14 December, 2017

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A Life Spent In Service To God, Guru And Humanity

By Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

Forgive me if I can’t hold together until I finish… The family has asked me to speak, I consider it an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to deliver this tribute to Dr. Thuraisamy Sooriabalan – an opportunity I will treasure for the rest of my life.

Few people that you meet, make an unforgettable impression, an indelible mark and a huge difference in your life and when departing leave you with an aching heart and a vacuum that can never be filled.  That is how you must feel – I am not referring only to his dear and inconsolable family Vimo, Dhanu Aiesha, Soraya, Dushi, Gowrie and Kanchana, who had to endure the pain of being with him in his last weeks, days and hours and seeing him leave this earthly abode – but also how his peers, his gutted patients, Sai Devotees, friends and relatives must feel of their loss, as we gather here to pay our last respects to Dr Sooriabalan, affectionately known to his patients as Dr. Soori or just Baba to many of us – Baba meaning baby – an endearing pet name that his parents and sisters and those of us including my family called him way back, when we used to be in and out of each others’ home, the two families had a special love and respect for each other that’s so rare in these times. Those were the days when Baba was attending Medical College in Colombo, and I remember it was a case of exams, exams and more exams for Baba; but when he wasn’t studying, we had fun playing badminton in our compound, where the neighbours too joined in. There was no denying that his parents doted on him, their only son; he was the apple of their eye, Gowrie and Kanchana I am sure would agree.

Dr Thuraisamy Sooriabalan

Dr Thuraisamy Sooriabalan

Soori was a distinguished old boy of Jaffna Central College and had his early schooling at Uduvil Girls’ College.

Soori passed away peacefully, in keeping with his wishes at his home on the 8th of November at 7 pm surrounded by his family, the atmosphere tranquil and serene, with sacred Bhajan songs played in the background, at an auspicious time when the 24 hour Ahanda Naama Bhajan had just begun at the Sathya Sai Baba Center not so far away. Soori knew his time had come and wanted no further treatment, wanted to be taken to his beautiful home, bravely accepting the inevitability of  death, talking to his family, explaining where is what, apologising for what he was putting them through – saying sorry to Vimo innumerable times for leaving her, his soul mate of 39 years and asking Thanu and Dushi to take care of their mother. It was divine intervention that his son Dushi, a Chartered Financial Analyst, who had just returned from a stint of volunteering in Cambodia after resigning his position, before he took on another job and was available to be a full time Carer for his father – the timing being perfect. Dushi was able to be the 24/7 carer for his father, attending to all his needs. Visibly moved by Dushi’s love and dedication, Soori wanted everyone to know how his son cared for him.

Some of us were witness to seeing Soori as the proud father of the groom when his son Dhanu, a Specialist in Internal Medicine married Aiesha and presented him with a granddaughter Soraya whom he only months before his passing, took for a walk in the park for the last time when he was visiting them in August in the US. He not only worked in Dhanu and Aiesha’s garden, he made a bread pudding for their wedding anniversary – one that his mother used to make for him. He simply delighted in playing the piano with Soraya, the adorable picture of the two of them – grandfather and grand-daughter –  playing music together is one that touches the heart – one that’s indeed priceless!

Growing up Soori was already very religious, never failing  to go to the temple on Fridays, his favourite village temple was Munniappar Koil; he had great faith in St. Anthony and became an ardent devotee of Shirdi Baba and Sathya Sai Baba from his school days. In fact there is a picture of the family that adorns their lounge with a small picture of Shirdhi Sai Baba placed beside, inside the picture frame that seemed like it was put there on purpose in the knowledge his family would always be protected by Baba. It was as if he had left his family in Baba’s hands – such was Soori’s abiding faith.

Soori has maintained to this day a tradition started by his grandfather and continued by his father to sponsor the 4th day ‘Thiru Vizha’ at the Nallur Kandasamy Koil. He did Pirathattai – a penance that involved rolling on the ground along the inner and outer perimeters of the temple  – this is no easy task considering the ground was hot in that tropical weather that was the norm in the North, from where he came, in the island of Ceylon.

Soori was comfortable singing Christmas Carols, being a member of the All Schools Choir, as much singing Hindu Bhajans – music was his life – he did not learn music in the conventional way, he played instruments by ear, we would often see him playing the accordion, it was his companion in his younger days. He even formed a band called the Living Fossils with his friends and were called to play at weddings and parties. This is not to forget gardening was a hobby he enjoyed and excelled in, the magnificent Red Maple and the beautiful Hydrangeas at the entrance to the house bear testimony to his prowess in gardening.

