Buddhist Monk turned soldier gave his life in the frontline

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:46:36 GMT

    A case of `Sunday Sil Monday Kill` backfiring!

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:50:30 GMT

    [Buddhist Monk turned soldier gave his life in the frontline ]

    case closed !

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:52:04 GMT

    `There is no doubt that Sinhala Buddhist revivalism and nationalism, in the form we can recognise today, had its origin in the late 19th nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It is in this earlier period that we see most clearly the contours and impulsions of a movement that acted as a major shaper of Sinhala consciousness and a sense of national identity and purpose....

    ....The dominant leader of the revival movement was Migettuwatte Gunananda `an aggressive and dynamic bhikkhu who was the first to start mass agitation on Buddhist grievances among the urban and rural masses. In contrast to other learned bhikkhus of the period, he was a fiery orator, pamphleteer and a fighter who led the challenge to Christianity and the missionaries` (Kumari Jayawardena, `Bhikkus,` p. 13).

    Gunananda was the acclaimed orator in the famous debate between Christians and Buddhists staged in 1873. And together with several wealthy Sinhala traders, arrack renters, and coconut planters, Gunananda became a member of the Theosophical Society. Although in the following years the most prominent Sri Lankan actors in the Buddhist revivalist cum nationalist movement would be laymen such as Dharmapala, it is important to remember that some prominent monks (such as Hikkaduwe Sri Sumangala, Valane Siddharta, Weligama Sri Sumangala, and Ratmalane Sri Dharmaloka) were involved with the causes promoted by the revivalist and nationalist upsurge, such as the establishment of Buddhist schools and the temperance movements of 1904 and 1912 (Kumari Jayawardena, `Bhikkus,` p. 14)

    The most significant activity of the Buddhist revivalism stimulated and sponsored by Colonel Olcott and the Buddhist Theosophical Society founded in 1880 was the establishment of Buddhist schools to counter the near-monopoly that the Protestant missions (and to a lesser extent the Catholic Church) had over the educational system. Looking ahead, we shall see that this issue would surface again in the 1940s and I950s.

    Dharmapala`s letter to the secretary of state for the colonies, which he wrote from Calcutta on June 15, 1915, demanding a royal commission to investigate the causes of the riots and denouncing the Muslims gives some idea of the anger that fueled this reformer`s romantic search for and reinstitution of a lost pristine Buddhism and an ancient robust, just, and noble Sinhala civilization.(This letter is reproduced in Guruge. ed., Return to Righteousness: A Collection of Speeches, Essays, and Letters of the Anagarika Dharmapala, Colombo, Government Press, 1965)

    [His condemnations of the alien influences that had spoiled his people and religion were vigorous, even coarse:

    `The Muhammadans, an alien people who in the early part of the nineteenth century were common traders, by Shylockian methods became prosperous like the Jews. The Sinhalese, sons of the soil, whose ancestors for 2,358 years had shed rivers of blood to keep the country from alien invaders, . . . today . . . are in the eyes of the British only vagabonds.... The alien South Indian Muhammadan comes to Ceylon, sees the neglected, illiterate villagers, without any experience in trade, without any knowledge of any kind of technical industry, and isolated from the whole of Asia on account of his language, religion, and race, and the result is that the Muhammadan thrives and the sons of the soil go to the wall.` (Guruge. ed., Return to Righteousness p 540)

    Dhamapala was duly interned in Calcutta in 1915 for his political efforts and his previous activities in Ceylon.]

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:53:16 GMT

    No I respect this priest whether I agree with him or not. There are many monks who instigate violence while they are in the safety of the temple of the south and hide behind the robe.

    One thing sad is that be disrobed and joined at 19 which means he was dumped in the temple as a child. What was his life like? Was he abused and was this one way of taking out the bitterness of life. We will never know.

    Anyway may the blessing of the triple gem shine on his soul now that he is no danger to Tamils.

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:54:58 GMT

    Great man

    Some day the Tamil Nadu will be the Tamil ELAM and the invaders from India will live peacefully in Sri lanka.

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:55:40 GMT

    My deepest condolences to the family!!

    Great sons and dughters of mother Lanka are protecting our country day and night from the ruthless LTTE terrorits.

    Hats off to our security forces!

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:57:10 GMT

    At least this skin head is honest in fighting to preserve Unitary Constitution and the hegemonic rule over the minorities.

    [One of Sri Lanka s proud sons who first went in search of enlightenment in saffron robes but then realised that one had a duty to emancipate not just one`s self but the oppressed brethren of his nation gave his life in the frontline recently. ]

    His fellow brethren in yellow robes aroused anti-Muslim riots in 1915 and anti-Tamil riots in 1958, 1977 and 1988 with the sole aim of killing innocent citizens who wanted to lead a peaceful live among fellow countrymen.

  • 21 Feb 2008 20:59:51 GMT

    [Buddhist Monk turned soldier gave his life in the frontline]

    An insult to the Buddha and true Buddhist principles. May he rot in Hell.

  • 21 Feb 2008 21:02:02 GMT

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    An insult to the Buddha and true Buddhist principles. ]

    That`s the extent of your knowledge on Buddhism and Buddhist Principles.....

    There is a lot more to learn, - Before you talk....

  • 21 Feb 2008 21:05:33 GMT

    [Buddhist Monk turned soldier gave his life in the frontline ]

    He has insulted Lord Buddha, by joining a terror outfit..! May his twisted soul rest in peace..!!