Friday, 20 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

20 October  2017

Wonders of  Mind Network

‘They say that great minds think alike or that fools seldom differ.’ In Tamil the best form of demonstration of this is ‘Naan Pesa Ninaipathelaam Nee Pesa Vendum’ by Poet Kannadasan. . (Your words must be my thoughts)

To the extent my mind is great to me – the other mind that thought with me is also great. We see  others’ Truth through our Truth.  

On 13 October I wrote under the heading Media’s Mental Disorder’   at

Yesterday, on Deepavali day, when light of Truth eliminates Dark ignorance -   Prime Minister the Hon Ranil Wickemesinghe is reported by Daily Mirror  to have asked ‘How can media mislead the public in this manner? The draft of the constitution is yet to be made. Will you give front page headlines for my story as well? You went ‘Kade’ for Rajapaksas once. Do you have to do it again?

As per the Daily Mirror Report dated 18 October, that the Prime Minister was referring to The Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha, of the Malwatu & Asgiriya Chapters today decided that there was no necessity of a new Constitution or amendments to the present Constitution of the country and urged to stop the Constitution drafting process. The decision has been taken during a special meeting held at the Dalada Maligawa, Kandy yesterday evening, with the participation by the members of the Karaka Maha Sangha Sabha of the Asgiriya and Malwatu Chapters led by Anunayake of the Malwatte Maha Vihare, Ven. Dimbulkumbure Wimaladharma Thera, Anunayakes of the Asgiriya Maha Vihare Ven. Wedaruwe Upali Thera and Anamaduwe Sri Dammadassi Nayaka Thera.

But according to the Prime Minister’s genuine work based expression published yesterday:One of the gentlemen gathered here said there are allegations with regard to the new constitution. Who is making those allegations? Look at the newspapers today. They are carrying a story saying the most venerable Maha Nayaka Theras are against the new constitution. I spoke to venerable Maha Nayaka Thera of the Malawathu chapter. He is out of the country at the moment. I spoke to him today.’

Ultimately – published work whether it is that of the politician or the media or the Buddhist clergy – the way we relate to it is as per our own inner ‘system’. It is therefore important to develop a base that would support us when we are with ourselves and therefore with all those we carry in our minds and their relativity to us. Common laws help us develop common mind. Truth makes us Universally common. Truth brings us the support we need when we need it. The fact that I published the weakness in the media of twisting ‘facts’ before Mr. Wickremesinghe, confirms that my group is now  ‘facility’ that the Government could learn from – including to craft the new Constitution.

My group is the small project group which helps people focus on governance in their own home-groups even if that group is just the family or village. Self-employment often helps us give form to both sides – costs as well as benefits.  When this is in place, exercise of authority to ‘show’ status diminishes in value and thus the folks would identify with false status – be it by politicians and religious leaders  or by militants.

One of the charges that carried the severest of punishments by the LTTE was disloyalty. But they who hijacked the Vaddukoddai Resolution which had the blessings of Truth, did not want to even talk about their disloyalty to the People they claimed to represent – and who were represented by elected Politicians. I keep hearing the comments by Vaddukoddai folks that they seem to suffer from high level of mental disorder, relative to others. If the LTTE had not promoted itself in Vaddukoddai – especially amongst the youth – Vaddukoddai would have been saved this fear of mental disorder. Once the Vaddukoddai Resolution was hijacked by those who were against politicians in that area – the root value of Vaddukoddai Resolution would not support those who are disloyal to the group that established that root. That is the way of Truth.

When we complete our family relationships we get naturally promoted to the next level – and we will form new and higher relationships with wider society. Those who fail to complete their local relationships – would lack the natural powers to form wider relationships. This is the problem with attributing  National level recognition to a particular form of diversity. Once that distinction is made – that part is Equal to the rest. In Australia for example, White-Only policy naturally separated White Australians from the rest who did not believe they were White. Natural Diversity promotes independence through separation. Hence the above policy had the effect of separating Whites from Non-Whites even when the latter were Christians. But at local level, Christians merged through their belief in Jesus. I find this happening in Sri Lanka also.

Yesterday, I received the article ‘Rev. Fr. Dr. Peter A Pillai OMI Apostle of Social Justice
by Stanley E. Abeynayake from an Australian of Sri Lankan-Sinhalese origin which included the following:

[ In 1940 Rev. Fr. Dr. Pillai was appointed as the first Sri Lankan Rector of St. Joseph's College, Colombo, the premier, Catholic Collegiate school in the island which post he held with great acceptance and distinction for 21 years till 1961.]

I was then reminded of my inner voice urging me to go to Jaffna when I was in pain due to having to cancel our Pongal (Harvest ) celebrations at our family temple. The cancellation was due to serious misconduct by the youth in that area who were playing Hindi cinema songs early in the morning using someone else’s land for their music system. I was really upset and cancelled the arrangements. I was upset because it was just that morning that I thanked my mother who kept the tradition going even after our father passed away. Back then we were respected as Temple owners who also demonstrated the higher values of education.

