From: Satish Oberoi < >
Church will go to any extent to harvest souls.
In the context of a column on this subject in
Please read this message by Dr Gopalakrishnan on Devasahayam Pillai.
DHARMA MESSAGES SERIES NO. 52
DEVASAHAAYAM PILLAI’S BENEDICTION (Devasahaayam pillai vaazhthapettavan);
Message and news appeared on the benediction of Devasahaayam Pillai (formerly Neelakantan Pillai) who died in 1757 January 14th in Kanyakumari District TN.
It is said that this benediction was based on the Bishop’s report to Pope in Vatican that Pillai was shot dead for embracing Christianity from the Hindu Nair family. The sad part of this benediction was that there is not even a single report in the history of India on killing a person for embracing other religion. In fact many south Indian kings invited Christians and gave them facilities for building their commercial centers, churches and preaching the religion. Under this circumstances who shot dead Devasahaayam Pillai and for what purpose ? How it did not appear in the Indian history? Is this a similar fake story like that of St Thomas?
During 1757s, south India was the fighting ground and battle field for British, French and Portuguese for building their power. Many kings and even people were shot dead like Pazhassi Raja by the western invaders. No Hindu ruler has ever killed anyone in the name of religious conversion to Hindu dharma.
In fact the Portuguese missionary cruelly killed tens of thousands of Hindus for not converting to Christianity; and that fellow was declared as ‘Saint’ Francis Xavier. Hundreds of churches are built in his name. Still Hindus did not react then or now.
Under that circumstances shooting and killing Neelakanta Pillai for converting into Christianity is a fabricated story. That is either with the aim of tarnishing Indian culture and Hindus, or for converting the remaining Hindus of Kanyakumari and Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu by elevating a Hindu to Christian Benediction level.
By Keeping the Hindu name Pillai; the shrewd Christians know that a part of Hindus can be dragged into the fold of the churches. The church is accepting the Hindu names, rituals, customs, books, methods and so on for converting the illiterate Hindus.
The Devasahaayam Pillai with chains in hands, cross nearby, in Tamilain dress on the Altar of every church can accelerate the conversion in Tamil regions using his name.
By creating such a false story, the Bishops are tarnishing the Hindu and Indian image of tolerance and sarva dharma sama bhaavana. They wanted to project that Hindus also killed Christian missionaries. However, no Hindu organization realized such a motto through the benediction of Devasahaayam Pillai.
Mr. Pillai was soldier in any one of the foreign army of British, Portuguese and French who fought each other for their supremacy and might have been shot dead for working for or against others.
Hindus do not bother elevating anyone inside or outside India to any level. But in the name of this Benediction what happened is that Hindu dharma and Indian culture got degraded, belittled, denigrated because it carries the message that Indians killed a Hindu for embracing Christianity through this fake story!
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