13th Death anniversary of Prof B Krishnappa on 30-04-2010
Leaders like Prof. B. Krishnappa, O. Sreedharan, M.D. Gangaiah, N. Giriyappa
Devanur Mahadeva, Siddalingaiah, L. Hanumanthaiah, O. Rajanna, N. Shivanna, …
Babasaheb Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Adhyayana Kendra, Bangalore-9
late Sriramappa and other Six Scheduled Castes who were burnt alive at Kambalapalli
sincere acknowledgement s to
O. Rajanna, N. Shivanna, Krishna Chinthamani, Dr.L. Hanumanthaiah, Marasandra Muniyappa.
The founder of the DSS, B Krishnappa was
Devotion is Delight!
Faith or Devotion has the power to arouse a tremendous amount of positive zeal and energy. Long before we have directly experienced the ultimate truth, Faith keeps our eyes fixed firmly on the goal. When we stumble and fall, Faith picks us up; when doubt causes us to falter, it urges us on; and when we get side-tracked, it brings us back to the path. Without Faith in Buddha and efficacy of his Dharma and inspiration from his Sangha we would never bother to try to put the teachings into practice. As Nagarjuna says:-
One associates with the Dhrama out of Faith
But one knows truly out of understanding;
understanding is the chief of the two,
But Faith precedes.
Genuine Devotion is a rare Delight!
Homage to that Perfectl y Self-Enlightened One!
Thus, indeed, is that the Blessed One: He is the worth y One, full y enlightened,
endowed with clear vision and virtuous conduct, sublime, the knower of worlds,
the incomparable leader of men to be tamed, the teacher of gods and men,
awakened and blessed. Forever do I reverence for the Buddhas of the past,
those of the times to come, those Buddhas of the present time…
No other refuge do I seek: The Buddha is m y onl y true refuge. B y this Truth
ma y peaceful victor y be mine! I revere with m y head the dust on his hol y feet.
If I have wronged the Buddha, ma y the Buddha bear with me.
Until life’s end, to the Buddha I go for saving refuge.
Who is the foremost speaker among mankind, The Sak y an Sage, O Hol y One,
whose task is done, gone be y ond, possessed of supreme power and energ y !
To y ou, the wellcome wellgone One, I go for refuge!
Homage to that perfectl y formulated Dhamma!
The Dhamma of the Blessed One is perfectl y explained, to be seen here and
now, inviting one to come and see, leading onward to Ni bb āna; to be known
b y an y wise, each for himself. Homage to that Dhamma leading out of this
suffering, out of samsara! The Dhamma of the ages past, the Dhamma of
the times to come, the Dhamma of the present time, forever do I reverence.
No other refuge do I seek, the Dhamma is m y true refuge. B y this Truth:
Ma y peaceful victor y be mine! I revere with m y head this triple Dhamma of
the three supreme qualities: Moralit y , Concentration and Understanding…
If I have wronged the Dhamma: Ma y the Dhamma bear with me.
Until life’s end to the Dhamma I go for refuge.
Freed from lust, cleared of craving, sorrow-free: An absolute Law, gracious,
gratif y ing and satisf y ing, sweet, potent, profound, an anal y tic science…
To this ver y Dhamma I go for refuge!
Homage to that Great Sangha Communit y of the Eight Noble persons.
The Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples has entered on the good wa y ;
the straight wa y ; the true wa y ; on the direct wa y , that is to sa y : the 4 pairs
of men, the 8 types of persons. This Sangha of the Blessed One’s disciples is
fit for gifts, fit for hospitalit y , fit for offerings, and fit for reverential
salutation with joined palms, as an incomparable field of merit in the world.
Forever do I reverence: The Sanghas of the past ages, those of the times
to come, and the Sanghas of the present time. No other refuge do I seek.
The Sangha is m y true refuge. B y this ver y Truth: Ma y peaceful victor y be
mine! I revere with m y head this peerless Sangha. If I have wronged this
Sangha: Ma y the Sangha bear with me. Until life’s end, to the Sangha I go
for refuge. Whatever is given to the four pure pairs of persons and these
eight kind of people, who have realized the Truth, this bears great fruit…!
To this ver y Sangha I go for refuge!
More on Faith (Saddhā) and Devotion (Bhakti):
Faith Summary, Fruitful Faith, Lay Faith, Unwavering Faith, Fine Faith,
The Buddha on Faith, Rich Faith, Analysis of Faith, Dual Faith, Raining_Faith,
Highest Faith, Leaping Faith, Outstanding Faith, Power of Faith
How to become a real Buddhist formall y ? Take refuge here!
Source: BPS Wheel no 54 (Edited Excerpt):
The Mirror of the Dhamma. A Manual of Buddhist Devotional Texts.
