Author: Vrin Parker (Former nom de plume) Publication: Cultural Genocide Date: January 24, 2003
“All gold and silver that once covered sacred temples and stupas was torn down, melted and taken away. In 1941 the State Bank received 30.9 tons of gold and about 60 tons of silver. Religious chalices, icom lamps and statues alone accounted for more than 60,000 pieces and the number of saddles, harnesses, traditional knives, smoke pipes lavishly decorated with silver, gold and precious stones simply is not available.
Not much remains now of the flourishing Buddhist culture in Mongolia. Only two dozens temples remain as sad remainders of the former glory.”
Buddhist monasteries in Mongolia were renowned for their their wealth and splendor, containing treasures of material and intellectual culture collected during the centuries of Buddhist religion development.
Full of life with crowds of pilgrims, believers and monks, they served as major centers of culture and education as well as the community life.Datsans or teological institutes and various schools offered education in all areas of Buddhist knowledge: pholosophy, medicine, astronomy, arts and mathematics.
35,000 Mongolians were Massacred. With a population of only 740,000, Mongolia lost 5% of it’s population. That’s equivalent to 50,000,000 dead & 17,500,000 dead for India and the US respectively. Today’s Mal-Educated Acceptance of the provably false “Over Population” theory Condones Genocide. Thus the world is quickly leading to both the Acceptance, Participation and Decimation of Humanity. All former Genocides, were mere Practice Runs. India’s People, Ancient Traditions and particularly , the Gold & Gems of Srirangam, other Ancient Temples are the Primary Target!
Monasteries served as the main centers of cultural and social life attracting thousands of belivers.
“Their way of education is very open and relaxed. Everyday excercises in dialectics in front of class mates or important people, the atmosphere of freedom – all these make one very vivacious, eliminates shyness and teaches to be audacious, often on the brink of being daring…” described the monastery life at the turn of century B. Baradiin, a Russian researcher of Buddhism.
But 1937 arrived and nothing of this splendor and grandeur remained.
35,000 Mongolians were outright Butchered in a Physical Genocide. The elimination of these Traditional Mongolian Cultural Icons and Activists thus enabled the Communists to carry out a Brutal Campaign of Cultural Genocide. Millions of religious canons, books, records were burned and monasteries destroyed.
The report of the Religious Affairs Department from August, 1939: “Out of 767 registered monasteries 724 have been demolished.” This included more than 2,000 temples, 312 datsans or religious schools along with classes and libraries.
The final report notes that half of 5,500 buildings used for religious purposes were destroyed by 1939.
A rough estimation of the conficated property of monasteries can be concluded from the request for “1,006 trucks (three tons each) needed to transport” to the capital city. And this included only the most valuable items like golden and silver statues, precious stones.
Much of this property was send to the Soviet Union. Some available archive records indicate that 70 tons of copper and bronze statues were taken to Russia. Another document, a transportation permission, mentions 1,566 trucks full of Buddhist icons and statues taken in 1939 alone.
All gold and silver that once covered sacred temples and stupas was torn down, melted and taken away.
In 1941 the State Bank received 30.9 tons of gold and about 60 tons of silver. Religious chalices, icom lamps and statues alone accounted for more than 60,000 pieces and the number of saddles, harnesses, traditional knives, smoke pipes lavishly decorated with silver, gold and precious stones simply is not available.
Not much remains now of the flourishing Buddhist culture in Mongolia. Only two dozens temples remain as sad remainders of the former glory.
Under the communist regime nothing should have reminded future generations of the “builders of communism” about the past culture of the nation.
The Lake Baikal Region of Siberia is a true land of Mystery and Wonder. The Lake itself is an incredible testament to the glory and wonder of God’s Creation. As the world’s most ancient and deepest lake it sits upon a fault line that is predicted to split Asia in half.
