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The Aryan Theory – Fact or Fantasy

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on April 12th, 2014

Around the time the Indus Valley Civilization declined, new groups of people came into the Indian subcontinent from the northwest. Historians call these people the Aryans. We have learnt almost everything we know about the Aryans from their sacred religious books called the Vedas. This period of Indian history is therefore known as the Vedic period. Where did they come from? The Aryans are thought to have originated in the areas surrounding the Caspian Sea in southern Russia. They were basically pastoralists. When pasture land became scarce in their homeland, groups of Aryans are believed to have left their homeland in search of fresh pastures for their cattle. Some groups went westwards, towards Europe, and some, through Persia and Afghanistan, moved to India.
_Getting Ahead In Social Science With CCE, Grade 6, by Vijaya Sridharan, Hemalatha Seshadri and Mahalakshmi Ramjee

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Friedrich Max Müller proposed the Aryan Invasion Theory in the 19th Century. The Aryan Invasion Theory claims that a nomadic tribe from Central Asia or Southern Europe, referred to by historians and archaeologists as Aryans, deriving from the Sanskritic term aryameaning noble, along with newly mined iron and horses, arrived at what is now Afghanistan at around 1700 B.C., with a new set of languages, including Sanskrit, Prakrit and Pali. 
The source for this study derives primarily from linguistics, with linguistic and etymological similarities in language structure, grammar, nomenclature and particular words, all deriving from a Proto-Indo-European language (as is the more appropriate and archaeologically appreciated term for Aryans – Proto-Indo-European) that evolved originally into the Sanskritic tongue. Words such as maatrpitr and deva are similar to various European tongues, and this linguistic evidence, along with study of the Rig Veda, first of the four holy scriptures of the Hindu religion known as the Vedas. 
Max Müller, well versed in the Sanskritic tongue, studied the Rig Veda but, due to less understanding of Sanskrit in the 19th century, took a few derivations that he claimed were in alignment with his largening Aryan theory, such as the Ganges in the Rig Veda being more important than the holiest river as known now in the Rig Veda, the Saraswati (claimed by various archaeologists and historians to be the Ghaggar Hakkra river). 
This fairly adequate research in the archaeology of pottery, linguistics and etymology allowed Max Müller to have sufficient evidence to prove the advent of the Proto-Indo-European peoples who either invaded or settled in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, during what was then the Indus-Saraswati Valley Civilization. 
According to the Aryan theory, the Proto-Indo-Europeans drove the original inhabitants of the largest blooming civilization south beyond the Vindhya ranges, called the Dasyu, commoners, and the current genetic races of Eurasia are primarily bloomed in the Proto-Indo-Europeans.

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The Proto-Indo-European Invasion Theory is currently the most widely accepted theory by archaeologists, linguistic analysts and historians, despite new theories which have sprung over the years. Even so, no genetic research was possible in the 19th century, and with lack of genetic evidence, the people of the 21st century realized the theory had not been proven by genetics, and comparison with the Rig Veda gave barely traces of hints about the Aryan Theory, but even those hints were not sure.
Therefore, the question arises – Proto-Indo-European Settlement/Invasion Theory: fact or fiction? 



Hence, in 2009, the Banaras Hindu University conducted an inter-continental research in cellular molecular biology and genetics by using low resolution genetic markers. Later, in 2011, they used high-resolution autosomes, all 23 major genetic chromosomes, to conduct a superb inter-continental research that disproved the Aryan theory genetically, by proving no gene mixtures in India for 60,000 years. 
The only evidence for the Proto-Indo-European Theory is linguistics, but cutting-edge technology has proven the Proto-Indo-European Settlement/Invasion Theory and genetic spread incorrect. 
The group of scientists from around the world include Dr. Gyaneshwar Chaubey, from the Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia, Professor Lalji Singh from the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India, and Dr. Kumarasamy Thangaraj, a senior scientist at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology. 


Even so, one may question how to explain various verses in the Rig Veda, and a certain difference in beliefs occur within the peoples of the time. 
For instance, the Rig Veda calls Indra, King of the Devas, Purandara, from pura, city and andara, annihilator, hence the destroyer of cities. It mentions the Aryas, nobles, opposing the Dasyu in strife. The tales of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana pose similar questions. Historians suggest the Mahabharata is a tale of the initial inhabitants of the Indus Valley Civilization, losing to the invading Aryans. The same is suggested for the Æsir-Vanir war, a mythical Norse war that occurred between two groups of deities. 
A theory is supported in this article. 
In the texts of Hinduism, there are two races of deities – the Asuras (often translated as ‘demons’) and the Devas (translated as ‘celestials’). In the Puranic theology, the Asuras are greedy, evil, and ruthless, and oppose the celestials, the virtuous and just Devas. Even so, in the stories that make up the precise theology, even though Asuras are referred to as ‘evil’ and the Devas as ‘good’, the Devas seem to perform cowardly, villainous acts, while the Asuras act just and noble, hence causing many people to, within their personal emotions, label Devas as ‘evil’ and Asuras as ‘good’. This caused the transition of the Asura-Deva conflict in Zoroastrianism, where the Ahuras are labeled ‘good’ and the Daevas labeled ‘evil’. For those who pity the ‘good’ Asuras, there is a historically plausible version where the Asuras are the original inhabitants of the Indus Valley Civilization, while the Devas are the invading Aryans, according to the Proto-Indo-European and Proto-Indo-Iranian Theory, where the Aryans, derived from Sanskrit Arya, meaning noble, invade and destroy the civilization. Further support to this theory is that Indra, king of the celestials, is referred to as Purandara, meaning ‘the destroyer of cities’, and the linguistic connections between European, Iranian and Indian languages. In addition to this, there is some disputed archaeological evidence found through pottery. To further add to the Asura-Deva split, there is a Nordic conflict between deities – the Æsir-Vanir conflict. The word Æsir is etymologically similar to Asura. This, along with striking similarities between the mythologies of various countries, further supports the Aryan Theory.

