Religion, Hela people and survival
Posted on March 2nd, 2011
In the recent past we have seen a number of writers supporting Buddhism. I am making these comments so that there is a balanced view. Buddhism is a part of our cultural heritage and as such need to be protected as a part of our culture. Buddhism also has a number of good things such as the precepts, meditation, middle path and Kalama Sutra. Buddhism also will make its followers civilised and provide mind calming and excellent therapy, when in distress. However we need to be aware of the negative aspects of Buddhism so that we can avoid pitfalls..
Sri Lanka had 2500 years of Buddhism. During this period we experienced a decline, having suffered under Tamil invasions, European invasions and hundreds of years of foreign imperialist rule. During this time the foreign imperialists brought in Tamils from abroad and put them to our coastal areas and the hill country. As a result we have lost the North, the East, the Hill country and now even the Capital Colombo. Clearly the Sinhalese were on the decline, living as second class citizens in their own country (until SWRD introduced some balance) and were on a course leading to extinction. Clearly Buddhism offered us no protection or guidance to escape invaders . It appears that the triple Gem did nothing to protect us either. Also ancient people that relied on God to protect them did not receive any protection either. Instead of investigating the cause of our decline and finding ways to arrest the decline, some writers still prescribe the medication, passive Buddhism , that failed in Lanka and failed in many countries in the world, It should be observed and noted that Buddhism has been wiped out from India, Afghanistan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other countries in the silk route by various invaders including Muslims and Tamils. Buddhism is declining in Korea and perhaps even in Sri Lanka as well due to the free hand given to NGOÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s and Christian organisations. Buddhists were in no position to offer resistance as they were too passive. Clearly depending on super natural powers or passive beliefs do not work or protect us. But there was guidance from Buddhism to make us passive so that we become sitting ducks. Clearly it is time to do some fresh thinking rather than following the same old failed methods. Various NGOÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¾Ã‚Â¢s have tried to bring in religion and tried to make us passive so that Prabakaran could have his way. Now we have various writers trying to make us passive. Buddhism originated in India, and one could say manufactured in India. It is a foreign product… Buddhism, in general, is no longer believed in India, after the Nalanda Buddhists were wiped out and ended up in rivers of blood.. Believing in Buddhism, is similar to a situation, using a product by us, that even the manufacturer of the product do not want to use.. Not only Sri Lanka suffered decline under Buddhism, so was India and China. The famous Oxford academic Needham, accused the belief systems in China for the decline of China. Within a short time (60 years) of both China and India becoming secular, they have made tremendous progress in science and technology and in the economic field. The reason is clear: Now, there are no religion shackles to tie them down and being secular also has also freed the minds of people from blind beliefs. Religion is also known to be the opium of the people, due to the negative impact on believers. Religion is also known to be a mind virus, taking over the brains and thinking of its believers.
Suffering existed from the time living species evolved from cells and the law of nature is ÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œsurvival of the fittestÃƒÆ’Ã‚Â¢ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ã‚Â¬Ãƒâ€¹Ã…â€œ. If any species did not adapt or failed to compete successfully, then that species faced extinction. This Nirvana concept, seeking extinction, some may say, appears to be a suicidal idea, from a depressed coward, reluctant to face challenges in the real world. There is suffering, disease and death in the real world, and it is a part of nature and natural order of things. I am not sure seeking extinction is the correct way out rather than facing challenges and using the brain and thinking to overcome problems.
Enemies of the Hela people may be happy that there are doctors prescribing the religion opium to the Hela people to keep them permanently brain washed and permanently subjugated and passive.
We live in a highly competitive world. We need to have clear objectives and constantly improve our thinking and methods to deal with new situations, rather than be trapped in a the past. To be specific, this idea of seeking Nirvana, a hindu /Tao belief and is not attractive to me. I consider seeking Nirvana (extinction) to be an idea from a depressed person, unable or unwilling to face challenges. in thee real world. Real world is very tough. We have to face it and make it less painful rather than seek an easy exit. Giving up desires is another dangerous belief in Buddhism, as it will make us less competitive..
The main concepts in Buddhism, Nirvana, rebirth and sansare, may have been derived from ancient Hindu/Tao belief systems. These concepts have no verifiable scientific evidence or proof.
We should protect and respect Buddhism. however I am not sure if it is a good thing to be slave of any religion. The view of some scientists on religion is given below.
Arthur C. Clarke
The famed science fiction writer, Arthur C. Clarke, who once denigrated religion as “a necessary evil in the childhood of our particular species,”
My own view on religion is that of Lucretius. I regard it as a disease born of fear and as a source of untold misery to the human race. I cannot, however, deny that it has made some contributions to civilization
A man’s ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties and needs; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeed be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death. (Albert Einstein, “Religion and Science”, New York Times Magazine, 9 November 1930
I believe , in order to survive, we need to innovate and constantly improve our methods and thinking rather than hang on to an ancient Indian dogma, that even Indians do not believe now. We no longer can live like frogs in a well but should be able to recognise and deal with external threats. I do not think it is wise to hang on to ancient beliefs that has allowed exterminated its followers, as in Nalanda.
If we are passive, the world would be a dangerous place for Buddhists as some Muslims are hell bent on killing infidels.
This article is a timely reminder for the Hela people to wake up and stop being driven to extinction., by hanging on to ancient Indian belief systems that even Indians do not believe now. I would say Sri Lanka belongs to all its citizens and we must not allow some Tamils to expand their Chola empire. What is needed now is a fighting and competitive spirit to survive and arrest our decline rather than a meek, passive attitude, giving up desires and seeking extinction. In my view will to survive rather than seek extinction is paramount.