21 September, 2020

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Gnanasara Should Not Be Allowed To Gain Martyr Status

By Harishchandra Lokumanna

Harishchandra Lokumanna

Harishchandra Lokumanna

After hypocritical rounds of cries about the supremacy of Sinha Ley and displays of ‘Sinhala flags denoting unfounded patriotism, the Nation has now been given the next dose of entertainment – Arrest of Gnanasara and the unruly behaviour of so called ruffians in saffron clothing. In fact, this is not the first time where he has been taking both Buddhists in particular and Sri Lankans in general on a jolly good ride into make them believe as if he is some sort of born again reformist working to protect the interests of this country. Neither will this be the last, knowing his desire to a ‘card board martyr’ to a pseudo cause. Gnanasara ( Apologize! I hesitate to use ‘Prefix ‘Ven’ as I do not consider him as a Buddhist monk) after the infamous Aluthgama attack said that what he follows is Sinhala Buddhism, and not Buddhism, exposing his actual personality and reinforcing the view that Sinhala Buddhism since Independence has mostly taken a violent direction.

In this instance in Homagama Courts, the only good indication was that it has nothing to do with his oft repeated racist outbursts against Muslims. It was a ‘home and home’ match where he once again displayed his nasty and foul mouthed verbal diarrhoea, this time within the 4 walls of a court of justice and desecrated the course of justice, when the case of an abducted person Prageeth Ekneligoda was taken up for hearing. He also insulted a woman too (Prajeeth’s wife), in very disparaging terms, which further speaks of his low bred character ( in ordinary parlance, Sinhalese people call such characters who show their macho powers to women by various names).

Gnanasara BBSIt is no secret that ISIS has always been an embarrassment to Muslims in general whether in ME or elsewhere in view of the fact that they try to hide behind Islam and its’ teachings hypocritically and distorting its’ true message, in order to justify their disgusting violent conduct. The same applies to Gnanasara and his group of hooligans too , who also hide behind their yellow robes to break the law, disrespect the process of law and even to violate basic norms of civility and acceptable behaviour in a society. In the case of Gnanasara, his behaviour has been light years from what can be called Buddhist conduct as we have seen from his drunken behaviour not only in Sri Lanka in the streets, offices and meetings , but even from the recent video about his drunken dance in Japan as well.

PM Ranil has already ordered an investigation whether those so called hooligans in saffron clothing seen protesting in Homagama against Gnanasara’s arrest were in fact Buddhist monks as their conduct were totally unacceptable, let alone from a Buddhist monk. Anyway, what was seen in Sri Lanka in 2014 by BBS and their sister hate groups were also in total contradiction to the Buddhist teachings as well. We also heard that Gnanasara was also hospitalized as well after his arrest, in keeping with the practice followed in respect of political VIPS, which indicates that he is being treated in the same level .

I wonder what BBS discussed with President Sirisena recently. Whatever were discussed, it is important that President Sirisena gives effect to what he kept on promising the Sri Lankan electorate since his election and also at a recent meeting as well that he will not tolerate extremist views of any religion including Buddhist extremism. The Sri Lankan nation expected that this government will take decisive measures to eradicate and arrest this situation and also bring those culprits who brought havoc on our nation through their hate rhetoric and campaign against the minorities, to book . But it is a matter of regret that this government too has been dragging its’ feet to do so and to ensure that all nationalities are treated with equal respect .

Although BBS and its’ sister groups were thrown out of the political process by voting them out by the people of Sri Lanka , still they are following their anti-nationalistic agenda, which should not be tolerated any further. In 2015 and 2016 , they are still popping up under various other ruses like ‘Sinhaley’ and attempts to create unrealistic fears among Sinhala people that Tigers are once again rising from the ashes with those rejects like Gammampilas and Weerawansas. Therefore it is important that law should be upheld against every one alike whether a clergy or laity. Gnanasara should not be given any special treatment at any cost. He also should not be allowed to gain martyr status among the Sinhalese. Therefore Sinhalese specially should be kept informed about the need to uphold Vinaya Pitaka among those who are supposed to guide the Buddhist people – the Maha Sangha. If the fence itself is stealing the crop, as they say, whom shall we complain to? The breakdown of morals and good conduct among the Maha Sangha is a serious concern for us as Buddhists and therefore should be attended to, if need be with an iron hand forthwith and the culprits like Gnanassara should be dealt with without dilly- dallying.