In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, a group of scientists used cutting-edge technology, archaeology and genetics to completely disprove the Aryan theory. But there is still vast historical evidence for the Asura-Deva conflict. So, what was this conflict based on? Where, and when did it take place? And how did the rest of the world get to know about it?

There is another theory, hardly supported by historians and scholars, referred to as the India Urheimat, Indigenous Aryan, or Out of India Theory, which suggests that people from India migrated to other nations. There is evidence both for and against it, but neither side is as convincing as the debate about the Proto-Indo-European Theory, which has finally ended.

Linguistic evidence for the OI Theory includes the name Scandinavia possibly deriving from Skanda, the son of Rudra or Agni in Vedic scriptures. Genetic evidence has been published, but there is no proof from perfect calculations or cutting-edge technology.

Hence, for now, let us partially, if not wholly, discredit that theory.

Considering the contradictions in Hindu scriptures, let us take older, more trustworthy versions; discrediting the Puranas is necessary, as the Puranas are possibly largely Christian-influenced, but this tale happens much before Christianity emerged. The oldest Hindu scripture is the Rig Veda, where neither Asuras nor Devas are portrayed with extreme, probably nonexistent concepts such as ‘good’ and ‘evil’. The Asuras, there, are deities of society, moral law, humanity, anthropology and culture, while the Devas are deities of natural forces beyond human control.

We can thus maintain that the Asuras were technologically advanced tribes who wanted to do away with simple rural or agrarian hierarchies, and form civilization, while the Devas do not want this advancement, due to:

a)      tough socio-economic changes, and unknown political hierarchies, and thus fear of the lack of the adaptation for common people

b)      belief that sudden advancement was impossible

c)      hesitance for causing the destruction of natural habitats, wildlife et cetera

Some Devas, thus, became eco-terrorists, wishing to maintain a rural, tribal way of life, still sophisticated in the rising economical and technological change, yet not through civilization.

An example from mythology on the conflict is the story of the destruction of the Kandava forest by Arjuna and Krishna, famous heroes of the Mahabharata, along with the fire-deity and Asura god Agni. The Devas, under Indra, oppose this destruction of forests, and attempt to stop it.

Despite Puranic texts maintaining that Krishna was a Deva, the Rig Veda mentions Krishna as an Asura enemy of Indra.

Even so, a problem encountered is thus: Agni, in the first verse of the Rig Veda, is called the seer Angiras; even so, while Angiras and his grandson Brghu seem to have Asura viewpoints, the Bhargava-Angirasas, descendants of Brghu, seem to have Deva viewpoints, as does Ghora Angirasa, mentioned in the Chandogya Upanishad as the preceptor to Krishna.

Thus, we can conclude that various descendants of Asura or Deva tribes may have different viewpoints, as is the political situation today.

There is proof concerning the Indus Valley Civilization being the originator of the Rig and Atharva Vedas, as well as the earlier Upanishads.

Despite historians initially saying the residents of the IVC were not nature-lovers, there is evidence, including the Pashupati seal, saying that it was separated – there were even vegetarians amongst the residents of the IVC; the Devas were, probably, vegetarians.

The Sramana tradition, which supports the belief of biocentrism ethically, saying that animals are as socially and morally important in society, were major parts of the Devas, leading ancients who followed the Sramana tradition being Ghora Angirasa, who is often believed to be the Jain Tirthankara known as Neminath, and Rishabha, the first Jain Tirthankara, often believed to be the historical Shiva himself, Shiva being a major deity in Hinduism; Rishabha is depicted as a Deva through the Pashupati Seal, discovered in Mohenjo Daro, where he is shown as the ‘protector of nonhuman organisms’. In Vedic religion, Shiva is referred to as Varuna, lord of the seas.

Rudra, or Shiva, has earned the name of Pashupati, protector of nonhuman organisms, where pati derives from the root pa, to defend, or to protect, and pasu means nonhuman organism, initially meaning cow. This may affirm he was a Deva. His twin form, Mrigavyadha, is referred to be more Asura-like, Mrigavyadha meaning hunter of beasts, from mriga, deer, or beast, andvyadha, hunter. Perhaps he had a brother who opposed him, or vice versa, which is more likely i.e. Rishabha opposed his brother. Pashupati can also refer to his support of fertility cults, i.e. the Devas.

Shiva, in mythology, is husband to the goddess Durga, who is Prakriti, nature. This may be metaphor for him supporting the forest tribes.

The Asuras wished to make Dakshinavarta, the lands south of Vindhyas, and all remaining wild or rural areas throughout the land of Bharata, into proper, prospering cities. The propagation of civilization was the ultimate aim of the Asuras, thus resulting in socio-economic progress. The nation of Panchala was an Asura nation, thus giving it support from majority of the Yadu tribes and the sons of Pandu. The Devas were scientists and intellectuals who believed that wild areas were necessary for preservation of various ecosystems; ecologists who wished against the conversion of wild areas to cities.

In Vedic  culture, the Asuras were gods of moral law, order and culture, while the Devas were gods of nature. The Asuras, historically speaking, probably wanted the IVC to expand further, causing encroachment of villages, rural areas and forests.

The Devas, consisted of tribes such as the terrible Rakshasas of legend (often referred to as Rikshasas; Vriksha, or tree people), Kirat, Kimpurush, Kinnar, and the horse-bringers of Gandhara, the Gandharvas, who in mythology too brought horses. They opposed this newly emerging feudal hierarchy, as the nation-states flourished, with Dwaraka becoming a naval power.

The southern kingdom, such as the kings of the monkey-banner from Kishkinda (referred to in the myths as Vanaras, literally ‘monkeys’), and the Pandyas, Cheras, Cholas and the Bhargava-Angirasas, under the famed mythical Rama Jamadagneya, alongside the kings of Kalinga, and the eastern kingdoms of Anga, Vanga, earlier Kashi and Kosala, as well as Magadha supported the Deva conflict, as did the kings of the northeast, except Naraka.

