‘Evam me sutan’:
‘Thus have I heard...’
With only seven days left for Vesak, with the
structures of pandols beginning to obscure the billboards, with
hitherto never seen young men arriving on your doorstep to demand
donations for religious events, with massive banners claiming there
will be the biggest dansal ever, here there and everywhere it is
hard to stifle the question, how best should Vesak be celebrated?
The way to happiness
In this commercial culture the search for
pleasure and entertainment has become an intimate part of their
lives. The insatiable craving for luxury, power and status are the
driving forces of this urge. And behind this, creating wants are the
promoters of commercial advertising. They entice you not to buy what
you need but what they want to sell.