Dear Friends, In my first meeting with Dr. J. Stillson Judah, Emeritus Professor and Head of the Library at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley California USA, Dr. Judah told me that he had long been sure that the original Apollo (Helios Kouros) and Dionysos were Krishna and Balarama, and that Asclepius was Jesus Christ, but that I had finally found the proof of it. Furthermore I had found the ORIGIN of the Judeo-cCatholic Bridal Mysticism Tradition in the primal worship of Helios Kouros and Rhoda, Krishna and Radha on Their pre-historic Sacred Lotus Isle of Rhodes. The Alter-Form of Kouros, as Their Hierophant, Dionysos, was Incarnate as Their ‘Son’ Asklepios. Dr. Judah was thrilled that I had also found the formative connections between Asclepius, Jesus and Ananta-Balarama as the Ayur Vedic Great Physician, Caraka.
My discoveries proved the common-origin connections between the Judeo-Christian Tradition, Vaishnavism, Shaivism and Pure Land Buddhism.
So, at that first meeting with Dr, Judah, even though his beloved wife was ill, he enthusiastically offered to come out of retirement to mentor me, as my Field Faculty Advisor, in setting-up my external Master’s Degree Program through Goddard Graduate School of Norwich University. Subsequently, due to Dr. Judah’s help, I was able to set-up my Goddard Master’s Degree Program with Dr. Judah as my Field Faculty Mentor, and thus to get access to Dr. Judah’s extensive knowledge of Vaishnavism, and the Vaishnava etc. related texts in the Rare Books Collection at the GTU Library. Dr. Judah did all that he could to help me, until his wife’s medical condition required his full time attention.
During my various extended visits to Berkeley, I also had the opportunity to consult with Bhakti Swarup Damodara Goswami, Hanumat Presak Swami, Rohini Kumar Swami, other Vaishnava scholars and Prof. Huston Smith about my research. Many years later Prof. Smith wrote a nice note to me, validating my research findings.
When Dr. Judah needed to take full-time care of his gravely ill wife, Dr. Michael Rolfson of Marylhurst College in Lake Oswego Oregon took-over as my Goddard Graduate Degree Program Field Faculty Mentor. Even though I was also suffering from life-threatening health problems, I struggled-through to the successful Oral Presentation and Defense of my Master’s Thesis at the West Coast Regional Goddard Graduate School Colloquium held in Asilomar, California. To attend the Colloquium I had to be transported in an ambulance and make my Thesis Presentation and Defense from a reclining wheelchair while on oxygen. Unfortunately I did not then, in the 1980s, have the financial means or support services necessary to publish my accepted Thesis and receive my Degree, so I never did receive my Master’s Degree. Instead I was bed-ridden and on a life-support respirator for years, due to deterioration from decades of undiagnosed and untreated post-polio syndrome.
More on the Ayur-Vedic Great Physician Tradition…
As the ‘Anointed’ Great Physician Dhanvantari, Lord Ananta Baladeva first delivers the Amrita or Ambrosia Soma Rasa Nectar of Immortality for the beatified eternal life of the Godly (the Devas) in His KALASH. This KALASH is obviously the Sacred CHALICE of Lord Jesus Yagna Purusha Yupa Dhvaja! Thus the Lord’s Kalash Nectar of Immortality Vessel is very sacred throughout the ancient related Bhakti Traditions.
For example in some African tribes it is taught that there is a descending Amida-Raigo like experience at a person’s death, when the Lord comes with His Heavenly Host to save the soul devoted to Him. So that the soul will recognise the Lord among the Heavenly Host, He will be the Being carrying the Sacred Vessel to deliver to them the Nectar of Immortality. As a symbol of their spiritual leadership a Sacred Vessel is given to the spiritual masters of these tribes.
Kumba or ‘ritual pots’ are used throughout the range of Vaishnava, Shiva-Shakti, Pure Land and Tantric Buddhist practice. In Vedic and Tantric (both Dakshina Marga and Vama Marga) Rituals, a kumba or vessel may be decorated with su-vastikas, coconuts and sacred leaves. generally such vessels are associated in the ritual with the Shakti of the Lord. So, for example, the holy vessel and the Ganga water in it, both represent the Shakti of the Lord. As Shakti or Shekinah emanates from ELI / HARI (Vishnu) or EL / HAR (Shiva), the Holy Water or Nectar of Life that Flows from His Body may also be considered a Form of His Shakti.
