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Religion & Its Misleading Paradigm Shift: A Psychological & Sociological Analysis

[An article of a group of students supervised and edited under the instruction of their facilitator (Rehan Fernando) at Lanka Bible College: Sahani, Lasitha, Caleb and Thiru]

Preamble

Religion is now used for many occasions perhaps to justify people’s cases, defend and be protective, settle disputes etc. Religion has become a tool for many defense mechanisms. In other words, we could conclude religion as a prostitute used by several political, religious social, economic trends and phenomenon. Religion is always associated with fulfilling rituals and rites. Afterward, believers come to internal satisfaction thinking that they completed the essence of religions. It is superstitious mythical conduct of ordinary people. I think there is a greater need to get rid of such an illusion.

Battle between religion and Dhamma/dharmaya [Sahani]

According to three Gallup polls taken in 2008, 2009, and 2015, Sri Lanka was identified as one of the five most religious countries in the world. In 2023, Vesak alone 7160 ‘dansal’ served the community. Venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thero, the founder of the Jathika Namal Uyana, remarks that some temples receive donations exceeding Rs 3.5 million at a press conference in Anuradhapura.

Yet 6.3 million people (30% of the Sri Lankan population) suffer from food insecurity (Source: World Food Programme, August 2022) and around 800,000 families out of 6 million families suffer from poor housing conditions (Source: UN-Habitat Sri Lanka Country Report 2023). However, the ritualistic ‘giving’ discussed above has been ineffective to reflect the true religiosity of ‘dhamma’ that must lead people towards freedom from suffering. The ‘dhamma’ that the Buddhists teach of ‘maithree’- compassion, the Hindus teach ‘ahimsa’- the absence of cruelty, the Islamic teaching of ‘peace’ and the Christian purpose of ‘agape’- the love is found in a constant struggle to overcome the barriers of rituals and achieve the goals of freedom that may deliver a spirituality of full humanity, so that the religion may be able to effectuate the gap between the ‘goodwill’ and the ‘common good’.

Theory and praxis toward religion [Caleb]

Praxis is the starting and ending point of all theologies. Praxis helps to understand the real essence of the theory of religion.  In general, Asian religious theories focus on faith, love, morality, etc. Believing in the classical approach of religious theories as it is the absolute idea, absolute theory, and necessary reality will give a primacy state to religious theories. People in Asia naturally give primacy to the theories and are often prone to religious manipulations. The uncertainty of the availability of realistic interpretations of religious theories has severe consequences in practice. The history of religions in Asia remains a witness to such consequences. Many destructions in the past are the results of practicing misinterpretations and elevating the theories to a supreme state. It also causes psychological and sociological distress to the followers and the communities. But approaching the theories through practical aspects and having two-way analysis such as Theory to praxis and praxis to theory, will liberate us to accept public theologies for the greater good or redemption. It will help to build real Love, Faith, and Morality while developing religious theories. Also, it will reveal the purpose of our lives and ultimately lead to God.   

Plurality of religions for collective living [Lasitha]

When we are living in a multicultural and multireligious country. We must all accept other religions’ views. A plurality of religion and collective living cannot be achieved if we do not let other religions coexist with us. Some religious practices can be viewed as very different from our views. For example, Muslim women wearing the Hajib can be viewed differently by our cultures and religion. How they wear, marry and eat is essential to keeping their religious practices alive. We know for a fact that these practices were alienated and had conflicts of interest that started a new type of terrorism in Sri Lanka that harmed religious plurality. Another point is people should have the freedom to change religion without getting alienated from their people. It is also a must to encourage religious plurality in culture. If not there will be division between their own people provoking conflicts with each other. Religion is a personal choice that an individual should have. We cannot force a person to accept or deny one religion or else it will bring in conflict between people. Next, we should allow other religions to preach their dharma freely, openly, and peacefully. Freedom of expressing dharma is essential to coexist with each other. Only then we can achieve the plurality of religion in our country. We should allow other religions to coexist so people can collectively live together without fearing our neighbors and live peacefully together as one.

