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By Priyadarshi Dutta

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Narendranath Dutta known as Swami Vivekananda was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsar and founded the Ramakrishna mission that performs commendable service in many parts of the world including Sri Lanka.

Swami Vivekananda is a Bengali who was born in 1863 and passed away in 1902. He was greatly responsible for ushering in a modern Hindu renaissance.

The Swamy propagated “Vedanta” and “Karmayoga” to the western world, promoted inter-faith awareness and helped place Hinduism on the global map as a major religion.

Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebrations are on. His 110th death anniversary will be commemorated this year.

The 150th Birth Anniversary celebrations of Swami Vivekananda in Sri Lanka: Tambalakamam

Kilinochchi

Ramakrishna Mission Colombo Centre

Pictures by Ramakrishna Mission, Colombo 06, Sri Lanka

Swami Vivekananda undertook a ten day visit in 1897 to Sri Lanka or Ceylon as it was known then. This was shortly after his return from the West.

Priyadarshi Dutta has written an informative article on this connection between Swami Vivekananda and our beautiful Island for “The Pioneer”.

I am reproducing it in full on my Blog with due acknowledgement

Here it is Friends-DBS Jeyaraj

Vivekananda’s Lankan connection.

By Priyadarshi Dutta

As the country celebrates the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, PRIYADARSHI DUTTA takes a look at an forgotten aspect of his life: His 10-day visit to Sri Lanka in January 1897, soon after his successful journey to the West

This is the punya bhoomi, the land of karma. Today I stand here and say, with the conviction of truth, that it is so. If there is any land on this earth that can lay claim to be the blessed punya bhoomi, to be the land to which souls on this earth must come to account for karma, the land to which every soul that is wending its way towards God must come to attain its last home, the land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness, above all, the land of introspection and spirituality — it is India”.

This is an extract from Swami Vivekananda’s first public lecture in the East. Delivered soon after his return from the West (1893-1896), it was his first speech advocating India to recognise its spiritual mission. Such idolisation of India inspired the nationalist movement that broke out within a decade. Curiously, this speech was delivered neither on India’s territory nor addressed to the Indians. It was delivered in the Floral Hall of Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 16, 1897, where the Lankan Tamils comprised the audience.

Against popular misconceptions, Sri Lanka (unlike Burma) was never part of British India. The island had become a British Crown colony in 1802, with its separate legislative council, chief justice, military service, civil service and a governor who reported to the secretary for colonies rather than the secretary for India in London.

Vivekananda’s exploits in Sri Lanka is a little known chapter. En route India, he plodded through the island for 10 days between January 15 and January 25, 1897. He came there on the invitation of Tamil Hindus who had keenly followed his great feat in the West. Tamils were in midst of a ‘Hindu Renaissance’ initiated by the Saivite reformer of Jaffna, Arumuga Navalar (1822-1879), and Vivekananda’s visit gave it a big push in that direction.

The Swami reached Colombo on January 15. Thousands of Tamils came out to welcome him. In fact throughout his entire stay, a large number of Tamils from all walks of life accompanied him. He was respectfully called the ‘Swamigal’ by the welcoming devotees. Being immensely touched by this, Vivekananda said that this roaring welcome was not in honour of a military general, a great politician or a millionaire but a monk attested to the spiritual bent of Hindu mind.

Vivekananda stayed in a bungalow in Barnes Street in the outskirts of Colombo. It was later renamed as Vivekananda Lodge. On January 16, he delivered his speech at Floral Hall. Its most striking part was that Vivekananda spoke with the confidence as if standing on the soil of India amidst Indians. He referred to India as punya bhoomi (sacred land) and made the audience feel as if they were living in this punya bhoomi. He betrayed no awareness of standing upon the soil of a Buddhist-majority country.

Vivekananda had to shelve his plan of sailing for Madras (Chennai) from Colombo as he was receiving numerous telegrams from various Tamil-inhabited towns of Sri Lanka to visit them. On January 19, he took the train to Kandy — the hill station inhabited by tea plantation workers from Tamil Nadu. He was welcomed at the Kandy railway station by a traditional band and temple insignia amid loud cheers.

After delivering a brief speech, Vivekananda set out for a long, arduous journey to Jaffna by a stagecoach as there were no railway line linking Kandy and Jaffna in those days. It was during this 200-mile journey that an outrageous incident happened. After nearly 50 miles, the coach broke down near Dambulla, known for its famous cave temple complex. This forced him to take a bullock-cart to reach Anuradhapuram, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and the largest ‘buried city’ of the world.

