04 February 2021
AUSTRALIA DAY OR LANKA DAY?
Today , Sri Lankan government celebrates Independence Day which is presented as follows by Wikipedia:
[Sri Lankan Independence Day, is a Sri Lankan national holiday celebrated annually on 4 February to commemorate the country’s political independence from British rule in 1948. It is celebrated all over the country through a flag-hoisting ceremony, dances, parades and performances. Usually, the main celebration takes place in Colombo, where the President raises the national flag and delivers a nationally televised speech.]
Australia Day is presented by Wikipedia as follows:
[Australia Day is the official national day of Australia. Observed annually on 26 January, it marks the 1788 raising of the British flag at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip following days of exploration of Port Jackson in New South Wales by the First Fleet.]
To us Australians who have migrated from Sri Lanka and to British of Lankan origin, today ought to be a day of mourning. Yesterday, I shared as follows:
[The dignity of a system, its positions and those who are members of that system comes from our realised truth. Efficiency comes from the Milestones on the way to that truth in its current & future forms. The theories we use, when realised, become part of us. Subjective powers are based on this. Hence when we become ‘juniors’ of such subjects those theories support us. ]
If we had actually felt Independence in Sri Lanka, it is highly unlikely that we would have come to places where the British are rulers.
On 26 January we Australians celebrate Australia Day, on which day this year, our Australian High Commission to Sri Lanka delivered the following message:
[26 January is Australia Day, a day when Australians around the world celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It is a celebration of the many wondrous things about our country.
On Australia Day, we celebrate Australia’s rich history, including honouring the first Australians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose continuing cultures are the oldest on earth. We celebrate our values, our democracy, our freedoms and our belief that we owe each other a fair go and the opportunity to realise our dreams. With our people coming from close to 200 countries, Australians are naturally international citizens, and we have strong friendships with people and nations across the globe.
The longstanding friendship between Australia and Sri Lanka is built on the foundation of support, shared principles and common interests in the Commonwealth and the Indo Pacific region. Our fast-growing collaboration in education, trade and combating transnational crimes have further cemented this friendship that will remain strong in the years to come.]
A person who believes the above to be true will not identify with the above picture published by Xinhua News Agency of China and v.v. This is confirmed about Tamils living in Sri Lanka, by Associated Press under the heading ‘Sri Lanka Tamils march to protest deaths, disappearances’ :
[Hundreds of ethnic Tamils began a four-day protest march from eastern to northern Sri Lanka on Wednesday to demand justice for civilians killed and forcibly disappeared during the country's civil war, allegedly at the hands of the government's military.
Politicians, civil and religious leaders on foot and in cars joined the march, which is also protesting alleged plans by the government to change the demography of the traditional Tamil heartland by settling majority Sinhalese there and taking over private lands.
Sri Lanka marks its 73th anniversary of independence from British colonial rule on Thursday. The approximately 500-kilometer (300-mile) march from the east to the north, which Tamils consider their homelands, is to end Saturday.
Relatives of missing people have also started a fast to mark Independence Day.
The protests come after Sri Lanka rejected a report by U.N. human rights high commissioner Michelle Bachelet, who called for "international action to ensure justice for international crimes" allegedly committed during the 26-year civil war.]
True independence is confirmed when there is zero dependence. At the level of the individual, this is dependence on the physical body and/or one’s own past. As a group this is dependence on others within and/or outside the group.
In terms of eliminating dependence within the group, we have structures whereby one pays respect to the provider or where firm structures are lacking, one is loyal to the provider. This eliminates debts and each member of the group is independent so long as a junior pays her/his dues through respect and/or loyalty as per her/his conscience and senior includes the junior as part of her/himself. Our conscience is our Natural Judge and hence where there are no structures, one is left to fill the shortfalls by distance and separation. Hence where structures are different Separation of Powers is essential for each group to balance itself and maintain its Sovereign Powers.
Wherever I am, I celebrate Australia Day due to becoming financially free of debt - in Australia. I left Sri Lanka to earn money to build a house in the land I bought out of hard saved money plus high interest loan. Towards this I had to forego the status I had as a professional in Sri Lanka. Often those who migrate from particular mono-cultural area to multicultural areas already dominated by others have to first renounce their past benefits and carry only the experience with them. This is not easy. Death brings about closure of the old and we carry forward only the essence as our genes/karma which is passive unless we also invoke Belt & Road Initiatives.
A fellow member of the Tamil Diaspora wrote to me:
[Some members of Srilankan diaspora who faced the consequences of war have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. However their children born abroad have no idea about it and are not subjected to PTSD. ]
This confirms that that community has cured itself and does not carry forward any war karma. If we take on the karma of the armed forces, but lack the power to balance it – we would carry war-genes through time and place closures.
The following statement is true only of Australians who have not exceeded their powers to balance the negatives in their own cultural groups.
[On Australia Day, we celebrate Australia’s rich history, including honouring the first Australians, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, whose continuing cultures are the oldest on earth. We celebrate our values, our democracy, our freedoms and our belief that we owe each other a fair go and the opportunity to realise our dreams. With our people coming from close to 200 countries, Australians are naturally international citizens, and we have strong friendships with people and nations across the globe.]
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