8 August, 2022


Sobhitha Thera Meets Elections Chief Over Rajapaksa’s “Sil Redi” Issue

Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera has met the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to voice his protest over the distribution of Sil Cloth by UPFA Kurunegala district candidate and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at several temples in Kurunegala on Saturday.

Ve. SobithaWhile pointing out that there have been several other polls law violations on the eve of the parliamentary elections the Thera has urged Deshapriya to take immediate action to prevent such occurrences.

According to a close aide, Sobhitha Thera, who heads the National Movement for Social Justice had told the Deshapriya that so far the 2015 parliamentary polls has been one of the most peaceful and wellbehaved ones and had urged the Commissioner to take action to prevent any untoward happenings in the eleventh hour.

An election monitoring organization, Campaign for Free and Fair Elections (CaFFE) has lodged a complaint against UPFA Kurunegala District candidate and former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa accusing him of distributing white Sil cloth at several temples in Kurunegala on Saturday and thus violating election laws.

Sobhitha Thera played a prominent role in introducing Maithripala Sirisena as the Common candidate to oppose Rajapaksa at the 2015 Presidential elections.

In the general elections his movement with other civil society organizations organized islandwide meetings to educate the voters on the importance of electing candidates with a clean slate. In a belated move former President Chandrika Kumaratunga too joined the above campaign organized by several civil society organisations.

The 2015 parliamentary polls will be held on Monday.

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  • 17

    where was he when president dictatorially removed UPFA secretaries to disrupt UPFA? This man was an ultra racist before 2004. All that changed when businessmen connected to Malik Samarawickrama organized a trip to Thailand for this monk. I guess he found nirvana there and continues favors to UNP to attain the nirvana again and again.

    • 75

      Leo, You are commenting about the messenger. What is your comment about the message.

      • 7

        The message is correct. But the messenger is pathetically biased. [Edited out]

    • 14

      They probably have the video too. Imagine a video called Sobhita’s adventures in Bangkok going around.

    • 6

      Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera

      “Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera has met the Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya to voice his protest over the distribution of Sil Cloth by UPFA Kurunegala district candidate and former President Mahinda Rajapaksa at several temples in Kurunegala on Saturday.”

      Mahinda Rajapaksa, MaRa , is a re-incarnation of Mara and wants to deceive people with Sil Redi.

      MaRa does not want a Level Playing Field. MaRa represents Corruption. Voting for Mara, MaRa is a Papa Karmayak, a Devilish Action, that will get people into Apaya, Hell.

      Remember how Mara opposed Buddha.

      Do you think MaRa MaRa Chsatu MaRa will obey law? No

      Did MaRa obey? No. He tried to attack Buddha.


      MaRa MaRa Chatu maRa

      MaRa MaRa Amana Mara

      MaRa MaRa HoRa MaRa

      MaRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa

      • 4

        He is a two tounged serpent.He swore that he will come out on the road and protest if the 20th was not passed but did nothing of the sort when Ranil sabotaged the 20th.
        Neither Sirisena nor Ranil or Sobiths wre interested in the20th only the UPFA were interested and sira with his false promises dumped it.

    • 2


      Sobitha Thera commends Election Chief
      2015-08-16 14:48:42

      He also said earlier that Voting for Criminals and Thieves is a Papa Karmayak, will get you into Apaya, Hell.

      Leo, Avoid doing Sunday Night Sil and Monday Night Kill.


      The Ven. Maduluwave Sobitha Thera, who heads the Movement for a Just Society, today met Elections Commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya and encouraged him to keep up the good work he was doing in making sure that this election was free and fair.

      He told journalists after meeting Mr. Deshapriya that the elections commissioner had to be consistent when handling the complaints he receives of election law violations.

      The Thera said he made several complaints against certain candidates though he would not disclose any of the details nor their names.

      He said the instructions issued by the polls chief to the state electronic media not to repeat telecast the letter sent by President Maithripala Sirisena to ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa was commendable.

