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Work Of Political Buddhism: The Kid Refused To Go Along, As It Happened To Be A ‘Muslim’ Shop

By Harishchandra Lokumanna

Harishchandra Lokumanna

This is my humble response as a fellow Sinhala Buddhist to Shenali Waduge’s outbursts under the caption’ The Mythical ‘racist‘ narrative on 11/04/2013 in CDN. She has entirely missed the plot. She appears to have to gone at tangents by blaming the Media and all minorities for projecting the Sinhala Buddhists as ‘racists’. Anyone with an ounce of intelligence knows whom she is singing hosanna for. She little realizes that her futile attempts to whitewash the rogue and ‘racist elements among the Sinhala Buddhists were merely ’emperor’s clothes’. It is an open secret that the general media ( both print and TV)in the country has been giving more than its’ due share of publicity to these extremist elements. It is also equally known to all and sundry that the law enforcement authorities  have been adopting a double standards policy for those who espouse extremism and those who stand up against them, like how they acted against those who were attempting to engage in a peaceful ‘candle-lit‘ vigil against extremism and hate mongering on the 12th April. It is therefore patently clear that when people who wanted to make their stand against this unfavourable trend in our country, are not allowed to vent their feelings and express their forthright views on this issue, they naturally resort to other online websites to air their views. A cursory glance of the many articles on these websites will show that the number of contributors from the Sinhala community, specially the Buddhists, who have begun to break their silence. stand up and be counted are steadily increasing. In a democracy, it is very important that all voices are heard and all points of views  are allowed to be expressed. There are many of my Muslim friends who say that they are not been given adequate space in the Media public domain to air their views to challenge many unfair accusations and charges made against them at the BBS meetings.

The thrust of my line of  argument is that the accusing finger has been pointed at the extremist ‘racist’ elements among the  Sinhala Buddhists, and not at the Sinhala Buddhist people. Sinhala People have always been acknowledged all-round  as a tolerant race during the course of history, accommodating the ‘other’. It is this enviable record of our proud nation that is being vilified and attacked at the roots by these extremist goons, unfortunately in the name of Buddhism. Hate mongering in the name of Buddhism is certainly a misnomer. Which ever way we may want to argue to prove that Sri Lanka is a Sinhala Buddhist land, they will ultimately be an exercise in futility, if we fail to show in spirit that tenets of Buddhism pervades our way of life – compassion, love, and concern for the ;other’. What is the use of a rose if it does not look beautiful or smell nice?. When our Constitution states that foremost place is given to Buddhism( not to Sinhala Buddhist nationalism ), the drafters surely may have clearly intended that the supreme teachings of the Enlightened One should determine the basis of our actions. If only our politicians and the social reformers take note of this in the process of devising national and social policies , then other communities will not object to this Article concerning Buddhism, as it does not rule out providing adequate space for other religions as well. It is in this perspective that I reiterate the imperative need to ensure that moderation takes a dominant place over the forces of extremism and hate mongering and to strengthen those who subscribe to a notion of a Sinhala race imbibed and enriched by the Buddha Dharma rather than the vice versa- Buddhism dominated by Sinhala nationalism.

It is not the intention of my article to counter the genuine grievances of our Sinhala Buddhist community. On the contrary, we do have many of them. However, what my contention has been the choice of an explosive mode of how some elements among us  are trying to exploit the baser animalistic instincts of our people and spread hate  towards other communities, particularly the Muslims in recent times. Do we seriously think that our younger generation ,who are waiting in the side-lines to take over the responsibility of running the affairs of our country, will be anything different, having experienced the example set by their elders? If the under currents felt at the grass root levels are anything to go by, after the disastrous hate campaign carried out by not only BBS, but also by other satellite groups, all in the name of protecting the Sinhala race and Buddhism, then it may appear that horses may have already bolted. A story related  by Mr. Imtiaz Bakir Marcar in one of the recent interviews he had on TV should raise an alarm among those who look forward to live in a future peaceful, united Sri Lanka, affording place to all, irrespective of which race they originate from. Reportedly, his Sinhala friend faced a shocking experience when he offered to buy some sweats for his neighbour’s 3 year old daughter from a nearby shop. The kid refused to go along, as it happened to be a ‘Muslim’ shop. His further inquiries revealed that  the advice came from her 6 year old sister, whose tender mind has been poisoned by her school elocution teacher. In this instance, can anyone who has a semblance of  love for our motherland , pat these kids on their backs, saying ‘well done. You kids are our future saviours of our race and religion’ . No! we cannot, as this incident symbolically reflects the degeneration of our Sinhala Buddhist values and shows to what extent this rot has infiltrated into our social body fabric. Can the BBS and other extremist outfits merely disown responsibility for this chain of causation?

Unfortunately, the institutionalization of the Sinhalese Buddhist nationalist ideology has taken root in our country, hijacking the ideals of Buddhism. Racial emotions have been raised among people with the majoritarian ethos propagated by the nationalist ideology determining the State’s policy making machinery. as reflected in the decline of secularism, the rise in intolerance, and the cavalier disregard for minorities’ human rights.  Beginning around the late nineteenth century, with the Buddhist monks entering  Buddhist rhetoric in Sri Lanka  took on a blustering tone and promoted intolerance. Bhikkhus especially entered the political fray after Sri Lanka’s independence in 1948, a phenomenon that can be called “political Buddhism.” The rhetoric has, among other things, led to the abuse of Buddhism by monks and opportunistic politicians to justify anti minority practices. Ven Gallehepitiye Premaratna Thero, in a recent TV interview found fault with the Bikkhus entering politics which in his view was the turning point of the process of degeneration of  Buddhist values among our people. Most venerated Maha Sangha who were earlier treated with utmost respect lost it when  some of the rogue elements among them took to the streets and begun to act like street thugs, using vulgar and filthy language.

Thus, it is left for the silent majority among us to rise up in word, deed and thought against the machinations of these elements, before our Sri Lanka, which our armed forces liberated from Tiger extremists, is handed back to another set of  extremists – Sinhala Buddhist extremists. At this rate, when will Sri Lankans ever live peacefully? It is also time opportune that we  Buddhists begin to look into a mirror to look into our own selves and reflect rather than look through a glass pane to look into others and correct them. Buddhism teaches that before we criticize other people for keeping dirty apartments we should earn to tidy up our own first. Before we pass judgment on the other person, we should examine ourselves and ask whether we are perfect. As the Buddha says: “Let not one seek others’ faults, things left done and undone by others, but one’s own deeds done and undone. After all , did not Jesus also say ‘And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?’. My Muslim friend also said this is true of Islam too, as it emphasizes that those who want to reform the world must first reform themselves. If they want to lead others to a better world, they must purify their inner worlds of hatred, rancor, and jealousy, and adorn their outer worlds with virtue. So, this is a common call. We must lay claim to our common humanity and fraternity and admire the common-ness among us rather than laying claim to a superior nationality status in Sri Lanka, which is in effect a virus- a majoritarian virus, which eats into the fabric of our society.

