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Section 8. INDIA
Except for the names of the gods, the religion of India has never really changed. It absorbs everything, accepts everything, and as a result stands for nothing. Hinduism is quite literally a religion of everythingness and nothingness. So too is the faith of its first and foremost offspring, Buddhism. To demonstrate that little has changed, let us begin with some modern quotes from the quintessential "guru" or "great soul" of India, M. K. Gandhi, and then we will move on to the deepest roots of both Hinduism and Buddhism in the source religion of Sumeria. This has nothing to do with Gandhis success as a wily lawyer engaged in civil rights, any more than it has to do with the aims of the "reverend" Martin Luther King. Do not confuse worldly political movements or religion with the truth as those men so cleverly did to further their causes. This is an investigation into what is counterfeit, earthly and temporary compared to what counts in the real kingdom which is eternal and not of this world.
"As for idol worship, you cannot do without it in some form or other what do the Roman Catholics do when they kneel before Virgin Mary and before saints, quite imaginary figures in stone or painted on canvas or glass? Even so, it is not the stone we worship, but it is God we worship in images of stone or metal, however rude they may be." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Harijan Weekly Journal, 13/3/1937, p.39) "And the worship of the image of Child Krishna or Virgin Mary may become ennobling and free of all superstition. It depends upon the attitude of the heart of the worshipper." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India journal, Navajivan Publishing House, 5/11/1925, p.378) "Images are an aid to worship. No Hindu considers an image to be God. I do not consider idol worship a sin." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India journal, Navajivan Publishing House, 6/10/1921, p.318)
Gandhi said repeatedly that he was neither for nor against idol-worship, even tree-worship, since he viewed that as a form of reverencing the god who made the plant world. This two-faced Janus-like approach is a defining characteristic of Hindu thought, leaving the options open. Some Janus idols actually had four faces. So did some of the Celtic gods. Hinduism has no limit to its faces and will mix right with wrong at every opportunity. Gandhi was right; there is no difference between the veneration of Krishna or Mary. He was wrong when he employed the classic excuse for idolatry: that it is really the god behind the cherished pagan item that one adores. That is exactly the justification every Christian uses for bringing an Osiris tree into his house, saying it is now there to signify truths about Jesus. Check it out on the Internet. There are countless church sites of every denomination defending the great Christ-mass pagan-fest with precisely this rationalization. The Biblical judgment for this devious ploy is, as we have seen repeatedly in Scripture, death, be it by worldwide flood, fire raining on a city, plague or invaders sword. You shall not confuse the LORD who created heaven and earth with anyone or anything else: not a golden calf of Apis, a sacrament of the Queen of Heaven, a Tammuz spring festival, not even with a hankering for a cloak or other memento from Babel. You shall serve and worship the LORD alone and keep yourself clean from these abominations. Gandhi worshipped the goddess Lakshmi and who knows how many other Hindu deities. He hated the concept of serving one god to the exclusion of others. He called it gross, fanatical, a deadly form of idolatry, worse than the worship of stone and metal idols.
"I am an iconoclast in the sense that I break down the subtle form of idolatry in the shape of fanaticism that refuses to see any virtue in any other form of worshipping the Deity save ones own. This form of idolatry is more deadly for being more fine and evasive than the tangible and gross form of worship that identifies the Deity with a little bit of a stone or a golden image." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India journal, Navajivan Publishing House, 28/8/1924, p.284)
Fig.8a. Tiruvannamalai Temple area (remarkably similar to temple layouts as far away as Central America), Madras, India, c.1100 AD.
Gandhi likewise saw nothing wrong with temple reverence. He rightly identified this as an inherent characteristic of the natural man and a craving shared by Hindus, Buddhists, Christians and Moslems worldwide. According to Scripture, the natural man is unregenerate, dead to God, and cannot inherently please Him. (John 8:34, Ephesians 2:1,5; 2:2, 1 Corinthians 2:14, Romans 6:20; 8:8) That is precisely why man builds temples, in ignorance, groping after his own unenlightened heart. If Gandhi had paid attention to the Word of God instead of the Hindu gods he would have found out that he was absolutely in the dark, thinking that churches were houses of god, mistaking Jesus for a mere "reformer" and saying that Jesus did not discard such structures forever. Jesus died to do that, to save his elect from all the temples and priests that the dark lord has invented since Babel. The New Testament makes this abundantly clear, from Jesus conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well to the truly royal Book of Hebrews. But in the darkness of religion, such truths are not welcome.
