Possession + Position = Poison!?

Aug 19, 2020

There is greed or avarice for accumulation accretion and aggregation of material things. Whether it is fruitful or not, whether it is essential or not but my wardrobe must be full, complete, crowded and over flowing. There may be things or clothes not used for years together but my wardrobe has a place and it is a palace for the compiled things.

How one is measured or respected as prominent, powerful, influential, important and significant? If one has a gun man around him considered as a great person. If one is many years in politics considered as dominant creature. If one has many people all around him spelled as powerful person. Position location and situation speaks everything and post is counted everywhere. This is seen irrespective of gender, creed colour or caste. In short, people crave for possession, position and power. Let us reflect how one is afflicted, affected, impressed, touched or troubled by possession and position?

Greed and need:Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's needs, but not every man's greed,” said Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Thinking pattern of today is let me trove, hoard or backlog as much as possible in my barn or shed , this is not in terms of material or temporal things but even in terms of power, potential and skill. The ministers want to grab as many as portfolios that is too creamy, prime and plum in fact they may not have the capacity, scope, space, size or ability to exercise it energetically, effectively and satisfactorily. There are three gates to the self-destructive hell: Lust (kama), Anger (krodha), and Greed (Lobha) - Sri Krishna Quotes (Bhagavat Gita). John F Kennedy Beautifully said “You cannot negotiate with people who say what's mine is mine and what's yours is negotiable”. Greed blinds the people to see the real need, sensibility, or reality of the people and thickens the skin to see the legitimacy of the world and forms a dead, lifeless and barren conscience.

Poverty of Truth:it is our obligation to speak the truth, and everyone can either take it or leave it, but truth must be in us. We live in such a poverty of truth today”- says mother Angelica. Today people run after the fake and fabricated news and it spreads like wild fire, difficult to differentiate, comprehend and discriminate what is pure, perfect and proper but the people are ecstatic, elated, thrilled and comfortable because one gets what one desires. Many a time media is vile, polarizing and dehumanizing. Speaking truth is the perilous and precarious factors or components because one has to be ready to endure, hurt and suffer ultimately give up one’s convictions and lastly give up life. Today‘s life is duplicitous deceitful, dishonest and erroneous. The world is surrounded, ringed, enclosed by coteries. These parasites and elements eliminate the truth, then where does the slogan Satyameva Jayate (Truth alone triumphs) stand?

Favoritism and Nepotism: The term God father is common, familiar and frequent in every field be it politics or sports or in religious circle or in film industry. The world of today is composed, contained and ruled with favoritism and nepotism. Whichever department you walk in without influence, bribe, gift or graft nothing moves and measured. Corruption has reached to that height, if you openly condemn, decry or criticize you will be finalized or raided by statutory authorities. This not only happens in civil society but religious circle too. Truth slowly, exactly and certainly disappears, disperses and dissipates. Then how can we recite with Nobel Peace prize Winner Sri Ravindra Nath TagoreWhere the mind is without fear and the head held high; where knowledge is free; into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake."

Freedom of expression: Article 10 of the Human Rights Act says “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers” and the Constitution of India the Article 19 says: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression, this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." Today I am influenced by electronic gadgets, media, and public opinions if so how can I express my opinion or give meaning to my expressions? I am targeted, warned my belongings are vandalized? At the same time the constitutional right is used, abused, over used and brushed aside to fulfill the hidden, obscure secluded agenda. “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others” says Nobel peace prize winner Nelson Mandela. Am I having the wisdom and big heart to respect appreciate, regard and honor my brothers and sisters freedom?

