26 March 2020
MALDIVES IS NOT PART OF SRI LANKA
I spoke to our Temple Priest in Northern Sri Lanka to conduct the necessary rituals in relation to the death anniversary of Sri Premakumar, at his home-shrine. I was firm about not being an exception to the Curfew. Sri’s wife Vathanee arranges this in honour of her husband’s life to be conducted at our family temple in Sangarathai, in Northern Sri Lanka. I made the arrangements with the priest in February when we were physically there. After learning that the curfew has been extended – I restructured the arrangements.
I was therefore shocked to read the report under the headline ‘COVID-19: Sri Lanka agrees to provide medical personnel as aid’ at https://edition.mv/news/15730
The parallel of that here in Australia would be for Australian medical personnel to go to New Zealand.
To my mind, this means that the Sri Lankan government does not feel the threat of Coronavirus to be serious. This is possible due to it distancing itself more and more from the global leadership. This is fine if Sri Lankan government feels that Sri Lanka is self-sufficient to protect itself from this enemy about whose causal influences we seem to know very little. Those who are like family to me in Northern Sri Lanka expressed much appreciation that I called often to ask them how they were coping. I advised those with school-going children to do home-studies and to not idle. Isolation breeds its own problems. Hence the ongoing mind-sharing with those who are still recovering from the war.
Sri Lankans are entitled to the full and complete services of fellow Sri Lankans. This is the reason for self-isolation at National level. Maldives is NOT part of Sri Lanka.
When there is nothing I think I can do to make it better for someone, I pray. When my prayers are heard, I feel more calm. When Gwen Harrigan, who is part of my University of NSW (UNSW) family expressed appreciation for my article ‘Value of Pain Sharing’ I connected it to my self-isolation pain during the ownership challenges I faced at UNSW in which Gwen also shared.
I do not have the medical expertise to cure the victims. But I do have the depth of mind to share and ease the mental pain of the new victim.
In 2003, during the time I got ready to go to Sri Lanka on a UNDP mission, my maternal uncle from Myanmar about the torture experienced by my uncle Ratnum Durai:
I read this when I feel there is nothing more I can do. By dying in custody in a global war, my uncle protected those who share in his pain from experiencing that pain. That is the way of belief. I now feel sad but not anxiety for war victims. All those who suffer deep pain in this Coronavirus war would protect all of us who feel their pain as ours. Self-isolation at physical level helps us to focus on our commonness which protects us from particular pain.
Sri Lankan government’s first duty is to Sri Lankans. Until the end of Coronavirus war – they have no moral right to use Sri Lankan resources to help foreigners. Quid Pro Quos have led to this pathetic situation.
The deepest mind connects to the truth in Nirvana (Nakedness) where there is no mind; Just absolute stillness of truth. As Saint Yoga Swami of Jaffna said – Summa Iru/ Be Still.