asirvada Blog

Clergy vs. Laity

One of the many things I have had to change over the years has been my notion of the so called clergy and laity. While serving in the mission field some years ago, I remember hearing the president of our church movement challenge the idea of “full-time paid pastors”. In fact, he further encouraged his own pastoral staff to gain...

Thinking or Feeling

In my work as an IT professional, I am often confronted with issues which seem to elicit contrasting views depending on ones’ temperament. Sometimes a solution to a problem may very well depend on your perception – whether you are a “thinker” or a “feeler”. I often find myself moving between these two realms. I suppose that makes me quite...

An ignorant war!

The Sri Lankan ethnic conflict stretches way beyond the history of the LTTE. In fact, the study of history shows that it existed in 500 BC. The ancient chronicle Mahavamsa tells of Tamils from South India in conflict with the Sinhalese. However, the root of modern conflict goes back to British colonial rule when the country was known as Ceylon...

Questions?

Our youngest son who just turned 4 seems to have mastered a subtle form of torture by the way he asks “but why?” whenever his mother or I ask him to do something particularly unsuited to his extremely strong will.  I have now come to understand that this is something kids never actually grow out of especially since noting that his...

Catholic Education Office

For those who haven’t yet heard, I now work at the Catholic Education office in Leederville – Perth Western Australia. Here’s a brief tour(Courtesy of Bradley Ford) of the beautiful and heritage listed building and its surrounds.

Do I go to church…. or…. be the church!

Mostly due to a change in career I made recently, I have had the opportunity to ponder upon many issues facing life in general, but none so piercingly as finding the balance between self, family, God, church and ministry. How many of us are so busy with the work of the “church” to become the church ourselves. How many concentrate...

THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE

This…. attributed to George Carlin…. We have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we spend more, but have less; we buy more, but enjoy it less.

Change vs Transition

What a month it has been. After much deliberation, consultation and contemplation I made the decision to change my place of employment just over a month ago. I must say that it was not the easiest of decisions I have had to make.

Have you ever wondered….

Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard when he lives in the jungle without a razor? Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat? Why do banks charge a fee on ‘insufficient funds’ when they know there is not enough?

The troublesome mix: religion and politics

Doesn’t really matter if it’s Islam, Christianity, Hinduism or Buddhism, megalomaniacal religious leaders will not save the world. This can be clearly witnessed in the Sri Lankan political arena as recorded in this report by the International Peace Research Institute, records (click) here, although a prevalent situation in many other parts of the world. An article by Noel Preston has...

Decisions decisions decisions…..

What do you do when you need to make an important decision which will impact not just yourself, but your family and your life’s calling. …In addition to praying that is…. I recently found myself in this kind of major “cross-roads” wondering which way to go. Of course there are many who claim to know the way to end these...

I think I’d rather die ….

8. If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9. And if your eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It...

New year for Sri Lanka

This thought-evoking image of a Sri Lankan child behind a wire fence caught my attention and made me wonder what the new year may hold for my land of birth. Unfortunately, all accounts relate a very grim future even as the following article from bbc.com portrays. Violence is a daily occurrence in Sri Lanka It had been widely predicted that...

Year in review – 2007

My first post for the year….. I have been looking for a way to effectively summarise the year gone by, and came across this site according to Reuters which I think has some great photos.  Another good site would be this ABC news site which made some interesting claims.  However, I have not been successful yet in locating material which...

$100 laptop?

Most of us are familiar with this popular Chinese proverb; “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. I wonder if the OLPC (One Laptop per Child) project, founded by Nicholas Negroponte and team qualifies as a temporary sustenance or a value for a...

Sir Arthur

Back in 1979 I was a year twelve student at Trinity College in Kandy Sri Lanka, which incidentally boasts of being the only school to own an international cricket stadium  and have produced one of the greatest cricketers this generation has known – Kumar Sangakkara. In that year,  I was privileged to become the President of the Astronomical Society of Trinity...

Christmas is here (again)!!!

Arrghh… guess what!!!…. Before we realised, Christmas is upon us again. Some of us are still reeling from the last one or several. It is a time for reckoning and a time for celebrating. But whatever it means to you, I know that life would be that much poorer without it. I have heard some say that they find the...

Bend it like Murali

“It is for his dignity as much as his wizardry that we should salute the Tamil’s historic feat” Michael Marqusee Monday December 3, 2007 The Guardian By the time you read this, Muttiah Muralitharan is likely to have become the highest Test wicket taker in cricket’s long history. It’s an extraordinary, heartwarming achievement that will be celebrated at length and...

Leadership, servanthood and pragmatism

Often we equate the title LEADER with “boss” or the “head”.  I have witnessed instances where The leader knows how to get things done, yet in the process doesn’t know how to treat their people The leader doesn’t know how to get things done, yet things come together amidst chaos. But now I’m learning about the leader as a servant....

Amma’s birthday

It is my mother’s 83rd birthday today. Being one of 9 siblings she has never ventured outside of the small island “Sri Lanka”.  Here’s to a remarkable woman -  Happy birthday Amma!!!