30 November, 2020

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Hamudhuruwane! Booruwane! Stand Down!

By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Once, in Europe, there was a country that had just gotten through a war. It wasn’t the best place to be. It wasn’t the richest country in the world. Nevertheless, it was home to large numbers of people from a variety of races. People were, by and large, getting along and getting up on their feet again.

Then some madmen came along and changed all that.

They incited racism. They incited hate. They incited riots. And finally, when all the reins were in their hands, they incited a holocaust. Perfectly innocent people turned against neighbors they had lived with for decades.

This was wartime Germany, back in WWII. An estimated six million people of Jewish descent died in the holocaust that followed.

Let’s not pussyfoot around the issue. This WAS germany: and this, unless we act now, is also where Sri Lanka is heading. What was started by the religious extremist group “Bodu Bala Sena” is now spiralling into chaos.

Sri Lanka is corrupt, like a golden apple infested with orange worms.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m a Buddhist. My father, mother, and entire family have for generations been Sinhala and Buddhist. I believe in the Buddha. What we don’t believe in is the Bodu Bala Sena and their ilk. Let me spell out the situation in Sri Lanka right now. Buddhism, a pure philosophy that preaches nothing but tolerance and compassion, is being twisted in the hands of a gang of saffron-robed thugs. It’s being used as a weapon to incite hate, mass racism, and violence against the Muslim community of Sri Lanka. They aren’t monks. They’re terrorists.

The Buddha did not preach national security: he did not preach violence: he did not preach cultural barriers. He preached love, compassion, kindness. He preached getting along with your neighbors and fellow human beings, no matter what their race, religion or color. Right now that teaching is being twisted a hundred and eighty degrees by the Inquisition that is the Bodu Bala Sena.

It started before the Halaal issue. First it was the “Nolimit toffees” – a vague accusation that spread like wildfire: that the Muslim-owned Nolimit chain of fashion outlets had something in their free on-the-counter sweets that made people infertile. WTF. Look at it, written out: see how ridiculous it sounds. It was tactfully turned into a conspiracy: that the Muslims are out to rob Buddhists of their population.

Then came the Halaal incident: another prize piece of bullshit spewed by what I call “saffron terrorists”.   Something we accepted with no qualms for generations suddenly turns out to be a “national problem”. Graffiti on the walls. Hoots and chants inside schools. That’s how the fire began. Many people – including some of my own neighbors – in their ignorance were fooled into somehow believing that Muslim kovils were cheating them out of their hard-earned money. And why would they doubt the so-called Buddhist monks who tell them this? That’s like asking the Pope if God exists. The tongue, like a sharp knife, killed without drawing blood. Shadow – talk of “preserving the integrity of Sinhala culture” abounded. The country is 70% Buddhist, has been and probably always will be: what more do you want to preserve?

Today I woke up and read that the Fashion Bug in Pepiliyana, a Muslim-owned enterprise, was attacked by a mob. The reason? Some shadowy claim that a 15-year old girl was raped inside by the employees. Really? Hands up those who believe it. What on earth was a 15-year old girl doing inside there at night? And what evidence is there? Security tapes? None. The plain truth is the attack was an organized riot led by the Bodu Bala Sena.

Buddhist monks were apparently the first to attack. No, I won’t call them monks: they’re an insult to this religion, this country, and every human being on the planet. Justice would see them hanged, except there is no justice for ones such as these. This country – united as one – fought off the world’s most powerful terrorist group, bleeding, rejoicing as one, and now these vultures come to take it apart. Go to the prisons: count the murders, the rapists, the convicted. Where was the Bodu Bala Sena for the rapes and crimes of so-called “Sinhalese?”

To my Muslim friends, we apologize. We do not believe in this bullshit. We do not condone it.

Sri Lanka, sadly, has forgotten one of the Buddha’s most important teachings:

 “Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it. Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many. Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books. Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders. Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations. But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.” 
― Gautama Buddha

If anyone insults you, pity them, for it is they who are deluded and sick inside. The Bodu Bala Sena and their teachings are a vile corruption of all that is precious about Buddhism. There are no Buddhists against you: there are only the pariahs, the dogs and vultures. We’re all human. We all bleed red. This country belongs to all of us and we will see it united, once again. We believe in Sri Lanka – not a Buddhist Ceylon, but a Sri Lanka that is home to everyone, regardless of race, religion or color.

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      If there were a “Like” button Wordpress, I’d click it for this article.

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      Legend has it that Emperor Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned in the year 64. J R Jayawardena did something similar in July 1983 while Sri Lanka burned and organised mobs killed Tamil people and destroyed property. President Rajapaksa finally put an end to terrorism and brought peace to Sri Lanka in 2009. Current events run the risk of leading to a pogrom against the peaceful Muslim people of Sri Lanka. Let us go to temples, churches and mosques and pray that Sri Lankans, having endured 26 years of civil war, will be spared this further calamity, and the President will act to save the motherland from such disaster.

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        The president can only do so much, and I’m not even sure where he and his party stand on this issue. We (the people) need to get out of the midset that someone else has to do it on our behalf and just do what is right. This article is spot on, and I have nothing but sad, and sometimes angry thoughts for what our clergy have been up to lately. I’d like to think it’s just some monks, but the truth is that the buddhist institution is not doing much to change this. Everywhere I look, I see and hear of them spreading hatred and racism and generally demonstrating bad behavior. For decades, ever since I was old enough to think on my own, I could not help but notice how much greed exist in our temples. From head monks who care about nothing besides growing their institution. Making larger buildings and sthupa — as opposed to living minimalist lives as encouraged by the teachings.

