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Treatment Of This 70-Year Old, Kandy Temple Elephant Is A SIN On All Sri Lankan Buddhists.

by Anura Guruge


From TODAY. Click image to access their Facebook page. They are REAL.


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Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia. He is no longer in charge. But, ….


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I do NOT think this can be dismissed as FAKE news. I am NOT there in Kandy, to go and check, but the pictures look real. [Yes, it was over 50-years ago BUT I used to visit the Temple often, have fed the elephants and, moreover, have, unlike most, had the privilege of seeing the REAL tooth relic (inside the innermost sanctum) as opposed to the replica that is on display and paraded in the perahera.]

This is distressing. There is NO excuse for this.

I am kind of surprised and puzzled. In general, ‘we’ (i.e., Sri Lankans) take good care of our elephants — despite some unnecessary stupidity like getting them to kneel to worship Buddhist statues. This is beyond the pale.

This kind of inhumane treatment has no place in any culture, let alone a culture that CLAIMS to value compassion.

I, alas, now, have ZERO contacts in Sri Lanka. I left 52-years ago — this month.

But, I ‘messaged’ Neranjan Wijeyeratne via Facebook. He was one of the many surrogate sons my parents adopted. He lived with them in Paris for years. I was living in the U.K. at the time. But, we visited Paris often and as such I knew Neranjan well. Let’s see if I hear back from him.

IF YOU have contacts in Sri Lanka — ideally with clout, PLEASE do something about this.

This is ANOTHER blot-in-the-copybook for Sri Lankan Buddhists.


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by Anura Guruge


Making Elephants Worship The Buddha Is So Very Juvenile — And So Very Sri Lankan!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Saw it on my Facebook timeline today. It makes me very angry and sad.


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This upsets me, greatly. Elephants do NOT worship the Buddha, any other gods or anybody for that matter. Elephants do NOT worship.

Do NOT foist religion on elephants or any other animal.

Dogs do not go to heaven, and elephants have NO notion of religion.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists think this is so special and noble. They are too shallow to appreciate that it makes them look … Well, how can I say it politely.

Elephants deserve better.

To be FAIR, Sri Lankan elephants are, by and large, well treated. They are taught to kneel. So, they will kneel.

This is so juvenile. I wish they would grow up.


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by Anura Guruge


Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus, Oswald Gomis’ 2017 Christmas Greetings.

by Anura Guruge



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arch_oswaldAs with posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Christmas Card,” posting Archbishop Oswald Gomis‘ Christmas card is an annual, honored and cherished privilege. 

He has been a good and valued friend for many years.

He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.

Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters. He is now 85-years old.

Enjoy. 

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


Over the last few years he has been using the ‘+’ in front of his name.

That is not a plus sign. It is meant to be a CROSS. It is meant to connote a title assumed by clergy in the medieval times — that of a SINNER. So, the ‘+’ indicates that the Archbishop is signing himself, out of HUMILITY, as a ‘sinner’.


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by Anura Guruge

ICC Should Take Religion Out Of Cricket — Forthwith.

by Anura Guruge


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Watch the start of this YouTube video — 0:39 second mark.

And you will see what I am getting at.


Check YouTube for any and all videos from 2017 involving the Pakistan or Bangladesh teams.


Cricket has a wonderful camaraderie, exemplary behavior on the field and a very precise, and clear ‘Code of Conduct’ that makes sure that it remains THE sport of gentlemen and ladies.

In spirit of the multicultural, multiethnic and MULTIRELIGIOUS nature of cricket — even with the SAME team, e.g., Sri Lanka — we should take religion out of cricket.

I am talking ALL religions. I, as many know, am totally areligious — a reformed, born-again heathen. I have no axe to grind against any religion. I respect those of all religions but prefer if they kept their religion to themselves.

I really do NOT think God or gods play any role in cricket!

IF God chose who wins the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 how come the Israelites didn’t play cricket thousands of years ago.

IF you are an avid cricket fan YOU KNOW what I am talking about — and yes, the above YouTube video spells it all out.

DO NOT get me wrong. I like Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. Some of my abiding cricket heroes are from Pakistan … Imran, Zaheer, Intikhab.

