16 July, 2018

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Sangha Needs Cleansing

By Ameer Ali

Dr. Ameer Ali

When religion is politicised religious leaders lose their spiritual charisma and religious institutions become partisan players among competing political forces. This has been the sad story of Buddhism and its apex institution, Sangha, ever since SWRD began to exploit that religion and its monks to win his political battles. By the time he realised that by dragging Buddhism and the Sangha into political arena he had become captive to the demands of Sangha-backed reactionary forces within his cabinet could not turn his back on them. The moment he tried to resist their pressure he paid with his life. Regrettably, his successors did not learn any lesson from this saga except to continue politicising Buddhism and the Buddhist clergy to achieve and retain political power. Even Colvin R. de Silva, a Trotskyite and author of the 1972 constitution, could not escape leaning towards religion although he regretted later. It was his constitution, which made Buddhism the state religion. From then onwards the Sangha became a permanent player in Sri Lankan party politics.

Once the top echelons of the hierocracy started tasting the joys of political influence and power, it became only a matter of time before the demonstration effect percolated downwards to infect the lower ranks. Young members of the Sangha, with less commitment to monastic life and mort attracted by worldly pleasures, actively entered into the political arena. Soon they appeared on party political platforms canvassing on behalf of contesting candidates. They, in their saffron robes, participated, led and directed unruly and violent political demonstrations as happened in Aluthgama in 2014 and Digana in 2018. Contravening all Buddhist canons, they even justified violence on nationalistic grounds. At least one or two of them have even entered the country’s legislature as peoples’ representatives. There is nothing to stop them in the near future from holding cabinet positions. They will at least have a legitimate claim over the Ministry of Buddha Sasana. Is this the legitimate world of the Sangha? While Prince Siddhartha renounced all palatial comforts and worldly pleasures to attain Enlightenment, why are some of his disciples renouncing the enlightened path and embracing worldly comforts?

Politics is the art of the possible. The rough and tumble of politics allows room for corruption, nepotism, deception and many other forms of unethical behaviour. The term honest politician is an oxymoron. Sri Lankan politics, like in neighbouring countries, is notoriously corrupt. What is the guarantee that members of the Sangha who enter politics will not succumb to these evils? If they give in to such temptations, what sort of an image they create about the Sangha among Buddhist worshippers both at home and abroad? In the current political and ethnic turmoil the behaviour of a few monks have seriously damaged the reputation of this vital institution. It is time that the Sangha devices some internal mechanism to cleanse itself of the rotten apples. The need is there, but who should do it?

No outsider, and not even the government, can bring about the required change. Once a particular religion in a plural polity given the privilege of being the state religion its spiritual guardians sometimes forget to realise that their actions are not above the control of the secular laws of the country. However, the watchdogs of the constitution and political representatives in the parliament dare questioning the contraventions by religious leaders for fear of losing popular support at electoral contests. Rule of law breaks down in such situations. Thus, the task of cleansing the Sangha has to come from within. It can come either as a collective effort by the community of Mahanayakas or as an individual effort by a single charismatic monk. This has happened in the past and there is no reason why it cannot happen now. At a time when an aristocracy or ganinnanses, dominated the Buddhist Sasana and were more interested in rituals and worldly concerns than in the exegesis of texts and learning, there arose a charismatic figure and teacher par excellence, Valivita Saranamkara (1698-1778), who spearheaded the reorganization of Buddhism in Kandy. Within the Buddhist monastic community of today it is the silence of such reformers that has allowed the Sangha’s reputation tarnished because of the un-Buddhist behaviour of a few. Alternatively, leaders of Buddhist civil societies and learned scholars from the priesthood who are now heading various faculties in the universities can bring pressure upon the prelates to undertake such a reform. A reformed Sangha is an asset to every community in Sri Lanka.                             

*Dr. Ameer Ali, School of Business and Governance, Murdoch University, Western Australia

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    Ameer Ali: govt allows muslimsschools, Catholic schools,Tamil Schools and to build little Saudi Arabia in KAthankudy, QATAR or Baharain in Aluthgama which they call Darga town. govt involved and Kept Enderamulla as enderamulla adn not Akbar Town. What is wilpatthu called now another Little QATAR or rohingya state. bhikkus should learn buddhism again to respond to these. they do not have rights because muslims and protestans say so. AMMER ALI. PLEASE TRANSLATE THIS VIA GOOGLE -CHROME AND READ IT; https://www.mondialisation.ca/la-violence-religieuse-au-sri-lanka-et-le-pivot-us-vers-lasie/5624057 – Because, I think you can be rehabilitated.

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      Jim softy the donkey

      Why are you giving this website and how did you get it? When you see the article given on religious violence Sri Lanka you will note it was not an honest, truthful article. This news media most probably run by anti-Muslims including Zionist. Who is this bastard writer Gearóid Ó Colmáin? Looks a Swedish name and what is fed by Sri Lanka racist media he copied and wrote this article. Was this bugger was in Aluthgama or Kandy during the riots to know the real truth. Notwithstanding all the proofs Muslims have including videos he writes in Aluthgama when Buddhist priests going in three-wheeler 3 drunken Muslim youth waylaid and attacked them. About the recent Kandy riots he writes the same reason our racist media published. He writes Muslims attacked policemen with sticks. Not sticks but even if you just slap a policeman you will be made into pulp by our policemen, such is their mentality. Isn’t he is an anti-Muslim or getting information from anti-Muslims organization, sometimes from CIA and Mossad.