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    well said brother. I agree with you. she crossed the red line in her writing. she a bias writer and shame on her journalism. she write objectively as a true journalist. she looks fake journalist.

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      Uneducated Sinhalaya modayas think that Buddhism belongs to the Sinhala race – although it is global religion that began in Nepal/India.. and belongs to no one and thus to all!

      Sinahla Buddhism which is a tiny twig on the Buddhist Tree, that once was well regarded in Asia, Today is a DISTORTION and ABBERATION of what the Buddha Taught. Sinhala Buddhism today is a political, military BUSINESS that is used by the Rajapassa Regime and its Balu Sena to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE Lanka, just as the British colonial masters did.

      In the context we need to study the political economy of Sinhala Buddhism which is NOT homogeneous, and understand divisions within it and the will to power and money within all branches , all Nikkayas today – which like the Catholic Vatican has morphed into a massive land and property owning empire in Lanka which cultivates and competes for political patronage.
      We need a census on lands, houses, properties and super luxury cars and SUVs owned by Buddhist monks. We need a study of Diaspora Buddhism – in LA the Buddhist monks drive MERCS and BMWs!
      We need a study of the systematic militarization of Sinhala Buddhism by Gota the Goon, and the land grabbing from the minorities that this has enabled – particularly in the northeast but also sout.
      On Wijerama Mawatha Colombo 7 a small Tamil Kade that had stood there for the past 60 years was evicted and the Land taken over and a Buddhist statue planted there.
      The militarization of Buddhism in Sri Lanka is the new culture “war” waged by the Rajapassa dictatorship against the people of Sri Lanka – a means to DIVIDE, DISTRACT and RULE the country in perpetuity.

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      The ranting and raving of Harischandra Lokumanna (HL) is typical of the LEFTIST journalists of SL. He mentioned the term Sinhala grievances but I bet he hasn’t got a clue as to what they are and even if he knows what Sinhala grievances are he couldn’t care less. You will NEVER see an article about Sinhala grievances in the CT because that is not their purpose. Their purpose is to show anyone who talks about Sinhala grievances as an extremist, racist, bigotted, chauvinist but anyone who is anti Sinhala or anti Buddhist (not anti Buddhidt phylosophy because there is no way they could appear reasonable if they attacked the Buddhist phylosophy so they make sure they make distinction between the phylosophy and the releigion)is a saint who deserved to be heard on their website. So the Marxist HL wants us to hand over SL to the Jahadists and Wahabi Islamists just like we Buddhists became Wessantara’s and handed over Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Afganistan,
      Maldives, Bangladesh, Baluchistan and even India. If he is so concerned about the feeling of the temple land grabbers why doesn’t he hand over his house for them to build yet another Mosque to add to the mushrooming Mosques springing up everywhere – even in the vicinity of Mahamevna Uyana in Anuradhapura where not even building of a Buddhist temple is permitted. All these CT reading Colombians are experts in spewing crap against Sinhala nationalists but have no answers or couldn’t care how to redress Sinhala grievances.

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    Harischandra Lokumanna – her articles does not deserve a response. More you respond, more she will come up with her racism. She has been banned from some reputed websites.

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      Imana, do you mean reputed for EXTREME HATRED AGAINST the Sinhala Buddhists. You are right. Most English newspapers and websites in SL are renowned for being Anti Sinhala and Anti Buddhist. Anti Sinhala and anti BBS diatribe can be seeing daily in the English press and no wonder USA thinks it is OK to bully a small nation like SL with its Imperial Might because the English news media in SL is on their side against the Sinhala nation. The same thing happened during the war with the English media in SL taking the side of the “Peace Traders” and the Federalists.

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    This is how she describes Colombo Telegraph in her article.

    “Of late, the media has become a platform to denigrate the Sinhalese and ridicule Buddhism. As an example a pro-Christian website run by exiled local journalists paid from foreign funds publishes everything that serves this objective. Its article headings over the past few weeks clearly show their bias: “Bhikku brigade”, “Buddhist Taliban”, “Attack on Muslims”, “Extremists BBS Majoritarian virus”, “Hamuruduwane Booruwane”, “Sinhala-Buddhist nationalism”, “bigotry of Sinhala Buddhism”, “haunted by the Mahawansa”, … the labels that Sinhalese Buddhists have been tagged with that media enthusiastically promotes are many. It is a gross violation of ethics of journalism.”
    http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/04/11/fea01.asp

    @Imana
    As you say, Ms.Waduge may have been banned by some websites, but I hope that CT does not do so. Let her post her articles in CT and let CT readers respond to them like they do to ones written by other writers.

    *By the way we are not paid by anyone – ask her to name the website – CT

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      I second that, I don’t know if anyone is disallowing her from publishing on CT, but it should not be discouraged. Chances are she is one of the respondents in the CT forums under an annonymous pen name.

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      This racists Vadubaduge must explain why Rajapaksa funded The Sunday Leader re posted Colombo Telegraph article “haunted by the Mahawansa”
      Read it here and check the bottom of the article;
      http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2013/03/24/haunted-by-mahawamsa/

      Over to you Vadubaduge and Rajpalpal

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      One only needs to read the daily diatribe been spewed out by Colombo Telegraph against Sinhala Buddhists or Sinhala Nationalists to know that they would NEVER publish Shenali’s articles. The ONLY English newspaper in SL that would publish articles which are NOT anti Sinhala nor anti Buddhist is the Daily News. Verbally attacking the sinhala nationalists and spewing out venom against them has become so fashionable amongst the colombians same as it was so fashionable to be a peace trader amongst the Colombians at the height of the war agaisnt terror. Thanks to our soldiers from the villages sacrificing their lives these Colombians can get back to their jet set lifestyly in a bomb free SL. These same hedonistic Colombians will not lift a finger to help the motherland but have become experts at spewing out venom against the Sinhala nationalists. At least the Muslims and the Tamils are good at looking after their own people (Muslims grabbing temple land to make SL the 58th OIC country in the world and Tamils grabbing land to have a second homeland in addition to Tamilnadu which is twice the size of SL)

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    This is the logic that Ms.Waduge subscribes to. Posted below is the last part of her article which sums it up.
    http://www.dailynews.lk/2013/04/11/fea01.asp

    In summary, a very interesting comment on a website by a Tamil Christian (using the name Lorenzo) is being shared to convey the above in very simple terms.

    Real owners
    Being a Tamil Christian, I believe Sri Lanka is a SINHALA BUDDHIST country.

    Let’s play a game.

    1. Show me where is Tamil Hindu country?
    Tamil Nadu. Good.

    2. Show me a English Anglican country?
    England. Good.

    3. Show me a Hindi Hindu country?
    India. Good.

    4. Show me an Islamic Arabic country?
    Saudi. Good.

    5. Now show me the Sinhala Buddhist country?

    It is now called Sri Lanka. Correct name Sinhela.

