Akhenaton’s Vedic Roots

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Los Angeles, CA – April 10, 2000

Recently, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art held an exhibit called “Pharaohs of the Sun”. It turned out to be the most popular exhibit ever. The exhibit featured artifacts from the reigns of Akhenaton, Nefertiti, and the famous King Tut.

Modern scholars claim that Akhenaton was the worlds first known monotheist. However, the fact is, he was actually reviving an ancient monotheistic religious tradition. Unknown to most is the true nature of this religion. This religion was not only vedic, but was actually an indiginous Egyptian form of Vaisnavaism.

Research has proven Akhenaton’s vedic roots through his familial connections to the Hurrian/Mitanni peoples. Everyone agrees that the Mitanni were a Sanskrit speaking and writing people and they worshipped the vedic gods. What is forgotten is the fact that Akhenaton’s father, his mother, and wife were all related to the vedic Mitanni. Thus, it is no surprise that Akhenaton’s religion has so many vedic similarities. The research of BhaktiAnanda Goswami has proven the Vaishnava nature of his religion.

On April 10, 2000, BhaktiAnanda Goswami of E.O.H.N. (Ecumenical Order of the Holy Name), and Vedic Empire Productions put together a tour and presentation on Akhenaton’s vedic/vaishnava past. During the two hours of the tour BhaktiAnanda Goswami enthusiastically pointed out the various vaishnava connections. Again and again he amazed and enlightened the tour participants. It is truly amazing how many ancient artifacts are related to the worship of Hari. Using the torchlight of knowledge, BhaktiAnanda Goswami clearly revealed the Vaishnava nature of Akhenaton’s religion. During the tour, many people unconnected to our group were intrigued and asked intelligent and sincere questions which BhaktiAnanda Goswami answered.

The program continued that evening at the Los Angeles Hare Krishna Temple where BhaktiAnanda gave a detailed talk on various examples of the ancient world’s global Vaishnava traditions. Using a scientific approach called linguistic archaeology, some of the key points he presented are as follows: 1) The original forms of the Supreme Personality of Godhead worshipped in the Mediterranean region were Radha-Krishna and Balarama. The center of this ancient Vaishnava culture was the Greek Isle of Rhodes.

2) Jews, Egyptians, and Europeans all worshipped Lord Krishna in many forms all familiar to the modern day Vaishnava. Forms such as Matsya, Korma, Narasimha, and Kalki. This tradition was called Heliopolitan because they worshipped Helios (Greek for Hari).

3) Hundreds of Jewish, Egyptian, and Greco Roman deity names (theophoric names) can be clearly identified as names of Krishna or Vishnu.

4) Official religious emblems, including the state seals of the Jewish kingdoms of Israel and Judah, were indisputably Vaishnava symbols, and directly connected to Akhenaton’s religion and the eternal Vaishnava traditions of India.

5) In ancient Egyptian religion, creation began from the form of NHRYN (Narayan) lying on the primordial waters. A lotus grows from His navel, and on this lotus appears the four armed and four headed Heliosphanes (Brahma) who speaks creation.

6) Ancient Mediterranean Vaishnavism can be properly understood when we compare it to the authentic Vaishnava scriptural sources especially Bhagavad-Gita, and Srimad Bhagavatam, where the viratarupa (Universal Form) conception of the Supreme Lord is revealed. For example, Krishna’s self revelation in the “I Am” verses of the Bhagavad-Gita directly parallels the great hymns of HR-Heri of ancient Egypt. Therefore, ancient Egyptian religion considered HR-Heri the origin of all gods and deities. That is why they used the name HR-Heri or Asu (Vasu) along with deities considered to be aspects of Heri. Thus, the god of wealth was called KPHR/Kepe-Heri because in the Gita Krishna says “·I am Kubera”.

7) Being authentic followers of Vaishnavism, ancient Heliopolitan cities always had a presiding deity of Helios (Hari). He was always worshipped with His Fortuna (Goddess of Fortune or Shakti). Evidence shows that the original form of Helios (Hari) was worshipped on the Greek Isle of Rhodes as Kouros. The original form of Fortuna was named Rhoda.

