Paths Links People

Paths Links People

Thonigala Inscriptions are of the 2nd Century BC and carved on Rock. information courtesy;Internet

Thonigala Inscriptions are of the 2nd Century BC and carved on Rock. information courtesy;Internet
Tonigala. (a.) Parumaka Abaya puta parumaka Tisaha wapi acagirika Tisa pawatahi agata anagata catudisa sagasa dine. Dewana pi maharaja Gamini Abaye niyate acanagaraka ca [tawi] rikiya nagaraka ca. Parumaka Abaya puta parumaka Tisa niyata pite raj aha agata anagata catudisa sagasa

History; Path to future

History; Path to future
Reading Future through History, Nagala mountain and the Stupa of the Nagala Kanda Rajamaha Viharaya, Nikaweva, Polpithigama, Kurunegala District.

yesterdays kingdoms enhanced people's today

yesterdays kingdoms enhanced people's today
let us view today through past ...........Kingdom of Yapahuwa - 13th Century

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

my views on SHORTCUTS' ................................


I know that nothing is impossible but some of the things in this commercialized, difficult but unpredictable, uneven world not so easy to achieve.  Some say that there are easiest ways to achieve some of the things that you like. ‘Shortcuts’ is a commonly used word among every generation or every group of people and it is an interesting thing to review or preview or to analyze and apply it to the various things we know and to the things related to our life.  I believe that there are no shortcuts to certain things in this world.  

There are no shortcuts to education. It is always wiser to get a thorough understanding/deeper knowledge on anything that you prefer to study that is useful and essential.

What ever you study or learn, in any moment, any occasion you may have to deal with human mind or body. Especially if you are dealing with human mind and body it is no joke ‘you can’t learn half or quarter of something but try and get the fullest or a complete ‘understanding that will lead to maximum positive, good better results and a broader picture  will not keep any gaps or doubts in any of the things. 

Do you think that ‘shortcuts’ are safer?  It is sometimes easy if you take the longer path than taking the shortcuts. Sometimes I feel shortcuts are not safer compared to the longer path you take. Shortcuts are full of unknown things and the path is not cleared sometimes.  Sometimes some shortcuts are familiar and some are unfamiliar to most of us I like to think. It is always good to have a proper ‘road map’ if you are not so sure about the path you are willing to take. 

Short cuts will end your journey within a shorter period of time the things that you may expect to see while walking or the things that you may need to capture is limited if you take a shorten way to reach to your choice of destination.

Some of our youngsters think that’ cigarettes’, alcohol, dangerous drugs, are very easiest ways to find happiness or at the same time some believe that those things are few  assured ways to reach to the ‘heaven’. But according to the realities that I experienced personally though I am no alcoholic or drug addict I can assure you
You can easily reach to the ‘hell’ for sure if you follow such a way to gain happiness I am not the only one who say these things the ‘doctors’ or the people who have the thorough understanding of those things, I am sure they agree with me.

Some shorts cuts leads you to not towards a successful or fruitful life but those things will ruin your life.

My father was a very strong smoker he had to end his life in a very sorrowful way – he was suffering from lung cancer. I do not have to explain the results of such things. Those things are death ways if one chose to walk along such a way a very smoky ‘cigarettes way’ - no way you can think of a healthy life.

Do you think that we can find shortcuts to the ‘death’ the never changing truth?  Yes I guess it is possible. But is it a wiser decision to take a shortcut to the death. I have heard people say and I know that ‘death’ has different facets compared to many other things in the world. ‘Death’ comes to you in many different ways and you never know about the path that you will have to choose. Things that you believe about ‘death’ or any other things perhaps have many things to do with your beliefs I believe or else the ‘religion’ you know or have learnt.

‘Committing suicide’ is not a strange term. I have no rights to say anything about these things but I personally believe that these things are unpredictable also how can we say that the victims do not like to live? For some I know a ‘moment’ of living has immeasurable value than anything else. These are very sensitive issue and it is not easy to make comment on these things. Some think committing suicide is a short cut way to find a solution/s to the issue/s that one faces.  

Some shortcut s gives you troubles just imagine if you do not like to choose the pedestrian crossing to cross the road and just cross the road from anywhere you like you will have to face unexpected problems may be you will have to compensate from your life for doing so. So such shortcuts only gives you troubles nothing else. There are many ways to cross a river I guess you can use the ‘bridge’ or can swim across or else can take a boat ride. What is safer or convenient you will have to decide?

There are no shortcuts to understand the ‘life’. I do not think that I have lived enough to understand the ‘realities’, the miraculous, sometimes unbelievable but beautiful ‘human mind’.  

I know no short cuts to understand or read human mind. I do not know even a longer way will give you enough of space to understand or read human mind -fullest way.

