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Garbage and mindfulness

Views - 5 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:02

The past week saw the miracle of spick and span garbage-free roads in some parts of Colombo and reports that garbage was cleared off roads within two hours in areas of Maharagama on the directive of the new Presid

Transformation of the world can come only from inner transformation in individuals

Views - 36 Saturday, 30 November 2019 00:01

When individuals transform, families transform; when families transform, communities transform; when communities transform, countries transform; when countries transform, the world transforms – Prof. Rohana Ulluwishewa

Author of award-winning book ‘Spirituality Demystified’ explains his work

Views - 83 Saturday, 23 November 2019 00:00

Q: ‘Spirituality Demystified – Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms’, is your second book. Your first book was ‘Spirituality and Sustainable Development’. Could you give a background on your early academic career, the study discipli

Let us be the leaders our country needs

Views - 29 Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:05

Last week this page carried a review of an internationally award winning book titled ‘Spirituality Demystified – Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms’. This is a book that breaks into small bits the misconceptions of that mysterious wor

Harmony Quote

Views - 8 Saturday, 16 November 2019 00:01

“Where are you searching for me, friend? Look! Here I am right within you. Not in temple nor in mosque. Not in Kaaba nor Kailas. But here right within you am I.”

Love humanity

Views - 6 Saturday, 16 November 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 Proph


Views - 15 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:05

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.

Harmony Quote

Views - 7 Saturday, 9 November 2019 02:04

Most of us cannot help comparing ourselves with others, at least now and then. In fact this has become so entrenched today that in order to have self-esteem, it seems almost necessary to say “I am better than he is, so I am good.”

Book review: ‘Spirituality Demystified: Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms’

Views - 125 Saturday, 9 November 2019 01:58

‘Spirituality Demystified: Understanding Spirituality in Rational Terms’, is the second book of Rohana Ulluwishewa, an award-winning author on topics linking ‘spirituality’ with the practical, such as the concept of ‘sustainability’ linke

Harmony Quote

Views - 7 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:02

Who has not found the heaven below, will fail of it above. God’s residence is next to mind. His furniture is love. EMILY DICKINSON

Role of Muslims in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday carnage

Views - 200 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:01

Deshabandu Jezima Ismail, prominent educator and social activist, speaks to Suryamithra Vishwa on the role of Muslims in the aftermath of the Easter Sunday terror. Following are excerpts of the interview:

Using Buddhism for peace

Views - 6 Saturday, 2 November 2019 00:00

Last year in March, the Digana area of Kandy went up in flames with anti-Muslim violence. Years of culmination of one particular community being seen as the ‘other’ and conspiracy theories spread freely on social media helped to steer the violenc

Strategies to combat the dengue menace

Views - 18 Saturday, 26 October 2019 00:10

One of the concerns in Sri Lanka these days is the rise of cases of dengue. Various efforts are being made by the authorities, and the Colombo Municipality personnel have been going around clearing plants...

Proceeding from darkness to light

Views - 4 Saturday, 26 October 2019 00:04

The following are some well-known stanzas of the Upanishads which are part of the ancient Sanskrit Vedic texts: ‘Asatoma sath gamaya’, ‘Tamasoma jyotir gamaya’, ‘Mrutyorma Amritam gamaya’.

Harmony Quote

Views - 8 Saturday, 26 October 2019 00:03

Sri Lanka is the only home that citizens of this country have. Therefore, we have to collectively rise to ensure that the greatness of this country, from pre-colonial times to date, is ensured.


Views - 4 Saturday, 26 October 2019 00:01

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.

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

Views - 357 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 - 17 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 - 9 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 - 16 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 - 24 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 - 7 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 - 17 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 - 8 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 - 54 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 - 39 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 - 14 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 - 48 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 - 27 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 - 70 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

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Moving away from an insular mindset concerning the tea export business

Friday, 6 December 2019

Insufficient tea required to get ahead Sri Lanka mainly produces Orthodox teas as opposed to CTC teas which are largely used in producing tea bags. We are ahead of others in the former category but unfortunately way behind on the latter due to our cl

Opportunities for scaling up climate finance in Sri Lanka

Friday, 6 December 2019

The National Consultation on Climate Finance Mechanisms for Financial Institutions in Sri Lanka organised by ICC Sri Lanka together with UNESCAP brought together professionals from several sectors to discuss pressing issues in promoting climate-resil

Dilemmas of Sri Lanka

Friday, 6 December 2019

Whatever may be the history of Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the way he thinks, he has to function as the President of the people who voted for him as well as those who voted against him, during his tenure. The Sinhala Buddhist majority constituted the maj

Statesmanship and moral leadership

Friday, 6 December 2019

“The chief task in life is simply this: to identify and separate matters so that I can say clearly to myself which are externals not under my control, and which have to do with the choices I actually control. Where then do I look for good and evil?

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