Thursday, April 20, 2006
Hinduism Today Magazine Launches Free Digital Edition
1. Hinduism Today Magazine Launches Free Digital Edition_www.hinduismtoday.com
) KAUAI, HAWAII, April 1, 2006: Hinduism Today magazine is pleased to announce the launching of its free digital edition. The entire April/May/June, 2006, issue is available in full-color PDF format via a free subscription. Click on "source," follow the directions and download a simple interface program to manage your subscription.You'll be able to download to your computer and view in Acrobat program the digital duplicate of the color print edition, but with added "rich media" features. That means if you click any web address URL in the magazine, your browser will launch and take you right there. Then there are the really cool features. On page 10, you can click the "play" button and hear Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami read his Publisher's Desk piece, "The World is an Ashram." On page 23, you can click and watch a movie on Delhi's new Akshardham temple. This issues's Insight section is detailed instructions on a home puja to Lord Ganesha. With rich media, we're able to make available via page I-5 an authoritative recitation of the Sanskrit chanting for the entire puja. And, of course, you get the spectacular photographs and graphics that have always made Hinduism Today one of the best religious magazines in the world. As with the print edition, our idea is to uplift and inform Hindus around the world. The digital edition will reach those unable to subscribe to the print edition. If you want to help, you can share this link with all who would be interested in receiving Hinduism's only global spiritual magazine. We especially hope to engage the computer-savvy youth in this way. So, spread the word.
New Website that Explores the Truth (or Untruth) of Christianitiy
Dear Friends,Check out this new website - www.burningcross.net
- it is a brief, butvery serious look at our western world history, with original andcollected articles supporting the premise that "Christianity and Jesus",is an elaborate construct (like the Gnostic Church of 2 - 400CE assertedwas an allegory), which has borrowed very obviously and heavily fromprevious stories/tales, philosophies and personalities familiar to orwell known amongts the people of their day, but got well out of hand,and became irreversible when it assumed the mantle of an officialreligion under the Romans' patronage and sponsorship. Worldy ego isviolent in response to a threat to its' own existance. I am not at allsurprised if that same reaction is generated by these revelations.I know for some this may provoke some very deep reactions, as it doesnot leave a question mark, and fully inculcating this thesis haspermanent ramifications for the theist, agnostic and atheist alike.Irrespective of faith, the issue of "the truth of history" underpins ourcollective learnings and imaginings more heavily than we can imagine.What we now hold to be true started as a lie; and what we now considerto be myth (lie) is truth itself. The "dumbing down" of religiousthought has been an ever expanding work which continues to this day, yetthe high thinkers remain aloof from their contrivances and see them forwhat they are - bold, calculative lies! Who is the real devil?You will find much to think about at _www.burningcross.net
A massive meeting for preservation of Hinduism in Erode
Mammoth Hindu Resurgence meet in Erode_http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=125
) A report by R.S. NarayanaswamiA mammoth gathering of Hindus has called for a total ban on conversions and cow slaughter, enactment of a uniform civil code and crushing of Islamic terrorism. The Hindu Resurgence Conference organised by the Tamil Nadu Vishva Hindu Parishad in association with the Grama Kovil Poojaris Conference at Erode on March 19 demanded a legislation to facilitate the reconstruction of Shri Ram temple at Ayodhya. The conference strongly opposed reservation on religion basis. The conference also demanded the release of Hindu temples from the government control in southern states and autonomous boards to manage them. Over three lakh people, including thousands of Grama Kovil Poojaris, attended the conference, which was presided over by Shri Vishvanath Kakkan, a harijan advocate.The conference exhorted the Hindus to vote only for those parties and leaders who promised protection of Hindu rights. Though we are 85 crore, we are humiliated and neglected since we take pride in our caste identity and not in our Hindu identity. Hindus would be strong only if all think themselves as Hindus and as belonging to the greatest civilisation of the world,â€ said Shri Ashok Singhal, VHP president while addressing the conference.Shri Singhal said for over 1000 years the Hindus had been invaded, humiliated and ruled, their sacred temples had been destroyed, their women had been molested and properties plundered and sacred cows butchered in lakhs. Because of the weakness of Hindus, a â€˜secularâ€™ state have the guts to take over only the Hindu temples. Hindus have to launch a struggle to get their Ram temple back, he added. â€œOur religious books do not recognise untouchability or discrimination. The time has come for eliminating untouchability by going from village to village and preaching against it. These social evils had crept into our life and weakened Hindus and impaired their unity over the centuries,â€ he said. Shri Singhal exhorted every Hindu to think, speak and act as Hindus and thereby make the majority strong, powerful and proud and end the humiliation, which is showered on the Hindus by the secularists. â€œThis Erode conference sounded the awakening call to a sleeping Hindu society. Hindus must wake up to know the threats and meet them,â€ he added.The head of Perur Mutt, Santhalinga Ramaswami Adigal, Kumara Gurupara Swamigal of Kumara Mutt, the head of Tirupanandal Mutt, Kasi Vasi Muthukumara Swamigal, Swami Kamalathmananda of Ramakrishna Mutt, Sathyajotha of the Art of Living movement and Narayani Amma of Narayani Amma Siddhar Peetam were the prominent religious leaders who graced the conference by their presence. The massive conference obtained great significance by the presence of RSS Sarsanghachalak Shri K.S. Sudarshan and Dr Subramanian Swamy.In his speech, Shri Sudarshan averred that there is no equal to the Hindu civilisation. Our great seers thought and spoke in terms of the soul (atma) while the westerners thought in terms of manâ€™s body only. Body was concerned with materialistic needs and the West started catering to them resulting in great competition between societies and nations. This materialistic competition might also lead to another war, he said. The power of the soul is great and the Hindus must stand untied to meet the challenges and threats, he added.Dr Subramanian Swamy was forceful in condemning the discriminatory policies of the central and state governments in the name of secularism. It is a pity that the majority has to hold conferences for protection. He deplored that every effort is being made to release Madani of Kerala, but not one in Parliament spoke for Shankaracharya. He condemned the distorted teaching of Indian history by a blackout of Muslim atrocities for 700 years. He said a council of religious heads must be formed and its views must be sought by the secular state while changing Hindu laws.Addressing the gathering, Dr Pravin Togadia, VHP general secretary, said that lack of unity among Hindus has weakened the Hindus. He strongly condemned conversions to Christianity. Instead of conversion of Hindus, the Christian world should join hands with the 90 crore Hindus to fight against Islamic jehad, which posed a greater threat to both Hindus and Christians. Dr Togadia said in all other nations the government goes by the interests of the majority but in India, the majorityâ€™s interests and rights are ignored and the minorities are appeased. Hindus must decide the destiny of the nation and this could happen only when the Hindus stood united and asserted.Smt Chandraleka, former IAS officer and president, State Janata Party, came down heavily on the minority appeasement policies of the governments and political parties. Earlier S. Vedantam, vice president of VHP, referred to the plight of Hindus and emphasised the need for creation of a Hindu vote-bank. The conference culminated in a mammoth procession through the main roads of Erode, which was witnessed by a large number of people. A sight for godsThe conference began in a very huge tin sheet pandal after homam and yajna. Men and women in colourful costumes came from all parts of the state by all modes of conveyance, unmindful of the hardships.The conference area was well illuminated. The massive dais had wonderful and artistic decoration.The delegates were peaceful and disciplined when many of the speeches were made in Hindi.The greatest significance lay in the Hindu conference taking place in the fountain spring of the atheistic Dravidian ideology, Erode.The venue looked like an Indra Durbar, a sight for gods.
Tulasi Devi: The Sacred Tree
Namaste,Just as we had discovered the sacredness of the Rudraksha beads and the significance of its different shapes few weeks ago, in this posting we will uncover why the Tulasi tree is so sacred, and the legends in connection with her. To best view this posting, spread your viewing screen and the article will appear more appropriately formatted. To view it in html, you can also find this, with a special section on taking care of the Tulasi plant along with photos of her and the Deity of Vrinda Devi at: _www.stephen-knapp.com/tulasi_devi_the_sacred_tree.htm
) . Hari om and Hari bol,Stephen Knapp (Sri Nandanandana dasa)Tulasi Devi: The Sacred TreeCompiled by Stephen KnappThe Tulasi tree is a most important plant, and is often seen at numerous Hindu temples,especially those dedicated to Vishnu and Krishna. At such temples you are likely to find one ormore in the courtyard wherein pilgrims circumambulate it, water it, or even offer prayers to it.Some temples will even have Tulasi groves, wherein you will see numerous Tulasi plantsgrowing in a garden. Some temples will even have a special greenhouse just for taking care ofTulasi plants. At such temples, they may even prepare large garlands of Tulasi leaves andmanjaris (the ends of the branches) for the deity of Lord Krishna to wear. It is said that Tulasiwill not grow well where there is no devotion to the Lord. In fact, how well Tulasi grows is saidto be like a barometer that indicates how high the devotional attitude is of the devoteecommunity around the temple. Vaishnava devotees also use the wood to make neck beads and wear two or three strands ofthem around their necks signifying their devotion to the Lord. They also make their japa mala orchanting beads from wood of the Tulasi tree as well. Tulasi is considered to be a pure devotee ofthe Lord who has taken the form of a tree. Therefore she is given the utmost respect. This is alsowhy many devotees and Hindus in general also grow Tulasi in their homes. In this way, theTulasi plant plays an important part in the spiritual life of many devotees. So what is thesignificance, history and legends behind this little tree? To begin with, the Basil plant (Ocimum sanctum) is commonly called Tulasi (pronouncedtulsi). In some accounts of the Puranic story of the Churning of the Ocean (samudramathana), theTulasi is added to the list of articles which emerged from it, and is sacred to Krishna (accordingto Wilson's Vishnu Purana p, 67. n.8). It is also sacred to his Lord Vishnu's consort Laksmi, andhence it is itself an object of worship.The Tulasi plant also possesses curative properties and is said to be an antidote tosnake-venom. It destroys mosquitoes and other pests and purifies the air. It even is said to wardoff the messengers of Yama, the ruler of the dead, who will not enter a house containing a sprigof Tulasi. This is also one of the reasons why devotees wear the Tulasi as neck beads. Whendeath occurs, the funeral pyre should be constructed of Tulasi, palasha, and sandal-wood. There is further Puranic background for Tulasi attaining this spiritualistic importance. In factit is Mahalaksmi, wife of Visnu, who had herself taken the form of Tulasi. There is a story aboutit in the Devi Bhagavata. The Puranic Encyclopedia summarizes these legends. 