Tuesday, December 30, 2014

THE THOUGHT OF THE DAY TO YOUR LIFE FROM BUDDHISM (SOURCE-BUDDHANET SITE)

In the beginning, Prince Siddhartha lived in luxury and wealth in his father's palace. After he renounced his privileged life and became a wandering monk, he experienced the hardship and difficulty of a life with nothing. He spent years torturing his mind with hard thoughts and solitude and starved his body, enjoyed no comforts and suffered all the experiences of a life without belongings.

 Not long before he achieved his insights and attained enlightenment, he realized both these extreme ways of life were as fruitless as each other. He realized that the true way to happiness was to avoid these extremes, to follow a moderate a way of life. He called this way of living the Middle Path.

Buddhists describe the three ways of life by comparing them to strings of a lute. The loose string is like a life of careless indulgence and makes a poor note when played. The tight string is like a life of extreme hardship and denial, producing another bad sound when played and, worse, likely to snap at any moment. Only the middle string, which is neither slack nor tense, produces a harmonious note — it has the same qualities as the Middle Path. Those who follow this way, avoid the extremes of indulgence and denial. They do not seek endless pleasures, and they do not torment themselves with pain, lacking and self-torment. The Fourth Noble Truth is that the Middle Path leads to the end of suffering.

The Noble Eightfold Path
The Middle Path is the Buddha's treatment for the problem of suffering in all of our lives. In the time he spent learning about the cause and nature of suffering he learnt also about its cure and set out to teach it. Buddhists describe the teachings as a formula which is described in simple steps and includes both physical and mental treatment for ridding a person of suffering. Like all Buddhist teachings, this formula, which is called the Noble Eightfold Path, can only work if a person chooses to apply it to their lives, and takes full responsibility for following the steps.

The Steps Of The Eightfold Path

1. Right Understanding
To understand the Law of Cause and Effect and the Four Noble Truths.

2. Right Attitude
Not harbouring thoughts of greed and anger.

3. Right Speech
Avoid lying, gossip, harsh speech and tale-telling.

4. Right Action
Not to destroy any life, not to steal or commit adultery.

5. Right Livelihood
Avoiding occupations that bring harm to oneself and others.

6. Right Effort
Earnestly doing one's best in the right direction.

7. Right Mindfulness
Always being aware and attentive.

8. Right Concentration
To making the mind steady and calm in order to realise the true nature of things.


Hospital Services Have Been Paralyzed Island Wide Due To The Strike Of 14 Health Catagories

The Hospital Services and Some Services in Health Sector have been paralyzed today(30) due to the Island Wide strike action launched by Health Professionals belongs to 14 categories.

Services in Government Hospitals like Issuing of Drugs from OPD Dispensaries,Radiography Tests,Laboratory Tests ,Patient Care Services and Physiotherapy Treatment as well as the Health Sector Services have been paralyzed due to this strike and hundreds and thousands of patients islandwide have faced enormous difficulties as a  result hospital sources revealed.

The services of entomology assistant officers as well as of  public health inspectors too have been paralyzed due to the strike according to Joint Front Of Nurses-Professions Supplementary To Medicine And Paramedicals has said.

The striking professions have demanded a Rs.15,000 on call allowance for them which has already  paid to the government doctors with their salaries this month.

The on going strike of health professions is due to be suspended by  tomorrow(31) morning and schedule to  recommence it  from this friday(02) if the authorities  fails to fulfill their demand the joint front has stated.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY FOR YOUR LIFE FROM BUDDHISM(SOURCE-WILDMIND BUDDHIST MEDITATION SITE)

As for the times when you realize that you’ve harmed others, the Buddha recommends that you understand that remorse is not going to undo the harm, so if an apology is appropriate, you apologize. In any case, you resolve not to repeat the harmful action again. Then you spread thoughts of goodwill in all directions.

This accomplishes several things.
·         It reminds you of your own goodness, so that you don’t — in defense of your self-image — revert to the sort of denial that refuses to admit that any harm was done.
·         It strengthens your determination to stick with your resolve not to do harm.
·         And it forces you to examine your actions to see their actual effect: If any of your other habits are harmful, you want to abandon them before they cause further harm.
In other words, you don’t want your goodwill to be just an ungrounded, floating idea. You want to apply it scrupulously to the nitty-gritty of all your interactions with others. That way your goodwill becomes honest. And it actually does have an impact, which is why we develop this attitude to begin with: to make sure that it truly animates our thoughts, words, and deeds in a way that leads to a happiness harmless for all.

