The Bhagavad Gita is an astounding Theological Self- Revelation of the Triune Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna-Vishnu-ParamAtman. We should use THIS THEOLOGICAL REVELATION as a template for the comparative study of all ancient religions and mythologies. Then we will understand the real identity and nature of the so-called gods and goddesses of the Egyptians, Greeks and Semites etc. [Regarding questions about Greek or other Mythology in general…] My inquirers are often refering-to or asking about a specific myth, one of usually hundreds of versions on the same theme, among thousands of myths regarding various conceptions of the same gods, or goddesses or demigods or demigoddesses etc. by the same or related names over thousands of years of cultures, in regions sometimes thousands of miles apart.
Although a general constellation of myths or a specific myth may sometimes contain some historical, theological, geographical, archeological or other idea or information of value, generally they are no more important than any other fiction, which only reveals something of the author’s psychological condition or world-view.
There are some general themes and specific myths that have had an enduring influence on people, and so these are worth studying for this reason alone. However, a theological revelatory tradition is not the same as a myth! There are important distinctions! So, my concern has focused on tracking the WORSHIP of the Triune Transcendent, Mediating and Immanent Supreme Personality of Godhead through time and around the globe. The worship of this One True Godhead is quite distinct from that of the ‘false Gods’ and gods of this world!
History, linguistics, philosophy, Logic, theology, physics, metaphysics, aesthetics, the arts and crafts, place names and cartography, numismatics, temple deposits, ritual, slavery and manumission practises, ethics, ‘race’ and anthropology, sociology, human rights, politics (governance and the City-State), geology, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, and the natural ‘hard’ sciences, these are different from mythology and psychology or the study of the mind and ‘imagination’. I am making this distinction, because when it comes to the study of the Great Bhakti Traditions, we must focus our studying in the realms/domains of theology, philosophy and history etc. all of the above mentioned and other disciplines, rather on focusing on mythology.
For example, to contrast Mythology and Philosophy, let us compare the Mythology of Homer to the Philosophy of Plato. Plato and his fellow Helios-worshiping Greek Monotheists considered Homer’s great mythological epics to be works of corrupting fiction that were degrading Greek civilization. Some of them even wanted to have Homer’s Mythology removed from the education of Greek Youths. Plato’s writings and the discources of his Master Socrates were not about Mythology, they were Philosophical and Theological. But today, we do not generally teach Plato or Plato’s Heliopolitan Monotheism as examples of Greek Religious Thought. Instead we teach the Mythology of Homer’s Epics etc. and the gross material Polytheism derived from these as the truth about the Religion of the ancient Greeks!
We can compare the Homeric etc. demigods of Afro-Heleno-Semitic and Greco-Roman Mythology to the countless myths of the demigods of ‘Hinduism’ all we want, and never discover the connections between Heliopolitan Monotheism and ancient Vaishnavism, because we are not actually comparing the right things. We need to be comparing theological and philosophical ideas and propositions, languages, aesthetics, morality, and the other things that I have mentioned above.
As long as our focus is on mythology, we cannot advance any further than people like Joseph Campbell. He was an atheist who was particularly hostile to Christianity. He did not need to have even one iota of respect for any theist’s sacred revelatory tradition to study mythology the way that he did. As an atheist, he was only interested in reducing all theistic religions to mythology! Thus, for all of his lifetime of research, he could not tell anyone what I am revealing here on fb, because he was simply not interested in studying the worship of the One True God in history. In fact, he was blind to the greater Historical Truths of what he was studying, because he could only see the mind-stuff archetypal “Hero With a Thousand Faces” everywhere he was looking, instead of the actual diffusion of the worship of the One True God accross time and traditions.
So, we will not understand what is important for us to take-away from humanity’s religious past, until we can take a different approach to it. Bhagavad Gita is a stupendous Theological Self- Revelation of the Triune Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna-Vishnu-ParamAtman. We should use THIS THELOLOGICAL REVELATION as a template for the comparative study of all ancient religions and mythologies. Then we will understand the real identity and nature of the so-called gods and goddesses of the Egyptians, Greeks and Semites etc.