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None Come to the Father Hari Except thru the Grace of Balarama – Bal-Yahu

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ScreenHunter_16-Aug.-02-19.36Prabhupad says that Maha-Visnu comes from Baladev/Balarama in TLC Introduction:

“[…]The manifestations of the Supreme are also explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta. After offering respects to Lord Caitanya, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja next offers them to Nityānanda. He explains that Nityānanda is a manifestation of Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is the origin of the Mahā-Viṣṇu. Kṛṣṇa’s first manifestation is as Balarāma and then Saṅkarṣaṇa, and after Saṅkarṣaṇa He is manifest as Pradyumna. In this way so many expansions take place. Although there are many expansions, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the origin, as confirmed in Brahma-saṁhitā. […]”http://causelessmercy.com/?P=TLCIntoduction

Thankyou Bhakta Peter for this Quote. Although Lord Balarama was originally worshiped by all of Humanity, with the onset of Kali Yuga (Age = Yuga) proper information and realization of His Self Revelation became distorted and then forgotten by much of the Human family. However, the ancient Sanskrit Vedic-Vaishnava Shastras (Scriptures) and Their AUTHORIZED COMMENTARIES are like a ‘time machine’ that can take us all of the way back to the Original Revelation, to MEET the Divine Revelator and Master of Mysteries, Lord Balarama HIMSELF!

Although the revelatory theology of Lord Balarama, Sri Krishna’s Second Self, is spread throughout ALL of the Vedic-Vaishnava Scriptures, in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the traditional ancient Brahma Lineage Theology of Lord Balarama is especially preserved and elaborated-on in the context of describing the attributes, activities and theology of Sri Nityanananda-Balarama, Who is considered to be Lord Balarama’s Avatara in the Divine Lila of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai.

Thus to understand Lord Balarama from the Gaudiya-related perspective of the Brahma Sampradaya (Lineage) of Vaishnavism, which is historically and theologically related to the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Judeo-cCatholic Tradition of the ancient Mediterranean, one should carefully study the Vaishnava Scriptural Translations and Traditional Gaudiya Vaishnava Commentaries of the Modern Era Gaudiya Vaishnava Master, Srila Prabhupada. Read the rest of this entry

Worship of Krishna-Balarama & Paramatma as Tri-Kaya of Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism

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Uddhava hears from Krsna “Krsna in Mathura – “Sri Uddhava said: Thereafter Lord Krsna went to Mathura City with Sri Baladeva, and to please Their parents They dragged Kamsa, the leader of public enemies, down from his throne and killed him, pulling him along the ground with great strength.” (SB 3.3.1)

“Since that time, the city of Mathura had been the capital of all the kings of the Yadu dynasty. The city and district of Mathura are very intimately connected with Krsna, for Lord Krsna lives there eternally.” (SB 10.1.28)”

All expert Mahayana Pure Land Buddhist Art Historians know that the canon of Mahayana Pure Land Buddhist sacred Art derives from and diffused from its two earliest main regional centers in Gandhara and Mathura. The Gandharan Forms were more Greek in style and the Mathuran Forms were more classically Indian and Oriental. In fact the Mathuran Forms are recognizable for a GAUDIYA VAISHNAVA as belonging to the Vrndavan-Mathuran cultus of Krishna-Balarama and Their Shaktis. Since it is known that the ‘Buddhist’ Emperor Asoka’s own ‘Buddhist’ Guru had a monastery IN MATHURA with about 10,000 monks in it, it should be OBVIOUS what kind of ‘Buddhism’ the Emperor was schooled-in and why ALL of Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism throughout its entire geographic range was spreading devotion to the Trinity / Trikaya of Krishna-Balarama and Their Omnipresent Holy Spirit, Paramatma.

Is it concievable that the central Northern Indian Royal Capital of Krishna-Balarama Worship would have an atheistic Theravadin ‘Buddhist’ Monastery with 10,000 monks in it? What does the historical evidence tell us about the presence of this Form of ‘Buddhism’ in Mathura, and why all of Asoka-related Mahayana Pure Land Buddhism is PERMEATED with the Holy Names, Forms, Doctrines and Practices of Krishna-centric Vaishnavism?

