Bishop Mulakal’s ‘rape of a nun’ incident and also many such instances of moral transgressions by various religious heads, in recent times, has thrown up a larger debate. In my opinion, it would be an egregious error to assume that the human beings have just one life. Since antiquity, each of them have led and are leading three lives. Not just that, all the three lives are being lived simultaneously. This is the gospel truth. The Japanese philosophy extols of three faces of a human being, one that is for the self, the second that is known to the immediate acquaintances and the third that is known to the rest of the world. The tall claims of the few individuals that they are uncommonly transparent and that their life is an open book is merely a hog-wash. Our lives are a complex minefields of fiercely guarded secrets and covert existence. Raja Harishchandra and Dharmaraja have always been a byword for honesty and truthfulness but the mankind is aware of their flaws and frailties. As someone had said,” everyone is a moon and has a dark side that he or she doesn’t show to the world”. There is a dark side to every human that is kept under wraps. While all the three sides die with the death of an individual, all the three lives would not have take birth at the same time, each of the three lives takes birth at different times of our existence. There are three sets of each- our beliefs, our facts, our faith, our feelings, our desires and our actions. These three sets cater to the three different set of people- self, immediate acquaintance and to the rest of the world. At the age of 36, whilst married, Gandhi decided to become celibate in order to achieve a state of enlightenment (through the Hindu religion). As he got older, he became more and more fascinated with sex to the point that, second only to non-violence, it was the subject he most talked about. In order to “perfect” his celibate state, Gandhi would sleep naked with young naked women. One of the women was the 16 year old wife of his grand-nephew Kanu Gandhi. When he wanted to share his bed with his 19 year old grandniece Manu Gandhi, he wrote to her father and told him that they were sharing a bed so that he could “correct her sleeping posture”. When his stenographer R. P. Parasuram found him sleeping naked with Manu, he resigned in disgust. prophet Mohammad lived in the Middle East during the 6th and 7th centuries, and from his work grew the world’s second largest religion, Islam. However, while many Muslims today follow a peaceful brand of Islam, as practiced by Mohammad it was far from civil. He would often raid the trade routes and after conquering tribes, Mohammad often allowed his men to rape the women that were captured, as long as they weren’t Muslims, it is alleged.
Some of the acts and actions of even the men in the highest esteem is beyond understanding and comprehension. This is true of every seer, every saint, every prophet and every bishop. There is a sacred life and there is a secret life.
As Oscar Wilde had once said, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth”.
Isn’t everyone wearing one, a mask??