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JUNE 2008 ARTICLE - MALAYALAM
VOL:07 ISSUE:06

REFUGE UNDER THE CROSS
Ipcnnse B{ibw

By REV. FR. ABRAHAM THARAKAN

PohnXn Zpc HmSnsbm Hcp a\pjycpan. Nne ZpLSsf t\cntS \nanj hcptm ]nSnp\nmt]mepw km[nm Ahbn \mw a\psImpt]mepw ]dpt]mImdpv, "Atm! ssZhwt]mepw Fs ssIhnp Iftm' Fv. ]gb \nban Xs PohnX{]bmWn CXpt]msebp Hcp Zpc\nanjnIqSn ISpt]mb A\p`hamWv \psS Nnp hnjbo`hnnphm Rm B{KlnpXv.

"Xmt\m acp`qanbn Hcp Znhks hgn sNp Hcp NqcsSnbpsS XWen Ccpp acnm Cnp; Ctm aXn, btlmth, Fsd {]mWs\ FSppsImtffWta; Rm Fsd ]nXmmscm \h\tm Fp ]dp.' (1 cmPmm 19:4)

Cu hnem]w BcptSXmsWp \app kp]cnNnXamWv. C{ktb InpXn Ghpw i\mb {]hmNI\mb Genbmhns hmpIfmWv CXv. Cu hnem]hmpIġv Hcp ]meapv. Genbm{]hmNIs ImeLn bn{ktb `cnncpXv Blm_p cmPmhpw ]Xv\n Cutks_epw Bbncpp. {]kvXpX `cWImev C{ktben Hcp henb Zpcw kw`hnpp. kXyssZhamb btlmhsb Bcm[nncp P\X XfpsS ]nXmmcpsS ]mccy hnpamdn _m F _nw_sf Bcm[nphm XpSn.

hgnsXntmb P\s apJy[mcbntep Xncnp sImphcphm ssZhw C{ktben Fgptn {]hmNI\mWv Genbm {]hmNI. {]hmNI CSbvnsS cmPsImmcn Fn cmPmhns\ hncNqn Blm_v cmPmhnsbpw Cutks_ cmPvRnbptSbpw tXIsf A]lknpt]mp. hN\w ]dbpp, tIĸm sNhnbph tIġs. Fm cmPmhnstbm cmPvRnbpsStbm ImXpI {]hmNIs hmpIġp Xpdn.

ssZhns {]hmNI\pw _mens {]hmNImcpw Xn {]amZamb kwhmZġptijw Hcp in]coWn\mbn cp Iqcpw XmsdSpp. ]coWns thZnbmbn XncsSpXv It aebmbncpp. ]coWZnhkw BKXambn cp Iqcpw It aebn BKXcmbn. _mensd {]hmNIm Imfsb FSpp Hcpn: _mte, DcacptfWta Fp cmhnse XpSn Dhsc _mensd \mas hnfnt]np. Hcp i_vZtam Dctam Dmbn.

AXn\ptijw Genbmhp kP\tbpw Iqnhcpn tKm{XkwJyp Hhw ]{p Ip FSpp, btlmhbpsS \man Hcp bmK]oTw ]WnXp; hndIp ASpn Imfsb Jw Jamn hndInaosX shp. sXmnbn shffw \nsdp tlmabmKntepw hndIntepw aqp{]mhiyw Hgnp. Genbm kztp t\mn, "btlmth, F\np DcacptfWta, btlmth, F\np DcacptfWta' Fp {]mnp. DSs\ btlmhbpsS Xo Cdn tlmabmKhpw hndIpw apw Zlnnp tXmnse shffhpw hnpIfp. P\w Fmw AXp Ip IhnphoWp: "btlmh Xt ssZhw, btlmh Xt ssZhw' Fp ]dp. Geobmhp _mens Fm {]hmNImscbpw IotimtXmncnsI shnsmp.