Contextual application [Thiru]

Generally, we have a measurement for measuring many things in the world, but I don’t have a measurement for the last twenty-seven years in my Christian life because it has been a massive struggle within the premises of my Christian churches. I am ashamed as a Sri Lankan because our people haven’t had any changes in their life. Christians or Hindus or Sinhala or Muslims whoever everybody is in the same situation; for example, in the local war and very closely 2018 in Kandy, Teldeniya in the 2019 Bomb explosion Sinhala against Tamil, Sinhala against Muslim and Muslim against Christians; what’s happening in the country? This a relevant question but no answer.  It’s been a matter of promoting one’s religion or religious culture, which is a superfluous attempt in our days. This is where fundamentalism of terrorism has begun. Sri Lanka will never heal its religious terrorism until people sit and dialogue more in a peaceful manner. When the conflicts are settled with arm powers, what could we expect?

Conclusion [Rehan]

People are superfluously attached to religions and their ritualism. Covid-19, in my opinion, has proved that religion fades away, only Dhamma remains the same. People who live in myth never had a chance to exercise any type of mythical activity during the peak time of Covid 19, but they all lived peacefully. It indicated the temporal side of religions and their rituals. What is essential is to remain and practice Dharmaya. There is no doubt that religion and its essence might surely serve the world better. My point here is that believers have created many subcultures in the name of religion. That version of religion has become a hindrance.

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    Need of the hour is distancing oneself from religion as much as and as soon as
    possible , thus giving crooked politicians and false Religionists a crushing blow
    against their exploitation of vulnerable and false believers . Instead , this article
    in my view is , an attempt to promote darkness through blindness among the
    majority of those who find shelter in unseen forces ,making life a heaven on
    earth for the evils and criminals . The irony is , even the so-called young modern
    day leaders avoid to confront these ‘ rogue ‘ elements on their public platforms .
    But they are so brave even in challenging the president of the country , big time
    thieves and the underworld drug rings ! Funny isn’t it ?

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    What is “BELIEF”? Who are “BELIEVERS”?

    In my opinion “Belief” is IGNORANCE. If anyone doesn’t “KNOW” and doesn’t bother to FIND OUT – meaning “Observe” and “Experience”, naturally out of that “Laziness” tends to hang on someone who dictates and guides him/her to “Rely” on what he/she says as “Truth”. So, the “Believers” are ignorant” and the worst, they have been deprived of their FREEDOM – they naturally become “SLAVES” – FOLLOWERS. That is the ORIGIN of Religion – Believe and Do as you are told. To “TELL” what anyone must “Believe” and told to “Do”, whole hosts of “Organizations” and “Institutions” have been formed and those are called “Institutionalized Religions”. They are in “Power” and has “Suppressed” the “Freedom” of the followers.

    What must be the alternative to FREE one from this bondage? I have one solution and that is to HAVE YOUR OWN RELIGION.

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    Religions have divided people always in the history of religion. People who are born without a religion or racial identity or name are given these by others. They then stupidly defend and fight for something that was imposed on them by others, where their own choice was never a consideration. Such is the frailty and stupidity of man. Alternatively, they could merely practice good behaviours that are usually common sense and still manage life adequately. However, as religion is a big industry, the leaders or manipulators of religion will put mortal fear into people’s minds to ensure that business continues profitably.

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    If you wish to choose between knowledge and belief my choice would be knowledge. Belief is good for those who lack knowledge. Knowledge does not mean that those who have Phd, Dr. etc are all knowledged. They are specialised in some field of discipline. That’s all. But if logically reasoned, diversified subjects and well read, yes one can become knowledged.

    Scientists have narrowed down god as an intelligent design. That’s correct. God is not energy or matter but a design. A design which motivates dynamism with correct formulation from atomic level. This is the god knowledge can identify. Nothing else exists as god. Religious antagonism is due to lack of knowledge.

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    “Venerable Wanawasi Rahula Thero, the founder of the Jathika Namal Uyana, remarks that some temples receive donations exceeding Rs 3.5 million at a press conference in Anuradhapura.”
    Isn’t this the same parasite who needs a BMW to move around? What is he complaining about?
    https://youtu.be/s4Qbf0QBnO8

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      OC,
      remember not long ago, you contradicted my thoughts about lanken media level, as I shared you, that srilanken media should be RESPONSIBLE for all the mess, appalling levels of lanken society. you compared it with VOX TV channel in America ?

      Why is it a problem? I am going in a BMW – Veneral Vanassi Rahula | Talk With Chathura

      This same TV icon, made that poor man the proctagonist of a film ” hithumathe jeewithe”.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7SYLgeMJrQ

      Later it became clear, it was just a fiction. In a civilized country the kind of TV moderators woudl have been hanged, but nothing seems working in our hell ?

