Ancient Book-Burnings: Theravadin Monks Burn Buddha’s Words in Pyre ‘Seven Elephants High’

Lord Buddha Visits Heladiva (Modern Island inaccurately named as Sri Lanka according to the indigenous Hela people of the island.)

According to the Indigenous Vedha Hela of Sri Lanka, Buddha visited the island three times. During his visit, Lord Buddha spoke to the people in their indigenous Helabasa language. These words, written on palm leaves, were preserved for centuries.

However, in the 5th Century AD, Theravadin Monks, after ‘translating’ them..’the original Helabasa texts were heaped into a pile ‘seven elephants high’ and burnt to ashes.

Here both Lord Buddha (Above Left) and Vasudeva Krishna (Above Right & Below) are both represented in the 2000 year old Mathura School of Art. This period was within the same kingdom and ruled over by the same King. Rather than conflict between the two traditions, Lord Buddha was recognized as an Avatar of Vasudeva Krishna, just as he is today by a majority of Vaishnavas and Hindus. He was thus worshipped along with Ramachandra, Narayana, Krishna and Balarama within the same original Vaishnava tradition.
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Theravada Buddhism is a form of ‘religious’ atheism and impersonalism. It is far removed from the original teachings of the Buddha. Thus today people mistakenly assume that Buddhism has nothing to do with the devotional God-centered traditions of the ancient world’s high civilizations.

A brief survey of the contemporaneous Buddhist and Vaishnava architecture and sculpture of ancient Mathura, India is just one example confirming the true nature of original Buddhism.

Emblem of the Indigenous Hela of Heladiva

Indigenous Research Collective Hela Havula writes in Hela Origins, Hela Nation of Heladiva, “The earliest forms of Sri Lankan Indigenous Helabasa that survives today is spoken by the ‘Veddha’ Hela people. It is said in the oral tradition that the Buddha spoke Helabasa on his three separate visits to the Island. A written record of Buddha’s first discourse to the Hela in the original Helabasa text was found recently and has subsequently been published.

Newspaper report on the publication of a recently discovered record of Buddha’s first discourse to the Hela people of modern Sri Lanka. It was one of the rare original Helabasa Buddhist texts that survived destruction by the Theravadin Monks

Although some may argue otherwise, it is inconceivable to think that the Buddha would speak any other language when he specifically instructed the Dhammadutha (‘missionary’) sages to impart the Dhamma (i.e. the teachings of the Buddha) in the mother tongue of the people so they may absorb the Dhamma in its entirety.

Around the 5th century AD, a group of Buddhist monks whose intentions were to re-introduce Buddhism to the birth place of the Buddha in India (which by this time had declined) decided to translate all the old Helabasa Dhamma text into Pali (the language of the Buddha’s birth place). It is said in the oral tradition that after everything was translated into Pali; the original Helabasa texts were heaped into a pile ‘seven elephants high’ and burnt.

From this point onwards, Buddhism had to be taught in the Pali language. The Hela who knew nothing of Pali were now unable to make use of all the wisdom of Buddhism. This misguided act of burning texts was a great injustice to the Hela and a gross insult to the Buddha and his teachings.”

Such a book burning is a highly indicative of an iconoclastic effort. Not only did they erase the original teachings of Lord Buddha, they replaced them with an alternate doctrine of their own invention. This becomes obvious when one tracks the historical footprints of both the original Buddha and the Theravadins.

Knowledge is power and with this one fell swoop the Theravadins obliterated the original teachings of the Buddha. Thus a vast majority of Buddha’s teachings as preserved by the indigenous Heladiva has been forever lost to history.

Native Traditionally Dressed Aristocrats of Kandy, Heladiva, modern Sri Lanka

The very name Theravada, meaning the ‘Path of the Elders‘, was designed to artificially impose an aura of authority, wisdom and learning. Thus over the centuries, the Theravadin doctrine became the entrenched and dominant form of Buddhism in Heladiva, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

The Theravadins carried out similar campaigns in Burma, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Tune in for upcoming articles highlighting these histories. The evidence proves that the ‘atheistic’ Buddha you think you know is not the Buddha of history.

Description: This red sandstone doorjamb was found dumped inside an old well in Mathura in 1913. It is a broken piece of doorjamb of some destroyed Hindu temple of the style in pre-6th century era. The doorjamb is carved on one side, flat on the other. Archaeologists studying the doorjamb noticed that the flat side has an inscription. It turned out to be Brahmi script, in a style that suggested 1st century CE or earlier. The inscription has been deciphered and it has led scholars to date it between 0-25 CE.

The inscription and artwork relates to a temple dedicated to Vasudeva (Krishna) of the Vaishnavism tradition. This inscription is one of many that have been discovered in India between 1860 and 1980 that suggest that ancient Indians were building statues and temples dedicated to Hindu deities between 2nd century BCE and 1st-century CE. Ancient inscriptions relating to Vishnu, Shiva and Shakti have been found in India.

This is a photograph from a personal copy of the book published in 1920 by w:Ramaprasad Chanda (d. 1942), titled Memoirs of the Archaeological Survey of India, No. 5.

The 1920 photographs are 2D-Art, and PD-Art-100-70 guidelines apply. The artwork and the 2-D inscription therein itself is from the 1st-century CE, by an unknown artist(s) of ancient India.

The original photographs are found as Plate XXV and XXVI, in the appendix section of the 1920 published book (pages 174-177).

Any rights I have are herewith donated to wikimedia under Creative Commons 4.0 license. Date 31 December 1920 Source Own work. Author Ms Sarah Welch

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