Pope and Rabin are considered two of the most important scholars to specialize in studying the “Song of Songs”. I DO NOT AGREE with either of their interpretations, but both of them provide a strong rational for my Thesis, because they discuss some of the SAME issues that are important in my work. Thus their research legitimatizes my own by raising the same or closely related questions. In this article I first introduced the subject of the Divine and Earthly Gokula / Goloka. Then I pointed-out that the scholar of Protestant Christianity, Pope and the Jewish Scholar Rabin raised some extremely important questions. Then I gave some links. Finally I showed how my work ‘Contribution’ identified the specific Bridal Mysticism SOURCE in the ancient Mediterranean, namely the Bucolic Paradise Island of Rhodes. The BOUKOLION was the Place where the Bridal Mysticism Rites of the HieroGamos or Monogamos Sacred Wedding took place. The Divine Lovers of the Song of Songs are called the (plural) DODANIM and elsewhere in the Bible we see RODANIM the plural for of RHODES. The Hebrew Letters Daleth and Rosh are almost identical, thus it is clear that the DODANIM of the “Song” were the RODANIM Divine Lovers of Rhodes!
What I contributed was the HISTORICAL and THEOLOGICAL IDENTITY of the SPECIFIC and ORIGINAL Mediterranean REGIONAL ‘HIEROGAMOS” Rhoda-Kouros / Radha-Krishna Bridal Mysticism Tradition that all of the other Mediterranean REGIONAL TRADITIONS including the BIBLICAL TRADITION were derived from. As a Vaishnava disciple of Srila Prabhupada’s, I naturally offered the fruits of my labors TO THE VAISHNAVA COMMUNITY. Perhapes if I had NOT made this sacrifice of my life’s work, my life would have been entirely different, and I would not ‘be here’ today, still struggling to get even a few of my Godbrothers and Godsisters to accept my devotional service offerings and ‘take my work seriously’.
This major discovery of the Rhoda-Kouros and BALAdeva Bridal Mysticism Core of the Judeo-Catholic Tradition could have been used by the leaders of the Hare Krishna Movement to unify all of Humanity in the NON-SECTARIAN HARI NAMA SANKIRTAN Mission of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai! Instead those leaders chose to ally ISKCON and the Movement to the anti-Judeo-Catholic and anti-Semitic Aryanist and Occult Neo-Gnostic ‘New Age Movement’, and their hyper-sectarian version of exclusivistic Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Thus they could only reject and suppress any and all of my research ‘discoveries’, because they were entirely invested in their own profoundly prejudicial and exclusivistically sectarian World-view. The anti-Jewish and Anti-Christian Vaishnava Leaders did not want anyone to know that the ORIGINAL REGIONAL MEDITERRANEAN Bhakti Tradition was the Cultus of Radha-Krishna / Rhoda-Kouros and Their Supreme Hierophant, Yahu-BAL (Dionysos) on Their BUCOLIC / GOKULA Cow-Paradise Nymphia Lotus-ISLE of Rhodes.
There are countless historical and theological connections between the Bucolic Boukolion (GO-KULA) Hiero-Gamos Bhakti Tradition of Rhoda and Kouros of Rhodes and the Bucolic GOKULA / GO-LOKA Tradition of Radha-Krishna worship in the Vrndavan-Mathura Region of India. These connections evidence that the CORE of both of the Judeo-Catholic and the Eastern Bhakti Divine Love Traditions has ALWAYS BEEN the worship of Radha-Krishna and Balarama as Their Supreme Master of Mysteries and the Spiritual Master and Savior of ALL WORLDS.
A LOKA is a LOCA-tion, a LOCALE. Our Planet is GO-LOKA or BU-LOKA as in BHUMI-LOKA the Planet or Location of the BOU BO-vine Species or COWS. COW = GAU = GO. Greek BOU as in an English BUCOLIC ‘Pastoral Paradise’ means COW, and the Place of the Hiero-Gamos Sacred Marriage Mystery School (Sacramental) Monogamos Marriage Rites was in a BOU-KOLION or Sacred Cow Bower.
Srila Prabhupada’s beloved First Disciple, the unrivaled Vaishnava Shastric Sanskrit Master Dr. Acharya Prabhakar Mishra (right), understood the import of the evidence connecting these Great Bhakti Traditions of the East and West, and along with Dr. Rup Lal Batra, they formally anointed me to carry-on Srila Prabhupada’s Jhansi League of Devotees as a GLOBAL NON-SECTARIAN BHAKTI YOGA MISSION based on the PRIMAL Revelation of Sri Krishna as the ‘Original Supreme Personality of Godhead’, HARI the LORD OF THE HEART, as the Divine Lover of the Bible and the Srimad Bhagavatam. However, instead of assisting me in this Mission, certain powerful leaders in ISKCON and the Movement neglected, censured, tried to discredit me and my research, and even demonized me to prevent others from learning the truth about the historical and theological relationship between the Biblical and Eastern Vaishnava Traditions.
So, here we are today, more than 40 years later, and I am still trying to even INTRODUCE this profoundly important subject to my Godsisters and Godbrothers in the Hare Krishna Movement. Usually when I do try by posting in a Gaudiya Vaishnava online forum, I am warned to stop it, and/or ridiculed and my posts get removed, or I am myself removed or blocked from the group. Thus there have been very few Vaishnava fora where I have been allowed to post. So I am grateful that I have been allowed to post somethings here without censorship, and I pray that this post will be allowed too.
1610s, earlier bucolical (1520s), from Latin bucolicus, from Greek boukolikos “pastoral, rustic,” from boukolos “cowherd, herdsman,” from bous “cow” (see cow (n.)) + -kolos “tending,” related to Latin colere “to till (the ground), cultivate, dwell, inhabit” (the root of colony). Middle Irish búachaill, Welsh bugail “shepherd” are Celtic words form from the same root material as Greek boukolos.
Although I did not agree with his modernized interpretations of the “Song”, the Jewish Scholar Chaim Rabin wrote about the Song of Solomon in exhaustive Commentaries, which I used to compare to various Schools of Vaishnava Theology. Rabin even went so far as to write the following comparison…
“The Song of Songs and Tamil Poetry,” in Studies in Religion, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1973/74, pp. 205-19.
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SOURCE: “The Song of Songs and Tamil Poetry,” in Studies in Religion, Vol. 3, No. 3, 1973/74, pp. 205-19.
In the following essay, Rabin explores the connections between the Songs of Songs and Indian—specifically Tamil—poetry.
1. Monkeys And Peacocks
Letters written by Mesopotamian merchants between 2200 and 1900 B.C. often mention the country of Melukkha with which they traded. The late Benno Landsberger conclusively proved that this was Northwest India, where at that time the Indus civilization was flourishing.
In various places in Mesopotamia a few dozen of the typical Indus culture seals have been found, with pictures representing, as usual, religious motifs. Some appear to be local imitations. Motifs common to the Indus civilization and to Sumero-Akkadian culture have been pointed out, including some occurring on the seals found in Mesopotamia. It is therefore probable that such objects…