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Page 2 Sunday, October 19, 2014 Fine
The human landscape
by Gamini Abeykoon
North pole
8 cm or 10 cm
8 cm or 10 cm
South pole
Use preferbly
boiled and
cold water
Flat bottam
Place the bottles on a flat North and South pole magnet for 12 hours
North pole water is made on the North pole of a magnet (A)
South pole water is made on the South pole of a magnet (B)
Mixed water is made by mixing North and South pole water (A)+(B)
(Cylindrical magnets with a strength of 2000 Gauss are required)
After 12 Hours
Graphics by Pushpika Karunaratne
Magnet water fact file
Ravi Nagahawatte
aastu Shastra
(Science of
architecture and construction)
expert Asoka Nanayakkara shares
similarities with Miroslaw Magola of
Poland and Malaysian Liew Thow Lin.
They all have developed their minds, so
that they can activate their magnetic
fields around their foreheads.
The trio can make objects stick to their
foreheads. Western medical doctors
have failed to provide an explanation to
this rare feat. This could be because the
magnetic fields within the body don’t
come under the subjects that western
medicine practitioners ‘study’. Magola
refers to this healing process as psycho
kinesis. Asoka says subjects such as
Reikei, Kundalini Yoga, pressure points,
the use of magnets and the unseen
spiritual powers are all at work when he
starts healing patients by activating the
magnetic fields in his body. He has used
these powers to cure the sick rather than
perform the role of an entertainer. For
the record he has brought relief to as
many as 35 patients through his ability
to heal. He says he doesn’t wish to come
under the spotlight as a healer because
his profession, V
aastu Shastra
, doesn’t
allow him much time to treat a steady
flow of patients. Asoka, who was recently
presented with
Vaastu Visharada Pandith
Award for his contribution
to the profession of
, resides in
Chapel Lane, Nugegoda.
He uses his hands, magnets and water
that’s energized with magnetic force (see
illustration), which he uses as an antidote.
He places his hands on pressure points
when using the healing touch. He is a yoga
practitioner and says he has awakened
the sixth chakra (Chakras are energy
fields situated along the spine). The sixth
is placed close to the forehead, hence his
ability to make objects stick to this part
of the body. He also prays during healing
sessions. He is a devotee of Gods Shiva
and his wife Paravati. He carries statues
of these deities when visiting clients for
consultations or meditates on
them when performing healing. “Religion
is a big pillar in this healing process,”
says Asoka, a qualified ICMA Accountant,
who switched careers to serve the people
and healing.
Asoka says he uses a plank to elevate
the patient from the floor. This helps in
the healing process, where the magnetic
therapy is used as an anti-gravitating
force. During this healing process,
the healer aims at removing the pain
completely and bringing comfort to
the patient. The healer mainly targets
eliminating pain from the body.
In this subject of magnetic therapy, we
need to study the personal journeys of
these healers. Magola has been highly
spiritual and has traveled to countries
like India, Tibet, Middle East and Africa
in search of truths in life. Asoka, who
has studied many fields like accountancy,
, magnetic therapy, yoga and reikei
has a vast knowledge of most religions.
Above all, Asoka, like many other
healers, has a lion heart to cure those
who are ailing. He is also bold enough
to undertake curing patients, suffering
from pain, who are unable to find comfort
through western medicine.
Apart from the magnetic forces that are
at work in this healing process, he says it’s
important for people to have dreams and
wishes. He was so interested in studying
and working on magnetic therapy that
he dedicated much time and resources
to it. But Asoka says that all that wasn’t
enough. “I asked the Gods that I worship
to grant me this healing power so that I
can serve the community. My wish was
granted, so I don’t charge a fee. Money
doesn’t go with God-given gifts,” says
he glorious sail that billows across
the cover of this book is an apt
introduction to its fascinating stories
of the many travelers of ancient times
who came to Sri Lanka across the seven
seas. The author Hulugalle flourished in
a far more leisurely era when newspaper
editors were scholars and scholars
readily took to editing newspapers.
