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Political Buddhism & Corruption: The Unholy Twins: A Comment

By P. Soma Palan

P. Soma Palan

I refer to the article Political Buddhism & Corruption: The Unholy Twins by Dr. Ameer Ali (AA) in the Colombo Telegraph Website and wish to comment on some views expressed by him, therein:

1. Firstly, the conjoining of the phrases, Political Buddhism, Corruption and Unholy Twins is controversial. There is no religion called “Political Buddhism” as there are no religions as “Political Christianity”, Political Hinduism” or “Political Islam”. Religions are based on doctrine, theology and teachings. Religion transcends the human and has an extra- cosmic and God-centric dimension. On this criterion, Buddhism is not strictly a religion, but nevertheless commonly referred to as a religion. Moreover, reference to Buddhism as Sinhala Buddhism is also misleading, because Buddhism as an ethical philosophy stands unqualified, unless there is a difference in its practices which qualifies it as Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Theravada or Mahayana Buddhism. Even Christian religion is qualified as Catholic, Protestant, Methodist and Anglican and so is the religion Islam as Shiite and Sunni. Hinduism too is referred to differently but not on religious basis but on the choice of God worshipped by a devotee (“Ishta Devata”).If one worships God Shiva as the main God  then you are a Saivaite or if the main God worshipped is Vishnu , a Vaisnavite.  It is more correct to say Buddhism is politicized, instead of saying it is a political religion. I would venture to say that all founded and organized religions with a centralized Authority as the Church, the Sangha and the Mosque, in Christianity, Buddhism and Islam respectively, have a strong political element in them. In case of Buddhism the political element is manifested overtly and stridently. Whereas in Christianity and Islam the political element is more covert and subtle. Only exception being Hinduism, which has no founder and no organized centralized apex Authority. This political element in religions is driven by the zeal to increase their numbers demographically and territorially.

2. Dr. AA in his opening statement says that “Buddhism is an imported product in Sri Lanka, but Political Buddhism is native to the soil”. This is factually not true. Sri Lanka did not seek (import) Buddhism, but it was offered to Sri Lanka by India. By describing Buddhism as an “imported product” Dr. AA is demeaning and derogating a sublime spiritual philosophy to the level of a commercial commodity. Buddhism was introduced to Sri Lanka by the great Emperor Ashoka in 247 BC by sending his son Prince Mahendra on a religious mission, which led to the conversion of the Tamil Hindu king Devanambiya Theesan and his subjects to Buddhism.

3. Another statement Dr. AA makes is that “the sole intention of political Buddhism is to claim and own the entire island, which is home to a number of ethnic, religious and linguistic communities, all of whom, except the Veddha community, are foreigners”. This is a fallacy. It is true only in respect of Christian and Islamic communities, which are of foreign origin. The Tamil Hindu community is an indigenous community. The uncivilized tribal Aborigines designated as the Veddhas, lived in the ancient period. There were no Christian and Islamic communities in ancient times because Christianity originated in the 1st century A.D. and Islam in the 7th century A.D. The original inhabitants were a mix of races called Dravidians, such as Tamils, Telugu and Malayalees, and their religion was, Hinduism. In reality, there was no island called Lanka before the Ramayana time, 12,000 BC. It was potentially in the landmass that was connected to South India called “Kumarikkandam”, which disintegrated and sank in the Indian Ocean by a Sea Storm around 15000 BC. The present Lanka is a remnant piece of that landmass, as other islands such as Madagasacar, Mauritious, Andaman, Nicobar, Maldives etc. in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, Dr.AA’s statement that “all were foreigners” is a fallacy. His view “which one of these communities came first is yet to be discovered”, does not arise ,as the original  inhabitants of Sri Lanka were Tamils and other Dravidians and not foreigners, as claimed by him. With the introduction of Buddhism in 247 BC, and the conversion of the Tamil King Devanambiya Theesen, the Tamil Hindus became Buddhists and was referred to as Demala Bahudayos. It was only in 6th century A.D Sinhala language was created based on a mixture of Tamil, Sanskrit and Pali languages. With a new religion and Sinhalese language, the Tamil Baudayos, metamorphosed into a synthetic Sinhala ethnic community. Sinhala race is not an organically evolved race. The “number of ethnic, religious and linguistic communities” referred to by Dr AA apply to the modern context of history. The Sri Lankan Muslims is the result of inter-marriage between Tamil women and immigrant Arab traders in a limited way after the 7th century A.D. But substantially, they were South Indian Tamil Muslim immigrants. There was also an influx of Kerala Muslims called Marakkars, who took refuge in Sri Lanka from Portuguese persecution there. The Muslim name Marrikar, is derived from word Marrakkars. 

