19 October, 2017

Venerable Villainy Of Mercenary Monks

By Sarath de Alwis –

Sarath de Alwis

The picture says it all. They are venerable villains brazenly repudiating the rule of law and demanding that we submit to a rule by the robed whose allegiance is to the Rjapaksa clan. The smug satisfaction of the receiver holding the bowl, the mock display of a cheque for Rupees Fifty Thousand by the giver and the approving glance of the rotund onlooker demonstrate the abysmal depth these spiritual stooges are ready to stoop to in their determination to restore the Rajapaksa kleptocracy.

Photo credit The Island

This writer nearly puked when Professor Tissa Vitarana nephew of NM and leader of the official LSSP put his contribution to the bowl. He followed the soulless fellow of All Souls Professor G.L.Peiris. They are both immune to the reasoning of Karl Marx. “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness”

A few Buddhist monks paraded the streets of Colombo in a vain attempt to exploit people’s faith to persuade ordinary people in to believing that the recent high court judgement that convicted former Presidential Secretary Lalith Weeratunga and ex-DG, Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (TRC) Anusha Palpita was wrong and or was an erosion of Buddhist values and practices. What was more nauseating being their use of adolescent monks (Samaneras) to enhance their numbers. It is time the state brings these young ordained monks under the national child protection authority.

As it turned out the people were not impressed. It was not the traditional ‘pindapatha’ footslog. Instead, it was a loud affair with party apparatchiks preceding them, screaming hoarse ‘Aney, Me Hamuduru warunta keeyak hari denta.’ In this age of image engineering one particular electronic media outlet did manage to show a clip of an irate Upasaka condemning Ranjan Ramanayake for his anti-clerical remarks. Yet, the exercise failed to arouse any Buddhist indignation that the organizers were desperately hoping to create.     

It is time we take note of this menace. It has two fronts. One is the authoritative voice that claims tradition and historical prerogatives. The other is the polemical protests of a maverick few.

What we witnessed last Friday was the maverick few. We do not have a vibrant democracy. What we have today is what we got on 8th January 2015. It is only a procedural democracy. Our institutions are yet in the making. The Prime Minister is in no hurry to enact the legislation relating to the auditor general’s powers. That needs coaxing.

The greater threat to our present procedural democracy slowly taking root after the ouster of the Mahinda monolith is from the dogmatic Buddhist monks who prefer the status quo of chaos and uncertainty. The pronouncements of the Asgiriya chapter seems to claim that they alone are the repositories of all wisdom on constitutional reforms.

Let us be pragmatic. Mahinda Rajapaksa knew how to pander to the priestly class in the Sinhala Buddhist Gemeinschaft. He understood the importance of fostering an organic relationship between a Buddhist priestly class committed to his agenda and a devoted following among the Sinhala Buddhist majority.

The Sinhala Sangha order that has emerged in the post-independence era has two potent weapons- faith of their following and the grace attached to the saffron robe.

The Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka recently described the Buddhist monk Ven. Elle Gunawanse as a ‘cheevara dhariya’ which means a ‘a wearer of a robe’. The remark provoked a huge protest from the Sangha community. The perceived grace and sanctity attached to the saffron robe today made it a derisive substitute. In post war Sri Lanka, the Rajapaksa regime embarked on a myth building exercise that created a new institutional structure with a servile Sangha forming a privileged rent seeking class that served as intermediaries bridging piety, privilege and patrimony.

In the eighties Bhikku Elle Gunwansa was embroiled in a controversy over a visit to Maldives in the company of a dainty trend setter of those times. The brilliant Sinhala satirist Chinthana Jayasena published a column under the catchy title “Elle Pota Dekama Giyath, Himiyani Apa Oba Samagai.” They were times when Sinhala journalism was far less orthodox and irreverent wit commanded a discerning readership.   Today he would be pilloried. 

The digression aside, contrary to the dictates of the Buddha, our contemporary sangha relies on blind belief, perceived ignorance of what the Buddha taught and rigidity of established tradition.

Of post-independence leaders only two managed to exercise a degree of authority on the Sinhala Sangha. Sirimavo with her ingrained piety and feudal world view was no pushover. J.R with his own definition of ‘nirvana’ had little patience with their priestly mumbo jumbo. When Ven. Muruththetuwe Ananda led a delegation of the Nurses Union, President Jayewardene with feigned innocence quietly inquired ‘Ko Obawahansege Uniform Eka?’   

Prime Minister Mrs. Bandaranaike and President Jayewardene studiedly avoided the gimmickry of ‘Apey Hamuduruwaney in their encounters with the Sinhala Sangha community.

The Sinhala Sangha order has its own world view on their institutional survival. To them, truth and tradition are interchangeable. Ultimate reality is not nirvana but their hold on customs, habits and their own self-serving    systems.

The Judgement of the High court is in Sinhala. There is no doubt that both Bhikku Medagoda Abhayatissa and Bhikku Muruththettuwe Ananda are adequately equipped to comprehend the verdict. Then, why have they taken out their begging bowls in defense of the ousted tyrant? Because they reject reason. They want their lost world back. Its conveniences, its gratifications and pleasures. Mahinda Rajapaksa knew how to access the dark corrupt chambers in the hearts of the Sinhala Sangha. 

