“19A came like a wide-hooded cobra-We reduced it to a rat-snake before passing it.”—An opposition voice.
A UNP member rejoined, “Wrong; we tamed your venomous cobras, made them rat-snakes who surrendered.”-[ A coarse translation of the more robust Sinhala outburst]
I was compelled to watch the above dialog in one of those infamous and most disgusting segment of a news telecasts, ‘What the politicians say…’, while marking time at a funeral of a war hero’s father, on the day after 19A was passed in the House by the Diyawanna. Listening to proceedings, one would get the idea that the place was infested with more amphibian diya-bariyas than cobras or rat-snakes; I was perturbed, listening to the ‘verbal diarrhea’ of some of our legislator’s. The ‘historic victory’, sorry to dishearten you, Ranaviruvo! But the Diyawannas 215 ‘ayes ’it received from all three factions [government, opposition and the ‘in-betweens’] are desperately, engaged in a battle to share the honors collectively and individually. Collectively, by hijacking the honor, veneration and tribute for a‘ historic victory’ from the ranaviruvo and plant it on 19A, and consequentially, the credit for the achievement; individually, for their roles in proposing ,opposing, amending, tinkering , adding and reducing to end with a diluted 19A.
After the protracted struggle and discussions for pushing through the 19 A; now they are talking about forming a constitutional assembly by converting the entire Parliament, for introducing a new Constitution. What purpose a new Constitution would serve? Is it part of a dubious plan sponsored by the West to divide the nation? Is Ranil-CBK syndicate along with the TNA and Tamil Diaspora are planning to support the Norwegian, US, and UK to introduce federalism in Sri Lanka?
The President, who, at one stage appeared to be dilly-dallying with the amendment finally took a keen interest [was he, as some say cautioned and forced by Sobitha Thera], was seen pacing lobbies, corridors and watching the live telecast in his office inside the Parliament to ensure that men on his side did not go down on the red carpet looking for any leftovers from the infamous night-out a couple of days before.
Urgent: A Sangha Charter to deal with ‘Bhikku’ Conduct
“Hattasannato, Padasannato,_Vachayasannato, Sannatuttamo,_AjjattaratoSamahitoekoSanntuttito Tam ahubikkam ” _
[He who controls his hand; his foot; his speech and is well controlled in all respects, delights in concentration, is composed, self-contained and content; him they call a Bikkhu]
The police spokesman, ASP Ruwan Gunasekera, a week ago said, they had been compelled to use water cannons and tear gas to disperse an illegal assembly of protesting monks, as they were creating a scene at Ward Place, opposite and within UGC premises. Further, it was reported that an SI of Police who was critically injured in a stone attack had to undergo urgent surgery, and the Officer-in-Charge of Cinnamon Gardens station had also been hospitalized with injuries.
An ugly incident watched by the entire world in utter disgust, when a section of politically-backed Bikkhu students of universities struggled to break the iron barriers, steel gates and force themselves through overpowering the strong police force present at UGC premises. In another incident, a couple of years ago at Sri Jayawardenepura University, ‘criminals in yellow robes’ were trapped red-handed by authorities while singing ‘Baila’ under drunkenness in a bikkhu hostel, obviously disturbing the children studying for examination in the neighborhood. They even attacked the officers including vice-chancellor who challenged the group in response several complaints from neighborhood.
Wednesday afternoon, members of student’s union [sanga group] clad in yellow robes with their improper ‘crew-cut’ hair-do were seen marching towards Ward Place, shouting slogans containing derogatory remarks at various officers and the government. Once they reached the destination, they were prevented by law enforcement men who politely explained pros and cons of the situation. The young monks who rejected the idea decided to enter the office forcefully, causing extensive damage to the property.
Every Buddhist, no doubt, would press on the necessity for the direct intervention of four most venerable Mahanayake Theras of the three Nikayas as a matter of priority in issuing severe instruction to all temple heads on how to inculcate vinaya rules among their juniors. The extremely degradable level, to which the SangaVinaya had dropped, especially within the institutions of higher education, should be of urgent concern to every senior Nayake thera.
The Buddha cheevara venerated by all Buddhists with highest adoration is being degraded by a set of law-breakers in monk’s robes. Their outrageous conduct, merely to please the power hungry politicians who use them as pawns to gain political mileage is most deplorable.
While the establishments remain unmoved for fear of reprisal, it is the supreme body of the Mahanayake Theras that can take prompt action to thwart the attempts by disgruntled sections from demeaning nation’s image. Sri Lanka is a country with a great cultural heritage whose values are founded on religious principles. Today, the foremost obligation of all Buddhists would be to defend the Sasana for the future generations.
It is obvious that only a handful of those rioting bikkus will remain in robes after obtaining their degrees. They mark time enjoying all the benefits at the expense of the dayakas and the State. Once they accomplish their objective, they will disrobe and leave the temple looking for other alternatives. Like they passed the 19A, amendments to the University legislation are needed to be introduced: Non-registering of Buddhist monks as students to University campuses meant for lay students is a priority. Even the Bikkhu University in Rajarata, where heartless ragging of fresher bikkhus were reported an year ago should be made out of bounds for monk students and convert it to a technical college and re-direct all monk students to pirivenas like in the past.