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In Jaffna Where The God’s Are Deaf

By S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole

Jaffna has a generally liberal-minded population. At the Local Government Elections even Nallur where the Kandasamy Temple is, elected a Christian woman.

However, not everything is perfect. Danger signs of Hindu intolerance are growing. I have written previously of public meetings where the Indian Prime Minister’s Siva Sena and Batticaloa MP Yogeswaran called on the public to vote only for Hindus, even as NP Chief Minister delivered  hot speeches insulting to Christians (Uthayan, 19.11.2016).

In an electoral system, even liberal-minded parties sometimes act communally. When Ms. Rahini Ramalingam who prevailed in Nallur asked the ITAK for its candidature, even people known to be liberal-minded opposed her saying they cannot risk losing even the few votes that Hindu communalists would send their way. However, good sense prevailed; the ITAK decided on principle over tainting itself communally.

Similarly, there was open pressure to not put forward Emmanuel Arnold for Mayor of Jaffna Municipal Council (JMC). Again, the ITAK backed Arnold. The contest would be between Arnold, V. Manivannan (Tamil Congress) and Remedius (EPDP). It was ITAK strategy to avoid a second ballot between Arnold and Manivannan. So it was arranged to have certain ITAK members voting for Remedius to give him second place. But matters misfired when a TULF member in jail for possessing stolen jewelry arrived late from his Anuradhapura jail. Remedius and Manivannan tied for second place.  Drawing lots was agreed to. Remedius won but wanted Manivannan to contest his brother-in-law Arnold. However, the Commissioner over-ruled that move. 

The episode shows not only how Arnold squeaked through, but also how dirty our politics is where criminals are elected and Manivannan became a mayoral candidate when he is facing criminal charges filed by the police in the Jaffna Magistrate’s Court for violating Penal Code Section 186. Under 186, it is a crime punishable by two years’ imprisonment to intimidate a public official from doing his duty. What if he is convicted? It was taking a huge risk, a colossally irresponsible act exposing the JMC to the real risk and humiliation of having its elected mayor imprisoned.

The Hindutvas lost out this time. But vigilance is needed. Jaffna District has a population of 93866 Christians out of 622709 – 15.07%. The District Secretariats of Delft with 2811 (61.62%) Christians, and Jaffna with 29613 Christians (49.36%), are the only District Secretariats where Christians are in majority. Of the Districts of Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaitivu and Kilinochchi with 52.6%, 8.9%, 9.8% and 10.6% Christians, the latter three present no problems to the Hindutva Project. Mannar is impossible to tackle because 52.6% Christians together  with the 16.6% Muslims, are daunting. Success in reversing Christian advantage can come only in Jaffna and Delft but Delft is difficult to manipulate. 

Jaffna admittedly is the Tamil cultural capital. Jaffna must be retaken from Christians. The JMC is anomalous. It has the entire Jaffna DS Division and a part of the Nallur DS division. It has been proposed to split the Nallur Pradeshya Saba’s 40 Grama Niladari divisions into two with the 20 around the temple being made into Nallur Municipal Council. The temple would make NMC better that JMC.

That is made easy by the educated Christians fleeing Jaffna. If the Nallur Temple could be broken out of the JMC and annexed to a new Nallur MC, it would be a major Hindutva victory. The obstacle so far is the Local Government Commissioner ruling that the JMC borders cannot be altered. However, a change is a matter of time. As Prof. K. Sivathamby wrote in his book “Who is this Jaffna Man?,” the Christians live today ghettoized and sidelined.

The Christians Missions cultivated the Vellalas of both religions as “emphatically our people” and praised their manners as “such as not to require a material change on their becoming Christian.” The Missionaries wrote “they will long continue to be the most, thriving, energetic, intelligent and best behaved portion of the Tamil population.”

Alas! That education made it the easiest for Vellalas to run away. According to the Dutch census in their time to the present day, Vellalas, say anthropologists Bryan Pfaffenberger and Michael Banks, have risen from 30% to roughly a half. There is systematic upward mobility. It helps everyone escape the disadvantages of being low caste. However, all these fake Vellalas then oppress those who failed to rise. That is partly by taking over the levers of power and creating myths that no one is allowed to contradict. Indeed, the Tamil intelligentsia having fled, few are around to contest mythology.

One myth concerns the Nallur Temple which the Portuguese destroyed in 1624 AD. The original temple was located where St. James’ Church Nallur is today.  The Wikipedia agrees with this but goes on to claim that 

“The original Shivalingam of the Nallur Kandaswamy Temple was located in the Vicarage till 1995 when it was destroyed during the recapture of Jaffna by Sri Lanka armed forces and the platform where the Shivalingam was mounted can still be seen in the hallway of the vicarage.”

I hope it is not a replay of Babri Masjid with St. James’. St. James’ was not a Kandasamy Temple nor was it destroyed in the war! Having lived in the vicarage for several years in the 1960s, I state that there was no Sivalingam there. Even today, anyone may verify the absence of any platform as climed. 

The Jaffna kings were ardent Saivites and built Nallur according to agamic rules with a street for every caste and guardian temples to the North, East, South and West of the Central temple. While the central temple was given by the Queen to build a chapel to Saint Mary (which now is St. James’), the temple to its West is not to be seen while the other three appear to be intact.

The present Nallur temple, is said to have been built in 1734 A.D. but I have some doubt about this claim because the Dutch did not allow idol houses especially in towns and relented a little only in their waning years.  Regardless of the date, where it stands is South West of St. James’ and cannot be where the destroyed western guardian temple stood. It is certainly not the central royal temple.

I live in Muthirai-chanthai, the heart of Changili Thoppu, King Changiliyan’s Place. It was Muthirai Chanthai (Stamp Market) because the king’s tax collectors issued stamp marks to acknowledge taxes paid. Our old deed still refers to Muthirai Chanthai by that name. However, with the influx of new people and the vanishing of the market where I used to shop with my mother, it is now referred to in official documents as Muthirai Chanthi (junction). 

As old caste names are changed to depict a fictitious caste-free history, politically motivated changes are the norm. The Hindutva project is to make Nallur Temple the centre-piece of Jaffna, and the centre of the palace grounds. Step one was to name the Nallur Temple area ward as Raja Thani (the King’s Place). Our ward is named Changili Thoppu (Changiliyan’s Place rather than the broader King’s Place). The temple is well away from the King’s palace. 

So we now have two palace grounds! As the next step Tamil Congress’ defeated Mayoral candidate in his maiden speech at the JMC proposed that Changili Thoppu be renamed Kittu Park after the Tiger highup who played a key role in the murder of St. John’c College Principal CE Anadarajan, and had the reputation of having a mistress in every village, including the widows of those he had murdered.

