Gajalakshmi Paramasivam – 17 Aug 2015
Fellow Australian of Sri Lankan origin, Professor Michael Roberts forwarded to me, the article ‘Collective Memorials, Anniversaries and Reflection … at Sites & Endings of Violence’ by Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka. Given that it is Election time in Sri Lanka, I consider this to be a time when I can strengthen the commitment to Policy on behalf of all those who are bound to me through common values as Sri Lankans. I believe through my own experiences that when I believe and seek through that belief, someone at grassroots level delivers. This was proven to be so even yesterday when we celebrated Aadi-Pooram at our temple in Thunaivi, in Northern Sri Lanka. In that instance I was upset with our regular coordinator because he was not committed to time and when I pointed this out by using our policy – he argued through his own convenience. I was reminded of the Vice Chancellor of the University of New South Wales saying in relation to Democratic Resource Management system – that the existing system was his reality. But at Thunaivi – I was rewarded by a lady who also believed in the power of Mother Kali – performing the rituals yesterday – as if the temple was hers and yet doing so within our guidelines – including in terms of time and staying within her position boundaries. That to me was an endorsement of my success in developing Common Facilities in that area – on the basis of Common Faith merged with relevant Common Laws. It was as if I had asked her to do this when our regular coordinator had other priorities. I did not ask her and yet it happened. That is the value of genuine investment in Common Faith and/or Policy. In democracy – leaders have to first have common belief as the people and hence election through voting system. If people are tempted to vote for benefits this Natural Power of Common Belief is suppressed and neglected. Hence the wars against Government in Sri Lanka.
In his article, Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka highlights this issue as follows:‘Circumstances have changed after the violence and war that began decades ago and came to an end in 2009. Yet, should not we question the nature of the Sri Lankan state? Will Sri Lanka become more inclusive and ensure that the rights and dignity of all of its citizens are respected? Or will one segment of Sri Lanka continue to dominate the rest and perpetuate the endless struggle for domination which will lead eventually to mutual ruin? Should not we seek to transform and democratize the state so as to make demands for separation irrelevant?’
The question is who is to Democratize whom? What happens when the Government / Management is not seriously committed to Democracy? While it is true that in Democracy, we all have the right to interpret law and order as per our thought order, it is true also that if one did that in areas where subjective power is strong – those of us who are committed to non-violence are punished by those subjective powers and others who insist on going ahead without commitment to non-violence, begin a war. In Common – at the physical level - both are rebels. The former’s contribution goes direct to Policy and the latter’s to separation. In Sri Lanka the rebellions down South – to the extent they violated others’ earned rights – including those in Government - led to Internal Separations.
Who then is the winner and how is that measured? This is the crucial question for Sri Lanka now.
The common principle I discovered in this regard about the system of Truth is:
1) When we are financially self-sufficient – we promote ourselves to manage Human Resources. Hence if we sacrifice earned benefits at the financial level – we earn higher status.
2) When we are self-sufficient in terms of status / human resources – we get promoted to Policy level.
3) Policy level is ownership level and hence one who punishes or rewards after having earned this level – is right for that system and invokes Universal Powers in support. At religious level they are known as Saints and most are never officially recognized. Their real powers are stronger than the powers of those who accept status and consciously use it in Administering and Managing. This is also the power of the vote of the self-governing voter – not only during election time – but all the time to invoke majority power. Those of us who feel ownership in Sri Lanka invoke such powers in all those who are largely self-governing in Sri Lanka. Hence today we vote through them.Mr. Tissa Jayatilaka states about the mind order of the Sinhalese and the Tamil:
[For the Sinhala person, even at the risk of brutally reducing the stakes here, the soldier not only represents the hero who sacrificed life and limb to safeguard the Motherland and the security of the Sinhalese, but they are also, and quite literally, the sons of the rural poor in the Sinhala heartland. For the Tamil, that soldier represents the murderer who killed their kith and kin. In other words, with the same force that the Tamils would seek justice for the loss of their loved ones, the Sinhalese would continue to see in the soldier the image of a saviour.
This is the dreadful limit of the term ‘accountability. How will the Sinhala men and women in the south ever agree to a process whereby those who are held accountable for the crimes would be punished? Any attempt at a forcible enactment of an investigatory body- – domestic or ‘international’ – – will only ever strengthen Sinhala Buddhist extremism, giving rise in turn to politicians who would manipulate these sentiments.]
If we go back a little – and applied this also to the Tamil families who were punished through their sons and daughters with the ‘Terrorism’ label at global level - for their rebellion against the Government, we would identify with the excess at Policy level. That excess to my mind is the force of ethnicity based discrimination which is Natural with a person who is strongly attached to her/his Religion at the physical representation level but enjoys power to Administer members of other religions. War related excesses on both sides happened due to this component in areas where one side was conscious of majority power due to ‘possession’. Such recruits on both sides whose numbers were high at the last stages of the war – were not bound by Common National Policy. A true Buddhist who believes in Karma would connect any punishment – to the pain and damage endured by Tamils due to the Terrorism label at global level initiated by the Sri Lankan Government and its supporters. The return would not have happened without Tamils having earned credits in practice of Equal Opportunity policies – not to impress others and get status but because they respected global living. I fully believe that I am one such source.
In addition – any punishment by global authorities would not affect the average Sri Lankan soldier who joins the armed forces to earn money rather than to protect National Security. Such Policy thoughts have validity only where we have invested in Common Nation. If one were to ask a parent of a Sinhalese soldier – s/he would demonstrate equal level pain as the parent of a Tamil rebel or for that matter of a Sinhalese rebel. Sinhalese leaders are now experiencing the pain that we Tamil leaders experienced due to the Terrorism label. To the extent we invested in policy – the return happened through the system of Karma.
I believe that my contribution to Equal Opportunity policies and values at the highest level possible in Australia has promoted me to be a member of that global community that has the greater power to return in terms of global activities. I invoke the powers of that community anywhere there is a need as per my feelings. Hence I believe that my primary responsibility now is to maintain that investment at global policy level. Likewise, when Sinhalese leaders who practice Equal Opportunity policies feel the need to protect their soldiers – they would invoke naturally the power of others – including Tamils who believe in Multiculturalism and its pathway of Equal Opportunity. Those who are highly conscious of majority power and its parallel at the individual level - the power through physical possession - would not be able to invoke those global powers naturally through their Truth. Those who seek separation at the physical level – be they Tamils or Sinhalese – would need to live within their local means and not access/accept global resources. When they accept – they ‘owe’ the global community and when such owing is not settled during current period – it becomes negative karma which can only be offset by positive karma and not through current correction using authority.
The pain and loss endured by Tamils due to minority status in Sri Lanka – led to Tamils becoming ‘owners’ of Sri Lanka. Whether this is acknowledged or not by others or even Tamils themselves – it works naturally to invoke the powers of all true Sri Lankans. Why would we seek separation when they own the whole?
Most of us use a combination of the official system and our personal belief to realize independence at national level. So long as we expect within our genuine and true investment – we would always be successful – ultimately at Policy level.