After cancellation, we had a quiet poojah by the Priest and the regular group of devotees. I left for Colombo as scheduled but on the way to the station, I felt the need to stop at the church of Our Lady of Refuge – at 4th Cross Street, close to Jaffna Railway station. The common urge is my mother who prayed at the church regularly when she was pregnant with our brother – 13 years after I was born. We lived close to that church while schooling at Jaffna Holy Family Convent. Hence our belief in Divinity was given that form also. I now believe that to the extent I completed my relationship with my mother, I am able to invoke the powers of all forms of Belief in Mothers. I felt comforted in many ways – including through a call from a Catholic nurse whom I had helped access this Government as a facility. That Royalty would keep going to the current Prime Minister.

I still did not appreciate the significance of that ‘call’ until recently when it so happened that I was led to book my next stay with Jetwing Jaffna – which is next to Cargills and KFC which are committed to  global standards of service. The Penny dropped when I read the following in relation to Constitutional issue:

[Despite declining regional disparity Western province continues to contribute most to the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) contributing 42% of the GDP while the second highest the Southern Province only represents 10.8% of the GDP while Uva and Northern provinces representing the least with 5% and 3.6% respectively.]

To my mind, the highest component being from Western province is due to its Multiculturalism which helps connect to global providers. Christianity the source of which is furthest away from Sri Lanka has the strongest power to unite Tamils and Sinhalese. As per my knowledge during current times, Christianity and Islam are the only religions that include both Tamils as well as Sinhalese.   Both communities share common beliefs with money-rich nations. Within Northern Province, Jaffna is the parallel of Western Province due to Christian schools and the minds they develop which naturally connect through Common Belief.
The deeper our faith, the less particular we become in ‘form’.

We are therefore able to merge with any group with a different form of belief or respect as Equals sharing One space. That was how this Global minded Australian diffused national borders to mentally participate in Sri Lankan Constitution making – without the leaders being conscious of it. The way the citizen receives the Government’s work is also of Equal status in constitution-making. This was possible because I completed my citizenship in Australia by sharing my Truth through the official system and beyond – i.e. with the blessings of the abstract official system. 

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

19 October  2017

Diaspora Money & Dual Citizenship

This morning I thought of many relatives – especially from Colombo, because it is Deepavali today and my Colombo memories of Deepavali are stronger than my Jaffna memories of Deepavali. I thought especially about my aunt Mrs Pathma Sanmugarajah who made Indian sweets and served them  to us with her own sweetness. Today, in addition to my parents, I thanked  Pathma aunty also for the sweet memories of those times. Then a Vaddukoddai relative’s expressions came to my mind – ‘that Tamils who emigrated needed to be grateful to Prabhakaran (LTTE Leader).’ Later when I read the Dily Mirror report/article ‘The Myth of Lazy Jaffna Youth’ by Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar, I felt that the morning’s thought was influenced by that Energy also.
Dr. Kadirgamar introduces the subject matter as follows:
[Not long ago, soon after the war, a common refrain about the Jaffna society was how hard working, thrifty and prudent its people were. But today, one often hears people decrying Jaffna society as having become lazy and spendthrift, landing itself in debt. It is true that Jaffna society is greatly mired in debt, but what are the causes of such indebtedness? How did the narrative around Jaffna youth change so much in the last few years
Both local and international pundits have attributed the said laziness to foreign remittances from the Tamil diaspora. Drawing upon their armchair analyses, they talk endlessly about the Tamil diaspora, with pots of money, channelling their savings to people in Jaffna, making them lazy and complacent. However, a careful look at the flows of remittance in recent years tells another story about how a majority of the Tamil society is struggling to cope with the economic crisis, and about how rural youth are responding to their family needs. ]

Foreign remittances made on the basis of desire – result in frivolous expenditure by the recipient. Not only the Diaspora, but foreign Aid driven by selfishness of the donor also results in disorder. I was also a ‘foreigner’ in the minds of the folks of Thunaivi, within Vaddukoddai district in Northern Sri Lanka. When approached by a leader of the village for ‘donation’  of  a strip of land towards a pathway – so the village folks could access the main road and also get Electricity connections, I said ‘yes’ but as we progressed with the transfer I insisted on those with the need making an official written request addressed to me. That made it a transparent official transaction in the minds of those who said they had the need. Otherwise ‘foreign’ donations are more easily forgotten than local ones where the donor is a visible reminder of the debt. Unless the donee is grateful, it becomes a debt. Section 4 (1) of Kandyan Law Declaration and Amendment Ordinance 39 of 1938, provides as follows:

 [4. Revocation of deeds of gift.
(1) Subject to the provisions and exceptions hereinafter contained, a donor may, during his lifetime and without the consent of the donee or of any other person, cancel or revoke in whole or in part any gift, whether made before or after the commencement of this Ordinance, and such gift and any instrument effecting the same shall thereupon become void and of no effect to the extent set forth in the instrument of cancellation or revocation………….]

