Kaimuthu Issue – Much Ado About Nothing

Written By: on Jul 5th, 2009 and filed under Columns, Opinions.


There has been much ado about nothing (kaimuthu to the Priest). Kaimuthu is the fee given to a Karmikan for the Karma (wedding, baptism, house warming etc.). I remember to have heard from late H.G. Thoma Mar Dionysus two things about this. Thirumeni said that if Karma has to be perfect,the Karmikan has to be given the fee.

1. Late H.H Gheevarghese II used to make a Priest celebrate Holy Qurbana for His Holiness parents. Each time such Qurbana was completed,the Priest use to come and meet Thirumeni, Thirumeni used to give him a fee. On one occasion, a Priest who celebrated the Holy Qurbana and Doopaparthana was given the said fee as usual. Very politely he refused the fee from Thirumeni and Thirumeni told him that “if my Parents have to get relief and consideration, you have to receive this fee”. Only when the Karmikan gets the Karmic fee, the karma will get the full effect. Also I had several occasions to see Thirumeni compelling the persons who wanted to celebrate the Karma to pay to the Achens, Semmashans and drivers and also the Achens, Semmashans and drivers to receive the same.

2. Thirumeni told the Priest the example of the Qurbana sacrificed by Cain and Abel. Cain gave not the best he had. On the other hand Able gave the best he had got. Naturally Cain’s sacrifice was rejected and Able’s sacrifice was accepted. So the fulfillment of the Karma is in the perfection of the fee that you give for the Karma. Of course the Kaimuthu you are giving to the Priest or the Bishop is for the Karma they are doing. The drivers do not offer Karma and naturally they are not be given as much as that of the fee given to Karmikan. But the driver has helped the Bishop to come to the church and offer the Karma. Similarly a Deacon helps the Bishop to perform the Karma perfectly. So in that way they also are important in the Karma. Thus they also deserve a fee. It is not in the big amount given to them. It is the fullness of your mind is counted.

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3 Responses for “Kaimuthu Issue – Much Ado About Nothing”

  1. Johny Amsterdam says:

    Yea I agree with Mr.Georgekutty, the system is close to rubbish now if it already is not. The church I am a member of is almost a social setup rather than a divine.

    Again I reiterate, I am not against good salaries for Priests and Metropolitans, everyone deserves a good living but the extras that a lot of Priests and Metropolitans expect is bothersome. it does add a lot of pressure on the people who cannot afford to pay in equal or almost equal kinds. As for Metropolitans, I can only say, they have graduated to a new level of luxury, the Lancers and the Mercidice, but don’t restrain from any form of collection.

    Johny Amsterdam

  2. Varughese (Georgekutty) Punnoose says:

    I happened to read most of the article and thought about making a comment, but somehow did not. Mr Johny’s comments forces me to do it. In the earlier times when there was no salary system and mostly most of the priests and bishops had their vision and call to the ministry, money or worldly amenities did not matter much to them. They tried to and lived within the parish’s/diocese’ means. Few months ago somewhere I read that HH Pampadi Thirumeni thirumeni did not even have more than a couple of Capa sets.

    Things have changed, our people prospered materially and are generous in their contributions. When I see all the luxuries that are going on in big parishes and the Church in general, I tend to believe that the high thinking low living breed of priests and bishops have become ‘annyam ninnu poi” . It is OK to publish my email address. Thanks.

  3. Johny Amsterdam says:

    I don’t agree with the Karma stuff that has been written. In the earlier times, this probably was true, where the achans and thirumenis lived on donations from people, even so, I think they were more pious than now.

    Today, the achans and thirumenis are paid handsomely. Beyond it adds a lot of pressure on people who cant afford this fee as it cant be kept small due to social reasons. The thirumenis are most often seen flying to US and Europe and traveling in most fancy cars making the system unaccountable. Are we following the paths of a man who led the simplest of lives from birth.

    I am not trying to argue about the lifestyle of individuals here but only make a point about what is preached and practiced.

    Johny Amsterdam

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