242Re: British Library Syriac MSS
- Jan 21, 2002But now you
> have taken up the new indian orthodox identity.Names like Oommen, Chacko, etc. are pure Indian names.
> Which you yourself feel is not the real one.Step
> Father cannot be the real father.
> So ddonot fight this false fight you get hurt.
> What we were taught by our fathers are to be believed
> and accepted.There is nothing better outside.We are
> thomas,mathais,kuriakose etc from the day xtians are
> in Kerala.I donot want bto change names.
We started using English first names only after
CMS missionaries in India. Before this we used names
like Chandy, Itty, Kochummen, chacko etc. You will not
find such names in any other part of the world. Regarding
ancestry, it is well written in my family history (the Pakalomattom
one) that our ancestor was an Indian Brahmin. So there
is no confusion here.
But, in Orthodox confession, ethnicity is not important.
This means equal importance to all ethnicities without
reecting one's own God given identity. Our Indian identity
is God given and hence blessed. We remember Coptic fathers
like St. Cyril, St. Diascoros, not because of their Coptic
ethincity, but because of their faith.
There is no mixed emotions or confusion here. My confusion
is about the way chevaliers's behaved to me in Kerala.
As a young man, I am too worried about these chevaliers'
splitting Malankara church for personal gains and destroying
their real identiy. Knanaya is now going away based on their
Pray and work for unity based on Orthodox confession. One Malankara
Synod is better than numerous divisions. I want all relatives to be
under one Holy Synod. This will bring lots of peace in family
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