      Two months ago, I watched this video showing how this monk (not venerable but more veneral) shamelessly broke the Ummaga Jataka, which clearly states the difference between the behavior of the our monks and the laity. I was speechless.

      Why cant so called DAYAKAYA (buddhist adherents) be powerful and ask the kind of monks to derobe MONKHOOD ? In contrary to that, they become even more subjugated before them, if they drive a BMW vehicle. Where is the failure ? In our people or not ?

      Media makes them stars. Mervin silva or the like fake-buddhists became MEDIA icons in srialnka, who made it ?
      That is how KOTUWE hamuduruwo became a star-monk of LOW class buddhists.
      Sri Lankan low class journalists do not respect “facts and world standards”.

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        LM,
        SL media, like the politicians, is a reflection of the people. So, it is a hypocritical , irrational, hero-worshipping mess. Yesterday, I had a good laugh when one channel blurred out visuals of chicken meat in a supermarket. The same one that was happy showing dead humans in a trailer in 2009.

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          Dear OC,
          spot on dear.
          :
          People’s perception must be greatly improved to a healthy level of cognition. How do we do it?

          A recent survey reveals that most families sit in front of television not to improve their knowledge but to keep up with other entertainment programs like tele dramas or music shows. Despite being appalled state of the society, getting their jollies is their priority.

          The attitudes of the people have transcended all civilized levels. We observe this more clearly as Sri Lankans living abroad than you living in the island.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ6gYXMqx-c

          Likewise, YouTubers don’t spread awareness programs, but gossip, witchcraft and astrology that get more likes and viewers for their videos. SRILANKEN youtubers are like blue flies in garbage heaps. They only focus on their survival.
          .
          Unlike then, today people are too lazy to read newspapers. Additionally, most new paper articles are not by independent news promoters.I dont think even millenials and Z-Genzers would not grasp it.

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            Dear OC,
            .
            see Gotabahya is also in that audience. I wonder what must have happened to his little brain?

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJ6gYXMqx-c

            Not long ago, I myself observed that the same song was repeatedly telecasted by SIRASA TV
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvjilFWMRbY

            After getting elected as the president, Gota became the king of big criminals

            To acquit their criminal cases (Gotabaya, Basil, Namal, Mahinda, his criminal wife, Rohith bastard son, Yoshita bastard son, Jaliya wickramsooriya, Udayanga Weerathunga, Aluthgamage, Wimal Buruwanse, Weerathunga, and you know this list is ceasless).
            .
            to become rich (Nisshanka Senadhipathi)
            .
            To promote about our Sinhala chaunism/extremism
            :
            Why on earth our legal authorities still can’t put him in jail or take him to the gallows ? the biggest question of the day… is not it ?

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              leelagemalli

              I have been asking the same question. Why there is not even an investigation (even whitewashed) into the mega corruption, mismanagement of public funds & abuse of power. The answer is probably because everybody in power to do so have soiled hands as well. It would be opening a can of worms. We all know how & why the country was brought down economically, yet, the fact that the punks responsible still blatantly call the shots & continue in politics is beyond my comprehension. The NPP/JVP may promise to bring culprits to justice but can we trust a party with communist ideology, responsible for the murder of many innocent citizens & destruction, still venerating its past murderous leader? Anyway, getting back to the subject of monks in politics, even the NPP have a ‘Bhikku Front’. Seems the monks in politics are here to stay.
              My understanding is that monkhood is about living a simple life away from the material world but we seem to have thugs & businessmen in robes, sucking up to the politicians for a luxury lifestyle. At least, we should be able to reform Buddhism in SL even if politicians are beyond the reach.

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                Dear Raj,
                I completely agree with everything you have summarized in your valuable comment. I really appreciate your comments all these days. I dont have any objections to any of them. After a short stay in our MAWBIMA, I came to Europe and I observed everything with my own eyes.
                I do believe, wihtout a real social revolution focusing on society rebuilding just by strenghtening law and order, nothing would change palpably in our society. People have lost their respect and dignity to the other. Monks abuse their sangahood in public with masses being total indifferent.
                :
                I hope our JVP-NPP promoter aka SINHALA_Man, in will have the balls to come up with a constructive comment targeting the issues you raised. He usually dodges my repeated questions on JVP-NPP, however, I hope he would leave a reposte for you.