4. Political Buddhism and Corruption: Dr. AA links corruption in governance of the country to so-called Political Buddhism. This is not true. Buddhism, even though heavily politicized, is not the direct cause for corruption of the political rulers. In my view, the absence of God consciousness in Buddhism is a contributory factor. Man, and not God, is held to be supreme in Buddhism. Thus Buddhists have no scruples of doing any wrong. Human intellect is considered superior to the Divine. Buddhists claim that even the Divine Gods paid obeisance to the Buddha. But the primary cause of corruption amongst the ruling political class is the structural defect in electing a Government by the people at an election. Political Parties based system of election to form a Government is the root cause for corruption. Political Parties are centered on families. People elect those nominated by Political Parties as their representatives. Comradeship and unity of Political Parties promotes corruption. There is mutual protection of corruption even between different Political Party based Governments. For example, the corruption of the Rajapaksa Government is glossed over by the Ranil Wickremesighe Government, and vice versa. 

5. The root cause has to be eradicated to overcome corruption in Governance. The system of electing peoples’ Representatives to form a Government based on Political Parties should be abolished in a new Constitution under the Electoral Law. Political Parties nominating Candidates to elect a Government results in those with mass popularity being elected to Parliament but with no intellectual merit. In any Government elected to govern the country, the majority of the elected have no school level education of OL or AL qualification. Popularity is the measure of success at elections and not intellectual merit.

6. Elections must be open to the Public and not monopolized by Political Parties. That is, any independent individual with specified minimum education of a University Degree or equivalent professional qualification should be able to contest elections. One may argue that even under the Political Party based elections, independent individuals are not debarred by law from contesting elections. This is well said in theory but not in practice. Could independent candidates win elections, in workable numbers, to form an Independent Government in competition with Political Parties? It is certainly not a possibility. Therefore, Political Parties should be abolished by law to contest elections. It is only then, men and women of intellectual merit and integrity, not of mass popularity, will govern the country. It will truly be a Democracy and a National Government. There will not be an Opposition. All elected 225 MPs will participate in governing the country in various capacities. I refrain from details of this system of Government, which I have adverted to in a previous Article.

7. A Government sans Political Parties will not have room for corruption because each individual would be a watch-dog of the other, a mutual check, and with such vigilance there is no scope for corruption. Even under the Political Parties based government there is the ludicrous instances of some dissident groups breaking away from their Party and sitting as an Independent Group in Parliament. Then during critical national crisis one hears calls for forming an All Party National Government. These instances exemplify that Political Parties are willing to sit as Independent Groups and in crisis situation willing to forego their Party Identities and work together in an All Party Government. If this is the case, why on heaven sake, elections cannot be contested by Independent individuals at the very start of elections without Political Parties?

8. The solution to the Tamil Problem: The problem of the Tamil Minority should be solved once and for all without allowing it to fester indefinitely, by enacting a new Constitution. The politicized Buddhist Sangha and the extremist Buddhists strongly oppose any move to fully implement the 13th Amendment of the Constitution, which Dr. AA says is a manifestation of Political Buddhism. Historically, the Tamil majority of the North Eastern Province has a valid claim for self-rule in an undivided Sri Lanka. At the time of the arrival of the Western Portuguese in 1505 AD, the country had three Kingdoms: the Northern Jaffna Kingdom, Central  Kandyan Kingdom and the South West Kotte Kingdom. This is an indisputable and incontrovertible fact. Didn’t the Sinhalese majority accept this historical reality and co-existed in harmony then? The Portuguese overpowered and subjugated the Jaffna Kingdom and the Kotte Kingdom , except the Kandyan Kingdom. The Dutch who succeeded, continued the rule of the Maritime regions. It was the British who annexed the Kandyan Kingdom and integrated the entire island under a Unitary Administration. Therefore, opposition of the extreme Sinhalese for the full implementation of the 13th Amendment is ludicrous and has no rationale at all. I would suggest that a new Constitution, leave aside the 13th Amendment, should restore the status quo that existed, prior to the arrival of western powers, by  carving out three Federal  Units corresponding to the three Kingdoms that existed then, by dissolving all the Provincial Councils now in force. This will pre-empt any notion of the Tamil Minority for a separate State.

