20 October, 2017

Evil Behind The Robe – Reliving The Role Of Sangha In The Bandaranaike Assassination

By Shyamon Jayasinghe

Shyamon Jayasinghe

“The next surprise comes split seconds after, when Somarama draws forth his right arm from be- neath the robes to disclose a revolver from which he fires, explicitly from the hip..”

It is strange that the story of the assassination of Prime Minister SWRD Bandaranaike has been allowed to slide into the historical dustbin. That tragic and shocking episode is so laden with potent lessons for our future generations. The narrative, related pictures and souvenirs should be displayed in the Museum for generations of Sri Lankans to observe and think about. Here is a blind spot in our social consciousness. We ignore the need for preserving lessons of history and, therefore, we are in peril for having repeats. The JVP insurrection many years after, although not of the evil genre of the political assassination, also does fall under this category of collective memories that shouldn’t be left to die. Such incidents spring from a wider social reality and an understanding that should be part of our political literacy.

Let’s focus on the assassination that rocked Sri Lanka and the wider world. We must put it back into our social consciousness. My approach is to take the cue from an account given by a former and famous Lake House journalist: ECT Candappa.

ECT Candappa or ‘Manny,’ as he was called by his friends, lives here in Melbourne in Dandenong – the same suburb I reside. I never knew that until my good friend, former Lake House feature writer, Rane Ranatunge, coming down from Sydney requested me to escort him to visit the iconic man of Lake House. Manny seemed in every way like a king of the once proud tribe of scribes. At 86, he is in a wheelchair. He beckoned us to sit along with him. “Don’t worry about my wheelchair,” he remarked.” if Roosevelt could run US from a wheelchair?” Manny exuded a most genial smile mixed with self-assurance and composure. What a marvellous memory he has, Rane observed, upon noticing how Manny related details of his life and times as a journalist.

One episode about which he unfolded his memory was that of the assassination of Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister, SWRD Bandaranaike. Immediately after the assassination, Manny went to the Prime Minister’s residence, to hospital, and to other relevant spots tor investigation “When I went to meet Dr PR Anthonis (the surgeon who operated on SWRD), he initially got angry about my intrusiveness.

I was quick in mind to realise the importance of Manny’s findings – which were contemporary and not secondhand – and I kept questioning him. He presented a big book he had written, entitled, ”The Palm of His Hand.” This book of 429 pages looks impressive. I brought it with me and just completed finishing it. Unfortunately, only a few pages dwelt with the assassination. However, those pages constitute a kind of authentic information on a major historical event in Sri Lanka’s modern political evolution.

Buddarakkita

The lesson from the assassination constitutes a warning of what can come from Sangha politics. It is the same pattern with regard to all religions. Religions have produced a lot of evil that has troubled the world and it continues to do so today with the emergence of fundamentalism in Islam. Christianity had its cruel days during the middle Ages. Commenting on Hindu-Muslim violence in his time, India’s first Prime minister, Jawarahalal Nehru said, “I am horrified by the spectacle of religion.” It now turns out that even Buddhism, reputed as the ‘world’s most peaceful religion,’ is also susceptible to evil use. The brutal treatment of Rohingya Muslims by Burmese Buddhists is not an isolated event. Social media often carries images of wild and hateful behaviour by monks on the rampage in Sri Lanka. Recently, a monk pounced on a Tamil Grama Sevaka in Batticaloa with threatening racist language. The Bodu Bala Senawa went on rampage against Muslims. All done in the name of religion by ordained monks. Watch the gestures of some of the so-called ‘Nalaka Hamuduruwo.’ Some prominent monks go about lying for politicians.

It is only society that can curb and prevent such occurrences. A politically illiterate society is fertile ground for this kind of extremism. Thus, the social consciousness of our people should be alerted about this reality so that a culture of rejection develops.

