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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Where was Lord Buddha born...?


Where was Lord Buddha born...?



Even a funeral can be a knowledge hub

My last visit to Sri Lanka was in the late September 2013, for  4 days. That was to attend my father's funeral.

Being a jolly good person, he passed away without giving any burden or trouble to the others; just passed into the next phase of "Sansara" with a smiling face.....

Thus, his funeral was not filled with non-stop-crying people. There were many discussions on various topics, business and politics to philosophy and rocket science at many corners of my sister's home where the funeral took place.

Late in the evening, one day, during the funeral, a heated discussion started among two of our elders.

"Where was Lord Buddha born...?".

One of my uncles is a firm believer of the newly emerging radical theory of the "Sri Lankan birth of Lord Buddha".

There were several other relatives who were strongly against the theory. Few of them even ridiculed my uncles opinion.

Despite several invitations to give my opinion on the matter, I opted to be tight lipped. It was not a suitable platform to express my thoughts. Only a fool will jump into the middle of a battle front and shoot in both directions.


If Newton was born in Azerbaijan...

If I take you to your childhood, most of you may remember that in the middle school we learned few equations called "Newton's equations of motion". Newton is the gentleman who got a rotten apple knocked on the head. I think many of us knew that Newton was born in England.

Newton's equations give us few relationships between velocity, acceleration, displacement, time etc of an object in motion. Once you know few minimum parameters, the equations will get you the others. Of course, there are few conditions that should be satisfied.

If Newton was born in France or in Azerbaijan, would you expect a rocket to move in a path different to what is predicted by Newton's equations.......................?

Similarly, if Kirchhoff was born in Sri Lanka, instead of in Russia, would you expect the electric current to follow different laws....?

Even if Newton, Kirchhoff ........ etc were never born, still the nature's laws would hold as it did for the last many billion years.

What these scientists did was to reveal the patterns of nature which existed for all this time.


Lord Buddha the Scientist

Lord Buddha did the same; he revealed himself the natural laws that govern the universe. Even the research methodology followed by the great philosopher was not much different from what we practice today in modern science.

First Lord Buddha found the research problem; "Dukka" or "the suffering" of living-kind. Is there a way out............?

Then he did literature survey; To find the answer to "the reason of suffering", he went from teacher to teacher learning all existing theories at that time. He questioned, discussed, debated and argued with others and with himself to find the solution.

Then he executed experimental procedures; To find the path to the liberation from suffering. Coming from a wealthy royal family, he knew that the high luxury could not get him to the right way. Then he adopted the next option; extreme suffering or self-mortification. His research object was his own mind and body. Finally the experiment failed giving him few important lessons.

At the end he found the result: Following the middle path and weeks of meditation to understand the reality of universe, finally he succeeded. He understood what is "suffering". The need to prevent "suffering". The way to prevent "suffering" and what is the result of preventing "suffering".

The knowledge he gained was disseminated in a large number of sermons which we basically call "Suthra". In today's printing technology, this knowledge base goes over 17,000 pages of A4 papers in Times New Roman font, size 12.

The essence of his finding is the "giving up". Giving up the adherence to worldly or heavenly luxuries.

Lord Buddha did not make any discrimination between races, nationalities, casts or socio-economic status. As he pointed out we are simply actors on a given stage for a short period. Once we finish our part in one drama we have to move to another stage for a different drama. Our enemy on one stage may be our father or son on another stage.


The Birth Certificate

Said all above, now think again about the debate on Lord Buddha's birth certificate....?

Will the place of birth of Buddha matter for a Buddhist, for being a Buddhist?

Do the nature's laws postulated by Lord Buddha is going to be changed if someone proves tomorrow that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka or Pakistan or Madagascar....?

It is a different scenario to discuss this matter with an archaeological point of view. However, going into all the trouble of finding facts just to be proud of Lord Buddha being your own countryman is absurd. Imagine, that in the next life you will be born in Iran or Papua New Guinea; are you going to alter the birth certificate of Lord Buddha accordingly.


Anti-Indian Sentiment

For the last three decades I have been witnessing the aperiodic psychological confusion that has been undergone by the so called Sinhala Buddhists with respect to attitudes of India.

