31 October, 2020

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God Is Amazing

By Arjuna Parakrama

Dr. Arjuna Parakrama

Dr. Arjuna Parakrama

Forgiving us our filth, She’s even found some use for CHOGM now, for

Colombo’s rat-addled graves have come alive,

Fooling fossorials that there’s fresh flesh galore to feast on.

But even worms are said to turn at times, not us, this Lankan (supper) middle class.

 

The grandest graves look grander now, the small are tiny, all fittingly piled high with decay,

Chuck is due, the dead must be on show: Trees are chopped, walls painted, gates fixed.

He’s visiting white men killed in their old wars; we’ve seen more, and don’t discriminate so much.

 

Note, this dressing up’s on the surface, stuff goes on below, and that’s unchanged,

Since we’re only rats and mice here, and, of course, lemming thinkalikes.

God or Charles who cares, give old Caesar his due: Our departed

Sleep happier, now the Army has cleaned them up.

Not so for the Wanni’s ungrateful dead. So what? Let corpses burden the living there,

Serves them right for dying like flies for rotten terrorist causes. Embarrassing us, machan.

The deities do not forsake lightly, but when they do it’s murderous, and eternal.

 

Like CHOGM’s choking, small mercies, trifling gains betray our hopes

For pavements, clean streets, walkways, beggarlessness, soirees, websites, and these

Separate us from those who really suffer beyond our ken; yet

God is wonderful. In her deep pockets our trust is stashed. Guns protect her (and us)

From minorities and NGO human rights; Thank Goodness and the State, that’s history now.

God loves our country as we do, only traitors criticize, or crooks, for gold and gain,

We’ll fight the world, those jealous hordes, and win. Gods are with us, just you wait and see.

 

But

In the interim, proxy demi-devils oversee intricate political economies of rats, mice and worms,

We share more than family resemblance with vermin now; they’d do well to follow us

Feeding on the living and the dying in the refurbished graveyard of our times,

Bartering life and death for some crap, burrowing or cheering as others burrow

In not-so-underground labyrinths of violent cash. Or we complain over coffee in nuanced despair.

Better than the rest, that’s us, here, now, and, at least for me, it’ll last for my forever.

 

Who needs gods, when we’re already in just heaven?

 

 

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    Loved every bit of this piece!
    Bravo Doc, awaiting to read you more and often.
    Thanks,
    Chatura

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      Good Stuff doc – Keep in coming Doc!

      We need a good solid post-colonial critic of the BRITISH COLONIALISM celebration PARTY that Rajpassa is hosting in Colombo at huge cost – and BANKRUPTING the country..

      The Silence of Pathala Champika and Wimal Balu Wansa – re. colonialism and the funds spent to white wash it is also a bit puzzling to me..

      Clearly Rajapassa brothers despite all their hot air about “home grown solutions” suffer from a huge INFERIORITY COMPLEX to be running behind the Commonwealth of Clowns to celebrate British Colonialism!

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      Gud stuf! Thanks Arjuna! Two birds with one stone!

      The Sri Lanka MIDDLE CLASS and NGO Wallahs on the Donor cocktail circuits are in deep slumber.

      None has made a critic of the CHOGM Commonwealth of Nations and its (ir)relevance today. They are all going along with the Rajpassa show!

      Moral of the Story and bottom line is: The Commonwealth of Clowns BRITISH COLONIALISM PARTY which is today also a platform to boost third world military dictators in Africa and Asia should be SHUT DOWN!

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        God is amazing, yes it is the most controversial invention of mankind to keep them from thinking freely!

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          Why are the Sri Lanka Trade Unions and the Left nationalists not protesting the British Colonialism Party to celebrate third world dictators in Colombo?
          CHOGM is a huge waste of funds to boost the Rajapassa dictatorship.

          Rajapassa has turned CHOGM it into a massive security operation, and ego boosting exercise while his brother Gota the Goon;s military has destroyed Colombo’s tree canopy in the name of security for the CHOGM clowns!

          The more irrelevant the Commonwealth of Clowns the more extravagant the SHOW!

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          Dr. Arjuna,

          This guy says there was no Jesus. Christians say Jesus is God.