    Did God Jesus Christ visit Sri Lanka? NO.
    Did Prophet Mohammad visit Sri Lanka? NO.
    Did Krishna visit Sri Lanka? NO. (Rama did visit Sri Lanka but to destroy it.)
    Did Buddha visit Sri Lanka? Oh! Yes!

    So it is a Buddhist country. Sri Lanka is the ONLY country Buddha visited BY CHOICE. He was in Nepal/India so he had no choice there. But the moment he got a choice, where did he visit? Sri Lanka.

    So this is why Sri Lanka is the Sinhala Buddhist country.

    But some foolish Sinhala Buddhists have out of GENEROSITY given up their claims.

    If you still don’t believe it let me explain from the Bible – Wise King Solomon.

    Once upon a time there was a very wise king by the name Solomon He was the king, army commander, the judge and the jury and the Parliament.

    One day two women came to him claiming ONE baby as theirs. Two mothers, one baby!

    King asked, “Yako, whose son is this?”
    MINE! Screamed both women.
    Then the king asked, “whose son is this?”
    MINE! Screamed both women.

    hmmmm…thought the wise king. He ordered a soldier to cut the baby into half and give each half to each woman.

    Then ONE woman came to the baby’s rescue and stopped the king. She begged to spare the baby.

    So the king found the OWNER of the baby!
    And he hacked the other FAKE woman to death.

    When Norway, UK, India, USA, UNHRC, LTTE, PLOTE, IPKF, Tamil MODA-RATES, etc. tried to CUT SL into halves, who came forward to defend it?

    Minorities?

    (Well VERY few of them DID come forward UNDER the leadership of real owners).

    Sinhalese. YES. Like the REAL mother of that baby, Sinhalese came forward to defend their baby – Sri Lanka

    That establishes who the REAL OWNER of Sri Lanka is.

    (I know we are not as wise as King Solomon, but we are intelligent enough to get it, aren’t we?)

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      Those who commit sins – Sinhalease.
      The King of Sin – Sinha
      National language – Lies.
      National sport – Kidnapping
      National culture – talking out of point
      National vehicle – White van

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        yawn, yawn – how boring. These anti Sinhala Colombians who loves to speak in English all the time as Sinhala they treat as a godaya language only good enough to be spoken by servants, are not very imaginative, are they. I have heard this while van story million times that even if it was a great big lie after repeating it a million times it become the truth. So they keep repeating these stories in all the English Press and media (except Daily News) to the extent of killing everyone with boredom.

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          Don Juan; Once puppet is always a puppet.

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      Don’t forget we have our people in the correct places to drive our agenda. Remember they are well trained, skilled and well equipped. Don’t try to trace them as you will never be able to. Also remember they follow the GOLDEN RULE.. They are taught to appear to do things because they care for you more than you do for yourself … Never try to buy them as they are well looked after too.

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    Super response. Concise and to the point. In comparison, Waduge’s writing pales, more akin to gutter journalism, with no consideration whatsoever for moderates nor minority values. They just don;t exist nor have any rights in her hackneyed world. And she claims to be Tamil Christian defending Sinhala Buddhist rights in Sri Lanka. A real ‘atchaaru’ of sorts. One thing that has been exposed is the titles of all articles appearing in CT, written against the racist bigots, and this could gather momentum to create more interest to read it, and develop more balanced views.

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    The voices of more and more moderate Sinhalese are being heard and there is some effect on the govt. Police is now taking action to arrest the perpetrators. Last night a muslim hotel in kurunegala was attacked and police acted swiftly to arrest the culprits.

    Police also need to at least question the ring leaders about the inflamatory statements made at public meetings. If this is done then people will be more careful when opening their mouths to utter unsubstianted hate statements about others. Rule of law must prevail instead of shaping up cases because monks are involved.

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      How come the police take the side of the nasty Wahabi’s in Katthankudy against the moderate Sufis? It is NOT the Muslims we are against but Extremist Wahabis and jihadists like the ones who burnt down Nalanda killing over 1000 Buddhist scholar monks. If Sinhala Moda Marxists and Colombians have their way SL will be the next Buddhist victim country to end up as the 58th OIC country in the world. Sinhala Buddhists will suffer the same fate as the moderate Sufi Muslims thanks to EXTREME HATRED SPEWED OUT in CT by [Edited out]writers like Harischandra Lokumanna.

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        …what’s that ‘Thanks’ for, in appreciation?

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        DHARMAPALA,
        COULD YOU PLEASE DEFINE;

        1.EXTREMIST WAHABI

        2.MODERATE SUFI

        IF YOU CANNOT,PLEASE KEEP YOUR TRAP SHUT

        COULD YOU GIVE ME AUTHENTIC INFO’ ABOUT THE KILLING OF 1000
        SCHOLAR MONKS. IS IT IN NALANDA OFF MATALE OR NALANDA COLLEGE.
        I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY

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    I challenge Shenali Waduge to find the courage to share her writings on CT too, and not hide them within the folds of government controlled newspapers.

    This is unless the CT editorial has not banned her articles, which seems very unlikely.

    I wonder if writers like her have the guts to face a backlash in the comment threads.

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      Who is shenali Waduge ? please add little more intro about her.

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        Why don’t you guess if you are so much interested?

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          Question to be answered with a question ?

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            If you would like to find out more about Shenali, then you have to read an English newspaper or a website that is NOT anti Sinhala and the only Engilsh newspaper in SL that would publish her brilliantly researched article would be the Daily News. All other English newspaers and websites in SL it is alleged are spewing out venom and hatred against the Sinhala Nation and BBS like the above author HL.

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    You guys are really crazy….and dumb too..

    Did she name Colombot Telegraph – some dimwit has gone and put the cap calliing CT a fanatic christian website…

    then another says she’s a tamil christian.. do u read english…

    she is quoting from a tamil christian … Oh please … this is what happens when people do not read and comprehend htings for themselves…

    but jump on to some wagon and go ranting..

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      Wagon????????

      Band Wagon!

      Hmmm… I wonder how to comprehend the ‘htings’?

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    Harishchandra Lokumanna,

    This is one of the best pieces I have read on the subject so far.

    Hats off to you!

    Sharmini

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      Sharmini, Harischandra is just like you full of extremism and HATRED against Sinhala nationalists. Biggoted extremists like Sharmini, Tisaranee and HL are equal to Wahabis of Saudi and moderate Sinhala nationalists are equal to moderate Sufis of sri Lanka.

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        So how do you guys call – BBS then ? And its supporters like Gotabaya ?

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          Ann, so you think it is bad to tell the world the plight of the Sinhala people (you think only minorities are allowed to have grievances? are the Sinhala majority not human beings because the minute they air their grievances they are shouted down by the hedonistic Colombians castigating them as extremists, racists and biggoted chauvinists). You must be a Colombian to think ill of Gotabhaya after he gave you a bomb free country to carry on with your endless partying lifestyle – you party during the night and write against the Sinhala Buddhists and the BBS during daytime – Good Life, ha?