        And more sadly, the intelligent young people of the country — people I personally know and consider friends and family — are just blindly acting on the type of racist propaganda discussed in this article. It’s unbelievable what is going on.

        Sigh.

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    Choppe ta kunu bittara thamai………….
    Even the moderator has chopped you.

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    A fine analysis. The yellow-robed thugs of the Balu Sena are a disgrace to the Buddha Sasana. Why can’t the Mahanayake Theras take disciplinary action against them? It is obvious the `saffron brigade’ is only in rehearsal of a public performance to be staged in the near future: to muster the support of the Sinhala Buddhist majority in defense of the local Hitler!

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      It is nothing but another shape of ALLCOT BUDDHISM witch comprises bias approach. Being furnishing the tropic I doubt he is not a matured scholar because there is no need to mansion as HAAMUDURUWANE,BOORUWANE unless he had a personal agenda. The writer himself introduced as a SINHALA BUDDHIST.If so,I am suggesting very first he may read UMMAGGA JAATHAKAYA which revealed bundle of pain full re-actions done by BODHI SATHWAYO.
      There is no limits of re-action.only limit is action follows re-action.

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        You think Ummaga Jathakaya is fact?

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    The writer speaks for the true Sinhala Buddhists, who condemn such violence that comes from those who are Buddhist only in name. They have betrayed their own religion and country. The leaders who condones these racist act by being silent, is even more despicable. They have gone against the teachings of the Lord Buddha, to display shameless acts of terrorizing the minority Muslims, intimidating them, and inciting hate against them, in disgusting no class speeches and and unacceptable attacks on their mosques and businesses.
    This is indeed a form of terrorism. From the many comments I have read, and the reaction from good people, there is no doubt that most Buddhists are embarrassed and do not agree with this kind of violence. The yellow robed thugs who come from our Temples should be treated like pariahs, by their fellow clergy.
    Once this poison seeps into our country, there is no going back. We united against terrorists who made our lives a hell, but it seems once again, there are idiots who want to fracture this tiny country again, for their own evil agendas, and at the cost of our security.

    These are unpatriotic elements, who should be sternly punished and whose faces filled with hate, like the picture here, should be known to all.

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      All these remind me, in 80ties, JVPers were clearly seen violent as no others we noticed to that time. Wimal weerawansa was among the few leading figures that attacked the innociet youth brutally, leaving thousands went missing in the late 80 insurgency.But most of them in the JVP at the Universities were from rural areas of the island. They did have a grudge against ones coming from Colombo and other capitals of the country. Even if their fights were theoretically acceptable – we already realized that they are against human nature. Today, Wimal weerawansa is turned politician that claims to have abused people funds in building palaces for his family. Latter is a fact to many in the country – but none would raise any questions. Ours have been a stupid folks as never seen before – thanks go to the current leaders political vision – no rule of law, no justice, no nothing but trying make people blind continously saying claimed war victory – killing unknown thousands of POOR SRILANKENS.

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    Yeah yeah…. Now these guys declare war on the cricketers, who are playing in IPL. They call the players, prostitues! They declare that they will hit the players with rotten eggs. They even said, Nishantha Ranathunga was aggressing, but they know how to get more aggressing than Nishantha R!! Can these guys go in front of the massive casions that destroy the culture and the social structure of the people and the nation by bringing real prostitution, drugs, alcohol etc? Can they go against the monks who are on illicit relationships? In the whole discussion what the heck the Mahanayakes have been doing? There is nothing wrong about Sangha involving in social development and raising their voices for the affected people. Here….?

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    BBS, survival on ethnology- religious -violence is short time,they were downtrodden,the international community is a watched dog on Sri-lanka,after the worst incident of attack on a Muslim factory.

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    This is truly what average buddhists feel being compelled to observes the reactions of begotted BBS today.

    But why the authorities seem to continue stay dead silent without doing the due against this kind of safron robed pseudo monks with all forms of criminal energies is the quesiton I would like to raise.

    To us, being outside of the island, cant feel the ground reality of the situation, but I have no doubt the govt is behind all these persecution and harrasment against muslim brothers. Why they continously fail to react properly – is unanswered to us all. I dont think that CBK ´s govts failed this much in terms of justice and security of the people.

    And to share you the current situation,I have lived in Germany and I know what the writer means about the mind sets of Germans. But I think that our people cant be that aggressive as former germans had been. Today Germans have been tolerant than average srilankens.No ministers would ever make any indecent statements as Mervin, Wimal weerawansa or the alike ministers in our parliament. They are among the main donor nations that helped SRILANKA in the aftermath of Tsunami. Tsunami fund embezzelment by MR and his gangs are known to them, that could be the reason why Germans stay dead silent today when it goes with lanken matters. This I know for sure. There are over 70 thousuand lanken Tamils living in Germany. There are also various nationalities living in Germany. According to German basic law, they have allowed many from various conflicts to seek for refuge. That is how the lanken tamils have migrated to Germany.

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    Alone the wording of the pseudo monk seen on the pic is a shame to all lanken buddhists. This particular monk how he ran amok on the southern express way entrance was telecasted by some video. The uncivilized langauge that he used there kept all police silent -but I never heard those uncivilized words came from a monk during Daham school days – itwas 4 decades ago in SL.

    Buddhasasana ministry together with the ministry of Justice should take action against this kind of monks not allowing them to pave the ways to create new communal violence in the country.