          Read on

          He Thinks Jesus Didn’t Exist: A Historian Explains the Evidence Th

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwUZOZN-9dc

          Published on Mar 28, 2013
          Dr. Richard Carrier flew in from California to lecture the UNCG Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics on the historicity of Christ. The historicity of Christ has appeared in the public consciousness over the last few years because of such individuals such as Robert Price and Dr. Carrier. This topic deals with the analysis of historical data to determine if Jesus existed as an actual person.

          A library of articles by Dr. Carrier:
          http://www.infidels.org/library/moder

          Wiki for Dr. Carrier
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_

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      Dr. Arjuna Parakrama –

      “Who needs gods, when we’re already in just heaven?”

      Yes. We are in the Garden of Heaven,according to some, but they all die, and are recycled back to star dust…

      Forget Jesus…

      The Stars died so that you could be here today….

      ‘A Universe From Nothing’ by Lawrence Krauss, AAI 2009

      A sacrifice for nothing, for myths, and statues for myths, for maintaining Monk, Priest and Mullah Hegemony..

      Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ImvlS8PLIo

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg

      Why We Believe in Gods – Andy Thomson –

      https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/72915.The_Garden_of_Heaven

      The Garden of Heaven: Poems of Hafiz
      by Hafiz, حافظ, Gertrude Bell (Translator)
      3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 · rating details · 36 ratings · 5 reviews
      “Hafiz has no peer.” — Goethe

      Poetry is the greatest literary form of ancient Persia and modern Iran, and the 14th-century poet known as Hafiz is its preeminent master. This collection is derived from Hafiz’s Divan (collected poems), a classic of Sufism. This 19th-century translation by historian Gertrude Bell remains widely acclaimed by scholars and readers.(less)

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    Heaven must be a great place.. Anything has got to be better than this..

    Arjuna you are a very good man.. Hopefully when this sh*tstorm is finished we’ll be with like minded individuals, be it Muslim, catholic or Buddhism, and maybe even some Rjapakshas in the house.. :)

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    Heaven created on earth by Rajapaksa the almighty god for his Sinhala Buddhist followers.

    Sadly the they are unaware that karma will ultimately make Sri Lanka a hellhole for them for the crimes committed on the minorities, the innocent and the poor by Rajapaksa and his brothers.

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      They control the karma. karma will come after only the poor and the trouble makers. so join the rajapkasians the side of the gods.

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        @Sumith:”so join the rajapkasians the side of the gods”

        yeah, the gods of the hell!!!! of course! Your definition of god is is actually the satan….Will God promote Casinos (affiliated with drugs,prostitution, social evils & murders)?

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          Satan’s recent messenger is an Australian named James Packer and poor local postal peon is Minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena. God’s messengers are yet to come because they carry same message written in different languages such as Latin, Hebrew and Arabic, which Sinhala Buddhists do not understand. Unfortunately for Sinhala Buddhists, God does not know Pali and Sinhala and Tamil and Sanskrit.

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    A Poet after my own heart
    Fluid angry with slashes of humour
    The Word lives…then so shall we.

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    Thanks for this illuminating piece.

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    this a poem or some filth ?

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      It takes a few brain cells (just a few)
      To determine whether it is filth
      Or some bard like prose
      Spake tongue in cheek, by cheeky don

      As denizen of far flung lesser land it is hard to see
      But vicariously feel rubbing hands with glee
      The pleasure of those decrepit tombstones
      Turned spanking white (was it hydrated lime)?

      Clearing out those rats and mice ( and confused bandicoots)
      Turfed out like those hapless, slovenly souls
      From their tenement holes (how dare they live in such squalor?)
      In the isle of slaves for generations prior

      Don’t they dare question
      God almighty or dare call justice cheap
      The path that takes Lanka dear”
      On the upward and deserved path (to high income status)

      Development I say, is the name of the game
      Never mind water fresh or petty gripes or piffling land grabs
      Or inconsequential matters in FTZ or in Chilaw (with fishers so poor)
      Traitors all they be! But In a soulless nation

      Mother Lanka, I weep for thee!

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      Its a poem to the sensible human being and
      its a filth to the Rajapakshian/BBS/JHU gangs….

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      QQ ” a poem or some filth ?” QQ

      Abe the Amude!

      It’s an Equinox.Ö

      Ox is sort of male cow, yes.

      Equine …with horses doesn’t it?

      :っ)

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      You may not have the chance to get it adequately – while being a toilet cleaner (read somewhere on other threads, you to have collected expertise on city toileting & area, rather than any others) of the west

      Perhaps, you would have learnt/trained to do so, when returning home after another 8 yrs.