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            “you party during the night and write against the Sinhala Buddhists and the BBS during daytime”- mottapala

            “Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others, merely because you were born in it”. Similar to religion, patriotism is an emotion, as opposed to a rational thought process.

            Patriotism is to politics what faith is to religion: The unquestioned acceptance of information that is either unverified or that may actually be in conflict with factual evidence. Patriotism is the incubator of wars.

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            YOU SINHALESE ARE IN THIS POSITION BECAUSE YOU HAVE COMPUTER

            ELECTED PRESIDENT, AND THE COUNTRY IS RUN BY “UNP” TRAPEZE ARTISTS.

            YOU HAVE NO ONE TO COMPLAIN TO IN THE WORLD. NO ONE LISTENS TO YOU

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        “Tisaranee and HL are equal to Wahabis of Saudi..”
        mottapala badagine balu sanya.

        Whenever you think you are facing a contradiction, check your premises. You will find that one of them is wrong.

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    Just ignore her for gutter journalism.The more you write about her she gains publicity. Please read articles similar to that of Harischandra Lokumanna and other enlightened journalists. CT please translate these valuable articles into Sinhala and Tamil to create more public awareness otherwise BBS will be able to recruit more hate mongers.

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      It is not even worth mentioning the name of Daily news columnists…. why to bother with them ?

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        Ann, you nor anyone else in Sri Lanka could hold a candle to her(Shenali Waduge). It is strange how you can be scathing about someone when you have NOT even read a single word she has written. This is why I say that writers to CT and commentators alike are a bunch of jokers who haven’t read nor done any research on what they write. I can vouch that Shenali is head and shoulders above the rest of the minions most of whom would even betray their country if you throw some dollars at them and this is very common in Sri Lanka – people write for money and they would even sell their country for money.

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    SHENALI HAS A PROBLEM. IT MY BE THAT SHE WAS “JILLTED” BY A ,MUSLIM.

    SHE REALLY HAS A PROBLEM. MAYBE I CAN SOLVE IT IF SOLICITED.
    I FEEL SORRY FOR HER.POOR THING

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    I always find the claim that the Buddha visited Sri Lanka to be extremely doubtful (this is no way is intended to demean the teachings of the Enlightened One, but merely to question a purported historical one).

    1. Why is there no record of this in India?
    2. Why didn’t the population at the time convert to Buddhism? Why do we celebrate the “coming of Buddhism to Sri Lanka” with Mahinda instead of when the Buddha himself came?!
    3. Given the virtual extermination of the indigenous folk by the supposed “Aryan” conquerors how did they several hundred years later figure out that the Buddha actually visited Sri Lanka?
    4. Given the Buddha’s stature at the time surely there would have been some historical records left here. Why is it that we are left to believe in a chronicle, the obvious purpose of which is to propagate Buddhism? Does it not seem more likely that this is a myth?
    5. It even contradicts with the Vijaya landing myth – Vijaya is supposed to have met a Yakshini upon arrival but the Yakshas were supposed to have been exiled by the Buddha to Giri during his visit to Mahiyangana.
    6. Any body who has seen the supposed foot print at Adam’s Peak will realise that if a human possessed those feet he would have been at least 10 feet tall or would have had the most ridiculously large feet! All the records pertaining to Buddha make no mention of either his gigantic feet or his remarkable height.
    7. It is only in Sri Lanka that the Buddha seems to be flying about and carrying out all sorts of dazzling miracles. The historical Buddha was far more sobre and focussed on reasoned philosophy not bling bling razzle dazzle stuff.

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      Sulaiman,

      You are absolutely spot on. There is no evidence whatsoever that the Buddha visited Sri Lanka.

      Those like Shenali Waduge appear to be subscribing more to Buddhist mythology than to the philosophy.

      Hence the lack of wisdom.

      Peace Dove

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      Dr. Paranavitharana – one time head of the Archaeological Department said that that he is not denying that Lord Buddha visited Sri Lanka, but there was no evidence.

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      Sulaiman, At the time that Mahinda Thero first visited Lanka, the simple people of of the period did not differentiate between the Buddha and the Messenger who brought his Message. That is probably how the story arose. It still happens among simple peasants of all Buddhist Countries, when Western Monks visit them. It also explains the Myths and Creation stories in all the great religions of the World. The Buddha himself said in his Kalama Sutta, that we should not just Accept, but we should question and find out for ourselves, the Truth of what we are told and Taught.

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        This is one of the best things in Buddhism that Buddha asked asked to question everything over and over again until it makes sense. No other blind faith religions can match this.

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      I really like your writings here and I found your style of writing hilarious. I laughed a lot reading it and it is such a breath of fresh air to read intelligent and witty writing like yours after reading most of the rubbish articles and comments in the CT. Many thanks Sulaiman.

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    Yes – I met friends who said that their kids come from Daham pasala and say that they don’t want to go a Muslim shop. A priest went to a leading Buddhist girl’s school on a Poya day and preached that they should not go to Muslim shops particularly NOLIMIT. The Old Girl’s association took up the matter with the Principal, but the damage is done.

    Then again I heard from a parent that at a Daham Pasala, his 8 year old child was was told that Devadutta who went against Lord Buddha was a Muslim.

    Young minds are being poisoned by the bay badu leader and his clan. I hope these children will learn to live and tolerate others in this beautiful country of ours.

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    Fundamentalist Religious extremism by Buddhists, Muslims or Christians is equally bad. The President must get the help of heads of all the major religions to minimise the creation of religious tensions by Word or Deed. If not, we are heading for another disaster.

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      Can you add any example where president has come forward with from you suggested actions, I mean in the recent past ? If he cant, he has to dilegiate it to the responsible ministries. Even any clashes of recent sort that have been on a rise in srilanka today – is though criticised by ill educated ministers like Mervin, Wimal and Keheliya, while the top leadership seem to remain silent further as if that is not their business.

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      Illumination behindhand.

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    I hate to add my two cents worth to this but the caste that [Edited out]

    This comment was removed by a moderator because it didn’t abide by our Comment policy.For more detail see our Comment policy
    https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/comments-policy-2/

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    Locumanna,
    Writer is telling us that ‘compassion, love, and concern’ are the tenets of Buddhism. There had been no better place than Nalanda University to show how ‘compassion and love’ have flourished for over seven centuries for all races and religions there.

    Nalanda is believed to be the world’s first University and the largest Buddhist one at that. Situated in east of Patna in India it accommodated over 10,000 students and 2,000 teachers from Korea, Japan, China, Tibet, Indonesia, Persia and Turkey in its heyday. Subjects covered included science, astronomy, medicine and chiefly metaphysics and philosophy. Nagarjuna, a Mahayana philosopher and Dharmpala, the Brahmin scholar taught there. Hieun-Tsang, famous Chinese traveller and scholar stayed there. The university library had been the most renowned repository of Buddhist knowledge anywhere and its collection was said to comprise hundreds of thousands of volumes. Do you know what had happened to all that treasure and Buddhism in India after that?

