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Islam and Buddhism: What is common between the two religions?

Views - 274 Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:10

What could be more different than Islam and Buddhism one would say, and this can be echoed in one of Rudyard Kipling’s famous saying “…never the twain shall meet”. The Buddha is right when he says that it is ignorance that is at the root of

I am but a pencil in the hand of God

Views - 5 Saturday, 19 October 2019 00:01

I had the privilege of meeting an enlightened master who told me, “God is Love.” She was a simple householder, a wife and mother of five with an eighth grade education, who grew up in the little sugar plantation of Waipahu on the Island of Oahu i

Learning the meaning of love and faith from Lewis Allen

Views - 7 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

By Suryamithra Vishwa Lewis Allen, the international gem dealer, who lost his wife in the 21 April Easter Sunday terror attack in this country, showed Sri Lankans and the world the real meaning of forgiveness, love and faith when he re-visited Sri La

Suggestions for an invention for food waste, an imperative for a green nation

Views - 7 Saturday, 12 October 2019 00:00

It is up to us humans who inhabit this planet to think of diverse ways and means to occupy it without destroying it. One of the ways we are killing the planet is by drowning it and ourselves in refuse which we as a nation take little trouble to sort

Health is the ultimate profit: An effort at serving health and wellbeing

Views - 13 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:10

Food is what sustains us. Food of a particular country can also be called part of its heritage as what constitutes the diet of a nation is what grows in a particular land. In places such as Sri Lanka, our ancestral history and who we were as a people

Harmony Quote

Views - 6 Saturday, 5 October 2019 00:01

Entered into Divine Mind, herself made over to That, the soul at first contemplates that realm; but once she sees that which is higher still, she leaves all else aside. Thus when I enter a house rich in beauty, I might gaze about and admire the var

Let us dare to be conscious on how we are ruining our country and the planet

Views - 13 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:05

The world last week saw how a 16-year-old Swedish schoolgirl, Greta Thunberg, jolted powerful world leaders, demanding that they finally wake up to their hypocrisy and stop killing the planet with their non-action and continue to subject humans to th

Harmony Quote

Views - 5 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:01

“The Buddhas do but tell the way, it is for you to labour at the task.”

A look at Sri Lanka’s lost hydraulic knowledge

Views - 40 Saturday, 28 September 2019 00:00

In this interview, Eng. (Dr.) Chandana Jayawardana traces Sri Lanka’s ancient hydraulic expertise as part of the focus of this page to look at the many facets of Sri Lanka’s indigenous knowledge that kept the life of our ancestors in perfect harm

Changing what we eat to be ‘climate smart’

Views - 26 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:10

The key strategy for sustainable ‘climate smart’ agriculture involves changing the food we eat, because we need to adapt our diet to suit the challenges faced by climate change. According to the Meteorological Department, prolonged droughts and e

Harmony Quote

Views - 13 Saturday, 21 September 2019 00:01

“The control of the palate is a valuable aid for the control of the mind.”

Some possible strategies for sustainable climate smart agriculture

Views - 42 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:10

Climate change is here to stay and it is seriously impacting the ecosystem. There are much less insects – very little if any Christmas Flies (Meru) in December, the Murunga trees not covered by caterpillars during the season and many creatures that

Harmony Quote

Views - 23 Saturday, 7 September 2019 00:01

Meditation is the regular, systematic training or attention to turn inward and dwell continuously on a single focus within consciousness. With practice we can become so absorbed in the object of our contemplation that while we are meditating we forge

Tackling forest fires wisely

Views - 59 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:10

In the backdrop of the Amazon forest fires, last week also saw Elle rock and the Moneragala Maragala rock forest reserve going up in flames. In July this year over 500 acres were burnt down in Sri Lanka in the Moneragala District. We spoke to Dr. Ra

Saving snakes, saving the eco system; the story of a unique human

Views - 75 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:05

In a backdrop where the current education system has failed to bring children and youth close to the natural world and to the many creatures that we share the space of this earth with, there is one man, of humble means and little formal education who

That one I love who is incapable of ill will

Views - 34 Saturday, 31 August 2019 00:01

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

Views - 59 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 - 275 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 - 343 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 - 78 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 - 36 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


Views - 33 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 - 63 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 - 45 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 - 38 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 - 49 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 - 111 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 - 31 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 - 73 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 - 193 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.

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A 4D presidential ‘laugh-a-thon’ that’s not on

Thursday, 24 October 2019

A funny thing happened on the way to the forum. Where once we had a paucity of presidential candidates, we now have a superfluity of them. You would think that from this panoply of contenders who’ve thrown their hat in the ring, we’d be spoilt fo

Forgotten tranquil train journeys in Sri Lankan landscapes

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Railway transportation is considered as the multifaceted economic booster in the world. Switzerland is the role model in utilising railways in envisaging the above concept. The Nuwara Eliya railway line was an exclusion for tourism and freight. Back

Zero waste: a wish come true?

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Zero Waste is a concept, which focuses on waste prevention where essentially resource life cycles are redesigned in such a way that all products are used and no waste is created. It is well-aligned with a circular economy approach, which facilitates

Sri Lanka’s obsession with plastic bags

Thursday, 24 October 2019

At a time where the world expresses growing concerns about climate change, Sri Lanka is still oblivious to the impact of single-use plastic on the environment, marine biodiversity and humans. Ignorance may be bliss in some instances but, not when we

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