asirvada Blog

Stem cell research

Only a few topics could bring such division and heated debate as that of Human Stem Cell Research which seem to continue dominating our attention. I don’t think I care so much as to what the experts say, as much as I would love to know what God has to say. There seem to be few unbiased and logical debates...

Psalm 23

Click here to listen to My favourite Psalm in Hebrew. (speakers/headphones needed). I somehow think that it sounds more majestic and reassuring in it’s more “original” format. On hearing, there appears to be more than just words and the depth of meaning. 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me...

Averages

After reading the following from this site, I decided I do NOT want to be “average”. Here are some excerpts. -95% of divorces are caused by a “lack of communication”-The average working person spends less than 2 minutes per day in meaningful communication with their spouse or “significant other”. -The average working person spends less than 30 seconds a day...

Where do I belong?

We all know that one of our most basic needs is the sense of belonging. Our sense of belonging is mainly derived from our families. However, mostly in today’s western culture, the family can seem more of a fiction than a fact. Another important source of a sense of belonging would be the workplace. After all, we do spend the...

Of Lions and Tigers

Consequent to hearing of my Sri Lankan heritage, some ask me about the history and background of the unfortunate ethnic conflict which has plagued that land. Due to the sensitive and emotive nature of the issue, it is not easy to find a fairly balanced, unbiased and relatively accurate account of the situation. However, I found the following article in...

Priorities…

Just read the following article on the Colombopage site. * MOU to protect the elephant population of Sri Lanka Wednesday, August 29, 2007, 5:25 GMT, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Department and the All Lanka Tamed Elephant Owners’ Association are planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding pertaining to the welfare and safety...

Give and keep on giving!!!

One of the philosophies which seem to dominate western Christianity is the consumer culture. It is a world of consumption, assertiveness, speed, and fame. In the consumer world it is all about me. Unless one is prepared to sell a book or an album, perhaps teach a seminar, he or she may not be seen as an effective leader. The...

Being sincerely wrong!

I once read an account of how a mother, awakened in the dark of night with a sick child gave her what she thought was medicine, but later found the child dead. It was then she realised that what she thought was medicine was in fact poison. Much of the Christian world seems to be doing the right thing in...

IT dept. song

Sometimes working in the “tech arena” can become quite mundane. Therefore, in order to spice-up a department update at one of our weekly staff meetings, in a bout of inspiration I not only succumbed to penning, but also singing these words. (to the tune of “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…..”) “Ben makes the database output addresses, set operations...

A very religious nation.

In the midst of religious diversity in Sri Lanka, it is not uncommon to find some who may be confused as to what religion they follow. Perhaps a contributing factor for the following statistic from the Department of Census and Statistics (adding to a total of 107%). Distribution of the four major denominations in Sri Lanka. Buddhism [77%] Hinduism [15%]...

Human rights in Sri Lanka…

An article I picked up (incidentally written by a fellow Lankan) states thus. “Sri Lanka’s Deputy Solicitor General Savindra Fernando has been quoted in the local press stating that Sri Lanka has often been bullied into signing United Nations’ conventions. He was speaking during celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Additional Protocol to the Geneva Convention....

Religious chauvinism

One of the constant complaints I grew up hearing my elders and mentors gripe about was regarding the development of the motherland. How they wished leaders would learn from others’ mistakes etc. At least we can rest assured that there are others who seem to learn from Sri Lanka’s mistakes. Here’s one…. “………….Thai monk Mettanando Bhikkhu warns his nation against...

Democracy

I remember a fake obituary which appeared in the government-controlled Ceylon Daily News (Sri Lanka) in April 1974 when the then SLFP government banned political rallies by the opposition, sealed the Davasa Group of Newspapers and imposed other emergency measures. The obituary read something like this : “O’CRACY – The death occurred under tragic circumstances of D.E.M.O’CRACY, beloved husband of T.Ruth,...

Back again…

It has been a while since I have posted on this blog. Here’s to being more diligent…

Buddhism according to Buddha

In my childhood and adolescence growing up in the “buddhist capital” of Sri Lanka, many were the opportunities to note and study the popular teachings of the Buddha. This site has several articles (by Sri Swami Sivananda) which I since have found to be quite informative. Interestingly, he also goes on to say here that “……..Buddha never thought of founding...

“Sri Lanka has so much, and stands to lose it all”

Sri Lanka’s cricket team may seem to be doing quite well (…although somewhat inconsistently) despite the challenges. However, the same cannot be said of the rest of the country – seemingly losing the matches. The following article posted on “The Japan Times” sums it all up. ”— If there is one country in Asia that can serve as a metaphor...

Buddhism and “Ahimsa”.

The following article By Simon Gardner Fri Feb 17, 10:15 AM ET Posted at http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060217/wl_nm/srilanka_monk_dc_1 COLOMBO (Reuters) – A Buddhist monk in Sri Lanka, who heads a religious party opposed to a Tamil homeland in the north and east, says the country would be better off if the reclusive rebel leader of the Tamil Tigers were dead. Venerable Ellawala Medhananda,...