EDITORIAL, Jan 21 (VNN) The following Paper was presented at the "Revisiting Indus-Saraswati and Ancient India" conferance, held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
A Post-Modern Demand for Historic Accuracy
In any investigation one must use evidence. The evidence can come from many sources, but a conscientious investigator is not swayed by the various prejudices and biases, that he or she will be confronted with. The present state of world history, as taught in a majority of schools, is fraught with theories, assumptions and outright cultural and racial prejudices. This is especially clear in the current field of Indian historical studies.
Many of the current theories find their roots in the 19th century, a time of European world domination. From the genocidal doctrine of America's 'Manifest Destiny' to the British colonial and Christian missionaries' 'Theory of White Man's Burden', one can clearly see the unworthy and unstable foundations upon which Western historical research stands. The fact is that the expansionist agendas of the 19th century European/American nations were enthusiastically supported by many of the intellectual elite, who devoted volumes of the books to the scholarly rationalization of European world domination. This fact alone not only damages the validity of their opinions, but actually discredits them. If presented in a legal setting, this so-called scholarly evidence would be thrown out of court.
Another Western misconception is the supposed anti-women bias of Vedic culture. The truth is the Vedic culture promotes the greatest potential of femininity, whereas Western culture perceives equality to mean the masculinization of woman.
Another fallacy of the modern theorists is the assumption that humanity has always been driven by animalistic drives such as lust, greed, jealousy, etc. The problem is compounded by their attempts to measure past human events by comparing them with current trends in human affairs. With such an unscientific approach to historical research, the need for an accurate and objective revision is extreme.
It is obvious that the Aryan/Indo-European theories evolved out of the colonial era's expansionist mold. With these theories now exposed false, there are many questions that remain 'officially' unanswered. Many aspects of ancient Indian history demand to be reviewed, researched and, in many cases, revised.
For example, 'Alexander the Great's' ambiguous retreat from India. Why would his victorious armies mutiny on the threshold of reaching their goal of India? Mysteriously, after allegedly defeating the powerful king Puru (Poros), the Greeks decided to mutiny and march back to Persia. These inconsistencies are analyzed by H.C. Seth in his paper, 'Was Poros the victor at the battle of Jhelum?' Also the ancient Ethiopic Text covering the life of Alexander (edited and translated by E.A.W. Badge) reveals a picture of defeated Alexander.
Manu finds common usage in cultures, as in the Vedic Manu, the Teutonic Manus, the first Egyptian king Menes, the Polynesian Menehune, etc. Danu is a Vedic progenitor goddess and in Celtic tradition Danu is also a progenitor goddess, as in 'Tuata te Dannan', or 'Children of Danu'. The word Arya is found in many cultures, as in the Ayar founders of the Incas, or in the Polynesian word Ari'i, meaning 'chief or 'noble.' We also have the 'Eire' of Ireland, and the word 'aristocrat' also has its roots in the word Arya. In Sumerian we have the word Ara meaning 'lofty', and some say the name Sumeria comes from the Sanskrit 'Soma-Arya'.
In a book called 'India in Greece', author Pococke suggests many clues connecting ancient Greece with ancient India. Although somewhat speculative, many of the author's points make much more sense than many of the presently accepted theories. For example, the first Greek king is said to have come from Gaia. If this is read as Greek, he would be thought of as coming from the earth. However, if read as Sanskrit, Gaia becomes Gaya, the famous holy city in India. Instead of coming out of the earth, it makes sense for him to have come from a historical place. Pococke also points out that the major mountain chain of Greece is called Othrys, and an ancient name of the Himalayas is the Adhri. In the Nordic tradition heaven is called Himmel, very close to the word Himalayas, the location of Kailash. In his book 'Art and Culture of India and Egypt' author S.M. El-Mansori proves the ancient connections between these cultures. This is a very important field of research that has not been given the attention it deserves.
The world-wide prevalence of Swastikas has also not been adequately explained, nor has the prevalence of the name Rama. Rama is found in the Vedic culture, in Egyptian history, Assyrian, Native Americans, notably amongst Incas, in Europe, Arabia, etc. We find the name and word Rama to have the same divine and auspicious connotations wherever it is used. Also there is some question as to the true location of 'Lanka'. Was it located in the present Sri Lanka or was it located at the equator in and around the Chagos lsland area? Some have also questioned the authenticity of Emperor Ashoka's Buddhism and see his 'Dharma-Vijaya' to be the 'righteous conquest' of Vedic emperors like Sri Rama, King Prithu, and Maharaja Yudhisthira (Glimpes of the Vedic Nation by Balshastri Hardas). If this is a fact, the implications are enormous. India's history has been so distorted that it appears every era of its history needs to be reviewed. Amongst all this, glaringly obvious is the Vedic civilization evidenced by the Sarasvati-indus civilization.
Frawley's paradox has exposed the falsity of the supposed Pre-Vedic basis of this culture. The amazing thing about all this is that the evidences of common Vedic World heritage are so prevalent that it obviously took a calculated effort to distort the truth. A real historian or a sincere student can never be satisfied with distorted truths. In the investigative search for historical facts, we obviously cannot rely on biased and misguided views. This is especially true for Indian historical researches. To get to the truth, we must access the ancient truths as recorded in the ancient scriptures of ancient India. We must replace the biased and unscientific fallacies of current mainstream Indian studies with a scientific fact-finding approach, measured with a healthy dose of respect for the grand achievements of the ancients. The greatness of the ancients is self-evident from their monolithic structures to the amazing oral preservation of the Vedic literature. We can read in these achievements the character and noble quality of these people and their culture. The modern theories which make every grand structure a tomb or place of human sacrifice, that portray every divine doctrine as an experiment in social engineering or a form of tyranny, lack credibility and border on the fantastic. Like the idea that the presumed Vedic authors, while crediting Vyasadev for it all, ingeniously and accurately noted the astronomical, geographical and scientific realities of a bygone era, all in the name of perpetuating a hoax.
The modern historians/theorists, being emotionally attached to their beliefs, reject revisionism, though revision is a necessary part of most endeavors. The truth is that an investigator of facts immediately forfeits his ability to gather facts, by rejecting evidences in an off-hand way. In the same way, a historian who is unwilling to weigh historical evidence on the scale of objective science and logic, forfeits the ability to be an accurate historian. History is a field of study that should rise above the emotions, prejudices, and agendas of a current era. History seeks to be a window into the past. To color or taint historical past events with present day ideologies is unscientific, to say the least. A real historian must have the facts, in order to offer a true account of the past. The wonderful thing about truth is that it cannot be altered. The truth in history is solid and immutable, even in the face of many distortions. We are reminded here of the Vedic proverb 'SATYAM EVA JAYATE'-'TRUTH ALONE PREVAILS'.
The accuracy of the Vedic sciences, such as Sulbasutras, is evidenced in the book by Rajarama, 'The Politics qf History'. It is a self-evident truth relating to matters both mundane and spiritual. Its continuity throughout the ages points to an organic culture that synchronizes with the natural laws of the universe.
The Aryan/Indo-European race invasion/migration theories were invented to fulfill colonial designs. But now with these theories proven false, we are left with a vacuum. Only the historical truths of the Vedic scriptures and traditions can justly and accurately fill the void. The implications of this demand a complete review of the current theories of not only ancient Indian history, but also the ancient history of the entire world.
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