Saturday, 30 April 2016

Mister President be a Buddhist with Loving Kindness and Compassion in heart instead of Anger, Hatred and thoughts of Vengeance.

A President of a Country once elected becomes the President of every one.  He will  not only  be the President of the Party he represents, but also those opposition parties which may have voted against him.  Therefore he cannot be a  friend of some of the people and the enemy of some. Because once he is elected President he becomes the President of every Citizens in the country

Therefore we cannot understand Maithripala Sirisena treating  the former President and his supporters different from those who voted for him and promised their support.  Even if those who voted against Maithripala Sirisena speaks against him and his policies  Maithripala Sirisena has no moral right to take vengeance from them. To love your enemy as you love yourself is a great human quality, a way to get into the hearts of the people.

The President  should be able to accept   criticism, and  remain honourable and equanimous  without reacting to critics.  That would show  the greatness of a man who holds the highest office of the Nation.  This is equanimity(upekkha), which  distinguishes the goodness of the character of a person, from others.

But can we say this  about  Maithripala Sirisena ? No, unfortunately not. 

He is acting like a cheap  village thug, trying his best to use all the power of his office to take  revenge from his enemies.  He even stops the Joint Opposition from holding a separate May day Rally and gets his Judiciary to issue court orders to  stop the use of the ground for their rally.

It is a shame for Maithripala Sirisena to come down  to that low level of a thug using his force to  stop his enemies  from using their rights.  His stopping the conduct of the Joint Opposition rally is anti democratic.  His fear is that the Galle Rally of his will have a lesser attendance, that should not be the reason for him to act like an authoritarian leader without consideration for other people.

He is becoming an adharmistaya ( අධර්මිෂ්ඨයෙක්). The President of Sri Lanka should be  a man of merit ( පින්වතෙක්). Therefore it is the Buddhist monks who should take him  in hand to make of him a  good  Buddhist leader. 

President Maithripala Siriseana is very boastful. He tell the people at meetings his generosity towards his enemies, like providing security to the former  President and providing him with a helicopter to take him to Medamulana after  the election.

He takes pride in the fact how well he is received by the West. He speaks of how the Queen Elizabeth took her gloves off to shake hands with him.  He tell how the Prime Minister of UK  David Cameron came up to the car that took him to 10 Downing Street, and opened its door for him to get down. He tells of him being invited to attend the G7 Summit meeting. 

But he little realises that these are the flattery of Western Suddho to keep Sri Lanka within the Western fold. In reality  it is sure these Western Leaders have a good laugh at his expense dressing him as a man to please ( ගොණාට අන්දනවා). Otherwise what could Maithripala Sirisena contribute to the G7.  He is only the  leader of Sri Lanka, a country which is in the grip of financial bankruptcy.

Even the UNP leader, his Ministers, and  Chandrika flatter him without any great respect or affection. Maithripala Sirisena has served their purpose, and to that extent they speak respectfully of him. The President Sirisena  is weak of mind  not to understand that.

He does not realise that  he will receive  respect and affection of the people by changing his present position  of an angry, vicious, revengeful man taking every opportunity to condemn and assail the former President Mahinda Rajapakse  his family and those who are close to him.

Maithripala Sirisena should accept that Mahinda Rajapakse will remain a popular and a respected man amoung the people of this country. Mahinda Rajapakse’s service to the people cannot be equalled by another leader- past, present and perhaps  in the near future..

As long as the memory of  his elimination of the feared terrorism last,  even if it is not for any other contribution he has made to the country, people will still be grateful to him and show their respect and affection.  That cannot be removed by Maithripala Sirisena or even by any other National leader of Sri Lanka for years to come.

Maithripala Sirisena should stop his anger and vengeance against Mahinda Rajapakse. More he attacks the former President Mahinda Rajapakse, more will President Maithripala Sirisean be hated by the ordinary people of Sri Lanka. It is a fact that a large majority of the Sinhala Buddhists did not vote for him, and still refuse to accept him in preference to Mahinda Rajapakse.

Maithripala Sirisena has nothing to fear from  Mahinda Rajapakse or his supporters, as he  will be the President of Sri Lanka for the next four or five years.  Mahinda Rajapakse is now only a Member of the Parliament and will not be a rival to him in any way other than perhaps taking away the affection of the people from him.

President Maithripala Sirisena should cleanse his mind with thoughts of Buddhist kindness (metta) and compassion( karuna) towards his supposed enemies.  If he begins to understand his enemies and  show sympathy, it will reflect back on him, turning his enemies to be his friends.

Therefore, please be advised  Mr. President to stop your meetings to slam  the former President Mahinda Rajapakse , to speak ill of him and ask people not to attend his May Day rally to be held in Kirilepone. 

If Maithripala Sirisena could do that, even if he were to have a lesser number of people attending his May Day Rally in Galle, the people will reflect on Maithripala Sirisena’s goodness and begin to respect and show their affection to him  in return.

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