      Meanwhile, the Thera urged voters to carry out an unprecedented revolution so that Sri Lanka could enact a new constitution, a Right to Information Act, a National Audit Amendment Act and Electoral Reforms through the 20th Amendment.

      “Let August 17 be the beginning of a new journey for Sri Lanka with a new political culture pervading the country,” the thera told those who were outside the Elections Department.

      The discussion between the monk and the elections chief lasted for an hour.(Yohan Perera and Darshana Sanjeewa)

      • 4

        This is not a venerable monk. He is die hard UNPer in a monks garb. He did not complain when Pa.Cha.Ranwaka sent doughnuts [Edited out] to media houses.

    • 5

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa … Latest

      MaRa now exploits religion and cheats deities too ! Distributes Sil robes outrageously violating election laws

      Through the Grape wine and bulath wine….

      16.Aug.2015, Kurunegala district UPFA candidate Mahinda Rajapakse had yesterday (15) gone to several Kurunegala district temples and distributed Sil robes . When everybody is aware that election activities of all candidates must cease 14th, this candidate who is notorious for violating election laws all along , and a byword for lawlessness and hooliganism even during the days when he was the president of the country had wantonly and brazenly committed this wrong.

      Mahinda Rajapakse along with a group had gone to Kurunegala Baudhaloka Pirivena yesterday morning with a large quantity of Sil robes and made this distribution unlawfully. He had also gone to another temple in the same district and distributed Sil clothes despite the STF obstructing and objecting to this ilegal activity.

      In like manner Mahinda Rajapakse and his group had travelled to Wariyapola, Demataluwa, Dikwehera, Wedanda, Colombagama and Randeniya temples in about 12 vehicle displaying his candidate number , and distributed Sil clothes . It is learnt that today(16) too this illegal distribution is planned.

      UNP election chief monitor Karu Jayasuriya and CaFFE organization had lodged a complaint with the Elections commissioner Mahinda Deshapriya regarding this ourtrageous and grave election law violations.

      Mahinda Rajapakse who is by now regarded by one and all as a devil incarnate practising all the cardinal sins on earth including murdering , robbing,protecting rogues and criminals, violating laws brazenly , engaging in murderous and criminal activities is still unable to learn a lesson, or abandon his satanic propensities even after plunging his own people and the country into the deepest depths of despair through these habits and evils even when he was the president of the country. While all others are abiding by the laws, and in all other areas of the country laws are being upheld , Mahinda Rajapakse had proved beyond doubt the abusive epithets used to describe him are absolutely true . His shemeless unlawful actions are punishable grave offences under the law no matter what he distributed .

      The entire country is eagerly waiting and watching what action the Elections commissioner is going to take against Mahinda Rajapakse who has proved he is not only a law unto himself but lawlessness personified.

      The gravest danger is, by his outrageous disregard for the laws , he is setting a bad example to all other candidates let alone his own serious crimes committed. What would result if every candidate takes the law into his hands following his example ? The failure of the elections commissioner to take any action so far against the use of the opposition office for elections activities too is a most serious lapse, and must be given serious consideration.

      Photographs show how Mahinda Rajapkse under the guise of performing Sil and religious observances exploiting religion and even deceiving the deities , in order to outrageously violate laws by distributing Sil robes.

      Perhaps Mahinda has yet to realize no true religion or deity condones or connives at unlawful activities or encourages bribes .

      MaRa MaRa ChaTu MaRa is a Re-incarnation of Mara who opposed Buddha…

      Now MaRa Mara wants to confuse Buddhists using Mara deception tactics…

    • 2

      This is not a venerable monk. He is die hard UNPer in a monks garb. He did not complain when Pa.Cha.Ranwaka sent doughnuts [Edited out] to media houses.

    • 0


      RE: Sobhitha Thera Meets Elections Chief Over Rajapaksa’s “Sil Redi” Issue

      What is the Message of Ven. Maduluwawe Sobhitha Thera?

