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March 23rd, 2002 - Ratheesh KrishnaVadhyar's Journal

March 23rd, 2002

March 23rd, 2002
03:35 pm

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Andhra Meals

Today I booked tickets for going to Kerala next weekend. I went to symphony theatre to watch "Lord of the Rings", but I reached there late. Had lunch from Amaravati restaurant and came back.

I always enjoy the Andhra style meals from this restaurant, and go there once in a while (it is a bit expensive, though..). In general I like Andhra cooking style, with lot of chillies and spices. Mixing rice, sambar, chutney and few spoons of ghee with the curry made of spinach, then with masala butter milk, curd and fried chillies, chutney powder.. It is delicious and also quite a heavy lunch. Normally I take only a light dinner after a lunch from Amaravati. They also keep few beautiful paintings inside the restaurant. I don't know who are the artists, but all look very beautiful.

Probably Andhra Food is the only Andhra product that I like nowadays. I haven't read much of Telugu literature, but the stories I read of Madhuranthakam Rajaram were just mediocre. Regarding Cinema, I believe the most stupid movies in India are made in Telugu and I am yet to see a tolerable Telugu movie. Sometime back I had the misfortune to watch a "Super Duper Hit" Telugu movie called "Badri" and I felt like someone had tied my hands and legs and dumped me in a cage full of monkeys. I was a fan of Simran those days (of course, not because of her acting), and went to see a movie called "Samarasimha Reddy" which was another major hit, and I escaped from the theatre after the interval.

I dont intend offend anybody. I just wrote some of my thoughts that's all.

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03:52 pm

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Jesus Lived in India

I completed Holger Kersten's "Jesus Lived in India". It is an outstanding work. Holger Kersten bases his theories on extracts from the Gospels, Puranas and the Vedas, Koran, Buddhist scriptures, archaeological evidences, scientific study and analysis of the Tourin Shroud, stories from folk tales of various places and also on Rajatharangini of Kalhana, and many other details. I felt the author has succeeded in constructing a believable account of Jesus' life. Still, it remains a theory which may never be fully proved.

There are few flaws at least in the presentation in the book, though. The Author accuses people of interpreting the Gospels according to their needs. But at least in few places, the ones in which he uses etymological references to prove his statements, I thought he is doing (at least he gives the impression of that) the same thing for which he accuses others. At some places, he just makes some statements without really telling what is there in his mind, and leaving the readers to make their own conclusions.

As per the book, Abraham was a historic person who lived in Kashmir, and his ancestors were from Northern India. Moses also came to Kashmir, where he spent his last days and died, and his tomb is there in Kashmir it seems. The "Lost Tribes of Israel" came to India in the 7th century BC or so and they settled here. Jesus was regarded as a Buddhist Lama and the three wise men who came to see Jesus were none other than Buddhist monks. Jesus came to India when he was a boy, and he was taught of Buddhist teachings and the Vedas. The author shows lots of parallels between The Old Testament Vs. the Hindu Puranas, and Jesus' Teachings Vs. Buddhist thoughts, to show how the former was influenced by the latter in each case. As per the book, Jesus didn't die during the crucifixion, he was rescued by some Essenes, after which he travelled to India, lived up to a very old age and died in Kashmir. Jesus had interacted with King Shalivahana and Emperor Kanishka, and participated in the Buddhist conference held in Haran conducted by Kanishka in the first century AD. The book says the tomb of Jesus is still there in Kashmir. Holger Kersten says that current Christianity is partially Paulinism, the teachings of Jesus (mis)interpreted by Paul.

One thing just came to my mind after reading the book is just this - How less we know about what it was like in the world two thousand years ago. We can either guess or suggest unprovable theories.

Myths are always more beautiful that History.

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09:36 pm

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Books on Ancient India

I bought two books to learn a bit more about ancient India. Gem in the Lotus - The Seedings of Indian Civilization by Abraham Eraly, Gods, Sages and Kings - Vedic Secrets of Ancient Civilization by David Frawley.

I just read few pages from the books. The first book attempts to trace India's story from pre-historic times to Ashoka's era. Of course, this would be just from the author's view point which may be biased, and need not necessarily be the true history.

Frawley's book tries to interpret the Vedic notations - kings, dynasties, geographical references - all in a different perspective. It says about the existence of a common spiritual cultural root for most of the civilizations of the world.

A quote from Eraly's book: After mentioning about Alexander's interactions with an ascetic called Dandamis, he writes: "...India would not go to the world; The world had to go to her. And it did. In hordes, race after race, century after century. But they went to conquer, not to learn ancient wisdom at her feet...".

Current Music: Ezhamkadal Neenthiyorambili...

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