hnhcw Adn Cutks_ Genbmhns Pohs\mSpm hmXpsIn. {]mWcmw ssZhns {]hmNI acp`panbntev HmSntmbn AhnsS I Hcp NqcsSnbpsS XWen A`bw {]m]np. Genbmhns\ hnfnh ssZhsan ssZhkn[nbn A`bw tXtS {]hmNI A`bw IsnbXv acp`panbnse Hcp ImpsNSnbpsS XWenemWv. NqcsSn temIns {]XoIamWv. temIamIp NqcsSnbpsS XWen A`bw tXSnb {]hmNI\v {]XnknbpsS \Sphn ]nSnp\nm IgnbmsX Xs Pohs\tmepw FSppsImphm hne]np A\p`hamWv \mw ChnsS ImWpXv.

{]kvXpX thZ`mKns shfnn \psS {isb XncnphntS BZyNn, \mw A`bw {]m]np CSsn \mw Aht_m[aphcmbncnWw FXmWv. 118mw ko\w 8, 9 hmIyfn \mw ImWpp: "a\pjy\n B{ibnpXns\m btlmhbn B{ibnpXp \Xp. {]`pmcn B{ibnpXns\m btlmhbn B{ibnpXp \Xp.' tdmasgpXnb teJ\n hnip ]utemkv olm ]dbpp: "\nfpsS Ahbhsf A\oXnbpsS Bbp[fmbn ]m]np kanbpw AcpXp. \nsft acnnp Pohnphcmbpw \nfpsS Ahbhsf \oXnbpsS Bbp[fmbpw ssZhnp kanpsImhn.' (tdma 6:13) \psS PohnXn ktmjnsbpw km]nsbpw \nanj t\cntSn hmepw, \ hmepw Xn hmepw temIns XmmenI ktXfn \mw A`bw {]m]ncpXv. Ccw A\p`hsf ]gb \nbanepw ]pXnb \nbanepw {]Xn]mZnppv.

]gb\nbanse Hcp [oc\mb tbmmhmbncpp inwtim. inwtims inbpsS clkyw Ahs XeapSnbmbncpp. Hcp Zpe \nanjn Zeoe F kv{XobpsS aSnbn Xeshp InS inwtim Xs inbpsS t{imXv Ahġp shfnsSpnsmSpp. inwtim A`bw tXSnb m\w sXntmbtm Ah \mins Ipgnbntep hgpXnhoWp.

]pXnb\nban tbip{InkvXphns cp injym: Hcm Kpcphns\ Xndp, asbm Kpcphns\ HnsmSpp. cpt]cpw sNbvXXv s]mdpm hm sXv. ]t{Xmkv Xs sXn ZpxJnp, A\pX]np. tbiphns\ ZqxJtmsS t\mn, ]pdndn AXnZpxJtmsS s]mncp. hnip ]t{Xmkv A`bw tXSnbXv DnX\mb tbiphnemWv. bqZbpw Xs sXn ZpxJnp, A\pX]np Fp \mw hmbnpp. Fm bqZm A`bw tXSnbXv alm]ptcmlnXmcnepw ]coimcnepamWv. Xs A`bm\w sXntmsbp a\nemnb bqZm apXp shnmiv tZhmebn hensdnnv t]mbn kzbw sInRmp Np.

ssZhkmnyn \npw XncntmSn temIamIp NqcsSnbpsS XWen A`bw tXSnb {]hmNIs Nn ISpt]mIpXv X\np acnm aXn F Hcp AhbntemWv. Cu temIw \app Xcp ktiw CXmWv. \psS aqeysf AXp tNmZyw sNptm, \psS AkvXnXzs Xs AXp XIpp. \psS PohnXs \ntj[nphm AXp \s t{]cnnpp. As\bp Zpc{]bmWneqsS ISpt]mIp a\pjy\v Imhmb tbip{InkvXp hmKvZm\w sNpXv \nXyPoh\mWv.

euIoI kpcnXs hmKvZm\w sNbvXpsImp [hf]{Xw Dbnmp Hcp tbiphns\b A \mw Ncn{Xn ZinpXv. \nIsfbpw Bt]sfbpw kzbw Gphmn ImhdnbpsS DXfn Ipcnintedn Ipcnins\bpw acWtbpw AXnPohn ssZhns ]p{Xs\bmWv \mw tbiphn ImWpXv. Fs icocw `npIbpw Fs cw IpSnpIbpw sNph\v \nXyPohnXapv; CutemI PohnXn Ah\v \nXyPohs A\p`hhpapv.

