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Goethals Indian Library & Research Society, Kolkata
Vol. IX No. 3 Bulletin July - September 2006
News Update | Articles | Researchers
New Arrivals | Mails & Emails
New GB Member: Fr. Provincial who is the ex-officio president has appointed Frs.
Peter Arulraj, Mathieu Schillings and Jerome Francis as new GB members of the
GILRS in the places of Frs. Ruy Cordeiro, Beckers and M. Fohshow. The GILRS
extends a warm welcome to the three new members. The GB thanks Frs. Ruy, Beckers
and Fohshow and places on record their contribution to the Society.
Book Donations: We are grateful to Fr. Joseph de Souza, SJ, Prabhu Jisur Girja,
Kolkata for donating the full series of the Light of the East and The
The New Review.
Final Profession of Fr. Dominic: Our prayerful wishes to Fr. Dominic Savio, one
of GILRS’s GB members who took his final vows in the Society of Jesus on
September 8. May his commitment enable him to reach out to people in the
Ignatian spirit of magis.
The Dance of The
Do you see the dance of the divine in the smiles of these little ones?
Children are innocent, sweet, graceful, gentle, simple, beautiful, pure,
peaceful, powerful and divine. They evoke love and admiration. They become
center of attraction and observation. We like to lift them, pinch them, hold
them and kiss them. In their smiles, we see the dance of the Divine. “Let the
children come to me, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these”. (Lk.
Chesterton was not as great a poet as Wordsworth but he was certainly as great a
child. Chesterton became Christ-like by remaining child-like. In ‘A Second
Childhood’ he shows us the wisdom of wonderland.
When all my days are ending
And I have no song to sing,
I think I shall not be too old
To stare at everything;
As I stared once at a nursery door
Or a tall tree and a swing.
“Jesuit Education: A Means for Social Transformation”
1st Prize – Rs. 1,000/-
2nd Prize – Rs. 600/-
3rd Prize – Rs. 400/-
Last date: 30th September, 2006.
Essays can be sent via email or hard copy to Director, Goethals Library
Lectures by Fr. Felix Raj:
Viswabharati University, Santiniketan - on "Gobalization and Developing
Countries" on July 16. 2006.
St. Xavier's College, Kolkata - "Gobalization and Development" on July 22, 2006.
XLRI, Jamshedpur - "Ignatian Charism" on July 30th , 2006.
Researchers at the Goethals
Br. P. Arockia Samy, Kolkata, on Santal.
Dr. Patrick Loo Heng Chuen, Kolkata, on Philosophy & Theology.
Dr. Rila Mukherjee, Kolkata, on History.
Fr. Cyril Raphael Veliath, Japan, on Raja Rammohan Roy, Fr. Antoine and Fr.
Fr. J. Santham, Kolkata, on Brahmabandhab Upadhyay.
Fr. Paul Jackson SJ, Patna, on Fr. Victor Courtois.
Mr. Angelo Pugliese, Kolkata, on Indology.
Mr. Anil Elias Pereira, New Delhi, on Theology.
Mr. Jeevan Mendonsa, Delhi, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai.
Mr. S. Maskarnas Sagayaraj, Kolkata, on Santal Culture.
Mr. Somy Mathew, Jamshedpur.
Mr. Soumen Dutta, Kolkata, on Sir Daniel Hamilton’s life and work.
Mr. Yohan F. Alphanso, West Bengal, on Theology.
Ms. Maitreyee Choudhury, Kolkata, on Himalayan Studies.
Ms. Priyanka Dhanani, Kolkata, on Economics.
Ms. Samudrika Tankha, Kolkata, on History of St Xavier’s College.
Ms. Saloni Jalan, Ms Saloni Jalan, Ms. Disha Dugar, Ms. T. Sonia,
Ms. Neha Daga and Ms. Nisha Garodia, Kolkata, St. Xavier’s College.
Contemporary Art in India
by Pran Nath Mago, National Book Trust of India,
The Jesus Dynasty by
James D. Tabor, Harper Collins Ltd., 2006.
INDICA by Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Mumbai, March, 2006.
