Gota can tackle national security issues: Malwatte prelate
Posted on August 14th, 2019

J.A.L. Jayasinghe Courtesy The Daily Mirror

Mahanayake of the Malwatte Chapter, Most Ven. Thibbatuwawe Sri Sumangala Thera said Gotabaya Rajapaksa has the potential and experience to tackle the prevailing national security issues in the country.

The Mahanayake Thera expressed these views when Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa visited him along with party leader Mahinda Rajapaksa after seeking blessings from the Sri Dalada Maligawa in Kandy today.

There is a problem with regard to national security and therefore it needs attention. You are the one who can tackle national security issues. You have the experience and potential in that area. We wholeheartedly bless you for coming forward to contest the Presidential election, the prelate added. 

20 Responses to “Gota can tackle national security issues: Malwatte prelate”

  1. Vaisrawana Says:

    This is an auspicious sign for Gotabhaya. The Mahanayake of Malwatte has at long last seen the light.It means the Maha Sangha approves of his candidacy.

  2. dhane Says:

    We have seen during the last many years all 3 Mahanayake Thera were blessing every politicians. But what happened?. Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) had proposed presidential candidate Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Yes its looks to be good. But we can see who are others visited with him to meet Mahanayake Thera. It the same old corrupted politicians behind. When UNP nominated whoever the presidential candidate near future he also will visit all these temples, churches, mosques and meet Mahanayake Thera with their same old corrupted political gang for blessing. Sri Lankan had seen these Teledrama episodes over & over many years and fully fed-up. Sri Lanka need New uncorrupted leader if there is any.

  3. dhane Says:

    Given time for leading two political parties nominate their prospective candidates for forth coming presidential election. Let the “opened Soda Bottle gas” settled down finishing all these blessing & pilgrimages etc. Thereafter hopefully new uncorrupted new leadership will appear. Given a chance to this new leadership and see what could happen to Sri Lanka.

  4. dhane Says:

    For more details please see SL Log lattest episode published 14th August 2019. 11 වෙනිදා ‘ගෝඨාගේ’ ලස්සන කතාවේ තිබුණු පච ගොඩ!!. දැන් ඉතින් විනෝද සමයයි

  5. Mario Perera Says:

    ”This is an auspicious sign for Gotabhaya. The Mahanayake of Malwatte has at long last seen the light.” – Vaisrawana.

    The Mahanayake of Malwatte has at long last seen the light…I must say that on reading this line I had to smother a sudden uncontrolled guffaw.

    Where was the said Mahanayake all this time? Not under the ‘Bo Sevana’? Not at the feet of the ‘Enlightened One’? Not within sight of the ‘Dalada Hamuduruwa’? All of them generate light don’t they? If they lived under such light they would have shed that light to their followers and ushered them out of Ignorance. Do not forget that Ignorance also is light to those who wallow in it.

    This is blasphemous that the fore-mentioned Mahanayake had to wait for Gota to turn up at his doorstep to at long last ‘see the light’.

    Going on the word of Vaisrawana, I do hope Gota will turn up at the headquarters of the other Mahanayakes as well, thus causing them to see the light.

    Yet a reason for perplexity…the supporters of the other candidates will make the same proclamation as regards their heroes when they turn up at the same joints: that at long last the Mahanayakes saw the light.

    This brings us to the inevitable question: which light are these Mahanayakes seeing? I say this because even ‘hell (apaya) fire’ also engenders LIGHT. Temple murals bear ample evidence to this.

    Therefore I dare say that men who had not seen the LIGHT of wisdom while under the ‘Bo Sevana’ or while sitting at the feet of the ‘Enlightened One’, or while under the influence of the ‘Dalada Vahanse’, can only be presumed to see the ‘Light of Apaya’, the light that burns, consumes, and reduces to ashes.

    Thank you Gota for showing the Mahanayake the ‘light’.

