24 October, 2017

Educating Ms. Serasinghe On The Uniqueness Of Sinhala-Buddhism

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

Without any reservations I must concede that the Buddhist clowns must be reined in, as stated by Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe. In this survey of her version of Buddhism, I wish to state that I am ready to join her campaign this minute if the reining in of Buddhist clowns begins with her. Of course, it is not going to be an easy task because reining in the clowns of her type will be as difficult as removing the layers of paint from her face. By the look of it, she might have to buy the facial cleaners of an entire cosmetic store to get the multi-layers of paint above her neck removed to reveal her thick skin, warts and all.

The plastic look on her face extends to her arguments too. She excoriates other Buddhists who do not follow the ascetic standards she prescribes for their daily conduct. But why hasn’t she applied the identical Buddhist standards to determine her own conduct? The severity of her judgmental standards set for other Buddhists calls for critical evaluation because the validity of her commitments to Buddhist principles can be judged only by her practices and not by her censorious preaching. In taking a cynical view of the Buddhists in general she places herself on the side of those holier-than-thou arahats who adheres strictly to the pristine values of Buddhism. She even boasted once that she quit Vishaka College because she found the Buddhism in it somewhat distasteful to her exalted standards. She claimed that she discovered her paradisical liberation only after she joined a non-Buddhist school.

She also appears from time to time in these columns posing as the sath bhasa parameswara, tripitaka wageeswara and vinaya-arakshaka Anunanayake, of course, loaded with tons of cosmetics plastered all over her face. And her primary mission seems to be to ride on her Buddhistic broomstick stuck between her legs, aiming to clean up the Buddhist world. Her titty-lating anti-Sinhala-Buddhist screams make it amply clear that she never fails to get a kick out of her missionary position. Applying un-Buddhistic cosmetics – tons of it — seems to be her way of getting rid of her Freudian frustrations.

Reading her sermons on Buddhism one would think that she is on the verge of attaining nirvana, leaving the yellow-robed and other lay “clowns” to spend the rest of their time in the depths of a burning and beastly narakadiya. She reminds me of JR Jayewardene who proclaimed that he plans to attain nirvana in this life, even though it was his practice to gulp down one or two shots of whiskey a day before dinner. She has raised a series of questions more to pour scorn on the Buddhists than to put them on the straight and the narrow. As a lapsed Buddhist who is not so pure as Ms. Serasinghe I too wish to ask her a few questions to understand what makes a punctilious Buddhist like her run from her mirror to body shops where she hopes to buy her cosmetic nirvana at a price.

My initial questions are based on basic Buddhist principles. Since she demands almost an ascetic code of conduct from other Buddhists who, according to her, should only meditate in the nearest jungle to find the ultimate liberation can she explain how her jewellery decking her “kunu kaya” (rotten body) would help her to attain nirvana? In posing as a Buddhist purist, condemning others as “clowns”, isn’t she ego-tripping to boost her self-esteem sagging in her ageing breast? Doesn’t she know the story of Buddha auctioning the corpse of the highest paid tart of his time with no one buying her dolled up “kunu kaya” even when the price came down to zero? As a Buddhist committed to its highest principles does she believe that painting her face is the shortest cut to nirvana? Since she believes that giving dana and helping the sangha are practices that will not help the Buddhists to find their way to nirvana does she believe, as a pure Buddhist, that getting dolled up and partifying at the first opportunity when an invite comes her way is the better way to nirvana? Will she agree with me that painting her face will certainly boost her ego but not improve her mind? What will all her prettyfying with expensive cosmetics do to improve her knowledge or practice of Buddhism? Shouldn’t she spend her time and money she wastes on prettyfying her Plain Jane looks to help the needy? Is she buying up all the latest make-up available because she is afraid to look at the mirror without her cosmetics? And when she goes to bed at night does she like Marilyn Munroe wear only Chanel 9 to make her kunu kaya smell good?

Make no mistake. I am not being personal in raising these seemingly personal questions. To the readers who are not familiar with the Theravada Buddhist philosophical tradition of Sri Lanka it may sound as if I am being personal. But Ms. Serasinghe will know that I am only applying the basic principles of Buddhism, which is derived from “sa-ra noo kunu kayak aragena kumata though sapa vindin-nay” and also “kumana natum keli kavata sinahada” etc. These lines are from the best exposition of existential Buddhism. My questions stem from the basic Buddhist doctrine. No hard feelings, please note. She can’t take it amiss because I am following her own footsteps in applying Buddhist principles to her as strictly as does to other Buddhists.