      I see apology as being a reorientation of our being toward the good. Our minds and selves are modular: some parts of us see the way to happiness as lying in selfishness and aggression, while other parts of us see the path to happiness as lying in mindfulness and compassion. When the unskillful takes hold of us, it’s crucial to re-establish as quickly as possible that this was a deviation, and to redirect ourselves toward awakening. When we try to justify what we’ve done, by rationalizing or weaseling our way out of admitting fault, we actually strengthen the unskillful within us, and end up perpetuating our own and others’ suffering.
Another way to deal with our unskillful actions is confession. Confession’s what I’m doing here, in part. When we confess we’re being honest about what we’ve done, so that we can own it and move on.
When I first did formal confession, I was terrified that the people I was confessing to (we did it in a group) would stop liking me if they knew what I was “really” like. But in fact, I discovered that they loved me more for having been honest with them. In confessing we’re not looking for forgiveness, just to have what we’ve done out in the open, rather than festering inside us. I don’t need you to forgive me; I just need you there to hear me.
The power of confession, like that of apology, lies in re-establishing our connection with who we truly want to be. It gives the reins of our being back to the wiser, kinder, and more honest parts of ourselves.


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Sri Lanka Muslim Congress To Support Common Opposition Presedential Candidate

The government ally Sri Lanka Muslim Congress has announced today(28) that they will support the common opposition presidential candidate Maithripala Sirisena in the forthcoming presidential elections scheduled to be held on 08th of January 2015.

Addressing the decision of the party the leader of the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and Minister of Justice of the present government Rauf Hakeem has said that  he himself today submitted his resignation from his ministerial portfolio to the president.

Twenty Four Persons Killed And Over One Million Displaced Due To The Adverse Weather Condition-Minister

Around 24 persons  killed, 8 missing and 1,016,395 persons displaced due to the adverse weather condition including floods and land slides that occurred in 18 Districts in the island the Minister of Disaster Management Mahinda Amaraweera has said.

Addressing at press briefing held in Colombo today(28) Minister Amaraweera has said that up to date 4571 houses have been completely destroyed and 14,511 houses have been partially damaged due to the adverse weather prevails in most parts of the island.

The amount of that were killed,missing and damaged houses will be more than this an exact amount can be revealed after the floods prevails in recede the Minister has stressed.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Around 14 Persons Killed And 700,000 Affected Due To Adverse Weather Condition In The Country

Around 14 persons were killed and nearly 700,000 persons displaced due to the land slides mud slides  and floods occurred throughout the island during past few days as a result of the heavy showers. The worst affected district is Badulle where around 10 deaths  have been reported .

At Ripola in Badulle District 6 persons were killed due to a land slide  occurred at a area where  5 houses situated  and another 4 are missing according to the sources.

Meanwhile president Mahinda Rajapaksha has instructed the authorities to provide urgent relief to the affected people due to  adverse weather condition .The rescue efforts carrying out  out by Tri forces in the affected areas have been hampered due to electricity cuts caused due to floods.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

THOUGHT OF THE DAY FOR YOUR LIFE FROM BUDDHISM-(SOURCE-BUDDHAVIEWS SITE)



 

Being born into this world as humans we all would like to lead a happy and a pleasant life until we die some day. This is the intention of all of us and there is no doubt about it. But is it the reality facing us? Is it happening the way we would like it to be? In reality it is not so. So what are these unsatisfactory matters we have to face in our lives?
Addressing the above issue and finding a permanent solution was Prince Gauthama Siddhartha's main intention, even before he renounced the princely comforts and became an ascetic searching for the lasting solution for the above problems.

Identify the faces of 'sufferings' we have to face
Gauthama Buddha explained to us in a complete sense what actually the unsatisfactoryness the humans have to undergo in their lives. He explained them as Jara, Vyadhi, Marana, Soka, Parideva,Dukka, Domanassa and Upayasa. So we will try to understand what was actually meant by the words Lord Buddha used to describe Dukka or the suffering we all want to avoid.


Jara - Old age
After we are born, we get into the old age once we pass about sixty years of the life span. During the early years, a majority of humans may lead a healthy life so the effect of one becoming old slips through our mind until we actually face that situation. The physical body of ours gives us many problems as we reach the old age and majority of us don't know how to manage it correctly mentally. The body that was once very strong becomes frail and the physical features of us deteriorates and the personality and the beauty once we had will no more be there. One may even not be able to move at will to places since mobility of the body diminishes. Physical strength and mental activities such as good memory fades and forgetfulness will be prominent then. The bodily features once you adored, will be no more there to be proud of. One even may become sorrowful thinking of the good old days he once had.
So Lord Buddha pointed the above to be wary of . He had the greatest kindness towards us letting us realise the problems before we are engulfed in it.

