26 January, 2021

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End Cattle Slaughter: Sri Lanka’s First Attempt At Self-Immolation By A Buddhist Monk

Buddhist monk Bohowatte Indararatna thero today set himself on fire in Kandy outside the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic demanding an end to cattle slaughter, Sri Lanka’s first attempt at self-immolation by a monk, police said. He was rushed to the Kandy hospital with severe injuries and later transferred to General Hospital, Colombo.

 

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    A foolish religeous priest- he will get no where with his act and message.

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      Not so. He got to the Hospital!

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    This is ridiculous!
    If this happened as a way to protest the killing of any human being, I would salute you.
    According to Buddhist philosophy, human lives are the most worthy of all.

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      Gajaman Nona, the current day priests do not find anything wrong in killing humans but protest when cattle is slaughtered.What about chicken

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      This monk should no means mentally healthy person. That will come out by their investigations soon.

      Unfortunately, today we re compelled to see not what budda has taught, but BBS perpetrators fed in stupid folks… latter is saddly the ground reality…

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    very praiseworthy act! Should be a lesson for BBS. They should start immolating themselves and also invite Gota to set an example and immolage himself against halal and the 13th amendment

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      LOL @ the sarcasm… so u want to eradicate BBS from roots? passive thinking…

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    When monks are invited by family members for dhanay after the demise of a loved one,the menu for the meal is sent to the temple for approval,and includes meat and fish preparations.
    But it appears that this monk who self-immolated is a vegetarian.

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      What came to my mind instantly reading the this was that the particular monk should DEFINITELY be a mental sick person. Authorities should investigate the particular monk^s health history. These kind of incidents cant teach us any lesions.Rather, can brand our societies as far from being improved. If things would not work to satisfy our expectations, should we all then commit suicide… oh my god.. then the majoritarian folks in sl today – looking at the manner that MR and thugs loot the country on broad day light, we all should commit suicide ? Seeing how Mervin and Buruwansa behave in the public speeches… should we all commit suicide though we have no other alternatives being opposed to them… how many of us should commit suicide ? … many of us are helpless.. but just stay blind and deaf…

      And where you have read that Buddha has taught not to tolerate rituals of the adherents of other religions.

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    The reason for this act may be due to frustration. As reported in the Daily Mirror

    ‘Preliminary investigations had revealed that the Buddhist monk identified as Ven. Bowatte Indraratana Thera was a former Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) member of the Pelmadulla Pradeshiya Sabha.

    He had lost his seat in the PS after he had repeatedly stayed away from council meetings. The PS Chairman said about two weeks ago he received a letter from the JHU saying that the monk had been expelled from the party. (J.A.L Jayasinghe and LB Senaratne)’

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    Ban all cattle slaughter.

    Saiva Tamils and Buddhists (88% of the population) supports it.

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    I wish BBS should from the leader to the ordinary member along with Mervyn de silva and his gang follow the same path of self-immolation. Sri Lanka will be a truly peaceful country. Gota too join.

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      Yes indeed, then country would have sighed for better future.

      Above all if Mervin the vermin had been punished by dittadammawedanieeya karma, masses would feel happy in the country… anyway, .. name of the buddhism, they keep abusing the nation.

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    Did we not expect this after the Hon Wimal Weerwansa chained himself to the gates of the US Embassy recently. What a bunch of jokers. Now little kids will start chaining themselves and self-immolating if they were not given their lollies.

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    I read a story once a monk was admitted into paradise. so therein he was entertained with roasted meat and pitta bread. guess what he did, he had a big argument with those take carers of paradise, then he asked them to show where is the hell, then it was made known to him. He immediately went on to flung himself in hell. as he was running toward hell to throw himself, he said I will not exit from hell, till then no meaty food is served in paradise.

    The moral of the story is what God created in large number is for the benefit of the human being, stop being freak.
    what would be also good idea is to get these monks marry your sisters and aunts, coz they have nothing whatsoever to do with meat or its protein.

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    This is all because of Greedy and extremely corrupt politicians.

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    I CALL ALL THE KAAVI BILLAS OF BODU BALU SENA TO COME FORWARD AND SET FIRE HEMMSELVES AND DIE IN EXTREME PAIN……

    THEN OUR SRI LANKA WILL BE FREE LANKA WITH PEACEFUL, WELL TOLERATED TOWARDS OTHER RACES AND RELIGIONS AND FRIENDLY SINHALA – BUDHISTS…

    VEN(OM) GALAGEDEARA THERO BETTER START WTIH………..

