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Vishnu Sahasranama Origin Features

In Hinduism on April 21, 2014 at 09:40

Of all the Paarayanas the Vishnu Sahasranama is the one that  granst peace of Mind, apart from bestowing Knowledge to Brahmins, Victory to Kshatriya

, Wealth to Vaisyas and Prosperity to Sudras.

 

The Vishnu Sahasranam is believed to have been divulged to Arjuna  and Yudhistra by Bhishma, the Grand sire of the Mahabharata,a s he lay dying awaiting the arrival of Uttarayana for his death.

 

His Bhishma was granted a boon to choose his own time of Death as recognition for his having done what one can not do( Bhisma means , one who does what others can not do), that of relinquishing the desire for women in order to ensure that his father could marry a woman he wanted.

 

Lord Vishnu with Lakkshmi

Vishnu with Lakshmi

 

As Bhisma was lying in a bed of arrows prepared for him by Arjuna, Yusdhistra was asked by Lord Krishna to seek the advice of Bhishma on how to run a Government and about Dharma.

 

On being asked thus, Bhisma looks at Krishna and says,

 

“Krishna, you are the Lord and the Universe and the Personification of Dharma.

 

When you are here it would not be proper for me to speak on these highly esoteric Truths.

 

I am eager to listen to you”

 

Lord Krishna replies,

 

‘Son of Ganga, it is  most powerful and auspicious if the Dharma is taught by the One who has practiced than by the One who set

 

Yudhistir asks,however, first, about what would be shortest route to get the auspicious results and by reciting  whose name one would get the benefit of reciting the names of all Gods.

 

Kimekam Daivatham Loke Ki vaapyekam Parayanam’

 

‘By chanting whose Name shall I get the benefit of chanting all the Gods Names?

 

What Bhishma taught Yudhistir is the Vishnu Sahasranama.

 

 

 The Vishnusahasranama as found in the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata is the most popular version of the 1,000 names of Vishnu.

 

Another version exists in the Padma Purana and Matsya Purana

 

It is set in the Anushtup Chandas (Meter)

 

“1. Vishnu sahasranama is the essence of the Mahabharata;
2. Great sages such as Narada, the Alvars, and composers including Saint Tyagaraja have made repeated references to the “Thousand Names of Vishnu” in their devotional works;
3. The person who strung together the thousand names as part of the Mahabharata and preserved it for the world was none other than Sage Veda Vyasa, the foremost knower of the Vedas, who is considered an avatar of Vishnu;
4. Bhishma considered chanting of the Vishnu sahasranama the best and easiest of all dharmas, or the means to attain relief from all bondage;
5. It is widely accepted that the chanting of this Stotram gives relief from all sorrows and leads to happiness and peace of mind;
6. Vishnu sahasranama is in conformity with the teachings of the Gita.” 
  • Adi Sankaracharya, the Advaita enlightened master, in verse 27 of his hymn, Bhaja Govindam, said that the Gita and Vishnu sahasranama should be chanted and the form of the Lord of Lakshmi, Vishnu should always be meditated on.
  • The line ‘Om Namo Bhagavathe Vaasudeeya’, in the ‘Dhyaaana Sloka was composed by Adi Shankaracharya and it is the identification by which Shankara’s version is easily identified.
  • He also said that the Sahasranama bestowed all noble virtues on those who chanted it.
  • Madhvacharya, the Dvaita philosopher, said that the Sahasranama was the essence of the Mahabharata which in turn was the essence of the Shastras and that each word of the Sahasranama had 100 meanings.

 

 

Two of the names in Vishnusahasranama that refer to Shiva are “Shiva” (names # 27 and # 600 in Adi Sankara’s commentary) itself, “Shambhu” (name # 38), “Ishanah” (name #6 4), and “Rudra” (name # 114). Most notably, Adi Shankara, according to one interpretation, has not interpreted these to mean that the deity Shiva and the deity Vishnu are the same.[6] Specifically, he asserts that the deity Vishnu is Brahman itself (not just an aspect[disambiguation needed] of Brahmam).[7] Again, he notes that “only Hari (Vishnu) is eulogized by names such as Shiva“,[8] a position consistent with interpretations of the Srivaishnavite commentator Parasara Bhattar. Parasara Bhattar had interpreted Shiva to mean a quality of Vishnu, such as “One who bestows auspiciousness.”.[9] In fact, the Shri Rudram, a sacred prayer for Hindus and devotees of Shiva in particular, describes Vishnu as an aspect of Shiva in the fifth anuvaka.