Take this one Wiki article for example, regarding the significance of Mathura in early Mahayana Buddhist Art… “…possibly dating back to the occupation of Mathura by the Indo-Greeks during the 2nd century BC.” My own studies have proven that the Rhodian Greek Tradition of Rhoda-Kouros and Dionysos (Radha-Krishna and Baladeva) was the specific connection between the Greco-Indian Gandharan and Mathuran Schools of Vaishnavism and the original Pure Land Tradition of the Vaishnava Brahma Sect / Sampradaya known as ‘Buddhism’. In the Mediterranean Region the Sect of Kouros Helios (Krishna) Worship known in the East as ‘Buddhism’ was the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Tradition of SOKAR-AUSAR-PTAH of Memphis. This was the Cultus of SUKRA-ASHURA-BUDH, Namely the Trinity of BALADEVA (SUKLA) – VISHNU (by His Vedic Name ASHURA) – BUDDHA (His Theophanies and Incarnations as the countless Buddhas and BODHI-sattvas of the Pure Land Tradition).  Read the rest of this entry

Sacred Basil/Tulasi was given to Jesus Christ on His Cross!

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Dear Friends, Please suspend your disbelief and any party-spirit sectarian prejudices to consider the evidence in this Album. The great living ancient-most Bhakti Traditions of the World are ALL historically and therefore theologically related as expressions-of the SAME PRIMAL DEVOTIONAL TRADITION to HARI, the Lord of the HRID / Heart, the Lord of Divine Grace / Mercy and Love!
From Bhakti Ananda Goswami: Sacred Basil / Tulasi was given to Jesus Christ on His Cross. It was dipped in HalaHala, the Sins of the Universe! When He had taken it, He said “It is Finished” and He ‘became sin for us’. Then a Martial Roman Soldier pierced His Side with the Vel of Skanda (Mars) that destroys sin ! Jesus accepted the Vel just as Krishna had in a previous Lila. Siva (or Vishnu) Nila-Kantha did NOT swallow the Hala Hala, but Jesus DID, and thus He descended to the Dead.

Some Traditions say Sacred Basil / Tulasi sprang-up where Jesus Christ’s Blood dropped on the ground. Other Traditions say that Sacred Basil sprang-up from Mary’s Tears. Still others relate that Holy Basil grew directly out of Jesus Christ’s Cross. Read the rest of this entry

The Shakti (Shekinah) of the Supreme Lord Hari (Heru) & the Peacock

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The Shakti (Shekinah) of the Supreme Lord Heru-Ausu-Atum / ELI-YAHU-ADON / Hari-Vasu-Atman is also associated with His Sacred Peacock. This montage illustrates how the Roman Juno and Greek Hera ‘Queen Mother of the gods’ was typically depicted with Her Sacred Peacock. Note that She is depicted either seated with Her Peacock by Her Queen’s Throne, or in a peacock VEHicle WAGON VAHANA. This is important because in Indian and Oriental Vaishnava and Pure Land (Mahayana) Buddhist Iconography, Hari or Krishna-Vishnu’s Shakti as Sarasvati (Biblical SARAH-CHOKMAH / SOPHIA HOLY WISDOM) is seated-on a Peacock Asana (Throne) or rides a Peacock Vahana (Vehicle / Wagon). I hope to make a montage to illustrate this next.

 

MERENTA EXCAVATION-FRASIKLEIA-KOUROS (Greek Radha Krishna)

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Rhoda-Kore and Helios Kouros are the Origin of ALL of the Heliopolitan-Monotheism related Afro-Helleno-Semitic ‘Greek Gods and Goddesses’.  Note in the this image (left) that RHODA-Kore (RADHA-Hare) has Her pictorial pun RED Dress on!

