To all patriots for their immediate attention
Posted on April 26th, 2018

Dr Sudath Gunasekara

  1. 4. 2018

Please read the following two news items immediately

Celebrating Vesak in April, a joke – prelate

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

http://www.island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=183592

By Cyril Wimalasurendra Courtesy The Island

April 23, 2018, 11:54 pm

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All other Buddhist nations, the world over, are making grand preperations to celebrate Vesak Poya Day, on May 29, and it is absurd for Sri Lanka to celebrate Vesak on April 29, Malwatte Anunayake Ven. Niyangoda Sri Vijithasiri Thera says.

Even the international Vesak Day was celebrated, on May 29, the Thera said yesterday. “According to tradition, Sri Lankans celebrate Vesak in May. However, the government has decided to celebrate Vesak in April. No one has the right to change the Vesak Poya Day.”

“The Poya Day, which falls on April 29, is the Bak Poya Day. Although there is nothing wrong with considering it an ‘Adhi Pasaloswaka Poya Day,’ it cannot be regarded as the Vesak Poya Day. Adhi Poya occurs, when two full moon days fall in the same month.”

Ven. Vijithasiri Thera said: “Buddhists, in other countries, including Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet, Vietnam, China, Myanmar and India, celebrate the Vesak on the Poya Day, which falls in May. Sri Lankan Mahanayaka and Anunayake Theras have been invited to the International Vesak Celebrations, to be held on May 29.”

Visakha Puja Day (Wesak Day) In the year 2018 (2561), Wesak Day falls on 29 May 2018  (29 พฤษภาคม 2561)

You may also read on the Self Practice During Wesak (Visakha) Day.

The Visakha Puja or the Full Moon Day of the sixth lunar month is considered the most important the reason being that three unique events concerning the Buddha occurred on such Full Moon day of that month.  Firstly, Queen Maha Maya gave birth to a son, Prince Siddhattha on the Full Moon Day of the lunar month of May. Secondly, thirty five years later the Prince, on the Full Moon Day of May became the Buddha, the Awakened One. Thirdly, forty five years later on the Full Moon Day of May, the Englightened One passed away.

His teaching, doctrine and discipline have attained universal recognition and have become memorials to him. As Buddhists know, the personal name of Lord Buddha was Siddhatta Gotama, and taht he was the only son of King Suddhodana and Queen Maha Maya of the Sakyan. The Prince was born under a banyan tree in the Lumbini Grove located between the two cities of Kapilavatthu and Devadaha. Seven days after his birth, his mother passed away and so he was nurtured by his foster mother, Maha Pajapati Gotami who was the youngest sister of his father.

At the age of sixteen the Prince married the beautiful Princess Yasodhara, the daughter of King Suppabuddha of the Kolyan. Thirteen years of luxurious married life gave the Prince adequate experience in realisation of the insubstantiality of worldly life. At twenty nine, not long after his wife Yasodhara had given birth to a son, Rahula, the Prince decided to renounce wordly life for a homeless one devoting himself to a disciplined quest for spiritual satisfaction. He spoke to his disciples about the two possible goals to which men devote their lives, that is, the noble or holy quest as described in the Ariyapariyesana Sutta, and the ignoble or unholy quest. Due to the delusion of self man is subject to Dukkha (suffering or a sense of unsatisfactoriness) which is clearly evident in the process of decay and death. The ignoble quest, to which many devote their lives, consists in seeking after things or states which are really unsatisfactory due to their inherent state of flux or change, the very conditions from which deliverance is needed.

One Response to Celebrating Vesak in April, a joke – prelate”

Caesar Says:

April 23rd, 2018 at 4:39 pm

Why the Vesak was advanced to April?

The Vesak poya falls naturally on the 29th May which by means that the Vesak should be in the month of May according to Julian calendar we follow worldwide. Form time and memory there had been no shifting of Vesak (or even Poson) festival.

Since the Yahapaalana govt. came in to power, it is taking all decisions and acting on behalf of Tamils and Muslims and persecuting majority Sinhelaya and destroying and attacking Buddhism. (While the Temples, places of worship and Historical sites being destroyed and bulldozed by Tamils and Muslims, yet the Yahapaalana govt. asks Sinhela Buddhist people surrender and reconcile with Tamils and Muslims.