8) Even modern scholars accept that Kouros was considered the origin of all the Greek gods. He is described as a beautiful youth tending His sacred white cows with His elder brother and friends. He plays a flute and leads the boys in dance as they clash their cymbals. He dances with Rhoda and Her expansions in a circle dance named after Him called the Chorus Dance. As the Lord of the Dance He is called Choreagos from which is derived the modern word Îchoreographer’. The peacock feather was the pre-eminent symbol of both Helios and Kouros. Throughout the region Helios (Hari) was worshipped as the Lord of the Heart and the Supreme Personality of Love. That is why He is the Lord of all living entities, cultures, and traditions.

All of this evidence highlights the fact that we are all rooted in the tradition of pure devotional service to Sri Sri Radha Krishna and Balarama. BhaktiAnanda Goswami hopes that his research can be instrumental in reuniting all of God’s children and awaken the world to its common heritage as the people of Hari.

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About Collected Works of Sri Bhakti Ananda Goswami

This site is a repository of the written work of Bhakti Ananda Goswami managed by one of his students, Vrndavan Brannon Parker. Bhakti Ananda Goswami is a practicing Catholic Hermit under private vows, and a Vedic Monk in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-Vaishnava Lineage Tridanda Sannyasi and Siksha (Instructing) Master. His research provides the evidence proving that at the ultimate source there is only One Religion and Divinity yet there are multiple expressions of that religion and Divinity. Read the various collected articles on this site revealing that ancient Humanity was highly evolved and motivated by transcendent and life affirming impulses leading to High Civilization. (Please Note that this site is not maintained and updated by Bhakti Ananda Goswami himself but is managed by one of his students. Though he does scan the site he is not always able to respond to messages or comments.)

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  1. The above summary of information from my 2000 L.A. Museum Exhbit related Lecture Series was written by Vrndavan Brannon Parker, who assisted me in giving my talks in the L.A. Area. The Title and a few comments in it represent more of his own research and perspective. Mr. Parker delivered a research paper of his own on Akhenaton, later that year at the WAVES 2000 Academic Conference. So this Summary also reflects some of his own perspective and interpretations.

    For example, it has always been my assertion that the ‘Vedic’ roots of Akhenaton’s Monotheism were the indigenous Afro-Helleno-Semitic Tradition of HERU-AUSU-ATUM (ATEN). Therefore, although it is true that Akhenaton had familial relations with the Hurrians of Mitanni, his revival of the much earlier Heliopolitan Heru-Ausu-Atum (Aten) worship of Northern Egypt was just that. I have not asserted that he derived his Heliopolitan Monotheism or its Vedic Roots from the Hurrians of Mitanni. In my opinion, his Heru-Ausu-Atenism was a revival of the old Rhodes-related Heliopolitan Monotheism of Heliopolis (and Memphis) Egypt.

    Another point of clarification that I would like to make regards Mr. Parker’s statement that the “…Mitanni were a Sanskrit speaking and writing people…” . The people of Mitanni were not of a single tribe, ethnic group or language. The Civilization of Mitanni was multi-ethnic and multi-lingual, and there has been a lot of academic controversy over the identity and language classification of the Hurrians of Mitanni. Some scholars have identified the ruling class of Mitanni with Indo-Aryans or Hittites. Such scholars have claimed that the Hittite-related noble class of Mitanni used a Sanskrit-related so-called Indo-European or Indo-Aryan Language, and worshiped “Vedic Gods” such as Indra and Varuna.

    Mr. Parker wrote:

    “Research has proven Akhenaton’s vedic roots through his familial connections to the Hurrian/Mitanni peoples. Everyone agrees that the Mitanni were a Sanskrit speaking and writing people and they worshipped the vedic gods. What is forgotten is the fact that Akhenaton’s father, his mother, and wife were all related to the vedic Mitanni. Thus, it is no surprise that Akhenaton’s religion has so many vedic similarities. The research of BhaktiAnanda Goswami has proven the Vaishnava nature of his religion.”