However, this interpretation of the name Shiva has been challenged by Swami Tapasyananda‘s translation of Sankara‘s commentary on the Vishnusahasranama.

 He translates the 27th name, Shiva to mean:”One who is not affected by the three Gunas of PrakrtiSattvaRajas,and Tamas;

The Kaivalaya Upanishad says, “He is both Brahma and Shiva.” In the light of this statement of non-difference between Shiva and Vishnu, it is Vishnu Himself Who Is exalted by the praise and worship of Shiva.”

 Based on this commonly heldAdvaitan point of view which has been adopted by Smartas, Vishnu and Shiva are viewed as one and the same God, being different aspects of preservation and destruction respectively.

As many Sanskrit words have multiple meanings, it is possible that both Vishnu and Shiva share names in this instance, e.g., the name Shiva itself means “auspicious”  which could also apply to Vishnu.

The Deities Ananthapadmanabha and Shankaranarayana are worshipped by Hindus, as is Lord Panduranga Vitthala, a form of Lord Krishna with a Shiva Linga on his crown, signifying the oneness of both deities.

 Parasara Bhattar, a follower of Ramanujacharya has interpreted the names “Shiva” and “Rudra” in Vishnu sahasranama to mean qualities or attributes of Vishnu, and not to indicate that Vishnu and Shiva are one and the same God.

 

Vaishnavas worship Vishnu in his four-armed form, carrying conch, disc, flower and mace in his hands, believing that to be the Supreme form.

However, Smarthas do not subscribe to this aspect or personification of God, as Smarthas say that God is pure and thus devoid of form.

Additionally, they believe that God is not limited by time nor limited by shape and color. Vaishnava traditions are of the opinion that Vishnu is both unlimited and yet still capable of having specific forms, as to give arguments to the contrary (to say that God is incapable of having a form) is to limit the unlimitable and all-powerful Supreme.

 

In the Sri Vaishnava tradition, the Bhagavad-gita and the Vishnu Sahasranama are considered the two eyes of spiritual revelation.

 

In other Vaishnava traditions too, the Vishnu Sahasranama is considered an important text. Within Gaudiya VaishnavismVallabha sampradayaNimbarka sampradaya and amongRamanandis, the chanting of the names of Krishna and Rama to be superior to that of Vishnu.

Based on another verse in the Padma Purana which says that the benefit of chanting the one thousand names of Vishnu can be derived from chanting one name of Rama, and a verse in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana equating the benefit of chanting three names of Rama with one name of Krishna.

However, it is important to realize that those verses in those puranas are not to be interpreted literally, as many believe that there is no difference between Vishnu and Krishna.

 

These verses can be interpreted as it is more important to have pure bhakti or devotion than merely repeating the many names of God without emotion. Indeed, Shri Krishna Himself said, “Arjuna, One may be desirous of praising by reciting the thousand names. But, on my part, I feel praised by one shloka. There is no doubt about it.”

Within Vaisnavism some groups, such as Sri sampradaya, adhere to and follow the Rig Veda: V.I.15b.3, which states “O ye who wish to gain realization of the supreme truth, utter the name of Vishnu at least once in the steadfast faith that it will lead you to such realization.

 

Citation.

Vishnu Sahasranama Wiki

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Vedas Wrong Throw Upaveeda Manglasutra

In Hinduism on April 20, 2014 at 14:26

I received a communication from a member of a Facebook community.

 

Radha Soami Satsang Philosophy is destroying Vedic culture by luring gullible Brahmins ignorant of Vedas

 

Radhasaomi

Radhasaomi Satsang



They look down at all hindu elements as worthless in the name of philosophy.

 

please help me combat them in theory.

 

My relatives are giving up hinduism plucking off sacred threads and mangala sutrams in the name of this bogus philosophy’

 

The writer blogged about this.

 

Brahman is considered to be the highest reality in Vedanta

 

The founders of Radhasoami faith, however, came forward with a new concept. According to them, TheBrahman of Vedanta is limited to the second grand division of the creation whom they call “spiritual-material region”.

 

They hold that the Brahman is not the true Supreme Being or the highest reality because he is not perfectly free from mind and matter.

 

They assert that though spiritual components predominate in Brahman, there is Maya latent in the seed form and a Supreme Reality having the least admixture of Maya cannot be styled as the highest truth.