    Mario Perera, Kadawata

  6. Dilrook Says:

    Gota said he revoked his US citizenship on May 3 with effect from April 17 this year. However, the US gazette equal of those who renounced citizenship during the quarter does not have his name!

    “https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2019-17498.pdf”

    A few weeks ago he claimed that he released his renunciation letter to the media. Then some pointed out it was a fake document. After that he said he has it but won’t release it to the media. So he has fooled everyone that his US citizenship has been revoked. Even Buddhist monks have been deceived (not a big deal in Sri Lanka thrice blessed by the Enlightened One).

    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool millions of people many many time, shame on the nation.

  7. Randeniyage Says:

    There is no Buddhism practiced in general in Sri Lanka anymore.
    Musaawada
    Even the worst criminals in the past do not lie like this. Sirisena is the king of lying. Others are not far behind.
    Then comes the stealing. Adinna dana
    Definition of this precept is “not taking what is not given”.
    Then comes the stealing. They not only ashamed of stealing public money and claim they are not guilty unless proven in a court but force the judiciary not to give any verdict. That is even all the necessary evidence in public domain. Not only that , the robbers promise public “clean administration” and “clean politics”. This is goes back to violation of first one at its best !
    We cannot neglect “Paanatipata” , not taking life.

    People are complacent on crimes of their popular politicians, as long as they can earn some money under their rule.
    Something has become better than nothing and we loose everything !

  8. Dilrook Says:

    Not just the 3 precepts, all 5 of them in big ways.

    “Sura meraya” and “kamesu michchachara” are also heavily practiced by politicians on all major camps and some royal family members.

    If Buddhism has any worth in subsatance, how can such a country survive, let alone prosper?

    Some gambled to win the US Green Card lottery (that itself a violation of a precept) and now not willing to give up. Lying to cover it up (yet another violation of a precept) and may even resort to kill to cover it up (yet another violation of a precept).

    What is even more unforgivable is the total disregard of Lord Buddha’s sermon (circa 523 BC) in Lanka after He made the journey all the way to stop a political tussle for the throne.

  9. Randeniyage Says:

    Then they think violation of precepts necessary to save Buddhism !
    Some say they are Sri Lankan first and Buddhist second so stealing is acceptable if the robber saves the country ! These people sure will see the light in hell after death. Misleading public to protect criminals knowingly is also a Paapakamma ending up in hell.
    Some monks will suffer in much lower serious hells than their lay followers.

  10. Vaisrawana Says:

    Mario Perera, ‘see the light’ (an idiom) means to attain some sudden spiritual understanding or to undergo some change producing spiritual experience (Christians often use this idiom); the other more common sense is to suddenly understand a point that one did not previously see. I used the particular expression in the second sense. The Buddha used the image of Light as a metaphor for Enlightenment – Realisation of the Truth – at least five hundred years before Christ was born. At Enlightenment, he proclaimed ‘Aloko udapadi’ Light Arose. Of course, what the Buddha called light is different from what Christians call light.

    You have wasted your time and the readers’ time by writing your nonsensical comments, and my time as well.

  11. Mario Perera Says:

    Vaisrawana,

    Your comment (naturally very wise) raises many questions, suspected and unsuspected.
    You have nevertheless wisely or unwisely relented and decided to answer my ‘nonsensical’ comment. I am grateful to you for deigning to descend to my nonsensical level.

    As regards the word Enlightenment you say: I used the particular expression in the second sense, i.e. ”suddenly understand a point one did not see before”. So taking you on this second issue, the Mahanayake of Malwatte who is an aged and no doubt whatsoever a seasoned individual, religiously and politically, judging by his elevation to that high office, suddenly understood the point, meaning the presidential policy, of Gota only during his meeting with the latter?

