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Did Pope Francis, Despite His ‘Promise’, Pray Inadvertently For The Argentinian Win In The World Cup Quarter Final?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


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I do not for a second blame Pope Francis IF he prayed for Argentina to win.

He should have. He believes in prayer. That is his stock in trade.

I beseeched him to pray.

I want Argentina to win. I want that win to be attributed to the Pope’s Potent Pontifical Prayers.

His other prayers of late seem to be working … right? Things are quiet in the Middle East, Israelis and Palestinians breaking bread together in brotherly harmony and all is quiet in Iraq.

He is entitled to pray for his beloved Argentina.

I can’t see how Argentina can fail but WIN.

God has to make it happen.

Pope Francis is HIS man; His man on earth. Christ’s Vicar On Earth — and ‘vicar’ means representative. So how could God turn a blind eye to that?

Once Argentina has won and Pope Francis has done a few victors laps around St. Peter’s Square — with his security guard, in black, scampering after him — MAYBE he could, please, pray for peace in Sri Lanka. Pray that the misguided radical, nationalistic Buddhists, who are up to no good, see the light. That is IT! I had an epiphany! Blinding flash. Pope, PLEASE pray, as you regularly do for the Chinese, but this time for Sri Lanka, that the perfidious (it doesn’t mean what you think) Sri Lankan, Sinhalese, Radical Nationalistic Buddhists will seek conversion to Catholicism. That would work in my book. I might even write a book about it. Father, you have a cardinal over there. Pray for him. Pray that he converts all these extremists Buddhists. You have my blessing on that. [I will have a word with my friend, the retired Archbishop of Colombo.] OK? So you and I. We work together. Lets get these perfidious Buddhists converted. But, one thing PLEASE. Do not, please, pray for me and whatever you do PLEASE don’t even think about me and ‘conversion’ in the same sentence. I am fine the way I am.

Viva Argentina. Ooops! I didn’t mean to say that. Viva the Falklands. We WON. We WON. We WON. Long live the Falklands.


Extremist Buddhists, ‘Nonviolence’ Be Damned, On The Rampage In Sri Lanka.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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I am coming up with a new expression and acronym.

WWBS?

What Would Buddha Say?

I somehow do not think that Gautama Buddha would somehow condone what is now being done in Sri Lanka, by the Sinhalese, in the name of Buddhism.

I wonder how many of the Sinhala Buddhist that took part in this bloodshed were vegetarians?

And that to me is the sad irony of all of this. Buddhist will squirm if they see somebody killing a worm BUT this violence is, their equivalent, of the Crusader’s, “God’s Will”, though, Buddhists, thank God, have no God to pin this inexcusable stuff on.

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Plus, I am sure, the mechanics of the Buddhist reincarnation, i.e., repeated rebirth, being something that I was an expert on, that there is nothing in Buddhism that says that hurting or killing a human being, in the name of Buddhism, is NOT a demerit. I will contend, that per the “Anura Guruge table of reincarnation points” (and I really should publish this because it is the ONLY table of its kind) killing a human, irrespective of the circumstances, has to be -1,560,320 points. So eating an egg is -15. Putting a white sheet on a chair for a monk to sit on is +15. [That is why I was golden. I had it all worked out. First thing in the morning. Run out to the verandah. There was sure to be monks visiting to beg favors from the ‘Big Boss’. Whip out the sheets, from the ‘almara’, put them on the chairs. Worship the priests (which was +45 each) and I was all set to have my two eggs for breakfast. Two sheets for the monks wiped out the two eggs. And I was already +90 ahead for the day. Spanking the monkey was not a sin or a merit. So there was no points associated with that, thank God. It was a normal physical function like eating — rice or dahl.]


The new acronym you need to know IF you are in any way interested in this stuff.

BBS — and no, it does not, alas, stand for Blithering B.S., as it should. Maybe if we all start thinking of BBS as Blithering BS that might help given that in my opinion that is what it is.

BBS = Bodu Bala Sena (Buddhist Power Force).

I only learned about BBS yesterday! People just don’t believe that I don’t follow Sri Lankan news or politics. Well, I don’t. I learned about BBS because I saw that the U.S. had refused to grant a visa to a BBS priest. I am 100% with the U.S. Foreign Service on that. They did the right thing. He was only coming here to raise money and ferment trouble.

I couldn’t read their original manifest because it is in Sinhalese. That annoys me sometimes. Sinhalese was my mother tongue and I read Sinhalese like a native. I had to look them up on Wikipedia. Here is the entry. A phrase in their raison d’être, viz. “… claiming it was not militant enough in protecting Buddhism”, told me all I needed to know. I think, though not 100% sure, that the Buddha and I will be one on this: ‘militant‘ and ‘Buddhism‘ is not something you expect to see in the same sentence.

Radical nationalistic Buddhism in Sri Lanka bothers me — just like ALL religion-based unrest and animosity bothers me.

I haven’t had a Sri Lankan passport since 1983. I gave up on Buddhism c. 1971, because after years of studying Buddhist reincarnation, the real basis of Buddhism, very, very carefully I came to the conclusion that it made absolutely no sense. The last time I worshipped a Buddhist monk was in 1992 and that was mainly because I was hugely jet-lagged and it was habit. These days I thrust my hand out to shake hands with them — which confounds them no end.