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    Why not have a Mahaveer grave in Colombo 6 for the 200,000 Tamils died in war?

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    [God is wonderful. In her deep pockets our trust is stashed. Guns protect her (and us) ]

    Another Christian with his christian mentality. The only difference. Ah, He is ridiculing Sri Lanka but not yet Sinhala buddhists or the Rajapakses, is he is thinking that the Almighty is a SHE.

    She ????

    Who is this god with the Deep pockets ?

    I don’t want to name it then you think I am prejudiced.

    I am pretty sure his next article will be about Sinhala – buddhists, how terrible Rajapakses are and the Tamil grievances.

    Ha..ha..ha.. what an interesting world it is.

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      Jim Softy,
      Look at the Photo on the top of the Article. Who is SHE?

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    {Who needs gods, when we’re already in just heaven?]

    GOD or ALLAH is for weak people. For every one else who are greedy, every one is greedy, and who did not realize a universe without any greed or attachment, the world is heaven when the economic conditions for him/her are good.

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      Be cautious ! I am born buddhist as many of the lankens are. But I respect god related religions. That is how we the buddhist are taught – to respect other religious adherents too. Besides, how can you generalize that Gods are for weak people ?

      Btw, Sensitivities are light years far from your knowledge :(. Do you think only economic conditions could improve the nation building ? Then, China or the like minded nations should have become their heavens long time back. Chinese in general are over materialistic – they would do whatever when wanting to achieve their goals, eat anything that moves, dont care on Human rights at all. So according to you, can they be exemplary to us ?

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    [ But even worms are said to turn at times, not us, this Lankan (supper) middle class. ]

    For worms, it is the external stimuli that make them turn.

    For the Sri Lankan, or any other Super middle class it is the living conditions which are the bank account, social status, car, a house.., wife, children…

    They will turn only those things hurt them.

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    Arjuna Parakrama:

    You are not an stupid – Idiot as Jagath Asoka is except you GOD – dogma.

    Write more articles.

    We confront you.

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      JimSofty, the Hambanthota water buffalo had gone crazy over this poem. -:)

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        better not to disgrace those waterbuffaloes. Jim Softy can only be comparable to shit eating pigs. He would do that along the years – Thanks Rajas, sensitivities and dignity of life have now become crime friendly environments. Years ahead of us, will be unimaginable. Aney apoi – our mother land :(

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    Thanks Arjuna. It is good to read from people of different calibre… Somebody would love to sing this…

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    “Who needs gods, when we’re already in just heaven?”

    whatever the “hell” that is,….. keep going.

    stick out your foot and trip up the toast from the gorilla’s booty. (’-’*)

    King Pong!+ Gota “Booo”tha! + Bawwa!

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      “Gods are with us, just you wait and see.”

      isn’t it going to the dogs now that Miami Mice have rabies?

      Balitotis,I don’t know, but I am not going to smell it. #-):っ)

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    Arjuna Parakrama –

    The God Business

    This is a very dangerous business for people.

    Religion is the opium of the masses- Karl Marx

    It takes religion to make good people to do bad things- Stephen Weinberg.

    Why we believe in Gods

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iMmvu9eMrg

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/nov/03/radicalisation-syria-turkish-president-abdullah-gul

    The Syrian nation is dying as an indifferent world looks on, and the territory it occupies risks becoming “Afghanistan on the shores of the Mediterranean”, the Turkish president, Abdullah Gul, has said.

    Radicalisation of ordinary people by Islamist jihadist groups was spreading across Syria and posed a growing risk to its neighbours and the countries of Europe, Gul said in an exclusive interview with the Guardian.

    But the response of the international community – including Turkey’s American and British allies – to the security, humanitarian and moral challenges posed by the crisis had been very disappointing, he said. He reiterated his view that the UN security council’s performance was a disgrace.

    In a forthright and sometimes angry critique of western policy on Syria, Gul said the deaths of more than 100,000 people, mostly civilians, in fighting over the past 32 months could have been avoided. Turkish mediation efforts early on in the war were not supported and were even undermined by western powers, he complained.

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    How wonderfully refreshing, a POET is born in these times of terrible tribulation !

    Always SOME GOOD comes out of evil.

    Thank you Arjuna…your brilliant mind is being put to good use.

    we await more please…

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    Brilliant!

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