In the course of History, say for convenience from the time of introduction of Buddhism in 247 BC to the present time 2023, a total of 2270 years of history, Sri Lanka was ruled by Cholas, Khalinga Magha and the Nayakkars for 290 years and the Western Powers, Portuguese, Dutch and the British for 442 years, that is a total of 732 years. The balance period of approximately 538 years was ruled by the so-called Sinhalese Kings of dubious racial identity, because names ending with Bahu are related to Tamil. I am citing this to illustrate that if the Sinhalese could have lived with the Tamils and the Western foreigners, why the present cry by the extreme Sinhala lobby to oppose the granting the historical native Tamils regional autonomy to rule themselves , where they are a majority, in an undivided Sri Lanka, in a Federal  State.

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    Mr. Somapalan, like in most religions ( pro life/ church in West , Hindutva / Modi in India ) Buddhism is highly politicized in Lanka to the detriment of whole Nation. Yesterday Lankan government with Ranaviru celebrated War Victory , while families were intimidated for commemorating the lost ones (including SW and MR intimidating and dictating terms) Whether religion is politicized or it’s political religion, i just the matter of Chicken and Egg. Irony is that Canada called it a ” Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day” and Lanka as usual keeps denouncing such term. Minister for Comedy and Humor, Ali Sabry said “the statement is unhelpful to local reconciliation process” , which he alone is aware of. Take a look at the pictured posted in today’s DM from ” National security Conclave ” and the comments below the article “Canada locks horn with Lanka”. The only good thing is, lately more and more Lankans are aware of these political dramas called local reconciliation, democrazy, low and odor, Lankan constipation / constitution, SB politics, . . . . . . . BS.

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    I disagree with P. Soma Palan, not because he is not correct but because he is not right!
    In his article, Political Buddhism & Corruption: The Unholy Twins, the author Ameer Ali is not speaking of a religion, ‘Political Buddhism’, but of using Buddhism for political purposes.
    (The same goes for Sinhala Buddhism as well.)
    I am saddened to find Soma Palan interpreting everything litterally.

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      Literally it should be. Regret.
      If I were to coin ‘litterally’ to mean garbage, I wouldn’t hesitate!

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        Without religion, politics can’t exist for long and without politics religion can’t exist. Especially for Buddhism in Sri Lanka. They are wedded to each other. A divorce will be disastrous to both. Nevertheless a divorce will be better for the country as a whole.

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      “reference to Buddhism as Sinhala Buddhism is also misleading, because Buddhism as an ethical philosophy stands unqualified, unless there is a difference in its practices which qualifies it as Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Theravada or Mahayana Buddhism.”
      Mr.S seems woefully ignorant of the varieties of both Buddhism and Hinduism in the world. Sinhala Buddhist practices are indeed different from, say, Thai Buddhism. Just one example, Thai men are all required to spend a year or two as monks.
      As for Hinduism, how would Mr. S class Balinese Hindus? Saivites, Vaishnawites or plain Animists?

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        Dear OC,
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        Please ignore Bandarawela man. He may be suffering from ” lonely wolf syndrome”. No worth wasting time for a man of that pissu nature any more.
        Comments were closed for the articles. That is why I added this here, please apologies if any one of u got hurt 😢 by that in this thread.

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        OC
        What is called Hinduism is a jumble of faiths. Adi Shankara succeeded to some degree in putting them together, but not all of them.
        They debate about God and Soul (Paramatma & Jeevatma) and about the relationship between the two. Even theorizing about a universal phenomenon call the Brahman has not overcome polytheism.
        Frankly, polytheism is fun and like a Chinese banquet there is no limit to the number of items that you can have.
        Monotheism is plain boring and atheism utterly so.

