Is Krishna Real or Myth?
“Uday, I felt ashamed of you. I had been respecting you for your rational thinking and scientific temperament. But when you wrote in your website that Krishna was a historical character, I lost all regards for you. How could you write such stupid thing?” the question was from my college friend Tomichan, who still is a hardcore Marxist.
“What stupid thing Tom?” I asked
“You know very well that Krishna is just a myth and a superstitious belief of Hindus.”
“Did you watch news channels yesterday?” I asked him.
“No…Why?” he was surprised when I changed the subject.
“Don’t you watch news channels?”
“Yes, just for fun. As a journalist, you know better that they won’t show truth as it is. It’s all their opinioned version of truth based on the sponsors orders…”
“So, you don’t believe in what they say?”
“No – not at all. Those journalists are presstitutes and belong to the fourth gender…”he suddenly stopped, looked at me and continued, “but of course, we have gentlemen like you too…”
“Ah, that was a good one. I am flattered! Okay. But, what about media like Doordarshan and Akashvani (All India Radio)? Do you follow that?”
“Do I look like an idiot? They are just for government propaganda…”
“Why can’t you tell public that all news channels are spreading lies?”
“Who will believe me?” he asked. “People don’t think that deep…”
“So, you are aware that truth is conveniently misinterpreted. What you see with your eyes are being pampered and changed, right?”
“Yes of course. The public is donkey. They live in a superficial society as brainwashed morons”
“Don’t call yourself a donkey. You are also brainwashed moron…”
He became angry: “You know I don’t lie and all through my life I fought against exploitation…”
“But you blindly trust those history texts – worse than these news channels. India was ruled by non-Hindus for 1000 years. Why would they support or promote anything related to Hindus? Especially, their background and conditioning were founded upon aggressive, hostile and fanatic religious belief-system?”
He looked at me for a moment. Then he shook his head.
“Hmm. You have a point there. Yes, it is normal that they would tarnish local culture.”
– History is always written by the winners. When two cultures clash, the loser is obliterated, and the winner writes the history books – books which glorify their own cause and disparage the conquered foe.
“Yes, we saw what happened to Afghanistan, which was predominantly a Buddhist country. We have seen the biggest Buddhist statue in the world was destroyed by Taliban. Will they teach the glorious past of Buddhism and Maurya empire in Afghanistan?”
“No. In a way you are right. Pakistan history books teach them that they have won war against India three times! They do not teach about their past culture. So, you think Krishna was a real person? Can you prove it?”
“Can you prove Krishna was NOT a historical person?”
“There are no official records to prove that Krishna was a historical person…”
“Those who wrote Indian history were not Indophiles. All ancient libraries and universities (biggest in the world) were long ago destroyed and burned by fanatic invaders. In Mahabharata, Vaishampayana made the first recorded narration of Takshashila University to Janmajeya. It was such an old university that had entire chronologies and records of all history from the time of Ramayana. It is said that when ancient universities like TakshaShila, Nalanda and Vikramasila were burnt by those pervert fanatics, it took more than 6 months to burn those ancient scriptures and texts. So where will you find historical records?”
“But there were historians from Europe who studied about India…”he said.
“In fact, they were shocked to learn that Indian history pre-dated their world by thousands of years. It clashed with their religious belief that (their) God had created the earth 4000 years ago. We cannot blame them, as the biggest number for the Romans is 3999 = MMMCMXCIX, because there is no letter for number. Meanwhile, our ancestors were calculating in terms of billions and trillions.”
“Yes, I know that”
“We could have used the Vedas, Mahabharata, Upanishads, and the Puranas, which give exact chronologies of Indian kings including Krishna as Indian historical sources, if we had researched more on that. But, those books were labeled as nonsense by the paid historians or die-hard fans of invaders!”
“Hmm. Yes I agree one point. Yes, history is always written by the winner. It becomes ‘his-story’. But truth is difficult to suppress…”
“Yes, using archaeological, scriptural, literary and astronomical data, scholars and scientists are coming round to the view that Krishna was definitely a historical character.”
(Please see my manuscript ‘Deciphering Krishna Code; for details. I have written many articles related to this subject in my website, so not repeating our dialogue here)
The Greek emperors from the period of Alexander used to send ambassadors to the Indian kings.
Heliodorus, who was sent from Taxila to the court of King Bhagabhadra at Videsha (Besnagar, central India), erected a Garud-pillar in Videsha in honor of Krishna which is one of the earliest direct archaeological evidence.
