ALL CREDITS GO TO SITA MAMI (FOR TAMIL DRAMA IN LONDON)- Post No.10,362

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Post No. 10,362

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WHO IS SITA MAMI?

Mrs Sita Venkatraman is a well known figure in South Indian Circle in London; she held key posts in  associations such as South Indian Society and London Sath Sangam. Her husband Mr Venkatraman (of Air India) used to pick us up for Veda class in Sindhi Mandir on Sunday mornings.

 (Maamii- Aunty; Maamaa- Uncle in Tamil)

She has been teaching music, Tamil and scripting and directing dramas. She has many talents and still active at her ripe old age. But in this write up I want to highlight only her talents in Acting.

She was an inspiration for people like me. I acted in four dramas in London; all main roles!!!

In Pygmalion of Bernard Shaw, I was the professor and Famous Tamil actress Radhika was the flower vendor. It was a radio drama for the BBC adapted in Tamil by my boss Shankar in the BBC Tamil service Tamilosai. And Sita Mami also acted in that drama. We were all taken to Covent Garden in London and the BBC team took our photos and sent them to all Tamil News papers around the world.

25 years ago I acted as one of the three heroes in Humpty Dumpty and raised 2000 pounds for South Indian Society. (Please see the link below).

S I S DRAMA | Tamil and Vedas

https://tamilandvedas.com › tag › s-i-…

5 Nov 2019 — நானும் எனது நண்பர்களும் நடித்த ஹம்ப்டி டம்ப்டி (HUMPTY DUMPTY) நாடகம் பெரிய …

Following the tremendous success of it, we were asked to raise money for Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan in London. I acted in one more drama there and another 1500 pounds was raised. And others were skits.

On the Sri Lankan side Mr Balendra and my BBC friend Tarcisius were producing Tamil dramas. But for Tamil, Sita Mami is the only person who pioneered Tamil drama in London before the influx of Sri Lankan refugees

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WHAT CREDITS?

So, all credits go to Sita Mami for acting and producing Tamil dramas when Tamil was a rare commodity in London. Tamils were rarer still and Tamil vegetables and Tamil food were the rarest of commodities 40 years ago.

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Some time ago I met Sita Mami to get the history of Tamil drama and she gave me some pictures. She also wrote an article about her acting in my newspaper Vanavil/Rainbow in Tamil. It was in year 2000.

Mrs Sita Venkatraman and her Tamil friends started London Kalaik Kuzu (London Arts Group). Her article in my Tamil Magazine ‘Vaanavil’ gives the following details:

Mrs Sita Venkatraman, Mr Vedanarayanan, Ritu Sarmaji, Mr Kanthan, Mr Krishnaswami, Mr Sambamurthy, Mrs Jaya Srinivasan and a few others formed a drama group London Kalaik Kuzu and staged a drama during Deepavali at YMCA under the Chairmanship of Mathur Sri Krishnamurthy of Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan, London. Each one of the actor and actress spent his or her own money to stage the dramas in the beginning.

During next Deepavali and Pongal two more Tamil dramas were staged. They decided to stage at least two dramas every year and they did it for long.

Few of the dramas were based on Chennai Tamil dramas by famous people. They were adapted to suit the London audience and it was done with their permission.

The dramas Mami could remember now ( in 2000) are the following Tamil dramas:

Mangalam Jaya Mangalam, Thankik Kudithanam, Manam Our Kurangu, Samiyarin Mamiyar, Asaiyirukku Thozil Pann, Vilayattu Vinai Achu, Nallathor Veenai, Sari Gama Patha Nisa and Humpty Dumpty (by Giri)

Two of the dramas were done just to raise funds for Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan and London Murugan Temple. Birmingham Tamil Sangam and Brindavan Society invited them to stage these dramas as well.

In short, Sita Mami has been a force behind the Tamil Acting in Britain.

Here are the pictures:

The pictures haven’t got many details. I see only one caption dated 9th July 1983 titled Tamil Comedy ‘Saamiyaarin Maamiyar’ at Bhavan. (Literally translated  it would be ‘Mother in Law of an Ascetic’)

I heard from her that Mr Veda Narayanan, Mr Panchanathan, Mr Lakshmikanthan, Mr Murali Rao, Mrs Jayashri Srikanth and others acted with her in some of the dramas. She has always played a key role in every drama.