Manny Candappa’s account relives the assassination and something of its prelude. Apparently SWRD didn’t care about any special security. He had only two cops to guard him at residence. Manny describes the very morning of the assassination. The Prime Minister was in the verandah customarily greeting various people in who had come to meet him. In the course of his many greetings SWRD “turns to the other monk who is seated at the other end of the verandah,…… Somarama is oddly dressed as a Buddhist monk belonging to his particular sect in that his saffron robe covers both his shoulders, instead of one as is customary. In fact, it had aroused the curiosity of several others waiting to meet the Prime Minister…….The Prime Minister turns to Somarama, greets him in the customary manner with folded hands. To his and everyone’s surprise the monk rises from his seat, an exertion that Buddhist monks do not make for anyone, everyone else including royalty being below that of the Buddhist monk in rank….The next surprise comes split seconds after, when Somarama draws forth his right arm from beneath the robes to disclose a revolver from which he fires, explicitly from the hip, and hits the Prime Minister’s wrist at point-blank range….. while he is yet bending low, startled and aghast by the outrage of a Buddhist monk carrying a gun and assailing his person while he is yet in the act of paying homage, the gun barks again, and again he glimpses the red line of fire…This time the metallic intruder has has entered his torso, just under his armpit, and he feels it slide under the second rib with almost surgical cunning….the bullet slices through his spleen, crushing his right kidney and shattering the ninth rib before it escapes unimpeded to lodge in the opposite wall….The Prime Minister (the monk’s ) growls of anger as he spits out obsceneties…Another shot rings out for the fourth time.. and a bursts of exploding obsceneties…., the monk, now frothing at the mouth,, turns his revolver callously and injures a hapless school principal who has come to meet the Prime Ministerter.”

(Sirimavo) sees, before her terrified eyes, her husband bleeding all over, staggering into the house from the verandah…seeking support….Behind him is the monk, still with the smoking revolver in his hand, stooping forward, still pointing the revolver at her husband.”

Candappa’s report points out how several time SWRD implored from all around him not to hurt the assailant monk for, he said, “he was stupid and ignorant.” An ironic behavioural contrast between the laity and the monk!

In the early pages of his book Manny Candappa points out how Somarama was part of an iceberg of conspiracy. The central figure had been Mapitigama Buddharakkita, the Chief monk of one of the richest temples in Sri Lanka. Buddharakkita had been fond of money and power. He had an amorous relationship with the country’s first woman Minister, Vimala Wijewardena. Vimala was the monk’s former patron, later turned protege. Buddharakkita had been responsible for making her a Minister. Manley, South Asian Bureau Chief of the New York Times, hearing of the monk as a powerbroker visited the island at the time to meet the monk. He was escorted by one Wijesinghe, referred to as the local correspondent of what appears to be Lake House referred to in the book as “Clarion.” Buddharakkita’s first appearance before Manley is described thus: “He was clean shaven and totally bald. He was opulent and rotund, and his head, too, was globular. His dark eyes were sunken in fat and he flashed a toothy smile. He was clad in a sparklingly white teralene shirt, black teralene trousers.”

“You like a scotch and soda, bourbon or rum…or beer?” the monk, asked Manley. Photographs of important VIPs were on the wall and a huge symbol of the hand representing the SLFP.

Buddharakkita, in the course of the conversation, claimed that without him Bandaranaike would not have won the election. “ I spent lakhs for the election,” he said. The monk had expressed his disappointment over Bandaranaike not helping him after winning. He admitted he owns a shipping company. “I spent a half a million to start with…. We want contracts for five years but Ban- daranaike gave it to the Government Shipping Corporation. Very unfair.” At one stage, it is described how the monk reached out and “poured himself a good three fingers of scotch. He splashed soda from a siphon expertly into it.”

Manley asked, “So what are you going to do now that you are disillusioned with Bandaranaike?

“Ah! we remove him”

“And if that doesn’t succeed?

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“We try something else.”

Manley questioned Buddharakkitta : “You handle money. You drink alcohol. Yet, these are forbidden to Buddhist monks.”