Lalith Weeratunga knew what he was doing. He did not expect Mahinda to lose the election. The Present dispensation cannot match the ingenuity of Mahinda. Mahinda presided over a patrimonial state apparatus which had defined compartments for an oligarchy, a coercive military and a parasitic priestly class largely composite of Sinhala Buddhist Sangha.

The present dispensation attempts to follow him with little success. Instead of reforming the clerical order they have opted to offer incentives for cooperation.  They have offered Diplomatic passports to Maha Nayake theros. They have set up a think tank consisting of Buddhist monks. One Mahanayake of a subsidiary chapter has been gifted with a Mercedes Benz limousine. Minister Kiriella deflects public criticisms of his handling of the central expressway by accusing critics of disrespect to the Dalada Maligawa!   

Yet Mahinda’s stranglehold remains largely intact. There is no shortage of the Sangha ready, willing and able to hold ‘Pandam’ for Gota’s Eliya.

In the case of Mahinda, he was the hound and the sangha made up the hare. With the present dual centers of power, neither knows who runs and who hounds. The bond business has given the pseudo Lichchevi rule, the licking it deserves.      

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    Thank you Sarath de Alwis for saying it as it is. The parasitic, corrupt, political, racist, “sangha” are a curse on Sri Lanka. They’ve become masters of milking the construct of the cycle of karma, the people’s deference, and immunity from criticism towards not only ensuring their survival but perpetual accumulation of wealth and power. In my opinion they are no more entitled to respect than any layman, and ought to be judged for their actions and be held responsible as such. (This is speaking as a Sinhalese Buddhist)

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      Sarath, it is good to see you back on these pages and saying the ‘unsayable’. Indeed the rule of the robe seems to be the underlying theme, fast forwarded by spineless political leaders who rush to the ‘Big Temples’ to get their incumbents to offer blessings on any matter of importance.

      There is a huge problem looming in this regard, and it is clear that most of it is self-inflicted by our ‘leaders’. The Rule of the Robe has been nourished and fed by the politicos.

      I am a Buddhist, and wish to remain so more through my actions, thought and practice of the precepts rather than through rhetoric and chest thumping. It is time that someone with guts told the monks to get back to where they belong or discard the robes for trousers. There is a limit to nonsense.

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        I am nor surprised to see one RED thumbs down already, to what I have stated above. It is also not surprising that things which appear simple and common sensical to many, are seen differently by others.

        Do our leaders believe in simple solutions to governing? Would they not want to make solution finding simple? Why don’t they reflect and see for themselves that it is THEY who have made their job HARDER by getting the maha sangha involved.

        In no other country anywhere (except maybe Burma), are the Maha Sangha involved in political decision making as it happens in this country.

        If this country is to get the best of the very mediocre crop of politicians we currently have, we must encourage them not to make their tasks more complicated than what they already are. They should be seriously advised to leave the Sangha out of political thinking and decision making, at least now.

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      Sarath de Alwis

      “There is no shortage of the Sangha ready, willing and able to hold ‘Pandam’ for Gota’s Eliya.”

      Its more than the carrot but a large element of stick and embedded racism generally seen and felt among those want to be near the power centres.

      When Sangha decided to protest somewhere near Fort, against the sentencing of Sarath Fonseka , it was reported there was an anonymous phone call to the Sangha which forced them to cancel the protest “Sit In”.

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      Lotuseater: How true! Who that grining jackass?

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    Mr Sarath de Alwis

    Great stuff. My compliments to you for speaking out when it is ‘politically incorrect’ to say anything bad about the Buddhist clergy in SL.

    It is time Buddhists in SL learn about real Buddhism & not the doctrine spread based on ‘jathaka’ stories by village monks who have no understanding of the depth of the religion. If ignorant militant monks who dabble in politics in the guise of saviors of Buddhism are not kept under a tight leash by the (so-called) Mahasangha, we will have a situation like in Burma with blood thirsty monks running amok.

    Unfortunately, the yob monks have political support due to the ‘populist culture’ they spread among the masses & most of the high ranking monks relishing in political patronage, dare not upset the gravy train by bringing them to heel.

    The ethnic cleansing in Myanmar has given a bad reflection of Buddhism in the eyes of the world & I have had some embarrassing experiences when some of my work colleagues have criticized Buddhism, which, in their view, the hypocrisy of an apparent peaceful & tolerant religion. I hope the Buddhists in SL will understand the irony of the ‘saviors of Buddhism’ actually doing more damage than good.

    The monks are expected, having given up material wealth by becoming a monk, to provide spiritual guidance & not advise on running a country or engage in politics. Period.

  • 13
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    Sarath , so good to have you back again. A voice of sanity in a country gone mad. A man of intellectual and moral stature in a country of moral and intellectual pygmies. Whatever your problems may they be be small ones

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    Chandrika also kept the maha sangha at arms length without bending too much for the apey hamuduruwane. MR and GR almost were the opposite by creating BBS and Ravana Balaya

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      Chandrika’s father PM SWRD was shot by a Buddhist monk invited to his home. If we don’t learn life lessons from history, we repeat them and delay the progressive march of the nation, doubly obstructed and hindered by personal superpower

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      … and Sirisena, Ranil, Ravi Bond and now Arjuna Ranatunga … amongst a host of others all make a beeline to Asgiriya and Malwatte…

      Why don’t they just go to the closest temple, and offer prayers and seek blessings from their local priests …? What is the particular sagacity which the Mahanayakes can boast of?

