The Vel of Skanda & the Spear of Christ

By Bhakti Ananda Goswami

In the Vaishnava Tradition, there is a cosmic battle between the followers of Krishna and Shiva, in which Krishna ACCEPTS WOUNDING BY THE VEL OF SKANDA. In various ‘Hindu’ Traditions, the Sri Vatsa Mark or Scar, the TIGMA (TIKA) or STIGMATA on KRISHNA or VISHNU’s Chest is due to His receipt (acceptance) of Skanda’s Lance / Vel. Skanda IS MARS. The Vel / Lance of Skanda DESTROYS SIN in the Tradition of Shaivism and Murugan Worship.

In Krishna-Vishnu-Shiva’s Incarnations They often accept wounding for their Devotees! Thus Kurma’s Back is scarred from bearing the twisting of the Mandara Mountain. Vishnu bears the footprint of His Devotee’s kick. Krishna’s Foot was pierced by the arrow-tip of the metal ball that slew the Yadus. Nila-Kantha Siva’s or Vishnu’s Neck has three blue lines from drinking the HalaHala Poison to save the Universe from the collective Sins of both the Godly and the Un-Godly!

Krishna’s Chest is marked by the Vel of Skanda, and Jesus Christ’s Wounds are associated with ALL His Previous ‘Lilas’ of World-Salvation. Thus the Lance of the Roman Soldier, which was consecrated to MARS / Murugan / Skanda, was the Vel of Skanda that destroys sin!

Sacred Basil / Tulasi was given to Jesus Christ on His Cross. It was dipped in HalaHala, the Sins of the Universe! When He had taken it, He said “It is Finished” and He ‘became sin for us’. Then a Martial Roman Soldier pierced His Side with the Vel of Skanda (Mars) that destroys sin ! Jesus accepted the Vel just as Krishna had in a previous Lila.

Thus the Lance of the Roman Soldier, which was consecrated to MARS / Murugan / Skanda, was the Vel of Skanda that destroys sin! ‘When’ Siva drank the Ocean of Poison (Hala Hala VINAGER) that was the collective sins of the Universe, He did not swallow it, but held it in His Throat. A few drops escaped him becoming all envious poisonous beings.

On the YUPA CROSS, Jesus took these last drops, which were offered on some Tulasi Leaves, AND HE SWALLOWED THEM. Thus He said “IT IS FINISHED”, and having consumed the sins of the entire Cosmic Manifestation, He became ‘Papa Purusha’ or the repository of all of the MORTAL and Venial sins of the COSMOS, and accepting the Vel of Skanda, allowed Himself to be slain for the MORTAL SINS OF THE UNIVERSE. 

A Holy Lance is conserved in Vagharshapat (previously known as Echmiadzin), the religious capital of Armenia
Vel of Skanda, Kurinji Andavar Temple,Tamil Nadu, India
The statue of St Longinus by Gianlorenzo Bernini sits above the relic in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City
Stone Vel from the Sangam period,
600 BC – 300 AD Saluvankuppam, Tamil Nadu
The Holy Lance, displayed in the Imperial Treasury at the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, Austria

Names & Temples of Lord Murugan


prayer mantras

Lord Muruga is the most popular Hindu deity among the people of Tamil Nadu. He is the son of Lord Shiva and Parvati, his brother is Ganesha and his wives are Valli and Deivayanai, he is known by different names like Subramanya, Subramani, Muruga, Shanmuga, Skanda, Karthilkeya, Arumuga and Kumaraswamy. Muruga is intimately associated with hilly regions, known in Tamil as Kurinji and is worshipped as the guardian deity. Lord Muruga is a special God with special powers. By worshipping lord Muruga with deep devotion, faith and Bhakti all the troubles and difficulties in ones’ life vanish and good days start appearing.

108 Names of Lord Muruga

Om Saravana Bhavaya Namah

Famous Temples Of Lord Muruga

  1. Palani Murugan Temple-Thiruvavinankudi
  2. Swamimalai Murugan Temple-Thiruverakam
  3. Thiruchendur Murugan Temple-Thirucheeralaivaai
  4. Thirupparamkunram Murugan Temple-Thirupparamkunram
  5. Thiruthani Murugan Temple-Kundruthoraadal
  6. Pazhamudircholai Murugan Temple-Pazhamudircholai
  7. Arulmigu Kandaswamy Temple-Tiruporur
  8. Kallumalali Temple-Ipoh
  9. Selva Sannidi Murugan Temple-Thondaimanaru
  10. Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple-Penang

Ancient Vedic Ramayana Accurately Describes Prehistoric Geography

Note: I originally wrote this in April 2013.

