took a different course. Mahinda rode a blind horse of power driven by personal greed although cloaked in nationalist slogans.

Dinesh and his ilk should have done a world of good if they warned MR and tried to put him right. The success in war was a Kalinga moment for Sri Lanka,which if used that way, could have given automatic eternity to Rajapaksa rule instead of resorting to the hideous 18th Amendment. Yet, Dinesh did not do that warning to his Monarchist friend. Now they have all fallen along with Humpty Dumpty.

Like the desperate ordinary person referred to earlier, Dinesh and his crew are desperate. Only ignorant persons engage in Black Magic. Imploring deities like this was a practice of the pre-scientific age of man. It was widely practised during the days of the Vedas in India 2000 years BC. Sri Lanka still has remnants of that early folly and Kapuralas, otherwise unemployable, earn good money whether in Kataragama or in Seeni Devale.

People have always had Gods. When the first person saw lightning strike a tree and start a fire, that person needed a way to make sense of what they had just witnessed.Since they had no concept of electricity, positive and negative charge, or static, they needed to explain to themselves and others, what had happened, in terms they could understand. A God was born.

So people prayed to the gods following the elaborate ritual of the pooja. One essential element of the Vedic pooja is to offer ‘upachara,’ or gifts to the god. The god would not be moved without a bribe. In Dinesh’s pooja hundred thousand coconuts will be offered! The Grama Seveka in the area charges that 700 counts had been stolen from a government property. But the god wouldn’t mind people stealing to give him upachara. It is a selfish god.

Barren Sinhalese women have harmless poojas like the offers to Pattini – a woman deity in order to seek fertility. Incidentally the Goddess Pattini is the deification of Kannagi, who is the central character of the Tamil epic Silapadhikaram of Ilango Adigal, written in India after the 2nd Century CE. After a short time, it was introduced into Sri Lanka and absorbed earlier deities such as Kiri Amma (‘milk mother’). Historians attribute the introduction of goddess Pattini to the island to Gajabahu I, a Sinhalese king who ruled Sri Lanka from 113 – 135 CE..

Such pre-scientific beliefs have got embedded into the collective psyche of ordinary people so much that Buddhist temples are full of them. The Buddha rejected a creator God and he considered that deities are only a higher order of life in samsara. There is little they can do and they are also subject to death and disease. However, that wasn’t a comfortable idea to Buddhists who, instead, opted for the Vedic God. Mahayanic forms of Buddhism and Vajryayana are full of deities and celestial Buddhas. In the pre-scientific age the Vedic god concept and the Mahayanic forms offered more meaning to Buddhists in Sri Lanka and elsewhere. Temple Buddhism in Sri Lanka has not got rid of these superstitions.

Isn’t it amusing, therefore, to see Dinesh going back to the dark pre-historic times and leading the so-called Joint Opposition to the altar of the god at Seenigama? Aren’t these leaders wanting to rule the country and to guide it? With rubbish like this in their heads, they cannot have the cognitive capacity to meet the complex activity of governance. For any county to prosper the ruling class must be enlightened; must be modern;must be open to scientific solutions. This is why Plato urged that Philosophers should be kings. It seems Dinesh and his men are closed and closed and closed.

The Joint Opposition have a simple solution to their worry about investigations against the Rajapaksa family, namely, to allow the enquiries to proceed so that the Rajapaksas are cleared?

If the Rajapaksas are innocent why be terrorised by ongoing investigations?

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    Today’s newspapers say Dinesh lost his purse during the Seenigama performance. Did the god rob it?

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      What a sgame…n ge tweered that it was a lie…but the paper article stated that the organizers had used the public address system requesting the person to RETURN it…IF his purse was not robbed…why was the announcement made? Dinesh is a liar n a bum sucker…. I sincerely wish the guy who picked his pocket didnt return it so that Dinesh would have to go to the registrar of persobs office to get his ID.

      Liar tweeted lies… voter should taje note..even FCID…if he can lie once.. he can lie a. million times…NEVER TRYST this ASS….

