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Lord Krishna Was Also A Greek God Hercules

In Hinduism on March 5, 2014 at 18:17

Now a days no news on Hindu Purans surprise me.because of the fact that Hinduism is so old and all-encompassing.

And the fact that Bharatvarsha included the whole world and the scientific dating validates the Purans.

Now comes a shocker.

Lord Krishna was worshiped by the Greeks.

Before that a look into Heracles.

Heracles (/ˈhɛrəklz/ HERR-ə-kleez; Ancient Greek: Ἡρακλῆς, Hēraklēs, from Hēra, “Hera“, and kleos, “glory”[1]), born Alcaeus[2] (Ἀλκαῖος, Alkaios) or Alcides[3] (Ἀλκείδης, Alkeidēs), was a divine hero in Greek mythology, the son of Zeus and Alcmene, foster son of Amphitryon[4] and great-grandson (and half-brother) of Perseus. He was the greatest of the Greek heroes, a paragon of masculinity, the ancestor of royal clans who claimed to be Heracleidae (Ἡρακλεῖδαι) and a champion of the Olympian order against chthonic monsters. In Rome and the modern West, he is known as Hercules, with whom the later Roman Emperors, in particular Commodus and Maximian, often identified themselves. The Romans adopted the Greek version of his life and works essentially unchanged, but added anecdotal detail of their own, some of it linking the hero with the geography of the Central MeMegasthanediterranean. Details of his cult were adapted to Rome as well’

Megasthanes took the legend of Krishna to Greece and had it incorporated  in Greek Legends.

See the excerpts towards the close of the Post.

Similarities between Krishna and Hercules.

Krishna’s Killing of Kalinga is similar to Hercules with Hydra.

Hercules

Heracles Or Hercules, Greek Mythology.

Krishna’s killing of Kesi,Arishtasura, Kamsa and Hercules’s step mother have a striking parallel Hercules lifting the world Legend, these are very clos to Krishna.

It is of interest to note that Hercules is also associated with/as Balarama, Lord Shiva!

This information of Greek God being Krishna may prove to be incorrect, but it proves Krishna legend was so alive( I am of the opinion Krishna is a Historical Figure) that the Greeks took him to Greece!

Check the Links.

Source:

http://experiencehinduism.com/interesting-stories/heracles-derived-from-krishna

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megasthenes%27_Herakles#Megasthenes.27_Herakles_as_Krishna

According to Arrian, Diodorus, and Strabo, Megasthenes described an Indian tribe called Sourasenoi, who especially worshipped Herakles in their land, and this land had two cities, Methora and Kleisobora, and a navigable river, the Jobares. As was common in the ancient period, the Greeks sometimes described foreign gods in terms of their own divinities, and there is a little doubt that the Sourasenoi refers to the Shurasenas, a branch of the Yadu dynasty to which Krishna belonged; Herakles to Krishna, or Hari-Krishna: Mehtora to Mathura, where Krishna was born; Kleisobora to Krishnapura, meaning “the city of Krishna”; and the Jobares to the Yamuna, the famous river in the Krishna story. Quintus Curtius also mentions that when Alexander the Great confronted Porus, Porus’s soldiers were carrying an image of Herakles in their vanguard.

— Krishna: a sourcebook, Edwin Francis Bryant, Oxford University Press US, 20

It is said that Greek explorer Megasthenes took the tale of Lord Krishna from India to Greece, whom he called Heracles. Heracles’ tales then became part of the Greek mythology, with appropriate modifications to fit into Greek environment. – See more at: http://experiencehinduism.com/interesting-stories/heracles-derived-from-krishna#sthash.pNtf3bPh.dpuf
It is said that Greek explorer Megasthenes took the tale of Lord Krishna from India to Greece, whom he called Heracles. Heracles’ tales then became part of the Greek mythology, with appropriate modifications to fit into Greek environment. Lets figure out. – See more at: http://experiencehinduism.com/interesting-stories/heracles-derived-from-krishna#sthash.pNtf3bPh.dpuf
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Krishna Had 16000 Wives How Why

In Hinduism on March 2, 2014 at 11:18

It is often held against Hinduism in general and Lord Krishna in particular that He had 16 000 wives.

