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Treatment Of This 70-Year Old, Kandy Temple Elephant Is A SIN On All Sri Lankan Buddhists.

by Anura Guruge


From TODAY. Click image to access their Facebook page. They are REAL.


Click to ENLARGE. Use above link.


Click to ENLARGE. Use link from 1st picture.


Click to ENLARGE. From Wikipedia. He is no longer in charge. But, ….


Click to access my post from just a few months ago.


I do NOT think this can be dismissed as FAKE news. I am NOT there in Kandy, to go and check, but the pictures look real. [Yes, it was over 50-years ago BUT I used to visit the Temple often, have fed the elephants and, moreover, have, unlike most, had the privilege of seeing the REAL tooth relic (inside the innermost sanctum) as opposed to the replica that is on display and paraded in the perahera.]

This is distressing. There is NO excuse for this.

I am kind of surprised and puzzled. In general, ‘we’ (i.e., Sri Lankans) take good care of our elephants — despite some unnecessary stupidity like getting them to kneel to worship Buddhist statues. This is beyond the pale.

This kind of inhumane treatment has no place in any culture, let alone a culture that CLAIMS to value compassion.

I, alas, now, have ZERO contacts in Sri Lanka. I left 52-years ago — this month.

But, I ‘messaged’ Neranjan Wijeyeratne via Facebook. He was one of the many surrogate sons my parents adopted. He lived with them in Paris for years. I was living in the U.K. at the time. But, we visited Paris often and as such I knew Neranjan well. Let’s see if I hear back from him.

IF YOU have contacts in Sri Lanka — ideally with clout, PLEASE do something about this.

This is ANOTHER blot-in-the-copybook for Sri Lankan Buddhists.


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Making Elephants Worship The Buddha Is So Very Juvenile — And So Very Sri Lankan!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Saw it on my Facebook timeline today. It makes me very angry and sad.


Click to access my earlier post.


This upsets me, greatly. Elephants do NOT worship the Buddha, any other gods or anybody for that matter. Elephants do NOT worship.

Do NOT foist religion on elephants or any other animal.

Dogs do not go to heaven, and elephants have NO notion of religion.

Yes, Sri Lankan Buddhists think this is so special and noble. They are too shallow to appreciate that it makes them look … Well, how can I say it politely.

Elephants deserve better.

To be FAIR, Sri Lankan elephants are, by and large, well treated. They are taught to kneel. So, they will kneel.

This is so juvenile. I wish they would grow up.


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Making Elephants Kneel In Front Of Buddha Statues Is Very Juvenile — And Sri Lankan.

by Anura Guruge


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Seen on Facebook. I am NOT going to provide a link so as to protect the ….


Yes, I know that the mahout thinks he is doing something NOBLE. And I really don’t want to criticize the mahouts. They are typically not the most educated of folks and their skills are in dealing with elephants.

But Buddhist monks and others, better educated, should prevent this from taking place.

IF an elephant, on its own volition, wants to kneel or pay homage in any other way, to a Buddha statue or anything Buddha-related, I am ALL IN FAVOR. That is fine.

But do NOT make a noble animal do something that it has no idea as to why it is doing so. That is not cricket.

A domesticated, tame elephant, 99% will do whatever it is asked to do. But, come on. This is NOT right.

This upset me. As you may know I do not totally object to elephants being made to perform because like dogs they like to please. But we need to have limits.


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