Question: This may make for interesting reading, but without references to all of his sources, it is rather useless for referring to it as quotable research. Where are his references?
Reply By Vrndavan Parker
An entire thesis can be written in response to yr points. In short there are no references when one is dealing with forgotten, ignored and intentionally hidden facts. Bhaktiananda Goswami is a pioneer in this field and his research speaks for itself. I personally do not accept anything blindly. the fact is every single point, that I have investigated, has been proven to be as viable, and in most cases, more viable, than the research of any other investigator and scholar out there.
In short his research does not fit into the artificial paradigms that currently obscure the truth regarding the history of religion. They are opposing views and as the actual ‘discoverer’ of these lost facts there is no real precedent that can be applied. While no accurate references can be applied for the fact that few have been able to see past the divisive efforts to monopolize god, there is a way to test the veracity of his discoveries.
Simply take one of his hundreds of points and investigate it. Is it a fact or a fabrication? I have done this for over 10 years now. I HAVE PERSONALLY FOUND EVERY SINGLE POINT MADE BY BHAKTIANANDA GOSWAMI TO BE MORE THAN JUST ACCURATE. IT IS A DOORWAY INTO AN UNDERSTANDING OF A HUMAN HISTORY THAT IS IMBUED WITH REPEATED EPISODES OF DIVINE INTERACTIVITY.His research proves that devotion to God (the divine couple) is at the basis of civilization. The high points of human civilization are always preceded by and intertwined with devotional movements or eras that allowed for the blossoming of high civilization and its many manifestations. In other words, rather than greed, ambition and avarice, it is Bhakti or Devotion and Love that is the at the foundation of high human civilization.
Looking at this from a devotional perspective it becomes even easier to recognize the truth RE: the history of religion. Atheistic theories claim that humanity invented religion and created the gods out of thin air. Most scholars study religion using this paradigm. However, as followers of Vedic culture know, religion was given to humanity and it represents an eternal reality.This reality does not ebb and flow with the creation and dissolution of the universes. Rather it is eternally present. This religion centered on devotion to the divine couple was, is and always will be. The question is whether this primordial revelation and eternal reality was only known to a very few Indians from the beginning of time or is there any evidence that it is a universal revelation?
It has been available to one and all since the beginning of time. Bhaktiananda’s research reveals that the revelation centered upon Radha Krsna and Balarama is not a recent development coming out of Bengal. rather it is a primordial revelation that has been available to any sincere seeker anywhere in the world throughout history. The proofs of this are all around us but have not been recognized until now. How?
As we know Gaudiya Vaishnava Siddhanta itself had been nearly lost until very recent times. Without this Siddhanta it is impossible to recognize the global presence of Vaishnavism and related Vaidika traditions. Once the template of Gaudiya Vaishnavism is applied to the study of ancient primordial religion it becomes clear and obvious. We are dealing with very real and tangible evidence that highlights Sanskrit as our original common language (Nostratic language) and Radha-Krnsa-Balarama centered Bhakti mixed with its natural vedic diversity as the original religion of all humanity.
India is unique because it is the only place that has maintained an unbroken link to its Bhakti-based past and connectivity to Krsna. However Krsna (God) and devotion to Krsna has always been much more than an Indian affair. This same Krsna is the same God that has been at the center of all human religion. His Bhagavad Gita is and has been famous throughout the world. This is a fact. And the Gita was world famous long before the 20th century. As soon as Krsna spoke the Gita its impact was global. Thus it is at the center of all ancient religion, within India and beyond. History has forgotten this fact yet the global impact of the Bhagavad Gita is very real and its influence can be traced throughout many religions and societies of the world.
Its interesting also that the vedic literatures themselves claim to be universal and repeatedly present themselves in such a manner. In fact without Bhaktianandas evidence the ‘claims’ found within Vedic literature would sound jingoistic, etho-centric and phantasmagorical. yet now we have a scholar that is revealing the practical presence of a non-ethno-centric Vedic culture throughout the ancient world.
