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  • Thomas Daniel
    Feb 7, 2001
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      "History is past politics and politics present history" says
      John Robert Sealey. Every nation has its dreams, the French
      dreamed being universally loved by all civilized people.
      Italians dreamed of making a mark on history like a lion
      with its claws .Germans loved of being a place in sun.
      Americans invincible, always right and in the long run
      always victorious. Soviet stood for international proletarian
      emancipation. The Portuguese and British apart from colonizing
      India dreamed of spiritually enslaving Indians to keep their
      hegemony forever intact.
      An English journalist attended Sunday service in a local
      church in Kerala. The altar was free from idols built in
      Persian architecture of East, priestly robes resembling dress
      code of Jewish high priest. He was shocked when he realized
      that the liturgy was written and recited in high tone not
      in Malayalam but in 'Syriac' a derivative(Edessene dialect)
      of ARAMAIC which Jesus Christ himself used .He was filled
      with awe to see a pure Eastern Church in the India of
      When the first colonial power under navigatourship of Vasco
      Da Gamma landed in Kerala through Atlantic Ocean in 1498 in
      search of spices of kerala, Gamma was shocked to see Churches
      through out coast of Kerala. He inquired whether they are
      followers of Pope. They replied they have nothing to do with
      Pope, they are Eastern Christians, the first Christians of the
      world and many of them came from Middle East. Gamma
      reported this to their king and their followed a great
      conspiracy between king and Pope to enslave Eastern
      Christians of India by draconian measures .Eastern Christians
      were specially invited by rulers of Kerala to develop trade
      and they controlled ,maintained all markets and all business
      including export in association with Jewish, Syrian merchants
      who owned wind jammers. The Portuguese Catholic bishop of Goa
      Alexio Menzes wanted all Christians in India to come under
      his jurisdiction adopt Roman orthodoxy. Menezes started a visit
      of parishes advocating name of Pope instead of Patriarch as
      spiritual head(council of trent 1562).Portuguese influenced local
      rulers and the Archdeacon, local head of eastern Christians was
      made to sever ties with East under duress. They burned all
      books and scriptures of Eastern Christians(Udayamperur
      synod .20/6/1599 AD).The Hindu local Cochin king supported
      Portuguese and issued proclamation that any sryian Priest or Church
      which abstained from synod of Catholic Portugeuse bishop for
      establishing Catholic Church in kerala ,their assets will be
      confiscated,yet no Syrian priests of Angamali,earnestwhile head
      quarters of Syrian Church attended synod , local king was helpless.
      Mean while local population found Portuguese practices morally
      disgusting as renowned historian Prof.Guptan Nair
      says "Portuguese introduced beef for first time in India and
      not the Eastern Christians. "Eastern Christians to whom
      loyalty is paramount started their secret resistive movement,
      the Archdeacon of Eastern Christians sent secret appeals to
      Patriarch of East to send any prophet to ordain bishop for
      Eastern Christians in India and to liberate from Portuguese
      control through Eastern merchants. It took at least a decade
      for a letter to reach Patriarch of Antioch/East by sea
      route. Bishop Mor Ahatalla from Syria reached Surat in
      1652 .Mor Ahatalla was arrested by Jesuits on Aug. 3rd 1652.
