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When your mind is awakened, it makes your inside visible to yourself



October 30 was Vap Full Moon Poya Day

Let go of all and stay free. Try to awaken the mind. Always make your mind clear. Awaken the wisdom. When your mind is awakened, it makes your inside visible to yourself. Many people don’t see the depth of their mind because their mind is filled with defilements. Let your mind be calm. Let it be serene. Let your mind lower the speed of your thoughts. Make it clear that everything is an illusion. Understand that there should not be attachments, expectations and ambitions.

There should be no point running behind anything. As you come to terms with this, the speed of thoughts will reduce. If you think that things really exist, you have to struggle to protect them. They can never be protected by guarding. But, when the reality is realized, we become equanimous. Accordingly, the number of thoughts become less. We will be in a big trouble if we think that they really exist. Because, we will struggle to protect them.

If we let go of them, there will be no thoughts. If we feel thirsty, we drink a glass of water. We drink water and keep away the glass. Then, there isn’t any thought in the mind. Thereafter, we realize the wonder of Dhamma we have found. If we feel this much happiness by the detachment of the glass of water, we will let go of the table on which the glass was placed. And the flower pot next to the table too. Then, I begin to realize a Dhamma not heard before. That means, the rapidity of the thoughts in the mind is soundly reduced. Thoughts generate in the mind because there is an attachment.

When someone walking on the road sees a youth who has taken drugs or a person who has injured himself, he pities them. Just a few thoughts, but he is hardly affected by them. While walking further, he sees his own son who has taken drugs. What happens? Limitless thoughts flow into the mind and affects him hard. Both children are of the same age. But, he is troubled deeply about his son.

It is not due to a problem with two children. He bears two attitudes regarding the two children. He has never seen the first child before. Therefore, some usual thoughts of pity comes to his mind. But his son has been with him all his life. That was why he felt so much sadness. Why do these thoughts come to your mind? It is only until you feel the idea of “myself” and “mine.” Only an intelligent person realizes this phenomenon. He understands that the thoughts generate until the ego exists.

What should he do to make his mind clear? He should let go of his ego. He can be perceived by letting go of the ego. Ultimately, he will become an enlightened one. After becoming an Arahant, he will see the same sight, that child and his own son. Now what does he feel? He feels the same towards both children. He feels so because he is an Arahant.

You have been thoroughly attached to the idea of ‘my own son or daughter’. When you become free from all the attachments after becoming enlightened, what should be the nature of the mind of such a person? The mind is very clear, pure, holy and sacred. The mind of that person has become blessed. He sees nothing special in the world. The mind is confused because of your ego. The feeling of “myself”, the concept of “myself”, the idea of “myself” struggles in you to protect yourself, look after yourself, nourish yourself and make yourself healthy. You think you should be highlighted. It causes thoughts into your mind at a stretch.

Each and every thought causes fatigue, stress, fear and panic. The root of all these is your ego. Everything has been messed up due to your ego. Everything has entangled due to your ego. If someone wants to untie this entanglement, it is necessary to let go of his ego. The attachment to all the belongings and possessions should be let go. Do free from all.

If you want to get rid of this life struggle, then let your mind be free from all. Then you will be free. When you stay free, your mind becomes clear. Your mind becomes clearer. When your mind becomes clearer, a better consciousness exists in your mind. Now, you have attended to the noble path. You have perceived it. You have realized it. Now you understand that when you keep exploring the deeper inside, the ladder used to get down disappears.

You all have children. They obeyed you when they were small. They dressed what you preferred. They worked according to your desire. They ate what you wanted. But, when they grew up, what happened? They did not obey you. They changed their lifestyle. When they changed their behavior, you felt sad. So, why did you think that they should not change? The problem is yours.

You thought that they should not change their behavior. Did you all behave as your parents’ wished? No, you did not. Understand the reality of the world. Do not live with the idea that everything should exist as your wish. When people think so, they cry, weep, lament and even die.

I read of a recent incident, where a man had built a big house in Texas, United States and later burnt it because he could not sell it. Legal action was filed against him by the authorities for destroying the property. He cannot destroy it even though it belonged to him. He died after he was found guilty. People die because of physical assets. But, if someone had preached him the Dhamma, then he would have become an Arhant as he let go of a huge property without any craving. But, unfortunately he didn’t meet a noble friend to guide him.


– Ven. Sri Samanthabadra Thera

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CB Governor: Lanka now in a position to pay for essentials



‘Inflation will not be as high as initially expected’

Inflation will not be as high as initially expected and there are signs of economy stabilising, Central Bank Governor Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe says.Dr. Weerasinghe said that during the past few months a number of initiatives had been made to improve the economy and they were yielding the desired results.

“During the last review, we thought the inflation would reach 70%. However, now we believe that the inflation will not be that high even with the electricity tariff hike,” he said.

Dr. Weerasinghe said that the severity of the shortage of foreign currency had lessened. The country was now in a position to import fuel, gas and medicines.

“This has become possible because of the decisions we took. Imports have decreased. Export revenue has somewhat increased. Even without short-term loans we have been able to meet our basic needs. This is a positive development,” Dr. Weerasinghe said.The CB Governor said that inflation driven by demand had lessened because the expansion of loans had been curtailed.The supply side inflation too would drop with price and foreign exchange stabilisation.