The Deva-Asura conflict is similar to the Æsir-Vanir War, in essence, the Kurukshetra War, where the fertility deities, Vanir, are defeated by the Æsir.

Evidence suggests the Mahabharata, historically, was older than the Ramayana (a theory derived from Yuganta, by Irawati Karve). The Kuru kingdom flourished around 1400 BCE-800 BCE, and an estimation, from dates taken from texts that say that the epic took place 1150 years before the ascension of Mahapadma Nanda (382 BCE). Carbon-dating of a piece of wood from Dwaraka, along with some pottery, suggests a similar date for the Mahabharata, and hence the Ramayana might have happened around 1000 BCE – 700 BCE.

Of the foreigners, the Yavanas, Greeks, were divided amongst who to support – most supported Asuras, but some, like Kala-Yavana, supported the Devas under Emperor Jarasandha.

In the Kurukshetra War, evidence suggests that the Pandavas were Asura-supporters. The Rig Veda says ‘Amongst the Asura enemies of Indra, is Krishna of Darkness’. Krishna was a pupil of Ghora Angirasa, though they were of the same age, and cousins. Acharya Ghora’s marriage was arranged by Krishna, but Ghora, seeing the slaughter of animals, boiled in fury, stopped the slaughter, and retreated into the woods, according to later Jain texts.

Further evidence for Krishna being an Asura is provided in the Mahabharata’s Adi Parva, in the chapter called ‘Kandava-Daha’, where Krishna destroys the forest of Kandava to build a city.


Thus, the Aryan theory is disproved wholly.

The Goddess and the Avatars of Vishnu

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on April 12th, 2014

The avatars of Vishnu are complex in their own way, with various questions to be asked about them.

Of Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and Narsimha, nothing is to be asked, as they all are simple avatars – they perform their karma swiftly, before ascending to Vaikunt as Narayana again.

Vaman is the first confusing avatar.

He is a traditional upholder of a rigid caste system. What is the reason for the hereditary caste system? In today’s world, ‘caste’ is a distasteful term. The avatars of Vishnu, actually, refer to different time periods.

Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and Narsimha deal with solely evolution – invertebrates in water and land, followed by amphibians and reptiles, their gradual evolution to the mammal, as a boar, and then, the evolution of man through the genus Homo, as in a lion-man.

Vaman is from the period of time when the hereditary caste system was a necessity. Civilization had begun, and the concept of ‘help the helpless’ had become important, as opposed to Matsya nyaya, where might is right, the law of the jungle.

Animals practicing the law of the jungle is not sin – it is nature, born through instinct. The only reasons animals may be considered dangerous are: when they feel threatened, in self defense, out of sheer hunger, in pain, or in psychological disability, as in elephants in musth, or, occasionally, when they feel an emotion animals normally do not experience: the simplest form of innocent rage.

Therefore, animals are, no matter what, considered innocent in comparison to their actions. Humans, though, are questionable, and are guilty unless psychologically or physically unwell.

That is why rules were created, and thus, division of labour. Ambition could not be entertained solely because even a brilliant child needs upbringing to the same level, and therefore, the caste system, of occupations – scholars, and people related to knowledge, politicians and warriors, businesses and traders, and servants, charioteers, cowherds and agriculturists were separated.

A hierarchy was created as people needed knowledge the most, followed by leadership, followed by money, and then service.

For the sake of a proper upbringing, Vaman, who stands for that period of time, upholds the caste system.

Then, there is Parashuram.

Parashuram stands for a time when the scholars, the brahamanas, were being opposed by the kshatriyas, warriors and politicians. The Yadava clan, to which Krishna, an avatar of Vishnu, belonged, had a chief named Arjuna Kartavirya, the son of Kritavirya.

He was a Chandravanshi, eternal enemy of the Ikshwaku race of Suryavanshi kings. The Chandravanshi dynasty, in particular, opposed brahamanas, turning the tables of the caste system, the highest being the kshatriyas, followed by the vaishya race of merchants and traders, followed by the sudra race of agriculturists, hunters and servants, and the discriminated brahamanas.

In this period, the kshatriyas had become too powerful, and Parashuram must stop discrimination of brahamanas by staunchly opposing the kshatriya race. Even so, the curious Parashuram also questions the brahamana concepts, not upholding the caste system to be hereditary and rigid, as in the times of Vaman. Even so, he does not speak out his doubts, as he knows that the rigid caste system is still pertaining to the moral order of the times.

When Arjuna Kartavirya ruthlessly steals from Jamadagni, a scholar-seer and Parashuram’s father, and insults Renuka, Parashuram’s mother, a kshatriya of the Suryavanshi race, Parashuram alone attacks Mahismati, the Yadava capital, kills Kartavirya, and comes back with the cow stolen by Kartavirya, as well as the little wealth belonging to Jamadagni, then stolen too by Kartavirya.

Kartavirya’s sons then plunder the ashram of Jamadagni and kill him, leaving Renuka to weep in despair. Wanting to uphold social order by rearranging the occupational caste system, Parashuram breaks social order himself, by taking up arms, as a kshatriya from his mother’s blood, and twenty-one times laying siege to kingdoms where brahamanas are discriminated, defeating the discriminators, with an axe.

Then there is Ram, who lived in a society where the rigid caste system was being questioned, and with the evolution of society, the caste system did not fully uphold social order, with the discrimination of the sudra castes.

Ram wishes to uphold the concept of rules, even if it involves breaking social order – he defies the caste system, despite not breaking it himself, and accepts all points of view.

He upholds truth, honour and peace, and is maryada purushottam, the man who upholds ideals and rules. Even the dark side of rules, where they are unfair but still must be utilised to maintain social order, is followed by Ram.

Ram is an epitome of perfection and rules, rules that may break and reform social order itself. He allows himself to suffer to be a role model of truth and oaths, but crushes anything that breaks social order ruthlessly, such as during the beheading of Shambuka, the sudra who wishes to be a scholar.

