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On Dusseela Monk Gnanasara: Sequel To The Letter To The Mahanayakes

By Vishnuguptha –

Sequel To The Letter To The Mahanayakes Of Malwatte And Asgiriya

Venerable Sirs, you failed the test, the country and the Great Teachings…

However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?” These words articulated by Siddhartha Gautama two thousand and six hundred years ago, seem to have had no impact, either superficially or spiritually, on Your Reverence. As the traditional heads of the Buddhist Order, Maha Sangha, you chose, when that ‘gangster’ in saffron robes who identifies himself as Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero called on you both, to betray not only the trust of all loyal devotees of the Dharma, you betrayed the Dharma itself.

BBSAs reported in the news media, when Gnanasara met with Your Most Venerable, you failed to prevail upon this Dusseela monk to refrain from his anti-Buddhist activities. You failed to let him know that he had brought immeasurable dishonor and disrepute to the Maha Sangha and their devotees by indulging in a practice of religious debauchery and social perversion. Just because he was garbed in a Saffron robe and just because he knelt down at your feet, all seem to have been forgotten and forgiven. Forgiveness is indeed a greatly appreciable deed yet to let this kind of modern-day ‘Devadattha’ free is the unkindest cut of all.  You may have whispered into his ear what he ought or ought not to be doing, but whatever was exchanged between this Dusseela monk and you must be heard by the rest of the world. As Your Eminence may well be aware, there is no secrecy in Buddhist practices; Lord Buddha did not practice his great philosophy nor did he preach his teachings in whispers and murmurs. His way of teaching was an open book.

Leave nothing to evil gossiping; spare no effort to get at the truth and never be tired of inquiry and probe- these eternal teachings have enriched man; they have been a guiding light to humanity for generations and they shall remain so for another millennium. In such a noble context, how could it be that a one like Gnanasara was allowed to defame and defile those who are supposed to be the custodians of that very noble message? That is the crux of the issue. No announcement or pontification from any layman, politician or otherwise, would have the weight or severity of condemnation carried by those who occupy the highest echelons of ‘the Order’ nor would any layman do it for obvious political reasons.

This dilemma which has gripped this nation does not seem to have escaped the sublime minds of Your Reverence too. First of all, please do remember that Siddhartha Gautama was a human being. He was no deity nor was he propounded to be an offspring of a deity. So are you. In that context, it is quite reasonable for any ordinary devotee or follower of Buddhism to reconcile himself or herself to the fact that humans do make mistakes and if wisdom, instead of parochial emotions, is put into useful exercise, it might dawn on them that Your Reverence too are under enormous pressure, not so much from any political quarters but from the burden of generations-old myths and fantasies.

But you know in your hearts of hearts that what cascaded from the Buddha’s pure teachings was not what these members of the Senas and Balakayes are talking about. But just because it provides you with a phony ‘comfort zone’, you have chosen to stay within that comfort zone. Just imagine what  the history of mankind would have been like, if two thousand six hundred years ago, an Indian Prince by the name of Siddhartha who was showered with all the worldly comforts and reassurances chose to remain in that comfort zone even after beholding the ‘four inauspicious signs’ (Sathara Pera Nimithi)- old age, the sick, the deceased and a monk. The ‘Great Renunciation’ that eventually culminated in ‘Nirvana’, the realization of the ‘Four Noble Truths’, was undertaken by a ‘princely’ man who had all mundane and cushy life with women, wine and song. That glorious departure from worldly comforts, albeit resulting in great pain of mind to Queen Yasodara, paved the way for millions of ordinary men women and children to stay away from devilish deeds and sinful habits. The unmatched quality of Buddhist thought and its practical application to day-to-day life has made Buddhism a way of life rather than a theological scripture which only an elitist-minded scholar could understand and practice. That unique character of this Great Teaching has taught us to be more patient than repulsive, more understanding than abstract and more considerate than self-centered.

Given that context, I would like to quote the following from another great teacher of India, Ravindranath Tagore:

“Leave this chanting and singing and

telling of beads! Whom dost thou

worship in this lonely dark corner of a

temple with doors all shut? Open

thine eyes and see thy God is not before thee!