During Arotika when the Lord’s Murti is being worshiped in the Temple, the Amrita from the Nectar Offerings used to bathe the Lord, is distributed as Maha Prasadam or the Great Mercy of the Purusha -idam Remnants of the Sacrific of Purusha, to the faithful from the Lord’s Sacred Vessel. This ritya or rite of Communion with the Lord by consuming His Maha Prasad in the Form of Amrita is clearly related to the ancient Vedic Soma Sacrifice Moksha Ritya / Mass Rite Rituals.
The Lord’s Nectar Kalash / Chalice vessel or pot and His Sacred Water vessel or pot may be confounded due to their similar associations, meanings and ritual uses. The blessing of forgiveness from sin and granting of eternal life is thus confered upon the faithful or initiates who partake of the Nectar, which has flowed from the Body of the Lord. Similar Vedic-related MOKSHA RITYA / MASS RITE Communion RITuals are associated with the Sacred Rivers of Life Kumba Pot Traditions.
Please, everyone, I beg you to consider that the sacred KALASH or CHALICE kumba or vessel contained the Vaishnava and Shaivite, Persian and Buddhist etc. Nectar of Immortality, the Vedic Soma Rasa, which was the ritually the BLOOD OF THE SELF-SACRIFICED COSMIC YAGNA PURUSHA YUPA DHVAJA! How can any informed intelligent person fail to recognise that this is the CHALICE of Lord Jesus Christ’s Moksha Ritya Mass Rite?
Wine is Soma Rasa in some of the Mediterranean regional Vaishnava-related Traditions. In other related Traditions, like in Egypt, a kind of beer was used ritually. MEAD or MADHU honey wine was associated with Baladeva and His Bible-related BUCOLIC / GOKULA PARADISE / PARA-DESHA, “flowing with milk and honey” ! In His Paradise, the Surabhi Cows pour-out their milk as offerings and the honey-wine flows from the trees! There Bala-Deva is depicted as ‘intoxicated’ on Varuni or Madhu / Mead the natural honey-wine of Vrindavan Gokula (compare Japanese Gokuraka) that flows from the Sacred Desire Trees.
Of course Dionysos -Baccus and Jesus are all associated with wine, as the symbol of the incorruptible. This wine is the all-healing ‘blood’ of the Cosmic Purusha, and the nectar (ambrosia or amrita) or elixer of LIFE / SOMA! Compare Latin SOMA and Sanskrit SOMA as the elixer of LIFE.
Expert Art Historians know that He is the Origin of all of the noble mature ‘Father God’ Images in Classical Greco-Roman Art, and that the earliest known and Traditional Form of Jesus Christ is the same as that of ASKLEPIOS and SERAPIS.
Theologically, accross the Vaishnava Tradition in its many forms, it is said that there is no question of getting the Mercy of Krishna without first getting the Mercy of Lord Baladeva, Sri Krishna’s Second Person. And in the Gaudiya Lineage of Vaishnavism the theological equivalent is asserted, that there is no question of getting the Mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu without first getting the Mercy of Lord Nityananda Balarama!
Can a soul get the Mercy of Krishna without the Mercy of Lord Shiva Who has consumed the Sins of the World? Can a soul be purified by the SACRed SUKLA / SHUKRA Waters of the Holy Descending (JORDAN=DESCENDING) Rivers or Waters of MZRYM / NHRYN / NAHARAIM / NARAYANA the NAZAREAN, without them being received in the matted locks of SHIVA-JESUS first?
Can there be any enlightenment without Jesus as PHO / BHA the AMITA-BHA LIGHT of GOD, and the Light of the World? Is there any LIFE, Sanskrit or Bengali CHAI-TANYA without the Chinese CHI / QI, the JEWS’ CHAYAH CHAI of ‘la CHAYIM’ to LIFE?
Lord AMITA-YUS is JESUS IASAS the Lord of ETERNAL LIFE AYUS of the AYUR VEDA. Is there any LIFE AYUS in any universe without HIM, the LORD OF ETERNAL LIFE? Truly He is both Amita-Bha Pho and Amita-Yus Ayus Life!
Or can we know anything about the Nama Rupa Name-Form of the First Person of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, without the all-merciful intercession of Lord BALADEVA the Second Self of God? HE IS THE NAMA RUPA OF GOD / KRISHNA! “None come to the Father, but by Him” !