1) The curse of Sarasvati. Sarasvati, Ganga and Laksmi were all, in the beginning, wives ofMahaVishnu. The Lord loved all the three equally. One day all the four were sitting togetherwhen Ganga sent lustful glances at Vishnu which was immediately noticed by both Sarasvati andLaksmi. Sarasvaii got angry and rising up caught hold of the hair of Ganga and dragged her to theground. Laksmi then caught hold of Sarasvati to prevent farther assault but Sarasvati then pouredall her rage on Laksmi and cursed her to be born as a plant on earth. Gangadevi could not bearthis and she cursed Sarasvati to be born as a river on earth. Sarasvati retorted with a curse thatGanga also would be born as a river. When the whole tumult was over Vishnu called Laksmi tohis side and said, "Oh Devi, do not worry. Things have happened as predestined. You go and beborn as the daughter of Dharma-dhvaja and grow up there. From there by divine grace you willbe transformed into a plant sacred enough to make all the three worlds pure. That plant will benamed Tulasi. When you will be thus living as Tulasi, a demon named Sankhacuda with part ofmy virile strength will be born and he will marry you. Then you can come back to me. The holyriver Padmavati will also be another form of your spirit."2) The story of Dharmadhvaja. Who was this Dharma-dhvaja to whom was born Mahalaksmias a daughter? In times of old there was a Manu called Daksasavarni who was extremely virtuousand a part of Vishnu. Descending from Daksasavarni wereBrahmasavarni-Dharmasavarni-Rudrasavarni-Devasavarni-Indrasavarni Vrsadhvaja. This lastnamed was a great devotee of Shiva and because of his great affection for this devotee Shivalived a whole period of a devayuga in the ashrama of Vrsadhvaja. King Vrsadhvaja by an edictprohibited the worship of any other deity than Shiva in his country. Even the worship ofMahalaksmi ordained by the Vedas during the month of Bhadra (September) became extinct. AllYagyas and worship of Vishnu came to a stop. Surya (Sun-god) got angry al this belittling ofother gods than Shiva and cursed the King Vrsadhvaja that he would cease to be prosperous.Shiva did not like it and he went to punish Surya holding his trident in his hand. Surya wasfrightened and he approached his father Kasyapa. Kasyapa and Surya went to Brahma andacquainted him with all details. Brahma also was helpless in the matter and so all the three ofthem went to Mahavishnu. They prostrated before Vishnu and told him all. At that time Shivaalso came there. Addressing all of them, Vishnu said "Oh. Devas, wilhin this half an hourtwenty-one yugas have passed by on the earth. He about whom you have come to speak to me isdead and gone. Even his son Rathadhvaja is dead. The latter has two sons named Dharmadhvajaand Kusadhvaja. They are dull and splendorless now because of the curse of Surya and are nowworshipping Laksmi." Saying thus Vishnu disappeared.3} Birth of Tulasi. Dharmadhvaja and Kusadhvaja did penance to propitiate Mahalaksmi.Kusadhvaja had a wife named Malavati. She bore a daughter named Vedavati. Sita, wife of SriRama, was a rebirth of this Vedavati.King Dharmadhvaja had a wife named Madhavi. Mahalaksmi entered her womb as anembryo and after a hundred years Madhavi gave birth to a daughter. Even at the time of birth thechild looked like a matured girl and was extremely pretty. She was therefore, called Tulasi,meaning matchless. (Tula= match). This Tulasi, abandoning all worldly pleasures, went toBadarikashrama and started doing penance there with the prayer that MahaVishnu shouldbecome her husband. She did penance for twenty-four thousand years sitting amidst fire in thehot season and sitting in water in the cold season and taking only fruits and water as food. Thenshe did penance for another thirty thousand years eating leaves only, another forty thousand yearstaking air only as food and another ten thousand years without any food. At this stage Brahmaappeared and asked her the object of her penance. She replied she wanted MahaVishnu to be herhusband. Hearing this Brahma said thus: "Devi, you know the cowboy Sudama born of a part ofSri Krishna. That brilliant cowboy has now been born on earth, due to a curse of Radha, as ademon named Sankhachuda. He is matchlessly eminent and has once fallen in love with youseeing you at Goloka. You will become his wife and later you can become the wife of Narayana.At that time a part of your divine body will remain on earth as a plant named Tulasi. Tulasi willbecome the most sacred of all plants, dear to Vishnu, and all worship without using Tulasi leaveswould be ineffective."4) Marriage of Tulasi. Due to a curse of Radha, Sudama, the cowboy, was born on earth as ademon named Sankhachuda. He did penance sitting at Badarikashrama and obtainedVishnukavaca. Another object of his was to marry Tulasi. He obtained a boon from Brahma thathis death would occur only when the Vishnu Kavaca was removed from his body and the chastityof his wife was lost. At that time Sankhachuda and Tulasi met each other in the forests and weremarried. Sankhachuda, brilliant and majestic, went about with Tulasi in amorous sports creatingjealousy even among the devas. His arrogance gave innumerable troubles to the devas and theyalong with Brahma and Shiva approached MahaVishnu for a remedy. Vishnu then sent Shivawith his spike to kill Sankhachuda and he himself started to molest the chastity of his wifeTulasi. Sankhachuda took leave of Tulasi to go and fight with Shiva. When Tulasi was thus leftalone, MahaVisnu in the form of Sankhachuda approached Tulasi and after some preliminarytalks entered into sexual acts. Tulasi found some difference in the usual affairs and suspectingfoul play jumped up to curse the impostor. At once MahaVishnu appeared in his true form andsaid "You have been doing penance for a lone time to get me as your husband. Your husbandSankhachuda was the chief of my Parsadas, Sudarna. It is time for him to go back to [the spiritualabode of] Goloka getting himself released from the curse. By this time Shiva would have killedhim and he would have gone to Goloka as Sudama. You can now abandon your body and comewith me to Vaikuntha to enjoy life as my wife.Your body will decay and become a holy river named Gandaki; your hair will become theTulasi plant, the leaves of which will be held sacred in all the three worlds."Tulasi then changed herself into the form of Laksmi and went to Vaikuntha withMahaVishnu. (9th Skandha, Devi Bhagavata).5) The greatness of Tulasi. Everything of the Tulasi plant, leaves, flowers, fruits, roots, twigs,skin and even the soil around is holy. The soul of a dead one whose dead body is cremated usingTulasi twigs for firewood would attain a permanent place in Vishnuloha [the spiritual abode].Even great sinners would be absolved of their sins if their dead bodies are cremated with Tulasitwigs [or are wearing Tulasi beads]. If at the time of death one thinks of God and mutters Hisname and if his dead body is later cremated with Tulasi twigs, he would have no rebirths. Evenhe who has done a crore of sins would attain moksha [liberation] if at the time of cremating hisdead body a piece of Tulasi twig is placed at the bottom of the funeral pyre. Just as all watersbecome pure by the union with Ganga water, all firewood is made pure by the addition of a smallpiece of Tulasi twig. If the dead body of one is cremated using Tulasi twigs alone, one's sins for acrore of Kalpa years [1 kalpa is 4,800,000 years] would be washed away. Yamadutas [thesoldiers of Lord Yama, the king of death] would keep away from one whose dead body iscremated with Tulasi twigs and servants of Vishnu would come near. If a light is burnt forVishnu with a Tulasi stick it would be equal to burning several lakhs of lights for Vishnu. If onemakes the Tulasi leaves into a paste and smears it on one's body and then worships Vishnu forone day, one would be getting the benefit of a hundred ordinary worships and also the benefit ofdoing a hundred godanas (gifts of cows). (Chapter 24, Padma Purana)It is also accepted that if ever a person leaves his or her body while wearing Tulasi beads,either around the neck or elsewhere, it creates the same affect as described above as having one'scremation fire burnt using Tulasi. The Marriage of TulasiAnd Significance of Shalagrama-shilas[As Elaborated from Brahma-Vaivarta Purana, Prakriti-Khanda, Chapters 21 & 22]This explains the marriage between Lord Vishnu and Tulasi, how Tulasi became both theGandaki River and the sacred Tulasi tree, and how Lord Vishnu accepted the form of the sacredstones found in the Gandaki River known as shalagram-shilas. CHAPTER 21Narada said: "O Lord, please narrate how You (Lord Narayana) impregnated Tulasi".Narayana answered: "Hari, in order to accomplish the design of the gods, took the formof Sankhachuda and cohabited with Tulasi. He took the amulet of the demon and approached thehouse of Tulasi. At the threshold he played upon a drum and through a spy announcing thesewords, 'May victory crown the King,' he convinced Tulasi of the success of her husband. Tulasi,through a window, gladly looked at the royal road. She made gifts to the Brahmins, the bards andthe mendicants and caused the performance of many auspicious deeds. Lord Hari subsequentlydescended from his car and entered into the lovely house of Tulasi constructed with invaluablegems. When Tulasi saw her tranquil husband (whose form Hari had assumed), she wept with joy,washed his feet with water and bowed low to him. She entertained him with betel-leavesrendered fragrant with camphor and considered herself truly blessed, inasmuch as she saw herlord returned victorious from the battle. The licentious Tulasi, filled with joy cast arch glancesupon him and sweetly or gently asked him thus: 'My gracious king, how could you conquerShiva who destroys numberless worlds? Reveal to me the matter.' Hari in disguise smiled andconcocted a lie thus: 'O my lady, O my love, this fight lasted for a year and all the demons havebeen destroyed. Brahma himself came to the scene of fight and reconciled us both. By hiscommand, I returned to the gods their jurisdiction and came home. Shiva likewise returned to hisdomain.' So saying, Lord Hari slept. O Narada, Hari cohabited with Tulasi but owing to thetransgression of the former method of sexual intercourse she became suspicious and said, 'OLord of dissemblers, who are you? You have violated my chastity. I must, therefore, curse you,whoever you are.' Afraid of a curse, Hari assumed a very lovely form. Tulasi beheld in herpresence the Eternal Lord, the god of gods, dark like a new cloud. His eyes were like autumnallotuses. His face was beaming with smiles. He was decked with gems and yellow garments. Hisgrace was like that of ten millions of Cupids."The woman at His sight was excited with lust and fainted, but immediately recoveringsaid to Hari, 'Lord, you are unkind to me and possess a heart of stone. You have fraudulentlyviolated me and killed my husband. As you are hard-hearted like a stone, you will be worshipedin the world in the form of a stone (shila). Those who call you merciful are deluded. Tell me whyYou killed an innocent votary of Yours for the sake of others. You are the soul of all and, thoughall-knowing, You do not realize the pain of others. Therefore, when You will assume a certainincarnation, You will forget Yourself.' So saying, the chaste Tulasi fell at his feet and weptbitterly in sorrow. The merciful Hari consoled her, using words fraught with counsel thus: 'Ochaste lady, you prayed for me for a long time in Bharata-varsha (India). The lustfulSankhachuda had prayed for you and thereby obtained you as his spouse, and thus he enjoyedyour society for a long time. I should now give you the fruits of your devotion. "'You should now quit your body, take a celestial form and travel with Me like Rama.You will now be converted into a sacred river called Gandaki. Let the clusters of your hair beconverted into a plant called Tulasi or the holy basil. Fair one, the flowers and the leaves of thisplant will be consecrated to the worship of the gods. In the course of my worship, Tulasi flowerswill be held superior to other flowers in the three worlds and even in Vaikuntha. This sanctifyingplant will grow in Goloka on the coast of the Viraja River, on the site occupied by the sphere ofthe Rasa, in Vrindavana, in the forest of the holy fig tree, the wood of the sandal tree, or theChampak flower, or in the groves of the jasmine, and the screw-pine tree, or in the grove of theclimbing plants called Madhavi. All the shrines of the world will converge at the root of Tulasi.'"'Fair one, all the gods will preside there to secure the fallen leaves of the holy basil.Anyone who will be anointed or moistened with the waters of the holy basil will reap the benefitsof ablutions in all sacred rivers and the performance