Lake Baikal contains more water than all the North American Great Lakes combined and represents a staggering 20% of the entire planets fresh water supply. It’s waters abound with Nerpa, the world’s only fresh water seals.
Home to many islands, the island of Olkhan is legendary as a sacred place. In fact it is rumoured to be the actual burial place of Genghis Khan. The people of the region are known as the Buryat and Lake Baikal is a Sacred Sea to them.
Tibetan Lamaist Buddhism is said to arrive in the region a mere 300-200 years ago. It is currently the prominent form of the regions Buddhism, yet history proves the presence of other schools of Buddhism going back many centuries.
Upon the arrival of Tibetan Lamaist Buddhism to the Lake Baikal Region, a harmonious blending of Siberian Shamanism and Tibetan Buddhism occured. The Buddhists missionaries inscribed Sanskrit prayers in a Sacred Cave on the Lake Baikal Island of Olkhan. These inscriptions clearly use the Sacred Mongol/Turkic name of God Tengri in reference to Lord Buddha.
The first words of one prayer read, “Om Burchan Tingiri!”
“The local population make sacrifices in honor of the rock, where in one place mysterious Sanskrit inscriptions are engraved.” Source
Tengri is a sacred name of God and is intentionally and ignorantly mistranslated as ‘Heaven’. In fact it means God. Thus even today some Islamic Turkish tribes apply the name Tengri as being equal and just as authentic as the holy name of Allah.
Undoubtedly we find a direct link between Vishnu and Tengri
The Mongols themselves identify their Supreme God as Koke Mongke Tengri which literally means “Blue Eternal God.” Religious Exclusivists and Atheists ludicrously translate it to mean “Eternal Blue Sky” despite the very words themselves being “Blue Eternal God.”
Siberia’s Tibetan Buddhists were not the first to identify Tengri and Buddha as one. It is a recognition that goes back thousands of years. The Vaishnava traditions of India identify this same Buddha as a Vishnu Avatar. Combining this fact with the Buddhist recognition of Tengri as a form of Buddha with the Turkic Muslim prayers identifying Allah as Tengri, we find a direct link connecting Vishnu/Krishna, Buddha, Allah and Tengri. Clearly the same Divine Lord is at the Foundation of these four prominent world religious traditions.
I’d love to end the article there but it would be a disservice to the truth and to the people of Lake Baikal. Their experiences under the brutality of Soviet rule and their cultural revival serve as both a stark warning and a beacon of hopeful inspiration to the world.
Despite 70 years of enforced Soviet Marxist cultural sterilization, Native traditions have not only recovered, but are now flourishing.
They were uprooted for decades and kept from practicing their cultural traditions. Now Buryat shamanism is blossoming once again at Lake Baikal – the Sacred Sea, as it is called in Siberia.
A 2016 Deutsche Welle article highlights the detrimental impact of Communism on the local culture. Highlighting this reality, the article quotes a Buryat Shaman named Irina Tanganova.
“For 70 years the Buryats, like other Soviet citizens, had to believe in the USSR, learn Russian and memorize the “Moral Code of the Builder of Communism.” Many forgot their own language during that time, not to mention their religion.”I found my faith later. Much later, when I turned 60,” confesses Irina. “My grandmother was a shaman, too. But not my mother, she lived during Soviet times and was not allowed to be. That is why she died so young.”
As the Marxist assault upon the Western world and India rages on, it behooves people to investigate the experiences of those who actually lived through the cultural sterilization and genocide that is Communism. These forces target religion, family and the nation state. Not based upon altruistic social motivations, but in order to remove and supplant indigenous power structures. As history proves, once these native societal structures are gone, the next step is slavery or the gulag.
In closing I share a quote from a 1995 article from Sacred Sites. It features a Buryat bemoaning the loss of their tradition culture. “Baikal lake has numerous sacred sites and monuments. The challenge for today is preserving this time honored sacred place, one of the world’s most unique regions. In the words of one Buryat, “In ancient times all life was considered sacred. Now those times are gone, nobody thinks about it any more.” Now the authors of this article join with other concerned people around the world in bringing attention to the great northern sacred sea.”