Vyadhi- Sickness
This is us becoming sick physically. One can become very sick any time unexpectedly. In many instances, there will be no prior warnings appearing on a sicknesses. Great pain can accompany a sickness immobilizing a person with normal activities of a human being. There is no age limit for becoming sick. Many times we may be able to overcome sicknesses through medication but there are also many instances that we have to suffer due to various illnesses until we get cured. Some illnesses are quite grave that one has to suffer throughout the lifetime due to that sickness. Even a newborn child might be affected this way and not to say all other probabilities of sicknesses one might come across during the lifetime. No one would like to be sick but can we avoid it altogether in our lifetime?
Realising above and trying to find a way to minimise the bad effects if one is to undergo the above is an important task we have to think about.

Marana - Death
One might be spared of Jara and Vyadi but never from this. Even then this might be the least thing any of us would like to think about. The nature of humans is that they will avoid thinking anything that brings unpleasantness and fear into one's self. However healthy is oneself, it is seldom that a person can live over 100 years these days. If one tries to think correctly, it will be seen that many of us would die unexpectedly before we are hundred years old. Right around us we hear about, or see people die, unknown people and the loved ones. From babies, children, teens, middle aged to the old. The reality is there but we are not ready to accept it for ourself. 'It happened to the other but not to me, so what. That's nature'. That's how we argue with our inner self. We stop thinking about it then and there. A death elsewhere is only an incident for us. Only if a death of a loved one happens, then only we feel it for ourselves. Lord Buddha told us to be mindful about this factor. It will be seen that many of us would die unexpectedly without spending that 100 years we talked about earlier. Every passing moment is a moment that we all come near to that unavoidable unpleasant situation we call as death. But in our daily life, we live without sparing a single thought on it. Aren't we cheating ourselves thus becoming foolish in a sense by not accepting a reality of the life? One can argue with hundreds of reasons for not thinking about that reality. Will say it is not positive thinking. But accepting a Truth as a Truth itself is a first step into Positive thinking. We always get blinded with illusions and never called the shots honestly. We tried to hide behind a curtain when the things were not to our likings .Though we don't know about it, we are driven by fear within inside but Lord Buddha invites one to be brave and to accept the reality .There is no harm in it but you will grow in self confidence being able to accept the worst and to live the life with acceptance of correct facts with a brave and understanding character behind you. That person will be ways forward than the lesser fortuned persons who could not fathom the reality of life due to ignorance or we can say uneducatedness of the correct facts.


Soka - Worry
How often you get worried over something? Our worries may be never ending. We worry about our future, our health , about our loved ones. ' What happens suppose I lose my job due to the present economic downfalls ? What happens if I have to undergo the heart surgery and engage only in very light work? ' When worry comes in and engulfs, a person who don't know to overcome it will suffer due to it might lead a miserable life worrying unduly.

Parideva - lamentation
Some times if one cannot bear the grief due to some incident, will lament or grieve audibly or wail. These might reoccur sometimes making life too miserable for the person. It can also be expressed as passionate and animated activity of expressing grief and others may not able to bring comfort to the sufferer easily and quickly.

Dukka - Pain
This is the physical pain one undergoes due to a body injury , disease or a similar occurrence to the body. Until the cause gets cured, the pain will be there for pro longed periods. Everyone of us might have undergone pain due to a bodily injury at some time of the life. How we all want it to be cured in double quick time? Well no one would like to suffer from pain thought it might be unavoidable.

Domanassa - Grief
This is a mental factor of grief occurring over something which has a burning effect within inside self. The physical pain gets cured once the body heals but this is not so. Our mind can be driven to this situation quite often without being able to control it. Mental agony is so depressive that a person may not know how to get rid of it. Addressing mental disorders could be quite a challenge these days as more and more is noticeable in our society now.

Upayasa - Despair
This is loosing hope on something or one's self or overcome by a sense of defeat. Suppose a loved one died near to us so a sense of defeat overcome the mind. Never would be that loving person be there again - that sort of thought will drive the sufferer to a sense of defeat and a depressive mood.

Lord Buddha explained that the above factors as a part of sufferings humans have to undergo. He just did not stop on the statement on suffering itself, but showed the way out from it. It is called the Noble Eightfold Path.
There is a great possibility of experiencing the above mentioned phenomena or qualities ( regarding death- it's writing on the wall ! ) by any of us during our lifetime. Being in any of that status would not be a pleasant experience to anyone. Getting known of the worst itself is a great plus point as one knows how to counter it when it appears. The remedial actions are there to take for the Buddha disciple. If anyone is ignorant on these, that person would be ill prepared once he encounter them in real life. Making use of the Lord Buddha's wisdom is the way out from these pit holes. In our day to day affairs we used to mention the phrase -' in the worst scenario this is what will happen 'etc.- In the same way we need to asses the worst scenarios beforehand as that's what the wise has to do. Buddha's teachings are numerous and merits for persuasion spending even a persons entire lifetime. That's why many became Bhikkus to spend the entire lifetime following the path shown by the Buddha. Here we might just touch a thing or two from what the Buddha had expounded but even that might help someone immensely as a stepping stone to the wisdom Buddha had shown us.