of all sorts of yagnas or sacrifices. Hari willnot be so much pleased with the gift of a thousand jars full of honey as with the offer of a Tulasileaf. The gift of one such leaf will bring the reward secured by the gift of millions of cows.Anyone who, dying, will get the water of the Tulasi leaf will be redeemed from all his sins andproceed to Vaikuntha. Whoever constantly drinks such water will be redeemed in his lifetime andget the fruits of a dip in the Ganges. Anyone worshiping Me with this leaf every day will reap thebenefits of a hundred thousand horse sacrifices. Anyone dying with the Tulasi leaf in his hands[or also in one's mouth, as is commonly practiced] will be redeemed. Anyone putting on a wreathof the wild Tulasi will get at every step the fruit of a horse sacrifice. However, whoever with theholy basil in his hand will break his vow and perjure himself will go to hell. But anyone who, atthe time of his death, will get a drop of the water of the holy basil will proceed to Vaikuntha.Hari will cut off the head of that person who, on the lunar day of the dark night (Amavasya) orthe full moon, or on the twelfth or last day of the lunar month, or being anointed with oil justbefore bath, or in the noon, night, or at day break or sun down, or in a state of impurity, or in hisnocturnal dress [sleep clothes] will cull or pluck the Tulasi leaf. "'O chaste one, if such a leaf is stale for three nights, it can still be used on the occasionof funeral ceremonies, in connection with vows, gifts, consecration of temples and the worship ofgods. Tulasi leaves dedicated to Vishnu, even if they drop to the ground or water, if properlywashed may still be used for other holy purposes. The presiding deity of the Tulasi plant willalways sport in solitude with Krishna in Goloka which is free from diseases. The presiding deityof the Gandaki River will be the wife of the salt ocean, born of my digits. And personally, Ochaste goddess, you will ever remain by My side and enjoy My company like Goddess Lakshmi.I, too, by your curse, will turn into a stone on the coast of the Gandaki. At that place the wormscalled Vajra-kita will construct [carve] my wheel within the stone. That stone, dark like a newcloud, which contains at one gate four wheels and which is decorated with a wreath of wildflowers will be known as Lakshmi-Narayana. But the stone of the like nature without beingdecked with a wreath will be called Lakshmi-Janardana. A stone without a wreath but impressedwith marks of cow feet will be called Raghunatha. A stone of two wheels, auspicious to thehouseholders, will be called Dudhi-bamana. Such a stone, if decked with garlands, will be calledSridhara and give grace to the householders. A stone without a wreath, but thick and circular andcontaining two wheels will be called Damodara. A stone, fairly round, assailed by arrows, havingquivers and two wheels will be called Rana-rama. A stone of moderate size having seven wheelsassociated with quivers will be called the king of kings and give royal prosperity to the people. Astone, thick, dark like a new cloud and associated with fourteen wheels will be called Ananta andgive four kinds of redemption. "'A stone which looks like a cloud and contains two wheels, which is spherical, gracefuland moderate in size will be called Madhu-Sudana. A stone which will bear the mark of theSudarshana on one of its wheels and whose other wheel will remain concealed will be calledGadadhara. The two-wheeled stone with the face of a horse will be called Hayagriva. Thetwo-wheeled stone whose face is expansive and hideous will be called Narasimha. Thetwo-wheeled broad-faced stone, decked with wreaths and pleasing to the people will be calledLakshmi-Narasimha. The stone whose gate is conspicuous by two graceful wheels of equal sizewill be called Vasudeva fulfilling all desire. The stone having a slender wheel and many holes atthe threshold, dark like a new cloud, will be called Pradyumna, and the worship of this stone willgive happiness to people. The stone whose wheels are united and whose back is excellent, whichbrings joy to the householders, will be called Sankarshana. The yellow, beautiful, circular stonedelightful to the house-holders, will be styled Aniruddha by the Savants. Fair one, the placewhere this stone will be discovered will be the resort of Hari and Lakshmi with her attendantshrines and holy places. Nay, Brahmin-slaughter and all other sins of the world are expiated bythe worship of this stone. This stone, if it is in the shape of an umbrella, bestows a kingdom; ifround, it gives prosperity; if like a cart, it causes pain; if like the front of a spear, it brings aboutdeath. If deformed, it causes poverty; if tawny in color, it destroys happiness; if its wheels arejoined, it causes disease; if broken or split into fragments, it causes death. All holy deeds,consecration of a temple, performance of a funeral ceremony, worship of gods, etc., can beperformed through this Holy stone. Deeds of charity, circumambulation around the world, bath inthe sacred rivers, all can be attained by a person by ablution in the waters [the have bathed orwashed] of this stone. The touch of such a person will be desired even by the streams. He will beconsecrated and redeemed in his lifetime. The worship of the stone will give the same fruit as thestudy of the Vedas or asceticism. "'Whoever will drink the immortalizing water of this stone will sanctify by his touchresorts for pilgrims and be redeemed in his life. He will be the slave of Hari and witnesscountless dissolutions of the world. Sins as heinous as the murder of a Brahmin will fly at hissight like snakes at the sight of Garuda. The earth will be consecrated by the dust of his feet. Byhis birth, he will redeem millions of his ancestors. Anyone who, while dying, will drink thiswater will be emancipated and go to the Vaikuntha. He will be free from the influences of karmaand, being redeemed, will merge into the feet of Vishnu. Whoever, by laying hands on the stone,perjures himself or breaks his vow will remain in hell for millions of years. My beloved, whoeverwill separate the holy basil leaves from this holy stone, will suffer the pangs of separation fromhis wife from birth to birth. Whoever will dissociate the conches from the Tulasi will be deprivedof his wife and health for seven births in succession. A wise person who will maintain the Tulasi,the conches and the stone at one and the same place will be dear to Hari. It is painful for a personto part from his beloved whose society he once enjoyed. You were the favorite of Sankhachudafor one Manvantara. Therefore separation from him has been a source of trouble to you.'" "As Hari affectionately said so, Tulasi quit her body and went to Vaikuntha in a celestialform. Tulasi frequented the heart of Narayana like Kamala. O Narada, thus Hari happened tohave four wives viz., Lakshmi, Saraswati, Ganga and Tulasi. When Tulasi died, her body wasimmediately turned into a river called Gandaki; and on the coast of this stream, a sanctifying hillout of the digits of Hari came into existence. The worms on the hill are constructing stones ofvarious sorts. A stone that drops down into the river from the hill assumes the hue of clouds. Astone that drops from the rock on the dry land becomes tawny-colored through the heat of thesun. Now I told you everything. Please let me know what you want to hear."CHAPTER 22Narada said, "Lord, I gather how Tulasi became the favorite of Hari, how she becameholy and was adored throughout the world. Now I want to hear the account relating to her form ofworship and her hymn. In olden times, who worshiped her and recited her ode? How did shebecome adorable in the world? Kindly narrate these matters to me."Suta said, Naryana smiled at these words and said, "Hari sported with Tulasi as soon asHe got her and made her as blessed and glorious as Rama. Ganga and Lakshmi bore this newacquisition to their society patiently. But it was intolerable to Saraswati. Once the dignifiedSaraswati in vain quarreled with Tulasi in Hari's presence and hurt her. Tulasi in shame anddisgrace disappeared. That accomplished, wise and adept Tulasi became invisible to Hari also outof anger. Hari thereupon took permission of Saraswati and went to the forest of Tulasi plants.There he bathed and with holy basil leaves reverentially adored Tulasi with the mystic formula often letters containing seeds of germinating principles of Lakshmi, Maya, Kama and Vani."O Narada, that mantra prepared by Hari ends thus: 'Swaha to Vrindavani.' After havinguttered this mantra which is efficacious like the Kalpa tree, whoever will worship Tulasi with thelight of the ghee lamp, frankincense, sandal flowers and sacrificial offerings will attain allperfection. Tulasi, pleased with the worship, emanated from the plant and took refuge in the lotusfeet of Hari. Hari blessed her saying, 'You will be adored throughout the world', and said,'Beloved, I shall hold you on my head and in my heart. All the gods, therefore, will wield you ontheir heads.' So saying, Hari took her home."Narada said, "Now tell me about the Dhyana or meditation appropriate to Tulasi, her ode,and her plan of worship." Narayana answered, "When Tulasi disappeared, the afflicted Hari wentto Tulasi-vana (the forest of holy Tulasi), worshiped her and adored her with the hymn, "I adoremy beloved Vrinda who in one place grows in the form of plants. I adore the blessed nymph whosprang at first from the forest of Vrindavana and is hence styled Vrinda-vani."I worship that goddess, all adorable in the universe, who is so-called as she is adoredthroughout the world. Being afflicted by Cupid I adore the all-sanctifying goddess so-called asshe is always adored in the three worlds. I want to see Pushpa-sara, the goddess, the essence offlowers, without whom the gods are not satisfied with the offer of any number of flowers. I cravethe favor of that goddess, also called Nandini, as attainment of Tulasi brings faith and joy. I seekthe protection of this goddess called Tulasi, as she is incomparable in the world. May shepreserve my life, the goddess who is also called the life of Krishna. Krishna having worshipedher thus manifested Himself to Tulasi who was lying prostrate at His feet. When He saw that thedignified Tulasi was weeping on account of her susceptibilities being wounded by Saraswati, heclasped her to his breast, took her to Saraswati and reconciled them both. He blessed her saying,"You will be adored throughout the world and sustained (carried) by every one on the head. Youwill be adored and honored by Me as well."When Tulasi was propitiated, Saraswati embraced her and seated her by her side.Lakshmi and Ganga also embraced her smiling and took her home. Whoever will adore Tulasi bythe above eight names, pregnant with meaning, viz., Vrinda [one who has thousands of sakhis,associates], Vrinda-vani [one who never leaves Vrindavana], Vishwa-Pavani [sanctifier of thewhole world], Vishwa-Pujita [whole world worships her], Pushpa-sara [essence of all theflowers], Nandini [gives happiness to everyone], Krishna-Jivani [the life and soul of LordKrishna] and Tulasi [one with an incomparable form] will reap the fruits of a horse sacrifice. Thebenefactress Tulasi was born on the lunar day of the full moon in the month of Kartika, henceHari has prescribed this day for her worship. Whosoever will worship her on this day will beredeemed from all sins and go to Vaikuntha. Whoever gives Tulasi leaves cut in reverence toVishnu in the month of Kartika will reap the fruits secured by the gift of ten millions of cows.Nay, the recollection of her hymn gives a son to the sonless, a wife to the wifeless, health to thediseased, liberty to the prisoner, sanctity to the sinner, courage to the frightened and a friend tothe friendless. "O Narada, I told you about her hymn, now listen to the subject relating to her meditationand form of worship. You know the meditation (Dhyana) as mentioned by Kanwa-sakha.Without invoking the goddess, reverentially meditate on her and adore her with sixteeningredients. Now listen to her Dhyana or meditation which destroys sins. 'The chaste Tulasi, thebest of flowers, adorable and lovely, destroys the fuel of sins like a flame of fire, O Muni, she ismost sacred of all the goddesses. Being incomparable she is called Tulasi. I adore the goddesswho is solicited by all; who crowns the head of all; who is known as the consecrator of the world;who gives emancipation and the bondage of Hari; and who has been herself redeemed in herlifetime.' Wise men, after this meditation and worship, should read her eulogies and bow to her."