According to science, 300 million years ago the entire landmass of the world consisted of one Super-Continent scientist now call Pangaea. It was surrounded by a vast global ocean called the Panthalassic Ocean.”Pangaea was a supercontinent that existed during the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras, forming about 300 million years ago and beginning to rift around 200 million years ago, before the component continents were separated into their current configurations. The single global ocean which surrounded Pangaea is accordingly named Panthalassa.”

The legend of King Sagara provides many vital clues that signify an intimate knowledge of the ancient world’s geography. Going by the evidence provided within the ancient Vedic texts compared with the modern geological sciences it appears that we are not dealing with mere myths. Rather we are confronted with several starling factors that can only be reconciled when we recognize that we are dealing with very ancient history. Many elements which sound like fantastic mythology may actually fit perfectly into the realm of science and logic.

The episode detailing the story of King Sagara represents a time going back approximately 200,100,000 years ago. As the Ramayana records at that time there was only One Landmass Surrounded by One Ocean.

King Sagara said to his sons…

tat gacchata vicinvadhvam putrakaa bhadram astu vah

samudra maaliniim sarvaam prithiviim anugacchata 

Oh, sons, you may therefore proceed to search for the horse and its thief on this Entire Earth which is Garlanded by the Ocean. Safety upon you all. [1-39-13]

Than Approximately 100,000 years later King Sagara’s descendant, King Bhageeratha brought the Ganges River to the Earth planet in order to liberate the Souls of the Sons of Sagara who had been burnt to Ashes by the Sonic energy of Sage Kapila. Bhageeratha is described as guiding the Ganga into the Ocean-like Ditch Created by the Sons of Sagara.

sa gatvaa saagaram raajaa gangayaa anugatas tadaa 

pravivesha talam bhuumeh yatra te bhasmasaat kritaah 

King Bhageeratha followed by Ganga has gone to the Ocean-like Ditch which was dredged up by the sons of Sagara, and entered the subterranean regions of earth where the sons of Sagara were rendered into ashes. Thus Vishvamitra continued his narration about the Descent of Ganga (Ganges River). [1-44-1]

According to the Ramayana, over 100,000 years earlier the 60,000 sons of Sagara, had been born from an Egg-like guard. They were then placed for a long duration into test tubes and nurtured within them, clone-like, until they were youths. 

ghrita puurnesu kumbhesu dhaatryah taan samavardhayan

kaalena mahataa sarve yauvanam pratipedire 

The caretakers brought up those siblings in vessels filled with ghee, clarified butter, and after a protracted [delayed] time all of the children attained youthfulness. [1-38-18]

King Sagar’s son Janhu flooding the Naga Kingdom

The Geological Sciences refer to a time when“The Tethys Sea began dividing Pangaea into two super continents, Laurasia and Gondwana.”  And “The Tethys Sea was an ocean that existed between the continents of Gondwana and Laurasia during much of the Mesozoic era, before the opening of the Indian and Atlantic oceans during the Cretaceous period.”  

In the Chapter of the Ramayana entitled ‘How King Sagara’s Sons Divided the Earth‘ we get another clue that the ancients understood that a Super-continent existed and was then divided and new oceans created.

According to the Ramayana this dividing of the Single Earth’s landmass and the creation of Ocean-like ditches began when the 60,000 sons of King Sagara embarked on their mission to find their Father King Sagara’s Sacred Horse. Indra had taken the guise of a Demon and stolen the sacred horse.   

Their father King Sagara thus ordered his sons…

eka ekam yojanam putraa vistaaram abhigacchata 

yaavat turaga sa.ndarshah taavat khanata mediniim 

tam eva haya hartaaram maargamaanaa mama aajnayaa 

‘Oh, sons, let each prince advance searching one square yojana of the Earth. By my order you dig up the earth until you find the horse, in your search of the thief of that horse. [1-39-14b, 15] 

Thus after searching the entire Earth, which at the time was a Single Landmass Surrounded by a Single Ocean, the Princes continued seeking the Sacred Horse by digging into the Earth. In this way they Divided the Continent into sections thus signifyng the initial separation of the Continents. Based upon this feat of the Princes the Oceans were named after their father King Sagara. And thus the world’s Oceans are referred to as Sagar to this very day. 

