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Who Was Abraham?

Pandit
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3/3/2016 5:10:05 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
In his History of the Jews, the Jewish scholar and theologian Flavius Josephus (37 - 100 A.D.), wrote that the Greek philosopher Aristotle had said: "...These Jews are derived from the Indian philosophers; they are named by the Indians Calani." (Book I:22.)

Clearchus of Soli wrote, "The Jews descend from the philosophers of India. The philosophers are called in India Calanians and in Syria Jews. The name of their capital is very difficult to pronounce. It is called 'Jerusalem.'"

"Megasthenes, who was sent to India by Seleucus Nicator, about three hundred years before Christ, and whose accounts from new inquiries are every day acquiring additional credit, says that the Jews 'were an Indian tribe or sect called Kalani...'" (Anacalypsis, by Godfrey Higgins, Vol. I; p. 400.)

Martin Haug, Ph.D., wrote in The Sacred Language, Writings, and Religions of the Parsis, "The Magi are said to have called their religion Kesh-"-Ibrahim.They traced their religious books to Abraham, who was believed to have brought them from heaven." (p. 16.)

There are certain striking similarities between the Hindu god Brahma and his consort Saraisvati, and the Jewish Abraham and Sarai, that are more than mere coincidences. Although in all of India there is only one temple dedicated to Brahma, this cult is the third largest Hindu sect.

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3/3/2016 5:27:17 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
ave you ever noticed that Abraham and his wife Sarah of the monotheistic Judeo-Christian and Moslem religions are nearly identical in name to Brahma and his wife Saraswati of the Hindu religion?

Regarding the link between Abraham and Brahma, Steven Rosen writes:

"The similarities between the names of Abraham and Brahma have not gone unnoticed. Abraham is said to be the father of the Jews, and Brahma, as the first created being, is often seen as the father of mankind..." We might also note that the name of Brahma"s consort Sarasvati seems to resonate with that of Abraham"s wife, Sarah [" each one"s identity as a wife and/or sister]. Also, in India, the Sarasvati River includes a tributary known as the Ghaggar". According to Jewish tradition, Hagar was Sarah"s maidservant". Both Brahmins " and Jews see themselves as the "chosen people of God." The Hebrews began their sojourn through history as a "kingdom of priests" (Exodus 19:6). Likewise, Brahmins are also a community of priests. " Rosen in Essential Hinduism, p. 12."

Donald M. Craig points to ancient sources regarding a history of Abraham from India:

""Flavius Josephus "(in the) Antiquities of the Jews " quotes Aristotle (384 b.c.e."322 b.c.e.) as saying that Jews are derived from the Indian philosophers and are known as the Calani. Clearchus of Soli was a student in Aristotle"s school. In his book, De Somno, he elaborates on the story of how Aristotle discovered this information, but the basic concept remained the same. Megasthenes was " an ambassador of Seleucus I of Syria to " India, before the latter"s death in 288 b.c.e. " Megasthenes wrote that the Jews were an Indian tribe or sect called Kalani. Except for the spelling he agreed with Aristotle and Clearchus. Higgins also claims that Ur of the Chaldees, the home of Abraham mentioned in the Bible, was actually Ur of the Chaldeans. "Chaldean," he continues, is actually "Kaul-Deva" or the Holy Kauls, a Brahmanical caste of India. " He writes that the tribe of the Brahmin Abraham was expelled from or left India and settled in Goshen in Egypt. Finally, he states, "The Arabian historians contend that Brahma and Abraham, their ancestor, are the same person" [emphasis added]. "

The Hebrew Bible adds another possibility regarding the relationship between India and Israel:

"To the sons of his concubines Abraham gave gifts, while he was still alive, and he sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east. " Genesis 25:6"

Perhaps to highlight this relationship in comparison the son of King David, the Hebrew Bible later reads:

Solomon"s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of the children of the East. " 1 Kings 5:10

Abraham/Sarah and Brahma/Saraswati are not the only overlapping figures between Hindu and Hebrew traditions. Ajit Vadakayil points out that there is also Adam/Eve and Adhama/ Havyavati, along with Noah and Nyuha or Manu (Blogspot.com). As well, the Hebrew religion is one among a group of traditions (including Islam and Christianity) that believe that Abraham is their father. As well, since Brahma has will-born sons, Brahmanaspati (Lord of the Brahman Priests) and Brihaspati (Lord of the Burden Carriers), their relationship with Abraham cannot be answered so simply as the introductory title is asking. That is, the good qualities exemplified in Abraham are immortally deified in Brahma, while Brahma"s wish born sons live out these qualities on earth, much like Abraham. These qualities of Brahmanaspati/Brihaspati, the sons of Angiras, (the Fire Clan wish-born of Brahma) reflect remarkably with those of Abraham.
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3/3/2016 5:31:13 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 3/3/2016 5:29:29 PM, Deb-8-A-Bull wrote:
I was about to post the exact same response.

If that is true , World religions and their existence will go hay wire .
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3/3/2016 5:33:35 PM
Posted: 9 months ago
At 3/3/2016 5:31:13 PM, Pandit wrote:
At 3/3/2016 5:29:29 PM, Deb-8-A-Bull wrote:
I was about to post the exact same response.

If that is true , World religions and their existence will go hay wire .

Abraham was the founder of the Smurf nation.