Love each other as God loves us.
Treat others as you want to be treated.
Improve your life by treating those around you with kindness and respect.
Bishop Nikolai’s story
While he was being tortured he prayed, “Bless my enemies, O Lord”
Bless My Enemies, O Lord (Bishop Nikolai’s Prayer)
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them
Enemies have driven me into Your embrace more than friends have
Friends have bound me to earth, enemies have loosed me from earth
and have demolished all my aspirations in the world
Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms
and an extraneous inhabitant of the world
Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does
so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary
having hidden myself beneath Your tabernacle
where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them
They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world
They have scolded me, whenever I have flattered myself
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them
Whenever I have wanted to lead people, they have shoved me into the background
Whenever I have rushed to enrich myself, they have prevented me with an iron hand
Whenever I have tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life
they have demolished it and driven me out
Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world
and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Your garment
Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them
So that my fleeing to You may have no return
So that all my hope in people may be scattered like cobwebs
So that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul
So that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins: arrogance and anger
So that I might amass all my treasure in heaven
Ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me
in the dreadful web of illusory life
Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows
that we have no enemies in the world except ourselves
It is truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good
and who has done me more evil in the world: friends or enemies
Therefore bless, O Lord, both my friends and my enemies
Slaves curse their enemies, for they do not understand
But sons and daughters bless them, for they understand
For they know that their enemies cannot touch their life
Therefore they freely step among their enemies, and pray to God for them
Bishop Nikolai lived from 1881 to 1956 and served as a bishop in the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Bishop Nikolai’s story is that he was arrested for speaking out against the Nazi’s in World War II and they kept him in the Dachau concentration camp, where he became very sick and frail and was near death when the U.S. forces finally overcame the Nazi’s and liberated Dachau in 1945.
The Lord's Prayer
God is a term used to refer to the Divine, the Supreme being, Transcendent deity, or Ultimate reality. God is unfathomable and immeasurable. He cannot be defined in mere human terms nor can we even list all of His qualities. An eternal, all consuming God cannot simply be fully understood in a lifetime or even a thousand lifetimes.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive yours.
Strength of Prayer:
Yeshua said, “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”
யேசு கிறிஸ்து - Jesus by Bharathiar in Tamil
“ஈசன் வந்து லுவையில் மாண்டான், எழுந்து யிர்த்தனன் நாள் ஒரு மூன்றில்;
நேசமா மரியா மக்த லேநா நேரிலே இந்தச் செய்தியைக் கண்டாள்;
தேசத் தீர்!இதன் உட்பொருள் கேளீர்; தேவர் வந்து நமக்குட் புகுந்தே
நாச மின்றி நமை நித்தங் காப்பார்; நம்அ கந்தையை நாம்கொன்று விட்டால்.
அன்புகாண் மரியா மக்த லேநா, ஆவி காணுதிர் யேசு கிறிஸ்து;
முன்பு தீமை வடிவினைக் கொன்றால் மூன்று நாளினில் நல்லுயிர் தோன்றும்;
பொன்பொ லிந்த முகத்தினிற் கண்டே போற்று வாள் அந்த நல்லுயிர் தன்னை;
அன்பெனும் மரியா மக்த லேநா ஆஹ! சாலப் பெருங்களி யிஃதே.
உண்மை யென்ற சிலுவையிற் கட்டி உணர்வை ஆணித் தவங்கொண் டடித்தால்,
வண்மைப் பேருயிர் யேசு கிறிஸ்து வான மேனியில் அங்கு விளங்கும்;
பெண்மைகாண் மரியா மக்த லேநா, பேணும் நல்லறம் யேசு கிறிஸ்து;
நுண்மை கொண்ட பொருளிது கண்டீர் நொடியி லிஃத பயின்றிட லாகும்.
Thembavani is one of the Tamil classics, a poetical work of Veeramamunivar (Constanzo Beschi), about Jesus Christ and has many references to events and teachings in the Bible. Beschi occupies a special place in Tamil literature and his works are some of the best in Tamil.
Om Sri Yesu Bhagavate Namaha
This means, “Lord Jesus I bow to you.” Jesus (or Yeshua) is believed to be the personification of that Divine principle. Yesu is the name of Jesus. Bhagavate is the Divine Lord, the Supreme Consciousness.
Om karunya purushaya Vidmahe - kusadvipa Kauramaya dhimahi - thanno Isa Prachodayat
We meditate on Seer or messenger of peace/love from central or west asia, who is compassion personified, may Isa direct our minds.