The monk seemed delighted he was asked that question. “I am a monk in the temple. When I wear the robe. See trousers and shirt. I am outside the temple. I do all my temple work well. If anyone tells I am not Chief Priest I call the police. You see police outside. I look after the temple and temple money well.”

Carolis Appuhamy, a founder member of the SLFP, also plays a role – though a reluctant one. He was a Native Physician, close to the Chief monk. Buddharakkitta visits Carolis often. At each occasion he demands that Carolis lends his car to various mysterious persons for some unstated journey.

There is early mention of the other monk, Somarama of Talduwa. He was also an Ayurvedic physician an eye specialist. He had worked for the candidature of Vimala and was, in return, appointed a specialist at the Ayurvedic hospital by Vimala who was the Health Minister. Somarama is described as a powerful mob orator and someone prone to violence as he once disrupted a meeting held to protest Vimala. Somarama had been seen,”wrenching wires of the public address system,” and he often had a gun in possession. He was “smoking cigarettes, consuming liquor..” Ossie Corea also figures in the book and is described as a gambler and a mafia-type with a passion for firearms. He had a huge ego. He assiduously cultivated the company of policemen and this included Inspector Newton Perera. Oscar had been aware of a plot to kill the Prime Minister. He is described as not wanting to get directly involved but wanting to be part of such big operation as he loved the ego boost he would get from a grandiose scheme. The idea of lending one of his firearms appealed to him. “He knew the game, that those who pull the trigger will be the last to confess from where they got the gun.” Inspector Newton Perera got a gun from Ossie.

The above narrative of the assassination suggests how A Buddhist monk can be driven by ego; by money; by the lust for power. Buddharakitta began as a very traditional monk with official ordination. By circumstances, he evolved in rapid speed to be greedy for money, sex and power – an outrageous violation of the teachings of the Buddha. Somarama had a track record of violence and he kept firearms to protect himself. These two monks were surreal representations of the metaphor of evil. However, they were able to get around and gain acceptance from Buddhists. They canvassed for SWRD Bandaranaike and the Sri Lanka freedom Party at the elections. Buddharakkitta had apparently siphoned off temple money for the campaign. Despite this weird misconduct, even the Prime Minister of the land had to receive them with respect.

There is a twofold problem in our social system that relates to this issue, namely the Buddhist cultural practice of worshipping the symbol of the saffron robe and secondly, the practice of disregarding the distinction between the wearer of the robe and the robe itself. I would call the second cultural practice – one of fusion of symbol and wearer; the wearer demanding respect and special privilege by virtue of the fact that he wears a robe.

In the case of Buddhists, the saffron robe is meant to be only a symbol like a badge to signify that its wearer is a mendicant who has abandoned worldly life and who is pursuing his spiritual deliverance. There is nothing in the Buddhist texts to suggest acceptance of symbol worship. The Dhamma itself is regarded as a raft only for use and disposal. By itself, therefore, the robe does not call for reverence as far as Buddhist texts are concerned. On the other hand, social practice is different. Institutions of religion have invariably introduced rituals and symbols that would help perpetu- ate the power of the church or temple or mosque.

In the Dhammapada (Yamakavaggo) a clear distinction is made between the person of the wearer of the robe and the robe itself. The possibility of the wearer being undeserving of the robe is stated – almost as a warning. Verse 9 states: “He who will wear the yellow robe without having cleansed himself from impurity, who is devoid of truth and self-control, is not deserving of the yellow robe.” In the Mahabharata, it is explained that for a defiled person the robe “serves merely the means of living to those shavelings who carry their virtue like a flag.” (M.B xii 568)

The textual tradition of Indian and Buddhist thought is thus clear. Hence, the cultural practice of respecting anybody who wears the robe merely because he wears the robe is untenable. It is this widely held cultural respect for the symbol that makes Buddhists bow down with folded hands before any wearer of the robe irrespective of whether the wearer is or not on the spiritual path. It is a case of the fusion of the robe and its wearer. This fusion endowed Buddharakkhita and Somarama with respect. It made the Prime Minister bend down in folded arms before Somarama who utilised the opportunity to perform his dastardly act. Both in the case of Buddharakkhita and Somarama it was an exhibition of evil lying behind the robe.

