Jagannatha, Subhadra, Baladeva in Egypt,Judea & the Ancient Mediterranean Region

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JAGANNATHA AS PURUSHA, LORD OF PURI AND PURUSHA SUKTA BASED CIVILIZATION

The evidence for this is so vast, that teams of experts could spend decades just
establishing the interdisciplinary parameters of the evidential basis of the
discipline. The study of these Purusha / Polieus / PR ASU connections will, I
am sure, one day develope into an entire field. One could spend a lifetime just
identifying the Purusha / Polieus related PUR settlements in the ancient world.
In my own brief investigation i found hundreds in Europe (BUR, BER, POL etc.),
the Near East (PER, YIR, IR etc.), Egypt (PER) and India (PUR). My following
assertions are easy to verify. These things are not obscure and the evidence is
well known in the various disciplines. Simply stated, there is such pervasive
misinformation and prejudice abounding on all sides, that no one is either
asking the relevant questions, or looking in the right places for the evidence
they need to understand what i have seen, and am trying to describe to you.
Simply stated, the Sacramental Social Order of Purusha’s PUR in the East, is
directly analogous to that of Polieus in the Greek Culture, and that of ASU
(Osiris) as the PER related Nome Districts Deity in Egypt. Among the Semites
the same system is associated with Eli’s multi-Form in the Sacred Cities called
PER / YIR / IR etc. These Heliopolitan POL / PER / YIR / BURY (Northern
Europe) cities were generally members of the Heliopolitan Alliances, or Asyla
Federations. They worshiped the same Deity and His Shekinah / Shakti in a
variety of local and ‘universal’ Forms.

Regarding the worship of the Semitic Eli-Asherah-Baal as
Jagganatha-Subhadra-Baladeva in Puri, and Horus-Sekhet-SKR (Asar-Baal) in
Egypt.

Lid of painted sarcophagus with representation of the sacred pillar Djed, symbol of Osiris

Lid of painted sarcophagus with representation of the sacred pillar Djed, symbol of Osiris

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE WORSHIP OF JAGGANATHA, SUBHADRA AND BALADEVA IN THE
PROTO-CATHOLIC MEDITERRANEAN HELIOPOLITAN ASYLA FEDERATIONS

c copyright Bhakti Ananda Goswami, 6-15-01

The Historical Identity of the God of the Hebrews, Israelites and Jews.

What are the sources for establishing the historical identity of a deity
worshiped by a specific people, or in an inter-ethnic religious tradition? In
the Mediterranean Region, we have a vast resource, due to the culture, durable
materials used, and the climate which has also helped to preserve evidence.
Practices like votive burials and foundation deposits have also contributed to
evidence (despite moral objections to disturbing these). The abundant sacred
art of the region is available for study, from monumental forms to miniature.
Literacy in the region has provided a similarly large body of ancient written
evidence to study. Since scholars usually specialize, unfortunately, those
working in one field are often unfamiliar with advances being made in other
fields. The more recent trend to interdisciplinary studies has helped to
somewhat correct this problem. Still, it must be noted throughout the
following, that specialty myopia is continuing to obscure facts that become
readily apparent, as soon as broader more interdisciplinary comparisons are
made.

djed pillarEven an atheist must admit that the worship of a deity is real, even if the
deity isn’t. I am a devoted person, but my approach to the following is not to
prove the transcendent existence of God, it is only to establish His HISTORICAL
identity among His worshippers. In the ancient world, transcendent forms of
monotheism were typically inter-racial. If we study the evidence regarding the
Jewish Deity, we discover His symbol system was identical to that of the
Heliopolitan Monotheisms of Egypt and Europe. His Names and numerous By-names
are likewise found in Africa, Europe, and elsewhere. There were Heliopolitan
Religious Alliances for thousands of years in the region, which included
Europeans, Semites and Africans. Originally, Helios was not merely or even
primarily a mundane ‘solar deity’. This exclusive ‘solar’ association is a
late corruption of His Tradition. Classicists admit that the monotheistic
worship of Helios was incredibly ancient, and already greatly compromised by
the classical period. The Pythagoreans, Platonists, Asclepiadae and Orphics
were all known to worship Helios as Supreme. Scholars of Greek Religion
recognize some shift in this tradition occurring, which they associate with
some appropriation of Helios related traditions, by the late Homeric-related
‘solar’ demigod Apollo. The late tradition of Apollo is a strange amalgam of
Heliopolitan Idealism and transcendence, with gross Homeric-related
mythological elements. To understand the East-West connections i am
presenting, this point must be understood. It is the Philosophical, Ascetic
Tradition of Heliopolitan Monotheism that i am comparing to Sattvic Vaishnavism
etc. not the late corrupt Homeric type polytheism.