However grief-stricken we may be, this is the time to celebrate Soori’s extra-ordinary life dedicated to serving God and Guru, his patients and humanity and taking comfort in the knowledge he is at peace, without a doubt in a special place reserved for him in God’s realm.

Soori had a MRCPsych (UK) and FRCP Canada and served at the Scarborough General Hospital as Consultant Psychiatrist  for 13 years, before moving to the Rouge Valley Centenary Health System as Consultant Psychiatrist.

Dr Soori has been recognised for his work and had received many accolades including the ‘Most Outstanding Person Award’  given by the Tamils’ Chamber Of Commerce. In giving the award the Chamber cited his achievements  – a write-up that i drafted – a summary of which i wish to share with you today :

And I quote:

“Dr Thuraisamy Sooriabalan the recipient of the most prestigious of CTCC awards is a distinguished member of the Tamil community and  an eminent Psychiatrist. He is a leading expert in his field and  much sought after and is both revered and loved by his patients. He is totally dedicated to his profession and despite his busy work schedule he has contributed immensely to ‘community health education’ and ‘resource development’ in mental health. He has initiated and conducted several workshops and forums around Toronto, to educate people in areas of mental health. He has involved himself at all levels to eradicate some of the myths and the stigma associated with mental illness. In addition he has shared his specific expertise and knowledge of the Tamil Community  with other health care professionals through ‘meet your community partners’ sessions, paving the way for research projects undertaken by CAMH to study the mental health needs of the Tamil community including mental health conditions such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression and Suicidal Tendencies. The results of this comprehensive study are also being used in identifying settlement and service needs that would help in the development of such services.

His many publications, articles and series of radio broadcasts on mental health including his Booklet on ‘Depression’ continues to be used as a reference.

Dr. Sooriabalan believes in the holistic approach to medicine and mental health; he believes that spirituality has a role in the treatment of psychiatric illness. His spiritual beliefs have no borders as evidenced by the fact that though a devout Hindu he was a Christian too, is often seen in Christian churches playing the piano, harmonica or singing in the choir. Dr. Sooriabalan is well respected in the community. He has a passion for healing those who need it the most. He has gone beyond his call of duty to contribute his might for the benefit of humanity. Despite his enormous stature, illustrious record and exemplary achievements, he has endeared himself with all the people who come into contact with him by his simple, quiet and unassuming disposition. The community salutes this remarkable and most outstanding human being. ”

End quote.

To Soori his patients came first – apart from his family. According to Vimo he would  wake up at 1 or 3 am to attend to his paper work, so that for example the disability benefits of his patients are not delayed.  He would even skip the lunch hour at work so that his patients won’t be kept waiting in order to save some of the hospital parking fees they had to pay. He had even made sure he was up to date with patients’ files before his passing. He had no unfinished business left, except i know for a fact that a patient of his when told of his demise was so devastated that she cried out : “I won’t go to another doctor.”

Another parent of a patient told me that the last time she visited his clinic on her own, the discussion centred round death and re-incarnation and that he had expressed a wish that if he was born again he would like to be in the medical profession again, serving humanity!

Soori worked on intuition and sometimes on some down to earth methods, depending on who he was treating. Once he told a parent: “get her married and she will recover.”

In March Soori and Vimo went on a marathon pilgrimage, they visited 26 temples in 26 days – however gruelling it was he did not tire and received beautiful Dharshans in all the temples. He was bent on completing this spiritual sadhana before he was scheduled to go for tests – when it was found his liver was failing. That’s when Soori declined further treatment and wanted to be taken home.

Once when i visited Soori at his clinic – as an activist for the Eelam cause – i too had some issues, he let me take a little book that had some spiritual insights in it – this was one of a collection of mementos given to him by his patients which he kept in a glass cabinet to be seen by all.

And i would like to end this tribute by quoting from this Booklet titled “Spiritual Musings”:

“We have come from God; we have to mould ourselves in His real image; and ultimately merge in Him – an ideal higher than this I know not.”

End quote.

That virtually sums up Dr Soori’s life’s purpose.

*A tribute to renowned Canadian Tamil Psychiatrist Dr. T Sooriabalan delivered at his funeral by Usha S Sri-Skanda-Rajah

 

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    Hi Usha,

    No offence to the departed. I am sure he was an honorable man.

    However, not so long ago you sang heavily for Ms. Jayalalitha Jeyaram. Calling her a savior of Tamils. Are your numerous tributes to that “Charming Lady” still valid?

    Just wondering.

    Cheers!

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      The above is not an eulogy on a dead man, but a portrayal of the ugliest aspects of Tamil culture that are responsible for their “grievances”.