      Pretty Soon There will be an Auspicious Victory over MaRa, (Mara, Mahinda Rajapaksa ) will get rid of various misfortunes from MaRa and gain the bliss of Nirvana or Nibbana.

      MaRa MaRa Chatu MaRa Amana MaRa HoRa MaRa Dhushana MaRa..

      Jaya Mangala Gatha-Verses of Auspicious Victory (rare Pali version)-Buddhist Chants


      Uploaded on May 21, 2011

      Based on the Book of Protection (Paritta Sutta) from the Pali canon, the Jaya Mangala Gatha is sung here in a rare recording by the Mahabodhi Society of India in original Pali. The Jaya Mangala Gatha is a chant recommended by the Buddha to destroy negativity and to generate auspiciousness. It proclaims the 8 major victories of the Buddha which are:

      1) Victory over Mara (MaRa, Mara, Mahinda Rajapaksa)
      2) Victory over the demon Alavaka (Wimal Weerawansa)
      3) Victory over the wild elephant Nalagiri (Udaya Gamanpila)
      4) Victory over serial killer Angulimala ( Gotabaya Rajapaksa)
      5) Victory over the evil intentions of Cinca who sought to defame ( Pavitra)
      6) Victory over the haughty brahmin Saccaka (Vasudeva Nanaykkara)
      7) Victory over the serpent king Nandopananda (Susil Premajayantha)
      8) Victory over the false views of Brahma Baka (Anura Priyadharshana Yapa)

      It is important to understand that most of these are allegorical stories that relate to the Buddha defeating the negative aspects of his (Mara and Alavaka) and others’ minds.
      It is said that these verses if chanted with a clear and pure intention are helpful in protecting the seeker by attracting the Good around.
      The Pali pronunciation here is exemplary and difficult to find.

      English translation:

      Creating thousand hands, with weapons
      armed was Mara seated on the
      trumpeting, ferocious elephant Girimekhala.
      Him, together with his army, did the
      Lord of Sages subdue by means of generosity and other virtues.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      More violent than Mara were the
      indocile, obstinate demon Alavaka, who
      battled with the Buddha throughout the
      whole night.
      Him, did the Lord of Sages
      subdue by means of His patience and
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      Nalagiri, the mighty elephant, highly
      intoxicated was raging like a forest-fire
      and was terrible as thunder-bolt.
      Sprinkling the waters of loving-kindness,
      this ferocious Beast, did the Lord of
      Sages subdue.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      With uplifted sword, for a distance of
      three leagues, did wicked Angulimala
      run. The Lord of Sages subdued him by
      His psychic powers.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      Her belly bound with faggots, to simulate
      the bigness of pregnancy, Cinca, with
      harsh words made foul accusation in the
      midst of an assemblage. Her, did the
      Lord of Sages subdue by His serene and
      peaceful bearing.
      By its grace may Joyous victory be thine.

      Haughty Saccaka, who ignored truth, was
      like a banner in controversy, and his
      vision was blinded by his own
      disputation. Lighting the lamp of
      wisdom, Him did the Lord of Sages
      By its grace may Joyous victory be thine.

      The wise and powerful serpent
      Nandopananda, the Noble Sage caused
      to be subdued by the psychic power of
      his disciple son (Thero Moggallana).
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      The pure, radiant, majestic Brahma,
      named Baka, whose hand was grievously
      bitten by the snake of tenacious false-views,
      the Lord of Sages cure with His
      medicine of wisdom.
      By its grace may joyous victory be thine.

      The wise one, who daily recites and
      earnestly remembers these eight verses
      of joyous victory of the Budhha, will get
      rid of various misfortunes and gain the
      bliss of Nirvana.

    • 0

      maybe you should have joined him Leo….

    • 0

      Rev. Sobhitha is very vindictive.What a priest…who is to show loving kindness Why not he get Mahendran out and arrange his prosecution? Why not he get Ravi. K. out when he did illegal business with the fraud Rajaratnam now in U.S.jail has Kotahena KUDU connections.Why cannot he directly challenge Malwatte tradition of taking bribes to give Mahanayake positions. Why cannot he ask Maithree to inquire whether his party Sec. the former Samasamajist humiliate Anagarika Dharmapala at the Felicitation Ceremony to Dr Colvin R de Silva at the Navarangahala in or about 1982, and sack him from the post.