wooddjed-lAmong the Proto-Jewish Western Semites, the two most frequently occuring Deity
Names appearing in the Scriptures (and elsewhere), are ELI and YAHU. These
Names compounded occur early in the Bible as ELOAH and later as ELIYAHU. In
Greek this is HELI-US or HELIOS. In Egypt, the compound Deity Name is HR-ASU
or ‘HORUS’. But, there are primarily TWO HORUSES IN EGYPT. The first is
HERU-UR, HR-WER, HAROEIS, or ‘HERU THE ELDER’ . He actually was also worshipped
in a child form, the term ‘Elder’ being associated with His being the original,
not ‘older’ form. He is the Supreme God of pre and early dynastic Egypt.
Osiris is considered an alter-form or ‘brother’ of His. The second primary
‘Horus’ is the son of Isis and Osiris. This is the ‘solar’ form most commonly
associated with apollo in late sources. In the earliest Semitic sources YAHU
is associated with ‘solar’ ELI-BAAL to the extent that Baal is now considered
to have originally been a By-name of Yahu. Baal is also called the ‘son’ of
Eli, or considered one of His principle alter-forms. Thus ELI-YAHU (BAAL) is
the historical Deity (Supreme Father and Savior God) of the Proto-Jews. Eli is
the Father of the so-called Semitic Pantheon and Yahu-Baal is the Enemy of
chaos, evil and death. Yahu-Baal is the descending Savior of Humanity. A
careful comparison of HERU-ASU (Osiris) and ELI-YAHU (Baal) traditions with
Heliopolitan Monotheism shows clear connections.

2117084187_44961dab78_zWhile local and periodic ‘myths’ vary, the theology seems to have remained
consistant accross large areas from century to century. Not only is ELI
consistantly worshiped with BAAL-YAHU, but this Deity has scores of local Forms
and By-names, which can be discovered through studying artifacts and theophoric
personal names in the Hebrew and Greek Jewish Scriptures. Futhermore, He was
worshiped with a feminine Counterpart (Chokmah / Shekinah or Asherah), Who also
had numerous, varied, local Forms and By-names. It is specifically the separated
, corrupted worship of Asherah and Baal that is related to the corrupted form of
Shaivism and Shakism in the East. Since Baal is identified with Dionysos (and
later Jesus Christ), we can understand the root of the controversy between the
ascetic Heliopolitan Asklepius / Dionysos / Christ worshippers, and the
hedonistic Maenad-related false Dionysos, or ‘anti-christ’ (corrupted Baal)
worshipers.( more on this below at the end of this letter.)

Thus, throughout the region, for thousands of years among Semites the religion
of ELI-YAHU and Their Feminine ‘Shekinah’ was dominant. It was closely
related to HERI-ASU and SEKHET worship among the Egyptians, and HELI-OS
(Dionysos) and HEKATE worship among the Greeks. These three indigenous
developments from the Primal Monotheism, were all connected with the ‘Bridal
Mysticism’ cultus of Helios as Meghistos Kouros, and His Shekinah / Chokmah,
RHODA, on the Sacred Lotus Isle of Rhodes.
The inter-racial, monotheistic cultus of Rhoda & Kouros Helios is clearly
related to that of the Vaishnava’s Radha and Krishna.