This book provides ample evidence
of his wide reading of historic records
and, also, the felicitous phrasing of his
introductory notes to the accounts of
these early travelers, ranging from AD
425 to 1824. Although the writer refers
to these gentlemen as ‘travelers’ many
of them were not quite that – Ching Ho
(now renamed Zheng He) led an armed
foray to capture our king, Robert Knox
was an unwilling hostage, de Lanerolle
ended up marrying into the native elite
and John D’Oyly was a British agent.
Whatever their motivations were, they
have left behind fascinating accounts of
their interactions with our country and its
peoples. We must be thankful to Hulugalle
for providing us, in one handy volume,
these visions by foreign eyes of Sri Lanka
through the centuries. These travelers came
from various countries other than the ‘usual
suspects’ England, Portugal and Holland.
We have accounts from Morocco, Denmark,
Greece, China and France as well.
The author was probably inspired during
his tenure in Rome as Ambassador to
begin with the Roman historian Pliny’s
stories of Sri Lanka learnt from the Sinhala
Ambassadors (his ancient predecessors)
to the Court of the Emperor Claudius. It is
a distant mirror of Sri Lanka in that long
ago age, an educated layman’s account
of geography and customs in a period
when chronicles by bhikkus recorded
only religious and royal activities.
What is interesting in this anthology is that
is that these are not, as the author states,
accounts of “prowess in arms, government
or scholarship. For the most part they
were travelers and unusual characters.”
All these accounts of abiding interest
and different readers will be interested
by different ‘travelers yarns’. I will touch
briefly on a few that ‘held me in thrall’.
Fa Hien the indefatigable Buddhist
pilgrim lived in Anurahapura in its golden
age when ‘the dwellings of the merchants
are very grand and the side streets and
main thoroughfares are level and well
kept.’ The exposition of the Sacred Tooth
Relic is announced by the town crier ‘a
man who speaks well, dressed up in royal
robes and mounted on a caparisoned
elephant.’ With charming honesty, he
speaks of the homesickness he felt when
he saw “a Chinese merchant presenting
as his offering (to the Jade Buddha) a
Chinese fan of white silk and tears of
sorrow involuntarily filled his eyes.”
A 1,000 years later, Sri Lanka’s relations
with China became hostile. Under Admiral
Ching Ho (Zheng He) a Chinese force
attacked the Kotte Kingdom, captured its
king and carried him off to China. Although
the Admiral left no record himself, his
interpreter Ma Hean has left an interesting
account “The people have in abundance
the necessities of life. The betel nut
never quits their mouths…They burn the
dead and bury their ashes…The King
has in circulation a golden coinage…”
Marco Polo the Venetian who came to Sri
Lank as an envoy of the Chinese Emperor
has, inter alia, made an interesting comment
about our men and womenfolk “both men
and women go nearly in a state of nudity
only wrapping a cloth around the middle
part of their bodies.” Coming from Venice
and China in temperate climes this would
have struck him as exceeding strange.
Robert Knox was no ‘traveler,’ but a
hostage for 19 years in the Kandyan
Kingdom of Rajasinha II in the 17th Century.
His ‘Historical Relation’ is justly famous as
the most comprehensive account of the
Sinhala country in that period. Hulugalle
quotes an amusing example of his rather
Puritan attitude towards the Sinhala people
“The Chingulays are a people naturally
given to sloth and laziness, If they can
but anyway live, they abhor to work only
what their necessities force them to, they
do, that is, to get food and raiment. Yet in
this I must vindicate them for what indeed
should they do with more than food and
raiment, seeing as their estates increase,
so do their taxes.” Need more be said!
De Lanerolle was a French envoy who
angered King Rajasinghe II by riding a
horse to the Palace. He was held prisoner
for a long period but later pardoned and
even had a marriage arranged for him
with the daughter of Rajaguru Pandit
Mudianse and at the formal ceremony
he was invested with the cap of State
embroidered with gold rings and chains
Lanerolle’s Sinhala descendants yet use
his family name and flourish in Sri Lanka.