Even though acts of Ram may be considered slightly bad, they were a necessity for the greater good.

The next avatar of Vishnu is Krishna. By this time, even rules had become inflexible, and therefore, for the greater good, Krishna breaks rules. He is leela purushottam, who upholds the ideals of life in a simple and understandable way. He breaks rules by saving Panchali when she is being disrobed, and unfairly breaks social order slightly for the greater good.

Then, there is the Buddha, who completely destroys the social order and reconstructs it in a completely different way.

But, in order to uphold, support, protect, make flexible and destroy the social order, one must have a strong reason, a strong form of support.

Thus does the Goddess make her role.

In the Vaman avatar, Vishnu shows his supreme form to the asura Mahabali. Here, only the Goddess is not present in this form – she appears separately, destroying the evil asuras personally.

In the Parashuram avatar, she is the mother, who is silent to it all, but is neither the demure Gauri nor the terrible Kali – she is the in-between. She commits sin, and Parashuram punishes her for that slightest of sins, to prove that even terrible sins must be committed to uphold social order in that time, where Parashuram commits the crime of maa-hatya, killing the mother, when he beheads Renuka, only for her to rise again.

Thus is the Goddess the earth.

If the earth is destroyed, she rises again, but her creatures are affected.

In the Ram avatar, the Goddess is Sita. Sita may be seen as the demure, gentle Gauri – she is found by Janak, the rajah of Mithila, when they begin agriculture in the land of Mithila, and therefore, she represents the cultivated, fertile earth, tamed by mankind.

She silently bears all the pain – of exile, capture, rejection, death.

Even so, she finally displays her purity by going back whence she came, to the earth. But not before proving she can become the terrible Kali.

After abduction and freedom from the rakshasa king Ravan, Ram wishes to leave her free, as he is unsure of her purity.

She silently undergoes agni pariksha, by surviving the flame, and proving her purity to Ram. Then the asura brother of Ravan appears to take revenge for the death of Ravan. He attacks and defeats Ram; then, the demure Gauri becomes the violent Kali – as Durga, the Goddess, Sita kills Ravan’s brother, proving her power.

As Draupadi, the Goddess is Vishnu’s friend, not his husband. Draupadi and Krishna are mere friends – but Draupadi’s five husbands have no power to help her, and she thus turns to Krishna, who aids her. Where Sita is Gauri, Draupadi can be seen as the fearsome Kali, wishing for vengeance and the blood of those who insulted her.

The Goddess proves her ruthlessness with this form, ensuring people are terrified of her. Once, when the Pandavas, her husbands, discover that Draupadi is in love with somebody else, while in the forest, they abandon her.

She accepts it as the demure Gauri, and wanders on her own, when Yudhishtir asks for her again. Then, she reveals to him her form as Goddess, and as Kali, defeats the Pandavas.

She ties her hair in Dushasan’s blood, using Dushasan’s entrails as bands, showing her ruthlessness once more.

The Goddess proves to Vishnu that she is powerful enough to destroy the world.

A myth goes that Barbarika, grandson of Bhim, is the only one who watches the Mahabharata war fully, and is the perfect judge. When asked about what he saw, he replies that he saw only Krishna and his Sudarshan chakra destroying the troops of Kuru, and Draupadi emerging from the earth drinking their blood.

The strongest warriors alone are killed by Draupadi personally.

Therefore, here Draupadi represents the untamed forestland in earth – the weak ones fall to people who prefer this earth, i.e. Vishnu, while the strongest are still prey to nature.

In the Buddha avatar, Buddha abandons his wife and practises discrimination, until his wife guides him to the right way.

Thus, the Goddess impacts avatars of Vishnu majorly.

Noetic Science in Vedic Times

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on April 12th, 2014

Noetic Science, or Noetics, is a new cutting-edge discipline that studies the physics behind psychology and the science behind ancient texts and scriptures. The Institute of Noetic Sciences is a non-profit research organization founded by astronaut and Noetic scientist Edgar Mitchell, part of the Apollo Mission. Noetics studies concepts such as yoga, consciousness, intellectual capability and thoughts and the mind. Noetic Science made fame when featured in Dan Brown’s fifth novel,The Lost Symbol, and is now known to many science nerds and physicists alike.
The Bhagavad Gita is a true hoard of information on Noetics. 
Here, therefore, is my rendering of the Bhagavad Gita, an unexpected reinterpretation: 


