4 December, 2020

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Sinhala-Buddhism: Educating Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe – II

By H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

H. L. D. Mahindapala

The loud bravado with which Ms. Sharmini Serasinghe challenged the Sinhala Buddhists to give “a valid answer” to her question – a question which was aimed deliberately at denigrating the Sinhala-Buddhists – stands in stark contrast to the silence that prevails after the answer was given. (See Colombo Teleraph….) She asked pompously, assuming that she had delivered the final deadly blow that would nail the Sinhala-Buddhists once and for all : “Might I also ask, what in heaven’s name is so “supreme” about the Sinhalese people? What have we, the Sinhalese achieved, others have not, to entertain such “pride”? I challenge all those out there, who keep chanting, “I’m proud to call myself a Sinhala-Buddhist” to give me a valid answer to my questions, as so far, I have not.” She was, of course, hoping to be the heroine with this anti-Sinhala-Buddhist question. Instead she turned into a dumb “gemba” (a word picked from Prime Minister’s vocabulary) when the answer revealed that educating Ms. Serasinghe is a prime necessity to prevent her from making an ass of herself by asking stupid questions.

Her operative phrase is : “I challenge all those out there,….” The broad sweep of the question accompanied by her gassy bravado (“challenge all”! Pah!) exposed the inflated ego of a Mahadana Muththi rather than the informed insights of an original thinker with a profound knowledge of the subject. By the way, a good question reveals the quantum of knowledge possessed by the questioner. But blinded by her anti-Sinhala-Buddhist mania she has rushed into places where knowledgeable angels fear to tread. A knowledgeable and intelligent questioner will take all precautions not to be trapped by her own questions bouncing back to knock her down.

So when Ms. Serasinghe challenged the entire Sinhala-Buddhist community to provide her with an answer to satisfy her I just couldn’t resist accepting it, purely to educate her. Besides, it was a full toss and it was not difficult to send it over the boundary line. In reply I outlined, interspersed with some barbs, the monumental achievements of the Sinhalese which the other migrant settlers could not match, making the Sinhalese-Buddhist settlers the unique achievers. I felt that it was necessary to educate Ms. Serasinghe and through that process her anti-Sinhala-Buddhist claque waiting to clap any hack denigrating the Sinhala-Buddhists and downgrading their unique contributions/achievements that shine in the pages of history. After all, it is also the only known history that is “compiled for the serene joy and emotion of the pious”. Herodotus, the father of history, wrote his Histories “to preserve the memory of the past by putting on record the astonishing achievements both of our own and of the Asiatic peoples”.

Mahanama, the author of Mahavamsa, also had the same objective but he makes it quite clear that there is a greater purpose in his mission. The recurring message at the end of each chapter ( i.e, “compiled for the serene joy and emotion of the pious”) signifies that history has a meaning more than being a record of past. The teleological mission of history is defined as ending in 1. serene joy and 2. emotional piety. Both are Buddhistic goals. Just as much as the goal of individual Buddhists is to achieve serene joy and emotional piety – the closest one can get to nirvana — so the collective and teleological purpose of history too is to arrive at the ultimate goal in which the evolved individual is settled in serene joy and emotional piety, without conflicts, blood-letting, tensions etc. In secular terms, it means, that the contradictions that tear the individual and society apart are resolved in finding serene joy and emotional piety – two of the fundamental goals in Buddhism. Isn’t the ultimate aim of all utopian/idealistic politics to find serene joy, either by changing the environment, or the individual, or both? Isn’t, for instance, the Platonic man a disciplined individual filled with emotional piety, rising to the level of philosopher-kings without dissipating his energies in wild distractions and illusions like the worldly theatre, poetry etc? Isn’t the Marxist man in his communist utopia one who has found serene joy and emotional piety, though it is in the material world where his bourgeois heaven has been brought down to earth for him to go fishing in the evening or partying in the night etc., a la Engels model?