In the meantime, the broader Hindutva project is asserting the Hinduness of Jaffna. The Tamil Congress’s manifesto openly promised in print to make the Nallur Temple a centre-piece in its development of Jaffna. The Urban Development Authority in its plans promises to emphasize the Hindu character of Jaffna. Public lands are being taken over by first building a small idol and then soon expanding it onto government land. 

As noise pollution with cinema music (passed off as religious music) blares daily from 5 am to late night, even during church services, there is impunity as the authorities merely pretend to enforce the law.

Here is an edited Daily News report (07.04.2018):

Several citizens of the city had filed a petition three weeks back against the noise levels from the Nayanmarkandu Temple. Jaffna High Court Judge M.Ilancheliyan ordered loud speaker sounds  lowered, admonishing the priest, ‘Gods hear better than humans.’ The ‘Grama Sevaka’ report requested stated that the volume hadn’t been lowered as advised by court. Another petition was filed by the citizens. The priest, summoned before the judge, claimed the Gods prefer loud volumes. The judge replied that gods hear better than humans and warned the priest to lower the volumes of the loudspeakers.

Here a priest who was warned by a tough judge, not listening, cheekily told the judge that the gods want loud volumes, and then getting a mere warning again. 

The Hindutva bandwagon is rolling inexorably. 

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    Even th ePAtthini Devala in MAdu is visited by the Goddess PAththin, I heard, eventhough the catholics say their it is Saint Mary. Nallur Temple can not have a Siva Lingam as God Kandasami is the GOD there who we call God KAtaragama. Two other temples, Venkateswar in Yapanaya and Nakuleswar temples are visited by the same God and the other groups of gods. I am not sure about the Koneswar temple too whether any god visits there. that same god Easwar is visitng so many kovils i the south and is Czalled god Vishnu, and Devinuwars, Beliaththa arfe the places major palces of God Vishnu. It is the God vishnu’s different Avatars that visit to the themples that Christians and Catholics forcefully took over.

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      Jim softy Dimwit

      I know as a Sinhala/Buddhist you are fond of all the Hindu gods. What Hindu gods got to do with Buddhists?

      Are you preparing for another religious war?

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        Native Vedda! For you to find an answer to your question, you must have a thorough knowledge of:

        1. Word – Meaning relationship to understand the meaning of the words Siva, Vishnu, etc.

        2) Symbolization.

        Physically, a “Linga” has a circular or square base. A small post of circular cross-section or square cross section is place erect at the centre.

        A nose part is attached to the circular or square portion to facilitate water to flow out.

        The nature of the Linga is ‘the Middle Path.’

        It is something like Vishnu rotating a circular disc by his right forefinger. This with a conch in his left hand, Vishnu becomes a person who preaches ‘the Middle Path’ to everyone. A conch could make noise that could be heard by everyone in the surrounding

        The ‘U’ shaped symbol placed symmetrically over the nose makes Vishnu a person who adheres to ‘the Middle Path’!

        Therefore, Vishnu is a person who himself adheres to ‘the Middle Path’ and preaches the Middle Path to all!

        That is Lord Vishnu symbolizes Lord Buddha!

        Lord Vishnu, Siva, Muruga, Ganesh, ….. all are imaginary creations based on Lord Buddha and His Preaching. The Tamil Mahaayaana Buddhists only created all these Gods!!

        That is why you find these Gods in some of the Buddhists Temples along the coast and hill country of Lanka!!

        The word ‘Linga” means a Symbol also. “Siva” also means Great also.

        Thus, “Siva Linga” also means “the Great Symbol.”

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          This is very interesting. Thank you. I wish there were more historical and cultural articles in CT. All the politics seems to bring out the worst in Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims.

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          ASU
          But some of the gods came with the Hindu wives of the kings. Temples (devales) were built for the deities, adjoining the main Buddhist temple.
          *
          Some more came with the settlers along the south coast.
          They accepted Buddhism and Sinhala, but could not part with their gods and the rituals.
          Interestingly, in the Anuradhapura district there are villages where Ganesha is referred to as Pillaiyaar.

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            SJ

            “Some more came with the settlers along the south coast.”

            In essence the Kallathonies brought all the religions to this island from abroad and it seems their descendants are fighting over them, mostly the recent converts.

            I wonder why Maoism as a religious practice didn’t attract many.

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          Siva Linga: ASU, what a nice name! If it were Abimanasingham Sitthawatthai Sivalingam, it could have been more meaningful and would fit the topic of interest more nicely.

          You say, “The nature of the Linga is ‘the Middle Path”. I agree 100% with you there. Whether it is through the front door or back door, it has been my experience that the path if followed with dedication and love always finds the middle.

          I think God has built a heavenly control system to guide the Sivalingam through the middle path. For us humans GPS guidance happens to be the most effective. The US Navy uses a combination of GPS and Terrain Following Radar (TFR) in their Tomahawk cruise missiles. It is so accurate that the missile can be guided to go through a narrow window in a building hundreds of miles way. But the Sivalingam is so accurately guided that it can find a target as wide as a dime thousands of miles away.

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          Abimanasingham Sitthawatthai Uthayakumar

          Why are you typing this to me?

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            Native Vedda!

            To answer your question: “What Hindu gods got to do with Buddhists?”

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        Native Vedda: christians are dumb. Because of the Non-existing Almighty, they can not think about Hindu gods and christian GOD are one and the same. Hinduism and buddhism are inter connected except for cultural effects and related beliefs. Kpvil Poosaris want it separated for economic purposes. That happens in every HINDU, christian and Islamic places. Gods know it.

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          Jim softy the dimwit

          “Hinduism and buddhism are inter connected except for cultural effects and related beliefs.”

          Are you trying to pacify Hindutva from its onslaught on this island by claiming a close connection between Hinduism and Buddhism? Hindutva has nothing to do with Hindu philosophy and practice. Like Sinhala/Buddhism Hindutva is another brand of fascism.

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      Penis is not a god!

      Can’t believe this old African practice of worshiping the penis is still there in the 21st century.

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        Can you believe that we are still using it even in 21st century to make babies?

        Still the waste is cycling through the same old path and hitting the same edges without finding the escape hole to retire for good!

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        Dear ThanthaiChelva !

        You and your Protestant Christian people rejected Federalism in 1920s saying that Federalism would lead to domination of Hindus in the North and East! Read the article of Ratnam!! Later in 1949 December you formed Federal Party on the request of CIA.

        Here You have come out with the propaganda of the Brahmins!

        First of all you must have a thorough knowledge of:

        1. Word – Meaning relationship to understand the meaning of the word “Linga.”

        2) Symbolization.

        Physically, a “Linga” has a circular or square base. A small post of circular cross-section or square cross section is place erect at the centre.

        A nose part is attached to the circular or square portion to facilitate water to flow out.

        The nature of the Linga is ‘the Middle Path.’

        It is something like Vishnu rotating a circular disc by his right forefinger. This with a conch in his left hand, Vishnu becomes a person who preaches ‘the Middle Path’ to everyone. A conch could make noise that could be heard by everyone in the surrounding

        The ‘U’ shaped symbol placed symmetrically over the nose makes Vishnu a person who adheres to ‘the Middle Path’!