                No matter what JVP-led NPP says, he is torturing me because I am of the opinion that they do not have the resources to easily get out of the pit we have fallen into.
                Nor do they share us what their external policies are either. You are right, they too hero-worship temple heads (the real PAPATHARAYO) for their voter gains. All these party men do the same. I am afraid, I dont see any specialities in JVP-led NPP yet.

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                  cont.

                  .Besides, right at the moment, we should first strengthen our forex reserves before going to charge them with corruption. And people are equally corrupted and abusive.
                  I repeated the question of how to bring more dollars to the country, which is the need of the hour for JVP-NPP, which Panini treats with total ignorance.
                  He has repeated that he might have already answered all the questions raised about the Janata Vimukthi Peramuna, but the truth is that he refuses like a childish teenager. He doesn’t even understand Sinhala let alone promotes AKD’s public speeches. -.

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                    leelagemalli

                    Thank you for the kind comment.

                    I have nothing against the NPP but the fact that the JVP seems to be piggy backing on the NPP is concerning. I consider AKD as abetter politician among the current lot but he, being the leader of the NPP & the JVP, implies a conflict of interest, unless both parties are the same, in which case, why differentiate? Furthermore, I believe monks have no place in politics but due to the political patronage, they have become kingmakers & in my opinion, a disgrace to Buddhism, particularly, with their violent & threatening speeches. If they are competent with the necessary education to govern the country, they are welcome to do so but after leaving the robes. Unfortunately, the average Buddhist is burying the head in the sand as criticising the monks is taboo. The state the country is in, is due to the ignorance, hypocrisy & gullibility of the majority Sinhala Buddhist vote base. We have only our selves to blame.
                    Cont

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                      Cont
                      As for SM, I respect him as a teacher, as was my father but he seems to have gone all sentimental & I don’t blame him. However, before having complete faith in the JVP/NPP coalition, he should ask the basic question, how are they going to raise the necessary funds to develop the country? GR had his intellectuals but it didn’t get us anywhere, so, can the JVP/NPP do better by announcing, at least, who will be responsible for what, if they come to power? Then we can ask specific questions from them.

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      He has a long way to go before he catches up with the Pope and the Vatican.

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    In the paragraph titled “Theory and praxis toward religion”, apart from not explaining what you mean by “praxis” or elsewhere in the article explained “Dhamma”, your last sentence is “Also, it will reveal the purpose of our lives and ultimately lead to God.”
    There is no God and there is no purpose. To paraphrase the Bhudda “Show me the evidence”.
    There is no afterlife, no resurrection and no rebirth as some other creature. In the 3.5 Billion years or so since life began on Earth, the consequence of the DNA/RNA in our cells has been the replication of life’s genes in whatever organism they exist. Darwin, Mendel, Schrodinger, Watson, Crick, Franklin, Dawkins and many others pointed the way to our modern, scientific understanding of how life functions, develops and changes over the millennia.
    Sri Lanka has many superstitious “religious” rituals and practices that are a cultural hangover from the past (mainly Buddhist and Hindu). They even have a University that awards degrees in Ayurvedic Medicine.
    And finally the recipe by so called holy man Dhammika Bandara given by the goddess Kali did not cure Covid 19.
    Best Regards

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      LS
      Praxis is another word for practice (as distinguished from theory). It is an impressively fashionable piece of jargon.
      The terms Anatta and Anicca sum up the Buddha’s view on soul. He declared that God is irrelevant to what he was saying.
      Sadly very few Buddhists realize it.

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        Thanks SJ,
        I have worked with many Engineers, Geologists, Cabinet Makers and other specialists – none of them would dream of calling their practice “Praxis”.
        What I wanted to find out was what the author’s idea of “Praxis” involved. Were they using Paulo Friere’s Marxist definition of praxis “reflection and action upon the world in order to transform it” or the old Aristotelian use – “Praxis was not mindless activity, but “deliberative, responsible, human‐moral action” which involved “the process of wise judgement” (Connor, 2004, p. 56). Whatever definition they use; the mindless repetition of religious slogans and the genuflections to non-existent gods cannot be considered as “Praxis”.
        Oh and by the way I thought “Soul” was Black American music from the southern States.
        Best Regards

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          LS
          Thanks
          Praxis is used in specific fields where clear distinction from theory and as you say to refer to mindful activity.
          Soul in the stated context would desirably be written with a capital S.
          Words do have a mind of their own, and can on occasion be mischievous. that is what makes language fin.

