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Saturday, February 19, 2005

India: The mother of Western civilisation

By Dr R. Brahmachari

Whenever the Western scholars begin a discussion on any branch of their knowledge such as literature, philosophy, science, medicine and so on, they always start from Greece, and thus they try to convince that the Hellenic civilisation is the fountainhead of today’s Occidental wisdom and people like Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Pythagoras, etc. were the authors of their cultural heritage. In this way they try to project that the present Western civilisation grew independently in Greece and hence it was not indebted to the civilisation of any other group of people on the globe. But a close scrutiny reveals that the people who are now being revered as the father of Western wisdom were the people who migrated in large numbers from India and established colonies in Greece, Egypt, Persia, Mesopotamia, Italy, North and South America and many other places. And hence Indians were, in fact, the authors of civilisations which are now called ancient civilisations of Egypt, Rome Mesopotamia and so on, including that of Greece.

Every Indian should be proud to know that Parasya, the real name of today’s Persia, was derived from Sanskrit parashu, or the axe which Shri Parashuram, the Brahmin warrior and one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu, used to carry. He should also be glad to know that the great Roman Empire was the creation of immigrant Hindu Kshatriyas, who had settled in Italy, and the city of Rome was named after Lord Rama, the King of Ayodhya. Still today, the name of the city is spelled not as Rome, but Roma in Italian. Once upon a time, the two countries, Norway and Sweden, collectively called Scandinavia, were ruled by Shri Kartikeya, the son of Lord Siva. It is well known that Skanda was the other name of Lord Kartikeya and the land was therefore, called Skandanabhi. And scholars agree that today’s Scandinavia was derived from Sanskrit Skandanabhi.

Similarly the Caspian Sea was named after Rishi Kashyapa and words like August, Augustine, etc. were derived from Rishi Agastya. Arka is another name of the sun. The Sanskrit arka became Arak in the West, as Dharma or Karma became dharam and karam in northern India. Gradually this Arak became Araak and finally today’s Iraq.

It would be really perplexing for every Indian to know that Lord Krishna, the son of Devaki, became Apollo in Greece. Radhakant is the other name of Lord Krishna, and since Radha is a woman and abala, he is also known as Abalakant, and this abala became Apollo in Greece. Similarly, Lord Shiva of Kailash became the Greek god, Zeus. The place in Greece where people from Magadh (today’s Bihar) were settled was called Magadhan. After passage of time, Magadhan became Makedan or Macedan and finally Macedonia, the birthplace of the great warrior, Alexander. Where-from had the name Alexander been derived? A man of incomparable beauty is called Alokasunder in Sanskrit and after passage of time, this Alokasunder became Alexander in Greece. Thousands of years ago the Brahmins, belonging to the tribe of Bhil, left their dwelling place Hamman in Afghanistan and settled in Greece, where their chiefs were called Bhilpos, a corrupt of Bhilpati. Later on this Bhilpos became Philip, the tribe to which the father of Alexander belonged and hence, Alexander was an immigrant from Hamman in Afghanistan.

The place in Greece where people from Magadh (today’s Bihar) were settled was called Magadhan. After passage of time, Magadhan became Makedan or Macedan and finally Macedonia, the birthplace of the great warrior, Alexander. Wherefrom had the name Alexander been derived?

There is a small place called Attak, lying on the bank of River Sindhu, 942 miles north of the Arabian Sea. People who migrated to Greece from Attak, named their new dwelling place as Attak-sthan, which after passage of time became Atakthan and ultimately the great Greek city, Athens. The descendants of Laxman, the younger brother of Lord Ram, after migrating to Greece, set up a colony called Lughmon, which later on became Lacmon. The immigrants from Ayodhya were called Ayodhan (people of Ayodhya) in Greece. Later on this Ayodhan became Ionan and the nearby sea was named the Ionian Sea. These descendants of Ram were also known as Cul-ait-ram (Ram’s family) which ultimately became Call-id-Romos. A group of these people migrated to Italy, founded the city of Roma and the great Roman Empire. Another branch of them migrated to Peru in South America.