        Therefore, Vishnu is a person who himself adheres to ‘the Middle Path’ and preaches the Middle Path to all!

        That is Lord Vishnu symbolizes Lord Buddha!

        Lord Vishnu, Siva, Muruga, Ganesh, ….. all are imaginary creations based on Lord Buddha and His Preaching. The Tamil Mahaayaana Buddhists only created all these Gods!!

        That is why you find these Gods in some of the Buddhists Temples along the coast and hill country of Lanka!!

        The word ‘Linga” means a Symbol also. “Siva” also means Great also.

        Thus, “Siva Linga” also means “the Great Symbol.”

        ‘ThanthaiChelva’ ! You are trying to fool the Tamils and Sinhalese even after SJV’s death!!

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          These are not Tamil gods. They are North Indian gods imposed on Tamil Nadu people. That’s how Lankan Tamil Nadu people got them.

          But the disgusting practice of building penises in places of religious worship and worshiping them must end.

          I’m equally critical of the practice of worshiping trees! But genital worship is far outdated and disgusting.

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            The “Aryan” gods had faded out near the dawn of “Hinduism’ (the Brahminic family of religions).
            Indra, the topmost ceased to be worshipped. Vaayu the next most mighty too went that way.
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            Vishnu and Kali and their equivalents (all black) and Siva were later arrivals. Ganesha is of western Indian origin. all Sangam period deities were merged with Hindu gods.
            But what does it matter?
            All gods are ‘designer gods’ including the “absolute” one.
            If a people accept something as theirs and treat it as theirs, it becomes theirs.
            There are no claims of exclusive ownership or issues of intellectual property..

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            ”These are not Tamil gods. They are North Indian gods imposed on Tamil Nadu people. That’s how Lankan Tamil Nadu people got them.”

            You are wrong here also Mr. ThanthaiChelva!

            You have to analyze the ancient Tamil, Sanskrit literature and the archaeological finds of Lanka and India to understand why, how and by whom these Gods were created! Unless a scientific study is conducted on Tamil word – meaning relationship and Symbolization, your analyzes of ancient Tamil literature and archaeological finds will be unscientific and you will arrive at false and imaginary conclusions. This only made you to make such statement.

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            What ever humans do saying Lingam worshiping, they also portray human looking gods called Siva shiva. what is christian Croos has become eventhough Roman used it to crusify those who who disobey the empire. what is wine for christains. for us buddhists it is Alcohilics. What is white tablet given to Christiand is you have Baptization (IF I understand correct). why don’t you criticize those practices. Phillipine rual vialges crucify young lands as Jesus and some time sthey got killed. I heard Sri lankan bible bet – Watththala – Negombo – anamaduwa are does the same fatal praxctice. How about christians creating new symbolic practices and kill humans.

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            Actually most major Hindu gods are now of Dravidian or of Pre Dravidian origin , as the gods of the masses took precedence over the Aryan gods of the rulers of North India. No one hardly worships Brahma, Indra, even all other so called Aryan gods have become minor deities and the gods of the Dravidian and pre Dravidian masses are the major gods. Siva , Vishnu, Kali, Ganeshan or Pillaiyar. Murugan( Skanda, Hirthik/Karthik). As you saw the April Tamil New year is celebrated widely in various parts of India under different names(and even in many parts of South East Asia due to the Chola influence) , due to the Dravidian masses belonging to these states. Even the Sinhalese Buddhists celebrate this and call it Sinhalese New Year. This man is a Christian fundamentalist and fanatic and is constantly posting articles here running down Hindus , only to some agenda known to him, to create a schism between the Hindu and Christian Tamils , just like the one that was successfully created between the Muslim Tamils and non Muslim Tamils , in the late 18Th century by the British and later by all Sinhalese governments and the southern Muslim elite. He constantly runs down the great Saivite revivalist Arumuga Navalar. It is Christian fundamentalists /Evangalist Christians who are the greatest danger to pan Tamil unity with their aggressive proselytization of poor and unfortunate Tamils and not the Hindus. In reality most Hindu and Christian ( especially Protestant) families are closely related and other than these Christian fundamentalists most Tamil Christians and Hindus do not feel this difference. I have always been reluctant to comment on this issue due to my caste but now am compelled due to this man’s constant attack on the HIndus

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              Arumuga Navalar was, as I was made to understand; a Tamil Pundit who was given the task to translate the Bible to Tamil by an Anglican priest.
              Which means there was no Tamil translation of the Bible available in the island during the time of the Portuguese and the Dutch rule.

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                Uthungan
                (This is from Wikipedia)
                The history of Bible translations into the Tamil language commences with the arrival of Bartholomäus Ziegenbalg at Tranquebar in 1706. [Tranquebar = Tharangampadi, a Danish possession between 1620 and 1845 in Tamilnadu]
                *
                Johann Philipp Fabricius, a German, revised Ziegenbalg’s and others’ work to produce the standard Tamil version. Seventy years after Fabricius, at the invitation of Peter Percival a Saiva scholar, Arumuka Navalar, produced a “tentative” translation, which came to be known as the “Navalar version,” and was largely rejected by Tamil Protestants.
                (There are of late some disputes about the exact role of AN).

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                funny you quote about Arumuga Navalar…for some reason the author SRH Hoole is a great fan of him. @SRH how come you sparred him form your verbal diarrhea…this time

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          Mr. Vettivelu Thanam, you say, “physically, a ‘Linga’ has a circular or square base. A small post of circular cross-section or square cross section is place erect at the centre”. As an engineer, I find this talk about 3-D symbols, 2-D cross sections etc. very interesting. All this time, I was under the impression that the Linga had a circular or at most a slightly elliptical cross section. But a square cross section boggled my mind until the answer struck me with a sledge hammer. Why not square? We metaphorically speak all the time about Square Pegs in Round Holes and never think that such a thing could be literally true. So God could even be a Square Peg in a Round Hole.
          Let us ignore, Water flowing out of the lingam. One does not want to be seen as discussing pornography. But one thing is very clear. Your description gives a meaning to what we call ‘screwing.”
          But the ‘U’ shaped symbol takes the cake. Your comment is going to provide food for thought for my slow moving brain for weeks to come.

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            edwin rodrigo!

            Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism are very interesting and wide fields. Unless you have a thorough knowledge of these, it will be impossible to understand the archaeological finds of Lanka and India. We have the symbol of ignorance as our National flag because our ‘learned’ do not have any knowledge on Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism. Please read http://lankanewsweb.net/images/2016/3_March/CONSTITUTIONAL_CHANGES_TO_BE_MADE.pdf You will gain some basic knowledge on Symbolization and Symbolization of Buddha and Buddhism!