Why have these Kore and Kouros Murti Pairs been found at the bottom of the Mediterranean, buried like the Merenta Excavation Pair (images below), or preserved in the Vatican and other Catholic collections?  It is because of the Iconoclastic (Sacred Image-smashing) Controversy and the near total destruction of early Christian and other sacred Art by the followers of M*hammed.  The Catholic Leaders who fought against the Iconoclasts, tried to rescue the Sacred Art of their religious domain, especially the so -called ‘cult images’ of the Proto-Catholic Heliopolitan Tradition. The Great Rhodian School of Monumental Stone Murti Sculpture in-the-round was unparalled in the ancient World. Techniques from the Masters of Rhodes were transmitted to the Murti Makers of Pure Land Buddhism and Vaishnavism at centers like Gandhara and Mathura.

In these related Pure Land Buddhist and Vaishnava Traditions, to avoid desecration of a Sacred Murti of the Lord or Shakti, if there is no other way to protect Sri Murti, the Form of the Lord or Shakti must be buried or cast into a deep body of water!  Where this was not accomplished, the Iconoclasts (Murti smashers) delighted in disfiguring, beheading and dismembering the so-called ‘Cult Images’ of the ancient Mediterranean Region. They also defaced and destroyed countless other works of Sacred Art.  This is why the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea is littered with countless ‘Cult Images’ from the tiny home-shrine type to great Temple Murtis weighing tons.  Such Murtis were deposited there before or after desecration, to protect Them from further insult and injury.  Burying Murtis on land was an alternative to burial at sea.  Thus many more such ‘Cult Images’ will no doubt be found as research progresses in areas that were once invaded and ruled by Muslims or other Iconoclasts. Read the rest of this entry

Discover One Godhead – East & West – The Holy Trinity & Atenism Explained

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Bhakti Ananda Goswami aka David M. Sherman Speaks on the Holy Trinity as the Vaishnava Krishna – Baladeva – Paramatma, Akhnaten’s Origin – Manifested – Omnipresent and Pure Land Buddhism’s Tri-Kaya. These are the Three aspects of the One Supreme Godhead at the foundation of all God Centered forms of Religion. Thus this Holy Trinity is found in ancient Judaism, Mediterranean Heliopolitanism and Zorarastrianism among many others.

He also identifies the Holy Cross and the Ankh with the Vedic Yupa Dhwaj or Sacrificial Stake and the Self Sacrifice of Purusha or God

The True Identity of the original Sattvic Dionysus as both Lord Shiva and Lord Balarama, the Common Theme of the Great Flood and God’s Greek Dolphinus or Vedic Matsya Avatar, Amunism, Atenism, Ancient Judaic Religion, Heliopolis as the City of On or Aun – OM, Ancient Mediterranean Vaishnavism centered upon Rhoda-Kouros or Radha Krishna and the ongoing struggle between the doctrines of Voidist – Godless Impersonalism and Fully Personalized Devotional Traditions combined with Paramatma Worship are also discussed. Read the rest of this entry

The Corona Crown-of-Many-Crowns of the All-God HARI-AUSU-ATUM

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Apademak -Lion Headed God with a Serpentine Body Rising out of a Lotus

Apademak -Lion Headed God with a Serpentine Body Rising out of a Lotus

Numerous versions of the Corona Crown-of-many-crowns of the All-God HARI-AUSU-ATUM can be seen on Vishnu Murtis from Africa, to Persia, India, China, Japan and Angkor Wat, to the Isles of Oceana and the New World. Even today in India, countless versions of this compound crown of Ausu / Wasu or VASU-DEVA adorn Vishnu Murtis throughout India. Compare Afro-Egyptian Apademak  to the universal TIME Form of HERU-AUSU as Zeus-Jupiter-Amun Ra on the Top of the Metternich Stela. Compare His ‘Crown of many crowns’ to the Hem Hem Crown of Ausu / Ausar (Osiris) and Cyrus the Great’s Favarshi at Parsegard, Persia. Lion-Headed Vaishnava HARYEH, Jewish AREYAHU TZABAOTH, Persian Zurvan, Greek Zeus Chronos, Roman Jupiter Saturnus is here the Afro-Egyptian Heru-Ausu as AMUN-RA APADEMAK wearing His HemHemet Crown.