{KmaoW {]mtbmKnI ]cnioe\ns `mKambn almmKmn kIemimetbmSp tN \mnae F {Kman R {]hnp Imev Hcp ss{IkvXh IpSpw_s ]cnNbsSphm CSbmbn. R AhnsS sNtm IpSpw_\mbnI RtfmSp ]dp: Fs ktlmZcmtc! Fs PohnXm\p`hw \nfpambn ]pshbvphm Rm B{Klnpp. B kv{Xo Xs PohnXIY ]dpXpSn.

Xs cp IqpImsc ZmcpWambn IpnsmesSpnbnmWv aZy]m\nbmb `mhv Hcp Znhkw hontep IbdnhXv. AhcpsS cp s]IpnIġv Apw aqpw hbv {]mbap kabw. t]meokv honsen `mhns\ hnepshv sImpt]mbn. hon sImSnb ]nWn. PohnXhrnv bmsXmcp \nhnbpan. Hcp Ipns\ Gfnten as Ipns ssIpw ]nSnv \mpImcptSbpw hopImcpsSbpw _pfpsSbpw ASp sNv Ah klmbm`y\ \Sn. Fm sIme]mXInbpsS `mcytbbpw atfbpw klmbnm Bcpw Xmdmbn. Fmhcpw Ahpt\sc hmXn sImnbSp.

\nlmbbmb B kv{Xo hon hp B ]np IppfpsS {]Xnknbpw Icnepw Ip\nm inbnmsX Xs cp ]np Ippsfbpw tNp]nSnv kzImcy apdnbn Ibdn IXISp Ipnbnp. CfbIpns\ taiapIfn InSn ssIn IcpXnbncp hnjpn s]mnv cp Ippġpw sImSpphm Xocpam\nv aqIpnbpsS hmbntep Hgnphm\mbn Xncnp Ip\nbptm B hoSns Npacn Xqnbncp apġncoSaWn tbiphns Nn{Xw AhfpsS In ]Xnp. B Nn{Xw XtmSp kwkmcnpXmbn Ahġp tXmn. s]sv Ipcnns ktiw AhfpsS lrZbntep kv]\ambn Ibdnhp. "]nXmth Ch sNpsXsp Ch Adnbpn. ChtcmSp antWta.' Ipcnin thZ\b\p`hnp InSptm IphmfnIġpthn {]mnp tbiphns i_vZw AhfpsS ImXn apgn. "temIw Xnfmepw IphmfnIsftmepw kvt\lnp B Ipcnns adhn \npsImv Rm Pohnpw', hnjpn hensdnv Ah a\n Xocpam\saSpp. RtfmSv B kv{Xo ktmjtmSpw kwXr]vXntbmSpwIpSn ]dp. Ctm aq aI t\gvknwKv ]mkmbn e\n tPmen sNpp. cmas aI _mvqdn t\gvknn\p ]Tnpp. `mhv inIgnv aSnsbn hcpwhgn cp kplrpsf Ipnaenb B ssI Hcp sshZypX t]mkvnXn apdnpt]mbn. Apt]mb ssIpambn Btlw honepmbncpp. Ip\otcmsS Atlw Rsf A`nhmZyw sNbvXp. Ah cpt]cpw tNp ]dp: "acW\ngen\npw Rsf cn ssZhn\p kvtXm{Xw.'

temIamIp NqcsSnbpsS Nphn acnm\m{Klnp Hcp A\p`hw; Ipcnn hnPbnsbpw Pohsbpw kmyXI sXfnbp asmcp A\p`hw. Cu cv A\p`h \s HmsSpp ktiw CXmWv: A`bw Isp m\spdnv \apv XnIpw Aht_m[apmbncnWw. B m\w Fpw Ftmgpw IpcnmbncnWw.

