Don’t even dare to equate Holy ‘OM’ with a disdain ‘Cross’

published on November 27, 2010

It was the breaking news of The New Indian Express of 24 November 2010 [Kochi edition]. The news paper reports that “a church has been built in the style of the traditional temple architecture with a stone-carved huge traditional lamp at the entrance, verses from the Upanishds [verse 15 of Isavasyopanishd] and the Vedas adorning walls ………….  Omkara coexists with the Cross along with symbols of other religion”. No doubt it is intended to confuse and misdirect the Hindu community of Kerala.  Basically the Cross is a mark of disdain but the “Om” is the most holy pranava mantra. It is suicidal to equate or mix the both. Thirunelli St.  Kuriakkose Elias Catholic Church of Manathavadi Diocese’s intention behind the construction of the said church is malicious. First of all, this confusion creating combination of cross and Om is targeted to belittle the millions of years old sign of sanathana dharma. The aim of this unilateral and dictated endeavour is to reduce the distance between Hindus and the Church. The Church from its very inception firmly believes and advocates that the salvation is exclusively reserved only those who accept baptism and Christ as his redeemer and discard all other faiths. The bible is venturing to portrait all other faiths as heathen. To the Church “Christ is the only way, the only truth and the only life. Without him nobody can attain salvation”. This is the core of Christian religion. On the other hand to the Hindus all religions are different paths to attain the Ultimate. [See Rig Veda, Ch. III- “eakam sat viprah bahuta vatanti”] Hence, how it is possible to the Tirunelli parish priest Fr. Francis Njerlampuzha and his laity to maintain the newly constructed church without rejecting this biblical stance? To reject the biblical stance is to discard Christian faith.

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