Effects of Islam in Bangladesh and India--article from the Organiser
This article clarifies as much as any that I've read the threat that Islam (at least its fanatic elements) has on Bangladesh and India, as well as the rest of the world. This article coincides with another that I have written called "The Seeds of Islamic Fundamentalism" which you can find in the archives of this newsgroup, and which points out the very quotes from the Koran itself that advocate a terrorist attitude toward all non-Mulsiims. Most Mulsims are certainly peace-loving, but the atrocities that go on against Hindus in Bangladesh and other areas of the world against non-Muslims cannot by denied. And, as this article points out, that seems to be a part of their agenda.http://www.organiser.org/dynamic/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=125
&page=21Elimination of minorities in BangladeshThe Wall Street Journal (April 6, 2002) had stated: â€œIslamic fundamentalism, religious intolerance, militant Muslim groups with links to international terrorists, a powerful military with ties to the militants, Islamic schools churning out radical students, middle-class apathy, poverty and lawlessness â€” all are working to transform the nation.â€ This very aptly describes Bangladesh.Violence against kafirs (non-Muslims) has been a permanent feature of Islamic States all over the world. What Pakistan did to the Hindus, the Buddhists and the Christians in Pakistan before 1971 is being continued on a greater scale at present in Bangladesh. What is happening to the non-Muslims in Bangladesh is genocide, which is a result of the abdication of responsibility by the Government of India towards the minorities there, according to the author. Bangladesh, except for a few years, has been an Islamic State. Since 1947, it has been seen to deliberately commit atrocities, gruesome killings and carnages on their religious minorities, thus facilitating the Islamists to transform the country to a monolithic Islamic State.The book under review is a compilation of 22 articles written by renowned journalists and experts in an effort to present the views of national and international media on the atrocities and genocide of minorities in Bangladesh. Though there are many articles worth quoting, only some are being referred to in detail.Bertil Lintner, writer and journalist, of Wall Street Journal, has quoted from Gen. Zia ur-Rehmanâ€™s posthumously published article in which the latter has listed seven factors which form the basis of Bangladeshi nationalismâ€”territory, people irrespective of religion, Bengali language, culture, economic life, religion and the legacy of the 1971 liberation war. The author says that Bangladeshâ€™s Islamic identity has strengthened over the years, and the marked increases in the attacks on non-Muslim population groups is prompted by a desire to build a â€œnation Stateâ€ free from minorities and motivated by political revenge. That Islam will play an even more important role in the shaping of Bangladeshâ€™s future identity is also evident from the increased role of madrasa education in the country, where â€œafter finishing their education, the students are incapable of taking up mainstream professions, and the mosques and the madrasas are the main sources of employmentâ€. In the light of such a development, â€œthere is every reason to watch developments in Bangladesh carefully, especially as its government remains vehemently in a state of denialâ€”which means that it is not going to do anything to stop the spread of extremism, fanaticism and attacks on the countryâ€™s religious and ethnic minorities.â€A 38-year old Bangladeshi writer, Salam Azad had advocated three options for Bangla Hindusâ€”â€œthey can embrace Islam, leave the country or commit suicideâ€. He made his observations at the Kolkata Book Fair in 2002 in the wake of the unprecedented atrocities committed on hapless Hindus by the armed cadres of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its electoral allies. Many had believed that the agony of the Hindus would cease and they would regain their lost honour with the liberation of Bangladesh. It was a mistaken notion. By and large, successive governments and liberated Bangladesh have followed the same policy as was pursued and practiced by Pakistan towards Hindus and other minorities.Dr Sisir K. Majumdar has rightly clubbed together Pakistan and Bangladesh into â€œtwo soddy, sick, soggy seeds of Islamic fundamentalism in the same bond of banality. This offers us a sad similarity. Pakistan is an artificial construct with an unreal sense of hollow nationalism and without being a nationâ€”a truncated product of British â€˜divide and ruleâ€™ policy of the colonial days. On the other hand, Bangladeshâ€”a product of the ugly womb of Pakistan born in 1971 and a victim of crisis of identityâ€”stands as a stark testimony of the dismal failure of Mohammed Ali Jinnahâ€™s now defunct two-nation theory and of fractured Islamic brotherhood. Both Bangladesh and Pakistan are confused, disoriented and dislocated in their thought and action.â€Thus it stands absolutely clear that Bangladesh is in a desperate search for identity as a nation with its progenitor, Pakistan, wallowing in fake nationalism. Pakistan is flaunting its garb of Talibanisation while Bangladesh is reincarnating itself as a neo-Taliban through a theo-democratic illusion of illiterate masses.Kanchan Gupta of The Pioneer has vehemently criticised the Jamaat-e-Islami and Islamic Oikya Jote, which share power with the BNP under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, masquerading as â€˜Islamic moderatesâ€™.Ram Gopal has said that the â€œsecular world must first realise that all these terrorist acts are in pursuance of a larger goal of establishment of â€˜Nizam Mustafaâ€™â€”kingdom of Godâ€”a Quranic order throughout the globe.â€ Thus it goes to show that Islam is not merely a religion; it is a unique political thought whose ultimate aim is to bring the entire mankind under the Islamic flag. He has suggested adoption of two stepsâ€”non-Muslim and non-Marxist nations must â€œmake a common causeâ€ and enact a resolution in the Security Council requiring every non-Muslim State to delete all passages from the Quran and the Hadith which sanctify religious war called jehad, terrorist activities, including suicide bombings and killings of kafirs (non-Muslims).â€All the articles in the book express genuine concern over the rise of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh and elsewhere and explicitly warn about its repercussions on the integrity, sovereignty and future of India.
Vedic Culture Plays a Strong Part in Recent Mexican Religious Conference
The Institute of Philosophical Studies of Saltillo, Mexico held a two day conference on March30-31st 2006. The First International Congress on the Philosophy of Religion in a Postmodern andGlobalized World convened at UPN, The National Pedagogical University of Mexico, Saltillo,Coahuila branch. Attendees from Mexico, USA, India, Columbia and the UK presented papers on manykey and relevant issues. Some of the Papers included â€œReligion and Bioethics,' 'Religious Systems and Globalization,''Religion and Human Rights,' 'Hindu and Buddhist Contributions to the World,' 'Magic andReligion,' 'Eastern Religion and Medicine,' 'Hindu-Mexico: An Authentic and Ancient CulturalNexus,' 'Indian Historical Paradoxes,' 'The Need for a Code of Ethics in Religious Studies,''Studies into the Antiquity of the Ramayana,' 'In the Footsteps of Lord Krishna,' 'Religion andHealth Recovery' and 'Benefits of Religion in Overcoming Addictions.â€Professor Elio Masferrer Kant, permanent secretary of the Latin American Association for theStudy of the Religions, emphasized that the great challenge for Catholicism in the 21st century isfor the Church leadership to approach the parishioners in order to understand and satisfy theirspiritual needs. Recognizing that not only in Mexico but throughout Latin America, people areturning from Catholicism he stated,â€ "The statistics verify it. In the last 60 years, thenumber of Catholics in Mexico has dropped from 98% to 80%." Professor Kant affirmed that sections of the Mexican population are looking for other religious options, mainly due to thestructure of Catholicism. It is very centered on the clergy while the Evangelical groups have moreadvantages, "Because their structures are much more participative, the laymen have more ability tostand up for their needs and this allows a much more efficient development. More and more peopleare going to voluntarily choose their own religious paths. The Catholic Church should look intoall the possibilities of becoming more diversified and adapt with changes in its practices andculture".Author of the book, â€œImprints of the Bhagavat Purana in the Works of Chanakya,â€HoracioFrancisco Arganis JuÃ¡rez, a Professor in Theology, Philosophy and Religion of Ancient India spokeon â€œThe Need for a Code of Ethics in the Study of Religion and Culture.â€ Hehighlighted various instances where religion, spirituality and culture have been analyticallystudied without any thought or recognition for cultural and religious sensitivities. Using theexample of the recent State of California's Board of Education Textbook issue, hesaid,â€While great strides have been made regarding the ethical treatment of animals, I findit puzzling that no similar ethical approach is taken in regards to religious studies. Withoutpractitioners, religion is just a concept. Yet while studying the concepts of religion no ethicalapproach is applied when dealing with the sensitivities of the practitioners of the faith inquestion. This is a violation of a basic Human rightâ€ Dr. Arganis thus urged the application of a code of ethics in the study of religion. In this way religious studies can becomea tool for social development rather than an antagonistic field used to discredit religion.Swami Amarnathananda of the Bharat Seva Ashram Sangh gave a talk on the integral role of SriKrishna's Bhagavad Gita in Hindu life. He stated,â€Krishna spoke the Gita on a battlefieldbecause life is like a battle. So in the battle of life, Krishna's Gita is there. It is not justfor Indians but it is for the benefit of the whole world.â€ Swamiji was pleased to see thepublics great interest in Hinduism and Buddhism in Mexico and appreciated the honor he was givenas a visiting Hindu monk.Independent Researcher Mohini Sarin's paper ' Hindu-Mexico: An Authentic and Ancient CulturalNexus' was well received and generated much curiosity. She pointed out the similarity between theHindu Trinity - Brahma-Visnu-Shiva and the Mexican Trinity - Ho-Huizilopochtli-Tlaloc as well asthe likeness between South Indian temples and American pyramids. She quoted Donald A. Mackenzie's book, Myths of Pre-Columbian America: Tezcatlipoca, was like the Hindu god Kubera, was also a godof the north. The story of Yappan appears to be of Indian origin. The story of the temptation andfall of Yappan is too like that of the temptation and fall of his Indian prototype to be ofspontaneous origin in the New World. The conclusion drawn from the evidence of the Yappan myththat Hindu cultural influences reached America is greatly strengthened when we find Acostainforming us that certain Mexican ascetics, who assisted the priests, "dressed in white robes andlived by begging." The wandering Brahmin and Buddhist pilgrims in India similarly begged theirfood." Games such as the pachisi of India and the Mexican patolli, the valador game, mirror ofpyrite, betel and coco-chewing, with lime and tobacco, as well as gourd containers for the lime;shell money; birchbark shelters and canoes; and the identical containers of birchbark withcurvilinear scraped design from Siberia; string crosses as prayers from Tibet, India, Assam,Mexico, and Peru; and last, but not the least - the cultivation of cotton, practiced since earlytimes in Asia. Many Mexican Indian words are the same in Tamil and Sanskrit such as Catamaran.Other examples included chinkat (jaguar) sinha (lion) mita (time)mita (step passage of time) nana (sister)nanda (sister) paksa (the moon)paksa (the full moon) kakarpa (tent)k'arpara (parasol) chirau (resplendent)sura (to shine)huakra (horn)vakra (curved)Monsignor Jose Raul Side Lopez, Bishop of the Diocese of Saltillo, Mexico and Human rightsactivist presented a paper entitled,â€Religion and Human rights.â€ The Bishop urgedReligious leaders to seriously apply the built-in standards of human rights that is a part of allauthentic religious traditions. â€œNo longer should people be forced to fit into the letter ofreligious doctrine but religion must adapt itself to the needs and spiritual necessities of thepeople. It is unacceptable for religions to remain neutral to the sufferings of humanity.â€ WAVES, World Association for Vedic Studies committee member and Independent researcher, RamenNandi's paper,â€Studies into the Antiquity of the Ramayanaâ€ posed serious questionsregarding the ability of researchers to accurately date the Ramayana. Despite vast evidences,including geological, linguistic and textual, scholars have not yet been able to confirm the exactdate of the Ramayana. However, there are many key scientific findings that seem to confirm a veryancient date for the Ramayana and its vast influence on Indian civilization since antiquity.Vrndavan Brannon Parker, International Co-coordinator for the VFA, the Vedic Friend's Associationand member of WAVES attended as well. His paper entitled 'Indian Historical Paradoxes' concludedthat only through modern scientific investigative techniques combined with traditional culturaldata can a researcher find conclusive results. Parker said,â€It is a paradox that despite thefact that Indian civilization represents the ancient worldâ€™s most voluminous source ofscholarly research into science, religion, philosophy etc. this treasure house of knowledge isnot considered as an authentic source for information regarding humanitiesâ€™ ancient past. On the other hand, stray artifacts from random discoveries have become the foundation of theoriesthat contradict most evidences validated by the traditional Hindu perspective.â€ Mr Parkerpointed out that one of the world's leading experts on South Asian Archeology, Professor Jim GShaffer an American archaeologist and Professor of Anthropology at Case Western Reserve Universityfound evidence of extemely ancient cultural continuity in India. He stated that the traditionalHindu perspective on Indian history fits better into the archaeological evidence. ProfessorShaffer was quoted as saying that by including traditional views and cultural belief systems intoscientific research, one can develop a more accurate and complete picture of the ancient past.Parker concluded by praising the inclusiveness of Indian civilization. Throughout history, Indiahas welcomed Jews, Parsis and other oppressed minorities. In modern times, India is preserving theancient Tibetan culture and is the only country in the world to host all 72 schools of Islamicthought. No Muslim nation can boast of such Islamic diversity. It is India's Vedic Hindu idealsthat have allowed India to be the home of over a billion people yet still have plenty of room fora variety of wildlife, including the world's last remaining Asian lions. Professor Heber Ramos from IBCH of Cali Colombia had a presentation entitled, â€œIn theFootsteps of Lord Krishna.â€ Tracing all the various evidences confirming the antiquity ofthe worship of Lord Krishna, Professor Ramos concluded,â€There is vast scientific evidenceregarding the life and times of Krishna that correlates with the traditional Hindu perspective. Awealth of archaeological, textual, astronomical, geological and historical evidence is availableto the honest and unbiased researcher. No longer should academia treat Krishna as just a meremythological figure. The imprint of Lord Krishna on the history of the world is an obvious,authentic and tremendous one.â€William Henricks, a lecturer on Eastern religions and Director of the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Science and the Humanities presented a paper called 'Hindu andBuddhist Contributions to the World.' He spoke on the development of Buddhism within theVedic-Hindu framework. Rather than presenting Buddhism as a separate religion, Henricks clarifiedthat Buddhism developed in India in the fertile ground of Vedic India. Buddha simplifiedspirituality for the ancient Indians and never claimed to be founding a new religion. He alsospoke on the development of modern Hinduism, clarified the difference between the modern Castesystem and the ancient Vedic Varna and Ashram system. â€œThroughout ancient Indian history,Varna was decided by qualification and carachter and not by birth. Only as time progressed didbirth become the main prerequisite. But the application of Varna based on birth is not trueHinduism.â€ He stated. The conference audience was a diverse group consisting of Scholars, Catholic Priests and Nuns,Evangelical Christians, Hindus of India, Mexico, USA and UK and local University students, amongothers. All found interest in each other's perspectives and called for respect, tolerance andunderstanding amongst the various religions. A common call for an ethical approach in the studiesand practices of religion and science was issued.The two day conference was closed with a presentation of traditional Hindu music and song. Theentire audience joined togheter in the chanting of Hindu-Vedic hymns and enjoyed the Hindu musicaldemonstration. During the closing ceremonies, the Institute of Philosophical Studies of Saltillo,Coahuila, Mexico honored all Presentors with Certificates of Appreciation and Recognition.