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    It is unfair to paint every monk with the same brush. I know a lot good monks who meets the spiritual needs of the congregation. Most militant monks are the young monks who are in robes just to get educated. Some monks use the robe as bullet proof vest. My belief is there nothing called a jihad in Buddhist teaching. Any military action should be the business of the military. When conflict starts it the military that has to do the fighting. None of the loud mouthed monks ever de-robed and joined the military defend the country. Cleansing as mentioned will never happen. Do what you can to live the Buddhist way of life.

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      How young is Gnanasara?

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      Kumar,

      You are wrong to assert that monks do not join the war effort if the situation demands it. The foremost example is the Gamini Kularatne aka Hasalaka Hero. He was a monk once but he joined the army after seeing the massacres like in Arantalawa.

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        Shenal

        “The foremost example is the Gamini Kularatne aka Hasalaka Hero.”

        So the Theravada Buddhism failed the Sangha or Sangha failed Buddhism. Maybe both failed each other hence the and concoction of Sinhala/Buddhism. In any case Sinhala/Buddhism has nothing to do with Buddhism (as we know it) as the awakened one taught to his followers.

        Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice, ………………

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          Native Vedda,

          Maybe Sinhala Buddhism has got nothing to do with Buddhism. Why do you care. Japan has Shinto Buddhism and Sri Lanka has Sinhalese Buddhism. You should rejoice for that. May be a “Hosanna” is in order.

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            Again you are making a mistake here Shenal. There is nothing called Shinto Buddhism. Shintoism is a separate philosophy followed like a religion. First study what Shintoism is and don’t try to make one. Sinhalese Buddhism, Thai Buddhism, Burmese Buddhism and others following the Buddhism of Indian Buddha. It was not created by Sinhalese race or other races.

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              Ralli Ameen,

              Sinhalese Buddhism has variation that are not found in the original Buddhism founded by Buddha himself. Even Mahayana is following the Buddhism of Indian Buddha. Are you denying that? Sinhalese also had a primitive religion prior to the introduction of Buddhism. The remnants of that can be witnessed in old Veddha religion. That is what people like RSS here claim to be Hinduism. Some traits of that old primitive religion is absorbed into the Buddhism when it took roots in Sri Lanka. That is what makes it unique.

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                Shenal

                You are not giving a direct answer. I said Shintoism and Buddhism are having different philosophies or religious views if you may call it that way. Shintoism was born around 5th century AD to distinguish native religion from Buddhism and Confucianism brought from China. I think majority Japanese follow Shintoism. Do you know Japanese Buddhist priest get married? This itself is a big difference from your Buddhism. I am not writing here which is correct or not correct but to point to you out there is nothing called Shinto Buddhism, it is like saying Christianity Buddhism.

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                Shenal, Who introduced Buddhism to this country? I have doubts about the “stories” we have been fed with.

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            Shenali

            “Japan has Shinto Buddhism”

            For others information:

            Shinto

            A Japanese religion dating from the early 8th century and incorporating the worship of ancestors and nature spirits and a belief in sacred power ( kami ) in both animate and inanimate things. It was the state religion of Japan until 1945.

            Tibetan Buddhism

            The religion of Tibet, a form of Mahayana Buddhism. It was formed in the 8th century AD from a combination of Buddhism and the indigenous Tibetan religion. The head of the religion is the Dalai Lama.

            What is Sinhalese Buddhism?

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        Shenal. They thrive on human blood, they cause wars, they sodomise Read Child abuse by monk at Habaraduwa
        All men who take to the robe should be emasculated by law.They should be starved for one month, if found to dealing with money. .

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        Shenal

        After Aranthalawa Massacre by the Tiger he disrobed and joined the army, why? It dawned on him force has to be met by force not mercy so Buddhism failed there. He had become a hero of Elephant pass fight. Of course rest of your monks were hiding inside the temple.

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          Ralli Ameen,

          Buddhism fails to answer worldly affairs like politics and war. Buddhism does not care about these things. They are not important to Buddhism. That is why we have to make exception of certain issues.

          You have first asserted that no Buddhist monks went to war. But I have proved you wrong. Now you changed the tune and say the rest of the monks were hiding in the temples. What do you expect that every monk to go to the war? That would have happen if conscription was introduced. But Sri Lanka never fell to that low level.

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            Shenal

            I am right that no Buddhist monks went to war and you are wrong. After he remove his robe and becomes a layman you cannot consider him as an monk. Hundreds of monk disrobe every year after getting their non-religious education and takes up various types of jobs, getting married so can you call them monks. If conscription was introduced it will definitely not for monks. If Buddhism fails to answer worldly affairs what the hell are the monks like Gnanasara doing? Why are they planting bo tree everywhere, keeping a statue and sit there? When a temple comes there, it will be min bank for them. You must follow what Buddhism preached you.