People whom I had met often had no idea about this and stated Lord Krishna had 16000 wives and he spent time with them merrily, without being aware of the Facts.

Yes,Lord Krishna had 16 000 wives.

Some Purans say 16,100.

He rescued these women from Narakasura, who was his son through Bhu Devi in His earlier Avatar as Varaha.

It is worthy of note that Lord Krishna had ‘divided Himself into 16000/100 and been with them.

This is an indication that it was not actually physical but Mystical and spiritual.

Lod Krishna had 16000 wives

Krishna and 16000 wives

Another point is that Lord Krishna did not any Children through these Junior wives.

It is a part of ancient warfare to confiscate,the cattle before invasion and capture the women of the enemy after the war.

generally these women were returned tot he Vanquished after the War was over.

In this case, as Narakasura died, It is to convey Lord Krishna took care these women and as they were devoted to Him as God spent time with them.

Nothing more can be read into this.

Narakasura was the king of Pragjyotisha, identified with present-day Assam. He was the demon (asura) son of Vishnu’s boar avatar Varaha and the earth-goddess Bhumi (Prithvi). As the son of Bhumi, he was also called Bhauma or Bhaumasura (asura suffix appended). He conquered the three worlds: heaven, earth and underworld. On earth, he captured 16,000 princesses of defeated nations. In heaven, he stole the earrings of Aditi, mother of Indra – the king of gods and heaven. In the underworld, he seized the imperial umbrella of Varuna, the god of the waters.[10][1]

 

The captive women were imprisoned at Audaka on the top of the mountain Maniparvata in his kingdom. Various demons including the five-headed Mura and his seven sons guarded the kingdom’s gates. Narakasura’s ten sons guarded the women.[10][1]

Indra comes to Dwarka, Krishna’s capital and pleads with him to save the universe from Narakasura’s tyranny. Krishna and his second wife Satyabhama fly on their mount the eagle-man Garuda to Pragjyotisha. Krishna slays Mura, his sons, Narakasura’s army and finally the demon-king himself. Bhumi surrenders all stolen items, including the captive women to Krishna. When Krishna arrives in the palace of the captive women, each of them prays to Krishna to accept her as his wife. Krishna complies and sends them to his capital with Narakasura’s plunder and four-tusked white elephants gifted by Bhumi. After returning Aditi’s earrings to Indra in heaven, Krishna returns to Dwarka and marries the rescued women, making them his junior wives, saving them from “destitution and infamy…

The Bhagavata Purana captures the life of Krishna’s wives after their marriage. Each of the junior wives was given a home, with hundreds of maid-servants. Krishna divides himself into several forms, one for each wife and spends the night with each wife simultaneously. In the morning, all his forms unite into one body of Krishna when Krishna works as the king of Dwarka. Each wife serves Krishna personally, worshipping him, bathing him, dressing him, fanning him, presenting him with gifts and flower garlands etc.[1]

 

In another story narrated in the Bhagavata Purana, Narada, Vishnu’s devotee and wandering sage, was curious to find out how Krishna was managing to live with his 16,000 wives and came to Dwarka to check. Krishna welcomed Narada with all the honours due to a sage. Narada then visited every one of the houses of Krishna’s 16,000 wives and was surprised to see Krishna present in every house with his wife in an atmosphere of total domesticity, laughing and joking with his wife and taking care of his children, and helping his wife in house hold chores. Watching this phenomenon, Narada was convinced that it was divinity in the form of Krishna, a complete and manifold manifestation who had enjoyed the company of his 16,000 consorts at the same time. He also concluded that Krishna was monogamist and divine supreme being. Having satisfied himself of the divine powers of the Lord Himself, Narada embarked on his usual voyages around the world singing the praise of Krishna.[12] A variant tells that the mischief-maker sage Narada requested Krishna to gift him one of his many wives, as he was a bachelor. Krishna told him to win any wife for himself, if he was not with her. Then Narada went round to each of the houses of Krishna’s 16,008 wives but found Krishna in every house that he visited, and thus Narada had to remain a bachelor.[13]

 