So history has a well-defined meaning, significance and purpose to the Sinhala-Buddhists. No doubt there is a seedy side to Sri Lankan history like that of any history in any civilisation. It is easy to pick on sex addicts like Queen Anula or parricides like Kasyapa. But in which history is there a Siri Sangabo who sacrificed his head to a citizen? Michael Roberts argued that the Sinhala rulers attempted to follow the Asokan model. The unique redeeming features outweigh the infirmities common to all societies. In this instance history should be judged with that of the other minorities because the questioner, Ms. Serasinghe, is challenging the Sinhala community prove that they have reason to take pride in their history unlike the others. The obvious comparison then is evaluate the achievements of the Sinhala-Buddhist history with that of the Tamils who, incidentally, claim to have arrived before the Sinhalese. Oddly enough, the Tamils who claim chunks of history and territory on their primordial antecedents have not even produced a record of their past to prove that they even had a sense of history. Quite late in the day, somewhere during the Dutch and British periods, the Tamils of the north had to be pushed by the colonial administrators to write accounts of their past and, subsequently, feeble attempts were made to draw dreary sketches of what they thought was their history. But those attempts were to please the Dutch and British governors. For instance, Mayilvakanam, the author of The Yalpana-Vaipava-Malai, admits that it was written “at the request of the illustrious Dutch Governor Maccara…” Jan Maccara was the governor of the Dutch possessions in 1736. Tamil histories were written to win the favour of the rulers. The Sinhala-Buddhists wrote their history for “serene joy and emotional piety”. They had a natural instinct for history in which their destiny was tied to the land. The pioneering Buddhist missionary, Mahinda,  too defined the sacred relationship between the people and the land. Their role was to be trustees giving protection and shelter to all those who want to share the land in common with each other to achieve “serene joy and emotional piety” – the most desirable goals for individuals as well as communities.

This fundamental difference in the approaches to their respective histories – one sacred the other mercenary — alone indicates the value each community placed in evaluating their pasts, their heritage and relationship to the land. The sacred value of history to the Sinhalese is reflected in the Mahavamsa – a unique unbroken record of the past that served as a beacon to scholars of Asia. The Sinhalese were imbued with an innate historical sense that bonded them as makers of a great civilisation. Invariably great writings come out of great movements. The Mahavamsa came spontaneously from the heart and soul of the Sinhala-Buddhists. The Tamils, on the contrary, had to be told by the colonial governors to write their history.

This left a vacuum in the historiography of the Tamils. Scholars have been complaining consistently, moaning about the absence of a comprehensive and authoritative history of the Tamils. The Tamils themselves felt the need for a reliable Tamil history when history took centre stage when S. J. V. Chelvanayakam launched his separatist movement. The vacuum in Tamil history was filled by fabricated myths to elevate the Tamils as the makers and breakers of Sri Lankan history. Vadukoddai Resolution contains the kind of fictitious history and concocted geography manufactured by the Tamils to justify their claim for a separate state. It is partly the distortion of history for political purposes that increased the tensions between the two communities. The demonising of the Sinhala-Buddhists became a political necessity for the Jaffna leadership to survive and thrive in peninsular politics.

History was the first victim of the mono-ethnic extremism of the north. It was launched in the thirties by G. G. Ponnambalam, the Tamil leader who shot into the limelight by whipping up anti-Sinhala-Buddhist hysteria. This was his tactic to displace the traditional Jaffna “aristocracy” of the turbanned Mahadevas, Ramanathans and Arunachalams who were the ruling deities of Jaffna politics. Ponnambalam was the new comer in the thirties who rose to prominence by raising the communal cry of 50 – 50 which later escalated into federalism and finally to separatism. Besides, Jaffna was a closed society that never aligned itself with liberal, socialist or any other broad ideology other than narrow racism and casteism – two deadly combinations which morphed into ruthless fascism in the hands of Velupillai Prabhakaran. Jaffna Tamil politics was based essentially on beating their political rivals with the anti-Sinhala-Buddhist racist card. Ant-Sinhala-Buddhist card was the sure fire path to win elections. Blaming the Sinhala-Buddhists for everything was a winning slogan in any election. Ponnambalam began with it to beat his turbanned rivals and it has never ceased since then. His role will be elaborated in the next article.

The natural tendency of the Sinhala-Buddhists to take pride in their heritage is partly because they are blessed with historic treasures to call their own, partly as the prime trustees of the nation and partly as the inheritors of the greatest tradition in the island. Just as much as the sons and daughters have a duty and the right to take pride and protect the family heirloom handed down from generation to successive generation so has a nation a right / duty to take pride and protect its legacy handed down by their ancestors. This justifiable pride can be felt only by those belong to the glorious tradition and not to those who parade in public fora plastered with plastic cosmetics to give them a look of intelligence which they do not posses.

In my answer I pointed out that the pioneering Sinhalese were intrepid and creative settlers who transformed the pristine wilderness into a sustainable and glorious civilisation by any comparative standards. They contributed to the world heritage with a new language, new culture and a new civilisation which other migrants failed to create. Because the Sinhala-Buddhists were the founding fathers of the new civilisation they developed a binding historical and emotional affinity with the land on which they established their new culture. History and the Sinhala-Buddhists were inextricably intertwined because one does not exist without the other. “One of the greatest contributions of the Sinhalese people to the cultural development of South and South East Asia and to the world literature,” wrote Heinz Bechert, Professor of Indian and Buddhist Studies, University of Gottingen in Germany, “is the creation of a historic literature. It is well-known that on the Indian sub-continent before the invasion of the Islamic conquerors virtually no historic literature had developed …..Sri Lanka tells a quite different story. In the Dipavamsa and Mahavansa and in other Sinhalese texts, we are given an account of the political and cultural history of the island from earliest times until the present time.” – (p.69, Wilhelm Geiger, His Life and Works, by Goethe Institute, Colombo, 1995).