      Chandrika was chaotic all right, but she did well to keep all’ Chapters’ within the bounds of a closed book. Again it has been the politicians who have opened the covers and given the Chapters undue prominence; merely to get some personal mileage. This includes Ravi Bond!

      The situation could have been termed funny, if not for the fact it is so serious.

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    Mr.Sarath De Alwis.

    Pardon my officious response.
    …..It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness ……..
    A beautiful reference to buttress the argument.

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      The monks have brought Buddha and Buddhism to disrepute , in order build themselves up.Where in Buddha’s name did the Buddha ask his followers to worship Him and the safron robed gentry with Buddhan Saranag Gachchami and sangam Saranag Gachchami.The safron robed men wanted the people to worship them and for which purpose they Involved The Buddha.

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    When Sobitha did politics and Rathana and Amila do politics, it is fine with Yahapalana goons. Rathanaya has even sold his duty free car permit but it is acceptable to Yahapalana guys. It looks like UNP has given Ranjan and Sarath the contract to attack Buddhist Monks.

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      Eagle Eye: You are wrong.Only a fool will miss the mayhem they have brought about. They screw, they practice anal sex, they are billionaires by selling our religion.

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    As a North Vietnamese negotiator famously told US Colonel Harry Summers, ” Even if everything you say is true, it is also irrelevant…”

    What will be the fate of Yahapalanaya –and the fortunes of MR– when the governing parties go crashing to defeat in Uva and the NCP three months from now?

    The end has begun…

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      Thero behaves like “Nakkura Nakku Checkenna Sivalingam Enna” (A licking dog lick with same tongue the Shivalinga and Oil Extractor)
      Thero does know who Sarath De Alwis is. Tha is why he wrote like that!

      (My seniors in my school used to tell a story. There was a boy with them, whom every day comes to school, sit and watch the lessons politely; when the bell rings leave class decently. Wouldn’t open his mouth even to eat his lunch. One day he has been was talking steadily with the boys sitting next him. The angry teacher asked him to stand up said, “What happened to you today; are drunk, today? Didn’t you behave well all these days? The boy was still very polite, but replied “No, sir, Today I didn’t drink at all; but I checked what you have on the board, there is nothing in my book relevant to that. That is why I am asking these guys what they know about what you wrote. )

      I wonder if Thero’s bottle ran out of source last night before it fall dusk.
      Comedy Thamai.

      “when the governing parties go crashing to defeat in Uva and the NCP three months from now?” Irrelevant is colonel Harry Summers; Relevant is UNHRC HC Prince Zeid & Jamin Sooka. Please tell the King to take good bath with lifebouy soap, wear New National Dress. Be ready to sleep as UN electric recliner is almost ready.

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      “The end has begun…”

      Repent, repent the end is nigh!
      Repent, repent we are gonna die!
      Repent, repent, these secrets will kill us!
      So get on your knees, and pray for forgiveness!

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      This explains why you were seen with Gota on stage and still kissing the Rajapaksa slippers.
      Dream on.

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        Burt

        I thought he was temporarily carrying Gota’s b***s until Namal baby makes his available to him.

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      Dayan buddy,

      “What will be the fate of Yahapalanaya –and the fortunes of MR”

      Whatever the fate of anyone, in all these, there is only one constant; your fate …….. you’ll be still without a job. …… sorry for being so brutal pal …… but the country comes first before manners.

      What you say is also irrelevant; Mahinda will go on with his crap for another 100 years eh? The country is bigger than any prick; it will save itself despite the best efforts of all the El Crapos to ruin it …… it always has ……..

      But with your track record of predicting election results ………. I wouldn’t start counting my chickens ……. yet ………..

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        nimal fernando

        Be serious, don’t you think the end is nigh?

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      For you and the ‘racist state’.

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      Oh Yes Dayan, the end has begun, and that is thanks to the spineless leadership who refuse to see the wrong, who refuse to right the wrong and who refuse to install the Right.

      What I fear is the alternative that is on offer. SL will NEVER be the country it deserves to be, because of its slavish adherence to the Rule of the Robe – be it direct or through proxy.

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      Hey Dayan J, thanks for your worldly wisdom. Now you can go back to bed. Goodnight.

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      Dr.Andare, go on with your prayers.Lalith Weeratunga said the same prayer and see what happened?

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      @ Dr. Patas (aka Dayan Jayathilaka).
      As Mutt once famously told Jeff, “piss off with your self-serving bullshit, which is not only bullshit, but also false”.

      What’s irrelevant about Sarath’s post? Please enlighten us.

      The “fate of Yahapalanaya”? Who knows? What with all the hypocrisy and other scams that abound with these guys (although they have yet to miles to go before they can match your idols).

      The “fortunes of MR”? One can only live in hope that all the crooked scuzzbags who brought our country to the present state of indebtedness due to their grandiose, commission generating, white elephants, and despoiling our precious environment, will reap the just ‘rewards’ for their sins.
      And hopefully guys like you who encouraged them will also share a well deserved karmic result.