"Why does a Moslem give his life for defending a mosque which he calls a house of God? And why does a Christian go to a church, and when he is required to take an oath, he swears by the Bible? Not that I see any objection to it. And what is it if not idolatry to give untold riches for building mosques and tombs?" (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Harijan Weekly Journal, 13/3/1937, p.39) "I do not regard the existence of temples as a sin or superstition. Some form of common worship and a common place of worship appear to be a human necessity. Whether the temples should contain images or not is a matter of temperament and taste." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Young India journal, Navajivan Publishing House, 5/11/1925, p.378) "Temples or mosques or churches...I make no distinction between these different abodes of God. They are what faith has made them. They are an answer to mans craving somehow to reach the Unseen." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Harijan Weekly Journal, 18/3/1933, p.6) "I know of no religion or sect that has done or is doing without its house of God, variously described as a temple, mosque, church, synagogue or agissari. Nor is it certain that any of the great reformers including Jesus destroyed or discarded temples altogether." (Mohandas K. Gandhi, Harijan Weekly Journal, 11/3/1933, p.5)
Church building and idol worship are essential foundation stones in the religion of the natural man. Both espouse faith in the wrong house of god. Both result in veneration of a baal, the wrong lord. Both are counterfeits, and both come from the original source in Sumeria. Even the Israelites fell into this trap, desiring a temple that they should not have asked for, and which was first built for them by Solomon, the king who started out wise but ended his life in the idolatrous worship of Asherah (Ishtar). India was one of the earliest to receive its portion of the temple-building religion from Babel, later than Egypt but before Greece and Rome. First, the people built their cities (c.2500 to 1700 BC), and then, after an invasion, they revered what are called the ancient Vedic gods introduced from Persia (c.1500 to 400 BC), and finally they refined the triads which most people today recognize, trinities very similar to those of the Greco-Romans and Celts (c.200 BC to 200 AD). This three-stage development is in reality three rolled into one, triple faces of the same old coin first minted in Mesopotamia. The place the people chose was similar to the flat plain and delta of the Euphrates or the Nile, the valley of the Indus river.
Fig.8b. Map showing the location of the Indus Valley Civilization.
Remains of a “city” under the sea have been discovered in the Bay of Cambay, off the coast of the border between India and Pakistan, which some have claimed was built around 9000 BC. But carbon dating is notoriously inaccurate beyond a few thousand years. It is also based on a system that already presumes the world is very old and assumes that radioisotope degeneration has been continuously uniform over time. We have no idea what aging or disintegration was like before the Flood. It is not impossible that these ruins may be of a pre-Flood urban area, a kind of Indian Atlantis, in which case it will the first of its kind to be found, but it could hardly be older than 5000 BC. Scripture tells us only about the first post-Flood cities founded by Nimrod, the grandson of Noah. Since all other descendants of Adam perished in the judgment by water, Sumer remains the post-Flood cradle of mankind. Inland from this underwater city we have the definite evidence of ancient urbanization in the valley of the Indus River, but this is not as old as that of Mesopotamia or Egypt. The Indus is the land settled by the people who migrated east from Babel, and it is the source of the words Hindu and India.
"The Indus Valley culture, one of archaeologys newest finds, apparently had strong ties with Sumer it seems logical to suppose that the older culture of Sumer influenced the younger culture of the Indus Valley." (The Cradle of Civilization, Kramer, p.158) "Indus civilization, also called Indus Valley civilization, or Harappan Civilization, the earliest known urban culture of the Indian subcontinent, first identified in 1921 at Harappa in the Punjab and then in 1922 at Mohenjo-daro, near the Indus River in the Sindh, now both in Pakistan decidedly the most extensive of the three earliest civilizations, the other two being those of Mesopotamia and Egypt, both of which began somewhat before it." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Indus Valley Civilization, Std.Ver.1999) Prominent among their deities were the bull-horned man from Sumeria, the mighty Nimrod-Dumuzi, and many copies of the goddess Ishtar.