      They worship false Gods (no matter whether you are FRCP or DSC or anything else), believe in making their children doctors, engineers, accoutants and religous priests (in that order) and migrating to a rich country where they can acquire more and more possessions. Add to it the Friday temple ritual to show the comunity their religious worth, and the caste rubbish the ‘higher’ castes believe in.

      The culture of the diaspora is built on this ignorant belief system that is creating hell for themselves and others wanting to battle it.
      Only Buddhism can civilise them and free them from this miserable living filled with superstitions .

      Thank this woman for revealing herself and the false values and people she worships.

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        mate take a look at the sunday observer or divaina island matrimonial columns and see for yourself how many sinhalese are following these much more than the tamils

        also can you tell me why the sinhalese leaders run to Kataragama or use malayali charmers or run to India for astrology…….quite a bunch of hypocrites arent they (i mean your sinhala pals who do the same thing)

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        Myth Buster,

        What do you know of Hinduism (as classified today), except for the superficial, sweeping observations you make? Such superficiality either through ignorence or malice, only go to define you as a person- whoever you might be.

        Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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          Every Hindu, may not have fathomed the depth and width of Hinduism as a faith, a science, a philosophy and a telescope into the past and future. However, every Hindu in Sri Lanka and especially in the north and east, was not only sustained by his faith during the decades long murder and mayhem, but also aided by this very same faith to stand up quickly after the war. They rebuilt their temples in the war zone, before they rebuilt their homes!Their faith healed them and made them accept the terrible realities they faced as their karma.

          The Hindu see his/her God, however He-She may be called and however He-She may be understood, as his anchor in life. He has a choice to select his anchor and moor himself to face the turbulence of life. He can select his anchor based on his swadharma and swabhava. The Hindus God is the creator, sustainer, healer and destroyer rolled into one. Their God has served them well and kept them strong to seek their destiny.

          Do not forget the president is wearing a large ring and it is as far as I know, one blessed at the Thirupathi Venketeswara temple. All the Sinhala-Buddhist leaders have and yet seek the blessings of the God in Hindu temples.

          Let Buddhism teach Sinhala-Budhist politicians first to follw the ‘Noble Eight Fold Path’ enunciated in Buddhism and become decent humans.

          Dr.RN

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            The noble eight fold path are:

            Right View
            Right Thinking
            Right Speech
            Right Action
            Right Living
            Right Effort
            Right Concentration
            Right Meditation

            I am only a human.

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              Looks like you have forgotten the left

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                I have to take lessons from Gotha if he is available to study about the Left.

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          Dear “DR” Rajasingham Narendran,

          I don’t brandish my doctorate while writing a comment or two to CT because I do not suffer from an inferiority complex that makes me want to be ranked above others – another typical bogus Hindu trait.

          I must tell you that I don’t have any problem with “real” Hindu philosophy of the Vedas or the philosopher Sankar of the 8th century.

          But I despise the form worshipped by the ignorant Hindus who worship eery bogus saint as ‘Pa’ and “Ma” including the twice convicted Jeyalaitha beef cake.

          As you are proving, no doctorate can free one from “Mithya Dhitti”. Only Buddhism can.

          Please help yourself by reading a bit of Buddha’s message.

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            myth,

            “But I despise the form worshipped by the ignorant Hindus who worship eery bogus saint as ‘Pa’ and “Ma” including the twice convicted Jeyalaitha beef cake.”

            If you want to attack the ignorant Hindu Tamils, you say so explicitly. Your piece came across as if you attacked the entire Tamil Sri Lankans and Hindu philosophy.

            Spare a thought for the many Sinhala flock to Kathiragama in numbers and for those Sinhala who religiously attend Hindu Pujas at Hindu temples. It seems that your arrogance and hatred got the better of you!

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        ”Only Buddhism can civilise them”:

        ”But that truth cannot excuse human rights violations that currently afflict the nation as a whole; or for that matter obscure the looming threat of the cultural and political colonisation of the north by the Sinhala Buddhist majority” – Biased and Prejudiced Collection on Sri Lanka, Gananath Obeyesekere (a Sinhalese Buddhist and Emeritus Professor of Anthropology), Economic & Political Weekly, VOL 47 No. 04, 28 January-03 February 2012

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        ‘Myth Buster’ needs to bust his own hatreds and bias. What a uneducated bigot! He is pretending to be a Buddhist which he is not. No real Buddhist will call the Hindu Gods false. This person is either Moslem or Christian masquerading as a Buddhist. He needs to be civilized first!

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        Myth Buster, go talk about Buddhism to the “saviours”, the fanatical Bodu Bala Sena (more likely Boru Balu Sena), Jathika Hela Urumaya (more like (Jara Hela Karumaya) and other Sinhala Buddhist bigots. The boru bana “tolking” monks are degrading the teachings of the Buddha with their false notion as “saviours of Buddhism”. The Buddha’s teachings do not need protection from these goons. Go clean your own backyard.