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      This Thero De Silva is the biggest comedy ever appeared in Lankawe. Last time when Shyamon Jayasinghe disagreed with Sarath De Alwis, Thero got into that with his funny point ” as Shyamon doesn’t know Sarath’s Caste or Creed, he should not challenge Sarath’s points”. This time when Sarath De Alwis is trying to point out the bald heads getting to Law and Order and molesting it, Thero is bringing his half-baked Castro Communism into that. How is he connecting Vietnam Communism to Kandy Ayatollahs?

      Ayatollahs were naïve, unaware of their power Modaya Buddhists vested with them, but shivering when they saw Old Brother Prince. Sil Redd was distributed to buy the bloody damn fool Sinhala Buddhist, who had no idea of their status in the legislature. Ayatollahs were singing Buddham Saranam, but did not come out of the rock fortification and campaigned against the most immoral rulers in the world. Old Royals were named by UN as the rapists of that Era. They were 175 in protecting the journalist and Media out of 179. UNP CB Looters were not confident of changing the power themselves. Once again it was Sampanthar opposed Ranil, took risk and supported the CC to send the Old Royals home. It is Tamils, who did it like chasing back India.

      This fool is still not realizing that Sarath has his own thinking, not there to play music for the dance Thero dances to entertain Old King. But when the bottle is empty, starting to realize this time Sarath is not writing what he likes. A pathetic soul! The Old Royals are clearly seeing the mess that Thero did in UNHRC and that is why UNHRC is still behind them. If he cannot convince the Old Modayas regime of his Sanakiyam, how he thinks he is going to do it in CT?

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      So, DJ’s default position:

      ‘adata vadda, hetta hondai’

      Hi-Ho Silver, let’s go after them!

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    They are both(TV and GLP) immune to the reasoning of Karl Marx. Comparing with the current lefts, SLMC is gold standard to work against political prostitution. Current lefts are bending back, forth, right but not left, wherever their hirer desires.

    Lalith Weeratunga knew what he was doing. .

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    monks are a disgrace, there is no vinya. should be banned if they cannot be buddhist. there is no buddhism in the buddhist monk. only u see rowdysm and thugish stupid behaviour.

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      Why are you attacking Buddhist Monks. Except a few, the rest of the priests in your religion are a disgrace. Do you not see a parallel between the Buddhist monks you are attacking and the Ayatollas and Mullahs of your religion. Buddhist priests are not asking their followers to kill non believers and destroy their places of worship like the hatred that Ayatollahs and Mullahs are preaching to carry out. Ayatollas and Mullahs are worst thugs and rowdies and more stupid than our Buddhist monks.

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      Jehan: How is your Allah ?, there are more than one allah, do you know that ?

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    Interesting piece of writing and SarathDA is obviously a cleverly manipulative journalist. Please note that I don’t agree with the content that is only superficially right;
    1. Sri Lanka possesses a reliable history with some strong traditions; Buddhism and Buddhist clergy have been directly involved in the affairs of the nation since its inception. This is neither disputable nor deniable. In most countries, the very economic system is the religion and traditions are secondarily tailored to suit it.
    2. In Sri Lanka, it is Buddhism that safeguarded this tiny island country and its nation from many ruthless invaders. Hasalaka hero was an ex-Buddhist monk who decided to disrobe and joined the army.
    3. As Sarath et al say, we can ignore all traditions and even Buddhism and become a second Philippines (that was forced to borrow a name from the invader). Will the people be happy afterwards? Are Inuit people in Canada happy with millions of dollars given as grants to them (except for the highest suicide rate)!
    4. It is true that the modern world has changed and God-based religions have no place within the changing world; but still the world cannot get rid of ‘the menace’ completely. Even the US president wishes “God Bless America” at the end of his State of the Union Address. Was Ex-Prez Obama an idiot to do that? Countries in the Mid-East depend heavily on Islam and nobody can speak a word critical of it.
    5. True, countries developed or developing are facing many issues today; only difference is that when a developed country experiences an issue (eg. Terrorist attack) the law is changed next day to deal with it. Just see how fast the perception of the word ‘terrorist’ changed after 9/11. Developing countries are not allowed to do it since they don’t belong to the ‘Developed Club’. UN is being used as a policeman to oversee the poor nations!
    This is what many journalist trained by certain western democracies don’t get it! Let the change occur as a process where traditions and modernity are intertwined(not as a transplanted ideal, alien to us)!

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      This is poor understanding of what happened, historically. Like India, Lankawe too has been losing all its wars. That is really nothing new. On the language split issue, it was with a one hit two mangoes came out, i.e. Malayalam and Sinhala. After Kalapirar invitation, Tamils’ connection rope was broken among Kerala, Ceylon & TN. The West separated by Mountain became Malayalam, and South separated by sea became Singalam. Bragging that as Buddhist Monks protected anything in Lankawe is only a worthless story. The hate appearing in the Sinhala literature staring at 6th century against Tamil is because of the birth of Hindu Bhakti Markka, which chased away the Buddhist monks stationed in Kanchi and other area in Tamil Nadu, mainly to Ceylon. There was no winning or losing of fight of Minks against TN warriors. The abolition Buddhism in TN left a sour feeling against Tamil with these monks.
      In modern history only Tamils showed patriotism. When Sankiliyan was attached he fought. Vanniyars did it too. But the Kotte, which voluntarily surrendered to Portuguese, sent 6000 Sinhala Mercenaries to capture Sankiliyan. That same old story of what happened in Kandy too. No Kandy Ayatollahs of that time even wagged their tails against Europe. But now the fake history tellers are honoring one after another the Sinhala hit and run rowdies as heroes.