Your Invitation to the Vedic Friends Association Conference in August
VFA Conference--August, 2006Dear Friends, Namaste! We are very happy to invite you to the 3nd VFA (Vedic Friends Association) conference scheduled for the weekend of August 26, 27. This will be open to everyone. What we are proposing is a series of lectures by noted personalities and discussions on various Vedic topics, whether they may be various practices that we can incorporate into our lives to reach our highest potential, or issues that affect the global Vedic community. The authors and presenters will also display their books for sale and everyone else can also network and present any information on projects in which they are involved. Please let us know what topics you may be interested in discussing so we can add it to our schedule of topics, since we are forming the agenda right now. We are open to suggestions. These topics and the presentations will be more clearly announced as we move closer to the date of the conference. The conference will also have two days of closed sessions for VFA Board members and special guests on the 28 and 29 to discuss the accomplishments of the VFA over the past year and future projects and our direction for the next year in the VFA. The conference will be held at the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, the ashram and teaching center of Pujya Swami Dayananda Sarasvati, one of the foremost Hindu thinkers and teachers today, who will be hosting the event and participating in the programs. Swamiji has always graciously showed special interest in our activities. The location is in Saylorsburg, PA, which is a drivable distance from New York City or Philadelphia, in a beautiful and quiet forest setting. More information about the ashram and directions can be found at their website:(_http://www.arshavidya.org_ (http://www.arshavidya.org/
) ) . The conference is sponsored by Swami Dayananda Saraswati and all accomodations and vegetarian food is provided free of charge. Of course, donations for the support of the ashrama are gladly accepted. We welcome your participation and would be very grateful if you could arrange to attend this important event. We think that the program will be of great interest to you and that your contribution will go very far to aid in making it a resounding success. You are welcome to bring your own ideas and suggestions into the forum. If you can attend, please make a note of it on your schedule and let us know so that we can begin making arrangements. We need this information now so we can develop our plans accordingly. Thank you for your kind consideration in our efforts to work for the dharma together. Hari Om and Hari bol, Stephen Knapp
Government Persecution Against Iskcon in Kazakhstan
Here is another example of how in Kali-yuga the governments does not allow the Vedic process freedom to continue without persecution, and that to continue working to preserve and protect it, what to speak of expanding it in some countries, becomes increasingly difficult. Da: Silk Road Foundation < firstname.lastname@example.org
>Data: 18 aprile 2006 3:33:05 CETA: Sri Lalita dasi dasi < email@example.com
>Oggetto: Kazakhstan - Palace of the Soul UpdateDear Friends, Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada. In 1999 the devotees in Kazkhstan purchased a beautiful farm outside of the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Since that time substantial strides have been made in creating an agricultural community, a home for many vaisnavas, and the venue for a wonderful summer yearly festival attended by devotees from Central Asia and Russia. Since October 2004 there have been many attempts from the government of Kazakhstan to push us from this property. This has been done by smear campaigns in the media and ongoing litigation in the courts.On March 29, 2006 a case was conducted in the Almaty Oblast Court. Prior to issuing the ruling the judge declared that the legal arguments of the government land agency had no substance and that the arguments presented by the advocates representing our society were correct and in accordance to the Kazakhstan legal code. But after private discussion in their chambers the judges emerged and issued a ruling againstour society in which it is stated that the land be confiscated and returned to the government. This ruling was illegal and not based on legislation of the government of Kazakhstan. We purchased the land at the market value in 1999. In 2004 we privatised the land according to the laws of Kazakhstan in. Since this time the value of this land has increased dramatically. The situation we have is that the powerful government land barons want to eliminate us by any illegal process that they may possess the land, again sell, and make astronomical profit. We have neither time nor options left. Our last option is the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, but need-less-to-say, the legal system does not work in this country. It is either a matter of paying for the decision or having a powerful person order the decision. Thus we are requesting devotees throughout the world to assist us in different ways:First, we are requesting you to send this letter to all the contacts you have.Second, we are requesting you to print the following letter and send to the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan requesting him to intervene in this case. Third, we are requesting you to contact the heads of religious organisations, as well as the foreign ministries in your countries, and register an appeal that they will voice concern to the government of Kazakhstan. And at last, we are humbly requesting that you will all pray that this situation may be reversed and our farm, Sri Vrindavan Dham, will not be stolen by the government of Kazakhstan.The President of Kazakhstan has gained international respect for having hosted an international religious forum in 2003. Yet, despite the talks of religious equality and openness, he is allowing a religious society to be illegally evicted from their legally acquired property. It is an injustice performed in the name of religious equality. With affectionate regards,BB Govinda SwamiStreet addresses: Government:To the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mr. Nazarbayev N.A.Government palace, Levoberezhye,Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.President Residence:To the President of the Republic of KazakhstanMr. Nazarbayev N.A. Akorda, Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.President?s e-mail: sitePRK@global.kz
Dear President Nazarbayev,It is with deep regret that we have been informed of the legal situation regarding the attempted confiscation of the land possessed by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in the Republic of Kazakhstan. The properties of the society have been legally purchased and privatised according to the land codes of Kazakhstan. Yet, since 2004 there has been ongoing litigation in an attempt by government officials to steal the land legally owned by the society. On March 29, 2006 a hearing was conducted in the Almaty Oblast Court. The judge in charge of the case explained that he had carefully studied the case and that there was no substance in the arguments of the Government Land Committee. Yet, when the decision was read it was ruled that the land of the Krishna Society be returned to the land reserve of Kazakhstan. The decision was illegal, not based upon the legislation of your nation, but enacted due to pressure from some powerful individual. Mr. President, you want that your fine country come into the rank of the leading nations of the world. You have shown your open mindedness by conducting your International Religious Forum in 2003. Yet in this case we have a glaring example of a religious society being destroyed by greedy and self motivated officers of your government. Sir, we are respectfully appealing to you to intervene in this case. Please stop the abuse and destruction of the one element of Indian religion which is active in your nation. Please allow these people to live peacefully on their property in accordance to the vision of religious equality that you have presented for the nation of Kazakhstan. Sincerely,-- ys.advaita.a.d. visit gitanagari.com
Dry lake bed throws up new facts on Ganga plain
A new study suggests the Ganga plain has been agrassland with human activity for 15,000 years, and was not an uninhabitedzone of dense forests where humans didn't venture until 3,500 years ago, asgenerally believed.The study by scientists in Lucknow with collaborators in Germany andthe USis the first to reconstruct variations in monsoon and vegetationin theGanga plain in prehistoric times and connect the climatic changes to humanactivity.The scientists from the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany and LucknowUniversity analysed pollen and chemical signatures in mud dug up from atwo-metre-deep hole in the dry lake bed of Sanai Tal, between Rae Bareli andLalganj in eastern Uttar Pradesh.Ancient pollen yields information about vegetation, while changes in themonsoon are reflected in the signatures of chemical elements buried in lakesediments."Our findings suggest that people lived in the Sanai lake region 15,000years ago," said Mohan Singh Chauhan, a scientist at Birbal Sahni Institute.Shikha Sharma, a scientist with the University of Wyoming in the US, was thelead investigator of the study published in the latest issue of the journal*Current Science*."This is bound to change ideas about human settlements in the Ganga plain,"said Indra Bir Singh, a geologist with Lucknow University who collaboratedin the study."It has been assumed that the Ganga plain was covered by dense forests thatprevented people from settling there until about 3,500 years ago, by whichtime they had developed tools to clear forests and move in," Singh said.But the Sanai lake bed tells a different story: of a seesawing monsoonaffecting vegetation and human activity.The pollen analysis shows that the Ganga plain was a savannah grassland witha few pockets of forests. The scientists also found "cultural pollen" â€”pollen from plants that grow at sites of human habitation."Cultural pollen is indirect evidence for human presence and we found itthroughout the 15,000-year history of Sanai Tal," Chauhan said.The lake itself formed about 12,500 years ago, during a period when themonsoon gained in strength. But the region experienced a 1,000-year spell ofdry weather between 11,500 years and 10,500 years ago. During the period,there was a clear decline in the growth of trees around the Sanai Tal, thescientists said.The levels of cultural pollen â€” in other words, human activity in the regionâ€” also dramatically declined during this dry spell.The studies show the largest expansion of the lake occurred between 10,000years and 5,800 years ago, a period corresponding to heavier monsoons. Earlyduring this period, Chauhan said, the region witnessed the beginnings ofagriculture.Excavations at some 9,000-year-old sites in Pratapgarh district, about 100km east of Sanai Tal, had earlier shown evidence of farming.From 5,000 years ago to the present, the levels of cultural pollen â€”including pollen from cultivated plants â€” increases significantly. Duringthis period, the Ganga plain is believed to have witnessed a largescaleinflux of people.http://www.telegraphindia.com//1060418/asp/nation/story_6113029.aspFull report at http://www.ias.ac.in/currsci/apr102006/973.pdf<http://www.telegraphindia.com//1060418/asp/nation/story_6113029.asp>RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONSCURRENT SCIENCE, VOL. 90, NO. 7, 10 APRIL 2006 973*For correspondence. (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org)*Correlative evidences of monsoon**variability, vegetation change and**human inhabitation in Sanai lake**deposit: Ganga Plain, India**S. Sharma**1,***, M. M. Joachimski**2**, H. J. Tobschall**2**,**I. B. Singh**3**, C. Sharma**4 **and M. S. Chauhan**4*1Department of Renewable Resources, University of Wyoming,Laramie, WY 82071, USA2InstitÃ¼t fÃ¼r Geologie und Mineralogie, UniversitÃ¤t Erlangen-NÃ¼rnberg,Schlossgarten-5, D-91054, Erlangen, Germany3Department of Geology, Lucknow University, Lucknow 226 007, India4Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany, 58, University Road,Lucknow 226 007, India
sandhya jain on judas
i have a simpler explanation. this is yet another fabrication.see how desperate the church is to create an impression of authenticity and truth around the character of jesus. remember the bone-casket with 'james, brother of jesus'? a fake. remember the shroud of turin? a fake. every 'relic' of jesus is a fake, not surprising since he did not exist. their marketing instincts are still superb. not for nothing is the vatican the biggest and richest MNC around. a couple of years ago, they timed the film 'the passion of jesus' for easter. this year, it is this alleged judas manuscript for easter, to get some press and interest in their declining religion. why don't they go ahead and publish the essene gospels and submit them to full scrutiny? because that would show that a great deal of what is attributed to the mythical jesus is swiped from the essene texts. dominican monks spirited away the documents as soon as they were found. there is nothing inauthentic about them -- the dead sea scrolls from kirbat qumran have been carbon-dated to 200 years before the alleged jesus. i do agree with sandhya says about totalitarian christists. the council of nicea in 365 ce or thereabouts -- after the convert constantine had become king of rome -- codified the bible (choice of gospels meant to bolster their own power) and declared as heretics (to be hunted down and burned at the stake) everyone who didn't worship those texts. this included the gnostics, the albigensians, so on and so forth. christism is as bloody as mohdanism, only the most bloody parts happened a long time ago, and what was are seeing today is the marketing version of the same: 'perfuming the pig' as they say. ---------- Forwarded message ----------From: Sandhya
Pioneer 18 April 2006
Judas: haunted heretic
Imagine a scenario in which Ravana was no villain, but a beloved brother of Rama. Such a fundamental transformation in the portrayal of a key character in an epic could hardly occur without an equally elemental alteration in the status of other lead players. More crucially, this would necessitate a critical makeover of the narrative's basic plot.