As described in the Bhagavata Purana, the youthful Krishna miraculously raises Mount Govardhan, near Mathura in northern India, to protect the villagers and cowherds from a great rainstorm sent by Indra. The sculptor of this image, active in the Phnom Da workshops, clearly understood the essence of his subject. It is evident that this sculpture evolved from a long-standing local tradition, which, by the seventh century, had surpassed any Indian prototypes that were remembered. A twelfth-century Phnom Da inscription credits a group of seven cult images to the patronage of an early Funan ruler and lists a Krishna Govardhana in the group. This sculpture is likely one of those works.
Recovered in 1944 from a cave at Phnom Da, Angkor Borei, Takeo province, southern Cambodia.
Note: Originally Written and Compiled from Facebook Comments in 2013. Some links unavailable
In an upcoming article in Hindu Today magazine I will highlight Chinese ancient Vedic Civilization. basically we know from the vaishnava perspective that lord krsna was worshiped globally. just as in india buddhism spread anywhere that vedic culture was practiced yet the same terminologies and languages and concepts were used as different methods were developed. (here i refer to mahayana buddhism not therevadan a later atheistic form). so the fact buddhism is present is a proof that an earlier vedic tradition existed. basically lord buddha was accepted as the latest avatar/revelation.
From the historic perspective we see that vietnam’s cham hindus, the khmer, philippines, indonesia all had vibrant ‘hindu’ civilizations and their art, sculptures, temples etc were all indigenous expressions of vedic culture. despite the relatively close proximity to india compared to china these people all represented and maintained their own indigenous forms of vedic art and culture. surely if these closer regions maintained their own vibrant non-indic forms of hinduism the much further china could as well.
If it were solely a case of Indians spreading Indian culture throughout the region surely the closer regions would show such evidence. rather the evidence shows that the natives considered themselves to be just as much a part of vedic civilization as the people of india. thus we see the greatest river in south east asia is called Me Kong or Ma Ganga. This is its primal name of the river, and it is still at the epicenter of SE asian civilization. its not a new name given after they ‘converted’ to hinduism. there was no conversion per se rather there was a loss and a dilution. this combined with the outright hostility of later socio-political forces led to the virtual extinction of the many vedic civilizations of the region.
The shrinking of the living vedic cultures to the subcontinent of India only means india has maintained vedic civilization and not that indian civilization has shrunk. And there are thousands of examples of these native expressions of hinduism to this day. Balinese Hinduism is a case in point. the evidence suggests the same phenomenon existed in ancient china as well. Facebook link unavailable
Ancient Chinese records reveal that there were 3 Vedic temples in one Chinese city within the same time period. In 750 AD there were 3 Chinese Monasteries full of Brahmins as well. The Tang Dynasty (618–907 AD) have been identified as being ‘Hindu’ for 2 Generations. A Deity of Lord Shiva was installed, by Royal Decree (Firman), for the ‘Well Being’ of the Chinese Emperor.
In the above album there are clear examples of non-indic vedic architecture and artistic style. china was home to its own vedic civilization.
India sent out Cultural Revivers and Never Converters. As the epicenter and ancient global capital and home of the Rishis, the region of modern India has always been the Guru to the World. India was the political capital as well. Thus throughout history, waves of Indian Sages and Kings have revived the worlds original Vedic Civilization. Today, only India is called Bharat, yet once, the entire world was called Bharat. The very word Brother = Bharaters, reflects this fact.
