Bodhu Bala Sena’s Gnanasara Thero Makes Arrangements to visit Australia on a “Spiritual Awakening Mission”

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D.B.S.Jeyaraj

Bodhu Bala Sena General-Secretary Ven.Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero is scheduled to visit Australia on a “spiritual awakening mission” in a few weeks time it is learnt.

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BBS briefs Foreign Correspondence Association, FCA President @shiharaneez presents a token to Gnanasara Thero – pic by @Azzamameen

The notorious monk known for articulating racial and religious hatred against minority communities in Sri Lanka and instigating violence will be conducting a series of meetings in different cities of Australia where he will explain the basic tenets of Buddhism .

Gnanasara Thero is also expected to speak about the situation prevailing in Sri Lanka and explain the underlying reasons behind the influx of asylum seekers sailing in boats seeking political refuge in Australia.

Ven. Galagoda Aththe Thero’s itinerary in Australia is being finalised by a Sri Lankan expatriate organization with strong links to the Sri Lankan diplomatic mission in Canberra.The Buddhist monk will be addressing meetings as part of a “spiritual awakening mission” by him.

Gnanasara Thero is planning to visit several Australian cities including Sydney,Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Darwin.

A group of Buddhist clergy and Laity representing the Bodhu Bala Sena will accompany Gnanasara Thero to Australia.

Arrangements for Gnanasara Thero and the Bodhu Bala Sena to visit Australia were made in the aftermath of the recent visit to Sri Lanka by Australian minister for immigration and border protection Scott Morrison.The aussie minister has come in for heavy criticism from human rights activists for the harsh measures adopted as “operation sovereign borders” to deter asylum seekers coming to Australia.The Australian govt is closely collaborating with the Sri Lankan Govt to prevent as well as apprehend Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

Bodhu Bala Sena General-Secretary Ven.Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero

Bodhu Bala Sena General-Secretary Ven.Galagoda Aththe Gnanasara Thero

During his Sri Lankan visit minister Morrison held fruitful talks on these issues with Sri Lankan Defence and Urban Development secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa.The arrangements for Gnanasara Thero’s impending Australian visit were finalised in the wake of Morrison’s visit to Sri Lanka.Incidently Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has refuted allegations of being associated with the Bodhu Bala Sena.

Gnanasara Thero’s plan to visit USA in July was thwarted by the US embassy in Colombo that revoked the five year multiple -entry visa granted to the BBS general secretary.Likewise European countries like Britain and France too have rebuffed Gnanasara Thero’s attempts to visit those countries.

Entry was denied because of the ethno -religious fascist Bodhu Bala Sena’s alleged involvement in the recent incidents of anti-Muslim violence.

Australia however has deviated from the course adopted by other Western nations in this regard

It is however learnt that Australia has been severely criticised on the account and that immense pressure is being exerted on Canberra to abort Gnanasara’s visit down under.