Anuradhapuram hosts the Bo-tree, offshoot of the Bo-tree of Bodh Gaya, under which Buddha had received enlightenment. On seeing Vivekananda, a huge crowd of Tamils and Sinhalese gathered, and he was compelled to deliver a lecture. He was speaking on the subject of bhakti, which was being translated into Tamil and Sinhalese.

Suddenly, a huge crowd of Buddhist bhikshus (monks) gathered around him and began beating drum and gongs in order to stop the lecture. The Swami had to stop his speech abruptly.

Then, after a journey of two nights, Vivekananda reached Vavuniya, in the northern part of Sri Lanka, another place of Tamil predominance. On January 24, 1897, the Swami crossed the Elephant Pass to step into Jaffna Peninsula. Jaffna, Tamil heartland, was the principal centre of Hinduism in Sri Lanka. He was received by a delegation of leading Hindus 12 miles outside the city, and brought in a triumphant procession.

But the real spectacle was in the evening. A torchlight procession, accompanied by Carnatic music and attended by an estimated 15,000 people, began. On the way, the Swami worshipped at Siva and Kathirasan temples. After the procession, his carriage reached the Jaffna Hindu College, where a huge crowd awaited him. Vivekananda delivered his keynote address on ‘Vedantism’.

The theme was interesting, considering the fact that Jaffna has always been the centre of Saiva Siddhanta, which does not subscribe to the Vedantic model. After delivering an enlightened lecture, Vivekananda sailed from Jaffna by steamship by the midnight. After a journey of 50 miles on Palk Strait, he arrived at Pamban on January 26.

We remember how Indian Tamils were instrumental in Vivekananda’s visit to the US to address the Parliament of Religion. But it is forgotten how the Lankan Tamils were the first to welcome him in the subcontinent. Vivekananda visited Sri Lanka briefly again in 1899, en route Europe.

The Tamils of that country never forgot him. The world’s first — and still surviving — ‘Vivekananda Society’ was established in Colombo in 1902 within nine days of the Swami’s death. The Jaffna Tamil immigrants to British Malaya (Malaysia) established a Vivekananda Ashram in Kuala Lumpur in 1904. Today, there is the Vivekananda College in Colombo and Orr’s Hill Vivekananda College in Trincomalee.

Lankan Tamils still remember the Swami fondly, but do we?

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55 Comments

  1. In one of the photos I ccould see the army presence. It is a disgrace to swami and the Hindus all over the world. Those army personnel could have attended in civil.Their presence is security watch.

  2. I am so glad you published this informative article about Swami Vivekananda and Sri Lanka. Thank you so much Mr.Jeyaraj

  3. The Bangla people have contributed greatly to India and world.I am delighted Swamy Naren is felicitated in your Island

  4. I am old boy of Jaffna Hindu College.Swami Vivekananda came to our school and addressed.Mahatma Gandhi came to our school and addressed us. Recently Abdul Kalam also came to our school and addressed assembly

    The assembly hall where this speeches were made is of historical value.

    But I am sad to tell that Douglas Devananda and his crowd are planning to destroy this historically important building to expand the road

    We must all protest

  5. DBSJ,
    Thanks for the article on Swami.

    I would like to state a simple (mis)concept of Sri Lanka and India.
    In those days (up to 1987), for the Sri Lankans, any Indian was identified as a Tamil. This is because the Indian names mostly sounded like Tamil names. This concept gave the Tamils an automatic attachment to the Indians and the same concept gave the Sinhalese an automatic detachment to the Indians. No wonder why Tamils flocked to Indians and the Sinhalese kept away from them. The reason for the attachments and detachments towards Indians is simply the past history of Cholas rule Ilankai.

    I may be wrong too.

  6. It shows that on those days Sinhalese mongs can’t bear or acknowledge other people point of view, so how we expect they will listen to any one or how Tamils can expect anything from these majority??? My intention not to hurt the author, thanks for sharing in general this what I learn!!

  7. It may be of interest for readers to know that Swami Vivekananda from India and Anagarika Dharmapla represented India and Ceylon as it was known then as delegates at the Parliament of Religions in Chicago in 1893.I remember seeing a photograph which showed both of them with a group of others some years ago in the The Illustrated Weekly of India in an article published to mark the event when it was under the editorship of Kushwant Singh.
    I am indeed surprised to note about what happened in Anudarapura when Swami Vivekananda at the meeting according to the article by Priyadarshi Dutta.

