To love or hate?

-Thursday Afternoon-
Me: What is Bodu Bala Sena?
Cousin: *With some confidence* A drama?
So, I go up to my aunt.

Me: What do you think Bodu Bala Sena is?
Aunt 1: *Gives me a look* Something to do with the navy or army, I think.

So, I go up to another aunt who is washing dishes.

Me: What is Bodu Bala Sena?
Aunt 2: I don’t know.
Me: Guess!
Aunt 2: I can’t guess.
Me: *Pulling away the plate* Come on! GUESS! GUESS! GUESS!
Aunt 2: *Quite annoyed, but smiling* A book.

So, I go to my grandmom and to another aunt. Result? Nothing. Finally, I go to my grandad and ask him what he thought Bodu Bala Sena was. He was the ONLY person who gave me the right answer. I felt so proud of him. I know it should be the other way around πŸ˜›

Now what is Bodu Bala Sena? Well, in short, it is a non-political, action oriented civil group that promotes Buddhist philosophy and well-being, as well as Sinhala culture and heritage. I find nothing wrong in their motive.

But, their current action contradicts their aim.
Buddhist philosophy teaches people to live with peace and harmony. It encourages people to not hate, but love and care. “Buddhists practise meditation, which is a way of developing more positive states of mind that are characterized by calm, concentration, awareness, and emotions such as friendliness. Using the awareness developed in meditation, it is possible to have a fuller understanding of oneself, other people, and of life itself”.
Now here’s what is happening:
The Bodu Bala Sena is to file legal action against the All Ceylon Jamiyyathul Ulama (ACJU ) over the issuing of the Halal certificate.
General Secretary of the Bodu Bala Sena, the Venerable Galagodatte Gnanasara Thero, alleged that local businesses are being forced to pay for the certificate.

Nobody is forced to get a Halal certificate. This is where the Bodu Bala Sena is failing. The Muslims of Sri Lanka feel secure to eat food products and food from restaurants that have been Halal certified. The All Ceylon Jammiyathul Ulama has never forced any business to get a Halal certificate.

I don’t understand why we cannot maintain some peace in this country. Can we ever expect Sri Lanka to reach great heights of development with never-ending unrest? I wouldn’t be surprised if the extreme Muslims start retaliating and the country moves from bad to worse.
Pathetic. Sad. Destructive. Distressing.

Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love; this is the eternal rule.
-Buddha

Let’s choose to love, not hate.

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13 Replies to “To love or hate?”

  1. Well nabeela ur nt wrong.. buddhism teaches us to respect other religions and how to live in peace and harmony… sinhalese,muslims, tamils what ever ; we live under the same sky n we breath the same air .. we should not fight ovr uselss and pointless topics …being racist will never bring peace…
    keep writng nabeela.. gud job. Tumbs up…..

  2. They seem to be awfully quiet which is never a good sign.
    You know they’re up to something when they’ve paid a visit to one of the most extreme anti-Islamic countries. My guess is that they’ve gone to the US to portray themselves as warriors battling the “Islamic” threat. I fear another Black July. All we can do is pray to the Almighty to protect us all.
    Good write. Keep writing articles on current events.

  3. :That beginning reminded me the popular joke about the 5 nouns (if u’ve heard it ever) πŸ˜€ Awesome write-up although I’m not fully in agreement ideologically with your point of view πŸ˜‰ My view is more like gross actions call for gross reactions and #BBS is a faction of reaction rather than a faction of mal-action πŸ˜€

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