Thank you Joseph Padannamakkel for this elaborate description in inimitable language about Fr.Benedict and Madatharuvi. De mirtibus nihil nisi bonum (Say nothing but good about the dead) says a wise saying. Another crack who knew nothing about Latin translated it to read: Once dead, nothing left but bones!.
So I dare not say anything for or against. Just curiosity prompted me to start reading your enticing story telling art and it simply dragged me on and could not stop it until I came to your last word. Really I got entertained, informed and enriched and wished I could become another writer like you. I happen to be now in Chicago for a short stay!
God bless your talent and let many follow your example. There are a lot of comments in my mind vying with one another and struggling for expression. I delay them for a postponed delivery. In the meantime keep up the good work of informing and entreating us.
All court cases and judgements apart, there is some one who has to take responsibility for the murder or natural death of Mariyakutty. Who is that? None other than that man-made authority and Pyramidal structure called the Catholic church, which imposes celibacy, which has no scriptural basis at all, on all Catholic priests (catholic priesthood also has no scriptural basis) and all their scriptures, the Bible, presented as the word of God or written by God also have no historic proof.
Jesus never wrote a single word. I don’t know when God the Father came down to write anything or the dove(spirit) flying around in heaven etc., did any writing. I have heard stories about St.Joseph stealthily going about with a gun in hand behind the shadow of trees in heaven looking for that dove for a pot-shot for what it did to his would be wife Mary etc.
St.Peter the fisherman was a married man and somewhere the scripture says that a Bishop should be the husband of one woman(not two or more) and should have brought up his children well etc. From that some priests infer that priests can have more than one wife since scripture restricts only Bishops to one wife. Many wives were a blessing in Old Testament times, after all.
I guess I need not prolong narrating these kind of stupid stories about God-written bible which contains also the canticle of canticles. So just forget about all religions. We are all called upon to live in a post religious humanity. Still the search for the spiritual, eternal, infinite will continue in every human mind. Call it eternal power or goodness or whatever you like. That power is not above or beyond us but within us, in our own hearts. That is the only living temple on earth and the name of the deity enthroned there is LOVE.
Jesus was speaking of this temple of the heart, to the Samaritan woman at the Jacob’s well when he said: “The time has come when we have to worship God, not on that mountain or this, not in that temple or this, but in the cave of our own hearts, in spirit and in truth.” We are in God or the God we dream of is within us: Aham Brahmasmi. Loving God means loving tangibly the marginalised, poor, abandoned, leprous, disfigured, whom you can see created in God’s image. In man-made churches of brick and mortar you don’t find God but in fields where the sweating labourer work, as Tagore our great poet said. One who does not work should not eat. My sympathies for the men in clothes, I mean overdressed.
Still if you want a religion of your own go for the humane humanity spread across the whole world, look at Jesus who describes himself as the Son of man, the ideal man (some 82 times in the Gospels) and Narayana Guru speaks of “One God, one religion, one race(human race)” Yes the religion of humane humanity which includes also all atheists and agnostics. Recall also our grate poet and thinker Vayalar Ramavarma said: “Man created religions, religions created Gods, both man and Gods confabulated and divided our mother earth among themselves (colonialization, political and religious, Syro-malabar best example) and our minds among themselves, and all of us go on as divided entities, with our fights for power, position and profit.
I just recounted what I consider some of the home truths, you don’t have to accept them, or agree with them, but just think it over and share if found worthy of sharing especially today when extreme Right wing, right leaing, thinking radicalism is sweeping across the world, led by a triumphant Trump in US, a bewildered UK’s Brexit PM May or the shining example of Angela Markel welcoming immigrants and the most shining example of Vatican’s Francis declaring openly with no strings attached: “My God is not a Catholic God”. Nor is mine. What about yours? God bless you, if there is a God! And let that God bless also Mariakutty, Benedict and our great scrbe: Jose. james kottoor. (Visit CCV: www.almayasabdam.com, for more)
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