Shali is a kind of fine rice and des-shali stands for the place where this kind of rice is cultivated. This des-shali in Greece became Thessali, a provice of Greece. Adri is the other name of the Himalayas, and from this Adri, the sea between Italy and Greece was named the Adriatic Sea. Falguni or Phalgooni was another name of Arjuna. In Greece, this Phalgooni became Phalg-oonus and the settlement of the descendants of Phalgoonus was called Phal-goonia. Today, the place is called Pelagonia, a part of the province of Thessali. Ano-ther name of Arjuna was Ajeya which became Aegeus and his descen-dants, who were settled in eastern Greece, were called Aigaios or Aigaians and the adjoining sea became the Aegean Sea.

The early settlers in Greece were known as Pelasgians and scholars believed that the word Pelasgians had been derived from Pelargos. But Pelargos has several meanings. Firstly, Pelargos means ‘sea’ and hence some scholars believe that they were called Pelasgians because those early settlers came to Greece by the sea. Secondly, pelo means ‘to till’ and argos means land. So, many believe that they were called Pelasgians as those early settlers were tillers of land or simply farmers. A third group of scholars believe that those early settlers came from the state of Bihar in India. In those days, Bihar was also known as Pelas, and hence they were called Pelasgians.

Why did the Indians start migrating to Greece and other Western countries in large numbers? Scholars believe that after the Kurukshetra war the Kshatriya tribes, who fought for the Kauravas and survived the war, began to migrate in large numbers to escape humiliation and persecution by the winner Kshatriyas. According to the most modern estimate, the Kurukshetra war took place in 3069 b.c. and hence the said migration occurred 5,000 years ago.

Hella is the other name of Greece and many believe that the name came after a mountain called Hela, situated in Baluchistan in today’s Pakistan. They also believe that the people of that locality were the first among all the Indians to reach Greece. The contributions of these people from Hela mountain, who were sun-worshippers, played a vital role in Greek history and civilisation. From Hela, the Greek name Helios for the sun was derived. The settlements of these Hela people were called Hela-des (land of Hela) which ultimately became Helados.

The immigrants from Ayodhya were called Ayodhan (people of Ayodhya) in Greece. Later on this Ayodhan became Ionan and the nearby sea was named the Ionian Sea.

After passage of time, they were known as Phoenician sailors and traders. In Greek, the word cori stands for the mouth of a river. So the people who migrated from the mouth of River Sindhu, were called Cori-Indus. Later on, this Cori-Indus became Corinthus and their settlement became the city of Corinth.

Many believe that the word Europe was derived from Sanskrit surupa and the name of the Caucasus mountain was derived from Kaikeyi, the mother of Prince Bharat, the younger brother of Lord Ram. Most scholars believe that the epics Illiad and Odyssey are nothing but imitations of Ramayana. The prime story of Ramayana is abduction of Sita and liberating her from captivity; even the epics of Homer narrate a similar story, where Sita has been replaced by Helen, the queen of Troy.

How were the names of the celebrated Hellenic scholars derived? Many people believe that the Sanskrit word Arya became Aristo in Greece, and from this Aristo names like Aristotle, Aristarcus and English words like aristocrat, aristocracy, etc. have been derived. Scholars also believe that Socrates was a corrupt of Sukracharya or Sukra. In Sanskrit vidyapith stands for a seat of learning and Vidyapith-guru stands for the teacher or acharya. In Greece, this Vidyapith-guru became pith-guru, which after a passage of time became Pithgoras, and from this Pithgoras the English Pythagoras was derived. Thus it can be shown that the scholars who are believed to have authored the Greek or Hellenic civilisation, were, in fact, Kshatriya immigrants from India. And hence, it can safely be said that India is also the mother of civilisation, which is now known as Hellenic, or Greek civilisation.