The Indus civilization clearly shows much of the influence of the Mesopotamian model, but it is also distinctly Hindu, just as Egypt was distinctly Egyptian in flavour. Archaeologists noted, for instance, the love affair that Hindus had (and still have) with multiple circle of life ornaments, the many bangles on their wrists and ankles and rings in their noses and ears. They decorated the cattle they worshipped in a similar manner. The main walled cities covered large urban areas that would rival Nineveh and yet instead of temples or pyramids, which came later, the earliest people built monumental bathing houses for spiritual purification. One reason given for the building of pyramids in Mesopotamia and Egypt was to withstand another Flood and even build higher than its top level so that men might have a refuge from the flat land around them. Harappans chose instead to attempt to wash away the sin that might incur another Flood, and such public ritual bathing is still a cornerstone of Hinduism. Worship of trees, plus numerous terracotta goddesses similar to Ishtar, as well as clay seals inscribed with script, sacred cattle and a popular fish scale pattern, all reveal the Indus Valley to be a Mesopotamian replica that resembled the original more than Egypt did, but with traces of Egypt also found in the picture.
Fig.8c. Terracotta goddesses similar to Ishtar of Babylon, from the Indus Valley, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, c.1500 BC.
"The Harappa culture (often called the Indus Valley civilization), located in modern Pakistan, has produced much evidence of the cult of the goddess and the bull. Figurines of both occur, with the goddess being more common than the bull. The bull, however, appears more frequently on the many steatite seals. A horned deity, possibly with three faces, occurs on a few seals, and on one seal he is surrounded by animals No building has been discovered at any Harappan site that can be positively identified as a temple, but the Great Bath at Mohenjo-daro was almost certainly used for ritual purposes, as were the ghats (bathing steps on riverbanks) attached to later Hindu temples There is clear evidence, however, of the worship of sacred trees or of the divinities believed to reside in them and the horned god has been interpreted as a prototype of the Hindu god Shiva The fact that Harappans buried their dead with grave deposits, a practice not followed by the later Hindus, suggests that they had some belief in an afterlife." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Hinduism, Religion in the Indus Valley, Std.Ver.1999)Lord Vedas Invasion
Early Hinduism is best defined in the worship of Vishnu and Shiva in their various avatars (“incarnations”) and all the female counterparts of these two gods. But it is interesting to note that running parallel to this polytheism, during the late Vedic period of the Upanishads, came the concept of the atman (individual soul) and brahman (supreme soul) in a philosophy of nothingness that needed no temples, gods, idols or priests at all. This was the system of belief that produced Buddhism, which, although Indian in origin, hardly exists there today. That unusual parallel development will be studied further in the next section on the Far East. Here, we are looking at the religion of everythingness, the Hindu gods.
The place to start is with Vishnu (Visnu), considered the preserver god and known through his 10 avatars (surreal incarnations). His very first avatar is that of Matsya the Fish who saved the first Man (Manu) and his family, along with the sacred Vedas, from the universal flood by fastening a boat to a horn on his head and taking them to safety. So right from the beginning we have a substitute, a horned fish deity (with traces of Enki and Dagon) saving Noah along with replacement scriptures. But it is as his seventh and eighth avatars, Rama and Hari Krishna, that Vishnu is most popular. His main symbols are the club and serpent. His chief female partner is Lakshmi. Like Cush and Nimrod, on whom he is based, Vishnu is black. So is Krishna whose name, Krsna, literally means "Black One." This cannot be explained away simply by suggesting that he was a god of the Dravidians (Southern Indians). The Dravidians were considered inferior, hardly the basis for creating so important an avatar of Vishnu. If he had been local in origin he could easily have been adapted, but instead he appears jet black and even blue-black to show that his origin is very different from those around him. And so it is.
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"In painting, Vishnu is usually shown as dark complexioned, a distinguishing feature also of his incarnations." "Krsna, also Krishna, one of the most revered and popular of all Indian divinities...literally "black" or "dark as a cloud"…as a youth the cowherd Krishna became widely renowned as a lover…a huntsman, mistaking him for a deer, shot him in his one vulnerable spot, the heel, killing him…Krishna is depicted with blue-black skin." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Vishnu, Krishna, Std.Ver.1999) "One incarnation of Vishnu is in the shape of Krishna…frequently referred to as dark in colour…the legends of the god’s youthful exploits rival those of Herakles and in his amours with Ratha and the milkmaids he surpasses the amorous prowess of Zeus himself." (The Art and Architecture of India, Rowland, Penguin, p.27)
The cowherd Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu, is not an historic person. His poem, the Bhagavadgita (c.200 AD), is an insertion in the much older Mahabharata. Krishna is just another counterfeit son embellished with tales from the heroic age of Achilles. His exploits, such as marrying 1000 milkmaids, are as purely mythical as the stories of Hercules. If you want to know what history is, reader, then examine the first chapter of Luke in the New Testament which tells us who was Caesar, who was Roman governor, and exactly where and what was going on in space and time when the real incarnation of the Son of God occurred. Krishna has no real dates or places ascribed to him. His book is as unreal as the Koran, another poem torn right out of any historical context. That is what makes them myths. But like all powerful myths, they do have a dark reality behind them. It is not an accident that Krishna is a cattle and pastoral god who is so often portrayed playing the flute like Pan or Hermes or Bacchus.