As it happens in many parts of the world; India try to play the "landlord" or "regional policeman" role with neighbors as it is the most influential landscape in the region; politically, economically and culturally.

Being a victim of this aggressive attitude, Sri Lankans most often feel India as an unfriendly bully rather than a caring elder brother. This anti-Indian sentiment aggravates when the big guy escalates his aggression once in a while; eg. during air-dropped dhal saga in the late 80s and recent decisions taken by India at International Fora to vote against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lankans, especially Sinhala Buddhists strand themselves in a dilemma in such situations. In one side, they have to develop burning fire within themselves against India. On the other side, the originator of their religion, Lord Buddha and the initiator of their race, according to their bible of history, "Mahawansa", Prince Vijaya, were Indians.

The above is the main reason of looking for a Sri Lankan birth certificate to Lord Buddha and digging the graves of a Ravana to negate the claims of Indian originated race stated by Mahawansa.

Going after such new phenomena based on lame and ridiculous theories will not lead us anywhere, other than developing egoistic psyches that will disturb our mental serenity and social harmony more and more.

During the funeral, I found that my uncle was getting into further and further complications with his Buddha's birth place and Ravana theories as the others tried to dig deep into the subject. When he tries to show that Mahawansa was wrong with respect to Vijaya, he drags his all-time Sinhala hero "King Dutu Gamunu" also into jeopardy, 'cause it is the same chronicle that authenticates the heroics of Dutu Gamunu.

I have been really fascinated by the archaeological exploration that has been conducted by likes of Dr. Raj Somadeva, which gives rise to great revelations of Sri Lankan history. However, it is unfortunate that some people, who may know next to nothing about archaeology, try to interpret these findings in their own ridiculous ways in mass media even before the real scientists who conduct the research state anything.

We cannot reach, peace or prosperity by doing what we do, with hate and fury. What others do will decide their destiny. If we plan what we do, based on what others do, then we will get into a never ending path that brings us only heartaches and pain.


The overlooked Beauty of Buddhism

The Beauty of Buddhism is that the Buddhist Philosophy will remain 100% as it is, even if someone proves that Lord Buddha has never existed. This is similar to the fact that Newton's existence is immaterial for an object to follow the equations of motion.

Lord Buddha's existence only gives us lessons to be adopted for our life from the life style of this great personality. Such adoption makes us easier to practice the philosophy in day to day life and also in more spiritual way in the long run.

Buddhism says that the detachment from everything may lead to the supreme enlightenment at the end. Detaching from "everything" cannot be done overnight. It may take several or many thousands of years; many births, many deaths, many forms of life (not only 3-D forms of life).

However, we may start "detachment" or "giving up" from whatever the level we can. First the evil deeds, then extreme greed, then physical or material substances, then heavenly or spiritual entities and finally even Buddhism......


Think again.....

* Buddhism is not something to be protected; like protecting a sack of money or a gold treasure. Buddhism is to be practiced. If you mean "making it last long" by the term "protect", then the only (and only) way that you can achieve such is to practice the philosophy.

* Some people go even to the extreme, thinking that they can "protect" Buddhism by burning prayer centers, damaging mosques, stoning Muslim shops, self-immolation, harassing and harming people with different faiths etc..... What a joke...!!!!!

* Many Sinhala Buddhists believe that Sri Lanka is a special country so that Lord Buddha has given the responsibility and rights to God Vishnu to protect the country.

Incidentally, people in every country have some sort of stories to show that their country is better than the rest. Here, the irony is that what Sri Lankans believe is in total contradiction with Lord Buddha's philosophy.

Do you think that one who says everything should be given up for enlightenment will ask someone to protect something..... and for what?

If you think that Lord Buddha wanted his philosophy to be protected and maintained for many many centuries or millenniums, then you make the whole Buddhist Philosophy collapsed. May be the Buddhist followers latter wanted to do such, cause they have earthly psych (pruthahjana).

* You don't need to protect Sinhala race to safeguard Buddhism. In the contrary, If you practice Buddhism, Sinhala race (or any other community that will do such) will naturally be protected.

