|Vishnu: The Universal Deity or 'another' Hindu God?|
Vishnu Arya Wrote:
Actually this swami is a christian missionary and wants Hindus to convert to christianity. Jesus is Vishnu !! i ask this swami : why didn't you said/say jesus is Allah ? certainly he knows that if he write such nonsense then muslims will chop his hands. Jesus is not Vishnu Tattwa. He is and was a MYTH. So please swami ji stop writing nonsense.don't impose your Lord on Hindus.
Vishnu Arya, I am a student of Bhakti Ananda Goswami Maharaj, whom u call Swami. I have an entire chapter in my book that was written inspired by my studies of his research. The chapter is entitled ALLAH THE CARVER OF CREATION. Theres no hiding here. In fact Maharaj has revealed to me that the 'Allah as a lunar goddess' theory is wrong and the very name Allah is in fact directly related to the name of God Hari.
And before you assume Im an Islamist apologist I also have a hard hitting expose in the same book on the evils of religious extremism. I also clearly reveal that the Muslim rulers were very often tyrannical, brutal and genocidal towards their Hindu citizens. I also focus on the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddhas as well. I reveal the 'ignored by the world' Taliban declaration that it was vengeance for the demolition of the Babri Masjid (Mosque) in Ayodhya. I share details about the forgotten 1990s era ethnic cleansing of the Hazara people of the region as well. So there is no ignoring or white-washing of the Islamic rule of India.
We are clealry not ignorant of the conspiracies against Hinduism and India yet the irony of ironies is that as you claim to 'defend' Hinduism you miss the MOST IMPORTANT point and thus you fail to see the glory of your own tradition. The fact is that in today's world it is 'Hinduism' that has maintained the CLOSEST ties to the original template. This is the original template as given by Lord Krsna himself at the beginning of time and in the Bhagavad Gita as well. Thus Bhakti Ananda Goswami's is an effort to vedify the Vedic claims that Krsna is worshiped across the innumerable universes, what to speak of this one small planet. Indeed Maharaj has discovered many evidences confirming that YES indeed Lord Vishnu as Hari is at the foundation of ALL religion!
Meanwhile you in the name of defending Hindu Dharma are limiting Vishnu to a small geographical area and to one section of humanity. This is the view of one who does not truly believe in Lord Vishnu but assumes he and all religion are the mere inventions of the delirious and fearful human mind. Thus in this view all religious differences are a mere competitave clash of civilizations as if this were some petty blood-sport.
Whereas Bhakti Ananda Goswami Maharaj has revealed that just as we see India's great diversity of Vaishnavism, be it Ram-Bhaktas or Jagannath or Gaura Nitai Bhaktas, the entire world was at one time unified in its diverse expressions of Bhakti. Differences are always there yet they are/were all authentic forms of Vaishnavism.
The noble recognition that Hari is truly Everywhere is at the foundation of his thesis. This is a natural part of the 'Hindus' outlook. It is a welcome opportunity for the Universal Lovers of Hari=God to overcome the number one impediment to true world harmony= sectarianism. Thank God there are nearly a billion of people who Do Not claim to have a monopoly on God. Thank God for the Hindus of the world. It is their sacred Vedic legacy that has the potential to awaken this same universal recognition of God in the hearts of all. For indeed Vedic India has maintained the Siddhanta (the Perfected Conclusions) and the actual mechanisms along with the rituals required to maintain and fulfill humanity's covenant with Hari.
These same mechanisms are also present in other 'faiths' but their meaning and significance has mostly been lost. Yet because of Vaishnava Siddhanta, Maharaj has been able to once again revive our recognition of those eternal principles that are at the basis of the original and true religion.
The ancient Mediterranean traditions were also centered upon Hari long before Homer fabricated his version of Greek religion. And we find that the Jews worshiped the same deity as their neighbors in the same way the Gaudiya Vaishnavs of Bengal are worshipping the same Lord as their Odiya Jagannath Bhakta neighbors. Ancient prophecies regarding the Messiah have been claimed by the Jews perhaps in the same manner in which you are claiming Vishnu to be some sort of ethnic Indic 'tribal' deity.
However these 'prophecies' were in fact part of the entire ancient Mediterranean socio-religious paradigm and it was shared by all the theistic traditions of the West. And this is why Christianity spread so rapidly among the Gentiles. They recognized their long-awaited 'Messiah' their Great Healer and Serpent God Aesclepius, Zeus-Helios-Apollo in Lord Jesus Christ.
And similarly Buddhism spread so rapidly around half the globe. For the people recognzied their various forms of the Divine in Lord Buddha just as the Western world recognized their Supreme Deities/Creator Gods in the revelation of Lord Jesus Christ.
It is also amazing how these alleged religious experts never mention the fact thatAesclepius and Helios worship was the predominant religion of the Mediterranean world during the Pre-Christian era. Yet they continually harp on the 'highjacking' of pagan symbols by the Christians. There was no need to hijack anything. Jesus Christ was the latest Avatar and revelation of these very same ancient 'Pagan' traditions as he was to the Judaic tradition. It was a new phase in an ancient continuity of religion and prophecy. Thus the symbols representing the same Deity and concepts were maintained by the followers of the Christ.
A Google Image Search Return of Helios in Synagague http://tinyurl.com/jewishelios
(Note the 4-Horse Self-driven Chariot of Helios, whose symbol is the Disc and whose primary bird is the Eagle. Helios who had herds of sacred cows and who was associated with the peacock feather. Meanwhile the Sun God does not drive his own chariot and has 7 horses. Yet just like Vishnu or Krsna, Helios is identified by the atheists as yet another 'solar god'. The prominence of the chubby blue baby Butter-pot holding Harpocrates throughout the region is also a crucial fact proving the extant of ancient Vaishnavism in the region.)
This explains how and why these 'non-jewish' elements appear repeatedly in most Jewish houses of Worship dated to the pre-christian era. The impact of this Aesclepius Serpent-God as Healer tradition is such that today we still use this symbol to represent anything related to the medical field. Thus today we still use a word named after Hygia, the daughter of Aesclepius, whenever we use the word Hygiene. This same symbol of healing is universal be it the Serpent-staff of Moses, the Serpent Staff of Egyptian Anubis or the words of Christ, " As Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so must the Son of man be lifted up so that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him." John 14-15
The fact that the same serpent symbol has the same meaning even today is proof that we share a common legacy at the most primal level.
The very similarities that the athiests and religious chauvinists abuse to discredit the historicity of Christ are in fact the evidences confirming that Jesus Christ indeed walked this earth. Isis and Baby Horus, Yashoda and Baby Krsna and Mary and Baby Christ all reflect the same concepts because they are representing the SAME Divinity. Not because some dweebs attempted to hijack the ancient Coptics or Hindus.
This theory requires either the total denial of God as a living force that actually interacts with humanity or hinges upon the idea of a very narrow small-minded and prejudiced God. In other words it is to hold that humanity invented God or that God is so distant he chose one small group to interact with.
The entire creation and all its creatures are the equal recipients of God's love. True religion is the imprint of God's relationship with humanity. What human beings did with that legacy is an entirely different subject.
So who's perspective matches the very words and claims of the Vedas and of Lord Krsna himself? Yours that obviously sees Vishnu as a mere Indian invention and thus another mundane myth of a certain numerically minor population group, or is Hari-Vishnu truly the Supreme Lord of countless billions of planets and beings thru out the entire creation?
The study of the how, why and when of that cosmic divine imprint upon humanity, civilization and culture is the study of the entire history of religion.