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      I am with you Peacelover

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      Then christians and Muslims start killing each other because each will want Sri Lanka for themselves.

      As far as I know only thing muslims do is reading the Quran whole day. Yet, In Kuragala One muslims had meditated and it has become a muslim holy site. Kura was a former buddhist site.

      MADHU church is holy site for christians. but, portugeuse built it on a PATHTHINI -KOVIL foundation and installed MARY there.

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        And sinhalese in the name of balusena does the same forgetting that we are all srilankens. huh !

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    What about chicken? goat? lamb? Why only set himself on fire for Cattle? Buddha partook of flesh as long as it was not explicitly killed for him. It is a contradictory sort of behavior but with all the blood letting in Sri Lanka this lad burns himself over cattle? how about over war? corruption? thuggery? murder in 3 major civil wars?

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      THE BUDDHA’S LAST MEAL WAS PORK!!!!!!

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        Prophet Mohomad engaged in INCEST and was a killer.

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    Suicide is not approved in Buddhism. It is only for the whacked out trips in Wahabi Salafist intolerant kooks in Islam. they hate everyone other than their own ilk and will murder, behead and blow themselves up for Alla and chance for 70 virgins in Heaven.!

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      KALU KAPUTA JUST READ THIS;

      Suicide Attacks

      One of Islam’s fundamental principles is the sanctity of life. Islam prohibits killing those who are not combatants, except those involved in a direct battle face-to-face between warriors. There is simply no room for maneuver in Islam to justify the killing of innocents, even as a form of mass retribution, which many radicals today use as justification for their large-scale attacks on civilians. For Islam prohibits blood feud and specifies retribution only towards the one who committed a crime.
      Allah says:

      وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ النَّفْسَ الَّتِي حَرَّمَ اللّهُ إِلاَّ بِالْحَقِّ

      Slay not the life which Allah has made sacrosanct unless it be in a just cause.

      وَمَن يَقْتُلْ مُؤْمِنًا مُّتَعَمِّدًا فَجَزَآؤُهُ جَهَنَّمُ خَالِدًا فِيهَا وَغَضِبَ اللّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَلَعَنَهُ وَأَعَدَّ لَهُ عَذَابًا عَظِيمًا

      And whoever kills a believer intentionally, his recompense is Hell to abide therein, and the Wrath and the Curse of Allah are upon him, and a great punishment is prepared for him,

      Since no one can say for sure “this person is not a believer” it becomes forbidden to kill any human being without just cause.
      Suicide itself is specifically prohibited in:

      وَلاَ تَقْتُلُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ إِنَّ اللّهَ كَانَ بِكُمْ رَحِيمًا

      Kill yourselves not, for Allah is truly merciful to you.

      and:

      وَلاَ تُلْقُواْ بِأَيْدِيكُمْ إِلَى التَّهْلُكَةِ وَأَحْسِنُوَاْ

      Throw not yourselves into the mouth of danger.

      Thus we see the general principle enunciated here that killing oneself is forbidden. The Qur’ān did not leave anything without an explanation. This is a general principle that no one is permitted to kill another or to kill himself.

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      Kalupukata… apparently suicide is manifest on you by cramming in you vittles of cowdung.

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    it seems like budddism is a out dated religion!!! let all the animal and buddist monks remian in this world, rest of the people can live in mars!!!

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    It’s a high time that the government must take a yard stick to prevent these type of foolish things which, never occured in the past, or before the arrival of BBS, the hard core, who extemists brainwashed these innocent Monks.The slaughtering cattles are consumed by all the other communities in our country not only the Muslims.I was information by the beef stalls clearly that, ”every other customer is a non-Muslim.

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    This may be the best solution for the entire BBS :)

    Why only meat? It has always confused me that fish seems to be OK but not beef/chicken/pork/lamb/goat. Isn’t that a double standard to say fish don’t have life and not important?

