22 November 2018
The True Governor
If father is the CEO of a family, mother is the Governor. Diverse interpretations of the recent manifestations by Sri Lankan Political Leaders are being shared and to the extent they are based on the interpreter’s truth – their audience would identify with them. But that would not work the Political system that is currently going through a crisis. Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, MA, DPhil, for example shared his interpretations through News 1st ‘Face the Nation’ program on 19 November 2018. As an academic Professor Wijesinghe was stating the same as I – that the dismissal of the Prime Minister by the President ought to have been challenged in Courts. Since Mr Wickremesighe did not – I concluded that it was because Mr Wickremesinghe did not trust the Judiciary. But within me – I felt that it might have also been due to Mr Wickremesinghe not wanting to put the judicial members through the test in which if they ruled as per their true interpretation and it was in Mr Wickremesinghe’s favour their jobs would have been adversely affected. The Judiciary carries that truth through former chief justice Dr Shirani Bandaranayake’s experience during the Rajapaksa regime. The fact that the former President who dismissed the lady – was the beneficiary of this current dismissal is significant. All manifestations include the Truth of the persons manifesting outcomes. From time to time Truth manifests Itself – as in incarnations. To the extent Mr Ranil Wickremesighe genuinely respected the judiciary – he would have tried to protect them from such a disaster and to that extent he became a governor of the Judiciary also.
Professor Rajiva Wijesinha, on the other hand is more likely to feel for the Academia that he is part of. Professor Rajiva Wijesinha stated also that Mr Sirisena was the Executive President of Sri Lanka with the responsibility to lead the country. On the other hand, Mr Sirisena is also part of the Parliament which leads the Nation as a group. Parliamentarians have the duty to manifest outcomes that their respective electorates could naturally identify with and feel that they are part of the governance. Hence discretionary powers ought to be used only as a last resort AFTER Parliamentary processes have been exhausted. When discretionary powers are used on ‘first past the post system’ in the person’s mind – i.e. for simple majority gain – it kills the rest of the structure through which the matter is to be escalated or grass-rooted. This happens when the leader lacks governing power.
The best example of political governor during our times is Gandhi. In his recent article ‘March of Folly Sri Lankan Foreign Policy’ Professor Rajiva Wijesinha refers to Gandhi as follows:
[When Gandhi was asked what he thought of Western civilization, he responded that he thought it would be a good idea. One is tempted to say the same with regard to Sri Lankan foreign policy, but that would be to ignore what was an extraordinarily impressive profile in the second and third decades after independence.]
Between Mr Sirisena and Mr Wickremesinghe – the nation is more likely to uphold the above mentioned ‘impressive profile’ – that Professor Rajiva Wijesinha refers to, through Mr Wicremesighe rather than Mr Sirisena who has clearly demonstrated sharing his status with his children at the global level. Gandhi renounced his own investment in Western culture – to feel with the grassroots and work their system.
I myself was amazed by the way that system worked for me here in Australia. I sacrificed my merit based credits to be with the average worker at the workplace. This meant little sacrifices on daily basis – especially in that highest common pleasure – status. Must say that my experience as a woman in Hindu community helped in this regard. Like the way Tamil community separated itself when it thought it could not accept the demotions by majority power – I also left workplaces. The last one was the University of NSW. There – probably influenced by the American boss (now Vice Chancellor of another University) who demonstrated greater investment in democracy than the average Australian, I challenged the Central Administrators who promised democracy but were carrying on with the old system of autocracy. I renounced the rest of my career opportunities – and filed action against Central Administrators. Then I assembled peacefully and was arrested. THAT was when the power of migrants at grassroots within the Academia became the medium of the University’s People’s power. These staff went directly to the media – as happened with the Killing Fields - Sri Lanka documentary by UK’s Channel 4 TV. The American Vice Chancellor who avoided me was dismissed by the People’s representatives – the Council. That to me is the way of true governing power. It is wholesome / absolute power that each one of us is capable of developing in our own environments. Once developed, that governance power naturally spreads itself to the level needed by the developer.