    There are laws in some european countries that are against those use the uncivilized langagues. Latter is to protect the youth. Be it from Mervin, Wimal weerawansa or any Hamuduruwos law should work against them equally. So long that culture will be away from lanken systems – nothing would change to the progress.

    What would happen if the rulers take action in banning BBS ? I got to see a monk throwing stones to damage the surveilance cameras, if this was the case in Europe, the particular monk will be punished immediately – with strong warnings no this kinds of deeds should be repeated.

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    A great article indeed ! The real terrorists are the BBS themselves and those elements of the Govt. who are supporting them. Sadly the ignorant masses follow the robe with their heart and not their minds.
    Oh Lanka when will you change? You who shed blood for 30 years has not learnt a lesson since and await another bloodshed !

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      Yappa Senguttuvan once again disguised!!!

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    This is a great piece of writing. There isn’t a shred of doubt in the minds of Muslims that the majority of Buddhists in Sri Lanka are very tolerant, peace loving, good human beings who want to live and let live together and are yearning to move forward after 30 years of blood shed.

    Like the writer, like-minded Buddhists must come forward to save our beloved country. This will not only save the impending ‘holocaust’ of the Muslims who are just below 10% but also the entire country from the terrible consequences if one were to happen.

    What action like minded Sri Lankan Buddhists can take to save the country?

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    Thank you very much for telling the truth and we all know that singhalese people are one the best race on earth. They are polite, they are kind, they are compassionate, they are supportive, they are helpful, they are generous, they are innocent and they are wonderful people. 99% singhalese people are very good. May be a handful of them hard to get on with them. I think that BBS and their cohorts are from that handful of people. We hope that they should be guided into right path

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      Sorry, but I have grave doubts about the goodness of Sinhala people.

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        I agree with you fully.

        Whenever I pay my visits to my aged parents yearly, every time I feel that today´s youth in the island do lack due respect towards their family ones. This I have seen in many families. Average children on the west, though they respect their own views, they still pay more respect towards their parents and the family.

        I believe followings have brought them to this appalling levels:

        A)Ministers and their uneducated sons publicly attack women and others and behave uncivlized manner while no fair investigations are the case for them. Young ones in the country just follow all these closely- their argument is if the politicians behave so, why not us.

        B)The language that the ministers like Mervin and Wimal weerawanse is used to in their public speeches – were not considered as civilized SINHALA to my times in SL. All these words are then used by youth of the nation. Professionals in Sociology and psychology in lanken Universities should have criticised all these. But I have not read any article where a lanken professional fearlessly criticised the themes. May be professionals and the uni dons are feared of brutal consequences of the rulers.

        C)Decades ago, Buddhist monks were the ones that helped all buddhist adherents to behave well – apart from the fact that they learnt it from parents and the school – but today, Buddhists monks as a whole seem to be not contributing that much for the building of the society – instead they rally round to become gangsters being joined to begotted movements like BBS or Sinhala Urumaya.

        D) Above any other reasons, ignorance of the current rulers not reacting against criminals proper manner is clearly seen. President of the country is deadly silent but only using so called RAJAPAKES rhetroics – as they the indians discussed lately in their political debate.

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          Kakuluwa adeta yanagaman – patawunta kiyanna baha kelin yanna kiyala. .. This is the fate of us all today.

          HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ?

          HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ?

          HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ? HOW CAN CRABS TEACH THEIR OFFSPRING TO WALK STRAIGHT ?

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        Most people in the world have goodness in them. They do wrong, but if you teach them the right things, they’ll learn to do right. That’s the reason we need religions – Muslims, Christians, Buddhism, etc.

        Unfortunately, when people teach blatant lies, hate, murder, etc. as part of their religion, beware. NO religion teaches you to do wrong. When someone point out supposedly wrong on someone else’s religion, beware. They are misquoting or telling you half the story. No religion teaches you to justify yours by denigrating others.

        I have met many good decent people in my life – Buddhists, Jews, Christians, Hindus. As a Muslim, sometimes I disagree sometime but never hateful. We argue with respect, but no fisticuff or anger.

        Keep in mind this important advise – most of the mischief in the world is created by a few miscreant.

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      You must travel abroad to know how nice other people and cultures are too.
      I have been to US and found people are very polite, nice and helpful. My friends who live in Canada keep on telling me how nice the Canadians are…much much nicer than our Sri Lankans. We are brainwashed by our own people to think we are the nicest race on earth. But just travel out of Sri Lanka and you will realise there are better people and better cultures.

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        Nanayakkara,

        I dont think that they are always nice, but many other nations from the mentioned countries behave more polite – after all they respect their rule of law. In our country everyone is not impolite but there are increasing numbers today that seem to have no idea about the respect and dignity. Actually – the culture that the current regime is seeding in the country is the first root cause for all the calamities that the INNOCIENT folks have been facing today.

        Women are attacked – no solution from the side of Justice

        British tourists attacked or murdered no fair justice

        Muslims are being attacked – no fair justice

        All forms of abusive methodologies are applied – no opposition is to react – Majority folks are LIKE injected MICE for the lab experiments -stay indifferent – so passive as no any times in the past….. may be significant masses are brainwashed as it was the case in Lybia under Gadapi

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          Compared to Sinhala Only Lanka, the west is like heaven for minorities. So don’t even compare backward 3rd world slum to the heavens of Western world.

