The problem that confused the previous scholars was their ‘White Aryan’ racialist interpretation of the term ‘Arya’. As long as ‘Arya’ meant a white master RACE to them, it was impossible for them to understand the truth.Beginning in the 1960s, one of Bhakti Ananda Goswami’s main contentions was that the Vedic term ARYA was a HARI and/or HARA referent religio-cultural form of identification and NOT a racial one designating the Aryas as a “White [Arya] Race”. Thus he could understand that the Hurrians or any other people could be ARYAS, worshiping the Supreme God of the Indo-Iranians, without being of a so-called ‘Aryan Race’ or speaking a so-called ‘Aryan Language’.
In fact, when Goswami compared litanies of Afro-Egyptian, Indo-European and Semitic Deity Names, it was obvious that these were litanies of the Holy Names of the same Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Bhakti Ananda Goswami’s 1983 Master’s Thesis related WAVES 2000 Presentation was very well attended with a full lecture hall and people standing along the walls. Of the many scholars who attended it, not a single one challenged Bhakti Ananda Goswami’s evidence or his conclusions. Instead he received enthusiastic applause for his Presentation, and many scholars sought him out after his Presentation to discuss his research with him.
A group of scholars from India stayed-on in the USA just to have the chance to visit with him, discussing Bhakti Ananda Goswami’s in-depth research into the ancient Vaishnava connections with the Shaivite, Pure Land Buddhist, Persian Zurvanite, and the Judeo-cCatholic Afro-Heleno-Semitic Bhakti Traditions. The group even hired a professional videographer to film hours of their question-and-answer sessions with him. After this post-Conference week of group discussions with WAVES 2000 Scholars, Bhakti Ananda Goswami began an East Coast Lecture Tour.
This, and other planned Albums, will document a few of the travels and accomplishments of Bhakti Ananda Goswami / David M. Sherman.
Published on Mar 1, 2013
“This episode of ‘Vedic Empire Presents’ takes the viewer into the Scholarly world of the annual WAVES conferences. WAVES the World Association of Vedic Studies, a multidisciplinary academic society founded in 1996 in Atlanta, GA USA has grown into an International Organization with regular Conferences held in various locations around the world.
In the year 2000 a WAVES conference took place in Hoboken, NJ at Stevens Technical Institute. Attended by Scholars, Authors, Academics, Community Leaders and other luminaries, it was a historic gathering. Attendees participated from around the World and many groundbreaking studies were shared and appreciated by all involved.”
“Among others, this documentary features a rare public presentation by Bhakti Ananda Goswami aka David Sherman, the world’s leading scholar and expert on the history of religion and the cross-cultural expressions and practices of the ancient World’s faith traditions. ”
In his well-received dynamic presentation he highlighted the undeniable links between the Vedic Vaishnava Harih and Radha-Krishna Tradition and the ancient Mediterranean World’s Helios and Rhoda-Kouros Worship Tradtions.