After hearing of this history from Sage Vishvamitra Lord Ramachandra Says:

ati adbhutam idam brahman kathitam paramam tvayaa 

gangaa avataranam punyam saagarasya api puuranam 

The blessed legend you have narrated about the digging of an ocean at the behest of Sagara, Ganga’s Avataranam,and Bhageeratha filling it with the water of Ganga is sacrosanct [most sacred or holy] and even highly amazing. [1-45-2]

Time and again when we compare the discoveries of modern science with the wisdom of the Vedic literature we are confronted with a startling premise. Clearly ancient humanity recognized the underlying scientific principles at the foundation of life. How they expressed that recognition can at times lead to confusion. Often these so-called mythologies may seem fantastic or as mere inventions of vivid and wild imagination. Yet the same could be said of every technological invention that is now a part of our everyday lives. To an individual with no experience of technology it would all appear to be a fantasy or at best a form of magic. Yet this same technology evokes no surprise nor wonder for those familiar with it. In the same way the experiences and abilities of ancient humanity as recorded in the ancient Vedic texts reveal a highly knowledgable and technologically proficient society. It behooves the world to take a serious look at the wisdom and message of the Vedic traditions. For built within them are not only the histories of the past but more importantly all the answers to the problems confronting us today.

Consequently by turning to these ancient sources of experiential knowledge, humanity can undoubtedly develop a path towards a harmonious future.

An Instructional Episode from Vedic History

Tri-Loka = Three Locations, Upper-Swarga, Bhu-Middle and Patala-Lower. Earth is in the Middle Realms and Negativity comes with the territory. Such Negativity is inbuilt by the Creator. Why? As a reminder to our true selves, the Soul, the Jiva-Atman, that these Tri – Loka material realms are not are real home.

Thus no matter a Being’s position or predicament outside of the Vai-Kunta (No-Anxiety) Spiritual Realms, there will always be anxiety and negativity. This is an undeniable fact regardless of the location, the society or the people or personalities involved.

Shatadanva Murdered Satrajit in the presence of his Daughter and Wife of Lord Krishna, Satyabhama

The ancient tale of the Shyamantaka, as recorded in the Srimad Bhagavat Purana, makes this vividly obvious. The Shyamantaka Jewel was a miraculous Gold producing Gem. The legend around it is a tale of human frailties and societal pithiness, jealousy, intrigue, mystery and murder. Initially, Lord Krishna himself was suspected of murder, then after the brutal murder of his father-in-law, Satrajit, Krishna and Balarama tracked down and killed the murderer Shatadanva in a cross continental chase.

This tale took place in Dwarka, the famous now sunken city built by Krishna and Balarama. It had been created as a refuge for the Yadus/the Yadavas. A group of residents of this city of Dwarka, and actual members of Krishna’s own clan, decided to murder Satrajit. Why? There were actually two camps involved.

Satrajit offers his Daughter Satyabhama in Marriage to Lord Krishna

One group was outraged after Satrajit gave his daughter Satyabhama in marriage to Lord Krishna. “The chief conspirator was Śatadhanvā. Along with others, Śatadhanvā wanted to marry Satyabhāmā, the beautiful daughter of Satrājit. Satrājit had promised that he would give his beautiful daughter in charity to various candidates, but later on the dec wasision was changed, and Satyabhāmā was given to Kṛṣṇa along with the Syamantaka jewel.” Krsna Book

The other group of conspirators, albeit with nobler intentions, was led by Krishna and Balarama’s uncle and cousin Akrura and Kritavarma. “Akrūra and Kṛtavarmā joined the conspiracy because they wanted the Shyamantaka jewel for Kṛṣṇa. They knew that Kṛṣṇa wanted the jewel and that Satrājit had not delivered it properly.” Krsna Book

Their response? Break into Satrajits home and knife him to death in front of his entire family including his daughter Satyabhama, the wife of Lord Krishna.