The twofold Buddhist cultural practice continues unabated. it is not difficult to observe today potential criminals among the Sangha trying to find their way into portals of power. One sees greed and rage and lust in their body language and well-fed flesh in their corpus. Vigilance about such devilry is not an option.

*The writer can be contacted at sjturaus@optusnet.com.au

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    “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.”
    – Steven Weinberg

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      21 Century Homo sapien

      “Religion is the opium of the masses of (Homo Sapiens)” Karl Marx

      http://thecelebritylane.com/img_posts/2015-10-05-07-59-04.jpg

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        I strongly believe this that religion is the opium of the masses.We can do without it.

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        Amarasir, One solution is to ban youth below 18yrs entering the temple and to wear robes.All those who don robes should be emasculated by a qualified surgeon and so certified.After all these monks draw allowances from the state ie from us.

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    What a cowardly attack on the entire Buddhist Sanga sasana based on one man’s foolish actions!

    It is no secret that the lick-boot Christian converts of Sri Lanka fully exploited the B’nayaka murder from sbout26September 1959., The noted Anglican lawyer Lucian G. Weeramantry (brother of recently deceased Christopher) appeared ‘pro bono’ for Somarama.

    They also printed ‘kelepatara’ on the alleged illicit affair between Buddharakkhita and Wimala Wijewardene.

    But did they hold the same blowtorch to multiple murders of that crook known as Fr Mathew Peiris? Of course not.

    Shyamon Sapaamadu is continuing a disgraceful tradition of anti-Buddhist propaganda of lick-boot converts to Christianity.

    They should be ashamed of themselves.

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      You shame humanity using your religion why defend the truth.They were evil men in yellow robes. Fault of Band SWRD. Had used these evil men to get to power Is it not his own making for his own death ?Many use religion as a cover for their greed

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      Wedi raja,True, Somarama and Mathw Peiris are guilty. Does it end there? How many crimes are the Buddhist Priests involved in – Murder Arson, Homosexuality, thievery most of all consorting with women. Recent excavations have unearthed the fact that Buddhist Priests had been sexually abusing innocent uneducated villagers of yesteryear, based on their so called superiority.
      Me think that Buddhist priests should be castrated before they don the robes as suggested another writer and if they break Vinaya Rules they should be given the arecanut tree treatment.

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    After killing Banda,the Elite and the Anglicans staged the Military Coup to make a clean sweep and finish off the Sinhala Buddhism.

    Unlike the Assassination the Coup backfired badly

    But the full Hybrid Courts let the coup leaders go scott free.

    And hung poor Some who couldn’t even fire a Galkatass.

    My Elders tell me UNP stalwart Ossie Corea was seen jumping over the parapet at Temple Trees.

    And contributed immensely to the good work of the UNP for a long time.

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      My Elders tell me UNP stalwart Ossie Corea was seen jumping over the parapet at Temple Trees and he was wearing a yellow robe.

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    By invoking the old tale of the murder of SWRD, SJ is making a subtle attempt to malign the Buddhist monks who oppose the government. He is making a comparison between Buddhrakkhita clan and the Bodubala Sena. Buddharakkhita was a business magnate and a ship owner. Killing of SWRD was an act of revenge for rejecting business favors. As SJ says “he evolved in rapid speed to be greedy for money, sex and power and had an amorous relationship with Minister Vimala Wijewardhane.”
    There is no doubt that Galagoda Atthe Gnanasara of Bodubalsena speaks and acts like a common thug. But he has a message the nation should listen to. He is not against Muslims or the religion of Islam. BBS is against the spread of Whabism and its extremist practices. Let us not kill the messenger.
    I agree totally with SJ regarding the respect to the Cheevara. The loss of respect to the Buddhist monks has to be shared both the monks and we the laymen. When we pay homage to the Sravaka Sanga we parrot the Gatha without understanding the true meaning of it.
    Supati-panno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho, Ujupati-panno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho.
    Ñâya-patipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho. Sâmici-patipanno Bhagavato sâvaka sangho
    Yadidam cattâri purisa yugâni attha-purisa-puggalâ Esa Bhagavato sâvaka sangho.
    Âhu-neyyo, pâhu-neyyo, Dakkhi-neyyo,añjalikaraniyo, anuttaram puññakkhetam lokassâti

