Belief Vs. Merit
governments are elected by the People who usually lack the intellectual ability
to decide on merit basis. In heritage based autocracy also, the leading role of
belief is confirmed. Belief based actions are perfectly reliable. Often, we
have difficulty in differentiating between thought and belief. Thoughts also
are reliable to the extent we use measures that we believe in.
Someone wrote to me in
response to my yesterday’s article headed ‘Soul Power’:
[I think all dead
bodies with the corona virus need to be cremated to prevent the
spread of the virus.]
My response to this
[That is science based. The parallel in government is to recruit on
merit basis and not as per belief]
Governance needs belief which spreads itself. I
wrote as follows to one of my readers who asked me a question on the basis of
my article headed Jaffna Languages:
[63 Naayanmaar reaslised wisdom
through their pathway. It happened in India. That wisdom will manifest in
different form in today’s Sri Lanka. The Energy is the same but not the form.
Telling me means telling them – whom I have the highest respect for.]
my mind was taken to the Daily Mirror article ‘Probe social media video on illegal land
acquisition: AG directs acting IGP’. This report is as follows:
General Dappula De Livera has instructed the Acting IGP to commence an inquiry
into the videos circulating through social media on forced acquisition of lands
owned by Sri Lankans living abroad.
to the CCTV footages circulated via social media, a particular political group
has forged deeds to acquire these lands illegally.
AG had advised the Acting IGP to submit a progress report within seven days.
Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs Namal Rajapaksa releasing a Twitter
message stated that several parties were attempting to accuse his family
against the above matter and relevant authorities were already probing the
a video on social media which implicates myself & members of my family.
Relevant authorities are already looking into this matter. Incidents such as
this should not be taken lightly! I can assure that no one from my family is
involved or affiliated to this," the Twitter message posted by Minister
Rajapaksa stated. (Yoshitha
It is not unusual for folks to acquire lands on the basis of
Prescriptive titles. Ours in Colombo was so possessed and at the primary level
– the judge upheld that the possession was valid. On merit basis – I bought it
from Mr A T Benedict who was our Director of Studies at the Institute of
Chartered Accountants during my student days. But after the primary level
judgment, I studied the law – the Prescription Ordinance 1872 - and appreciated
that one who believed was entitled to Prescriptive title above documentary
title. On that basis I was open to Mr Piyadasa’s claim that he believed that it
What I did not know back then was that one needs to have belief in the
measure being used. That measure in terms of Sri Lankan law is the time of
minimum 10 years and where the legal owner is overseas – 30 years. The other
measure is adverse possession.
After respectfully preparing my Appeal arguments – I sat near my
meditation seat. My eyes were taken to the judgment in an ex-parte case in
which our property address seemed to be listed under the respondent’s field.
The date of that case was within the period of claim by Mr Piyadasa. I asked my husband to read the name which was
in Sinhala and he said it was ‘Periyasamy’ . The Court of Appeal overruled the
primary judgment and the reasons for their judgment include the above.
was the deeper belief due to me foregoing usual pleasures at the age of 28 to
purchase this land. This automatically placed a belief based protection to
preserve the rights of true owner. Similar claim was made in relation to our
temple land in Northern Sri Lanka, but once I physically went there – there was
total acceptance and no claim of Prescriptive title. Such lands are sacred and
they would decide who the titleholder is.
parallel of belief based ownership in terms of law making are laws made by
elected members of Parliament who believe in their electorate as well as the
law being made. If the 19th Amendment to the constitution was made
by believers in law – the repealing Amendment needs to be strong in terms of
belief in People. If the current government was less believing in the law than
the makers of the 19th Amendment – the right pathway was that of
belief in the adverse pathway.
who are now protesting as stated in the above mentioned Daily Mirror report,
are using that adverse power against the current government.
way of Universal Franchise is that it takes over and changes form to deliver as
per the needs of its stronger contributors. This is why in autocracy juniors
are trained not to speak against seniors. Where a person/group is officially junior but has stronger belief
in the whole, that person/group is supported and led by the Universal power of