5 July, 2022

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The Tragicomic ‘Sinha-Le’ Tribe

By Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

Sharmini Serasinghe

It is indeed ironic and tragically hilarious, that while Sri Lanka boasts of a 2500 year-old culture, and one of the highest literacy rates in Asia (the ability to read and write), those claiming relationship to a four-legged beast (lion) today; its ‘Sinha-Le’ tribe, is unable to separate allegory and myth, from fact. After all, the ability to read and write doesn’t guarantee intelligence, common sense or wisdom, does it?

What is most hilarious is that, by claiming bloodline to a beast, they are also admitting to being subhuman, the qualities of which, they have no qualms about displaying unashamedly, in the public arena. Is this what our 2500 year-old culture has produced?

This unique beast-blooded tribe, which also appears to have inherited its level of intelligence, also seems unable to distinguish between the Dhamma, and the Mahavamsa. Yet, they insist on calling themselves ‘Buddhists’, and the ‘guardians’ of Buddhism.

The lion that gave rise to this progeny must surely, hang its head in shame, while those of us Sinhalese, fortunate to have human blood running though our veins, can only shake our heads in despair!

buddhist_monks_protestTypically, as is the norm with this part-beast tribe; gullibility is also in their genes. Hence, it is no surprise at all they have yet again fallen, hook, line and sinker, for a desperate and devious effort, by those who bit the dust in January 2015.

Sinha Le is their latest tragicomedy. And, with no surprises once again, it is the lion blooded saffron-robed, who are its main actors, performing at their best.

When oh when, will these fallen despots cease using the saffron-robed, as a means to their dubious ends?

While all human-blooded Buddhists agree, that the Dhamma needs no protection from any force or anyone, the image of Buddhism in Lanka; marketed as a Buddhist nation, has suffered immensely, not at the hands of others, but the paws of the subhuman Sinha Le-Buddhist tribe; a tribe unto themselves!

Attempts by the incumbent regime, to rein in the rampaging lion-blooded saffron-robed, through the Theravadi Bhikku Kathikawath Bill, has already come up against its first obstacle; a petition to the Supreme Court, challenging the constitutionality of the Bill.

The ousted despots now worming around, with neither credibility nor status worthy of mention, will manipulate their robed puppets, and go to the ends of the earth, to stop this Bill ever seeing the light of day. Or else, their ‘weapon of mass destruction’; the saffron robe, will cease to be, the power it now wields.

For the sake of peace and stability of this ravaged country, I hope they fail in their evil endeavour!

What we are now seeing today, is recent history repeating itself, when a similar attempt was made in 2012, to contain the systemic decay that has been eroding the character of the Sangha, for decades. As was the norm in the days gone by, the then government’s favourite whipping boy; “international conspiracy” was blamed for this move, and shouted down.

In late May 2012, MP Wijeyadasa Rajapakshe tabled a Private Member’s Bill in Parliament, seeking an amendment to Sri Lanka’s Constitution, to prevent a priest of any religion, becoming a member of Sri Lanka’s legislature.

Reportedly, the MP’s intention, in doing so, had been to maintain and preserve the integrity and dignity of all religions. It is obvious, that the MP had the Buddhist clergy in mind, as no priest of any other religion, is a Member of Parliament.

As was to be expected, the most strident opposition to the proposed Bill was, from the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU), of the time. The Bill was doomed, when President Mahinda Rajapaksa reportedly, informed the parties of his ruling coalition, to vote against the proposed bill. This was despite, the entire process by which the Bill was arrived at, having received the blessings of the Chief Prelates of all the four main Nikāyas in Sri Lanka.

Regards the latest Theravadi Bhikku Kathikawath Bill, amongst the many grievances put forward by the ‘Sinha-Le’ monks opposed to the Bill, is that their wings will be clipped if passed; thus, preventing them from meddling in issues of national interest and occult practices.

Regarding national interest, why do we need Buddhist monks also stirring the pot of national interest, when we have an abundance of the laity in parliament, to do the needful?

For centuries past, the Sangha merely played the role of advisors to the rulers of the country, as opposed to actively engaging in politics. They didn’t meddle in matters of governance, and become a nuisance to the public, as we see today. Hence their active interference in national interest thus far, has only been to the nation’s detriment; making the process of peace and reconciliation, a near impossibility, in this land!

National interest is the business of the laity, not of the Buddhist monks, who are supposed to have renounced all; broken the fetters that tie them to lay life, in order to follow the path of the Dhamma. However if they insist, they must disrobe and do so. But, they will not, for without the saffron robe, they wield no power. Hence the need to, eat the cake and have it.

On engaging in occult practices, where in the Vinaya Pitaka or anywhere in the Tripitaka is it mentioned, that a Buddhist monk is permitted to do so? In a pathetic attempt to justify their meddling in witchcraft, they have, reportedly, lumped it together with Bodhi Pooja, defining the harmless latter, also as an occult practice.

