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by Candice Stein, BA  

Palm leaf manuscripts are one of the oldest mediums of writing in South and Southeast Asia. The creation of palm leaf manuscripts is a great tradition and the training to write these books was passed down from one generation to the next. Restoration of these ancient manuscripts was a primary part of the traditional practice.  When a palm leaf started to decay it would be transferred onto a new leaf. This means that many existing manuscripts are often copies of the original ancient text.

“In olden days only a section of people specialized in writing on palm leaves. Knowledge in written form was passed on by copying the text from old manuscripts to new manuscripts. At present, very few people know the technique of writing on palm leaves; the tradition has come to an end. The practice doesn’t exist as people no more understand what’s written on the palm leaves. Some even throw the manuscripts in the river without making a copy of it. Thus some of the most valuable resources and knowledge are lost forever.” T. Ganesan

The preservation of knowledge in our tradition has many meanings and layers. The rarity and age of the knowledge that Sri Kaleshwar shared reveals the true brilliance of the knowledge. He brought out and transferred an otherwise lost knowledge into modern mediums of communication. With the help of technology and his Western students he changed a tradition that previously only accessible to a handful of people. Historically, we risk forever losing the knowledge in these ancient manuscripts as they age.  This is because only the transcribing author and a few select individuals ever read the manuscripts. Sri Kaleshwar made the knowledge accessible to humanity on a mass scale. He also trained his students to unlock the knowledge within the pages of very special manuscripts through irreplaceable instruction. His precise training of how to perform spiritual processes and meditation is a priceless gem. What he did changed this creation forever.

Reference source: Traditional Writing System in Southern India-Palm leaf Manuscripts. D. Udaya Kumar, G.V.sreekumar, U.A.Athvankar

 

 


Candice Stein

is a full-time student and volunteer staff member at the Divine Lineage Healing Center in Laytonville, CA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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