 

They envisaged the highest and the first grand division of creation as the region of the true Supreme Being who is absolutely spiritual and totally free from mind and matter.

 

Such a Supreme Being they have named as Radhasoami. In view of the said difference between Radhasoami and Brahman, the meaning of the word is not Krishna or the Lord of Radha. 

 

A casual observer however gets confused and straightway starts interpreting it for Krishna as Farquhar did when he observed :

 

“It is necessary also to realize that the real meaning of Radhasoami is Krishna as Lord of Radha (His cowherd mistress in the latest cycle of myth) that

Soami is only a curious phonetic misspell of Swami. 

 

My answer.

 

These interpretations come from a half-baked understanding of the Vedas.

 

From what is posted on their site, i get the impression that they may not know Sanskrit at all, let alone the Veda such is the misinterpretation.

 

Nowhere does the Vedas proclaim that Brahman contains Maya or ‘ he is not perfectly free from mind and matter’,

 

Brahman perse is described by the Neti Nyaya or the process of excluding things, like

 

Not this, not his, neither tall nor small etc.

 

It is not described by direct by positive Attributes, excepting by the Realized qualities (which we are capable of perceiving) Sat,Chit,Ananda,

 

Pragyana Brahma, Sathyam Gnaam Anandham Brahma..

 

May is a concept that has been used to understand the manifestation or the differentiation of the Reality to enable one to understand the Reality.

 

Acquisition of Knowledge,unlike in the Western Philosophy, is a negative Concept,

 

The removal of ignorance is Knowledge , not the acquisition some thing from outside as you are a Part of The Brahman which is Knowledge personified.

 

You appear to be different from Brahman  because of Avidya or Ignorance.

 

Avidya at the Universal level it is called Maya.

 

When your basic premise is wrong , your conclusions are also equally wrong.

 

As I noted earlier, the site abounds in inaccuracies down to out right lies on the Vedas.

 

One may have to write a rebuttal for every sentence they have provided.

 

One should never take umbrage under Lord Krishna to criticize the Vedas for Lord Krishna is The Veda and as Vyasa He compiled it.

 

The philosophy of Radhasoami Satsang is either a fraud being perpetrated to fill in some one’ coffers or the ravings of  a delinquent or a clever ploy to

discredit the Vedas or a combination of all these

 

As to people discarding Upavedeeda, well it is your funeral.

 

As to Mangala Sutra, it is not a concept if the Vedas.

 

If some one wants to become a spiritual pervert, we can not do any thing about it.

 

Vedas are not The Bible to threaten people into believing it nor Shankaracharya a Christ who is proselytizer.

 

 

Sources.

radhasoamisatsang

 

God of my thoughts

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Ramani’s blog ‘Ideologue Anti American Pro Hindu’

In Blogging on March 31, 2014 at 11:09

 

I have received a comment from the US that Raman’s blog is Anti American and an Ideologue site.

ramanis blog worpress

Ramani’s blog, WordPress

 

This has appeared in ,About Ramanan’

 

I have replied to the comment.

 

I have been receiving  some comments that thee site is pro Hindu, Anti Congress and Anti Tamils.

 

Let me introspect.

 

On Hinduism.

 

I have been posting articles on Hinduism based on facts and Research papers.

 

For instance, the confirmation about the existence of Lord Ram, Krishna,

 

That the Ramayana were not mere fantasies, they happened and are a matter of History.

 

On Vedic Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics,Chemistry, Medicine’ Paranormal Research,WMD,

 

On Indian Philosophical thoughts, comparing them with the latest Quantum Theories.

 

On the existence of Multi verses, which Quantum is accepting now.

 

On Unique temples, where the Construction is unique, incorporating Astronomy if buildings.

 

On value systems propounded by Indian Thoughts, which are validated by Modern medicine.

 

On the Broad vision it has in accepting Atheism as a Faith among its fold.

 

Its acceptance of LGBT, without censuring them.

 

Not hat I have not pointed out the flaws in practice , though not sanctioned by the Vedas,as I see it.

 

That of not allowing women to perform Rituals,not allowing them to have Upanayana done.

 

Of commercializing temples .

 

Of acceptation Dowry from a Girl’s parents.

 

Of conducting Marriages, sans sanctity.

 

On Kanchi Jayendrar for getting involved in a Murder case.

