History Recorded in Incorruptible, Poetic Form , engraved on bubbles of air and brain patterns.
India has recorded history from the time of Brahma or Swayambhu Manu. It was not engraved on stone, but onto the minds of Indian citizens in incorruptible poetic form easy to remember in the form of Vedas, Itihasas and Puranas. All castes in India had access to the Puranas and the Itihasas which not only contained the history of the Indian people but also our ethics, morals, science, astronomy and entire wisdom upto the point. Our Itihasas were thus more than just itivrittis (a set of events). In modern languages itihasa has come to mean the dry history, that Chanakya referred to as itivritti. Itihasas have in them, far more intrinsic value and appeal than itivrittis alone.
In this document, I take the stand that we do have the most ancient recorded history in the world carved on bubbles of air and preserved in our brain patterns and customs. It is our responsibility to sort out out the calendars and events.
Sometimes we find 10 places claiming to host an event such as the birth of Sita Devi’s twins. At such times I select the one for which there is corroborative evidence in the texts. (In this instance it is Bithoor, near Kanpur.)
Western miracle workers are supposedly historical, while Indian miracle workers are treated as mythical :
History is an emotional issue for Indians. We had 4 centuries of foreign rulers who believed that only Christ or Mohammed could perform miracles. These people therefore ruled that any Indian who was said to have performed a miracle had to be mythical. So historical heroic figures like Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Devi and everyone else was directly treated as a figment of the fertile Indian imagination. By the time we threw the British out, the Communist, Socialist and Determinist Religions took hold of the Macaulay brand of intellectuals. While a large number of them did emigrate, a larger number of them stayed behind with a will to free India from her supposedly feudal and allegedly superstitious mindset.
The effect of Discovering the health (body) benefits of Indian Tradition and Customs : were our Rshis right about other things too?
As the westerners started discovering the value of yoga and turmeric, and as they discovered the healthy psychological benefits of rituals and meditation, many Indians have started relooking at our own culture and customs wondering whether we have thrown the baby out with the bath water. The new generation of Indians are not born under foreign rule, but are strongly under the influence of non Indian cultures. A small fraction of us are relooking at our history with a mind free from Christian, Muslim and Marxist dogma. We are in a sense fighting not for political freedom, but for freedom of Indian History.
The political camps of Indian History : Left, Right and the emerging Centre:
The terrain of Indian history has been divided between the Marxists and Nationalists in India, and both of them dump us in the opposite camp, without so much as a hearing, denying us an identity.
But people like us with a strong background in science and strong exposure to western methods and a strong respect for India are trying to make a new place for ourselves, to find, understand and present history as we find it. Today we are not a stereotype and we have no independent label yet. I would like to call us the Science and Scripture historians, trying to focus on Truth without any political agenda or interest.
In the traditions of the hamsas of Brahma we are trying to separate milk from water.
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