Of course, Sri Lanka had its’ fair share of racist icons – Cyril Mathews, Rajaratnas and Sihala Urumaya politicos in its’ Post Independence era. But, those characters did not inflict the irreparable damage to the inter communal amity like what Gnanassara and his stooges did. He will be remembered for this destructive role by historians who will write this challenging chapter in our history.

With this Homagama incident, he has taken a step further than a mere racist hate icon, but a law and order problem too. Gnanasara in this sense has become not only an embarrassment to Buddhists, but also a threat to the law and order of the country as well. Let us therefore provide a better example to the future generation by weeding out these types of comics, and viruses at least now so that those who will take over from our generation will not repeat the same mistakes we did in our times. We also should write the next constitution which will reflect the aspirations of all communities and treat all of them alike and not allowing any future Gnanasaras to harp on crooked clauses like giving prominent places to Buddhism, to avoid majoritarian clashes in this country in the future. Over to this government ! Please do not let go this opportunity to bring in better times for Sri Lanka.

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    Harishchandra Lokumanna

    RE: Gnanasara Should Not Be Allowed To Gain Martyr Status

    1, “After hypocritical rounds of cries about the supremacy of Sinha Ley and displays of ‘Sinhala flags denoting unfounded patriotism, the Nation has now been given the next dose of entertainment – Arrest of Gnanasara and the unruly behaviour of so called ruffians in saffron clothing.”

    Haven’t you heard about the Third Gem of the Triple Gem? Sangha.

    That is Rev. Ganasara Thero. Or is he Following Mara, MaRa?

    2, “It was a ‘home and home’ match where he once again displayed his nasty and foul mouthed verbal diarrhoea, this time within the 4 walls of a court of justice and desecrated the course of justice, when the case of an abducted person Prageeth Ekneligoda was taken up for hearing. He also insulted a woman too (Prajeeth’s wife), in very disparaging terms, which further speaks of his low bred character ( in ordinary parlance, Sinhalese people call such characters who show their macho powers to women by various names).”

    Haven’t you heard about the Third Gem of the Triple Gem? Sangha.

    That is Rev. Ganasara Thero. Or is he Following Mara, MaRa?

    3. “It is no secret that ISIS has always been an embarrassment to Muslims in general whether in ME or elsewhere in view of the fact that they try to hide behind Islam and its’ teachings hypocritically and distorting its’ true message, in order to justify their disgusting violent conduct. “

    Is Rev. Ganasara Thero associated with Mara, and Satan, the way ISIS is associated with?

    4. “Anyway, what was seen in Sri Lanka in 2014 by BBS and their sister hate groups were also in total contradiction to the Buddhist teachings as well.”

    They follow Mara, not Buddha, just like Wahhabi-ISIS follows Satan, not God.

    BBS and ISIS, strange bedfellows, Indeed!

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      why do you call this filth reverend. he is a dusgusting, revolting, obnoxious excuse for a human being.

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        iemerald

        “why do you call this filth reverend. he is a dusgusting, revolting, obnoxious excuse for a human being.”

        For business letters, much uncertainty can be avoided by using “Greetings:” instead of “Dear So-and-So:” as the salutation.

        In general, if the religious leader has a doctorate (Ph.D., Th.D., D.Min.), this is indicated on the envelope in one of two ways: by inserting “Dr.” after the religious title (e.g., The Reverend Dr. John Smith), OR, by inserting the degree designation at the end of the name (e.g., The Reverend John Smith, Ph.D.).

        Buddhism: Theravada Bhikku; Monk The Venerable

        If the Sinhala “Buddhist” Moks, Sangha, have the guts to derobe, Ganasars, he can be referred to as Mr.

        Until then we are stuck by protocol.[Edited out]

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    Harishchandra Lokumanna

    “With this Homagama incident , he has taken a step further than a mere racist hate icon , but a law and order problem too. Gnanassara in this sense has become not only an embarrassment to Buddhists, but also a threat to the law and order of the country as well.”

    Anarchists. Sinhala “Buddhist” Anarchists.

    Ganasara is a person person who believes that government and laws are not necessary.

    Ganasara is a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power.

    Ganasara is a person who believes in, advocates, or promotes anarchism or anarchy; especially, one who uses violent means to overthrow the established order.

    Is this the Sinhala “Buddhist” Sangha, the Third Gem of the Triple Gem?