    This year the Ramadan supposed to be started on 17th May which will go on for the next 29 days, the Muslims opposed and does not want the Vesak festival come in between their Ramadan period where the 29th May Poya falls right in the middle of their fasting.

    The Sirisena – Ranil alliance knowing but maliciously agreed to the Muslim demand and shifted the Vesak to April, whatever arguments and theories brought in to justify this, the bottom line is that Sinhelaya and Buddhism being decimated and destroyed under this Anti Sinhala, Anti Buddhist govt.

DR M D P DISSANAYAKE on All Sinhala of whatever political affiliation unite to fight against anti Sinhala Buddhist activities of Yahapalanaya Government.මොන දේශපාලන පක්ෂකයක හො වේවා ඔබ සිංහලයෙක් නම් සිංහල  බෞද්ධ අයිතිවාසිකම් විකුණන මේ උම්මත්තක යහපාලනය ආණ්ඩුවට විරුද්ධව නැගීසිටින්න.

SA Kumar on All Sinhala of whatever political affiliation unite to fight against anti Sinhala Buddhist activities of Yahapalanaya Government.මොන දේශපාලන පක්ෂකයක හො වේවා ඔබ සිංහලයෙක් නම් සිංහල  බෞද්ධ අයිතිවාසිකම් විකුණන මේ උම්මත්තක යහපාලනය ආණ්ඩුවට විරුද්ධව නැගීසිටින්න.

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Why the Vesak was advanced to April?

Posted on April 24th, 2018

Mahinda Karunaratne

The Vesak poya falls naturally on the 29th May which by means that the Vesak should be in the month of May according to Julian calendar we follow worldwide. From time and memory there had been no shifting of Vesak (or even Poson) festival.

Since the Yahapaalana govt. came in to power, it is taking all decisions and acting on behalf of Tamils and Muslims and persecuting majority Sinhelaya and destroying and attacking Buddhism. (While the Temples, places of worship and Historical sites being destroyed and bulldozed by Tamils and Muslims,) yet the Yahapaalana govt. asks Sinhela Buddhist people surrender and reconcile with Tamils and Muslims.

This year the Ramadan supposed to be started on 17th May which will go on for the next 29 days, the Muslims opposed and does not want the Vesak festival come in between their Ramadan period where the 29th May Poya falls right in the middle of their fasting.

The Sirisena – Ranil alliance knowing but maliciously agreed to the Muslim demand and shifted the Vesak to April, whatever arguments and theories brought in to justify this, the bottom line is that Sinhelaya and Buddhism being decimated and destroyed under this Anti Sinhala, Anti Buddhist govt.

12 Responses to Why the Vesak was advanced to April?”

NAK Says:

April 24th, 2018 at 10:33 pm

Despite the governments spineless sellout the Buddhists must resolve to observe Vesak on may 29th. Where are our Buddhist leaders and clergy who should have intervened to rectify this abnormality.

Charles Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 12:30 am

Sirisena and Ranils Yahapalanaya is not a peoples Government it is an anti Sinhala Buddhist Government of the West and the Tamils and the Tamil Diaspora.

We the Sinhala Buddhists should rise agaist these traitors. Even in the Lanka web there are few who speak for the Sinhala Buddhists. Yahapalanaya has released 685 acres of land to Tamils. The Settlement of displaced Sinhala from North and east are completely neglected. Sajith Premadasa is building houses but what about resettling the Sinhala in the North and East.

They are reconciling with the Tamils while the Tamil Provincial Councillors go to Mulathivu Sambodhi Vihara in Kokuvil and ask the high priest for the deed for the land where the temple is built. Maithripala Sirisena Ranil wickramasinghe have still not made a statement. The Mahanayakes too have said nothing. This is a serious matter. Further reconciliation with Tamils should be stopped immediatately.

Nihal Perera Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 5:28 am

The Sinhala-Buddhists need to wake up and take charge of the future of our motherland.

The first step is to get rid of these anti Sinhala-Buddhist parasites in the present regime. Ranil/Sira and their supporters in this government are the biggest crooks in the country. These traitors have sold the country and continue to do so as long as they can milk the system. Ranil is a cunning, master-crook who will sell his mother to stay in power. Sirisena is a naïve idiot who has no idea what he is doing.