Naturally, the culture of the Sinhalese reflected their inalienable bonds with land. Their sense of history, arising from their creation of a new civilisation, inculcated into them a sense of spiritual relationship / ownership. History whether it is that of the English, French or American or any other belongs to those who create it and not to those who had done their worst to destroy it. If anything, Mahavamsa demonstrates amply the intimate relationship between the people and history and how they contributed to the evolution of each other, nurtured by their reinvigorating heritage. They believed that their history defined their destiny. To them history was something that brought “serene joy and emotion of the pious” – a recurring theme summed up precisely in the Mahavamsa. “The Sinhalese alone, or almost alone,” wrote Bishop R. S. Copleston, “among the Indian people (including the Tamils) as having had an interest in history. Their Chronicles are the oldest, I believe, and for centuries the only instance of histories in the Indian world….The Sinhalese chronicles are distinctly historical in form, not epical.” (pp.161 –172., Journal of the Ceylon Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society XII, No.43, 1892.) That exceptional and abiding “interest in history” is what distinguishes the Sinhalese from the rest. Obviously, their “interest in history” was in their DNA because they made it. History they made in creating a new culture and new civilisation in their new found land belonged to them and to no one else though others were always welcome to share it. So when the Sinhalese take pride in their history they do so because it was their creation. And like all creations in any civilisation it belongs to the makers.

I am glad I got this opportunity to write this with serene joy for the education of Ms. Serasinghe and her ilk. I hope to write with more emotional piety to enlighten her with the glorious history which she missed by leaving Vishaka Vidyalaya.

In this essay I’ve tried to answer her question more comprehensively. I hope she will come back at me with renewed vigour to rebut my arguments. Her reply will indicate to the readers her level of intelligence and her capacity to debate in public defending her position. If she can rebut my argument then I will certainly doff my cap off to her. But does she have the facts, guts, cuts and thrusts to prove that she is a Satya-wathie and not a Bunkum-wathie?

I await her reply eagerly.

To be continued.

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    Don’t forget her bravery after MR lost included her sophomoric rhetoric about “this Kandyan roar ” referring to herself by her so called Kandyan heritage. So w can ask what’s so special about bring a Damned Kandyan? [Edited out] So she’s forgets how bragged about her Kandyan sinhala ness

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    There is much for us to be educated on the languages we speak and the religions we practice. Most of us know very little of either. In an attempt to understand the antiquity of Tamil and Sinhalese, I did much reading on my own and the result was an article titled ‘Antiquity, languages and politics’ , a few years back.

    http://federalidea.com/focus/archives/373

    As Native Vedda has cited Ranil Wickremasinghe as having said, we know very little of our pre-history and what we know of our history largely extends only into the Anuradhapura period. We are yet arguing about the causes and effects of what transpired in our own lifetimes! The Mahavamsa itself is a story of the kings, queens and their doings, with of course a bias towards Buddhism and its adherents. It is not a story of the people, how they lived, the languages they spoke etc, except mentioning Damilas in the context of Kings and their soldiers. It was also written in Pali.

    The evolution of the written scripts have been presented pictorially in my essay (see link).

    The question is whether those who became Buddhists among our people were moulded by Buddhism to achieve what they did? Were they made to do what they did by enlightened and powerful Kings and queens? Was foreign expertise from India deployed to design and guide the process? Which came first, Budhism or the Sinhala language? Was the formation of the Sinhala and Tamil languages, part of an evolutionary process that took place in Southern India and Lanka? Yes, most of the Sinhalse in Sri Lanka are Budhists today. Does Buddhism become Sinhala as a result?

    I have a volume of the Thirukural written in ancient Tamil script- probably the script Valluvar used. I cannot read it. Most of the ancient Lankan literary works that are claimed by the Sinhalese, are in Pali. Does this devalue the value of these works?

    We have evolved, our thoughts have evolved , our needs have evolved and our cultures have regressed- some may call this evolution too. We are now living in a globalize do world, that is up recognizable from what was even 50 years ago. This is a natural process and is part of the adaptive process. It is not driven by us, but the logic of life in this world. ‘

    Should we deal with the present and now, on an urgent footing or waste our time and dissipate our energy arguing about things we yet know very little of.i am learning much from the history presented by some writers, but this history or story telling will not resolve the urgent problems. It is time we broke out from the shackles of our little known history!