Santiniketan and Sriniketan: A History Introduction by Uma Das Gupta, The
Visvabharati Quarterly, May1975 - April 1976.
The Future of India by Bimal Jalan, Penguin Books, India, 2006.
Religions in Christian
Theology by K. P. Aleaz, Punthi Pustak, Kolkata, 2001.
The History of Bengal -
Volume II - Muslim Period 1200 AD–1757 AD by Sir Jadunath Sarkar, B. R. Publishing Corporation, Delhi, 2004.
The History of Bengal -
Volume I - Hindu Period (ed.) R. C. Majumdar, B. R.
Publishing Corporation, Delhi, 2003.
A Cry for Peace
THE WORLD is crying for peace. The West is desiring the restoration of peace
through a League of Powers. But can Powers find their equilibrium in themselves?
Power cannot be made secure only against power, it must also be made secure
against the weak; for there lies the peril of its losing balance. The weak are
as great a danger for the strong, as quicksands for an elephant. They do not
assist progress, because they do not resist, they only drag down. The people who
grow accustomed to wield absolute power over others are apt to forget, that by
doing it they generate an unseen disruptive force, which some day rends that
power into pieces. The dumb fury of the down-trodden finds its awful support
from the universal law of moral balance. The air which is thin and weak gives
birth to storms that nothing can resist. This has been proved in history over
and over again; and stormy forces arising from the heart of insulted humanity
are openly gathering in the air even in the present day. Yet the psychology of
athletic might stubbornly refuse its lessons and despise to take count of the
terribleness of the weak. This is the gross stupidity, that, like an unsuspected
worm, burrows at the bottom of the muscular bulk of the prosperous and the
proud. Have we never read of the gorgeousness of a power, supinely secure in its
arrogance, in a moment dissolving in the air at the explosion of the outraged
weak? Politicians calculate upon the number of mailed hands that are on the
sword-hilts; they do not possess the third eye to see the great invisible hand,
that clasps in silence the hand of the helpless and waits its time. The strong
form their League by combination of Powers, driving the weak to form their
league alone with their God. I know I am crying in the wilderness, when I raise
my voice of warning; and while the West is busy in its organization for building
its machine-made peace, it will still continue to nourish, with its iniquities,
underground forces of earthquake in the vast bosom of the Eastern Continent. The
West seems unconscious that Science, by providing it with more and more power,
is tempting it to suicide, encouraging it to accept the challenge of the
disarmed, not knowing that this challenge comes from a higher source.
– from The
English Writings of Rabindranath Tagore edited by Sisir Kumar Das.
The Golden Temple
The most sacred temple of the Sikhs is the Golden Temple at Amritsar. The name of Guru Nanik, the founder of Sikhism, is revered and honured
all over the Punjab and Sindh. He is the builder of the purest form of theism in
India. The Giranth Sahib, the sacred book of the Sikhs, is rich with gems and
devotional verse. In the golden temple, the bavas (Sikh priests) read the
Giranth and distribute parsad with great religious awe and veneration. It was
dewali night; the temple was crowed with visitors and Upadhyayji purchased a
ticket for amritsar. He was not allowed, however, to travel by the mail train,
as he was dressed as a poor bhikshu. The policeman actually whipped him on his
attempting to get into the train, but he patiently bore it, saying it is not
right to get a poor countryman into truble. An influencial Punjabee, however
soon put him into the train, but great was this man's disappointment on learning
that he had helped a Christian sannyasi! Ancient God of India, bless the land
that was once so great and glorious, when brothers of different faiths lived in
peace under the same parental roof!
The temple is a sea of moving figures. About a lac of persons are within its
walls, moving in opposite directions round a pong in the centre. A poor old
woman is being crushed to death by the pressure of the multitudes surrounding
her. She groans with pain but her sobs are drowned, in the hubbub of the exited
mob. The sympathetic heart of Upadhyayji went out to the old lady in distress
and shouting at the top of his voice to the selfish, thoughtless crowd, he saved
the helpless woman from being done to death.
- From 'Swami Upadhyay Brahmabandhav':
A story of his life by B. Animananda.