As I point out in my upcoming article the carvings at the kaiyuan temple are vedic. there are others as well from a hindu temple that was known to have existed in the 600s AD. also chinese records state that there were 3 hindu temples in one chinese city in the same time period. in 750 ad there were 3 monasteries full of brahmins as well. the tang dynasty was hindu for 2 generations. thre are many other examples of this chinese hinduism. regarding the kaiyuan temple carvings they are definetly influenced by tamil art but the original shiva temple and the very diety of shiva were direclty connected to the chinese as well. the temple had been there from aat least the 600s and the diety was in fact installed (according to the bilingual erroneous tamil and accurate chinese inscriptions) by a royal decree (firman) of the chinese emperor for the ‘well being’ of the chinese emperor.
We can gain a better insight by looking at this issue from the socio-politcal view. the direct imprint of hindu/vedic civilization can be found across the entire region from afghanistan to the philippines. yet rarely do we find actual kings or armies from india spreading out from india to conquer these regions. being native to the regions the vedic cultural imprint functioned organically and harmoniously and never relied upon outsiders. ankgor wat, the myson shiva temples of vietnam, indonesias epic hindu temples and cities, none of these were built by indians but rather by the natives themselves. the same phenomenon repeated itself in china, japan and mongolia as well.
There’s no doubt, just as today, that indians were involved in the functioning of these non indic vedic cultures as well. thus we see many buddhist monks from india spreading buddhism but not as a new religion but a new revival and expression of Sanatana Dharma. this was surely not a new practice and many vedic acharyas must have also traveled widely and there is proof of this as well. as in the temple art above a tamil has been directly named as the ‘donor’ yet the inscription commemorating this is written in a tamil full of errors. so no these vedic artifacts do not represent the art of an enclosed ‘indic’ colony separate from the mainstream chinese community. this is also evident by the many other hindu artifacts found beyond the kaiyuan temple highlighted in the album. Facebook link unavailable
Also it is interesting that when the durga deity was rediscovered in the 1980s or 90s she was buried within a wall of an old building. upon her discovery the chinese people built a shrine and restablished her worship. however being separated from the original siddhanta she was installed as kuanyin. though her exact identity was not known the proper mood of worship was established. Facebook link unavailable
It is also crucial to remember that Mao’s ‘cultural’ revolution is responsible for detroying thousands of vedic artifacts. many proofs have thus been lost and destroyed. a major effort was made to obliterate all evidence of vedic culture in china and in mongolia as well.
In conclusion these are examples of indigenous chinese vedic culture which was invigorated by a strong cultural interflow between ancient india and china. since time and immemorial indian saints and kings recharged china’s natural inherent dharmic foundations. that dharma however itself is the natural constitution of every human being. thus every civilization has at its core its own indigenous experiential revelation of the divine. as srila prabhupada said krsna has countless avatars and he has appeared to every species even within the ant community.
Note: Originally written in May 2009. Some original images unavailable
Recently on the FHRS (Foundation for Hindu Religious Studies) forum a scholar was questioning the value of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s Bhakti Movement. I wont get into the ‘religious’ aspects of the post doubting whether Chaitanya is truly an avatar of Krsna. However the lack of recognition to the global and immense impact of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s message must be responded to. I recognize the angst of many Hindus regarding the long term trauma and ongoing injustices perpetrated against India’s Dharmic traditions. However it is not helpful to denigrate our own traditions, avatars, sampradayas and gurus and become confused as to the how, where, why and what is truly behind the assault against Bharat Mata and its culture and civilization. First it must be understood that according to Gaudiya Siddhanta Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is Krsna as His own devotee. He came to teach us how to be devotees and how to function in an asuric society. He therefore came to teach us how to survive in the modern era. Running around with Chakras and swords is not an equitable approach. Yet empowering oneself with Bhakti Shakti is a path that is available to one and all.
We must keep in mind that India is not the entire world nor are Indians the only ones faced with oppression. Therefore Krsna came as Caitanya to guide the entire humanity towards perfection.
I must point out that if it were not for Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Prabhupada I personally would not be a Vedic Follower what to speak of a being a Vedic activist. Therefore I am forever grateful to them for their message and mission to bring the teachings of India’s Vaishnava culture to the entire world.
