Malwatthe Priest stoops to a New
By Jay A Suranimala, Melbourne, Australia
Not so long ago, the Malwatthe Mahanayaka refused to join eminent Sinhala
Buddhist patriots such as Dr Anula Wijesundara in presenting the final
report of the 'Buddha Sasana Commission' to Her Excellency the President.
The venerable Mahanayaka said that "as a principle, he does not
either join any protests or partake in any political activity, as such
the final report of the Buddha Sasana Commission could not be treated
with any difference". Three to four weeks after that the Venerable
Mahanayaka was seen pandering to Minister Thondaman when he made a statement
that he is against building of the Upper Kothmale Reservoir. This was
after full clearance given to building the reservoir by the Environmental
Protection Authority of Sri Lanka.
At present the community is paying Rs 11.50 for a unit of thermal power
when this could be generated at less than Rs 4 using hydropower. The
magnitude of the priest's naivety is breathtaking to say the least.
It is common knowledge that the venerable priest also had lunch at Minister
Thondamans house soon after making the traitorous comment about the
Upper Kothmale reservoir. I reiterate it was lunch, not an arms giving,
as Minister Thondaman, who is a devoted Hindu, is not in a position
to offer a 'dane' in the true traditional Buddhist sense as he would
not even be in a position to observe pansil.
Early this week, Daily Mirror reported that it is pay back time for
the venerable priest. Minister Thondaman has rewarded the Malwaththe
Chapter with a donation of Rs 2.5million. One needs to ask how the minister
got his hands on this money? Is it Government money from the public
purse or is it money from Ceylon Workers Congress? If not, one needs
to know how a Minister, on Government wages, a non-tax payer as well,
got his hands legally on Rs 2.5 Million. Whatever said and done, it
smacks of a bribe for towing Minister Thondamans anti Upper Kothmale
line. Its a pity that eminently honest Ministers like Hon. Karu Jayasuriya
is keeping mum about all these undermining work carried out by a fellow
cabinet Ministers in his governing alliance.
It is common knowledge that a number of leading Buddhists priests are
doing yeoman service in areas threatened daily by the LTTE terrorists.
To name a few Thanthirimale Indarathna, Rampathwila Wimalarathana at
the Madukande Rajamaha Viharaya, Dehiowita Piyathissa at the China Bay
Temple in Trinco or the head priest at Muhudu Maha Viharaya, in the
East. The patriotic priests in these temples and others do not get to
have two square meals for a day. Further more, this journalist when
he visited Awaranthulawa recently, was told personally by Rev Nilpanagoda
Chganasumana "how can I eat twice for a day mahaththaya, when the
people in the village eat only one meal for a day? So, I give my pindapathe
meal (lunch) to little children so that they can share the food to quell
their terrible hunger". Whilst this is happening in areas under
constant threat by the LTTE, our so called Nayaka priests at Malwatthe,
Asgiriya, Kotte and Bellanwila temples wallow in their palatial surroundings,
in obscene luxury, without a care in the world about their fellow priests
who are struggling to make ends meet. Between the moth fulls of "kiri
and pani" they continue to moan and complain against evangelistic
workers. It is time that this wrongdoing is put to an end.
Then there is the story about the Pallekele land belonging to one of
the Mahanayaka's sold to the Sri Lankan Cricket Board for Rs55Million
plus and Muralidhran's Sharja pal building another white elephant similar
to the Dambulla Stadium on this recently sold temple land.
That is another story. The bottom line is the rapidly eroding respect
for the Mahanayaka theros. Once you are tarnished by politics and compromised
by bribes, you are scarred for life.
The only way the Mahanayakas, including those at the Kotte Naga Viharaya
and Bellanwila can command any respect is by adopting some struggling
temples in the East of Sri Lanka like the Padavi Sri Pura Temple or
Etambagaskada Sri Sudharmaramaya and rapidly enhance the capacity of
these institutions to serve the local Sinhala Buddhist community better.
If not, the day will not be far away when the Mahanayaka's will have
to ring from their mobile phones and order the 'dane' from the local
takeaway as they will be contemptuously isolated by the Buddhist dayaka
community. The Mahanayaka's should not be surprised if all the take
a ways in the area had converted to 'Thosey Kades' by that time.
Even that would not phase our Mahanayakas as they have already practiced
'breaking bread' with Minister Thondaman.
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