      The un-hide-able shame is the Sinhala army was hiding in barracks when the Indian army invaded. The Patriotic LTTE liberated its land from Indian force and Indian army left even Lankawe too.

      If ever a Sinhala silly leader or commander ever said anything against Indian leadership or force was Ponny, and even that was only about Karunanidhi. Comedian Vijithamuni hit Rajiv. If it were not a fool like Rajive that was in India, they might have had him extradited to India.

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        Editor, you have a very diplomatic way of avoiding the embarassing!!!

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      Puran Appu:
      All your verbiage is based on a Mahavamsa interpretation of Sri Lanka’s history which has been PROVEN to be biased beyond belief and NOT written in the true traditions of Buddhism. When you base your argument on rubbish, what does that say about the content of your argument?

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        Emil van der Poorten

        “what does that say about the content of your argument?”

        Garbage in Garbage out.

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          Vedda, In a court of law, if one is caught uttering one lie, then the whole of the evidence can be treated with contempt. Mahawanse had uttered many improbabilities which can be treated as lies. A good example is the Sigiriya frescoes.If it was a fortress and the soldiers were there why do they want to draw an undressed female. They could have had undressed females at the drop of a feather.Such drawings are found only at places of worship- monasteries eg Ajantha.

          That is one lie of the Mahawanse and as my 8th standard geometry teachers said it follows that all the rest are lies.

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        Oh yes, Mahawamsa is BIASED because it did not pay tribute to the murderous Portuguese and Dutch Jews’ invasions of our royal island? You remnants of these land thieves will always try to denigrate our 3000 year old civilisation to justify your looting, murder, rape and stealing of our land. Dream on hymie, but you will fail. People of our country will create the glory of the Mahavamsa era again. You can count yourself lucky because the pacemaker would have stopped working by then anyway.

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          Sadist

          You revere Mahawamsa because it pays tribute to the Thugs on Kallathonies invaded this island from far far away Venga.

          “rape and stealing of our land.”

          On the contrary, you and your fellow kallathonie descendants continue to rape and steal our land.

          “People of our country will create the glory of the Mahavamsa era again. “

          FYI I am sorry Mahawamsa is not the Buddhist Tripiṭaka. Mahawamsa glorify war criminals and religious wars.

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      Puran Appu
      “In Sri Lanka, it is Buddhism that safeguarded this tiny island country and its nation from many ruthless invaders.”

      While the earlier tradition of Buddhism in Sri Lanka was Asoka’s Buddhism introduced by Arahat Mahinda which was similar to the earlier Buddhism in Tamil Nadu and Andhra, the present Buddhism in Sri Lanka has come from Thailand and Burma. The need to bring them from there arose as Buddhism has died out in Sri Lanka and needed to be re-established. It is totally a new form of Buddhism originating from Siam Nikaya of Thailand (Malwathu and Asgiri) and from Burma (Amarapura and Ramanna) that did not exist in Sri Lanka during the earlier times. What the Sinhalese call as Sinhala-Buddhism has nothing to do with Sinhala or Sri Lanka or Asoka, it is from Thailand and Burma.

      The start of the historical misrepresentation begins with the arrival of the Siamese Buddhist sects that were brought from Siam (present day Thailand), 250 years ago. The original Mahavamsa was re-fabricated and re-written by these Buddhist monks who succeeded in misrepresenting the Pandyan/Tamil foundations of Sri Lankan civilisation as Sinhalese. Later, this misrepresented Mahavamsa was first translated from Pali to English (before it was translated to Sinhala) by George Turner (an historian and officer of the Ceylon Civil Service) in 1837. The first Sinhala translation of this Mahavamsa was in 1883 by Ven. Hikkaduwe Sumangala thero (aka Don Niculas Gunawardhana) and Don Andris de Silva Batuvantudave. A German translation of the same Mahavamsa was completed by Wilhelm Geiger in 1912. By trying to interpret this re-fabricated Mahavamsa, the European (colonial) Orientalist scholars made it worse.

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      “Sri Lanka possesses a reliable history with some strong traditions; Buddhism and Buddhist clergy have been directly involved in the affairs of the nation since its inception. This is neither disputable nor deniable. In most countries, the very economic system is the religion and traditions are secondarily tailored to suit it.”

      Puran Appu, what nonsense is this.The Buddhiist Priest had been the bane of his country.You talk about the Hasalaka man, but forget that so called Buddhist priests had conspired and created enough mayhem in this country that had led to the death and destruction of men and families. Want any examples?

      Incidentally, who was Dutu gemunu’s father? Certainly not Kakkawan Theesan.

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      If Sri Lankan Buddhist clergy is/was guiding the rulers of this beautiful country why they were silent for this brutal killings: see link https://www.academia.edu/28419263/chemical_weapons_used_to_wipe_out_the_Tamils_in_Sri_Lanka

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        Mr.R.K. when the plane carrying South American football players crashed on to the alps, some survived by eating the flesh of their dead colleagues.

        Wonder why the Buddhist priests and Priests in general seek blood baths.They love human blood.

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    Another attack on Buddhism and monks, this time from an adherent to the so-called Church started by a syphilitic former monarch of England, Henry VIII. These fools’ attacks on Buddhism (using the Sangha as proxy) are based on stupidity. They are simply unable to see the stupidity of their behaviour. Pity them.

