In the previous article, we saw how human minds and Jewish influences tried to override the commandments of God. Now if we extrapolate the same nature of deviation considering additional factors of time (1900+ years) and a different geography (Oriental/Hindu/Eastern Mystic), we will get organizations like the TPM.
We should understand that Ramankutty and Alwyn had an upbringing. From what we know, their upbringing was the product of the environment they grew up. Needless to say Ramankutty a.k.a Paul was a Hindu in his early days and Alwyn was a denominational Christian in a Buddhist Country. So now what happens when you put the words of Jesus into this Oriental concept? Juxtaposing two entities will get you a monster which will be neither of any. Let us consider one major twist that happened as a result of this amalgamation.
The “Forsaking concept” of TPM
We have been exposing various derived doctrines by TPM, created by removing verses out of their context. Now if this separating of verses from the context, is done by a person who already has a preconceived notion, we are sure to get a crooked anomaly.
We know that Ramankutty was a Hindu. For him, the words of Jesus in Luke 14:33 (when plucked out of context) sounded very similar to the World renunciation practised by Hindu Sanyasis. We know in India and other Oriental religious systems, it is normal for some individuals to renounce all that they have and go to some mountain/Jungle/Monastery to live a life devoid of all pleasures in life. They are out to achieve some kind of mystical union with the ultimate Brahma as a means to attain Nirvana. That is where our dear Ramankutty/Alwyn stumbled upon this verse.
What did Jesus teach and practice regarding Forsaking?
If we go to the previous verses of the said scripture, we can get the context. Jesus was speaking about situations of individuals who took upon themselves tasks which they were not able to complete.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
Jesus was clearly laying down the rules of his expectation from his disciples. He was saying that in the process of following Jesus, you will face challenges. These challenges could come from very unexpected quarters. In the process of tackling these challenges, you should be willing to give away anything that you hold dear for his sake. He was letting his disciples know that the stakes for the Kingdom of heaven are high that nothing in this world is worth holding on to.
At no point was Jesus telling his disciples to unilaterally abandon parents, wife, children and siblings to join a commune. Jesus will never ask anybody to do something which he did not practice himself. Unless you are facing an obstruction for your following of Jesus, you should not part your ways. It’s abhorrent and ridiculous even to suggest abandoning your believing parents, spouse and kids to join an organization by misquoting Jesus’s words. Jesus’s disciples lived with their families when Jesus said these words. At no point, they discarded their folks and broke their marriage vows.
The World Renouncer from TPM
Strangely, this behaviour of TPM syncs up with the Hindu Mystic who abandons his/her near and dear ones, following some strange paths like the Ramakrishna Mutt or Brahma kumaris etc.
Do you now know why TPM never made any impact in western nations (largely Christian) but has a good following in India and Srilanka? Do you know even in TPM-West, a huge majority are descendants of South Asian immigrants? TPM’s philosophy appeals to an Indian mind because of its Hindu /Buddhist/Jain concept of world renouncement. No wonder that they address their clergy as “Saints” because, in a Hindu setup, those saffron clad guys are addressed as “Saints/Sadhus”. The Hindu mind cannot fathom to address a commoner as a “Saint”.
To the Hindu mindset, a “Saint” has to come with a Form of Godliness giving themselves a distinct air of superiority, symbolized by their dress. In the early days of CPM, Ramankutty and Alwyn used to wear saffron garbs to show externally, that they are “Saints”. Later on, when the local populace categorized these people along with the Buddhist/Hindu monks, they decided to have a facelift change. Therefore these neo-Christian saints changed it to a white coloured garb.
Dear TPM believer,
I have also at one time, boasted of the TPM Ministers’ consecration and the thought that they have forsaken all for Christ. But those were the days of my ignorance. Abandoning your elderly parents or separating from your wife of covenant marriage, is a sign of brainwashing and gross disobedience to God. God has replied that in a way for everybody to know. If you take the statistics, you can know that a huge majority of TPM Ministers die prematurely. Is not that a fulfilment of God’s promise?
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) Ephesians 6:2
You can choose to ignore the above proof God has clearly provided under the Sun because you have wilfully loved the lie. Taking your share of your father’s wealth and joining a South Asian commune is no better than the prodigal son who took his share of his Father’s wealth.
It’s cowardly to run away from responsibilities and cover that with a cloak of religion. You can choose to be a disciple of Jesus or be a prodigal son. It is a choice.