    The BBS just don’t get it. What right do they have to demand such? They are no better than extremist muslims who demand sharia in certain countries and the banishment of other religions

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      Lets send all BBS monks to ” MINISTRY OF CRABS” the restaurant owned by Mahela and Sangakkara

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    what an idiot that so called priest is.He does not know buddhism. he has commited a sin from which he will have no salvation.

    consumption of meat is a personal issue.no one should force it on another.i for one is a vegetarian by choice.

    as for that foolish priest it is better for him to live and go from house to house requesting people to refrain from eating meat, and also with each dharma sermon he preaches (if he preaches at all)speak on this subject.

    please do not make this fool a hero for he has only desecrated a very noble religion. he is only good for the bbs or the jhu

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    Individuals are responsible for their actions and they must face the consequances. I am sure this monk was well aware of that Buddhist tenent.

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    Who is going to self-immolate for all the vice and immorality that are taking place on a grand scale in this country? Brothels, casinos, child molestation, rape, murder, liquor joints in every street corner and the list goes on and on…

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    Their own hatred fake religious ideologist peace is being showcased!! this monks certainly forgot who are killed in the name of hatred or revenge or for the political or economical aims! !!!innocent HUMAN mothers father or children who have been killed !!! throughout the world is being NEGLECTED BY THIS THUG! MONK!!(MOCKERY!!!)

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    What message does this monk tries to give. Is it to say that the life of cow is much important and valuable than of a monk
    By the way, Inaamaluwe Mudalaali must be hiding his face in shame (if he has)remembering his un kept promise of burning himself if Kandalama hotel would be built.

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      WELL DOLLARS CAN DO WONDERS!!!!

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    Since Buddhism was replaced by triumphant Brahminism, the eclipse of Buddhism in India was obviously primarily a result of the Brahminical revival. The Buddha was a true revolutionary—and his crusade against Brahminical supremacy won him his most ardent followers from among the oppressed castes. The Buddha challenged the divinity of the Vedas, the bedrock of Brahminism. He held that all men are equal and that the caste system or varnashramadharma, to which the Vedas and Other Brah’minical’ books had given religious sanction, was completely false. Thus, in the Anguttara Nikaya, the Buddha is said to have exhorted the Bhikkus, saying,

    “Just, O brethren, as the great rivers, when they have emptied themselves into the Great Ocean, lose their different names and are known as the Great Ocean Just so, O brethren, do the four varnas—Kshatriya, Brahmin, Vaishya and Sudra—when they begin to follow the doctrine and discipline propounded by the Tathagata [i.e. the Buddha], renounce the different names of caste and rank and become the members of one and the same society.”

    The Buddha’s fight against Brahminism won him many enemies from among the Brahmins. They were not as greatly opposed to his philosophical teachings as they were to his message of universal brotherhood and equality for it directly challenged their hegemony and the scriptures that they had invented to legitimize this. To combat Buddhism and revive the tottering Brahminical hegemony, Brahminical revivalists resorted to a three-pronged strategy.

    Firstly, they launched a campaign of hatred and persecution against the Buddhists. Then, they appropriated many of the finer aspects of Buddhism into their own system so as to win over the “lower” caste Buddhist masses, but made sure that this selective appropriation did not in any way undermine Brahminical hegemony. The final stage in this project to wipeout Buddhism was to propound and propagate the myth that the Buddha was merely another ‘incarnation’ (avatar) of the Hindu god Vishnu. Buddha was turned into just another of the countless deities of the Brahminical pantheon. The Buddhists were finally absorbed into the caste system, mainly as Shudras and ‘Untouchables’, and with that the Buddhist presence was completely obliterated from the land of its birth. Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar writes in his book, The Untouchables, that the ancestors of today’s Dalits were Buddhists who were reduced to the lowly status of ‘untouchables’ for not having accepted the supremacy of the Brahmins. They were kept apart from other people and were forced to live in ghettos of their own. Being treated worse that beasts of burden and forbidden to receive any education, these people gradually lost touch with Buddhism, but yet never fully reconciled themselves to the Brahminical order. Many of them later converted to Islam, Sikhism and Christianity in a quest for liberation from the Brahminical religion.

    To lend legitimacy to their campaign against Buddhism, Brahminical texts included fierce strictures against Buddhists. Manu, in his Manusmriti, laid down that, “If a person touches a Buddhist […] he shall purify himself by having a bath.” Aparaka ordained the same in his Smriti. Vradha Harit declared entry into a Buddhist temple a sin, which could only be expiated for by taking a ritual bath. Even dramas and other books for lay people written by Brahmins contained venomous propaganda against the Buddhists. In the classic work, Mricchakatika, (Act VII), the hero Charudatta, on seeing a Buddhist monk pass by, exclaims to his friend Maitriya— “Ah! Here is an inauspicious sight, a Buddhist monk coming towards us.”