The Same Deity and Feminine Divine in Africa

In Egypt, ELI was called HR which has been variously vocalized. ‘ Heru’ is8370682545_7b07e8d635_z
common among Egyptologists at present, but considering Greek HELI, Semitic
ELI, Ali, Uri, Ori, Ari, Latin Sole, Hurrian Hurri etc i have chosen to use
HERI. Yahu was called ASU in North Egypt and Wasu in the South. HERI-ASU (
‘HORUS the ELDER and OSIRIS) was worshiped with His Feminine Divine Sekhet,
under hundreds of local Names and Forms. Again, as in the Levant, this was the
dominant monotheism of the entire region for thousands of years. It is the
symbol system of this Egyptian tradition which is used on all Proto-Jewish, and
later Israelite, Judahite and ‘Jewish’ artifacts. The Jews did not emply a
separate symbol system for their Deity, simply because He was not a separate
Deity. Thus these recognizably Vaishnava related religious symbols connecting
Jewish, Greek and Egyptian Heliopolitan Monotheism are commonly found on the
royal and state seals etc. of the Kingdoms of Israel and Judah. The DJED or
TET is one such inter-national religious symbol related to the Heliopolitan
Tradition. ‘Djed’ type Forms of ELI, BAAL and ASHERAH have been found in
Israel, with some clearly related to the extremely ancient worship of Jericho.
These are the ‘Palm Trunk’ type Djed ‘Pillars”.

What Did Heri / Eli – Asu / Yahu and Shekinah / Sekhet Look Like in Egypt and
the Levant? The Dje Dje ‘Pillars’

Considering the regional long-term prominence of this inclusive monotheism, one
could expect to find certain related icons in abundance, and these have been
found in both the Levant and Egypt. Both Semiticists and Egyptologists are
confounded by the strange ‘Dje Dje’ or ‘Djed’ ‘Pillars’, carved, painted,
moulded, minted, created out of glass, enamel, precious metals and stones, worn
as amulets, in temples, on royal and commoners’ belongings etc. throughout the
region. They explain the popularity of these almost an-iconic ‘deities’ as
due to the persistant royal and mass devotion to OSIRIS-BAAL in this form as
the a Universal Savior Deity. Since the HERI-Osiris (ASU / WASU / YAHU )
Black DJED Form is worshiped with a similar White Form (SKR-BAAL) and a
Feminine Asherah Form, these are collectively refered to as Djed Pillars.
These Forms are usually armless and legless with painted-on or low relief
features. They may be depicted dressed or garlanded and are oftened shown being
worshiped by humans and/or animals. The compound ‘Osiris Crown’, Hemhemet or
Atef crown-of-many-crowns is often adorning Them. This reinforces that they
are aspects or persons of the same Deity. When this same unique crown is seen
on HERI-ASU’s other Forms such as the Cosmic AMUN and ATEN, the Lion Headed
AMEN-RA and Helios Phanes, it is a sure identifier of the God-of gods. I have
traced the Dje Dje Crown to Kush / Meroe in Africa, Persia, India and all the
way in Vaishnavisn and related Pure Land Buddhism, to Japan and Angkor Wat.
Heri-ASAR / Osiris was called NTR ‘Lord’ for thousands of years. The Coptic
Egyptian form of NTR is NOUTI (compare Jagga-NATHA ‘Lord’).

The Djed Form of ASAR / Osiris was associated with His Cosmic Sacrifice in theJeweled pectoral from King Tut`s treasure
battle between Good / Order and Evil / Chaos. As the Cosmic Form of HERI-ASU,
the Djed ‘Pillar’ often had siderial time-keeping symbols associated with it.
Of course JAGAT in Sanskrit means ‘universe’. The Black Body of the Cosmic
Osiris was sometimes associated with the night sky Body of Father God or Time.
When Jagganath as the cosmic Kala Purusha, has a black body, covered with stars,
this is similar to the star-covered body of Osiris Djed, or His Shekinah as NEIT
(night) in Egypt. Mediterranean region icons of the Cosmic form of ELI-AZAR /
ASAR / OSIRIS, are clearly related to the Purusha Mandalas of the East.