I will conclude these ‘appetizers’ with
the account by John D’Oyly (the British
Agent/spy) of the capture of the last King
of Sinhale, thus ending a kingdom that had
lasted over two thousand years. He wrote to
the Governor – “I have the sincerest joy in
reporting to Your Excellency that the object
of our anxious wishes is accomplished
and the King of Kandy a captive in our
hands. He was surrounded yesterday by
the people of Dumbara, in conjunction
with some armed Kandyans sent by
the Adikar at about 5 pm in a house at
Doraliyadda and taken about an hour before
dark in the house of Udupitiye Aratchy
at Galleheywatta a mile beyond Meda
Maha Nuwara, with two of his Queens.”
‘Ceylon of the Early Travellers’
is an extraordinarily fascinating,
and most informative, book.
ru Sri Art Theater presents
Jai Ram- a dance drama-
produced and directed
by Kalasuri Dr Arunthathy Sri
Ranganathan on November 7
(Friday) at 6. 45 pm at the Bishop’s
College Auditorium. Jai Ram dance
drama is produced with the support
of the High Commission of India,
Express News Papers PVT ltd,
Vasantham TV , Blue Ocean group
of companies and well-wishers.
Parshwanath Upadhye
exponent in Bharathanatyam from
Bangalore, India will be performing
as a guest artiste in this production
along with theater dancers
celebrating the 10th anniversary
of the theater. This production is a
collaboration of both Indian and Sri Lankan dancers
and musicians. Choreography design is done
by Dr Arunthathy while the dance choreography
is done by Parshwanath Upadhye, who will be
performing as Hanuman, the main character in the
production. Mohanapriyan and Luxmi Sriharan will
also choreograph and perform main characters
with Vidya Kandeepan, Dakshith, Amila, Pranesh,
Kaushalya, Theepa, the total cast of 45 dancers.
Low country dancers from Ravibandu Vidyapathy
ensemble, Kathak and contemporary dances are
included to bring out the moods of the story.
Aru Sri Art Theatre has performed Shri
Ram, the Ramayana Dance Drama in India
in 2008 at the International Ramayana
festival of Ramayanam. Hanuman’s search
for Sita in Lanka will be the high light.
Aru Sri Art Theater has produced highly acclaimed
Kalidasas Sakunthalam, Manimekala, Rhythm,
Sthree Mela, Soundarya Lahari, Narthana Maduram,
Anupavam and also traveled widely and performed
in India, Indonesia, Singapore, Gujarath, Norway,
Kazakhastan and China. It has also collaborated with
Singapore Apsaras Arts in the Cambodia project.
Aru Sri Art Theatre, founded by Dr Arunthathy in
2004, has bloomed into a centre par excellence for
innovative, artistic and cultural creations renowned
worldwide. Its unique styles of performance are
based on the subtle nuances of movements, and
have caught the attention of many connoisseurs.
The theatre, with its main mission to focus on ethnic
harmony has produced numerous multi-cultural
concerts titled Unity in Diversity by popular demand.
Arunthathy, is a multi-faceted celebrity in the world
of broadcasting, music and dance, and has gained
international repute as a Composer, Choreographer,
Media Consultant, broadcaster and Lecturer.
Arunthathy is a recipient of many prestigious awards
conferred to her in Sri Lanka and overseas.
Aru Sri Art Theater preserves the pristine purity
of traditional performing art forms, to present
varied repertoire of music and dance to audiences
all over the country and abroad, to render
contemporary interpretations from a rich heritage
and synthesis classical and folk styles of dance
and music into innovative artistic productions.
Aru Sri Art theatre has traveled widely, performed
in prestigious festivals around the globe and
collaborated with many international organizations.
Book: Ceylon of the Early Travellers
Author: HAJ Hulugalle
Publisher: Vijitha Yapa
Reviewed by: Tissa Devendra
Fascinating travelogues of ancient Sri Lanka
Aru Sri Art Theater presents
Jai Ram Dance Drama
Magnet therapy, God and healing
Asoka Nanayakkara
Landscape immemorial
where mountains and valleys
trees and caverns
depressions and signature peaks
are born to decay
in the rise and fall
of civilization and illusion
the erosion of dream
and the reincarnation of hope
these are lines that await us
with soft-time patience.
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