    Mr.Mahindaoaka, with all respect, I advice you to refrain from contributing to further rancour iand bitterness in our little island, what=t will we gain from this. You are only inflating the egos of the irrational here. And in the process devaluing yourself.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr Narendran

      Thank You for your enlightening take, and also for the link to a most interesting article. How refreshing to read sense, as opposed to the nonsense that is peddled in the subject article.

      HLD Mahindapala is a charlatan who clearly delights in twisting our complex and intertwined histories for his mischievous ends. Let us all be aware.

      I belong to the school that accepts that we are all creatures of circumstance. Those inhabiting this small island today are here destined by birth. Individually we are bound to our families and our immediate communities by the vagaries of fate. But beyond that there is a bigger picture, a bigger goal that must bring us together to find fulfilment. It cannot be beyond sane men and women to develop a social system that will allow each and everyone of us to reach our potential and contribute to our common advancement, with dignity, and respect for each other.

      Mahindapala and his ilk work to a different agenda. Their goal is domination, their strategies are division, hatred, lack of trust. They infect innocent, decent but unwary people with their twisted words and cause havoc within the land. Then they bugger off and pester us from afar. I have no compunction in insulting such vile people.

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    The problem for this author and everyone else who agrees with him is that they have failed to realize that Buddhism is supreme teachings on how to live according to the Universal Laws of nature. No race has a franchise for Lord Buddha’s teachings. Whether we like it or not the immutable Laws apply to each individual immaterial of our labels of race, religion or whatever else. The teachings are being accepted by intelligent thinkers all over the world. Just imagine if everyone starts calling themselves American Buddhists, English Buddhists etc. Leave the Ego of the race out of it. If we are incapable of understanding this really basic principle underlying Buddha’s teachings we cannot call ourselves Buddhists.

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    The self-appointed champion of the Sinhalese is the hypocrite who upped sticks and went to live among the old colonialists who eased their white-only policy to let the workers in to keep the show going.

    Sharmini Serasinghe, you do NOT have to defend yourself against his vituperative goadings.

    HLD is just like his old heartthrob whose picture he has just above his writing desk; the loathsome Cyril Mathew.

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      Spring Koha,
      You seem to have good info on this guy.
      If Cyril Mathews was his hero, need anyone say more?

      But there is something else as well.
      A cursory glance at his last article showed
      words like “titty”late, coming from this dirty old man; the man was like he was trying to grope
      Ms.Serasinghe. He didn’t simply stop with commenting on appearance, as many people mentioned;he was oozing dirt.Why would any lady respond to such abuse.

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        Agnos,

        Reluctant as I am to hit a man when he is down, there are times when I have to make exceptions. Some observant Lake House colleagues used to call him ‘Southuwa’ and ‘Kunupala’…and more but unprintable. They must have known something. His writing style is such that he heads for the gutter when he runs out of substance.

        The man plumbed the lowest depths in his articles challenging Sharmini. The only use for those articles will be to show an English writing class what BAD writing is like.

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    Bulls Seeing Red

    I hope CT will not be wavered by some of the adverse comments here telling it not to publish such articles.

    It is a pity that most of the commentators on HLDM article are taking the extremist positions and throwing personal insults at him.

    I am sure most of these vociferous dissenters are Theists. Such intolerance may be due to the religious ideas that have been hammered in to their heads from their childhood with such force that they refuse to even consider a harmless alternative view point.

    What more can you expect from people who are brainwashed to believe in an unseen God who they say created everything in the universe, perhaps including himself in an act of self creation? What more can you expect from people who are afraid to masturbate in the toilet because their God is watching them even there? Frustrated by the fact that they are unable to behave in a free human beings because the Big Guy is watching them 24/7, they clam up in a shell and go in to the deaf and blind mode the moment they see or hear a different opinion, not accepting any inputs but letting out many obnoxious and loud outputs for others ‘benefit’.

    On the other hand, the Buddhists are guided by the teachings of a person who always promoted free and impartial inquiry in to anything and everything including his own teachings.

    I am a Gabanist (what you may call a Gabatheist) and my God is Gaban Atha. He is at least a God whom I have seen, heard, touched, tasted and smelled. He is my own Grand Father Gaban. How many of you monotheists can claim that you have seen, heard, touched, tasted or at least smelled their ‘one and only’ Gods?