    The Brahmin Chanakya, author of Arthashastra, declared that, “When a person entertains in a dinner dedicated to gods and ancestors those who are Sakyas (Buddhists), Ajivikas, Shudras and exiled persons, a fine of one hundred panas shall be imposed on him.” Shankaracharaya, the leader of the Brahminical revival, struck terror into the hearts of the Buddhists with his diatribes against their religion.

    The simplicity of the Buddha’s message, its stress on equality and its crusade against the bloody and costly sacrifices and ritualism of Brahminism had attracted the oppressed casts in large numbers. The Brahminical revivalists understood the need to appropriate some of these finer aspects of Buddhism and discarded some of the worst of their own practices so as to be able to win over the masses back to the Brahminical fold. Hence began the process of the assimilation of Buddhism by Brahminism.

    The Brahimns, who were once voracious beef-eaters, turned vegetarian, imitating the Buddhists in this regard. Popular devotion to the Buddha was sought to be replaced by devotion to Hindu gods such as Rama and Krishna. The existing version of the Mahabharata was written in the period in which the decline of Buddhism had already begun, and it was specially meant for the Shudras, most of whom were Buddhists, to attract them away from Buddhism. Brahminism, however, still prevented the Shudras from having access to the Vedas, and the Mahabharata was possibly written to placate the Buddhist Shudras and to compensate them for this discrimination.

    The Mahabharata incorporated some of the humanistic elements of Buddhism to win over the Shudras, but, overall, played its role of bolstering the Brahminical hegemony rather well. Thus, Krishna, in the Gita, is made to say that a person ought not to violate the “divinely ordained” law of caste. Eklavya is made to slice off his thumb by Drona, who is finds it a gross violation of dharma that a mere tribal boy should excel the Kshatriya Arjun in archery.

    The various writer of the puranas, too, carried on this systematic campaign of hatred, slander and calumny against the Buddhists. The Brahannardiya Purana made it a principal sin for Brahmins to enter the house of a Buddhist even in times of great peril. The Vishnu Purana dubs the Buddha as Maha Moha or ‘the great seducer’. It further cautions against the “sin of conversing with Buddhists” and lays down that “those who merely talk to Buddhist ascetics shall be sent to hell.”

    In the Gaya Mahatmaya, the concluding section of the Vayu Purana, the town of Gaya is identified as Gaya Asura, a demon who had attained such holiness that all those who saw him or touched him went straight to heaven. Clearly, this ‘demon’ was none other the Buddha who preached a simple way for all, including the oppressed castes, to attain salvation. The Vayu Purana story goes on to add that Yama, the king of hell, grew jealous at this, possibly because less people were now entering his domains. He appealed to the gods to limit the powers of Asura Gaya. This the gods, led by Vishnu, were able to do by placing a massive stone on the “demon’s” head. This monstrous legend signified the ultimate capture of Budhdhism’s most holy centre by its most inveterate foes.

    Kushinagar, also known as Harramba, was one of the most important Buddhist centres as the Buddha breathed his last there. The Brahmins, envious of the prosperity of this pilgrim town and in order to discourage people from going there, invented the absurd theory that one who dies in Harramba goes to hell, or is reborn as an ass, while he who dies in Kashi, the citadel of Brahminism, goes straight to heaven. So pervasive was the belief in this bizarre theory that when the Sufi saint Kabir died in 1518 AD at Maghar, not far from Kushinagar, some of his Hindu followers refused to erect any memorial in his honor there and instead set up one at Kashi. Kabir’s Muslim followers were less superstitious. They set up a tomb for him at Maghar itself.

    In addition to vilifying the fair name of the Buddha, the Brahminical revivalists goaded Hindu kings to persecute and even slaughter innocent Buddhists. Sasanka, the Shaivite Brahmin king of Bengal, murdered the last Buddhist emperor Rajyavardhana, elder brother of Harshavardhana, in 605 AD and then marched on to Bodh Gaya where he destroyed the Bodhi tree under which the Buddha had attained enlightenment. He forcibly removed the Buddha’s image from the Bodh Vihara near the tree and installed one of Shiva in its place.