All Up Country train services from Colombo to Kandy,Badulle and Matale bound trains have been cancelled since this morning due to the adverse weather condition including land slides and floods occurred in those areas at present the Sri Lanka Railways Department has announced.

Land Slides and Floods have obstructed some rail tracks in up country as well the department has said.

Meanwhile authorities have urged public to avoid traveling up country especially Badulle District due to the possible land slide threats.Seven people have been reported as missing due to a land slide occurred in the district this morning.

One Person Killed And Three Got Injured Due To A Land Slide In Peradeniya

One person was killed and three others were injured due to a land slide occurred in Muruthalawa area in Peradeniya during early hours of  today(25).Due to the heavy showers experienced in the area a mud slide was fell to a house early this morning and killed one person stayed inside the house and three persons including a  small child have  got injured and admitted to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital. 


As the adverse weather condition is to continue further throughout the island during next 24 hours as well  the Disaster Management Center(DMC) has issued land slide warning to six districts namely Kandy,Badulla,Matale,Ratnapure,Kegalle and Nuwara Eliya .

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Health Workers Belongs to 15 Health Categories To Launch An Island Wide Strike

Health Workers belongs to  15 health categories including government nurses and professions supplementary to medicine(PSM'S) have decided to launch an island wide continuous strike from next Tuesday(30) by demanding to increase their allowances the Joint Front Of Nurses,PSM'S And Para Medics has stated.

The Joint Front has demanding the government  to grant Rs.15,000 On Call allowance for the said health category workers in the view of the allowance increase given to medical doctors with effect from 01st of January 2015.

Around 10,000 health workers are due to launch this strike from 8.a.m next Tuesday the joint convener of the Joint Front Saman Ratnapriya has said.

Presidential Election Related Violence's Are On The Increase


Since the declaration of the forthcoming presidential elections around 510 complaints related to the election violence have been reported throughout the island according   to the Election Secretariat .Out of these election related violence's  45 were serious incidents and there were 465 minor complaints the department has announced.

Monday, December 22, 2014

THOUGHT OF THE DAY FOR YOUR LIFE FROM BUDDHISM (SOURCE-BUDDHASASANA SITE)

Kamma is an impersonal, natural law that operates in accordance with our actions. It is a law in itself and does not have any lawgiver. Kamma operates in its own field without the intervention of an external, independent, ruling agent.


Kamma or karma can be put in the simple language of the child: do good and good will come to you, now, and hereafter. Do bad and bad will come to you, now, and hereafter.
In the language of the harvest, kamma can be explained in this way: if you sow good seeds, you will reap a good harvest. If you sow bad seeds, you will reap a bad harvest.
In the language of science, kamma is called the law of cause and effect: every cause has an effect. Another name for this is the law of moral causation. Moral causation works in the moral realm just as the physical law of action and reaction works in the physical realm.
In the Dhammapada, kamma is explained in this manner: the mind is the chief (forerunner) of all good and bad states. If you speak or act with a good or bad mind, then happiness or unhappiness follows you just as the wheel follows the hoof of the ox or like your shadow which never leaves you.
Kamma is simply action. Within animate organisms there is a power or force which is given different names such as instinctive tendencies, consciousness, etc. This innate propensity forces every conscious being to move. He moves mentally or physically. His motion is action. The repetition of actions is habit and habit becomes his character. In Buddhism, this process is called kamma.
In its ultimate sense, kamma means both good and bad, mental action or volition. 'Kamma is volition,' says the Buddha. Thus kamma is not an entity but a process, action, energy and force. Some interpret this force as 'action-influence'.  It is our own doings reacting on ourselves. The pain and happiness man experiences are the result of his own deeds, words and thoughts reacting on themselves. Our deeds, words and thoughts produce our prosperity and failure, our happiness and misery.
Kamma is an impersonal, natural law that operates strictly in accordance with our actions. It is law in itself and does not have any lawgiver. Kamma operates in its own field without the intervention of an external, independent ruling agency. Since there is no hidden agent directing or administering rewards and punishments, Buddhists do not rely on prayer to some supernatural forces to influence karmic results. According to the Buddha, kamma is neither predestination nor some sort of determinism imposed on us by some mysterious, unknown powers or forces to which we must helplessly submit ourselves.
Buddhists believe that man will reap what he has sown; we are the result of what we were, and we will be the result of what we are. In other words, man is not one who will absolutely remain to be what he was, and he will not continue to remain as what he is. This simply means that kamma is not complete determinism. The Buddha pointed out that if everything is determined, then there would be no free will and no moral or spiritual life. We would merely be the slaves of our past. On the other hand, if everything is undetermined, then there can be no cultivation of moral and spiritual growth. Therefore, the Buddha accepted neither strict determinism nor strict undeterminism.

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