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        As Buddhists [not Sinhala, Tamil, Burmese] and human beings
        we appreciate his services to man kind and
        the Duties, he preformed to any body who seek his knowledge to get treatments with out any advantages or gains to his personal.

        MAY HE ATTAIN NIRVANA.

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      @ Ben,In this case Usha is right as he is a well known and gentle doctor from his days in Jaffna district hospitals to Canada

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        Peace Lover,

        Bone of contention is with Usha.

        Not the man who has now left us. I take your word for it and believe he was a good human being. May he rest in peace.

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          @ Ben,thanks mate

          actually this is the first article that I agreed with Usha,rest of them I disagreed 100%

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      Ms. Jayalalitha Jeyaram is still a star of the silver screen and giver to the poor.

      Politics has limits, the lies!

      Right and wrong are relative entities and evermore nothing is permanent!

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        Javi,

        “Ms. Jayalalitha Jeyaram is still a giver to the poor.”

        Ha..ha! Lovely! First you steal from the poor. Then you trickle down an insignificant slice of your stolen wealth to the poor. How philanthropic is that?

        Only possible in stupid electorates of South Asia.

        Cheers!

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          He he!
          Firstly at the missionary school that you studied for free because of conversion may have taught you- honesty is the best policy but the man who follows it is not an honest man. So know yourself first and where she is and the stock she comes from – her father an aristocrat but like Henry 8th she is self made in an industry that was funded by black money upto 90% at that time. Gemini studios the processing center for all Bollywood movies which we termed as jal was and is the biggest in the world for number than Hollywood. They were paid under the table and her movies ran for years on end. Even today folk in Hindia dont bank their money but keep it under their bed even on the street- millions.
          You dont speak Hindian languages so you cannot appreciate culture- everything is not bad in anything.

          Don’t worry I like to see BJP Ram the maverick the Hindu from Pakistan win the case for her then you would appreciate where her wealth came from. He is like late Palkiwala but with flair and his son is also there but cant match fathers experience. Watch the case live if possible

          Untill then dont display your jelousy by saying it only happens in south asia because it happens in the west especially in real estate via charities too. I am more western than you by DNA yet we are clear by visiting those places.
          Good luck in your endeavour for a Utopian society.

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        Javi

        When did you officially retire from CT forum? We never authorise your retirement, therefore get your a**e back here.

        You cannot have sick leave either, its not in the contract.

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          How could a Saibaba Worshipping Medico who had free education in Srilanka right up to Medical School ,associate with Tamil Tiger activists like Usha Sjandarajah who helped a high school dropout to destroy the lives of tens of thousands of Tamil youth, mainly from the poor and the vulnerable non Vellalala families.

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            that part is wrong from Usha he never did support terrorism but supported justice for victims

            anyways K A Sumanasekera tell me machan hows life with you in your Vellala world?

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            K.A Sumanasekera, this Sai Baba worshipping Medico has lived a nobler life than many of your so called Buddha worshipping Sinhala Buddhist bigots that you find in BBS, JHU etc. This is not to degrade the great Buddha whose teachings are now being degraded by goons in this country and please do not degrade other spiritual teachers too.

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        Javi you Jihadist:

        “evermore nothing is permanent”

        You are wrong as I am sure you know from your heritage ” Hat flipping is permanent which is a hall mark of you lot.

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          poor lungi man she is being defended because she is not like you [Edited out]

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      Your Eulogy for Soori Anna was one of the best I have read so far – you did us proud sis. Soori Anna was a great person with such wonderful qualities – he was loving and caring – a great loss – he always made me feel very special. I have fond memories of him. We had great times with him and his family back home – I will never forget those lovely memories. May his soul rest in peace and may his legacy live through his children.

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      @ BH,

      [Edited out]

      Anyway, what interest is this speech/Eulogy to the readers of Colombo Telegraph.
      May be he was a supporter of Rudrakumar’s TGTE.

      And today’s news is that Rudrakumar the Prime Minister of TGTE in cyber space is going to appoint more [Edited out] to the TGTE Senate in cyberspace. They might be better than the Minister who was the former Post Master @ Killinochchi.

      Donald Gnanakone
      Tamils For Justice.

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        Don (key Gnana)

        You are a headache to everyone.

        If you know better than others, why don’t you write an article here to show your competency?

        You are like a dog in the mengel.

        Tell us, what happened to your P-license.

        Shall I write about it? If I do so, will you be happy?

        Either keep silent or get ready face the maximum insult.