In fact she confirms this when she contends that indestructible Buddhism is lodged fixedly in the mind of Buddhist devotees and the state need not step in, with constitutional and legal guarantees, to defend Buddhism. This implies that the other clowns who claims to be Buddhists must follow her example and reach her level of supreme serenity that lifts her mind to the highest state of Buddhist enlightenment without any external aid. If her argument is that Buddhism doesn’t need external aid why is she, as Buddhist, painting her face so much, knowing that it is a worthless exercise that does not help her to be a better Buddhist? In which sutra is it that stated that a pure usapaka ammandi like Ms. Serasinghe must doll herself to deliver her sermons on Buddhism? Her entire thesis is devoted to condemning the cosmetics of Buddhist practices followed by the bhikkus, dayakayas and lay community. Shouldn’t she, therefore, set the example by eschewing cosmetics and pursue Buddhism in the most simplistic mode. Instead she paints her face so much that she needs only a few more coloured strokes like a black moustache, blood red patches on her cheeks, some green spots here and there on her face and a dunce cap to transform her image into a circus clown.

The fact is that she has nothing original to say except to parrot the routine of what others have said many time before. She pontificates as if she is the last word on what has gone wrong with Buddhism without realising that she is merely repeating what the anti-Sri Lankan propagandists have been saying at all levels – i.e., from Buddhism Betrayed? S. J. Tambiah to his supplicants in NGOs like Radhika Coomaraswamy and Jehan Perera etc. Ms. Serasinghe, of course, would know that she was connected, once upon a time, to a descendant of the Anagarika Dharmapala family. It is possible that the divorce from that connection could have caused some antagonistic fixations in her mind against Buddhism. At least, it cannot cannot be overruled. But I must concede that this is mere speculation.

What is important is to evaluate her hysterical assertions about Buddhism and its relationship to the state. Is she finger-pointing for the good of Buddhism, or to use it as a political tool to denigrate and weaken Buddhism as a cultural force that shaped the nation down the ages? If she has nothing original and/or substantial to say to the Buddhists why doesn’t she do it in front of her mirror instead of braying in public? Why is she picking only on the Buddhists? What about the other religionists? How faithful are the other mainstream religionists to the founding principles of Christianity, Islam or Hinduism?

To her all those who defend Article 9 of the Constitution – a legal provision that has come down from the 1815 Convention – are clowns. She thinks she is not a clown because she is for the removal of Article 9 which states, inter alia, “……..it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana……” But if you read her article, particularly the questions she raise to condemn Buddhism as practised in Sri Lanka, she exposes herself as Devidatta’s weird offshoot living in cuckoo land.

Let me begin with one of her key questions though I am not quite sure whether the essence of my reply will sink through the impenetrable layers of paint in her thick head. Assuming the pompous pose of an Amazonian intellectual she asks: “Might I also ask, what in heaven’s name is so “supreme” about the Sinhalese people? What have we, the Sinhalese achieved, others have not, to entertain such “pride”? I challenge all those out there, who keep chanting, “I’m proud to call myself a Sinhala-Buddhist”, to give me a valid answer to my questions, as so far, I have not.”

If Ms. Serasinghe knew anything about the nation’s history she should know that of all the migrants who made Sri Lanka their home only the Sinhala-Buddhist turned out to be the supreme creative force that tamed the wilderness and transformed the land into a civilised and welcoming culture for other migrants to co-exist as equals with dignity and respect. This nation today consists of the Sinhalese, Tamils, Muslim and Burgher migrants. But the ubiquitous foundation stones, the overarching ideology, the monumental art and architecture, the engineering feats of the hydraulic society, the sweat and the blood that built the life-giving tanks and the inspiring temples were contributed by the Sinhala-Buddhists.