 

On Swami  Nithyananda, an accused in a Rape case.

 

On Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art Of Living for passing of some material as Yoga and Art of Living and making Money.

 

I can go on adding.

 

On Islam.

 

I am against Terrorism.

 

Also against the Concept that one Religion has to be rammed into you by Force.

 

On ill treatment of women.

 

On the practice of Thighing where a child is practically raped, it has religious sanction

 

 

They very existence of its Founder is not corroborated by History.

 

On the persecution of Hindus  by the Moguls.

 

I have praised their system of Punishment for Rapists.

 

The dedication of Muslims in following their Religion.

 

On Christianity.

 

I can not keep listening to the talk of their Texts, when it was ordered to be complied by a King to suit his political needs.

 

Or The Institution of Papacy which has played a Role in the killing of the Jews, The Holocaust and elsewhere.

 

Or the sexual profligacy of the Priests and the indifference of the Church on this issue.

 

On their Religious conversion by force, cajoling and out right lies.

 

On Political parties.

 

I have written On the Corruption of in the Congress.

 

So have I written on BJP, DMK.

 

I have called the Communists as people who can not get along with each other.

 

That they cling to the past and are not practical.

 

On Anna Hazare, I called him a Buffoon, Kejriwal a Joker and an Anarchist.

 

Which party is left?

 

On the  US.

 

I have written on their bankrupting the world ,

 

by assuming the role of a self-appointed International Policeman.

 

On allowing Hash to legalized.

 

On encouraging  corruption on a large-scale by the corporate.

 

of invading Countries on triumphed up lies.

 

On interfering in other Countries’ affairs.

 

Of bankrupting an average American to help the Corporates.

 

Readers are the best Judge.

 

An ideology is a set of conscious and unconscious ideas that constitute one’s goals, expectations, and actions. An ideology is a comprehensive vision, a way of looking at things (compare worldview) as in several philosophical tendencies (see political ideologies), or a set of ideas proposed by the dominant class of a society to all members of this society (a “received consciousness” or product of socialization).

Ideologies are systems of abstract thought applied to public matters and thus make this concept central to politics. Implicitly every political or economic tendency entails an ideology whether or not it is propounded as an explicit system of thought.” ( wiki)

 

 

 

 

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Vedic Hinduism In Germany Greece, Russian Veda

In Hinduism on March 30, 2014 at 08:47

I have posted articles that Hnduism, Sanatana Dharma was all over the World and the entire Jambu Dweepa was practicing Hinduism.
I had provided Maps of Ancient India,Kingdoms as well
I am furnishing details from research articles on this subject.
In his book ‘Proof of Vedic Culture’s Global Existence’ Stephen Knapp confirms that the Vedic culture was once global.
Professor Alexander Vasilyavich Medvedev, chairman of the religious affairs committee of the Urals region.
Professor Medvedev:
“The problem amongst our leaders may not be so much in having to accept your movement, but to accept that the Vedic culture could have very well been the original culture here in Russia.You know in Russia practically all the scientists accept that the Vedic culture once flourished here, the center being in the Volga river region.

The debate among our scientists is only if the Aryans came from India or they originated here.

There is much evidence to the fact that Vedic culture existed here, most notably the Russian Veda”

“The Russian Veda” Interrupted Indradyumna Marharaj.

“Yes, it is famous amongst our people, it is as old as Russia, and the stories are exactly like those in the Vedic scriptures.

The central figure of the Russian Veda is a personality called Krishen.

He is the upholder of spiritual truths and the killer of many demons. His killing of a witch and snake are exactly like the history of child Krsna killing the putana and aghasura demons in the bhagavat puranas.

But the Russian Veda is not intended for children.

It is full of spiritual truths.”

 

Name

Sanskrit

Sanskrit meaning

Russia Rishiya Land of the Rishis
Moscow Moksha Salvation, goal of all Rishis
Bolshevik Bal-sevik Rishis seeking spiritual power
Rubble Raya-bal Strength of the realm
Krasnoyorak Krsna Russian town named after Lord Krsna
Agone (fire) Agni Vedic fire God
Andropov Indra Vedic demigod
Siberia Shibeerya The locals still call their land Shibir
Soviet Svet White as in white snow covered region
Svetlana Svetanana Svetlana, the name of Stalins daughter is from the Sanskrit word svetanana meaning fair faced

 

During the nineteenth century when Europe was greatly appreciating the Vedic culture, Sir Henry Maine, a scholarly member of the viceroy of Indias council declared about Germany “a nation has been born out of Sanskrit”.