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    Soma Palan, there were no Malayalis or Telugu 2300 years ago. Some of the Dravidian proto or semi-Tamil-speaking population may have come from these regions during prehistoric times but were not Malayalis or Telugu. The Telugu language is only around 1800 years old and modern Malayalam ( not the ancient western Chera Tamil old Malayalam dialect) is only a few centuries old, it largely came into being due to the bastardization of the local Middle Tamil dialect with Sanskrit that was brought into Tamil Chera Nadu, by immigrant Namboothiri Brahmins. The Naga tribes, especially their ruling elite and trading classes, switched to proper Tamil around 3000 years ago. This is the reason you get a Tamil poet called Elathupothanar from the island during the Sangam period. The Yakka who were largely peasants kept on speaking the simple semi-Tamil local dialect called Elu, which with the arrival of Buddhism, as well as due to the influence of Prakrit, either due to some immigration from North East Prakrit-speaking migrants or through trade, got mixed up and became Hela or old Sinhalese.

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      In the areas where the Naga predominated largely in the North and East the ancient Tamil identity and language were preserved, even when a large number converted to Buddhism in these areas, whereas in the rest of the island where the Yakka predominated, a new language and identity started to evolve with the arrival of Buddhism and the large scale corruption of the local Tamil dialect with the Pali/Prakrit of Buddhism as well as other influences. This identity and language was called Sinhala, a Prakrit corruption of one of the ancient Tamil words or name for the island Chingkallam, meaning land of red or copper and has nothing to do with a lion from north India. A myth that was later created to justify the name and to deliberately create a separate origin and identity for the Tamil and semi-Tamil-speaking Dravidian tribes in the south of the island who converted to Buddhism and started to form this new identity. Just like the ancient Tamil word describing the western Chera Tamil dialect Malayalam is now being used to describe the new language that came out of it by mixing Sanskrit with Tamil.

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        The island’s Muslims are predominantly and overwhelmingly descended from South Indian Dravidian Tamil converts to Islam and the Arab and other Western Asian and even other elements in them are only a minor contribution. Even the slight mixing with Arab traders who brought Islam to then Tamil South India (modern-day Kerala and Tamil Nadu) took place in their original Tamil homeland in South India and hardly on the island. They migrated to the island from Kerala and Tamil Nadu . Kerala was Tamil country a few centuries ago. There was no modern Malayalam language, the old Malayalam was a Tamil dialect. The ones who migrated from Kerala migrated from the southern and south-central parts of Kerala and the Muslims in these regions are predominantly ethnic Tamil Muslims, although many of them now identify themselves as Malyali. This is the reason you get Marrikars from Kerala, as these once Tamil Marrikars have become Kerala Marrikars. Marrikars are a Tamil Muslim caste. The former Indian president and the father of Indian nuclear science and the atomic bomb, the late Dr, Abdul Kalam is Marrikar from Ramanathampuram.

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          Lots of Muslim Tamil merchant families from Nagoot migrated to southern and south-central parts of Kerala centuries ago, the native Mapila Muslims of Kerala live largely in the north and north-central parts of Kerala and hardly migrated to the island. It is these immigrant Muslims from what is modern Tamil Nadu who migrated to Kerala centuries ago, migrated to the northwest coast of the island originally. Remember at that time Kerala Tamil Nadu and even the northeast and the northwest coast of the island were all Tamil lands. This is the reason they migrated from Tamil Nadu to Kerala and then to Tamil parts of the island centuries ago.

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            Sorry, not Nagoot but Nagore an important and ancient centre in Tamil Nadu, where the 16Th century Nagore Dharga is. One of the important Muslim Minister’s family, in the lat JR Jayawardene’s cabinet, originated from Nagore. However, this man actively took part and organised local Muslim thugs and criminals in the Colombo region to take part in the July 1983 anti-Tamil pogrom that was organised by the Jayawardene government, with powerful ministers behind this. Later at the request of JR he again sent Muslim thugs and criminals from the south to Kalmunai in the east to deliberately create trouble and a rift between the local eastern Tamils and the Muslim Tamil there, so that they can always be divided and be ruled by the Sinhalese.

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              All these Muslim elite and politicians, especially from the south, have constantly betrayed their actual Tamil Islamic origin and heritage from South India in the name of Islam and a little bit of Arab, which only a few hundred Southern families had, and deliberately chose to distance themselves from their actual rich 1000-year-old Tamil Islamic heritage and, thinking this will give them lots of advantages and they will escape persecution from the largely racist anti-Tamil Sinhalese population, which has now proven to be incorrect, so claimed a blanket Arab origin and heritage for the entire community, that only around 5% of them partially have and brainwashed 95% Tamil Muslim masses, who are more or less 100% Tamil Dravidian in origin, to hate their own Tamil origin, heritage and worship everything remotely connected to Arab in the name of their religion.