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      Not too long ago the Christian clergy preached in antiquated Latin to impress the “flock” as gullible believers were called. Gradually they were forced to speak in languages that their adherents understood, including English. So they began to speak “High English”, an English that Silvas and Pereras would not understand but be impressed by the preachers’ “higher education”. If you did not understand what was being said or preached, it was only because you were part of the ignorant mass who needed to be saved through Christianity. Aney, aney.

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    Religion has done more harm than good all over the world. Wars have been fought over religion & countries have been divided & even in the 21st century, there are blind followers of religion who do not question or have any in-depth understanding of the religion.

    Religion is exploited, in the US, it is ‘in god we trust’, the white supremacists believing that they were the ‘chosen’ by god, in UK, the monarchy is the head of the church & a number of seats are reserved for Bishops in the House of Lords which scrutinise all Parliament bills. The Vatican is known to have laundered money for criminals. Christian refugees from the Ukraine are acceptable to the British public than Muslims from Syria but none of the rich Muslim countries have made any attempt to help refugees of their own faith, even though millions of religious Muslims congregate in Mecca on a holy pilgrimage. In short, religion is a source for hypocrisy.
    Cont

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      Cont
      I know many SL families who ill treat their employees but happily donate large sums to the temple with much fanfare. I understand Premadasa jnr collected millions to pay the elect. bill for lighting up Mihintale when the majority of the population are living below poverty line. The monks & the politicians seem to have no perspective of the crisis on hand. SL would do better if the monks are reminded that becoming a monk is about leaving the material world in search of Nirvana & their sole objective is to provide spiritual guidance, not dabble in politics or engage in business.

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    If SL government had the courage to keep the religion out of politics we would have prospered long time ago.

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      S S ,

      Our whole political establishments are centuries old fashioned . These
      are the ones that form governments . And these elements are backed
      by other establishments such as Religions that have in return the
      financial and other supports from their masters who are the politicians .
      It is just another ‘ you scratch my back I scratch yours ‘ survival
      strategy through misleading the vulnerable into more and more
      darkness until they go complete blind . At the moment they are only
      partially blind and without a proper eye test . Only a full eye test will
      reveal how closer they are to vision loss unless a surgery is done and
      done as quickly as possible . Religion without proper control is
      causing cataract that needs to be dealt with . The rulers know this but
      love to go on ignoring any action because Actions would mean their
      removal . So , let the Cataract Grow and Get Blind !

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      The US and Most of Europe do not follow the advise “to keep the religion out of politics” but have thrived all the same.
      Their clergy blessed their soldiers before going to war on some poor country.

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        My 2nd Gt Grandfather Thomas Brand (1828 – 1901) fought in Canada, The Crimean War (1853 – 1856) and in what the British called The Indian Mutiny (1857 – 1859), which the Indians now call their 1st War of Independence. During the Crimean War he was occasionally helped by the Muslim Tatars against the Russians. Although there were many factors influencing the Crimean War, part of the reasons were a religious dispute about Christian minority rights in Palestine. On one occasion he was part of the “Thin Red Line” in the battle of Balaclava (1856) facing the feared Cossacks. The Commanding officer Sir Colin Campbell impugned the soldiers to “stand firm and any man that didn’t would have his name put up on his Parish Church Noticeboard”. Such was the power of the Church of Scotland then – but not nowadays. He also witnessed “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and when asked by the press to tell them what really happened he replied that “as he didn’t take part in the event he could not give an opinion”. To be continued.

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          Continued,
          The same Colin Campbell also commanded them in India. The 93rd Highlanders marched to Kanpur where the Indian troops had massacred 120 women and children and thrown most of their bodies in a well. The English Commander in Kanpur had captured some of the Indian soldiers and forced them to lick the congealed blood from the floor where the killings had taken place. When the 93rd arrived Colin Campbell immediately stopped it, calling it an offence against Christian morals. Thomas spent 10 years in India where 5 of his children were born (including my Gt Grandfather). He was retired from the Army in Aberdeen in 1868.
          So yes in the past the Church had power and influence, but it has all but disappeared in Scotland and in many other North European countries.
          Best Regards

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    Can somebody, out from those who opined that the religions (the above article trying to convince, it is not the Sinhala Buddhism of Langkang is the one & only culprit, but any religion, all over the world are alike,) are the troublemakers in Langkang, explain why the Democracy failed in Asia’s very first Democracy, after independence? Isn’t it Don Stephen who demanded for unitary form of government as the most preferred form for Sinhala Buddhists? Shouldn’t it have worked for them, at least? All over the West to East world, where democracy has contributed their growth and prosperity, how did it end up in Langkang, the Wildlife Sanctuary of Mahavamsa, Democracy so easily relented to the Sinhala Buddhism’s dominance over it?
    Can Somebody explain to me why the country where social market economy and social welfare were fully advanced, (Slavery practiced only over the hill country Tamil estate workers) so quickly rolled back as only a Kleptocracy government, controlled Oligopoly state?

