21 July 2020
Sri Lanka’s Ravana 1 and China’s new Silk Road
At least some young Sri Lankans seem interested in Artificial Intelligence. As per common Lankan culture – as well as Australian Indigenous culture one needs to seek the blessings of ancestors of the land which holds the karmic powers of the past owners of that land. Prescriptive land rights are also based on such powers. To my mind such blessings are part of the Spiritual ownership which confirms Universal power.
The Spiritual power of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is confirmed as follows by Wikipedia:
Modern machine capabilities generally classified as AI include successfully understanding human speech, competing at the highest level in strategic game systems (such as chess and Go)
Since I did not have knowledge of ‘Go’ I looked it up:
[Go is an abstract strategy board game for two players, in which the aim is to surround more territory than the opponent. The game was invented in China more than 2,500 years ago and is believed to be the oldest board game continuously played to the present day. A 2016 survey by the International Go Federation's 75 member nations found that there are over 46 million people worldwide who know how to play Go and over 20 million current players, the majority of whom live in East Asia]
Then came the question in my mind, whether Chess was of Indian origin. Wikipedia confirmed as follows:
[Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a checkered board with 64 squares arranged in an 8×8 grid. Played by millions of people worldwide, chess is believed to be derived from the Indian game chaturanga sometime before the 7th century. Chaturanga is also the likely ancestor of the East Asian strategy games xiangqi (Chinese chess), janggi (Korean chess), and shogi (Japanese chess). Chess reached Europe by the 9th century, due to the Umayyad conquest of Hispania. The pieces assumed their current properties in Spain in the late 15th century, and the modern rules were standardized in the 19th century.]
The oldest known origin is important to those who believe in Ancestral powers.
According to Indian news reporters, Sri Lankan government seems to be doing the parallel of China’s Belt & Road Initiative in the sky:
The Hindu - Sri Lanka to research “Ravana’s aviation routes”
[In a recent newspaper advertisement in Sinhala, the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka has sought any relevant documents and literature from the public, asking them to contact an email ID and phone number to research the topic “King Ravana and the ancient domination of aerial routes now lost”.]
Wionews - Sri Lankan govt claims Ravana was the world's first aviator
[According to the Sri Lankan government, Ravana was the world's first aviator and he first ever person to fly. In Hindu mythology, Ravana was the demon king of Sri Lanka, symbol of evil. In Lankan mythology, he is considered a great ruler and symbol of scholarly excellence. There are many layers to this, but this is the most simplistic perception.
In both the versions, Ravana flew to India some 5,000 years ago. The line between mythology and history has often been blurred. Now the Lanka government wants to understand the methods used by Ravana to fly in ancient times. It wants to conduct in-depth research on this subject. So the Lankan Civil Aviation Authority has come up with an idea and has made an open call to the Sri Lankan public. A request to submit any literature or paraphernalia that suggests the existence of flying machines during Ravana's reign]
To one with belief Ramayanam is a Spiritual legend. To one without belief it is mythology.
Rama did not refer to Ravana as a demon king. After defeating Ravana in battle – Rama bade younger brother Lakshmana to receive advice from Ravana who was a wise man. Also about Lanka:
Pushpaka Vimana of Ravana
Rama tells Lakshmana, as they fly over Lanka in the Pushpaka Vimana, after the victory over Ravana:
Lanka shines on the earth
Studded with many Vimana
As if it is the capital of Vishnu
Covered with white clouds.
Valmiki Ramayana, Yuddha Khanda, Sarga 20]
As shared previously, I believe that I was blessed by Lord Muruga to participate in the development of AirLanka. I was waiting to go overseas and a holy person from Thiruketheeswaram said to me at the home of my aunt Padma Sanmugarajah – that like Murugan I was going to fly around the world on the Peacock. I had applied for a position but was not confident of getting one. I did win a position and I believe firmly that the blessing was the Spiritual Intelligence that directed me and also saved me from being there when Air Lanka became Sri Lankan Airlines. The internal magazine of AirLanka was named by employees as Monara – peacock. Dr Hari presents the commonness as follows:
Dandu Monara Vimana
The one other well mentioned Vimana that was used by Ravana, is Dandu Monara. In the local Sinhalese language. Monara means Mayura, peacock and Dandu Monara means “that which can fly resembling a peacock”.
Model of Dandu Monara Vimana
Galle Face Hotel lnsignia
The story of Ravana flying in Vimana with his wife Mandodari is etched as the insignia in the most famous hotel, Galle Face Hotel of Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Ravana and Mandodari in the Vimana at Galle Face Hotel Insignia, Dandu Monara Vimana, 1864
Plagiarism is prohibited in education due to it robbing the structure and spirit of the original discoverer or maker. Attributing credit to that origin from whom we learnt is to seek their blessings which when received and accepted resides as Spiritual Intelligence common to both. The guru is empowered by the enthusiasm of the disciple and the disciple by the Spiritual Intelligence of the guru.
According to Drs Hari, Hindu King Ravana – had six airports – Landing Hills – which strongly indicate connection to Lord Muruga Who has six Hilltop temples as His Homes. Dr Hari presents as follows:
Ravana had many Vimana in his aero plane hangar. In fact, Ravana had six airports in his kingdom of Lanka. They being,
1. Weragantota in Mahiyangana -In the Sinhalese language, this word means a place for an aircraft to land.
Epic Sri Lanka Holidays presents it as follows: [Another one of the famous sites in the Ramayana legend, Weragantota is the first location King Ravana brought Sita in his ‘Vimana’ – his flying chariot. Thus, the reason Weragantota translates to ‘place of aircraft landing’. According to the legend it was a spectacular area with flowing waterfalls and streams.]