        You have already exceeded your limits.

        Insulting and humiliating others is in your dirty blood.

        Tell us a single person that you like in this earth. Not even your kith and kin!

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        Donald your a real low class character to write such crap about a person who did a lot to humanity in Sri Lanka and Canada,why so much hate mate? dont tell me its the St Johns vs Central rivalry thats gone way too far with you

        too bad the good Dr Soori is no more if not you and K A Sumanasekera would have been successfully treated by him for your mental sickness!

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          Peace Lover, don’t insult Johnnians!

          They are cleaver, smart and straight forward.

          They don’t stay behind false names and insult others.

          Donald is not a Johnnian, [Edited out]

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            get ur facts straight,Donald is a Johnian !

            /im not insulting them at all only Donald uncle for what he wrote/writes

            Johnians are a great lot from Principal Anantharajah to Thanapalan to Rev Gnanaponrajah who lead from the front

            Sivathasan is an old boy so were Maj Generals Balaratnarajah,Thevanayagam,and now Lt Col Thanjarathnam still in service,also Capt Partheepan of the SLLI lost his leg in action fighting the LTTE and now active in SL Ex servicemens association

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      Ben Hurling:

      It might be difficult for Usha to answer as she might still be recovering from the shock of what happened to Jeyalalitha. But I am a man of steel and ever the optimist and let me answer it on her behalf in the belief that she will permit me to answer.
      Whatever might have happened to our Jeyalalitha we still hold her dear to our heart for what she meant to the Lankan Tamils. The Jury is still out until 18th December and from all the evidence that I have read Judge Cunha in her case seems to have acted as Judge & Jury. He relied on Hearsay Evidence to convict her and the crucial witness is missing so I sincerely hope that come December the case will be struck out and she will be free.

      But let me give you some facts in her defence:

      1)I don’t know if you have heard of ” Robin hood” and if you haven’t here is his story.

      “Robin Hood (spelled Robyn Hode in older sources) is a heroic outlaw found in English folklore who, according to legend, was also a highly skilled archer and swordsman. Traditionally depicted as being dressed in Lincoln green,[1] he is often portrayed as “robbing from the rich and giving to the poor” alongside his band of “Merry Men”. Robin Hood became a popular folk figure in the medieval period, and continues to be widely represented in modern literature, films and television.

      2) Karnan: It is said that the Left hand doesn’t know What his Right Hand gives.

      What I am coming round to is that even if she is guilty of turning a blind eye to the money making activities of Sasikala she has not personally benefited as she was also a ” Vallal” like her mentor MGR.

      I have said this before and I say it again. A lot of people have tried to stick dirt on her but the only thing that you can stick on her is a ” Tampon” but she is past that now.
      I hope come December she will be given the all clear by the Gynecologist.

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        kali kola pop up soda
        Most folk still know sherwood forest and Robin Hood from kindergarten days.
        please dont put it in the frame of JT rajaratnam case which the best like Sri Sri Sri (Tamil from Tirunavali&Chandigarh presently judge where the trinco family lost) refused to touch.

        Finally when Jay was to be awarded bail Ram was specifically advised by the supreme court judge that he Ram would produce all the evidence with no ifs and buts as has being going on at the high court and there is no further extension of dates. He gave that personal assurance which is respected in the Supreme court. With that on 16th Dec the SC in consultation with HC would fix a date which would be within 3 months for the High Court to commence listening to the case.

        As i said who ever involves with Jaffna Tamils is in for jail or death.
        Do JT’s care or have cared for others in lanka?? Very few but they are not village folk like you folk.
        If cameron does not come back you are doomed with the nasal voice of labour Ed So hang to the end of the rope clawless tamil tiger

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    It’s a shame his family couldn’t find someone who didn’t espouse suicide bombing and child soldiering to speak at his funeral. An insult to the memory of a healer.

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      Your talking from the roof of your hat siva sankaram ‘blacker’ sarma and shows your utter disrespect for a another human being

      but then again we all know your into necrophilia !

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        Posting the truth about its newest ‘Amma’ has upset yet another monkey it seems :D

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          What is truth Siva sankaran ‘Blacker’ sarma?

          you seem a bit peeved today moko machan work pressure perhaps?

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      Siva Siva Sankara Siva Siva Sankara “Sinkala Sarma”:

      Let us get some facts right shall we. Suicide bombing to achieve Freedom from Sinhalese tyranny is the ultimate Human Sacrifice of the highest order which you Sinkalam wouldn’t understand. Becoming a Suicide bomber is a voluntary act whereas you lot sacrificed thousands of your barbaric brothers by stuffing them with drugs to get them into a rage to fight. That amounts to forced suicide. Espousing suicide bombing was forced on by you lot So don’t preach us you idiot.