    Those who want to ban articles or comments that they do not like, I have one simple suggestion. Do not read them. I did not read them. Surely you can do the same.

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    Uncle Edwin, isn’t it time you moved on and became silent? You were for a time an intelligent gentleman who made some very incisive comments on CT that enthralled most of us.

    But then time and senility takes its toll and your comment here is a definite sign. So pray use your discretion, please. This will enable us to remember the erudite Edwin Rodrigo, as he once was. In case you have any doubt, let me assure you that this comment is written without malice.

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      Maybe, Mahindapala should tell us about his history which he must know best as our appetite has been whetted in the pages of Colombo Telegraph. [Edited out]

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        Mahinda Palam [Edited out]

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    Sinhala Buddhists – The licensed Protectors of Dhamma

    No way Alvin Putha, I am not going to shut up even if Gaban Atha tells me to. You see, we are Buddhists and we are free to say what we believe is right unlike those non Para non Sinhala non Buddhists. Do not be fooled by them. They are just jealous of us Para Sinhala Buddhists because we are the sole protectors of the Dhamma – The greatest doctrine on Earth.

    Anyway, if your problem is missing the fun you could have had locked up in your bathroom because you a were afraid of that big guy watching from up there, here is the remedy. Line your bathroom with Aluminium foil from your kitchen and you are quite safe. Not even the AN/SPY-1 multifunctional Phase Array Radar of an Aegis cruiser can penetrate that kind of shielding. I know because I work for the US Navy and I know those systems like the palm of my mastur… (never mind that) hand.

    Do it kolla. Don’t wait for the heaven promised by someone in some book. That may eventually come to you one day. But then, who knows? They say that the bird in your (mastur….) hand is worth two wandering about in the bush, if you know what I mean.

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    Edwin, Chee Kayy, what’s this preoccupation of your’s with”masturbation”.Really I thought you were age wise far too old for such naughty things.Now what will Mrs Edwin think of all this?Perhaps she may blame Gaban,beside inflicting some physical violence on you as well.

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      Shhh! Limerick. Keep your voice down. Mrs Edwin’s hearing is more sensitive than the AN/SPN-49 surveillance radar of the Aegis C & C system. If she hears the word ‘you know what’ she may even fix a surveillance camera in the toilet to check what I am doing inside. And then what will be my situation? I will be in the same boat as those nPnSnB (non Para non Sinhala non Buddhist) guys who are scared to do even the main job that a toilet is meant for, because they think they are under surveillance by U NO Hoo.

      That is why they are so full of BS. And that is why they think BS, talk BS and even eat BS.

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    No trace of Tamils but the history is full of Tamils. Tamil people never had to write fairy tales or stories about their greatness, as they were a great and ancient people and history is full of them. Around 60% of the ancient inscriptions found in the Indian subcontinent is only in one language that is Tamil. The history of the ancient Tamil ruling most of SE Asia at one time and spreading the Hindu Buddhist religions and the Indian culture is well recorded. Look at the ruins at Angkor in Kampuchea or Borobudur in Indonesia of the living Hindu religion in Bali. All this is the great contributions of the Tamil Cholas. See the amount of Sanskrit and Tamil words in these languages due to this Tamil Chola influence. Even your Mahvamsa fairy tale by trying to discredit demonise the Tamils, does the opposite and it verifies and conforms the ancient history and presence of the Tamils and their lands from the time of king Elalra in the island and called then Demall Gem bim.
    One of the most remarkable objects unearthed at Mannar was a model of a cart with its driver, which showed unmistakable signs of Babylonian art. There are in Sumeria to this day, ruins of Hindu kovils with the Ziggurats (kopurams), which confirm that Mesopotamia is the cradle of the Dravidians (Hindus), as quoted by S.F. De Silva retired Principal, Government Training College.
    The Hindu and Buddhist ruins we see today at Polonnaruwa are a legacy the Cholas who ruled Lanka from 1003 A.D. to 1075 A.D. have bequeathed to us. In no other part of Lanka do we see such extensive ruins, as we see at Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka is heavily indebted to the Cholas for their gift.

    The eminent Sinhala civilian and historian, the late Dr. Paul E. Peiris, following his excavations of a part of the site of Kantharodai, the earliest capital of the kings of Jaffna, notes, “It stands to reason that a country which is only about 20 miles from South India, would have been seen by Indian fishermen every morning as they sailed out to catch fish.

    I believe North Ceylon was a flourishing settlement long before Vijaya was born”. In similar vein, are his remarks on the ancestral Hindu kovils of Ceylon, “Long before the arrival of Vijaya, there were in Lanka five recognized Iswerams of Siva, which claimed adoration and veneration of all India.