2. Thotupola Kanda at Hoton Plains–The word Thotupola means a port, a place that one touches during one’s journey. Kanda means rock. Thotupola Kanda is a flat land over a rocky range at a height of 6000 feet from sea level. So this means that it could only have been a port of call for a transport vehicle that could travel in air. So it must have been an airport and not a sea port. The present airport of Sri Lanka at Colombo, is called Videsha Bandaranayake Guwan Thotupola in Sinhala where again Guwan means air and Thotupola means port.
[Totapolakanda has the meaning of ‘Landing Site’ in Sinhala language which related to a legend of Rama and Ravana. According to the legend, King of India, Rama and his beautiful wife Sita lived in exile in the jungle. Once Ravana kidnapped Rama’s wife Sita and escaped to Sri Lanka. On the way to Sri Lanka plane first landed in Totapolakanda which has the meaning of landing site.] – Wikipedia
3. Usangoda on the southern coast
[Ussangoda National Park is a Sri Lankan national park and designated archaeological site, situated on the Colombo – Kataragama road near Ambalantota – Nonagama Junction in Hambantota District. It is located in the southern sea turtle breeding zones. Ussangoda is a patch of high ground by the sea and spreads over a significant area. Unlike the rest of the land surrounding, it is only covered with grass and a few pockets of pigmy forests. The summit of Ussangoda area pans like a plateau for a significant length. There are several legends related to the area. The site is considered a sacred/forbidden ground for general affairs in local lore. One popular belief is that Ussangoda is a ground of the local demi-god "Mangara". Other beliefs range from religiously rooted backgrounds to the unwritten/alternate history related to Ravana. According to Hindu puranas, Ussangoda was one of the landing strips of Ravana's Pushpaka vimana]- Wikipedia
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport is in this area. According to Wikipedia It has been called "The World's Emptiest International Airport”
4. Wariyapola in Kurunegala
[Wariyapola is a town in the Kurunegala District, North Western province, Sri Lanka. Wariyapola is 94 metres (308 ft) above the sea level.
Wariyapola in Sinhalese means “place for plane landing”, and is believed to be one of the landing sites of Ravana’s chariot or vimana, Dandu Monara Yanthraya] Wikipedia
5. Wariyapola in Matale – the word Wariyapola is said to have been derived from Watha-ri-ya-pola meaning place for landing and takeoff of aircrafts.
6. Gurulupotha in Mahiyangana – the word Gurulupotha in Sinhalese means parts of birds, indicating this to be an aircraft hangar or repair centre.
[Legend of Sita Kotuwa
Ramayana facts Sri Lanka states that the city of Lankapura once stood in these jungles. The city had a beautiful palace for queen Mandothari surrounded by waterfalls, streams and varieties of flora. According to the Ramayana trail Sri Lanka , this was the place where Sita devi was first kept until she was moved to Ashok Vatika. The remains that are found are the remnants of later civilizations . The name Sita Kotuwa means "Sita's fortress" connects it to the Ramayana the epic story and got its name because of Sita Devi’s stay here.
According to the Ramayana Sri Lanka facts it is also believed that there was an aircraft repair center in the capital city of King Ravana. In Valmiki’s depiction King Ravana’s Vimana resembled a huge peacock. The Vimana in Sinhala language means Dhandu Monara which is known as flying peacock, and hence the name Gurulupotha, which means parts of birds.] Ceylon Expeditions
King Ravana’s time predates Buddhism in Sri Lanka. King Ravana was also a Shiva devotee. Muruga is the son of Shiva. Both are Hindus and Hinduism in Lanka predates Buddhism in Lanka. Hence so long as Buddhism is stated as the foremost religion in Sri Lanka – any endeavours on the basis of prior heritages would not work for the government that has the DUTY to demonstrate its Buddhist heritage. Non Buddhists – and in this instance Hindus would make the Lanka shine as if it were the Capital of Lord Vishnu Who as Lord Balaji / Venkateshwarar is believed to be the Lord of Economic prosperity. Each divine form represents certain form of Spiritual Intelligence. Now that we Australians need Economic recovery – it would be wise to invoke the powers of Venkateshwarar in Wollongong.
King Ravana ‘kidnapped’ Rama’s wife Seetha. But thereafter he did not touch her without her consent. That was because of his prayer to Shiva who is depicted with one wife.
Lord Hanuman – King of monkeys – had the Spiritual Intelligence to fly without the aid of Artificial Intelligence.
When we believe, we go into virtual reality as if the manifestation is happening at the present time. But once we come out of that virtual reality mode – we must not use the outcome produced back then as if we produced it. The BRI program by China failed due to the aim being economic profit. If Ravana is invoked for similar purposes by Buddhists – the result would be as disastrous as the Coronavirus and is likely to be another war in the case of Lanka.
Ultimately we, as per our conscience must know that what we do is right as per our own conscience. That develops Soul power within us. Soul power is Universal power and invokes Spiritual Intelligence as per our needs any time anywhere. That to me is the Ultimate Reality.
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