In the Bhagavata Purana, Rohini and Krishna are described to have unspecified number of sons, out of which only Diptiman and Tamratapta are named. The sons are said to represent all the children of the junior wives.[14]

 

The Bhavishya Purana, the Skanda Purana and the Varaha Purana narrate that some of Krishna’s junior wives were infatuated with Samba, the handsome, trouble-maker son of Krishna and one of his senior queens, Jambavati. One wife Nandini disguised herself as Samba’s wife and embraced him. For this incest, Krishna cursed Samba to be inflicted with leprosy and his wives to be kidnapped by Abhira robbers after his death.[10][11]

The Bhagavata Purana records the wailing of Krishna’s queens and their subsequent leap in Krishna’s funeral pyre immolating themselves (see sati).[15] The Mausala Parva book of theMahabharata which describes the death of Krishna and end of his race records only four of Krishna’s wives, including Rohini, committing sati. Dwarka submerges in the ocean and the rest of its inhabitants including Krishna’s widows accompany Krishna’s friend Arjuna to his capital Hastinapur. On the way, Abhira robbers attack the entourage and plunder their wealth and kidnap some of Krishna’s widows. Some of the widows burn themselves alive. When the entourage reaches Hastinapur, all other widows retire to the forest for austerities (tapas).

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Lord Krishna’s Wives, 7,8,9 Details

In Hinduism on March 2, 2014 at 10:12

Lord Krishna was married and had  eight wives.

Some sources claim that he has nine wives.

Krishna's wives

Krishna with his wives

The Details.

  1. Rukmini
  2. Satyabhama
  3. Jambavati
  4. Kalindi
  5. Mitravinda
  6. Nagnajiti
  7. Bhadra
  8. Lakshmana(Bhagavatha Purana)

Vishnu Purana.

  1. Rukmini
  2. Satyabhama
  3. Jambavati
  4. Kalindi
  5. Mitravinda
  6. Nagnajiti
  7. Madri
  8. Lakshmana
  9. Rohini

Mahabharata.

  1. Rukmini
  2. Satyabhama
  3. Jambavati
  4. Mitravinda
  5. Nagnajiti
  6. Bhadra
  7. Lakshmana
  8. Rohini

Harivamsa Puran.

  1. Rukmini
  2. Satyabhama
  3. Jambavati
  4. Mitravinda
  5. Nagnajiti
  6. Madri
  7. Lakshmana

Kalindi: She is considered the daughter of Surya (sun-god), she is considered as the deity of river Yamuna.

Once Krishna and Arjuna were hunting and resting along the coast of Yamuna. They see a young girl walking on the banks, Krishna asked Arjuna to enquire who she was, when Arjuna asks her who she was she says she is the daughter of Sun god and was in penance and is desiring to marry Lord Vishnu.

Thus Krishna marries her

 

Nagnajiti: She was the daughter of Nagnajita of Kosala, the king Nagnajit had taken a vow of giving his daughter’s hand in marriage to whoever tames his 7 bulls and puts noose on them successfully. Many had tried but failed.

When Krishna heard about this he went to Kosala, he was greeted by the king and worshipped by him, When krishna expressed his intent to marry his daughter. He mentioned the task that Krishna has to complete before having her hand in marriage. Krishna assumes 7 forms and tames all of them at once, thus takes her hand in marriage.

 

Mitravinda: She was a cousin of Sri Krishna, her brothers wanted her to marry Duryodhana and arranged for a Swayamvara, but they had not invited Krishna and Balarama, Balarama knowing of Mitravinda’s affection for krishna advised Krishna to abduct her. Krishna being not sure of Mitravinda’s wishes took his sister Subhadra with him, who talked with Mitravinda and conformed her love for Krishna. Thus knowing of her affection for him, Krishna abducted her and married her.

 

Lakshmana: Lakshmana’s father the King of Madra had arranged for a swayamvara, where the archer had to shoot the target to win the hand of bride in marriage, Among all the princes gathered, Duryodhana and Jarasandha miss the target while Krishna hits the target. Arjuna misses the target intentionally.

