22 June, 2017

Is BBS An Existential Threat To The Dharma?

By Vishwamithra

“As fire, though one, takes the shape of every object which it consumes, so the Self, though one, takes the shape of every object in which it dwells.”  ~ The Upanishads: Breath of the Eternal

Bodu Bala Sena (BBS) is not a representation of the Dharma as preached by Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. BBS consists of some erratic persons robed in saffron and backed by some unruly groups of laymen, mostly of youth. They pretend to be the sole saviors and guardians of the great Dharma that had been passed down from generation to generation. On the contrary, they are an existential threat to the serenity, purity and sublimity of the teachings of the Enlightened One.courtesy Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka Facebook page

Gnanasara/Photo courtesy: Foreign Correspondents’ Association of Sri Lanka Facebook page

Buddhism is the embodiment of some of the greatest teachings that mankind has known; teachings that, in his first sermon, the Buddha said, elucidate the very essence of life in general: “I teach one thing and one thing only: suffering and the end of suffering, which is the ultimate goal of Buddhism. The Buddha presented and explained this very doctrine in his major discourses. The teachings have expanded and evolved since the Buddha’s time, thanks to his closest disciples. Yet the doctrine still underlies the core Buddhist teachings. In his first sermon at Deer Park, he taught the Four Noble Truths: the existence of suffering, the cause of suffering, that the cause of suffering can end, and the path to the end of suffering.” (Source: Venerable Walpola Rahula’s article, The Buddhist Review Magazine).

Taken against the perspective of the first sermon of the Buddha, the self-proclaimed disciples of the Great Teacher are a long way off the nobility of the teachings. It is not only Galagoda Atte Gnanasara, one of those imposters whose sole and exclusive motive seems to be making political capital out of the general suspicions that exist between ethnic groups and turning that suspicion into support of a particular political cabal, but the lay followers of that school of thought are as guilty in flaming communal fires. There is no dispute that the conduct of a person in leadership this cabal is a gross contamination of the Dharma. It is even more astounding that the so-called ‘Maha Nayakes’ who are presumed to be presiding over the ‘Order of the Monks’ have opted to remain mute over a very fundamental violation of the great Teachings.

In such a disappointing circumstance, the average Buddhist whose isolated faith alone keeps him or her adhering to the Teachings is much more noble and honorable than those who parade the streets in yellow robes. Unlike other religions, Buddhism does not revolve around a rigid hierarchical system in the order of the clergy. At the pace temples are springing up almost every street corner in the urban areas and every culvert in the rural hamlets, a foreign visitor may wonder how religious the average Sri Lankan is. An old woman whose children have gone away after marriage to their own homes, who is attending to the needs of the temple and its caretaker Monk, who is waking up each morning with the first rays of the sun and picks out the jasmine flowers in her own humble homestead to offer to the shrine in her one-room home, is lost in a maze of uncomfortable choices. Her universe has become substantially small; it has shrunk to the size of her immediate environment; even her immediate family is outside her little universe now. But her faith in the Dharma has grown; it has grown with each passing day not because she is beginning to understand the nuanced incomprehensible ‘abhidharma’ but for her fear of losing time with its passage on her own age.

Whether this old woman is at the threshold of attaining a blissful state of a sublime mind or not, her blind faith in the Dharma keeps her from doing any harm to another individual. An iota of that faith is worth a thousand sermons preached by a corrupt monk. It is that faith that has been desecrated by these hoodlums in saffron. Such crude violation of man’s faith in a religion is a mortal sin. While I, the writer, am unwaveringly opposed to what Indian thinker, Jiddu Krishnamurthy called ‘organized religion’. The traditional ‘custodians’ of the Teachings of ‘Tathāgata’, the Buddhist clergy, though not so rigidly regimented like Catholicism or the Anglican Church, are increasingly looking antagonistic towards other faiths and embracing the ‘fundamentalist’ character of Buddhism; such tolerance of perverted versions of the Dharma is utterly ‘unBuddhisttic’ in the least and dangerously debasing the core teachings.