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    From time to time, the authors of varying presentations, present to us to hang on to “Isams” and other types of “Ideologies” so as to keep the “Human” engaged in conversations that attract, distract, agree, disagree, confront, confuse, free, bond and other types of “Confusions” and all those leading to “TRAUMATIC” state.

    If we broadly think of “Politics”, it is a very basic element in human life that determines “Of who and how they are being” – the “Inner Psychic Life”, which would divide into “Rightness” and “Wrongness”. In this process of “Being”, “Religion”, “Culture”, “Communal”, “Social”, “Economic” and all other sorts of “DIVIDES” emerge that lead to “Traumatic” conditions. It is in this state of “Traumatism” that people look for “LEADERS” to “LEAD” them to achieve their desires springing in the “Inner Psychic” domain. That provides fertile ground for “Politicians”; “Religious Leaders” (Clerics) “Social Activists” and all other “Professionals” to take the “REINS” into their hands.

    Now the lingering problem for the “PEOPLE” (Humans) is “WHO” are these “Leaders”? Are they the “Desired” to fulfill that “Inner Quest” for a “Better Life”? In this regard, people have to “Look within” bravely, better look “Out” and “Around” honestly. Then only these “Isams” could be defeated.

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      Dear Simon Mahathmaya,
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      be us muslims, sinhala buddhists, hidus, christs or others, we are all born as as homo sapiens. Not the religions but the people emerged first.
      However, people made religions later for their survivals.

      There are stories based on some villages in midieval times, where people went amok, not being able to realize the truth behind by natural lightning and thunder, even if the physicists discovered the reasoning behind that with the time. This was described in bible, if I may ask you to read.

      Now the NADAGAMA being in progress by mlechcha Rajapakshes is based on JEROME FERNANDO this time, all these are RAJAPAKSHE-MADE theatrical performances. Proctagonist is well organised by them, shortly before their falls, so that the very same AUDIENCES or PEOPLE can easily be misled for their voter gains tactics.

      Human beings started worshiping sun, moon and other planets since back then, the knowledge about long unknown things were unclear. Galilio galili with his discovery of telescope, more about the other planet became clear, and those fundementalists that never stood against their old beliefs then did not allow new break throughs replacing their own. That was why Galilio was executed by them then. With this being our human development going back to past milleniums, yet today, diversity of thinking of people exist. Some depending on their education, cultural background and upbringing and other factors have been unable to get away with affinity to unknown forces.

      tbc

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        cont.
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        You can compare the knowledge of people that are for example coming from “your kadaminandiya” with some others living in Urban environments, learnt people with unlearnt ones, you will see, people s thinking is so different, even if they act for a moment nodding their heads. That is the nature of people. It is obvious as of today, that Not necessarily degree qualifications make an individual a wise person. Best example is produced by Prof. GLP of pohottuwa during the last two decades. GLP was easy prey of Rajapakshe so as the fate of SCHOOL drop out, aka, Wimal buruwanse. So, that has nothing to do with anything, but the way of thinking which can be trainable by proper guidance.

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          All human beings are equal and their formation on earth is only a reaction as is the case with other beings.
          If I had stayed close to my mother by providing all the medical tests she had to go through, I could have extended her life.

          I no longer believe in the specialness placed on human life. Nor can they be the most powerful beings on any planet. As long as any other even more powerful beings are discovered, they can rule the world. As humans, we have discovered not even a drop in the ocean. It is common to all fields including Medicine, science and everything else are the same.
          .
          The less you know about the world, the more you will fall for the tricks of myths and illusions. The vast majority of planet Earth are living beings who are ignorant of many things. Even those who have studied and obtained advanced degrees are misled by the myths spread by religions and behave like ignorant people.

          tbc

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            Keeping them above than other higher eukaryotes is just a religious belief.
            Those of us who know a few basics of microbiology, consider the amount of bacteria we the human beings and other animals carry on, in and everywhere on our skin, we humans are more bacteria than humans.
            .
            Humans are bound to their religions without their will. They are born into religions other than their own. I resepcted sinhala buddhism until my mother lived and thought, what a nonsence it is being spread over. Now I dont respect SINHALA BUDDHISM but buddhism. That is my own right to do so, I dont make other believe in anything.
            .
            . In China, filled with over 1.5 billion people, even though their ancestors were Buddhists according to their history, not even 5% of them follow the religious beliefs today. They like to be above others by hook or by crook. Materialism rules the hearts and minds of many people.

            tbc

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    I appreciate every person to have their opinion and I will comment only on one statement. It is not correct that Buddhists believe “human intellect is superior to divine”. The Buddha’s teaching is that every human him/her self has to work out their own liberation (no God can do it for you). This has nothing to do with intellect and is a matter of wisdom.

