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ABC News Quotes Me In Their Papal Resignation Coverage.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement … — Feb. 11, 2013.
>> Pope To Resign. My Website Inundated — Feb. 11, 2013.
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Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World
>>Oct 28, 2012.

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Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics;
>>2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


Click to access coverage.

Click to access coverage.

What A Day. Pope Announces Retirement. My 4 Years Of ‘The Next Pope’ & Papabili Becomes Flavor Of The Day. Thanks GoDaddy.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> Pope To Resign. My Website Inundated — Feb. 11, 2013.
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Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World — Oct 28, 2012.
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Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics; 2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

I was the last one to expect this pope to resign. I had spent hours arguing against it. My basic premise was the same as that been bandied around in Rome: ‘you don’t climb down from the cross‘. It is a job for life. My Queen exemplifies that and today more than ever I was proud of her and her commitment to upholding that duty and tradition.

The pope resigning causes manifold complications that most have not even thought about. Does he go back to being a cardinal? He probably does. But, a problem. He was a Cardinal Bishop. Cardinal Bishops must hold what is called a Suburbicarian See (suburban, i.e. surrounding Rome) ‘seat’. There are only 7 and they are all allocated. Yes, the pope can do anything, but it will be even more stange if he creates a new Suburbicarian See for himself. He most likely will have to be called Cardinal Ratzinger, though many will have problems doing that having got used to calling him by other, more elevated titles. There are also some interesting legal ramifications. Since he will no longer be a head of state he loses his diplomatic immunity. That could become an issue.

For the last 4 years I have been waiting for this day, i.e., the start of a papal transition. I like most others thought that there will be a gentle lead-in period. The pope falling ill … That what has happened most of the time other than with poor John Paul I (#264). But, there was no ramp-up in this case. It was BANG.

Deanna woke me up with a phone call at 8:10 am to tell me the news. I knew that it would be quite a day.

I knew that there would be lots of hits. I did not expect it to exceed 150 connections per second. I upgraded the capacity of the Web server around 10 am. But, even I couldn’t get in.

Nearly all of my Web assets, other than my (35+) WordPress.com blogs (such as this), are with GoDaddy.com. I have been with them for at least 11 year, maybe more. GoDaddy and I grew up together over those years. There were some rocky patches. We weathered them. About 4 or 5 years ago there was a marked change. We kind of got pretty close to mission-critical level, ‘non-stop’ operation. I was glad that I stuck with them. I kind of know my way with them.

A few years ago I had e-mailed the Office of the President of GoDaddy. They took care of it and even responded by e-mail. I kept that e-mail address. I do not abuse. I have used it sparingly.

This morning I e-mailed the Office again and explained my dilemma. A very nice gentleman, an Irish Catholic, called me within 30 minutes. He said that some of my problems were already fixed.

Now here is the amazing part. Over the day he called me back 6 times, on his own volition. They were monitoring the hits on my site and trying to help me out. They did two further upgrades for me, free of charge! What service. I am so grateful. So appreciative. They came through for me. That was good. Thank YOU, GoDaddy. All together I have had over 30,500 hits today. That is about a 30 fold increase. Yes, between this blog and my two pope blogs I average over a 1,000 hits a day and that is not counting my ‘dormant’ Windows 7 blog that continues to get 150 hits a day — and has done every day since 2010.

Pope Benedict XVI To Resign. My Website & Blogs Inundated. ‘The Next Pope 2011’ Book Still Is “THE MUST READ”.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
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Alton, NH Once Again Becomes ‘Consistory Central’ For The World — Oct 28, 2012.
>>
Rome Reports (Vatican TV) Cites Me AGAIN For Papal Statistics; 2nd Time In 6 Months — July 25, 2012.


This books is 100% valid. Read it.

This books is 100% valid. Read it.

The pope always had the option to retire. I, in particular, did not think he would ever exercise it. The last pope to resign was Gregory XII in 1415.

News reports are WRONG. At least 6 prior popes have resigned.

