Re: Bishop Benyamin Joseph Mor Osthathios
- Most of the people knew Benyamin Mar Osthathios thirumeni as a man of inflexible character in matter of faith. He staunchly stood for the Syrian Orthodox faith without any fear at all. It is this image of Thirumeni that is known to all.
But there was another image also which many may not have seen. H.G. was a man who was always ready to help the poor. While helping the poor he never separated one on the basis of religion. For him an Hindu or a Christian or a Muslim was the same. Anyone who came to Dayara seeking help was not returned bare handed. Because of that people of all the communities near Majanikkara loved him. This respect was shown by the people during thirumenis funeral services. RSS flags, with black flags over it, were seen all over the place. Lamps were lighted in front of all the Hindu houses when the body was taken to the Church. (Majority of those live near Majanikkara, Omalloor are Hindus)
Thirumeni was always happy to contribute whatever he had without worrying about his bank balance. He never had any extra money at all. Whatever he had, he contributed to the poor. When the Church representatives after funeral checked his private room and his belongings, only a Bank Pass book having a balance of Rs. 600/- was found !