      Portuguese took Mor Ahatalla to Goa, imprisoned him and was
      given choice of renouncing his Syrian Church accepting Pope
      or die. Mor Ahatalla was condemned a heretic by INQUISITION
      OF GOA and died at stake in 1654. The eastern Christians
      assembled in thousands at Cochin(Leaning cross event /
      KOONANKURISH SATHYAM , 16-1-1653 AD) and took oath no longer to
      submit to authority of Rome and be loyal to Patriarch of
      East only as their spiritual head. This broke yoke of Roman
      supremacy, Portuguese tried their best by arresting and killing
      as many Syrian prophets as possible as masters of sea. The
      Patriarch of Antioch and All the East again sent Abdel
      Galeel Mor Gregorios, bishop of Jerusalem and Eldo Mor
      Bascellios, bishop of Mosul(Iraq) to India.The former reached
      India in 1665 disguised as Arabic teacher and latter at age
      of ninety two through secret forest paths in 1685.Both
      revived and reconstructed completely shattered eastern Syrian
      Church in India(Kerala) gradually.Tipu Sultan of Mysore attacked
      Travencore in 1789AD during time of Darmaraja in which Tipu
      was defeated , but Tipu destoyed many Jacobite churches as a
      result many ancient Jacobite families fled from north
      Kerala to Ankamaly side , Kottayam merged into strong dias
      for first time with construction of Seminary there for all
      later troubles. Essence of speech of PATRIARCH .PETER-III OF
      ANTIOCH during his apostolic entourage to India in 1876 to
      stem British subversion against Syrians in India "The extent of
      your calamity and tragedy you know much better than we can
      ever know.We went through your history and we know the
      IRREPARABLE damage done to you by Portuguese. For they pillaged
      your church ,plundered your antiques, burnt your records and
      priceless books, leaving you orphans and destitutes. Thus Papist
      had taken more than half of your people".Portuguese supplied
      gold petals hidden in edible church offering to masses. Portuguese
      thus separated many Eastern Jacobite Syrian Orthodox
      Christians to form new separate eastern Syrian Catholic church
      loyal to Pope in India.Hence many Catholic and Jacobite families
      still have same Patronymic (family name) especially in Ankamally
      region.When Dutch took sea control they helped genuine Syrian
      Christians loyal to East consolidate among new emerging
      Syrian Catholics loyal to Pope by letting free their ships
      to bring Syrian prophets from East (Turkey, Syria, Israel and
      Iraq ) to India as stated by Danish historian ADRIAN V. MOINES.
      Soon British missionaries started subversion against Syrian
      Christians in India by sowing seeds of reformation.
      Protestant practices were advocated. Fifth Anglican Metropolitan
      bishop Daniel Wilson came to Kerala and presented scheme
      intended to bring Syrian Christians gradually under
      Anglican Church(precursor of mavellikara padiyola -
      1836).Relations grew worse when Rev Joseph Peet broke into
      Syrian Seminary and removed all books, documents including
      historic copper plates to British Residency. (later condemned by
      CMS of England).Syrians affirmed supremacy of Jacobite Patriarch
      of Antioch and declared not to deviate. Some English
      missionaries spread propaganda that St.Thomas did not come to
      India.At this stage Patriarch Peter-III of Antioch met Queen
      Victoria and asked to stop meddling with Syrian Church in
      India, Queen did so but by the time seeds of reformation grew
      and a new British model independent eastern Syrian Protestant
      church(syrian Marthomite) was founded separating some Syrians
      from original Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Christians in India.
      (Jacobite- named after Jacob Baradius ,adventurous bishop of
      Edessa who rejuvenated Church during Roman arrogance)
      Sent by St.Peter, St.Thomas (Dydimus) the apostle was a
      sculptor came to India in 52A.D, along Adanes, a merchant
      of Gondophornes(king of India ) who was in Jerusalem in
      search of a skillful architect. Gondophornes remained a
      mythical figure until Archeological excavations at Taxila
      enabled to trace line of Gondophornes to Indo-Parthian
      dynasty which ruled area comprising of Afghan, Seistan,
      Punjab, Sind, N. W. Frontier Province from 95B.C. to
      50A.D . St Thomas preached gospel first to Jews in India
      (reached because of Diaspora) and first converts to
      Christianity in India are Jews. St.Thomas was followed by
      Syrian bishop of Basra(Iraq) David Episcopa which no
      Western historians have recorded says historian Patriarch.
      Ignatius Aphrem-I of Antioch (1946,Homs-Syria)(bishop Vayaliparambil
      Mor Gregorios ": My Jerusalem Journey").
      Marco Polo Venetian traveller came to Mylapore in 1292A.D .His
      views are "Christians who thither on pilgrimages gather some
      soil from place were saint was killed and this they take
      to their countries".
