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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?

”

“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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    Invariably this is the story of organized religion.many mullas preach violence. In the Church there are so many stories of abuse of boys and children. The popes not only went to bed with the Nazis but also have a history of murder, violence, greed and power.
    You are a very one sided and a prejudiced writer.

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      The best thing the former Communist regimes did was to put all the priests of any religion to work. When they had earned their daily keep they could attend to their flocks if they wished – compelled them to practice real altruism, as it should be the case.

      To hell with all the shortcomings of Communism, just to make priests do a honest day’s work I don’t mind if they impose Communism in SL for a thousand years.

      Sri Lankan Mao, where are you when we need you most?

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        Not only the priests, educated and articulate people like you and me were sent to the fields. Remember the Cultural Revolution and start searching for that mammoty.

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          Provided the Communist regime does not become like PolPot’s in Cambodia no one in SLwould seriously object, if it such a regime takes the Leninist and not the Stalinist path and Churches, Temples, Mosques and Vihares and the unlimited greed for money power and influence by the priests who run them are curbed and negated

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        Nimal,
        “To hell with all the shortcomings of Communism, just to make priests do a honest day’s work I don’t mind if they impose Communism in SL for a thousand years. Sri Lankan Mao, where are you when we need you most?”
        You are correct. We need a real revolution. But who is going to carry it out? Even the JVP is soft on the Sangha.

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      There are books written on how the christian – monastry monks and the nuns from nunnery met in the underground tunnel built between the two buildings, so they can have fun. children were either killed or became nuns too.

      A few buddhist monks mis behaved do not mean, that the robe should be condemend.

      there are how many popes who instigated crusades. At least there is one pope who was not santified because he is said to had helped holocaust.

      Do you suggest that churches chould be closed because, how many thousands of children have been molested by priests and how many prists in the world have HIV-AIDs ?

      Any way, so many cathedrals in european countries became housing schems, hotels etc., because people knew that Almighty is a joke.

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        Sinhala monk tried assassinate Indan prime minister when he visited sri lanka. then they killed their own prime minister. how many Muslim clerk or christian priest killed politicians? you are a disgrace to lord budha.

        so priests have HIV, so let the monks go and kill people. is that your bloody logic?

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe

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

    Thanks for the write up.

    1. “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..”

    Did Buddha teach that in the Tipitaka? That was the Tipitaks of Buddhrakkita, executed by Somarama, who finally was hanged as Catholic ti be saved from Hell-Fire by Jesus.

    2. “The narrative, related pictures and souvenirs should be dis- played in the Museum for generations of Sri Lankans to observe and think about.”

    Absolutely, in a new Sri Lanka “Holocaust” Museum, of the Paras, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

    Then disenfranchising of the Estate Tamils, that was opposed by the Left, the 1958 Riots, 1977 Riots, 1983 Black July, Burning of the Jaffna Public Library, Expulsion of Muslims from the Northern Province, , and finally the May 2009 Climax should all be in the Sri Lanka Holocaust Museum.

    The museum should also show the destruction of the Land of Native Veddah Aethho by the Paras.

    If Sr Lanka does not want it, it should be in Madras, for all to see.

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    Yes we have a Culture that says that ‘ We must respect the Robe’, irrespective of the Character the Person Who wears it!

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      That is the culture that makes Buddhist monk powerful and evil. Even a small boy is worshiped if he is in the robes. A person should be worshiped for what he is and not for wearing a garment. This garment protects them.

      Police would never touch the terrible monks who create mayhem, because they are in the robes.

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      I think it is high time people open discussions to be held on the place should be given to cheevaraya.

      Yes, there are some 30% of good monks that seem to know the value of what they have been wearing, but the majority of monks of current day seem to be focusing on the ” materials” as the lay people would do. Then the question would arise in any health lay person, as to why those materialistic monks stay pretending to be buddhist monks.
      I believe, we the lay people should feel not to kneel down to anyone that practises any other own visions than what LORD buddha preached. By today, we see, buddist monks of the country have become violent, unncessariliy politically involved, unnecessarily involved in sorcery or astro areas supporting some media institutions. What we see behind most of their acts are, commercial gains or the like fradulent acts. There are monks that tend to abuse politicians for their popularity. All these show, that so called robe wearing monks though being called as monks but behave totally against buddha s teaching.
      Besides with cost of living becoming no easy to even middle class families by today, fake monks to abuse SANGA life for their survival is what I feel.
      The respect and dignity should be there where it deems necessary. else, we the lay people have been abused…

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    At the risk of sounding like a monster for wanting someone dead, but I wonder,

    What if SWRDB was assassinated by someone before he could come up with the Sinhala-Only act or even before he could become Prime Minister?