Because Krsna is real wherever he was encountered, be it India, Egypt or Zimbabwe his devotees and admirers recognized certain qualities and traits by which he was identified wherever he was encountered or experienced. Amazingly, until Bhaktiananda, no one was able to prove this or even seen this fact.
The fact remains that when Krsna was worshiped in India, there were certain markers regarding his color, clothes, likes, dislikes etc. Lo and behold we find this same deity being worshiped in the same manner with the same intentions, color, clothes, likes, dislikes etc accompanied by the same companions throughout the world. While all have ignored or denied that these non-indic deities were the same god worshiped as Krsna in India, no one has proven that it is NOT Krsna being worshiped.
In fact from the Vedic Vaishnava perspective the idea that Vedic/Vaishnavism was a byproduct of merely one group of humans in India is anathema to vaishnavism. It is an eternal reality that is available to anyone with Bhakti. Christianity is merely a recent face of an ancient form of Vaishnavism which was known as Heliopolitanism. This tradition is the source of the Greek, Egyptian and Jewish religions.
Mainstream academia and many religious scholars have no ability to recognize or understand the non-denominational Bhakti at the basis of Human history. Their conclusions do not encompass the truly universal and globally interactive presence of ancient Vaishnavism.
In conclusion we can not rely upon the research of those ignorant of or inimical to the Bhakti at the basis of religious history. How could a revolutionary pioneer depend upon the views of those missing the point? In fact Bhaktiananda does use references for his entire premise is based upon Gaudiya Vaishnava Siddhanta. By using this template he looks for evidence of the same Siddhanta and practices within ancient societies from across the world.
Even then Bhakti Ananda Goswami frequently references key evidences highlighted by leading scholars such as Jane Harrison, Cyrus Gordon, Keel, Uehlinger and others. These are all scholars that were at the forefront of breaking various entrenched paradigms. Their research provides many significant findings verifying the common foundations of humanity’s primal religious experience. Across the globe, regardless of the extreme diversity of its expression, there was indeed one primal sacred revelation. We see this reflected within the India of today. Thus despite the outward differences between the ‘God’ of an Odiya Jagannath Bhakta and a Kannada Madhwaite Vaishnava we know that they are both devotees of Krsna. We know this based upon the Siddhanta and Samskriti of Vaishnavism. The ancient world was the same. This is especially true for the era preceding 1600 BC. As Kali Yuga progressed humanity moved further and further away from its roots.
Ancient Mediterranean religion is misrepresented as being Polytheistic based upon the research of much later forms of religion that had developed. These later adaptations came about during the post-traumatic eras of history endured time and again by the ancient Greeks, West Asians, Egyptians and others. When studying their spirituality and religions, modern scholars have taken the outward differences between the various forms of God worshiped and than misrepresented the ancients to be polytheists. Its as if Jagannath Krsna and Udupi Krsna were presented as separate and competing Gods and their worshipers members of separate faiths.
Even before 1600 BC, approx. 4000 years ago, a 200 year global drought brought an end to many ancient cultures and it severed all links between peoples and cultures. This combined with the rise of the Assyrians created a state of crisis across ancient West Asia and the Mediterranean regions. India however has survived throughout history primarily because of its commitment to Vedic/Vaishnava values. Cow protection, village based bhakti, tulsi, sadhu and temple culture, commitment to yajna, the monsoons and the Himalayas are the crucial aspects of India’s long term sustainability.
The majority of what is taught today as Classical Greek religion is fraught with the heresies and asampradaya of writers such as Homer and Hesiod. These were people who lived many centuries after the High Civilization that preceded the calamities of later Greek civilization. Thus today, most ‘experts’ on ancient religion etc are misrepresenting the fractured and broken shards of ancient tradition as the original tradition at the foundation of Mediterranean religion and culture. As a pioneer in this field Bhaktiananda can not use the references of such atheists, indo-centrists, euro-centrists, zionists, racial or social exclusivists or any others inimical to or incognizant of the truth regarding our ancient common sacred Bhakti-based heritage.