While as per my knowledge, Kandyan Law is not applicable to Northern Sri Lankans I learnt from a Northern Lawyer serving us in another matter – that the Sri Lankan law did provide for revocation of Donations – explained as follows by the Government:

A donor is entitled to revoke a donation on account of ingratitude:
(i)             if the donee lays manus impias (impious hands) on the donor.
(ii)             if he does him an atrocious injury
(iii)          if he wilfully causes him great loss of property
(iv)          if he makes an attempt on his life  
(v)            if he does not fulfil the conditions attached to the gift
(vi)          other equally grave causes.

Hence I revoked the Donation as per the law – as interpreted by me. This helped me better preserve the investments we had made to the Common system there. The money value or the possession of the land was not significant to me. Upholding order as per the Truth I knew was very important to me due to my belief that Truth has the highest order of all and that the Truth would protect all who invest in Truth.

Recently when our cottage was stoned because I reported a young guy to the Police and did so after all ‘internal’ procedures failed with that group I was able to ‘recall’ that picture. When I returned from the Police station after the final complaint – and started opening the gate to our cottage, the voice from within me said to connect the problem to the above mentioned leader. I turned around, walked to her home a few meters away and said that back then, I believed her request to be genuine but now I was getting stoned from that very strip of land that I had donated. The lady finally came out and shouted at the folks it their common language and this led to a meeting through which I could voice my grievances as a donor. Now they do not ‘invade’ our space and for the time being, I have decided to use ‘distance-management’ structure   due to the disconnection of those folks (especially by the younger generation), from my group’s heritage– thanks to the war through which the junior castes were rapidly promoted to high positions, usually above civilians.

Dr. Kadirgamar highlights the link  as follows:

[Village societies in the diaspora also have put funds into caste-linked social institutions particularly temples.]

To my mind,  the folks around our temple, were moving towards ‘takeover’ once they could not see me. These are deep seated practices of ‘acquisition’ facilitated by Prescription Ordinance.  One group from overseas sent money for the construction of a cultural hall, as a memorial to their father but the building was built on someone else’s land. But, for their own purposes they have bought in areas dominated by Senior castes. These indicate the mind-structure of that section that makes up a significant proportion of  the Diaspora.  

Dr.Kadirgamar states: The state’s reconstruction policies and the initiatives of donors and NGOs, focused on self-employment and self-generated livelihood programmes, have failed miserably in post-war Jaffna.’

This does not hold true of those whom we trained. The trainees do not follow exactly as expected by us but if we continue to reward them on performance basis – a few eventually succeed on behalf of the whole group. Members of the Diaspora become their clients, instead of their elders. But, towards this, they need global minded elders who would ‘include’ the trainees largely for the sake of the trainees and towards thinking that they are of Equal status to members of the Diaspora who now have more money than they – the locals.
Every member of the Diaspora is effectively a dual citizen. When they take management positions with members of their village in Sri Lanka, it upsets the management structures as Sri Lankans. To the extent they bring foreign systems – they must keep their distance and leave it to the locals to learn as per their example.

Dr.Kadirgamar confirms this problem between the Northern folks and the Government which is still a ‘foreigner’ to the Jaffna Tamil who has been active in Jaffna during war years:
Placing the burden on individuals to generate incomes after devastation by war meant incomes were irregular and eventually led to dispossession. Instead of recognising the failure of such a vision, the youth are blamed instead.’ 

As per my experience, the youth who were within the confines of militant leadership – especially the LTTE, enjoyed the thought that they were heroes. They were accountable only to their leader. Hence their proportionately higher performance relative to the official forces. They were not allowed to be distracted by easy enjoyment of pleasures. During the war – these youth were seen as high performers and they were, due to the above reasons which helped them focus on their target. They are not used to self-employment in their local areas or paid employment outside under those whom their groups dictated to before the end of the war.

Dr. Kathirgamar continues to present  his remedy as follows:
[A more meaningful approach to address both the economic problems in Jaffna and the aspirations of the youth would be investment to create local jobs that provide a regular income.]

This is happening through the private sector – such as Cargills and Jetwing as well as the likes of Airbnb hosts at individual level. Airbnb alone facilitates the sale of accommodation of over 100 units in Jaffna.  Our training caters towards this kind of employment also through  diverse forms training. It is however excruciatingly slow for the individual investor due to trainees being distracted by less disciplined lifestyles. But taken as a whole one would enjoy the exponential growth which to my mind happened due to Service value of all our contributions including those of the likes of Dr. Ahilan Kadirgamar. Every unit of contribution through feeling of ownership goes direct to Energy level – to invoke natural forces forces of exponential value

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

18 October  2017

Veddas of Lanka and Aborigines of Australia

[Speaking for myself, I would rather be an Abo in OZ than a Veddah in SL !!!!!!!
Here they are given special provisions for University entrance and I understand some native Sinhalese migrants have tried to get these, FAIR DINKUM] The proud Sri Lankan who became Aussie through assimilation.