Galagoda Atte Gnanasara is conducting himself in the most disgraceful manner; his guile and the very persona that is reflecting that guile do not seem to have been scrutinized and investigated in a sensible and acceptable way by the Nayake Theros of ‘organized Buddhism’. What is particularly harmful to the notion of sublimity of this great philosophy is when such a hoodlum pretends to be a sacred one in a yellow robe pontificating to gullible yet wholly faithful followers while in his own lifestyle alleged to be far from the sacrosanct quality of Buddhism. The core teachings of Buddha is not in danger; it was never in danger for such an unassailable teaching cannot be erased from the memory of man, nor could it be corrupted by mere mortals whose worth is not comparable even to the dust and soil the Great Teacher trampled upon. What is being corrupted and defiled is the popular version of the philosophy that is catering for the millions of followers and thereby making it incomparable to the core values and morals of Buddhism. Karuna (Loving-kindness), Metta (Compassion), Mudita (Sympathetic Joy) and Upekkha (Equanimity) seem to have had no influence over these monks who have chosen to lead the lay public along a destructive path of hate and vengeance.                   

When yellow-robed charlatans desecrate the minds of the lay public, greedy and opportunistic politicians gather around these hapless men and women like hyenas gather around a prey made immovable and helpless by a cruel predator. The lamentable tale of human misery continues in the most sordid manner. Public at large do not seem to care. They are not made aware of the dastardly behavior of the thugs in saffron; they are not informed of the ruthless manner in which they accumulate wealth and power by way of greedier politicians; they simply do not know the price of the whiskey these robed thugs consume with roast chicken as a bite during the hours after dusk. In effect, the public so misinformed and misrepresented are the bite for a hungry pack of political hyenas who roam the jungle of politics in Sri Lanka.

Re-emergence of the BBS is not imminent. Yet the tirades of Galagoda Atte Gnanasara can be heard and felt. They say terrorism is an attempt at government by the nationless. They know no borders and they know no morals. Basic human principles have been sacrificed in the name of the most scientific and rational teachings man has ever known, Buddhism. While those principles, precepts and deep philosophy would remain untouched- for they are untouchable- the mundane man is gripped by the wicked soldiers of the Senaas and Balakaayes. 

Buddhism has been corrupted by the invasion of gods and demi-gods from popular Hinduism; the sacred sanctity of the core and profound philosophical principles of the universe and man have been lost in a haze of superstition. These gods have come to occupy our temples. What is even more harmful and atrocious is the spoiling of the mind, the ultimate temple of man. Matters of mind have been corrupted, soiled, debased and defiled by these foreign elements of other religions. Mindless march of Aameesa Pooja has overtaken the still, unspoiled, incorrupt and tranquil Prathipatthi Pooja. The mind of man that was primarily responsible for landing a man on the Moon; that was responsible for the wonder of modern age, computer and the social media also made the most mindless and ruthless weapons man has known, the atom and hydrogen bombs. The environment created these demons or the demon created the environment is the most inscrutable question for which an answer is still abegging.

A very few have had the courage of conviction to challenge the onslaught of the kinds of Gnanasara and other charlatans. It is of paramount significance that the so-called Mahanayakes of the Malwatte and Asgiriya chapters confront Gnanasara. It is time we, as a nation and as sensible and reasonable men and women, allocated precious time to find timely remedies for a malignant tumor that is Gnanasara and his disgraceful clan. In April 2014, under another pseudonym, I wrote in an open letter to the Maha Nayakes thus: All you may be able to do is make an appeal. I fully realize that, in terms of the Order of the Buddha Sasana, individual Monks are not subject to any hierarchical disciplinary action. But what would stop Your Reverence from making an appeal in the name of humanity, in the name of the Dharma that you are purported to protect and disseminate and in the name of the continuation of the Buddha Sasana? Standing in the middle doesn’t get you anywhere. You have to take the turn in the right direction.

It still rings true.

*The writer can be contacted at vishwamithra1984@gmail.com                   

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    “Is BBS An Existential Threat To The Dharma?”

    It is. The question is where should the buck stop?

    The mahanayake’s have fallen a sleep at the wheels and politicians have used them for their selfish gains. Buddhists in general have done what most of us do with politics. Allow politicians to do politics and we get on with our lives. We think I does not effect us but it does and we pay a heavy price. This could be what future Buddhists in general would face

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    Vishvamithra: My conclusion is you are some one, an idiot, trying to b a journalist. YOu want to ride a wave and become some one. but, you don’t know how to get onto that. I have read, that your writings along different lines. One of your favorite lines is trying to earn a homeland for Tamils.