    Accordingly, only the Savaka Sanga who has entered on the good way; has entered on the straight way; has entered on the proper way, is fit for gifts, fit for hospitality, fit for offerings, and fit for reverential salutation.
    Not only do we pay respect to them by añjalikaraniyyo, (or bringing fingers together) we go on our knees and worship them and shower them with gifts without any consideration on their eligibility for such respect.
    As SJ says It is only society that can curb and prevent such occurrences.

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    I am in agreement with the quote from “21 Century Homo Sapien.” That has always been my position on all religion. I repeat that quote:
    “With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.” – Steven Weinberg
    Wonder how many among my readers could take that quote and absorb it as part of an intelligent understanding. Christianity had 21 Popes (cited above by a reader above) who did awful things. Looking at the Hindu Riots, Nehru stated “I am horrified by the spectacle of religion.” Pandit Nehru was secular. Islam is in brutal display today in its ISIS manifestation.The Buddhist religion (I am not talking of the Buddhist philosophy) had its Buddhrakkita and Somarama and have even today many more potential criminals among some elite monks who wave the Buddhist flag to cover their evil. Buddhists in Burma are slaughtering Rohingya Muslims.
    Karl Marx said a few all-time truths and he explained how religion is an opium among ignorant masses. Freud wrote about the “Future of an Illusion.”
    The earliest mankind says, ‘goodbye’ to religion of all sorts the happier would the world be.

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      Shyamon Jayasinghe

      The earliest mankind says, ‘goodbye’ to religion of all sorts the happier would the world be.

      This is where you reveal yourself as dumb. You make another religion with your view.

      Nothing will work when the people implementing it are bad. Anyway, humans are humans and because of that, you can not stay away doing nothing.

      You can not compare Buddhism with Brahminism, Christianity or Islam. Brahminism also there good views and bad views.

      Because, a few individuals are to not your liking don’t condemn the whole thing.

      It is similar to “you don’t like the face, so you cut the nose.” Something like.

      Your views are very poorly analytical, actually very stupid and filled with hatred.

      If you asked christianity/Catholicism to be banned that would be more relevant as there are millions of children who were sexually molested by priests.

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        Yes Sir. Millions of children molested and Vatican knows and knew about it and covered it all up. Are we to say all Catholic Priests in Cassocks are depraved perverts? From USA, to Ireland to Australia systemic abuse/rape of boys has happened over decades. Why don’t we attack Catholicism?

        I have met survivors who would prefer never to speak of it. But many more find salvation in telling their stories. This is not simply catharsis. They want to be assured that their abusers are known to the world and can never hurt another child. They want to know if their abusers had other victims. They want other victims to know that they were not alone, and that it was not their fault. They want to put their trauma to some use. Only then can they rest.

        The sexual abuse scandal in Boston archdiocese was part of a series of Catholic Church sexual abuse cases in the United States and Ireland. In early 2002, Boston Globe coverage of a series of criminal prosecutions of five Roman Catholic priests thrust the issue of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests into the national spotlight.[1][2][3] The coverage of these cases encouraged other victims to come forward with their allegations of abuse, resulting in more lawsuits and criminal cases.[4]

        As it became clear that there was truth to many of the allegations and that there was a pattern of sexual abuse and cover-up in a number of large dioceses across the U.S., what had originally appeared to be a few isolated cases of abuse exploded into a nationwide scandal. The resulting scandal created a crisis for the Catholic Church in the United States, encouraging victims in other nations to come forward with their allegations of abuse, thus creating a global crisis for the Church.