 

Some evidence of the Vedic influence throughout Germany and Europe.

 

 

Name

Sanskrit

Sanskrit meaning

Deutschland Daityasthan Land of the Daityas. ( Daitya refers to mother Diti and Kashyapa muni, the Dutch also share this link.)
Danube river Danuv The Daityas were also known as the Danuv community due to Kashyapa munis marriage to Danu, who is also known as one of the primary Goddesses of the celts.
German Sharman A common hindu surname
Hindenberg Hindu-durg The fort of the Hindus
Heidelberg Haya-dal-durg Fort garrisoned by horses
Stein Stan Place
Ramstein Ramstan Place of Lord Rama
Rome Rama Lord Rama
Ravenna (Italian city) Ravanna Demon killed by Lord Rama
Budapest Buddaprastha City dedicated to Lord Buddah
Paris Parameshwari Vedic Goddess
Amsterdam Antardham Region below sea level
Scandinavia Skanda Skanda is the son of Lord Siva. Naviya is Sanskrit for naval settlement. Scandinavians were the mariner descendants of the Vedic ksatriyas who worshipped Skanda

 

 

 

“In the rig veda we have more real antiquity than in all the inscriptions of Egypt or Ninevan … The Vedas is the oldest book in existence.” (Max Muller)

 

 

“After the latest research into the history and chronology of the book of the old testament, we may safely call the rig veda the oldest book, not only of the Aryan community, but the whole world.” (Reverend Morris Philips)

 

 

“The Vedas has a twofold interest, it belongs to the history of the world and to the history of India. In the history of the world the Vedas fills a gap which no literary work in any language could fill.” (Max Muller

 

Judaism

 

 

Name

Sanskrit

Sanskrit meaning

Judaism Yaduism The Yadu dynasty which Lord Krsna appeared in. It is common for the y and j to become interchangeable hence, Yaduism, Yeduism and finally Judaism
Jerusalem Yadu-isha-layam The township of Lord Krsna. Yadu – dynasty of Lord Krsna, Isha – God, alayam – abode or place
Israel Ishwaralaya The abode of Isha – God
Shalome Ishalayam The abode of God. (Ishalayam – shalayam – shalome)
Talmud (jewish scripture) Tal is Sanskrit for palm. Mud comes from mudra which means imprint or script, hence Talmud is Sanskrit for palm leaf manuscript
Syria Surya Vedic sungod
Palestine Palustin Vedic sage
Ramallah (Palestine city) The city of Lord Rama
Adam aadim The first or most ancient man
Abraham Brahma Vedic demigod
Star of David A simplified version of the sri yantra, connected to the Goddess Laxmi Devi. Drawn in front of many Hindu homes
David Devi-d Bestowed by the mother Goddess
Semites Shyam Semites were the descendants of Shem which originates from Shyam, Lord Krsna
Horites Harites Worshipers of Hari (Krsna)

 

I am convinced that everything has come down to us from the banks of the river Ganges” (Voltaire)

 

 

“India was the motherland of our race, and Sanskrit the mother of European languages.

 

 

She was the mother of our philosophy … of our mathematics … of the ideals embodied in Christianity … of self-government and democracy…mother India is in many ways the mother of us all.” (William Durant. Author of the ten volume, story of civilisation)

 

 

“Everything, absolutely everything is of Indian origin.” (Friedrich Schlegel)

 

Greece

 

 

 

Zeus the Greek God of heaven, travels to planet on a mystical six-horse chariot wielding a trident.

 

 

 

Indra the Vedic king of heaven also travels on a mystical six-horse chariot wielding a thunderbolt.

 

 

 

Name

Sanskrit

Sanskrit meaning

Parthia Partha Arjuna, devotee of Lord Krsna
Hercules Hari-culeesh In the lineage of Hari (Krsna)
Hari-tutay Greek greeting May Hari (Krsna) bless you
Prometheus Pramathes Lord Siva
Demetrius Deva-mitra Friend of the Gods
Pythagoras Peeth-guru Peeth means place of education
Aristotle Arishta-taal God, the warder of calamities
Socrates Sukrutus One whose conduct is meritorious

“This Garuda column of Vasudeva (Visnu), the God of Gods, was erected here by Heliodorus, a worshiper of Visnu, the son of Dion, and inhabitant of

 

Taxila, who came as Greek ambassador from the great king Antialkidas to king Kasiputra Bhagabadra, the savior, then reigning prosperously in the

 

fourteenth year of his kingship. Three important precepts when practiced lead to heaven; self-restraint, charity and conscientiousness.”