Remembering the ‘Moulvi Saheb’
Contributions of Victor Courtois to Islam-Christian Dialogue
By Fr. Julian S. Das, SJ
The second half of the twentieth century witnessed talented, daring Jesuits of
Calcutta Province, who defied the prevalent trends in order to put into practice
what the later Vatican Council II would recommend as a new approach. There were
Jesuits therefore who felt the urgent need to reach out to the people of other
faiths with an open and friendly approach. Many of their contributions opened up
new avenues in looking at other faiths not with animosity, but with warm and
cordial feelings. Thus today one still remembers the path-breaking contributions
of Frs. Johannes, Antoine and Fallon, who made a serious attempt to understand
the Hindu sentiments, and there was Fr Victor Courtois, who single-handedly
reached out to the Muslim community in and around the City of Joy, and he still
remains the person who could not be replaced even after about four decades.
Building cordial relationship between Muslims and Christians is a process that
was initiated by the Vatican Council II, and several Christians had undertaken
serious efforts to clarify misconceptions about Islam in order to foster
friendly ties. In the later years following the Council, even several Muslim had
come forward to reciprocate and initiate ‘meeting points’ in building a healthy
lasting cordial relationship.
Christian Troll in one of his unpublished essay pays homage to the father of
Muslim-Christian dialogue in the subcontinent in the following words: “In the
Indian subcontinent, no doubt, Fr. Victor Courtois, S.J. has been the
outstanding Catholic pioneer in fostering better Christian-Muslim relations. He
has been the first to make the modern Catholic Church in India aware of the
Muslim dimension of its apostolic task”. Troll adds that the work of Courtois
was all the more challenging, because almost single-handedly he tried “in
teaching and writing, to inform Christian leaders about Islam and to create in
them an attitude of openness and empathy towards the Muslims”
Addressing the Agra Consultation on Dialogue with Muslims, about 20 years after
the untimely death of Courtois, Troll invited the participants “to heed to Fr
Victor Courtois’ voice and to resume the task where he left it to us. We have to
respond to his message creatively, here and now”. That is perhaps the best of
compliments showered upon a pioneer in Muslim-Christian dialogue, who is slowly
sinking into oblivion. The present paper is an attempt to revive the memories of
the great work that Courtois had initiated, and its relevance to Christian life
in India today...(for the full paper please visit www.goethals.org)
Jesuit Hosten’s Contribution to Indian Christian History
Dr. Jose Kalapura, SJ, Director, Bihar Social Institute, Patna
The world of history is agog with new histeriographical concepts. New tools are
being invented to analyse and interpret complex configurations of individual and
collective human behavior in the past. While these recent theories have added
new dimensions to the study of history, no historical literature can be properly
interpreted if the cultural and social milieu of the age in which it was
produced is not taken into consideration. Further, no historical work can be
properly understood if the psychology of the author is not carefully analyzed.
This historian’s goal is to bring the past to life so that we may enter into the
experience of earlier generations and become the better for having done so.
History as an academic discipline endeavors to show what actually took-place in
the past or, the facts in reality. However, it is said that facts become history
only when interpreted. This implies the subjectivity of the interpreter and the
objectivity of facts. Objectivity, if carried to an extreme, results in dry and
lifeless cataloguing of events; subjectivity, if carried to an extreme, results
in a highly biased work often divorced from reality. What is needed is judicious
combination of both elements, which will give real history based on foundation
of historical facts carefully selected from the vast mass of sources having
varying degrees of credibility. This can be achieved only if the historian
follows certain proven methodologies and stands as a spectator rather than
participant, in the events in history.
Within these parameters an attempt is being made in this paper to understand and
evaluate the relatively large tracts of historical literature produced by the
Jesuit historian Father Henry Hosten.
Widely acknowledged for his scholarship in history, Hosten seems to have spent a
lifetime of historical research not only in Indian Jesuit history but also in
general Church history of India and the Indies. His literary produce, scattered,
and in series are, have been compiled into a monumental 43-volume work titled,
The Collected Works of Rev. H. Hosten, SJ, which is preserved in the archives of
Vidyajyoti College of Theology, a 115-year-old national Jesuit Theology College
in Delhi. This study is based on the ‘Hosten Collection’ and his other published
and unpublished materials.