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              Ralli Ameen,

              What are you talking about? Sri Lanka army is a professional force but not a rag tag army like LTTE. They have procedures and policies to adhere to. Monks saffron robes cannot fight alongside their countrymen in the army. In order to do that the monk should be disrobed.

              What Gnanasara do is wrong in the sense of Buddhism preached by Buddha himself. But, people like Gnanasara is necessary for the Sinhalese Buddhism. They act as the bulwark against threats to Buddhism. Don’t you agree that someone needs to be their to protect Buddhism as a whole?

              Buddhism is not a rigid doctrine like your religion. Anyone can do what ever they like. Buddhism does not bar them from doing that.

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                Shenal

                What nonsense you are writing? Who said Sri Lanka army is not a professional force? How can rag tag LTTE keep you in bay for the last 30 years? We call our army security force of our country and we call LTTE a terrorist force. That was the only difference. Our army had auxiliary forces, one of them is Home Guards. Army would have welcomed the monks with both hand if they had gone to join them to fight. Gnanasara and the likes not protecting Buddhism, they act as bulwark together with racist to fight against unarmed minorities.

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        Would’nt it be better if Dr.Ameer Ali could launch a campaign to discourage members of his community from being involved in mass scale narcotics importation which is destroying the youth of Sri Lanka ?

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          nosey parker, that is you must do because 95% of narcotic importation is done by non-Muslims, even your ministers.

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        Hasalaka Hero is pure fiction made up by Premadasa and Lake House to uplift a morale which was really low at that time. Check back with Lake House to see what has happened to the Hasalaka Hero fund.

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      “When conflict starts it the military that has to do the fighting”
      You mean in the Tamil Tiger war, the conflict was started by the racists and military did the fighting?

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      Select one in ten and skin them alive to cleanse Buddhism. One could also roast them.The best to select will be those that went on the road re SAITM

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    Hi! Shenal, Tom and Shamal,

    “, if he is honest the same scrutiny shall be extended to Islam as well. Otherwise it seems hypocritical on his side,…”(Shenal)

    It seems that you have overlooked his write-ups criticizing so called Islamic practices whenever he sees them absurd . And we normally do self criticism on our way of belief with the changing circumstances otherwise we won’t be able to get right guidance.

    All religions which boast of their greatness have become a headache and problems(Tom)

    I accept 100%. Bad guys of all religions do n’t practice the religious doctrine, but their distorted thinking that goes with their desire, and make big noise suppressing the voice of pious one.

    “Let’s give Islam the foremost place in the constitution. ,…”(Shamal)

    Please, please do not do that for heaven sake. . We are experiencing the result of foremost place given to Singhale- Buddhism in Sri Lanka.

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      Ahmad Nadvi,

      I haven’t seen that he or any other Muslim apologetic criticize Islam which may bring core changes. But, he do the same for Sinhala Buddhism without remorse.

      If you upset about Buddhism getting foremost place in Sri Lanka, what is your opinion about Islam taking foremost places in Islamic countries. Specially in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan?

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        Shenal: That bis because you are blind to other people’s ideas.

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        Shenal,
        “I haven’t seen that he or any other Muslim apologetic criticize Islam “
        Don’t you know that it is a mortal sin for any Muslim , Buddhist, Hindu or Christian to criticize their religion? So someone else has to do it.

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        S.
        Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are countries which are politically dictatorships of some sort; not countries to be emulated; they are not democracies.
        Most of the killings in the world today are in Islamic countries for political reasons and there is a sectorial element associated with it for your information.
        Try not to be selective or is it ignorance?

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          Sarrij,

          Islam is not preaching about democracy also. Islamic Caliphates are also dictatorships. That is why those countries do not follow democratic practices.

          Just tell me Sarrij, does Islam has anything to do with politics or not? I bet it is as it claims to be the guide book for everything including how to govern a country.

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      Religion should be expunged from the constitution. Mark my words it will cause untold problems if not.

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        J&P

        Sensible people, particularly at this juncture in our political history, will surely
        agree with you – entirely. But that is easier said than done. Remember they own
        hundreds of thousands of valuable land and assets. While it remained in the background earlier, now it is openly vying for political power and material gains.

        Kettikaran

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          Hello, Kettikaran, where were you hiding all this time? Since IH and I managed to make short shrift of your know what, I thought you were finished, kaput, kalas – you know. Ketti, which weapon do you use for your circumcisions these days? Still that blunt rubber pihiya?

          I know why you want all that land. It is crawl in hide from me and to move about for exercise like those earth worms.

          Well KK you did not get it last time nor you will not get it this time. Of course you can keep trying. We are not going to stop that. But no land ownership for you hakarellas.