Since time immemorial, Buddhist monks, contrary to the very teachings of the Buddha, have been involved in witchcraft and casting of horoscopes; the latter borrowed, from Hinduism, as is the case, with all the practices denounced by the Buddha, found in Buddhist culture.

Hindu cultural practices, including idol and symbol worship which the Buddha denounced and did away with in Buddhism, were introduced to the Buddhist laity as ‘Buddhism’, by none other than Buddhist monks themselves. This they did, for their own advantage, and the sole purpose of ingratiating themselves into lay society. As a result of this confusion, most Buddhists today, cannot distinguish between the Dhamma and Buddhist culture, as they regard both, as one and the same.

Instead of interfering in matters of national interest, the Sangha needs to return to their true calling, and practice as well as propagate the message of the learned one; the Buddha. The moral depths the Sinha-Le tribe has sunk to, is an indictment of how the messengers of the Buddha’s teachings (Bhikkus), have failed in their mission thus far.

Sri Lanka’s post-independence political history is replete, with how the interference of Buddhist monks in issues of national interest; peace and reconciliation, have been, to the detriment of this land. Is this to be a tradition continued, in matters of national interest?

How much longer are we to allow it?

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  • 14
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    Would this Lady tell us her views about the prevention of religious conversions bill and the opposition to it mainly by Christians/Catholics?

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      From a very young age, every innocent Sinhala Buddhist child in Sri Lanka is brainwashed by engraving the Mahavamsa Mindset and Sinhala Buddhist racism into their sub-conscious minds. They are taught to believe the myth that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country and the non-Sinhala Buddhists (Tamils) are invaders who do not belong to Sri Lanka. All the Tamils should be chased away to Tamil Nadu just the way their ancient National hero King Dutugemunu did. The country (Sri Lanka), Sinhala race and Buddhism should be protected from the Tamils. Now, from recently, they have also included the Muslims and Christians in those needing to be thrown out. Due to the above conditioning, the Sinhala-Buddhist majority believes that the entire Sri Lanka belongs to them and the minorities are aliens.

      It is called the Mahavamsa mindset of the Sinhalese which is the most serious problem in Sri Lanka. The Buddhist monk Mahanama in the 4th Century AD wrote what he thought occurred in the 5th Century BC. His Mahavamsa Myth created an imaginary link between Country-Race-Religion and made it into one unit, whereby Sri Lanka (Dhamma Deepa) and Buddhism (Buddha Sasana) will be protected by Buddha’s chosen people (Sinhalese) and therefore Sri Lanka is Sinhala-Buddhist.

      UNFORTUNATELY, THIS IS THE CURSE THAT POOR SRI LANKA IS PAYING FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DECADES….

      If the Sinhalese do not abandon this Mahavamsa mindset – that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala-Buddhist country and all others are outsiders (only allowed to live) who do not have any legitimate claim or rights to Sri Lanka, only the country will suffer and Sri Lanka will remain a Pariah state in the in the books of the International community. At independence in 1948 Sri Lanka was the second best economy in Asia, today we are one of the worst. All because of the foolishness of the Sinhalese in trying to suppress the minorities. When there is no peace for the minorities, there won’t be any peace for the majority either. The Sinhalese must understand this basic law

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        This nation should not disregard its most ancient (world’s first written national history) document just because confused Gembas like “Suresh” wants.

        There are many Sinhala [Edited out] author here, and Tamil and Thambi separists who do not like this document because they simply can’t match its content or the historical accuracy.

        Mahavamsa should be the formative influence of the Sinhala and Sri Lankan mindset. It is much better than the lie-ridden Bible and the mythical Quran.

        Suresh should be condemned to eternity in hell.

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          Adjutant,

          You seem to be a classic example of a subhuman of the Sinha-Le tribe, Ms. Serasinghe describes above.

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          Adjutant, AT…TAIN……SHAN! Now listen here.

          There are good messages, and there is good clergy.

          Then there is BAD clergy. They twist the message. They pollute your mind. They fuck your lives up.

          They then proceed to to the coup de grace. For this they need the invaluable assistance of the crooked politician. Hand in hand they will fuck us ALL up BIG time.

          That is why we need to call HALT! to their wily ways.

          I make no apology for the ‘mariakadde-isation’ here of the English language. It is in the hope that this message gets across to the twisted minds out there.

          Adjutant….Deeees…miss! Go and live peacefully with ALL your fellow citizens.

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          #“This nation should not disregard its most ancient (world’s first written national history) document just because confused Gembas like “Suresh” wants.”#

          My foot!
          One of the BEST jokes ever, I am still laughing.

          Adjutant seems to be totally confused not only between Truth & Myth but also many other things like history & historical fiction, national history & mythical Buddhist history, etc.

          “World’s first written national history”, LOL!

