Cinnamon of Taprobane, King Solomon, Kekunnama

From my Book – Bride & Beast Battles


Our nation also produced the world’s largest sapphire and that is one of the crown jewels of the House of Windsor. Little Sri Lanka has a remarkable history.

Many are sensing loss of hope and distress about Sri Lanka. Those who are responsible for the living fare of employees are doubly vexed. Lanka was a thriving kingdom often visited by ships both from far east and from the great empires of the Middle East and Europe. We were Serendib to Arabs, Taprobane to Greeks, Ophir to Phoenicians. We were a hub port for Chinese Roman, Greek and Phoenician ships. Ovir (Biblical Ophir) was a port on the North Western Coast of Lanka. East and the west met in this port. We were a centre for Chinese silk and other eastern products such as Musk, Sandalwood to be exchanged for what the West brought. At the time of the Hindu epic Ramayana, Sri Lanka ruled by Ravana (900 BC) was more prosperous than India, says Dr Karan Singh, Chairman of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
Delivering the first Lakshman Kadirgamar Memorial Lecture, he said: “In the Ramayana – although its author was Mahrishi Valmiki, an Indian – it seems clear that Sri Lanka was much more prosperous than India.” “It was referred to as Swarnamayi Lanka (the golden Lanka) and contains graphic descriptions of the beautiful palaces and buildings that existed there several millennia ago.”
“As its position is central, the island is the resort of ships from all parts of India, Persia, and Ethiopia, and, in like manner, many are despatched from it. From the inner 57 countries; I mean China, and other emporiums, it receives silk 58 , aloes, cloves, clove-wood, chandana 59 , and whatever else they produce. These it again transmits to the outer ports 60 ,—I mean to Male 61 , whence the pepper comes; to Calliana 62 , where there is brass and sesamine-wood, and materials for dress (for it is also a place of great trade), and to Sindon 63 , where they get musk, castor, and androstachum 64 , to Persia, the Homeritic coasts 65 , and Adule. Receiving in return the exports of those emporiums, Taprobane exchanges them in the inner ports (to the east of Cape Comorin) sending her own produce along with them to each”.

(W.E. Tennant’s Ancient Ceylon quoting Sopater)

We ourselves exported Elephants, Ivory, Sapphire, Rubies, Pearls, Cinnamon (we were known as the  Cinnamon mart), Sandalwood. Lanka sent many an embassy to China, Rome and Persia. In 1000 BC Lanka was reported as being 900 miles broad and wide. This is seen in maps by Ptolemy and confirmed by Sopater. In 900 BC (?Ravana) and in 100 BC (Kelanitissa)  sea waves (?tsunami) destroyed and engulfed more than 90% of the then land mass of Lanka. With it we lost the gold deposits.

I recently heard that some scholars think Ophir was Sri Lanka and we certainly sent Cinnamon to Solomon. Septuagint calls Cinnamon “Kekunanama” which is the Sinhala (derived from Sanskrit) name. Sri Lanka also has Ivory, peacocks, sandalwood, precious stones – latter more than any other nation.  Exod 30:23

1Ki 10:11  And also the navy of Hiram which brought gold from Ophir, brought in from Ophir great abundance of almug trees (sandalwood) and precious stones.  2Ch 9:10  And also the servants of Hiram, and the servants of Solomon who brought gold from Ophir, brought algum trees and precious stones.


  1. We sent Cinnamon to Solomon’s temple
  2. We have world’s highest biodiversity index
  3. We have the world’s highest quotient of potable water per hectare
  4. Largest blue sapphire and the most number of precious stones – also rubies
  5. Famous for pearls in the past
  6. World’s best tea
  7. Fine golden beaches
  8. 126 rivers with potable water
  9. Tallest mountains per land mass area
  10. Shrimp, lobster and sea food in abundance
  11. A mountain named Adam’s peak because the vegetation is so lush
  12. Strategic location in the Indian ocean with natural harbours
  13. Amazing coral life and tropical fish
  14. Most diverse cuisine according to Ency. Britannica
  15. and some very sad brutalities


Jon 1:3

To flee unto Tarshish – Some say Tartessus, in Spain, near the straits of Gibraltar, others, Tarsus, in Cilicia; and others, Taprobana, or the island of Ceylon, formerly called Taprobah; and Tabrobavagh in Sanskrit, to the present day. (Clarke’ Commentary). Tarsus of west (Near Spain) and a Tarsus of the East which some say was Sri Lanka (Taprobane – ancient name).

1Ki 9:28And they came to Ophir,…. About which place there are various opinions; some take it to be the little island of Zocatora, on the eastern coast of Africa, at a small distance from the straits of Babelmandel; others the island of Ceylon; others Sofala in (Gill)  Cinnamonis obtained from a tree allied to the laurel that grows in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) and other islands of the Indian Ocean, known in Botany as the Cinnamomum zeylanicum. It is the inner rind of the tree dried in the sun. It was imported from India in very early times by the people of Ophir, and brought with other spices from the south part of Arabia by the trading caravans that visited Egypt and Syria. The mention of these spices in Exodus may be taken as the earliest notice we have connected with commerce with the remote East.