Unearthing a historian of the past and the sources he used which are still more
remote from the present times, necessarily involves a bifocal movement in time:
first, a movement toward the period of the sources he used, and second, toward
the person of the historian himself. This also implies a two-way conversation:
between the source materials and the present historian on the one hand, and
between the past historian and the present historian, on the other. This paper
being an explorative study does not claim to have any in-depth understanding of
Hosten’s historical literature, nor of his person. At best it is intended that
this study will provide a glimpses of the labyrinth of source materials which
Hosten seems to have made available to scholars for the writing of an Indian
history. This is also a modest attempt to situate Hosten in the realms of Asian
Church history in general and Indian Jesuit history, in particular. …………. … (for
the full paper please visit www.goethals.org)
Centenary Celebrations of Swami Brahmabandhab Upadhyay
The Goethals Indian Library & Research Society will be hosting a
Seminar in October 2007, on the life and work of Swami Brahmabandhab Upadhyay. A
committee has been formed which is looking into a Drama on BU’s life and a
documentary film on him.
Oriental Scenery and Old Calcutta Views
We have in our library the complete set of all the plates of the Oriental
Scenery by Thomas & William Daniell and Old Calcutta Views by
James Fraser and
William Wood. We also have them on CD.
To maintain the century old library and to support its projects, we plan to
raise some funds by supplying digital prints of these plates. These prints,
either laminated or framed, could decorate your homes, living rooms, offices,
The price chart is given below:
|Size in inches
|4 x 6
|8 x 12
|10 x 15
|10 x 15
|For copies of digital prints contact the Library Office. Tel: 2280 1919
The Warrior King
A mighty warrior king. He spent his time training his armies, perfecting his
military strategies, and winning wars. One after another. He collected
victories. Yet, despite the fact that he already had many, it was never enough.
A new war and a new victory would leave the king satisfied only for a short
time, and then the excitement would subside and fade away.
But, you see... deep down, he often felt alone, and even lonely, he really
didn't have any friends. Not even one person to really talk to.
Then, one night he had a strange and vivid dream. In it, he saw a young boy.
This boy didn't run away, as everybody else did when they saw the king coming
close. Instead, the boy looked at the king, asked "Are you happy?" and smiled.
Even though the king knew it was only a dream, he could not get this simple
question out of his mind. It stayed with him, and would jump into mind at
various unpredictable moments.
At first, the king simply ignored the thought. Then, as the thought persisted,
he got more and more frustrated, annoyed, and even angry. Eventually, he started
thinking about the question, and once even asked himself out loud, "Am I happy?"
"This was a quick and easy battle, "thought the king to himself, as he was
riding his horse back to the palace. It was indeed, for the enemy was not
prepared for the swift attack by the king and his selected troops. The king felt
tired, disillusioned, and irritated. "I need to find something else to do."
He noticed a little creek through the edge of the forest and turned towards it,
thinking of the refreshing cold water on his face. He got off his horse, and as
he was about to kneel down, he noticed a movement out of the corner of his eye.
Right there, to his right, in between the trees...
Quietly, step by step, he sneaked in closer, while remaining hidden from view.
As he carefully moved the bushes aside, he saw an opening between the trees. In
the center of it, there was an old man. He was wearing strange robes, and
certainly didn't look local. He was moving in circles, with his arms spread to
the sides, occasionally touching a tree or bending to put a hand on the grass.
It looked like an odd ritual, or perhaps a weird dance. The king could hear him
chanting in a foreign language.
"What is it you are doing here?" asked the king, as he stepped into the center.
The old man finished the last circle and stood facing the king. "There is war on
this land," said the old man, "and the land is suffering. Animals are being
killed for food, trees are being cut for fires, and water is being polluted with
blood of the innocent. I am performing an ancient ceremony which helps the land
"Not much help you are, aren't you?!" smirked the king. "I am coming back from
yet another war."
"Yes, I know, there is only me here. I could certainly be of some help. After
all, what can one old man do?"
"Are you happy?" The thought popped up again into the king's mind. He looked at
the old man, who - despite the enormous task he was faced with - looked
peaceful, serene, almost smiling.