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    Gone where Eelam and creators has gone!

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    Adding to what Ben Hurling said.

    I think she served Brahman, God and the humanity by financing LTTE to blow up Sinhala Humans too.

    Joseph Rayappu also preaches a similar religion.

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    People like Usha have helped Canada to develope their intellectual level and also integrity . And we must not forget her contribution to Canadian literature ! Canada is so much richer now because of these immigrants from South India !

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    [Edited out]

    cheers

    Abhaya

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      Cheers

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    Soori was a Tamil sucess story.No offence to him.May he he rest in peace. I will consider him an intelligent Tamil if he did not support sending other peoples children to death wearing that cyanide pill.

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      I dont think he ever supported terrorism,that part seems to be a false statement

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        P lover,

        Are you calling the Hon Senator of the the LTTE Govt of TNTE, a liar?…

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          I certainly dont agree with what Usha says in her political comments!

          i have the guts to do that will you ever do that ?

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            P, Lover,

            Obviously you haven’t read about the EU granting even Tax Exemptions status to the new LTTE which takes care of TNGTE.

            And you haven’t probably experienced the hospitality of the Diaspora LTTE if you didn’t pay the Membership fees..

            I appreciate your guts. But put in an application for a Dual in case…….

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              so once again the paid coolie in MR K A Sumanasekera talks through his rear end!

              talk to the point I said I dont agree with usha normally in he rpolitical view but fully agree and appriciate what she wrote about Dr Soori,who has a lived a nobler life than all your so called Buddhists priests put together (JHU,BBS types that is).

              I have have the guts to not agree with usha or anybody,but will you have the guts to disagree with the types of Malinda or Shenali any other paid coolies who write hosannas?

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    Usha, reading through your tribute filled my eyes with tears. Soori has been my friend since 1954 when we joined Jaffna Central College in the Standard IV class. Soori came from Uduvil and I from Vembadi. Every word that you have given in your tribute is quite true. Although the last time I met him was in 1978, when he left the shores of Ceylon, we have been in constant touch. My last conversation with Soori must have been about two months ago. May be he has fulfilled the purpose for which God sent him here and that is why Soori has been taken back.

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    Usha, reading through your tribute filled my eyes with tears. Soori has been my friend since 1954 when we joined Jaffna Central College in the Standard IV class. Soori came from Uduvil and I from Vembadi. Every word that you have given in your tribute is quite true. Although the last time I met him was in 1978, when he left the shores of Ceylon, we have been in constant touch. My last conversation with Soori must have been about two months ago. May be he has fulfilled the purpose for which God sent him here and that is why Soori has been taken back.

    Lakshman

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    Dear Usha, thanks. I never knew Dr Sooriyabalan in School, Medical School or after. From what you write he seems to have led a worthy and honourable life. May he rest in peace. I hope his family, friends and the community will take something positive from his life.
    Best wishes
    Dr Mahesan Nirmalan
    Manchester Medical School.

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    Usha,

    Doctors are trained to postpone/prevent disease, disability and death,
    and improve the Quality of Life of fellow humans.
    This is what they are trained for, and this is what they do.
    They do so, according to the Hippocratic Oath.
    Public praise embarrasses them.
    A public blog is the wrong venue for what you wrote.
    Dr. Sooriyabalan did his duty as a doctor.

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      I completely agree with you Mr justice

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    I am sure Dr.S was an excellent physician and a humanitarian. But wasn’t there anybody else other than this terror supporter activist Usha to write a tribute for him? What she did here diminishes the value of all what this great man did.

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    I would urge all to consider and then reconsider what we write according to the context and the forum. If so, we would perhaps realize in shame that this is not about Usha or politics or ethnic divides but a tribute to a great human being, a son of the soil, who retained his ties to his motherland even from afar.
    Politics will change as we all know. Today’s ‘terrorist’ might become tomorrow’s freedom fighter and today’s ‘saviour’ the cruelest dictator and plunderer of the country in a short time.
    I have known Dr.Sooriyabalan for many years and have respected his medical skills as well as the humanity that emanated from him.I fondly remember singing with him and my wife at Christmas gatherings.He was truly beyond the boundaries of religion and was very comfortable singing and playing carols.
    His practice of Psychiatry was an admixture of science , commonsense and art; he excelled in it.
    He will be missed by all. I will miss singing with him.

    Dr. Gerard R. Francis

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      GRF,
      You did not choose to write a tribute to your close family friend. But some one with a questionable reputation did so. What do you expect?