    Anagarika Dharmapala had taken residency in Calcutta.He died a there.A road named after him is still there.

    Swami Vivekananda went to Chicago to preach the brotherhood of religions,equality of all men and nations,but to his dismay he found the same inequality and injustice, and had to swallow the bitter truth that he was the representative of the religion of a colonial country.

    Following his return to India his views took more a political colour and his views and approach to social and political problems were of a radical content as evidenced by his Madras speech”I have a message for the world which I deliver without fear,I want root and branch reform while they want little bits reform,I believe in growth not reform”.

    He was of the view that if India was to be saved that has to be by the Indians themselves and that it cannot follow it’s path to development in isolation merely by way of rediscovering it’s ancient glory and spiritual heritage,but by providing the life giving truth of that heritage to the rest of the world.

    I wonder if it was probably his contention that religion is the product of man’s fears and hope. In other words religion is a product of man’s mind which has a dual nature.One part is cornered within the walls of illusion ,while the other is forever in quest of the real and the truth.

    Is religion a structure of illusions based on hope? Was this why Voltaire said that man created god in his image? Man’s struggle to live makes him tyrannical,so in his his fancy he creats a super despot who he believes can be called upon to deal with whom he perceives as his enemies.Man is petty and so is his creation.

    But ‘Truth’ remains eternal and steadfast needing no support.

  8. Swami Vivekananda is a household name for Eelam Tamils. I still remember growing up in a house where Swami’s portrait was hanged in with our forefather.

  9. “Suddenly, a huge crowd of Buddhist bhikshus (monks) gathered around him and began beating drum and gongs in order to stop the lecture. The Swami had to stop his speech abruptly”

    I hope the above paragraph would be an eye opener for all those Sinhalese who blames the LTTE for the “down fall”(the jungle law) of Sri Lanka!!!

  10. This was a religious function what has army got to do with it? I am sure we are not looking at the photos of Burma or North Korea!

  11. DBSJ Sir,

    I am happy beyond measure when I read about my Guru, Swamiji, as he was affectionately and reverentially called.

    His Colombo to Almora lectures are famous.

    At the Parliament of Religions he spoke extempore. They had to prod him to speak and when he spoke he was welcomed with thunderous applause.

    Thereafter he remained the most sought after speaker.

    He would say that Budhism is the Natural/LOGICAL extension of Hinduism as Christianity is the Natural/LOGICAL extension of Judaism.

    Once as an young boy he was meditating in his room. At that time he saw some great monk (he didn’t know who it was) appeared before him.

    As an young boy he was afraid to see a person in his room suddenly from nowhere.

    He would describe that that person radiated love, calm and serenity.

    That recluse wanted to speak something to him.

    But Swamiji, then Narendranath Datta was scared and ran away from the room.

    Later he would tell his disciple (Sarath Chandra Chakraborty) that he feels that that he believed that it must have been Lord Budha.

    He would say that the Budhism was welcomed by the masses who were oppressed under the caste yoke, caste yoke of the Bramins.

    He would commend the all encampassing love of Budha how he would hug even an untouchable to his bosom etc etc.

    He would also say that with the decline of the Budhism and gaining of the upper hand of the Braminism (Vedantism), the Vedantism lost that human touch that unique touch that Budhism had.

    I WOULD SAY THAT THE CIVILIZATION OF THE MAJOR PART OF ASIA, ENCOMPASSING THE INDIA, CHINA AND THE INDO-CHINA WAS IN FACT THE INFLUENCE OF INDIA ONLY.

    BUDHISM CAME FROM INDIA AND SPREAD ITSELF THERE.

    IT IS NO WONDER THAT AN AMBASSADOR OF CHINA WOULD SAY THAT INDIA CONQUERED THE CHINA FOR MANY MILLINEA WITHOUT SENDING EVEN A SINGLE FOOT SOLDIER.

    PEOPLE IN THIS PART OF THE WORLD SEE INDIA AS A PUNYA BOOMI. THEY LIKE INDIA BECAUSE OF BUDHA. NEEDLESS TO SAY THAT I LOVE MY GURU SWAMIJI.

    MERA BHARAT MAHAN.

  12. “a huge crowd of Buddhist bhikshus (monks) gathered around him and began beating drum and gongs in order to stop the lecture. The Swami had to stop his speech abruptly.”