"Well, old man" said the king. I am a king, and I am going to help you with your
"Ohh... thank you for your offer," replied the old man. "It is most kind of you.
But you see... you cannot. A warrior cannot be a peacemaker."
Never in his life has the king felt rejected before. And by who? Some strange
old man, who dared to say no to the greatest warrior of his time?! As his hand
instinctively reached for the sword, the image of the smiling child crossed his
eyes again. "Are you happy?" As the king stared into the old man's eyes, they
suddenly looked like the eyes of the boy in his dream. Peaceful, gentle, yet
radiating something extremely powerful in a way the king never felt or
His hand froze on the tilt of the sword, and then gently moved away, as if
guided by its own will. "Will you... will you teach me?" quietly asked the king.
It was almost a whisper, yet the old man heard it and smiled again. "I will be
happy to. This land needs all the help it can get, and the time is short."
With these words, the old man moved to face the king and stared deeply into his
He was holding three necklaces with colourful stones in them. "These are special
stones that hold ancient powers," he said. "They were given to me by my teacher.
Carry them with you and use them wisely."
He put the first necklace, with a red stone, around the king's neck, saying
"With this stone, I release the pressure in your chest".
He took another necklace, this one with a blue stone, and gave to the king.
"With this stone, I remove the tears from your eyes and heart that you have been
crying because of all the people lost in the war."
Putting the third necklace around the king's neck, this one with a green stone,
he said "With this one, I release your voice, so that you too can start speaking
He then said to the king, "Now, go and bury your sword, so that we can put our
minds and hearts together to see what kind of a world we can leave for our
One night, the boy from his old dream appeared again. He just sat there, smiling
yet saying nothing, looking at the king. And the king saw himself, in the dream,
saying "I am now."
Birth Day Celebration
I had a simple and very meaningful celebration of my Birth Day at Loyola School,
Kidderpore. Around fifty SNEGAM children of Kidderpore Centre along with their
parents wished me long life in love and service. Most of them are drop-outs or
left out from mainstream of education. We try to reach out to them so that they
feel loved and cared for.
Mails & Emails
Goethals is a very nice and well-maintained library.
Ms. Neha Daga
It was a great joy to see the wonderful Collection of Books. Library is
maintained well. Such a collection will help many to do research.
Mr. Yohan F.
The library has a very impressive collection of materials.
Dr. Patrick Loo Heng
Good Collection of rare books, easy way of accession references.
I appreciate the collection you have preserved for years. It will be a great
help to generations of research students. Mr. Anil Elias Pereira, New Delhi
Quiet and peaceful environment and absolutely conducive for the kind of research
work it is meant for. Thank you for keeping it this way.
Ms. Vatsala Goel,
The service at the library is excellent and efficient.
Fr. Cyril Raphael Veliath,
As a student of St. Xavier’s College, I visited The Goethals Library, I was
overwhelmed by this peaceful treasure trove of information. I am privileged to
use the materials available at the library. I thank Fr. Felix Raj for giving me
permission to use the library. I spent many a delightful hour reading through
old and dusty issues of The Xavierian and other material related to the history
of the College, in the ample daylight that comes streaming in though the
windows. I also thank the staff at the library for their mending enthusiasm and
Samudrika Tankha, B.A (Eng), St. Xavier’s College.
It is very nice to see that the website has become more colorful. Hope you will
publish the full papers in the form of a book.
Thank you for sending me the Goethals News. It's very informative and I
appreciate your good work. The research scholars working in various fields give
a glimpse of what Goethals is doing. May your library be a spark and light to
many and may it's findings reach out to millions to gain knowledge and wisdom.
Thanks once again for giving a space in our joint effort to do something
honourable for our great pioneer Brahmabandhav Upadhyay, in the field of
Fr. Sunil Rosario, Kolkata
I am one of those who wrote and sent a brief write-up about Fr Beckers. Should
the person who is putting together the volume wish to get a machine copy of what
I sent, so that time may not be wasted re-keying it, I can send it. Joe Cleetus
Goethals Indian Library & Research Society, St. Xavier’s, 30 Mother Teresa
Sarani, Kolkata-700 016, India.
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