          #“they simply can’t match its content or the historical accuracy”#

          One day when Suppadevi was travelling to Magadha country, the country where Buddha lived, she fell in love with a lion. The union between princess Suppadevi and the lion bore twins, a daughter and a son. The son’s hands and feet were formed like a lion’s and therefore she named him Sinhabahu, but the daughter (she named) Sinhasivali. When he reached sixteen years, Sinhabahu killed his father the lion for a reward and was offered the throne of Vanga. He declined the offer and built his own city Sinhapura in his native country Lala. Then he made his own twin sister Sinhasivali his consort – this is an act of incest, a crime punishable by law in a civilised society. . It is out of this act of incest that the originator of the Sinhala race and the custodian of Buddhism, prince Vijaya, was born as the eldest of 32 children (16 twins). Vijaya was banished with 700 of his men by his father King Sinhabahu for evil conduct by shaving half the head and put them on a ship and sent them forth upon the sea, and he landed in Lanka, in the region called Tambapanni, on the day of Gautama Buddha’s passing away.

          Very Accurate indeed!

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            Ha, ha, ha…

            Buddha has chosen a man of evil conduct, a son of a beast and father killer born through an act of incest and banished from his country with half shaven head as the guardian of Buddhism. No wonder his chosen people (Sinhala-Buddhists) are guarding the so called ‘Buddha’s philosophy’ by using violence and adhamma.

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            Confused Gemba:-

            “He declined the offer and built his own city Sinhapura in his native country Lala.”

            Is this how the Name ‘Lala Land’ originated?

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      Not only Mahawanse, we also need to turn Mahinda Rajapakshes to good if this country at all to change towards the civlizsation. And people would never change their attitudes easily – so long senior politicians would not behave exemplary.

      Alone the critics made by Former President on the arrest of Ghansara makes it crystal clear that Rajapakshes are behind BBS or any violent making movements.

      This is a greater threat to lanken democracy.

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        If you would wait to see Rajapaishes are changing …

        then Pigs might fly..

        you would never be able to straighten the dog s tail.

        They are so uneducated rascals just see the moment of joy. No matter anything and everything would have been destructed by their actions, they just react.

        I bet there are no good journos to critically question the Rajapakshe as to why he added the kind of statement yesterday being proxy to Pseudo monks and the arrest.

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      The people engaged in unethical conversions are Evangelical lunatics like AOD and Seventh Day Adventists. While it’s obvious a law needs to be brought in to rein them in, how does one define a “forced conversion”? Also, I love that you’#re conflating the Catholic church, which has tried time and time again to bring these other ‘churches’ to heel (Google is surprisingly informative on what Malcolm Ranjith himself has been doing to move against these evangelical groups), with these lunatics. Shows just how aware of ground realities people like you are.

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        KP, I am not afraid to say that I am “a Evangelical lunatic”, which means I am a committed and convicted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. He NEVER espoused violence, only love and tolerance. Also, He never said to “convert” anyone to Christianity, as you are misled to think: all He said is, “Go to all parts of the world and SHARE the good news of Salvation with all who will listen.

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      Appu,
      If the Buddhist priests give up politics and other worldly pleasures and look after the spirituality of the Buddhist people there is no need of Bills to prevent religious conversions.

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      Someone told me long ago that for Buddhists it’s PROPAGATION. Nothing so ‘crude’ as CONVERSION. There you have it.

      We’ve come a long way from GOVERNMENT CHRISTIAN to GOVERNMENT BUDDHIST.

      I still cannot understand why a good message, or, a deity no less, requires state protection.

      http://www.paramadhammachetiya.org/services/propagation-buddhism-foreign-lands/

      PROPAGATION OF BUDDHISM IN FOREIGN LANDS
      Following are some distinguished Buddhist prelates emerged from Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena who are, either at present or in the past, devotedly involved in propagation of Buddhism in different parts of the world
      .
      .
      Currently Ven. Seelananda Thera resides as the Vice Abbot and Vice President of ‘The Bhavana Society Forest Meditation Centre’ in West Virginia, USA
      In 2004 Ven.Wimalasara Thera visited USA on an invitation from most Ven. Aggamaha pandita Dr Walpola Piyananda Nayaka Thera, the Abbot of Dharma Vijaya Buddhist Vihara in Los Angeles. He has been a resident monk at Dharma Vijaya Viharasince then and has conducted numerous religious and education programs and travelled throughout US and Canada propagating Dhamma.


      Ven. Wimalasara Thera participates in Dhammadutha programs by often traveling to Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore , Taiwan, Thailand, India , Nepal, South Korea, Indonesia, Japan and the United Kingdom.
      One of his current projects is propagation of Buddhism in India by ordination and training Indian monks at Bodh Gaya. Some of these novice monks are currently studying at Parama Dhamma Chetiya Pirivena.

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      See how the guardians of Buddhism are behaving. A real disgrace to poor Buddha the enlightened one. What will the non-Buddhists thinks of Buddhism?