Of all the migrants it was only the Sinhala-Buddhists who gave the world a new language, new culture and a new civilisation. Other migrants invariably were stuck in the ideological baggage with which they landed and were quite content to live inside their narrow boxes. Arnold Toynbee, the great historian, in his magisterial study of human civilisations, mentions only the Sinhala-Buddhists as a pioneering community that responded successfully to the challenges faced by the early settlers. It is the supreme achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhists that makes them stand above the other migrants who were mere by-standers, lending an occasional hand to the mainstream culture that moulded the nation. When the great savant Ananda Coomaraswamy wrote on Sri Lanka he lauded the exquisite treasures of Medieval Sinhala Art and pleaded for its preservation. When the leading German Indologist researched the Eastern contributions to culture he focussed essentially on the Mahavamsa, the unbroken record of Sinhala-Buddhist history. When the founding members of the Royal Asiatic Society explored from the 18th century the past of Sri Lanka they concentrated on Sinhala-Buddhist history mainly because there was nothing else that was outstanding on the same scale. The list of historic achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhists is longer than any of Ms. Serasinghe’s beauticians can imagine to improve her Plain Jane looks.

Ms. Serasinghe challenged the Sinhalese to prove that they have something which others don’t have to be proud of. I have provided incontrovertible evidence to confirm the superior contributions made by the Sinhala people just not to the nation but to the global culture. In giving the world a unique language, culture and civilisation the Sinhalese have proved their creative power and their unique capacity to lift themselves up to great heights as a civilising force. It was a humane civilising culture which gave a protective hand for the other minorities to grow together without aggressive claims to a superiority which they do not possess.

The protective shade given to minorities by the Sinhala-Buddhists goes way back into historical times. Instead of wiping out minority cultures it accommodated and integrated other cultures into its mainstream unlike in some other cultures. In India, for instance, Buddhism was wiped out by the dominant culture of hostile Hindus. In Indonesia Buddhism was erased by the rising forces of Islam. So was it in the Maldives. On the contrary, the Buddhist kings of Sri Lanka gave protection to the Hindus, Christians and Muslims. It is these unique contributions that has placed the Sinhala seal of superiority over the rest. The minorities, on the other hand, turned round and bit the hand that fed them to thrive. As revealed by the historian Dr. G. C. Mendis the records of the Portuguese, Dutch and the British do not show communal conflicts with the Sinhalese until the 20 the century when the minorities reacted violently claiming power and privileges that disturbed peaceful co-existence in historic times. So taking into considerations the overall factors, which community does Ms. Serasinghe think should be rated as superior contributors to civilised co-existence in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural society?

In the light of the answers given above it is Ms. Serasinghe’s turn to provide her evidence to prove that the Sinhalese are not superior to the others in making their lasting contributions to the glory of the nation. The minorities have thrived because the Sinhalese opened the doors for them to achieve their goals. It is the aggressive demands far exceeding their contributions to the preservation of peace and prosperity that has worsened the inter-ethnic relations of the nations. For instance, if the aggressive Tamils of the North did not go down the path of the violent Vadukoddai Resolution their history and that of the nation would have been different.

Now I await Ms. Serasinghe’s response so that the readers can judge the credibility of this Bunkum-wathie. If she can I will send her box of Elizbeth Arden’s or Max Factor’s cosmetics,whichever she likes, to make her look better.

Her inability to see clearly may be due to the cosmetics that cloud her vision. Perhaps, if she could bring down her arching eyebrows from outer space to their original location and if she can remove her artificial eye-lashes and look at the world more realistically through her natural attributes, she has a good chance of overcoming her chronic myopia. Perhaps, she will also agree with me that there is no place for cosmetics in Buddhism. They are used to distort reality. It gives a false self-image and make the users of cosmetic believe that they are greater than what they really are in life.

I know it is too late to teach new tricks to an old female canine but Ms. Serasinghe must realise that both foreign and local academics, with far superior knowledge than what is contained in her peanut brain, have tried to do what she has done – denigrate the Sinhala-Buddhists – on a more sophisticated level and failed. Misguided pundits like Kapferer, Gombrich, S. J. Tambiah, H. L. Seneviratne, etc., etc. who were engaged in this business of denigrating Sinhala-Buddhists have been ripped into shreds by Dr. Susantha Goonatilake in his brilliant survey. titled Anthropologizing Sri Lanka, An Eurocentric Misadvanture. (Indiana University Press). If she has nothing better to do than repeat what more knowledgeable pundits have failed to do shouldn’t she start a new hobby like putting the hair back into the places where she has removed them?

There are also other aspects of her anti-Sinhala-Buddhist article that needs further scrutiny. I shall deal with them after I read her reply proving that she is a Satya-wathie and not a Bunkum-wathie.