    Oh…Same Old same old, even 100 years ago the same thing. so it’s not FP, TULF, Tamil Congress or LTTE. I thought all these years FP was the root cause of all the problems. Now we know the truth…thank God!

  13. Reminds me of the days attending Sunday School and cycling to Ramakrishna Mission library…and taking the Vivekananda Society run Religion exams.

    As the author says Vivekanada Society lives in various ways, from many everyday aspects of having portraits inside homes to street names in Wellawatte, Kotahena etc.

    The solitude giving, charms of the library, shrine and beautifully architectured hallway where food/prasadam being served are witnesses to a vast segment of people, who have gone through them and now left Sri Lanka.

  14. “a huge crowd of Buddhist bhikshus (monks) gathered around him and began beating drum and gongs in order to stop the lecture. The Swami had to stop his speech abruptly.”

    The whole buddhists monks can not be blamed for the action/s of few buddhists monks. We must note that , it didn’t happen anywhere else in Srilanka, including colombo.

    Swamy Vivekananda is an inspiration for people especially young people. A mere look at his photograph is so soothing and calming. In India , Sri Swamiji inspires patriotism in young people, more than any great warrior/militory general.

    India has given birth to many a great people. SriBuddha, Sri Guru Nanak (Founder of Sikhism), Sri Mahaveer(Founder of Jainism), Sri Mahatma Gandhi, Sri Swamy Vivekananda etc and inumerable nos. of spiritual gurus( Sri Prabupada, founder if Iskon, Maharshi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Maharshi World University etc. etc etc).

    No wonder people from many parts of the world , flock to India, in search of spiritual enlightenment,( Which includes , Son of John F Kennedy, Steve Jobs , founder of Apple, many others from Hollywood, business, music and other industries of the world.

    No doubt, India is a Punnya Bhoomi.

    Indians should realise , how great a country India is, be proud to be Indians and work towards preserving our very unique heritage.

  15. The incursion and the intrusion of the military in every sphere of Tamilian life is tellingly captured by the photo. It is said about the Divine ” without HIM not an atom will move”. It is not a religious quest that has drawn the military to matters spiritual. In the eye of the government, omnipresence signifies omnipotence. Without the military, not an atom shall move in the Tamil homeland is the blatant message.

  16. There have been many great religious and secular Bengalis including Rabindranath. Today Muslims rule part of it undrs the name Bangladesh. Race and relegion of people are fluid as much as the rulers and the universe.

    It is announced today that “We’re Living in a Space Cloud. Our solar system is traveling slowly through an interstellar cloud of gases that streamed in from our galactic neighborhood.”

    Eelam Tamils are living in a hateful fluid dream though; which might bring them unplesent birth next time arround.

  17. Swami – nandri.mikka nadri. we all read Swami Vivekananda and Swami Ramakrishna. Being brought up in a hill sation Anglican boarding school( where English and Anglicanism were prized), we would seek out the swamis books( along with Ramana maharishi, vedanta etc), on our visits to the capital city- Colombo. That has created a inextricble link with our spritiual and religious traditions- and a great love for India too- even though, I have now lived in varous parts of the Westren world for much of my life.
    Aum Shanti

  18. Their teachings also made us greatly appreciate Budhism, Islam, Christianity too and be a citizen of the world.

  19. I read years ago that , originally, it was the Sethupathy Maharaja of Rameshwaram , who had planned to go Shicago and attend the parliment of religions. But , after having met Sri Swami Vivelananda, the Maharaja was convinced that, the Swamiji is the right person to attend it and requested the Swamiji to make a trip to Shicago and attaend the parliment of religions. He also made the required arrangements, after the Swamiji agreed to do so.

    After his thunderous success in the the west, Swamiji returned to India via tamilnadu, entering through Rameshwaram. Swamiji was being brought in procession, on a pallanquin. Sethupathi Maharaja offered his shoulders, so that the Swamiji can step down. But Sri Swamiji not wanting to set his foot on Sethupathi Maharaj’s shoulders, jumped from Pallanquin to the ground.

  20. Bengal in India has produced a number of great personalities, who brought about tremedous changes in India, such as Sri Swamy Vivekananda, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhas Chandra Bose, Raja ram Mohan Roy etc.

    Sri Swamy Vivekananda is a monk. But it is very astonishing that, he is a great inspiration of Patriotism for Indians , especially young Indians.