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Apostolic Christian Theology and Vaishnava Theology are One & the Same

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This rare representation of Shiva, formerly in the Shri K.C. Aryan collection and published in a book on that collection, is known as the Sadashiva in the iconographic texts. It shows Shiva with five heads (panchanana - 'pancha' means five) each surmounted by tall crowns. The legs and forearms are massive and present a sharp contrast with the slimmer faces and four sets of tubular side arms (one side arm is missing.)The semi-circular arch of the prabhavali encloses the five heads. The heads correspond to the four diamond and one circular motifs on the front of the high pedestal.The arms hold various attributes. There is ample jewellery cast onto the prominent chest.  Moon and star symbols are on the five foreheads and on the crest of the prabhavali. A shield is held in the left front forearm; it is in the 'cross and dot' style of southern India.The image has been cast in white brass. It is solid cast except for the pedestal. As such, it is heavy for its size.The late K.C. Aryan, from whose collection this image has come, founded the Museum of Folk, Tribal & Neglected Art near New Delhi. Sadashiva images with five heads are few. There is a sixth century seven-metre high Sadashiva carved from the rock face in the cave temple of Shiva on Elephanta Island, near Mumbai (Bombay). However, the Elephanta example has three obvious heads only. Highly Unusual Sadashiva, Karnataka, India 17th-18th century

This rare representation of Shiva, formerly in the Shri K.C. Aryan collection is known as the Sadashiva in the iconographic texts. Sadashiva images with five heads are few. Sadashiva, Karnataka, India 17th-18th century

The Apostolic cCatholic Jesus Christ has history and theology that is connected to every major Branch of the ancient World’s Radha-Krishna-centric Vaishnavism. This is because the Divine Revelatory Tradition of Jesus is connected to the Brahma Lineage of Global Vaishnavism, just like the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition is! Thus if we go back far enough in both the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition and the JUDEO-cCatholic Apostolic (Heliopolitan or Afro-Heleno-Semitic Mediterranean) Tradition, we find the very SAME revelatory Tradition!

Actually PURE LAND BUDDHISM and Sattvic Theistic Shaivism and many other ancient global Eastern AND Western Hemisphere Sacred Traditions are also historically and theologically related to our same Revelatory Lineage ‘coming from’ Brahma, Surya and Manu, the Father of Humanity. In these related lineages there are always the parallel Traditions of transmitting the understanding of Divine Revelation, one being Theological or logical and analytical, dealing with everything from philosophy and physics to metaphysics, and the other mode of transmission being the narration of Lila or ‘Pastime’ Stories, in which the Transcendental, Mediating and Immanent Godhead and His Shakti is revealed.

So, there are two ways to understand the Holy Scriptures and Oral traditions of the Vaishnavas. One is as deeply meditated-upon and analysed THEOLOGICAL REVELATION. The other is as emotionally and psychologically experienced LILA. The LILA is the Story, the PLAY. In the Theological Approach we focus on Who the Actor IS. The ACTOR has been revealed as GOD HIMSELF. We understand the profound SELF-REVELATION of GOD, through HIS STORY-TELLING LILAS. HE REVEALS something of HIMSELF in His PASTIMES. What is that SOMETHING? To understand His Self-Revelation we must read, listen-to and reflect-on, meditate-on His Theology as explained to us through the PARAMPARA of His Self-Realized Devotees. We cannot understand the Theology of the Persons of the Godhead without the REALIZED spiritual direction and intellectual formation of the Mahatmas who have actually EXPERIENCED Knowing Him. The Great Souls KNOW THE ACTOR! He has an OMNI-PRESENT OMNISCIENT and OMNIPOTENT existence outside-of the PLAY. Read the rest of this entry

Multiple Reflections of the Same Divine Light

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Question: “If Krishna and Amitabha are one and the same then we have two names of God . But who is Dharmakara who, according to mahayana scriptures, once lived as a man(just like Krishna) who became a Buddha . Did God descendent on earth then as Dharmakara who has to reach enlightment, or mayby the story of Dharmakara is not important at all and is mayby not correct.”