    These were Thirukketheseeweram near Mantai (Mannar), Munneswram dominating Salawata (Chilaw), Thirukonesweram near the great bay of Kottiyar (Trincomalee). Nakulesweram, in close proximity to the Kankesanturai harbour and Chandresweram close to Hambantota harbour. The last mentioned kovil is unfortunately no more. It has gone to ruins due to lack of patronage and neglect. The situation of these temples close to ports, cannot be the result of accident or caprice but was probably determined by the concourse of a wealthy mercantile population whose religious wants called for attention”.
    Apart from the above-mentioned kovils, there are, in the deep South, a shrire for Lord Murukan at Kathirkamam and a shrine for Lord Vishnu at Devi Nuwara from ancient days. Buddhists and Hindus visit these kovils daily for worship.
    There are kovils from ancient days in Kandy, testifying to a high concentration of Hindus in the Central part of Lanka. The temple for Nath (Siva), according to H.W. Codrington, is over 600 years old. The other temples, being for Murukan, Vishnu and Goddess Pattini, Robert Knox was of the view that Maha Fsala Perahera in Kandy was celebrated from ancient times exclusively in honour of the Hindu deities. The Tooth Relic was taken in the Perahera for the first time during the reign of King Kirthi Sri Raja Singha at the request of the Siamese Monk Upali, to give a Buddhist touch to the festival. That practice was later stopped. These days only the empty casket is mounted on the elephant.
    It may not be incorrect to assume that in the hoary past, Lanka was, from North to South, East to West and the Central highlands the homeland of Tamils of the Hindu faith. With the arrival of Arahat Mahinda, thousands of Tamils of the Hindu faith embraced Buddhism. Though 80 generations have rolled by, these converts have not given up their Tamil Hindu culture and practices. They still indulge in prayers and rituals.
    As even as late as the 6th century A.D., there was no Sinhala language, the Great Chronicles were written in the Pali language. Monk Maha Nama hatched the Vijaya myth to dub the Buddhist converts as Aryans, projecting them as descendants of Bengalis.
    Maha Nama did not know that the Bengalis were Mongoloid Dravidians. The average Sinhala man will decline to believe that prince Siddhartha, as a Nepalese, was not an Aryan. No king of Lanka during the 2000 years history of Lanka, claimed that he was of Aryan Dynasty.
    How then can the populace claim that they are Aryans? With the mixture of Tamil, Pali and Sanskrit languages, evolved that Sinhala language during 8 A.D. It was not Pali or Sanskrit, but the Tamil language that helped in the formation of the Sinhala alphabets. The alphabets of the Sinhala language are round in shape like the alphabets of the other Dravidian languages. Telugue, Malayalam, Kannadam and proto-Tamil. In the 10th century. Tamils changed the shape of their alphabets to the square shape.
    According to Dr. C.E. Godakmubara, the Sinhala Grammar Sidathsangarawa was based on the Tamil Grammar Virasolium in the 11th A.D. The term ‘Sihala (Lion in Pali) is seen for the first time in Sri Lankan sources in the Dipa Vamsa (4-5 A.D.) and in that chronicle, that term occurs only once, and in that cryptic verse it is stated that the Island was known as ‘Sinhala’ on account of the Lion – “Lanka Dipo Ayam ahu sihena sihalaitu”. In the maha Vamsa the term ‘Sihala’ – occurs only twice. In the epic Ramayana 420 B.C., this island was known as Lanka much earlier.
    Rev. S. Gnanapiragasam – “There are more than 4.000 Tamil words in the Sinhala vocabulary. If the Sinhala vocabulary is stripped of all the Tamil words there will be no Sinhala language.”
    There were no Sinhalese in Lanka or in any part of the world until the Dipa Vamsa for the first time, referred to the descendants of Tamil (Hindus) who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. as Sihala on account of the Lion (no relevance). There is no culture called Sinhala culture. It is the Tamil culture that is projected as Sinhala culture. The 14th day of April is observed as New Year, day only by the Tamils and Sinhala people throughout the world.
    This fact is strong evidence that the Sinhala people inherited this practice from their Tamil ancestors who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. It is stupid to deny that fact. When there was no Sinhala language in Lanka or in any part of the world before 8th A.D., it is thuggery to claim that there were Sinhala people in Lanka prior to the 8th century A.D. Just as the descendants of Tamils who embraced Buddhism in 246 B.C. claim they are Arya Sinhalese; Tamils of the Western Coast, from Ragama to Kalpitiya, after adopting Sinhala as their mother tongue, (after the introduction of free education) claim thy are Arya Sinhalese. In Sri Lanka any person who adopts Sinhala as mother tongue ipso facto is an Aryan.
    No history of Tamils but Sinhalese DNA is 70% Tamil. The Sinhalese language is 35%-40% Tamil in vocabulary . Its grammar syntax lexicon and alphabet is all purely based on Tamil.
    The is hardly any ancient ruins and the Tamil areas as the Tamil areas were along the coastal belt and they used lime stone instead of granite and the Portguese and the Dutch destroyed everything along the coast. They destroyed more than 550 ancient Hindu temples and other buildings in the north and east. Only the ancient ruins in the central parts of the island and ruins hidden in the jungles of Anuradhapura and Polonaruwa were saved
    People should use their brains before posting crap