    Finally, Sasanka is said to have slaughtered all the Buddhist monks in the area around Kushinagar. Another such Hindu king was, Mihirakula, a Shaivite, who is said to have completely destroyed over 1500 Buddhist shrines. The Shaivite Toramana is said to have destroyed the Ghositarama Buddhist monastery at Kausambi.

    The extermination of Buddhism in India was hastened by the large-scale destruction and appropriation of Buddhist shrines by the Brahmins. The Mahabodhi Vihara at Bodh Gaya was forcibly converted into a Shaivite temple, and the controversy lingers on till this day. The cremation stupa of the Buddha at Kushinagar was changed into a Hindu temple dedicated to the obscure deity with the name of Ramhar Bhavani. Adi Shankara is said to have established his Sringeri Mutth on the site of a Buddhist monastery which he took over. Many Hindu shrines in Ayodhya are said to have once been Buddhist temples, as is the case with other famous Brahminical temples such as those at Sabarimala, Tirupati, Badrinath and Puri.

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      Why not also post what the Muslims did to Buddhists in the east and west of India in places like Sind and Multan in the medieval period. Infact it was the Buddhists in India were the earlist targets for Muslims. In fact most Indian Muslims in Western and Eastern India were formerly Buddhists as can also be seen in the case of Afghanistan which was predominantly Buddhist untill the Muslims came in.

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        evidence plzzzzz?

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    Please write instead of posting links – CT

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    Buddhist monks did the same in Vietnam during the war. Muslims dont eat pigs. The same for Hindus/Buddhists who dont eat Cows/Bulls. After the invasion of Muslims in India, Muslims become addicted to beef to degrade Hindus/Buddhists.

    No traces of Cows and Bulls in Arabia except Camels and pigs!

    This is not a “suicide” but a Buddhist showed his beliefs.

    Muslims kill other people because of Quran which asks to kill Kaffirs(non-Muslim).

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      You sound very familiar :)

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        May be Lester or Leela. But the answer for him is: It is common practice (rituals) in India. Someone will suddenly come to the public road, pour petrol on him and set fire to commit suicide! It is so simple as changing cloths there. They will wash their face with cow shit. Here in Sri Lanka we are more civilized, that is why we could not tolerate this and say he is mad.

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      [Edited out]

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    According to Vardamana (Mahavira or Jina) truth is many-fold. My question is ” Is the reason behind this non fatal self immolation the slaughter of cattle and buffaloes? It can be a different reasons. Can you remember the suicide spree in Plonnaruwa few years ago? The reason was said to be the issue o farmers loans? but real issues were different? some farmers had incestuous relations with close kith and kines later revealed.

    Please send this monk to a psychiatrist. he should be sent through a Vinaya Pareekshana and expel from the sect as reason for his attempt to kill himself. a legal action should also be initiated.

    In Sri Lanka not only killing of cattle millions of chicken are killed. what about pigs, goats? If you have to follow this line of thinking fishing also should be banned. ancient Sinhalese did kill wild animals to protect their farms and for consumption of meat. They did not follow the Buddhist teachings but listened.Our open market Buddhists are the same. They consume liquor in a large scale and eat chicken and fish. I don’t see any wrong as far as it does not affect others. Vardamana was a contemporary of Gautama but his teaching regarding killing animals superior to Gautama.

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    No Buddhist monk is putting himself in fire demanding stop killing, child abuse by monks, rape by politician or to close Wine, Arkku shops, Kasippu Dens, Casinos, Brothel Joints, Gambling and drugs which are greate sins in Buddhism! The reason is they (monks) are very well looked after by these sinners/ criminals.

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      Even if he died, all these show that this is just a single case. Why not the particular monk burn himself years back ? He is not young as I noticed on the pics. Where had he been all the times ? Something else should have worked on him to persuade him for this suicide NOT cattle slaughter.

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    Swarnawahini and other TV channels that recorded the Monks statement well before he doused himself with petrol should be charged with accessory to murder. They could have stopped this by calling the police. Instead they chose to make a headline news out of it. It is Savage to stand back and watch such a thing happen. I saw and old man jump to take the lighter off the monks hand at the last moment and get burned as well. Those are the heroes, humans or even gods. The rest are savages. Best burnt in hell.