It cannot be otherwise with Jesus of Nazareth, or Bethlehem, or Galilee, whichever location scholars finally agree is the hometown of the Son of Man. Indeed, one of the greatest historical denouements of our time may be a scholarly verdict that Jesus was involved in a seditious intrigue which failed, and that the Roman governor acted in consonance with the law. The recently unveiled Gospel of Judas reveals that this long-reviled disciple was a pawn in a political conspiracy; once we learn the plot, we may understand why the early Church fathers went to such great lengths to conceal the truth.
The Gospel of Judas makes it impossible for scholars to evade the issue they dodged when the Gnostic Gospels surfaced at Nag Hammadi three decades ago. This concerns the nature and purpose of Jesus' apparent leadership of a band of followers, and the authenticity of his teachings as preserved in the Bible. Given the grudgingly acknowledged importance of Mary Magdalene, who was not merely Jesus' wife but an important priestess of the cult of Isis, and her relationship with wealthy Jewish families, it seems logical that some of the shadowy figures in the story played a far more important role than previously thought.
The role of the Sanhedrin (Jewish clergy) requires re-evaluation. We need to know why Jesus challenged the Temple authorities at Jerusalem by overturning the tables of the moneychangers, a key episode which has never been explained properly. If he wanted to reform Judaism, he should have solicited community support like other prophets. If he was emerging as the religious leader of a non-Jewish community, our difficulties increase.
Superficially, Christianity emerged as the majority of Jews rejected Jesus and his Gentile followers went their own way. Yet this cannot explain the determined support he received from rich Jewish families at critical junctures. We also do not know if Jesus was truly the leader of this nascent sect, or just the public face of an organization whose mission eludes us.
Some scholars say John the Baptist was the charismatic leader of the era. Leonardo da Vinci belonged to a secret society that revered John; he is believed to have faked the Turin Shroud to depict a man beheaded, not crucified. This society (the church denies the Priory of Sion exists) believes Jesus was a junior who appropriated the legacy of John; others think Mary was the real leader. We do not know if Mary was present at the Last Supper, but Leonardo's classic shows a woman seated next to Christ, unless one Apostle was a feminine-looking cross-dresser. However, if Jesus was not the leader of this group, the mystery of the creation of the Roman church deepens.
More seriously, the Gospel of Judas removes the fig-leaf by which Christianity justified its anti-Semitic bias for two millennia. Anti-Semitism led to the Inquisition, which coexisted with the Renaissance and Enlightenment, reaching even India; it is unlikely to disappear with the moral resurrection of Judas.
Pope Benedict XVI owes the international community an explanation for this crude racism rooted in Christian theology since St. Peter; he must open the archives and reveal the truth. As the Vatican is a member state of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan should take up the matter of its crimes against humanity with the same urgency as he espoused the cause of an Afghan convert to Christianity.
Conversions bring us to what I call the Christian Conundrum. Christianity pressurizes peoples to renounce their natal faith, but while negating the old civilizational experience fails to present a meaningful spiritual alternative. Hence, many Christians feel a vacuum in their lives. The authentic doctrine of Christ is unknown; at least fifty gospels existed in the early centuries, each rooted in a Judaeo-Pagan environment. Then, in the world's first grand experiment with a totalitarian ideology, a group of church fathers notarized the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, as official (canonical). They declared all other texts heretical and attempted to destroy them and their adherents. The Gospel of Judas did not suit their political purposes; it was condemned by Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons (180 CE), as the work of a sect which revered the biblical murderer Cain, the Sodomites, and Judas, believed to be a keeper of secret mysteries.
The impugned Gospel suggests the disciples were seeking a temporal kingdom of the Messiah; that Judas followed Jesus' instructions to have him arrested; and that they probably hoped for a public uprising that would place Jesus on the throne. This validates the view that the kingdom Jesus sought was an earthly one, and that his core mission was political. Perhaps he did hail from the clan of King David, as some early literature suggests.
Some scholars say Judas helped Jesus to die on the cross so he could fulfill his theological obligations. However, such a remote-controlled religious suicide seems a bizarre way to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. It is more likely that a guerilla action was foiled, with devastating consequences for the conspirators, the bitterness of which engendered the Jewish-Gentile divide that dogged the Jews for two millennia wherever Christianity spread.
According to some accounts, after betraying Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, Judas felt guilt-stricken and committed suicide two days later. However, silver pieces had been discontinued some centuries previously. According to Matthew (Acts 1:18), Judas bought a field with his money, called the "Field of Blood" because his guts burst open there. It seems likely that Judas was murdered, either as revenge for the death of Christ, or to cloak a deeper conspiracy. It is pertinent that bloodshed has always accompanied the march of the church. Despite this, in an era when heresy-hunting made dissent a suicidal pursuit, the Gospel of Judas was preserved by people with a commitment to truth. The Vatican should explain the political reasons for expunging all but four gospels from the public domain. It should also, like the former Soviet Republics, open its archives to international public scrutiny.
The Myth called Casteism – Part I
The Hindu scriptures, puranas, and ithihasas are windows into the past. One such masterpiece is the Peria Puranam (I have mentioned this a few times in the blog), which only talks about kulam ( and not Jaathi ) -- which is a vocational classification, in fact there are clear references of vocational communities (pulayar, kuyavar etc.) in villages or hamlets. Caste was originally devised as a social security scheme -- remember communities were in harmony with nature, there was no mass production at that time, it was only production by the masses!! Charity and sharing were the hallmarks of those who were blessed with plenty, charity was most always to the temple, which was the common community center for all in the society, that is why each temple in TN has so much in endowment (now misapproriated by the Govt. machinery in the name of Hindu Religious Charity and Endowment board -- most land are leased on 99 year leases to party and vested interest groups). The produce from these lands, where the community toiled were distributed back to the community under the aegis of the temple trustees (who were mostly the endowing and well to do Vysyas -- Nagarathars, Vellalars, Mudalaiyars, etc.) -- the model of empowerment was at the local level. The Kshatriyas (Thevars, Naiakers, etc.)provided security to the communities by virtue of thier control over the kingdom and as part of the model, each locally empowered community would also contribute a share to the central coffers besides the temple. So the temple was the center of the society, where besides worship and religious activities, many local art forms such as (theru koothu,, karagam, pulli vesham etc.) flourished. Since vocations were mostly handicrafts ( such as neyavar - weavers, kuyavar - potters, shirpi - sculptor, etc.) it was necessary to create a social structure to not only foster and protect this intellectual proterty, but also to guarantee a source of income for generations to come. Also since such handicrafts took years to perfect, the model was to start the apprenticeship/education program at an early age -- one can pick up things easier at that age and then be ready to inherit the trade and its guaranteed income upon "graduation". The teacher was invariably the father, who else could be a better aasan (the adage "thanthai bin solbikka manthiram yethu" -- there are no words wiser than your father's, has its roots in this tranfer of information)! This vocational structuring simply created a rural economy model where the local communities could fulfill one another's day to needs, using local raw materials and produces -- a self-sutainable model. This is the same model that Gandhiji (and J.C. Kumarappa) in his later years talked about and advocated as Gram Swaraj -- as this was a time tested model (please read Hind Swaraj). The model was not wrong, as a self-sustaining and environmentally responsible structuring, it guaranteed the lively hoods of millions of our forefathers, for thousands of years, protected the culture, encouraged arts and music, provided social harmony -- hence the underpining our our society as a socialistic democracy in our "modern" consitution! With the passage of time, as the model was proving to be working there were some additional policies, to prevent unnecessary and unhealthy competition that can break the status quo of a working self-sustainable model, these were: do not covet the property and industry of another, respect your vocation and its core values and principles, such as a Brahmin should not aspire for wealth but must perform for the spiritual benefit of the community, in return the community would feed them and be respectful of them, "Ayyar" is a consequence of that, "Ayyan" is a reference to God, "Ayyar" is a reference to one level below God, and "Ayya" is another level below that, but all are respectable terms. While the original intent was noble, along the way the system did get corrupted.
The model was working fine even during the Mughals and Islamic rule of India -- the Tamizh kings were smart, they made a deal with Malik Kafur to not destroy (physically and culturally) TN, instead they would pay the taxes thru the vasals, the Naiaks! The Tamizh kings must have known that the Islamic rule was in decline and the Islamic rulers also must have knonw the logistically nightmare of managing such large number of people from so far away in Delhi -- also there were many uprisings in the North which consumed thier time and resources; a deal was reached between the Tamizh people and the Islamic rulers in Delhi. In this agreement TN was the one state that did not see a discontinuity in Hindu traditions (which was pretty much prevalent all over India at one poin in time) -- as BBC's 7 part "Legacy" also states in its program "Empire of the Spirit". Such is the special place of TN in Indian history but the post-independence politians of India (especially of TN) with their perverse Davidianism have destroyed the very Hindu culture that was protected by the great kings and people of TN, with the Hindu Religious Charity and Endowment board!
Why did I say all the above...
The model of caste as a social security structure was not wrong, it was apt for a socially, environmentally, culturally concious society. It was also protected to an extent during Islamic rule but was firmly destroyed by the nexus of the colonial powers and the christist missionaries. They destroyed the locally empowered economic model ("there was even a movie called 'Lagaan"), did destroyed the local manufacturing bases, developed city/port centers (Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, etc.), to transport the raw materials from the corners of India to fuel the Eurpoean Industrial revolution!! This incidently caused the exodus of the people from the villages to the cities for livlihood (The railways were a beneficial consequence but much damage was done to the culture, society and the social harmony). The early migrants were the Brahmins and the Vysyas, leaving behind the Kshatriyas and the laborers -- now rural India became a fertile breeding ground for unscrupulous politicians, commies, Islamists, and christists. The system was further erorded by appropriation of Hindu wealth (temples), and vote bank politics. Now, not only are the rural Hindus upset with the Brahmins and the Vysyas (atleast the latter contribute economically), they are in search of thier own lost identities -- the Hindu society has lost its spirit and soul, and have made itself vulnerable to "harvest"!! The anti-brahminism plank with which Dravidianism was able to thrive was more only based on this feeling of let-down by the "non-Brahmin" folks, rather than the much touted "social injustice" caused to them (I understand their feelings perfectly, having visited/worked in rural TN). In other words, change in demographics and econmic models have displaced India and Hindu society from its moorings and harmony -- perhaps that was the grand strategy! Today what the overt military campaigns started are being completed by our own politicians.