      This is the fate of Buddhism in Sri Lanka, very unfortunate.

      However, almost all the Theravada Buddhist countries are poverty stricken third world countries, with lots of problems such as war, prostitution, etc. and they continue to beg the first world Christian countries. They will never come out of the hell hole as long as these dirty Buddhist Bikkhus are there. Remember, the number one (WORST) among them are the so called big fat skin headed Buddhist Bikkus, specially the Sri Lankan type (like Gnasara) and they are the main cause for all the problems in Sri Lanka.

      Sir John Kotalawela once told when buddhist monks were getting too involved with his work, must apply ‘thaara to their thatta’ and send them to the temples to practice what they preach.

      Sinhala-Buddhist monks are a total waste of space. Put them all in jail and this country would be a much better place to live in.

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        Native Lankan

        “Sinhala-Buddhist monks are a total waste of space. Put them all in jail and this country would be a much better place to live in.”

        The Land of Native Veddah Aethho needs a Mustafa Kamel Ataturk, like The Republic of Turkey, who put the Ulema in their place.

  • 24
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    Shortly the jackals will be baying with their rabid comments on this article. They’ll do so behind gutless fictitious names. No Sinha-Le when it comes to being honest and brave.
    Dionysus

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    If only the english speaking elite of colombo spent half of the time they spend writing online articles into actually getting down to grassroots and educating the ignorant masses then a lot of these problems would never have occured. I’m not going to join the tribe praising the writer for preaching to the choir. There is a lot of work to be done, and writing articles isn’t going to do any good.

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      I think the writer has done a good job. Pen is mightier than the sword. I wish this article can be translated and published in the popular newspapers

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      Sharmini
      I can laud you for saying all what you you have bravely stated as a Lankan woman who understands the worth and Truth of Buddhist philosophy.
      But most humans have no real patience or capacity to pause and abide not only with the good thoughts proclaimed by the Buddha or for that matter any religious prophet of savant.
      That is why as another commentator Sripala has stated elsewhere in this forum, it is high time the Colombo English educated elite decide to do something about educating and to serve and inform the rural folk by persuading them to see things in a right perspective and identify their real enemies who go about the country shave headed and in yellow robes.
      That battle no doubt will a a long and arduous and could take decades.
      But if we shy away from that, then fascistic forces will act to sabotage any democratic progress and divert the attention of the lumpen section to resort to lawlessness and conflict by resorting to racism.
      The BBS and Ganassara Thero are puppets doing exactly that work as manipulated and financed by fascistic forces waiting in the wing to take power.

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      Siripala,

      Haven’t I told you time and again to keep your stupid trap shut?

      How do you expect a handful of “english speaking elite of colombo” to educate millions of the “ignorant masses”?

      Only a nit brain like you will come up with such an idiotic suggestion.

      The idiotic masses which includes the likes of you, are already brainwashed and beyond hope.

      It’s the young children; the future generations that have to be guided on the right path. Or else, we will have more and more silly creatures like you, coming up with such idiotic ideas.

  • 34
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    Shamini

    Well written article, can’t agree with you more, not because you’re bashing the saffron clad monks, but because you bode well for the race, community and the country as a whole.

    The problem with the section of the saffron clad monks is that they don’t understand the Dhamma correctly and at the same time they don’t have anything else to do, don’t have a family, no children to look after, no jobs to be get stressed at, basically they are totally idle, so now they are keeping themselves busy with hate politics thinking they are saving the country, I guess they really need some proper guidance.

    You know what they say about an idle mind, it’s a devil’s workplace

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    A Quote from Voltaire:-

    “It is difficult to Free Fools from the Chains they Revere!”

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      Hamlet

      “It is difficult to Free Fools from the Chains they Revere!”

      Fools believe Stupidity is a Virtue- Amarasiri

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        “Fools believe Stupidity is a Virtue-Amarasiri;”

        EXACTLY!!!!But they manage to get more people on to their side. How?

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          Probably Voltaire was referring to Hamlet and Amarasiri when he was writing it!

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    According to the Mahavamsa, brutishness, bestiality, incest, patricide and profligacy, were the stuff of Sinhalese genesis. On the other hand, the colonials identified the Sinhala race was very lazy, violent, racist, hateful, jealous and mean spirited.

    Has 2500 years of Buddhism in Sri Lanka influenced any major changes in the Sinhala society in terms of attitude, character, behavior, morality and so on?

    NO not at all, it failed miserably, Buddhism is a total failure in Sri Lanka.