My Websites can’t keep up. This morning they were getting 50 hits per second. Managed to upgrade to 150 hits/second. Still exceeding that. I can’t get in to do any posts!

ABC News just called. A Canadian radio station interviewed me for 20 minutes.

GoDaddy is being wonderful. GoDaddy CEO is personally monitoring Website. They are going to do a 2nd upgrade!

 

President Obama, In Thailand, Unintentionally Propagates Misnomer About Buddhist Prayer.


Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

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Click to access the U.K. ‘Daily Mail’ article replete with three colour pictures.


Prayer means many things to many people, and to many it is a very personal and reverential facet of their life. You could tell that the President, always politic even when making a joke, was very careful about how he ‘worded it’ and then referred to it as ‘good vibes’ when talking to journalist. Given that his true faith is often questioned, the last thing the President wanted, so soon after his resounding reelection, was for the ‘birthers‘ to start claiming that he was now a Buddhist! The current pope, Benedict XVI (#266), is definitely not a fan of non-Christain prayer.

We need to tread very carefully when it comes to Buddhism and prayer to avoid unwarranted misconceptions.

It is also important to make a distinction as to the meaning and significance of prayer. To many, prayer involves asking for intervention of some sort, typically in the form of a beneficial favor. In this case, the President, when talking of prayer, was referring to a beneficial outcome in the U.S. Fiscal Cliff talks.

So, this is why you need to be careful when you bring up prayer and Buddhism in the context of ‘I need a favor‘ type prayers.

Simply put in Buddhism per se there is really no one that can really grant anyone, even the President of the U.S., with beneficial favors!

Yes, of course, Buddhist pray. That is beyond doubt or debate. My mother who was a devout Buddhist prayed incessantly and was known for having a never ending supply of Holy Water from Lourdes and Holy Ash from Sai Baba!

Though some will argue, Buddha was not a god, and definitely not ‘God’ with a capital ‘G’. Buddha was very specific about that. Though he was not fond of discussing how we came to be, he was always adamant that he was not ‘God the Creator’. So, Buddha, or Siddhartha Gautama Buddha to be specific, was not God.

The Buddha per his own was to reach the state of ‘Nirvana‘ when he died (over 2,400 years ago). Nirvana is the cessation of existence. So other than his teachings and some relics nothing of the Buddha per se exists. There is definitely no ‘soul’, ‘being’, ‘persona’, ‘spirit’ or ‘essence’ of the Buddha floating around here, there or in heaven. That would be totally against his much beloved noting of ‘Nirvana’. So, this means, that while you obviously can’t stop people doing so, it is kind of futile praying to Siddhartha Gautama Buddha. He by his own claim ceased to exist in any tangible form. So, that is, to me, the most fundamental issue when it comes to Buddhism and prayer. You cannot equate Buddha to the Abrahamic God. You might want to, but it just does not make sense.

Yes, Buddhism does embrace the notion of ‘non-human’ entities called ‘Devas’. Yes, of course, you can pray to them, and Buddhist do. But, per the teachings these Devas have limited powers and are definitely not supposed to grant favors — even if they had the power to do so!

In reality, many Buddhist, my family among them, pray most often to the Hindu gods. Buddha was born an Hindu and the two religions acknowledge each other. All Buddhist temples in Sri Lanka (where I come from) have shrines for two or more Hindu gods. In Sri Lanka it is a seamless, symbiotic relationships. Buddhists pray to the Hindu gods. But, to me there is a distinction. That is not Buddhist prayer. That is Hindu prayer.

Yes, ‘Buddhist prayer’ in the form of a kind of meditation is favored by some. But, that is prayer without asking for something. So it is different; very different to some.

So, I just wanted to make sure that my President was not misleading all.


As it happened, this June, in Boston, I actually interviewed my father about ‘Buddhist prayer’, on video, he being a noted, mightily published Buddhist scholar.

Click to access the video interview on ‘YouTube’. The section on prayer starts at around the 10:21 minute mark.