    Where did Asia’s magicians who, all these times, non-stopping, were pulling all kinds of scientific, economical magics, one after another, gone now? These magicians claimed that they, without Indian, American, and Chinese arms and soldiers, wiped out the world’s, most disciplined organization, with, in one hand UN charter and in the other AK 47, with only Zero civilian casualty.

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    Until BBC broke to public the leaked UN’s international investigation, every world media blew that success to sky high is now bankrupt too? Why aren’t they blowing high the IMF induced workers’ right deprivation for the control of their money, that high? How, the land described as where Buddhism was modernized and Protestant Buddhism created by Colonel Scott, which right after freedom, merged into the believe of Vijaya’s Grand Mother slept with a lion and now, Sinhalese possess SinhaLE?
    How does the religions of the world sow crimes only in Langkang while all other countries who are practicing the same religions are getting well along in their type of peaceful lives? What was the need for the world’s religions to nurture the Kandy Ayatollah into Langkang Jihadi bosses? When the government MPs and Ministers declare that the mythological King Ravana was a Sinhalese, why didn’t the Ayatollahs or Evil Emperor didn’t oppose it saying that the government party is contradicting the Mahavamsa? What is this opportunistic silence when their own child called the Sinhala Buddhism is being tortured and killed?

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    Why, in the country, where scholars believed as the only South Asian country which had a written history of the past, now claiming that they have no history and need to write one for it in the style of India, specifically based on Indian mythology Ramayana? We have to mention one of our successful stories, i.e., It is we who took the hands of Ganapathipillai, Rear Admirable, SinhaLE movement, Ravana Palavegaya, Evil Emperor and other Viyathmahas and walked them to move out of Mahanama based SinhaLE Arianism into Hindu Valmiki based RavanaLE Dravidianism. It is here in CT we educated the Sinhala Buddhists Viyathmaga that they are simply only a bunch of refugees who left Bengal as refugees during the Kalinga war and mixed with Naga Tamil’s. Buddhism was brought to Ceylon by Tamils, Western scholars who have determined Ceylon as Aryans’ land please correct your mistakes from the Evil Emperor, who wants to change Ceylon history, following Indian mythology-based history!

    The oldest religion in the world, Hinduism, was promulgated by the Indus Valley Priestly Kings. The true nature of all religions, or the tightly embedded part of their hypocrisy, is they all deny or hide the truth of their birth but stand off as they all are revealed by the “Lord”.

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    The shameful truth of all these lords is, they all are humans, and the adorability is, some of them are fine examples to be followed by humans, in their earthly life. No one’s religious life can be exampled by another human, and no one can preset for another human the purpose of his or her religious life. The Priestly King of Indus valley who has been issuing judgements for their subjects, created Dharma. That is why the Dharma or Dhamma is still under the religious teaching of these sectors. Hinduism is not the name of that religion but Buddhism, which adopts the name of the brain, “Puthi”, in its name, effectively denoting the human as the creator of it. (Buddhism was created in Buddha’s name, but he didn’t create it. Furthermore, none of its revelations can be taken as serious one for afterlife, because Buddha didn’t come back like Jusus did to tell what he saw over there.) That is the case with Mohammedanism and Christianity. Now the question is, for how long we will study only Einstein’s laws or Karl Marx theories……? We have to move on regardless of their greatness. Insisting that there exists a UN sponsored fundamental rights for the Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals to force the innocent laymen to (Modayas) blindly to follow 2500 years old religious rituals is only a comedy, if not felony.