Brief on Jesus
Jesus was born in Bethlehem. He was a carpenter from Nazareth. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The Sermon on the Mount was probably a collection of his teachings over the years. Jesus is questioned/challenged repeatedly by authorities. Jesus calls the first of his 12 disciples or special followers, but betrayed by his very own disciples. Jesus worshipped at the synagogue and the Temple, understood the Jewish religious law and worked towards a renewal of the Jewish faith.
Teachings of Jesus
- There’s only one Universal God (Father like figure for all). Have faith that God loves and provides for us.
- Error is human. But Repent! Turn away from wrong! Confess wrongdoing! Donot give in to temptation!
- Jesus showed compassion for all by loving poor, the despised, the outcasts and marginalized people; healing the needy; and love for neighbors.
- Love your enemies; do not hate, be reconciled. Love each other as God loves us.
- We must forgive those who wrong and hurt us. (Forgive Forget Moveon)
- Live The Golden Rule: Treat others as you want to be treated. Improve your life by treating those around you with kindness and respect.
- Be sincere, not a hypocrite
- Communicate with God through prayer, express gratitude, and also ask for those things that you need. Great, life-changing power is available through sincere prayer.
Jesus teaches in parables—short stories with a special meaning. Stories are good.
The Parable of The Lost Sheep
Three parables with a common theme: The lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost son.
"Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep, and lost one of them, wouldnt leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!'The Priority of Saving the Lost: It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant
A certain king wanted to reconcile accounts with his servants. When he had begun to reconcile, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But because he couldn't pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, with his wife, his children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down and kneeled before him, saying, 'Lord, have patience with me, and I will repay you all!' The lord of that servant, being moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. "But that servant went out, and found one of his fellow servants, who owed him one hundred denarii, and he grabbed him, and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will repay you!' He would not, but went and cast him into prison, until he should pay back that which was due. So when his fellow servants saw what was done, they were exceedingly sorry, and came and told to their lord all that was done. Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him.
The Parable of Good Samaritan
A certain man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who both stripped him and beat him, and departed, leaving him half dead. By chance a certain priest was going down that way. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way a Levite also, when he came to the place, and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a certain Samaritan, as he traveled, came where he was. When he saw him, he was moved with compassion, came to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. He set him on his own animal, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. On the next day, when he departed, he took out two denarii, and gave them to the host, and said to him, 'Take care of him. Whatever you spend beyond that, I will repay you when I return.' Now which of these three do you think seemed to be a neighbor to him who fell among the robbers?" "He who showed mercy on him."
The Parable of The Lost Son
A certain man had two sons.
The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me my share of your property.' He divided his livelihood between them. Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living. When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need. He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any.
But when he came to himself he said, 'How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough to spare, and I'm dying with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants."' "He arose, and came to his father.
But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate; for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.' They began to celebrate.
"Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on. He said to him, 'Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.' But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him. But he answered his father, 'Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.' "He said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.'
The Parable of The Friend in Need
He said to them, "Which of you, if you go to a friend at midnight, and tell him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has come to me from a journey, and I have nothing to set before him,' and he from within will answer and say, 'Don't bother me. The door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I can't get up and give it to you'? I tell you, although he will not rise and give it to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence, he will get up and give him as many as he needs. "I tell you, keep asking, and it will be given you. Keep seeking, and you will find. Keep knocking, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives. He who seeks finds. To him who knocks it will be opened.
The Parable of A Wise Man's Foundation
Everyone who comes to me, and hears my words, and does them, I will show you who he is like. He is like a man building a house, who dug and went deep, and laid a foundation on the rock. When a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it was founded on the rock. But he who hears, and doesn't do, is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."
Are we living in borrowed time, wealth and so on?
“If you are wealthy, the things which constitute your wealth, whose are they, if not God’s? Therefore, if you become proud in that which you possess, you become proud with the property of another, you rebecome proud with that which is loaned to you by God. Why do you then mock the poor man who has less of someone else’s property in his hands? Why do you mock him if he borrowed less from God than you? If he took less, he owes less; and you who took more, owe more. Not only should you not mock the poor man, you should admire him.
“He, who mocks the naked and hungry soldier, mocks his king. He, who mocks the poor, shames his Creator. If you know that the poor man’s Creator is your Creator, the one and the same, you would not mock him.
From Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue of Ohrid.
There is a belief that some Jewish families released from jail by a Persian king came by ship to Kodungallore. Subsequent groups must have followed when Judea was defeated by Babylon and when the second temple of Jerusalem was destroyed. A large group of Jewish refugees also came from Mesopotamia. The local Hindu rulers did everything to help the new immigrants.