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  • 15
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    which duet is more interesting

    H. L. D. Mahindapala vs Izeth Hussein
    or
    H. L. D. Mahindapala vs Ms. Serasinghe

    H. L. D. Mahindapala vs Ms. Serasinghe may sound interesting due to the sexist slang H. L. D. Mahindapala has deposited.

    if Ms. Serasinghe do have artificial plastic face, as alleged by H. L. D. Mahindapala , it’s of her own choice to have it.

    but the plastic brain inside H. L. D. Mahindapala skull is natural

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      Rajash

      To the contrary, it should be:

      Rajash Vs Rajash K

      or

      Rajash K Vs Kumar R

      or

      Rajash K Vs R K Raghavan

      What a combination of talents?

      Unfortunately the groaning Lion King is experiencing the consequences of overdose of G&T. She is not in the contest.

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        Dankottuwa Manike

        nice to know you seek out for my blogs and enjoy them.

        I can assure you I have only one avatar here on CT namely Rajash

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    I agree with Mahindapala for once.

    Our Sinhala Buddhist culture is unique. We are superior to all other cultures. Our language is more unique than others. Our constitution recognises that ours is the only religion and culture that needs protection. The uniqueness of our Sinhala Buddhist culture gives us the courage and ability to denigrate other languages and cultures, to kill Tamils and Muslims, to hate minorities to the maximum, to vilify, denigrate and intimidate people who practice other types of religions. Our Sinhala Buddhist culture gives our police the authority to torture suspects and extract confessions to crimes they may or may not have committed. Our unique Sinhala Buddhist culture is ingrained with acts to help our family, relatives and friends which the western cultures erroneously term as nepotism. Our Sinhala Buddhist culture is so unique that we can profess to follow the teachings of Lord Buddha and do the exact opposite thing which the western cultures erroneously term as hypocrisy. Not many people who are not Sinhala Buddhist know that our blood is derived from the lions, hence our self proclaimed Sinha-Le in contrast to all other homo sapiens who derive their blood from the great apes. Now you know what our Sinhala Buddhist culture is. Keep it up Mahindapala.

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      Love the Sarcasm, BBSRep!

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      BBS Rep

      “Not many people who are not Sinhala Buddhist know that our blood is derived from the lions, hence our self proclaimed Sinha-Le in contrast to all other homo sapiens who derive their blood from the great apes.”

      Since the Homo Sapiens have 46 Chromosomes, and the Sinhala Buddhists came from the Copulation of a Lion, with 38 Chromosomes, with a Human, with 46 chromosomes, as per Mahawansa, the Sinhala Buddhist have (38+46)/2 = 84/2 =42 Chromosomes.

      So, the reason why Sinhala Buddhists are different is die to the 4 missing Chromosomes.

      Does it also explain their stupidity, as Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe eludes to?

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      [Our language is more unique than others.]

      that is Hybridization. here too hybridization.

      Tamil + Sanskrit/Pali/Prakrit.

      Need not be questioned. good one.

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    Another Excellent article by Mr. Mahindapala , and CT readership really appreciate the article. Mr. Mahindapala, this time you took the bull[Edited out] by horns, that’s very brave of you. People like Shamini are colonial era leftover, Shamini hates every thing about Sinhala-Buddhists, because she has a ‘Kalu-Suddha Mind Set’, she pretends as a Buddhist but everybody knows she descends from well-know Christians.

    She should read the Great Mahawansa, that will stop her looking down on Sinhalese and make her embrace proud Sinhala heritage.

    Among other things, Muslim extremism on the rise in Sri Lanka and Muslimization of Sri Lanka is taking place at rapid pace. Some traitors keep accusing patriotic Sinhalese of never existing racism, just to distract the focus on latest Muslim menace (IS1S). There are good Muslims too who are absolute gems.

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      Another bigoted comment with no facts to support

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      Another mentally retarded insane racist moron has commented.

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    Mahindapala must go to primary school to learn about what Buddha taught.
    You have a very little knowledge about Buddha Dhamma. Practically you are very poor.

    There nothing by the name of SINHALA BUDDHISM.

    What Buddha taught is Buddha Dhamma.

    Unfortunately people like you are trying own that teaching as yours.
    You must be ashamed.

    You and your people have been quarreling and fighting for Sinhala Buddhism for decades and decades which The Gotama Buddha never taught in his life.

    You have ruined the teaching of the Buddha.

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      well said. but he has no shame or knowledge.

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    This scoundrel made editor by sucking-up. Some perceptive fellow-hacks who saw through his façade in those early days dubbed him ‘southuwa’ and ‘wanachara-pala’. Over the years, they have been proved right several times.

