A shelter for the flood victims
People talk of wonders today as they did in the past. The legendary
Guthtila-Moosila story is as valid today as it was in ancient times. In
accepting Moosila's challenge, Guthtila said that he could not play the
violin as he did in his prime of life.
Gnanasara Thera (exploresrilanka.com)
That one should endeavour what one could, is an axiom for all rulers,
especially those in Sri Lanka. This was written to me by a villager.
When the Portuguese asked for a small space in Colombo, the ignorant
islanders gave in without knowing its consequences.
How the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British Colonial rulers made
every effort to destroy our history and culture is a text book lesson
for the young in this country.
The same villager had said that the city of Colombo, a legacy of the
Portuguese needed to shift to Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa or Sigiriya, the
ancient kingdoms of Sri Lanka. Colombo, a city bereft of all natural
resources is literally a desert wherein a nucleus of people with a weak
mindset rule the country.
Will there be a future for Colombo after destroying its natural order
by cutting and levelling the landscape and reclaiming the sea, is the
view of the ordinary people.
Every country after being released from colonial rule shifted its
capital. Has this ever struck our people? The damage wreaked on the
lands adjoining the sea in Muthurajawela is a fact to reckon with.
While Premier Premadasa and Ranil Wickremesinghe were away in China,
the Rajiv-J.R. Jayewardene 'peace talks' were initiated and the country
turned into a 'fireball'!
It was claimed that it was the appropriate time for Premier Premadasa
to leave the country. At the airport, I explained to him the prevailing
situation in the country and advised him not to leave the party, even if
he were to be 'expelled'. He accepted my advice. We too protested
against the Government by hoisting black flags. Some people lost their
lives while some of those who survived became scarecrows.
Premier Premadasa succeeded in driving out the Indian army. By then
Prabhakaran too had understood the stark truth.
Only when the Indian army robbed not only the northern residents'
kitchenware, but their treasured children too, Prabhakaran woke up. It
was pathetic that Rajiv Gandhi was killed at the hand of a Sri Lankan
assassin - a woman!
As a bhikkhu what I preached and did to defeat terrorism is well
known to the security forces top brass. Had General Janaka Perera not
been killed, he would have borne testimony to what the Gangaramaya did
to protect Welioya and Padaviya.
It was during the stewardship of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Minister of
Youth Affairs, the lives of the youth in the country were largely
moulded in the national interest.
After his victory, when Premier Ranil Wickremesinghe visited the
Gangaramaya to pay homage, the speech made by me turned unpalatable to
one and all. His delay to give effect to what was said by me, was a
victory for some people. Mahinda Rajapaksa who eliminated terrorism from
the country deserves accolade today as well as tomorrow.
At the religious function held at the Queen's House following the
Republic Day national ceremony presided over by Prime Minister Srimavo
Bandaranaike at the Royal College, I was the only member of the Maha
Sangha to deliver a sermon.
In my sermon, I said, "The Prime Minister should not repeat her
mistakes. Do the right thing irrespective of what others say. The
slow-moving government should be made dynamic! Failure to do so will
result in reducing the Party to a mere eight seats, like the UNP."
It appears our people have still failed to rectify the wrongs of
President J.R. Jayawardene. If those voted to power could join in unison
with friend and foe and eschew all vices and muster their support to
rule the country for one year in peace, Sri Lanka would then be a true
Buddhist country. Compassion and loving-kindness need to be the guiding
During Vesak, a festival held in veneration, it is incumbent on all
of us to pursue the right path. Devotees could pay homage to the
precious Buddha statue made of jade by the Thai Royal craftsman, now
enshrined in the Gangaramaya.
Devotees could also visit the Gangaramaya pilgrims rest at Kataragama
which could accommodate about 3,000 pilgrims. There is also a heli-pad.
They were built on the initiative of President Premadasa and Ranil
Wickremesinghe. President Premadasa bestowed the Vedihitikanda Shrine on
the Gangaramaya with a Sannaspatra. Today, the Gangaramaya is an oasis
for displaced families, children, physically handicapped and the old as
in the past.
On a concept by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, arrangements
have been made to provide shelter to the homeless by donating roofing
sheets throughout the next year. Devotees may subscribe to this worthy