THOSE FLYING MONKS AND THEIR
FLYING MACHINE...They go up (pra! pa!) and down (pra! pa!)....
naice picture from The Daily Noise!
A special delegation led by
Rehabilitation, Resettlement and Refugees Minister Dr. Jayalath
Jayawardena and Diyawadane Nilame Neranjan Wijeyaratne and comprising a
large number of Bhikkus and members of several Buddhist organisation
left for Jaffna by plane yesterday morning to participate in the
pinnacle placing ceremony of the Naga Viharaya in Jaffna. Here they are
seen at the Ratmalana Airport prior to their depasture. Picture by Ruwan
de Silva / Daily News 25th May 2002
these monks wanted to fly to Eelam, SCN came to the rescue and
provided a Dandu Monara.
Anyone with even
a vague knowledge of early SriLankan history and particular the
Ramayana would know that we invented the flying machine (Dandu
Monara) long before Wilbur and Orville.
So it does seem
natural that these monks should fly...although one has a vague
feeling that such luxury goes against the teaching of Gautama
Buddha...perhaps they should have walked?
The aircraft is
ex-Aeroflot so perhaps that's really not luxury.
Note: On the subject of flying clergy here is a
Flying Monk in one of the Tintin books (Tintin in Tibet) who flies
without the aid of a machine. So could Superman tm. Jesus Christ
could fly too but only after he died. He mostly ascended in
helicopter fashion. Anyone can fly after they are dead.
many Poles does it take to change a light bulb?
Answer: One to
hold the bulb and four to turn him around!
We presume that
most SCN readers would know this rather ancient joke.
How many monks does it take
to lay a pinnacle?
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