    Now that you have, once again, wisely or unwisely, raised the issue of religion between us, are you trying to tell the Buddhist public that the Malwatte Mahanayake only came to an understanding of Gota’s policy declaration only ‘then and there’ while Gota was talking? If so are you not demeaning the Malwatte Mahanayake to the status of a Totta Baba? That is what your statement, that of a good Buddhist, makes one to understand. Knowingly or unknowingly (I believe it would be ‘knowingly’ – giving you the benefit of the doubt) you have downgraded the Malwatte Mahanayake in the eyes of all, Buddhists included.

    As regards the Buddha, thank you for trying to teach me religion and history. Without gloating in my knowledge, may I nevertheless tell you that my nearly 500 page book: ”Bhikku-Light of Lanka” published by Godage and openly feted during a special convocation at the Kelaniya University with the participation of monks of the highest ranks including the chancellor of the Kelaniya University, is used in our universities, both by monks and others, as a reference book for their Ph.D theses.

    That is as it may be, but I am still open to learning from good Buddhists like you. So thank you for endeavouring to explain what Enlightenment’ means to Buddhist and Christians. Granting what you say about Enlightenment for Buddhists, and the demarcating line you have drawn between you and me as Buddhist and Christian, how come your claim to know what that term means to Christians? What is one thing to the goose should be the same thing to the gander. You say: ”Of course, what the Buddha called light is different from what Christians call light.” In doing so have you note fallen into the pit you have dug for me.

    Leaving aside what Enlightenment means to Buddhists and Christians, the word has a dictionary meaning meant for all and sundry irrespective of their religious denomination. Among other things it means : understanding, knowledge. Here we are both on common ground. So according to you when Gota spoke the knowledge and understanding of the truth he uttered suddenly dawned on the Mahanayake. Did the Mahanayake say so? NO. It is YOU who say so. If you arrogate to yourself that right you must grant it to other bulls in china shops unilaterally ferreting out the intimate thought process of this and other Mahanayakes to promote their personal ideologies, which is your case.

    May I, with my deepest apologies to good Buddhists like you, nevertheless venture to engage in the following reasoning. The Buddha’s Enlightenment which he enunciated through the flour noble truths was not strictly confined to the four corners of these truths. He reached Enlightenment as a very young man but was over eighty years when his attained parinibbana. He did not walk the length and breadth of India and, as Buddhists believe, Sri Lanka, repeating and rerepeating the four noble truth. But his Enlightenment extended to every aspect of human life. The hyper voluminous Suttas bear ample witness to this. Enlightenment in the Buddhist sense is therefore the capacity to understand human life in ALL its ramifications. What the Latin poet said: nihil humanum mihi alienum, could have been said by the Buddha with infinitely greater understanding and relevance.

    This being said, to say that a prestigious Mahanayake only understood Gota’s ‘well known and well surmisable policy dictates, only during that meeting and through his words is utter nonsense.

    You such a good Buddhist have demeaned the Mahanayake and also the content of the experience of Enlightenment taken strictly in the Buddhist sense, a knowledge not only limited to Buddhists but has been disseminated world wide since a much longer period than, as you take pains to indicate, the origin of Christianity.

    If this is all nonsense, I request to be pardoned with the understanding that fools never comprehend the extent of their folly. Please consider that statement as being reciprocal.

    Mario Perera, Kadawata

  12. Vaisrawana Says:

    Mario Perera, you are making an irrelevant narrative out of my response to your original comment on the news item. You do not seem to have properly understood the news report either, to begin with. Your long-winded reply to me is again wide of the mark, and consists of more of the same nonsensical stuff. Verbosity and vacuity are inseparable companions. I am not a fanatical believer in any religious superstition to start a potentially meaningless debate on the subject with you who apparently are the

    …….equivocator, that could
    swear in both the scales against either scale;
    who committed treason enough for God’s sake….

    in the Porter Scene in Macbeth.

  13. Mario Perera Says:

    Vaisrawana,

    ”Nemo judex in causa sua” – no one is a judge in his own cause.