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            Edwin Rodrigo …don’t get stressed about lingam and vagina….next time you screw a cheap Sinhala maid in your part of the Arabic world …engineer your lingam through the lubricated hole and oil the economy of Sri Lanka

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        TC
        God or not, it is far more certainly there.
        If the decision is to worship, the object of worship is a matter of choice.
        Is the 21st Century so undemocratic as to exclude some objects?

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        You picked up something wrong in the wrong way.
        First, who claim it sexual intercourse not saying it is only Phallus, but Vigina and Phallus. Second thing those who created that idea only misunderstood the origination of Siva lingam.
        If they had suggested it is only Penis, then Siva Lingam doesn’t look like that. But Sanskrit may get along with, though only half-baked. Lingam means straight model, representation, not just a part of the original. Phallus means all males’ body part, not specific to Siva. But, when they go for Intercourse, the appearance is some or how half-baked, but word is only about Siva and the females representation is missing. So, the truth is, Siva Lingam representing neither penis nor intercourse. It is reprsenting only Siva, and that all the Language Sanskrit is saying too. So what is that odd shape object is explaining?
        In the Indus Valley, the clay making was well advanced. Siva‘s Yogi posture was available abundantly in clay plates. Aryans punished Potters fist. Mostly they were the ones took Dravidian Brahmin status. They enslaved many potters and killed the rest. The Terry Cota drawing disappeared from Dravidian culture. Latter stone statures started to appear. But making Siva’s Jogi position was not simple. Same time some people found near rivers Siva Jogi posture as water cut stones (Sujambu Lingams) too. They started to treat them as Siva. The current notion of intercourse was started only after Westerners studied Sanskrit and misinterpreted some Sanskrit Slogan in their way. Still there is believed that Women should not touch Siva Lingam because he will lose his yoga.
        Siva Lingam is representing Siva in Yoga. That is the one can match with the Language Sanskrit and the shape it contains.
        Next time, when you go to temple, look very carefully on Lingam, you will see Siva sitting in Yoga.

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        Yes I am!

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        Life flows out of the penis, don’t you know that! You also came from there!

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        Who said penis is not god? Actually it should be written with G capital – God.
        Soma

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        thanthai chelva

        “Penis is not a god!”

        unfortunately even now it is considered a god.I was talking to a former colleague of mine a tall well built white woman who used to go to a bar and pick up guys for a one night stand.She told me she might fancy a guy but cannot be sure of his penis size until she gets home.She is delighted when it is more than size 8 and worships it like a god.

        If is is size 6 or more she is still happy but not delighted and just worships it like a small or demi god but if it is around size 4 she is unhappy and calls it a prick and asks him to leave.

        If it is size 3 or less she shouts it is a nuisance and goes into the kitchen and brings out a saucepan to hit him over the head.

        So you see thanthai it is a god depending on the size.

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        ThanthaiChelva

        It is even greater…
        It has the power to produce and reproduce living beings both human and others.

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      Prof. S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole,

      RE: In Jaffna Where The God’s Are Deaf

      “However, not everything is perfect. Danger signs of growing Hindu intolerance are growing. I have written previously of public meetings where the Indian Prime Minister’s Siva Sena and Batticaloa MP Yogeswaran called on the public to vote only for Hindus, even as NP Chief Minister delivered hot speeches insulting to Christians (Uthayan, 19.11.2016).”

      The Hindu Gods are clay and stone. So they can’t hear. The Christian God is also clay or metal ( go inside a catholic church). Both can’t hear. If the God is invisible, how do you figure out that the God heard you?There will be sign like thunder or lighting or floods?

      Not only in Jaffna but in many other places The God’s Are Deaf.

      Some know and many do not know.

      For excample the Paras in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho,, are blind to the fact that they are Paras, Kalla-Thonis, Hora-Oru , Illegal-boats from Bharat, Damba-Diva, India.

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      Devagama (Hinduism/Brahmanism) is the forerunner of Buddhagama (Buddhism) in Sri Lanka. At every Buddhist temple you find a Hindu devale/temple with Hindu Gods (according to Buddhism, a Buddhist should not be worshipping any gods). Hindu Religious practices such as the Pattini deity worship (as well as the worship of South Indian Gods Natha/Siva, Vishnu, Kataragama/Murukan, Saman, Vibhishana and Ganesha) were prevailing among the people of Sri Lanka for thousands of years. Sinhala-Buddhists are ardent worshippers of Hindu deities right from very early period. If you go to the popular Hindu temples like Kathirkamam (Katharagama), Thevanthurai (Devundara) and Muneshwaram, you find more Sinhala devotees than Tamil.

      The Sinhalese are still practicing Hindu religious traditions openly. For example, auspicious times is a Hindu concept, Buddhism has no concept of auspicious times. They pray with great piety to Hindu gods, perform rituals, break coconuts, tie pirith noola, surei, do important things at auspicious times, light the khoodu for Bhairava, hang ash pumpkins in a newly built house to avoid evil befalling any member of the house-hold, carry kavadi, walk on red hot cinders, chant Seth and Vas kavi, etc. The Sandesha Kavyas (poems) were composed solely to invoke Hindu Gods to offer healing support for someone in a problematic situation. Even on poya days, Buddhists offer poojas at Kataragama to God Murugan, and offer poojas to goddess Saraswaty. Even the Bodhi Pooja and tying the blessed pirith noola are Hindu concepts/tradition. Every Sinhala-Buddhist is more Hindu than Buddhist, they call themselves ‘Buddhist’ but practice Hinduism including most of the Hindu ritualistic practices. They also observe Hindu New Year Day, April 14, (according to Hindu Solar and not Buddhist Lunar calendar where each month starts with the new moon) as their New Year Day. The first month of the Buddhist lunar year is `Bak` which never falls on the 14th of April whereas in the Hindu solar calendar the first day of the first solar month falls each year on 14 April.

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        Adding to the above,

        There is no caste system in Buddhism but if you observe the Malwathu and Asgiri of the Siam Nikaya in the upcountry (Kandy), they are following the Hindu caste system for ordination of monks. If you read the matrimonial columns in the Sinhala newspapers, you will see that the Sinhalese are still following the Hindu Caste system to find a partner. We cannot expect the Sinhalese to give up their ancient faith which existed before the arrival of Arahat Mahinda who introduced Buddhism.

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      Prof .Ratna.
      As you a learned man you must know your Indu myths .
      Around 3000 thousands years ago , so called Aryans came to now India and made fabricated puranas and myths to slave the people of Sind Valley who had some Scriptures called Vedas in which some noble preaching about Almighty GOD. But Man made Induism is full of superstitions , Irrational Philosophy with utmost errors.
      The Yajur, Rik veda clearly declares and explain Almighty is ONE and no one cant form an Image. But your people went astray making 300 million Gods in the name of Induism..
      The worst ,shameful practice of yours are worshipping MAN PENIS and WOMAN VAGINA……. OH……how could you do these ugly irritating worships.. We call our Penis as Lingam.. so you worships our penis…… ???
      Go back to your scriptures and follow if you need to be a good indu.. even this name Hind was bestowed by Arabs when they first came to Sind valley .. The british christians who then named all those who were not Muslims , Kiristians, Sheiks ,Budhists as HINDU as a whole.. why dont you study History ?

