Mahabharata had taken place only in the year two thousand B.C and it was written down only in the year fourth century A.D. The stories said in this were known to people by the auditory manner, and so the poet had to add interesting scenarios so as to make the people to read. This poetry was actually written by the Northern Israelites. The language spoken by them was originally Tamil and so the name Israel was translated as Kumaravel Pandiyan in Tamil. This Pandyans were called as Pandavas and their life incidents were written in Bala Bharatham.
The Mahabaratha is the story of Krishna who helped the Pandavas to inherit Hastinapura. Krishna acted as a messenger between Pandavas and Gauravas and moreover it was through Krishna, the Veda originated. Krishna was a charioteer to Arjuna and helped him to inherit Hastinapura. Bhagavat Gita was then originated. Let us now compare the life incidents of these characters with the biblical ones.
During the time when Pandavas ruled, the brothers of Bheeshma push him into a pit and so Bheema goes to Naga Lokam and becomes more powerful than before. This incident in Mahabharata is similar to the one in the Holy Bible. The sons of Jacob gets jealous on Joseph, his younger son. So, his brothers throws Joseph into the pit and he was sold to the Ishamelites. Later he spent thirteen years in the prison and then he was raised in position next to Pharaoh.
Pandavas goes to the forest
The Israelites migrated to Egypt at the time when Joseph was the head of Egypt. They occupied the banks of River Goshen. A king then arose who did not know Joseph, made the people of Israel as slaves. Then they continued as slaves for nearly four hundred years. The first son of Jacob (Israel) was Reuben. He had an illegal affair with the maid servant Bilcah (who also bore sons for Jacob). So, the birthright of Reuben was abducted. This is how the story of Israelites goes. Manasseh and Ephraim were raised equal to Simeon and Judah.
Birth of the Messenger
Astrologers predicted that the sister of King Kamsan will bear children and that the eighth child will kill Kamsan. So on hearing this, Kamsan kills the children one by one. Devagi (sister of Kamsan) bore the eighth child and left the child under the care of Yasoda in Gokulam by Vasudeva (Devagi’s Husband). But inturn the child of Yasoda was given to Devagi and Kamsan killed the child. Krishna grows up in Gokulam and does some magical works inorder to save the people around him. He lifted up a mountain as an umbrella, kills the demon who comes in the form of a serpent and so on. Finally, Krishna also kills Kamsan and sits on his throne. He had a brother named Balram and a sister named Subathra in Gokulam. Krishna always has a flute in his hands.
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When Joseph was next in position to Pharaoh, the Israelites (Jacob and his sons) migrated to the banks of River Goshen. After four hundred years there arises a King who do not know Joseph. Pharaoh saw that the population of the Israelites increased and so he ordered all the male children to be thrown inside the river. Moses was born and nearly for three months they were able to hide him but not more than that. So, they kept the child in the ark of bulrushes, and let it flow in the Nile river. Then the child was found by Pharaoh’s daughter, and she willed to take care of the child. She wished to keep the baby, even after knowing that it was a Hebrew child. Miriam, sister of that baby requested and suggested Pharaoh’s daughter to bring a woman to feed the baby. Then the daughter of the Pharaoh said,’Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages’. So, Moses was grown along with his own mother until a certain age and was later left to Pharaoh’s daughter. He was called Moses because she drew him out of water. Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, He went to his bretheren and there he saw an Egyptian beating one of his bretheren. So, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. So, Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh and lived in the land of Midian. There he was a shepherd.
Male children were killed both in the days of Moses and Krishna. As like Krishna, even Moses had two mothers. They grew up in the palace and among the shepherds.
Exodus/ the journey of Liberation:
In Mahabarata, Krishna acted as a msseneger between the Pandavas and the Gauravas. God chose Moses and Aaron to liberate the people of Israel from slavery. Moses performed ten miracles, which was a plague to the Egyptians. God then takes them to the promised land, Canaan . God gives the commandments through Moses in a place between Egypt and Canaan. They were fed by God for forty years in the wilderness. It was at that time, people lived in the place Edom, where Jacob’s brother Esau’s descendants lived. There they face few problems , but God did give the lands od Edomites to the Israelites. Moses’ brother Aaron was from the tribe of Levi, the tribe which was chosen to serve God.
The miracles(plagues) which was said to be done by Krishna was actually done by Moses inorder to liberate his people. Mahara Sankaranti is celebrated until now as a resemblance of the incident at the night of passover. The festivals of Mahara Sankaranti and Pongal are the proofs that we are the Israelites. The day on which the Israelites were liberated from Egypt is celebrated as Mahara Sankaranti.
WORDS OF THE MESSENGER
Mahabaharata: Pandavas and Gauravas waged war against each other. At that time, Arjuna hesitates to wage war against his own relatives. So Krishna advises Arjuna to continue with the war, this was nothing but Bhagavad Gita, and this was said to be as the Vedas of Hindus.