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        Nonsense,

        Do you know the meaning of questionable reputation?? I am sure you do so please go tell that to your mother or wife because it would fit their sexual urge and definitely not usha’s or her great late husbands family.

        So we say dannati male elawva adu jatiya (ignorance and fraud go hand in glove)

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    I am truly sad that some of the hostile comments here-in directed at me, due to my connection to the Tamil freedom movement has sullied this, my tribute to an eminent psychiatrist who gave so much to humanity regardless of cast, creed, race, origin, political and or ideological beliefs. I thank those who have been objective and have been kind with their comments and focused on this remarkable human-being and not on me.

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      Well usha take a look at the commentators profile,there we have paid coolies like K A Sumanasekera,Eusense,then we have people with necrophiliac tendencies like Siva Sankaran ‘Blacker’ Sarma then we have illiterate uncouth fellows (bajar ekke chandiya types) like Abaya,Jj,Justice et all

      lastly we have moderates who talk sense like Ben Hurling,Native Vedha ,Dr RN et all

      as for me while i dont agree with you politically I agree about the this great man DR Sooriabalan who is well to my family and such a gentle person

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        PL,
        You can remove my name from your “paid coolies” list because I don’t need anybody to pay me for telling what I believe. If you have any issues with what I write please rebuttal them. If I don’t agree with anyone’s post I rebuttal them. You need to do the same. But not speculative personal attacks on individuals.

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          Nonsense your highjacked name speaks for itself and you can never be uncle sam- the genes count.

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      Take your tamil freedom movement and go to Tamil nadu

      cheers

      Abhaya

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        Abhaya

        “Take your tamil freedom movement and go to Tamil nadu “

        According to recent research by Iravatham Mahadevan Tamils have close connection with Indus Valley in present day Pakistan.

        Send them to Pakistan and send their Sinhala brethren to Tamil Nadu as they do share their gene with Tamil Nadu Tamils.

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          Dear Native,

          Are you studying Tamilnet to tell us about our ancestry?..

          BTW, we don’t look like Dravidians anyway…..

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            K.A Sumanasekera

            “BTW, we don’t look like Dravidians anyway…..”

            If not do you look like

            Genghis Khan,

            Vasco da Gama,

            Zheng He,

            Ibn Battuta,

            Mufasa the king of the Pride Lands,

            Red Cloud of Pine Ridge Reservation,

            Nicolae Ceaușescu or

            Rajendra Chola’s Vellaikkara padei?

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      Usha,
      The LTTE suicide murdered over 100,000 innocent civilians both Tamils and Sinhalese for 30 years. What tribute did you write for those perished? What voice did you raise against these suicide murderers? Did you criticize Parayabakaran?
      Did Dr. Sooriyabalan criticize those violence and suicide murdering of innocents? What is more humanitarian than voicing against such violence and carnage?
      How did your “Tamil freedom movement” try to achieve freedom? I guess by Suicide murdering more innocent civilians!

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        Eusense

        You are getting confused and the 100,000 your are referring to is the number of Soldiers my fighting partner Karuna killed in combat. I haven’t killed any civilians and Karuna never admitted to me that he killed civilians. But if he did that will all be revealed in January.

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        ‘Eusense’ is nobody else other than Tamil for inJustice in US.

        Now it is winter in US, this chap is beyond rectification.

        Let this dog barks.

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          bala,
          What do you think? Should you challenge and show how wrong I am in my posts or write meaningless trash like you do here?

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      Usha:

      Let me give you a word of encouragement and offer you some comfort. The negative comments are from the usual bigots ( half animal half human) who belong to the animal kingdom and what they say is immaterial so don’t take it to heart. I get a withdrawal symptom if I don’t I don’t hear the same garbage from these bigots.
      As for Javi the Jihadist he is “Hat Flipper”.

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        kali-stani

        “who belong to the animal kingdom”

        Which kingdom does the tiger come from?

        Okay I accept the stupid Tamils have changed their strategy on 16 August 2014. They are not going to see a Tamil National Army raised in Tamil Nadu and sent here to teach equally stupid Sinhalese a lesson.

        Are you expecting a Hindian Army arrive here in the near future. Can Modi afford another adventure in this island given that the Chinese nuclear submarines are protecting these shores?

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          Grandad:

          You cant rewrite history and truth hurts. We have never poked ours into an animal like you lot.
          Hindian army is already here so wake up Grandad.

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          Grandad:

          Here is a piece of information which you seem to have missed for the last 75 years of your life.

          Sinhabahu or (“Lion-arms”), was the son of a Vanga princess and a lion. He killed his father and became king of Vanga. His son Vijaya would emigrate to Lanka and become the progenitor of the Sinhala people

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      Well done Usha. You know how to ignore the idiots and you know who they are.
      RIP Dr Sooribalan

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      Usha S Sriskandarajah

      All those comments were written by one Black sheep in USA.