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    The mass of the Buddhist population here, lead by the more academic and educated among them,
    should see and recognise the doctrinaire part of the Sangha and the more earthly politically
    active part (e.g. Elle Gunawanse Thero and the like) The Buddhist public should be educated to realise the nuanced difference through sustained country-wide campaigns. Of course, the easiest thing to do is to create conditions for the more politically activist monks to leave the Sangha and chose lay life. But this will not happen. These characters want to have the cake and eat it as well. There is no denying the bulk of the Buddhist population are deeply concerned about the hijacking of the once pristine Sangha by political monks and the serious confusion that has since arisen. The former are themselves yearning for a welcome change and clean-up in the now many tiered Sangha.

    Until that day arrives Sri Lanka is unlikely to see political peace, economic advancement and national unity that everyone prays for.

    Backlash

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      Backlash,

      There are two main groups of Sangha in Sinhalese society. One group is the ascetics. They try to follow the path which was shown by Lord Buddha himself and attain Nirvana. The other group is the leaders of the lay followers. They are the once which concerned with day to day activities of the lay community and the political process as a whole. In my opinion that we need both of these communities if the Dhamma needs to be protected. As we all know, Buddhism is very peaceful and nihilistic dogma which has no concern of the worldly objectives. Therefore it is very susceptible to political changes. There should be a lay community which can protect the core of the Buddhist Dhamma along with the Sangha who can lead the lay followers.

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        Dear Shenal

        I have seen your regular interventions in these pages and am not sure you have the intellectual wherewithal to comment on the philosophical foundations of Buddhism, if you will forgive me. Nihilism, as I understand is, rejection of all religious and moral principles and the belief life is meaningless. What the sage of yore from the land of sanatana dharma preached is different.

        Contrary to what you state, there remain in Sinhala Buddhism more than one division of the Sangha. The divisions are also on the basis of caste – a feature Gauthama the Buddha abhorred and preached against.

        My humble view is that a committed Thera can prove to be a teacher of the many benefits of the Dhamma and, at the same time, bring relief to the “worldly” needs of his flock. Both can be done within the calm and resplendent confines of the Temple.

        Backlash

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          Backlash,

          I do not know if I have the intellectual wherewithal to speak on matters up to the level you wish. But, I will continue to put my two cents on matter I find interesting. It is my democratic right. You can correct me if I am wrong. I am very much happy to learn and grow.

          Buddhism for me is a nihilistic dogma to a certain degree. The core of the Buddhist teaching are of the meaninglessness of the life and how best we could avoid the danger of the Sansara. That is my understanding of the subject. You can correct me if I am wrong.

          There are indeed more than one division of the Sangha in Sinhala Buddhism. But they are sub divisions to what I have stated earlier. The castism in Sinhala Buddhism is a post-Buddha phenomenon concocted by bewildered men. Things like these happen in every religion as the time passes by.

          A committed Thera who is following the path to Nirvana cannot interfere with the world;y affairs of the masses specially politics. It is a quite different subject to what Buddha preaches. Even Emperor Ashoka was failed in this. How can we do better?

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            Shenali

            I share with you and those many pseudo-hacks in our political landscape who cunningly and aimlessly breathe jaathiya and aagama 24hrsx360 the wisdom of the German Philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer

            ““Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

            Backlash

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        Shenal ” The other group is the leaders of the lay followers. They are the once which concerned with day to day activities of the lay community and the political process as a whole. In my opinion that we need both of these communities if the Dhamma needs to be protected. As we all know, Buddhism is very peaceful and nihilistic dogma which has no concern of the worldly objectives. Therefore it is very susceptible to political changes. There should be a lay community which can protect the core of the Buddhist Dhamma along with the Sangha who can lead the lay followers.”
        They are the parasites.They should be tioed to lamp posts and stripped naked.

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          It is best to use rope made of human skin taken off the likes of Upali Wickramasinghe for this purpose. The skin is thick and unbreakable.

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            Babloo, I think it is better to use his tail. he has a long one, which may be used to tie him up and whip him with.

            How can he use his An Deka (Horns).

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        Shenal

        Don’t think you only know about Buddhism because you are a Buddhist. Lord Buddha firmly and very strongly stipulated that only those who strictly follows him, that is his ascetic life can teach laymen or any population who wants to follow his teachings. Later those greedy monks changed it in line with Brahmin priesthood to take the whip in their hand.

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          Ralli Ameen,

          You have to make the distinction between Buddhism and Sinhala Buddhism. We have a country to protect so that Buddha Sasana may flourish in it. It is a deviation from the original teachings of the Buddha but is also a necessity.

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          Ralli,
          Shenal is not a Buddhist. He said so himself a few weeks ago. Maybe he is a Muslim now.

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            oldcodger,

            I have no fear or respect for an imaginary god from the desert.

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              Are you a Buddhist or not? You can’t keep changing to suit your argument.

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      nana – Thanks for being brief ! How come this time you omitted your first and middle name, namely, T.. C.. Maybe “Percy”, “Rajan Wahab”, “Hora Police” etc. can help jog your memory!