Equality before law: Article 14 of the Constitution of India reads as under: “The State shall not deny to any person equality before the law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India.”... Are we not making the Constitution mockery, sham or travesty? Many a time law is taken into one’s hands by the powerful, positioned and possessed people as their personal property. The poor, neglected of the society has to run for justice from pillars to post. In this sense can we say I am equal before the law? During the Lock down / Pandemic period we have witnessed the weddings of rich people and politicians, if the prescribed number exceeds no FIR is filed and for the poor people FIR is ready and prosecuted in no time, in a sense the entire celebration of the poor people is desecrated. We have enough and more flights to bring back the children of affluent moneyed and rich people who are studying abroad but for the migrant labourers to go to their home town no vehicles, they have to walk miles together bare foot effect of this many have lost belongings and life, . When the celebrities are admitted to the hospital, the media is the first one to cover 24X7 their progress and flashed on the screen as breaking news, what about the poor people who die on the way to the hospital? No media, no propaganda, no breaking news. People are dying of floods the media is busy covering day in and day out the story of girl friends of celebrities. A six-year-old girl was brutally raped in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh, Her private part was crushed, she is fighting for life but there is no outrage in media or social media? Is it equality before the law?

Constitutional Remedies: The Architect of the Constitution B R Ambedkar called 'Article 32' of the Indian Constitution i.e. Right to Constitutional remedies as 'the heart and soul of the Constitution'. It was acknowledged because mere declaration of the fundamental right without effective machinery for enforcement of the fundamental rights would have been meaningless. While Supreme Court has power to issue writs via article 32, High Courts have this power via article 226. Are all our citizens able to exercise this constitutional remedy? To get justice people have to spend heavily added to this they are uneducated, does our democracy which we profess proclaim propagate makes the citizens comfortable relaxed and secure in getting justice? There are so many schemes of the government may it be of Central or state does it reach directly to the people? Why there is dissatisfaction, frustration, irritation and resentment? It is time to figure out!!!

One Nation One Humanity: You can develop the right attitude toward others if you have kindness, love and respect for them, and a clear realization of the oneness of all human beings says Dalai Lama. Variety is not against oneness but it is complimentary, integral and reciprocal. Our nation is rich, well-heeled and well to- do- because of diversity of culture, religion, language, tradition, traits so forth and so on. Living with peace, tranquillity and harmony is brother sisterhood; this is the beauty and bounty or special character of India. Before becoming a Sikh, a Muslim, a Hindu or a Christian, let's become a human first. - Teachings of Guru Nanak.

The blood of every citizen substantiates that we have one humanity; the desire of every child of Mother India is unity in diversity. The every breath of Indian is Vande Mataram. We must learn to live like brothers and sisters or we will perish together as fools says Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Possession and position takes you nowhere but it becomes poison at the last breath of one’s life. A choice or a challenge is thrown at us to choose Humanity as a living altar to love, care and share and not to possess position and become a poison.





By Fr Joachim D'Souza
Fr Joachim D'Souza a Catholic priest who obtained his Doctorate in the faculty of Human Rights. He has finished his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Laws (LLB) and completed Masters in Sociology and Laws (LLM). As an advocate he mediates to settle the long pending litigations of property, families and drafts the legal documents. Presently he resides at Asha Kiran, Heroor, Brahamavar, Udupi, Karnataka, India. Mobile: +91- 9902774580
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Comment on this article

  • Jenevieve Baretto, madanthyar/ abudhabi

    Wed, Sep 02 2020

    Dear Fr.Joachim,
    Happy to read a well written article.I have been a big fan of you ever since you were my catechism teacher in grade 8.Very inspiring and very wise.Thank you and looking forward more knowledge from you.