 

Rohini: She is sometimes considered as Jambavati, other scriptures mention her as one among 16100 wives and as chief among them”

Source:

http://aumamen.com/topic/names-of-wives-of-lord-sri-krishna-little-stories

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Lord Krishna With Many Women Rasa Kreeda Why

In Hinduism on March 2, 2014 at 09:09

There are three issues(?), which a Non Hindu uses to pick on Lord Krishna and uses them to discredit Hinduism and Lord Krishna.

1.Lord Krishna was with many a woman for pleasure,Rasa Kreeda,

2.Lord Krishna had 16,000 wives and

3.Lord Krishna won the Mahabharata War by unfair means and he advocated killing.

Krishna himself answers to His ways in the conduct of the Mahabharata War in Bhagavad Gita.( if one can understand what He says, for it is very subtle)

On his 16000 wives I shall be posting an article.

Rajasa Kreeda, Being with Many women.

Rasa Krida is also called as Rajasa Krida, for the quality of Rajasa, Passion is in play here.

The reference to this appears in the Bhagavatha Puran, Cahpters 29 to 33.

The meaning of the Term Rasa Krida’ is  Sport of Dance.

The Rasa krida of Krishna

Dance sport ,Rasa Krida of krishna

Lord Krishna had the Women’s dress confiscated while they were taking Bath and they remained naked.

They ere then observing the Kathyayanai Vrata.

Lord Krishna started playing the Flute.

The women wanted to proceed to wheer Krishna was playing the Flute , did not find their clothes.

They found Lord Krishna had their clothes in the bow of Tress.

They covered their Breasts with hands , keeping themselves in Water asked Krishna as to how He could do this to them, who have surrendered themselves to Him.

Lord Krishna replied.

You should not have taken Bath without clothes, especially when you are observing the Kathyayani Vrata.

(Hinduism enjoins one to have at least a piece of cloth to cover private parts while taking Bath)

If you had surrendered to me,you should have come to me to claim the clothes with out clothes.

This indicates that you have more attachment to the Human Body than the Love for God.

How do you expect to liberated when you have attachment to Body, Dehabhimana,Dehatma Buddhi‘?

The women realized their mistake, raised both their hands and worshiped Him.

Lord Krishna had their Clothes restored to them

At no place is it mentioned that Lord Krishna was sexually disposed to these Gopikas.

The instance is to demonstrate Bhakti, Saranagathi,  and Non attachment.

For a detailed dreading check this out.

http://www.themotherdivine.com/04/rasa-krida.shtml

 

 

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Veda Sutras Vedangas Details

In Hinduism on March 1, 2014 at 11:40

This post is in continuation of the Post Veda essential Details.

Each Veda has Srautha Sutras.

Veda Sutra

Layayana Sutra Sama Veda

Srautha Sutras explain the Rules for Conducting the Yagas and Yangnas.

Yagas are condcuted with a specific purpose while Yagna is performed because it is a Duty.

Puthra KameshtiYaga for example is a Yaga while Brahma Yagnam isa Yagna; the former is performed for begetting  Children, the later is performed because it is a Duty.

Rig Veda has Sanakayana, Aswalaayana Sutras.

Shukla Yajur Veda has Kathyaayana Sutra,

Aapasthamba,Bodhayana,Hiranya Keseeya,Bharatwaja, Manava,Vaikanasa belong to Krishna Yajur.

Sama Veda has Dhraahyaayana,Laatyaayana,Machaka Sutras.

Kathyayana and Vaidhaana belong to Atharva Veda.

(Kathyaayana seems to be common for Atharva and Shukla Yajur- will some one clarify?)

These are Gruhya Sutras,

Vedas also have Dharma/Gruhya Sutras which advise the House holder on Righteousness or Dharma for Gruhastha.

Gautama, Vasishta,Hiranyakeseeya and Vaikaanasa are some of these Sutras.

The Vedas stress the importance of Dwani, tone and pronunciation.

Details of this is provided in the Prathisaakyas.

Each Veda has Anugrahamani on this subject.

To  explain the meaning of the Vedas there is a special Group called Niruktham.

There are six sub texts of the Vedas called Vedangas.

They are Siksha,Vyakarana,Chandas,NirukthamJyothisham and kalpa.

Please read my post filed under Hinduism, Vedas.

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