    The good folk of Victoria and South Australia are now fully aware of this creep. The one question on their lips is ‘who let him in?’

    Now where is that nice Mr Vallipuram Kanthaiya when you want him?

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    [Edited out]

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    This article is an absolute insult to CT readers and all its writers.

  • 7
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    Horrible! Horrible

    He is no longer with his idiotic logics. He is now completely out. Even if you admit him at Angoda, the doctors going kick on his butt and chase him out of the hospital. It is at that horrible status. BBS have given up on him. Check up with ISIS, his parallel mates, if they will take responsibility of him and care him.

    Earlier he was writing his nonsenses. Something went wrong and suddenly out of nowhere he jumped on Izeth Hussain and had his head cut off. Now he has become a headless chicken. From that day on, there is no connection between his actions and his head.

    Soooooo Sooooorrrrryyyy

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    Dear H. L. D. Mahindapala!

    You have tried to expose yourself as a defender of the “Sinhala Biddhists.” You have spoken much about Buddhism, “Sinhala Biddhist Arts,” “Sinhala Buddhist history,” “Sinhala Buddhist supremacy,” etc.

    But, I think, you have spoken much about Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe while ignoring a most important thing: Giving the right place to Buddhism in Lanka!

    The Article – 9 of the Constitution says: “The Republic of Sri Lanka shall give to Buddhism the foremost place and accordingly it shall be the duty of the State to protect and foster the Buddha Sasana, while assuring to all
    religions the rights granted by Articles 10 and 14(1)(e).”

    The Constitution of the Republic of Sri Lanka does not give the FOREMOST place in the country to anything other than BUDDHISM!

    This compels us to raise TWO important questions.

    1) What should the National Flag of Republic of Sri Lanka depict?
    Should it depict Buddhism, or some other thing?

    2) What does the present national flag of Lanka symbolize? Does it give FOREMOST PLACE TO BUDDHISM as emphasized in the Article – 9 of the Constitution?

    If the Legal Experts and Sinhala Buddhist intellectuals like you of Lanka come to the conclusion that the National Flag of the Republic of Sri Lanka should depict BUDDHISM in accordance with the Article – 9 of the Constitution, a number of important relevant questions arise. They are:

    i) What should be depicted on the National Flag?

    ii) What Symbolizes Buddhism?

    iii) Our country is said be a Buddhist country for the last 2300 years. Was there not any Buddhist Flag in use in Sri Lanka for the last 2300 years?

    iv) If there was, what was it?

    v) Could not that Flag be used now as the National Flag of the country in accordance with the Article – 9 of the Constitution?

    Here the Experts on ancient literatures of Lanka and the archaeologists have to make a scientific study and find correct answers to the questions!

    But the main problem is to make a correct understanding on ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism’!

    Unfortunately, none of the accepted Lankan, Indian and other foreign archaeologist, historians and others has, so far, conducted a scientific study on ‘Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism’.

    Dear H. L. D. Mahindapala!

    Before going deep into the subjects like Buddhism, “Sinhala Biddhist Arts,” “Sinhala Buddhist history,” “Sinhala Buddhist supremacy,” etc. will you please give is the correct answers to the simple questions raised here?

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    I just cannot understand why this man is continuously
    talking about Ms. Serasinghe’s cosmetics and her
    feminity. Is the man ga, ga.

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      Rohini have you not heard the phrase “Male Chauvinist Pig”

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    I’ve seen pics. of Sharmini Serasinghe. She doesn’t look at all made-up, and is quite naturally beautiful. But that’s typical of many of our Lankans – beautiful fair woman and the lies,jealousy and harassment come rolling in from all sides.

    As per Sinhalese being one special race, that’s true for solely Sri Lanka, as it is with every other country around the world.

    Each and every country of the world has the same kind of history of tolerance and acceptance.

    Each and every other race sits singing praises about its own country and culture.

    Each and every country of the world feels that they are at the threat of invasion, and are suspicious of immigrants and expatriates.

    Each and every race feel they are the greatest race in their own personal space.

    As I am too from Sri Lanka, I too will extol the majority Sinhala culture, language, religion and race.

    If I go to Tamil Nadu, it will be all about Tamilians.

    It’s all a function of human tribalism that is ingrained in our DNA.

    Therefore Sinhalese is actually nothing special, but special like all the rest.