 

The Heliodorus column, erected in 113 B. C. by the ambassador of Greece. Over 2000 years ago the Greek ambassador worshiped Vishnu.

 

Greek Silver coins made by Agathaclose, a Greek ruler from the 2nd century B.C., bear the imprint of Krishna and Balarama and are displayed in several museums.

 

“The whole of Greece from the era of the supposed Godships of Poseidon and zeus down to the close of the Trojan war was Indian in language, sentiment, religion, peace and war” (India in Greece, E. Pococke)

“Almost all the theories, religious, philosophical and mathematical as taught by the pythagorans were known in India in the 6th century B. C.” (Professor G. Rawlinson)

“When Greece and Italy, those cradles of modern civilisation, housed only the tenants of the wilderness, India was the seat of wealth and grandeur.” (History of British India, Thornton)

 

 

Name

Sanskrit

Sanskrit meaning

Korea Gauriya Gouri, Vedic Goddess
Casseopeans Kashyapa muni Followers of the Vedic sage
Kashmir Kashyapa muni Named after the Vedic sage
Caspean sea Kashyapa muni Named after the Vedic sage
Iran Ariana Land of the Aryans
Guatamala Guatam Abode of the Vedic sage Guatam
Egypt Ajapati Lord Rama, the illustrious scion of Aja. Their kings were named Ramses meaning Rama the God
Persia Parasu Vedic warrior Parasurama
Mexico Maghico Vedic demigod Lord Indra
Babylonia Bahubalaneeya Realm of Vedic king Bahubal
Mauritius Marichi Vedic warrior from Ramayana
Australia Astral-alaya Land of the missiles
America Amaraka Land of the immortals
Devonshire Devaneshwar Land of the Gods
Canterbury Shankapury Township of Lord Siva
Anglesey Angulesh Visnu, Lord of the Anguli country
England Angulistan Angulistan-Anguliand-England
Britain Brihat-sthan Great land or islands

Citation, And More at

Sanatan Satyam

 

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Krishna’s Conch Sudarshan Chakra In Afghanistan

In Hinduism on March 22, 2014 at 12:02

In yet another confirmation of the fact that Lord Krishna was Real and not an Imaginary figure, cons containing Lord Krishna on the one side Balarama on the other, in Al Khanoun Afghanistan.

Coin of Agathocles with Hindu deities: Vasudeva-Krishna and Balarama-Samkarshana

Cons of Krishna and Balrama

A lot of numismatic evidence also corroborates the antiquity of Krishna. For instance, excavations at Ai-Khanum, along the border of Afghanistan and the Soviet Union, conducted by P. Bernard and a French archeological expedition, unearthed six rectangular bronze coins issued by the Indo-Greek ruler Agathocles (180?-?165 BC). The coins had script written in both Greek and Brahmi and, most interestingly, show an image of Vishnu, or Vasudeva, carrying a Chakra and a pear-shaped vase, or conchshell, which are two of the four main sacred symbols of God in Vaisnavism. Many other finds of ancient coins also prove the antiquity of Krishna worship in India.

To summarize, today the weight of empirical evidence proves that Krishna and Vaisnavisam predate Christianity. Numerous literary, archeological, and numismatic sources build an unassailable case. Nevertheless, Vaisnavism and Christianity still show amazing similarities. In the chauvinistic and sectarian atmosphere of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, these similarities led most Western scholars to adopt the now discredited “borrowing theory.” But these attitudes did more that distort the truth. In the twentieth century they directly led to two world wars of unprecedented ferocity and destruction. Therefore, sensitive and caring people perceive these attitudes as being obsolete, and, instead of clinging to them, more intelligent people now seek the path of unity. Even in religion, one of the key contemporary attitudes is the ecumenical spirit, the desire to emphasize more our similarities with other peoples, nations, and religions rather than our differences.

Citations,

Vedic Empire

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agathocles_of_Bactria

 

Ref:

http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/history/new-archaeological-finds-take-a-step-closer-to-historical-krishna/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+sanskritimagazine%2FkrKO+%28Sanskriti+-+Culture+of+India%29

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