    Our exchanges are read by many readers of Lankaweb. They will form their own opinions about the ‘sense’ and the ‘nonsense’ that our respective writings contain.

    Mario Perera, Kadawata

  14. Dilrook Says:

    @Vaisrawana

    Not just the prelate but many Lankans have arrived at the ‘Aloko Udapadi’ moment. The brightest light in the universe is supernova. It happens when a star dies. It emits the brightest ever light and then goes into complete darkness for ever. Let them enjoy their moment in the sun before doom and gloom. It is the nation’s last hurrah.

    Wherever are the burial grounds of ‘metta’, ‘karuna’ and ‘muditha’ within the island, we should at least have ‘upekkha’ – the mental capacity to tolerate others’ views when they differ. Silencing them only displays barbarity. If ‘karma’ has its ways they will be reborn without a mouth! So will be those serial liars.

  15. Dilrook Says:

    @Randeniyage

    Using religious philosophy to justify sin/crime is not confined to sections of Sinhala Buddhists. It is practiced among some Christians, Hindus and Muslims too. Apparently ‘god’ had told President Bush to invade Iraq! Buddhist and Christian philosophers predicted the decay in their institutions.

  16. Vaisrawana Says:

    @Dilrook,

    “Wherever are the burial grounds of ‘metta’, ‘karuna’ and ‘muditha’ within the island, we should at least have ‘upekkha’ – the mental capacity to tolerate others’ views when they differ. Silencing them only displays barbarity. If ‘karma’ has its ways they will be reborn without a mouth! So will be those serial liars”.

    Well said! So, benefit from your own wisdom. Say whatever you want to say while you can in this lifetime.

  17. Randeniyage Says:

    @Vaisrawana

    Upekkha is not ‘tolerance’. Upekkha is the highest of the four Brahma Viraras. If one is not good enough to develop Metta , Karuna and Mudita is unlikely one could develop Upekkha. Mudita is alos very high quality compared to other two, parents naturally have it towards children.
    More seriously, people may get confuse indifference with Upekkha. Indifference occur with defilements. One has to be very careful when bringing terms used in Dhamma into dirty politics. One should only speak truth. For example, if you want to call a group of monks “Maha Sangha”, that group should have the qualities mention in “Supatipanno Bhagavato Savaka Sangho….”. ‘Mahanayakas’ should not be confused with Mahasangha.

  18. Nimal Says:

    Humbugs in action. When are they going to open the road by the Maligawa?

  19. Vaisrawana Says:

    @Randeniyage,

    Please don’t attribute http://www.lankaweb.com/news/items/wp-admin/profile.phpto me something found in what I quoted from another commenter. I agree with your view of the four Buddhist concepts. You will agree with me that a person should not misinterpret them with the unwholesome intention of ridiculing them. Actually, I was only focusing on the other writer’s “If ‘karma’ has its ways they will be reborn without a mouth! So will be those serial liars”. My rejoinder was to caution him to avoid the punishment he assigns (with his benighted ignorance of the Buddha’s doctrine) to alleged “serial liars”. I merely paid him the same compliment.

    Thank you for your response, which is worthy of the respectable readers of Lankaweb.

  20. Vaisrawana Says:

    @Randeniyage,

    Thank you for your response, which is worthy of the respectable readers of Lankaweb.

    But please don’t attribute to me something found in what I quoted from another friendly commenter. I agree with your view of the four Buddhist concepts. You will agree with me that a person should not misinterpret them with the unwholesome intention of ridiculing them. Actually, I was only focusing on the other writer’s “If ‘karma’ has its ways they will be reborn without a mouth! So will be those serial liars”. My rejoinder was to caution him to avoid the punishment he assigns (with his benighted ignorance of the Buddha’s doctrine) to alleged “serial liars” presumably including me. I merely paid him the same compliment. I enjoyed being implicitly called a serial liar. I know Dilrook doesn’t think I am that. He seems to have taken my little joke at his expense in good grace.

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