  • 62

    Again Mahinda’s actions does not sound he is learning or correcting himself to meet the present laws with regard to elections. What can you expect from him with all bad habits he is used to.

  • 16

    Why was the thero silent when colombo district UNP candidate distributed arrack bottles with his name label pasted?

    • 27

      There may be lot of violations but we should expect those who had highest positions and those who aim to become to higher positions in the public life should show some respect to law. Mahinda served almost a decade as a President and now trying to become PM. But he is misusing the most purified places (Devalaya) to violate the law. Throughout this campaign he misused Buddhist Temples for his own benefit and to create hatred against Tamils & Muslims.


    • 1

      What did you do when you saw those arrack bottles with special label? Why didn’t you take couple of photos and distributed them through social media? Are you a good human?

  • 6

    Upasaka Ammes don’t come to see Veberable Medulwewa Sobitha,

    Probably the Venerable Thero doesn’t know what our Sil ammes wear on Poya days.

    So he must be thinking that Mahinda Rajapaksa is giving them cool clothes just to get their votes.

    Understandable…And it is a violation of Yahapalanaya plus Election Rules as well..

    Wonder where the Venerable Sobitha will do polling duties tomorrow ?

    Is it in Kotahena, kurunduwatta or Nugegoda.

    Any way Budhu Saranai for your determination to protect our poor Sinhala Buddhists from Pathalaya, and Loan Sharks and give them Yahapalanaya..

  • 29

    Elcetion chief should hand out a disqualification to Mahinda and send him to the scrap heaps of history

  • 5

    I am loking out for a leaked document – Mahindas Declaration of Assets, for, if he has
    submitted one at least for the first time in his political career?

  • 6

    This rouge in robes is an insult to our religion.
    Those who enter monkhood has only one goal and that is to attain nibbana.
    Those who enter monkhood genuinely have renounce world and should not engage in politics.
    If one wants to get involved in politics,he should give up monkhood and disrobe himself.
    Without damaging reputation of Buddhism and good name of pious monks

  • 11

    What is EC’s (Macco) position on this. I agree that MR should get a disqualification note to MR

    • 0

      We are watching EC to deal with the distribution of Sil Redi. I hope proper action will be taken and he will be unseated if found guilty. Will EC has the courage to do so. If action is filed in the courts, I hope judges would give a verdict based on facts and not give a verdict like that of Sarath Silva and then admit and apologise they did the wrong thing.

  • 7

    Many have forgotten the basics. It is not the man who complained that matters but the complaint.

    This priest is in his eighties. If as you as you accuse he enjoyed his stay in Thailand – he must have performed a miracle.

  • 5

    These TACTICS adopted by the Rajapakse clan have many a significance to them. As things are rotting and turning from what they thought ought to be, the very SURVIVAL of their life styles are day by day slipping from their control. Their FUTURE SURVIVAL is in the balance, and if they cannot take control of the Legislature, that future will be doomed. Supposing the complaints against them are PROPERLY investigated and appropriate action is instituted through the legal system of the country, the whole family and including the GOONS will have no choice but live behind bars. To prevent that being happening they have planed this STRUGGLE to secure the control of the Legislature toward which goal they will resort to ANY and ALL TYPES of “DASTARDLY” activities in this election and after. This is the situation that the President has to deal with carefully and cautiously and be mindful of his own statement he made after winning the Presidential election on January 8th: “I and my family would have been five feet underground”.

  • 0

    [Edited out]

  • 5

    Sri Lanka is a place where those who dedicate themselves to fight for justice and better government get attacked, their reputations dragged in the mud. It does not matter the persons age, the fact that he is a very respected priest who is respected even among non Buddhist for his tireless campaign to rid this country of a despot. What a pathetic0 and shamefull bunch of sycophants who troll these web sites spewing their putrid venom.