 

The result is a disaster for the country, as we are already beginning to see the consequences..

ranjit Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 7:01 am

Current Yamapalanaya yamaballo should be sent to hell for what they are doing to our Motherland, sinhala race and to our sacred religion Buddhism. Enough is enough we sinhala buddhists must act now before these foreign backed Yamapalanaya yamaballo destroy everything we owned,we earned,we loved, we inherited and we cannot just stay idle and allow these traitors within and abroad to meddle with our affairs. Maha sanga should not sleep and do nothing when Buddhism is threatened. Talking and do nothing is useless. This is the time for action. Not once, not twise, not thrice these traitors and conspirators have tried to harm us but several times in different ways in different places inside our Motherland. We saw so many incidents around the country which threatens our sacred religion Buddhism and maha sanga but to-date no one in this Yamapalanaya has opened their mouths against these incidents or against the culprits or the traitors. Muslims and Tamils cannot dictate to us while they enjoy all the benefits which the rest of the country enjoys. Spineless President and the prime minister must resign and leave immediately before the people in this country chase them away and branded them as traitors to the motherland. They haven’t done anything useful to this country for the last three years except taking us backwards with their stupid undemocratic decisions and actions. Time has come for patriots to come forward and voice their anger against the Yamapalanaya yamaballo. Hell is the only place for these traitors who do not have any love for their motherland.

helaya Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 7:30 am

Dear Friends, I received this email from Professor Asoka Bandarage about tamil organized meeting in congress. If anyone live around DC please spread the word and try to attend this meeting.

Dear FOSUS Member,

The Tamil Diaspora has organized a panel on Religion and Violence in Sri Lanka at the House Rayburn Building on Thursday at 3:30 PM (see attached notice for details). The Sri Lankan Embassy has asked me to get the word out so that members of the Sri Lankan community attend this event. I apologize for the late notice, but the Embassy only contacted me today.

If you are available, I urge you to attend. Please note that you must RSVP to Laura.Wilson@mail.house.gov if you plan to attend.

Thank you,

Ruwan

PS, I have also attached an article from the Economist magazine that is cited in the announcement

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They started hoodwinking idiotic so called educated HARAK again. I used to attend all this event when lived around DC.

Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 8:14 am

These are all traitor chief die hard catholic token Buddhist mega thief mega thakkadiaya bay gal karaya walking crimebomb with the timer set for 10-20 years Batalande Wadakaya Pol Pot r@ni_leech wickrama Sinhala killer’s work.Batalande Wadakaya is the one ruling Sri Lanka today while puppet the rubber stamp vaira pala nari sena looking on helplessly. Wadakaya knows this is the best time to deliver the killer blow to destroy Buddhism, Sri Lanka and the Sinhalese race to please traitor low life leech’s ardent supporters tamils, mussies, catholics and the catholic west.

These traitors are followers of religions of conveniences which don’t regard killing, stealing, lying, sexual misconduct,drug abuse (Buddhism’s five precepts) as sins while all the people (honest only) including all the law courts under the sun do. Traitor low lives are hell bent on destroying only true religion, Buddhism, in the world and as a result accrue a lot of sins and won’t be two legged creatures in their next lives. Good for Mother Lanka.

Google traitor catholic run UNPatriotic_rats party’s anti Buddhist, anti Sinhalese, anti Sri Lanka activities. Or google    how Batalande Wadakaya’s UNPatriotic_rats party try to break up Sri Lanka to give half to its catholic buddy barrel man hitler mala paharan. Or ask why UNPatriotic_rats burnt Buddhist jvpers alive, headless corpses in rivers etc while catholic tigers of tamil drealam were given half the country on a plate by the die hard catholic token Buddhist Batalande Wadakaya. What’s more r@ni_leech’s catholic mafia broke into CB and the fat thief got away with murder  (billions). While UNPatriotic_rats busy digging the grave for Buddhism, Sinhalese race and Sri Lanka, still a lot ofjaathi dhrohee Sinhala booruwas support these murderous (Sinhalese only), thieving traitors. For theUNPatriotic_rats Fastest Breeding Religion’s mussies votes more important than Sinhala modayas since they are easily fooled with one big lie! Only recently Batalande wadakaya’s fellow portuguese national gamini perera banned Vesak (pandols). Actually it wanted to ban Vesak like in 60s Vietnam. It is too drastic and Sinhala modayas going to notice it and the portuguese national went for pandols. Chicken with fox is more safe than Buddhism, Sinhalese race and Sri Lanka under these murderous (Sinhalese only), thieving, lying traitor UNPatriotic_rats!