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      *Corrections: …they are – it is; and are -and is; in there- in its

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    Are the following CT “Comment Policy Discussion Guidelines” not applicable anymore?

    1. We welcome debate and dissent, but personal attacks (on authors, other users or any individual), persistent trolling and mindless abuse will not be tolerated.

    2. We acknowledge criticism of the articles we publish, but will not allow persistent misrepresentation of the Colombo Telegraph and our journalists/contributors to be published on our website. For the sake of robust debate, we will distinguish between constructive, focused argument and smear tactics.

    3. We understand that people often feel strongly about issues debated on the site, but we will consider removing any content that others might find extremely offensive or threatening.

    5. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, homophobia or other forms of hate-speech, or contributions that could be interpreted as such.
    We recognise the difference between criticising a particular government, organisation, community or belief and attacking people on the basis of their race, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age.

  • 6
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    Wonder if H. L. Mahindapala is now on BBS and Ganasara’s payroll.

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      For sure

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    Mahindapala, the “lapsed Buddhist”, has not sprung any surprises.

    Of all the distinguished journalists of his era, he has to be beneath, the lowest of dregs.

    When will he ever realise that the bilge he writes, is a true reflection of himself?

    This is a good example, of wisdom not being a necessary asset of advancing age.

    Pity CT thought this piece of garbage worthy of publication.

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      CT Monitor

      I fully agree. This ‘pala was never a ‘distinguished journalist’. He made editor by ‘Buggins Turn’ and sucking-up to the political masters of the time.

      I remember many of the distinguished journalists who graced Lake House, and this fresh-mouthed ‘pala was NOT worthy of cleaning their boots. They would be turning in their grave as they watch the depths he plumbs in his dotage.

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    Mahindapala is a gutter journalist to get so personal as to the looks of a person. He lacks the intelligence and proper education of a Sri Lanka dengue fly He is living like a hypocrite and refugee in Australia. He is not in Sri Lanka suffering the total chaos in his motherland in whatever, be it the Constitution or seeking astrologers as the Rajapaksas to build even a latrine in Maradana!

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      Rajakaruna,

      gutter

      lacks

      dengue fly

      hypocrite

      chaos

      latrine

      May I congratulate you on this appropriate choice of words, highly useful when commenting on the odious HLD’pala.

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    This article is an insult to the intelligence of CT readers.

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    Mahindapala’s strategy is as old as the hills. If you cant meet the argument throw insults.

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    Mahindapala, Sharmini and my fellow commentators, calm down. You all are jumping up and down like Uranium 235 nuclei that had just absorbed neutrons passing by. If this goes on, a run away chain reaction may start.

    This is all about Buddhism and Sangha is it not? As the official prophet of Gaban Atha, I am telling you, Gautama is not worth all that. He was Gaban’s avatar and not a very good avatar, when everything is considered. Goofed up many things in his tenure.

    See what he did to his (1) father in law Supra Buddha, (2) brother in law Devadatta, (3) Prince Nanda.

    (1) Dragged alive to Narakadiya through a sudden opening up of the earth’s crust. (2) became a monk and rebelled against the non democratic leader (3) broke up his intended marriage to Janapada Kalyani.

    Gaban says Gautama wanted to prevent the Y- chromosome of the Yasodhara clan from being passed down. Went after every male carrying that version of Y-chromosome and got them ordained as monks.

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    It would be most prudent Sharmini Serasinghe NOT respond to this flatulence disgorged by this writer. Most would actually cringe just reading through this verbal diarrhea spewed on a fellow writer, and that too on a lady whose writings are balanced and more dignified. Further these attacks are unjustifiable to say the least, as she was only giving her perspective on keeping separate the mix of religion and state within the new Constitution.

    Of course we are privy to this writers previous tantrums against other writers who write to educate us and draw our attention to impending issues. The most recent of which was his tirade against Izeth Hussein. He tears down journalistic barriers by viciously attacking the writers based on their looks, their color, religion, ancestry and what not, instead of the meat of the subject at hand. In short, he deserves his asylum in a foreign land but better still would be in a mental hospital.

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      Marvan, spot on!

      Sharmini Serasinghe, far be it for me to tell you what to do, but I wish, like many others, that you would not respond to this windbag.

      He is only seeking oxygen to allow himself another incontinent episode.