The fact behind Krishna, the "divine son" of the goddess Devaki, and behind Vishnu, the king of the gods, is Nimrod, the black son of Babylon, and his father Cush, deified as the thundercloud. It is no surprise then that the copycat writer of the Bhagavadgita who invented Krishna even gave him the title "I AM." That was the personal name by which the real LORD was made known to the Near East by the Israelites and their prophets, Daniel and Ezekiel, who spent time in captivity under the Babylonians and Persians. Even before that, the prophet Jonah was sent to Nineveh, the largest Assyrian city founded by Nimrod-Ninus, and the people heeded the message that Jonah brought from the real I AM (YHWH) with alarm. (Jonah, chapters 1-4) These nations knew who the LORD was, as did the sailors (probably Phoenicians) who questioned Jonah about his identity. "Then the mariners were afraid, and every man cried out to his god...but Jonah was fast asleep...Then they said to him, ‘For whose cause is this trouble upon us? What is your occupation? And where do you come from?’ ...So he said to them, ‘I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land’...Then they were exceedingly afraid..." (Jonah 1)
Vishnu is also worshipped as Jagannatha, another guise of Krishna, especially in the June-July chariot festival, famous for the annual deaths of devotees who pull the vehicle with charismatic fervour, some falling beneath the wheels that are not allowed to stop. His temple contains a trinity of Krishna with his brother and sister, a triad similar to that of Osiris, Seth and Isis of Egypt. "Jagannatha (Sanskrit: ‘Lord of the World’), another form under which the Hindu god Krishna is worshipped at Puri, Orissa… Modern representations made in Puri of the 10 avatars (incarnations) of Vishnu often show Jagannatha as one of the 10 in place of the more usually accepted Buddha… The most important of the numerous yearly festivals is the Chariot Festival (June-July). The image is placed in a wagon so heavy that the efforts of hundreds of devotees are required to move it, and it is dragged through deep sand to the country house of the god. The journey takes several days, and thousands of pilgrims participate…The English word juggernaut, with its connotation of a force crushing whatever is in its path, is derived from this festival." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Jagannatha, Std.Ver.1999)
Sharing the spotlight with Vishnu in classical Hinduism is Shiva, an distinctly two-faced deity. "He is both the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger. Though some of the combinations of roles may be explained by Shiva’s identification with earlier mythological figures, they also arise from a tendency in Hinduism to combine complementary qualities in a single ambiguous figure." (Encyclopedia Britannica, Shiva, Std.Ver.1999) Shiva is exceedingly "ambiguous." Like Krishna, Shiva may be portrayed as either a warrior or a transgendered, effeminate creature. Both have absurd sexual antics ascribed to them, and some temples are carved with hundreds of pictures of them in "spiritual bliss," fornicating in every conceivable position.
Shiva is indeed based on earlier figures, particularly one person who is not mythological. In his duality he is very similar to the mighty Nimrod or Dumuzi the Bull who both tyrannized and protected, who presided over the confusion of language and then appeared as its rescuer. Shiva is sometimes called Pashupati (Lord of Animals), Mahesha (Great Lord), and Mahadeva (Great God). He is associated with Nandi (the great Bull) and his symbols include the crescent moon (celestial cattleherder), the club (hunter, ruler), the phallus (sexual prowess) and the trident (as god of the Ganges River). His main female consorts are Parvati, Kali and Durga whose symbol (like that of Dumuzi’s Ishtar) is a lion.
