V. Simon (1883 - 1944) was a Christian poet
writing in Malayalam. He was also a musician, teacher, poet, reformer,
writer, Bible scholar, and debater. The title Mahakavi (Dean of Poets) was
conferred on him by the Sahitya Parishad (Academy of Literature).
Simon composed around 300 songs
which are extensively used in the Kerala
Brethren Assemblies and other Christian groups. His
malayalam song based on Psalm 134 can be and many times is sung as a
blessing given to a newly married couple at a Malayalee Christian marriage
ceremony. He was also literate in Sanskrit and English with a working
knowledge of Greek and Hebrew.Born in
Simon was an unusually gifted prodigy, becoming a schoolteacher at the age
of 13. As a teacher of the Bible, many were converted to Christianity
through his Bible classes. During the visit of Tamil David to
Travancore in 1895, Simon was saved in a convention meeting. Then he was 12
years of age. After coming across a booklet on believer's baptism and as a
result of reading and studying the subject, Simon was convinced of the need
for believers baptism, and obeyed the Lord in baptism when he was 20 Years
old. This step brought him into conflict with those at home and in his
denominational church for which he had to suffer much on this account. Mr.
Simon was dismissed from his teaching job. As no other teachers were
willing to take up the position compulsorily vacated, the church
authorities re-installed Simon. He continued there for a year more and then
resigned to give his full time to preaching and teaching the word of God.
Although excommunicated from the church, he had many opportunities to
preach the word. Organizing Bible classes, conducting open air preaching
among youth and Sunday school, and similar activities were carried on for
several years. Many were brought to the Lord through this work. Through
preaching and writing, Mr. Simon confirmed the teachings related to New
Testament Church. More than thirty assemblies were established in this way.
Though they were held for some years as a 'separatist' group, later these
assemblies came into full fellowship with the assemblies of the brethren in
this area. He entered his eternal home at the beginning of 1944.