    Among some Native Indologists, it is generally agreed that the Hittites got their ‘Vedic gods’ from the Hurrians, and that the Hittites were Indo-Aryan Language speakers.

    My research has yielded interdisciplinary proof that Akhenaton’s Heliopolitan Monotheism was an indigenous form of Egyptian Krishna-Baladeva-Paramatman centered Vaishnavism. It is true that Akhenaton’s family was married-into the Royality of Mitanni, and that the Religion of the Hittites and the Hurrians was also related to that of the Biblical Semites and the Helios worshipping Greeks. However I have no where claimed that the Hurrian Language was a so-called Indo-Aryan Language or Sanskrit. Specifically I have asserted that there are some unexplored profound connections between the NAMES OF GOD and TERMS OF RELIGIOUS IMPORTANCE that cross the linguistic boundries of the so-called Indo-Aryan, Semitic and African Language Families.

    The below link discussion is an example of the controversy that still continues over the identity and language of the Hurrians of Mitanni. The whole subject has become highly politicized by the various national conflicts over the identity of the Kurds.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk%3AHurrians

    This Author, below, like most others, does NOT describe Hurrian as an Indo-European or Indo-Aryan Language. Instead he identifies Hurrian as related-to the North-East Caucasian Languages.

    “Speaking as someone who can actually read Hurrian texts and who’s studied their grammar, I can attest that any professional linguist or Near Eastern scholar would consider the connection to the Kurdish language as essentially crackpottery. The Kurds speak an Indo-Aryan language related, distantly, to Persian and Sanskrit. The Iranian peoples were not present in Anatolia until much, much later than the period in question, not until perhaps the time of the Persian empire. (It’s difficult to know for sure.) At any rate, Hurrian and Urartean are not even Indo-European languages, and no scholar has made any very convincing case that they are related to any other known language. The one partial exception is that by Starostin and Diakonof, who claimed based on lexical evidence and a number of posited sound-laws that Hurrian and Urartian are related to the North-East Caucasian languages now spoken in Daghestan. This is not entirely implausible; the proto-homeland according to some scholars was at that time south of the Caucasus, not north where they are today. However, the concensus of the Northeast Caucasian specialists (as, e.g., represented in an article by Johanna Nichols in a festschrift to Howard Aronson) is that Diakonof’s work is shoddy and does abide by the strictures of the comparative method that linguists use to determine genetic relatedness of languages. This is separate from the question of BIOLOGICAL relatedness, however. I am not an expert in this field, so I can only speak about the linguistic evidence, and all of that evidence suggests that the Hurrians were not originally even remotely near Indo-European cultures despite some of the evidence that the Mitanni state may have had an IE elite ruling class. Trwier 16:22, 20 February 2007 (UTC)”

  2. [At any rate, Hurrian and Urartean are not even Indo-European languages, and no scholar has made any very convincing case that they are related to any other known language. The one partial exception is that by Starostin and Diakonof, who claimed based on lexical evidence and a number of posited sound-laws that Hurrian and Urartian are related to the North-East Caucasian languages now spoken in Daghestan. This is not entirely implausible; the proto-homeland according to some scholars was at that time south of the Caucasus, not north where they are today.]

    The author are speaking of the people that built Gobekli Tepe. They pre-date “Aryans” and all other civilizations known so far. Urartu is Arata. DNA proves that “Armenians” and “Jews” are virtually identical people. So Trwier will have to “rethink” his position that the “proto-homeland” was “south of the Caucases, not north where they are today.”

    Unless he has evidence that Gobekli Tepe is a fake or post-dates a culture he does not offer as example……And quite frankly, his closing sentence: “…and all of that evidence suggests that the Hurrians were not even remotely near Indo-European cultures despite some of the evidence that the Mittani state may have had an IE ruling class” makes absolutely no sense. Not “remotely near” yet he acknowledges evidence to the contrary? Must be nice to simply ignore evidence.

    I’d love to hear his definition of “not remotely near.”

    Interesting…wonder who funds his studies? From where I sit, I see a certain “Chosen People” trying desperately to conceal history.

    Thanks for the article, I will be reading all of them soon.

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