      A video film below give you / hindus what the Hindu scriptures say about GOD. . Unless you watch and ponder with the open mind, you – the so called Hindus will never realize..
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J429W7IhUwo

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    Tamils are supposed to be very conservative. Because of theat Catholic or Chrisstian Tamils shoul dnot be considered Tamil even though they live in Yapanaya. Beczasue, some sinhala people talk fluent Tamil and they know Tamil history very well.

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    IT is simply stupid to elect a christian woman to the Nallur Temple. If that is the case, Sinhala people should ask appointing Bhikkus to christian churches.

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    Muthirai is a perfect Tamil word. IT looks Yapanaya Christians are problems listening to HIndu Bhajan or sthrothra singings. It is true no one has to have loud speakers when Gods can read peoples minds too. YOu gave a good point. christians and Catholics used to KOVIL grounds to establish their churches. so, present NALLUR church should be handed over to Hindus. christians and Caztholics a re very good at that kind of pathetic kidnappings of god. FYI, Christian GOD is god Vishnu who is also God Easwar who is also God Shiva. there are more than one christian/Catholic god as well as a There are more than One Allah. GOd vishnu is also one Allah. DO not think, I am crazy.

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    Prof Hoole: gos shiva do not like Beef eating people. IF you protect five precepts, pray to Any of those Gods or to GOd vishnu, you would see the Christian God talking to you. but Tamil culture is not Christian or Catholic. I am not Tamil too.

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    christian/Catholic god in Madu is Goddess Paththini, I think I wrote it, In some areas she is worshipped as God Allah. some muslims know it.

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      Don’t you ever sleep, Jimmy?

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        @Oldcodg.
        I was about to blast this KASIPPU THUG jimsot saying ‘ are you sleeping with laptop writing comments on CT ” ? .. You have done it..
        Most unsuitable Comments deleted by CT were and are from this Pension awarded guy.. Always senseless.

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    Based on one incident S. Ratnajeevan H. Hoole concludes ~ “In Jaffna Where The God’s Are Deaf”
    What the hell is the apostrophe for?
    Surely SRH H, in spite of your educational qualification, you should know by now that God is a human creation and the humans gave human attributes like partiality to loud music and so on.
    An aside, Gods the world over are stone deaf.
    Your prayers to be VC, Jaffna went unanswered!
    SRH H never gives up driving the religion wedge. Evidently the Jaffna Mayor and Nallur Councillor have Christian name. The man nit-picks as to how this happened.
    SRH H has counted the Hindu/Christian populations in Jaffna, Mannar, Vavuniya, Mullaithivu, Kilinochchi and Delft (of all places!). Ask anyone from this area as to the mix. They will gawk because they never had this SRH H phobia.
    SRH H, do not propagate this religion-divide.

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    A myth is generally spread in Jaffna that Christians and Christian institutions are in contrast to Hindus, liberal minded and spread liberal thinking. The real truth is to the contrary. None of the Christian schools tolerated teachers who had a strong left leaning and progressive thinking. Everyone in Jaffna knows that there were strong left leaning teachers in several Hindu schools like Jaffna Hindu College and Parameshwara College. Good examples are the late Sivapathasundaram, late A. Vaidialingam, late M. Karthigesan, late V. Ponnambalam etc.

    Christian schools never tolerated any of these left leaning teachers. One example, I can quote is Mr. A. S. Kanagaratnam., a Christian teacher who wouldn’t be tolerated in any Christian school because of his left leanings but was happily accommodated at Jaffna Hindu College. Similarly, the late Banudevan a Hindu Teacher with strong leftist leanings got dismissed from St. John’s College mainly because of his leftist views!

    I am happy that the author of this article acknowledges that the Jaffna people who are overwhelmingly Hindu are very liberal in their attitudes and were always happy to elect even Christians as their leaders! His fears of Hindutwa seem to be highly exaggerated and largely imaginary!

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      SP
      You can add the word mischievous to the last sentence.

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      Jeevan,

      In the statement “Danger signs of Hindu intolerance are growing. I have written previously of public meetings where the Indian Prime Minister’s Siva and Batticaloa MP Yogeswaran called on the public to vote only for Hindus,…” you condemn as Hindutva fanaticism if voting decision is made on religious lines. I have no argument with that.

      However, a couple of paragraphs later, are you not implicitly approving the voting advantage the Christian majority would employ in your statement “Success in reversing Christian advantage can come only in Jaffna “ – What exactly is “Christian advantage in Jaffna” if not for your own expectation that Christian vote would/should tow the religious line, a thought not unlike that of the Hindutvas?

      Are you then not the exact counterpart of the Hindu zealots? Not bigotry? Really?!

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        Yes, you have a point there, Kumar R.
        .
        I consider Prof. Jeevan Hoole to be a great and good man, with a surprisingly poor grasp of logic. He often amazes me. Make no mistake: these antics of his vitiate the good results we can expect from some of his other actions.
        .
        What saves him is his honesty. I have never heard it said that he’s been grasping or mercenary. Despite all his personal biases, and all the bees swarming in his bonnet, I have not heard of any wrong stand that he as taken in his current “job” as a Member of the Elections Commission.
        .
        Mahinda Deshapriya and Jeevan Hoole both sound crazy at times; it may be that this is the only way that certain things can be got across to our so-called “Political Leaders”. I don’t know.
        .
        Nor is it directly my business what you guys do in the North. I care, but will not dare interfere – all the issues relating to religion and caste are so foreign and labyrinthine to me. I shall continue to read as much as I can; may be even make the occasional innocuous comment, but that’s it.
        .

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          Dear SM,

          In my books integrity, sincerity, humility and above all courage to take responsibility for own blunders weigh more than intellect in assessing greatness and goodness of men!

          Do you think Jeevan takes responsibility for the bigotry in the above passages that forms the principal component of the article, or even the many previous blunders including bad mouthing the entire women folk K’Badda, or the Hindu kovil dancers?

          However, I concede, there is evidence that a 30% segment of US citizens consider the narcistic Trump as “great and good!” Apparently “narcism” has that effect on a segment of people – perhaps gullible, perhaps not.

          I am nevertheless gratified seeing the luster fade even if only minimally from your past starry eyed wonderment, as you increasingly recognize the failings of your hero, such as insensitivity in civic issues, sparse logic for a researcher, weakness in communication, etc. I am sure there will be more.

          Riding the coat-tails of the elder sibling seems a little absurd at this age and after all the DSc bound education, don’t you think?