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    I have not seen any decent Sinhala writers calling for cleansing in the ACJU or Muslims leadership. When the consultant Dr. Sarath Gamini came up asking Muslims to look in the mirror, all Muslim comments came blasting him from every corner and none of the decent Sinhalese came in his defense, except few worms as in anything, I guess they accepted he was wrong and/or the greedy, selfish doctors have no rights to arm peaceful living.

    Ameer Ali, my question is, why can’t our Muslim fellows do the same, if not, learn and follow them? It is too much for you to come and say Sangha needs cleansing when Sinhalese don’t come and say ACJU needs cleansing.

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    Avurudu Message from Damane Aththo

    Dear CT, I know that you have rule about language to be used. I hope that you will relax that just once to give this message from our Dambane Aththo. A translation would lose the spirit of the message.

    ලංකා දීපෙ ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක ඇත්තො භැටියට මට සේරටම පුංචි අවවාදයක් දෙන්න තියෙනව. ඔය අරාබියෙන් මංගච්චපු අය දඟලනව කොදොය්. සිංහල ඇත්තගෙ නහර වල මංගච්චන්නෙ රාවනා ලේ. උන්ගෙ වැඩ උන්ටම බල​ාගන්න දීල පැත්තකට මන්ද වෙලා හිටහල්ල​. එහෙම නොකොලොත් ආපහු අරාබි මංගච්චන්න වෙයි. එ්ක නවත්තන්න උඹලගෙ අල්ල​ා දෙයියන්ටවත් කොදොය්.

    Translation: As the leader of the native people of Sri Lanka I have give you this advice. Those who came from Arabia should not jump too much. The Sinhalese have Ravana blood in their veins.

    So you should not put your noses in to their affairs. Or else you may have to go back to Arabia. Even your God Allah will not be able to stop that.

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      Edwin Rodrgo

      ” Native Aethho, As the leader of the native people of Sri Lanka”

      “ලංකා දීපෙ ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක ඇත්තො භැටියට මට සේරටම පුංචි අවවාදයක් දෙන්න තියෙනව”

      ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක Gon Buruwa, this is the Land of Native Veddah Aethho. All others are Paras.

      “The Sinhalese have Ravana blood in their veins.”

      This Native Aethhoo, is another Idiot. He has to check the recent genetic studies that show clearly that the Para- Sinhala and Para-Tamils, and Para-Muslims are from India. Is he believing all the lies and imaginations of the Mahawamsa?

      Does he believe that the Sun goes around the Earth?

      Mitochondrial DNA history of Sri Lankan ethnic people: their relations within the island and with the Indian subcontinental populations

      https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

      Through a comparison with the mtDNA HVS-1 and part of HVS-2 of Indian database, both Tamils and Sinhalese clusters were affiliated with Indian subcontinent populations than Vedda people who are believed to be the native population of the island of Sri Lanka.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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        The Threat:

        Amarasiri, the Native Veddah Aththo whom you call Gon Booruwa requests me to convey this message to you.

        E ettanta kiyanna e kata gahapu (blabber) ekata kan deela mulu Dambanema kekulo kekliyo (young boys and girls) hondatama koroda vela inne (angry). Un kiyanawa oya makini (louse) ta kiyanna me paththa karak gahala ahuvunothin uge thibena ata pojja (whatever bones or testicles he has) manda karala (break up in to pieces) danawa kiyala.

        Mama unta keeva, e athtthanta okmekuge (buffalo) tharam mola pojjak (brain) nethi hindai ehema kata manda karanne. Kala bala venna kodoi. (Do not be impulsive).

        Kokatath e aththanta kiyanna tika dohokata (for a few days) Dambana pojje mangachchanava kodoi kiyala (not to hang around Dambana area)). Thiyena ata pojja nikan kodoyi karaganna oney nene. (no need to get whatever few bones, and/or testicles, you have destroyed for nothing)

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          Edwin Rodrgo:

          Somebody must tell the “ලංකා දීපෙ ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක ඇත්තො භැටියට මට සේරටම පුංචි අවවාදයක් දෙන්න තියෙනව”

          ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක, was taken for a ride, made into a fool, (Gonata Andanawa) to be a Gon Buruwa by the Para-Sinhala, to claim the true heritage of Native Veddah Aethho, as shown bu modern genetics.

          https://www.nature.com/articles/jhg2013112

          2. ” e athtthanta okmekuge (buffalo) tharam mola pojjak (brain) nethi hindai ehema kata manda karanne. Kala bala venna kodoi. “

          Ow, e Para-Sinhala Gon Aethhanta mola pojjak (brain) neha. Unge mola pojjak (brain) 79!

          National IQ Scores – Country Rankings

          https://photius.com/rankings/national_iq_scores_country_ranks.html

          The intelligence scores came from work carried out earlier this decade by Richard Lynn, a British psychologist, and Tatu Vanhanen, a Finnish political scientist, who analysed IQ studies from 113 countries, and from subsequent work by Jelte Wicherts, a Dutch psychologist.

          Countries are ranked highest to lowest national IQ score.

          3. Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha!-Shamini Serasinghe

          https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/mahavamsa-an-insult-to-the-buddha/

          Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha! by the Para-Sinhala.

