Background of the christian thirukural theory
  • There is a theory that St.Thomas met thiruvalluvar and converted him
    to christianity.There are people who believe that Thirukural is a
    christian book.

    Is this true?what is the background of this story?This is how it

    (Originally published under the title "Hoax!" in The Illustrated
    Weekly of India, April 26 - May 2, 1987, Bombay)

    It all began in the early seventies. Ganesh Iyer, who had adopted
    the Christian faith and was a self-styled Bible preacher known as
    John Ganesh, went to Tiruchi in the course of his evangelical
    journeys and met a Catholic priest Father Michael of the Tamil
    Illakiya Kazhagam (Tamil Literary Society). He is reported to have
    presented himself to the priest as Dr. John Ganesh, professor of
    philosophy and comparative religions at the Banaras university, and
    recently returned from Jammu and Kashmir where he was involved in
    research on Christianity in India. Michael put him on to another
    priest, Father Mariadas of Sriviliputhur.

    John Ganesh impressed Mariadas with his mastery over Christian
    theology. He showed him copies of notices extolling him as a
    speaker. He reportedly produced letters written to him by various
    scholars in the fields of education and religion. He is also
    reported to have shown Mariadas photographs of palm leaf writings
    and copper plate inscriptions several centuries old.

    These documents, he reportedly claimed, traced the origins and
    development of the Christian faith in India. Since further research
    on the subject required money which John Ganesh claimed not to have,
    Mariadas took upon himself the task of locating funds for the
    project the successful completion of which, he felt, would provide a
    shot in the arm for Christianity in India.

    Mariadas gave John Ganesh something in the range of Rs. 22,000
    toward the research. And as his own funds were depleted, he
    introduced the researcher to the head of the Catholic Church in
    Madras, R. Arulappa.

    Arulappa was a Tamil scholar who also had the reputation of being a
    researcher. He had translated the New Testament into Tamil and set
    to tune the Book of Psalms. He had also rendered in Tamil the life
    of Christ, Ulagin Uyir ( A The Life of the World ). He had learned
    Sanskrit and translated several Christian tenets into that language.
    He had also done extensive research on Tirukkural, the creation of
    the Tamil bard, Tiruvalluvar.

    Tiruvalluvar is known to modern generations through his immortal
    literature. The exact time of his existence is lost in the mists of
    the hoary past. Some historians believe Tiruvalluvar to be a product
    of the early Sangam period in Tamil literature, several centuries
    before Christ. The Tamil Nadu government bases its calendar on the
    year of his birth. For this purpose, it is assumed that Tiruvalluvar
    was born exactly 2018 years ago, i.e. in the first century before
    Christ. Some literary experts place Tiruvalluvar in the first
    century after Christ, others date him 300 years after.

    Just as little is known about Tiruvalluvar's origins, his religious
    beliefs are also shrouded in some mystery. Attempts have been made,
    going by the precepts contained in his verse, to speculate about his
    religion. While he is widely believed to have been a Hindu and the
    Tirukkural considered a revered Hindu scripture, other religions too
    have staked a claim on him. Since the Tirukkural enshrines the
    ideals of ahimsa , dharma and asceticism, many experts consider
    Tiruvalluvar to have been considerably influenced by Jain thought.

    A recent paper presented by Dr. S. Padmanabhan makes Tiruvalluvar
    out to be a Hindu chieftain from the Kanyakumari district.
    Archbishop Arulappa felt that the Tirukkural was so profound and
    filled with compassionate sentiments that it must have been
    influenced by early Christian missionaries who came to South India
    in the first century after Christ, notably St. Thomas, one of the
    apostles of Christ.

    The Christian Church of India, considered to be amongst the oldest
    in the world, is believed to have been founded by St. Thomas in 52
    A.D. Arulappa held the view that St. Thomas, before his martyrdom on
    a hill near Madras, now called St. Thomas Mount, met Tiruvalluvar
    and influenced the bard to the extent of converting him to the
    nascent faith. The theory had been propounded. What remained to be
    obtained was proof of such an occurrence.

    It was this that Ganesh Iyer, posing as John Ganesh, reportedly
    promised to unearth for the archbishop.

    Since this suited the archbishop's scheme and since Arulappa was
    convinced that Ganesh was in a position to ferret out the evidence
    necessary to prove his pet theory, he engaged him to take up the
    research. The archbishop was apparently lulled into complacency by
    Ganesh's mastery of Christian theology and his apparent sincerity of
    purpose. As if establishing a nexus between St. Thomas and
    Tiruvalluvar were not enough, John Ganesh also informed the
    archbishop that he could bring evidence that the three wise men from
    the East who prophesied the birth of Christ were none other than the
    epic Hindu sages, Vasistha, Viswamithra and Agasthya.

    In 1975-76, John Ganesh began his research. And the archbishop
    started funding the same.

    Ganesh produced photographs of palm leaf writings and copper plate
    inscriptions at periodic intervals. When the archbishop asked to see
    the originals, he was informed that they were stashed away in the
    safe custody of the archaeological departments and museums all over
    the country. It would therefore, not be possible to persuade these
    agencies to part with the priceless documents. He, however, promised
    to get his photographs authenticated by the respective agencies
    themselves. Thereafter, all photographs produced by Ganesh Iyer
    before the archbishop bore seals of the museums and departments from
    which he claimed to have obtained them.

    Using the funds provided by the archbishop, Ganesh Iyer made a
    pretence of travelling extensively. It was a well-orchestrated
    programme. He would first inform the archbishop that he was going to
    Kashmir in connection with his research.

    Next, the archbishop would receive letters from some Christian and
    Hindu religious heads in Kashmir informing him that they had come
    across Ganesh Iyer or, as he now called himself, Acharya Paul. The
    letters spoke in superlative terms about his sincerity of purpose
    and his noble research.

    Whatever doubts the archbishop may have entertained about his
    researcher vanished in the face of these letters from eminent
    personages. More money changed hands. Though he was qu

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