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STORY OF TIRU VALLUVAR STATUE IN LONDON UNIVERSITY (Post No.10,325)

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Post No. 10,325

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London University has its Asian and African wing called SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) where I taught Tamil for 20 years as Tamil Tutor. Ms Jayalalaitha Government in Tamil Nadu sent the Valluvar statue to London. High Commission of India contacted the University of London. They contacted  Dr Stuart Blackburn, an American Professor fluent in Tamil, and Head of South Asia Department at SOAS. I and Stuart sat together and wrote the leaflet and prepared the invitation for the event . Installation of the statue was held on 13th May 1996 according to my diary. Strangely no one else has any details about this event except me. That too because Stuart gave me the photo saying ‘Swami, Here is your picture’.

The attached article was published in April 2015 by my friend Jacob Ravibalan who launched World Tamil Organisation in London to bring all the Tamil organisations under one umbrella.

Please see the attached article:-

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June 2020 London Swaminathan Articles, Index-91 (Post No.9995)

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Post No. 9995

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June 2020 Index 91

300 Languages in London and Gang Slang,8086;June 1,2020

Rigvedic words in Tamil Sangam literature-5;8088;2/6

Mysterious Sound in Bengaluru, Mahabharata and USA,8095;3/6

Swami’s crossword 362020;8099;3/6

Swami’s crossword 462020;8106

Rigvedic Words…. Part 6;8102;4/6

Khadita and Modata, Eat and be Happy, a Dining Hall

2700 years ago, 8109;5/6

I and You didn’t change for 15000 years in English,8111;5/6

Swami’s crossword 662020;8119;

Swami’s crossword 762020;8126

139 Holy Rivers and 39 Holy Lakes of India,8124;7/6

Swami s crossword 862020;8130

Interesting Treatment for Sickness- Rasgollas and

Rice dish,8137;9/6

Swami’s crossword 1062020;8145

Diet coke wonder 8151,11/6

David in Florence – 8150, 11/6

Swami’s crossword 1262020;8158

Indus Valley Civilization and Jain Religion, 8160, 12/6

One head for two sisters, 8159, 12/6

Mr Brickman, 8165, 13/6

Swami’s crossword 1362020; 8167

Woman gives Electric Shock,8172, 14/6

Omkara ,Dasavatara, Hindu saints in Sikh Holy Book of 6000

Verses,8173, 14/6

How Big will be Manu’s Ship Today? 8179, 15/6

Swami’s crossword 1562020; 8181,15/6

Swami’s crossword 1662020; 8188

Swami’s crossword 1762020; 8194

Two Ganga rivers with Healing Powers discovered in Russia,

8187, 16/6

Lord Shiva’s names in Ashtottara and its meaning in English,8193, 17/6

Swami’s crossword 1862020; 8201

Swami’s crossword 1962020; 8208

Swami’s crossword 2062020; 8214

Swami’s crossword 2162020; 8220

Swami’s crossword 2262020; 8226

Sangam 2700 years ago, 8212, 20/6

Greeks also echo Vedic Views on War, 8218, 21/6

100 Earths, 1000 Suns in Rigveda, They Knew Aliens; 8224,22/6

Origin of Hindu Iconography, 8229,22/6

Muslim Invasions stopped Ratha Yatra 32 Times, 8230, 23/6

Swami’s crossword 2562020; 8241

KA is Brahma- Interesting Information from Panini and

 Kautilya, 8240, 25/6

Life is too short to be spent in Talking about Frauds

(July Calendar), 8250, 27/6

Never Sick Again, 29/6, 8260

Rig Vedic Wedding Scene in Turkey, 8265, 30 June,2020

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Tamil Articles from June 2020