          Mahavamsa- An Insult To The Buddha! by the Para-Sinhala.

          Is the ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක, Gon Buruwa, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and insult to the Aethho of the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, a Traitor for lying?

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            Amarasiri, do you ask for the IQ of your assailant, when he is about to grind your testicles in to a pulp? As confessed by a recent victim, the pain and suffering is unimaginable.

            The Kekulas showed me a clever device that they have indigenously developed to speed up the process and to ‘reduce’ the suffering. It consists of two long sturdy pieces of wood, with a fulcrum at one end. It is designed especially for the castration of cattle and buffaloes. But the Kekulas showed me how it can be adapted for use on humans.
            This is how it works. The testicles are placed between the pieces of wood about 10 inches away from the fulcrum. Then you hold the free ends and press them together. The Kekula, who got an A for Bhavuthika Vidyava (Physics) in GCE OL, told me there is something called the lever action, a force multiplier at work here. In view of the expected demand since 2015, they are developing a hydraulic powered Castrator Robot to handle the job.
            Anyway, coming back to IQ, Someone has said, “when your IQ rises to 28, sell”. So, Amrasiri, it will be time for you to start selling – not now – but soon. In the meantime, avoid the Veddah area unless you want to see the overseas coconuts (Elova pol).

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              Edwin Rodrigo Unnehe

              Not Bhavuthika Vidyava (Physics) . Teach Genetics Vidyava to the ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක so that he knows his hereditary, not the Para-hereditary,

              For the ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක, was taken for a ride, made into a fool, (Gonata Andanawa) to be a Gon Buruwa by the Para-Sinhala, is one thing, but to lie, knowingly lie, is another thing. Even the beliefs of the enlightened Buddha, said, Do NOT LIE, KEEP QUIET.

              For the ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක to give the true heritage of Native Veddah Aethho, as shown by modern genetics, to Para-Sinhala who really took their Native Land, is true treachery.

              Beside the so-called Ravana, is based on the imaginations of a Para-Indian, The epic, Ramayanaya, traditionally ascribed to the Hindu sage Valmiki, narrates the life of Rama,, written from about 500 BC to around 500 CE, and was not mentioned in the Deepawamsa, or Mahawamsa, in the lies and imaginations, nor supported by modern genetics. How come Monk Mahanama did not know about Valmiki Ramayana? Monk Mahanama talked about a Lion only, Sinhabahu.

              In the Buddhist variant of the Ramayana (Dasarathajātaka, #467), Dasharatha was king of Benares and not Ayodhya. This version does not include the abduction of Sītā.There is no Ravan in this version i.e. no Ram-ravan war.

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramayana

              Now by lying, the ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක, has become a Pachaya, a hooker for the Para-Sinhala, and have lost all respect of the Aethho. Now the Aethho need a NEW Aettho ආදි වාසින්ගෙ නායක. After All the Para in the Land replaced the Pachaya Rajapaksa නායක with another නායක, who is also turning out to be Pachaya.

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    Shenal,
    Once again Doc.Amir Ali hasn’t take issues with Buddhism, but Sangha..

    Saudi and Pakistan giving foremost place to Islam for them to see whether it makes problems for its minority population. If it’s then they got depart from that setup that is the Islamic ruling as far as I understand. Islam imposes on every one to be just and do.justice . It cares human and does not put one religious people more favourable than others. Acts count in Islam and not name.

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      Ahmad Nadvi,

      Yes indeed. He has taken the issues with Sangha. But the issue is that the particular group of Sangha which Mr. Ali is concerned with are not promoting the values of the Dhamma per se. These Sangha are concerned with issue related to the country and the politics as a whole. Therefore, it is hypocritical of Mr. Ali to comment on the behavior of Sangha in relation to Dhamma. Dhamma should not be taken into account here. That is what I believe.

      Islam segregates people into groups. At one part their are Ummah and the other Kafirs. That is not the point. If Saudi Arabia and Pakistan can amalgamate religion into the politics why can’t Sri Lanka do it? That is my point.

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        Shenal,
        “If Saudi Arabia and Pakistan can amalgamate religion into the politics “
        If you are so keen on following Saudi and Pakistan, why not also adopt beheading , FGM, child marriage, etc. Maybe it will stop incidents like the Sinhala Buddhists in Mirissa trying to rape tourists.

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          oldcodger,

          Just answer the question. Why is it wrong for Sri Lanka to be named as a Buddhist nation? Does it hinder any other religious practitioner from practicing his religion?

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            “Does it hinder any other religious practitioner from practicing his religion?.”
            Why don’t you ask the Christians who have their churches regularly burnt down? Or the Mahayana Buddhists who are not allowed to set up temples?

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              oldcodger,

              Where are the christian churches are getting burnt down regularly. That is a blatant lie and who says Mahayana Buddhists are not allowed to set up temples here?