You can say many things just by touching the surface of something, or seeing things from outside but if you can touch the deeper layer of something you will get completely a different picture of that particular thing. This reality will not only applicable to the materials or non human things it is applicable to people’s behavioral patterns or to understand the human mind.  If you select the shortcuts to understand ones mind you will never ever succeed it is wiser to take the longer path and try touching the deeper layer of the mind to get an accurate picture. There are no shortcuts to understand the human mind I like to believe. If you know how to touch a back -end of a human mind you will realize how difficult or how foolish it is to try an understand things just looking at something from an external angle.

You can get relevant guidance or support about the path you have chosen. There are people who are willing to help any of the ways you choose. Some give you the advise to live and some gives you the advises to die.  You have to have a clear and conscious mind to select what is best for you.  

Have you heard of any shortcuts to understand the things that are very far or distance from your reach?  

Some think that there are some easiest ways or shortcuts to earn a living. Killing, smuggling, etc but I know nothing about ‘life time’ of all these ways of earning. 

There are no shortcuts to heaven or to Nibbana we all know that. There is a saying,

‘upan daa sita karapu paw netha warak wendoth kelaniye

When I was a small child I did not fully understand that phrase. I thought I will have a good life just by worshipping the kelaniya temple just for once. But later I realize the real meaning of the phrase; ‘warak’ is I guess hundred times (?) not just once. Not easy. I will have to worship ninety five more times to achieve what I want. But I should not think that by worshipping the Kelaniya the historical, the soil that got the touch of the Lord Buddha I will get the chance to reach to the heaven. I have a long way to go

But if you have the ‘confidence’ choosing the shortcuts and if you believe that the path you have chosen is safer I do not think that there will be any harm. These are my personal views about ‘shortcuts’ and also about other things that I m trying to reveal here the experts may have analyzed the things differently to what I m believing or they may have the wiser plans or the more accurate or the practical ideas about these things. 

Longer ways are tired full ways, these things check or test your patience. But longer ways may keep you away from many hazards known, unknown, or unexpected. 

But let me stop this note noting one lesson we have learnt from our past there is a saying I hope you all remember it ‘parangiya kotte giyaa wage’- if you do not know the path that you may planning to take others may take you from a their preferred way not good for your wallet may be or that may not good for your good name.

There is a saying have you heard about this before ‘ samaharu apiwa rawume gannawa’ some take you via rounds and rounds puzzling  not only your brain but also your mind.  Some rounds are very costly you may have to pay in money sometimes or in goods it depends on many different things actually.
Do not misunderstand me every thing we discuss not applicable to each and everyone of this universe. This is an uneven world full of different people with different attitudes, mind settings or cultural settings political and apolitical.

If you do not know the correct way to the house of ‘Sybil Wettasinghe’ a three wheeler friend may take you to her place in a bit of a ‘longer way’ – these ways are very expensive. This is not applicable to all our three wheeler friends.   

Correct or an accurate way is not always the longer way. There are middle ways also how can we forget that. ‘Maddhayama Prathipadawa’.

Dena giyoth kataragama nodena giyoth atharamaga’ – if you choose a way knowing it better you will face no or less problems. If you know the way to Kataragama then you do not have to seek for a guide or ask from somebody. But if you do not know the way to this scared area you have to ask, get help or else you may lose amongst the people and amongst the lanes and sub lanes, all other ways.

What ever way you may choose it is always wiser to study the path or start walking along it knowing it better. The junctions, bends, round the about s, walk ways, gravel roads, tar roads, concreted ways, the land marks, things you meet or may encounter along the walk ways.  I sometimes think that a ‘mind map with a little bit of brain touch’ is the best map for you to draw things and keep it safe and take it out  when travelling the longest journey, never ending journey until you reach the final destination. It is good to have your own drawn map ready to use when necessary or when appropriate. Sometimes we get chances to compare our road maps with the maps that others are drawn for others to use.  

Everyone is got a map in their mind or in their hearts and a way to go, to reach their preferred destination only difference is some maps are invisible and some are visible or known to everyone.


  1. Dear sandika

    I read your article. I agree with your whole article about "shortcuts"
    It is very important for all of us.
    l believe there are no shortcuts to certain thing in this world.

    ravi colombo

    Mind is the forerunner of all (evil) conditions.
    Mind is their chief, and they are mind-made.
    If, with an impure mind, one speaks or acts,
    Then suffering follows one
    Even as the cart wheel follows the hoof of the ox.

    Mind is the forerunner of all (good) conditions.
    Mind is their chief, and they are mind-made.
    If, with a pure mind, one speaks or acts,
    Then happiness follows one
    Like a never-departing shadow.

    please read this article(does-death-exist-new- theory-says-no)

  2. Dear Ravi,

    Thank you for spending some time to view my ideas and share your views with me.