charithsls Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 1:27 pm

Preposterous! While all know about Ranil (& the UNP) of the anti Buddhist stance, shall we look at our Buddhist leaders.

The Poya Days are determined & printed at the end of the previous year, so where were our Buddhist clergy until the Ven Malwatte Anunayake said so recently? Any other Mahanayake should have brought this to the public notice & protested vehemently if this was the reason. Govt as well as the big opposition leaders pay a regular homage to Dalada & to other Buddhist Mahanayakes & I fail to understand not a single one of them has protested before. What about bodies like YMBA & All Buddhist Congress etc? Either this story is false or something somewhere terribly wrong.

Fran Diaz Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Lanka Law ought to make certain items unchangeable and non-negotiable.

The top of such a List ought to have that, by Law, Sri Lanka cannot be divided up through Language, Religion, etc. Such an attempt should be considered an act of treason and the death penalty imposed on such persons.

Second, that Buddhism is always given primary place, and protected by the State.

Otherwise, the gentle Teachings of the Buddha will always be ousted by ‘stronger’ Others, won’t it ?

The Buddha used his super normal powers to vanquish evil in all its forms.

Ordinary mortals must use the Law.

The Full Moon day in the month of May has always been the traditional Vesak Day.

Keep it so. No reason good enough to change that tradition.

Part of the Vesak celebrations ought to include mass Sil gatherings.

It is a wonderful celebration to find great Peace & Happiness, Within, through Meditation.

It is heartening to note that the Parliament has thrown out the suggestion by the Ministry concerned that Pandals & Dan Salas be abolished.

Protect Sri Lanka through the Law of the Land, or prepare to divide the country via the 20-A, which is probably a piece of legislation coming from the ‘divide & rule’ groups abroad with local seviles in tow.

Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 3:19 pm

THERE IS STILL MORE TIME LEFT FOR ALL BUDDHISTS TO COME OUT ON VESAK DAY AND VIST TEMPLES FOR PRAYERS. THERE CAN BE BUDDHIST PROCESSIONS FROM TEMPLES. THE SANGHA MUST ORGANISE THAT.

VESAK HAS TO BE CELEBRATED ON FULL MOON DAY, PERIOD. THE TWO PAMBAYAS CAN STAY AT HOME.

Hiranthe Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 8:03 pm

This treacherous act of Yama Palanaya is so frustrating. Similar to Ramadhan which is advanced every year and moving all-round the year as per the lunar calendar, Wesak poya day cannot be moved up or down. It is meant for celebrating Lord Buddha’s Birth, Enlightenment and Parinirvana all three happened on the Full moon day on the month of Wesak.

Month of May is called Wesak” in Sinhala for a valid reason. It is connected to the season prevailing during that period. It is not by accident that the price Siddhartha was born on that day. The Bodhisatwa, prior to conceiving in the womb of Queen Maha Maya, checked five important things and decided to come to earth on the certain date. Timing was one of these five factors considered by the Bodhisatwa.

By interfering with all these holy things this Yamapalanaya is asking for a big wrath of people and shall face the music.

Maha Sanga should take the lead and decide to overrule this declaration and instruct the people to celebrate Wesak on the Full Moon day in the month of Wesak (May)

If they do not do that, we cannot call them anymore as the guardian of the Buddha Sasana.

They then become a part of the Yama-palanaya.

ranjit Says:

April 25th, 2018 at 11:19 pm

Hiranthe you are very correct when you were saying that vesak day celebration means lord buddha’s birth, enlightenment and parinirvana all three happened on the full moon day on the month of vesak. This is not a joke. Maha sanga and the Buddhist population cannot just stay idle when some assholes change the buddhist calendar. This must be stopped. I am not ready to observe vesak on April 29th. It’s damn wrong decision by this treacherous traitors of Yamapalanaya. It should be on may 29th vesak month as we were observing for many many years.