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      Actually he didn’t attack Buddhism, but its manipulation by the sangha. Perhaps have your reading vision checked? Ocular syphilis is a real entity.

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      External robes only cover nudity and manipulation. Its the internal robes of righteousness of the heart which matter and have lasting significance. What is seen in all religions are only these external robes which have to be washed and replaced. We must aspire for the internal spiritual robes of different thoughts and behaviours.

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        Citizen: How true

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          Citizen, I found this: “A recent study on ancient Sri Lankan epigraphy dating back to the 5th and 7th centuries AD have uncovered a peculiar practice in vogue during that time of laymen offering their wives and family members as slaves to temples and then pay for their release to accrue merits”

          From.‘Ancient Lankans offered their wives as slaves to temples’

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      All Seeing

      “Another attack on Buddhism and monks, “

      Not really, but the attack is on Sinhala/Buddhism and on its adherent fascists, rightly so.
      We need more attack not less.

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    Sarath De alwis: Do you feel great after you bashed some buddhist monks ?. I heard that was your favorite past. What is your employment ? Selling artifical foods and screwing up uppity sri lankans.

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    Sarath De alwis: Do you now what Pancha Upadanaskhanda and the words Upavidi practices are ?

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    Dr.Dayan J,

    “What will be the fate of Yahapalanaya –and the fortunes of MR– when the governing parties go crashing to defeat in Uva and the NCP three months from now?”

    It will pave way for Gota to be President. He will ordain Banduala Gunawardene and Gamini Lokuge who will be made Maha Nayakes of Asgiriya and Malwatte. Reverend Medagoda Abhayatissa will be made Auditor General and Reverand Muruththettuwe Ananda Attorney General. Are any of these relevant ? It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly.

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      sarath de alwis

      Any chance the the paranoid public racist Dayan getting a job in Dr Gota’s administration, say External Affairs Ministry?

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        If there is a possibility of a 7 Eleven clerk becoming the President then anything is possible.

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    All Seeing? How can you see anything with your blind eyes you dumb ass? Can`t you understand that it is not an attack on either Buddhism or the venerable Buddhist monks. Here the writer is expressing his views on the yellow robed political stooges who are the real menace to Buddhism and the saasana . You seem to be another member of the Devadaththa mafia or else an Abiththayaa recruited by one of them !

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    Chapter II
    The Dhamma: Is it a Philosophy?

    The non-aggressive, moral and philosophical system expounded by the Buddha, which demands no blind faith from its adherents, expounds no dogmatic creeds, encourages no superstitious rites and ceremonies, but advocates a golden mean that guides a disciple through pure living and pure thinking to the gain of supreme wisdom and deliverance from all evil, is called the Dhamma and is popularly known as Buddhism.

    Are our Monks follow this noble path: They are now greedy for money and power. They are supposed to live a simple life to set example for others. Now these Monks are living in luxury and demanding more and more. This is the curse for Sri Lanka. Monks should be prohibited from politics and especially party politics.

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    As a non-Buddhist I fail to see the essentiality of white clothing to observe ‘Sil’. For instance, Gandhi did not have white cloth abundantly available in India when he decided to boycott imported cloth. Instead he wove cloth. This was as recently as 1947. So it is unimaginable that Lord Buddha would have insisted on white Sil Redhi 2,500 years ago. Events telecast on Poya days show not all who attend temples seen in ‘Sil’ clothes.

    MR, at the gates of the prison told TV crews ‘Janathawa magen illuwa’. But in the newspaper he says he didn’t give clothes to people but to temples. If so, he will have to explain why printed inserts were one per packet and not one per temple. If the decision to distribute Sil cloths was taken as early as a year ago, what was the urgency to collect funds from the TRO who was not allowed to have their board meeting on the scheduled date to approve a non business related colossal expense?

    Courts impose fine on accused, not on people. Public exhibition of collecting money to pay fines is mass exhibition of intentional contempt of courts. True, LW didn’t profit, but that is not what is in issue. He is found to have misappropriated funds of a state institution all the same though not on himself. That’s the issue. And as long as MR doesn’t own up LW has to take his place.

    The court will bring upon itself contempt and ridicule if it were to accept fine collected so odiously. This will be the thin end of the wedge. Therefore it is hoped that the Court of Appeal will confiscate the fine already paid by collections made and deal with the accused as if they have not paid the fine.

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    Sarath is a follower of a Syphilitic Monarch in England who introduced Aglicanism …says a Commentator……i am not sure whether it is rue or false…………….But I know for sure the current PM of Batalanda fame, Dr Ranil is the undisputed Leader of the Elite Anglican , Vellalar and Wahabi Faction of the UNP…………..He even said in public , that he is going to task the Prelate Of Malwatta to write a New Thripitaka to fit in with Venerable Sobitha’s UNP Buddhism which has created a new Nikaya to cater to the wishes of the NGO Bosses and their followers most of whom are from Dr Ranil’s UNP Faction.
    Thanks to Maha Sanga , Sinhala Buddhists have been domiciled in this 2500 year old nation, Indian Invaders, followed by the Portugese , Dutch and the British , Mr Pirahaparan , Mr Solheim and Mr Milliband couldn’t dislodge them, r even after brutal treatment of the inhabitants using massacres, targeted killings , discrimination depriving Education, cutting off Job opportunities and confining them to rural Villages…………
    Now Dr Ranil with his alliance of ex and current Tamil Tigers, NGOs, Western Governments, Vellalas and the , Wahabis are on the verge of achieving what the invaders couldn’t……… That is the total obliteration of any influence which the great majority of the Sinhala Buddhists have gained since 1956………….So it obvious that the friends of Dr Ranil will chip in every which way they can to attack, denigrate and neutralize the Buddhist Monks who have come to the fore to protect their Nation ………..Mind you these ” Friends” of Dr Ranil are well looked after by the NGO Bosses, Western Governments or Dr Ranil himself by awarding them lucrative contracts with fat commissions…………..