  • Dr Mohan Prabhu, LL.D, QC, Mangalore (Kankanady)/Ottawa, Canada

    Sun, Aug 23 2020

    Dear Rev.
    I began to read your well written and well thought out article with great interest on a theme that seems to attract attention take us of writers these days, but was unable to go through it fully without being distracted by the many alliterations and epithets which do not do justice to the core message you are conveying. In these modern times people are so caught up with possessions and display of their wealth, the competition goes even in neighbourhoods where a new owner wants to build a bigger house than the one next door and so on, and in display of charm by profuse ornaments and make-up to enliven the female beauty – competing for attention. There are so many ways that human beings indulge in to flaunt their possessions, both material and physical – and there are also a few holy humbugs who display their devotion as well – that it becomes a road show in many cases. It provokes strong reaction from others and makes them covet the wealth (or beauty), irresistible enough to commit crimes.
    Society at large itself values and encourages this when people are tantalized by commercials, lottery winnings and so forth. They create a huge market and business booms.
    There is no right answer to these cravings which all come to an end eventually, though there is a saying that even a dying person longs to live for one more hour to enjoy what he sees before his eyes being lost to him for ever! Where does it all end? Who enjoys it after its owner is gone> Death is a great leveler. Only good and charitable deeds survive.

  • Gilbert Menezes, Moodubelle / Melbourne

    Fri, Aug 21 2020

    Thank you Fr. Joachim for an inspiring article. The world is struggling today due to greed for sex, wealth, and power! We need to be enlightened that we are on a journey in this beautiful world, we have come into this world and would go back from this world empty-handed. God bless everyone to understand Possession + Position = Poison!

  • Rohan, Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 21 2020

    Nice article fr. with all important information, professional and well thought...

  • Valerian Baretto, Bantwal - Bangalore Rajajinagar

    Fri, Aug 21 2020

    Very informative article Rev.Fr.Jochim. Continue with your good work

  • John B. Monteiro, Bondel Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 21 2020

    Very focussed and comprehensive analysis of the current situation and pointers for course correction.

  • Fr Vincent D Souza, Capuchin, Mogarnad

    Fri, Aug 21 2020

    Dear Fr Joachim, Congratulations for this nice and enlightening article. What I liked the most is One Nation One Humanity. Power and Position are for service and not for selfish gains. What we need more today is Love, Compassion, respect, Sharing, Peace and Jusice. What we need today is peaceful existence. We are reminded of the quote Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavanthu. Thanks a lot Fr for always highlighting Jusice and Human Values.

  • John, Mangalore

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Jesus on Power, Influence and Justice in a message to John Leary dated Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

    Jesus said: “My people, I told My apostles that it is more difficult for rich people to come into heaven because their wealth distracts them from Me. The rich not only lavish themselves with many possessions, but they enjoy controlling people with their power and influence. Some rich people are controlling the politics of various countries. When these rich people think they are like gods, then I will take their wealth away, and My justice will rule over them. You are not here on earth just to amass wealth from the stock market, but you have a mission to help people with your time, your talent, and your treasure. You are not misers or controllers of people’s lives, but there is more to life than money and possessions. Money and the desire for money can be the root of all evil. It is better to trust in My power than your own means, because I can do the impossible to help people. Call on Me in prayer, and trust that I can provide for your needs.”

  • Joseph F. Gonsalves, Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: John 14:6 And you ye shall know the tr

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: John 14:6

    And you ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free John 8:32

    Presently, specially the literates are not at all speaking in the public in fear.

    Truth is gone in the hiding.

  • Francis Lewis, Sastan

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Dear Fr.
    Thanks for the article and Very interesting. May the Almighty Lord bless you abundantly.

  • George Dsouza, Mumbai/Botswana

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Very inspiring and motivating article, Thank Fr. Joachim.

  • L Bahrain, Bahran

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Dear Fr. Thank you for your good article. There is more divorce case in Mangalore nobody concentrate about this and nobody writing article about this. I think now very important more work on this topic.

  • Marol, Udupi

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    I should be good for every one to be good. Thank you and God bless each and every one of us

  • Alwyn Johnson Quadros, Shirva/Dubai

    Thu, Aug 20 2020

    Thank you Fr. for the good article.
    Satisfaction , no man can be fully satisfied in this world.

  • John, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 19 2020

    Well written ! Finally one has to detach from self or own body. No possession or position is taken to the grave, leave the chair and go! Then one reaps one's karma.

    To overcome bad Karma one need to practice charity and love when there is still time also against following Ideal things there is no Law as Bible says,

    Acts 20:35
    35 "In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’"

    Galatians 5:22-23
    22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

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