The need of the hour is Hind Swaraj, were there has to be production by the masses, first to guarantee a sustainable income, and secondly to rejuvenate and restablish the working village economies (not the dysfunctional panchayat Raj initiatives of the Rajeev Gandhi Govt., albeit a step in the right direction). This will insure the destruction of the chrisist/commie/mullah nexus and stranglehold on Hindu society, much to the benefit of all, including Christians, Muslims, et al. We will finally be able to provide for all Indians, without these gimmicks of vote bank politics, such as mindless reservations, minorityism, etc.
To sum up, caste was not bad but has been made irrelevant by successive administrations, both foreign and local. Unless there is a tangible social security alternative (please do not claim that the social security system in the US can be a model!), let us not blindly bad mouth a model that worked for thousands of years, based on propaganda. Who knows we may come back in a circle and adopt the caste model again!
More Evidence that Jesus never existed...
Janina Gomes, in her 'Central Mystery of the Christian Faith' (Speaking Tree – 31st July 2004), fails to unravel the greatest Christian mystery of all: the myth of 'Jesus Christ' himself! For, as it now appears from contemporaneous sources, no single person known by that name ever existed!
'Jesus' is the Greek rendering of the Hebrew 'Yehoshua' (literally, 'Jehovah Delivers'), while 'Christ' is the more recent form of the Hellenic 'Christos', mistakenly given by early Greek translators of the Aramaic Testaments to the Jewish expectation of 'messiah' or 'saviour'.
The crucifixion and resurrection that form the very basis of the faith are fraught with inconsistency and controversy. It seems there were several people strutting around in Palestine at that time claiming to be 'messiahs'.
Barabbas, who was apparently tried along with 'Jesus Christ' but acquitted in deference to the wishes of the Jews, also enjoyed the prefix 'Jesus' according to an older version of the gospel of Matthew. In Hebrew, 'Bar' means 'son of' and 'abba' means 'father' or, in a wider sense, 'God'. So, there were two people with the same claim! Is Ms. Gomes sure who was released and who was crucified? The Quran states at 4:157 that 'Jesus' was never crucified! 'Resurrection', according to Gnostic writings (now bolstered by the long-suppressed Dead Sea Scrolls) was strictly meant symbolically, NOT literally.
We need to urgently reconcile ourselves to the truth that the record was doctored and suppressed – some even invented - to suit Pauline 'Christianity'. Otherwise, like Ms. Gomes in her otherwise convoluted piece, one would be forced to engage in verbal calisthenics to fit inconvenient fact to untenable doctrine!
Indeed, wasn't it Pope Leo X (1513-21 C.E.) who is reputed to have remarked, "It has served us well, this myth of Christ"!
Monday, April 17, 2006
Prof.P.N.Oak Reveals the Unknown history of Christian & Muslim World
The Unified field theory of Physics is well-known. It co-relates all energy forces to a common source. It is my contention that history and archaeology too need to be traced to a single starting point. Currently historical and archaeological studies form a confused medley. We talk of Aryans, Dravidians in India and Druids in Europe, Hittite, Mittani, Phoenicians, Scythians, Sryians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Mongolians, Semetics, Etruscans, Judaists etc. without correlating them. Another glaring drawback in current historical studies is that countries turned Christian are unaware of their pre-Christian history. That is to say they are conscious only of a 1000 to 1500 years of their history though humanity has been on this globe for multi-million years.
Likewise regions where Islam holds a full sway draw a complete blank of their pre-Mohammad history. That is to say they are taught an history of only a 1000 to 1370 years. Since during the last millennium it was the European Christians and West Asian Muslims who controlled world affairs, they confusedly referred to the various ancient communities mentioned above as indistinct, incoherent echoes of a deleted past which need not be taken seriously. That a multi-million year stretch of human history has been merrily written off and only the fag-end of 1300 to 1600 years of history is allowed to masquerade as a substitute is a great academic tragedy. Even that truncated bit of history has been trimmed and twisted to suit the needs and moods of Christian and Muslim fundamentalists. For instance, all spectacular buildings such as Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa in Jerusalem, Cardoba's so-called mosque and Alhambra in Spain, even the Kaaba in Mecca, the Shah-i-zind monuments and the so-called Tamerlain mausoleum in Russia, the Ghazni Tower in Afghanistan and the Tajmahal etc. in India are all captured pre-Islamic property. A whole false concept of Islamic architecture has been formulated on the assumption that those edificed were built by Muslim invaders. It is conveniently forgotten that intruders do not invade to build but to occupy and lord it over in ready mansions and palaces. Islamic graffiti scrawled on captured buildings and cenotaphs raised inside them misled scholars into misbelieving those edifices to be muslim. Scholars of so-called Islamic, Saracenic or Mogul architecture who are holding high positions in colleges, universities and museums have never even cared to ascertain whether Muslims ever had any architectural texts or schools of architecture or a hereditary tradition of builders. What is more surprising is that Muslims do not have any units of measurement of their own such as the inch, foot and yard. In Muslim desert lands distances are mentioned from one water-hole to another. The traditions and terminology of Islam are all Vedic, Sanskrit. That is not surprising since 1370 years ago there was no Islam. Take the term Islam itself. That is the Sanskrit term "Ishalayam" meaning the Temple of God viz. The Kaaba which housed 360 icons of Vedic deities. Mohammad was born in 570 A.D. He proclaimed Islam in 622 A.D and died in 632 A.D. That is to say out of a span of 62 years, Mohammad himself was a muslim for the last 10 years.
For the earlier 52 years he was a non-muslim. Since Muslim literacy is confined largely of reading the Koran, there could be a number of questions regarding Islam itself which even so-called muslim scholars may not be able to answer, such as: 1.No Arab before prophet Mohammad was named Mohammad. That is to say Mohammad is not an Arabic name. How then did the prophet get the name ? 2.Why does the Muslim era originate in the inconspicuous, inglorious retreat of Mohammad from Mecca instead of in some other conspicuous, auspicious event such as his birth, or the day of his victorious return to Mecca, or the day he proclaimed Islam or the day he died ? 3.The word Musalman does not figure in the Koran; why then are the Mohammedians known as Musalmans ? This is just to illustrate how even the 1300 to 1600 year fag-end of history that we profess to learn or teach is all a confused hodge-podge of half-cooked ideas.
The same is the case with Christian history. Had Christianity been a religion founded by Jesus Christ, it should have been known as Christism or Jesusism like Buddhism or Communism. Moreover its later syllable " nity" is not a European word at all. Therefore it needs to be realized that Christianity is a mal-pronunciation of the Sanskrit term Chrisn-nity also spelled as Krishna-neeti. Since Bhagavad Geeta is the book of Krishna-neeti, what we know as Christianity is a fossiled, broken branch of the Vedic tree, and in fact the ancient Bhagavad Geeta cult. Consequently, the Papacy in Rome was a Vedic priesthood until a haughty neo-convert Roman Emperor Constantine pounced on the Vatican around 312 A.D, slew the Vedic pontiff and installed in his place a representative of the tiny Christian sect. That is how the Christian Pope came to inherit the inherent authority of the Europe-wide sacred sway of the holy hoary Vedic priest known as the Shankaracharya. The icons of Lord Shiva which the slain Vedic priest and his Vedic predecessors used to worship are still in display in the Vaticans Etruscan museum. The fancied European word Papa (spelled as Pope only in English) is the Sanskrit term "Papa-ha", i.e., Absolver from Sin. The word Vatican is Sanskrit Vatica meaning a Hermitage. Even the Archbishop in Canterbury (U.K.) was a Vedic Shankaracharya priesthood which was invaded, captured and converted into Christianity in 597 A.D. Until then Canterbury was known as Shankerpury. Thus Christianity in Europe is only 1000 to 1600 years deep. Earlier for millions of years Europeans spoke Sanskrit and practised Vedic culture. Biblical stanzes are known as "psalm" (pronounced as "Saam") because they have been substituted for the Saamveda. The white Friars and the Black Friars are the Shukla (White) Yajurvedis and Krishna (Black) Yajurvedis of the Vedic tradition. Friar is the malpronounciation of the Sanskrit term Pravar meaning a sage. This should impress upon all scholars and readers the necessity to look under the veneer of Christianity to discover the grand old, sacred, holy Vedic Sanskrit past of Europe. Both Muslim West-Asia and Christian Europe had the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Ayurved (Vedic Medical Science), Vedic sculpture and all other precious Vedic arts and sciences. But Islam and Christianity have suppressed all that multi-million year Sanskrit Vedic history. Likewise, unknown to modern Muslims, Islam too retains its Vedic roots. Vedas are known as "Sruti" in Sanskrit, meaning "heard" since Lord Brahma coached the first generation of godly human beings to recite the Vedas exactly as they heard from Him. The Arabic synonym for "Sruti" is "Sunah" also meaning heard.Sunnis constitute the first Arabic sect of Islam because Mohammad's ancestors were followers of "Sunah" alias Sruti i.e., the Vedas. Mohammad himself says in the Koran that he is telling nothing new but is reiterating all that is recorded in the ancient most scriptures.
Those ancient most scriptures, as all know, are the Vedas. Like the Saamvedic tradition consecrated in the Biblical psalms, the muslim call for prayer articulated five times a day from all mosque-tops too follow the Saamvedic style of incantation in its entirety.
Yet modern Muslims and Christians through their total studied ignorance of their Vedic past have cut themselves off from their Vedic roots. This should serve to underline the need for setting up a World Vedic Heritage University not only to acquaint humanity of its single source, continuous, consistent history from the very first generation up-to-date, but also to bring about greater cohesion, peace and unity through the realization that all humanity belongs to common Vedic brotherhood. Islam, of course, effectively bars any probe into the pre-Islamic past of Muslim regions.
