Sri Lanka to participate in the biggest Scouts Jamboree in Malaysia
The biggest international Scouts Jamboree is scheduled to be in
Malacca, Malaysia from May 26 (Saturday) to 31 (Thursday) 2007 with the
participation of a large number of scouts from over 150 countries of the
Sri Lanka too will be represented with 11 scouts selected from a
number of schools led by 2 leaders of the Scout Movement. This year 2007
is important to scouts the world over as this is the 150th birth
anniversary of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the World Scouts
To millions of people the name of the founder has become an
inspiration as the movement he created has contributed in no small
measure to uplift the lot of the young people everywhere who will be the
future citizens taking up the responsibility in society.
Lord Baden Powell born on February 22, 1857 passed away in 1941. By
that time many countries of the world including Sri Lanka had the scout
movement well and firmly established.
Along with many other countries Sri Lanka has saluted the scout
movement by issuing commemorative stamps some of which are shown here.
The stamps shown are from these countries; They are State of Oman,
Republic of Guinie, Ras Al Khima, Jordan (triangular stamp), Grenada,
Nicaragua, Somali Republic, St. Lucia, Dubai, Zaire and Rwanda.
It is topical to recall here that a similar Scout Jamboree was held
in Thailand four years ago in which as many as 40,000 scouts from 187
countries participated. Sri Lankaâ€™s contingent were as many as 126
scouts, 21 scout leaders and 10 officials.
By the way, we may add with pleasure that the chief scout of Sri
Lanka is the President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Scout Movement is one
responsible organization which is committed to create better citizens
Folk tales of Sri Lanka:
The crazy villager
In a remote village there lived a native medical practitioner -
Vedarala - who was famous for curing patients suffering from mental
disorders. Most of the villagers thought he had a cure-all wonder drug
unknown to other practitioners.
Vedarala used to keep a number of patients at his dilapidated house.
Everyday new patients came for treatment from near-by villages.
One day a mental patient climbed a jak tree and refused to come down.
Vedarala pleaded with him several times to climb down the tree. But the
patient put forward his demands.
â€śIâ€™ll come down if you find a bride for me,â€ť the mental patient said.
â€śThereâ€™s no problem, Iâ€™ll find a good looking bride for you if you
come down â€ś Vedarala said.
â€śNo. You have to bring a bride and the marriage registrar. Then you
must ask them to climb the jak tree and register the marriage,â€ť the
On hearing this, Vedarala lost his cool.
â€śIâ€™ll cut down the jak tree if you donâ€™t come down,â€ť Vedarala said in
a threatening voice.
The mental patient ignored Vedaralaâ€™s threat and started singing a
Meanwhile, another mental patient approached Vedarala and asked for
his permission to speak to the man on the tree.
â€śCome down, otherwise Iâ€™ll cut down the tree,â€ť he threatened the man
on the tree.
Without any protest he climbed down the jak tree. Vedarala who was
surprised asked him why he obeyed another patient so meekly.
â€śSir, being a sensible man you will never cut down this jak tree. But
I was frightened by that mental patientâ€™s threat because he was sure to
do it,â€ť he said.
Flowers for granny!
There was a pastor who used to wear a rose on his lapel of his suit,
every Sunday. The rose was brought by a person who came to the church.
Because he always got this flower on Sunday morning, the pastor did
not think much of it. It was a nice gesture he appreciated but, it had
One Sunday however what considered ordinary became special. As the
pastor was leaving the Sunday service, a child approached him. He walked
right up to the pastor and said -
â€śSir, what are you going to do with your flower?
At first the pastor did not know what the child was talking about,
but then he understood.
The pastor asked: Do you mean this pointing to the rose pinned to his
The child said: Yes sir, â€śI would like if you are just going to throw
it awayâ€ť. At this point the pastor smiled and gladly told him that he
could have his flower, casually asking him what he was going to do with
it. The boy looked up at the pastor and said, â€śSir, Iâ€™m going to give it
to my grandmother. My mother and father got divorced last year.
I was living with my mother, but when she married again, she waned me
to live with my father. I lived with him for a while, but he said I
could not stay, so he sent me to live with my grandmother. She is so
good to me.
She cooks for me and takes care of me. She has been so good to me
that I want to give that pretty flower to her for loving meâ€ť.
When the little boy finished, the pastor could hardly speak. His eyes
filled with tears and he knew he had been touched in the depths of his
soul. He reached up and unpinned his flower. With the flower in his
hand, he looked at the boy and said, â€śSon, that is the nicest thing I
have ever heard, but you canâ€™t have this flower because itâ€™s not enough.
If youâ€™ll look in front of the pulpit, youâ€™ll see a big bouquet of
flowers. Different families buy them for the church each week. Please
take those flowers to your granny because she deserves the very bestâ€ť.
The boy said, â€śWhat a wonderful day! I asked for one flower but got a