    If not, why not excommunicate, derobe, and throw him out? Why not? Too many of them?

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      there is herachy in buddhist way of life.
      there are far too many bhikkus and no one seems to weild any authority on them
      it seems even the asgiriya chapter boss seems to support this filth
      anyone it seems can don the yellow robe and become a monk

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    Time the government started a campaign, using the media, and Buddhist monks of good standing, to differentiate these thugs from the true teachings of Lord Buddha. Let it be known to all in the country, that these are rogue Buddhists, insulting the religion, and bringing shame to it. Just like ISIS is regarded as extremism and an embarrassment to the majority of Muslims, so must these saffron robed racist goons.
    If the new regime does not nip this in the bud, it will be doing the country a disservice, by allowing this low life to cause problems in the country, pitting one Sri Lanka against the other, which will lead to more blood shed and suffering, yet again. The previous government were complicit in these racist attacks on minorities, and did nothing, we can only hope the new government will do the right thing by the country.

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    Martyr status? He has already gained Satyr status!

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    Do not insult Sinhala people, just because you want to criticize the actions of one Thero. We can find dime a dozen guys like you; even Prabakaran had guys like you bad mouthing and denying our roots and heritage.

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    Latest is that Gnasara has [Edited out]It’s Only the True Buddhist who have to rise up against this Thug and his Gang of Hooligans….and put an end their way of life….. Root cause MR and he still goes to the temple every day…

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    These kind of Animals should be exposed to the world and the public should pelt them with stones where ever they see them… My it knowledge is not that good will some one be able to attaches his dancing video which is available on Sri lanka Guardian.org … the world should know….

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    A question I ask myself again and again is why the three Mahanayakes remain silent when the BBS is openly violating all guidelines of behaviour for Buddhist clergy. I was told that the Malwatte Mahanayake had indeed endorsed Gnanasara’s actions recently. If this is true it is quite shameful and an act that surely merits the call for his (MN’s) resignation by the Buddha Sasana Minister.

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      the minister will be licking his feet (no boots there) instead of calling for his resgnation.
      he will probably ask the boss man how high he should jump

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    Actually we expect the president to stand firm take action without being eerily silent, After all isn’t he the Minister of Defense/Commander in chief & CEO, Why worry about some stupid Bra and always talk like or even better than a priest delivering sermons..

    We want him to stand up and put a stop to this nonsense.. If not , come a few years he too can retire in his village and come to Colombo everyday for FCID PREFAC and whatever the commissions and committees might be then

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    HARISCHANDRA lOKUMANNA:

    buddhists never were the instigators Crusades.

    POPEs had been accused of instigating numerous crusades and neglecting Jews during the second war.

    So, look at the mirror and think about yourself.

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    Fine,Harischandra.

    Perhaps,a referendum should be held asking the citizenry whether they need Sinhala Buddhism or Buddhism?

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    what martyr.[Edited out].Ask him first what he would like as his last meal and give him his favourite wild boar.The only language the srilankans understand is the fist.

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    First this rough neck should be denied any status to get hospitalised no sooner he is remanded.

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    What a dusgusting, revolting, obnoxious excuse for a human being.

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    I am wondering why the sinhala majority still do not understand how they are taken for a ride by these saffron robed thugs and their goons at the expense of the dignity of their religion. Their view seems to be “we dont mind as long as the buddhists themselves humiliate the religion.” but they boil to the highest ever degrees even if a constructive criticism is done by a non buddhists. The so called buddhists seem to be preferring the MARAS religion over Lord Buddhas religion or rather philosophy. wake up Buddhists! wake up. ( BY THE WAY. THREE HEARTLY CHEERS TO THE GREAT JUDGE OF HOMAGAMA who had a strong spinal code.)

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    I am mentioning it here again. We Sri Lankans are dumb idiots for wasting time and colossol amount of money on this psychiatric patient.
    As I always said this gandasara(with booruwansas and gamanpilas) should ve been in psychiatric mental institution long time ago. sri Lankans are stupid when a mentally retarded person comes in with safron clad thugs pretending to be monks worship and believe what ever the filth they utter.

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    You write…. this government too has been dragging its’ feet to do so and to ensure that all nationalities are treated with equal respect……

    It would be good to start with the ONE main nationality ie SRI LANKANS, made up of Sinhalese. Tamils, Muslims, Burghers and myriad smaller ethnicities.

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    harischandra lokumuna, you are articles are nothing but crap

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