  21. Thanks for Awakening article Priyadarshi Dutta!

    “Lankan Tamils still remember the Swami fondly, but do we?”

    You have already answered your question.

    “a huge crowd of Buddhist bhikshus (monks) gathered around him and began beating drum and gongs in order to stop the lecture. The Swami had to stop his speech abruptly.”

    Does “Sihahala Buddhism” tolarance to other lankan religions? or Is it ‘Real buddhism’ what Buddha taught?

    When Sinhala Buddhism entered in Srilankan politics,It’s lost the real sprituality that once Budddha gained by
    leaving the politics.

    The same attitude later started the violance aginst Muslims in 1915’s and against Tamils in 1958’s
    and still continuing.

    The root cause is ignorance,the ordinary people think Buddha is Sinhalese and do not realise
    he was born as Hindu and his most of the teaching come from Hindusiam.Rulling class use this Bikkus hypocrisy to
    their political gains and oppreisning other ethnicities.’Maha Nayakas Theros’ should have to leave the blessing politics soon,they are same like ‘Bandara Nayake’.This ‘Nayak Dynasty’ and ‘Sinhala Buddhism’ brought the dark Era to our Island.

    ‘ONCE SWAMI VIVEKANANDA SAID,GIVE ME 100 STRONG YOUTH I WILL CHANGE THE WORLD’.Now we need’s that to change the Srilanka.

  22. Dear Kota:

    There is wide belief during the 13 years period – where there is absence of information about where Jesus Christ was – he may have been in today’s India; the then seat of religion and philosophy in the world – in his pursuit of learning. I had in my library a book by a respected German Theologian confirming evidence of the Christ in today’s Kashmir region. That book, unfortunately, was stolen when my house was attacked and all its possessons looted in 7/83. Perhaps some in the readership may have or read this book – that I bought in India decades ago.

    So Hinduism, Buddhism and even inspiration for Christianity all have a connection with the land Swami Vivekananda eloquently called “the Punyabhoomi”

    ISS

  23. Swamy Vivekananda with his guru Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and his wife Saratha Thevy established the Rama Krishna Misson, which now has branch Missions worldwide.

    The Sirimavo Bandaranayake government took over the Rama Krishna Mission madam and coverted it into a bhikkus’ hostel in Kathirgaamam by extending the “sacred area”. it was built with permission,from funds donated by the public and served as a place of refuge,rest and meditation and served tasty vegetarian meals free to all devotees/pilgrims..
    Later, most hindu shrines in the area were forcibly taken over by mobs on behalf of buddhist monks.
    I stopped visiting Kathirgaamam soon after the takeover.

  24. Daniel may know when Mrs B was convincingly trounced in 1977 – after riding the crest of the wave with the 1970 victory and the 1976 Non-Alinged Conference – many of her close supporters said she lost also because of the injustice done to the Ramakrishna Madam – that served people of all communities for so long and so well.

    ISS

  25. Vivekananda was not a Tamil but a Bengali. There is no reason for the Tamils to flock around him, Benagali and Sinhalease are same, Bengali and Tamils are poles apart

  26. Vivekananda was not a Tamil but a Bengali. There is no reason for the Tamils to flock around him, Benagalis and Sinhalease are same, Bengalis and Tamils are poles apart

  27. The three photos above, in which the army visibly presence, are the undeniable evidence, that the Srilankan Tamils live in an open prison.

  28. The book mentioned by ISS is by Holger Kersten a German theologian.He had researched intensively for five years and arrived at the following sensational conclusions:

    1)The ‘three wise men’ were Indians who came to find the two year old Jesus they considered an incarnation and influenced his upbringing and spiritual and intellectual development.

    2)At the age of thirteen Jesus followed the ancient Silk-route towards India and studied Bhuddhism and adopted it’s tenets and became a spiritual master himself.

    3)In Palestine Jesus’s mission ended with his crucifiction as a Messiah,but that he did not really die.The author bases his conclusion on the basis of the scientific analysis of the ‘Shroud of Turin’that Jesus survived the crucifiction and only appeared to be dead.

    4)After the resurrection that Jesus lived in the Near East for an year and returned to India where he ev entually died of old age and that his tomb still exists in Kashmir today.

    It would be of interest for readers to know that neither Swami Ramakrishna or his disciple Swami Vivekananda wasted time performing miracles just as the Buddha himself never did.The said author in his book mentions an incident in the life of the Buddha where he tells a Yogi who had acquired the ability to walk over the flowing waters of a river follwing many years pf penance “…what is the point in having wasted your time for so many years of your live when all you have got to do is give the boatman a few coins and he would take you to the other side..”