Ipcnv \psS A`bm\amIptm \app e`yamIp {][m\amb Nne KpWfpv. AXn BZytXv kzoImcyX [Receptivity] FXmWv. B[p\nI temIn\v A\yw \npt]mb Hcp kz`mhhntijamWnXv. Cp ]ecptSbpw kzImcyZpxJ tItnhcptm \app a\nemphm km[npw; aġp amXm]nXmsf th, amXm]nXmġp asf th, `mhn\p `mcysb th, `mcyp `mhns\ th; Fmhcnepw \ncm{ibnsbpw, GIXbptSbpw, Hs]Sensbpw \ncmibpsSbpw [z\nI.

Fm ssZhhN\w Bscbpw Xnfbpn. hnip tbmlms kphntijn kmnpp "GXp a\pjys\bpw {]Iminnp kXyshfnw temIntep hpsImncpp.' (tbmlm 1:9) CXn "GXp a\pjyt\bpw' FXv ASnhcbnv {instS hmpIfmWv. GXp aXhn`mKn s]ht\bpw, ]nXt\bpw ]mact\bpw, BVyt\bpw \nIrs\bpw, [\hms\bpw Zcn{Zs\bpw PohnXns Fm t{iWnbnsht\bpw FmWv Cu hmpsImv hnhnpXv. Fmhscbpw Dsmp {]ImiamWv ssZhw.

tbip{InkvXphns kzoImcyX a\nemIWsan Xn_cymkv IScbntep t\mpI. tbip{InkvXphns Dm\n\ptijw injym hhpw hebpambn XfpsS ]gb sXmgnentep Xncnv Xn_cymkv IScbntept]mbn. Aw \pdpnbtmgpw AXnib {]hntmgpw tcmK kuJyamnbtmgpw shw homnbtmgpw lrZbtmSp tNp]nSn injym. Fm tbip akvanXtmsS IScbntep Ahsc Xncphcp ImgvNbmWv \mw ImWpXv. Xn_cymkns Bgfn XfpsS Azm\ġp ^ew ImWmsX hnbsmenp ]WnsbSpp Xs injymsc t\mn tbip hnfnpXp "Ipptf' FmWv. \o admepw \o Dt]nmepw \o Xnfmepw Ah Xs lrZbtmSp \s tNpXmWv Imhmb tbip{InkvXphns alcamb kvt\lw.

DnpkvXIw 21mw Aymbn kvt\lneqsSbp Hcp IcpXens {]IS\w \app Zinphm km[npw. lmKmdns\bpw aIt\bpw A{_lmw \nԯm b{Xbbp ImgvNbmWv \mw ChnsS ImWpXv. Npp]gppInSp acp`qan. D{K{]hmlm Pzenp\np kqcy. B IcpXep ]nXmhv AhcpsS bm{Xbnse Bhiyn\mbn Hcp Xpcpn shhpw Ipdv ASbpw km\ambn \In Npp]gp acp`qanbntep Ahsc bm{Xbmn. lmKm Xs a\n ]qhWnncp kz]v\sf ASn\nn XnSpn bm{Xbmbn. Xphn Ahpw shhpw Xop. acp`qanbpsS \Sphn Btcmcpw klmbn\nm Ah. GXbptSbpw PohnXn klnphm km[nm ISp ZptcymKntep B A hgpXnhoWp. temIn\p Ahsf klmbnphm km[nn. lmKm Xs B{ibw Xs bPam\s ssZhamb kznse ssZhntepshp. Xm Bcn B{ibw shbvppshv lmKmdn\p hyamb Aht_m[apmbncpp. kzw Ahsf ssIhnn. "lmKmtd! \o FhnsS?' Fp hnfnp kznse i_vZw Ah tIp.

