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
P.K. “Seems that this “Narayana” is of a rather different character than the Narayana we find in the Indian Vedic tradition. Just a similarity in name does not mean the same person.”
From Bhakti Ananda Goswami: Dear P.K., Thank you for your comment. I have had extensive experience in the field of Pure Land Buddhist studies and practice, comparing the various forms of Pure Land Buddhism, which diffused from India, throughout its entire range. I have been Nama Mantra initiated in three schools of Pure Land Buddhism (Japanese, Chinese and Nepali-Tibetan) and since the late 1960s I have studied the Holy Names, art and artifacts, scriptures, practices, place names, treaties and trade alliances, the general history (of course), and the non-Pure Land Buddhist Traditions that competed with the Pure Land Traditions. This research has included many hours of interviews with experts, both scholars and practitioners, which I interviewed as part of my 1982 Marylhurst College Field Studies Course Contract. For example I interviewed scholars and practitioners at Joshi (Sacred Heart) University in Tokyo Japan, and from universities, temples and monasteries in Taiwan, Vietnam, China, Korea, and in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal.
ALL of these experts were in agreement that the MANY SANSKRIT NAMES and Traditional Forms of the Pure Land Buddhist Trikaya’s Manifestations in the so-called Mahayana Buddhist Pantheon were derived from earlier ‘Hindu’ Traditions in India, and that the essential Pure Land Scriptures and litanies, mantras etc. in Buddhist Sanskrit were primary evidence of this connection. What these Buddhist Experts did not know was anything about Brahma Sampradaya (Lineage) Vaishnavism, and so they were appreciative of the information that I could give them about the specifice kind of ‘Hinduism’ that Pure Land Buddhism is quite obviously historically and theologically so closely related to. Because I am familar with the specific Brahma-Surya centric Vaishnavism of the great Schools of Vrindavan-Mathura and Gandhara, I am able to understand the specific connections of these Vaishnava Traditions to the Pure Land Tradition of Mahayana Buddhism, which originally diffused from these EXACT locations.
Let us compare the degradation of the Primal Revelation in the Medi-Terranean (Middle Earth) Region to that of its degradation in Indian ‘Hinduism’.
In india today, if I say ‘Indra’ to a ‘Hindu’ how many people will instantly think of Krishna-Vishnu as the Vedic Purusha manifest as Indra? How many will immediately remember Sri Krishna-Vishnu asserting that HE IS Indra in His Bhagavad-Gita? How many will think of the Pure Land Buddhist Doctrine that Avalokiteshvara (Vishnu) may appear as Indra, the King of ‘heaven’. How many will think of Indra as the King (Royal-Post-occupier) of our Material ‘heaven’ or cosmic manifestation? How many will first or only think of Indra as a bolt-throwing deva demigod or storm god? These different ideas of Indra represent stages of the devolution of Vedic-Vaishnava thought/realization, with a lusty fornicating bolt-throwing material storm-god as the last stage, the last remnant of identification with the entire previous tradition.
Notice the winged lighting-bolt (see etching of engraving below) Vajra of Zeus and Indra (and Tantric Buddhism) in this relief of Kouros and His Kouretes. There was an ancient confounding of the Chakra of Helios Kouros (Krishna-Vishnu) and the Vajra Lighting-bolt of Indra, Who is Zeus as FULGAR, the Wielder of the Lighting-bolt. Zeus and Jove (Jupiter, YA-Pitr, Father YAHU) are the Same Supreme Father God as Heru-Wasu-AHMUN in Egypt. The Greek Zeus, and Greco-Roman Theos, Dios and Deus are cognate with both the Sanskrit DEVA and Dyaus. As POLIEUS /PURUSHA Egyptian PER-AUSU, Zeus or Jupiter had hundreds and thousands of Holy Names, which were the Names that He was known by in every little home shrine and great Temple-City-State dedicated to Him in the ancient World. The important thing to understand is that now, the only ‘Zeus’ that commonly comes to mind is that of the late polytheist’s lusty ‘storm god’ lighting-bolt thrower of the late Greco-Roman mythologists and their modern commentators.