      He wants Ranil to win the Presidential election and appoint him as Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka.

      Just ignore this Mad……………

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    Your Eulogy for Soori Anna was one of the best I have read so far – you did us proud . Soori Anna was a great person with such wonderful qualities – he was loving and caring – a great loss – he always made me feel very special. I have fond memories of him. We had great times with him and his family – I will never forget those lovely memories. May his soul rest in peace and may his legacy live through his children.

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    Your Eulogy for Soori Anna was one of the best I have read so far – you did us proud . Soori Anna was a great person with such wonderful qualities – he was loving and caring – a great loss – he always made me feel very special. I have fond memories of him. We had great times with him and his family .I will never forget those lovely memories. May his soul rest in peace and may his legacy live through his children.

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    Thanks Usha for the tribute to a great soul. I went to the same school, Jaffna Central, though in an earlier decade. His life though not known to many who commented adversely was a noble one. Through his profession he has healed many. His family can get solace from his life. His soul now rests in peace.

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      Thanks ethir anna

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    Why are you writing such lies about USHA – she has helped a great deal of people – she is fighting for the rights of the Tamils – what is wrong with that – everyone has a right to help their people , be it Tamil, Sinhalese or Muslim. By your comments you are destroying a good human being. She deserves recognition not such harsh words – who gave you the god given right to say such horrible things about USHA who is a great humanitarian – she only wrote a eulogy – she didn’t talk about politics – think before you write – I will really call this social media harassment against a honourable lady – I would urge you to stop this harassment and commend her for a well written eulogy about a great human being – you are tarnishing usha’s great name and urge you to stop this harassment – we have to respect what people believe in

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    Thanks Usha for bringing out and sharing with us, of a another outstanding acclaimed Tamilian, who had served humanity with love and passion. May his soul rest in peace.

    It is sad that even at “death”, some don’t mature enough to differentiate between politics, live, death, and humility.

    My advise to the “knockers” is, your judgement day is just around the corner, after that bend, wake up!

    Manicka Vasagar

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      Manicka Vasagar

      “knockers”

      Did you mean

      boobs, tits, breasts, jugs, hooters, titties, boobies, melons, rack, breast, knocker, fun bags, boob, cans, tit, cleavage, funbags, juggs, **pples, tatas.

      If you did you must be a Tamil dirty old man.

      If you didn’t its okay knockers also means: a person who continually finds fault.

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    Senator Ms Sri Skandaraja obeyed Thavalar more than Sai Baba…

    Otherwise how can she not only belong to the Diaspora which financed and funded , Child Soldiers, Women Suicide Bombers, Black Tigers and cold blooded assassins who killed thousands of innocent Sinhalese and Muslims in poor rural areas.

    And now represent the LTTE Govt in exile as a Senator and ambassador for the PM Rudrakumaran who was a card carrying member of the LTTE.

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      Sumanasekara:

      You illiterate what is your problem. We killed for survival whereas you kill for a living. Why cant the diaspora support the Transitional Government if Karuna who killed thousands of your brothers ( 2000 in one battle) can serve as a minister.
      What do you say to the Sinhala widows. Do you say it is alright mama because he is in bed with us lot and we are having a wonderful time.

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      That’s why in 2003 you lined-up in Vanni to meet Pirapaharan to show your friend Ranil Wickremasinghe that you are closer to the LTTE.

      Have you forgotten that you met Pirapaharan and paid a huge amount of money to the LTTE. Shall I continue?

      Don, will you shut-up

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    I urge you to stop using this space as a political platform to air your views – if you know Dr SOORI write about all the good he has done for his community and praise him for what he has given to humanity – it is a disgrace you are behaving like this. I don’t believe you are a true Sinhalese. By the way USHA is no terrorist – where did you get that from. She has helped a great deal of people in Canada and is continuing to help her community – commend her for that – don’t insult her and tarnish her good name. I think there no person more worthy to write an eulogy for Dr SOORI than her and she did us proud . Lord Buddha will condemn your behaviour – I am a great believer in the Dhalai Lama – if you read it you won’t write such nonsense.

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      Uthraa,

      Sinhala Buddhism is very different from Buddhism practised by Dhalai Lama.

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    The lady was unwise posting this on CT knowing that an innocent and respected man who served all without regard to race and religion, will be dragged in by association with her name. It could and should have been avoided. The lady knows the extent of controversy her posts in CT attract. The Editor should have the wisdom to terminate discussions when the venom generated affects an innocent third party.

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    greatest doctor I knew.

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