      That which strengthen Christianity in Kerala( India) was
      immigration of Syrians from Mesopotamia to port of
      Muziris 345A.D.In 823 another batch from Syria arrived (Mor
      Sabrisho) beginning of new Malayalam Era known as ' KOLLA
      VARSHAM' with grant of royal patronage by king Ayyan to
      Mor .Sabrisho The high caste Hindu predominance can be seen
      in Syrian Orthodox ceremonial wedding in India with
      introduction of 'mangalsuthra'(thalikettu) which is absent in
      Syrian Churches in Middle East, apart from exchange of
      rings.This custom was copied by all new Syrian Churches
      later founded by colonial interference. Early Syrian Bishops
      were scholars in Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, Sanskrit,Malayalam and
      Indian occult sciences like astrology, palmistry and indigenous
      medicine. Manifestly this FIRST genuine eastern Christian
      Church in India was result of "golden handshake" between
      Patriarchs of East and sages of India in bonafides as
      SIBLINGS of Great Oriental Civilization Syrian bishops as
      well as Namboodird Bhramins priest are addressed as 'Thirumeni
      (keeping body clean along soul)" is the best example that
      early local Indian population considered both religions as
      siblings.Right from St .Thomas all Syrian prophets reached
      India from Basra port (Iraq) via Persian Gulf sea
      route .They were solitaries like lion or eagle, came empty
      handed not with colonial armies yet created greater impact
      than West because spirit of God guided them .
      Colonial western spiritual policies were quintessence of
      dishonesty ,during ' Crusade' Italian sailors stole relics
      of Mor Sokha, Syrian bishop of Myra, Lycia (4th century A.D.
      born-Turkey). Italians built a new church in Bari (Italy)
      with relics and renamed him as St.Nicholas who later became
      famous by Western marketing as "SANTA CLAUSE". But he was a
      man of East. WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM accepts" Bible is
      purely a book of East beyond creativity and imagery of
      West, and there is nothing West can take pride of in this
      wonderful book" .In 1900, at Los Angles Swami.VIVEKANANDA
      said "You all often forget a vital fact that man from
      Nazareth belonged to ORIENT, inspite of your efforts to
      portray him in blue eyes and golden hair" .Internationally
      most Syrians are those Jews who accepted Jewish carpenter
      Esa Mashiha as " the root and offspring of David" .On
      observation you can see tombs of Syrian prophets throughout
      Jacobite or Syrian Orthodox Churches in Kerala, also names
      of Keralite Syrian Christians in epitaph of Syrian Cemetery
      in Jerusalem (Israel).This Oriental Consanguinity has been
      acknowledged by Hon. Supreme Court of India.The Supreme Court
      also recognizes H.H. Patriarch of Antioch and All the East
      in SYRIA as Supreme Head of Syrian Orthodox Christians
      in India.The Holy Throne Of Antioch was established by
      Patriarch.St .Peter, the chief Apostle in 37AD in Antioch
      (Turkey) as there was political unrest in Jerusalem after
      crucification of Christ in 33AD. (disciples of Christ were
      first called 'Christians ' at Antioch, ACTS:11:26) .Same
      St.Peter then found another Church in Rome in 67AD later
      known as Roman Catholic Church. Today as independent free
      thinking gained momentum there are tens of thousands of
      independent new testament church assemblies in West with
      groups operating in India who often consider a Syrian
      Christian as a non -Christian and will speak gospel also to
      them in airports, railway stations, hostels, hospitals and
      streets around the world. These groups believe in Church more
      than that in God that may be the reason.This article has
      been written to eradicate misconception about origin of
      Christianity in India and its misunderstood Western
      Connection as our historians have failed to bring true
      facts to Indian public under the shadow of Western
      drafted Indian History. But the TRUTH is as DANIEL
      DEFOE says

      "Whenever God erects a house of prayer
      Devil always builds a chapel there
      And it will be found on examination
      That latter has a greater congregation".

      From the desk of: BIBU PHILIP MATHEW; B.Tech(comp).
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