We go through rituals involving physical discomfort, practice yoga & fast – towards invoking this divine power within us. As per Hindu Tamil philosophy the woman who sacrifices her equal or higher status to demonstrate respect for her husband - including by touching his feet in reverence – develops the Energy to work the whole family. Gandhi developed this power to become equal to the Indian at grassroots level. When status is renounced to become Equal, the mind becomes still. Then the gap between the True position and the taken position transcends as Energy and is stored as Reserve. This invokes Itself from with us at the time of our need in the form needed by us at that place. That is universal power of Truth that all of us are capable of invoking.
As per today’s Financial Times article headed ‘Speaker sticks to his guns’:
[The Speaker in his statement also extended his heartfelt gratitude to all the religious leaders and Sri Lankans living within and outside Sri Lanka, for the blessings invoked and the fathomless love extended on him, for his commitment towards protecting democracy and bravely facing the acts of sabotage that engulfed the Parliament recently.]
To my mind – the speaker was referring to this ‘Reserve’/ Governance power that is beyond merit and is achieved by renouncing merit based benefits earned by every individual. Professor Rajiva Wijesinha referred also to failure to adhere to standing orders. Standing orders are part of the processes followed to derive a merit based outcome. In this instance, such merit based pathway was abandoned by the President on 26 October 2018. Thereafter each individual Parliamentarian is entitled to use her/his Governing power, as per her/his conscience.
As per News 1st report headed ‘Namal’s fury on @McKinnonDavid #twitter feuds’
[Namal Rajapaksa took to Twitter to criticise the UNP, JVP and TNA politicos meeting with the international community rather than catering for the needs of the Sri Lankan community.
This tweet caught the attention of the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, David McKinnon who replied to Namal.
To which Namal Rajapaksa replies to the Canadian High Commissioner; “thank you for your engagement. Recalling that remains a sovereign nation & home to a brilliant people, the leaders of – whoever they may be, should focus on engaging with Sri Lankan people & solving their concerns, including their call for elections”]
I am part of the global community that is represented by the Diplomats. I am regularly asked for advice by grassroots level Sri Lankans in Colombo as well as North. Each time I become their Gandhi – I develop Governance power trough Sri Lanka. Governance power / Sovereignty is Universal in nature. Pampered sons and daughters of Sri Lankan leaders are also capable of developing this Universal power but are handicapped by their pampering. Each time they act beyond their own earned status, they condemn themselves to the world of their own karma where desire returns as fear and anxiety. One needs basic governance power to identify with the governance power of another. The higher the apparent position relative to the real position earned on merit – the weaker the governance power. This is the case with Namal as well as the Buddhist priests who were actively opposed by the Police in the area covered by the Presidential Secretariat. This confirms that the current occupant lacks the governance power of Buddhism to manage or be managed by even Buddhist monks.
Sinhalese Buddhist leaders who pampered Buddhist clergy lost their power to take authority above them. As I said in the case of a wife (W) in Northern Sri Lanka who was trying to take authority over her husband’s (B) sister (S) who received welfare money from B – only one who sacrifices for another has the authority to exercise power over the beneficiary of such sacrifice. In this instance W did not sacrifice but sought to exercise direct power over S. B who did sacrifice for S accepted my authority because he believes that I have sacrificed to be part of their toddy tapper community. This happens on continuous basis. I share this governance powers through leaders in need.
TNA, UNP & JVP are entitled to access the support of the global community through their natural governance powers, including by practicing international laws. They automatically develop such powers when the Executive exceeds its merit based powers to cripple them, and they do not take revenge. Thus Namal’s father who was the beneficiary of this excess on 26 October actually contributed to this facility. Sri Lanka is not matter to be limited to certain individuals’ desires. It is Sovereign due to governance powers of all investors – including those who are labelled foreigners. Those who act within their governance powers are global. If they are disrespected - Sri Lankans become indebted to the countries that provide aid in one form or the other. This pushes Sri Lankans to servitude when in global forums – as was recently observed by us when Namal was in Maldives.