The above person ranks both Indigenous communities as ‘outsiders’. If that speaker were part of one or both groups  then he would be global minded and he has the authority to rank. As per my knowledge this person is member of Catholic group and neither indigenous of the two groups taken as a whole is Catholic. The Sri Lankan example of this  is presented as follows:

Vedda Chief Velayutham on their way of life:
“We don’t hunt as much as we used to, but generally the game entails wild boar and deer. Due to restrictions by the wildlife conservation department and the civil administration, we have reduced our practices. We also extract honey from the forests from June onwards.”
On language: “Many Veddas here speak Tamil. We have been Hindus for years now. Our Vedda lineage split into two. During the time of the British, one sect branched off to Mahiyangana and Dambana and the others to the shores.”

During my post Tsunami service, I was stationed at Mankerny and I identify with the above through that direct experience. Here in Australia, I upheld the Truth I knew about myself – that my knowledge in Accounting ‘was made in Sri Lanka’. The positions through which I could enter the workforce were much lower than the ones which I held in Sri Lanka. I stopped saying I was a Chartered Accountant and hence facilitated myself to enter through the lower positions. But my standards of performance were that of  a mature Chartered Accountant – meaning small position, big job. The parallel of that at family and community levels  is that of a Mistress who had higher qualities than the official wife needed to partner a high status husband. It was on this basis that I was able to submit my proposals to President Madam Chandrika Kumaratunga and it so happened that I went on my own. The passage was facilitated by Minister the Hon  Douglas Devananda whom I met for the first time. I concluded then that both – the President and the Minister - were fit to be in their respective positions  vis-à-vis the People of Mankerny – majority of whom are Vedda descendants. In turn, a passage was opened for me to give shape to my common belief through these leaders as well. Since my own opportunity to serve the folks of Mankerny happened ‘out of the blues’ so to speak,  I sought and found the connection with Saint Yoga Swami sharing the power of his faith in Lord Muruga of Kathirgamam. Saints develop this power through which they forego pleasures at the lower level and enjoy higher bliss – mind to mind until we become One Soul.

The basic rule of Nature, to my mind is that  at the physical level, every unit of genuine pleasure produces its ‘other’ side – pain. Hence the Equal Opposition (Pain) in a Democratic Parliament.  When I enjoy pleasure before pain I owe someone / some system a debt to that extent. That debt is settled immediately when I pay my respects to the source of that pleasure. This could include my brain and/or some deeper power but until I identify with that deeper power I need to ‘show’ respect to the source or be conscious of being indebted. The hierarchical structure facilitates the ‘show’ of respect. In democracy – one who is not able to so show needs to stay away to that extent. This helps that person not accumulate more debt by staying as part of the same structure – to the extent one becomes a slave. Highly civilized systems facilitate various kinds of Separations of Power to facilitate the maintenance of Sovereign Borders by each person/group. Once so separated we are entitled to Equal status. To my mind, that is all the Common Sri Lankan Tamil is expecting as per her/his true contribution to the Land called Sri Lanka – just like how we are Equal in status to our children once they become active parents.

Sri Lanka is currently discussing whether we need a Federal structure or continue with the Unitary structure of Governance. The need for this inquiry  is presented as follows by Wikipedia:

[Federalism has long been advocated as a means of resolving the ethnic issues and unbalanced development in Sri Lanka.

As the unitary state has resulted in uneven development across Sri Lanka the Western Province dominates over the other 8 provinces. Despite declining regional disparity Western province continues to contribute most to the Gross Domestic Product(GDP) contributing 42% of the GDP while the second highest the Southern Province only represents 10.8% of the GDP while Uva and Northern provinces representing the least with 5% and 3.6% respectively. Other provinces also have trouble attracting capitals. This has resulted in calls for the abolishing of the unitary system and powers being devolved.
Further federalism has also been proposed as a solution the ethnic issues. The Tamil minority is under represented despite being the majority in the Northern province. This also lead to a civil war between the government and Tamil Nationalist militants. After the end of the war Northern province shares the troubles of finding funds to rebuild damaged infrastructure and as a result of provincial governments being unable to finance the reconstruction of destroyed factories and damaged infrastructure to create employment. Federalism has been proposed as a method for sharing power.]