    Professor Carlo Fonseka wrote in “The Island” news paper: “I do not find that reading the Mahavamsa enhances my self-esteem as a Sinhalese. On the contrary I feel greatly embarrassed and deeply humiliated when I learn that we the Sinhalese are the descendants of Vijaya, the banished profligate son of an incestuous marriage between (Sihabahu) and sister (Sihasivali) whose mother was so exceedingly lustful that only a real lion could satisfy her sexually. Moreover, Sihabahu killed his leonine father, the king of the brutes […] Thus, according to the Mahavamsa, brutishness, bestiality, incest, patricide and profligacy, were the stuff of our genesis […] of the 54 rulers recounted in the Mahavamsa, 22 were murdered by their successors; 11 were overthrown; 13 killed were killed in battle and 6 were assassinated”.

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    Few years ago Germany s NRW has ordered dogs owners not to allow their dogs go out without wearing a Katakaliyawa (mouth covering)- these should be imposed to lanken violent monks – time has come to do so. Rigorous law enforcement can tame them for sure. We need to start today not tomororw.

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      I personally believe, these monks stay behind sanga constumes not becaues they like or respect it – but to abuse dana and other donations. After the kind of monks got their schooling or degrees done, they voluntarily join the lay people. So in the what they did was- nothing else, just destroyed themselves their youth – being hidden behind the SIWURA not becaues they respected it. But to abuse the lanken Sanga culture.
      As it is the case for any average youth, they should have wishes, likes, but as a sanga – they have to suppress all of them – in a incident like the kind on the picture, they try to live up their unrest. That is it.

      There should be code of behavioural conduct to MONKS – Malwathu or other prelates must bring them together with lanken law and order authorities. Else, these men that have no knoweldge about the law and order will create only violence sending a bad picture about ENTIRE sanga community of the country.

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        Yes, DANBATH URAs behaved not second to real pigs day before yesterday.

        So called Buddhist monks that seek justice behave so violent… sending the wrong message across the island nation and to the world.

        I think Law is no longer sufficient to tame these men.

        Good luck to lankans.

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    The Lion cub was asking from his Papa Lion, why the drug addicts and other notorious fellows in Sri Lanka are claiming themselves as Sinha Le,
    I do not know why? my Son the Lion Papa said I am ashamed of myself and scared to face your Mother now.

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    Gnanasara should have been tried for man slaughter for the riots and sussequent deaths in Dharga Town.

    He and his gang of monks are devils incarnate… lord buddha will holx his head down in shame…

    You need to gnasara’s dance in sri lanka guardian.. what an animal…sinha.le

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      Just Ghanasara or along with Rajapakshes ? Since now it is becoming glass clear that Rajapakshes were the might behind all attacks … so what would you think ? Show your emotions as a srilankens – these men dont differenziate the race when attacking the innocient, sometimes, respectful people. Silent buddhist majority are tremoured by the actions of these violent groups. These were bred by Rajapakshe et al for their political surivivval and greediness.
      What do you think as to why former president added his evasive thoughts at Abahaya rama on the arrest of Ghanasara balusara day before yesterday ?That proved the world everything… everything… Rajapakshes are unethical, uneducated rascals born to destroy this nation. Basta Leelawathie

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      He Ghanasara deserves all the maximum punishment to have openly worked against own folks.

      Muslims were attacked by him as done it by a mad man. Where on the earth people have to react if police is there.

      Today, police and police commission have to work together.

      Earlier days, it was not possible. Ballige putha Rajapakshe orderned anyting and everything no concerns about the consequences. Even today, their reverberations are in action. We see only what few brave media men bring out.. all others work underground proxy murderous Rajapakshes.

      This county wouod never march towards proper so long the kind of hypocracy stays as the key factor of the media. I believe Sirasa is some extent okay… State senders are also becoming fine to this date. Daily news is also not as had been before. All in all time will improve this is my hope

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    “Why do we need Buddhist monks also stirring the pot of national interest, when we have an abundance of the laity in parliament, to do the needful?”

    Exactly what most Sri Lankans have in their minds…

    Brilliantly Written shamini!

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    sharmini [Edited out]

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    Congrats, Sharmini, on a wonderful article. Cannot ay it better

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    Another FANTASTIC article Sharmini!

    Tragicomic is the perfect description to ‘Sinha Le’ tribe.

    These characters claiming to be from the extraordinary tribe should actually be ashamed of themselves. Some of these safron-robed characters are using the robes to gain benefits and power by kissing ass to politicians. They have clearly become an annoyance.
    Not sure what they are taught when they become priests as many of them are super materialistic, power hungry and turned out to be humans with ulterior motives!!
    Those priests who practice occult should be disrobed in public!

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    Why are you worried about Sinhale. Why not discuss about Tamil and Muslims parties. They started the racism in first. Why not join the mainstream political parties and work out how to live on peace as majority of Tamils live in down south.

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    The author is more of a Buddhist than the those who are clad in robes in the photograph. Faith is hard wired into the very essence of every human being. Destiny is a journey predestined by the knowledge of the Creator and none can alter it’s course. Those who falsely believe their genes from an animal will behave like a beast.

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      Look Like this muslim does not read Quran, instead read Tripitaka.

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        Jim softy

        “Look Like this muslim does not read Quran, instead read Tripitaka.”