    First about what happened to Nalanda University. A Man named Bakhtiar Khilji, a military General of Qutb-ud-din Aybak, Turkic king who ruled a part of India from Delhi ransacked Nalanda and set fire to it in 1193. The university is said have burned for months.

    Why do a military General want to desecrate and burn a peaceful and a serene monastery? To answer that question you’ll have understand the religion of the General and his gang who burned it; Islam. You’ll have to understand the mentality of Islamists. And for that you have to download copy of the Koran and read it. To assist you, let me say, over 60% of the Koran is not about Muslims but non-Muslims who their prophet named as unbelievers. Therefore non-Muslims like us have the rights know what Koran tells Muslims about us, unbelievers.

    We ought to know that Koran tells Muslims about inferiority of non-Muslims. They must know that Koran compares non-Muslims to vile animals and Allah’s dark plans for their eternal torture. They must know Koran dehumanizes non-Muslims, describing them as “animals” and beasts; like in 98:6, 8:55, 7:166, 7:179 and etc. They must know that Koran tells Muslims not to take Non-Muslims as Friends; like in 58:22, 4:144, 5:51, 3:118 and etc. They must know Koran orders Muslims to fight unbelievers; 9:123 etc. They must know Koran tells Muslims that Allah curse other religions; like 48:28 etc. They must know that Non-Muslims are to be fought until religion is only for Allah; like in 8:39, 2:193 and etc. They must know that Koran says that people of other religions are to be violently punished in this world; like in 9:30, 4:76 and etc. non-Muslims must know that 19% of the Koran is devoted to violent conquest and subjugation of non-Muslim.

    Monks at Nalanda never knew any of those Koran teachings. Indeed they may have been concern only about, as this writer says ‘compassion and love’ to others. And monks fled and Buddhism disappeared from India in the face of a crazy attacker.

    It is absurd to expect this writer know about historical Muslim fanaticism or what had happened at Nalanda, when he considers all Muslims are peace loving egalitarians like smooth talking Imtiaz Bakir Marcar. I am sure writer is clueless what Muslims had done to their own kind in this country. Would he otherwise preach us that all Sri Lankan Muslims are peace lovers?

    Let me tell him first that Muslims in Sri Lanka are increasingly being coached under Wahhabis who themselves were indoctrinated in Medina and King Abdul Aziz Universities of Saudi on true Islam meaning Interpreting the Koran correctly. Bin Laden is a true Islamist. I bet the one who set the Boston bomb must be a true Islamist as well.

    Whether we like it or not, Wahhabi Islam has become the trend in Sri Lanka for sometime now. We can feel of it more now from the Arab like cultural invasion. Wahhabis despise Sufis and for they think Sufis are not true Islamists.

    A Sufi named Abdullah opened a Meditation Centre at Kattankudy in 1996. Wahhabis made an arson attack on the building on May 29 the same year. Abdullah died on Dec 6th 2006. Just nine days later, a Wahhabi mob invaded the Meditation Centre, knocked down the minaret and removed the body of Abdullah’s body and burned it. The houses of 117 Sufis were destroyed by the fire. Many Sufis fled the district, two were injured, and one lost an arm.
    Peace loving people. It won’t be long Wahhabis take on Sinhala Buddhists on some pretext.

    Now tell us; how do you compare that bit of Muslim act unleashed on a group of the same sect to action against all Muslims by all Buddhist organisations put together, eh? You are making a mountain out a molehole.

    We have come to know true characters of candle light vigils. We don’t mind they stand with Wahhabis, only if they know what Wahhabis’s inside is like. Are you telling us that Monks have to be quiet when Mullahs of Wahhabi infested ACJU were roping every Sinhala manufacture to pay them millions and hang Halaal badge on their own produce? What do you mean by “hijacking the ideals of Buddhism”?

    You may not know, but whenever there was a threat to the nation, Monks had come forward to tell us the truth and remind of the past and save the nation. That is exactly what BBS is doing now. Find an old book or a pamphlet and learn how Monks in this country saved Buddhism in the past while it was driven out from India.
    Leela

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      Leela,

      I hope you don’t call yourself a Buddhist, because it will amount to an insult to the Buddha and the Dhamma.

      Next you will be telling us that the Jaffna Library was burnt to the ground by Lankan Muslims.

      You are such a pathetic human being filled with so much venom and hatred!

      To call you a despicable apology for a human being would be a compliment.

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        But Gamini Dissanayaka was not a muslim?

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    Leela, I salute people like you , Shenali and many others who insult Islam. You all are doing a great service. This is extactly what western media is doing and it has the opposite effect. When people read bad things you have written about Islam, they tend to do research about Islam and eventually convert to become good muslims. In countries like UK and US thousands of people convert every year annd no one is doing missionery work there spending money to convert people. There is lot of negative publicity in the media and that is driving people toward Islam. Great work, keep it up.

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    Leela is at her best , refusing to budge to get rid of her blind spot. She is blaming people like me to have spoken out as a moderate and a practicing Buddhist. This is Leela in Shenali clothing. I will love to see Lord Buddha reacting to her hate outpourings against the Muslims and the Koran. She is missing the plot too. What we are discussing is how the so called guardians of the Buddha Dharma are behaving in public. Good old days, there were valiant monks who stood up for the country and the Dharma. It is an insult to compare those great monks to the ruffian BBS/ SR monks in the garb of custodians who vent their raw hatred and also behave in disgusting ways like removing the sivura and mouthing filth and snippets unbecoming of a Buddhist monk, who clearly differs from the image Lord Buddha wanted us to carve out in our minds.

    Islam is the religion to billions of people around the world and these criticism of its teachings what she (mis)quotes are all what we hear from the so called Islamaphobes in the internet.I advise Leela to take off her hate glasses and look at people as human beings as our Master preaches. There were many extremist gropus among them; but don’t stereotype all Muslims and tar brush all of them as extremists. BBS has to answer to us Sinhala Buddihsts regarding their connections with anti SL elements in Norway and also their alleged meeting with a renown Islamaphobic woman in US.

    Leela needs a good dose of good bana from those who stand up for true Buddhist teachings such as Amila Himiyan and Ven. Samitha Himiyan without resorting to make SL into a hell hole by listening to liabilities to Buddhism such as those in robes from BBS and SR. make no mistake, the BBS will be thrown out into the outer space like a dead smelly rat if Lord Buddha was to visit SL again and see his Dhamma being desecrated and polluted by these goons. We Buddhists expect good guidance in Buddha Dharma to lead a peaceful life and not hate outpourings from these vicious elements . At Dhaham pasale,where I teach, we teach Buddhism and not Sinhalese Buddhism as understood by these extremist elements.