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    All Seeing,
    For me Sarath de Alwis practices what he beleives in. In that, he like many others regardless of their religious denominations practice real Dhamma.
    That is ” Sathya Usas Dhammaya “.
    All Seeing ! Shame on you.

    Have you read an analysis that appeared on one of the popular news paper yesterday ( 16th Sat ). The analysis centres around Honarable SC. Mayadunne. The essence there is nobody should be above the laws of the country.
    Mayadunne also was born in SL. He has the same “mavbima” as MaRa &
    Bros or DJ or others like them the so called smart patriots.

    Late Edmund Samarakody and Wickramabahu Karunaratne have same mavbima as Prof Vitharane and Vasudeva Nanayakara two of the current rathu sahotharayo who too are in the gang of the smart patriots.

    I sincerely hope majority of the majority find more Mayadunnes to take on MaRa, GoRa or any others in their gang or the non Buddhists from the SL Buddha Maha Sangha.

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    Islam doesnt have priest hood, shia mulla and ayathullahs are not muslims. there is no intermediary between Allah and man. we ask only Allah .

    idol worshippers ask from stones and men, they can do nothing.

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      Jehan: You presented a new religion, I think. In your religion, who is Mohammad and where does he comes, after the man or inbetween man and Allah. Some muslims have abinna and Dhayana (buddhistic terms) because they were buddhists in their previous liives. Even in Sri lanka, some muslims are in the same category. Those muslims have contact with different gods and they believe, that there are more than one Allah. What do you say about that ?

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      You idiotic infidel, Allah can do nothing. look at the way Rohingyas getting hammered. By the way, pictures Rohingyas crossing over with bare hands. What happened to their Korans, all burnt down. So much for Islamic power.

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    For the first time I stopped reading a Sarath’s article after a few lines.
    Normally I enjoy reading Sartha’s balanced writing.
    But this one is totally biased and partially blind observations.
    It is written on the premise that the high court ruling is absolutely correct and others are so wrong to object to it and has given a golden opportunity to those Buddha bashers such as most of those who have commented above.
    The collection of funds is their way of saying they don’t agree with the ruling.
    This whole case is politically motivated and the ruling complements it that’s what they are protesting it.

    Sarath, Read the judgement again and write another one and tell us what is the relevance of the evidence of commissioner of elections?
    His evidence is there to show that the distribution of cloths is against the election law and that has nothing to do with financial misappropriation,which the charge is.
    The judge admits there has not been any personal gain for ether accused.
    Judge admits the transfer of funds has been duly authorized at the next board meeting but faults the defense for not having any written record of the fact that the funds were released pending approval.
    He has totally ignored the fact that the accountant at the presidents office has placed a minute that these funds were to be replenished to TRC.
    The defense of this case has been rather poor and allowed the case to take its course.

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    It is some times hilarious how much crocodile tears these non-buddhists shed on deterioration of Buddhist values.

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      NAK

      “It is some times hilarious how much crocodile tears these non-buddhists shed on deterioration of Buddhist values.”

      You are right I always wondered as to why the Sinhala/Buddhist fascists talk about Buddhism as if they are custodians of Buddha’s teaching. Lately it was brought to my attention Buddhism is the best place to hide sins of Sinhala/Buddhist crooks, rapists, murderers, war criminals, ……………………… Are you one of those crooks who has been regularly hiding behind Buddhism?

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    Is the issue with the Buddhist Monks in Sri Lanka an issue that has developed because the Monks have taken “Santhosam” from the politicans (Benz Cars and money) or is it because Theravada Buddhism that has become a non-tolerant sect of Buddhism as we see in Sri Lanka and Myanmar? Buddha preached peace and love but what most of the Buddhist Monks in SL today preach is hatred. This is clearly seen in the difference of opinion from the Asgiriya and Malwatta Mahanayakes. Compared to Theravada which is fast becoming a violent, non=tolerant sect of Buddhism Mahayana Buddhism has become a peace loving sect. Unlike Asgiriya Chapter, Malwatta Chapter is a visionary more progressive chapter.