    Swami Ramakrishna nor his disciple Swami Vivekanda performed any miracles.Only oridinary people in every religion are prone to be impressed with magic and miracles rather than be concerned with the essence of spiritual ethos.

  29. Dear ISS

    So Hinduism, Buddhism and even inspiration for Christianity all have a connection with the land Swami Vivekananda eloquently called “the Punyabhoomi”

    ———————————-

    I don’t buy that argument that Christ came to India, before becoming Christ.

    He was the ‘Son of the God’ and he need not have come here, though I have heard about that ‘story’.

    But there is a lot of common thing between Christianity and Budhism.

    For example the story of the ‘Prodigal Son’ is to be found in the Bible as well as in the Budhist tales (‘Budha’ by Paul Carus).

    Great people keep born all over the world, but it seems India is a favored place for them. That is the reason it is called the Punya Bhoomi or Karma Bhoomi etc.

  30. This Pooniya boomi also gave birth to people who rape and kill Tamil woman during IPKF period!!! Person good identity will disappear in a moment after bad acts, so it is shameful to call India as Pooniya boomi!!

  31. Thank you, Uthungan. I am sure Mahesh will take note of your comment – although he is perfectly free to agree with or not.

    ISS

  32. Our friend Parakrama Maskorala may not have failed to note Tamils are naturally drawn to any matter of Hinduism or education – whether the celebrity concerned is Tamil or not. We saw that recently when President Abdul Kalam visited Jaffna.
    You may have heard of the Tamil observation “Matha Pitha Guru deivam”

    As to your comments “Bengalis and Sinhalese are same. Bengalis and Tamils are poles apart” – that’s a different cup of tea on which reams have been written.

    ISS

  33. Parakrama Maskorala,

    “Vivekananda was not a Tamil but a Bengali. There is no reason for the Tamils to flock around him, Benagali and Sinhalease are same, Bengali and Tamils are poles apart”

    What are you trying to say by the above paragraph? It just shows your narrow mindedness!! Budha is not a Sinhalese, so why are the Sinhalese think that Budha belongs to them. Who said that Bengalese and Sinhalese are the same? You guys say that Sinhalese are the original inhabitants of Sri lanka and the same time say that Sinhalese came from Bengal. Bengalese never said that sinhalese have any connection to them. Sinhalese seems to be a confused lot, neither here nor there!!!

  34. Vijeya is a Bengali, Sinhalese are orginally Bengalis.

    Bengalis, Sinhalese, North Indians are all Aryans,

    Tamils are poles apart – they are Dravidians.

  35. Sorry, it should read as follows:

    That is why the North Indians love the Sinhalese and despise the Sri Lankan Tamils. Same blood – flock together.

  36. The army men’s presence in uniform , in the above photograph is definatley an eye sore. The concerned authorities should realise that there something called decorum and how one presents one self is very important in this interconnected world, where photographs can travel around the world in miniseconds.

  37. Parakrama Maskorala,

    I felt disgusted after reading your comment. There should be a limit to the narrow mindedness.

    Sri Jesus Christ is not Hindi, Bengali, tamil, sinhalee, Japani, english, german, spanish, itali,………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….etc etc etc.

    Why many people from all these languages flocked/flock around him ?

    Ponder on these for few months/years.

    I am sure after, you will be ashamed of yourself for having made that comment.

  38. Ellalan,

    if you do not want to call India as punyabhoomi, you are free to do so.

    Criminals/bad apples exists in every community/race/religion etc. That doesn’t make any group bad.

    There are few criminals/rapists/ etc, exist in tamilians as well. Do you say that tamilians are bad ?

    FYI, IPKF had lot of tamilian soldiers/officers also.

    Pl. note that people like, Hitlers, chengiz khans, etc were never born in India, though India is of ancient civilisation.

    Pl. have a sense of proportanality when comparing.

  39. Ellalan

    This Pooniya boomi also gave birth to people who rape and kill Tamil woman during IPKF period!!!

    —————————
    Ilaya Seran Senguttuvan

    Thank you, Uthungan. I am sure Mahesh will take note of your comment – although he is perfectly free to agree with or not.

    —————————–

    The same punya bhoomi also gave birth to saints. Great saints. Saints like Valmiki, Thirumangai Alwar, Saptharishis etc.