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      “we all know that singhalese people are one the best race on earth. They are polite, they are kind, they are compassionate, they are supportive, they are helpful, they are generous, they are innocent and they are wonderful people. 99% singhalese people are very good.”
      HAHAHAHAHA…. that’s a wonderful lie

      Where were the “good” Sinhalese when state sponsored riots against Tamils happened in 1956, 1958, 1977, 1981……… or against the Muslims in 1915?
      In fact, a lot of Sinhalese gleefully joined the riots and burned unarmed children and families alive….. There is no such a thing as a good Sinhalese… No wonder Vijaya (father of Sinhala race) was exiled from his original motherland in Bengal for his wicked behaviors.

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    A great article by the author and spoke well and truly like a real Buddhist, and not like the thugs we see masquerading as monks

    Once again thank you Yudhanjaya Wijeratne for standing upto tyranny

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    A courageous piece. For too long has Buddhism been Talibanized in Sri Lanka. The majority of Buddhists who deplore the BBS led despicable behaviour must make themselves heard on the streets in Sri Lanka and not allow a small group of persons to destroy the country and its multi-cultural and multi-religious composition.

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      Kshama,
      Writing article and comment in English to CT will not test where you stand for this web site is mainly subscribed by loosers at all elections. I challenge you to be brave, and take to streets like BBS, JHU, SR and others and display your agenda and feel the pulse of the mass and also check your strength.

      @ Noble – Could you please stop using Kath Noble’s email – CT

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        When I am in Sri Lanka I don’t write articles, which I do when I am away from the country. When in Sri Lanka, I have been out there on the streets to raise awareness on the rights of the marginalized; press freedom etc. Have been doing that for years.

        Trust you do too.

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          Sounds like trailer trash in bed with the pigs. Hope BBS get you piece of rubbish.

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            Yea, like caravan garbage in couch with the Sus Domesticus. Hope BBS get you portion of junk.

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    I Live in Los Angeles I am a Muslim, had many good Sinhalese friends we used to play cricket eat together, their was no fear to walk out any time, today women are in fear of walking because they wear certain cloths, the Sri lanka which I love is not the same, the current regime will do anything to stay in power they are destroying the culture way of live to hold on to power, even today majority of my Buddhist friend whom I love dearly are against it, these small group are spreading fear and hate, lets unite together and bring glory back to Sri lanka

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      Dont worry, the days of current regime is numbered.

      I have listend to the discussions held in Indian National TV, many are about to change their stance on Rajapakshes closely seeing the manner specially they get on with the rule of law and mal or no investigations of increased crimes in the country.

      One can make fool for the rest of the life, people will soon realize that the current rulers should be sent home – then only peace can be dawned to the island nation regardless of the racial background they belong to.

      Once like you and me being outside- we feel why the govt cant react properly in the issues related to law and order inthe country whichi is the foundation for the security of the volks. They the rulers of the day just stay dead silent while BBS or any other segments are trying to destroy the lankens.

      Perhaps the unrest that those folks have beenf facing should be addressed differntely – BBS leaders should be sent rehablitation centres after them being closely screened, : i REALLY cant see HAMUDRUWOS behaving in this manner. If I were one of the rulers, I would have punished them all within 24 hours IN order to protect the masses.

      Women activists regardless of being what race they belong to should rally round to go on protests…

      Lawyers should lead the protests.

      Opposition should wake up and make the people better aware of need of the hour.

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    I don’t think it is the real monks that are behind these attacks. What I know of monks are that they preach peace and harmony in the society.

    These guys are a bunch of rowdy disgusting men dressed up in monks attire. Shame on them for disgracing not just the Buddhist people but everyone in Sri Lanka!

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      Why is the Chief of BALU Bala Sena, GOATAsena keeping quite? Truth is stranger than fiction!

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      When the mullas destroyed Buddha statues of value in Afganistan werent you hero worshiping Bin lardens knickers?

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        We do not agree with it. But you have done enough in Sri Lanka and Burma as told by LOARD BUDDAH?

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          binju is not Sinhalese. Get the facts right

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    A well written article. There is a perception among the shall we say half educated political leaders that the Muslims are enjoying too much of the fruits of peace the brave Sinhala soldiers fought for. Therefore it is time to even the playing field while also carrying the proverbial water bucket for ones own financiers among the Sinhala business community. In their mind they are killing two birds with one stone. Helping the rival Sinhala businessmen prosper over the Muslim one which then benefits them when election time comes and the cash donations are required. The Muslims are traditional UNP or SLMC voters. They are also fiercely loyal and have not deserted their parties particularly in Colombo. For this they pay the price. BBS=Another voter suppression method in other words. The Rajas think they are being very devious and clever.

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    Although I would not condone the use such strong words it is good that people realise the dangers of the current situation. The fanning of hate based on religon and ethnicity especially attacking customs and religous practices is very harmful. It is easy to set fire but difficult to extuinguish the flames of intolerance and extremism. Especially those cloaked in the garb of religon should not resort to this level of activity which creates chaos in a peaceful society.

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    Timely and positive. Thank you, Yudhanjaya!

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    Good and fearlessly expressed. A true Buddhist. What BBS does not realize is that the good Buddhists who are the majority are also human and they are patiently bearing up the insults to their religion caused by BBS. Let us hope that their patience does not snap.

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    Yudhanjaya,

    I wish more Buddhists could muster the courage to speak up as sincerely as you have.

    I take my hat off to you!

    Sharmini Serasinghe

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      Dear Sharmini,

      You are also a good writer about these same topics. Last few articles that you published changed a lot particularly those who just do nothing but criticise. Please publish more of them. No doubt silent real buddhists and all others that respect the religions will support you. And blind masses will then wake up for sure.