தமிழ் ஒரு வினோத மொழி, 8083,1 ஜூன் 2020

ஆல மரம் – 4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8085;1/6

ஆங்கில மொழி விநோதங்கள்;8091, 2/6

4 கழுதைப் பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8092;2/6

3 குதிரைப் பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8098;3/6

பெங்களூரில் மர்ம ஒலி – புதிய விளக்கங்கள்; 8097;3/6

கிளி பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8104;4/6

15,000 ஆண்டுக்கு முன் மனிதன் பயன்படுத்திய சொற்கள்;8105;4/6

மான்  பற்றிய  3 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8113;5/6

உலகின் அபூர்வ தபால்தலை – 10 லட்சம் டாலர்,8112,5/6

கப்பல்  பற்றிய  3 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8118;/6

நல்லா சாப்பிடுங்க, ஜமாய்ங்க -2700 ஆண்டுக்கு

முன் கேட்ட பேச்சு,8116;6/6

அதிசய அரிசி மருத்துவம்; 8129;8/6

கோபுரம் பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8125;7/6

தேள் பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8132;8/6

ஆடு  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8139;9/6

புலி  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8144;10/6

கம்போடியா- காஞ் சீபுரம் தொடர்பு ;8135; 9/6

சின்னச் சின்ன அதிசயங்கள் 8138;9/6

காந்தப் பையனும்  கணிதக் குதிரையும் ;8142;10/6

எ லி  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8148;11/6

கொக்கோ கோலா வாண வேடிக்கை , 8152, 11/6

இதாலியின் புகழ்பெற்ற டேவிட் சிலை , 8150,11/6

4 எருமைப் பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8157;12/6

போர்ச்சுகல்லில் கோமாதா கோவிலை கிறிஸ்தவர்கள் உடைத்த

கொடுமை, 8155, 12/6

2 தலை, மூளை ஒன்று: மருத்துவ அதிசயம், 8159, 12/6

முதலை   பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8166;13/6

மிஸ்டர் செங்கல் வாயன், 8165, 13/6,

ஒரு கிலோ புதையல் விலை 75,000 பவுன், ! சப்பிடலாம்!8163, 13/6

சம்சாரம் தொட்டால் மின்சாரம் 8172, 14/6

4 ஆமைப்  பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8170; 14/6

நரி   பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8177,15/6

நல்ல கதை – டான்ஸ் ஆடிய யானை , 8180, 15/6

நண்டு  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8184,16/6

காகம்  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8191,17/6

ரஷியாவுக்குள் கங்கை நதி! சிந்துவெளி நாகரீகம் ; 8186;16/6

ரிக்வேத எட்டாவது மண்டலத்தில் அதிசயங்கள், 8195, 17/6

பேய்  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8198, 18/6

வேதமே கடவுள், மனிதர் ஆகியோரின் கண்கள்-

மநு நீதி நூல் நிறைவு, 8202, 18/6

கருடன் பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8207,19/6

மனைவி கிடைப்பான், நண்பன் கிடைப்பான், தம்பி

கிடைக்காது, 8206, 19/6

4 கரடி  பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8213,20/6

பன்றி  பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8219, 21/6

ஓணான் பற்றிய  4 பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் ,8225,22/6

வேத கால மக்களுக்கு வெளி உலகவாசிகள் பற்றித் தெரியும் ? 8231,23/6

4 அணில் பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8232, 23/6

4 தவளை/தேரை   பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8236, 24/6

பாண்டிய கல்வெட்டு அதிசயம் ,8235, 24/6

4 சந்திரன்  பழமொழிகளைக் கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8240, 25/6

4 சித்திரை மாத  பழமொழிகள்  கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8245, 26/6

இனியவை பெறினும்  தனி தனி நுகர்கே ம், 8244, 26/6

ஹிட்லர் பயம், ஸ்வஸ்திகா பயம், மில்லியன் ரூபாய் வேஸ்ட்,8246,27/6

4 ஆனி  மாத  பழமொழிகள்  கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8249, 27/6

4 ஆடி  மாத  பழமொழிகள்  கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8254, 28/6

4 ஆவணி  மாத  பழமொழிகள்  கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8259, 29/6