    Wonder what path SL would have taken.

    I guess I can always dream of SL having a secular leader like Lee Kuan Yew (LKY). LKY was no angel, in-fact he was quite dictatorial but at least he did not discriminating people due to language and Singapore is where it is today due to his foresight.

    SL on the other hand………………….oh well………………..

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    SWRDB was a politicians who came to power promising establishment of sinhala buddhists state like ones established by ancient kings. he was born christian or catholic but changed his religion only for politics he promised something in public but his agenda was same as catholic action agenda at that time.take revenge from sinhalese buddhists for humiliation at panadura debate.SWRD failed to do anything to satisfied christian and catholic churches due to pressure from buddhists who agitating for removal of all the other religious establishments from buddhists sacred cities like Anuradhapura.hindu religious temples was not an issue but abrahamic religious places like churches and mosques was buddhists concern. therefore catholic and christian churches decided to kill him before he make that decision. to do that they conspired and killed him using buddhist robe to humiliate sinhalese buddhists.

    paraya rabadulla or Amarasiri.you should know this is our historical traditional home land.we are the ones who established great civilization here. as such this is sinhalese buddhist land.if parayas are jealous of it they can go to their original land.we fight for it until our last drop of blood is finished.ar prescribe for us by nature. we were forced to wage wars against invaders. some traitors took their side.helped them to clean up our race and our heritages. still some are at large in guise of religious harmony and ethnic coexistence.you are one of them amarasiri, one day you may have to pay heavy tall.I can assure you.

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      ranjith(sprrw) scatter brain Historian

      “SWRDB was a politicians who came to power promising establishment of sinhala buddhists state like ones established by ancient kings.”

      Could we have a list of such kings who according to your myth making established “”””””sinhala buddhists state”””””””? Of course you need to cite reference.

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        >Could we have a list of such kings who according
        >to your myth making established “”””””sinhala buddhists state”””””””?

        Nissanka Malla, a born and bred Kalinga.

        reference: Mahavamsa (more likely Culavamsa, after Mahasen and Parakrambahu)

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          Sbarkkum, native

          Hope you are well. I would not expect Capithan ranjith(sprrw)’s types will ever learn to interpret history.

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      Rangith…”will fight for a Sinhala Buddhist nation until you last drop of blood” ever thought where you name originates from ha ha,

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      Ranjith,
      “we are the ones who established great civilization here. as such this is sinhalese buddhist land.if parayas are jealous of it they can go to their original land”
      What great civilization? So that you can sell your wife/ daughter to some Muslim Arab while you drink at home and rape the other daughter? Is this what your holy monks like Somarama have been teaching you?
      Why don’t you check your family tree and see where you come from?
      People like you would call Siddhartha Gautama a paraya, I am sure.

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        old codger

        “People like you would call Siddhartha Gautama a paraya, I am sure”

        According to ranjith(sprrw) and like minded scatter brain Historians, the first Ape spoke Sinhala, practiced Sinhala/Buddhism well before the birth of Buddha, a genetic engineer and great mathematician.

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    Evil Behind The Robe – Reliving The Role Of Sang-ha In The Bandaranaike Assassination

    “Vigilance about such devilry is not an option”

    But nothing happens that follows the present day politician’s promises so I opt to live in a dreamland, than hoping for and getting depressed.

    Code of Conduct for saffron clad has gone with wind

    Buddharakkhita and Somarama displayed the Devilish to make it happen to them,
    though SWRD Bandaranaike never promised, the evil deal, but both devils construed it to be.

    My dream land living suggest that – If SWRD Bandaranaike survived the Buddharakkhita and Somarama conspiracy this land would have become a true paradise, in that majority of the saffron robed men would have been made to behave a human being – by some laws!

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    Shyamon Jayasinghe:

    Instead of writing like an Idiot, you should read Dhammapada.

