Tandulanali Jataka 005

Tandulanali

තණ්ඩුල නාලි ජාතකය  – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once on a time Brahmadatta was in Benares in Kasi. In reigning those days our Bodhisatta was his valuer. He used to value horses, elephants, and the like; and jewels, gold, and the like; and he used to pay over to the owners of the goods the proper price, as he fixed it.

But the king was greedy and his greed suggested to him this thought: “This valuer with his style of valuing will soon exhaust all the riches in my house; I must get another valuer.” Opening his window Continue reading

Chullasetti Jataka 004

chullasetti jataka

චුල්ලසෙඨි ජාතකය – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once on a time when Brahmadatta was reigning in Benares in Kasi, the Bodhisatta was born into the Treasurer’s family, and growing up, was made Treasurer, being called Treasurer Little. A wise and clever man was he, with a keen eye for signs and omens. One day on his way to wait upon the king, he came on a dead mouse lying on the road; and, taking note of the position of the stars at that moment, he said, “Any decent young fellow with his wits about him has only to pick that mouse up, and he might start a business and keep a wife.”

His words were overheard by Continue reading

Serivanija Jataka 003

Serivanija Jataka

සේරිවාණිජ ජාතකය – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once on a time in the kingdom of Seri, five aeons ago, the Bodhisatta dealt in pots and pans, and was called ‘the Serivan.’ In the company of another dealer in the same wares, a greedy fellow who was also known as ‘the Serivan,’ he came across the river Telavaha and entered the city of Andhapura. Apportioning the streets between the two of them, he set about hawking his wares round the streets of his district, and the other did the same in his district.

Now in that city there was a Continue reading

Vannupatha Jataka 002

Vannupatha Jathaka

වණ්ණුපත ජාතකය  – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once a time when Brahmadatta was king in Benares in Kasi the Bodhisatta was born into a trader’s family. When he was grown up, he used to travel about trading with 500 carts. On one occasion he came to a sandy wilderness sixty leagues across, the send of which was so fine that, when grasped, it slipped through the fingers of the closed fist. As soon as the sun got up, it grew as hot as a bed of charcoal-embers and nobody could walk upon it.

Accordingly, those traversing it used to take fire-wood, water, oil, rice and so forth on their carts, and only traveled by night. At dawn they used to range their carts in a circle to form a laager, with an – awning spread overhead, and after an early meal used to sit in the shade all the day long. When the sun went down, they had their evening meal; and, so soon as the ground became cool, they used to yoke their carts and move forward. Traveling on this desert was like voyaging over the sea; a ‘desert-pilot,’ as he was called, had to convoy them over by knowledge of the stars. And this was the way in which our merchant was now traveling that wilderness.

When he had only some seven more Continue reading

Apannaka Jathaka 001

apannaka jathaka

අපණ්ණක ජාතකය – සිංහල පරිවර්තනය ඉංග්‍රිසි කොටස අවසානයේ..

Once on a time in the city of Benares in the Kasi country there was a king named Brahmadatta. In those days the Bodhisatta was born into a merchant’s family, and growing up in due course, used to journey about trading with five hundred carts, traveling now from east to west and now from west to east. There was also at Benares another young merchant, a stupid blockhead, lacking resource.

Now at the time of our story the Bodhisatta had loaded five hundred carts with costly wares of Benares and had got them all ready to start, And so had the foolish young merchant too. Thought the Bodhisatta, “If this foolish young merchant keeps me company all along, and the thousand carts travel along together, it will be too much for the road; it will be a hard matter to get wood, water, and so forth for the men, or grass for the oxen. Either he or I must go on first.”

So he sent for the other and laid Continue reading

The Five Precepts of Buddhism

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It must be asserted that the Pancha Sila (Five Precepts) do not necessarily make a person a Buddhist, but to be a real Buddhist, one has to observe the five precepts. This poses the question, “who is a Buddhist?” The simplest answer is, a Buddhist is one who takes refuge in the “Triple Gem” (Tissrana), namely the Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.

There are many analogies personifying these Refuges, such as :
The Buddha – The perfect physician for all mental disorders
The Dhamma – The unfailing and universal panacea
The Sangha – The model nurse

The Triple Gem is also described as follows:
The Buddha – The acme of universal wisdom
The Dhamma – The perfect code of discipline
The Sangha – The exemplary model for a layman

The entire Dhamma rests on three Continue reading

The Life of the Buddha

life of the buddha (15)Siddhartha Gautama’s Early Life

Siddhartha Gautama was born about 583 BCE, in or near what is now Nepal. His father, King Suddhodana, was leader of a large clan called the Shakya. His mother, Queen Maya, died shortly after his birth.

When Prince Siddhartha was a few days old, a holy man prophesied the Prince would be either a great military conqueror or a great spiritual teacher. King Suddhodana preferred the first outcome and prepared his son accordingly. He raised the boy in great luxury and shielded him from knowledge of religion and human suffering. The Prince reached the age of 29 with little experience of the world outside the walls of his opulent palaces.

The Four Passing Sights

One day, overcome with curiosity, Prince Siddhartha asked a charioteer to take him on a series of rides through the countryside. On these journeys he was shocked by the sight of an aged man, then a sick man, and then a corpse. The stark realities of old age, disease, and death seized and sickened the Prince.

Finally, he saw a wandering ascetic. The charioteer explained that the ascetic was one who had renounced the world and sought release from fear of death and suffering.