    Buddhism has lof books and writings. Even then when you select something from Hindu books, it looks you don’t know what you are talking. Probably, you an indian hiding in Colombo or a hindu Tamil or combined both. Don’t feel Sympathy over Buddhism. Buddhists are living in Sri lanka for 2600 years. IT is not because hyenas like you and christians were advising buddhists how to do things or Izeth hussein like people mourning the possible invasion of ISIS in sri lanka. Just ask those expansive, muslims and christians to stop their expanism. their religions are political religions. YOu use the world preach in relation to religions. Don’t show your stupidity. The way you write you should be an Indian Hindu. They also know buddhism. But, they follow it as a religion.

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      good reply

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      First of all Lord Buddha was a Hindu………….!, Buddhism is a philosophy not a religion.
      Buddhism does not belong to shingalese, originally Buddhism spread to Sri lanka
      through Tamil Nadu and, there were lot of Tamil Buddhists even in Sri Lanka during Sankamithra’s era (eldest daughter of Emperor Samrat Ashoka). She came to North first landed At Mathagal from there she started her missions. She never came to south first. Do not mix up history for your petty third grade imagination.

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        Those days Tamils were South Indian and were considered persona nongrata in sinhale.

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          King Asoka’s son Mahinda (Son of Emperor Samrat Ashoka) who was responsible for the introduction of Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. He came along with his sister Sangamithra. So Asoka’s children also persona nongrata in sinhale because they came to South India and brought lot Tamil Buddhists with them.

          Why does the Sinhalese believe that the Buddhist sites in Sri Lanka belong only to the Sinhalese (Sinhala heritage) and not to the Tamils? Why are the Sinhalese ignorant about the early Tamil Buddhists of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu? Why do the Sri Lankans think, in Sri Lanka a Buddhist should be a Sinhalese and a Hindu should be a Tamil while the Sinhalese worship most of the Hindu/Brahmanical Gods? Why is the Sri Lanka’s past history hidden from its own people?

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      Buddhism is older than 2600 years 400 million followers
      Christianity 2000 : About 2.3 billion followers
      Islam 1400 About 1.5 billion followers

      From the above figures you can see where you stand, the hyenas are doing far better.
      Do your maths, in another 600 years where you stand with your leaders like Gnanasara.

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    I can not believe why christians, Muslims and now these hindu Indians living in sinhale are asking buddhists to be buddhists. What if we follow Quran – word to word – in order to protect out sinhala – buddhist civilization or start a crusade.

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      Dear friend Jim Softy,
      Buddhism is nothing to do with Sinhale or Sinhale is nothing to do with Buddhism. You can follow any religion as you wish. I don’t know you wear a saffron or not but wearing a yellow saffron should have a meaning. Buddhism is not about violence so, you are not a budhist. Similiarly if you hold a Quran and speak violence you are not a Islamist and so on. Buddhists may be living in this island for 2600 years but Buddhism came from India not from Sinhale. If you are a Buddhist then you are also an immigrant from India.

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    He is only an existential threat to Buddhism but also a destruction to Buddhism…people see Buddhism through action of monks and real Buddhist people ?
    What does he represent?
    Is it Buddhism?. ¥
    Or babasirism? He is not a monk rather rapist and hatred monster?
    He is vulture man ?
    Buddhism is free from him.?
    We have seen real Buddhism..
    Sri Lanka is blessed with millions of real Buddhist people. Look some Highley educated venerable monks .
    When they speak they speak with politeness and good manners..
    I can name hundreds of them..
    They have icons of Buddhism in SL?
    Not this nasty man …it is said he has got children as well and he has got wife as well..
    Is this Buddhism? He is shame for Buddha and Buddhism..
    If Buddha alive today he would cast him out

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      “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzslskZZBac”

      Buddhism with a twist. We need to give protection to this through the constitution.

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    Jim ..why do feel jealous of Muslim people…you can not tolerate growth of Islam and Muslim in the world ..
    If all hate why millions come to Islam?.why churches have been converted into mosques in all.western countries…why Western girls prefer muslim boys if it they have done circumcision? While Singhalese do not do it..which religion is emphis more cleanNess…do a sociologist resaerch on this why Non Muslim girl prefer Muslim boys?