Krishna and Balarama Prepare to Kill Shatadanva

It is an incredible story of greed, jealousy, spite, murder and retribution. ‘The Killing of Satrajit and Shatadanva‘ Krsna Book by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

“When Kṛṣṇa was informed by Satyabhāmā of the murder of His father-in-law, He began to lament like an ordinary man. His great sorrow is, again, a strange thing. Lord Kṛṣṇa has nothing to do with action and reaction, but because He was playing the part of a human being He expressed His full sympathy for the bereavement of Satyabhāmā, and His eyes filled with tears upon hearing about the death of His father-in-law. He thus began to lament, “Oh, what unhappy incidents have taken place!” In this way both Kṛṣṇa and Balarāma, along with Satyabhāmā, the wife of Kṛṣṇa, immediately returned to Dvārakā and began to make plans to kill Śatadhanvā and take away the jewel. Although he was a great outlaw in the city, Śatadhanvā was still very much afraid of Kṛṣṇa’s power, and thus he became most afraid on Kṛṣṇa’s arrival.”

Despite the outwardly tragic circumstances, Lord Krishna, the all positive and prosperous supreme personality, brought all auspiciousness. As a direct result of his recovering the Shyamantaka Gem, Lord Krishna married two more beautiful princesses, Jambhavati and Satyabhama.

Chapter 57: Satrâjit Murdered, the Jewel Stolen and Returned Again (C)

(1)The son of Vyâsa said: ‘When Krishna heard [the rumor] that the sons of Pându and queen Kuntî had burned to death [in the house of lac], He who exactly knew what had transpired, together with Balarâma went to the Kuru kingdom for His family obligations. (2) Meeting Bhîshma, Kripa, Vidura, Gândhârî and Drona They equally sorrowful said: ‘Ah how painful this is!’

(3) [Meanwhile in Krishna’s absence in Dvârakâ] Akrûra and [the Bhoja] Kritavarmâ saw an opportunity and said to S’atadhanvâ [‘hundredbow’, a bad character]: ‘Why not take the jewel? (4) He [Satrâjit] promised us his gem of a daughter, but ignoring us he gave her to Krishna. Why then should Satrâjit not follow his brother [in death, see 10.56: 13 and *]?’ (5) Thus influenced by the two that most wicked man, in his sinfulness shortening his lifespan, killed out of greed Satrâjit while he was sleeping [compare 1.17: 39]. (6) As the women [in Satrâjit’s residence] helplessly cried calling for help after he had killed him like a butcher kills animals, he took the jewel and disappeared.

(7)When Satyabhâmâ saw that her father had been killed, she thrown in grief lamented: ‘Oh father, alas oh father, with you being killed I am killed!’ and then she fainted. (8) Putting the corpse in a large vessel of oil she went to Hastinâpura to Krishna who [already] knew of the situation, and related sorrowfully the murder of her father. (9) The Lords hearing that, oh King, imitating the human ways both lamented with eyes full of tears: ‘Oh what a tragedy fell upon us!’

(10)The Supreme Lord then went back to His capital with His wife and elder brother, prepared to kill S’atadhanvâ and take the jewel from him. (11) When he heard about it, he in fear took action to save his life and asked Kritavarmâ for assistance. But he told him: (12-13) ‘I cannot commit such an offense against the Lords Râma and Krishna. How can anyone who causes Them trouble find happiness? Kamsa and his followers lost their wealth and lives because they hated Them and Jarâsandha lost after seventeen battles [even] his chariot!’

(14)Turned down by him, he next begged Akrûra for help. But he said likewise: ‘Who, knowing the strength of the Lordships, can oppose Them? (15-17) He who maintains, creates and destroys this universe as a pastime, He whose purpose is not even known to the secondary creators [headed by Brahmâ] who are bewildered by His invincible [mâyâ] potency, He who playing as a child of seven years old uprooted a mountain that He held up with a single hand like a boy holds a mushroom [see 10.25], Him, Krishna the Supreme Lord to whose wondrous acts there is no end, I worship. I offer my obeisances to Him who, as the source of all existence, is the Supreme Soul, the immovable center.’

(18)S‘atadhanvâ also being rejected by him, left the precious jewel with him, mounted a horse that could cover a hundred yojanas and took off. (19) Krishna and Râma mounted the chariot with the emblem of Garuda and pursued the murderer of Their respected senior with the fasted horses, oh King. (20) In a park in a suburb of Mithilâ S’atadhanvâ’s horse collapsed. He abandoned it and continued on foot in terror, with a furious Krishna after him who also ran. (21)With him on the run the Lord, on foot, severed with His sharp edged disc, his head from his body and then searched his upper and lower garments for the gem. (22) Not finding the stone, Krishna went near His elder brother and said: ‘S’atadhanvâ was killed in vain, he did not carry the jewel.’

