A Worthy and Timely Initiative of Recent Times in Our Nation
With the emergence of the “Bodu Bala Sena” initiative, our motherland is witnessing a strengthening of the Sinhala Buddhist revivalist movement which was spearheaded by the late, Most Venerable Gangodawila Soma Thera.
The Bodu Bala Sena is a movement under the leadership of a highly distinguished and accomplished and deeply patriotic group of Bhikkhus, dedicated to the task of revitalizing and reinforcing cultural nationalism in our country. Their aim is to save this nation from spiritual decay and disintegration, to halt the erosion of Buddhist social values, to peacefully counter the varied local and foreign forces that are hell-bent on undermining Buddhist culture and related heritage of this Dharmadeepaya. It aims at directing society towards a cultural rejuvenation based on traditional Buddhist norms, principles and values which have been the foundation of this nation for over 2200 years.
Our Bhikkhus necessarily should be in the forefront in movements aimed at protecting and promoting the Buddha Sasana especially when it is under threat. Bhikkhus of the Bodu Bala Sena have voluntarily made their choice to take a open public stand on issues surrounding Buddhism and Buddhist culture which is the greatest treasure that our country could offer to the world, to humanity. Why should anyone feel uncomfortable when the traditional spiritual leaders of our country, the Bhikkhus, take the initiative and provide necessary leadership to protect the greatest wealth of this nation – our Buddhist cultural wealth.
Like anyone else, under a democratic system, Bhikkhus are eligible to exercise their rights, including political rights. They are traditional leaders of this nation. Those who object to the initiative taken by our Bhikkhus of the Bodu Bala Sena, appear to be those with ulterior motives, those having their own self-interests to promote, those attempting to promote blind beliefs and establish unwholesome lifestyles based on such beliefs, those opposed to further strengthening and consolidation of Buddhist culture in this country, and those resorting to unwholesome activities that are contrary to Buddhist norms and principles and all those who are inclined to undermining the Buddha Sasana and Buddhist values which have been preserved and promoted for thousands of years in this country, by the large majority of its inhabitants. These undesirable elements may feel uncomfortable about the Bodu Bala Sena activities which are, on all counts, legitimate, wholesome and timely. Non-violence and compassion form the basis upon which the programme of activities of the Bodu Bala Sena is structured. Our Bhikkhus have become a thorn in the flesh of religious extremists, the recent breed of inter-faith dialogue facilitators and those in the ethnic and human rights businesses.
Dr. Daya Hewapathirane
හෙළයිනී හොඳින් තේරුම් ගනිව්, අපිට එකම ගැළවීම ත්රිවිධ රත්නයයි. අතට පත් නිවන පසෙක ලා අපගේ විමුක්තියට ඉදිරියට එන බොදු බල සේනාවේ සියළු ගෞරවණීය භික්ෂූන් වහන්සේ හිස් මුදුනින් පිළිගෙන, නමස්කාර පූර්වකව බල ගන්වව් හෙළ රට දැය සමය, රතු කොල නිල් දේශපාලු පාහරයින්ගේ ගොදුරක් බවට පත් වීමට ඉඩ නොදෙව්!