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It is in the darkest of nights that the stars shine their brightest: Audrey Kitagawa 

Views - 8 Saturday, 24 August 2019 00:10

This Eid al-Adha dinner acknowledges an auspicious Islamic festival, and we are honoured to celebrate this moment together as representatives of different faith communities. It presents a paradigm of engagement that is at once respectful in its recog


The tragedy of the ongoing fires in the Ella Rock region in Sri Lanka and Amazon rainforest

Views - 50 Saturday, 24 August 2019 00:05

The Amazon rainforest fires have been raging for three weeks, largely out of media focus. This is one of the most devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest located in Brazil and is seen as a climate emergency. Pictures published by NASA on Thursday


Interreligious peacebuilding as an enabler of spiritual growth

Views - 284 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:58

It is now almost four months since the tragic and horrendous attacks on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka which penetrated the core of our beings, setting in motion a series of emotions, beyond the initial shock.


The urgent need to minimise the creation of ugliness

Views - 45 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:55

If one is trained from young days to see the world with equanimous eyes many things will appear beautiful. The more life is viewed from this lens of beauty, from child to adulthood, the creation of ugliness will be minimised and the creation of beaut


Harmony Quote

Views - 12 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:52

“As an irrigator guides water to the fields, as an archer aims an arrow, as a carpenter carves wood, the wise shape their lives” – The Buddha


Harmony

Views - 11 Saturday, 17 August 2019 00:51

How does one relate to the word ‘Harmony’? It is a word that is used across spheres; to describe peace within oneself and one’s outer world, fellowship within communities and also to describe anything that is perfect in its alignment.


Understanding SL’s fossilised environment to understand our indigenous knowledge

Views - 24 Saturday, 10 August 2019 00:00

Dr. Raj Somadeva, Senior Professor in Archaeology at the Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology in Colombo and founder Fellow of the Sri Lanka Council of Archaeologists, explains how understanding the natural history of Sri Lanka is essential to under


Dire need to resurrect our indigenous knowledge

Views - 18 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:10

Recently, a foreign-educated Sri Lankan with a degree in health studies from a Western university was talking about losing some family members to cancer. She was at the same time speaking highly about her foreign degree. Although brought up in Sri La


Harmony Quote Know one, Know all.-Katha Upanishad

Views - 20 Saturday, 3 August 2019 00:01

To know others, you do not have to go and knock on four billion separate doors. Once you have seen your real Self, you have seen the Self in all. It makes it easy to understand and to forgive, and very difficult to quarrel. All of life springs from t


We are our country

Views - 30 Saturday, 27 July 2019 12:37

It is 36 years since the 1983 Black July ethnic riots that targeted our fellow Tamil citizens and marred our nation’s consciousness. With each breath, with the quiet ticking of the clock, time has lapsed beneath the clouds of memory and despite 198


See me in every seen

Views - 92 Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:01

This below poem forms part of a manuscript of poetry being compiled for publication by a group of followers of the Naqshqbqndi Sufi Order, from Sri Lanka and abroad.  Note: In the Sufi Islamic tradition promoting love and peace as preached by Prophe


Harmony Quote

Views - 19 Saturday, 27 July 2019 00:01

Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.


Islamic perspective on living beings

Views - 49 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:10

The Harmony Page is generating a series of articles on how ancient as well as current spiritual and religious philosophies look at environment protection in their scriptures. The article below is part of this series.


Love, NOT Hate

Views - 168 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:01

This poem forms part of a manuscript of poetry being compiled for publication by a group of followers of the Naqshqbqndi Sufi Order, from Sri Lanka and abroad.


The art of making a true to life reel of Karma

Views - 32 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:01

The belief that each act of ours has a reaction that will affect us is something that most humans may have an element of belief in, even subconsciously, whatever their religious orientation, but it is somehow slips away from


Harmony Quote

Views - 29 Saturday, 20 July 2019 00:01

I tell you one thing – if you want peace of mind, do not find fault with others. Rather learn to see your own faults. Learn to make the whole world your own. No one is a stranger, my child; this whole world is your own


Teaching the concept of Karma through the cinematic realm

Views - 195 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:02

The term Karma is often seen as a religious term connected with Hinduism and Buddhism. However over time attempts have been made to give practical explanations through the scientific lenses to look at Karma akin to how one looks at physics, a science


Islamic perspective on living beings

Views - 205 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:01

With comparative reference to Jainism and Buddhism: The rights of animals and the delicate balance of our eco-system Life is sacred in all its


All mystics speak the same language, for they come from the same country

Views - 47 Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:00

What we are all looking for, even though we are searching in the most improbable places, is infinite wisdom, infinite joy, infinite love. In other words, we are trying to discover our real nature. At the very core of our being is a spark of purity, o


Harmony Page

Views - 198 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:50

How does one relate to the word ‘Harmony’? It is a word that is used across spheres; to describe peace within oneself and one’s outer world, fellowship within communities and also to describe anything that is perfect in its alignment. We say pe


Towards becoming mindful earthlings

Views - 67 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:34

Over the past few decades, the scientists who keep an eye on the Earth have been telling us that conditions on Earth are deteriorating. Animal and plant species are vanishing and so too would humans, we are warned. We can observe that the lifespan o


What does the Qur’an say about our environment? Being green our natural choice

Views - 507 Saturday, 6 July 2019 00:27

Our way of life is having a catastrophic impact on the environment, which is a looming existential threat to our civilisation. This is predicated on the ‘collapse of the world’s ice sheets due to rising temperature (NSIDC, 2019), which can cause


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The Presidential Election: Into anarchy or out of anarchy?

Saturday, 24 August 2019

In politics there are no absolute truths, rights or wrongs: all is relative. Politics is about choices and alternatives. It is also the art of the possible. The best policy for the people is to work through the give


We need to challenge climate change doubters before it is too late

Friday, 23 August 2019

Imagine a London where the entire subterranean region is engulfed with dirty water. Crammed train carriages that once barrelled along 249 miles of track transporting busy office workers, builders, teachers, civil servants, cleaners and students now r


The Provincial Council Elections – The charade goes on

Friday, 23 August 2019

Originally the SLPP was keen to hold the Provincial Council Elections (PCE) immediately after the Local Government Election results as they felt the PCE would go in their favour. PCE were held under the Proportional Representation system. The relevan


The presidency and the dilemma of the Presidential Election

Friday, 23 August 2019

J.R. Jayewardene created a presidential system not because the parliamentary system of governance that preceded it had failed. He wanted to take over all the powers of the State and assume the status of ancient kings who ruled the country in the past


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