By Sarath de Alwis
“If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” – Adolf Hitler
Shine as they may, there are no kings, adorned with jewellry and pearls, that shine as does a man restrained, adorned with virtue’s ornament. – Visuddhimagga
The two quotes – one from Dear Adolf’s ‘Mein Kampf’ and the other from Buddhagosha’s ‘Visuddhimagga’ – path to purification, demonstrate the incongruity of the dhamma that emanate from the Monastic monopoly, that holds hostage our national consciousness.
The Anunayaka of the Asgiriya Chapter Ven. Vendaruwe Upali thero has told us not to politicise or misinterpret his references to the words ‘Hitler’ and ‘Military’ used in his 30-minute long ‘Anushasanawa’.
He has advised us to consider it in the correct context. The objective of this exercise is to place his references to ‘Hitler’ and ‘Military’ in the correct and appropriate context. Obviously, it must be the Sinhala Buddhist context.
Now, the disciple, devotee and direct recipient of the advice and ‘Anushasana’ of the venerable Anunayaka thero has weighed in. The sermon including the reference to Hitler was advice tendered to him and he was puzzled by the excitement it has caused. According to him, the Buddha has advised the Sangha to preach only to the wise. Now that, dear reader, Vintage Gotabaya Rajapaksa is doing what he knows best- Bana Talking- his specialty.
A more learned label ‘would be fetishization of Buddhism.