Thomas arrived in Kodungallur (also Muziris), Kerala, and established Churches in present day Kerala and Tamil Nadu. According to legend, St. Thomas was buried on the site of San Thome Cathedral. The world's oldest existing church structure, which was believed to be built by Thomas the Apostle in 57 AD, called Thiruvithamcode Arappally or Thomaiyar Kovil. Since Jesus was from Nazareth in Palestine, Christians of Kerala are the followers of Nazraeyan or "Nazraanies". The language of the Jews was Abraya language and Syriac or Aramaic was their official language. Keralite Christians carried on a lot of practices from the Dravidian culture and Hebrew customs.
Lourdes of the East
Vailankanni known as the 'Lourdes of the East' attracts millions of pilgrims who come here regardless of creeds and languages. Tradition recounts that Mother Mary appeared with the Infant Jesus in this small hamlet at the end of the 16th or in the early 17th century. Mary, the focus of unity at Vailankanni, is a clear proof of international, multicultural, and religious harmony of Indians.
Christianity in some parts of India are rich with Indian beliefs and customs, like Sanskrit verses, even meditation and yoga. Anjali Aranha feels that she is only expressing her conviction that she is a Hindu by culture and a Christian by belief. Learning yoga made her understand that all universal laws operate through God.
There are examples like, Shantivanam ashram in Tamil Nadu, Anjali ashram at Mysore, run by Fr Amolorpavdas, and Christa Prema Seva in Pune. Ramabai from Chitpavan Brahmin, started Arya Mahila Samaj, and served widows and helpless women of India. Ramabai was a poet, a scholar, and a champion of improvement in the plight of Indian women and their emancipation. Her childhood was full of hardships. Inspite of all personal problems, Pandita Ramabai established Christian High school at Gulbarga, during 1912.
The 1977 published version of the Kristubhagavatam contains over 1600 Sanskrit verses.
The story of Jesus from Bible
Judaism is the worldview, the way of life, and the religious practice of the Jewish people, living in covenant with God, the laws and ethics which guide the pattern of Jewish life. Gospel means “Good News” and were all written between about 70 and 100 CE, about two generations after the death of Jesus, and are based on stories of Jesus.
Mary was the mother of Jesus and Joseph husband of Mary, was a carpenter from Nazareth. The couple traveled to Bethlehem and finding no room at the inn they had to stay in a stable. Jesus was born that night, his first bed a manger filled with hay. Matthew tells of wise men or astrologers, who saw the light of a star and came from the East bringing gifts to honor the child. Mark beginning his story with the baptism.
At the age of twelve, Jesus’ parents found him teaching the rabbis, authorized teacher or master of the Torah and the classical Jewish tradition. It was a time of political turmoil and many Jewish movements that looked forward to a new age. Jesus attracted large crowds as he began to teach in Galilee. His message of repentance and turning to God was coupled with a message of God’s generosity and forgiveness, God’s love and justice.
The gospels describe miracles performed by Jesus: healing the sick, casting out the demons of mental illness from the tormented, and even bringing the dead back to life. In his ministry, Jesus crossed many social barriers as well, mingling with the tax collector, the adulterer, and the prostitute.
As Jesus traveled and preached, he angered the Roman rulers, who feared that he was provoking unrest among the people and planning a revolution. He was also feared by Jewish leaders because of his challenges to traditional authority and teachings. Jesus was well aware of these charges against him by political and religious authorities, and he predicted that he would be attacked and persecuted. Jesus gathered followers together for a meal that would be their last supper together. He was then betrayed to the Roman authorities by one of his own followers, and captured. Jesus was charged with sedition and executed by the Roman practice of crucifixion, being nailed to a cross.
Some historical accounts
Most historians accept that there was a historical person named Jesus who lived in the Roman province of Judea and lived in the middle of period of political unrest. Two ancient historians who document the events during that time are Flavius Josephus and Tacitus.
Jesus lived along with many messiahs and miracle workers. Some of the popular Messiahs are:
prophet Jeremiah, Haggai, Zachariah, and Malachi.
Simon of Peraea or Simon son of Joseph was a former slave of Herod the Great who rebelled and was killed by the Romans.
Simon bar Kokhba founded a short-lived Jewish state before being defeated in the Second Jewish-Roman War.
Simon Magus (early 1st century), was a Samaritan, considered a god in Simonianism. Dositheos the Samaritan (mid 1st century), was one of the founders of Mandaeanism. Persian prophet Mani, was murdered when trying to unite all religions to end war.
Did Romans took over the different religions based on many prophets, to build an empire based on state religion?
Jesus travelled and studied in India
Russian author Nicolas Notovitch's story is about, how Jesus had survived his ordeal on the cross, and went to India with Thomas and Mary. Was Christ buried near Srinagar in the tomb looked after by followers of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Qadiani?