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                Shenal,
                “Where are the christian churches are getting burnt down”
                Here is more for your education from CT itself: https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/sri-lankas-leadership-and-the-attacks-on-churches/
                As to Mahayana Buddhists, please give one location where LOCAL Mahayana Buddhists can worship?
                Here is an item from the “Daily Mirror” :
                http://www.dailymirror.lk/13851/tech

                The controversial Japanese Mahayana Temple located in an apartment at the Liberty Plaza in Kollupitiya said it would continue its religious activities in Sri Lanka despite an attempt by some Buddhist monks to stop them.
                A woman worshipper yesterday rejected allegations that the temple was a fraud and said it was purely a place where one could practice the teachings of the Buddha.
                She said the temple which had been operating for 17 years was registered with the Public Trustee as a Buddhist Centre. The Temple owned by a Japanese lady known as Ms. Komotso is married to a Sri Lankan and funds the temple and pays a monthly rent of Rs.100,000 to the Liberty Plaza.
                Last week several Buddhist monks and laymen protested outside the temple premises during a prayer session conducted by the Japanese monks.

                “The Buddhist monks forcibly entered the premises shouting out that we stop our prayer session. The monks said we should only have Theravada Buddhism in Sri Lanka and not Mahayana,” the worshipper said.
                I am sure you are a teenager living abroad. What else could explain such monumental ignorance?
                Blatant lie my foot! At least have the decency to admit when you are mistaken. Don’t go on like a spoilt kid.

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            Shenali

            “Why is it wrong for Sri Lanka to be named as a Buddhist nation? “

            Why should this country be named as a Buddhist nations? Could you tell us the basis by which you want to name it? What is the compulsion? Will it solve all those problems that the people are suffering from? Will it solve regional problem and feed millions of hungry Indians? Do you think the change will help Indians to build enough toilets? Will it feed millions of Africans? Will the act of naming this little island as being Buddhist nation stop wars all over the world?

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            Shenal,

            ” Why is it wrong for Sri Lanka to be named as a Buddhist nation? “

            The Land of Native Veddah Aethho should not be named a Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil, Para-Muslim, Para-Portuguese, Para, Para-Dutch, Para-English ( although it has been colonized by the Paras), nor based on their beliefs, unproven( or proven, not yet), as Buddhist, Christian, Islam, etc.

            Religion is a belief, and that can change. A land will not change except for geological and environmental reasons. The Land of Native Veddah Aethho was neither a Buddhist nor a Para country to begin with, despite many lies and imaginations.

            The idiots in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, did it for theit pwn self-interest.European Christianity did that too in the past, but not USA.

            Keep the beliefs separate from the Land, separate Church, Rligion from the State.

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    ISIS: Ralli Ameen shows typical signs of an ISIS member. They want to whip, skin alive, burn alive their perceived enemies. Te highly imaginative list goes on and on.

    1) Do you remember the Jordanian Pilot whom the ISIS captured and then slowly burned alive by hanging over a not so strong fire. The strength of that fire was well adjusted for a slow roasting. The man screamed for about 30 minutes. These Muslim guys are very good at roasting.

    2) We also remember the machine gunning of a woman in public by her own son for asking him not to join ISIS, which was sufficient proof that the mother was an infidel.

    How are they going to deal with our Sil Mathas? Rape them perhaps? Or are there any other things that you have picked from your book which we cannot even imagine.

    The funny thing is that thee are all recommended in their Holy Book.

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      edwin rodrigo

      You have a Christian name or are you a suddas slave. They keep Christian names to their slaves. Anyway if I am an ISIS member you should love me instead of attacking me because ISIS is Catholic US and Jew Zionist baby. Typical slave writing following their masters.

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        ISIS & Ralli: I am not attacking you Ralli. If I could give you a soft-hug I would do it. Metta sloshes inside a partially filled Kalagediya. I love you because I have Metta (to be clearly distinguished from mattress).

        So, ISIS is US inspired and not Islamic? Ralli, I think you should start praying to Allah more and more. You cannot write an article and give a fictitious name to CT. So you are really Ralli. They are not going to standby and watch while the so called Muslims like Ralli insult them as American, Cathloic, Zionist et al. They are going to come after you and then terminate1 you Jihadi John style. Oh Allah! What an idiot! what a donkey! what a brainless nit wit you are.

        Let this be a lesson to all. Don’t play with ISIS. Don’t insult ISIS. Or you are going to conk out Jihadi John style. Allah is useless here. Beg CT not to give your whereabouts to anyone. Hopefully that will save your worthless life.

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    E Rodrigo

    The problem with the Sinhalese Buddhist is that they don’t have any problem in lying because the philosophy doesn’t restrict it, hence 99% of them lie through their nose. You can see this in this column as well, they don’t have any shame in lying.

    I saw someone here saying that the Muslims are bringing drugs to the country, before making an allegation, he should check the facts, how many Sinhalese and how many Muslims were put behind for drug trafficking in the last 12 months

    No shame whatsoever

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      Concerned citizen, first you say, I saw someone here saying that the Muslims are bringing drugs to the country, before making an allegation, he should check the facts, how many Sinhalese and how many Muslims were put behind for drug trafficking in the last 12 months.” and in the same breath you say, The problem with the Sinhalese Buddhist is that they don’t have any problem in lying because the philosophy doesn’t restrict it, hence 99% of them lie through their nose.

