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Those with a sound knowledge of Dhamma know the path to Nirvana



January 28 was Duruthu Poya

Let us discuss whether a person who develops the path to Nirvana can do it all at once or gradually. Those who have a sound knowledge of Dhamma know the path to Nirvana. We need to slow down when walking on this path. Moving faster may cause more mistakes. If that happens, the distance we will have to go will be longer.

Go slow and be mindful. We call it mindfulness. About what? Have I been mindful? Have I conducted mindfulness? Have I lost my mind by trying to conduct mindfulness? Am I aware that I have lost mindfulness? Am I aware of having mindfulness and not having mindfulness? What is the mindfulness that exists and that do not exist? The mindfulness that exists is the mindfulness that you conduct. If you perform an act, do it mindfully. Be aware that you do it. If you are performing an act without being aware, just be aware that you are doing it without being aware.

You need to analyze it both ways. Apart from these two methods, is there any other way that you can conduct your mindfulness? They are the only ways. You can conduct your mindfulness either with awareness or without awareness. Apart from these two methods, nothing will work. But we all have heard only about the first method. That is to conduct mindfulness by force. I know a way to conduct mindfulness effortlessly.

All those who are enlightened knows it. All those who are enlightened are in that effortless mindfulness. That is why they do not feel exhausted.

If your vehicle is out of fuel, the tank needs to be filled up. Similarly, I will not ask you to walk continuously on this path. I ask you to stop for a while and take a rest. This resting time is the fuel to your next step in the journey. While resting we need to adjust our drawbacks. When we stop to have tea during a journey, what will the ladies do if their hair is disheveled? They will comb it again. We need to correct the drawbacks in our journey.

If I am asked what the easiest thing in the world is, my answer would be attaining Nibbana. But you have been taught that it’s the most difficult thing to achieve. You were told in such a way because the correct path is unknown. If the correct path is known, it would be the easier to attain Nibbana. But you need to understand very carefully.

There is a Sutra called Musika which many may not have heard of. Now, I am going to tell how to do, without ‘doing’. If we are to do something, there will always be a result. Even for not doing something, there will be a result. But when you do without ‘doing’, there would not be a result at all. So, then that’s the correct path.

– Ven. Sri Samanthabadra Thera

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SL gets Rs 452 mn for saving ill-fated tanker: Rs. 3.4 bn asked for



By Ifham Nizam and Rathindra Kuruwita

The Marine Enviro-nment Protection Authority (MEPA) yesterday received Rs. 452 million from London for having saved MT New Diamond, a super oil tanker that caught fire in the Sri Lanka’s territorial waters last year.

MEPA General Manager, Dr. P. B. Terney Pradeep Kumara told The Island that Rs. 442 million had come for the services rendered by the Sri Lanka Navy, MEPA and Rs. 10 million by way of a fine imposed on the Ship’s Captain.

However, Sri Lanka has to receive a much larger amount for the damage caused to the marine environment, Dr. Kumara said. Following the incident, Sri Lankan authorities filed charges against the Captain of the ill-fated vessel and made a claim for $2.4 million from the ship’s owners for the firefighting and pollution prevention efforts.

Twenty experts from the Universities of Moratuwa, Ruhuna and Sri Jayewardenepura submitted their recommendations as regards the damage to the environment, to the Attorney General. Based on the report, the Attorney General’s Department had asked for Rs. 3.4 billion (around USD 19 million) as compensation for environmental damage, the Coordinating Officer for the Attorney General, state counsel Nishara Jayaratne said.

Soon they would have discussions with the lawyers of the shipping agent concerned on compensation for environmental damage caused, she said.

Dr. Kumara, who is the former Head of the Department of Oceanography/Marine Geology of the Ruhuna University, said that the incident had caused deaths among marine species due to spillage of some toxic fuel from the vessel.

The MT New Diamond crude oil tanker was transporting 270,000 MT oil from the port of Meena Al Ahmadi in Kuwait to the Port of Paradip in India when a fire broke out in its engine room as the vessel was passing the eastern seas of Sri Lanka on September 3, 2020.

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PSC on gender equality meets for the first time



State Minister, Fernandopulle flanked by two other PSC members

Special attention on microfinance

The Parliamentary Select Committee appointed to further gender equality, to investigate instances of discrimination against women and to present recommendations to Parliament, focused on microfinance loans that are currently affecting a large number of women in Sri Lanka, when they met for the first time in Parliament recently.

The meeting was chaired by the State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle.

It was also revealed that the Cabinet had approved the re-establishment of an institution to regulate Microfinance loans in Sri Lanka.

The MPs also discussed the role of the Select Committee. They decided that the primary role of the Committee should be to investigate women’s grievances and all forms of discrimination based on gender, including workplace violence.

Another task before this committee is to examine and review laws that can be used to enhance gender equality, encourage relevant ministries and authorities to formulate plans to further gender equality and to allocate financial resources.

The Committee will also try to encourage greater women’s representation in decision-making bodies at the national and provincial levels as well as in government, civil society and the private sector.

MPs Rohini Kaviratne, (Dr.) Harini Amarasuriya, M. Udayakumar, S. Sritharan, Rohana Bandara and the Secretary to the Committee, Deputy Secretary General and Chief of Staff of the Parliament Kushani Rohanadheera were also present at the meeting.



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A/L Examination from October 04 to 30



The 2021 GCE Advanced Level examination would be held from October 4 to 30, Education Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris said yesterday addressing the media at his Ministry.

Minister Peiris said the examination was earlier scheduled to be held in August.

The Grade 5 scholarship examination would be held on October 03 and the 2021 GCE Ordinary Level (O/L) examination in the last week of January 2022, the Minister said.

“Usually, schools are open for academic activities for around 200 days a year. But in 2020, schools were open for about 150 days. It was around 130 days in the Western Province. We were not able to fill this gap with online classes due to lack of internet facilities in many parts of the country,” he said.

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