Most in Government seek Unitary structure. But unless the Natural qualities of Unitary structure are maintained, such structure would prove to be unreliable. If the value of the latent power of those opposed to this structure becomes stronger than the value of Governance developed and maintained by the custodians of power of that Unitary structure, the borders of Sovereignty of that group get damaged and relativity through positions of that structure become unreliable. The common parallel is the child who opposes a parent on the basis of Truth and/or investment in higher principles than the parent. If the child then remained under that parent and the parent continued to ‘tell’/administer the child then the parenting becomes unreliable. The parent is entitled to be respected only to the extent her/his investment in the common structure is stronger than that of the child. If the official common structure is neglected,  Truth overtakes and widens the borders of Sovereignty to accommodate the child. If the parent / government becomes a ‘facility’ that the child could use as per her/his need – then the Sovereign powers of that structure are strengthened within the existing (Unitary) structure. Otherwise, parents are a separate unit and become the first amongst equals in a Federal structure. If this is possible within families – then that person is the fit leader to lead the Nation.  

The value of Sovereignty is exponential and it naturally invokes the powers of those who have invested in Sovereignty. In Sri Lanka, the Government became one that ‘told’ those who were already self-governing. English language was spoken/used in communication by leaders of all ethnicities living in multicultural areas. But those who sought ‘immediate’ outcomes through the convenience of majority rule, plagiarized the British system of Governance and tried to enforce ‘Sinhala Only followed by Buddhism Foremost’ provisions in the Constitution. To my mind, mere name change to claim ownership is plagiarism.

Under British rule Sinhalese and Tamils were friends as in the saying by the great Indian Political Philosopher Chanakyan -  that the enemy of the enemy is a friend:

[The king who is situated anywhere immediately on the circumference of the conqueror's territory is termed the enemy.
The king who is likewise situated close to the enemy, but separated from the conqueror only by (the conqueror’s) enemy, is termed the friend (of the conqueror). –
Chanakyan – the Indian Political Philosopher]

To the Sinhalese Kandyan Rulers, the British rulers on their borders were their enemy. Tamils who were separated from the Kandyan Rulers were separated back then only by the British. Hence the two (Tamils and Sinhalese) became friends. Likewise, when Ranil Wickremesinghe was moving towards becoming President, LTTE became the friend of Mr. Rajapaksa. Likewise, once the British left, Indians became the conquerors in that region. Pro China Sinhalese Government became the enemy of Indians and Lankan Tamils who were separated from Indian Tamils, by the Sinhalese,  became the friends of Indians.

As per Wikipedia report:

[ Several heads of states such as S.W.R.D BandaranaikeJ.R Jayawardena, and Chandrika Kumaratunga have also accepted Federalism as a solution to the island's issues however did not implement a federal system]

Federalism was/is  to satisfy the international community dominated by Westerners. But Politically, these leaders feared loss of votes to the extent they promoted the ‘only’/’foremost’ syndrome through which they came to power and enjoyed benefits. Hence they did not have the cooperation of  Truth/Nature  to form Federal structure in which they would have had direct majority power only over the heads of other States. The Central Unit would have been the parallel of ‘Buddhism Foremost’ which in Democracy is ‘First amongst Equals’. In Democracy – the Leader is the first amongst Equal citizens. Any higher status needs to be earned on merit basis through Common Current measures available on Equal footing.

 Those in Government who enjoy majority power at a level greater than the citizen, without earning higher status through merit – dilute the sovereignty of the whole. That was when the Indians invaded Sri Lanka through Tamil militants who were culturally close to Tamil Nadu and geographically through areas with least visible physical separation.

When we claim that we are using Unitary structure and the junior in the relationship completes her/his duty as per the junior position and continues to operate within the stated Unitary structure as per which Sovereignty is claimed – the real value of that Unitary structure would empower the junior by pushing the borders to wider levels until the junior gets supported by the power of majority which now has a different face. That is what happened in Sri Lanka, until militants reacted at the lower level and converted the merger into ‘takeover’/invasion.

The Sri Lankan Government that seeks Unitary structure – needs to ensure that leadership of Tamils is recognized on merit basis including through global minded members of the Diaspora. Once Global structure is seen as the first amongst equal alternatives – enforcers on both sides would be sidelined.
We can blame the Sri Lankan Government to satisfy our ego. But the pain we take on to balance the unearned enjoyment of ego is the balancing medication needed to enjoy real freedom – especially freedom of thought, when we are with ourselves. That is true self-governance bliss.

Tomorrow is Deepavali – the day when the light of wisdom eliminated the demon of ignorance based arrogance. 