The Sacramental Social System of the region was also associated with Polieus /
PR-ASU’s Mystical Body. Certain Priests were associated with His Head or
Mouth, the King with his ‘right arm’, etc, and celestial and terrestrial
bodies and elements were all believed to be part of His Cosmic Manifestation
(Sun as His right eye and Moon His left, His Phallus at the Temple of MN etc.)
As the all-pervasive Soul of the Universe, He was ATM or AMN (ATMA or BRAHMAN).
Many Names associated with his multi form can be identified in the1000 names of
Vishnu, the 108 Names of Krishna, or Nara Hari etc. He was worshiped in every
temple city-state as POLIEUS (PURUSHA). He was always worshiped with His
Feminine Sekhet or Shekinah. When His Shekinah was worshiped with Him in
various Forms sometimes it was as His Sister, not His Wife. (As with Athena and
Apollo, Subhadra and Krishna.)

APR.VL.01175.S.18-ZXLIn searching for the origin and meaning of these Forms, i read a vast amount of
inscriptional as well a text material. I also studied the rites etc.
associated with Djed worship. Several outstanding story elements connect Osiris
Djed to Jagganatha specifically, one to NARA HARI and one to the Ramayana. When
Isis is lamenting the murder of Her Divine Husband, she is cruelly shown a wax
head made to look like His.(This element is also later connected to the Homeric
Legends.) There is a tradition of this related to the story of Sita-Rama.
Osiris is also revealed to a king, by His devotee, OUT OF A THRONE-ROOM PILLAR
(Nara Hari Rupa). The elements of the Djed ‘Pillar’ story found in the cultus
of Jagganatha, are in the BRAHMAN DARU story. For example, Osiris Djed
assumed the Form of a giant log. In this DJED Log Form, he drifted up on the
shore of a pious king, who took him to his palace. In the North ASAR -SKR and
Sekhet are identified with the Southern Theban AMEN RA, KHONSHU and MUT. The
greatest of the festivals of Amen, Mut and Khonshu involved Their travel
between two sanctuaries. They were ceremonially pulled with ropes during this
great public festival, in a ritual clearly related to Jagganatha’s RATHA YATRA
in PURI.

djed (2)I will summarize for you. Eli / Heri is Hari (Krishna). This is confirmed by
my work on the Jewish-Rhodian Cultus Heliopolitan connections. Baal-Yahu (Asu
/ Wasu ) is Baladeva as Vasudeva or Vishnu. Shekinah is Shakti (Subhadra
devi). Their worship as the Puri-like so-called ‘Pillar’ Forms was
periodically dominant, and therefore common throughout the region among all
races for thousands of years. Dje dje Nouti’s / Jagganatha’s cosmic mandorla /
mandala forms as PR-ASU Purusha are related. His compound crown can be found
from Kush in Africa all the way through India to Japan and Angkor Wat. The
Sacramental Social Body of Djed Polieus is the Purusha-sukta related Varnashram
Social Body of Vishnu as the self-sacrificed Cosmic Purusha. This was not
originally devised as a system to enforce racial purity at all, but rather it
was a same-race and then inter-racial social guild-like system for the
specialization of labor, and the equitable exchange of goods and services in
the social body of the PUR temple community, city-state and empire of federated
city-states. Purusha PR-ASU was also associated with time and the asterim as
KALAH PURUSHA. Solar, Lunar and Siderial time-keeping systems were variously
kept and coordinated by His priests and priestesses. There are thousands of
connections ‘waiting’ to be discovered by anyone who will look, comparing
HARI-VASU and Shakti Vaishnavism ( and related traditions in the East) with the
great inclusive Heliopolitan Traditions of the West. Since Judaism,
Christianity and Islam all have their roots in this inter-racial ELI-YAHU
(HELIOS / HERI-ASU) worship, it is vitally important for both Eastern and
Western Scholars to put aside their pre-conceived notions and prejudices to
consider this evidence.