But Christians too surprisingly, though perhaps unwittingly, frown on any study of the pre-Christian history of Christian regions. Christians are generally believed to be very progressive, since unlike Muslims, they permit a discussion on the relevance of their religious practices or doctrines. Christians also have made great studies in space technology, nuclear research and medicine. Yet somehow the Christian ecclesiastical wing has succeeded in effectively preventing its scholars from any probe into their preChristian history. That is why Christian archaeologists who often find the relics of Vedic culture tuck them away as freak objects not amounting to any coherent, consistent finding. I had a taste of the built-in Christian aversion to any preChristian history of Christian countries, a couple of years back. Since Christianity in France is only about 1600 years old while human habitation of France has a multi-million-year history, I was imaginative to know the pre-Christian civilization of France. So I wrote to the mighty, weighty Department of French civilization of the Harvard University, USA to find out any information they may have on the pre-Christian life of France. And the stunning answer I received was that Harvard does not at all study France as a preChristian country. That epitomizes the attitude of all Christian European scholars to the pre-Christian post of the Western scholars. That Islam and Christianity should have such a baneful influence on the psyche of the so-called scholars as to make them impervious to all earlier history is a very horrific academic situation indeed. I once met a young French teacher attached to a language institute in Pune. When I opened the topic of the pre-Christian past of France he flared up. He refused to discuss or divulge anything. For him France was wedded and welded to Christianity from the dawn of time. And that was that he was not ready to hear anything which detracted from that belief. But how long can such studied adamance last ! After all the human mind keeps thirsting for more and more knowledge and in that quest many bastilles have to be stormed and mowed down on the way to supreme knowledge in every field. In the matter of history I have a unified field theory which starting from a single source leads to a continuous, consistent history of mankind. My 1315-page illustrated volume titled 'World Vedic Heritage' expounds that finding of mine. History is always a record, oral or written of past events. Christianity and Islam being recent creations have not only no history themselves beyond 1600 and 1400 years respectively, but they also have done their worst in suppressing and befudging or destroying all earlier accounts to leave nothing for invidious comparison. But luckily for us Vedic records such as Shreemad Bhagvatam, the Brahmand Puran, the Ramayan, the Mahabharat and number of other Sanskrit texts have preserved for mankind a meticulous history from the very first generation of human beings, nay, even from before the creation - an account of almost 2000 million years! The Brahmand Puran stated that before the creation it was all dark. There was no sound and no movement. Then there arose a gentle breeze. The word OM reverberated through the high heavens. Lord Vishnu, the mainstay of all creation, appeared in the firmament floating on a milky, frothy ocean reclining on the coils of a huge serpent. From his navel emerged Brahma on a lotus stem carrying the (written) Sanskrit texts of the Vedas. After him were created some founding fathers known as ' Prajapatees' and 27 founding mothers known as 'Matrukas'. From them human procreation started. That initial stock of men and women were of godly calibre. They were reciters of the Vedas as bees are congenital experts in honey making. The language of the Vedas being Sanskrit became humanity's first God-given language. That is how human procreation started exactly in the manner in which one starts a poultry farm by procuring an initial stock of hens, roosters and eggs. The above Vedic account has its echoes in the Bible too. For instance, the Brahma of Vedic tradition is spelled as Abraham in Jewish and Christian and Ibrahim in by Muslims. The very first line of the Genesis chapter of the Bible stated "The Spirit of God was seen floating on water." That was Lord Vishnu (The Undestructible, Undiminishing Divinity) floating on the milky ocean exactly as recorded in age-old Vedic scriptures. The Bible also records "first there was the word." That was the OM mentioned in the Vedic tradition. Vedic tradition states that the Sanskrit was mankind's first God given language. The Bible also records "At first the world was of one speech." That language was Sanskrit. Unlike Darwin's speculation about the evolution of the diverse species from a proto-plasm, Vedic tradition clearly records that humanity started from a state of divine-excellence and expertise as a full-fledged on-going concern with a perfect Godly-language Sanskrit and a book of knowledge of all highest technologies, sciences and arts and of moral guidance. The beginning of human life was like a drama begun by drawing aside the curtain. Consider a drama. One doesn't know how the dramatist conceived the plot, how and when did he write it, when did he collect the actors, how did he train them and so on. The audience only sees a full-fledged play being enacted before it. Similarly, humanity is unaware of the behind-the-scenes preparation that divinity made. An occasional Darwin indulging in idle, fanciful speculation as to how the world began and how life and speech began is absolutely of no use. The first era of the drama of life on earth (including human) opened as a full-fledged on-going concern. The first act of that drama featuring men, women and children of a divine calibre, lasting 1,728,000 years is rightly known as the Kruta Yuga. Kruta in Sanskrit implies ready-made. The next era lasting 1,296,000 years was known as the Treta because it started with only three parts of its original goodness. Lord Rama emerged as the hero of the world-war fought in that era, against Ravan, a coercive demoniac world-sovereign. The era after that was known as Dwapar (from 'dwi' in Sanskrit meaning 'two') because it started with only two parts left of the original divine excellence. That era lasted for 864,000 years. The Kaurava Pandava World War was fought at the end of the Dwapar era. Now humanity is passing through its last era of 432,000 years duration, of which 5090 years have already elapsed. The present era is known as Kali i.e., a period of rising and crime and strife. We already see its all round baneful effects in the breakup of families and rising unconcern even between father and son and husband and wife. It may be observed that the cosmic machine created by divinity is like any other machine which gives a trouble-free service for a long initial period. Succeeding era's are comparatively shorter (each by 432,000 years). Yet the deterioration in the quality of human life decelerates with every passing era. In the succession described above, Vedic culture and Sanskrit language pervaded the whole world under the unitary rule of Vedic sovereigns. Kauravas and Pandavas were the last Vedic sovereigns in that time. They fought a very devastating internecine war with highly destructive biological and nuclear weapons. That war starting on November 15 (in modern terms) of 5561 B.C lasted just 18 days. But the war was so devastating that it shattered, tattered and battered the global Vedic-Sanskrit social, cultural, administrative and educational system that pervaded the pervaded the world for millions of years earlier. As a result, there followed a long period of chaos and ignorance. Far flung prosperous communities trapped distant lands such as Australia and Fiji became isolated when communications broke down and gradually sunk into an aboriginal condition. Later as things settled down broken regional such as Syria, Assyria, Egypt, China and India surfaced, limping along following a broken Vedic tradition. At that stage being bereft of the uniform Vedic teaching (of the Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas, Ramayan and Mahabharat) humanity broke-up into a number of cults such as Romans i.e., Ramans (followers of Rama); Chrisnans (followers of Chrisn) now malpronounced as Christians; Samaritans (followers of Smrutis such as Manusmruti); Stoics i.e., Staviks (those believing in meditation); Essenese (followers of Isan, the father-god Lord Shiva); Palestinians (followers of Pulastin); Judaists i.e., Yedu's of Lord Krishna's clan; Sadduceans (i.e., Sadhujan meaning monks) and Malencians (i.e., Mlenchhas meaning those who lapsed into undisciplined behaviour).
That in the broad outline is World history from the very first generation of human beings to our own. All communities such as Scythians and Phoenicians were splinters of the world Vedic society shattered by the Mahabharat War. Similarly all modern languages and dialects spoken around the world are fragments of Sanskrit. Recently, I have published a book titled 'Fowlers' Howlers' pointing out how the etymology set out in the Oxford English Dictionary by its editors H.W. Fowler and F.G. Fowler has gone awry because they are unaware of English being a branch of Sanskrit. Any Englishman would simply blink if asked why London has only has Upminster but no Downminster? And why an expert mathematician is called a Wrangler? Problems such as these can be solved only by recourse to Sanskrit. Under the Vedic system, boys when 5 to 8 years old were sent to Sanskrit hermitage schools. There they studied for 12 to 20 years in a celibate state. They were known as Brahmacharis (i.e., Bachelors). The consonants 'B-ch-r' common to both are proof that the English (European) word Bachelor is a malpronounciation of the Sanskrit word Brahmachari. Not only that the modern 'Bachelor' degree is incongruously conferred even on married or unmarried women though even the English dictionary rules out the use of the word Bachelor in relation to a woman. There are many such emphatic proofs indicating that the network of Sanskrit-Vedic Hermitage schools covered the whole world in ancient times. Those schools were known as Guruculams. And since the Sanskrit word 'Gow' is pronounced as 'Cow' in English, it should be apparent that the modern word 'curriculum' is an hangover of the Vedic 'guruculam'. Another major indication of the Vedic social system having been in vogue all over the ancient world is found in the so-called Christian marriage procedure which is entirely Vedic. The word Wedding is in fact 'Vedding' since the union is solemnized through Vedic chants. The Vedic term is "Pani-Grahan" meaning (the groom) clasping the hand (of the bride). The European term 'taking the bride's hand in marriage' is an exact translation of the Vedic Sanskrit term Pani-grahan. Likewise covering the bride's face with a Muslin veil, lining up bride's maids, an elderly relation formerly 'giving away the bride' (Vedic Kanyadaan),, tying the apparel of the bride and the groom into a knot, the showering of the newly-weds with rice-grains is all total Vedic procedure. When the groom clasps the hand of the bride a sacred thread is tied around their wrists indicating a hust-band (in Sanskrit) i.e., a hand-tie. The word 'husband' in English is that Sanskrit word 'hust-band' (with the letter 't' missing') indicating that the male whose hand is being tied to that of his bride, has no right thereafter to run after another women. It is hoped that this brief account will induce some scholars to undertake an in-depth study of human history from the very first generation of godly human beings millions of years ago in a continuous sequence coming down to our own times. The present archaeological sequence of an ice age, a Pleistocene age, a stone age etc. seems to be sheer untenable speculation like Darwin's theory of evolution of life. Historic relics found in Carthage, Egypt, the British Isles, Denmark, Italy etc. all indicate the prevalence of Vedic culture throughout the world. Muslim hands craftily suppressed all archaeological investigation and try their best to keep the world uninformed of any pre-Islamic relics in their regions. Any such finds a quickly destroyed. Kaaba, the main muslim shrine in Mecca itself contains a number of closely guarded secrets.
The very through manner in which Christian and Muslim religious tutoring and training has rendered the minds of Christians and Muslims totally impervious to all earlier history is all appalling. For instance, Muslims and Christians are totally unaware of even the very meaning of the names of their own cities and regions since those are all Sanskrit. How many Muslims would know that Arabia alias Arvasthan and Turkey alias Turagasthan are Sanskrit words signifying a land of horses ? Likewise Baghdad, the capital of Iraq, was Bhagawad-nagar i.e., The City of God. European countries still retain their Sanskrit names. Russia is Rishiya (land of sages), Siberia is Shibiria (land of temporary hutments), Austria is Astriya (land of missiles), Hungary is Sringery (signifying a scenic country), Romania is Ramaaneeya (i.e., enchantingly beautiful region), Denmark gets is name from Danu and Mark (two leading members of the Vedic Daitya clan), Bulgaria is Bul-gareeya (i.e., strength of high order), Belgium is Balam-Ajeyam (i.e., invincible strength). All this points the need to reopen and reorientate the study of all history and archaeology. What has hitherto been understood to be mere Hindu or Indian culture or at best Southeast Asian culture has been in fact Universal Vedic culture of all humanity from the very down of creation.
Only when that culture got gradually eclipsed from other regions (due to Christian and Muslim coersions) and got confined to the Sindhu (Indus) region, then it acquired the regional name Sindhuism pronounced as Hinduism.That is how universal Vedic culture got the regional name Hinduism.That is why the word Hindu does not figure in any basic Vedic scriptures. Hinduism alias Vedic culture does not pin down a person to any scriptures, prophet or mode of worship or prayer. Because being a universal culture of all mankind it embraces all human beings from Staunch theists to Stark atheists. As much Muslim and Christian modes of worship and prayer could happily form part of Vedic culture provided Muslims and Christians give up their penchant for conversions through coercion or temptation. Because the basic rule of the Vedic club is non-interference in anybody's theological and spiritual thinking. It is hoped that the analysis presented above would induce serious scholars all over the world to found an Academy alias University of World Vedic Heritage, with centres in major state capitals to train teachers, writers, speakers and researchers in Universal Vedic history. Such centres should display large sketches or sculptures of Lord Vishnu reclining on the eternal serpent, as the main stag of all creation. All activities at such centres should begin early every morning with Vedic recitations. At such centres there will be no distinctions of cast or creed, high or low. Sanskrit should be a compulsory subject for all since all Vedic scriptures are in Sanskrit. Sanskrit will also be promoted as a conversational language. It will be made clear to all that the term Vedic times signifies the day of the creation and nothing less. The Vedic slogan "Krunwanto Vishwam Aryam" implies training every human being to lead a life of dutiful selfless service like a mother devoted to the service of her household. The serious and age long lapse in proper study of Vedic history as explained above has also resulted in misinterpretation of the word Arya as a haughty overhearing person denouncing others as non-Aryans and therefore inferior. This should underline the need for universal study of Vedic history.
Readers eager and willing to actively work for and promote the establishment of World Vedic Heritage Academy with centres in all regions may correspond with the writer at:
Prof.P. N. Oak
Pune 411 007India