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    Sumanasekera is serious now

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    Sir, I know you are dealing with the political aspects of the assassination. I just wanted to share what I gathered as a kid. The shooting happened at Tintagel and my old man and an old SLFP man named Dabare were there that day. When he was shot, SWRD ran towards the back where the Dining room was(it is still there as part of the boutique hotel) and fell. His own bodyguard was paralyzed by shock and did not move. But when he fell, it was the domestic staff from the back who came running to hack Somarama. Dabare and my old man helped tackle Somarama but stopped the domestic staff from hacking Somarama to death in anger. That is just the memories of what I recall from family conversations. If Somarama was killed, then the conspiracy may well have never been revealed. It was a shocking incident across post world war II Asia. Now you are talking about ramifications. Sorry to digress a bit.

    I was more saddened by Sinhala JVP-class envious terrorists killing Vijaya Kumaratunge. I was a big Vijaya K fan for his charming ways and kind ways with kids. There were so many non-SLFP types who joined SLMP because of Vijaya K. My driver used to say “Sir mama issara UNP, habai Vijaya hinda thamai mama pakshey wenas karey”

    I was not there when terrorists murdered him. I was of course an adult but used to see what a charismatic man he was; I am sure he had his flaws but he was killed for saying the right thing at the wrong time. I had already fled SL by then and was advised by my old man not to return because those were the dark days of lamp post killings; chit curfews etc. The JVP Rohana Moosala Wijeweera hated him so much that they shot his face up as they threatened because Vijaya was one of the most handsome SL actors ever not like oneshot false macho types. He did not have to be macho or try to act macho. He was a very self assured man. No one should shed tears for erasing terrorist leaders Sinhala or Tamil. What they should do is to ensure no violence ever becomes so common place again against Tamils or Muslims or anyone else please. It is still my motherland and my family still lives there. They had to live in fear during theJVP times.

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    There is a special Apaaya or Niraya to which all political Sangha’s including A’ Rathana will go. Sobhitha is already gone.
    They are an unhappy lot now living here and as the text says holding a Wilakku (a grass torch) which is lit on both ends. Suffering which is here and now will continue for them in afterlife without failure. They are the very destroyers of Dhamma and a natural outcome as the society decays.
    Deyyangema Pihitayi

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    A sound piece of analysis. Buddhism, to begin with, was pure philosophy. It was the priestly class of the establishment, backed by ignorant acolytes, who turned it into a religion today- seen in different versions all over the world. It has become violent and can be bigoted and cruel because the philosophy became a religion.
    The thrust of the writer’s analysis is that all religion has the potential for bigotry and violence.
    Sound.Thank you,Sir.

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      Buddhism is Not just a ‘Pure Philosophy’!

      The Gautama Buddha discovered a Path by which Humans could transcend ‘Dukkha’ or The Unsatisfactoriness of Life on Earth.

      Since we Find travelling on this Path too Difficult, we have invented an ‘Agama’ to pretend that we are following the Path!

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    Catholic priests are seducing and abusing boys because they are forced to be celibate. Mullahs are doing the same although they can marry. Monks in Buddhist temples have initiated a system of abittiyas or kids in robes because the latter will satisfy their sexual appetite. It is hidden from view.
    To hell with the priests and monks. Torch them at sight
    John Lennon’s song,” Wish there was a world without religion.”

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    Somarama later became a Catholic because there is no saving in Buddhism for crimes like this.

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      Haputhanthri;

      Do You really believe that your Karma will not Catch up with you, if You call yourself a Catholic and Appeal to a God to save you?

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        They did to sinless Jesus what was done to SWRD, Vijay, Lasantha, Thajudeen and others. He received piercings, stripes, thorns, nails, paid price on our behalf. If we accept sacrificial gift of cancelled debt removal, God forgives karma/ancestral sin coming in bloodlines. The cross was a pledge of exchanging our sins for his right standing due to his sinlessness. Receive gift by faith, he forgives/cleanses without violating his justice. So freedom

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      Another wonderful article by Shyamon. When he writes on subjects like this, there’s not much to add, except read and express gratitude.

