People do not generally realize the close historical relationships between the Great Bhakti Traditions of the East and West. This Map (first of a series) will help to address this seriously divisive lack of knowledge.
HOW GEOGRAPHY IS IMPORTANT IN THESE CONNECTIONS … CENTERS OF VAISHNAVISM WERE ALSO CENTERS OF PURE LAND BUDDHISM AND ‘HELIOPOLITAN’ (AND SERAPEAN-ALEXANDRIAN) JUDAISM
At various times over thousands of years, the worshipers of the One True God in different regions of the World were in contact with each other and formed religio-political, trade and military alliances, federations or leagues of ‘Asyla’. Thus with the Varna-Ashram-Dharma of these Polieus / Pharaoh / Purusha-centric Theocratic Polis City-States with their Sacramental Social Order, the development of High Civilization was possible. I have studied these Leagues of Devotees through the course of centuries, identifying via abundant interdisciplinary evidence the various peoples who belonged to many different alliances. From Age to Age these Heliopolitan Asyla Federations formed and re-formed creating the so-called Axial Age and other Golden or Classical Ages of the various High Civilizations. How benevolent the age was depended on the Sattvic, Rajarshic or Tamasic nature and realization of the Kings, Queens or other rulers. This map shows Greater North West India after the Conquest of Alexander the Great. There are many more details about it and the Biblical Story of Kalki, Krishna and Balarama (chastising Heliodorus) in Their Great Temple in Jerusalem as well. Read the rest of this entry
A SHIRE is an ASYLA and a Dharma- ASHALA. Here is a short, and very deficient introduction to the subject of Redemption, MOKSHA / MISSA MANU-MISSION and Religious Salvation as ASYLA. I have studied MOKSHA / MANUMISSION, ASYLA and the ancient religio-political Alliances, Leagues and Federations of Asyla for over 40 years. The history of the ancient World could be summed-up as a perpetual struggle between the lovers of freedom and the One True benevolent Sattva Guna God, HERU-VASU-ATUM / ELI-YAHU-ADON / HARI-VASU-ATMAN that they worshiped, and the cruel enslaving forces of the self-appointed False Gods of The World. The below references completely miss the connections of the anti-slavery forces to Helios Worship, and do not understand the relationship between the Eastern and Western Bhakti Yoga ‘Free Will’ and Divine Love Traditions. LOVE requires self-possession and the physical freedom to serve the person or persons of one’s own desiring. Thus FREEDOM of relationship is necessary in the religious, the divine, and in the merely human realm. LOVE necessitates FREEDOM. Spiritual, intellectual and physical Freedom is fundamentally necessary to active LOVING. LOVE as DEVOTIONAL SERVICE cannot be incarnated without the physical opportunity and ability or facility to do so. Thus both freedom as opportunity and freedom as disciplined “skillful means” is necessary for the fullest and most perfect expression of Love. Read the rest of this entry