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INDIA, and Its Great Spiritual Influence

Renowned historian Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975), research professor of international history at the London School of Economics, stated (in 1959):

It is already clear that a chapter which had a Western beginning will have to have an Indian ending if it is not to lead to the destruction of the human race.
At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation for mankind is the Indian way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family...

James Churchward, the researcher and writer on the ancient continent of Mu, said that the civilisation of India had its source in the Motherland, meaning Mu. He went on to elaborate on how much of India's civilisation influenced other regions, including Greece, which so much influenced Britain's philosophical view of the world during the 19th century:

INDIA, the land of mystery and mysterious sciences, the cradle of the philosophy of the old Greek sages, Bharata (the ancient name of the Deccan), glorious, magnificent Bharata carried on and maintained the civilization and learning of the Motherland for nearly eight thousand years after the great volcanic forces had tom her body asunder and the ocean waters had swallowed up the fragments.
It was India that stood foremost for thousands of years, holding together and carrying on the earth's first great civilization after the destruction of the Motherland. Other nations held the civilization for a time but all except India soon began to fall back and many disappeared.
It was India that stood foremost in form of spirituality, philosophy, astronomy, sciences, music, art and medicine from the time of the destruction of the Motherland down to about 500 B.C. No other nation could stand as her rival or compete with her in all branches of knowledge. The world generally knows nothing of this. Historians have utterly failed to show and to credit India with a civilization of ancient date, yet the Akkadians, Sumerians, Babylonians and Upper Egyptians were her offspring.
It is not necessary to quote ancient writings or bring forward traditions. We have only to examine the western shores of India to prove the extreme age of her civilization; for here, lying on the bed of the Indian Ocean a few miles from the present shore line, are to be seen beneath the waters remains of great imposing structures. History does not relate this submergence, yet here it is, an incontrovertible fact that in bygone times India enjoyed a high civilization. The physical proofs are there. How does this compare with the nonsensical histories of India, that say India's civilization only dates back 4000 or 5000 years?

The spirituality of India gave birth to many paths to God and all paths are equally valid. The home-spun paths of Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism are all interpretations (by enlightened souls) of the philosophies that make up the "Eternal Way" (Sanatana Dharma), which is the foundation of "Hinduism".
Contrary to popular belief, Hinduism is a monotheist form of spirituality, for it believes in divine unity in multiplicity. It is a positive form of spirituality, where there are no infidels or heretics. India's eternal quest was to identify humanity with the whole of creation. Thus, all life and all paths are sacred. Hinduism is a holistic form of spirituality, in which all life (human, animal and plant) is considered sacred. It has always been an environmentally sensitive philosophy and like a rainforest, Hinduism has always rejuvenated, evolved and transformed itself over and over millennia.
It is possible that no other way or religion born outside of India lays as much emphasis on environmental ethics as Hinduism. There is a unique sensitivity to not only the human world, but to the entire natural world, with its concepts of ahimsa (non-violence). The all-pervading reverence for life is evident that the whole geography of India (Bharat Mata) is considered sacred.

The Indian Books of Wisdom

These primarily consist of the Vedas (four books in number, the Rig Veda being the first), the Upanishads, the Puranas, and a book that is considered to be the essence of all the teachings, the Bhagavad Gita. In addition there are two great epic stories that contain examples of the wisdom of Indian teachings, and these are entitled the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. But there are other great tomes as well.

Renowned scientist Albert Einstein (1879-1955) stated:

When I read the Bhagavad Gita and reflect about how God created this universe, everything else seems so superfluous.
We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.

The Vedic (Vedas) tradition is the foundation of the Hindu faith and knowledge. In its reference to the Saraswati as a "mighty river flowing from the mountains to the sea" the Rig Vedic tradition must have been in existence long before 3,000 BC when the Saraswati ceased to be a "mighty river" and became a seasonal trickle.
However, there are references in the Rig Veda to the winter solstice beginning in Aries. On this basis, it has been estimated that the antiquity of these verses of the Veda must go back at least to at least 6,500 BC.
Churchward believed that these Indian scriptures were derived from more ancient scriptures that originally came from the Motherland, Mu.

Time, According to Indian Wisdom

Time is measured according to four great ages, or yugas, which are (in simple terms):

  • Satya Yuga (1,728,000 years)
  • Treta Yuga (1,296,000 years)
  • Dvapara Yuga (864,000 years)
  • Kali Yuga (432,000 years)
The first yuga (the Satya Yuga) was the most perfect period of existence, where unity was profoundly respected, towards God and man's environment. Each subsequent yuga since has become less pure, until the present yuga - the Kali Yuga (the Age of Darkness) - which is said to have begun in the year 3102 BC.
Attributes of the Kali Yuga were identified in a discourse by sage Markandeya in the Mahabharata:
  • Rulers will become unreasonable: they will levy taxes unfairly.
  • Rulers will no longer see it as their duty to promote spirituality, or to protect their subjects: they will become a danger to the world.
  • People will start migrating, seeking countries where wheat and barley form the staple food source.
With regard to human relationships in the Kali age, Markandeya's discourse adds:
  • Avarice and wrath will be common. Humans will openly display animosity towards each other.
  • People will have thoughts of murder with no justification and will see nothing wrong in that.
  • Lust will be viewed as socially acceptable and sexual intercourse will be seen as the central requirement of life.
  • Sin will increase exponentially, whilst virtue will fade and cease to flourish.
  • People will take vows and break them soon after.
  • People will become addicted to intoxicating drinks and drugs.
  • Gurus will no longer be respected and their students will attempt to injure them. Their teachings will be insulted, and followers of Kama [meaning 'desire'; not to be confused with Karma] will wrest control of the mind from all human beings.
It would seem that these conditions have come to pass.

The Antidote to the Kali Age

The Hindu path offers salvation by remembrance and practice of the essential spiritual teachings, as given by Sathya Sai Baba.

Please refer to my page on 'The Original Christianity' (here) about the role played by the Apostle Thomas and his church in India, prior to the intervention of the Roman Catholic church.

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