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    Visamithra, a Non-Buddhist boy running errands to RW and CB, Who cares about your warped opinion biases. We certainly should not attribute two cents to your opinion. Why are you attacking the messenger, Gnanasara thero is entitled to express his view about guys like you and non Buddhist/non Sinhala organisations.

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    Peaceful resistance does not always work. Over 100 Tibetan monks have done self-immolation so far, but China has not given an inch of territory back. Another example is Gandhi. He had a genuine interest in peace, but was played by like a guitar string by the cunning Jinnah. End result was the creation of Pakistan. Similarly Malaysia; the Muslims wished to separate from the Chinese. Similarly Palestine; the Muslims do not wish to live in a first-world country (Israel). Similarly the Sharia courts we see all over Europe and now Sri Lanka; the Muslims prefer their own set of laws, whenever feasible. So it is clear that the Muslims do not wish to assimilate to the extent that the host population desires. This has a tendency to raise concerns among the host population, often followed by a backlash. Whether Gnanasara is following the dhamma is a secondary question. Even if we remove Gnanasara from the picture, this question of assimilation remains. And it will only become a more important question if the current demographic trends continue, not only in Sri Lanka, but Western Europe as well.

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      What do you expect should happen in the process of assimilation. Most Muslims (as a minority group in this country) get along well with the majority (I wont refer to them as ‘host’) population. By all means all people of this country were all guests at one time, and became hosts through land ownership and passage of time. Going by historical facts and records, (Mahavamsa – King Pandukhabaya gave land to the Sonakars to build homes) it is proven that Muslims have been living in this country even before the advent of Islam in its present form in 579 AD. Probably the only reason you don’t see assimilation is because as Muslims, Islam prohibits participation and dabbling in any form of intoxicants like drugs, booze and music, all forms of gambling and risk taking as in casinos and animal racing, exposing the beauty of their women folk to ravenous eyes of strangers, making a living on interest earned on lending or borrowing money, eating only of what has been made permissible and shun the rest, concept of marriage is both strictly legal and binding, including wealth distribution thereafter, whilst complete prohibition of playboy lifestyles. If this is what you refer to as non-assimilation, then you will be remain in your perpetual ‘tunnel’ and will never see any light even after it. In every other way, there is full and complete assimilation, in language, food and culture just to name a few.

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        MARWAN: the problem is not the muslims or the devotee. the problem is the Mullahs or clerics, the mosques and the muslims special interest groups. Another problem is Quran. When it is with the wrong person, they interpret the way they want. On the other hand if allowed to Some good people interpret the quran in a good way. that is why shia muslims are not barbarians and only the sunnis could develop Wahabism Shiites live with others. On the other hand Saudi – sunnis are barberic to every body.

        In SRI lanka, we have given enough space to muslims and christians. As christiand did it some time ago, now muslims also want to subjugate busshists. So, the politicians and those wahabis are screaming to subjugate buddhists.

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          Jim Softy,

          ” In SRI lanka, we have given enough space to muslims and christians.”

          Christians are not trying to take over the country. They identify as Sri Lankans first and Christians second. So, there is no issue with Christians, other than some NGO’s. Christians lost many privileges after 1948, but they did not start a war or demand special rights. Some of them, Burghers, left the country peacefully. It is different with Muslims. In Europe they are demanding no pork in the school lunches, special holidays to mark the Muslim calendar, halal, polygamy rights, Sharia law (for themselves), the right for women to wear niqab in public & at work, and construction of mosques wherever they want. They are demanding all these things even though many of them are refugees and the government is paying for their housing, food, and education. You can see they are demanding many of the same things in Sri Lanka. Gnanasara is correct to point these things out, though there is no reason to attack Muslim businesses or shops.

