Must Live Like Children of One Mother”
[Updated :: 2012-04-18 15:20:14
On our journey to meet people in Jaffna, this week we met a lovely
personality who believes in all religions alike and giving his
blessing and compassion to all who comes to him for any kind of
assistance. Prof. Subramaniyam Leelakrishnan lives on Mudaliyar
Canagasabai road in Manippay.
He was born in Kaluthara in February 1947 as the only son of Mr.
Sinnathambi Subramaniyam, an estate superintendant and Mrs. Nesamma
had to work many areas so I attended a number of schools. Dr.
C.W.W. Kannangara was a good friend of my father. He taught
the first Sinhalese letter to me. I remembered how I wrote letters
on the “velipilla” (sand board),” Prof. Leelakrishnan said proudly.
Now he is teaching Sinhala to Tamil students in 513 Brigade
area free of charge.
school was Duwa Temple in Kaluthara. Then I studied at Wellawatta
Saivamanigai Kalaham Hindu college, Ratmalana Hindu College,
Matale St. Thomas’ College, Manippay Hindu College and Vaddukkoddai
Jaffna College, where I was graduated in Bsc in 1963. When I
was studying at Matale St. Thomas’ College, I was given a double
promotion from Grade 3 to Grade 5. I didn’t study in Grade 4,”
Prof. Leelakrishnan recollected his good old school days.
We saw a
strange thing during our friendly chat inside his multi-religious
temple. One gentleman stoped his bike on the road and worshipped
the temple. We waited until he finished his worship and reached
him to know what made him do so.
“I am S.
Sakuneswaran, a teacher working at Mallavi Central College in
Mullaithivu. As a practice, I worship this place on my way to
work and back home,” he said.
Prof. Leelakrishnan makes offering to Lord Buddha, Sathya Sri
Bhagavan Sai Baba, Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna, Lord Ganesh,
Lord Skantha, Allah and many other deities.
After the death of his father, Prof. Leelakrishnan face an adverse
time. He had to earn money for their living. Then he started
teaching Sinhala at the class in Sri Naga Vihara in the Jaffna
town. And found opportunity to teach in Colombo. He worked three
days in Colombo and four days in Jaffna a week.
Sinhala language to Tamils and foreigners and taught Tamil language
to Sinhalese in Colombo. General hospital and LRH (Lady Ridgway
Hospital) were my famous tuition places. Now I am conducting
language classes,” he added.
temple, you hear vedas being played in a cassette player. “This
vedas are being played for eight years non-stop,” it was revealed.
Pointing finger at his ancestral house where he living with
younger sister, Chandraleka Sundeer and her daughters whose
father died about two years ago said that it was 125 years old.
Prof. Leelakrishnan was conferred with JP (Justice of Peace)
post by Minister W.J.M. Lokubandara.
He spoke with frustration, “People theses days do not abide
by their principles. They are not genuine. Pretending has overcome
the reality. More than 80% of people are ungrateful. We must
discard racial, religious and cast divisions. If we work hard
and united, we can definitely a self-sufficient country like
the ear of King Parakramabahu the Great.”
us leave he said, “I am firmly for One Country, One Nation and
One Religion concept. We all must live like children of one