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      Leela is not a woman but a man who was pretending to be a woman till he was checkmated by reader in the Transcurrents website couple of years ago

      Rumour also has it that Leela is the one who took money from Peole for the Lee Potter Housing Scheme in Kandy (Leelananda and Potter) and then DEFRAUDED THE PEOPLE WHO PAID THE DEPOSITS they never got the houses nor their mney back,Leela was living in the UK and now back in Lanka and rumour is that he is somehwere in Horana area but haunts Colombo regularly

      So with that pedigree of Leela the FRAUD what do you expect!

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        This “lady” Leela was revealed as one LEELARATNE, an ex-govt.
        servant, who had a rough time under a Dravidian Officer, in
        the *Transcurrent* publication then? Hope he will reveal himself
        in his old age.

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      harish lokumanna,
      Dare you accuse me for ‘pouring hate against Muslims and Koran?’ Show us just one erroneous sentence in my comment if you can. I have no blind spot. I am very familiar with all 114 Suras of the Koran and a fair number of Hadith. I say; anyone can turn to be a terrorist if he faithfully and steadfastly believes Koran is the word of Allah because Koran incites to kill.

      I can visualize your Buddhism and what you teach at ‘Dhaham Pasale’ for you talk of rubbish like ‘if Lord Buddha was to visit SL again’. I only feel sorry for those children who learn from you. Anyway tell us, what is this ‘Sinhalese Buddhism’ you talk about? Does the true Buddhism you learn from your favourite ‘himiyans’ and seek solace opposed SL forces fighting LTTE terrorism?

      We Sinhala Buddhists believe in ‘Samsara’ and seek ‘Nivana’ at a latter life. Right now we want to retain our heritage and pass it to our children. If monks at Maha Vihara and their successors hadn’t done that throughout our history, there would be no Sinhalas or Sinhala Buddhists to be found in Sri Lanka today.

      If monks like Mohottewatte Gunananda Thero hadn’t taken up the Christian haranguing of Buddhists and answered them accordingly at the latter part of the nineteenth century and triumphed at Panadura debate, Olcott may not have come to Sri Lanka and may not have started a Buddhist resurgence. No point telling you these for your brain is full of multi-faith muck.

      What made that 19 year old Chechen boy a Boston bomber? Is it the Koran verses or comments by whistle blowers like me and harangue by the BBS. For pseudo Buddhists like you, Wahhabis who read absolute killer verses five times a day to get their brain washed are mere peace doves and BBS who had hurt none but talk loud about Wahhabi danger are terrorists.
      Leela

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        Your are mentally challenged and it’s the blind spot contemptible as vile as a gross sputum.

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        what BS have you been uttering here ? Just because 19year boy ran amok in Boston, shoulw we put all the muslim in the same cage ?

        JuSt becase BBS and leaders of them are violent not that all buddhist monks are so ?

        What goes through your head leelawathie ? What do you want to achieve just by attacking people ?

        You just represent the MR and thug regime, you should have much in common with your DNA and theirs. Mygod.. what BS ?

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          Samson, you seem to share your DNA with leaders of that awful Imperialist bully Uncle Sam. While they are trigger or drone happy to kill innocent civilians in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen why don’t you ask them to target MR and family plus the BBS with their drones and be done with it. Then you can put that American puppet RW back on the throne to destroy SL for good.

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    Muslims are innocent babies and Buddhists are crazy extremists!!

    Some bleeding heart Buddhist jokers who don’t know anything are writing nonsense & becoming the laughing stock of everyone.

    How is it that the whole world has issues with Muslims if they are so harmless ? Starting from Jews (Israel), Hindus ( India ), Buddhists ( Burma, Sri Lanka (1915 riot), Thailand, ), Christians ( Nigeria, Egypt, Philippines ) every religion has clashed with Islam. There must be some reason for that?

    No one except those who lack information is fooled by the Muslims who say they hold nothing against other religions. History of Islam disproves such claims.

    In Sri Lanka the only reason they talk of inter-faith friendship is because they are in the minority & are scared of being massacred. If they were in the majority they would be singing a totally different tune.

    Who started the Muslim – Buddhist clash. It was the Muslims who blew up the Bamian Buddhas showing their true feelings towards Buddhism which they look down on as a Godless , idol worshipping religion. After that open display of anti-Buddhist sentiment, the Buddhists all over the world are on guard against Muslims. Can U blame them ?

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      American Mama

      My purpose in life is to reclaim Buddhism from Sinhala/Buddhists.

      I don’t have the time to liberate Islam from Islamists/Jihadis.

      Please take up the cause, give the Jihadis a good hiding. You can count on my moral support as long as you are willing to back me up on the liberation of Buddhism. By the way keep an eye on Hindu fanatics and American Christian Mullahs, hate preachers.

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    American Mama -says:

    “Who started the Muslim – Buddhist clash. It was the Muslims who blew up the Bamian Buddhas showing their true feelings towards Buddhism which they look down on as a Godless , idol worshipping religion. After that open display of anti-Buddhist sentiment, the Buddhists all over the world are on guard against Muslims. Can U blame them ?”

    COMMENTS AND FACTS:

    Talibans are “Muslim” Extremists, Deobandi.
    Nazis are “Christian” Extremists and racists.
    “Bodu” Bala Sena are “Buddhist” Extremists and racists.

    So do not paint All Muslims, Buddhists and Christians from this WIDE extremist brush. Read on the facts.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan

    According to UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, a meeting of ambassadors from the 54 member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) was conducted. All OIC states – including Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, three countries that officially recognised the Taliban government – joined the protest to spare the monuments.[30] Saudi Arabia and the UAE later condemned the destruction as “savage”.[31] Although India never recognised the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, New Delhi offered to arrange for the transfer of all the artifacts in question to India, “where they would be kept safely and preserved for all mankind.” These overtures were rejected by the Taliban.[32] Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf sent Moinuddin Haider to Kabul to try to prevent the destruction, by arguing that it was un-Islamic and unprecedented.[33] According to Taliban minister, Abdul Salam Zaeef, UNESCO sent the Taliban government 36 letters objecting to the proposed destruction. He asserted that the Chinese, Japanese and Sri Lankan delegates were the most strident advocates for preserving the Buddhas. The Japanese in particular proposed a variety of different solutions to the issue, these included moving the statues to Japan, covering the statues from view and the payment of money.[34]

    A statement issued by the ministry of religious affairs of Taliban regime justified the destruction as being in accordance with Islamic law.[35] Abdul Salam Zaeef held that the destruction of the Buddhas was finally ordered by Abdul Wali, the Minister for the Propagation of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice.[36]

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    American Mama,
    Just as there are extremists in all religions, there are extremists amongst Muslims too. They do not represent all Muslims in the world.
    Those who blew up the Bamian Buddah did some thing very wrong. In fact the Quran says not to revile other people’s religions.

    Some people have a misunderstanding that the Quran speaks negetively about non-Muslims. It is simply not true. The Non-Muslims the Quran talks about, are those who opposed Prophet Muhammad and his followers. They rejected the message of Islam because it went against their corrupt way of life. Since Islam was opposed to all forms of corruption and oppression, they wanted to put a stop to this message once and for all. Therefore they tortured the Muslims, and wanted to annihilate them all. It is these people that the Quran speaks about.