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

17 October  2017

Deva Dasis & Militants

The conduct of militant supporters in Jaffna – through their protest during the visit of the President to Northern Province to participate in the celebrations of  ‘National Tamil Day’, held at the Jaffna Hindu College, confirms their reluctance to join the officially regulated pathway. They are however not alone in this. The media also seems to be more excited in following  the de-facto pathway when it comes to militants. For example let us take the following statement included in the Ceylon Today editorial headed ‘President’s daredevil approach’:
[Some of the Northern politicians even warned that in future no Government leader should visit Jaffna without solving post-war humanitarian issues in the North.]
If they are Politicians carrying the status of politicians – then a junior cannot ‘warn’ a ‘senior’ in that structure. A junior has every right to take an independent stand so long as it is through the structure of her/his position and become a facility at that level. As part of this process – the humanitarian issues have been submitted to the UN and we need to respect and follow the global structures in expressing our expectations. Using local language that we are comfortable with, is to go backwards and we get left out of the process of evolution. A warning such as the above, is serious in nature – and the author of the report / article has the responsibility to specifically state as to which politician said this and where it was stated. If stated publicly – the Government has the responsibility to take action against such a person – through the appropriate sections of the law. Negligence to do so is far more damaging to Northern Sri Lankans than removing  the armed forces during post-war period.

The picture that comes to my mind as a parallel of these protestors and the media that stated as above,  is the Deva Dasi community (to my mind, literally the parallel of Brides of Christ), presented as follows by Wikipedia:
[In South and parts of Western India, a devadasi (Sanskritservant of deva (god)) or jogini is a girl "dedicated" to worship and service of a deity or a temple for the rest of her life. The age group of a girl to be converted as devadasi is 8–16 years. The dedication takes place in a Pottukattu ceremony which is similar in some ways to marriage. Originally, in addition to taking care of the temple and performing rituals, these women learned and practiced classical Indian artistic traditions like like Bharatanatya and Odissi dances. They enjoyed a high social status as dance and music were essential part of temple worship.
Traditionally devadasis had a high status in society. After marrying wealthy patrons, they spent their time honing their skills instead of becoming a housewife. They had children from their husbands who were also taught their skills of music or dance. Often their patrons had another wife who served them as housewife. Some of the eminent personalities hailed from this community are Bharat Ratna M S Subbulakshmi, Lata MangeshkarKishori Amonkar, this Padma Vibhushan Ms T Balasaraswati and Dr. Muthulaksmi Reddi.
During British rule, in the Indian subcontinent, kings who were the patrons of temples and temple arts lost their power. As a result, devadasis were left without their traditional means of support and patronage. During colonial times, reformists worked towards outlawing the devadasi tradition on grounds that it supported prostitution. Colonial views on devadasis are hotly disputed by several groups and organizations in India and by western academics. The British were unable to distinguish the devdasi from the girls who danced in the streets for the reasons other than spiritual devotion to the deity. This caused socio-economic deprivation and perusal of folk arts]
Sri Lankan Tamil leaders have claimed our right to self-rule ever since independence from the British. The claim needs to be substantiated through (in the language of the law of  Thesawalamai – applicable to Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka) :
(i)             Muthusum - Inherited right
(ii)           Thediya Thettam – Merit based right earned by the claimant

Tamil Politicians who followed the official system of their times were able to use (ii) – the Merit Based official system. Genuine Militants used (i) the inherited rights based system – as per the system known to them and matched it to the perceived needs of the People they thought they were representing. The latter are to my mind, the parallels of Deva Dasi group which to my mind  is the parallel of De facto Marriage partner groups. Taken as independent system  - they have positive value. But a De facto system does not have the authority to take higher position over an official system. That would then make a mistress of the official wife. The fundamental reason is that De facto systems work well and are needed by those driven largely by outcomes with least influence by structured authority. They would not survive in a firmly structured institution / community that is strongly committed to tradition.
As a lawfully married wife my status within family and community circles is Equal to any other lawfully married person. Second marriage has been provided for in Thesawalamai Law applicable to Tamils of Northern Sri Lanka. But some  of Vaddukoddai where the first Political declaration of Independence was claimed by Tamils – did openly claim in Northern Courts  that I was NOT family to my lawful husband’s  biological brother, due to my marriage being second marriage. In other words – to all those who so claimed – I was of mistress status and was below them in their structure. In turn they became mistresses in the system of Law and in the cultural system of Australia.
The  system of Truth prevailed to bring me the opportunities to help others who were disenfranchised on the basis of culture particular to a small group. Becoming part of the  Toddy Tapper family in Thunaivi – within Vaddukoddai district was one such remedy against caste-based segregation. In return under that ‘free’ environment, I learnt about the mind-structure of those who joined militant groups. That is the value of dumbing down.  I now have the mind-power to influence them through the system of Truth/Belief.
I am also  able to recognize those who abuse the De facto system which is healthy for a society where the official system has become weak and irrelevant to the Common citizen. Militants who have taken official positions have become largely irrelevant to the Common Jaffna Tamil. Some parts of the  media are fooling themselves  for selfish reasons and that carries the high risk of leading  to frivolous wars when they collude with politicians. Militants who have embraced official systems – have the responsibility to be independent of De facto systems. That’s when there will be harmony in Northern Sri Lanka which has the capacity to facilitate Multicultural systems within the same period – as Jaffna Hindu college has proven by producing high achievers through English language. If not for this capacity – we have no claim to traditional values.
The LTTE leadership that claimed to consider Former Tamil Nadu Chief  M G Ramachandran seem to have inherited his de facto genes in Politics. 