A Final Note on the Great Trauma of the Hyksos Period

neferrenpet32In my studies i have considered the religious aspects of some pivotal human
experiances, such as the Hyksos conquest of Northen Egypt, and the much later
Assyrian destruction of Heliopolitan culture in the Levant. Religious heresies
and schizm dynamics often lay beneath the political and military movements of
history. There was a period during which the Holy Name of Eli-Yahu BAAL became
‘diabolized’. Prior to this period, Yahu was commonly worshiped as BAAL, and
Eli-Yahu was worshiped with His Feminine Shekinah / Chokmah Who was called
Asherah, and scores of other names. After this period (which has not been
reliably dated) Yahu was no longer called BAAL, and no longer publically
worshiped with a ‘consort’ or Feminine aspect. Baal has both Vaishnava and
Shaivite attributes. Asherah has both Vaishnava and Shaivite related Shakti
attributes. However, after the Great Truama, we see a separating-out of these
traditions into two historical streams. One of these streams is clearly Vishnu
related, and the other is Shiva related. Shaivism and Shaktism apparently
split-off as separate religions from the Primal Tradition, somehow during a
period of religious trauma and related social crisis involving the HYKSOS
(YAKSHASHA ) Baal-Yahu and Asherah-Shekinah worship in the Levant, Egypt and
Mediterranean Region. This is why the so-called ‘Left hand Tantric’ Traditions
of Shiva and Shakti, have been so frequently identified with the orgiastic
traditions of the late, pseudo-Dionysian Bacchants and Maenads. The Ascetic
Heliopolitan Tradition of the Hierarchos / Hierophant Dionysos (Baal) became
corrupted in association with orgiastic Hekate ( Asherah) worship. Thus the
comparative study of both these ascetic and corrupted (orgiastic) Baal &
Asherah Traditions holds great promise for purely Eastern ‘Hindu’ Vaishnava,
Shaivite, and Shakti Bhakti Ecumenism as well. The sattvic, pietistic (holy)
traditions of Shaivism and Shakti worship derive from the original, unified
Primal Bhakti Tradition. The impious corrupted, separated heretical Traditions
are later in developement, having a potentially identifiable period of
developement and rise to regional prominence and power, with a distinct pattern
of diffusion. It is the Pseudo-Dionysian (Baal) corruption of Shaivism &
Shaktism, which flowed towards India, after the great Hyksos Heresy in the
Levant, Egypt and Greece. I am not saying that Shaivsim etc originated in the
West and spread to the East. I am saying that a specific corruption of it
appears in the Mediterranean, and clearly spread eastward. In Classical times,
this corruption was associated with the orgiastic and cannibalistic Maenads or
Bacchants of the false ‘Dionysos’. It is this tradition which the
anti-Helenizers sought to drive out of Israel, which the ascetic Spartans
outlawed and fought, and which the Senate banned from Rome.

Djed Murals

In Egypt, This great religious and social trauma is associated with the Dark
Ages of the Anti-Helios Hyksos, who corruptly identified KETU / SETU with the
Universal Savior, BAAL. The Hyksos were not the enslaved Semitic Heros of the
Jewish Exodus Story. This is one of the worst mistakes historians have ever
made. It is purely based on the racial assumption that , because the Hyksos
were Semites, they somehow had to be the heroes of the Biblical Epic. In fact,
all the evidence indicates that it was under the Hyksos that the Semitic and
‘mixed multitude’ worshippers of God HELIOS were enslaved. ELI-YAHU is HELIOS
/ HOR-US, whose cosmic enemy is KETU / SETU / CHATA (Hebrew ‘Sin’) and
CATA-BOLISM. RAHU-KETU is the cosmic enemy of Vishnu and the DEVAS or SURAS.
Rahu-Ketu causes demonic possession, disease, disorder and death. SETU /
SATAN / KETU, cast down, was the ‘father of lies’ and the distortion of words
(cata-chresis), the cause of celestial sun & moon-eating eclipses, inauspicious
asterims, comets, meteors and floods etc. (catastrophe, cataclysm), the
dis-integration of all things (catabolism), and cause of possession / seizure /
madness ( catalepsy). SETU / KETU / KETOS the Evil Dragon was CHATA or ‘sin’
personified. For instance, as late as the New Testament, he is Envisioned by
the apostle John as the cosmic dragon lying in wait to devour the Messiah as He
is ‘born’ from the celestial Virgin. This is obviously the sun and moon
devouring Rahu-Ketu, enemy of Vishnu and the Devas.

