11 January 2020
BUDDHISM IS OPPOSITION OF HINDUISM IN SRI LANKA?
On 03 January, the Daily Mirror reported that the current President of Sri Lanka, cancelled the guard of honor at the ceremonial opening of the Parliament in the new year. On 09 January, Ravi Nagahawatte wrote :
[Right now the only lawmaker who is opposing President Rajapaksa is former Army Commander and present parliamentarian Sarath Fonseka. The latter is displeased that the president has made comments amounting to racial remarks (that the government can be formed without the minorities) and also because he cancelled a guard of honour which was traditionally part of the ceremonial opening of the parliament session. For the record the president had also said that he rejected ‘the role played by minorities as kingmakers’. ]
The above was preceded by the following:
[Speaking at the inauguration of the fourth session of the eighth parliament President Rajapaksa underscored the economic challenges before the country. The incumbent president said that he wishes to see the country raise its annual growth to 6% (which was hovering under 3% earlier) and also double the present per capita income from the current US $ 4060 by the year 2025.]
One is entitled to conclude that in the mind of Ravi Nagahawatte the above is a genuine projection by the new President. The cancellation of the guard of honour also could be taken to mean a no-frills government.
Time and Place are agents of change. If we keep one constant we can recognize the movement through the other. Time change is zero along the lateral plane – as seen in time-distance graph. Hence current lateral spread through democracy. Distance change is zero along the vertical plane and hence the ancestral pathway.
The new Sri Lankan President has stilled time in cancelling the traditional guard of honour in National Parliament. But in a Buddhist environment he has stilled Distance a week after the above demonstration:
Why did the President not cancel the frills in the Kelaniya Perahera? Which President is true?
As per the Daily Mirror article ‘KELANIYA DURUTHU PERAHERA 2020 ’:
[This Religious Cultural pageant has evolved over the years to become the country’s most elaborate and grandest low country pageant in its category. Kelaniya Rajamaha Vihara is the most sacred temple in the Western Province of Sri Lanka since Lord Buddha’s sojourn here during his 3rd historic visit to Sri Lanka. This event is celebrated annually on the “Duruthu Poya” in January, when a historic, traditional and cultural pageant, the “Kelani Perahera” is conducted. Whilst the Kelani Perahera commemorates the religious significance of Lord Buddha’s visit, it also supports and revives Sri Lanka’s cultural traditions of drummers, dancers, singers, caparisoned elephants and colourful parades, which have always made this culminating perahera a night of all nights. ]
One is entitled to conclude that in the mind of the above author - ‘Low Country Sinhalese community ’ is different to ‘Kandyan Sinhalese community’. The overall difference is presented as follows by Wikipedia:
In the Central Highlands, many traditions of the Kingdom of Kandy were preserved from its 1818 collapse beyond independence in 1948 and the Land Reform Act of the 1970s. Although large agricultural landlords belonged to the Govigama caste, many now may not own land. Most Govigama were however ordinary farmers and tenants as absolute land ownership was exclusive to the king until the British colonial period. The most important feature of the Kandyan system was Rajakariya ("the king's work"), which linked each caste to an occupation and demanded service to the court and religious institutions.
There are still differences between the caste structures of the highlands and those of the low country, although some service groups were common to both in ancient Sri Lanka. The southwestern coast has three other castes (the Salagama, the Durava and the Karava) in addition to the majority of ancient Govigama, which is common throughout the region. Some of these castes' ancestors are believed to have migrated from Southern India, and have become important in the Sinhalese social system.
The first-century BC Anuradhpura Abayagiri inscription referring to a Karava navika may be the first reference to a specialized occupation.
Karava Navika is mentioned in Karava of Sri Lanka article by Kshatriya Maha Sabha, Sri Lanka:
[ An ancient inscription on the council terrace at Anuradhapura This is illustrated in Paranavithana S. 1970 Inscriptions of Ceylon Vol I Early Brahmi Inscriptions. One of the dignitaries who used this terrace for their meetings was a Karava Navika - a naval officer. ]
The above confirm that the Kandyan Sinhalese were the Royal group – as confirmed also by Kandyan Law.