    Lord buddha have explained everything in his teachings.

    If you know the story of Monk Devadatta, that happebed Buddha was alive.

    YOu write with little knowledge. That is very dangerous. Read in buddhism that how people go in the samsara and what stupid things they do in their lives.

    If you want to say, only the rationalism works, write an article we prove that is crap.

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    Simon,

    Your article is full of lies and ignorance.

    The problem is you people live in a bubble.

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      Johnny English Boy

      “Your article is full of lies and ignorance.”

      You may be right.

      SWRD Banda was alive until 2009 became a Sinhala/Buddhist Buddha.

      Hanging smart ass patriot Somarama was another miscarriage of justice, betrayal of Sinhala/Buddhist values, culture, …. . In fact the CIA, MI6 agent UNP big time supporter Ossie Corea who pulled the trigger and tucked the gun inside Somarama’s amude and ran away by scaling the wall.

      The Philanthropist Buddharakkitta later founded Heritage Foundation, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Youtube, Sillican valley in the USA, fought against the Yankees in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, … and won the war against LTTE probably single handedly, gone to Burma fighting the Muslims.

      Time magazine is preparing a write on the life and time of the most successful saffron clad businessman, …..

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        NV
        “Ossie. Corea pulled the trigger and tucked the gun inside Somarama’s Maude and ran away scaling the wall”.
        Was it at that moment Somarama lost one ball and not because the cop shot him?

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      Jim Softy and John, you two are asses.The Buddshit monk is totally corrupt.Two way of correcting this is to (I) Stop recruiting children below 18 years to the Buddhist order.(ii) Get a surgeon to emasculate all those who enter the Buddhist order.(iii) If any safron clad thug is found to have misbehaved poke a SLon pipe into his anus and then push some barbed wire in and withdraw the slon pipe.

      Happy days to both of you

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        Chippe,

        SL is not bloody Arab. You tell your Imams to stop marring youngsters and stop barbaric circumcision of youngsters.

        (iii) is Shariya law which is illegal in Sri Lanka.

        (iii) is shows that you have abnormal fetishes in your mind. Lebbe choppe you are definitely a threat to the public.

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    SWRD was a political games player. He was a victim of his own game playing.SWRD was climbing up the political ladder too fast with cunning methods. During his short political career he made lots of enemies for himself, e.g : Tamils, the UNP, Sinhalese Buddhist, businessmen, British colonialists, etc.

    Actually SWRD was a member of Church of England till his death. He pretended as Buddhist for his political career. His dad was a traitor and British colonial masters’ boot licked. He married Sinhalese- Buddhist- Udarata-Radala woman to get a place in politics. His daughter Chandrika proves everytime with her talks and actions what sort of a man SWRD was.

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      Johnny English Boy

      “SWRD was climbing up the political ladder too fast with cunning methods.”

      So he was the first patriotic smart ass clever dick.

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    An absolutely brilliantly written article. Congratulations Shyamon Jayasinghe. A sharp and incisive analysis of a situation that once was and that can recur. Brilliant, Sir!
    Only self-deceived ‘Buddhists,’ can disagree with the content

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      Dr Ransimala Vidurupola:

      Why no one has ever criticized the criminal activities of the church in CT ?

      Note. there are wikepedia pages on Priests molesting children all over the world.

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        Jim,

        You have just proved you are a self-deceived Bhuddist!

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          HE CANT BE BUDDHIST. NAME ONE CHARACTER HE HAS THAT BUDDHA PREACHES THAT PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE. THESE ARE JIMS CHARACTERS, HOW ARE THEY BUDHIST?

          1) HATE
          2) PRIDE (EVEN THOUGH THERE IS NO REASON)
          3) GREED
          4) VIOLENCE
          5) CO**K SU***G (ONLY YOUNG BOYS IN THE TEMPLE)

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        so lets go and kill Bandaranayeke, because there are wiki pages on priests abusing boys. haha

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    The buddarakitas and somaramas are still alive and well in todays society. Take Gnanasara for example, which of buddarakits qualities does he not have? He’s a known womaniser, murderer, drunk, power hungry etc. And to add to that more buddarakitas are working hard to jump aboard the Gnanasara band wagon of lust and luxury, by manufacturing hate. To add to this disgrace of a human bieng he even has a cult following.