ரா, ரா, ரா, ரா 26 அழகிய சொற்கள் , 8261, 29/6

4 ஐப்பசி  மாத  பழமொழிகள்  கண்டுபிடியுங்கள் , 8266, 30/6

ஆஸ்துமாவுக்கு ஆனியன், டயபடீஸுக்கு நிலக்கடலை ,8264,306

துருக்கியில் ரிக்வேத கல்யாண காட்சி, 8258, 29/6

தசரத, அதிரத ,அதிமத , அவப்ருத , 8255;30/6

மன்மத லீலை பற்றிய 31 பழமொழிகள்,8253, 30 ஜூன் 2020

–subham–

 tags — Index 91, June 2020, Swaminathan, articles, London 

Index 68- London Swaminathan Articles posted in JULY 2018 (Post.9596)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 9596

Date uploaded in London – –12 May   2021           

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July 2018 Index 68

Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu Story,5168;1 July 2018

Sacred Morning Time Brahma Muhurta, 5169;1/7

More Eccentricity Anecdotes, 5171;2/7

Dullness Anecdotes, 5176;3/7

How did Shiva get the Tiger Skin? 5177;3/7

Indian history begins before 2,50,000 years: new chronology, 5179;4/7

Diligence and Discretion Anecdotes, 5181;4/7

Amazing Rigvedic Yupa in Sangam Tamil Literature 5183:5/7

Yupa Sacrificial Post- Part 2;5186;6/7

Rare Paintings and Rare Sculptures, 5188; 6/7

Interesting Stories from Mithila,5190;7/7

Stingy Americans, 5195;8/7

Cloning in ancient Hindu literature, 5196; 8/7

Exaggeration Anecdotes, 5199;9/7

Sanskrit was spoken by all, 5201, 9/7

Hindu Treasure s in Moscow Museum, 5207; 10/7

See you later, alligator, extravagance anecdotes, 5208;10/7

A story on Hospitality,Rigveda and Periya Purana,5204;11/7

Interesting Life Story of Bhartruhari and Bhadragiriyar, 5210;12/7

Hindu Bronzes in Colombo Museum, 5211;12/7

Memory and Patriotism Anecdotes 5216; 14/7

Truth may be blamed but cannot has be shamed, 5128;14/7

Who is a Scoundrel? 5230; 15/7

40000 lines in the Rigveda, 5221;15/7

Blood cannot wash blood- Manu and Shakespeare,m5225;16/7

More Vanity Anecdotes, 5228; 17/7

Hindu Child Prodigies- Nature or Nurture? 5231;18/7

Himalayan Wonders- Nanda Devi and Kumari, 5234; 18/7

Heroic Rajput Prince, 5237;19/7

Durga, Agastya, Tamil and Sanskrit in Indonesia, 5239;20/7

Even Tigers fear Rajputs, 5244;21/7

Obituary column before Death, 5246;22/7

All Prostitutes can wear Jewels- English kings order,5249;23/7

Juggernaut and Lord Jagannath, 5251;23/7

Linguists Bluffing blasted by Tamil language,5252;24/7

Rama’s Travel for 5113 days,from UP to Sri Lanka 128. Stops, 5256, 25/7

Prophet Mohammed s Hair in Kashmir – Two interesting Dreams ,5260/26/7

Fortune,Fear, Fate, Fatality- valluvar and Kalhana Aggree 5263:27/7

Is Hinduism a Museum of Beliefs, Medley of Rites, Name without a Content?, 5266, 28/7

Upagupta and a beautiful prostitute, 5268; 29/10

Tamil poet explodes Dravidian Myth,5275; 31/7/2018

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TAMIL ARTICLES POSTED IN JULY 2018

