If anyone takes refuge in the Supernatural, it is certainly a matter of individual choice. But when important persons do so repeatedly, at State expense and poor people are intimidated to engage in expensive rituals, under threat of deadly outcomes, it is quite another matter, bordering on the criminal. It is not my intention to stir discord but to stimulate discussion or even demolition by a reasoned debate, in addition to falsification or ignorance displayed by this plunge into an unfamiliar area.
In any event, I stand to be corrected hopefully in civil language. There needs to be common sense, science and reasoning among the populace. Astrology, Caveat Emptor, but many buyers or suckers in Sr Lanka, as it is part of the culture and beliefs. No credible demonstrations, only beliefs. Astronomy is science, it has demonstrated evidence. Reason: is logic, and it sorts the untruth from truth. Reason has always been a problem for religions, because of inability to demonstrate afterlife, nirvana, nibbana, heaven hell, purgatory etc, as it was based on beliefs, imbibed by consistent brainwashing.
Ancient cultures such as Egypt used stellar observations to predict the changing seasons, and thus such things as the flooding of the Nile or the Vernal Equinox. But then, the astronomers grew over-confident and started predicting other things. That turned them into astrologers until the Renaissance. Much of the responsibility lies with the idiotic print and electronic media, who daily promote this nonsense ,either to increase readership or out of sheer ignorance. Nowadays journalists are mostly Arts types with absolutely no understanding of the sciences.
Just look at the Ulama to understand the situation, as to what what happened to Islamic Science 1, years ago. They all are depending on the Infidel inventions and developments. NV, Let us not forget the apparently rational Ranil and the visibly superstitious MR, who both think Indian gods are better than local ones.
The pseudo-sciences like astrology will continue to thrive as long as the people are not courageuos enough to take their destiny on to their own hands. In order to convince a believing follower of the validity of astrology, all you need is a vaguely constructed reading or a prediction among a list of ten that they may interpret as being accurately told. Whenever such readings are subjected to any rational or scientific scrutiny, these are badly exposed for what they really are.
He was arrested by police according to medi. No, I was not aware. Unfortunately the Sangha is not centrally organised and controlled like the Churches, so there is nobody to discipline him. I have always thought that there will be no solution to these problems until monks are registered in some way. The court of public opinion is not strong enough to run the bugger out of town. If you observe the Sangha carefully the members of the governing body is least interested in an orderly behaviour of its members.
Instead they are only interested in what benefit them and how they can wield power over elected governments. Native, I think you are stretching it a bit from governing body to State to sovereignty. Paul — I have had no problem with majority of the monks whom I have met in my lifetime. In fact they do not mix their vocation with cheap politics of the politicians.
They shun publicity and provide lot of service to the people. It is not severance of the placenta but severance of the umbilical cord. Anyway, that is a minor point.
The major point is this: I know a couple whose marriage was arranged by the elders. They checked with several astrologers to find out if the horoscopes matched. So the marriage took place amidst a large gathering and that happened more than 20 years ago. They have three offspring. I met the husband recently and he told me that despite what the astrologers had stated, he and his wife were really an incompatible pair in almost all respects.
He gave just three examples — He was an atheist but his wife was extremely pious; he hated travelling but his wife loved to go on trips regularly; he was very fond of sex but his wife was not at all interested in sex! So much so for astrology and matching horoscopes! Experts led from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Germany sampled DNA from the teeth of likely plague victims from centuries-old cemeteries across the continent.
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Melissa Conlon, 40, from Wymondham, Norfolk, had always hated the school run in the morning because it meant leaving her daughter Elsie, six, shaking and sobbing at the school gates. The Tokyo-based tech giant confirmed its PlayStation will be launched by December next year. The company filed a patent looking suspiciously like a console earlier this year pictured. Jersey Lockwood, pictured 11, from Northumberland, was attempting a cooking tutorial which involved covering a balloon in chocolate.
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Trevor Harrison far right , 33, is yet to be sentenced. Their year-old victim was sprayed in the face with ammonia, pulled to the ground and attacked with metal bars and a large knife in the attack on December 8, Dramatic CCTV footage released today showed the chilling moment the thugs burst into the Jubilee Pub left and right , prior to the attack at the Fosse pub top inset , in Newcastle. The attack only ended when people inside the pub heard the commotion and came outside to chase away the gang, who then smashed the windows and fled in a van.
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At one point the father breaks off on his own performing a series of pirouettes, causing the crowd to laugh and cheer. Mutiny on the fjords! The roar No. Defence contractor, 49, 'who had a grudge against British authorities and used his photographic memory to steal UK state secrets that he passed to hostile foreign governments in revenge plot' is charged under Official Secrets Act Simon Finch pictured , 49, of Swansea, South Wales, is accused of a 'damaging disclosure' of defence information in October last year, Scotland Yard said.
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