In both the East and West he is depicted as a cosmic dragon who devours the sun
and moon. As such he is KETOS or DRAC in Greek, KETU or DRUG to Tibetan
Buddhists and Satan the Dragon to Jews and Christians. By confounding the
ENEMY of life, truth, order / beauty and health, etc., with the LORD of life,
truth etc, the Hyksos worshiped ‘anti-Christ’ in the place of Christ. They
created the False Baal-Dionysos-Christ, and changed the capital of Egypt from
one of the traditional Heliopolitan Centers, to the very capital city of SETU /
KETU (Avaris). Breaking with Heliopolitan Tradition, they plunged Egypt into a
‘dark age’.

Their power throughout the region devastated the Heliopolitan culture, and set
in motion a religious and moral culture clash that would have repercussions to
our time.

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Against the background of this enormous tragedy, The Bible asserts that God
Himself appeared in a theophany to rescue His people. Who was this God, and
who were His people? He was the Lord of the Patriarch Joseph, Vizier to the
Pharoah of ancient Heliopolis. He was ELI-YAHU, the God Joseph’s wife was the
High Priestess of. He was HERU the ELDER, the Deity of Rhodes, that the city
of Heliopolis was built to honor. He was Helios / Eli-Yahu, the Lord of the
‘mixed multitude’ of Semites, Africans and Europeans who were forced to build a
captital temple-city to glorify the arch-enemy of their God. The Lord of the
Exodus was the true Dje Dje NTR – BAAL, come to take the region back from the
Blasphemous Hyksos, who dared to force the people of Egypt, the Levant, and the
Isles of the Mediterranean to worship, or pay tribute to Setu / Ketu / Chata
….Sin Personified.

Tragically, the corruption caused by the Hyksos was so profound, that BAAL was
eventually ‘put away’ as a name for Yahu. However, we can use the profound
religio-cultural sea-change of the Hyksos Era to give ouselves a nearest
relative date for the sattvic / pious tradition of Hari-Vasu (BALADEVA) and
Shaktis’ worship. If the tradition of Krishna -Balaram worship we know of from
the Gita and Bhagavatam was post-Hyksos Era in developement, Hari, Baladeva and
Subhadra would not be being worshiped together with strictly pious rites.
Krishna would not be identified with Kala or Shiva. The Great Trauma would be
reflected in the corpus of the Krishna-centric Vaishnava Scriptures. Given the
interaction of the Eastern and Western (Old World) Bhakti traditions, There
would surely be some of the period’s corruptions strongly evident in the
ELI-BAAL and ASHERAH related Krishna-Balarama and Subhadra tradition. Since
there isn’t, i conclude that the Gita and Bhagavatam traditions of Jagganatha
(HARI, KRISHNA), BALADEVA and SUBHADRA predate the Great Trauma of the heresy
of BAAL-ASHERAH. Related elements of Pure Land Buddhism also predate the Great
Trauma. This seems obvious in that these elements have preserved the former
integration of Vishnu and Shiva traditions. (Another multi-volume series could
be written on this.) A profound confirmation of this concept of a Great Trauma
and schizm, can be observed in the fact that the orgiastic traditions of Shiva
and Kali both seem to have appeared and to have become prominent at some
certain time. Both legend and interdisciplinary evidence confirm a diffusion
of these L. H. Tantric- like practices to India, and this diffusion is
specifically what has been recently documented by ‘Tantric’ Shaivite and Shakti
scholars.The modern advocates of raw (and even human)flesh eating, substance
abuse and perverse sex in the name of religion, do not hesitate to identify
their corrut ‘Shiva’ with the ‘Dionysos’ of the Maenads / Bacchants. What i
want to see is the Sattvic Tradition Scholars comparing the unified, ascetic
traditions of ancient religious history.

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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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