    Here there may also be beasts like they are there everywhere in the world. But here also there are saints.

    May be that is why it is called the Punya bhoomi.

    Your country only rapes, plunders, colonizes, tears down the accords etc.

    There your saints start a political party and also kill Presidents. YOU ARE A COUNTRY OF RAPISTS, MURDERERS WHO WILL KILL THE INMATES IN THE PRISON, BOMB THE CIVILIANS AND GLOAT IF THE KILLED ARE TAMILS.

    ISS DEAR SIR,

    I DIDN’T EXPECT THIS FROM YOU. FROM A PERSON OF YOUR AGE, STANDING AND EXPERIENCE IN LIFE.

    IF YOU WANT TO CROSS SWORDS WITH ME YOU ARE MOST WELCOME TO DO THAT. ONE TO ONE AND MAN TO MAN I AM UP FOR IT.

    DON’T EVER COWARDLY RIDE ON OTHER PERSONS SHOULDER.

  40. Mahesh, I think ISS did not mean to offend you. Please cool down friend. He said you are perfectly free to agree with him or not. Let the light of the Punya bhoomi shine.

  41. James Thenuvara:

    Majority of Jaffna people are “Madapally” or Magadha Palis who came from Bangala.

    Sinhalese have no prove so far to tell they have any connection with Bengal.

    Who are the Herath Mudiyanse?

  42. Mahesh,

    ISS has used diplomatic langauge to address you. I just see no reason for you to flare up.

    Pl. use your energy for the betterment of the people of Srilanka.

    A healthy neighbour is always a very important asset , which one can depend on during dire times.

    As for as India is concerned, we look forward to a healthy Srilanka.

  43. I bow my head to the Tamils of both Madras and Sri Lanka. They were the first people who recognized Swamiji. We, the Bengali people, perhaps never recognize a contemporary great person. Readers will be astonished to know the extent of bitterness of Rabindranath Tagore towards his own people was so high that he almost refused to accept the felicitation by a large number of Bengali elite people who went a long way to Shantiniketan by a special train to felicitate him. His speech was full of bitterness and rejection. Same was the case of Pandit Iswarchandra Vidyasagar. He spent the last years of his life in a distant tribal area of Karmatar, now in Jharkhand. So, we got Vivekananda only due to the Tamils only.
    Priyadarshi Dutta has done a great job highlighting the warm welcome of Swamiji in Sri Lankan Tamils.

  44. Dear Parakrama Maskorala,

    The phenomena , known as ‘ Swamy Vivekananda’ is very real in India. Inspite being a monk, he is the patriotic inspiration for majority of Indians , including young Indians ( Pl note that India is not a country of 1, 2 3, …. or 10 languages or 1,2.3…. religions).

    India is the 7th biggest country in the world by geographic area, 2nd most populuous country in the world and the biggest democracy in the world.

    Don’t you think such an unmanageable country needs few thousands of strong pillars ?

    Sri Swamy Vivekananda is one such pillar.

    Couple of Tamilians were instrumental in Sri Swamy Vivekananda going to the west , where he made a very thounderous impact and on his return journey, he entered India through Tamilnadu.

    This is a historic fact, which can not be altered and the Tamileans are proud of this.

    Why do you want to spoil their joy ? Don’t you like other people being happy ?

    Don’t you think

  45. Kota

    ISS has used diplomatic langauge to address you. I just see no reason for you to flare up.

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    If that is the case then I withdraw my words.

  46. TAPAN GHOSH

    We, the Bengali people, perhaps never recognize a contemporary great person

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    A Prophet is recognized everywhere except his birth place. —Bible

  47. This article enlightened me a lot about Srilankan connection , though I visited Ramakrishna Mission in Colombo. Currently I am one of the Committee Members of the Ramakrishna Mission in Brisbane. Thank you Priyadarshi, you have done an excellent job of highlighting the warm welcome to Swamiji especially by Jaffna Tamils.

    Thank you Jeyarajah ( assume from Kambar Kalagam,)for circulating/publishing her article.

    Cogratulations to both of you.

    Mahalingham Paramanathan
    from Madduvil, Son of Sabapathy Mahalingham , who established the Shanthanayaki Vidyasalai in Madduvil.

    DBSJ RESPONDS:

    Thank you but I am DBS Jeyaraj the journalist and not the “Kambar Kazhagham” Jeyaraj

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