IF the truth be known I am very fond of Sarfraz Ahmed. I root for him, always. I am glad they won. They sure played one heck of a match. But, hearing ALL of them, on rote, claim that this was all due to “All mighty …” irks me. When they beat Australia, how do you think Steve Smith felt when he was subjected to that. Same God.

I never believed God picked sides in wars and always found in amusing that both the Allies and the Germans were constantly praying to the same God asking for the other side to be vanquished.

So, that is it ….

Lets just UPDATE our glorious ‘Code of Conduct’ to include that captains and players cannot reference any religions and religious figures during any public appearances.


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by Anura Guruge

Sri Lankan Archbishop Emeritus Oswald Gomis’ 2016 Christmas Greetings.

by Anura Guruge


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arch_oswaldAs with posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Christmas Card,” posting Archbishop Oswald Gomis‘ Christmas card is an honored and cherished privilege.

He has been a good and valued friend for many years.

He and my adoptive father were roughly contemporaneous and firm friends though on many issues related to religion they were on opposite sides. But, that was the beauty and magic of WHAT WAS Ceylon in the 1950s and 1960s. Folks were still friends, relatives and neighbors irrespective of religion.

Father Gomis is a wonderful human being. And to I, that is all that matters.

Enjoy. 

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.

 


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Meditation Is In No Way Related To Religion.

by Anura Guruge


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No one religion can claim a right to meditation and meditation itself is totally independent of any and all religions. PERIOD.

All the major religions talk about some form or other of meditation. Not to do so would be incongruous, to say the least. Meditation is about mindfulness, reflection, introspection — all things that all religions want you to indulge in. But, there are millions of people who are areligious, including I, who meditate. So to claim that meditation is in someway related to or associated with religion is ridiculous. And it invariably cracks me up when ‘those from the West’ get all animated when talking about Buddhism and meditation. Ah! If only they knew. Buddhism, at its core, is about reincarnation. Meditation is but a tool to contemplate your life and future lives so you can get a grip on making sure you don’t end up getting reincarnated as a fly.

So why this sudden outburst on this issue. It has to do with the Publishing Industry codes assigned to books called “Book Industry Standards and Communications Codes” (BISAC codes). When I went to assign the BISAC for my “Brain Meditation” book I was shocked to discover that ‘meditation’ is buried deep inside the ‘Religion’ category! See below. No big deal but I do NOT consider my book with having ANYTHING to do with religion. It actually says that in the text!


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Sri Lanka So Miffed About United Nations Human Rights Council Resolution Should Leave The U.N. Or Act Adult.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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For "New York Times" coverage.

For “New York Times” coverage.


Click for Sri Lanka 'FT' coverage.

Click for Sri Lanka ‘FT’ coverage.


The vote. Click to ENLARGE.

The vote. Click to ENLARGE.


What MY Prime Minister had to say about it ... in the U.K. "Daily Mirror'.

What MY Prime Minister had to say about it … in the U.K. “Daily Mirror’.


Protests in Houston, TX. Click for YouTube video.

Protests in Houston, TX. Click for YouTube video.


Yes, of course, I can be impartial, aloof and maybe even cussed about this because I had no skin in this and continue not to have any. It all happened after I was long gone and it never really touched me.

But, I have heard much of the rumblings and accusations, against both sides, after the war.

My take on this is as a Brit and a cricketer — and I am saying this because the majority of Sri Lankan’s still love their cricket and understand the phrase it is just not cricket.

IF you belong to a club YOU have to adhere to its rules, try to change them procedurally and, if you can’t, and it still rankles you — get the hell out.

Just a few months ago the Sri Lankans were glibly talking about leaving the Commonwealth because they were miffed that certain Commonwealth Heads of State had concerns about human rights violations during the war. Well why aren’t they talking about leaving the U.N.?

To me, and again see opening line, this resolution is NOT a big deal. Yes, Sri Lankan pride, never far from the surface, has been bruised. Well, that is life in the BIG World.

What is this ‘investigation’ going to do? 25 years from now nobody will recall this. Look at the countries that voted for it. Chile! Mexico! Sierra Leone! Come on. Talk about the ‘pottle’ calling the kettle black.

OK. Just to assuage the collective ego throw some tantrums over the next few days … then either shut up let them do their thing … or leave the U.N. and get on with it.


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