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    Looks like you are a paralyzed “analyst”, instead of writing the usual crap which doesn’t make any sense, why don’t check the facts in what I have written properly before you call your self an analyst. You your self can figure out who is the FROG in the WELL

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    This piece of garbage is more an indictment on CT standards, than the low standards Mahindapala stoops to, which all are familiar with.

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    well said, HLD Mahindapala…superb article and this should shut the NGO mouth of Sharmini serasinghe

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    This parasite’s favourite pastime is slander and ridicule. We have just got over a sickening bout of unhealthy journalism from him, castigating a Muslim gentleman (who was unwise in engaging with him) and one hopes Ms Sharmini Serasinghe will have the good sense to ignore this pest and leave him well alone.

    That would be the best response he could be given.

    To critically dissect this man’s irrationality and madness would be to dignify him. Since I have no such intention, I would instead like to draw the attention of the editor of CT in pointing out that it should show more discernment when picking its contributors. Undesirables who use this website to ridicule, insult and disseminate hatred and ill-will have no room in any form of responsible journalism. Besides, they insult the reader, without whom there would be no website.

    Was this man ever a newspaper editor? If so, that itself tells us of the huge decline in the standards of journalism in this country.

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    [Edited out] who wants to stir up controversies all over. [Edited out]

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    I was aghast at the putrid garbage that this foul-mouthed writer had the audacity to spew. Is he actually living and allowed to live in Australia? This shameless fellow has taken it upon himself to insult a woman simply because of her opinion that was diametrically opposed to hers.
    If I was Sharmini’s husband I’d seriously wait my chance to convert his nose into a cauliflower!

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    Quote “Make no mistake. I am not being personal” BS, your bigoted opinion in the first part is a personal attack on her personality and how she looks which is nobody’s concern but her’s. I’d rather you dealt on the subject than on Sharmini I am surprised that Colombo Telegraph published this muck. Why not contribute to a rag

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    Mr Mahindapala, you are a disgrace to the position you held as Editor of CDN. You are obviously in your dotage, and should confine your rantings to the neighbourhood canine and feline fraternity. The depths to which you have sunk in this so-called article are abyssmal. Like your patron MR, its time to sit on the front stoop and call out to passers-by. What I like best about all this is that you have the gall to live in such a beautiful country as Australia, enjoy all its benefits and still sprout all this drivel! Get your head out of your posterior, man! You’ve been eating too much shit!

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      This scoundrel made editor by ‘Buggins turn’ and sucking-up to the political masters of the time. Some perceptive fellow-hacks who saw through his façade in those early days dubbed him ‘southuwa’ and ‘wanachara-pala’. Over the years, they have been proved right, several times.

      The only antidote to ‘pala’s vitriol is a good dose of Vallpuram Kanthaiya.

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      This scoundrel made editor of the once hallowed paper only by ‘Buggins turn’ and sucking-up to the political masters of the time. Some perceptive fellow-hacks who saw through his façade in those early days dubbed him ‘southuwa’ and ‘wanachara-pala’. Over the years, they have been proved right, several times.

      The only antidote to ‘pala’s vitriol is a good dose of Vallpuram Kanthaiya.

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    Shamini brought back to the market has turned into a commodity.
    Sharmini revival…………..

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    mahindapala – Your personal attack on Ms. SS is totally unwarranted and only confirms the lack of sound arguments to take on the issue. Disgusting at the lowest level.

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    H. L. D. Mahindapala the Vicious Clown:

    Clows have always been an integral part of the circus, offering a source of amusement for patrons and providing relief from the array of animal acts and performances by acrobats and novelty artistes.

    So, where did clowns originate from? Right through ancient history there have always been men (and women!) who have had the ability to make others laugh. Sadly, in ancient times, only records of great deeds, battles and momentous decisions were recorded and passed down; the ‘doings’ of every day folk were lost in time. However, ancient clowns did exist – not known as clowns, of course – the word clown not coming into use until the 16th Century.

    *** For me it is not the Monks who are the Clowns ( they were controlled by people like MR Gotha) but GOSL.
    Justlook at what we being treated with.
    Offering us a source of amusement pretending to be on top of apprehending CRIMNALS , THUGS and THIEVES but sadly one year on they are at large with State of the Art Security.
    Sharmini to her Credit is doing a little bit of Whipping Up so that the Circus moves on. God Bless her.
    Sambanthan the new Clown has now Joined the Circus. There is no lack of talents. Sri Lanka is truly blessed.

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