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Jesus in Prison

Jesus in Prison

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Our life is a fictional one – I realized this truth of what Buddha said (Maya) only when I got this ‘passport’. The fiction is found in the ‘outside’ and when one goes ‘inside’, the fiction is turned upside down. Therefore, the ‘outside’ man is standing on his head whereas the man ‘inside’ stands from his feet. Which is better....? Standing from head or feet...? If you stand on your head you could see the caricatures of Disneyland whereas if you stand on your feet you could see the ‘humans’. Humans who have been branded as ‘animals’, ‘monsters’, ‘vermin’, as beyond the social, outside society, as feral .
Our life is a fictional one – I realized this truth of what Buddha said (Maya) only when I got this ‘passport’. The fiction is found in the ‘outside’ and when one goes ‘inside’, the fiction is turned upside down. Therefore, the ‘outside’ man is standing on his head whereas the man ‘inside’ stands from his feet. Which is better....? Standing from head or feet...? If you stand on your head you could see the caricatures of Disneyland whereas if you stand on your feet you could see the ‘humans’. Humans who have been branded as ‘animals’, ‘monsters’, ‘vermin’, as beyond the social, outside society, as feral .

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Published by: Theekshana Ranasinha on Mar 23, 2011
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Jesus in prison
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P a g e
 
Jesus in Prison
(journal of a remand prisoner)
 
ravindra ranasinha
 
Jesus in prison
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P a g e
 THIS BOOK IS DEDICATEDTO EVERYONE WHO HASTURNED SOMEONETO BEA CRIMINAL
 
Jesus in prison
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P a g e
 CURTAIN RAISER
I am REAL. My experience is REAL. The men with whom I lived are REAL. But their names are givenfictitious to save their identity. Only who gets the passport and the visa through a Court of Lawcould only
enter this ‘
region of universal knowledge
’ 
. This, anyone could treat as a research, asurvey or observations, discussions, experiences, as memoir or autobiography or a journal, story,diary, fiction....anything anyone likes, or one could call this sociological, religious, criminological,anthropological or let anyone call this gay or homosexual or human rights or ......anything.... This iseverything for me.... There is no label I could give because my experience is a totality.... Thepurpose of 
reading
this can vary and anyone can find anything...from the great philosopher to thelover of fiction.... Our life is a fictional one
I realized this truth of what Buddha said (
Maya
) only
when I got this ‘passport’. The fiction is found in the ‘outside’ and when one goes ‘inside’,
the
fiction is turned upside down. Therefore, the ‘outside’ man is standing on his head whereas theman ‘inside’ stands from his feet. Which is better....? S
tanding from head or feet...? If you stand onyour head you could see the caricatures of Disneyland whereas if you stand on your feet you could
see the ‘humans’. Humans who have been branded as
 
‘animals’, ‘monsters’, ‘vermin’, as beyond the
social, outside society, as feral 
1
.
This book is to prove that ‘crimes, even the worst and most seemingly inexplicable, do not happenin a vacuum’
2
. The criminal is a product of the society. I call this the
citizen-society 
as all those whoare in the prison are citizens in the country and everyone has a responsibility towards them. No onecan wash their hands! Someone in the citizen-society has contributed to send the
citizen-member 
 to jail and to brand him/her as a criminal. The reason for a citizen to come before a criminal courtcould vary: cultural, political or economical: lack of education, unemployment, undue influence,unfair treatment, negligence or abandonment. Somehow, what was visible was that those in power(wealth, ownership, social status) have exploited the
branded citizen
who is weak in voicing forhis/her rights and have made to turn against the power structure in order to ensure survival. Thecrimino-legal sphere is
weak in listening
to the accused
who is sent to prison and the ‘
books
’ are
only for thos
e who are in ‘power’: justice stands on its head!
3
 
This journal is for someone who could come out from the ‘dreamland’ and think alternatively and
humanely. Not to look at this with the biological eyes but to read this with an
eye of one’s heart.
Donot re
ad this book if you are ‘pure’ and ‘free of any sin’.
I am a sinner and I was with the sinners! Iwas sleeping, eating, drinking, laughing, and crying with the sinners. I love them because they are
natural 
. No superficial, ostentatious, artificial and sophisticated style in them but simple andtruthful. I love them because they are humane. If one is unable to see the human inside of the
‘criminal’ then
better not touch this book. Saints beware; do not defile yourself by touching thisbook!I believe in one thing: Jesus was always with the sinners. He loved them, He spoke to them, Helistened to them, He laughed with them, He lived with them and finally, He was crucified with them.He was treated as a criminal and was given the worst punishment the world knew at that time.Today, He is living with the sinners, He relieves them of their burdens and He has become theSaviour. So it is this Good News that this journal is all about!
1
Collier, R. 1998. Masculitinities, Crime and Criminology, pg.91.
2
ibid. pg.107.
3
 
Parker, I., quoting Derrida (ed. ‘Deconstructing Psychotherapy’, 1999, pg. 46.) says that ‘
what constitutes justice is thedesire to address oneself to the other 
in the language of the other 
 
(emphasis in bold
is mine)’
.

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