    In the Quran God calls himself as the creator of everything that exists. He does not call himself as the God of Muslims only. The word ALLAH simply means ‘THE GOD'(AL ILAH-ALLAH, Means THE GOD). In the Quran God speaks about justice for all(not only for Muslims). Of course there were some wars which were fought. These wars were to defend the Muslims from persecution(Good against evil).

    I ask anyone who wants to know about Islam to read the Quran, and not what is on Anti Islamic websites which distorts facts and portrays Islam as a violent religion. Islam also does not stand for Muslims who use religion for worldly gains.

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    Harischandra, you have made a laudable effort to counter what Shenali wrote. I salute you. Alas, time maybe running out and more sane voices will need to be heard to drown the cacophony of hate that is being spewed out, unchecked, by the likes of the BBS and Sinhala Ravaya and others. People like Shenali only sanitise the polluted messages of these harbingers, through organs of the state, no less. But that is par for the course when, those charged with upholding law and order, ministers of state and the presidential family appear to condone all that is going on. Sadly the Mahanayakes themselves have not seen fit to call halt to the nonsense that festers and threatens. I fear the nightmare of much foaming blood in the Beira, many handsome villas of the good, the great and the innocent alight and much wailing and gnashing of teeth in the suburbs of our cities before the hotheads are tamed and another round of lessons learnt and reconciliation undertaken. Shenali’s daughter maybe old enought then to ask ‘what did you do to try to prevent that conflation, mother?’

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    Leela,you say ,’We Sinhala Buddhists believe in ‘Samsara’ and seek ‘Nivana’ at a latter life’. Right now we want to retain our heritage and pass it to our children’.

    Let me tell you that you are not ready for both these missions in your life. Firstly, Buddhism teaches that harboring the three poisons leads to evil (akusala) and suffering (dukkha). The Three Poisons are lobha, dvesha and moha, most often translated as “greed,” “hate” and “ignorance.”. You are a sorry pseudo Buddhist ,as you are full of venom and hate. As for your mission to retain your heritage and pass it to your children, there were many things and priorities for us Buddhists by looking into the mirror than correcting others. Heritage are not only the artifacts (by the way, where were you when the Tigers attacked our so called heritage sites and wrecked havoc on the Sangha??). Heritage means what We Sinhala Buddhists stood for.our way of life, our morals which includes tolerance and good neighbourliness.

    Today, SL is top in terms of alcohol misuse, sex searches on google, corruption on top, and our younger generation needs greater guidance to build up our heritage. So, don’t mix up our priorities .Don;t deflect our mission to build up a united SL with all communities involved. It is what a true Buddhist should do and the need of the hour . To me, Burmese Buddhist wrecking havoc on Muslims in Burma and BBS are on the same footing as the Al Qaeda or even the Western civilized terrorists who invades others’ lands and plunders on the guise of finding weapons of mass destruction. On the guise of tackling extremism among the Muslims, you are helping to create conditions and psyche among Sinhala youth and kids in SL so that no one except Sinhala Buddhists can live as dignified citizens . These goons are not only attacking Muslims, also our fellow Christians among the Sinhalese and are further marginalizing the Tamils in NE by your stupid actions.
    Leela, grow up and welcome to the real world. Right now, you are intoxicated with venom and hate. let;s leave these two quotes to help you in your journey through samsara.

    Buddha says “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” and also “You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.”.

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      I am a born buddhist as the majority of folks in the Island have been. But I would not say yes to an violent segments run by drunkard psedo monks, and also kindly ask any of my buddhist friends not to do so. I would do anything against to protect buddhist values but not through human violence. I respect avihinsa. When reading all these comments, I hardly believe one can NOT ever feel it with Leela – that seem to have twisted mind set to promotion thuggery and dishonest way of any practices – how can she or he give anyone any good pieces of advice ?. From what she explains, execept for few facts added for Islam, could SHE ever achieve nirvana ? If she or he has not a healthy mind, how can she teach others about the great values in Buddhism ?It is like crabs teach their offsprings to walk straight.

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        Welcome Bodo, be my spring, the off-spring, not an arab-spring but an eternal spring. You can attain the state of Chimera not in the eternal abode but in the que sera with Leela cheering.

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          You’re such a covert flirt.You get in, [Edited out] and leave before anyone has time to scratch their ass.

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      He is a redneck infusing evil among Buddha’s lambs, by abetting the skinheads of the votery.

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      harish lokumanna,
      Thank you for your lesson on Buddhism and the morality of our country but I am sad you haven’t answered any of my simple questions.

      From where have you learn the meaning of heritage. I think you ought to get a dictionary and check it. Certainly, I didn’t mean what you wrote. To me, heritage is something trickle down and is associated with culture, tradition and etc with historical importance.

      I was here (where I am now) all right when ‘Tigers attacked’ Buddhist sites and pilgrims. Even those days, we have been contributing ideologically, politically and in every other way to defeat the tigers. In short, it is we who elected MR to finish tigers. And it is we who protect him now.

      Now, what do you think of this:
      In the mixed section of Sri Lanka Gazette notice dated 19/04/2013 under no 767 a notice appeared. The notice was placed by the UNP Trinco District Parliament MP S.M. Thawfeek to inform the general public that he intend to present two acts in the parliament to form two Arabic schools namely ‘Ealvaniyah’ and ‘Abu Hurairah’.

      Notice says: Under section 48(1) of the Standing orders of Sri Lanka Parliament, S.M. Thawfeek MP, expected to introduce two acts to form two schools for following purposes and for the common good of the people.
      1) To train theologist s (Wahhabis) who could help guide the society under Islamic Shariah law. (emphasis mine)
      2) To safeguard Islamic religion.

      There is no Shariah law in Sri Lanka. So how could Shariah law guide the society? This is what we, BBS, RS and etc have been blowing the whistle is all about. I bet you still do not see any threat.
      Leela

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        Before you talk about others tell us Leela about the fraud that you had one as per stories with regards to Lee Potter Housing scam in Kandy where Millions of Rupees were played out by you and your partner