Answer from Bhakti Ananda Goswami: I am concerned with World History and Theology, Metaphysics and Philosophy, the Sacred Arts and Sciences and the Revelation, Name and Form of Godhead and Shakti. If one carefully studies what I have written about these Subjects, one should come to understand that the ORIGINAL KRISHNA / KOUROS NEVER CHANGES HIS ORIGINAL FORM and NEVER ‘LEAVES’ GO-LOKA VRINDAVAN. Thus, ALL OF SRI KRISHNA’s VARIEGATED FORMS FOR PASTIMES / LILAS are through, with, in and by Sri Krishna’s Second Person, LORD BALADEVA! In the earliest evidence of HARI-VASUdeva-ATMAN (Krishna-Baladeva-Paramatman) worship, These Three irreducible Forms or KAS / KAYAS / BODIES / PERSONS of the Triune Godhead may be confounded with One-Another. Thus in Pure Land Buddhism the Three Persons of the TRI-KAYA may be telescoped-into Eachother, or their distinct Theological Attributes may be merged. The Persons and Attributes of the Tri-Kaya’s Feminine (Receiving) Shaktis may even be confused and/or merged into the Purusha Persons of the Tri Kaya. So, over thousands of years and miles, and hundreds of cultures and languages, Pure Land Buddhism has flourished leaving a legacy of countless variations in its regional and local Lila Stories, Doctrines and Practices. Read the rest of this entry

Buddha Did Teach About God

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1. According to the evidence of Original Pure Land form of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama Buddha (Shakyamuni) did reveal the existence of God, as the triune Tri-Kaya or Three Bodies / Forms or Purushas / Persons of the Godhead.

1. Adi Purusha Dharma Kaya = Hrih (Sri Krishna),

2. His emanation savior form = Sambhogya Kaya Hrih (Balarama-Vishnu)

3. His all-pervasive form in the heart of all beings = Rupa Kaya Hrih (Paramatma / Hrih in the heart.) According to the pure land-related Mahayana Buddhist tradition, these teachings could not be heard, received or understood by those of the Theravadin mentality. Only those with the Bodhi heart of compassion could receive the pure land teachings.   Read the rest of this entry

Tara: The Worship of MA Kuan Yin Has NOT Developed From the Separate Worship of Lokeshvara

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Everywhere and at all times in the ancient world, when tending-towards sattvic people worshiped the Supreme Lord and His Shakti/Shekinah, They were ALWAYS worshiped TOGETHER. Thus all forms of Pure Land Buddhism have their origins in the worship of both AMITA-BHA and His SHAKTI. Tara (STAR, ASTRAYA/ASTAREA/STELLA) is one of the Shaktis of Vishnu, and when Pure Land Devotional Buddhism spread into China, TARA was initially worshiped along with Avalokiteshvara (Vishnu) as MA Guan Yin. The earliest Icons/Murtis of Guan Yin that are masculine are simply the Father Avalokiteshvara Kuan Yin Form. As the devotion to Ma Guan Yin (TARA) became ever more popular, the devotion to Father Guan Yin (Lokeshvara) both receded in importance and became absorbed-into a kind of we-don’t-know-and-we-don’t-care devotion to the rather a-sexual form of Guan Yin.  Read the rest of this entry

Radha-Krishna-centric Vaishnavism as the Origin of Religion

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In a nutshell, the original Buddhism is actually a form of Radha-Krishna-centric Vaishnavism.  It pre-dates the appearance of Sakyamuni by thousands of years, and was once the dominant Bhakti Tradition of major portions of the human family.  The historical and theological core of this Bhakti Buddhism has been called ‘Pure Land Buddhism’ by modern scholars.  This is taken from the title of one of the Traditions most important Scriptures, the SUKHAVATI VYUHA.