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    There is no fundamental human right that exists to anybody who is living in a modern society to force to blindly follow any religious maxims, which are properly interpreted from the ideas of the revelator or not, because none of these maxims are properly considered by the composer to suit the modern civilization. The highly affluent Indus Valley society’s Priestly Kings, having had all they wished in the form of earthly life, started to seek a different achievement, i.e., understanding the theme of beyond Universe. The Universe here is defined as the platform perceived by them for their physical life. They attempted to bridge their earthly life and the non-earthly life, by trying to set path to achieve the non-earthly(afterlife) life within their human birth. If properly organized thereafter, the afterlife is believed to be, as enjoyable part of the souls’ life, without suffering. It is like the process of a Ceylonese, having heard that life in America is better than in Langkang, trying to seek citizenship in America. Unless America insists on “preparing for life in America” for the citizenship seekers in Ceylon itself, all the ailing religious life on the earth is meaningless, because there are many processes available in America to naturalize an immigrant. So, you study for the naturalization courses where you settle. But the ascetic Priestly Kings left the mansions and practiced pre-migration life.

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    So how much is this religious life important to a man or woman, who never in their wildest
    dream thought of any afterlife after their death life? Do they get spare resources to think of death or they live only mechanical life until they embrace death. This religious life on the earth and the selectable lifestyles after death are all sold forcefully to the Modayas laymen on the earth by those who run the Royal Navy human smuggling ship-service operations, for refugee seekers in Australia like countries. We clearly understand the stories told over in the Hindu mythologies the Priestly Kings handing over the community service they were handling until then and leaving to jungle to prepare for their oncoming flight. It was up to them to abandon the many women’s services, three-time wine sipping meals and go into the jungle and die there lonely as one more pig among the wild pigs. Kumpalilai Kovinda is not a religion. Religion is exclusively internal; it cannot be brought out and shared with anybody. Teaching and learning are basic human activities, with no religious benefits invoked or parted by the pure lecturing for mass through theory or philosophy. In civilized society, loudspeakers can only disturb children preparing for school and render 85% of them below the level the government purported to achieve. Usage of loudspeakers needs to be prosecuted as a felony.

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    How many of the Sinhala Intellectuals are ready to campaign to remove the “Sinhala Buddhism’ only provision, the s11”, from the constitution? How many of them are prepared to blame Don Stepen, Solomon West Ridgeway Dias, Siri Ma O, Junius Richard, Percy the Rowdy Old King, or Evil Emperor for the current situation? Don Stepen twisted the British’s hand to get the unitary government to create a land cleared of others, for Buddha to come back and land. Solomon stole the democracy from Sinhala Modayas and crowned the Kandy Ayatollahs. Siri Ma O created the Sinhala Buddhist only constitution. Percy Genocided Tamils to create one race-one religion land. Evil outlawed ICC in Langkang to enable impunity to Sinhala Buddhist Criminals and he purposely ill-implemented ICCPR to prosecute Hisbullah like human right activists. Sad fact is of these goons are true Buddhists, but opportunists, they follow Hinduism, Roman Catholic, and Sinhala Buddhism, whenever that fellowship will render money and power for them. What kind of despicable crime did Evil commit to offer his weight of gold to Trirupathiyan, who killed Ravana, an ancestor of the Evil, and seek pardon from his own enemy? Where did Junius Richard found that much of love flowing towards Japanese’s Buddhism to advocate for them relief from their world war crimes, while he outlaw Tamils votes through PR system and 6A?

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    Whether it is religious love or sexual love they are only part of the duality, which always bends justice towards the influential. A doctor practicing medicine has no need to fall in love with the patient, otherwise it is only biased practice. Neighbor is another duality, which advocates to be biased towards strangers. Here is an story tell how quickly the love turns to be very dangerous deprivation: Once a peasant’s elder daughter came to a family reunion, told her father “Dad, your son-in-law planted the seeds few days ago and no rain from then; unless it rain soon, your daughter’s family will be wiped out of famine, so, please pray for rain, whenever you get chance?”. The farmer replied “Promised! My loving daughter’s happiness is my life’s priority”. The next day, the younger daughter who came to see him put a plea “My caring and loving father, your son – in -law has spent all the money we had and crafted a line of pots and pans. Sadly, it is clouding the sky. It looks like our life is going to be washed out if it rains. Can you pray to your god to save us by redirecting the rain? Now the father was thinking about whom he should pray for. Who was his daughter within these two women and who is not his one?