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          Dear Jim Softy: “the problem is not the muslims or the devotee. the problem is the Mullahs or clerics, the mosques and the muslims special interest groups. Another problem is Quran. When it is with the wrong person, they interpret the way they want. On the other hand if allowed to Some good people interpret the quran in a good way. that is why shia muslims are not barbarians and only the sunnis could develop Wahabism. Shiites live with others.”…………………………………………..
          Excellent analysis above. ………………………………
          Please correct me if am wrong but, even if you substitute the words “muslims” with Christians/ Hindus/ Buddhists, “mosques” with Churches/ Kovils/ Temples and “Quran” as Bible/ Vedas/ Tripitaka, your context is still valid. The problem is with the people who interpret it, not the text itself……………………………………..
          However I couldn’t help notice that in the last few lines, even you tend to mix up Muslims, Sunnis and Wahabis. …………………………………
          Muslims (Sunnis/Shias) have lived as Sri Lankans for hundreds of years in harmony with the Sinhalese and Tamils…………………………………..
          The problem started with the onset of Wahabism, which was a creation of the British with the connivance of a desert brigand Alsaud and the opportunistic preacher Wahab……………………………….
          Unfortunately a minority of the Sunnis in Sri Lanka are unable to distinguish between Sunni Islam and Wahabism……………
          Do you not think as a good Buddhist, it is important that Buddhists protest (non-violently) against the minority of Wahabis, and not attack Islam and muslims as a whole, as this would violate the Noble Eightfold Path? Best Wishes

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        “Probably the only reason you don’t see assimilation is because as Muslims, Islam prohibits participation and dabbling in any form of intoxicants like drugs, booze and music”

        Do you know what is happening in UK right now? It is well-documented that organized gangs of (Muslim) men are “grooming” young white British girls. They give these girls drugs and alcohol, and when the girl loses her senses, she is raped. I am not talking one or two incidents, this is a HUGE problem in UK. The politically correct media will not report it. The police are not allowed to use their full authority to combat the problem.

        “exposing the beauty of their women folk to ravenous eyes of strangers…”

        Why not cover the men up as well, why expose them to the ravenous eyes of females?

        “eating only of what has been made permissible and shun the rest”

        There is no scientific basis for halal. If the early humans had been strictly vegetarian, for example during the Ice Age, they would not have survived. So this dietary restriction is based on blind conviction, nothing more.

        “it is proven that Muslims have been living in this country even before the advent of Islam”

        Yes, the Tamil-speaking Hindu descendants of the Muslims. Some of these dark-skinned Muslims have a Moorish ancestor and somehow believe they hail from Arabia.

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    The demise of the Buddha sasana comes from within. Like Devadatta, Gnanasara is a threat from within. The Buddha gave several metaphors for this. One was playing a drum or musical instrument that is damaged. The sound that comes out of it is distorted/incomprehensible. The most important thing is, ‘Anicca’. The Buddha Sasana goes through this very same principle. In modern terms, Entropy always increases. Chaos always increases until it reaches maximum. Buddha sasana of Gautama Buddha ends at that point. This is nature. So expect things to get worse. We will get more and more Gnanasaras in the future.

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      All sanskara Dharmas (Conditionally existing things), material as well as mental, are subjected to the 3 qualities Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. Therefore, the teachings of Buddha will one day disappear. But in the meantime don’t think we are not going to sit down and wait submissively. we are going to give a good account of ourselves.

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    Are we not shooting the messenger who may be sloppily dressed and intimidating. Should we not examine his message. He is agitating against the spread of Wahabism and Muslim encroachment of Buddhist archeological sites.
    Are these facts or fiction which need candid answers?

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    Whenever I see Rev. Gnanasara, I feel sorry for him. He is fighting a lonely battle and getting attacked from all sides with only a few to defend him in forums like this. He is not only risking getting punished in this life but in his next life too and he knows very well what he is doing. after all being a Buddhist, he believes in rebirth and Karma. He does what he does because he also knows that ‘A monk has to do what a monk has to do’ to protect the Dhamma and its symbols, culture and a whole lot of other things associated with it from destruction. Anagarika Dharmapala did it. Rev. Migettuwatte Gunananda did it. Rev. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero did it. A whole lot of monks as well as laymen and women have done it. They are people who sacrificed their future for the good of the people today. They were also harsh in their speech because that is the only way to get people’s attention in Sri Lanka.

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      “Whenever I see Rev. Gnanasara”

      Rev. my A$$. Free loading bum.

      “I feel sorry for him.”

      I feel sorry for the people that still follow the principles of Buddhism.

      “He is fighting a lonely battle “

      So why don’t you join him?