“Still the inflation is about 60% and that’s why we need to maintain the current high policy rates. Once the government adjusts the fiscal policy, tax, and presents the new budget, things will improve. I think you can also see this. We are seeing positives,” he said.

Dr. Weerasinghe also urged exporters to bring back the foreign exchange earnings, and that the Central Bank had taken steps to ensure that exporters abided by the CB regulations.

“The irregularities due to open accounts, hawala and undial are being controlled and the black market premium is dropping. The foreign exchange liquidity in the banking sector has increased,” he said.

The Governor added that negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had made good progress. An IMF delegation was expected to visit Sri Lanka by the end of August to reach a staff-level agreement.After Sri Lanka reached a staff-level agreement with the IMF, it had to start engaging with its creditors on debt restructuring.

“Once we reach an agreement with the IMF the situation will improve further,” he added. (RK)

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CID arrests Mervyn 15 years after he forcibly entered Rupavahini



By Norman Palihawadana

Former Minister Mervyn Silva was yesterday arrested by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for forcibly entering the Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation (SLRC) and attacking some employees there in 2007.On 27 Dec. 2007, Silva and his associates entered the SLRC premises and assaulted its news director for not airing a speech he had made in Matara.

SLRC employees held Silva incommunicado for hours, and the police intervened to secure his release. A few weeks later, some of the workers involved in the incident came under goon attacks.Mahinda Rajapaksa was the President at the time.

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Aeroflot affair: flights yet to resume; MP questions status of probe into detention of SU 289



ByShamindra Ferdinando

Sri Lanka hadn’t been able yet to convince Russia to resume Aeroflot flights and tourists from there to Sri Lanka suspended in the wake of the detention of SU 289 at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) on the afternoon of June 02, authoritative sources said.

Sri Lanka grappling with an unprecedented foreign exchange shortage desperately needs tourists from an important destination like Russia, which earlier accounted for a sizeable share of the incoming traffic. Responding to The Island queries, sources said that relevant authorities were in the process of looking into the issue at hand.Having summoned Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Moscow Janitha Abeywickrema Liyanage soon after the incident at the BIA, the Russian Foreign Ministry issued a stern warning over the incident.

In the wake of the Russian warning, the then government took measures to lift restrictions imposed on the aircraft that was to be detained till June 16. The detained SU 289 was allowed to leave on June 06.Former Public Security Minister Rear Admiral Sarath Weerasekera yesterday (18) told The Island that no holds barred investigation was required to ascertain the truth.

Lawmaker Weerasekera said that the government should inform the Parliament of the progress of the investigation and what steps it intended to take as well as measures already taken to mend relations with Russia.

The retired Navy Chief of Staff said that those in authority should investigate whether a court ruling issued in respect of a case filed by Ireland-based Celestial Aviation Trading Company Ltd., against Aeroflot had been manipulated by interested parties.

It transpired that no sooner High Court Judge, S. M. H. S.P. Sethunge, in the Commercial High Court of the Western Province, Attorney-at-Law Aruna de Silva accompanied a fiscal officer of the same Court to the BIA at lightning speed to deliver the ruling.

Lawyer de Silva appeared for the plaintiff with Avindra Rodrigo, PC, (litigation) of FJ & Saram, leading law firm from the colonial times. The law firm has previously declined to comment on this matter.High Court judge Sethunga is on record as having said that he didn’t order the BIA not to permit Aeroflot SU 289 to take off on the afternoon of June 02.

Attorney-at-Law Dasun Nagasena, Coordinating Secretary to Justice Minister Dr. Wijeyadasa Rajapakse, PC yesterday (18) said that the Justice Ministry recommended action against the Attorney-at-Law to the Chief Justice Jayantha Jayasuriya, PC. Nagasena said that the fiscal officer who served the Justice Ministry had been interdicted, pending further investigations. As regards the lawyer, it would be handled on the advice of the CJ, the official said. Responding to another query, the official said that the Justice Ministry hadn’t been informed yet of the progress of the investigations.

Ports, Shipping and Aviation Secretary K.D.S. Ruwanchandra yesterday said that ministry officials on Wednesday (17) discussed ways and means of resuming Aeroflot flights with relevant authorities, including the Russian embassy. Ruwanchandra said they were hopeful reaching a consensus on this matter soon. The official said so in response to The Island queries.

The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) President Saliya Pieris, PC, yesterday said that they could initiate an inquiry only on the basis of a formal complaint. He said so when The Island asked him whether the BASL initiated an inquiry into the lawyer’s conduct in this regard. The President’s Counsel said that normally the BASL wouldn’t launch an investigation into a matter inquired into by the CJ.

At the time of the BIA incident, Prof. G.L. Peiris had been the minister in charge of foreign affairs. Since the change of government, President Ranil Wickremesinghe has sworn in Ali Sabry, PC, as the new minister of foreign affairs.

Russia has pointed out that action was taken against SU 289 in spite of an assurance given by Sri Lanka in respect of regular flights to Colombo.Sri Lankan Airlines in late March suspended flights to Moscow in the wake of imposition of what the airline called operational restrictions in the wake of war between Russia and Ukraine.

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