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      So it is a well planned Muderers attempt by SWARNAWAHINI. If it was TV channel belongs to a a minority community (Thank God, they do not have a one) the top man would have been in remand by now. This is how Buddhists practice violence and justice.

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      Mozorar:
      Thank you for that bit of timely sanity, sir/madam! That is, unfortunately, something seldom seen in the muck of ridiculous nonsense that seems more the rule than the exception on CT, recently.

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    The criticisms on the self immolation of a Buddhist monk by Muslims are so funny. Sofar Lankan Muslims never,never open their mouths against the Muslim suicide bombers/killers.

    Because they expect 72 vergins and few boys in the heaven.

    Muslims believe “DRUG SMUGGLING” is better than drinking whisky! Muslims are barking against the MONK because most of the beef sellers and buchers are Muslims!

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      LOBSTER,

      D….., Silva imports drugs in containers and murders on a day light.

      Rebirth is being born as Monkey, then Donkey, then sometimes Junky, then pig, then Man, again Bitch, again worm,again monkey, donkey….. Suffer, suffer, suffer for ever.

      NOT ONLY SUCIDE BOMBING BUT ALSO GENOCIDE IS ALSO SIN. WHOEVER DOES IT WILL GO TO HELL.

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      Is Duminda Silva a Muslim? The biggest drug dealer.

      There is a rumour, a well connected Sinhala Buddhist has got the franchise to import canned beef – this is the reason behind trying to stop slaughtering cattle. Nothing religious or compassion for animals – just pure greed to make money and dirty politics.

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      Sivanathan,

      Either you are coward and an ignoramus. A coward because you can’t be a Tamil, and I think you are masquerading as one; an ignoramus because you have no clue of what Islam says.

      Al Qaeda/Taliban were creations of the West to fight the Soviet Union as part of the Cold War/Ant Socialism strategy because the West had no access to socialist markets.

      BBS is being sustained by the government to distract the peoples attention from the economic woes; spawning many others like Sinhala Rawaya andRavana Balaya

      The LTTE blew themselves up. Were they also doing so to go to heaven? Of course we cant expect a response as you wont have one

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        You better explain the bombings of Taliban and other muslim terrorists in terms of QURAN. Why does Quran ask to kill Kaffirs(Non Muslims)?

        West used the muslim beliefs to fight the Russians but Muslims thought they are winning the WEST! WEST used the Islamic criminal mindset for their benefit!

        Muslims of Lanka speak Tamil language but cry they are not TAMIL! I am not a “coward” of that kind! I am a Tamil Hindu by all means!

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          M.Sivananthan

          “I am not a “coward” of that kind! I am a Tamil Hindu by all means!”

          So was VP.

          He was not a “coward” and a Hindu ethnically cleansed Muslims.

          What do you suggest?

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            VP was a Hindu? I dont believe it because Catholic Church is the mentor of LTTE. His son’s name was Charles Anthony!

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          Koheda yanne Malle Pol. Please explain how Hindus could blow themselves up. Let’s examine the Al Qur’an after that shall we Siva?

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      self immolation..??????
      z this self immolation…..?
      check this …:/
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Y8VJ2G4B5wQ

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    Our Buddhists in this country have made Buddhism a burden on to them.It is because of their hatred towards others. Has Buddha ever preached any sermon against cattle slaughter. NO. What Lord Buddha said was Prana Gathawalin Valakinu. It applies to all animals. Why we select only the cattle. Further Buddha said to refrain from consuming Beef.If we objectively analyse It, it implied that there were people who consumed beef at that time. (It means let them eat but Buddhist should not eat)

    Now they cite the case of India. But India export meat to many other countries.

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      Indian Constitution dont support any religions. But Sri Lanka Constitution support Buddhism. That is the difference!

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    Unlike in the Indian Constitution, Article 48 of which directs state measures to prohibit cattle slaughter (one of the directive principles of policy which are called fundamental in governance although not justiciable),the Sri Lankan constitution nowhere contains such explicit directive. Of course placing Buddhism in the foremost of religions constitutionally may support the Buddhist monk’s demand if Buddhism exhorts ban of cattle slaughter. Whatever be it, the self-immolation of the monk was an extreme step totally uncalled for and he could have agitated in various other forms, especially led a campaign and movement among the people to convince them of the need for such ban on cattle slaughter.

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