  1. Sri Lanka probably suffered a tsunami in 900 BC (?Ravana was king) and 200 BC (Kelanitissa was king)  and lost 90% of her land mass. According to the maps of Ptolemy, Taprobane was 900 miles length and breadth. Sri Lanka lost her gold coast during these tsunamis. It is in this area that Petroleum has now been found.
  2. Ophir was Ovir – older name for Mannar, sea port on North West coast of Sri Lanka, known as the G reat Emporium in ancient times because it was the hub between East and west. Tarshish some say was Galle, an ancient Port in the south of Sri Lanka.
  3. Hebrew names for Apes, Peacock, Gems, Ivory in 1 K10:22 are transliteration from the Tamil used in Ovir (North West Sri Lanka) at that time.

We are holding on to the hope that the Lord of the Nations will restore prosperity to Sri Lanka.



Teens on Screen – Ween ’em Go Green

Dr. Harish Shetty, a Mumbai-based psychiatrist, was convinced that his seven-year- old patient had a problem. He would get into fights with other children, had no friends, was frequently restless in class, and at other times, often falling asleep while a lesson was being taught.

Teachers frequently summoned his parents to the school after which they finally agreed to have him checked at a suburban clinic and undergo behavioral therapy, wrote.

After a detailed examination, Shetty and his colleagues identified the cause of the boy’s troubles: Excessive screen time. The boy spent hours every day using his iPad, phone and watching television.

“We were taken aback when the parents told us that they had first bought an iPad for the boy when he was barely two years old,” Shetty recounts.

“He could be fed only if he was given an iPad screen to stare at with a cartoon or some other video playing on it. Gradually, the boy spent many more hours exploring the iPad. But in the process, he hardly stepped out to play, did not make any friends in the building nor in the school.”

His parents believed the tablet would help him learn and occupy his mind, but the fact was that they were over-indulging him, the doctor said.

“The anxiety and unruly behavior in him stemmed from the fact that his social skills were underdeveloped,” said Shetty, noting that the child would spend hours on his iPad most often playing games until his parents came home from work. Then, he would play with one of their smartphones. Later, he would spend time watching television. Last year, when he stepped into class one, the parents got him a basic cellphone to remain connected in case of an emergency.

During recess time, he would be glued to his phone instead of playing and sharing lunch with friends. Altogether, he was spending an average of seven hours a day staring at electronic screens.

Experts define screen time as the time spent watching television or playing games on tablets, phones, or computers without any educational reason. In a 2017 review paper, experts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, US blamed excessive screen time for limiting language skills in children. These skills are directly related to the amount of time parents spend speaking to their children.

“Heavy television use or excessive screen time can interfere with a child’s language development because parents spend less time interacting and talking to their child. Furthermore, receptive language delays by age five are a significant risk factor for social and emotional problems in adulthood.”

Experts have linked increased screen time to other problems besides impaired learning. These include attention disorder, obesity, aggressive behavior, sleep deprivation and insomnia. What’s more, the World Health Organization recently set out to identify ‘gaming disorder’ as an addictive mental and behavioral health problem.

Under therapy, Shetty’s patient is now showing improvement as treatment involves his whole family. “We are gradually weaning him off the screens by letting him focus on other interests like drawing, crafts, etc. But we had to first start with counselling the parents,” he added.

But pediatric neurologist Dr. Pradnya Gadgil from Mumbai’s Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital said that there is a lack of research on this subject from an Indian perspective. In the US, Gadgil noted, studies had shown that the advent of cable television was correlated with an increased incidence of autism. Although social communication disorders are thought to have a genetic predisposition, environmental factors, including increased screen time, play a role. This is seen predominantly in households living the urban lifestyle.

When a child or even an adult is hooked on to an electronic screen, he or she is in a passive, frozen, hypnotized mode, Gadgil notes.

“Our brain thrives when one is indulging in new activities. That’s when new circuits in the brain develop,” she explained.

“With screen addiction, one is simply functioning on the same circuit passively. The brain development stagnates.”

According to her, cases of pediatric migraines, which were rare a few years ago are now common. When one probes the lifestyle of affected children, it often turns out that they are spending many hours before a recreational screen, are rarely playing outdoors, consume processed food very often and fail to cultivate hobbies.

“Migraine, too, has a genetic predisposition. But there is undoubtedly a strong association between pediatric migraines and lifestyle which includes excessive screen time,” she observes.

How does pot affect the body?

Marijuana has both short- and long-term effects on the body.

Within a few minutes of smoking marijuana, a person feels the effects of pot, as THC is rapidly passes from the lungs into the bloodstream, making its way to the brain and other organs.

What causes the “high” people experience is marijuana’s effect on over-activating parts of the brain containing specific brain cell receptors. This leads to feelings of an altered sense of time, other altered senses, changes in mood, impaired body movement, impaired memory and difficulty in thinking and problem-solving.

Researchers are still studying the long-term effects of marijuana. But what is known is that the younger a person begins using pot, such as in the teen years, the greater the declines in general knowledge, impaired thinking, learning difficulties and lowered IQ.