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    We Buddhists must stop going to temples temporarily. Lord Buddha never asked us to go to temple. Buddhism is way of life. We can stay at home and be better Buddhists than these thugs, or roughs clad in pristine white masquerading as Buddhists.(Ranawaka and Gamanpila )
    Let the Sanga sabha come out , and denounce these frauds, till then we boycott them

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      I tend to agree with you. Elsewhere I made the comment that we do not need temples. We can learn Buddhism from books. Books do not raid shops and come home to threaten and assault you. Books do not throw rotten eggs. Let there be lay preachers. I for one have no use for temples or Buddhist preachers.

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    Glad to see sane words. I know many Singhalese feel the same and watch this madness in horror. Few however speak against it. Thank you for speaking out, it makes us feel less alone. Especially our parents and old folk they have been very shaken by recent event. The sheer lies and flagrant untruths that were told and actually seemed to be believed by some was shocking to us. We never thought our Sri Lankaness would ever come under question, and that we were looked on as ‘resident aliens’. That is the term formerly used for Green Card holders in the US. It seems
    ironic and very sad that we don’t feel safe in our own country anymore. I pray that more people like this writer will succeed in turning the tide.

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    It would be interesting, and disheartening, to see what percentage of the majority actually think like the author. Any guesses?

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    Yudhanjaya

    I salute you for your noble sentiments. You are a true Buddhist and a fine human being. I especially like the clarity of your thinking when you say:

    “This country – united as one – fought off the world’s most powerful terrorist group, bleeding, rejoicing as one, and now these vultures come to take it apart.”

    I couldn’t agree more. The BBS and the LTTE are two sides of the same coin. The LTTE rump and their apologists have no right to criticize the BBS and by extension the MR regime.

    We have to criticize thoroughly and renounce the fundamentalism and fascism in our own psyches and in our own backyards before pointing fingers. Being a member of a minority community doesn’t leave one off the hook.

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      @Rambler

      You said, “The BBS and the LTTE are two sides of the same coin.” What you forgot to mention is that Mahinda and Prabahakaran are also two sides of the same coin! Don’t ever forget that Praba thought he was the Sun God or Surya Devan who was the saviour of the Tamils…while Mahinda thinks he is a King or Maha Raja and uses the media to project himself as the saviour of the Sinhala Buddhists. He even got an idiot like Jackson Anthony to state publicly that he, Mahinda was descended from the Buddha.

      Power corrupted Prbahakaran and turned him into a megalomaniac. The same has happened to Mahinda as well. The only difference between the two at the moment is that one is dead and the other is still living.

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        http://youtu.be/LAHa4gdz15A

        The link to Jackson calling MR a direct descendant of the Buddha. :)

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          PDBean,
          I think that MR beleives what Jackson says.
          His behaviour indicates this.
          He does not care for public opinion and has sourrounded himself with sycophants even in the judiciary.
          He is now all-powerful.
          His reaction to BBS antics is to preserve the votebank rather than ensure justice.

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            Justice,

            You telling largely lies, you see HE the President is the war winning president. Not even George Bush win war with taliban.

            So we have given place to him for winning the war. He make mistakes, like building harber airport and wasting money.

            He make no mistake with LTTE, ans also he is true Buddhist. He can’t order arrest monks, no president want to be bad with monk. So he looking other side when some monk attacking muslim shop.

            He in difficult place, sin no, our president?

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        When God wants to destroy a man or a nation he makes its leaders or the peoples go mad. Who will be the first category, only time will tell.

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      May i add that one side of the coin is now defaced effectively and the other side should be polished immediately to retain its former glory or defaced effectively!

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    Source reported that Muslim groups in eastern Sri Lanka have been visited by Pakistani organizers, and that Muslim youths have attended camps in Sri Lanka with names like Jihad, Ossama, Sadam, etc. These camps teach self-defense, but are not known to train in use of firearms. Source reported that some Sri Lankan Muslims have left Sri Lanka to fight in jihads abroad. Others are sent to Saudi Arabia to work or attend college. One NGO in Sri Lanka that helps fund these activities is the Saudi-based World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), headed locally by a Sudanese national named Omar Idris DIRAR.” the Ambassador further wrote.
    So here we are .You anti-Buddhist,anti-Sinhales sympathizers what do you tell of the above ??????So tell me who is fooling whom ????

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      In all spheres of live be it religion,sports or culture, the Indians are lunatics, the pakistanis are fanatics, whilst the lankans were all ways pessimists.
      The muslims of srilanka are the most peaceful in the world. Whether they remain so, only time will tell.

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      @ Bitter false,
      you want make problem in the beautiful country, that is why you created unproved allegations according to the anti-SriLankan hidden agenda, without any proves, you try to spread hate speach, YOUR DREAM IS DESTROYING COUNTRY BY MAKING ETHNIC PROBLEM IN THIS COUNTRY, PLS CHANGE YOUR NAME LIKE “BITTER RACIST

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    Yudhanjaya Wijeratne! Borwane! Stand down!