  • 5

    Distribution of sil cloth in temples in alleged violation of election law is a matter that a monk can justifiably be concerned about (irrespective of his performance in Bangcock at age 80).

  • 1

    I refer the last line “I and my family would have been five feet underground”. The Municipal Ordnance requires all burials to be carried out 6ft under the surface. The common English proverb also refers to “6ft under the ground”.

    Why did this person say “5ft” ?

    The only reason that I can find is the threat was imaginary and non-existent.

    • 1


      Maraya Jarapassa takes contracts only for 5 fts and
      if does not wants to take any chances, He will go to, resort to previous system,
      called Brick klin treatment.

  • 8

    After 17th [ Today] Maendran Jarpassa will not have any REDDA to wear, so better to tell him to keep one Silredda for him.

  • 0

    This monk is bias. So far this monk who speaks for a just society had never uttered a word on the CB bond scam. What is this hatred? I believe this monk is a good Buddhist. If so what is wrong in offering sil redi? Sil redi is not Pol Arrack or Gal Arrack , jewellery or wrist watches or Gold chains.

  • 1

    Do gooders like Venerable Maduluwawave
    are indeed selective.

    He plays the role of Elections Commissioner,
    Vigillance Commissioner, Champion of Human
    Rights, Values etc etc.

    He even told Sri Lankans to be ready with their
    passports to go to hell.

    He has not spoken ONE word when Sirisena wrote
    that letter to Mahinda Rajapaksa.

    Rajapaksa and his family are all rogues who have
    put this country back to near stone age. Gotabaya
    the self appointed hero is one major shareholder.
    The other is Basil and Namal.

    That is NOT the issue. Here is a President of the
    Democratic Republic of Sri Lanka who is interfering
    in the right of the people to pick their representatives.

    If he did not want to make Rajapaksa a Prime Minister, he,
    as leader of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party should not have
    allowed him to contest.

    After meeting him secretly and giving him the nominations,
    he is saying he will not make him PM. What right has he
    to say that if it is the free will of the people who are
    deciding at the parliamentary election?

    Ranil Wickremesinghe has given Rajapaksa a new lease of life
    by secretly soft pedalling all investigations against him
    and family members. He even got Shiranth Rajapaksa questioned
    outside the FCID, at the Speaker’s residence. RW never made
    an effort to explain to the people the villany all Rajapaksa
    family members were upto when they were in power. Nor did he
    ensure even one case was tried in courts. Now he is facing the
    brunt of the Rajapaksa attack,

    What people forget is this – If Sirisena can do that to Rajapaka
    (refuse Premiership), he can do that to Wickremesinghe or Sajith
    Premadasa tomorrow.

    He has lowered the dignity of the high office of presidency and
    shown he is completely incapable of running the country.

  • 1

    Everyone is an opportunist. MR is trying to “buy” over the sangha with robes. But why not ask how many sangha members have made use of MR for their own benefits. The other O. Sobhita is good example. He has made good use of MR when he was in power, like getting MR to host tea for his overseas donors to impress them and win favour with the aim of getting more $$$. Or using MR’s influence to help his “business” friends. These hypocrites behind the robes are the cause of the death of Buddhism in this country. Mutual exploitation!!!

  • 0

    We are eagerly watching the action of our Election Commissioner who is doing a yeomen service,regarding the most outrageous and grave election law violation by M R by distributing “SIL REDI” when all others in all areas of the country,the laws are being upheld.This is the gentleman trying to become the PM to lead this country!

  • 1

    This monk, like all the others, should stay the hell away from politics !
    Sadly, even this guy has acquired a taste for the high life to come, just like the Orange Thug from Galaboda before him..

    • 0

      why – should he too let you guys loot the nation ?
      He is the father of nation actually, I am so happy this kind of monks are in action. I hat off to him. He is the most valuable monk of the day. Not the monk like BBS thakkadiya that would even eat the human flesh comforting his aggressions.

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