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Saturday September 30, 2006
LITTLE did Tamil scholar Dr S. Jayabarathi know that the predictions of sages in India would turn out to be true for him.
The sages told him that he was destined to work with an-cient relics and metaphysics. He was then pursuing a medical degree in south India in the 1960s.
I met with some sages and scholars (in India) who stressed that my destiny was not simple, said the former Sungai Petani hospital director.
I was to collect, analyse, re-search, document and preserve heritage things to be passed on to the future generation.
Affectionately known as Jay-bee, Dr Jayabarathi, 65, has written 9,000 postings on Tamil culture, literature, religion, arts, science and tradition in his website, TreasureHouse of Aga-thiyar @ yahoo.com.
He has authored two books JayBee in the Internet and Na-adi Jothidam (a Tamil book on astrology).
He is also a linguist, painter, poet and musician.
MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu recently honoured him with The Grand Master of Tamil in Kedah award.
After retiring in 1996, Dr Ja-yabarath studied the artifacts found among the ruins of the lost kingdom in Bujang Valley in Merbok near Sungai Petani.
An authority in Shakthi worship (Shakti means goddess in the Hindu pantheon) and certain aspects of Tamil history, Dr Jayabarathi hails from a long line of scholars, artistes and musicians.
My father, K. Sinnamuthu, was a social reformist and au-thored a Tamil book Kadavulin Unmai Thotram (True Revela-tions of God), he said.
I have about 5,000 books, in-cluding some rare ones, in my collection, he added.
Keen on archaeology, Dr Ja-yabarathi discovered an ancient township of a merchant community while at the medical college in South India. This was widely reported in the Indian press.
His son Suganandha Bhara-thi, 36, graduated from Indian Institute of Technology from Kanpur, North India, and is now a scientific officer at Asian In-stitute of Medicine, Science and Technology (Aimst) in Sungai Petani, Kedah.
His daughter Alagurethina Bairavi, 33, is an Information Technology graduate from sou-thern Australia and a former Stamford College lecturer in Kuala Lumpur.
On whether his children share his passion for research, he said: Their interests are in their respective fields. But I do not want them to be like me.
I am saying this because the public generally shun people like me whom they consider to very peculiar, he said.
He said his wife, J. Chandra, 58, had always inspired him to continue his research.
On plans to write other books, he said: I have plans for 22 more on metaphysics, cosmology, ancient Indian me-dicine and plastic surgery.
He said he was in midst of creating a new website Jaybees Viswacomplex.com which would act as a huge database with interlinking sites containing various topics and articles mainly on Indian stu-dies.
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