Monday, 16 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

16 October  2017

Picture Courtesy Ceylon Today
Victory for the President in Northern Sri Lanka

In 2015when Mr. Sirisena became President of Sri Lanka, I identified with it through the structure I had developed up to then. Later, when the President and the Prime Minister formed Common Governance despite their Political differences – my respect for Mr. Sirisena went up. It is not easy to maintain such a partnership in the current disorder in Sri Lanka.

When I read the following passages in the Ceylon Today articles, my respect for Mr. Sirisena went up many notches:

[President Maithripala Sirisena took his security detail by surprise after he threw caution to the wind and abruptly alighted from his official vehicle to confront a group of protesters in Jaffna yesterday. The President was in Jaffna to inaugurate the National Tamil Language Day celebrations at the Jaffna Hindu College when the incident took place.
"If you stage protests against me and I am weakened, the devil will get an opportunity," President Maithripala Sirisena told a gathering in Jaffna yesterday.]
The Devil within the Tamil Community is the Emotional person who lacks respect for Intellectual Discrimination. We may use different rules to other cultures – but if they are not regulated by Common Values particular to a minority group, that group becomes more and more disorderly. Sadly many parts of the so-called educated sections of the Tamil Community also lack the determination to use Common values. They seem to need emotional confrontation to awaken their thoughts. Once we burn up our Energy through emotions –the system would lack the power to raise itself to the higher intellectual level which would include respect for others’ Energies also. Administration in Northern Sri Lanka is weakening due to such frequent use of emotional outbursts.
The stated reason for the  recent protest is explained in  Ceylon Today’s report as follows:
[President Sirisena was heard as saying: "Come let us discuss and see how the matter can be solved. The Tamils voted for me, you must remember."
Sivajilingam replied: "So how do you pay back your gratitude to the people who supported you."
Sivajilingam told the President that 160 Tamil prisoners held under the Prevention of Terrorism, Act (PTA) are languishing in prisons without trial.]
The question is ‘Are Tamils as a Community asking the President to be influenced by Mr. Sivajilingam who officially represents only a fraction of the Tamil Community?’
The answer to my mind is a clear ‘NO’.  If Mr. Sivajilingam looks within his own experience – he would know that Tamils who are genuinely committed to Tradition and/or  Merit based assessment demoted him to his current level.
If the President did get influenced by the Protestors – then the President would be letting down the educated Tamil who uses Intellectual Discrimination to regulate emotions. Indeed, if emotions rule over intellectual discrimination, then Tamils would be promoting within the President – a system that would uphold majority rule in Administration – the very habit that we opposed in the process of which we endured much pain. Members of our community being in prison is a reminder of our own excessive use of emotions over experience based knowledge and wisdom to regulate our expressions of opposition.
Mr. Sivajilingam was defeated by Mr. Sirisena who has endured and continues to endure pain to remain in that marriage with a party that has been for a long time, the Political Opposition in his mind. My Energies are with Mr. Sirisena in this issue. Since I believe that  I have completed my Jaffna Life by serving and sharing credit – my vote has exponential value. Likewise the votes of  all Tamils who held highest positions at National level – including two Chief Justices the late Justice Suppiah Sharvananda and Justice Kanagasabapathy Sripavan. As an individual, I endured much discrimination pain in Australia and hardly any in Sri Lanka. I was also effectively a political prisoner but no Tamil group came to protest against the Administration of the University of NSW that had me arrested for peaceful assembly. I concluded that they were all ‘protesting’ against the Sri Lankan Government for their own selfish reasons. My experience is my Guru.
If Mr. Sivajilingam truly cared about the educated Tamil – he would consult with such intellectuals within the Judiciary before protesting to rouse emotions of the less educated. Those of us who accept such methodology would damage our own order through investment in higher education. The more we are rewarded for such protests – the less inclined we would be to develop our intellectual abilities.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Gajalakshmi Paramasivam