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    Why does one use a complicated word “Love” towards another person, while they are aware that many others are going to be left out and targeted by hate by the sheer reason of the love you have on one? Do not attach yourself to anything as in the way guided by foul religions. Live like the Tamarind fruit and its shell. See a lovely pet and a pig, which is perceived as filthy as same for you. That is why Kaniyan Poongkunranar said “Yathum Uree, Yavrun Kelir.” No lecture needed, but so natural to the rain falling on the mountain with thunder, flowing down to sea like a river. Bharathi felt it is immoral to be silent on the injustice to the weak, so he said, “If one has missed one’s dinner tonight, tomorrow morning, we will dismantle this world”. Where will that kind of justice fit in where we don’t like to prosecute the Royal Navy which creates refugees & runs the Shipping Service for the refugees seeking asylum? We cannot apply our inventions to the entire world of major religions by observing the Sinhala Buddhist Intellectuals, the nastiest species ever appeared on the earth and their dedicated subjects, the Sinhala Buddhist Modayas, (Who not normal anyway). Modayas & Viyathmaga are phenomena existing in Langkang as true as the Sun and the Moon in the sky.

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    Religions and religion are two different ideas. Religions are about multiple facets of various followers. Religion is simply collective divisions of a particular plane –“beliefs’ ‘ which are not reconcilable, so recognized as different classes of idea or beliefs. Though many body parts are identical, in gender, a man is different from a woman. Considering the fundamental right of a particular person, he/she is no longer forced to take an identity of man-woman, though there are physical differences. Because of this modern understanding, we have man’s rights, we have women’s rights, we have human rights. Practically, though Hindus, Christians, Mohammadians and Buddhist are different, there are no special fundamental rights that exist for each of them. In Langkang, Constitution S 11 and MMDA are violating this equality principle. We don’t enforce these Man- woman rights as responsibility on them, but we allow them claim for them, if they wish so. Disappointingly, all parts of religions are enforced on humans by the idea of secular religion.

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    Why would not you allow your doctor to operate your child’s defective gene, before he/she hand over child at the maternity ward? Why the child has to carry the defective parts with it because you the parents have it. No child can wait until 18 to start his/her assigned religion. According to the secular religious rights, he/she must be started with the parent religion by parents or guardians. As per the fundamental rights, a child taken over by a different group must respect the child’s birth religion, thus his/her freedom to move freely within the group is tampered with. A Christian child with Hindu family is left alone on Diwali, because he has to wait for Christmas for his holidays. So, violence between religions cannot be fully eliminated because the idea of secular religion is very vague. Some religions like Sinhala Buddhism or Islam, 18 is not the time limit to gain freedom from forced parents’ religion, it is a lifetime burden. But the UN recognizes some of these religions. So, generally all the religions are doing is they function as barriers of civilization. I do not think creating cults from the existing religions can make difference in the basic problems with the religions. A possible thawing method is nothing should be talked of practicing religions, in the fundamental rights, country’s constitution or in a court of law.

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      Malli,
      “According to the secular religious rights, “…..”because the idea of secular religion is very vague. “
      I think there is a contradiction there. Like a square ball, you see.

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    Anything that remains unhandled above can be allowed to religious practice. This leaves as there are no religious rights. Without any special rights attached, I practice Hindu religion. I give money to Hindu temples, but that is not enforcing anything by me or the temples I patronize. The archaeology department cannot create Buddhist enclaves in an archaeological site. So those collected money in Viharas cannot create a holy site out of archaeological sites. An archaeological site is meant to be preserved as it is and exhibited to the public, in cases it would benefit the public, not with exclusive right to Buddhists Only or Sinhala Only. The Archaeology department cannot take the “Buddhism only” stand even if the constitution requests the government to foster Buddhism. Enforcing the fostering on an archaeological site is denying the right of hereditary ownership of the country for other religions. An operable Buddhist temple cannot be declared an archaeological site, especially in a place where Buddhism has to be fostered by the Government. That sounds like a double whammy for Sinhala Buddhists Extremists. The Supreme Court must clarify these matters for the parties in the Kurundhi Malai case. Either Sinhala Buddhists Extremists get off the site and the Archeological Department stays in or the Archeological department gets out and the Sinhala Buddhists stay in. You cannot have the cake and eat it too.

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    It would be good if some of us learn to condense our long-winded and badly composed comments which no one has the time or patience to read. Such authors must like to see their writing and code-names on a public forum. Must give them pride. Seems they’ve not hear the line, brevity is virtue. If such authors feel they have important information to convey, then they should write a feature-length article and offer it to the editor of CT or elsewhere. If it doesn’t get published, then the editor has rightly judged that it was all convoluted nonsense. I’m sure Mallaiyuran means well. But …

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