24 November 2019
SINHALESE ARE RESPONSIBBLE FOR WAR CRIMES
Until the recent Presidential Elections in Sri Lanka – many of us Tamils blamed the government for the suffering of civilians during the war. But now we have been proven wrong through the elections in which majority participants in Sinhalese areas have endorsed the ‘Sinhalese war hero’. This means that they themselves committed those acts.
Whatever was done to the armed militants is between soldier to soldier. Even there, the Tamil militants confirmed higher civilization in terms of sexual urges. Sinhalese soldiers demonstrated primitive behavior through rape and disrespectful exposure of naked bodies of women like Shoba – known as Isai Priya (Lover of Music). A true Buddhist would not have done that.
By specifically thanking the Sinhala-Buddhist voters – the new President confirmed that he acknowledged that they – these voters - were his driving force when he was Defence Secretary. If not – he would have been defeated in the recent elections. I was disappointed with some individuals who expressed support for Mr Gotabhaya Rajapaksa through his presentation of financial plan. I got to know them at the Sri Lankan Reconciliation Forum, Sydney. By supporting Mr Rajapaksa they revealed that they were not eligible to be part of the Reconciliation group – working towards commonness here in Sydney.
This morning I received an email from a Tamil Diaspora leader – referring Senator Payne and I - to the article headed ‘Fear and Security Swing Sri Lanka Vote.’ by University of Melbourne – at https://pursuit.unimelb.edu.au/articles/fear-and-security-swing-sri-lanka-vote
I identify with the essence of the message. When there were rumours that the Easter Bombings were strongly influenced by politicians I did not identify with it. But during the period preceding elections – I wrote strongly in favour of UNP and the Tamil votes confirmed to me that my belief had worked. When we truly care we place ourselves in the other. That is how the power of belief spreads exponentially.
The above article presents the Sinhala-Buddhist leader as follows:
[Gotabaya billed himself as the only candidate able to secure the state. He ignored the vote of the Tamil and Muslim minorities and played almost exclusively to the nationalist sentiments of the Sinhalese Buddhist majority who comprise 75 per cent of the population.]
The above was confirmed also by Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa himself when he took his oaths at Anuradhapura in front of Ruwanwelisaya – a Buddhist monument built by Sinhala king Dutugemunu after he defeated Tamil emperor Ellalan. One however wonders whether some of our messages about Kotte elephant rampage being a bad omen were heard by Mr Rajapaksa. They would have been to the extent of common belief – including through Lord Muruga. I wrote as follows in this regard on 13 September 2019, under the heading ‘Is Australia by Aid to Sri Lanka - a Buddhist Country ?’:
[ In Sri Lanka – even at policy level – we are NOT common – because of ‘Buddhism foremost’ article in the Constitution – which is the big elephant in Kotte Parliament. That elephant was ‘forgotten’ by the law makers but the Elephant did not forget the law-makers. It showed its powers against Buddhist-glamour through attacks on those to whom the elephant was less than sacred. The other side of a Hindu who does believe – through Lord Ganesh – manifested in a place where the elephant was treated as being less than ordinary Buddhist – Jayawardenepura – Kotte where the Parliament is housed. I prayed at Nallur for commonness – and the way was indicated by the Kotte elephant.]
And also on 11 September under the heading – ‘Believing Minorities needed to Prevent 9/11 type of Attacks’
[The Kandy Esala Perahera (the Sri Dalada Perahera procession of Kandy) also known as The Festival of the Tooth is a grand festival celebrated with elegant costumes and is held in July and August in Kandy, Sri Lanka. This historical procession is held annually to pay homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, which is housed at the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy. ………………The Kandy Esala Perahera begins with the Kap Situveema or Kappa, in which a sanctified young Jackfruit tree (Artocarpus integrifolia) is cut and planted in the premises of each of the four Devales dedicated to the four guardian gods Natha, Vishnu, Katharagama and the goddess Pattini. Traditionally it was meant to shower blessing on the King and the people.]
According to the above - gods Natha ( Shiva ), Vishnu, Katharagama (Muruga) and Pattini (Holy Mother) – are protectors. To Hindus they are fundamental forms of Belief. Like reliance in horoscopes, those who ‘convert’ without belief - tend to carry their past in the background. In the above – Hindu deities have been made ‘juniors’ to Buddha.]
Belief is a continuous connection and belief in a higher power is continuous pleading/prayer. One form of belief should not be made junior to another form even when within the same religion. This is so to confirm the Sovereignty of Belief. Likewise one electorate in relation to another.
In Kilinochchi – where the Tamil Tigers had their Headquarters – 67% voted – and this confirmed participation in political pathway – confirming successful leadership within the Tamil community. Mr Rajapaksa got only 3% of the votes in Kilinochchi. How can he be their president by belief? To be their President he needs to consciously use the common pathway of intellectuals – especially Sri Lankan intellectuals. All those who give form to their belief based knowledge through Sri Lankan form are Sri Lankans. The authors of the article ‘Fear and Security Swing Sri Lanka Vote.’ are Sri Lankan to the extent they believe in the subject matter.
Mr Rajapaksa may have won through majority vote. But given his disorderly performance as Sri Lankan – those who voted for him confirm that they are also Sinhala-Buddhist extremists. This includes Australians who expressly supported him by giving his form to their own areas of belief. They increase Australia’s extremism risk which may come in the form of Muslims from neighbouring Indonesia. It would be unwise of the Australian government to ignore these early warnings.
The Easter Bombings happened due to the war-crimes Energy / Sin remaining in Sri Lanka. It was generated by those who desired a win for themselves by risking civilians. So long as Tamils keep giving preference to celebrating war-heroes above civilians who were desperate and whose plight was communicated by Tamils in the war zone as well as some Sinhalese soldiers – they dilute the Energy channelled towards political solutions. Celebrations of war-heroes confirms the desire to continue with the war. They are confirmed to be only 3% to 4% in Northern Sri Lanka. Diaspora Tamils have to also first remember the agony of the Tamil victims and BEFORE they find fault with the government. Those who support armed militants are an independent group to those of us who have resorted to other non-violent pathways. To the extent we believe in our sovereignty we would continuously connect and empower each other.
The UN staff who were asked to leave the war zone expressed pain in abandoning their duty to civilians. But their true spirit / feelings worked through those who were appreciative of their services and wanted them to prevent future sufferings by others. THAT confirms the real success of their work.
Each time the past is invoked for current benefits – both sides of the Energy manifest. Hence the Muslim extremism earlier this year. The root cause is truth. Each time the Sri Lankan politicians invoked war victory for political gain – they invoked also its loss. The form was Muslim this time. Until the root is found and eliminated – this would continue. Fear follows Desire. By failing to look within – as Buddha would have – Sinhalese desirous of welfare security produced themselves through Mr Gotabaya Rajapaksa. If minorities stay away – then the desire and fear would manifest within the Sinhala community itself. This was already confirmed during the latter part of the previous Rajapaksa regime. So far there have been strong indicators that the new President would do likewise. As we sow so shall we reap. Tamils need to continue to sow and nurture Peace – starting with themselves as individuals and members of family. The rest happens automatically . That is the way of Sovereignty.
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