These connections are important when we do not have current measures to know why something is manifested. From time to time, the Tamil caste system is used as the reason why Tamil militancy happened. I find this to be true indicator where the person / group fails to demonstrate current merit based structures.
The Rajapaksa family – as per my knowledge are from Hambantota – a Coastal District in South. Their caste seems to be Govigama – the parallel of Vellala / Farmer caste in Tamil community. This indicator was further strengthened when the new President declared in Sri Lankan Parliament his ‘kurahan saatakaya’ policy as follows:
[Even though I do not wear this shawl, I stand for the same profound philosophy of constant dedication to the poor that is symbolized by the maroon shawl,” he said in his policy statement in Parliament yesterday. “From the first day the honourable D.M. Rajapaksa, known as the Lion of Ruhuna, appeared in the State Council, he wore a maroon shawl. What he symbolized through this maroon shawl were the millet farmers of Giruvapaththuwa. Following D. M. Rajapaksa, my father D.A. Rajapaksa and each member of the Rajapaksa family who was elected to Parliament wore the maroon shawl,]
We look for genetic connections when we are not able to find current causes of a disease. The mind that is not active in current environment lapses into ‘genetic’ mode for better or for worse.
Similar indicators are being manifested by the President’s mentor who states as follows:
[Prime Minster President Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday confirmed that the Government would seek a two-thirds majority at the upcoming General Elections to change the Constitution………
When asked why the Government had now decided to object to the 19th Amendment when it had voted for the legislation when it was in the Opposition, Rajapaksa and several Ministers who were at the meeting claimed that a promise was given that the 20th Amendment would follow the 19th Amendment.] Daily FT article ‘We will seek 2/3 majority at General Polls to amend Constitution: MR’
When the 18th Amendment was passed in Parliament – under Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa Presidency – it was passed by 72% with only 8% dissenting. To my mind Mr Mahinda Rajapaksa wants that structure where he was Royalty.
The problem that is indicated by the genetical structure of this President-Prime Minister partnership is indicated by the following :
[The Peraheras of the three devalas dedicated to Lord Vibishana, Lord Vishnu and Lord Kataragama is followed by the main Sacred Relics Perehera. The Basnayake Nilames of the respective devalas are Messrs. Lalith Hapangama, Jayaraja Chandrasekera and Samantha Perera. The Perahera is organised under the guidance of Ven Professor Kollupitiya Mahinda Sangharakkita Nayake Thera, Chief Incumbent of the Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Dr. Saman Weerasinghe the newly elected president of Vihara’s Dayaka Sabha. ]
Vibishana is recorded in my brain as the brother of King Ravana of Lanka. Lord Vishnu is part of our Hindu Holy Trinity and Lord Kataragama is the son of Lord Shiva who is also part of the Hindu Holy Trinity. There are serious conflicts in vertical structures of spiritual leadership between the Sinhalese version and the Tamil version. As per the latter, Vibishana was Lord Vishnu’s devotee.
Those who worship the Tooth Relic due to the belief that it would bestow leadership of the land – would not recognize the higher spiritual power of Buddha and v.v. That is the truth I see. No amount of current resourcing in terms of reconciliation can resolve the genetic problem of desire for Autocracy which when invoked by those who came to power through democracy would invoke its equal and opposite twin – Fear of invasion by India and the West.
Democratic Sri Lankans deserve better. As per the pathway of Truth – that which is junior in the vertical subjective structure becomes the Equal Opposition in lateral objective arrangement of Democracy. Under such arrangement the Opposition has to have separation of powers to produce its outcome of the same issue. This was confirmed through the 1977 & 2015 Parliamentary elections. All due to our respective genetical structures.