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Advent 2015 Is Upon Us. Rejoice!

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by Anura Guruge


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As a Reformed, Born-Again, Heathen I LOVE Christmas and always have. I love everything about Christmas — and I have even been known to go to church on Christmas eve because I love the music and pageantry.

My surrogate father [who I called ‘Ta’ (the first two letters of ‘Tatta’, the Sinhalese (and Yiddish) word for father), and after who I take after the most in terms of personality] was a mainly-white, Burgher Baptist. I used to spend all my weekends and holidays with them — he and his wife (my adoptive mother’s older sister). They had no children and he was a lawyer (the solicitor for the Ceylon Ministry of Food) and she the Deputy Principal of Ceylon’s largest and most prestigious school. I MADE OUT LIKE A BANDIT. I was to learn that Ta shopped right through the year to make sure he got enough presents for me at Christmas! Very early on WE dispensed with Christmas stockings. They were too small. He instituted the notion of Christmas PILLOWCASES — and soon we had to have two. He also did an elaborate Christmas dinner, with all the works, for the entire family — most of whom were Buddhists — on Christmas Day. So I was inculcated into the joys of Christmas since a baby.

Anywho …

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Similar to what I had. Mine had more blue.

I am also very partial to Advent calendars — ever since I encountered them. For whatever reason we did not have them in Ceylon. To be honest I only encountered Advent calendars quite ‘late’ in my life. In my early 20s. Over the years I used to collect fancy Advent calendars. I used to have a really nice, royal blue and gold, 3D Cathedral one. You opened a portal each day. I think we have bits of it still. But since it was made of stiff paper it eventually started to fall apart.

Of late I don’t bother with a calendar for myself. More fun to let the kids enjoy. Yes, I get them — and Deanna — chocolate ones. I buy a LOT of them each year because I LOVE to give them to people. That reminds me. I will have to go to Hannaford and buy 20 – 25 today! Well, the kids end up getting two each. And one for Deanna. So that is 5 straight off the bat. And at Christmas I love to play the tanned St. Nicholas …

A couple of years ago I discovered the LEGO Advent Calendars. Now I get one each year for Teischan. See above.

Given my interest in religion (in particular early Christianity) I do appreciate that what WE mainly celebrate as Advent is the COMMERCIAL Advent as opposed to the Liturgical Advent. And ironically Advent isn’t a countdown to Christmas BUT to the Second Coming of Christ — and there is  BIG difference. Liturgically the Advent does not start on Dec. 1 (unless it happens to fall on a Sunday). Never mind. This year we are close.

Rejoice. Enjoy. Be Merry. The Advent is upon us. 


Google With Its Doodle For Nepal Propagates The Misconception Of Buddhist Prayer.

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by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Google’s explanation that accompanied its May 29, 2015 Google Doodle for Nepal. Click image with candles, top right, to access that Google Doodle.


Note that it says ‘prayers to Buddha‘.

Yes, a lot of people, not too brightly pray to Buddha. Sadly that has to be a very pointless task. The Buddha, by his own words, and by the fundamental tenets of Buddhism, NO LONGER EXISTS.

The Buddha reached Nirvana. It basically means that his soul ceased to exist. His soul was blown out like a candle.

The Buddha attaining Niravana is the Buddhist equivalent to the resurrection. It is the crux of the belief.

So, as I always ask, how can YOU pray to somebody who does NOT exist. Yes, that raises other questions about other religions BUT, those who pray do so BECAUSE they are 1,000%+ convinced that there is somebody UP THERE. The Buddha is NOT up there. Take my word on that. I know. I know my Buddhism.

I explained this all before in this July 3, 2014 post. Here is a snippet from that post.

In theory Buddhist should NOT pray!They have nobody to pray to. I kind of explained it here. Yes, Buddhist pray. The family that adopted me were BIG into prayer. But they prayed to the Hindu gods and sometimes even to the Christian God. So that is the flip of what Rowan is doing. Devout Buddhist praying to Christ because the Buddha is unavailable to answer prayer.”


Also please check out this post, from November 19, 2012,
which YET AGAIN is on this very topic.

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