பிரம்ம முகூர்த்தம் – வைகறை துயில் எழு -அவ்வையார் ,5172 ஜூலை 2, 2018

எலிச் செட்டியார் கதை, 5173, 2/7

விஞ்ஞான விளக்கம்- பிரம்ம முகூர்த்தம்-2, 5175; 3/7

மந்திரிக்கழகு ?தந்திரிக்கழகு ? , 2 கதைகள் , 5180, 4/7

சங்க இலக்கியத்தில் யூபம், இந்தோனேஷியாவில் யூபம்- 1, 5184, 5/7

பகுதி 2, 5187, 6/7

அழகிய மிதிலை நகரினிலே யாருக்கு ஜானகி………..5191, 7/7

பகுதி-2, 7/7

ஞானிக்கில்லை இன்பமும் துன்பமும் – 5194, 8/7

1916 வரை தமிழ் நாடகங்கள், நாவல்கள், 5200, 9/7

க்ளோனிங் CLONING அதிசய ஹிந்து விஞ்ஞானம், 5196, 9/7

வழிய வேதம் நான்கும் – கம்பன் பாடல், 5206, 11/7

குறள் கதை- உண்டிக்கழகு விருந்தோடுண்டல் 5203, 10/7

தமிழர் கடிகாரம் – பழந்தமிழர் அறிவியல் ,5212, 12/7

காதல் முக்கோணத்தில் சிக்கிய புலவன்/ அரசன், 5214, 13/7

தொல்காப்பியன் புகழ் , 5127, 14/7

ஒரே பாட்டில் 22+5 இசைக்கருவிகள் :கம்பன், 5223, 16/7

அயோக்கியன் யார்? 5224, 16/7

பேயும் ஞாபக சக்தியும், ,5227, 17/7

விட்ட குறை, தொட்ட குறை- வள்ளு வன், மநு , கண்ணன் , 5229, 17/7

மயங்குகிறாள் ஒரு மாது, 5232, 18/7

அமாவாஸை சிரார்த்தம் பற்றி மநு , 5233, 18/7

டாக்டர்கள், ஜோதிடர்கள், நடிகர்களுக்கு மநு தடை, 5236, 19/7

இமயமலை ரஹசியங்கள் , 5240, 20/7

முஸ்லீம் நாட்டில் துர்க்கை, அகஸ்தியர் சிலைகள் ,5242, 21/7

அக்பரின் மந்திர சக்தியும் அவர் நிகழ்த்திய அற்புதங்களும், 3243, 21/7

அரக்கர் தர்ப்பணம் – கம்பன் அதிசய தகவல் , 5247, 22/7

ராமனின் அதிசயப் பயணம் , 5113 நாட்கள் எங்கே போனார்?- 1, 5250, 23/7

ராஜபுத்ரர்களைக் கண்டால்  புலியும் நடுங்கும், 5253, 24/7

ராமனின் அதிசயப் பயணம்- பகுதி 2, 5255, 25/7

காஷ்மீரில் முகமது நபியின் முடி தரிசனம், 5258, 26/7

ராமனின் அதிசயப் பயணம்-3, 5262, 27/7

ராமனின் அதிசயப் பயணம்-4, 5265, 28/7

பேராண்மை என்பது தறுகண் – வள்ளுவர் குறள் , 5269, 29/7

ராமனின் அதிசயப் பயணம் (நிறைவு), 30/7

அழகு சிரிக்கின்றது ! ஆசை துடிக்கின்றது 5274, ஜூலை 31, 2018

–subham—

tags-Index 68, July 2018, swaminathan, London

‘NAMASTE’S FROM LONDON 22,23 NOVEMBER 2020 (Post No.8965)

WRITTEN BY LONDON SWAMINATHAN

Post No. 8965

Date uploaded in London – –24 NOVEMBER 2020   

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HERE IS A SUMMARY OF OUR BRODCASTS ON 22ND AND 23RD NOVEMBER 2020 FROM GNANAMAYAM, LONDON.

SUNDAYS FOR TAMIL

MONDAYS FOR HINDUISM

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On Sunday Mr Balasubrahmanyan of London recited the prayer. Mrs Daya Narayanan sang the song composed by Rajaji- Kurai Ondrumillai’

Thiruppugaz songs were sung by Mrs Jayanthy Sundar and her disciples Miss Sadhna Sainath and Miss Sahana Sainath, Miss Hiranmayi Raghavan and Mrs Geetha Ramesh.

Mr Nagarajan from Bengaluru answered  question of a listener and explained the significance of Number 108 in various cultures. (His article is available in tamilandvedas.com).

Then Mrs Annapurani Panchanthan sang a devotional song.

Dr N Kannan’s Alvar Amutham was broadcast with his audi recording.