    Dear Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

    Your CT post is totally false. Let me prove it in Buddhist (Intelligent and/or wise) way.
    1. Your Germany case not at all applicable in Sri Lanka as no leader except V. Prabakaran in this country has motivated killing with wrong motivation of Tamils. So the Hitler equals to VP who did ethnic cleansing in N & E in Sri Lanka for long 30 years and gone to hell in similar way to Hitler who was better that VP as at least he did not kill within his own race.
    2. Sri Lanka, for the first time, was ranked in the “high human development” category of the UNDP “Human Development Report (HDR) 2013”. The HDR which reports on a country’s Human Development Index based on three main indicators, viz., “a long and healthy life, access to knowledge and a decent standard of living”. Can a corrupt country give this luxury and relief to its people?
    3. You claim as Buddhist but I doubt because you haven’t yet captured the unique value of being a Buddhist who follow the great path of our great Lord Buddha. Your saying ‘Buddhism, a pure philosophy that preaches nothing but tolerance and compassion’ is totally wrong. Buddhism is neither religion nor philosophy for Buddhists and it is nothing but truth understood/ perfected. Tolerance and compassion are taught in all the religions in somewhat similar ways and existed throughout the history even before the time of Lord Buddha.
    4. The Buddha did preach national security in almost all the Jathaka stories. Do you know anything about the famous Mahaushada. The Buddha did preach cultural barriers based not on birth but based on peoples commitments of good and bad and clearly asked the good to be away from the bad (‘pathiroopa desa vasocha’ – Maha Mangala Suttra) though both the categories bleed red. Sri Lanka, in her unwritten constitution created by the great king Gemunu which has been accepted by the entire Buddhist, is for nothing but protecting the Buddhism.
    5. BBS has so far not done any unlawful act to my knowledge except what is posted in gossip sites which baselessly quoting it as you do, but it raised and brought the issues of the illegal and unfair Halal certification which later prohibited by the GOSL and now in a PSC discussion, and rackets of illegal Beef and cattle slaughtering in to light. BBS is civil society and they have their rights of expression and peaceful gathering too. Pepiliyana incident brought above 10 including some monks to court, remanded and settled there and no evidences of BBS involvement in there either. As a true Buddhist you do not have to apologies to any for others wrong conduct as wrong doers are punished in both legitimately and consequently.
    6. Your quote as one of the Lord Buddha’s most important teachings is wrong and incomplete as the most important teaching is something else as written in Pali. You cannot bring a part of the truth to prove your false ideas. This wrong interpretation is currently being used by many anti-Buddhist parties to mislead Buddhists so that they ultimately can lead them to their beliefs. Lord Buddha in the famous Aggagngna sutra clearly states to believe in what Wingnoons say. Who are these Wingnoons? Our great father Lord Buddha is our Wingnoon.
    7. Please do not betray our Mother land which is home to many good, best civilized, long standing all over that fed you with everything to become this big, by generalizing minor and highly isolated incidents over above all. I agree with your last 2 sentences.

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      This is like ” yanne koheda ahuwama malle pol ” = when ask where you going – answered saying I have got some food items in the bag.

      Please just try to understand the overall substance of the article, all what the writer is pointing out is there is no place to violence under noble philosophy buddhism. While rulers stay mum, those newly form begotted sectors like BBS are trying to destroy the island´s religion and the image that they have safeguarded for the decades. Muslims and other minorities are compelled to keep silent today being unable to show their real resistance because the govt is behind those BBS. Nor has Malwathu chapter or any other highly respected buddhist clergy in the country shown the close interests about the issue yet. Let alone, no other religious leaders seem tobe paying interests yet… absolute dead like behaviour of the many can lead us to new problems.

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        Sure, you could be eitherone close to that Jaliya the former tea taster- now become so called Ambassador to the US or an another henchman that blindly nods to the brutal regime, however Jaliya Wickramasooriya is proved to be most low level candidate that Srilanka ever appointed for foreign missions. Please get more from Dayan Jayathilaka and Thamara K.

        Thanks go to the great VISION of incumbant president – who is reported to have got reelected by vote rigging, computer manipulations and the like in the last presidential election.

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        Dear Desperate to break Sri Lanka

        ‘There is no place to violence under noble philosophy Buddhism’ Why he mentiosn only Buddhism while, as a fact it is common for all the other religions as well. By emphasizing the Buddhism, the writer covertly indicates that currently there are large number of (compared to all the other countries) violent incidents in Sri Lanka, all of them are commited by Budhhists and only the Buddhists are against the other religions while it is not. This is a clear deception of the readers with false information provided stupidly or intentional anti-Buddhist attempt of showing exactly opposit picture to the IC/public. The GOSL or any other party has nothing to do but mum when actually nothing exists like that.

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          I do not believe that you have read and understood this post. This post is about the BBS and their activities. They are carrying out these activities under the name of Buddhism and the country. The writer is pointing out the ridiculousness of this by focusing on the fact that Buddhism does not condone violence.

          As to your point about acts of violence not being committed by hate groups, have you not ventured outside your home in a few months? I live in India at the moment and even I know that there are some very ugly things starting to pop up back home. Have you listened to the speeches of the BBS? They talk about conspiracies to keep down the Buddhist people. It is complete fear mongering.

          These are Buddhist monks, in a predominantly Buddhist country, with a Buddhist President, prime minister and many many ministers, preaching to Buddhist people that they are being oppressed and insulted and acted against by multiple minority groups. What utter rubbish.

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            Fully agree with you John,

            There are unfortunately many like Jaliya in our country to leave his kind of comments.

            No matter those begotted segments try to create religious disharmony, jaliya and his ilk seem to be dead silent instead doing the wrong thing like not even adding supportive comments to make the many aware aboutt he danger before us.

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          MR JALLIYA;

          ARE you a Buddhist?????.

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            be carefully, he could perhaps be that Jaliya from LANKEN EMBASSY TO THE US ? President´s COUSIN. These are unpredictable by all means.

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      It seems you are desperately exasperated over the ruckus of our Fatherland.

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      Jaliy Wickremasinghe,

      How about you organising Sinhala New Year “Kunu Bitthara” rotten egg fight game show between the two teams of BBS and SLC “Sri Lanka women’s Cricket team” at Araliya Gaha Mandiraya.