      “https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzslskZZBac”

      “Rev. Migettuwatte Gunananda did it. Rev. Weliwita Sri Saranankara Thero did it.”
      This only proves that ordaining innocent children and bringing them up in a rcist environment is wrong.

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    Parallel Worlds: Vishwamithra, you are quoting from Venerable Walpola Rahula’s article in the Buddhist Review Magazine, because Venerable Walpola Rahula managed to live up to an age ripe enough to understand what Dhamma is all about and then write about it. And Venerable Walpola Rahula in turn managed to do that because for thousands of years people in Sri Lanka have fought to protect the genuine Teachings of Buddha. If they had followed Buddha’s advice to the letter and looked on with thoughts of Metta, Karuna, Muditha while others were happily destroying the Teachings, without leaving even a vestige of it, what do you think would have happened? I will tell you. There would have been no Dhamma for Rev. Walpola Rahula to study. Then you Vishwamthra would not have had any reason to quote him in an article like this. In fact there would not have been any article like this, a pity for some but a blessing for some others. Nor would there be any BBS, Gnanasaras or Mahanayakas to talk about. We would all have been in a hunky dory parallel world, where the only religions would be the atheistic religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam et al but no Teachings of Buddha. Perhaps, you Vishwamitra would have been very happy in that world, but I would not be. I am happy that I am in this parallel world where Teaching of Buddha are still there, one where I am not one of those billions of idiots praying and killing for a non-existent God.

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      Correction: We would all have been in a hunky dory parallel world, where the only religions would be the theistic religions Hinduism, Christianity, Islam et al but no Teachings of Buddha.

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        I agree completely with Edwin in this case. All religions are collective organisms like ant nests. Unless they adapt to the changing situations, they would not survive. When an organisms is threatened, it reacts, to protect itself. Like in an ant nest, some ants may be non violent and just going about their duty of searching for food. But the warriors would be always on the alert and resort to violence when the need arises. Of course the enemy ants want the warriors not to react. They use all kinds of tactics to oppose them, including direct attack. When they are relatively weaker, they resort to more subtle tactics such as preaching from teachings that they no nothing about and they have no respect for. I am a warrior like Gnanasara and I am not yet prepared for Nirvana. I have Metta, Karuna, Muditha, Upeksha only for those who have Metta, Karuna, Muditha, Upeksha for me. For those who have Dvesha for me I have a good supply of the same. So I say bring them on. Let us see who is better.

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    Being Buddhists:

    Buddha knew that the putujjana were of different levels of intelligence. In the journey through samsara each follows his own trajectory, the less intelligent and the more vile taking more time and vice versa. But we will all reach Nirvana finally, even Vishwamithra and even Rev. Gnanasara and Devadatta. Like the GCE (OL), we can face our tests any number of times and pass one day. This facility is not there in other religions. There is only one and only one attempt and you go to heaven or hell depending on the result. And once you go to heaven or hell you are there forever. It is fine for those who are in heaven but not so nice for those who are in hell. In Buddhism, all these abodes are temporary and subject to change, depending on your Karma. Buddha’s deep teachings are only for a few of his followers at a given time. One has to have not only intelligence but wisdom to understand it. We consider the Dhamma to be so valuable that we are prepared to delay our own Nirvana and protect the Dhamma for the sake of the future generations. We will practice Metta, Karuna, Muditha and the 8 fold path at a time of our own choosing without others trying to push us. But in the meantime we are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect it, like Ven Gnansara does.

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      Edwin, “please do not preach to the choir”. Gnansara Thero has not insulted, demeaned, or desecrated Buddhism at all. He is talking about the real peril faced by our beloved nation due to very destructive and abhorrent behavior of Muslims. Gnansara Thero wears the saffron robe, but it does not stop him speaking out about the imminent danger to the survival of Sinhala Buddhists.

      You may borrow few words of Buddhist teachings from public domain. It does not make you a Buddhist or specifically a Sinhala Buddhist. I was told about this danger from Muslim in 1983 by one of the most famous, revered Maha Nayake theros respected by every Sinhala person on earth including Sinhala Christians. I wonder how he knew about it. This most revered Mahanayake Thero predicted what is happening now to us 34 years ago.