    Buddism is well on its way to destruction by the sinhalese themselves. It’s bieng destroyed from the inside and the common folk are too naive to see it. Everytime a buddist shows respect to the robe and not to the person wearing it, buddism literally dies, because this system gives any crook undue and unchecked power. Its a system where even the good get corrupted.

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    Dear Shymon,

    The real meaning behind this article is to insult Buddhist monks as most of the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka are against the “Yahapalanaya” government.
    I think that about two weeks ago you wrote an article criticizing Professor Bellanwilla Wimalarathana thero, Chancellor of University of Sri Jayawardanapura. Because he openly criticized your Masters in “Yahapalanaya” government on stealing and robbing the government resources (Bond Scam) in the name of “Yahapalanaya”.
    Again, Professor Bellanwilla Wimala Rathana thero cricised your “Yahapalanya” Masters in a public ceremony recently. He openly asked the question that people of Sri Lanka do not know what the meaning of “Yahapalanaya” is.
    Now your article is to attack that kind of Buddhist monks who are criticizing your Masters. I think that any intelligent person in Sri Lanka or Sri Lankans living in overseas know that your “Yahapalanya” masters’ have ruined the country within a 2 year period.
    Therefore, writing this kind of articles does not serve any purpose and it shows your “Bootlicking” ability. People like you are blind and look at Sri Lanka with UNP or SLFP spectacles or glasses. We everyday pray for the god to end this stupid “Yahapalanaya” administration to save mother Sri Lanka.

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      Sunil Dahanayake

      Thanks for your expected typing.

      Please refer to my comment to Dr Ransimala Vidurupola at March 4, 2017 at 2:17.

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      “The real meaning behind this article is to insult Buddhist monks as most of the Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka are against the “Yahapalanaya” government.”

      The real purpose of writing the true account of what happened in the name of Buddhism was to prevent similar abuse of robe for evil misadventures.

      It must be said, as indeed the author indicated, that abuse of religious uniforms or priesthood is not confined to any one religion.

      Sinhala Buddhism had its share of excesses and abuses. A foreign friend wanted to visit a Buddhist vihara. We visited one situated in the areas of ethic minority. The monk in robe showed a video of bombing and bleeding pregnant woman with running commentary pointing the finger at LTTE. The monk wanted money to build another building and my friend did contribute. A asked the monk if he will agree with UNHRC resolution that these happenings must be investigated. He said in Tamil that the truth is as obvious as it can be, why do they want investigation?

      So long as priests monopolise the ‘truth’ political illiteracy will help the extremists hold on to power and vice versa.

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    Dr Ransimala Vidurupola

    Isn’t there a danger of being branded as a traitor, anti Sinhala/Buddhists, anti Buddhist, a Christian, unpatriotic, LTTE Rump, agent of the west, working for NGO, …. now that you have agreed with the author?

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    The 1st political shooting was initiated by holy saffron robes, still going on all corners.

    Prison waggon courts medical faculty miss fire ……..

    Even a monk openly asking for T56 to shoot Muslims

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    The irony of present day Buddhism in Sri Lanka is there is not any person from a descent family ordained and kids as young as 3-4 yrs are getting robed because of the parents cannot afford a living and an education.

    These kids are ordained without their consent and prone to sexual attacks of all sorts from older monks and these are the people you can see in the frontline of JVP and Peratugami party mass protests.

    This is a real issue and there is no way things will get better anytime soon.

    We are breeding Somarams and Budhdharakithas and the end result will be more and more Gnanasaras and the other Batticaloa type of monks who are a shame for the robe.

    Do we have to respect this IRC types just because they have a yellow robe?

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    Sunil Dahabayake must read the article with the help of someone who knows English. You will then know the writer is showing the Buddarakita story to develop alertness to possible dangers of more Buddarakittas coming up. Monks like Uduwe Dhammaloka,Ratana, Bellanwila, can easily become. Buddarakkitas and Somaramas given the chance. These monks have big egos

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    Buddhism’s first precept is ‘do not kill’. But this pacifist image is being challenged by a radical strain that marries spirituality with ethnic chauvinism. In Buddhist-majority Burma, where communal clashes have proliferated over the past year, scores of Muslims have been killed by Buddhist mobs, while in Thailand and Sri Lanka the fabric binding temple and state is being stitched ever tighter.