(23)Balarâma then said: ‘S’atadhanvâ must have left the rock with some person, therefore go [back] to the city [of Dvârakâ] and search for him. (24) l myself wish to pay a visit to the king of Videha [the later Janaka, see 9.10: 11] who is most dear to Me.’ Having said this the descendant of Yadu oh King, entered Mithilâ [the capital of Videha]. (25) Seeing Him, the king of Mithilâ immediately, with a mind full of love, rose to his feet and honored Him who was so worshipable with all available means, as was prescribed. (26) He, the Mighty One, honored by the affectionate great soul Janaka, lived there in Mithilâ for several years. During that time He taught Duryodhana to wield the club.

(27)When Kes’ava the Almighty Lord arrived in Dvârakâ, He, to comfort His beloved [the grieving Satyabhâmâ], told her about the demise of S’atadhanvâ and the failure to get hold of the jewel. (28) He, the Supreme Lord, together with all friends then saw to it that the necessary ritual duties for the funeral of the deceased relative [Satrâjit] were performed. (29) As soon as the ones responsible, Akrûra and Kritavarmâ, heard that S’atadhanvâ had been killed, they out of fear went into exile, somewhere outside of Dvârakâ. (30) With Akrûra in exile ill omens arose for the residents of Dvârakâ. They continually experienced physical and mental troubles and had problems with other living beings and the higher powers [natural disasters included, compare1.141.17: 19**]. (31) Some citizens my dear, were thus lost in guesses, forgetting completely what traditionally was said about Him, the refuge of the sages. How can with Him being present any calamity arise? (32) [They said:] ‘When Indra withheld the rains, the king of Benares [Kâs’î, see also 9.17: 4] gave his daughter Gândinî to S’vaphalka [Akrûra’s father, 9.24: 15] who visited him. Thereupon it indeed rained in Kâs’î. (33) Wherever Akrûra stays, his son who has his [father’s] prowess, lord Indra will shower rains and no painful disturbances or untimely deaths will be seen.’

(34)Hearing these words of the elders, Janârdana, convinced that this [absence of Akrûra] was not the only explanation for the omens happening [***], ordered that Akrûra should be brought back. (35-36) Greeting him with respect and honor and pleasantly discussing topics, He, fully aware of everything that went on in his heart, smiled and said: ‘We of course, oh master of charity, are already familiar with the fact that you at present are in the possession of the opulent Syamantaka jewel that S’atadhanvâ entrusted to you. (37) Since Satrâjit had no sons it are his daughter’s sons [she ànd her sons] who should receive his inheritance after having presented water, offerings and having cleared his remaining debts. (38-39) Nevertheless, the jewel should stay with you, because it is for others impossible to manage, oh trustworthy keeper of the vows. My brother however, does not fully believe Me concerning the gem. To bring peace to My relatives, please show it to Us now oh most fortunate soul who with your altars of gold uninterrupted continue with your sacrifices.’ (40) Thus won over by the conciliatory words, the son of S’vaphalka took the gem hidden in his garment and handed over the jewel that shone as brilliant as the sun. (41) After showing the Syamantaka jewel to His relatives, [and thus] doing away with the emotions [of the accusations] against Him, the Lord returned it to him. (42) Whoever recites, hears or remembers this narration full of the prowess of the Supreme Controller Vishnu that most auspiciously removes all distress, will attain peace and drive away his sins and bad reputation.’ 

The Rage of Akhenaten Explained

By Bhakti Ananda Goswami

Why did Akhenaten suddenly turn against Amenism with such a vengeance? It was not for theological reasons denying the original identity of Amen as Aten. It was because he believed the Amen priests and their cadre murdered his father the god-king and his little daughter Meketaten.

Father of Akhenaten Amenhotep III, detail, ca. 1382–1344 BCE. Gilt wood, height: 10 3/8″ (26.3 cm). © Brooklyn Museum. (BMA-568)

The pharaoh was the empowered incarnation of the Personal Deity on earth. He was ‘father’ of all beings. Killing the anointed king was the depth of priestly deviation and impersonal atheistic arrogance. Note the way David refused to assault King Saul in the Old Testament. To kill the Anointed Sacred King (Basileo / Vasudeva) was deicide, regicide and patricide, the ultimate sins against god and humanity.