lmKm \app Xcp ZqXv CXmWv: temIsas Xnfmepw, bPam\m Fs XnckvIcnmepw, temIamIp s]m acp`qanbn Rm GImIn Bbmepw, Rm Ip\otcmsS s\SphonSptm Fs Xmp kzoImcyXbp Hcp ssZhw F\np kznepv. AXpsImv Ipcnv \app A`bm\amIptm \app e`np Ghpw henb IpImhImiw kzoImcyX FXmWv.

Ipcnv \psS A`bm\amIptm \app e`np cmas {]tXyIXbmWv `bclnXamb Hcp PohnXw. \psS kaImeo\ PohnXw `oXnbm Hcp PohnXamWv. Genbm{]hmNI [oc\mb Hcp {]hmNI\mbncpp. cmPmhns\ hncNqn cmPmhpw cmnbpw Imnqnb A]cm[sf shfnsSppXv Poh ]WbsSpp {]hnbmWv A{Xam{Xw ss[cyw Imnb {]hmNI temIamIp NqcsSnbpsS Nphn hmhnp IcbpIbmWv. AXmWv temIns `mj. temIns `mj `oIcXbpsSbpw `bntXpamWv. Ippsf Zqcefntep ]Tnphm\bnv amXm]nXm honencnpXv `bns XoqfbnemWv. Cv ]ecpw GXp \nanjhpw s]mnsdnmhp AKv\n]XfmbnmWv PohnpXv. PohnXns kakvX aefpw `oXnbpw `bhpwsImv aqSnbncnbmWv. `bapJcnXamb PohnXamWv \app Nppw DXv. Fm hnip ]utemkv AtmkvXe Xs A\p`hkmyw ]dbpXv: "F\np PohnpXp {InkvXphpw acnpXp em`hpw BIpp.' (^nennb 1:21), FmWv. Pohnmepw acnmepw Ipcnns Nphn ASnbpdp hnizknpw B{ibnpw Pohn hnip ]utemkns PohnXw ss[cy]qhpw `oXnclnXhpambncpp.

C\n Imhmb tbip{InkvXphns hnkvXmcetp \psS {isb Aw XncnphnSmw. \mp\Sn\p hncpambn Imhns hnkvXmcw \SXv cm{XnbnemWv. ]mekvXo\nsbpw KeoebpsSbpw tdmam{]hniyIfpsSbpw cm{XnbpsS XWpv `oIcambncptm {]mW\mY temIns A[n]XnIfpsS ap]n Hcp Iphmfnsbtmse \np \nanjw. injymscmw {]mW`bm HmSnsbmfnp. \ymbm[n]XnbpsS Aca\apv XoImpsImncnptm GXpw t]mcm Hcp s]IpnbpsS apn Xncndnbstm ]t{Xmkv `bp hndpt]mbn. CtX ]t{Xmkv temIw InpXnshv Ghpw {Iqc\mb, tdmw Insbcnbptm \nn\mbn hoW hmbnpsImncp, \otdm N{IhnbpsS apn F{X ss[cytmsSbmWv s\p hncnp \nXv? hnip ]t{Xmkv Xs {]mW\pthnb N{IhntbmSv bmNnXv. {]XypX, hnip ]t{Xmkns kss[cyamb Aym`nemjw CXmbncpp: Fs Acpa\mYs XrmZsf Npw_nphm Fs XeIogmbn {IqintWta. tbip{InkvXphns Ipcnnsbpw Dm\nsbpw A\kmyXIsf Xncndntm Hcp s]IpnbpsS apn ]Ipt]mb hnip ]t{Xmkv kzbw ss[cyhm\mbn, temIns `oXn Ftpambn ]t{Xmkns\ hnpt]mbn.

