DRINK DRIVING FINES COLLECTED IN 50 DAYS IN SRI LANKA $2M Austrian Dollars ( or Rs 250 M)
Posted on August 23rd, 2019

By M D P DISSANAYAKE

Revenue collected from fines imposed on drink drivers in Sri Lanka in the most recent 50 days amounts to staggering Rs 250 m from mere 10,000 offending drivers.  There is no doubt the vast majority of these offenders are Sinhala Theravada Buddhists who commit in the 5th Precept to abstain from intoxicants as tending to cloud the mind” to Lord Buddha each morning. But doing also, they also directly break the 4th Precept to abstain from the false speech”.    Naturally, under the influence of liquor, they are likely to break the 3rd Precept to abstain from sensuous misconduct .  

When one is out of mind and out of control,  we need not go on a voyage of discovery to determine as to what happens to the remaining two Precepts of   to abstain from taking life and to abstain from taking what is not given”.

Buddhist philosophy teaches the simple basic ways of living that perhaps no other religion or philosophy had provided as a guide to a good life.

As a consequence of these instances, committing murder intentional or otherwise becoming common. Robberies by ordinary citizens as well as incidents of rape and rape-murder are also quite common in my Buddhist Sri Lanka.

When in Sri Lanka, you are unsure of whom to deal with. 

Where are those Sri Lankans whom we had with”SARA GUNA DARMA”?

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DHAMMA PADA PANCHA UPASAKA VATTU:

Dhammapada Verses 246, 247 and 248

Yo panamatipateti
musavadanca bhasati
loke adinnamadiyati
paradaranca gacchati.

Suramerayapananca
yo naro anuyunjati
idheva meso lokasmim
mulam khanati attano.

Evam bho purisa janahi
papadhamma asannata
ma tam lobho adhammo ca
ciram dukkhaya randhayum.

Verses 246 & 247: He who destroys life, tells lies, takes what is not given him, commits adultery and takes intoxicating drinks, digs up his own roots even in this very life.

Verse 248: Know this, O man! Not restraining oneself is evil; do not let greed and ill will subject you to prolonged misery.”

Acknowledgment:  Tripitaka.net

2 Responses to “DRINK DRIVING FINES COLLECTED IN 50 DAYS IN SRI LANKA $2M Austrian Dollars ( or Rs 250 M)”

  1. dingiri bandara Says:

    I have to say the same about ragging that take place in many institutions. I presume that majority of those who are engaged in ragging belong to the Theravada Buddhists and many talk about the proud history and traditions and culture. How could they engage in such deplorable behavior?
    Who are manufactures, distributes and the retailers of liquor? Are most of them Buddhists? I believe that Muslims are not involved in the liquor trade. They, however are said to be deeply involved in the illegal drug and narcotic trade.

  2. Susantha Wijesinghe Says:

    dingiri bandara !!! Where RAGGING is concerned, all that the Institutions should do is to suspend the rebel students for six months, with an additional punishment, preventing them from coming into the premises, for the suspension period. I believe this would be a deterrent.

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