In fact many aspects of social awareness and a common acceptance of higher human values amongst non-Indian peoples can be directly connected to the mission of Prabhupada/Chaitanya. This legacy is intentionally downplayed and ignored by mainstream academia and social scientists. Yet it is a fact. Thus from that fact alone Chaitanya’s legacy is profound.
In fact many aspects of social awareness and a common acceptance of higher human values amongst non-Indian peoples can be directly connected to the mission of Srila Prabhupad and Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This legacy is intentionally downplayed and ignored by mainstream academia and social scientists. Yet it is a fact. Thus from that fact alone Chaitanya’s legacy is profound.
As for the Islamic issue: We can look at it from both the short term and long term perspectives. In both cases we find that the path chalked out by Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is quite effective. In the episodes that are widely known in which Caitanya or His contemporary followers had direct interactions with Muslim leaders, we find that rather than submission He conquered with Love.
First incident involved the Chand Kazi in Navadweep, Bengal. After receiving complaints from some caste-conscious Brahmins that Caitanya was spoiling the Hindu religion the Kazi banned public sankirtan. The Hindu priests were disturbed by Caitanya’s freely welcoming Hindus of all castes as equals and His welcoming Muslims as well into his Harinam Sankirtan mission. Caitanya’s repsonse was not to merely turn the other cheek and accept injustice. Rather He organized a massive civil disobedience march and a huge rally that culminated in front of the Kazi’s residence. In fear for his life the Kazi hid himself but Caitanya Mahaprabhu soothed his fears and arranged a direct face to face meeting.
In this meeting Caitanya Mahaprabhu was lovingly blunt and He challenged the Kazi by telling him that his scripture, the Quran was full of delusions. In the end the Kazi vowed to never dirsupt the Sankirtan movement and even held his descendants to the vow. In fact the Kazi and his family members became committed followers of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s mission. To this day the tomb of the Kazi is a place of pilgrimage for the Gaudiya Vaishnavas.
“In another incident two of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s most important followers Sri Rupa and Sri Sanatana Goswamis were the high ministers for the Nawab of Bengal. Since this Nawab was intent on attacking Orrisa and other Hindu Kingdoms, they left his service.
“The Moslem emperor of Gauda desh, Nawab Hussein Shah, keen to spread his influence on the local people, conscripted the two brothers into his service, by threatening tribulations on the local people if they did not agree to work for him. Much against their desire, the brothers worked in prominent positions in the Shah’s court. However as pure devotees, they used their wealth and energies in the service of Krishna, by constructing an opulent ‘hidden Vrindavan’ in Ramakeli, immersed themselves in the reading of the Bhagvatam and perfecting their own realizations.” They used their positions to employ many Brahmins and organized many Hindu events.
In other words they used their positions to empower Hindu culture following a path of least resistance.
Haridas Thakur was another prominent follower of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is said he was either born in a Muslim family or adopted into one at a very young age. Either way he was considered by the Muslim rulers as an apostate for renouncing his Islamic heritage and was sentenced to death.
“The Nawab rebuked Hari Das, saying, “Chant the names of God as they are found in your own religion and stop practicing other peoples’ religion. If you don’t, you will have to face a very severe punishment.” Hari Das Thakur answered with conviction: khanda khanda haï deha jay jadi prana tabu ami vadane na charii hari-nama
“You may cut my body to pieces, and the life may leave it. But I will never abandon the Holy Name which my tongue will ever continue to chant.” (Chaitanya Bhagavat 16.91)
Muslims joining in Sri Chaitanya’s Chanting Party
Hearing this the Nawab ordered Haridas to be publicly beaten to death. “He should be given such a severe punishment that other Muslims will be afraid to convert.”