    The godfather of radical Buddhism is a monk named Wirathu, a slight presence with an outsized message of hate. He has taken the title of “Burmese bin Laden,” around Mandalay in central Burma, as he preached his loathing of the country’s Muslim minority to schoolchildren and housewives alike. Tensions detonated in the town of Meikhtila, where communal violence ended dozens of lives, mostly Muslim. Entire Muslim quarters were razed by Buddhists hordes. Even today, anxiety churns. Burgundy and saffron robes cannot camouflage inborn hostility towards other human beings.

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      Jason Humphrey:

      Look like, missionaries are not happy, because they are not allowed to convert, built churches and start the business. that is sell the Almighty. Literature is bible which is a fiction. Priests start molesting children around the church and if the priest is married he start bulding houses and living a luxury lives.

      Understand how many times Tele – evengelists priests have confessed their sin of sleeping with prostituties. Understand how tele evangelist priests have built luxury hotels and they reserve the royal suite always for them.

      I think christianity should be banned in the wolrd, if the assertive monks trying to protect thier philosohpy is wrong.

      When popw was a killer, businessman and until the last pope, popes engaged in world politics. Pope John Paul is said to be a CIA agent.

      Why these puritanists never talk about those things ?

      Buddha delivered buddha Deshana for peope who went in the wrong path. buddha did not expect that Cheevara to have magical powers.

      This idiot Shyamon jayasinghe writes his hatred towards buddhism.

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        Jimmy.

        “Understand how many times Tele – evengelists priests have confessed their sin of sleeping with prostituties. Understand how tele evangelist priests have built luxury hotels and they reserve the royal suite always for them.”
        Yes, I agree with you.
        But how many so-called Buddhist monks have confessed to murder, sleeping with prostitutes, molesting the samaneras, etc? Or maybe this is how they protect their philosophy?

        Jimmy, Shyamon Jayasingha is a REAL Buddhist. You are a FAKE.

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          old codger

          “Jimmy, Shyamon Jayasingha is a REAL Buddhist. You are a FAKE.”

          Jimmy is a Sinhala/Buddhist.

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    Every religious establishment tends to be corrupt as long as they have money and power. Here is a list of corrupt Popes I got from the internet:
    The Bad Popes is a 1969 book by E. R. Chamberlin documenting the lives of eight of the most controversial popes (papal years in parentheses):

    Pope Stephen VI (896–897), who had his predecessor Pope Formosus exhumed, tried, de-fingered, briefly reburied, and thrown in the Tiber.[1]
    Pope John XII (955–964), who gave land to a mistress, murdered several people, and was killed by a man who caught him in bed with his wife.
    Pope Benedict IX (1032–1044, 1045, 1047–1048), who “sold” the Papacy.
    Pope Boniface VIII (1294–1303), who is lampooned in Dante’s Divine Comedy
    Pope Urban VI (1378–1389), who complained that he did not hear enough screaming when Cardinals who had conspired against him were tortured.[2]
    Pope Alexander VI (1492–1503), a Borgia, who was guilty of nepotism and whose unattended corpse swelled until it could barely fit in a coffin.[3]
    Pope Leo X (1513–1521), a spendthrift member of the Medici family who once spent 1/7 of his predecessors’ reserves on a single ceremony[4]
    Pope Clement VII (1523–1534), also a Medici, whose power-politicking with France, Spain, and Germany got Rome sacked.

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    I am currently on a holiday in Bangkok Thailand.
    Thailand is a Buddhist country. However , unlike Sri Lanka, you don’t see Buddha statues in every nook and corner of the city or out in the country sides. There is no Buddhist monks out and about on the roads either.
    To day I visited the Grand Palce where there is the famous leaning Buddha statue, I also visited the lucky Buddha temple and the white Buddha temple.

    All three are very spiritual place and for the first time I saw Buddhist monks in yellow robes. They seem very pious and humble and doing their errands in the temple

    Buddhist monks in Bangkok are banned from politics and public life.

    Sri Lankan Buddhist establishment should learn from how Buddhism is practiced in Thailand

    There is no evil behind the robe but only a message of love and peace.