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      The late Bhanudevan who died recently was an LSSP supporter. I remember his perfect accurate impromptu translation of English to Tamil of Drs. N.M.& Colvin’s speeches whenever they addressed public meetings in Jaffa during the sixties and early seventies.
      He was a popular teacher at St.John’s College, Jaffna and was later sacked by it’s Principal Mr. Pooranampillai unjustly for taking industrial action.
      Unlike Christian schools, Hindu schools did not discriminate against Christian’s when it came to education. In fact I was told by my father who was an old boy of Jaffna Hindu college
      during his days at that school in the 1916-18, his English teacher was a Christian Mr. Nevins Selladurai.

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        Oh, dear, Uthungan,
        .
        “St.John’s College, Jaffna Principal, Mr. Pooranampillai unjustly sacked” the good Marxist Bhanudevan.
        .
        Seems to summarise the sad history of our country: never being able to correctly identify the evil enemy.
        .
        Pooranampillai’s daughter, Shanthi, and her husband, pediatrician, Dr Param Arulananthan were stationed in Badulla around 1975. They were wonderful people, still remembered by us with affection. They had two sweet kids, Nini and Anji they were called.
        .
        I believe Rev. Arulananthan had been Principal of St. John’s before Mr Pooranampillai. This is just to say how nice they all were, and how sad that “my people” turned so nasty after 1983.
        .
        Let us hope for better times ahead.

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    Ratnajeevan H. Hoole!

    You have written:

    “I hope it is not a replay of Babri Masjid with St. James’. St. James’ was not a Kandasamy Temple nor was it destroyed in the war! Having lived in the vicarage for several years in the 1960s, I state that there was no Sivalingam there. Even today, anyone may verify the absence of any platform as climed. “

    Kandasamy Temple need not have Sivalingam. It is idiotic to search for the platform of Sivalingam in the Kandasamy Temple.

    An ancient small tank is still there near the present St. James’ Church. It is called ”தீர்த்தக் கேணி” in Tamil.

    All the Saiva temples have ”தீர்த்தக் கேணி” built near the temple.

    Ratnajeevan H. Hoole! Please read “Temporal and Spiritual Conquest of Ceylon” (translation) by Fr. Fernao de Quayroz to find out how the Catholic Portuguese destroyed Saiva and Vaishnava Temples in Lanka!!

    Ratnajeevan H. Hoole! Like you, some Hindu Extremists could demand for the return of the anicent Murugan Temple!!

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    We have a god & devil inside us but unfortunately we’ve activated devil, letting our god to sleep deep inside.

    When real gods come they see our devil only & leave us because gods hate devils.

    That’s what has happened to us/to the whole world today; there’re no gods, whether almighty or non-almighties.

    So it’s useless to offer, worship or pray for gods because they’re far away enjoying heavenly life in their abodes.

    So believe me, if you want god/gods back you have to activate your god 1st.

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      At least Hoole was honest to say that christian churches had built or using over the Hindu Tamples. Hoole is honest than the bible, I suppose.

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    Few days ago some Tamil pundit in CT claimed Nallur Kovil was constructed by Prince Sapumal. So much for the 1000 years old kingdom. The Tamil racism has a long history dating back almost to the beginning of the 20th century. Once they took control over the state apparatus as the lackies of the British Raj, they began to spill communal hatred to keep the uneducated Sinhalese majority in the line. They expected to lead the Sinhalese masses along with their own to independence so that they could secure the seat of power. Once they realized their bids are going to be foiled, they started to demand a separate Tamil country exclusive for themselves. Tamils are the most racist people in this country.

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      Shenal, If you want me to accept that Tamils are the most racist people in this country, let me know who the other racists are, to compare!

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      shenal

      ” So much for the 1000 years old kingdom.”

      the tamil kingdom was conquered by prince sapumal for only 17 years.It was reconquered by the tamil king wh fled to madurai and came back with reinforcements.You will appreciate that 17 years is a pittance compared to the 1000 years you state.

      Now let us see whehr history will repeat.The tamil areas were conquered by sapumal(fonseka) and his king bhuvenekabahu(mahinda) in 2009. 17 years later will a jaffna tamil from tamilnadu come wih a tamil army and reconquer the north and east.The date could be 2026.

      ” Tamils are the most racist people in this country.”

      racism is there everywhere all over the world.It is part and parcel of our DNA.We have to control our racist urges instead of allowing that DNA to control us.In other words it is mind over matter.

      However the recent sinhalese attacks on the muslims warrant any outsider to consider that the sinhalese are more racist than the tamils,don’t you think.just imagine a westerner or an indian looking at the news and thinking goodness gracious,what is wrong with this sinhalese,first they nearly ethnically cleanse out the tamils over a period of 30 years and now they are started on the muslims .

      So before you throw stones at others think whther you are in a glass house yourself.There are racist tamils as you pointed out and i avoid them like the plague because they are infectious,but i am beginning to think that the sinhalese are more racist than them cos as soon as they finished with the tamils they started to destroy the livelihoods of the muslims who supported them during the war against the tamils.All are racists,sinhalese,tamils and muslims cos as i pointed out it is a human trait,but it is the degree of racism that i am talking.

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        Very true, Shankar.
        .
        Let each community focus on correcting itself.
        .
        I know it is too simple a statement for a learned forum. I hope it sounds “child-like” and not “childish”.

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      Shenal,

      First of all, Sapumal aka Chempaha Perumal (Bhuvanekabahu VI), the adopted son of Parakrama Bahu VI was a Tamil by birth and a staunch Buddhist. He did not build the Nallur Kandaswamy Kovil, the Kovil was already existing in the heart of Jaffna, he only renovated/rebuilt it in the 13th Century AD. He may have done this to please the people of Jaffna.

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      Shenal,

      “The Tamil racism has a long history dating back almost to the beginning of the 20th century.”

      The Tamil-Singala conflict is not new to Sri Lanka. It is deeply rooted in our history. For the last two thousand odd years the Singalayas had been fighting with the Demalas, and it is still not over. Elaras, Dutugemunus, Prabakarans and Rajapakshes will come and go but the Singalayas and the Demalas will stay forever and keep fighting.

      Whether Yahapalana rules or Rajapakshe palana rules or any damn Singala palana rules, the Demalas don’t care. The Demalas have seen and experienced all these rulers. If the Singalayas want to keep Sri Lanka as a poor begging third world pariah state forever with continuous Demala uprising which means political instability, economic shrinkage/crisis and international interference (India, UK, US, EU, UN, etc.) forever, you can have it. Don’t worry, if you push the Demalas down the pallam, they will pull the Singalayas also along with them. When there is no peace for Demalas, there won’t be any peace for the Singalayas either. If you Singalayas deprive the Demala rights, you also will continue to suffer along with the Demalas. If the Singalayas do not solve the Demala issue, do not expect the Demalas to keep quite. The history will continue to repeat until the issue is solved. The Singalayas must understand this basic law.