Moses, was now a hundred and twenty years, and he along with the people has then reached Jordan after defeating the Emorites and Midianites. God tells Moses that he cannot enter the land of Canaan and so tells him to anoint Joshua, the son of Nun. Moses anoints Joshua as the leader and gathers the congregation and explains the work of the Lord and how their fathers were liberated. He also explains about the blessings if they obey and the curses if they disobey the words of God. Next Moses spoke about the ways which pleases God. This is given in leviticus and Numbers. This also explains about the way we have to walk, and the offering we have to offer. This is generally called as Agama Vidhigal.
Then it says about the things to come in the future which God wills to do. In Deuteronomy, chapters twenty seven to thirty three explains Moses’ prophetic messages to the Israelites. Then Moses also describes about the upcoming captivity and the return of the Jews in those times. Moses advices all these to the people and he calls them to follow the words of the Lord. He then anoints Joshua as the leader and he goes to the top of Mount Nebo and gives up his life, seeing Canaan, the promised land. God himself burries Moses.
INHERITANCE OF THE NATION:
Ashwathama is killed in the Kurukshetra war. Loss of lives at either sides and Krishna acts as a charioteer to Arjuna. Bheeshma, Dhuryodhana, Karna and Dhuchadana are killed in this war and at last Pandavas inherit the nation.
Joshua was the son of Nun, from the tribe of Ephraim. He was one among the twelve spies sent to the land of Canaan. The greekname for Joshua is Jehoshua. We can divide the book Joshua into two;
- Inheritance of the promised land
- Division of the lands and settlement of the tribes
SHITTIM: God gives advice to Joshua when the Israelites stayed in Shittim.
RIVER JORDAN: Joshua was ready for another miracle. When the Levites carrying the Ark of Covenant and touched the river, it split and made way for the people to walk.
GILGAL: An Angel of the Lord appeared to them at Gilgal as they were planning to capture Gilgal.
JERICHO: Jericho is the land surrounded by forts on all sides but as they moved forward it was no longer a hurdle to them. Due to the obedience of the Israelites, the city was captured.
AYI: Due to the disobedience of the man named Ahan, the Israelites lost in the war against Ayi. Then they waged war again and inherited Ayi.
EBAL AND GERIZIM: After defeating Ayi, they built an altar on the mount Ebal. There the laws were read aloud and the people made covenant with God.
GIBEON: Initially Israelites were about to be defeated by Gibeonites but later they were made slaves.
AYALON VALLEY: Joshua waged war against the Gibeonites and defeated them. Joshua then pleaded God to stop the sun to set and the sun did not set for nearly a day.
ATHSER: Jabin, King of Athser gathered few other kings and waged war against Israel. But they were defeated by Joshua. Joshua had defeated thirty countries until then. He also killed the men of Enoch.
SILO: Joshua overcame the men of Canaan. They built the tabernacle in Silo. Joshua also divided the land of Canaan to the Israelite tribes.
SEEGEM: Before his death, Joshua made the congragation of Israel to gather at this place and remainded the people to love the God with all their heart. Then the congregation promised before God.
The son of Yasoda is Balram. He faced all the situations in Gokulam along with Krishna and Balram is also said to be an incarnation.
Moses, Aaron and Miriam are sibling brothers and sisters. God gives liberation through these people from the Egyptian. Aaron serves as a mouth to Moses in Pharaoh’s palace. They perform ten miracles which was plague to the Israelites and they both guided the people of Israel in the wilderness. When Moses went to the top of Mount Sinai, Aaron listened to the words of the people and made a golden calf and ignited the wrath of the Lord. God made the Levites as the one to serve Him, and generally the Priests or the Levites teach the people about the law. Great prophets arose form this tribe. Only the tribe of Aaron was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place and only once in a year. They offered sacrifices to the Lord on the altar and they were called as Aryans later.
CURSE OF BRAHMA:
There was a competition between Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma as to confirm who was the greatest. So, Shiva tells them that the greatest will be the one who finds his hair. Vishnu and Brahma starts to find the hair because Shiva grows taller and taller. At last, Vishnu takes the form of Kurma and digs deep inside accepting the fact that he cannot see Shiva’s hair. But on the other hand,Brahma saw Pandanus (Thazham Poo) flower on the way, and he tells the flower to tell lies. Vishnu touches the feet of Shiva and Shiva bows down to lift Vishnu up and this is how Vishnu saw the hair of Shiva. Since Brahma lied, he was cursed that he must not have temples for his worship.
We shall now see a similar incident in the bible.Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28:13 talks about a similar incident. The Cherub for protection is mentioned in the Bible.
. ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
ISAIAH 14: 12:
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
The mythical characters Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva denote Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. They were the image or representation of the God of Israel. The astrological elements Guru, Shani and Snake had a fight and the Puranas says about this. The Rahu and Ketu snakes were once divine and one, but due to their wickedness it was cut into two. This is what the Bible says as “you have been cast down to earth”.
The consequence of this was the imprisonment of the soul and so as to save the souls, Guru was born in this earth. This Guru chose the man Abraham and his generation, that is the Israelites. The ten avatars denote only Guru. The mythical character Naratha is the actual Guru. This incident has taken place during the Dhwapara yuga, which consists of three parts of truth and one part of untruth.