Friday, January 25, 2008

Appearance of Who!!

Inspiration is the life force of the written word. Don't you agree?

An interesting post by a fellow blogger - Reeta Skeeter set me off on my own clicking of my mouse. Starting from finding the meaning of the word 'Theophany' to some truly interesting facts and questions.
By the way the meaning of the word according to Wiki...
Theophany - an appearance of a God to man, or a divine disclosure.

I didn't know there was a word for it! 'Appearance of God to man' concept is still contested right? Nevertheless they decided to give a word for it i suppose! Who are 'they' by the way?

I suppose 'they' are the same ones who decide what is 'myth' and what is 'history'?
'They' are the same ones who've ignored the fact that India was far more advanced in astronomy than they'd ever care to accept.
'They' are the same ones who conveniently say most of the population in India are 'Aryans' who migrated to India in some godforsaken B.C years!
'They' are the same ones who disagree to the fact that 'Vedas' were the words of God directly spoken to the mortals.

Inspite of the fact that 'they' have coined a word for such an appearance! Phew!

Anyway i've never understood why Greek mythology is far more popular than Indian? Even though ours is action packed as well and comes with a moral most of the time. Has a solution for every grave situation that humanity faces today! Maybe all this 'morality' puts people off! Who knows! Well, i was kind of excited when i came upon a Greek king,
Agathocles of Bactria (who reigned between 190 and 180 BCE)

whose coins apparently has the avatars of Krishna on them. Here is the picture from Wikipedia.

(For use of this image anywhere please read the copyright laws of wikipedia)


Left: Krishna with His Chakra
Right: Balarama (another avatar of Krishna)
The writings though are in Brahmi script. The official language of the ancient India.

Later as i did some further research found that the only reason he had made these coins were to impress the people of India. Why you ask? Well, so that when he does invade, they wouldn't see him as a threat. He had it all planned out. Further research revealed that similar Buddhists coins were also made by him!
Starting from Kings to researchers, scientists, phonologists and even historians they all seem to ignore/exploit our rich culture. Why?


20 Comments:

At 12:26 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

will read the post later....
enjoy this meanwhile - for all NFL fans - xcept Cowboys :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJHb9m4ccmQ

 
At 1:59 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

lol at "Even though ours is action packed as well and comes with a moral most of the time." ... There are so many parallels in Greek and Indian Mythology.. it amazes me.. I think this weekend I will go pick up a book on this!!! :)

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Solitaire said...

I do not know the answer to your question but I do know that in a few years, this "rich culture" will only be a thing of the past!

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger Cosmic Joy said...

I never realized that the vedas are a "fact". And I also never realized there was a popularity contest between greek and indian mythologies :)

As for having a solution for every grave situation .. maybe its time we indians go look deeper into our own mythology and solve some of our pressing national and social issues at home.

 
At 3:02 AM, Blogger Solitaire said...

You have been tagged!

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ preethi: ha haa. right, that's what bothers me. With all these parallels they get all the hype. umph!!

 
At 10:43 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ solitaire: I actually meant the 'literary culture' here. But i get the drift. Why? I think India with all its differences has stood the ravages of time - invasion for instance. Cut them some slack :) .... i'm sure they'll all come back to the roots, 'cos we have extremely strong one.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ cosmic joy: he heee. We have a contest everywhere my friend. right u r abt prob tho'

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ solitaite: Wow! This is the first time i've been tagged! Thank you :)

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Solitaire said...

This was the first time I had been tagged too and was super excited!! Get to work now. :p

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger c e e d y said...

first of all i want to commend you on your strength....past few posts show your interests in research....again thanks for sharing this information....

cross your fingers and maybe this time someone sends you this coin like the book :)....

part of my training involved me teaching and researching on cultural differences - specifically related to architecture and its influences...and the culture that becomes predominant is the one that has the need to spread beyond its boundaries....
looking at the indian culture - its variety....we dont need to spread the word....it attracts people who want to learn it to our country....yoga, tantra, meditation...art, music....can give you many examples...and i feel that what is kept at bay and grounded stays polished for a long time then get adultereated passed from place to place.....

BTW I have been tagged with this same tag 4 - times....now have to do it I guess....

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ ceedy: Thank u :)

Even though you have a valid point there about keeping things at bay, that was an out of the box thinking that did not strike me, it is all this false claim about things that bothers me!

1. Americans wanted the patent for Basmati Rice! can u believe it? Long grained rice has been in India for 100s of years....
2. Ayurvedic med. are used without giving the credit to Indians where it originated!
3. So many copies of Indian myths have been taken in the movies but never does anyone bother to say it out loud. 'Matrix' is nothing but teachings in bhagvat Gita.
But one tiny thought from the Bible or the Greek myths, everyone gets to know about it. What is the difference. Really....
The list doesn't stop here. Anyway it is this exploitation that makes me cringe.

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this......:)

I didnt knew anything about the coin till today.....

Even with silicon disc .....

what do u think the reason for indian myth or india not getting recognition?

 
At 9:36 AM, Blogger KP said...

Thanks for sharing this......:)

I didnt knew anything about the coin till today.....

Even with silicon disc .....

what do u think the reason for indian myth or india not getting recognition?

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger KP said...

i dont know...how it showed up as Anonymous?

it was by me......

 
At 10:49 AM, Blogger Preethi said...

@ kp: no probs. yea i know. knowledge is bliss...

 
At 11:24 AM, Blogger c e e d y said...

I agree with you- but its not their problem is it - its our countrymen who are not aggresive enough to seek all those praises....

how can we blame a "buzznessman - who simply seeks opportunity" because of our lethargy...

 
At 12:44 PM, Blogger prabhu said...

There are other interesting connections between the Egyptian, Mayan and Indian civilizations as well. This space is too small for that.
Here is a good read on the all that influenced The Matrix trilogy. Its not just Hinduism.
Listen to the closing title track in the The Matrix Revolutions (3rd installment). It is a nice tribute to Hindu philosophy from the Upanishads...
"asato ma sad gamaya
tamaso ma jyotir gamaya
mrutyor ma amrtam gamaya"...

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger prabhu said...

Not sure if you have seen this. We need stuff like this to reboot the epics, give it new flavor. Not sure if all will agree, but I love it.

 
At 7:38 PM, Blogger Preethi said...

Hey prabhu, chkd out both. I knew about both of them.
Just that even in Wiki if you browse down there is this explanation about Neo- jesus, trinity-holy spirit, the other guy- father,(which i think is far fetchedbut for the names, which i think was deliberate to attract the American audience) where as the whole concept of this world being unreal, 'maya' which is the foundation of Hindu philosophy and the back bone of the trilogy itself is not mentioned directly. Maybe a few clicks will lead me there. I'm asking why?

About the animation tho' - comic strip rocks man. Anywhere anytime. and yes that's one way to promote it.

 

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