Other health effects from marijuana usage both physically and mentally can include the following:

·         Breathing problems – Marijuana smoke irritates the lungs, causing damage with an increased risk of both chronic bronchitis and lung infections.

·         Increased heart rate – Pot can raise a person’s heart rate for up to three hours after smoking, increasing the risk for a heart attack, especially in anyone with a heart condition.

·         Harm to unborn babies – Women using marijuana during pregnancy can have children with a lower birth weight and an increased risk of both brain and behavioral problems as infants. Children exposed to marijuana in the womb have problems of attention, memory, and problem-solving compared to unexposed children.

·         Intense nausea and vomiting – Those who are long-term, regular users of marijuana may develop cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome, where they experience cycles of severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration.

·         Temporary hallucinations and paranoia.

·         Other mental health and behavioral problems – People with schizophrenia can develop worsening symptoms. Marijuana users – particularly heavy users – can have lower satisfaction with life, relationship problems, and less academic and career success. For young adults it can lead to a greater likelihood of dropping out of school, along with more job absences, accidents, and injuries.

Anyone using marijuana products should not do so before driving or operating heavy or dangerous equipment. And any woman using it who is pregnant should do the right thing and stop. Individuals with heart or lung problems would be smart to avoid it and it should never be used in any form around children or teens.

And no matter what proponents of marijuana use will tell you, marijuana use can lead to the development of a substance use disorder. Between 9 and 30 percent of users may develop some degree of this disorder. Those who start using marijuana before the age of 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder.

What about medical marijuana?

As controversial as it is, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has  approved medications containing synthetic THC drugs dronabinol and nabilone, both man-made forms of cannabis. These are used as appetite stimulants in AIDS patients and for chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting.

At this time, treating medical conditions using marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. There is still insufficient data from large, long-term, well-designed studies on the potential risks versus benefits of using marijuana to relieve symptoms of certain medical conditions.

There are however, ongoing studies on cannabidiol, a component of marijuana that does not have the mind-altering effects of THC. That may hold potential promise in helping conditions like drug-resistant epilepsy and some psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, substance use disorders, schizophrenia and psychosis.

Where do we go from here?

Here’s a better idea – how about encouraging people to get “high” on taking good care of themselves? It’s the little things, such as making every bite of food count, using physical activity every day to naturally release an endorphin high, relieving stress by watching a sunrise or sunset, or getting good feelings by helping others.

Those are the kinds of “highs” that are positive, life-affirming and with few risks to our health. Smoking marijuana and slipping into a THC-induced mind-altered state has been shown time and again to have more negatives associated with it than positives.

No matter how much fun using marijuana looks like on TV or in the movies, no matter what your friends say about it, no matter how many people tell you it’s harmless, and no matter what laws politicians pass to get votes or raise tax revenue, remember one thing: unless you have certain medical conditions where the drug may be beneficial, you are better off without it.

Tho’ Legalised Marijuana Remains Dangerous

A recent study from the Columbia University School of Public Health found that while alcohol increased the risk of causing a fatal car crash five times, testing positive for pot increased it by 62 percent. Those drivers who had both pot and alcohol in their blood at the time of a fatal crash were six times more likely to have caused the accident.

Another area of concern is pregnancy. Many pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. But the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology recommends against using marijuana while pregnant – no matter what.

And the Centers for Disease Control warns that “marijuana use during pregnancy can be harmful to your baby’s health.” Why? The CDC points to research showing low birth weight in infants, along with developmental and attention problems in children born to mothers who smoke pot regularly during pregnancy.

Unfortunately, pot smoking among pregnant women is on the rise and it is bound to rise even more. A study just released from Kaiser Permanente in California and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association revealed that 7 percent of pregnant women surveyed smoked pot, including almost 20 percent of those below the age of 24. The number of pregnant women using marijuana will only increase now that recreational marijuana is legal in California.

When it comes to adolescents and adults, long-term marijuana use has been associated with decreased school and job performance, memory loss, and psychiatric disorders including anxiety and depression.

With the increase in edible marijuana comes a dramatic increase in Emergency Room visits from overuse, especially among adolescents, who may be getting more THC than they realize. Symptoms include acute anxiety, rapid heart rate and paranoia.

When it comes to the heart, studies show that patients with known heart disease are more likely to have chest pain and that heart attacks are more likely to occur in the hour following smoking pot. Pot smoke is also known to cause wheezing and airway inflammation, though more studies on the long-term effects of regular marijuana smoking on both the heart and lungs need to be done.

Don’t get me wrong. I must emphasize that I am not intending to weigh in here on the politics and economics of legalization. In fact, I have never favored punishing users of any chemical substance and advocate instead for rehab programs and peer-to-peer assistance for substance abuse of all kinds.

But it’s important to note that there is evidence that marijuana is a gateway drug to other drugs, both licit and illicit, including nicotine. This evidence must concern us even as we try to gain control over the opioid epidemic.

Here’s the bottom line: Marijuana is a useful drug medically when it comes to treating chronic pa