We do not know how Akhenaten’s father died, but it is certain it was entirely unexpected. There were no funerary preparations in progress and he was in the middle of big projects. Akhenaten was stunned. While he was in Thebes to perform his father’s funerary rites, unexpectedly his daughter died. Whether by curse or by conspiracy, Akhenaten clearly blamed the Amen priesthood for their deaths.

Amarna relief showing Nefertiti with her daughters Meketaten (on lap) and Ankhesenpaaten (on shoulder)

It is then that his edict went out. Close all the Amen temples! Fire the priests! Remove the name of Amen and His image! In profound grief and rage, expecting to be killed himself and unable to protect his precious family, he gave-up on his policy of tolerance and co-existence with the powers of Amen at Thebes. He launched an all-out counter attack, hoping to assert himself as a ruler who would not allow the priests to kill a Semi-divine pharaoh or royal child and get away with it. His violent response kept the regicidal forces at bay for a time and bought his Heliopolitan revival a chance to mature a little bit.

A colossal statue of Akhenaten from his Aten Temple at Karnak. Egyptian Museum of Cairo.

Although his family line was ultimately wiped-out by the Amen Heretics, his revival of the ancient Heliopolitan faith proved extremely important throughout the region. Even his ‘failure’ to defend Egypt’s possessions in the Levant actually protected that region for the later emergence of Israelite Eli-Yahu-Adonism in Judea.

Dedication of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem. Painting by William Hole, c1910

He ignored pleas for help from the Levant because he knew the future of his faith depended on that region’s independence from Egypt. He had given-up on changing Egypt and looked to his former allies to carry on his beloved Heliopolitan tradition.

A relief of a royal couple in the Amarna style
Father of Akhenaten Amenhotep III, detail, ca. 1382–1344 BCE. Gilt wood, height: 10 3/8″ (26.3 cm). © Brooklyn Museum. (BMA-568)

American Indian Karna

Note: Originally Written in February 2007

There are many similarities between Vedic culture and the American Indian traditions. In the Pueblo (Indians of the SW USA) traditions there is an amazing tale which parallels the story of Karna from the Mahabharata. There are some variations but the similarities are striking. Here is the story, ‘Arrow to the Sun’ as retold by Gerald McDermott. He published it in a children story book form and thus many of the details have been simplified. More research will surely find the parallels an even better match.

“Long ago the Sun God sent the spark of life to Earth. It traveled down the rays of the sun, through the heavens, and it came to the Pueblo. There it entered the house of a Young Maiden. In due course, the Boy came into the world of men. He lived and grew and played in the Pueblo (village).

However the other boys would not let him join in their games. “Where is your father?” they asked. “You have no father!” they mocked him and chased him away. The Boy and his Mother were sad.

The Spark of Sun Entered the Home of a Young Maiden, impregnating her in an exact parallel with the Karna Birth Origin Story. Image Source

One day he said, “Mother, I must look for my father. No matter where he is I must find him.” So the boy left home.

He traveled through the world of men and came to the Corn Planter. “Can you lead me to my father?” he asked. Corn planter said nothing, but continued to tend his crops.

The boy went to the Pot Maker. “Can you lead me to my father?” Pot Maker said nothing, but continued making his pots.

Then the boy went to the Arrow Maker, who was a wise man. “Can you lead me to my father?” Arrow Maker did not answer, but, because he was wise, he saw that the Boy had come from the Sun God. So he created a special arrow. The Boy became the Arrow.

Karna of the Mahabharata by zdrava

Arrow Maker fitted the Boy to his bow and drew it. The Boy flew into the Heavens. In this way the Boy traveled to the Sun.

After meeting the Sun God, and passing his tests, father and son rejoiced. The Boy was transformed and filled with the power of the Sun. “Now you must return to Earth, my son, and bring my spirit to the world of men.” Said the Sun God.

Once again the Boy became the Arrow. When the arrow reached the Earth, the Boy emerged and went to the Pueblo.

The People celebrated his return in the Dance of Life.”

Anyone familiar with the Mahabharata story of Karna can see the similarities. I will point out the obvious ones.

The Death of Bhishma. Illustration from Razmnama (Book of Wars),a Persian translation of Mahabharata
Date 1598–99 AD

The Sun God is Suryadeva. The Maiden who received the spark of life through his rays is the Maiden Princess, Kunti. The Boy is Karna. The other boys who would not let him join in their games are the Pandavas who mocked Karna for not knowing who his father was.