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    I think a lot of the genuine monks who practice Buddhist philosophies can be found more in the West where they have given up their craven materialistic ways and converted from Christianity rather than in SL. Sadly it was either Hon JRJ or Hon Premedasa who started this system of ludicrous patronage of giving Mercedes Benzes to religious prelates. Why? You are right about a lot of it. I never saw this sort of powerful assertion of religiosity(not to be mistaken for spirituality) by people there or now in the US by the racist Southern Evangelicals. Both are interesting phenomena. There are people who think by wearing the robe they need privileges and attention and veneration. Buddha did not say that. Also look at the absurd caste based discrimination in Siam nikaya: that is totally against Buddha’s teachings. Look at how in states like backward Bihar, oppressed by primitive backward Hinduism oppressed Dalits seek refuge in Buddhism and Christanity. So how the hell can Siam nikaya become so caste based? There has to be a new Sangaayanawa and purging, and spiritual cleaning of clergy in Buddhism and also in Catholicism where boy rape and massive numbers of child rape has been covered up by Popes and Vatican. Same story. And Wahabism is evil Muslim doctrine that must be eradicated.

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    Term introduced by the scholar Gananath Obeyesekere referring to a phenomenon in Sinhalese Buddhism having its roots in the latter half of the 19th century and caused by two sets of historical conditions: the activities of the Protestant missionaries and the close contact with the modern knowledge and technologies of the West. In 1815 the British become the first colonial power to win control over the whole of Sri Lanka and signed the Kandyan convention declaring the Buddhist religion practised by the locals to be inviolable.

    This article was attacked by Protestant evangelicals in England and the British government felt obliged to dissociate itself from Buddhism.

    The traditional bond between Buddhism and the government of the Sinhala people had effectively dissolved while official policy favoured the activities of Protestant missionaries and the conversion to Christianity had become almost essential for those who wished to join the ruling élite.

    Leader of the movement that started as a result of these conditions was Anagārika Dharmapāla. The movement can be seen both as a protest against the attacks on Buddhism by foreign missionaries and the adoption in the local Buddhism of features characteristic of Protestantism. In essence, Protestant Buddhism is a form of Buddhist revival which denies that only through the Saṃgha can one seek or find salvation. Religion, as a consequence, is internalized. The layman is supposed to permeate his life with his religion and strive to make Buddhism permeate his whole society. Through printing laymen had, for the first time, access to Buddhist texts and could teach themselves meditation. Accordingly, it was felt they could and should try to reach nirvāṇa. As a consequence lay Buddhists became critical both of the traditional norms and of the monastic role.
    http://www.oxfordreference.com/view/10.1093/oi/authority.20110803100350816

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    Attacks on Sangha has always been the practice of Buddha haters since the time of the early Brahminism. They understand the crucial duty performed by the Sangha in disseminating Buddhism and protecting the nations where it is preserved. These mithya drshtic attacks have failed to make a dent on Buddhism for the last 3000 years, and the attackers will end up in hell on earth and beyond. They deserve worse.

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      If the Buddhist monks preach what Lord Buddha Preached, [non-violence, love and co-existence] the country will not face war crimes investigation etc. for the crimes committed against the Tamil community since independence is on record: please view this link published worldwide;
      Sri Lanka’s Genocide of Tamils:
      https://www.academia.edu/34202740/SRI_LANKAS_GENOCIDE_OF_TAMILS

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    Alwises, Fonsekas and Aponsus !!! Who are they to preach to a nation. Jump on. The higher you do harder the landing !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    These monks who openly condemn a legal decision & who openly side with plunderers of the nation’s coffers should be condemned whole sale.Are we going to be ruled by a yellow robed mob who think they should decide the fate of this nation & who think they are above the law ?It is a pity that a few so called priests use the yellow robe to foster their criminal interests, & that they are shaming the Buddha who preached a noble doctrine . The Mahanayaka Thero of the Asgiriya chapter should instead of preaching homilies to laymen, & acting as if he is the greatest pundit after the Buddha, clean up the mess in his own order. He should ask them first & foremost to respect the law of the land.What a shame it is to see these so called monks going out with begging bowls to collect MONEY to help pay the fine for robbing 600 mln of tax payer money in order to distribute” Silredi” to enhance MR’s election campaign! .I am a not so devout Buddhist but I associate with so many devout Buddhists & none of them are outraged about the comments by Ranjan Ramanayaka. Infact what they say is that he spoke the truth. The only ones who pretend to be outraged are MR’S cohorts & the members of the Sangha that openly or clandestinely support him.

    Many thanks to Sarath DeAlwis for calling a spade a spade.This disgusting behavior of these criminal minded individuals should be condemned unreservedly. They don’t have to be respected just because they outwardly wear a yellow coloured robe.

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    You make some really good points. This importance given to clergy was started by Premedasa. It was he who I think , started giving them cars too. You are right; while Mrs B was a feudal Buddhist lady, she did not get Sangha involved in politics. JR was more secular as well. MR took his piety and false religiosity to an extreme. Absurd racists in robes are not real monks. There are more real monks in the west who actually follow the tenets of Buddhist teachings. Same can be said of Catholic rapist pedophiles in Cassocks and Poosaris with pottu and yellow string who fuck women in Hindu temples too. and of course we all know about ISIS Muslim crackpots and rape culture.

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    Thank you sir for your enlightening and bold observation of the pathetic plight of Buddhism in the hands of some unscruplous clergy who are ruining the status of Buddhism in SL and the respect for the religion in the minds of non-Buddhists. There are numerous examples and it will be endless to expand on it. My personal experience alone by virtue of my profession has so much to say. But what is vital and urgent at the moment is to put an end to this rampage by these misguided and manipulated clergy to safeguard Buddhism and once Buddhism is safe and well understood in SL then all our problems with wither away.

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