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Is Sri Lanka’s Niroshan Dickwella Still ‘Thanking God’, Non-Stop, For His Current Form?

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Haven’t had a chance to see his over-the-top, near-obnoxious constant crossing of himself of late since he hasn’t been at the crease for long. Just 2-balls in the first T20I against South Africa yesterday. I have always said he should be consistent. He should thank God even when he is out — cheaply. He can’t have it both ways. If he is stupid enough to believe that God helps him score runs, then he also has to accept that God must want him gone when he gets out and has to start walking back.

He was even dropped from the side. He must have been beside himself. I can just see him. On his knees praying.

Poor guy. If he wasn’t so obnoxious he could be quite a decent bugger.


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“Crazy Rich Asians” Movie (2018) — Vulgar, Slightly Boring & Christian Propaganda!

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I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.

I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.

I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.

Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.

We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.


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Sri Lanka’s Constantly ‘Thanking God’ Niroshan Dickwella Is Run Out — Did God Forsake Him!

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Another example. Note hand is higher. Closer to grill.


The 1st innings run out. June 8, 2018. From YouTube. youtube.com/watch?v=p-ZtuDHnhsY


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Yes, of course, a lot of cricketers from various countries seek divine help especially when they are batting — and give ‘thanks’ — with eyes pointing up — when they reach a meaningful milestone.

Sri Lanka’s obviously Christian Niroshan Dickwella (from Sri Lanka’s 10% Christian minority) has taken this to ridiculous extremes.

When he is batting he is INCESSANTLY ‘crossing’ himself. Yes, some players do that once when they first come in … Not, Dickwella. He is crossing himself every few minutes. He kind of gets distracting and obnoxious.

But, we cricketers are a superstitious lot and I will indulge Dickwella in his giving thanks to God — so blatantly and constantly.

What puzzles me is how he reconciles his faith and trust in God when he gets out — especially this run out, on Day 3 (June 8, 2018) of the 1st Test against the Windies. It was pretty stupid. He was strolling oblivious that Braithwaite was going to take a shy at the stumps. Now God could have saved him. But, God forsook him! What does he do then? You don’t see him crossing himself when he gets out (or drops a catch).

That is my dilema. How does he rationalize his failures?

He also got suspended by the ICC for two ODI matches. God didn’t bail him out. But, he seems to ignore these let downs. Strange. Very strange.


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Pray Tell Me, Who Does The Dalai Lama Pray To?

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The notion of prayer in general confuses me, and seeing so called ‘Buddhists‘ pray really confounds me.

Very simple, from my understanding of prayer, you pray to a ‘higher being‘ that can in someway intercede in matters down here on Earth. OK?

Who is that ‘higher being’ when it comes to Buddhism? That is my issue.

Please do not tell me that it must, of course, be the Buddha. But, it cannot be, by definition. The Buddha is no longer around. He is gone. He reached ‘Nirvana‘. The state of NOT being here, there or anywhere else. So the Buddha is not like God. The Buddha was adamant that he will cease to be. So you can’t pray to Buddha — at least in a meaningful way. He can’t intercede. He is not there. Bit like an imaginary friend.

Yes, Buddhists do pray — but to gods (small ‘g’) from other religions. My adoptive mother, who believed that she was a model Buddhist, was renowned for her prayers, which people, around the world, claimed worked. [I have one rebuttal. If her prayers were that good how do you explain ME?] But she prayed to everybody and anybody. Though claiming to be 100% Buddhist she prayed to the Christian God, Hindu gods and whoever she could rustle up. She had more Holy Water from different parts of the world, Lourdes her favorite, at her apartment in Paris that soda. It would always be ‘would you like some Holy Water? Got some special from Lourdes, last week’. But that was my adoptive mother (who birthday it was today). Not the Dalai Lama.

He is said to be a Buddhist leader. So who does he pray to — because that is the religion you should check out. SMILE.


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Bernie Sanders’ Family Enjoying GOOD Indian At ‘Taste of India’, Dover, NH.


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From the ‘Taste of India’ Facebook page.

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Nearly ALL of the ‘6 Images of the Day‘ for yesterday, November 8, 2015, were taken at ‘The Taste of India‘. We go there as often as we can. Recommend that you do too. See my two (2) reviews of the ‘Taste of India’ on TripAdvisor.com. Yes, that is our friend Kati Preston who now figures often in this blog.

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Kati Preston with ‘Taste of India’ co-owner (with his brother), Joga Singh. It is his wife, all smiles, in orange above. The happy couple is his niece and husband.


My two ‘TripAdvisor.com‘ reviews of the ‘Taste of India’.

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Sri Lankan Cricketers And The Kissing Of Balls!

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Ball kissing my Sri Lankans. This is Lasith Malinga, after he has put it on the grass and worshipped it.

Yes, yes, I know given that I grew up over there that Sri Lankans, by nature, are a superstitious bunch — and nobody could be more so than my adoptive mother. She had the whole repertoire. So, I am no stranger to the practices — like putting spit on any discarded hair so that a curse, upon you, cannot be put through that discarded hair. The discreet, head turned away, mouth-covered spitting sounds made to ward off ‘evil words’ were classic.

But, I still can’t get over Sri Lankan cricketers kissing their balls and for that matter bats. Yes, nearly all kiss the national emblem on their helmet upon reaching a 50 or 100, BUT I am talking about the habitual kissing of inanimate cricketing paraphernalia. Some, Lasith Malinga in the fore, would WORSHIP the ball before giving it tongue. He would place the ball on the ground, pay devotion to it and then take it to his mouth. Yikes.

Dhammika Prasad, who must be another Christian like the captain Angelo Matthews, given that he crosses himself before he starts to bowl, also worships the ball — Christian style — and then sticks it in his mouth. GROSS.

I understand that it is common within sporting circles to seek divine intervention and give thanks when something good happens. But worshipping a cricket ball. Yes, I understand that a hard, gleaming virgin cricket ball is a thing of beauty and awe. But to worship it and kiss it? And then there was that opener, who name I can’t remember, who would kiss the handle of his bat, through the grill of his helmet, each time he survived a ball. He never kissed the bat when he got out.

Very strange and it looks even stranger. It does make me cringe and I now try to look the other way. Maybe I should start practicing my adoptive mother’s, head turned away, mouth-covered ‘thuup, thuup, thuup’, spitting motions and sounds, each time Prasad kisses his ball.


Distant Presidential Hopeful Martin O’Malley Will Be In Laconia, N.H., This Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.


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Other than the fact that he was the Governor of Maryland,
I don’t know too much about Martin O’Malley.

So I did a quick Google for his campaign Website.
This is what I was FACED with. Amused me.

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For a better view of his bum — and I have never been able to tell whether a MAN’S BUM is cute or otherwise given I am not a bum person in general — click image to access … (come on did you think I would be that puerile?)

Am I SUPPOSED to check out his bum? Honestly? I really am confused. Very strange picture. Yes, yes, I understand (especially since I have covered this ‘so called bus driver’ issue as it relates to priests performing the Catholic Mass), but this is V. strange. What do YOU think?


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