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      This Man Paul , has an EGO bigger than even the ‘Aryan’ Hitler’s!

      Paul, Do you really Believe that the Tamils and the Tamil Language, are the Supreme Inhabitants and Language, of this Multicultural/Multilingual World of Ours?

      It is this Tamil, Vellala, Suprematist Attitude of People like you, that has created Problems for the other Tamil Speaking Inhabitants of this beautiful island.

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    It is an act of bravery to sound wise and degrade sinhala culture but when HLD defends it he becomes an automatic racist.Racism is claiming chunks of land as traditional homelands is what is racist .Anyway no sinhalease can say that their culture is superior to that of tamils.I consider it to be on par. But just as a tamil can be proud of thier culture a sinhalease can do the same. No matter how many challeenges are made against us. Good article by HLD.

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      On Par! must be joking. Tamil is an original ancient classical language, whilst Sinhalese is mixture of Tamil Pali and Sanskrit. Has not produced any literature of worth and more than 90% of your kings and aristocracy came from Tamil dynasties and all your food dance and culture borrowed from the Tamils. On par indeed. Thank the British. that you are now bossing around committing genocide and ruling the Tamil lands in the island.

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        Are u trying to say that tamil culture is way better than Sinhalese ? what is the difference between u and spme other who says sinhala one to be better.your kind response further supports my idea on the existence of tamil supermacist mindset. thanks boss

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          Babahamio,

          what matters is the view of majority right ?

          As CBKs pronounces it repeateldy, there are extremists every where.

          So, you definitely notice that there are tamil supremisist, so as sinhala suprimists.. See alone the facts relatedy, Ananda college educated men such as Gommanpila to back street boys and their thoughts – (Buruwanses thoughts I mean here) cant help nobody.

          Let alone today, the folks should see it right – we are all srilankens. Even if we have labels – sinhala, tamils, burghers, in the end, we are identified as srilankens – not even the schools you attended will not be branded on your forehead. For the world, we are all srilankens. So, in the country, we have to have equal rights to all. Gone are the days we fought wars – that did not help any parties. We only lost and takenaback from the development -that is it basta.

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          What I state is a fact and nothing to do with supremacy, however what you assert is a fiction. If I had stated Sanskrit or Pali is superior you would have accepted this very meekly, however will not accept the real facts about Tamil and the immense contribution that the Tamil people language and culture have made to the genetic makeup of the Sinhalese their language and culture.

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        Paul the Green Eyed Monster

        You know what the Sinhala version of your name is. It is “U PALU”. It means split in to two. It gives you an idea of what we are going to do you. Remember 2009?

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          Mate,why should I a Brahmin be jealous of a Tamil Paravan( Baratha) or a Sinhala Karawa! Now running around beating the anti Tamil drum like many members of his community, in order to hide is low caste immigrant Indian Tamil origin.
          You are either a low caste immigrant Indian Tamil Paravan from Thoothukudi in Tamil Nadu now wanting to loose his Tamil identity and become a Sinhalese or a recently Sinhalised descendant of a low caste immigrant Indian Tamil slave who was imported into the island by the Portuguese colonials from either then Tamil Kerala or southern Tamil Nadu and settled along the western and southern littorals of the island.
          The Sinhalese racist web site Lankaweb , where this Mahindapala is a regular columnist is full of these recently Sinhalised low caste immigrant Indian Tamil slave imports. Either as columnists or posting comments. All their surnames a dead give away of their largely Karawa, Salagma, Durawa Berewa ETC origin.
          So you are threatening me with torture rape and brutal killings like what the war criminal Rajapakse government and the racist Sinhalese armed forces did to the Tamils in May 2009 and are gloating. Your threats do not frighten or bother me you Karawa Shudra.

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            Father of Electrical Engineering of Sri Lanka

            Paul, I was joking. I will not even dream of hurting a Christian Tamil. There is also a more important reason. My favorite teacher has the same name as you.