        You should be happy. You too should read the Tripitaka, and perhaps the Vinaya.

        May be can get to Nibbana, Nirvana at the same time.

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    It is the ‘too much testosterone’ effect which is causing these monks to vent their steam with such fury. They should be permitted to marry and have a family to know how and what it feels like to shoulder responsibility. It is common knowledge that men and women are born in pairs and in equal proportions (in numbers). Both are designed and meant for each other, for expressing each others love, comfort, security (providing clothing and housing), caring and sharing, pro-creating thereby passing off their genes to a newer generation. But these monks who practice celibacy will have none of that luxury (at least in the open) and therefore give expression to their frustration on the rest of society in such a deplorable and disgusting show of force, with a display of such unruly bad behavior. This surely must be the outcome of long time suppression of carnal feelings. True celibacy is a fake and no man nor woman can ever hide those naturally arising feelings to control themselves from going against nature’s call.

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    Well written article as usual from the author. However, I do not agree with her that Sinha Le is tragic and comic. It is rather a century old sentiment of the majority Sinhala race in Sri Lanka.

    Lion is recognized by the nation and its people as the inspiring animal of the majority race. Whether the race originated from lion blood or not Mahavamsa is still a sacred text for the majority. There is nothing wrong for a nation to brand the country and its people by an animal. For example Singapore is the English version of the Malay name ‘Singa Pura’ (Lion land) and Singaporeans irrespective of their race are proud to portray their country as the land of lions.

    Similarly the Tamil tigers (LTTE) considered their Tamil race is as ferocious as tiger. In many African and South American countries birds and animals are their national symbol.

    Therefore, Sinha Le or the lion blood could be symbolized as the spirit of the majority Sinhala race and lion being in the national flag there is nothing wrong in portraying lion as the proud of this Sinhala nation.

    Having said that separating the minority symbols from the national flag to highlight the lion alone will lead to racial disharmony and divide the nation into ethnic and racial lines. Unless this trend is arrested at the bud this slogan has the potential to destroy the nation due to racial unrest. Uneducated innocent Sinhala Buddhists can be easily agitated to turn against other races in the country and the slogan can become a political force to re-take the Government by certain racial elements.

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      @Nakeeb M Issadeen

      At last ! A well thought out and sober response ! Thank you

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      Nakeeb M Issadeen

      “Lion is recognized by the nation and its people as the inspiring animal of the majority race.”

      The Lion and Tiger had never existed in this island. If so what is the connection between people and the animals? As an agri-nation I would have thought a bull/cow would have been an appropriate symbol.

      Take for example Bengala was famous for its tiger however, the national flag reflects the hope and optimism of its people. A red disc symbolises the rising sun over its green field.

      In this island do the people really need such horrible predators to reflect their past, present and the future? I think not.

      “Lion is recognized by the nation and its people as the inspiring animal of the majority race.”

      What has been the result of its inspiration? When did the lion flag come into being to inspire the people? I would have expected to

      “Having said that separating the minority symbols from the national flag to highlight the lion alone will lead to racial disharmony and divide the nation into ethnic and racial lines.”

      How about adding a small tiger, a star and crescent, a cross, a bow and arrow, … ?

      “Uneducated innocent Sinhala Buddhists can be easily agitated to turn against other races in the country”

      These symbols galvanise them into action.

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    Marvan; How can you call these Undisciplined People ‘Monks’? They only Wear the Robes of Buddhist Monks.

    A Monk by Definition is:-A Man who is a Member of a Brotherhood Living in a Monastery and devoted to a Discipline Prescribed by his Order. In Buddhism, this Discipline is called The Vinaya.

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      Hamlet, what you say may be perfectly in order, and I do get your message. But then in that case, it is upto the senior ranks to come out in the open and declare that those badly behaved monks are not part of their brotherhood and clearly disown them. But this will never happen and they will never do that. This is what, as the author says ‘eating the cake and having it’ all for themselves. Even the Chief Priest Mahanayake Thero will not condemn nor say anything against Gnanasara even after all the rhetoric against all of them of his rank, implying them to be like ‘sleeping cats’ in their very old age, unable to make any meaningful decisions towards their cause. In the most recent voice cut, Mahanayake Thero says that Gnanasara had been faithful and sincere to the rank and file in many past instances. So who are we to judge monks living in monasteries, and whether they are impersonators or not.

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    Seems Sharmini and her We Thamizh hangers on are the ones who are “unable to separate allegory and myth, from fact” :D The poor fellows, still having waking nightmares about origin myths and the Mahavamse :D

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      Imposter Sarma,

      You cannot help yourself; you need to put your foot in! :D

      Sharmini Sheresinghe is miles above the bigots of your ilk. As I thought she never responded to the abhorrent Mahendapala. It is because is she has class.