This Radical nationalistic Buddhism bothers me at multiple levels on multiple fronts. It is crazy. It is NOT the Buddhism that I grew up in. I grew up in a society that was tolerant where a person’s religion, ethnicity or color made no difference. Yes, there was and is a color issue in Ceylon/Sri Lanka! White! Burghers (descendents of white colonists)! We did NOT discriminate against the whites. I had an uncle, by marriage, my surrogate father, a man who I have taken after more than anyone else, who was white and a Baptist. He was my uncle. I spent half my young life with him. And I was a brown, Sinhalese Buddhist. We never spoke religion. Yes, I celebrated Christmas and Easter at his house — which he left to me (and I then gave it, kind of stupidly, to an aunt, because I tend to be like that). I made out like a bandit at Christmas to the intense resentment of my other cousins. I can’t help it if they were not the anointed. Actually the whole extended family, about 60 of us, would celebrate, lavishly, sans alcohol, of course, Christmas and Easter at his house. Meat, imported lamb from NZ for an aunt, galore. 90% of those that attended were Buddhist.

Hence my annoyance. Yes, some of my relatives, people that used to celebrate Christmas and Easter with my uncle the Baptist, are involved in this radical nationalistic Buddhism. That upsets me. They should NO better. We all have at least ONE cousin who is Christian. Different side of the family. My uncle the Baptist, a lawyer, the lawyer for the Ceylon Ministry of Food, had no children — just me. No. Our Christian cousin is from another uncle who married a Christian. Their daughter, their only child, was brought up a Christian. Now I have cousins into this Nationalistic Buddhist garbage — spouting stuff like Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. Yep, I just saw a pig fly. This was not how we were brought up. That is my gripe. We made no distinction. Buddhist marrying Christians and we lived next door to Tamils — and they were very much family.

Well I have covered some of this already in this post. I have to go. Have to finish a chapter on Pope Celestine V (#193), one of my favorite popes. Let me finish with a funny story as to HOW conflicted these radical nationalistic Buddhists can be. When I told a cousin in Sri Lanka, in 2008, that I had written a book, “Popes and the Tales of Their Names”, he sent me back an e-mail asking me why I had INSULTED the family bu doing something like that. I had never realized that writing any book, especially one that broke new ground on papal research and will be referenced in years to come, would ever insult any family. He died a few months ago. Wonder what he would have said when I publish my first book on sex. I guess that would be OK. It is not about Catholicism. But, wait for it. This Buddhist cousin, my marriage, that said I insulted the family … his wife … my cousin … her paternal grandmother was a devout Catholic! This cousin, who said I insulted the family, when he married into the family, lived in a big house, with his wife and her family, which contained a Catholic shrine with all the works. Red candles, pictures of hearts, icons of the Virgin Mary. And I insulted this family by writing a book about popes! That, my friend, is why I worry about radical nationalistic Buddhists. I do not think that they know what they are doing.

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Nature Cruise On “Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.” “Bay King III” Cat While Visiting Acadia National Park. Part I.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.
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Getting on the water and going on a cruise was an integral part of the agenda for this trip since we weren’t able to do so on the last trip in September. Going on whale watches on my birthday was on the way towards becoming a family tradition until we decided to go to Acadia instead last year. Plus, given that Friday, June 27, was Deanna’s birthday, and she grew up, right on the ocean, in Cushing, Maine, the daughter of a lobsterman, the notion of being on the ocean, off Maine, on her birthday appealed to her. So I did some research and once we were in Bar Harbor, Friday morning, walked around a bit checking the various tours. We wanted to do a 2 hour trip and knew that that wouldn’t really take us much beyond Frenchman’s Cove but that was OK. I finally settled on Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.”  They had the FAST Cats (which meant they could cover more ‘ground’), their prices were a TAD (and we are talking a couple of dollars) cheaper AND they would give me a Senior Discount — which I appreciate and always cracks up the kids who refuse to believe that I am as old as I am.

The 2-hour Nature Cruise, at 1:15 pm, is on the Bay King III. I have yet to get all the specs. on that boat but that thing can fly! I am no stranger to going fast on boats and I am sure that this beauty was exceeding 30 mph between islands — and on the water, on something as big as that, that feels special.

We lucked out. Deanna and I got to see 3 Bald Eagles. See picture below. Devanee saw one more. We couldn’t catch that one. We also got to see A Peregrine Falcon chick. See picture below. They claim that it was the first time, this Summer, that they had managed to see a chick. We spent quite a few minutes slowly cruising on the eastern shore of “Ironbound Island” before we spotted it — all the crew at the rails with binoculars looking. They knew roughly where the nest was but claim that they hadn’t seen the chick prior to this cruise. They had seen the two adults previously — which how they knew where the nest was. On this trip we didn’t see the adults. But, once the crew spotted it we all got to see the chick — naked eye — though we had binoculars too. That was neat. Not sure whether they tell every trip that they were the first to have seen the chick that year? [A terrible thing being a professional cynic.] Actually a very good cruise. Definitely recommend it. The narrator, fresh out of McGill in Montreal was good and enthusiastic. The crew was very nice and helpful. The sea was as calm as a mill pond. Great trip. Great weather. So we lucked out. Here are SOME pictures. I will post more as we go along.


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Official trip picture taken by the obligatory ‘snap-for-dollars’ folks. We invariably end up getting these. Plus these would serve as a good birthday picture.



Adorable Beach Huts For Dogs Google Doodle On July 4, 2014 For France v. Germany 2014 World Cup Quarter-Finals.

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>> Brazil drumming & dancing — June 12, 2014.
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Permanent access, independent of date, provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


Appears Google has stopped showing Brazil World cup 2014 Doodles in the U.S. following the U.S. teams departure from the Games Tuesday!

That is a shame. They were a lot of fun and I can attest that they had a huge following. I should know. Check my hits. BUT to be fair on July 4, Google had a the “4th of July” Doodle in the U.S. That WOULD have been a factor too. Lets see what happens going forward. I am sure we will see the Doodles for the Semis and Final.

So the coverage map for the above, on July 4, Doodle.

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