      So Edwin Pukka sahib? do not mix Buddhist teachings (Dhamma) with your incompetency ,inability and ill conceived spooky theories. First learn to differentiate the activities of Gnansara Thero from Buddhism.

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    Wonderful analysis of the current crisis. When a wild fire is consuming everything the immediate ‘reaction’ is to run for your life. A Buddhist who understands and practices Dharma is someone who ‘responds’ rather than ignore or runaway. Thank you for stating this fact. We have to extinguish the flames that are destroying Buddha’s teachings with ‘water’ of Dharma.

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    Vishwamitra,– If you want to listen for some soothing “Dharma deshana”, then, there are plenty of other Buddhist monks for that. Gnanasa thero’s sole duty is to STOP Sri Lanka become another disastrous Muslim country, and SAVE Sri Lanka’s proud Sinhala-Buddhist heritage from Muslim threat..

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    Not only the Dharma ,a bloody threat to the whole nation, people behind him deserve that venomous creature not only a leader but as a god, so they can learn properly. very soon they will claim him to the leader of modern Buddhism.

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    Vishwamithra: “Is BBS An Existential Threat To The Dharma?”. The answer is firm “No no no”. BBS is a breakaway sect which preaches violence and is an embarrassment to main stream Buddhists. It is on par with “The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA)” which operates in northern Uganda, South Sudan, the Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. LRA appears to largely function as a personality cult of its leader Joseph Kony. LRA has lost its shine and for all practical purposes no more. BBS is similar. It is a personality cult of its leader Gnanasaro (May his Mr Universe muscles increase). BBS started with pomp and pageantry, was patronized by MR and GR. All the then top brass armed services and police paid homage. Its shine is diminished and will be gone. In no way an existential threat.

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    Let it be clear that there are four things in Buddhism. Though here we are talking about Buddhism, in general, it is the very nature of all universal truth, beyond- for example, of Hinduism, Quran, Bible or any other existed and extinct religions or philosophical schools of thoughts. 1). Dhamma or Dharma. It’s existence is beyond human minds, or souls’ perceptions. It is an external truth. It doesn’t get defined by an enlightened or educated. But its existence may be witnessed by certain prophecies. 2).What Gautama said and what got by disciples is the size of the pot, not the total cubic meters (volume) of the existing water. 3) The current Buddhism is the Gnanasaras and Walpola Theros’ works. So, when you buy the rice from a seller of the market, you always buy with the stone. Your job is to put the rice at home in the water and separate the stone before you cook. A housewife use the winnow to fan off the chaff before she husk the paddy. Either way adulterations exists and so, one responsibility vetting the truth out of false. 4). Gnanam is a creation of political process. They are always needed by the rulers, not by the truth seekers. Here one good point of Hinduism is, identifying the four stages of life (Celibacy-student, married life, Hermitage, final sanyasam). A man at various maturity levels finds various matters interesting. Seeking out for truth is assigned in Sanyasam. At that stage, generally, a man’s interest for wealth, wife and fame is extinguished. The mind can recognize the space as spade when the eyes see a spade. How Gnanam or other political religious activities has to be met is with understanding of this. A thorn can be removed by a thorn. Politics can be met with politics. What is needed is a strong opposition to the government, but not abuses to Buddhism.

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    We All Should Gather To Protect The Sinhala Buddhist Civilization In Which all Of us Are Living Peacefully……………Every Time When Ever There was a Foriegn invasion buddhist monks were There to Save this country…..and as Such Gnanasara Thero Is Doing His Part Of Duty to Save this country from the Extremist Muslim invasion……………..We All Should understand that and Identify The Real Culprits……………firstly it Comes these corrupted muslim extremist ministers……………Arent’ they ashamed of themselves to feed their Families ,Send their children to schools by putting the whole country in Trouble spreading hatred and Betraying the country where their ancestors have been foreigners……..CURSES WILL COME ON THEIR FAMILIES TOO FOR FEEDING THEM BY ILLEGALLY EARNED MONIES ….Destroying archaelogical Sites ,unearthing treasures and selling them ,killing Dogs To Assist their Drug Network and Muslim Invasion……….We All Should Thank The BBS aNd The Ven. Gnanasara Thero For High lighting the Muslim Invasion In Time For The People To Be Aware OF……….All These Muslim Politicians Should Be Arrested For Bringing Communal Hatred.

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