After being beaten in 22 marketplaces his body was flung into the Ganges. To everyone’s surprise, Hari Das floated to the other shore where he climbed onto dry land and started chanting the Holy Names in a loud voice, walking in the direction of Phuliya. Both the Nawab and the Kazi realized that he was a real saint or pir and they fell to the ground in obeisances and begged him for forgiveness. By his grace, they were able to become free of their evil misdeeds. The Nawab gave Hari Das official permission to go wherever he pleased and to chant the Holy Names.
Rupa Goswami Meets Sri Chaitanya
Vrndavan Das Thakur writes that Caitanya Mahaprabhu was so outraged by this attack on His devotee that He was prepared to kill the Nawab and his henchment. Yet it was Haridas thakur who stopped Him. Thus we see that despite the efforts of the Muslim rulers to hinder the Sankirtan movement, by the strategy of Mahaprabhu and His followers, such efforts always backfired. By these responses the faith in the Hindu traditions were reinforced in the hearts and minds of millions of people. Considering time and circumstances is crucial when confronting imbalances. Caitanya Mahaprabhu perfectly dealt with all situations in an equitable manner.
In another incident, during Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s visit to the Vrndavan/Mathura area He fainted in ecstasy upon hearing the sounds of flute playing reminiscent of Lord Krsna. Some Muslim Pathan soldiers came upon Him and seeing Him unconscious in the company of His followers they assumed that He had been poisoned. They accused Mahaprabhu’s associates of being dacoits who were in the midst of murdering and robbing Caitanya.
The following clearly highlights the fearless yet nonviolent bhakti shakti which was a common feature of Caitanya and His followers. “The Sanoriya Brahmin explained to the Pathan as follows: “I am a Brahmin from Mathura and I know hundreds of people in the Emperor’s court. This sannyasi is my guru and he happens to be ill, which makes him faint from time to time. Tie us up and wait for a few minutes. He will regain consciousness and you will hear the truth from him.” The Pathan listened and said, “I can understand what you two are saying. You are from Mathura, but these two Bengalis are trembling with guilt. They must have done something wrong.” The Rajaputa Krishna Das was acutely aware of the danger of the situation and said, “I live in the neighboring village. I have two hundred Turkish mercenaries with a hundred cannons at my command. I only have to shout and they will come here and take your horses and equipment. I think that you must be highwaymen, not these two Bengalis. You are only interested in robbing pilgrims like us.” The Muslim cavalrymen were cast into doubt by these fearless words. Meanwhile, the Lord came back to consciousness and in a transport of ecstasy, shouted out the names “Hari! Hari!” and began to dance. The Pathan soldiers were overcome by fear when they heard the Lord bellow and saw his ecstatic dancing. They immediately liberated their four prisoners and the Lord never saw his devotees tied up.”
In the end, Mahaprabhu opened the hearts of the Muslims and thus they became His devout followers.The Sufi Pathan began spontaneously to chant the names of Krishna. When Mahaprabhu heard the saintly Muslim chant the Lord’s names, he was pleased, thinking that all the sins that he had accumulated over millions of births had all been destroyed and that he had been purified. The Lord told them all to chant, which they did. He initiated the Sufi Pathan in the holy name and gave him the name Rama Das. When the prince Bijali Khan saw the good fortune of his own servant, he fell down at the Lord’s feet and repeated the name, “Krishna, Krishna.” The Lord also blessed him. “After bestowing his mercy upon them in this way, Mahaprabhu continued on his way. All the Muslim soldiers then became mendicants and were celebrated as the Pathan Vasihnavas. They toured all over the country, glorifying Mahaprabhu’s activities. Bijali Khan became a greatly advanced devotee, and his fame was sung at every holy place of pilgrimage.” (Chaitanya Charitamrita 2.18.210-2) [Excerpted from “Sri Chaitanya: His Life & Associates” by Srila Bhakti Ballabh Tirtha Maharaj] Rather than meekly accepting things as they are Caitanya directly challenged those born in Bharat, India. bharata-bhumite haila manusya janma yarae janma sarthaka kari’ kara para-upakara
“One who has taken his birth as a human being in the land of India (Bharata-varsa) should make his life successful and work for the benefit of all other people.” (Cc Adi 9.41)