B y Nārada Thera and Bhikkhu Kassapa. Revised B y Bhikkhu Khantipālo:
Have a nice & noble da y !
Devotion is Delight!
Unique gift to Buddhist literature
Ven Totagamuwe Sri Rahula Sangaraja Thera:
Maveni Bilinda -
Wara wara langata kenda
Duk sepa kumanda -
Asana nirido wena koinda
There cannot be any Sinhalese who has not heard the above sonnet so popular among the people of Lanka. It will be immortal as long as the nation exists. It was recited impromptu by a child of seven years when he was introduced to Parakramabahu VI of Kotte, by his mother Seelawathie alias Swarnawathie who was residing in Randombe near Ambalangoda in a palace in the land then known as Indaneyaya. The ola leafs describe her as a Saligama Brahamin lady (Sri Lankadeepa Warnana - Dr. O.M. Obeysekera).
The child was Jayabahu alias Weerasundara who later on became a legend in the history as the Sangaraja and Sadbhasa Parameswara Totagamuwe Sri Rahula the well known poet laureate, astrologer, physician, scholar and a versatile and erudite monk Lanka has ever produced. The felicitation volume issued by Rev. Gammeddegoda Punnyasara the present incumbent of Totagamuwa Maha Vihara on the occasion of issuing a first day cover on 23-02-1977 states that he was the son of Wickramabahu born to a princess from Keerawella, sister of the queen of Parakramabahu VI of Kotte and who was later known as Jayabahu alias Weerasundara.
Much has been written by various scholars about his literary work, abilities to employ devils and other super-human powers and his intellectual prowess. My attempt here is to place some historical facts about this genius from Dumbara on his six hundred and second (602nd) birth day which falls on 8th May. If there was no rivalry and distrust among the Kings of Kotte Venerable Sri Rahula would have produced at least two more books to enrich our literature.
The rivalry surfaced when he helped Jayabahu the son of Ulakudaya Devi of Selalihini Sandesaya fame to become the King of Kotte after the demise of his grandfather Parakramabahu VI. This rivalry and division was an open secret in the kingdom at that time.
Though Buvanekabahu attempted to harm Sri Rahula on several occasions he could not succeed in his attempts as the Maha Thera was popular with the people and people gave him the necessary protection or in today’s parlance his security was guaranteed by his followers. When he becomes the target of Kotte Kings he moved to the village Ambana presently in the Elpitiya electorate and dwelt in Kindurugala cave where he spent the rest of his life. The rest of his services in medicine, astrology and other literary works continued from there.
Another reason for the Kotte Kings rivalry was the fact that the Thera was born with strong planetary positions in his horoscope. The horoscope was second only to that of a Buddha’s and had he remained a layman he would end up as a Chakravarthy King.
When I showed the Thera’s horoscope to Dr. Arlis the famous mathematician/ astrologer in Kandy he said that the planetary position was second only to that of a Buddha. He said that Gautama was born on Tuesday the 8th on the Vesak full moon day and Rahula Thera was born on 8th Sunday in the month of Vesak on a Atawaka poya day.
Born on 1408 May 8th Sunday 6.38 a.m. His corps remained in Kindurugala cave venerated by the people in the area until it was removed to Goa by a Portuguese named Francis Xavir. This corpse treated with medicine will last for thousand years without decay according “Praneeth Vruhat Jataka” book written by Maharishi Varahamihira. There was tension among the people of the area the day the corpse was removed. The people in the area protested against the removal but the King of Kotte at the time Dharmapala allowed Xavir to remove the body to Goa. The folklore in the area bears testimony to this incident.
His corpse should be brought to Lanka as done in the case of the skull of Keppetipola.
The Polonnaruwa kingdom inaugurated by Maha Vijayabahu (1055-1110) which lasted over a century fell due to Maga’s (1215-1236) invasion. The damage to the Sinhalese was worst than the damage caused by present day Prabhakaran. The Kings and Queens of Polonnaruwa fled for safety to places like Rakkitipe in Diyatilaka Korale and Bopitiya in Hewaheta.
This intruder Maga was challenged face to face and chased away by Bodhiraja of Galahitiyawa in Dumbara who later on inaugurated the Dambadeniya Kingdom as Vijayabahu III. His son who was also known as Kalikala Sahitiya Sarvagna Pandit Parakramabahu II (1236-1270) ruled for about twenty five years.
It was during his reign that a Malay intruder named Chandrabanu invaded this country. Parakramabahu entrusted the responsibility of driving away the intruders to his nephew Veerabahu. Veerabahu drove away the Malays to Javakkotte in the North.
The present day name of this place is Chavakachcheri. Veerabahu who was a Duke at the time went to Dondra to make offerings to Upulvan God in Dondra for blessings received to chase the intruders.