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    All religions are created by some humans to relieve human anxiety and inadequacy in confidence, common to ordinary human beings lived in the past and present. Name of some of them includes Mr Siddhartha Gouthama, Mr Jesus Christ, Mr Mohammad and so on. We appreciate their service to humankind.
    With increasing human knowledge their teachings are gradually getting irrelevant. However Human can still celebrate cultural and civilian discipline they have given to the world.
    It is psychotic deviation to wear different clothes, covering faces, shaving heads and think that gives them some divine or real power in this world.
    As a freedom of society it is completely acceptable for these practices to be continued till people see the light by proper education and thinking.
    But politics, good governance and civil administration should not be linked to those teaching which are more than 1000 years old and some advocate violence and tribal behavior in the name of religion.

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      Jack,
      “As a freedom of society it is completely acceptable for these practices to be continued till people see the light by proper education and thinking.”
      You forgot the two gods called K. Marx and V.I.Lenin. Their followers did provide lots of good and proper education over several generations to Russians and Chinese. But the old religions have bounced back.

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        Ola Codger
        I agree old religions have more sustainability but people can get civilized and cultured by practicing old religions though they are based on falsehood ( at least partially) Out of multiple old religions what is the correct one?
        K Marx put up a theory beyond human capabilities and caused disasters and human suffering.
        There were multiple wars fought based on different faith of old religions and caused millions of deaths. we can’t appreciate it as in the human history our lifespan is minuscule.
        what is important is to have law and order so that corrupts are punished so that people will abide by it irrespective of their religion.

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      Jack,
      Hinduism is God-created religion, while others are man-made religions. Hinduism has no founder, no central authority, no prescribed sripture, no one knows its origin, etc. That is the beauty of Hinduism.

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    Jack: “With increasing human knowledge their teachings are gradually getting irrelevant”.

    Could you please elaborate a little more on this opinion you expressed with examples of such irrelevancies you have observed and experienced?

    Thank you.

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      Simon
      The Buddha did not try to explain the origin of anything in the universe.
      He spoke of what existed in human life (sorrow) and ways to address it. Neat.
      It is hard to think of a wiser thinker.

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    Simon Thank you for asking
    closest theory of genesis of universe in big bang theory
    Process of evolution has created more complex species like human and chimpanzees
    Over the last century population of humans being increased exponentially ( not a creation , not due to karma, simple due to advancement in quality of life, no mass deaths from plague or malaria)
    Carnivorous animals simply has to kill in order to survive ( so they never get enlightenment)
    List goes on. Please use your brain to understand not your heart.

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      Dear Jack,
      I totally agree with you. The whole world has been led astray by illusion. Be it Christianity, Sinhala Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism, they are mostly in “myths”. Isn’t it? All this is against my own thinking. So I am not in favor of Karma Vipaka today.

      By the way, what is your educational background? I mean education wise. After losing my mother and father, I feel like searching for the truth in our life.Today, I think too much about that than few decades ago.

      As you rightly say, long-term engagement with proper health care can extend the life expectancy of flora and fauna. In fact, we humans are genetically linked to health problems. For example, blacks are more likely to have heart attacks. Even Down syndrome patients can live longer today than 4 decades ago.

      Unlike at the beginning of the 80s, AIDS disease, however, it has now become a common disease, with better care, even the aid patient can live longer today.

      tbc

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        cont.
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        In Europe, where I live, everyone automatically joins medical insurance to cover most of your health problems, and as you get older, more tests are recommended. Such tests are not carried out in the developed world, so a person cannot predict and explain the danger ahead. As a result, life expectancy is really low.