The Corn Planter and Pot Maker represent the teachers Drona and Kripa. The Arrow Maker represents Parashurama, who accepted Karna as his disciple and made him the greatest archer on earth.

Of course there are many points in the Mahabharata story that don’t seem represented here but since the source is a modern retelling of an ancient Pueblo Indian tale, thousands of years of separation from the original version will always create variations. This phenomenon can be found in Vedic culture itself. Example: Hanuman is a well known Brahmacari yet in Thailand he is married.

It is hoped more research and cultural exchanges can be done in the ongoing search for Humanities Ancient World Vedic Heritage.

Mahabharata War – Battle between Karna and Arjuna. Hoyleshwar Mandir, circa 1100 AD

Vedic Brahma & Apache Kuterastan

Native American Storyteller
American Indian Storyteller

Note: Originally written May 2009

Kuterastan is the creator in the creation story of the Kiowa Apache from the southern plains of North America. His name means One Who Lives Above.

The Creation Story of the American Kiowa Apache Indians is very similar to the Vedic Creation Story. Both the Apache creator Kuterastan and the Vedic Creator Lord Brahma appear on a disc shaped object. Brahma sits on the yellow whorl of the lotus and Kuterastan sits on a yellow disc. Both Look around themselves in the four directions and observe an effulgent sea beneath them. Both have the number 4 as a significant component in their beginnings.

They both meditate and sing and they both have the task to create all things. Both Brahma and Kuterastan awaken from a long sleep before they begin the creation process.

Traditional Kiowa Apache Indian Sacred Painting, photo taken 1907 by Edward Curtis. The plate identifies numerous important spiritual beings including Chalhkelh Naliin the Night Girl; Kuterastan the Creator of All; Steatliha was the first Apache created and served as the Chief Goddess and first assistant to Kuterastan; Chuganaai Skhin was the second Apache created – he gave light to day and had the power to cure disease with the first light of day. Also depictions of the Sun, Moon and a maltase cross that represents the four personages who created the stars. Source

Apache Swastikas and Apache Holy Crosses add another Vedic dimension to Ancient American Culture. These images are from the book The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis with a forward by former US President Theodore Roosevelt and featured in part two of this article. (Note: the images mentioned are in the book linked above.)

Apache Creation Sun, Moon, Stars Waters
Apache Creation Sun, Moon, Stars Waters

Both the cross and the Swastika are used by the Apaches to symbolize Divinities. This is another clue reminding us that the Swastika and the Holy Cross are both variations of the same symbol. There is also an authentic Apache ceremonial painting representing the Apache Creation Process. The links are provided for both the Apache source and and the Vedic source. Perhaps there are many more such similarities to be discovered.

Bearded Lord Brahma on a Disc-like Lotus Whorl
Bearded Lord Brahma on a Disc-like Lotus Whorl. Atop that whorl Brahma the first created being, makes his appearance

Brahmâ, born out of the lotus flower, could not see the world, although he was situated in the whorl. He therefore circumambulated all of space, and while moving his eyes in all directions he achieved four heads in terms of the four directions.The panorama derided the green and coral of the evening splendor of the sun and the great and golden of the mountain summits with their jewels of waterfalls and herbs, and so was the scenery of flowers and trees [but] the adornment of His hands and legs.’Who am I, this one on top of the lotus? Where did this lotus come from? Surely there is something in the water below. Whether it sprouted of its own or not, it must belong to something else!’ Source 

Lord Brahma. Chennakesava temple at Somanathapura, Karnataka, India. Hoysala Age, 13th century AD
Chavi (Kiowa Apache) (Profile). Creator: F. A. Rinehart. Rinehart Studio. Collection: Collection: American Indians 1898 photo album. Trans- Mississippi International Exposition. 

Ancient Africa’s Supreme Lord Olu is Heru-Eli-Hari

Serpent of Life and Eternity’ West Africa Yoruba Wooden Bowl, Museum of Mankind, London

By Bhakti Ananda Goswami

According to some scholarly estimates, as much as 8o% of all African Indigenous Religions are still worshiping One Supreme Father (and Mother) God. Who is that God?

