Gospel According to Paulose
By Acharya Sachidananda on 06-03-2010
Paulose is a
painter. He did the painting of the Guru Bhavan building in our Ashram campus
recently. He is also my friend since the last few years. A large number of
cigarette buds were found scattered all around the shed where he and his fellow
workers rested for an hour during their lunch break. I told him that they
should not destroy their health and waste their money on cigarettes. I also
suggested that they could save up the money they spend on cigarette every month
and help to feed one poor child in the Sneha Bhavan. Paulose readily agreed. He
also made a promise to me to this effect then and there.
He came to meet me
privately after a few days and told me that he had already started reducing his
cigarette intake. He was also keeping the saved amount separate for feeding a
poor child. I appreciated his sincerity, goodwill and self-discipline. He
became very excited. He also became very vocal. He recollected what some
saintly old priest had advised him some years ago. He also chose to share with
me his knowledge of the Bible which he claims to have acquired through years of
prayer and reflection as he is not very good at reading. He has learnt to think
over and reason out things for himself.
“According to the Bible, there are four kinds of people in this world, who together
constitute one family of the children of God. They are Pandithans, Pamarans,
Kuberans and Kuchelans.” I needed some clarifications as to what did he really
mean by these categories. “ ‘Pandithans’ are learned and wise people like you.
‘Pamarans’ are unlearned fools like me. ‘Kuberans’ are rich people like Francis
Iype who donated the land for your Ashram. ‘Kuchelans’ are poor workers like
the ones working with me. But we are being fed and clothed by the same Lord.”
Things became clear to me.
I thanked him for
the new information and the clarification. Reflecting over what Paulose said, I
could not help marveling over the simplicity and originality of his thought.
Poor and illiterate people often have great ‘insights’ that they acquire from
their reflections and experiences. The great saints and sages of India were
mostly such people.
About The Author
Swami Sachidananda Bharathi is an Indian Air Force officer turned spiritual guide and an apostle of peace and love. He is the patron of 'Indian Thoughts'. He represented India in the 'Millennium World Peace Summit of Religious and Spiritual Leaders' held under UNO, in 2000. He has founded Dharma Bharathi Mission.