How on earth can maha sanga describe this day as the day lord Buddha was born and enlighten and so on? Why they are mute? Why the buddhist organisations are silent on this. Whom are they afraid of? Time has come to act if not very sorry for sinhala buddhist in this country. Theses treacherous dog’s who lifts their backs to white man and helps to destroy our sacred religion Buddhism and the sinhala race should be severely dealt with to protect our sinhala motherland. Dear patriots the time is running out therefore we need to organise and stand up against our enemies to the motherland pretty soon if not theses three spinless traitors Sira, Ranil Chandrika will sell out the country we love and care so much. Long live srilankan nation.

helaya Says:

April 26th, 2018 at 8:34 am

    The reason behind celebrating Vesak in April is RAMADAN fall on May 20th to early June. traitors gave into Muslim demand. Muslim does not want to see celebrating Vesak during their stupid Ramadan. I cant believe this. Sirisena if you are a real Buddhist wake up from sleep. Sri lanka becoming Saudi Arabia.

My comments

Has this country been already converted to a non-Sinhala Non-Buddhist country by this Government?

Isn’t there a single Buddhist Monk or a national leader who can ask the President to cancel this April 29th UNP Wesak and refix it to May 29th or step down forthwith without further destroying the Sinhala Buddhist nation and this country our forefathers have protected for us dying in millions in war for 2600 years for the sake of minority vote

If he refuses why can’t they call all Sinhala Buddhist not to observe 29th April as Wesak and  do so on 29th May

Sudath Gunasekara

3 Responses to “To all patriots for their immediate attention”

  1. Dilrook Says:

    It is the full moon! (As the Island Editorial correctly pointed out).

    April had 2 full moon days because the first one fell early April. As a result the fifth full moon poya day fell in April. This has happened before. I can’t remember people making it into a political battle then. Once May had two full moon poya days.

    The government can move Wesak to May as it normally is and name the second April full moon day “Adhi Bak”. If banning pandols and moving Wesak to April was done to appease Arabs that is a huge national calamity. On the other hand, people should not turn it into an ethnic issue. Shamefully, some had a problem when 2018 Awurudu Kumaraya was a handsome Muslim man. I think it is fantastic as Muslims integrate into Sinhala values while retaining their religious identity. If we don’t integrate them, Tamils will!

  2. ranjit Says:

    Not only celebrating vesak on April is a joke but the whole Yamapalanaya government has become a joke. The western and Indian parasites backed yamapalanaya government will pay a big price for these treacherous actions against our beloved nation. That is for sure. Nobody knows what these two traitors have in their minds and what they will do next. Unpredictable two swines who has taken power by a coup helped by outside forces and paid agents within stay dumb like three blind mice without any action or comment. What kind of a government is this. Why no action by the so called opposition? Are they too dumb or blind? Wake up jokers on both sides and do something without sleeping and dreaming for power and money, luxury cars and high life etc. We need a government to protect us, protect our culture, religion, sinhala race and the country we love not a government who pleased our enemies. Tamils and Muslims should not interfere in the affairs of the majority Sinhalese and create unnecessary problems for both. Sira and batalandaya must be careful when dealing with sinhala community as we are the majority of this land. We are not discriminating anybody. We treat all alike and they shouldn’t see us as enemies and show the world a false picture of the sinhala buddhists people. We are not cowards or traitors like the current rulers so don’t try your double games with the majority Sinhala population period. Be nice to us and we will be nice to you the same way. Patriots, unite and organise yourselves to oust this evil treacherous Yamapalanaya clique to save our motherland.

  3. Henry Says:

    As I commented with regard to a previous letter regarding the atrocious, anti-national, anti-Buddhist decisions being taken by the present government, these facts must be publicized through the use of the Sinhala newspapers so that everyone knows what these jokers are doing. The people should march to the houses of the UNP/& SLFP members who are supporting these decisions and demand action. If not the country will be unrecognizable by the time they finish their term.

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