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Swel Daw

For archive (Updated on February 27, 2019)

The following is a rendition of “SWEL DAW” from the poems by Saya U Moe Aung (Tekkatho Moe War), Maung Sein Win (Padeegone) and Saya U Nyunt Htay.

You were the victim of a superstitious power monger

willing to crush “Pretenders to the Throne”

animate and inanimate.

Without a just and fair trial,

you were condemned to death.

When one Swel Daw Bin was axed

Two magically reappeared

When two Swel Daw Bins were hacked

Four appeared to baffle the tormentors

With each atrocious act

Swel Daw Bins rebounded and redoubled

The ADHAMMA authorities persisted

and ruthlessly rooted all Swel Daw Bins

from the Land of the Bearers/Defenders of DHAMMA

Why? Why? Why?

Swel Daws do not have destructive power

or desire to exploit

They do not have LOBA, DOSA, and MOHA

They simply display pristine, beauty and elegance

They embody the principles of trust, integrity,

and unity of

mentors and mentees

students, teachers, and Loke Tha’s

They provide shade, calm and tranquillity

to those seeking rest & peace of mind

With the dawning of the Pwint Linn Era

Fifty majestic Swel Daw Bins bloom gallantly

along side the famed Shwe YaDu Lann

with pleasing Shwe YaDu Benches

There have been tears of sorrow

when Swel Daws were banished from the Land

Now there are tears of joy

with many artifacts bearing your name

Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint

Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung

Swel Daw Yeik Magazine

Swel Daw Yeik Foundation

According to Saya U Moe Aung, the term “Swel Daw Yeik” became an official synonym of the Rangoon Institute of Technology (RIT) and the engineering schools in Burma at the Rangoon University Golden Jubilee in 1970. Saya led the Swel Daw Yeik Troupe for the GJ Celebrations. The Swel Daw Yeik Ah Nyeint and the Htee Yein were a huge success. U Soe Aung (Mech/Auto 70) wrote about RIT Ah Nu Pyinnya Ah Thin in general, and about his tears of sorrow and joy about the “banned” Htee Yein.

Saya U Moe Aung and team published the commemorative issue of Swel Daw Yeik Sar Saung for SPZP-2002, SPZP-2007 and SPZP-2010. Saya reprinted my SAYA PUZAW PWE poem as the back cover of the SPZP-2002 issue. Saya printed my SWEL DAW poem in the SPZP-2007 issue and my article SAD AND SHORT CLIP : EE SAYAS in the SPZP-2010 issue.

Saya U Moe Aung and the distinguished Alumni Writers/Poets served as Contributing Editors for the commemorative issue of the full fledged Swel Daw Yeik Magazine for SPZP-2012, Shwe YaDu (in 2014) and SPZP-2016.

Since there was no formal Alumni Association, the idea to help sayas and alumni of the past and present was floated around SPZP-2012 by Saya U Moe Aung and his former students. Swel Daw Yeik Foundation (SDYF) has helped not only with the Health Care of eligible sayas and sayamas, but also in several RIT related activities such as Shwe YaDu and SPZPs. Fifty Swel Daw Bins were planted and maintained.

Thanks to the sayas and alumni that have kept the Swel Daw (RIT Spirit) alive and well.

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