“Go and see Heliodorus pillar and then start reading history books written by unbiased people quoting Buddhist (Ghata-Jataka, Mahaummagga Jataka, and Greek scriptures (by Megasthenes) or historical scriptures written by Pāṇini or Jain history of Tirthankar Neminath or Modern historians like Dr. E.J.H. Mackay, Dr. Thomas Hopkins, Steven Rosen, Andrew Rosanen of Harvard to name a just few….”
“You mean to say Indian history books are totally wrong?”
“I wouldn’t say totally. There could be one or two percent truth in it.”
“Okay, for the sake of argument, I can agree that the history written by the British or Europeans was to tarnish India’s cultural heritage and glorious image…But India got Independence in 1947. We could have changed it…”
“Who will change it? The Indian National Congress was a sentimental mass movement to attain freedom. India’s first PM Nehru was very busy in converting the national movement to a private limited closely held company. There were no many intellectuals in that party as you had in your then Communist party. What’s more, Nehru was also another European educated product. He had entrusted the job of curriculum development for schools and colleges to the then intellectual Communists who were also missionary products like him. They also need to appease the minority. Hence it had to be a politically convenient history. That’s why when all countries feel proud of their past, Indian made to feel ashamed of it. As Napoleon once said, ‘What is history, but a fable agreed upon.’ There were two great people opposed such dirty political plans – Dr. B. R. Ambedkar and Bhagini (Sister) Nivedita – both were side-lined.”
“Why can’t people come forward and tell the truth to public…”
“Let me repeat the answer you have just given a while ago about news-channel: who would believe? And people like you already have prejudice against Indian scriptures – that’s why your party members burned Manusmriti and Bhagavad Gita without even reading it.”
“Ok, if I take your argument, then Krishna was a real person. Still you are being illogical. A human being cannot possess any superhuman powers. Then why would you worship Krishna as god? You had written that you would say ‘krishnarpanamastu’, before whatever you do. Isn’t it ridiculous? After all he is just a human being just you and me. So, how is it different from worshipping film stars, cricket stars and self-styled babas and fake gurus?
“Very Good question. I believe I am part of this cosmos which in Sanskrit is known as Brahmam. I have learnt bit of astro-physics. The constitute of galaxies in the universe is of spiral shape, my ancestors created a similar looking familiar thing – a Serpent for the purpose of teaching ordinary people like me. They named the Serpent ‘Anantha’ means “infinite, endless” in Sanskrit.”
“The colour of the depth is blue. The 90% of what we see appear blue – be it sky or ocean. So, they created another representation in blue colour. The easily identifiable form for us is human form. But there has to be some differences to show that it is not a human. They named this symbolic form of infinity as Vishnu.”
“Vishnu’s abode is Ksheera Sagara. Our galaxy’s name is Milky Way. Incidentally it is the English translation of Ksheera Sagara. Don’t worry, this is mentioned at least 5000 years before our scientists even discovered Milky Way.” (For details see the Secrets of Krishna’s Birth http://udaypai.in/the-secret-of-krishnas-birth/)
“So, you have done enough homework…”
“Even such kind of imagination was bit vast for average people like me. I would be more comfortable if I can see it in a beautiful pleasing form. Our ancestors found a man from the history – everything fitted in that man – wisdom, beauty, love, compassion, sweetness and what not? And he was Krishna. He followed Dharma (natural law). So, my ancestors elevated him to the position of an avatar. An Avatar of Vishnu….Now, let me know how this could be a logical fallacy?”
“It appears sensible…”
“And this Krishna, unlike Semitic concepts of Gods, is not wrathful. He doesn’t threaten you. He wouldn’t throw you in the hell if you don’t worship him. He calls you “Amrutatma” and not as a “sinner”. And he doesn’t say that you MUST worship him, instead he says it is OK to worship any God of your choice…Why?”
“Because he realised that he is the cosmos. And whom-so-ever you worship, the way the rivers reach ocean, all devotion will eventually reach him only. He is so confident, so secure and so lovable. He wouldn’t get angry at you even if you call him thief or rascal.”
“So you tell me, whom else should I worship other than this adorable rascal who loves me unconditionally and makes my life sweet and beautiful just by the presence of his very image in my mind?”
(This is from my new book “The Secret of Krishna: Deciphering the Krishna Code)
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