      Shamini’s article is targeted at the Sinhala Buddhists and you are one of them; she has asked questions and you do not have the mental capacity to even comprehend let alone responding! This is why many contributions seem like “cool stories” to you. Shamini has attacked the likes of BBS and Singha le; here we have you writing gibberish! :D

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        Cool story, bro :D

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      Cool story, bro :D

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    EXCELLENT ARTICLE WHICH SHOULD BE BE PUBLISHED IN EVERY NEWSPAPER AND A TRANSLATION IN THE SINHALA AND TAMIL NEWSPAPERS.

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    Well written Sharmini.
    Sadly the majority of Buddhists and even Christian Sinhalese are a load of persons who do not have any Character in themselves. But then the fish rots from the head.
    The Buddhists in SL have only brought shame and discgrace on the philosophy of Buddhism.
    Sri Lanka will alwas be backward due to its Sinhalese peasants.

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    Sharmini

    Your line….

    Since time immemorial,Buddhist Monks,contrary to the very teachings of the Buddha,have been involved in witchcraft,and casting of Horoscopes; The latter borrowed,from Hinduism,as is the case,with all the practices denounced by the Buddha found in Buddhist culture….

    Notwithstanding all the antics of these Buddhist monks the teachings of the Buddha remains immemorial and will remain so.

    Readers may be amused to know how after checking the Kennel notices in the Newspapers,I rang the advertised mobile no: Plato,being a dog lover,I was prepared to pay any amount for a Pomeranian.This was just a couple of weeks ago.

    Lo,and Behold when I called at the address- there was this Buddhist monk holding the pup.After handing over the agreed amount,I was about to leave,when he invited me for a drink!

    I SAY THIS WITHOUT ANY MALICE.

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    Logically and unemotionally expounded article based on facts. This article should be translated into all three languages and published in all the newspapers.

    However, some people will believe anything what they see and hear, only if what they see and hear support what they wish reality to be…rather than what reality actually represents !!! This is where the illogical and self-centered justifications condoning the status-quo emanate from.

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    Shamini, what a load of rubbish you’ve written again! you should read Mr. Mahindapala’s https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/educating-ms-serasinghe-on-the-uniqueness-of-sinhala-buddhism/

    Since you have issues with Sinha-Le, you should change you surname’s latter part from Sera- SINGHE(lion) to Sera -MANUSHYA(human being), so,[Edited out] You were brain-washed at the convent you studied, you were taught to hate everything about Sinhala-Buddhists, Great Mahawansha, etc. There is no issue you being a devoted Christian, but DON’T damage the Sinhala-Buddhists’ dominance in the country in order to please NGOs.

    The current Parliament is full of unpatriotic parliamentarians, most of them have sold their souls to NGOs and some organizations. Wijedasa is a social-ladder-climber, people will learn soon what sort of a person he really is and the way he’s made his fortune.

    P.S: Please publish the comment unedited.

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    Reading Sharmini, many members of the minority communities – including quite a few in the majority as well and foreigners – may concede there are decent Sinhala Buddhists in the country (I believe Sharmini is one,
    given to rational and liberal thinking) Fearless as well, I hasten to add.

    That great and peaceful credo that came from India, Buddhism, needs to be protected within the island from conspiratorial wolves.
    Sri Lanka, then and now, prided itself with true Buddhists and followers. It is sad politicised Buddhism is allowed to hold sway, and, in the process, the degenerates who lead the misguided millions often have captured the reins of political power. Much harm to the religion, all the people, the economy is inflicted while they remain in power fooling the people, even for some of the time. That these rogues now have taken the law into their hands in mocking the Courts is a further sign of the decay of Lankan Buddhism.

    Advisedly, concerned lay Buddhists themselves should soon organise, close ranks and save the Buddhist nation and the religion for it is clear the Mahanayakas are unable or unwilling to do what is expected of them. Some of the Mahanayakas themselves are known to be willing tools of those gone astray. Whether this is out of conviction or intimidation – one does not know.

    In defeating religious bigots and extremists, during recent elections, the Buddhist public have shown they have no appetite for Buddhist priests in politics. Nor do they endorse the anti-minority inclinations of the local Rasputins. The fate of Sarath Fonseka’s political bid harping on his “military victory” and also the poor showing of BBS is clear proof of this. More decent Buddhists should speak out, loud and clear, and save the religion from designing and calculating religious zealots.

    Kettikaran

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    Ms. Serasingha looks at events from a lofty and critical heights which is all cerebral and fails to understand the Patriotic Heart of the average Sinhalese. They are not cerebral like her but just feel the injustice that is being done once again to the Sinhalese as has been done for over 500 years. She will never understand since her seems to have a dried out Heart. Sinhalese (mostly rural people) were the ones who went and fought the war against the most brutal terrorist group in the world the LTTE as defined by the State Dept of USA, and vanquished them. It was the heros like Hasalaka Gamini who threw their bodies on the land mines so that his comrades could pass unharmed over his body to defeat the enemy. While the likes of these Colombians were dancing away and enjoying the good life in Colombo, these poor villagers fought with no food, no water and suffering in rain and mud with only the mosquitoes and killer land mines for company.

