Wirathu, the "Buddhist Bin Laden"
goes preaching from
village to village in Burma ("Time" photo)
"As long as there are
(French title of "From here to eternity"), this movie well famed when I
was 20 was an indictment of brutality and ethical
dilapidation in mankind.
But as long as there are men, will we see
only untruth, injustice, violence, until the last human disappears
No, the Arès Pilgrims declare. The Revelation of Arès
has been given, because Eden can be restored, if a sufficient small
remnant of penitents gives renewed Light
(Rev of Arès 12/4)
and Peace (Rev of Arès xxv/11) to
the dark, deceitful, violent world.
Even if I know the world’s
sin, I can’t help
but shout with pain:
Burma Bouddhists slaughter Muslims.
cut the Baal priests’ throats. Muhammad used to wage war. Even kind
Jesus drove out the dealers of the temple. But has any violence ever
been reported about Bhudda? No, Buddhists have had an utterly
peaceful prophet. How can those who claim to follow him kill Muslims,
vandalize mosques, and what’s more spiritually led by a 46-year-old
No doubt Burmese Muslims are not lambs, but what
sort of threat may 4% of Muslims be in a 70% Buddhistic 54-million
As long as Burma was ruled by a military dictatorship,
there was no barbaric acts between Buddhists and Muslims, but now
politic freedom is back and Buddhists attack Muslims.
Not only do
I sadly murmur that this says a lot about the meaning sinners
give to the word freedom, but I whisper to the Maker, "Burma is
not in my mission area (Rev of Arès 5/5-7),
but please do not put off calling a prophet over there for too
Fortunately, all of Burmese Buddhists are not
murderous. One of them, monk Watcharapong Suttha, who was severely
wounded by an Islamic bomb burst while he was begging and who is
still convalescing, says, "Islam is not violent. It is also a
peaceful religion. Let’s be wary of blaming! If we blame Muslims,
they’re going to blame us, so there will be a neverending
revenge" (Rev of Arès 27/9).
the pilgrimage days I will usually ponder over the sins
and sufferings of my Christian, Jewish, Muslim brothers all over my
mission area, but I fondly think of the sins
and sufferings of my human fellows on the Rangoon side as well.
Pilgrims, a gigantic task is in store for you.