Krishna gazed at Arjuna, his eyes sparkling.
“Yes, Arjuna?” Krishna prompted. 
A teardrop emerged from Arjuna’s eye. His fist was gripping a bow. The bow read: Gandiva. 
Gandiva, the dark bow of the great sage Nara himself, one of the two fragments forged from Kodanda. 
He dropped Gandiva. 
“Why?” Krishna demanded. 
“My kin…Bhisma, the Grandsire, Dron and Kripa, my teachers, Duryodhana, Dussasan, Vikarnan and the rest of my cousins…I cannot fight those I love. When I look at the army, I remember my calling Bhisma ‘Father’, my joys with Dron and Kripa, my playtime with Kritavarman, who is your own cousin…it is impossible to fight them, Krishna,” Arjuna said. 
Krishna was patient as ever, listening. 
Then, he replied, “Arjuna, this war is not to curb Dharma Yudhisthir’s ambition…nay, he has no ambition at all to curb. This war is to preserve our way of life, and, above all, the greater good. Remember, Arjuna, you are gods, gods fighting a war. And gods must not stray from the path of duty.” 
“Gods? We are mere men, Krishna. We are men who worship gods!” Arjuna replied. 
“Yes, we are living beings, Arjuna, and that is what makes us gods.” 
“But…gods are myth! There is no proof as to whether they exist or not! And we cannot perform miracles,” Arjuna added skeptically. 
“Listen, Arjuna. When I say you are capable of cooking, I am not lying. You are capable…you just need to manifest that existent capability with practice. Our very thoughts have mass, and exert minuscule amounts of gravity. Hence, this can have an actual physical impact on the actual world. You must have seen yogis, meditating on the Great White Mountains – why, your grandfather, Krishna Dwaipayana Vyasa, himself is one…and he is now above one-hundred-and-twenty-five years old. How is it possible? The power of the mind, which is manas, atman and prana together, creates a physical veil of weblike tissue in his mind. This allows longer lives due to production of cells. You have heard of ojas or soma? The Elixir of Immortality is a metaphor for the rare brain secretion. The entangled thoughts create the mind, a very physical substance. Multiplied minds multiply energy exponentially; two minds are many, many times greater than one. That is your atman. Matter, energy, antimatter, anti-energy, dark matter, dark energy, time, the balance…they are all often part or products of the mind. This is realization. All life forms know everything there is…it is just locked within the barriers of the mind, the barriers of the marshy thickets of memory. Hence, am the knowledge; so are you. The knowledge lies within us, and forms existence itself, for thoughts are comprised of assumptions, opinions, theories, association and visualization, all forms of knowledge. And the mind is knowledge. I am the knowledge. 
“The passage of time goes on eternally. Time, metaphorically speaking, is death, razer of realms. Time is interlinked with the balance, and can be seen as an actual physical force that absorbs worlds as a black hole uses gravity to suck in any form of matter, energy, antimatter or anti-energy. Time is Vishnu. Vishnu, or Vasudeva Narayana, weaver of illusions, is a person who fights for his way of life to prevail for the sake of overall righteousness. Morality is a subtle thing; morality is never definitive. Extremes such as good and evil, right and wrong, are nonexistent… Morality is subjective to time. And we are Vishnu. To create, we often need to destroy. I am Vishnu, destroyer of worlds. I am Time, destroyer of dimensions, waster of worlds, destroyer of dimensions, descending from eternity to raze all realms; except those who fight for the side in which subjective morality is present, none in any war, none in the infinite cosmos shall be spared. Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds; I shall engage those against my way of life, as for that I am come. So shall you. I am an illusion, as are the things I have done, and yet I am also weaver of illusions. I am the herder of cows, Govinda. As Govinda, I restore order from chaos. Great scion of the Bharata race, whenever subjective morality is threatened, Vishnu shall restore order from chaos. I am Vishnu, so are you. I am the light. I am the Primordial Being, Existence itself, as Panchali is Sri. 
“I am Brahman, the multiverse itself. So are you. Aham Brahmasmi, Tat Tvam Asi. Each blazing fire, the soma or ojas, the focus, concentration and power within meditation; that blazing fire that sparks within us as ideas and thoughts, even mere fragments of imagination thrust out as opinions from our vast, complicated, intricate mind – I am that, as well as the nature itself, the force of the earth. So are you. 
“What they did to Panchali Draupadi was unrighteous. It was morally incorrect. When I, the cunning, scheming, ruthless Krishna…when you, the proud, vain Arjuna…when the foolish Yudhisthir…when we refused to see reason, Sri descended upon earth as Panchali to separate right from wrong in this present era. 
“That is why you must fight. Pick up your bow, and perform your duty. Be the ideal one. For Panchali Draupadi.”  

Rama and Rama: the prince and the sage

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on April 12th, 2014

Rama Chandra Dasharath-putra Kaushalya-putra Raghava, of the Ikshwaku clan of the Suryavanshi dynasty, along with his brother Lakshman Dasharath-putra Saumitrin Raghava, trained under the seer-mage, or rshi, Vishwamitra Kaushika. Vishwamitra summoned them for defending the twelve-year-long sacrifice Vishwamitra was conducting, from the Rakshas hordes protecting the forest from the sacrificial flames, and their way of life. The Rakshas hordes were led by the beautiful Queen Tataka. Rama killed Tataka, and, along with Lakshman, learned the Maha-mantra Gayatri, that summoned the Maha-Brahman-Shakti of Bala and Atibala, giving nigh-omnipotence in battle. Using this, Lakshman and Rama killed Tataka’s son, Subahu, with the Agneya-astra, the astra of the Firelord Agni, and forced Subahu’s younger, more powerful brother, Mareech, to a retreat with the Purusha-astra, or the Manava-astra, charged with the power of the Solar Dynasty.
After this, Vishwamitra took Rama and Lakshman to Mithila, capital of Videha, where the swyam-vara of King Janak’s daughter, heir to the throne of Videha, the warrior-princess Sita Vaidehi Janaki was taking place. The conquest was to string the Pinaka Bow of Rudra, which was nigh-impossible to lift; the feat had been accomplished by Sita herself.
The Bow had been used by Rudra to raze Tripura, the three cities of Tarakaksha, Vidyunmali and Kamalaksh, the sons of Tarakasura. Rama succeeded where all others failed, but broke the bow in the process. The bow reforged, and was sent back to Rudra’s abode at Kailash.
Hearing the destruction of the bow, Rama Jamadagneya, chieftain of the Bhargava-Angirasa clan of scholar-warriors, descendant of Kavi Brghu – the son of Agni the Firelord, better known to itihasa (history) by a much more fearsome name: Parashurama, emerged as the marriage procession proceeded to Ayodhya, capital of Kosala, where Rama lived with his father, King Dasharath.
Parashurama challenged Rama to a duel, after giving him an ancient bow – Kodanda.
“Eons ago,” he said, “Vishwakarman, the architect of the gods, forged two invincible bows – the Bow of Rudra, Pinaka, used by him to raze the three cities of Tripura, the bow you destroyed, and the Bow of Narayana, Kodanda, the bow I have given you. Narayana and Rudra once dueled using their bows, and Narayana’s bow overcame Rudra the Annihilator himself. Rudra later equaled Narayana in another duel, but before that, he gave his bow to Janak, King of Videha, and Narayana gave his bow to me. Now, I have given you this bow. I shall use my dev astra, the Battleaxe of Destruction given to me by Shiva Rudra the Destroyer, razer of Tripura, and duel you, Rama Chandra. Thus, has Bhargava Parashurama Jamadagneya Chyavanya spoken.”
Vashishta, eldest son of Bramha the Creator, a preceptor to Rama and senior-most among seer-mages, greater in power and tapasya than Parashurama himself, declared that the duel was to happen, and Rama and Parashurama faced each other.
Rama chanted the Gayatri Mantra, summoning the energies of Bala and Atibala, and pulled the string of Kodanda, as the twang filled the universe with the primordial sound – Aum A-Ka-Ho Sa-Ri-Ga-Ma-Pa-Da-Ni, and all shlokas and mantras, all syllables, words and possible sounds, silence and entropy, everything, reflected in that single sound.
Parashurama chanted the invincible shloka of Rudra, charging the Axe of Destruction with the Pashupata-astra; then, with an unmistakable screech of delight, the dev astra controlled its own movements, striking and seriously injuring Rama twice.
Rama, undeterred, determined to win, sent the Manava-astra at Parashurama, but it was easily blocked and destroyed by the omnipotence of Pashupati, the protector of creatures, Rudra himself.
Then, Rama summoned his danava-destroying chakra, Sudarshana. The sky, veiled by crow-black clouds, flashed a blinding light, and Sudarshana descended as if fixed to a rigid pole. It fixed itself to Rama’s finger, and spun in immeasurable speed, the indestructable weapon made of a metal unknown to mortal science, of blazing golden hue, equal in luster to Jatavedas, the refulgent Agni himself, and to Surya, Vivasvat himself, progenitor of the Solar Dynasty.
The thirty-three razor-sharp blades hit each other, the friction creating a keening edge to each of the jagged spikes. Then, in one of his omnipotent forms as Achyuta the Imperishable, with the strength of a thousand elephants, Rama released the chakra. With an unmistakable screech of delight, the dev astra descended upon Parashurama of the Axe. Parashurama’s battleaxe, charged with the Pashupata-astra, hit the Sudarshana Chakra, charged with the Vaishnava-astra.
The two dev astras collided, and Parashurama was pushed backward, as the axe flung of Bhargava’s grip, as Rama Chandra was declared the victor.