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        Adida Sundaralingam,

        Tamils fought with the Sinhalese for the possession of this island. Not to posses North and East provinces.

        Sinhala don’t want to keep Sri Lanka a third world begging state. It it also Tamils duty to assist the Sinhalese from achieving that. The struggle for a separate state is not helping any community.

        Tamils have every rights enjoyed by the Sinhalese in this country. What rights have we denied them? It is only Tamil people living in rural remotes areas like Jaffna, Wanni and Eastern Province that are having economic troubles because of the backwardness and slow advent of economic progress to those areas. Tamils in Sri Lanka cannot go on with demanding every thing they want. They need to realize how to cooperate with the Sinhalese for the mutual benefit. True reconciliation must start with Tamils. Not with the Sinhalese.

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          Shenal!

          “True reconciliation must start with Tamils. Not with the Sinhalese.”

          Dear Shenal!

          You have not read the Report of the LLRC appointed by the former President Mahinda Rajapakse!!

          The Para. – 8.150 of the Report says:

          “The Commission takes the view that the root cause of the ethnic conflict in Sri Lanka lies in the failure of successive Governments to address the genuine grievances of the Tamil people.

          The country may not have been confronted with a violent separatist agenda, if the political consensus at the time of independence had been sustained and if policies had been implemented to build up and strengthen the confidence of the minorities around the system which had gained a reasonable measure of acceptance.” (Please read this twice!)

          Dear Shenal!

          ‘the ROOT CAUSE’ of all the problems that we have been facing in our country is the imaginary and false doctrine of the Siňhala nation, the ‘ĀRYAN’ –
          SIŇHALA – SIŇHALESE – ‘THĒRAVĀDA’ BUDDHISM – LAŇKĀ Doctrine with one – to – one correspondence and the successive governments of Srī Laňkā dominated by the Siňhala Buddhists formulating their policies based on this imaginary and false doctrine and unilaterally implementing them.

          Thus as long as the Sinhala nation adheres to its false and imaginary Doctrine, the Tamil Nationalism will continue to exist and the Tamils will continue to demand for separate state dear!!

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    hmmm me thinks divide and conquer!

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      wannihami
      Wanni-Naykam

      “hmmm me thinks divide and conquer!”

      Its like Ranil with lot of help from Norwegians dividing Karuna from VP thamby or Dr Mahinda (LLD + 3xPhD) dividing Wimal Sangili Karuppan Weerawansa from JVP, ………….

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    We don’t need extremism in Religion. God doesn’t please in it. It will become terrorism.
    Since God is Love, he likes to see human loving each other even our enemies.

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    The next big match in Jaffna will be the “Battle of the Gods”. People of Jaffna will be more divided if caste and religion come into play. The government should ban loudspeakers at all places of religious worship as it is an utter disturbance to the general public. Having said that, I believe Sajith Premadasa is distributing loudspeakers to various Viharas. So here we go again …..

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    Jaffna has a generally liberal-minded population//// One of the most laughable statements…….infested with casteism, did not even allow low caste kids to enter a school, did not allow low caste devotees to enter a temple ( Maviddapuram—remember?)…ethnic cleansed Sinhalese and Muslims because they were not Tamil……….liberal minded..yeah my a$$%

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      In 1847, Arumuga Navalar a hero amongst Jaffna Tamils, left teaching at Jaffna Central College because a low caste Tamil student from Nalavar caste was admitted to the school

      “liberal-minded population”? My poop

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    Tamils live in an imagined world. They suffer from mythomania, the mental sickness of treating
    political mythology as truths. In fact their mythomania is not limited to SL

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    Fellows! Be very careful. This is exactly the conflict BBS and GR wanted. They openly pitted Tamil Hindus against Tamil Christians. Even in Colombo, BBS henchmen claim Christian missionaries are converting Tamil Hindus en masse. This is very dangerous. Do not fall into this trap. BBS top brass is much more intelligent and devious than you think. Again, do not fall into this trap.

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      THANOS: ARe you sayinfg that Hoole is a BBS and a GR supporter. Are you going to UNHCR on that too ?

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    “In Jaffna Where The God’s Are Deaf”

    Dear Hoole -Forget Jaffna …in the whole world the God is not just deaf but also blind.
    Whether its your Christian God, or Hindu God, or Muslim God or Buddhist God.
    Apparently the only God that has its eyes and ears wide open is the Sri Lanka Sinhala Buddhist God smiling down on the thugs in yellow robes

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      Sorry mate.
      Buddhism like Jainism is an atheistic religion.
      The Sinhalese worship Hindu Gods more than the Hindus here.

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        SJ,
        .
        I honestly think that the Hindus and Christians should not be attacking each other so much, thereby allowing racists from the south to ridicule you.
        .
        Wasn’t the mate whom you were responding to Rajash?
        .
        Isn’t it clear that he sarcastically lumps together: “Christian God, or Hindu God, or Muslim God or Buddhist God.” As far as I’m concerned all those Gods (as popularly postulated by the respective religions are beings that just cannot exist).
        .
        Of course the Buddhists have Gods. Gautama Buddha and Mahavira (wasn’t he the founder of Jainism?) stated clearly that there was no God, but surely, the statement made by Rajash is not about the preachings of those two 2,500 years ago. He is talking about Sinhala-Buddhists: they have gods – plenty of them: as you say the Hindu gods.
        .
        I know that your brilliant mind is quite clear about what you know, but please don’t say things which provide ammunition to racists down here.
        .
        As Thanos has observed, they are pitting “Tamil Hindus against Tamil Christians.” You guys have to unite there first, then unite with the true Buddhists here. Pleas study what a man like “Justice and Fair Play” is saying.

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          well said Sinhala_Man.

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            R
            Well said may be, but not correctly said.
            Ask someone who knows Buddhism.
            The Buddha when asked about God simply said: “God is irrelevant to what I am talking about”.

            The following is more like what many reliable sources on Buddhism say:
            Buddhists seek to reach a state of nirvana, following the path of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who went on a quest for Enlightenment around the sixth century BC. There is no belief in a personal god. Buddhists believe that nothing is fixed or permanent and that change is always possible.
            *
            There are several other faiths of the Orient that do not refer to any god.
            Check it out. It will do you some good

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    “…Indian Prime Minister’s Siva Sena…”
    What is supposed to mean?
    The Shiv Sena has nothing to do with the Hindu fascist Modi. It was started around by Bal Thakeray in 1960 as a Marathi chauvinist outfit based in Bombay (now Mumbai) targetting outsiders, Tamils in particular.
    Thakeray later got close to the BJP, but there was never a merger and difference have resurfaced.
    *
    The Shiv in Shiv Sena refers to chatrapathi Shivaji (founder of the Maratha empire that rivalled the Mogul empire).
    BTW, Shiva is not a popular deity in Maharastra, where Ganesha seems most popular
    *
    As for religious bigotry, I think that bigotry begets bigotry.