When we look at the impact of Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s movement in the long term we see that it has done more than any other branch of Hinduism in sharing its culture with the Islamic world. Prabhupda’s Iskcon Movement has made many inroads whether thru books Arab Bhagavad Gita or the Manipuri Rasa Lila dancers tour of the Middle East.With crowds of 5-10 thousand people in attendance… “There was no objection from anyone to our chanting hare krishna (we even managed to make the audience repeat “Hare Krishna!” after we greeted them in their tradition with “Salaamualaikum”, “Ham dulllah”! It was ecstatic..” The Arabic Druze-Krsna center established in Osafia, Israel. The Druze Sheikh Hussein said, “Since we stepped on the holy land of Mayapur, India we felt that we were coming home….”We are very eager to visit the Ganges, because we have heard that simply by touching the water to our heads we will be freed of all sins.” These are all direct results of Prabhupada’s preaching on behalf of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila Prabhupada Speaks with Scholars in Tehran Iran
We also find that during Prabhupada’s world tours, he visited Iran twice and was received with great respect. Even the former Shah of Iran and his family began studying yoga and reading his books. In fact it has been suggested that the the Khomeini was a direct response to the rising influence of Vedic culture amongst the people of Iran.
What to speak of the Muslim world, it is directly due to the mission of Sri Caitanya Dev that Hindu-Vedic culture and ethos are practiced throughout the world.
There is more than one way to success and more than one way to deal with oppression. The path of physical violence has a place at times. However we find that India’s own history has shown that despite the brilliant military successes of Shivaji, the Sikhs, Netaji and others or the political approach of Gandhi none compare to the long term success of Caitanya’s methods. I must also highlight the teachings of Maharashi and his movement have made great inroads throughout the world through the application of India’s ‘Soft Power.”
More than any so-called Eunichism of the Bhakti movement, it was the oppression of caste conscious fanatics that imposed an unyielding and inhumane system upon the people of India. Trapped into their enforced roles amongst society it was easy to entice millions of Hindus to convert to Islam and Christianity and now Communism.
It also important to note that the same Islamic invasions and Colonial imperialism were not solely an Indian affair. In fact looking at it from a global perspective we find that throughout the entire world India is the only surviving and functioning remnant of the world’s ancient indigenous civilizations. Why is this?
Looking at it from a logical perspective I see only two ways to explain this phenomenon. India’s immense population is a source of power and a formidable method for maintaining its traditions. However population alone can not account for India’s cultural survival thus we see that China has barely maintained its cultural identity. Much more significant than its population are those very traditions of India that make India what it is. Paramount amongst those traditions are the Bhakti traditions of India.
In conclusion I hold the exact opposite view regarding the impact of Bhakti on India’s people. Bhakti is Shakti. This is obvious when we compare China and India. Each Bhakta is a powerhouse of commitment and Dharma. Magnify this by the millions and we have a people and a Nation that is vibrant and dynamic. India is far from defeated and the ongoing attacks on India’s Dharmic Soul are evidence of this. For what other reason would the enemies of Hinduism repeatably carry out terror attacks on Mandirs and other Bhakti based sites? They obviously recognize the power of Bhakti as a major obstacle to the destruction of Hinduism! The opposition recognizes that as long as Bharat is a land of millions of Bhaktas it will never succeed in its goals of conquest. Bhakti is the shield of Bharat. Bhakti is the foundation of Bharat! Bhakti is the future hope of the entire world. Bhakti is the beating heart of humanity and nourishes the Soul. As long as India has Bhakti it will not only survive but it will be prosperous, vibrant and continue to be the shining light of the world. Vrndavan Parker
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.
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.
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.
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
(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, compare1.14; 1.17: 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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.