The word "protected" which I used above is to imply that the community will be happy, prosperous and superior in psyche. In other words the people will be protected from disasters created by extreme greed, killing instincts, sexual, political, economical or social abuses etc. It does not mean that you have a divine protection from unexpected natural calamity or man-made disaster (by other nations).

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This article may be a bitter pill for many of you. However, I kindly request you to read it with patience and open mind. As a Buddhist you are trained from the very beginning to think and analyse, both logically and rationally. Don't be detached from such practice before detaching from other things .................














     



7 comments:

  1. Dear Dr Chandima

    Your thoughts are very much in line with true, practising buddhists' line of thought. But, is it a crime to question even the most strongly held beliefs with reasons? Why I raise this question is because it seems you don't think it is important to clarify a historical fact which was pushed down our throats by force by our ancestors.

    Even the fallacy of King Vijaya story. King Vijaya's existence is very mythical if one thinks about his parents and grand parents. The very beginning of the nation is shrouded with lies and mythology. However, that is not strong enough to deny ALL the subsequent recordings in Mahavamsa.

    Recently I came across very revealing and appealing claims of Lord Buddha's birth and some interesting interpretations of the doctrine of Dhamma by a monk. Controversial it may sound/look, but if you have patience to go through his sermons and his writings, they are justified to a great extent with logic and counter arguments exploring the validity/authenticity of traditional beliefs.

    As you seem to be interested in the doctrine, thought of sharing the following links that contain his sermons and writings. May be on a subsequent visit to SL, you may decide to visit and meet him.

    http://www.deshana.sirisaddharmaya.net/

    http://srisaddharmaya.blogspot.com/

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iGpCPgm1eY&list=TLvcRsFvVBQjoE4eyDoiO3mdvBwCVSOl32

    http://utube.sirisaddharmaya.net/

    Wish you insightful exploration to the doctrine of Dhamma.

    Kind regards

    Chandana

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    1. Dear Chandana,

      First of all thanks a lot for your nice comment.

      As I have mentioned somewhere in the article, I am totally in agreement with scientific exploration of Lord Buddha's birth place and as a rationally thinking scientist, I never say that there is no chance of Lord Buddha's birth happened in Sri Lanka. In fact, archaeology was my dream career when I was young and given a second chance I would make no hesitation to take up such. I really appreciate your links and also wish good luck to the archaeologists who try their best to find a lead for the Lord Buddha's birth place in Sri Lanka.

      However, the point that I emphasized in the article is the motivation of many people in the society in proving that Lord Buddha was born in Sri Lanka. All their efforts are driven by the hatred towards India and inflation of egoistic attitudes towards the rest of the world. Such thinking patterns will not do any good for us and even jeopardize genuine efforts of scientists in finding such archaeological facts....

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  2. Ceylonese (Sinhalese, that is Sinhala Buddhists, Christians and Muslims) are fighting among them selves while India Empire , Indian Colonial Parasites and Vermin are celebrating.

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  3. Very good piece of work Dr. Chandana. This story of Buddha was born in Sri Lanka is to attract people to some remote temples. You know why.