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    Hoole, a well known anti Hindu trouble maker, is trying hard through his several articles to create animosity between Hindus and Christians. South was burnt recently. Is he trying to have similar one in North? [edited out]

    Let us hope and pray that he fails in all his attempts.

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      THANOS: ARe you sayinfg that Hoole is a BBS and a GR supporter. Are you going to UNHCR on that too ?

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    S. Palendira

    In your list of names you have missed Late S Ponnuthurai, a well known writer and critique. He was a graduate teacher at St Patrick’s College in late 1960s but forced to leave by the management owing to his leftist leanings.

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      MR
      In fairness to the school, EsPo had a lot of good things to say about the school, especially relative to Hindu schools of his time.

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    MR,

    Sorry, I missed mentioning the late S. Ponnuduraisu. Another name strikes me now, that of Handy Perinoanayagam, a Christian teacher of repute who was never given due recognition in any Christian institution was appointed as Principal of Kokkuvil Hindu College, which position he happily accepted. Can anyone quote a single instance of a Christian managed school appointing a Hindu as principal?

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    Earlier, only the Muslim God had a reputation for being deaf but now it turns out that the Hindu Gods are also deaf!

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      EL
      The Muslim, Christian and Jewish god are one and the same.
      All gods are deaf to the pleas of the poor.

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        Re: obscenities and Apologies by CT
        Colombo telegraph should not allow obscenities in its columns.

        The valgur Raju exposes his very low culture and upbringing in insulting your e_newspaper. Whatever vulgur raju says therefore has no intrinsic academic value thereafter and is low grade trash. Uncouth and brainless people are using this column to silence the voice of reason.

        CT owes Professor Hoole’ a written apology in its column for negligence of editorial standards. This is not the first time.

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    How I wish everyone was an Atheist, more than half of our problems would be solved automatically. Theists who believe in the caste system, are only being so, simply to be in the herd. Which God or Philosopher has promoted or encouraged the caste system? I saw Jimsofty say that the Christians have taken over Vishnu’s temple in Beliatta or Devinuwara, if so that God is not as powerful as a Christian since if he was he could punish them. So much of injustice all over the world and the so called Gods’ are just fast asleep or sleeping around I would say.

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    Prof: Hoole: You are very correct and hit the nail on the head in saying: “In Jaffna Gods Are Deaf”. That is why all the DEMONS from that area are having a gala time and playing havoc in the Local Government Institutions and the Legislature of Sri Lanka. Even in Sihala there is a saying: “Deviyo Nathi Thana, Kumbandayo Pandu Gahanawa” – literal meaning : Where there are no Gods, Demons Play Balls. Please continue to write these God’s and Demons’ stories.

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    Relating to this, is the Setting fire of the Trincomalee VALE cart. IT was set on fire more than once, I heard. Later Tamils found, It was the Tamil christians who do that every time and Sinhala people were accused.

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    Jaffna is a complex place. Casteism, classism and intolerance are rampant. In that everyone is part, and everyone is a victim and a perpetrator. Tamil vs muslim, hindu vs. christian vs. muslim, vellala vs. lower castes, English-educated vs Tamil speakers, Vanni vs. city dwellers, transplanted estate workers vs. older residents, islanders vs. main landers etc. etc.

    During the war the LTTE used the mantra of Eelam to get these to work somewhat united to fight the SLA. Now that that war is no longer, the inherent problems of the society are back with a vengeance.

    I feel there is more empathy possible between the social classes of Tamils and Sinhalese than within each ethnic group. Such a different type of unity might help the country heal ethnic animosity as well.

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      And Sinhalese do not have them. This is why no non Govigamma is not elected as a leader. Premadasa was an exception and was bumped off by the upper castes with the blame conveniently laid on the LTTE. We know the Mahanayakes did not want a low country low caste Karawa Christian to be the governor of the central province and only wanted upper caste preferably Kandyan Buddhist to be the governor, as they did not want to soil their souls and bodies by associating with low castes. Just look at the Sinhalese matrimonial columns , all demanding members from their castes or higher. No one wants someone lower down the caste pecking order , unless there is something radically wrong a scandal or they are dirt poor. People who live in glass housed should not throw stones at others. At least Tamils do not go around demanding caste based governors and will elect a leader irrespective of their religion or caste. The Sinhalese will never. This proves who is casteist. Even in India it is only in Tamil Nadu state a non Tamil can aspire to be a leader, no other state will do that. Shows whatever happens in their private lives Tamils are non discriminatory when it comes to public positions and electing leaders. The author of this article constantly attacks Hindus and Arumuga Navalar. Has all the hallmarks of a Christian fundamentalist and fanatic. All religious fanatics and fundamentalists are dangerous. When Tamil unity is most needed he is trying his best to create a wedge between Hindu and Christian Tamils. Just like the way the British then the Sinhalese and Muslim elites successfully created a wedge between the Muslim and non Muslim Tamils , using religion and a fake Arab/Moor origin. May be like the southern Muslim elite, he now wants to the leader and hold power over the Christian Tamils . This is why this constant anti Hindu articles.

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    The Hindutva band wagon is rolling inexorably..
    The Buddhist band wagon is rolling inexorably.
    The Islam band wagon is rolling inexorably not withstanding the Sunni belief.
    The Christian band wagon is unable to roll inexorably.
    This seems to be the grievance of Prof: Ratnajeevan Hoole!
    I am by no means against his grievance ; But if we argue for a Secular State, then he has made out a case!

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      Plato

      “But if we argue for a Secular State, then he has made out a case!”

      How about introducing/enshrining Maoism as the state religion of this island. For a few Maoism was a religion?

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    The writer himself has a big Phallu and he knows that he is talking with his backside.
    The truth is he is not qualified to be talking for christian although he talks of general Christianity . But the general Christianity does not accept the Christianity practices by him and the new hallaluya groups that even the Singalease people are correctly so waken up – to this confusion thread to our developing society.

    Considering jaffna people that considers themselves more than other Tamils due to this christian education. However, most jaffna hindu people are very tolerant and do marry in christian community. But due to christianisation of half cast hindus, because they become lazy – so they don,t perform well, so they have no choice, except to surrender to Pathiriyars to get their free education, whilst others have to bribe the Pathiriars to get free school places. So this half cast christians tamils get converted – in a slow process so the cycle continue under hand. In turn these half cast tamil people with their hindu names (hidden christian names) become followers of the Christianity. Thease people also are constantly winding up the Hindu tamils by accusing the Budhists as our enemy – such as Chelvanayagam and and ponambalams. What has happened ultimately is that two millian hindus have run away from the country. So this writer seem to be making further mischieve under this article and keep going on about it time to time. The real victims realy are the majority Hindu tamils and Bhudhist Singalease. As they got trapped in these minority groupes villifing tales and who keep winding the majority communities. So no progress is happeneing in Srilankan state.

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