Dr Renuka Subrahmanyan’s Kalyana Pattu was broadcast . followed by Mrs Sarasvathy Chandrasekaran’s song. Later Mrs Panchanathan read Indra in Tolkappiam’ – an article written by Producer London Swaminathan. School girl Miss Sahana from Puduchery sang a song.

‘VAALKA THAMIL MOZI’ BY BHARATIYAR WAS PLAYED IN THE BEGINNING AND AT THE END.

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On Monday Miss Akshaya Sivaramakrishnan recited prayer song from Colombo, Sri Lanka.

World Hindu News Round up in English was read by Mrs Sujatha Renganathan. Followed by World Hindu Tamil News Bulletin by Mrs Vaishnavi Anand.

Chennai Kattukkuty Srinivasan’s talk was on the Planet Jupiter. He touched the astrological, scientific and mythological aspects of Guru also called Brhaspati. (His article is available in tamilandvedas.com).

Mrs Brhannayaki Sathyanarayanan from Bengaluru spoke on the sacred shrine at Tiruchendur. (Her article is available in tamilandvedas.com).

Being the birth day of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Mrs Annapurani Panchanathan sang Sai Bhajans. Programme was concluded with Pudduchery Miss Sahana’s Kriti by Gopalakrishna Bharatiyar.

Two days programme gave lot of information on Vasihnavism, Planet Guru/Jupiter, Significance of Number 108, Tiruchendur Shrine and Tolkappiam.

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Questions from London Medical Students!- Part 1

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Written by London swaminathan

Research Article No. 1692; Dated 5 March 2015.

Ethical Issues of Hindu Patients and Non Hindu Health Professionals in British Hospitals

Semitic vs Oriental

For the third consecutive year I was invited by the Kings College to give a talk to the students of four universities who have chosen the subject Medical Ethics and Law as part of their studies. My talk was delivered on 2nd March, 2015 (Time 1-30 to 3-30 including Q and A) at Hodgkin Building, Guys Campus, Kings College, London SE1 1UL

In the first one hour I did a power point presentation on Hinduism. I compared the Semitic religions with Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism. I explained that Oriental religions believe in rebirth and Karma theory. We all know that if you something good to your friend your friend will buy you a cup of coffee. If you do something very bad, immediately your friend will punch on your face or give you a slap. Something similar to Newton’s Third Law “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”. But Hindus did not stop there. They said that it would follow you in your next birth! They believed that soul exists for ever until it merges with God. It is something similar to the First Law of Thermodynamics that Energy can neither be created nor be destroyed,.

This belief in Karma theory plays a key role in Hindu’s approach to diseases. They thought acute diseases are the result of bad karma (action) in their previous births.

Another big difference between the Semitic and Oriental religions is that Hindus have a purpose in life. The aim or the goal of a Hindu is to merge with the God by liberating him or her from the cycle of birth and death. This is a unique concept.

The common thread among all the religions of the world is that they wanted to elevate man from animal state to a good man and then from man to a superman. They wanted to maintain order in the world and so they advised us to follow some rules  such as Kindness, Love, Honesty and Truth.

Then I explained to them the Four Vedas, Four Values (Dharma, Artha, Kama and Mokasha), Four stages of Life (Brahmacharya, Grahastha, Vanaprastha and Sanyasa), Four castes, major festivals, symbols of Hindus, two great Hindu epics  and two ancient languages of India (Sanskrit and Tamil). Hindus may be illiterate but not ignorant. They may not know the Vedas or the Tamil Thevaram or Divya Prabandham, but they believed in the same concept about Dharma (Righteousness or moral code) , Artha (wealth), Kama (Pleasure) and Moksha (liberation from the birth-death cycle) from one end of the land to the other end. Last but not the least, Hindus also believe in One God but they allow people to worship the God in different forms highlighting different aspects. If you are very studious and want to get good marks you worship Goddess of Education Sarasvati and if you want to become a billionaire you worship Goddess of Wealth Lakshmi and so on. The oldest religious scripture in the world Rik Veda says that “Ekam Sath – Vipraha Bahuda Vadhanthi” (God/Truth is one; learned people call him by different names). Now to the Q and A session:–

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Questions from Students

1.Sir, you said that we have rebirths and you also said that if I was born in a rich family or as a child prodigy or with a healthy beautiful body, it is all due to previous good karma (action). How do I know that it is all because of previous Karma? What is the proof?