The Best Non-Reference Books Ever [Part Two]

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on December 26th, 2013

10. The Da Vinci Code – by Dan Brown – an ancient organization called the Priory of Sion has held an ancient, terrible secret that could crumple the foundations of Christianity for ages, with powerful Grand Masters such as Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Victor Hugo and Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci. The last Grand Master of the Priory is killed by a violent hand, a mastermind who propels things in motion as a Council of Shadows within the Vatican prelature known as the Opus Dei conspires to destroy the secret entirely and crush the Priory forever…Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is now accused of murder by the French Direction Centrale Police Judiciare, and with the aid of cryptologist Sophie Neveu, must decipher his way through a treasure-hunt of clues to guard the secret protected for ages, a secret that could crumble all religious sects of Christianity itself…

9. Eragon – by Christopher Paolini – simple farmboy Eragon discovers a mysterious polished stone while hunting the dangerous stretch of mountains in his land of Alagaesia known as the Spine… From the stone comes forth a large blue dragon, Saphira, and Eragon becomes a Dragon Rider, one of the last seen since cruel emperor Galbatorix sanctioned a scourge against the Dragon Riders; the rebel organization known as the Varden joins Eragon, along with the magical races of elves and dwarves, eternal enemies united for the first time, along with Eragon’s friend Murtagh, to save an elf named Arya and defeat the Urgal forces of Galbatorix who are bound by the magic of a mysterious Shade; the Shade must be killed somehow and Saphira and Eragon must be saved from the wrath of the universe’s most powerful magician: Galbatorix.

8. Eldest – by Christopher Paolini – Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have saved the rebel-state from destruction by the forces of the cruel ruler of the Empire of Alagaesia, King Galbatorix. Now, Eragon must train further in magic and swordsmanship under the magical race of immortals called elves at Ellesmera. Eragon’s brother, Roran, though, is hunted by the forces of the Empire as well as the Raz’ac, the same race that killed Eragon’s mentor Brom. An unlikely enemy must reveal himself as Eragon finds the secret of his bloodline unleashed by a man thought to be a friend.

7. The Warlock – by Michael Scott – eons ago lived the powerful mystic Abraham the Mage on the Shadowrealm isle of Danu Talis; he compiled an ancient book, the Book of Abraham the Mage, better known as the Codex, which contained the recipe for a serum that allowed immortality. With its help, Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have been Immortals without the help of gods. The ancient race of the Elders, youngest race of the gods, born after Earthlords, Ancients and Archons, but before Humani, are split in war, the Dark Elders wishing to save the Shadowrealm of Danu Talis from destruction. An ancient prophecy foretells of the Twins of Legend, with Gold and Silver auras, discovered by the Flamels as Josh and Sophie Newman, who must destroy Danu Talis. Nicholas and Perenelle start losing immortality when magician Dr. John Dee steals it from them, and the war must be won…and the world is in the need of a waerloga, a Warlock, a traitor, again…

6. The Lord of the Rings – by J.R.R. Tolkien – in the old mystical land of Middle-earth, the Dark Lord Sauron rallies his forces and allies and gathers the powerful and mystical Rings of Power; except for the most powerful Ring, forged by Sauron himself, the Ring that corrupts its wearer and turns the wearer invisible: the One Ring to Rule Them All, as called in the ancient prophecy – “Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne in the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie. One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them in the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.” The powerful wizard Gandalf recruits Hobbits Frodo Baggins and his servant Samwise Gangee to undertake a quest to destroy the One Ring before the Enemy, the Dark Lord, finds it, with the aid of Hobbits Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took.

5. Deception Point – by Dan Brown – Milne Ice Shelf, Arctic Circle: a shocking new discovery is uncovered by scientists at NASA, and intelligence analyst Rachele Sexton, oceanographer and television celebrity Michael Tolland, world-renowned astrophysicist Corky Marlinson, doctorate glaciologist Norah Mangor, and palaeontologist Dr. Wailee Ming are summoned by the President of the United States of America to investigate. But the investigation leads to a blood-chilling conspiracy that turns the tide of American politics forever, and threatens the life of everyone on the glacier…especially the experts.