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    There is a shortage of coconut pluckers in Sri Lanka. As this guy has nothing to do now in Parliament better wear a Amudday and be of service to the nation

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    “If the Rajapaksas are innocent why be terrorised by ongoing investigations?”

    Because the investigations are vindictive, selective inefficient and tantamount to political harassment. One half of the accused thieves of the Rajapaksa regime are now with Rani-Sirisena alliance and no investigations are afoot against them. Even the Hirunika investigation is/was an eye-wash. What happened to multi-billion rupee fraud investigation against Mahendran, CB Governor?

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    For all his international scholarship, it’s back to mumbo-jumbo at home. The man will do anything to keep onside the cuckoos who support and vote for him and his ilk. That though is the sorry lot for most of those who experience the best education their money could buy and then return home to the ‘family’ business.

    What a waste of a scarce resource!

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    Apparently they stole coconuts to perform this ritual and in the meantime pickpockets had a field day stealing their wallets including Dinesh Gunawardenas hahahahaahah

    This must be HLD Mahindapalas culture that he boasts about !

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    ALL these dishonest MP’s & Ministers for the last two decades will be sick due to their belief, and all Yaksaya’s and PUMBANDAYAN’s will go after them, and severely punish them, because all mighty god’s have left Srilanka troposphere and gone to India. Their is no immunity now, and all are requesting, from Yaksaya’s we offer you coconuts please come & punish us.

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    Dinesh G,a Borolugoda Pusa born to the Borolugoda Sinhaya.Good old Philip must be spinning in his grave.Wither Sri Lanka?

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    to Paul. CB governor’s issue was taken to court and dismissed. Hirunika’s case is ongoing and she is charged with a bailable offence. Now you understand? Think before you ink,my dear Paul

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      Both CB Governor and Hirunika cases are massive naduth haamuduruwange baduth haamuduruwange cases (grand insider deals) done without scrutiny and in atrocious manner.

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    In my earlier comment, I stated how these “occult” practices boomerang on you in double and triple strength, if you, yourself know consciously what you are doing is wrong. That is how my village people say and believe and in fact see in practice. At Seenigama Devale, a series of PICKPOCKET incidents took place and those subjected to were the “Dignitaries” who participated including Mr. Dinesh Gunawardane. The organizers frantically announced over the public address system begging to return the loot. The wallets were returned sans the MONEY. Now I begin to understand my village peoples intelligence and the belief system in molding their character. Mark my words; In the near future these “DIGNITARIES” including the “Leader” Mr. Dinish Gunawardane would go viral with the ARRESTS of some of those whom they are making every effort to protect. Leave aside the “coconut dashing”; the Law of Nature will not pardon them.

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    Preethi Handagama.

    The two Sumanes are different.But they are thick friends.They share their Preethis!

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    Pygmalion that is a good one. But can they share preethies? Terribly soiled and smelling? won’t they be? Does anyone know where Sumane is?

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    Jayasinghe refers to Dinesh Gunawardena’s father,the great Phillip.Indeed it is pity that the son had descended so low.As the saying goes:A great mountain stream has ended in a muddy and stinking pool!

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    Was Mahindapala also involved in the coconut bash at Seenigama? I am told he was there. Dayan Jayatilleka?
    Whose pockets were picked? The rumour is that one former MR Minister, who once stole a necklace, did the job with his kalliya

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    What Dinesh and company are engaged in is called “survival”. The MEP, NSSF and LSSP have no future. Th only way they survive is by being a part of a coalition. Hence the rush to get MR involved in a new party because the old party does not want this filth anymore.

    Maithri knows he has enough headaches with the SLFPers without having to deal with the Dinesh’s, Vaus’s and Wimal’s of this world.

    So, after Seenigama, it will be Kudagama and who knows if that fails, maybe Kerala…for the real kattadiyas.

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    Could remember his late brother Indika too breaking Coconuts with Nimal Siripala at Nawagauwa Devale when they were in the opposition. It runs in he blood even though he has had US, education. Now he has a willing partner, his former MEP colleague BandulaG. A fine combination!!!

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