      I’ve not studied all the comments, but they, too, seem spot on. So much of what passes for religion is rubbish.

      Dear Haputhanthri, yes, Somarama’s may have truly repented. He may have salved his conscience. We can never know.

      I have no quarrel with anything that’s been written, except to make both your comment and Hamlet’s a little more accurate by saying that Somarama did not become a Roman Catholic. He was baptised by the Anglican priest, Mathew Peiris, who was even more conclusively proved a murderer many years later. I’m not blaming Haputhanthri for getting that obscure detail wrong. Religions save themselvesby becoming intricate.

      Message must be: “Beware of all these guys who dabble with religions.” However, it is necessary to add that all religions provide certain insights within contexts, but not one of them is going to reveal all that they claim to about things invisible.

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    Seems like Native Veddha doesn’t know his own country, going by his excited comments on Thailand’s Pat Pong. Sri Lankans don’t need to go to the expense and trouble of airlines and foreign hotels in seeking pleasures. Every variety is available right here in Lanka, although we may want to be hush hush about it. Such abundance has been the case for as long as I or anyone can remember. And rightly so. Aren’t Sri Lankan men and women as virile and sexy as anybody else anywhere in the world? For a start, Native Veddha has only to type the appropriate key words into any internet search engine and he will see our handsome Sri Lankan men and beautiful women promote their sexual athleticism and versatility to a world audience. Then, if he has the right contacts, he can enjoy all the pleasures he wishes for right where he lives without having to contaminate his rare breed and creed with foreign tribes.

    Dionysius

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      Dionysius

      “Every variety is available right here in Lanka, although we may want to be hush hush about it.”

      Until the service provider cease payments to the relevant authorities.

      Therefore stressed up MR supporters, Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority, b***s carriers, …… need to be serviced, in confidential manner, by Thai/Buddhist service providers, including the services of lady boys.

      Thailand could be an ideal destination, remember Rajpal.

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        NAtive Vedda

        Sinhala/Buddhist noisy minority,

        This confirms that you are christian……….. and UNP.

        Evangelical ?

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    Ask Dayan Jayatilleka if Buddharakkita was a ‘smart patriot’.

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    Aruna K. For Dayan smart patriots including the whole Rajapakse family who robbed and murdered in the name of patriots. Most of the State terror was planned by Gota who had developed his own intelligence team. Readers can imagine how Sri Lanka was saved on January 8th.

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    Rathana Himi is someone who has such a high ego like Buddharakkita had. Beware of this man in robes

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    A very interesting paper as usual Shyamon. Thanks for such interesting reading. Bensen

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    You are dead right Seruwila Nande. Rathana Himi is a political Bhikku and game player wearing the nationalist Buddhist garb. He spends hours in the gym. Got into Parliament with the grace of Ranil and the UNP Ratana is now trying a phantom game as ‘independent.’ He secretly works for Gota.

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      Former Prime Minister Jayaratne claimed that he knew that Ratane had a woman and five children, He visits them wearing the American trouser- jeans.Can we have a photo of this lady?,

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    Thank you to all the many readers who read my piece and to the many who commented both adversely and very well.
    I wrote it with the pure intention of putting this past incident back into our social consciousness as it is not an event that should ever be written off. As some readers have correctly pointed out, similar developments are more than likely to re-emerge in the Sri Lankan political and religious landscape. There are potential Buddhrakkitas and Somaramas among us today. The latter are trying their way up the ladder of political power. The first step is to create the mass illusion that they are ‘saviours,’ of some kind or another.

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    Have you notice that Buddatakhita walks smiling like the present day politicians who are accused of criminal activity?
    This our culture

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    Good comment Nimal.It is Sri Lankan culture to go smiling when caught like rats

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