He is there where the tiller is tilling

the hard ground and where the path-maker

is breaking stones. He is with them

in sun and shower, and his

Garment is covered with dust. Put off

thy holy mantle and even like him come

down on the dusty soil!”

If the current trend of these ‘monks’ is allowed to continue without any warning or reprimand by those who have the moral authority- albeit being devoid of any technical power- more and more devotees would turn away from the ‘dark corners’ of your temples and seek lighter shades. Vicissitudes of faith does not always result from forced conversion; it could also follow the sudden realization of the emptiness of the prevailing faith and beliefs.

These cultural vacuums created by the dastardly conduct of a handful of charlatan-monks would indeed spell the death of the Light of Asia- Buddhism in its purest form and practice.

Sir Edwin Arnold wrote and published one hundred and thirty five years ago in 1879, the Light of Asia so that the light that shone two thousand six hundred year ago could spread its splendor and sheen on the Occident. And his final stanza of that great masterpiece says thus:

Ah! Blessed lord! Oh, high deliverer! 
Forgive this feeble script, which doth thee wrong.
Measuring with little wit thy lofty love.
Ah! Lover! Brother! Guide! Lamp of the law!
I take my refuge in thy name and thee!
I take my refuge in thy law of good!
I take my refuge in thy order! Om!
The dew is on the lotus! — rise great sun!
And lift my leaf and mix me with the wave.
Om mani padme hum, the sunrise comes!
The dewdrop slips into the shining sea  

May this “Light of Asia” be not extinguished from this land of ours.

*The writer can be contacted at vishnuguptha2012@gmail.com 

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    This uneducated bigot, and his thugs, are a disgrace to the religion they pretend to represent. The majority Buddhists in this country do not agree with his criminal behavior, in fact they are ashamed that he is a Buddhist. They are indeed terrorists, the taliban of Buddhism. They show no respect for other religions, or people of minority religion. What makes them keep doing this with such arrogance? That would be because the disgusting rajapaksa regime gives silent consent to their terroristic activities, they condone this thuggish behavior because they run this country that way. They open the offices of these terrorists, protect them by doing absolutely nothing. We have seen videos of this despicable lot intimidating others, while Gota’s police does nothing. It is a sad situation for all Sri Lankans, when the government does not make all people feel secure in their own country.

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      If any vet could do the job
      ” CASTRATION OF GHANASARA”. Things will surely become peaceful to all of us people regardless of race, regligion and whatever.
      Unnecessary levels of testesterone make criminals become high criminals. This is the being believed by researchers that work on chromosome research (Ghanasara should have xyy while all the average claim xy)

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      Dear Vishnuguptha –

      Sequel To The Letter To The Mahanayakes Of Malwatte And Asgiriya Venerable Sirs, you failed the test, the country and the Great Teachings… “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?” These words articulated by Siddhartha Gautama two thousand and six hundred years ago, seem to have had no impact, either superficially or spiritually, on Your Reverence. As the traditional heads of the Buddhist Order, Maha Sangha, you chose, when that ‘gangster’ in saffron robes who identifies himself as Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero called on you both, to betray not only the trust of all loyal devotees of the Dharma, you betrayed the Dharma itself.:

      Thank You.

      Let’s Start a letter writing campaign and poster campaign against the Mahanaka, aka Pus-nayaka.

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    Deat Vishnuguptha –

    Sequel To The Letter To The Mahanayakes Of Malwatte And Asgiriya

    Venerable Sirs, you failed the test, the country and the Great Teachings…

    “However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do if you do not act upon them?” These words articulated by Siddhartha Gautama two thousand and six hundred years ago, seem to have had no impact, either superficially or spiritually, on Your Reverence. As the traditional heads of the Buddhist Order, Maha Sangha, you chose, when that ‘gangster’ in saffron robes who identifies himself as Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero called on you both, to betray not only the trust of all loyal devotees of the Dharma, you betrayed the Dharma itself.:

    Thank you.

    You may add, he is NO Mahanayaka,

    He is PUS Nanayaka.

    Does he know Buddhism?

    He is a shame to the Teachings of the Enlightened Buddha.

    What a Shame, What a Shame,What a Shame,Pus-nayaka.

