|SEPTEMBER 2003||DEVOTIONAL ARTICLE||
SELFISHNESS : MOTHER OF ALL EVILS
Greetings to all in the name of Lord Jesus Christ!
On the very onset, I would like to say my own testimony of self-dedication to God. When I was around 12 years old, a Gospel Team had come to the Cherukol Marthoma Church. In the public meeting, many people stood up and talked about their experiences with God. I also stood up there and told, ‘I am giving myself to Lord.’ That day I shared my heart with Lord Christ. If I was not dedicating my heart to Lord that day, I might have become a drunkard, I might have done many evil things abhorrent to God. While I was young, even though my father was an Orthodox and not a Marthomite, he was used to come to Cherukol Marthoma Church to teach Sunday school. Every time when he comes to teach, he was bringing me also with him. This incidence and the place always remain in my memory.
St.Paul give a list of evils in his letter, 2 Timothy 3:2-5. ‘For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. ‘
Three out of this big list, are very important to be addressed as they become essence and basics of all other evils:
The congenital nature of man, gives way to selfishness. I do not believe that the innate lessons taught to human are of Sex. The woman plucked the fruit, ate herself and given to her husband. Here, man or woman does not expose any disposition to share to anybody other than his or her family. Cain went, married a girl and built a city for himself. It is a big sin, to be exclusively, concerned about one’s own family. It is a vicious attitude of all men to think of ‘Me, my wife and my Children’ only.
Selfishness is the mother of all other evils. The origin of covetousness also is selfishness. Boasting also come out of selfishness. Selfishness is a sin by birth. It is a quality of the beasts. Unless we realize that selfishness is a big sin, we can not attain salvation. Look at the Prophet Jonah. Jonah told ‘it is better for me to die than to live.’ God told to Jonah, 'Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd?' 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than six score thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?'
God is feeling compassion to them, why not we? If we do not feel compassion we are loveless. That is egocentrism. Selfish people drink liquor, as they look only of their own happiness. Unless we eradiate the social evils, we cannot live sinless.
The most imperative topic is how the compassion to be conceived in us. Those who cumulate for their self will get into the depth of inferno. The man who piles up millions with out any concern to his co-humans is reprobate. They do not have compassion to others. The compassion is the symbol of love. It is the unselflessness and generosity. It is the sentiment of sympathy. I exhort to the parents that you should love your children. Mothers should breast-feed your infant children instead of bottle-feed. You should kiss the children. They should taste the intimacy of love. Real love can never make them to delude.
Buddhist Religion teaches that the first Guru of a child is the mother. For the initial few years, mother is nurturing the children. If mother cannot up-bring the child in proper track, then school cannot amend it. College cannot correct it. If mother is covetous, children also become covetous. If mother is bland, children also become bland. So we cannot blame the children, only the parents are to be blamed. Parents are sowing the setback.
Modern ladies expose only formal and showcase love to their children. They do not kiss their children. They give bottle-feed for fear they loose their beauty. This is a matter of arrogance. Man and women lapse from the true path.
Many people adopt alcoholism as an ultimate bridge for the hopelessness. More than sixty percent of the alcoholic addicts do not get restored. Even in America this is the case. Many a time the root cause of alcoholism go to family matters. It starts from childhood. They could not get any love in life. They could not get any happiness in life. They could not get any Godly strength in life. So they become drunkards. This all happens due to the lack of the fear of God.
I had witnessed an incident. One parent who was abroad came to visit their children in a School hostel. The children came, just looked at the parents as strangers and immediately turned back to play. They were interested only to play and score century in their Cricket game. They become the children of immorality. It is the duty of each parent to abstain from liquor and keep his or her Children away from it. Many parents made it customary to offer drinks in the festivals like Christmas, Easter etc. Children make a start from there and they become drunkards later. Alcoholism is only the second evil. Still the Selfish ness is the first.
In our society and in our state, we confront many families with female children of marriageable age and father enslaved to alchoholism. He finds solace in beverage. Negativity is not a solution for hopelessness. We should manifest positive solutions for hopelessness and helplessness. Man is running behind luxuries to find happiness. But he never achieves it. Children are getting proliferated with modern luxuries.
In modern society it is found that children get addicted to TV, just like Alcoholic addiction. They would not be able to come out from this addiction. They cannot find time for prayers. The satisfaction and joy out of Christian prayer life cannot be achieved by any of the modern luxuries. The family, which got the fear of God, will never get addicted to Alcohol or TV or any other modern luxuries.
Church should create a positive environment. The environments lead the man to be a drunkard. So it is the responsibility of the Church to build a positive thinking and to create an environment conducive to elude the addictions. The Hindu Vedic Culture of our country was the most respected religion of the world. When the religion is politicized, its nobility is lost. The fanatic ways are not the basic cult of the Hinduthva. I exhort you very lovingly that we should stage a war against all social evils. We should revolt against alcoholism. We have to create good families. The individualism is capitalism and it is the way of selfishness. We can find a solution for everything only through the Godly love.
May God Bless You!
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