For further reading:

1. India in Greece by E. Pococke.
2. The History of Greece by G. Grote.
3. The Social Conditions of the Greeks by Rev. J.B. Ottley
4. Sanskrit and Modern Medical Vocabulary by A. Bagchi


At 1:28 AM, Blogger PersianPrincess said...

Why Indian people keep claiming Dravidians are Aryan I will never no. Aryans are from the Caucaus steppes and moved down to Iran.

Did you even bother to study anthropology or history? I didn't think so. The word India is Persian, so is Hindu and Hindustan, and many more. SANSCRIT ORIGINATED IN ANCIENT IRAN (ALSO KNOWN AS ARYANA). Zoroastrianism is of IRANIAN origin. The Persians had control of parts of India and brought over Mithraism and later Zoroastrianism, so the Dravidians picked up some the Aryan Gods which later influenced Hinduism. Here's a clue:

Iran: The Origins Of The Aryan People

I am Dariush, the Great King, the King of Kings
The King of many countries and many peoples
The King of this expansive land, the son of Wishtasp Achamenia
Persian, the son of a Persian, 'Aryan', from the Aryan Race

Dariush's scripture in Naqshe-e-Rostam

The above scripture is one of most valid written evidences of the history of the Aryan race, and as can be seen, Dariush, the Achamenian king, in the 5TH CENTURY BC (notice that's BEFORE CHRIST), declares himself a Persian and from the Aryan Race. Herodotus, the father of history, writes at the same times: "In ancient times, the Greeks called Iranians "Kaffe", but they were renowned as Aryans among themselves and their neighbors". In another part of his book, Herodotus writes that the Medians were known as Aryans during a certain period. So in two of the oldest written human documents, the race of the Iranians have been mentioned as Aryan.

The word "Aryan" is FIRST mentioned in Iranian writings (Dariush the Great). Indians picked up the word "Arya" from Iranian peoples. Iranians were in Northern India for some time, but didn't really mix with the people quite as much as some would think. Try reading some information on skeletal remains - nose shape, skull shape, etc. Indians are South Asian, some are Aryan, mostly mixed with Dravidian, others fully Dravidian. This Arya/Vedic argument from Indians is getting really old. . . it's all Iranian influenced. This has been accepted worldwide. Iranians have been calling themselves Aryans since even before 5th BC! Ask any scholar- our records are older - India's records of the word "Arya" go back to when Iranians brought Mithraism and other influences to the original inhabitants of India - Dravidians.

True, original Aryans (Iranians) had dark hair and white skin, with blue eyes, some with lighter hair due to climate (Northern Iran), but don't compare that to the Afghans, Arab-Iraqis from South Iran who are ARAB - not Iranian. Iran also has Jews, Turks, Kurds and others in the country. Most Iranians stick to their own kind and have for thousands of years. There is no way you can have super dark skin and be Aryan - sorry. Those Indians who are lighter are alos mixed with Dravidian - just look at the skeletal structure - dead giveaway (don't forget the bleaching creams - I have Indian friends). I wish you Indians would stop making stupid claims that Indians are the original Aryans (ha ha) and that Aryans were brown (not!). Sorry, but historians, scholars, anthropologists, archeologists, and DNA experts disagree - just look up Aryan and Iranian or Aryan origins, and DNA on the Net and see what you find. Better yet, read books and papers written by reknown researchers.

You obviously have some self-hate issues or you wouldn't be stealing another ethnic group's accomplishments for your own. That's sad.

You wrote a nice fairy tale though. I would recommend that you take classes in both history and anthropology lol. Oh and though I'm Catholic, I practice Zoroastrian philosophy. My people have not mixed with arabs or whatever (I can prove that with my DNA test - see We also still celebrate old Persian customs like Nou Rooz and other seasonal holidays. We are the original Zoroastrians.


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