The Renunciation

For a time the Prince returned to palace life, but he took no pleasure in it. Even the news that his wife Yasodhara had given birth to a son did not please him. The child was called Rahula, which means “fetter.”

One night he wandered Continue reading

The Birth, Enlightenment and Parinibbana of Buddha

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On a full moon day in the month of May (Visakha) 2600 years ago was born a Prince named Siddhattha.

His birth took place at Lumbini (modern Rumindei in Nepal), where his mother Mahahmaya, the chief queen-consort of King Suddhodana of Kapilavatthu, rested with her royal retinue, on her way to her parental home in Devadaha. Continue reading

The 32 Signs of Buddha

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“Dethis Maha Purusha Lakshana”

From Budu Guna Alankaraya Poetry

Click here to view (Sinhala Version)

The Lord Buddha is a great man with 32 main characteristics:

(1) He has feet with a flat sole.
(2) He has discus patterned soles.
(3) He has protruding heels.
(4) He has long and slender fingers and toes.
(5) His hands and feet are Continue reading

Thoughts of Lord Buddha

07The lord Buddha is the only religious leader who said that he was a human being. Not only that, being a Buddha, the enlightened state is achieved only by a human being. According to the Buddhism, human beings are noble. They are masters themselves. There is no any god or force controlling their destiny.

Lord Buddha once said “Don’t accept something, only due to it is coming through generations or because it is routine. If you understand yourself, this is good and correct. Accept it. If you understand yourself, this is bad and incorrect. You shouldn’t accept or do it. ”

General Sarath Fonseka promoted to the rank of Field Marshal

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The Government of Sri Lanka awarded the Field Marshal title to former Army Commander General Sarath Fonseka for the yeoman service rendered by him, achieving the victory over terrorism. The official awarding of this honorary title to General Sarath Fonseka by President Maithripala Sirisena was taken place at the Ministry of Defence.

The title Field Marshal is an honorary and respected title bestowed by the Army. Only a handful has been given this title in the world. General Sarath Fonseka is the first Sri Lankan to be bestowed his Field Marshal honorary title in Sri Lanka’s history. A person who has been honoured with the Field Marshal title is considered an infinite hero.

Military Chiefs in Pakistan, India, Continue reading

The language controversy over Sri Lanka National Anthem

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Related Article: Sri Lankan Timeline in Photos

A National Anthem is a song of patriotic sentiment affirming loyalty to one’s country or nation adopted officially by that Country or Nation. An anthem becomes a national anthem through Constitutional provision, specific legislation or long – standing tradition.

Stylistically the majority of anthems are marches or hymns.They are usually written or composed in the most common language in the Country. There are however some notable exceptions to this rule particularly in multi-ethnic nations.

In Sri Lanka then known as Ceylon , the song “Namo Namo Matha” written by the artist-poet Ananda Samarakoon was formally adopted as the national anthem in 1951. It was slightly amended and changed to “Sri Lanka Matha” in 1961 without the consent of Samarakoon.

When the national anthem Continue reading

Subway asking sri lankans to celerate poya with meat

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Facebook page of Subway Sri Lanka, a fast food restaurant franchise has published a post with the meaning of “Celebrate Poya day with Meat”

This is our comment about their post;

Celebrate poya day with turkey flesh? Beef? Sri Lanka is a country with 70% of buddhists. They are trying to refrain from all kind of meat during this day as a part of Pancha Sheela or five moral precepts.

But here they are playing with the emotions of the majority of Sri Lankan who loving the taste of their foods. As an international frenchise with a mission of establishing as a reputed resturent, they have a responsibility of respecting to the culture, norms, religious beliefs of that country. However they are challanging ethics openly.

Is this the way of their business ? Or Do you have a hidden agenda ? Open for the discussion !

Mobitel offers Twitter free of charge during Cricket World Cup

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Mobitel has partnered with Twitter, one of the largest social networking sites in the world, to give its valued customers the opportunity to use Twitter for free for the duration of the ongoing Cricket World Cup.

The partnership will provide customers with the most comprehensive platform to follow the excitement and action of the world tournament, one tweet at a time.

Mobitel customers will receive access to the popular social media platform by visiting twitter.com for the duration of the event without incurring any data charges. A unique aspect of the service, which will be available until the end March, is that customers who do not possess a Twitter account can also experience the Cricket Timeline which includes scores and commentary by directly accessing twitter.com/i/cricket. Continue reading

Dead ball run-out error in England’s World Cup group match against Australia

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The ICC has confirmed that the decision to rule James Anderson as run-out on the final ball of England’s 111-run Cricket World Cup defeat to Australia was an error.

As England headed for the heavy loss, James Taylor was given out lbw by umpire Aleem Dar. The two England batsmen attempted a run before his finger was raised but Glenn Maxwell, fielding at point, threw down the stumps with Anderson short of his ground.

Taylor referred his dismissal Continue reading

Independent Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka’s Independence Day is celebrated on 4th of February, in accordance with Lipass/Joshua Louis Law to commemorate its internal political independence from British rule on that day in 1948. Many national struggles were made in the history of Sri Lanka. And on the independence day all of these are remembered and celebrated. But the independence movement against the British is especially recalled.

The British Raj was dominant in Asia after the Battle of Assaye; following the Battle of Waterloo the British Empire became the world superpower. Its appearance of omnipotence was only briefly dented by setbacks in India, Afghanistan and South Africa. It was virtually unchallenged until 1914.

The formation of the Batavian Continue reading