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        Para-ela kolla,

        Do you want the The Mahanayakes Of Malwatte And Asgiriya to treat and taken care of as well?

        These Mahanayakas are quite busy with so many Samaneras to be “treated” and “educated”.

        Your best bet is still with the Mahanayaka Thero of Habaraduwa, like the others. However, watch out.

        Child Abuse by a Monk in Habaraduwa

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNSC93mPs4I

        Uploaded on May 29, 2010
        She sent her grandson to school with the idea of providing him with proper education to make him a good person. The Buddhist monk in charge of the temple asked her to send the child to the temple and she sent him there because they were poor. There was no possibility for them to pay the money for tuition fees. That was the reason why they sent the boy to the temple school.When the child began to refuse going to the temple school so adamantly, grandmother had to look for the reason. It was then only that she discovered that the child who was sent to learn good behavior, ethics and Buddha’s Dharma from the monk had in fact been abused by the monk.

        More Details:
        http://www.srilankaguardian.org/2010/

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          amASSiri, hey altar boy….haven’t the cardinal summoned you for evening prayers yet?

  • 6
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    Mahanayakes are no different to BBS’ Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara (Buddhist Tyson). They all want their positions, privileges secured and this they can only do like the govt PMs’ is by pimping for MR,NR,BR and GR.

    They preach to everyone about how not to fall prey to worldly goods and pleasures of the flesh but they themselves will not stand up to MR and his cronies who by unleashing the pariah dog Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara has desecrated and made a mockery of Buddhism in this country.

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    Nodoubt, Ghanasara should be a bastard to have no control of his foul langauge yet.

    In the same current administration should be a greater failure not to have taken anything sofar against the foul language of Ghanasara.
    Most of all, Ghanasara should be rehabilitated through a therapy program, then he could do his so called service to the nation – which nothing else but save the buddhism as he repeatedly say “he is going to Kade for Buddha but not for anyone else”.

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    Did the Mahanayakes’ think for one minute what would happen if some one assaults the Gonsara Thero and stips his robe in public? What would happen to the respect the Buddhist Priests command in this country?

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      That would be the only way him to learn a lesion.

      President, as everyone of us is clear to have all talents in underground world, should use his hambantota men to tame Ghanasara; derobe and assault him once. Then he will learn it to leave us all in peace.

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      Lankan

      “Did the Mahanayakes’ think for one minute what would happen if some one assaults the Gonsara Thero and stips his robe in public? What would happen to the respect the Buddhist Priests command in this country?”

      And circumcise him as well. Then it will get rid of his “Polkudu”, coconut refuse problem as well.

      Them people will call him a Jew or Muslim, or Jew Monk o Muslim-(Wahhabi) Monk.

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    Not only are we a disgrace to Buddhism and teaching of the Lord Buddha, but a lost race not knowing how to use the Sinhala language by our failure to properly use and select words in our articles to the press. How can this be “Dussela”? Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara is IRC thug and not an ordained sangha or monk that has attained any “vinaya” or “seelaya” to be called “Dusseela”. In my view, he is a “DUSHTAYA” (Villain) and is as “DOOSHITA” (corrupt) just like the politicians who fuel ethnic hatred.

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    The odious and horny Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara made a mockery of calling on the Venerable Mahanayakes. He knew that years of cosseting and easy living had left the high priests without cojones and that they would never rebuke him (at least not in public). So it was a win win situation. Now the devious bugger will carry on regardless spreading mayhem and dragging the Noble message into the stinking gutter.

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    These words articulated by Siddhartha Gautama two thousand and six hundred years ago,is outdated and Gautama Gnanasara is born to preach modern buddhism.What a joke, I am shocked to see the modayas worshipping his balls.He should be de-robed and banished from the country for insulting the Great Lord Buddha.

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    So [Edited out] son governs the nation, nothing like peace would be near to the nation.

    He stays blind and deaf, while UNP MPs are publicly attacked.
    He stays blind and deaf, people are not treated well when they are met with injustices today.

    You must not necessarily be muslim or tamil, but sinhalayas are being treated by the megalomaniac so abusively. This had never been the case under CBK or any other leaders.

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