        In addition, depending on the composition of the daily diet, some face more health threats than others. Also smokers and alcoholics, depending on the physiology of the person, the onset of health problems is visible. Now that nutrigenomics has become more advanced, it is easier to examine each individual’s genetics so that they can prepare for their future health threats.
        I was born into a Sri Lankan Buddhist family, but today I am almost an agnostic. However, I do not adhere to any strict creed. All this has to do with my education, biochemistry and genetics.

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        leelagemalli,
        Be it Christianity, Sinhala Buddhism, Islam or Hinduism, they are mostly in “myths” …..
        Hinduism is different from other religions. Hinduism is the only religion which had described the nature of God. I have written an article ‘In pursuit of the nature of Hinduism’ in the Colombo Telegraph.

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      Hi Jack,
      A little learning is dangerous.
      Opinions keep changing with new and additional information. Do not discount unknown information.

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      Jack, Whatever big banged long ago, why can it not big bang again resulting in a better type of evolution than the first time, with much improvement.

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      Jack: Thanks for your input. At the same time, you have asked me to: “Please use your brain to understand not your heart”.

      I have realized most of the troubles in the world are the use of the brain but not the heart. The “Brain Physiology” will explain how this “Organ” works on the supply of oxygen from the “Heartmuscle”. Therefore, it functions dependent upon and resulting in making it a “Disordered Organ”. In my opinion and understanding, there is a “Mysterious” mechanism that works within our body that controls and directs the “Brain”. To make a long story short, I would refer your attention to:

      ” The Mind cries out, explains, demonstrates, protests but inside me a VOICE rises and shouts at it ” Be quiet, let us have the Heart”. by Nikos Kazantzakis.

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    Rather than protest against Canada’s marking the ” Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day”, will it not be appropriate to mark “Canadian First Nations Genocide Remembrance Day”?
    Asians as a whole are most insensitive to the centuries long cruelty of the Canadian and Australian states against the indigenous people, which still persists.

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      SJ,
      “will it not be appropriate to mark “Canadian First Nations Genocide Remembrance Day”?
      Our Foreign Ministry needs to be more creative, instead of calling in the Ambassador every time.
      But then, if these guys were creative, they wouldn’t be in the FM.

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    /Moreover, reference to Buddhism as Sinhala Buddhism is also misleading, because Buddhism as an ethical philosophy stands unqualified, unless there is a difference in its practices which qualifies it as Tibetan Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Theravada or Mahayana Buddhism. //
    The author of the article is playing /quibbling with semantics. If Tibetan Buddhism is a fact, then Sinhala Buddhism is also a fact. Buddha never distinguished people on the basis of ethnicity/birth. According to Buddha’s teachings salvation is gained through the understanding of the ways things really are. Once an individual has become enlightened, they can then reach a state of nirvana.
    In Sri Lanka we find Buddha Dharma is the prerogative of the majority Sinhalese. Sinhala Buddhism claims superiority over other religions. Hence the raid on Hindu Temples coupled with erecting stupas/viharas/Buddhist statues where no Buddhists live. This way the Buddhist clergy is disgracing Buddha and his teaching of love and compassion. Buddha who himself is a Hindu revolted against Vedic rituals and caste-based distinction among people.
    Buddha’s teachings were simple, devoid of mysticism. The Four Noble Truths comprise the essence of Buddha’s teachings, though they leave much left unexplained. They are the truth of suffering, the truth of the cause of suffering, the truth of the end of suffering, and the truth of the path that leads to the end of suffering.

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    //Hinduism is different from other religions. Hinduism is the only religion which had described the nature of God. I have written an article ‘In pursuit of the nature of Hinduism’ in the Colombo Telegraph.//

    This claim that Hinduism is the only religion which had described the nature of God is absolute nonsense. All religions and gods are man made. It was the man who created the god not the other way.

    If fact Hinduism is a hotchpotch religion where there is no central authority or book like Bible or Quran. There are hundreds of sects/schools with no limit. While other religions have one god, in Hinduism there are multiple gods with families!

    While other religions are inclusive Hinduism is exclusive and divisive. The division of people according to four Varnas have led to thousands of castes and the fifth called “panchamar” meaning untouchables.

    During the Sangam age, there was no established religion among Tamil people. They worshipped those worriers who attained martyrdom while fighting against enemy army.

    It was later, especially during the rule of Medieval Cholas or Imperial Cholas that rose to prominence during the middle of the 9th century CE in Southern India who imported Brahmins from Kashmir/Bengal.

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