My answer: It is a very good question. This doubt comes to all of us. Religion is based on faith. Science is based on observation. Religion begins where science ends. Unless you believe in what your forefathers or saints said, you can’t follow many of the religious teachings.

I added two more points. Lot of research was done by the Department of Parapsychology in Rajasthan University regarding cases of rebirth and they were all documented with a scientific approach. They blindfolded the people and took them to the places where they claimed to have lived in their previous births. There was amazing accuracy. A village boy in North India claimed that he lived in New York in his previous birth just by looking at the pictures of sky scrapers. He was blindfolded and was taken in plane and he identified the places where he lived and all other landmarks in NY. Though hundreds of cases like this were recorded, scientists still say that memory can be implanted from some source etc. So religion is only for believers. Hindu saints and seers thought why some are born lucky and healthy and others are not and then found out this by intuition. As a Hindu I strongly believe in it, though I have a degree in science (B.Sc).

The second point I wanted to add here is that the Theory of Karma is misinterpreted or misunderstood by many. Karma of previous birth — whether good or bad— will definitely have an impact. But it can be nullified or reduced or wiped out by very hard work during this birth.

If I bored you with my talk today, you may fire a paper arrow at me or throw a rotten egg on me. That will definitely come and hit me. But I can duck below the table and escape or hold the book against my face and escape. (All the students laughed). But the insult is done. In a way Karma theory worked. Karma also acts in the same way. If you want to escape from your previous actions, still you can do it by doing lot of good things now.

Hinduism has a beautiful rule. Even God can’t take the word back; what he said will be true. We have lots of stories in our mythology about the Curses and Boons. Once said, it is the final word. But if you repent for your bad actions, then they always show you a way out. There is always an exit strategy. Suppose your father left you a debt of 100,000 pounds before his death. You may work very hard and pay it back and make millions more. Alternately you can blame your father for all the previous debts (Karma in previous birth) and go into more debts and declare insolvency (hell). The choice is yours!

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Karma Theory and Attitude towards Life:

Hindus’ attitude towards life and death surprised several health professionals in Britain. I worked as a health advocate for thirteen years in Newham University Hospital in East London and as a manger of Health Advocacy Project for Tamil and Malayalee communities for three years after my BBC World Service Contract finished.

On several occasions I used to accompany Macmillan Cancer Charity specialist nurses to break very bad news to terminally ill cancer patients and their families. They are specially trained nurses and so they talk for half hour or so about various things that could happen with cancer patients and then say in your case It is terminal. Then they break for a few minutes and ask the patient, Sir, Do you understand whatever I said to you so far? Do you have any question? The patient replied I am ready to go! The nurse could not understand it. Then I explained to her that he was ready to leave the world. This happened with another patient also. She was repeatedly saying “Finish me now”. The doctors could not understand her. Then I explained to the health professionals that she wanted the treatments to be stopped now and she wanted to die.

Hindus, when they reached the third stage of life – Vanaprastha/ Forest dweller stage, they have the satisfaction of having lived a full life. They have seen their grandchildren and so they believe it is time to leave. In the olden days pensioners or Vanaprasthas went to forest or distant place like Kasi/Benares and they never bothered about wordy things or relations. This attitude of old aged Hindus was very shocking to foreign health professionals. They could not understand the philosophical attitude of Hindu patients (In their mind they thought that it was due to depression or frustration).

I told the students that even my father at his ripe old age asked us when he was going to die? What he meant was he is ready for it. We used to tell him that “Dad, Don’t talk about it now, you are going to live for hundred years” (Hindu Vedas repeat it in hundreds of places that one should live One Hundred Years).

About students’ other questions on 1)Abortion: To be or not to be 2) Organ Donation: Yes or No 3) Euthanasia 4) Alcoholism and Hindu scriptures 5) Hindus and Non Vegetarian Diet and Medical preparations 6) Disposal of Hindu dead bodies in Hospitals etc. I will give it in the second (Final) part of this article.

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