Another significant deity to reach India from Sumeria was Surya (Shamash), the sungod of the ancient Vedic era who once rivaled Vishnu and to whom many temples were built. He is still invoked in the Gayatri-mantra, uttered daily to the dawning sun by orthodox Hindus. Like Aten and Atum-Ra of Egypt, Surya was portrayed as the sun crossing the sky. In the great Temple of the Sun at Konarak, in Orissa, the whole structure was designed as a chariot on wheels in which the sun god rides across the heavens. It is the eight-spoked wheels that so easily identify Surya with Shamash, the prototype sun-disk. This is the Sumerian deity that in India came to represent the wheel of life, both in Hinduism and Buddhism. "The concept of a sun-god traversing space in a horse-drawn chariot is of Babylonian and Iranian origin, and spread from those regions to both India and Greece." (The Art and Architecture of India, Rowland, Penguin, p.57)
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Fig.8f. 1. Eight-spoked chariot and solar wheel of Surya, Indian version of the Sumerian sungod, Shamash, stone sculpture, Temple of Surya, Konorak, Orissa, India, c.1250 AD. 2. Prajapati, the Vedic creator god, arises from the lotus like the Egyptian Horus, holding the eight-spoked solar wheel. 3. Buddha the sungod, Dhanesar Khera, India, bronze statue, Nelson Art Gallery, Kansas, c.400AD.
In the Vedic period of the Upanishads, around 500 BC, the concept of reincarnation and the transmigration of souls in the "circle of life" spread throughout the Indo-European peoples, and the universal symbol they chose, from the Celts to the Hindus, was the zero or zzar seed and sun-wheel. In the Indian concept, the individual self (atman) and brahman (supreme reality) became the basis of the metaphysics in this circle, the goal being to escape the cycle, to lose ones atman in the brahman altogether like a drop in a bucket of water. This, if achieved through meditation and sufficiently good karma, would enable the devotee to escape the wheel of rebirth and instead enter the bliss of impersonal nothingness.
This entire philosophy is as unscientific and ludicrous as the theory of evolution, and yet every bit as popular. By observation alone, a child knows that a tree is not the seed that falls from the tree. The acorn that grows anew is not the original oak from whence it came. Each is according to its kind, and it carries its seed, but is not one and the same as its seed. That is true science as declared in the Book of Genesis and it is the complete opposite of the "knowledge" of the Vedas ("veda" means knowledge in Sanskrit). Every living creature is as unique as ones fingerprint. A son is not his own father, no matter what the dark lord has fabricated with tales of Tammuz or Osiris reborn as Horus. You are you, reader, and no one else. You do not return to this earth reincarnated in some insect or bird. When you step on an ant or worm you have not accidentally killed a past relative. That confusion of man with animal spirits is a ploy that is constantly repeated in the religions that came from Babel. When you die, you do not become spiritually recycled in some other creature, but you will be resurrected, as yourself, just once. You live once on this earth, and then, for better or worse, you will be raised to meet the real Son of God.
"And just as it is appointed for men to die once, and after that comes the judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly awaiting him See to it that you do not refuse him who is speaking let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire." (Hebrews 9:27,28; 12:25-29) "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man the good seed means the sons of the kingdom; the weeds are the sons of the Evil One, and the Enemy who sowed them is the Devil; the harvest is the end of the age the weeds are gathered and burned with fire there men will weep and gnash their teeth." (Jesus, Matthew 13:37-42, 49) "When the Son of Man comes in his glory before him will be gathered all the nations; and he will separate them one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life." (Jesus, Matthew 25:31-33,46)
The escape from sin and this troubled world is not through focussing on your navel or hoping that your karma or "lot" will be better "next time around." There is no next time. That is why the apostles of the LORD said, listen to this, and listen very carefully if you want to avoid the coming wrath and break away from your own "crooked generation." (Acts 3:38-40) It cannot be achieved through following the teachings of a fictional and substitute son of heaven, or hoping for such a "reborn" myth to reach down and free your soul. You must belong to the real Son of God. An eyewitness of Jesus Christ, the apostle Peter says, "There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) And Jesus closest friend, the apostle John says, "Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the anti-christ (substitute), he who denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father He who does not believe God has made him a liar, because he has not believed in the testimony that God has borne his Son. And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life." (1 John 2:22,23; 5:10-12)
The Hebrew prophets were announcing the coming of this Son of God loud and clear between 800 and 500 BC, at the very same time that the dark powers were propagating counterfeit seeds like Zoroaster, Mithra and Buddha. No wonder Jesus identified them all as false shepherds, saying, “All who came before me are thieves and robbers.” (John 10:8) Nevertheless, the eastern peoples chose the sungods and their sun-wheels. The Buddha is simply another weed sown by the Adversary; yet another version of the sungod, this time blended with the subtle philosophy of the Upanishads around 500 BC. Every image and monument from India to Java or Japan proves this to be so. So let us have a good look at him in the next section, the Far East.
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