Study the Niger-Kordofanian Language Family and the Supreme Lord Olu of the Yoruba Etc. Olu is clearly the Same Supreme Deity as the Prehistoric Egyptian’s Heru the Elder and the Greek’s Kouros Helios of Rhodes. This Supreme Deity is the Jew’s Eli (Eli-Yahu) and the Arab’s Ali (Eloah is Allah). This is the Vaishnava’s Hari-Vasu (and Hari-Hara).

Ancient Benin Bronze, British Museum

In the previous (Prehistoric) Earth Age,
All of the Tribes of Humanity worshiped the Vedic Adi Purusha = Krishna – Baladeva – Paramatman

The Whole Trinity of Hari-Vasu-Param Atman is also there, as well as Srimati Radha Rani and Her Shakti (Shekinah) Expansions!

OLU is the name of the Supreme Father God, HARI in the Niger-Kordofanian Language Family. Thus we have the SAME FATHER GOD belonging to the African Yoruban religious family, the Egyptian religious family and monotheistic (Platonic Heliopolitan related) ‘pagan’ Europeans. This same God is the Yahweh, Jehovah and Allah of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

‘Ancestral Shrine’ Earliest known photograph of Oba’s compound, Benin City, May 1891.

He is the same God within the Persian traditions including the still extant Zoroastrianism or Parseeism, the earliest Sumero-Tamil/Dravidian religion, and the Great Eastern Salvific Bhakti Traditions of Krishna-Vishnu (and Rama etc.) The same God is Shiva and he is Buddha of the Pure Land Buddhist Amitabha/Amida. He is Father Heaven/Yang to Kuan Yin in China.

All of the Tribes of Humanity worshiped the Vedic Adi Purusha, or Krishna-Baladeva-Paramatman, in the previous (Prehistoric) Earth Age, whether such worship was appropriately tending toward the ‘Mode’ of Sattvic Goodness, or it was in the Rajarshic Mode of Passion, or in the Tamasic Ignorance.

Please seriously study the Non-‘White’ so-called ‘Non-Aryan’ Civilizations of the Prehistoric and Early ‘High Civilizations’ of this World Age. Before they all descended into divisive Ethno-Centric Forms of Tribal and Racist Astrological Patron-Deity Polytheism, they were United in their Worship of the One True God, Heru-Ausu-Atum / Hari-Vasu-Atman.

Ife, Nigeria, West African Oni Bronze Head. These heads are made by a lost wax technique and usually represent an Oni or royal person. The Oni was a descendant of Odudua, the maker of the world. The Oni was divine and never appeared in public without a beaded veil. This is a wonderful example of ancient traditional Benin brass work. Note the ritual scarifications on the forehead. Age unknown. Source

From the Serpent, the Eagle, the Lion and the Disk
Orissha’s (Yoruba Deities) of West Africa
From the Serpent, the Eagle, the Lion and the Disk
From the Serpent, the Eagle, the Lion and the Disk

Modern Depiction of Olu (Olorun)

Prince Odogbo said to have first been thought as a female at birth but later proven to be male. Echo of Krishna’s birth was 1st announced as a female birth later to be proven a male? BP

2011 Book Interview – The Serpent Eagle Lion & the Disk

Stele of Ra-Horakhty. Priest Renpetmaa praying to Ra-Horakhty. Coated and painted wood, ca. 900 BC (22nd Dynasty) Louvre, Paris
Key Elements of Vishnu Iconography are Represented in this Ancient Egyptian Relief. Serpent Encircling Disk & Open Cobra hood above Deity as Ananta is depicted above Vishnu/Buddha. Winged Disk above and Hawk headed Ra-Horakhty aniconic and amalgamated forms of Vishnu and Garuda. Hieroglyphic image of Hawk carrying a Disk on head represents Garuda carrying Vishnu in his aniconic Godly Vision Disk form, the Su Darshan Chakra. On the bottom God is represented again in his Ankh form, a variation of the Disk, Swastika, Akhnaten’s Radiant ‘solar’ Arms and the Cross. The Djed-djed Pillars represent God in his Sacred Wood Pillar Daru Brahma/Jagannath Form

This interview was conducted during the research and writing of ‘The Serpent, The Eagle, The Lion and The Disk’. I detail the nearly forgotten ancient world’s ‘God as Time’ – Kalo’smi’ worship, the ancient global presence of Vishnu worship and the symbols and icons that reflect this presence.

Thank you to University of Hawaii Journalist-Researcher Balaram Fergusson of BalaBlog ( for this interview.