4. The Krishna Key – by Ashwin Sanghi – 3112 BC: An enigmatic historical figure named Krishna Vaasudeva is born; the man kills Chief Kans of Surasena, defeats Emperor Jarasandha and leads the warring Yadava tribes to peace. Present Day: The Yadava tribes of Vrishni, Shainya, Kukura, Bhoja and Chedi must rise again in the form of Anil Varshney, Ravi Mohan Saini, Rajaram Kurkude, Nikhil Bhojaraj and Devendra Chhedi to go on a quest and discover the Krishna Key, an ancient secret that will help them against the assassin who believes himself to be Kalki, 10th avatar of Vishnu, and his mentor, a mysterious person who refers herself as Mataji…

3. Kaurava – by Krishna Udayasankar – 2nd millenium BC – Emperor Jarasandha is dead, killed by the conspiring hand of Govinda Shauri, and Aryavarta is under Emperor Dharma Yudhisthir and Empress Panchali Draupadi from the new city of Indr-prastha, built with the blessings and philosophy of the Firstborn, and the might of the destroyed and exiled…the Firewrights. Firewright Devala Asita is released from capture and is aided by a mysterious hand to conspire against the new Secret Keeper of the Firewrights and…Govinda Shauri. Due to feuding cousins, the Empress is forced into a terrifying exile, and Govinda’s nation-state is threatened… All hope rests on Govinda’s cunning; but the need for arms can be taken up only by the young nephew of Govinda, the powerful Abhimanyu Karshni; and Asvattama Bharadvaja cannot hunt the Firewrights again…

2. Govinda – by Krishna Udayasankar – 2nd millenium BC – the ancient nation of Aryavarta, the realm of the noble, is ruled by the ancient dynasties of the Firstborn scholar-seers, descendants of the eldest son of Bramha the Creator, Vashishta Varuna, under a leader with the title of Vyasa; alongside this are the exiled race of Firewrights, master scientists, inventors, architects and forgers, descendants of the youngest son of Bramha the Creator, Agni Angiras, with a leader called the Secret Keeper. Now, the Secret Keeper of the Firewrights, Ghora Angirasa, is killed, and the nation-states are thrust into a war between the central states of Kuru and Panchala against the Imperial Forces of Emperor Jarasandha. And the cause of the war…Jarasandha’s hatred of the nation-state of Dwaraka, under the Council of Dwaraka and Govinda Shauri, Supreme Commander of the Armies of Dwaraka. Govinda Shauri must use all his cunning and tactics to take his country out of a situation that may result in the destruction of Aryavarta through a war between Firstborn and Firewrights

1. The Lost Symbol – by Dan Brown – this exhilarating thriller-adventure takes Harvard symbologist and iconologist Robert Langdon as he delves into an adventure which takes him to the midst of an ancient organization that guards a secret so powerful that it could change the world forever; his mentor is captured and maimed by a violent hand, and Robert Langdon, along with professional Noetic scientist Katherine Solomon, must race in a blood-chilling journey to crack the code and save the life of Langdon’s mentor, and the legacy of the secret…

Beyond the Number One – Calvin & Hobbes – by Bill Watterson – feeling a chill because of reading a book? Facing two much tension in your gripping novel, or pressurizing work, or emotional weakness? Facing physical pain because of an injury or in fear of anything at all? Presenting the best way to stop all negative thoughts – Calvin & Hobbes, by Bill Watterson, a superb anthology of easily illustrated comic strips of extreme humour and comedy, the six-year-old cynic Calvin, with his stuffed tiger Hobbes, will lighten your hearts; an excellent in-between-books reader, Calvin & Hobbes is to books what coffee beans are to cologne.

The Drakon Dimensions Hexalogy – Book 1 – Apotheosis

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on December 26th, 2013

Dear viewers,

This is the gist of the first novel in the series I am writing, The Drakon Dimensions Hexalogy. It will probably be done by March 1st 2014; I hope it will be on all your bookshelves then!

The gods are rising…

An ancient war between to powerful clans of mages goes on; the danger is greater when the Omnipotent Elves, known better as gods, prepare to rise from the magical veil created by the first Eternal Dragons of the ancient organization known as the Dragon Warlocks to restrain them…

The two allegiances attempt to recruit six new and powerful young mages, Jason, Zana, Nex, Shada, Zayn and Zara.

Caught in the middle of a full-fledged magical war, the six must choose a side to give their allegiance and train quickly as a group of killers of unknown allegiance are after them, sent by a mysterious warlord who identifies himself as the Potent Lord…

In this war, the six must face dangerous mystical creatures, powerful sorcerers and the armies of ancient lands, in a dimension where surviving is killing…and they must negotiate for peace in a land where peace…is violent.

This epic fantasy novel is truly a lightning bolt of an action adventure…but the worst to come is a choice between annihilation and sacrifice…the ultimate sacrifice.

I hope you will enjoy the novel, and the other five to come.

The Ten Best Books Ever [Exclusive of Reference Books]

Posted in enjoy life  by Tejas on December 14th, 2013

 

10. Sita: An Illustrated Retelling of the Ramayana by Devdutt Pattanaik – a girl saved from soil is responsible for the destruction of the nigh-omnipotent Rakshasa king Ravana; who was this remarkable mythological woman, the true protoganist of te Ramayana itself? Mythologist and leadership consultant Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik reveals the true power of Sita, the powerful but wronged form of the Goddess herself.

