Archive for March 2011

The Story of Queen Viharemahadevi

March 14, 2011

  There was once a king by the name of Kelani Tissa who ruled Sri Lanka from his capital in Kelaniya. He got furious with a monk whom he wrongly suspected was involved with his queen in some way. He ordered the monk to be put in a boiling cauldronn of oil and be put to death. The king’s courtiers and the subjects were horrified, but could do nothing about it. The gods were angry with the king for his horrific deed and caused the ocean to swell and flood the land like a (Tsunami)

  The king realized his mistake and was greatly disturbed. In order to appease the gods and save the land he built a golden boat with enough food to last a month, and placing his eldest daughter in it set it adrift on the ocean to be drowned as a ransom. He also placed an inscription within, notifying that she was a princess.

  The boat rifted along the southern coast of Sri Lanka with the princess quiet and asleep, reconciled to her fate. A few days later some fishermen seeing the boat drew it ashore. and was surprised to see a princess inside. They reported it to king Kavan Tissa who was ruling in Magama a city in the South of Sri Lanka. The princess was rescued and brought before the king. The princess was very beautiful and the king immediately fell in love with her, and married her and gave her the name Viharemahadevi. She bore him two sons who both became famous heroes of Sri Lanka. The eldest was the famed Dutugemunu, who defeated the South Indian invader Elara and re-united the country and established the kingdom of Anuradhapura.

Japan and the Breaking News of Earthquake and Tsunami

March 14, 2011

  As human beings sharing in a common brotherhood, who will not be shocked and disturbed by the heart rending news of the recent calamity that overran Japan?

Japan as we all know is a courageous nation that has withstood a disastrous Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The aftermath of World War 2 and quick post-war reconstruction showed up an altogether new face of Japan with rapid economic and industrial growth. This, to the extent that no single American household could boast of not possessing some kind of equipment, toy or household item produced in Japan.

  It has almost become a norm for us today, to hear some breaking news of some kind of natural disater striking one country or another. This only goes to prove how much mother nature is still in control, despite man’s ingenuity and herculean endeavors to master it. It is noteworthy that people have come up with many theories and explanations besides the workings of nature itself to explain away such phenomena. However, as men and women of the common stock of humanity, our hearts go out to the Japanese people as we share in their sorrows, cares and concerns as a mourning and bereaving nation at this time.

  We extend our heart’s great confidence and hope that as a courageous nation they will rise up once again from the ashes and the debri of destruction to become a strong country with greater defences ready to withstand nature’s onslaughts in the future with amazing grace. May peace and tranquility return speedily to Japan

  Born and bred in a country that has withstood a similar Tsunami in conclusion let me relate a story of a heroic Qeen from the annals of Sri Lanka.  The story of Queen Viharamahadevi.   Posted in Stories

What is Peace Education?

March 4, 2011

What is Peace Education?    Posted in   Articles 1 (more…)