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      Wow holiday in Bangkok

      Hope you have explicit time there.they will refresh you,the services tremendous I heard but don’t hook on it destroy you.

      Lot of energetic travellers start like you from palace to spiritual places.there is a Hindu temple too but avoid closest entertaining arcades.

      But I heard the monks in Thailand can marry and be normal family life but am not sure.

      Is it the air port called Swarnaboomi do some research if you got spare time.

      Hope you have tremendous holiday and leave a side of SL messy affairs.

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        Swarnabhumi – swarna means gold bhumi means land …land of gold from the time of Tamil Chola dynasty.

        Thailand was once under Tamil dynasty.

        There is a theatre names pic Ganesha

        Sri Nagar Indira is another Tmail named city not far from Bangkok

        All these are proof of Tamil Kingdom spreading out to all over Asia

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      Rajash,

      You must have seen the Vishnu sculpture at the Bankok airport

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        Anpu
        Yes I saw the Vishnu taming the huge three headed snake …the legend goes Lord shiva in the form of Vishnu taking the poison out if the sea.

        I also saw huge statue of Ganesha and Shiva on the way to the floating market.
        See also my reply to bit concerned above

        These are proof of the Tamil influence and Tamil rule all over the world.

        My next trip is to see the huge Hindu temple Anghor wat in Vietnam. …thousands of years old ….and again another prof of Tamil dynasty and culture dating back to millions of years

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          Rajash
          In Cambodia you will see Ganesh statues in front of hotels and office buildings. That is what we saw when we stayed in a hotel near Anghor Wat.

          Enjoy the holiday

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      Rajash

      Good to hear from you.

      “I am currently on a holiday in Bangkok Thailand.”

      With your partner, mates or on your own?

      So you are on holiday however Thailand is famous for many things and experiences. Have you visited Patpong in Bangkok, Patong in Phuket, Pattaya, Koh Phangan and Chiang Mai?

      How do find Thai Leg massage, it is said to be panacea for all your stress? Did it work.

      We need to send a few to Thailand. It appears somass, ranjith(sprrw), srinathan.gunaratnam, Hela, jim softy, Johnny boy, Sunil Dahanayake, jehan, Dayan, Jaffna district senior superintendent of police, KASmaalam, ……….. stressed up.

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        Hi Native
        Unfortunately with my wife. We did walk through pat pong in the night. Amazing place….chicks sold like in chicken farm
        Visited all the places you mentioned.
        Foot massage was disappointing. Thai aromatic body massage was good.

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          Rajash

          Good to hear that you were with your wife yet you enjoyed Thai aromatic body massage. Hope there is no delayed-action at home when you return back to the UK.

          Did you look for Rajpal Abeynayake or his lost wallet?

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            Native
            I had body massage minus the happy ending. So all is good at home front I can assure you.
            Enlighten me on Rajpal Abeunayake and his lost wallet.

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    Shyamon J.

    Excellent writing. Facts speaks for itself. SWRDB was greedy and miscalculated consequences. Saffron robes appear to do business than faith even today.

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    Killing of S.W.R.D.Bandaranayake was reported more fully.

    When Wimala Wijewardena, Minister of Health opened the very first multi storeyed bock of Colombo General Hospital in the sixties, Buddharakitta Thero sat with her for the group photograph.

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    Following the success of the 1958 pogrom against Tamils, Buddharakitta engineered the SWRD assassination, setting in place a repeat. In the ensuing killing field he planned to take over the government. The plan did not eventuate.

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    First, talk to the fools who facilitate these luxurious and unencumbered lives of the priests.

    Who in their right mind will want to give anything to a temple? You think your Sansara comes through your gifts to the temple?

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    Buddha Dharma vs Buddha Agama
    Christian Religion vs Christian Philosophy

    Do you see Christian disciples (priests, including evangelicals like Colton/Eran Wickremaratne) living with only a robe and staff.
    How many Buddhists priests with just a begging bowl.

    Human greed will twist any philosophy for private/political gain.

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    There is no God but Allah, and Prophet Mohamed is the messenger of God.
    same as Jesus/moses/Noah etc…

    Idol worshippers are destined to hell, and communist and athist as they dont beleive are destined to hell.
    Beleive only in one Allah, the being which created the heaven and earths ,before the before, and after the after. human interlect is not capable to comprehend the greatness of Allah. Look at all the creations, which work perfectly.
    nothing is left to chance. see the DNA sequance/see the ozone layer can any other being create anything so perfect.

    all idols made up of stone/wood cannot even defend itself from a dog urinating on them. can it help humans. never.
    any nation which practices idol worship is doomed to hell. and punishment is coming its certain.