15 October  2017

Business of Dumbing Down

["Buddhist worship places have Hindu Gods inside the temples and Tamil kovils too have Buddha statues but look at the way they fight," he exclaimed.
"Sri Lanka is a unique country where both the majority and the minority suffer from a minority complex, suspicious and no faith on each other. In most other countries it is the minorities who suffer from complexities but in Sri Lanka the majority also suffers from a minority complex," the Governor quipped.
He added that he stands for reconciliation always as he also suffered at the hands of people who burnt his house down and injured him a long time ago. "I was threatened, hit, and my house burnt down, that is why I know how important reconciliation is."] Ceylon Today article  – ‘Both Sinhalese and Tamils came 2,500 years ago – Gov Cooray
During the height of war, when I was physically put through checks by armed officers I would bring Lord Buddha to my conscious mind – in the belief that my mind would be more easy for a Buddha worshipper to connect to. Often when I passed the Buddha statue on Galle Road in Colombo 6, I would stand and pay my respects to Lord Buddha. I am not aware of any other Tamil doing this. Now that the searches have ceased, I am back in my Hindu pathway which includes Buddha but is not predominantly Buddha when I am open to the Public, in a country divided by religion.
Majority Hindus known to me do not worship Lord Buddha. I have however, observed Buddhists worshipping Hindu forms of Divinity in Sri Lanka. Hence the above statement by the Governor of Northern Province  who is a representative of the President of Sri Lanka, does not make sense to me. It could be a way to dumb down majority power but the question is whether it is reality outside his mind?
I believe that the answer is embedded in manifestations that happened at around the same time in the Northern Province Capital of Jaffna:
[A court order was issued by the Jaffna Magistrate ,banning  protests in Jaffna during President Maithreepala Sirisena’s official visit to Jaffna today (14).
The court order was issued by Jaffna Magistrate S.Sadeeshkaran upon a request made by Jaffna Police.
Accordingly the order banned all protests in areas adjoining Jaffna Hindu College, Jaffna Court, Jaffna Governor’s office and areas visited by President.

Court has also issued orders to Northern Provincial Council member M.K Sivajilingam, Eelam People’s Revolutionary Liberation Front (EPRLF) party leader Suresh Premachandran, All Ceylon Tamil Congress(ACTC) leader Gajendrakumar Ponnambalam not to attend the protest.
] report - Court bans protests in Jaffna during President’s visit
As per Ceylon Today articleHartal brings Jaffna to a halt Call to release prisoners held under PTA’:
[Northern Provincial Councillor M.K. Sivjailingam was later allowed to meet Governor Cooray.
"We have held our protest today (13) and if we don't hear a good message we will hold another protest tomorrow (14)", he said.  ]
If the protests were Belief based and their power is stronger than the intellectual order of the Court – representing National Judicial Power that empowers ALL who invest in the  Common path of law – then Belief must win above order of Law. Under those circumstances, Northern Provincial Councillor the Hon M.K. Sivajilingam needs to be arrested for overruling the Court. Then he would become the example of Political prisoner, provided that there are prisoners from his electorate in the group that the protestors are representing. If Mr. Sivajilingam did not hold an office – he would, like Gandhi – represent the whole group he believes he is a part of.

When I sought to meet with the Vice Chancellor of the University of NSW, I was, in my mind, representing all victims of abuse of power through the then system of Administration. In Truth I was representing all those who contributed to the University’s core mandate. Since I did not resist arrest – I became a political prisoner. The only protest that took place was when I was sentenced to prison for one year by Magistrate Pat O’Shane who ordered me to undergo checks and treatment for mental disorder. It was at the hospital that  I realised that I was going past the safe borders of dumbing-down towards permanent incarceration of the mind. Magistrate Pat O’Shane is the parallel of Mr.  Sivajilingam, driven by his local area power which includes the power of LTTE Leader Velupillai Prabhakaran who is a relative. They carry two system in their mind through which they operate. When they are defeated by one system they take refuge in the other – this other usually being the easier one through which they can satisfy themselves. As per my family culture – the child disciplined by one parent should not be given refuge by the other parent, except when the former is abusive.

The folks of Jaffna recognize TNA as the higher level representative of the consolidated belief of Sri Lankan Tamils. Anyone protesting as a TNA representative has the mandate of Tamils. If others think  that the protestors represent the Common Jaffna citizen – then like Magistrate Pat O’Shane who confessed to suffering from bipolar disorder, and to my mind was seeing herself through that version of me, the Jaffna citizen has dumbed down to the level of Valvettithurai citizen – and disconnects her/himself from the rich heritage of intellectual discrimination based Administration that we and our ancestors have invested in. Belief does not discriminate. External knowledge does and hence needs to be available to and applied on Equal footing along lateral base.

Once we accept official position,  we show that we believe in the system of law. Then, we must go through that system and accept the punishment even to share our belief that the law is unjust. One who has no official position is the only free person to effectively declare belief before going through the official system. Those who vote and those who accept the vote do not have that freedom. Natural forces would not support them.

Once, a senior Academic Administrator at the University of NSW said that migrant students brought the standards of the University down. I was offended then because I myself had dumbed myself down to earn a living at a place that was overregulated due to overload of unpractised laws – especially in Administration of Resources. Now I realise that the dumbing down by the University was for practical reasons of Business – especially from those who used knowledge to earn a living or sold it for a profit. The latter were not blamed by that Academic who is a beneficiary of that profit. One of minority status in that environment gets the blame. But when they continue to perform as per the high standards they have invested in – they become the ultimate winners.