9. Eragon – Book 1 of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini – simple farmboy Eragon is hunting in the range of mountains known as the Spine, when he finds an orb that propels him into a world of Dragon Riders, dragons, elves, dwarves and magic; now, the Emperor of Alagaesia, Galbatorix, is after him, under his most powerful lieutenant, the second most powerful Shade of all, Durza, and the warlike tribe of the powerful Urgals…Eragon and storyteller Brom journey for safety in an unsafe world…

8. Eldest – Book 2 of the Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini – fantasy at its best, simple farmboy Eragon, now a Dragon Rider, must train under the elves to learn hidden magic necessary to defeat the ruthless emperor of Alagaesia, Galbatorix; but Galbatorix’s forces, and the Raz’ac, prepare not just to kill Eragon, but also his brother, Roran…Whose blood does Eragon truly bear? It is a conspiracy veiled in the most dangerous magic ever, by the first and second most powerful mages…

7. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – the true pinnacle of fantasy writing, in this classic, the Dark Lord Sauron, lieutenant of Melkor, has gathered the Rings of Power to his sway, crushing the political power of Numenor – but he has not gotten the most powerful and evil Ring of Power, the One Ring that makes its wearer evil and greedy and allows him to be invisible, tied to Sauron’s own life blood; easy-going and simple Hobbit Frodo Baggins is an unlikely hero who, recruited by the powerful Gandalf the Grey, must find the One Ring: corruption and betrayal forge the path to his survival, where he might meet a horrific end…

6. Deception Point by Dan Brown – a brilliant realistic-fiction, with blood-chilling and heart-racing scientific discoveries in the unhospitable terrain of an ice shelf; intelligence analyst Rachel Sexton and marine biologist Michael Tolland race to reveal a dangerous conspiracy, but the US Delta Force is out to murder them…

5. Kaurava – Book 2 of the Aryavarta Chronicles by Krishna Udayasankar – a superb history thriller of the Mahabharata, which shows Empress Panchali Draupadi in a terrifying exile thanks to a conspiracy hatched by Dussassan Kauravya and perhaps Syoddhan Kauravya, and Govinda Shauri, Supreme Commander of the Armies of Dwaraka thrust into an impossible mission.

4. Govinda – Book 1 of the Aryavarta Chronicles by Krishna Udayasankar – a brilliant mytho-historic fiction with deep conspiracies, and a historical twist to the world’s greatest epic, the Mahabharata itself.

3. The Krishna Key by Ashwin Sanghi – a superb mytho-thriller about Krishna, the Blue Lord who swore to return in his tenth avatar: Kalki, to be Time, the Destroyer of Worlds; an assassin who believes he is Kalki, a symbolist murdered and history professor Ravi Mohan Saini must venture from the coast of Somnath to the chilly winds of Mount Kailash to unravel deeper conspiracies – and this is hard with the police tracking him…

2. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown – a heart-racing mytho-thriller that shows a dangerous adventure faced by Harvard professor and symbologist Robert Langdon and Noetic scientist Katherine Solomon to defeat a madman who wants to be a god and rescue Katherine’s brother, Peter Solomon, a historian and scientist

1. The Complete Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson – the best book in the world, this hilarious book of newspaper comic strips will cheer you at any book; if you’re too disoriented by work, suffering from pain or haunted by fear, open one of the three volumes of this package, and you’ll burst out laughing, and you’ll be cheered again – truly, Calvin & Hobbes is for books what coffee beans are to deodorants.

Bhagawad Gita Chapter 11 Verse 32

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on September 19th, 2013

Kalo ‘smi loka kshay krit pravirdho, lokan samahartum iha pravrtthah rte ‘pi tvam na, bhavisyanti sarve, yeh ‘vastitah, pratyanikesu yodhah.

This verse is Bhagawad Gita 11:32. It has become very popular recently. In 1945, Robert J. Oppenheimer, the Father of the Atomic Bomb, quoted this verse in English: “Now I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.” The Enchantress, Book 6 of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott, is a book which has this verse. Marethyu, a major character, says: “Today I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”

Ashwin Sanghi’s The Krishna Key quoted the verse various times. In Dan Brown’s Inferno, they call the verse, “I am Vishnu, the destroyer of worlds!” Amish Tripathi, in the Oath of the Vayuputras, Book 3 of the Shiva Trilogy, says, “As the Bhagavad Gita would say, Kartik had become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”

The movie Krrish 3 is releasing. The main antagonist, acted by Vivek Oberoi, is called ‘Kaal’, and the movie features a nuclear scientist importantly. Sounds familiar?

In the Vimanika comics Dashavtaar Part I, the first words said by Vishnu are, “I am Time.”

The literal translation is, “I am Time, the destroyer of worlds”, though Kaal is often called ‘death’.

So, this Bhagawad Gita verse is becoming popular in no time. I hope Vedic scriptures are quoted often like this!

The People Who Matter II: The Most Powerful People

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on April 3rd, 2013

Power is varied. To have power is one thing – the way the people like you using that power adds on to power and the list of the most powerful people changes day by day. And it has changed. With a new Pope and a new Chinese President, the table of power has changed. This time, at number ten we have:

10. David Cameron – Prime Minister – England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland – London, England – aged 46

9. Xi Jinping – General Secretary of Communist Party, President – People’s Republic of China – Beijing, China – aged 59

8. Mario Draghi – President – European Central Bank – Rome, Italy – aged 65

7. Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al Saud – King – Saudi Arabia – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – aged 88

6. Ben Bernanke – Chairman – Federal Reserve of USA – Washington D.C., USA – aged 59

5. Pope Francis I – Pope – Roman Catholic Church – Vatican City, Vatican City State – aged 76

4. William Gates III – C0-chair – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – Medina, USA – aged 57

3. Vladimir Putin – President – Russian Federation – Moscow, Russia – aged 60

2. Angela Merkel – Chancellor – Germany – Berlin, Germany – aged 58

1. Barack Obama II – President – USA – Washington D.C., USA – aged 51

Varuna, Poseidon and Sobek

Posted in Uncategorized  by Tejas on February 24th, 2013

Varuna, the Vedic god, Sobek, of Egyptian mythology and Poseidon, of Greek mythology are closely interrelated. All of them are shown carrying a noose and/or a trident, are the lieutenant of the ruling god and show respect to the Sun God.