            He was Prof. Robert H Paul. A Tamil and a Christian. He was known as the Father of Electrical Engineering of Sri Lanka. A brilliant engineer and a great teacher.

            He was a gem of a man having no racial or religious discrimination against any of his students. The same cannot be said about some of the other Tamil Professors.

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              Sorry to disappoint you I Am not Christian but a Hindu Brahmin. I Am now using this identity as a clown here has stolen my name and identity and is using this to post crap at this site and various forums.

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    Another gasbag singing for his Supper from Down Under.

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      Gobba : Abbreviation for Goma Bs Bag?

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      Or perhaps, Goma Betta?.

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    In Defense of the Dhamma

    All of you nPnSnB are barking at the moon. (i.e.) The Dhamma and its protectors – the Sinhala Buddhists. And do you think your barking, loud as it may be, will bring down the moon? Wait and see. And be prepared to wait for the next 2,500 years. Then perhaps it will come down, not because of your barks but because that is what the doctrine predicts. There is an end to all good things even the Sinhala Buddhists but of course not for Dhamma, which is forever. Anicca applies to all conditioned formations (Sanskara Dharmas), which means all material and mental formations – but not for Dhamma.

    Being Grade 1 idiots you are going to confuse the Dharma with Dhamma. The only thing that is not subjected to Anicca is Dhamma because it is NOT a Sanskara Dharma. To put it in another way that even a Kala Veddah can comprehend – Dhamma is Dhamma and Dharma is Dharma but Dhamma is not Dharma.

    Still nehi malloo? Look, a Veddah is a Veddah and a Kala Veddah is a Kala Veddah but a Kala Veddah is not a Veddah. Got it? If not you must be bigger idiots than I thought. The Kala Veddah may talk, dress and behave like a Veddah. But take it from me, he will never be a Veddah. Period.

    Buddha selected the Sinhalese to protect the Dhamma because he knew that the we are the most intelligent, brave, persevering and honest race on Earth. We have that Ravana blood mixed with Sinhaley – a combination that has no parallel in strength and integrity. They may take some time over a job. But finish it – they will – with full marks. That is what happened to the Thambi who on his death exhibited to the world that he, like his type, had no brains.

    Just like the Aegis Command & Control system of the US Navy that protects its Carrier Strike Groups, we have a comprehensive defense system to detect, identify, engage and destroy threats. To be prepared well to face such the threats, we deploy decoys for ‘mock’ attacks on our enemies from time to time. Gnanasara was one such decoy and it worked very well. We now know the coordinates of the enemy carrier, the number and strength of the dogs in the fleet, their BS index and a whole lot of other things. Gnasara is an idiot but he is assured of his place in Thavathinsa Divya Loka for his good deeds.

    Why did we select a man like Gnanasara, who is as big as Hulk and as noisy as an enraged bull – the last one you would select if you wanted finnesse? It is because with his very large radar signature he would not have gone undetected by you guys even with your 3rd grade radar. Even if that happened, the sound he emitted would have alerted you. Our real attack would be so vast, ferocious and yet so covert that you guys will not know what hit you and where it came from. Remember what happened in the last 4 days of war. That is going to look like Sunday picnic to you compared to our next one.

    Sorry, I have to go now. Our early warning system has detected an incoming enemy missile of the Serasinghe class. Action needed. See you later.

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    Goodness Gracious!… This Old gent is certainly suffering from some severe mental malady, which he needs to get treated hopefully there will be a cure for him.

    He also has a huge Sharmini Serasinghe” Syndrome or either he has vicious syndrome where he just cannot stand educated and beautiful well groomed women. He certainly is on Witch Hunt on Ms. Serasinghe, whatever it is the poor toad will die and I wonder even after his death would his soul/spirit ever rest in peace or will it come to haunt Ms. Serasinghe, not that she would be scared, she is not bothered about the old twerp while he is alive she will never be worried when he kicks his blooming smelly bucket.

    What beats some of us is that how could a “free loader” such as this old maniac now living off down under on the dole, afford to write such horrible articles. How can he call himself a true Sinhala Buddhist when he himself have buggered off from Sri Lanka, living in some other country and harping about Buddhism.. At least Ms. Serasinghe has not run away from her Buddhist country, she can afford to talk.

    The ole chappie also has a huge inflated ego, if that gets any bigger he will have find another name for it.

    I heard that Kangaroo pooh is a great substance that prevents ageing process, takes off all age lines and spots and makes ugly old men look good. It also helps with acute senility and used to deflate, inflated egos… Perhaps Old uncle pala can make use of it while been there….

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      Hello Audrey. Do I know you?

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    I suppose so “Hamlet” I should change my pen name to Gertrude….

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