      Anyone should be able to see through your duplicity here. I don’t know what you are really concerned about. But it certainly is not the truth.

      To quote, T. Josh Billings, there are some people so addicted to exaggeration that they can’t tell the truth without lying. I don’t know who the hell Josh is, but I am sure he knows you because you must have inspired him to come out with that. Great achievement CC. Keep on lying.

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      Liar Liar: Our Concerned Citizen, who seems to be concerned about everything except truth itself seems to have inspired A. A. Milne to say, If one is to be called a liar, one may as well make an effort to deserve the name, in fact, CC seems to be overdoing things by the way he is making a giant effort.

      He says 99% of the Sinhalese lie through their noses.

      So, CC what is the problem?

      1) Is it that 99% use the nose to lie?
      2) Or is it that the Sinhalese lie?

      I don’t know which bodily orifice CC and his fellow Muslims use for lying, but from the stink one can make an intelligent guess which orifice it is. On Fridays, the stink is overpowering because the religious leaders join in. In other religions, when followers come out of a place of worship (a Church, Kovil or a Temple), they are calmer, happier and more tolerant. This is not so in the case of CC’s faith. They come out like drunkards out of taverns, ready to kill, maim or rape in the name of God, the all merciful.

      No one except his closest comrades will believe an OCL (Obsessive Compulsive Liar) like CC, even when he speaks the truth. That is from Aesop but it is not a fable.

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    The Biggest Lie: Ralli, you say that the 99% pf Sinhalese are shameless liars and the Sangha needs cleaning. Wrong! To find out what the biggest and the most harmful lie in the world is, one has to only turn to the first page of Quran. It starts with a big lie – the biggest – “In the name of Allah the Compassionate…..” There is nothing compassionate about Allah. For compassion Allah gets 0 out of 10. Good thing he is a hoax. Good thing such a God does not exist, Otherwise 75% of the people in the world would be dead. Compassion- indeed!

    So you see Ralli. You Muslims start with a lie, perpetuate it throughout your lives and then you die most probably thanks to another Muslim of a different sect. And that is it. You do so much damage, live a life that is a big lie and then conk off.

    So, what I suggest is, leave us alone. The priests may not be ideal but if you leave them alone they will leave you alone. And we will leave you alone too. The other option is you go on making unjustifiable accusations and one fine day we can arrange for a Shiite to do the good work for us. As is happening in Syria or Yemen. We will not get involved because it is Pranaghatha. But we shall see it done with precision.

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      Babloo donkey, just prove where did I say 99% Sinhalese are shameless liars. You are proving yourself you all are third rate liars. Shiite are good pokers, are getting poked?

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        Ralli. I am a new writer. Make mistake. I meant the Concerned Citizen. Al Hamdullah! No harm done I hope. Sorry about it. However, if you start with the second sentence, after “To find out …… it applies to all Muslims, you included.

        But you should also try to use your brains, or whatever is left of it, after all the damage done by Islam. I know it is difficult because, reading the Quran in the Madrasa while moving your head back and forth from your childhood, your nuts may have got loose. Anyway, from the left alignment of the comment, you should have noticed that it was in response to a comment by CC. But then Islam has made you guys more stupid than donkeys and someone has to point out that.

        No. No. by left alignment, I don’t mean politically. I mean format wise.

        Hope Uruwarige Vanniya will not continue commenting. I know that Muslims don’t care for caste, family roots etc. They only care for an unseen, unheard and non existing Allah who created everything including the despicable pigs. But the Uru warige… that is upsetting.

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    I think we missed the point which was raised by the author which is to say should a “nation and her subjects” be degraded to a level where a head state was gunned down for his politics? and cause others who do not want to be “liberated” in this manner give into the same ever since independence correct? In fact it is “not” about Buddhism for the prosperity of the entire nation/humanity but about a “group” of men who “do not follow Buddhism” fulfilling their “needs” at the expense of fellow citizens arms/limbs and life’s? We have lost few hundred thousand children of “mother Lanka” since independence due to never ending violence?? This at the expense of the “state” need to be evaluated by an “independent body” as to what it realy means to be a “state” sponsored religion and the benefactors are exactly who etc?? Specially when we give away/donate our “children” to this religion?? their entire life journey need to be “fully mapped out” as to what really happens to them mentally and physically as they grow up as men?? When I watch “some” of these men in rope (they are indeed our children litrally) who suppose to be “serving the people” and “protecting them from harm” instead showing aggression/hand and physical gestures requires serious law enforcement involvement/mental health checks for their well being as well for the masses safety equally too. We have “millions” of issues with other religions too in our country they all need to be discussed openly in a “godly” way as part of the “nation building” exercise for a better tomorrow. It is a shame we have all the great “religions” preaching the need for “care for each other and our environment”…….but “some” practice the opposite…….then we need to check if this “some” are working for any foreign agendas too??

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