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      You and your belief
      Look at the mayhem around the world in the name of

      iSS also chopping heads Saudis also chopping heads in the name of

      Not everyone believes in hell and heaven to start with.if you die you dead that’s the end of it.

      Be a good human being that’s what the religion all about.dont make the orrhers hell.very violent all in the name of

      Kill all the others if they don’t believe what you believe all for in the name of

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    All religions produce charlatans and rascals, too. The writer suggests that this happens because of the emotional hold that religions have on its followers. The Buddhist religion’s ritual of worshipping the robe on sight is ridiculous. Rogues like Buddarakita and Somarama and Gnassara can hide behind the robe enjoying faithful followers. This is the important theme in this valuable essay.
    So we have saints like Vincent De Pal and Mother Theresa on the one hand and rascals like Grigori Rasaputin and the Popes mentioned above. Rasaputin formed a religious sect where women ritually washed him naked before a meeting.Lo and behold

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    Worth reading
    Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law 
    Benjamin Schonthal, University of Otago 
    Introduction at https://www.academia.edu/30783214/_Introduction_Buddhism_Politics_and_the_Limits_of_LawIt is widely assumed that a well-designed and well-implemented constitution can help ensure religious harmony in modern states. Yet how correct is this assumption? Drawing on groundbreaking research from Sri Lanka, this book argues persuasively for another possibility: when it comes to religion, relying on constitutional law may not be helpful, but harmful; constitutional practice may give way to pyrrhic constitutionalism. Written in a lucid and direct style, and aimed at both specialists and non-specialists, Buddhism, Politics and the Limits of Law explains why constitutional law has deepened, rather than diminished, conflicts over religion in Sri Lanka. Examining the roles of Buddhist monks, civil society groups, political coalitions and more, the book provides the first extended study of the legal regulation of religion in Sri Lanka as well as the first book-length analysis of the intersections of Buddhism and contemporary constitutional law. 
    Reviews & endorsements 
    “Based on field observation, interviews, and a host of multilingual documents that include court records, parliamentary debates, and media reports, this work is a rich and vivid contribution to the study of religion, law, and politics in Sri Lanka. Meticulous in its detail, and strikingly imaginative in its conception, the work shows how the top-down constitutionalist attempt to negotiate an inequality of religions alongside an equality of citizens has led to the accomplishment of neither, and, even worse, the stimulation of the very conflicts and disharmonies the constitutionalist effort was meant to adjudicate and resolve in the first place. The work also yields fresh perspectives on the idea of ‘the Buddhist State’, a concept that has a long history and ongoing importance, particularly today, in South and Southeast Asia.” 
    H. L. Seneviratne, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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    Anyway, Buddhists should appreciate the concern of non-buddhists about buddhist monks.

    That is a good lesson.

    On ther other hand, buddha did not say that the yellow robe has magical power to change humans. buddhist monks are first human.

    It is their mind decide everything.

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    The decency of SWRD when contrasted with the utter scoundrels Buddarakkita and Somarama is highlighted in the final hours of his life after being shot. He still pleaded for the Monk. These Robbed goons versus the wealthy refined gentleman from the aristocracy of Ceylon is somehting our local yokals find hard to stomach because it flies in the face of their vicious ideology of worshiping thugs and murders as ape kattiya. Hence the moral of the story gets buried and the lesson is never learned. Look at the comments made mostly irrelevant nonsense. There is a place to accuse other religions of their many scandalous acts this is not one of them.

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      Wera

      this is the best comment as far as I am concerned. I was pointed out many times by others for starting the discussion in accusatory tone.
      I still find it hard to digest, our countrymen seem not to have the ability to discuss dispassionately or accurately without digressing from the topic.

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    Have you all heard of the internet Buddha called “Samantha Bhadra?” This man is a local Sinhala monk who claims he has reached Buddhahood. He requires that there be flowers for him to walk on when he reaches for a sermon. But he talks silly nonsense
    [Edited out]

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