      It could be a major attraction with live TV coverage and an opportunity to get rid of rotten eggs lying in Poultry farms.

      I hope both President, BBS, SLC and the viewers would like this new idea. I could supply some rotten eggs, rotten Popinna “cucumber” and tomatoes for this game show and BBS could release some of their blocked energy through this game.

      Also I cound check a “suba Nekatha” Auspicious time for the game to begin.

      There’s also another game called Balu Putt.wa, which I will tell you later.

      Any suggestions.

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        Rotten jokers are not replied. Claiming to be a Sri Lankan, Christian, Tamil, Royalist and Educated living in the west you bring shame to the good names of all those good institutions/ domains by posting indecent comments. Be a man soon and later think of being a scholar.

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          If you are said to be a scholor – so u should be able to see it the way many buddhists like us – that BBS and the alike segments re trying to create new problems in the country.

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          Jaliya, you are such a bigoted idiot. I can understand your difficulty, when you sit to type your brain gets squashed!

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          Mr.Jaliya,

          It is not me who suggested to hit our Cricketers when they come back from IPL, but BBS and Ravana organisation.

          After seen the Pepiliyana Fashion bug attack by BBS,which I felt they have talent and more professional and capable, I felt that this is an appropriate sport to introduce for Sinhala New Year like the Pillow fight.

          So what you mean is…..it is OK for someone to say that they are planning to attack our cricket team with Rotten Eggs……but for me to feel shame by telling to introduce it to our Sinhala New year game Roster.

          Please check according to your concious whether I am still Guilty.

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      You are only going after Prabaharn. You forgot the Buddhist thugs who burnt so many Tamil people alive. You forgot the Hindu priest who was immersed in a molten tar barrel. You forgot millions worth of jewels and money looted. You forgot thousands of Tamil women raped. You forgot the Tamil men who were burnt alive. You are trying to hide behind Prabaharan. Prabaharan and his men, none of them raped a woman or burnt any one alive. Even the lying Sinhala propaganda machinery has not dared to say that? I don’t condone any of VPs atrocities. But what was done to the Tamil community by the Sinhalese Buddhist thugs is much worse brutal sadistic and barbaric than what VP did. There are good religious stories in every religion. Don’t try to portray Buddhism as the only religion which preach noble things. Every religion does the same. But the problem with Sri Lankans is “Only Buddhist attitude”. After all Pol Pot The Japs the Chinese were all Buddhist – if you know what they committed during the war. You are not yet civilized enough to live in a multi cultural multi ethnic society. This attitude can only be remedied by enforcing a massive rehabilitation program headed by some out side civilized country. Remember what JR said after one of the riots “I saw the beast in man” – who was that man. Today we see the beasts in the beasts.

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      Jaliya Sir,

      I am listening in Sihhala, reading in English. So i think I hear better in Sinhala.

      In Sinhala TV BBS scolding Muslim passion bug, I am hearing and you telling no in English.

      Pardon my English, but I hear in Sinhala properly, why you no hear what I hear BBS telling? My ears not hearing lies, I no?

      Why you writing lies after hearing?

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      You claim to be making intelligent arguments, but you miss the point on most.

      1. Pre-War Germany is used as a cautionary tale of where extremist organizations, like the BBS or Sinhala Ravaya, could take us. The way that Hitler and the Nazis legitimized themselves is strikingly similar to the trajectory of the BBS.

      2. The HDR is based on metrics about a year old. A year ago Sri Lanka was a wonderful place, without fascists receiving undue recognition by the government and without monks stoning shops. How long will we in the High Human Development category if there is a repeat of Black July?

      3. You say Buddhism is nothing but truth understood and perfected. This is true for the Lord Buddha, and the others that have achieved Nirvana, but for you and the majority of this Sinhala Buddhist nation, it remains a philosophy.

      4. National Security is essential. I believe that the BBS and other extremists threaten National Security. On the other hand, even if Muslims in some diabolical way were “cheating” us out of our hard earned rupees so that they could consume Halal beef and mutton and chicken, I don’t consider that a risk to National Security.

      5. The BBS may not throw rocks at shops, but their antagonism and propaganda incites others (perhaps) less intellectually inclined, to do so. If that is not illegal, it should be. See my comment above for #5

      6. I don’t disagree with you on this. But please keep that principle in mind when others vilify the Koran.

      7. Your last comment, while sincere, exemplifies the problem with the majority of the so-called Sinhala Nationalists. Sri Lankans who criticize the way things are do so because they care about the country and the future of its citizens, regardless of race or creed or religion. The future of the country would not be greatly improved by having 20% more Sinhalese or 10% less Muslims or some other idiotic generalization. It would be greatly improved if we recognized that we are diverse as a Nation and that each community can and does make its contribution to the country.

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        Dear Navin

        Thanks for your time spent on replying me. Please make arguments on reality and not on your immaginations.

        1. You can’t name a particular ethnicity or relgion base organiztions as extremists. If so TNA, MC,CWC etc. also fall in extermist category. But any illegitimate act done by any is punnished in Sri Lankas’ strong legal system. If you think that I’m wrong, try yourself braking a low any where in SL. You’ll experience the consequence.

        2. Yes HDR is for 2012. But in 2012 too we experinced many similar posts trying to tarnish the immage of SL.

        3. Budhists must follow the path of Buddha, Dhmma and Sangha. Others can’t be considered as Buddhists.

        4. If ones’ wrong conduct, like Halal certification as you also agreed it as wrong, is not stopped people unrest will be the result and the same is a threat to NS.