    If she has an iota of compassion for what the Sinhalese have undergone for 500 years she would be more compassionate and understanding. The kindness and tolerance of the Sinhalese has always been misused by some in the minorities to further their selfish causes. It is like Wigneswaran who got his free education, free health care paid by Sinhala tax payers and lives in Cinnamon gardens as a Supreme court judge. But the first opportunity he got he took off to Jaffna, got into to his Vetti, put a huge pottu on his forehead and starts talking about genocide by the Sinhalese of Tamils and also pushes for a Federal State.

    It was the LTTE Supremo who went round systematically destroying Sinhala villagers on the East coast and North and drove out 27,000 Sinhalese who have not been resettled to date. The current Govt was created by the minorities who voted en-bloc and the ex-Colonists who has always tried to divide the country up for their purposes. The Catholic Church and the Tamil British are waiting like Hyenas on the side of the show waiting to pick up whatever spoils they can. Even during the LTTE war they were in the LTTE camps and when the war ended 31 Catholic priests came out.

    Why does she only pick on the Sinhala Buddhists? Why not talk about the evil things done by the minorities, the Churches, NGOs, and Western powers for a change.

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      Can’t agree more.

      Soma

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      What a cry baby you must be? All communities live peacefully in this country until Gnanasara came along and split it along racial and ethnic lines. The Tamils (Hindhus and Catholics) were fighting for separate state because they could not bear to stand the humiliation of being at the receiving end of injustice, inequality and alienated in their own homeland by the Sinhalese majority population and their governments. Similarly they were on course to to do just the same to Muslims living peacefully in this country by these Sinhalese racist thugs wrapped up in safron robes. You don’t see your own ugye face of Buddhism as much as we see it from the outside. So you attacking the write for telling it as it is, and being much appreciated from all the comments already made, you had better rethink who is on the right side of the fence.

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        Dear Marwan,

        I think that all three of the above statements,plus the main article, encapsulate some of the truth.

        What we must MOT do is to ask chicken or hen questions, or find out who came closest to the most valid analysis. History will decide, long after we, memories of us, and very our names, have been forgotten.

        What we must do is to learn how to work co-operatively with one another so that we ensure that every one of us is reasonably happy.

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      Harvey Perera

      Cool story bro :D

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    Harvey Perera,

    Don’t muddy the waters with all the baggage you can think of.
    Ms Serasinghe is not insulting war heroes here.
    Is it so difficult for people to accept weaknesses and better
    themselves, without being defensive at the drop of a hat?

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    This is one sensible lady whose thinking is to applauded. We need people of such clear thinking involved in serious politics in Sri Lanka. Breath of fresh air. This country has gone to the dogs over the last 60 years. It will need honest and liberal thinking people to come forward to take charge. All extremist , right and left, are not helping Sri Lanka. Those who criticise this lady should stand back and put them through a sincere self analysis and correct their thinking.God bless!

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      There are enough the kind of ladies, but most of them are in silent mode. That is typical srilanka. They would nto react until the supergau is there.

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    Given the status quo, a reread of Ms. Serasinghe article ‘Courting Satan in Safron Robes’ is well worth it. Her ominous predictions of three years ago, are fast becoming a reality.

    “However this time around, these miscreants have been ingenious in choosing their uniform- the sacred Saffron robe. Once draped in it, the possibilities are endless. For they know, the power this sacred garment of Buddhist monks wields over the average voting majority. They can thus be hoodwinked into anything, as long as it is said and done in the name of Buddhism. This is the ultimate weapon to rally the masses behind them- for better or for worse!”

    “So what might we have next, every Tom, Dick and Harry donning the Saffron robe and flexing their muscles? Will all murderers, rapists, drug peddlers et al now start masquerading as Buddhist monks in order to evade the law, if they are not already doing so? Will we have yet another JVP-style insurrection, this time by disgruntled youth disguised as Buddhist monks? After all, the law enforcement authorities have proven beyond doubt that the law does not apply to those in Saffron robes. Just imagine the horrors in the offing if this menace is not arrested!”

    “Now that these ‘monks’ have been unleashed with political blessings, the demagogues will soon find themselves caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. For there will soon come a day when these ‘monks’ will no longer be willing to ‘go along’ with the elected political leaders of the country. Left unchecked, these yellow-robed ‘rebels’ will eventually ‘take over,’ as they are ‘in it’ for the long haul. Therefore it is just a matter of time before this saga blows up in the faces of those who fanned its flames and ultimately end up with anarchy.

    Then what will the demagogues do? Turn their guns on the Buddhist clergy and shoot down the entire lot as in the 70s and 80s JVP insurrections?”

    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/?s=Courting+Satan&x=0&y=0

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