Hinduism on Yahweh and Abrahamic Religions

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  1. Samuel Linton Boot

    Samuel Linton Boot Subdued Member

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    This is a translated extract, which refers to Jesus (Isa), from the Hindu Scritpture the BHAVISHYA MAHA PURANA the ninth of the eighteen major puranas, said to have been compiled in the year 115 AD.



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    I think there is a similiarity between the names of God YHWH, Yahweh or Jewe and Shiva or Shive or Ishvara which suggests they are the same name.

    The misconceptions regarding the nature of God which devotees have attached to the various Names, should not be allowed to detract from the sanctity of the Name, as all Names by which man knows God refer to the Parabrahman which is ultimately beyond name and form.
     
  2. Agnideva

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    Namaste InChrist,


    Generally speaking, Hindus do not read either from the OT or NT. Most Hindus would say that they respect all religions as different paths leading eventually to the same goal. Now, in newer universalist sects of Hinduism that have arisen in the last 200 years or so, there is an attempt to reconcile the teachings of Krishna, Buddha, Jesus, etc. So, followers of the newer branches do read from various texts of different religions. In particular, they do read from the gospels because these branches believe that Jesus was a yogi and an Avatar-type person. Hindus do not have any generalized consensus on the validity/corruptedness of OT or NT, or scriptures of other religions for that matter.

    Regards,
    A.
     
  3. InChristAlways

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    I also feel the same way as repecting religions that teach Peace and Love above all else.

    I just started reading the Bible about 3 yrs ago, [first book I had read in about 12 years] and one reason I haven't gotten into other religious writings is because I feel I haven't even "scratched the surface" of this Book yet :eek: I read through the NT first before the OT so I don't know if that made a difference or not on in the way I view it, but it made it a lot easier to understand it better I think.

    Love and peace to you and yours.
    Steve

    Genesis 1:1 In [the] beginning of God's preparing the heavens and the earth-- 2 the earth hath existed waste and void, and darkness [is] on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God fluttering on the face of the waters, 3 and God saith, `Let light be;' and light is.

    Isaiah 65:17 For, lo, I am creating new heavens, and a new earth, And the former things are not remembered, Nor do they ascend on the heart.

    [size=+2] Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth did pass away, [/size]
     
  4. Agnideva

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    Namaste Samuel,

    Yours was an interesting post indeed :). I have come across the same excerpt in an ISKCON site. I would like to share some thoughts, if I may, regarding this particular excerpt and the Bhavishya Purana in general.

    Although there is no doubt that this is indeed found in the Bhavishya Purana, what is highly doubtful is the date of its composition. Historians believe that the Puranas were composed between the fourth and the sixteenth centuries CE, and that they were continuously edited, and new information was added into them. Although I cannot provide you with a reference, Bhavishya and Bhagavata Puranas are believed to be the latest ones. Puranas were written as compendiums of all the knowledge in mythic form, and also incorporated folk tales and other stories that were known to their authors. In addition to other subjects, Bhavishya Purana makes reference to Jesus (Isa), Muhammad (Mahamada), Buddha, and Kalki, an avatar to come at the end of Kaliyuga.

    King Shalivahana is popular figure in the Hindu world. Although not much is known about him personally, we do know that he ascended the throne of Ujjain in 78 CE. We know this because since the year 78 CE, his reignal year count known as Shalivahana Saka, has been continuously used in the Hindu calendar. The Shalivahana Saka is used throughout South Asia (India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, etc.) and also in Southeast Asia (Indonesia, Cambodia). If we assume that King Shalivahana actually ascended the throne in 78 CE and that dates of Jesus’ birth and crucifixion is roughly 6 BCE and 30 CE, respectively, then we may say that there‘s little chance that they actually met. ;)

    I would like to point out here that Isa-al-Masih is the Qur’anic name of Jesus. Also note, as I mentioned above, that the Bhavishya Purana mentions Prophet Muhammed. One has to wonder, therefore, which came first, the Qur’an or Bhavishya Purana? ;)

    I personally believe that the Bhavishya Purana is a historically recent text (maybe 1500 CE) and not ancient as we are led to believe. The Bhavishya Purana is supposed to be prophetic in nature, hence the name Bhavishya (future). According to some traditions, all the Puranas were written by Sage Vyasa sometime around 3000 BCE. The reality, however, shows an entirely different picture. The Puranas have multiple authors and were written and edited over a period of more than a millennium. With regards to the Bhavishya Purana, an more apt name may be Bhuta (past) purana, as its contents are, more likely than not, a result of hindsight rather than foresight. The only real prophesy it has is that of the coming of Kalki at the end of the Kaliyuga. This is, of course, my personal opinion, and anyone is free to disagree :).

    OM Shanti,
    A.
     
  5. Samuel Linton Boot

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    Namaste Agnideva,
    I am grateful to you for providing me with an alternative perspective on this information as my source presents it as irrefutable evidence
    I know your right about the Puranas having been added to throughout the ages infact this is encouraged in a passage in the Bhagavata Purana, but I believe their core does stretch back to Vedavyasa and for various reasons I believe in the accuracy of the quoted reference to Isa (Jesus) evan though I now accept it may have been added much later than 115 AD. :)



    Unless they met after the cruxifiction, as Jesus is believed by some to have returned to India and to be buried in Srinigar Kashmir. Indeed the described encounter in the Purana, judging by what Jesus says, is supposed to have taken place after the end of his mission in Palestine.


    A person believed to be Jesus bearing the name Issa is also recorded as having visited Tibetan monasteries again this may be as the result of hindsight.


    Sam.
     
  6. Agnideva

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    Namaste Sam,

    Thanks for the response.

    I think they mean to say the Laukika era. There are two ancient eras used in the Hindu calendar … the era of Kaliyuga which began in 3102 BCE, and the era of the seven sages (Sapta-Rishi) also known as the Laukika era which began in 3077 BCE. It may be interesting to note, particularly because you mention Srinagar in your message, that the Sapta-Rishi/Laukika era is used almost exclusively in Kashmir.

    The core of the Puranas may very well go back to Vedavyasa, as the core of the Mahabharata (the 8800 verse version called ‘Jaya’) certainly does. Historians are of the opinion that first version of the Mahabharata can be dated to before 400 BCE, and the earliest of the Puranas, such as Matsya Purana, can be dated roughly to 300 CE. Then again, as the Puranas themselves depict, they were dialogs between sages, and they may have been recorded down much later and continually added to over the ages.
    Perhaps Isa did visit! :) Please note that it was never my intention to refute the Jesus-in-India theory. Jesus may very well have visited the East and learned from Hindus and Buddhists before he began his ministry. I don’t think we will ever know for certain. It may just have to remain a mystery ;).

    Regards,
    A.
     

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