        5. I didn’t see any other comment of yours, other than the above. Bad properganda is made by bad groups exist in all the parties and not only among Sinhala Buddhists.

        6. Sorry I made a mistake. It is Kalama suthra that teaches about Wingnoons. Aggagnna sutra explains as to how man kind staretd in this world. Buddhist respect all the religions and protect all the other religious rights than in any other country.

        7. Your suggestion should be applied to all the countries and all the people in the world. Not only to Sri Lanka and to Sinhala Buddhists. Have you seen any of the milions of false and hate e-mails, youTube videos and web posts circulated aginst Obamas’ Muslim origin when he campaign for US presidency. But he won twice. Please argue with facts to prove your theory which is anti-Sinhala Buddhist.

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      Jaliya Wickramasinghe

      If I ever get the opportunity to ethnically cleanse (legally of course) this island, count on me, you will be the first stupid descendant of Kallathonies to be put on the first available Kallathoni and sent back to whence your ancestors came, your mother country India.

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    Hats off to the writer for speaking the heart felt truth and being a true buddhist.

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    Excellent message. This should be printed (in Sinhalease, Tamil and English) and distributed throughout the island.

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    Thank you Yudhanjaya Wijeratne, to all my muslim brothers and sisters i would like to say that this is our neighbours,our friends, our colleagues they are the same people we went to school with enjoyed a joke with. nothing has changed, buddhists are not against us nor will they ever be. let’s not let a group of thugs define the years of firnendship we share.I hate the fact that i have to defend Islam due to the terrorist who has the nerve to quote Allah for their selfish agenda. let’s not do the same to all buddhist who our in this for our sake. May peace be with us all.Keep calm!!!

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      How can real buddhist monk damage the public properties as got to see on the latest video in which BBS monk was throwing stones to damage sur cameras while dozens of policemen were looking at it?

      How can real buddhist monks attack any others publicly or unpublicly ?

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    Galagoda atthe Gnanasara Thero , the monk who is the leader of Budu Bala Sena and pretends that his Sena is prepared to sacrifice their lives for the country and operated by Gotabaya Rajapakse , who has also earned a notoriety for ruthless unlawful killings of civilians , has truly no connections with the Sambuddha Sasana.

    This Galagoda atthe Gnanasara Thero , the monk who is so vociferous about saving the country was a hit and run vehicle ( 6 Sri 5444) culprit on 14th April 2000, that is, this inauspicious accident occurred on the auspicious Sinhala New year day at about 2.00 a.m. when priests must be in their temples and performing religious duties and devotions . On the contrary this scoundrel of a monk was excessively drunk and the vehicle in which he traveled did not have a valid license at the time of the accident when he knocked a three wheeler at Grandpass whereby its driver was seriously injured. The victim of the accident was Ravindra Kumar.

    When the police gave chase and apprehended the so called champion of the Buddhist cause and who is now parading as a great savior of the country, he was so drunk that he could not stand erect . When the police did a breathalyzer test it was found that only by his robe he was a so called monk of the highest caliber , but inside he was a drunk of the worst caliber and a scoundrel betraying Lord Buddha and all what the latter stood for so steadfastly. In other words this is a monk who had come forward to save the Buddha sasana, without knowing how to respect the Saffron robe let alone Lord Buddha.

    Later the Grandpass police had filed a case No. 6315/2000 based on 9 charges against Galgoda atthe Gnanasara Thero residing at 615, Rajagiriya through the traffic court, Colombo 12. Among the charges filed were driving under the influence of liquor without a license and causing injuries to person; and obstructing performance of official police duties.

    On the 20th of September 2000, the accused Galgoda the drunk monk had accepted all the charges and was fined Rs. 10000/-.

    Following this disgraceful and uncalled for violence specially because it is led by monks who should be preaching peace and practicing their religions within Temples , a number of questions have sprung up :

    • What is the punishment the Sangha leaders will mete out to this individual who acted flagrantly in breach of the Buddha sasana code of discipline?

    • Was his drunken state, reckless driving, near killing a three wheel driver and fining by the courts after finding him guilty made the criterion by Mahanayakes to give him an elevated ‘Royal’ position and to entrust with greater priestly responsibilities over others?

    • Is there any religious or social worth in draping a saffron robe around these terrorist drunkard priests?

    • Isn’t it because the Mahanayakes did not punish this drunkard priest who was enjoying himself on people’s wealth getting inebriated and disgracing the Buddha sasana , and Mahanayakes not nipping it in the bud then that this same priest who is now nurtured and nourished by these evil propensities has grown demonic so much so that he is himself resorting to and instigating others to commit the worst sins and evils in the name of Buddhism ?

    • Even after this amount of disgrace and disrepute is brought upon the noble Buddha dharma by these ignoble priests, is everyone still going to wait with the eyes and ears open until Buddhism is degraded and its precepts usurped further in the very name of religion?

    • Is the most noble Buddha sasana going to be preserved and protected after chasing these drunkards and demons?

    • If he was an ordinary individual the punishment meted by the Courts would be deemed as correct, but in this case he being a Buddhist priest the Sangha Nayakes ought to have reckoned the punishment meted out by the courts, and taken disciplinary action against him. On the other hand, if the Sangha disciplinary Council had not been aware of this, at least now, the Sangha must take action against him as the true Buddhists specially and the people in general are waiting and watching what disciplinary steps the Sangha is going to take.

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      Not surprised Ravi. When i take look at the things inside the cupboard that we hung up to reach for our daily needs and guidance, this is just a film of dust. Got me!

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