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  4. There was a conflict between Abayagiri Vihara monks & Maha vihara monks during the period of King Prakkamabahu 1, and this era(12th century CE), pure Theravada Buddhism was in threat,and Abayagiri Vihara was struggling to protect the pure Theravada Buddhism and the Great history of the island which was bound with Buddhism more than 20 thousand year's history which was led to 29 Load Buddha's eras including Lord Buddha, Kakusada , Lord Buddha Konagama, Lord Buddha Kashshapa and Lord Buddha Gothama and finally as Abayagiri Vihara monks made a genuine effort to protect the Island even forcing to king Prakkamabahu 1 to give up his throne to protect the pure Theravada Buddhism in the Island from the King, who was no interest to hold his due responsibility to protect the Theravada Buddhism through his crown; they were defeated by the Kind together with monks in Maha vihara who influence foreign involvements to decline the pure Theravada Buddhism in the kingdom Not only that as per the known history, the history books which were stored in Abayagiri vihara library about Great history of the Island with more than 20 thousand year's history ware burned after Abayagiri Vihara was defeated by the King and the Monks in Maha vihara, as per the known history the books were on the floor up to the height of seven elephants if they were on, one another when books ware caught fire.
    By leaving behind many number of books in original Mahavansaya which were written in the past history by covering all 29th Lord Buddha's eras and the Great emperors in the great Island including King Maha Sammatha, King Ravana and many more Great emperors' eras, Mahavansaya was rewritten by the foreigner,Buddhaghosa; in 12th century CE
    This new rewritten Mahavansaya was not even completed and the author, foreigner in nearby country says in the rewritten book, he was compelled to give up the effort that he has taken to rewrite the history of the Island with the protest which was arisen among the locals in the Kingdom, not only that he started his book by saying there are many books of Mahavansaya which ware already written in the past history by locals about the history of the island, however due to there are many errors in the written history, he rewrites the history of the Island by making short its long stories and dragging short stories to long stories.
    Here there is a BIG question? how foreigner cut long stories to short stories in foreign country history ? How he says there were many errors in the written history of the Island which was led to more than 20 thousand year's history by covering all 29 Lord Buddha's eras.
    Not only that, there are many discrepancies in the rewritten Mahavansaya by adding many false information in to the history by foreigner by making effort purposely to keep away the nation from the owned great history in the Island in the future. But as Island is desire to boost, there are two Legends are due on present, and the existing generation is now questioning the history what has written by the foreigner which is far away to the reality and seek all sources that can be reached to know the real hidden history in the Island such as stone inscriptions, ancient written in palm tree leaves, ancient books and etc. but also as per the 02 Legends in the Island the Great era is ahead and no one can keep the nation in blind in the future by hiding its owned Great history in the universe.

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  5. In 12th Century when foreigner rewrote Mahavansaya by leaving behind great history of the Island with previously written Mahavansaya books, Buddhagosha has purposely hidden Island history with all 29 Lord Buddha eras and it was led to complicate not only Island of Sinhale history but also nearby country, in their history they clearly say this kings are only in Buddhism books, and no records in their history records, because all were Sinhale Kings not in their country. As per the 1st chapter in rewritten Mahavansaya by Foreigner, Buddhagosha, Island of Sinhale was called Ojadeepa when Lord buddha Kakusada era, and also it was called Varadeepa in Konagama Lord Buddha’s era, not only that this Island was called Maddadeepa in Kashshapa Lord Buddha’ era, but he purposely avoided to mention how it was called in Gothama Lord Buddha’s era. The Island was called Jammadeepa in Gothama Lord Buddha’s Era. Even after Island was sunk with seventh eighth of the Island with around 14 palaces, a large number of well-developed cities and 100,000 streets ( Poojavaliya) still one “ STAR GATE ” is in live in the island and it is at Ranmasu Uyana, Anuradhapura, SriLanka. Sirisagabo Bodisathva was also born in SriLanka, he was the prince who was devoted to become a Lord Buddha in one of his future births by ending his rebirths. As he was born in a kingdom as a prince he became a king when the time came, but as he was devoted to become a Lord Buddha in future birth; he gave up his throne and went to the forest for meditation, according to known history as his brother has given a price to bring his head to palace thinking he will be return to take his throne again, Sirisagabo Bodisathva has given his head to the man who reached to him to cut his head by separating his head through mind power with the promise of his head will speak at throne room to prove this head is belong to Sirisagabo Bodisathva to get the price to the man from new King. As per the known history his head has spoken at throne room as he promised to the man. Bodisasathva can be born only in the land of Lord Buddha, not only that simply original Srimahabodiya also live in SriLanka, and also as per the Legend due on present in SriLanka, Prince Diyasena will be born to take the throne in the Island and hidden door of the Ruwanvalisaya Dagaba is naturally opened to the prince Diyasena to take the treasure which were deposited in ancient era and he will turn the country back to the Great era just like before Island was sunk by strong sea waves by losing seventh eighth of the land, and just like the kingdom with Great Emperors in ancient time with superpower, not only that,the Legend says during prince Diyasena era, Buddhism awake in the country just like the era when Lord Buddha was Live,

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