HARE KRISHNA !

SRI SRI GURU and Gauranga ki jaya !

Dearest Sandi and Jeffrey, Rachel and Vrin,

Please accept my affectionate obeisances.

This is still too complicated for the average reader, but i need to get this down somewhere in case i have to relocate (leave my body).  I am actually trying to keep it simple. I have had a second inquiry about Pure Land Buddhism recently, so reflecting on our conversation, Jeffrey, i decided to write something for you especially, as we discussed, a kind of introduction to Buddhism. I may also send some of it to the other devotee who inquired.

Attached is my first installation. Krishna willing, the structure will focus next on finishing the description of Nepalese-Tibetan Buddhism (cult of Tara, Tibetan Book of the Dead, lila forms of Lokesvara / Vishnu,  Mahadeva as AN EXPANSION OF LOKESVARA,  Maha kala as Nara Hari Rupa and YHVH worship at the PATALA, BUDH AS PTAH etc.)  Then i will focus on the origins of ‘Buddhism’ from Sakyamuni’s time, in Nepal and India.  I will show connections to the GOOD SHEPARD, SHALIGRAM / SHAL GROVE, TULASI and RADHA Traditions in Buddhist lore.  I will discuss how two schools of Buddhist iconography emerged (Gandharan and Mathuran )…both showing Greek Rhodian connections, and how the earliest Buddhist centers were all Vaishnava centers.  I will touch on the ‘Buddhism’ of Asoka, whose guru’s ashram of 10,000 was IN MATHURA, and how it is widely accepted by western scholars that Asoka’s Missionaries were present in Judea, Greece and Egypt. The Theravadins have appropriated Asoka, but there is NO evidence that his ‘Buddhism’ was Hinayana !   ALL the evidence is that originally Buddhism, both before AND AFTER SAKYAMUNI was at first indistinguishable from Krishna-centric Vaishnavism, except for the late and insignificant heretical Theravadins, who were suppressed by Asoka etc., and thus diffused to S. E. Asia through Sri Lanka.  Then i will describe how Vaishnava related M Buddhism spread to China Korea and Japan, and how voidism corrupted it as an ‘esoteric’ tradition associated with voidism and impersonalism in India (the pilgrim problem). Both Tantrism and Dhyana / Zen acted as vehicles for impersonalism all the way into Japan. I will touch-on Hanuman as the protector of Pure Land Buddhism throughout its northern range ( He is extremely popular in Chinese Buddhism) and i will explain that the worship of Krishna and Radha devolved into the separated Chinese worship of MA Kuan Yin, and how the merged attributes of MANI PADME remain in Japanese Buddhism today.  After describing ancient Japanese Pure Land, with its Catholic Mary / Benten, Alvar KANAN and Tana Bata Festival Rasa Lila etc. connections, i will touch on the popular HARI NAM movements of HRIH in Japan…to the present’s SOKKA phenomenon.  I will relate my experiances with P.L. Buddhism in Japan, and my initiation into NEMBUTSU  in the inner sanctum of the High Alter of ASAKUSA KANNON in Tokyo. Then i will finish with a description of the pre-Sakyamuni Buddhism beneath Sakyamuni Buddhism, in the ancient East (Bon in Tibet, Taoist Yab Yum / Purusha / Prakrti, Shinto Pantheon etc. ), and how this is related to Vaishnavism in both India and the Heliopolitan Federations of the Mediterranean.  Once i have outlined these connections, any army of scholars will be able to reconstruct my studies and flesh-out the entire framework of connections i have introduced in this short introduction to BUDDHISM in the context of World Emanational and Incarnational Monotheism.   Please forgive my run-on sentences, i can hardly sit up at this point and im failing fast / must quit for the day…so

HARI BOL !  LOVE LOVE AND MORE LATER,

your aspiring servant,  Bhakti Ananda