        Please enlighten us on that

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        Dear Leela, this Lokumanna is a Marxist who listens to Ven Amila & Ven Samitha theros. The Buddhism you can learn from Marxists is what they did in 1971 & 1989 which resulted in over 60,000 Sinhala youth dying in vain. They taught the LTTE how weak the government forces were back then in 1970s and how easy it is to militarily hit govt weak spots. These were the same leftists together with the UNPers (the anti Sinhala type who write to CT)who were siding with the LTTE clamouring for PEACE TALKS to buy time for the LTTE to re group and replenish their weapon stocks. Thanks to the JHU who from the outset insisted that LTTE should be wiped out militarily and they were steadfastly opposed to FEDERALISM that divided our country. Both UNP & SLFP had Federalist packages and all these leftists and UNP fashionistas writing to CT today were clamouring for peace talks & Federalism then. Thanks to the JHU Buddhist bhikkus we have an UNDIVIDED UNITARY state today. These same Colombo jet set hedonistic fashionistas (I call them Colombians for short)and the leftists are clamouring for Multiculturalism today that most Western countries have given up as a bad joke and again the Buddhist bhikkus are coming forward to save us from SHARIA LAW and WAHABI extremism that even the moderate sufi Muslims have had to surrender to just like the LTTE wiped out all the moderate Tamils. If we listen to these JOKERS like Lokumanna, we will be suffering the same fate that Nigerian Chritians had to suffer under the BOKO HARAM and Coptic Christians in Egypt and Phillipines. History is there to learn from and history gives us enough horrific examples like the Nalanda Uni where they killed over 1000 Buddhist bhikkus but the moda Sinhalayas never seem to learn from not just ancient history but more recent history that uou and I have mentioned. There are 57 Muslim majority countries in the OIC to look after Muslim Interests (though they are no use to the moderate Sufis)and Jayalalitha, India, the whole Western bloc countries headed by USA & the World Christian organisations, plethora of Human Rights organisations enjoying the lucrative gravy train, plethora of Western media channels and Western politicians that the Tamil Diaspora can buy with their ill gotten funds plus plethora of NGOs local and foreign which includes all the Marxists, to look after Tamil Separatist interests but we do not even have our so called Sinhala Buddhists to look after the only Sinhala Buddhist country we have. Lokumanna, please go and learn about current global geo politics before you spew out your EXTREMISM & HATRED against the Sinhala nationalists just like all the other writers of articles in the CT together with most of the CT reading commentators. I call them jokers because most of the time they are ignorant about what is happening in the real world (naive & gullible)which is evidenced by their infantile comments and arguments.

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    How many of you bright sparks have read her article in the first place…?

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      Like tiny spokes in the underbelly of your yardstick.

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    NOW ‘ALI MADHIWATA KOTI’. Dharmapala has entered the fray with Leela. Look, the thrust of my article was to appeal to the majority moderates but silent people among us (who have been terrorized by the rogue goons and elements to stay silent) to stand up to save my Buddhism from further damage . It was not intended for characters like you blinded by hate and prejudice. If you call yourself a Buddhist and still spit venom and hate towards others then you are NOT a Buddhist. End of..

    Since you are singing hosannas for these extremist elements, can you quote me or the rationale you draw from Buddhist teachings ( not from mahavamsa) to justify your hate campaign. Please read the incisive analysis by Jayadeva Uyangoda about the enormous damage done by Sinhala Buddhist nationalists on the true teachings of the non violent philosophy of Lord Buddha. Are we insane to justify directly or indirectly the rowdy and unruly behaviour of some sections of the Maha Sangha ,unrobing themselves in front of public , mouthing hate filled and filthy slogans, inciting people to do evil, and destroying property of Muslims by pelting stones. Where is the Vinaya?. Have you listened to Nanda Malini’s song on the need to call spade, a spade? My worry is not about psychopaths like you in our midst, who are working to the agenda of vested interests. My heart goes to our younger generation who are unknowingly getting into your traps and making a future SL an uninhabitable one becos’ of mutual suspicion introduced among communities who have lived side by side for centuries in prace and amity. Please do avoid calling yourselves Buddhists , for you are not, .Don’t hijack our religion. But go before the people in your true colours- as Sinhala extremists who believe in majoritarianism without affording space for the ‘other’. Then, at least people will be given an opportunity to make an informed choice .

    I end my comments in this note appealing to the silent majority not to fall a victim to the vicious machinations of these elements, for they will not stop until they get you to be part of their agenda of making SL a hell hole once more after the disastrous war which ended in 2009. The choice we make today will charter the future course of our motherland . Either a ghetto-SL and be an international pariah state OR a United SL and be part of the civilized world.

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    Violence is bad. We should be against any form of Racial violence, fights, stone throwing, Protests, Insults, Racial slogans should all be rejected. BUT asking X to avoid shopping from Y is completely acceptable. It’s a matter of preference. Asking a kid not to shop from ‘Muslim’ Shops is of course not going to help racial reconciliation but it is a non-violent way . As long as there’s no violence let anyone boycott anything.

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    Harishchandra Lokumanna – Thanks for restoring some form of sanity to the Non Buddhist readers on the message of Gautama Buddha to mankind. The Voodooge’s, Dumbmapala’s, DroneAMma’s and the Transvestite Liela’s are cut from the same piece of cloth and these kinds will be a part and parcel of the fabric of evil. This is quite obvious to a rational thinking mind. The only way to deal with this sort; is to ignore and let them dig their own graves and that’s where they will eventually end up. The Buddhists who care to protect the message of Buddhism is increasingly concerned and coming out of the closet. Thus we can see a change in public opinion. Please keep up the good work.

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    Leela says – Dare you accuse me for ‘pouring hate against Muslims and Koran?’ Show us just one erroneous sentence in my comment if you can. I have no blind spot. I am very familiar with all 114 Suras of the Koran and a fair number of Hadith. I say; anyone can turn to be a terrorist if he faithfully and steadfastly believes Koran is the word of Allah because Koran incites to kill.

    Leela, a greater enemy of Islam than you has converted to Islam. See if he can knock down some sense into your muddled up head, by listening to what he has to say about Islam. Please do see the link below.

    http://www.yjc.ir/en/news/497/why-i-converted-to-islam-van-doorn

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    This is one time I would recommend to our elected leaders, that they
    pay attention to the advice of Vladimir Putin….how scary is that?
    Spread the word and pass this on, and on, and on.

    On February 4th, 2013, Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, addressed the Duma, (Russian Parliament), and gave a speech about
    the tensions with minorities in Russia:

    “In Russia live Russians. Any minority, from anywhere, if it wants to live in Russia, to work and eat in Russia, should speak Russian,
    and should respect the Russian laws. If they prefer Sharia Law, then
    we advise them to go to those places where that’s the state law.
    Russia does not need minorities, Minorities need Russia, and we
    will not grant them special privileges, or try to change our laws to
    fit their desires, no matter how loud they yell ‘discrimination’. We
    better learn from the suicides of America, England, Holland and
    France, if we are to survive as a nation. The Russian customs and
    traditions are not compatible with the lack of culture or the
    primitive ways of most minorities. When this honorable legislative
    body thinks of creating new laws, it should have in mind the
    national interest first, observing that the minorities are not
    Russians.The politicians in the Duma gave Putin a standing ovation
    for five minutes.

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    Well Dharmapala! if the best role model you can find to quote to us an inspiring story was Putin ,who has a horrible record of human rights abuses and suppressing the aspirations of the religious minorities, instead of a personality like Mandela , then so be it. You have done a DIY to prove yourself who you are . Again proving you are not worth the name you are calling yourself. Vairapala may be appropriate .

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