Ipcnv \psS A`bm\amIptm \app e`np aqmas {]tXyIXbmWv Hcp hnip PohnXw. CXpaqew \spt]mb PohnX aqeyfpsS k kpKw hosSpsSpp. a\pjyaqeyfpsSbpw _ԧfpsSbpw Nppw aXnepI cq]sSpp Hcp ImeLamWnXv. ssZhn\npw e`nncnp Ir]ItfmSv {InbmIambn {]XnIcnm IgnbmsX kzImcytemIn HXpnqSphm\p {]hWXbmWv B[p\nI a\pjy\pXv.

RCC bnse Imk hnZKv\mbncp tUm. PKmY FgpXnb Xs HutZymKnI A\p`hpdnpI F ]pkvXIn Hcp kw`hw hnhcnppv. ss\kmw Fp ]dbp sNdpmc DZcmpZw ]nSns]v NnInաmbn Fn. NnIn ^e{]Zambn, Xmmenambn kpJs sNdpmcs\ hnhmlw IgnpXn\mbn hopIm \nnp. BZysams FXnsnepw HSphn hopImcpsS \nԯn\p hgtnhp. As\ Hcp s]IpnbpsS AdnthmSpw kXtmSpw hnhmlw \Sp. \n`mKyhim Bdp amkn\ptijw hopw AkpJw Xes]mn. hnhmlw ths]SpWsa Bhiyhpambn hopw hopIm Bip]{Xnbnsen. XfpsS aI acnpt]mbm AhcpsS kzpapgph `mcymbntmIpw FXmbncpp AhcpsS `oXnbpw hmZhpw. hgm aIs\ Bip]{Xnbn Dt]nv hopIm bm{Xbmbn. C{]Imcw Hcp ASnpdntmsSbmWv tUmIvS Cu kw`hw kamlcnpXv: "kznse ssZhn\p Aht\mSp IcpW tXmn; Abm tcmKhnap\mbn. ssZhw Ah\p kuJyw sImSpsnepw, Ahs _p AXwKoIcnphm XmdmIptam?' Cp _ԧfpsS aqeyw kzn A[njvTnXamWv.

Ipcnv \psS A`bm\amIptm \app e`np \memas {]tXyIXbmWv \n\nd Hcp PohnXw. A\pXm]ns cpXpn Ip\o am{XamWv kuP\yambn \apv e`nncnp ssZhIr]bpsS \n{]IS\w. \n\nd PohnXns apJap{ZbmWv Bcm[\bpw {]m\bpw. {]m\sbn ]dbpXv krnbpw krmhpw Xnep kvt\l_ԯns {]Imi\amWv FmWv. Fm Cv {]m\bpsS aqey \spsImncnpp. ssZhns lrZbtmSq tNp \nphm\pw ssZhtmSp XmZmyw {]m]nphm\pw \SsSp Hcp henb ip{iqjbmWv {]m\.

Ahkm\ambn, acnpXv \sXp {]mn Genbm {]hmNI acnn. BoIcYfm Genbmhv kzntep FSpsp. hnip thZ]pkvXIn, P\nnp acnmhcmbn cpt] am{Xtabpq. lmt\mpw Genbmhpw. ssZhw a\pjy\p \Inbnp GI kzv a\pjys BmhmWv. B Bmhv ssZhhpambn hnebw {]m]nWw. AXpsImv "ssZhta Fs Bmhns\ CXm \ntenpp' FXmbncnWw Hcp hnips {]m\. Genbm {]hmNIs cq]mcw \psS PohnXn\p amXrIbmbnocs Fp {]mnpp. ssZhw \app \Ip hmKvZhmIyw CXmWv: "bn{kmtbte, \o a\wXncnbpsan Fsd ASptep aSn hpsImI Fp btlmhbpsS AcpfmSp; \nsd thn{Klsf Fsd apn \np \onfbpsan \o Aep \Stn hcnIbn.' (bnscaymhp 4:1)

[Message delivered at Kallooppara Orthodox Convention 2008
Reported by: Cheriyan Alexander Kallooppara]


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