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‘The Immortals of Meluha’ by Amish

July 11, 2012

 

Brace yourself for one of my longest and well-researched write-ups ever. I am gonna number the paras to make this page easier for digestion:)

I was thinking whether to qualify this book as fiction or history; i choose to call it history because this book is a mix of both facts and fiction. Amish has done a great service to GenNext by introducing everyone in ancient Hindu history in one go: from Ayurvati, the pioneer of Ayurvedic medicine to Nandi, the bull god guarding Shiva’s temple until today.

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1. This book is highly recommended for all south Asians irrespective of their faiths, belonging to the Indian subcontinent who WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHO THEY WERE, WHO THEIR FOREFATHERS WERE BEFORE THE ADVENT OF ISLAM and arrival of christianity of India. This is like somewhat a true/suggested history of ancient India – believe me or not.

Ofcourse one can rouse a sleeping man but not someone pretending to be asleep. History did not begin for us with 1947 with the British occupiers leaving the subcontinent satisfied with hefty desi booty for over 3 centuries; neither did it start with the 7th century AD with the arrival of the barbaric islamic invaders. India existed for tens of thousands of years before that, with Hinduism as the true and original faith of the land that its people practised for 10,000 years minimum.

(Irony is that, even this soft and complacent Meluhan way of life was considered violent and vicious by some of the hindus who embraced Buddhism, founded by a fellow Hindu Siddhartha (Gautam Buddha) – so it goes on to show how soft-hearted the Meluhans (ancient Indians) were basically. Buddism did eventually gain grounds through out ancient India from today’s Afghanistan to the Chola empire of Tamil Nadu because there are Rajastanis, Gujaratis and others settled in TN for over a 1000 years getting Buddhism with them – who can trace their roots to the north. Saurashtrians of TN are in fact for instance Gujaratis. Even before the birth of Christ just as Buddhism was being followed in Afghanistan, some Tamil kings gave up wars and meat and embraced Buddhism considering it the most peaceful way of life. Ancient tamil sangam literature and temple stone edicts are a standing proof to this part of history until today).

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2. As i read through the book, one more thought follows up in my mind. A marijuana smoking Shiva seen always with the lit chillum is perfectly acceptable me – this has got nothing to do with jogis in Himalayas smoking marijuana … or perhaps it does… still, i am an open minded Hindu and i can accommodate any wild thinking/philosophy; my faith and culture give me this freedom to nurture a broad mind, open mind, open to any foreign ideas and thinking. Can you imagine a muslim digesting the idea of his prophet smoking marijuana the way i take Shiva’s smoking in my stride?

One more example to show how tolerant and lenient Indian culture is, while how intolerant and brutal other cultures are. Amish (the author) is still very much alive and kicking with a price not placed on his head thanks to a fatwa, his writing is still labelled ‘not blasphemous’ and fellow Hndus are proud of his work to speak the truth.

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3. I am not saying this book is the authentic version of history of the Indian subcontinent for over last 6000 years of from before, ancient to the Indus valley civilization of the survivors of a previous past, but this is like a good guess work/summing up of how Indian/Hindu History could have spanned out in our motherland in an unthinkable far-away age, culminating in the present day culture of modern India. Nice way to relate our history, that’s all.

Om Namasivaya!

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4. I have just started reading the book which is basically a fiction made out of believed facts of our most ancient culture. At the outset i would point out, we have always nurtured the belief that Shiva preceded/pre-dated Ram and not otherwise. I think if we overlook this one conflicting theory (who knows who is right; hindu history is not 2000 years old like christian or 1500 years old like islamic but 10,000 years old so its natural for anyone to lose sense of time in this sprawling evolution age of our culture)….we can read the book with an unbiased mind….

SRI NAGAR, OUR DEVI’S ABODE FOR OVER  4000 to 6000 YEARS BEARING THE SAME NAME:  Kashmiri separatists and Pakistani muslims please note. (kashmiri muslims are one hundred percent converts from Kashmiri baniya and Kashmiri Pandit communties; Nehru family essentially fled Kashmir to UP shocked by this mass conversion)

Sri Nagar is mentioned in over 6000 year old sanskrit sloka ‘Lalitha Sahasranama’ that i recite every friday; kudos to the author for seconding our known but unwritten history, introducing Kashmir and Sri Nagar by the same name they have been bearing for last 4000 years atleast…. Even Jhelum and Ravi rivers go by the same names for over 4000 years just like the Ganga, Jamuna and Saraswathi (found under the earth now in Rajasthan whose drying up changed hindu history forever). All these names are mentioned in correct accuracy in great hindu scriptures/texts/slokas in sanskrit written again over  4000 to 8000 years ago.

Nandi, Shiva’s frontman, is still worshipped in temples as the warrior bull. He is the first one you have to see first before stepping the inner sanctorium. No Prododhsa pooja for Shiva is complete without worshipping Nandhi first.

Bhadra also still is found in all Shiva temples in a small chapel within the sanctum sanctorium of Lord Shiva. (called by the name ‘Veera Bhadra’ by many and there is a separate temple dedicated to Veer Bhadra in Mylapore – a 2000 year old temple dedicated to this great Shiva warrior).

Rightful mention of Rudhra, who came in before Shiva, as the saviour of the Meluhans is found in the book. Even today we call the Shiva Mantra as ‘Rudra Japam’ (i think i wrote a blog on this powerful chanting of Rudra Japam)

Accepting Shiva as a mortal who was made immortal thousands of years back by our people seems tough on me – but i know eventually all Hindus have to someday acknowledge that there is no such thing as Supreme God or One God as all religions profess; rather we are all worshipping our forefathers as Gods and have made them immortal to discipline our society and live by laid norms. Atleast that explains the ‘God Particle’ now. Why in Hinduism there is continued stress on idol worship is justified with this single mortality aspect of our supreme gods. We have made all our gods immortals like we have made Gautam Buddha (Siddhartha) immortal. Likewise the christians made Jesus Christ immortal and the muslims made the prophet immortal. Finally all it takes us is just a second to realize that after we are following the footsteps of fellow humans, who lived a few thousands of years before us, that’s it. There is nothing special about them if we dare to think logically – but in all probability they were distinct people, made exceptional by their personal character, leadership, command and charisma that made them the chiefs of their tribes first and foremost that started a cult worship with these heroes made into immortal gods.

How many of us have it in us to really accept this brazen but true facts? Are all our scriptures including Ramayan and Mahabharat and Bhagwat Gita and Vedas and Upanishads and Bible and Quran actually written and propogated by intelligent men or gifted from invisible god directly from heaven??? Just who are we kidding???

But then i thank my Indian/Hindu culture that allows me this free thinking, allows me to express my mind that my god and fellow gods of other faiths were after all mortals who once walked on earth some thousands of years preceding us, This single freedom of expression is not allowed in many societies in know – where i might be labelled as a ‘kafir.’

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4. Book starts with ‘Nandi’ (who would later on become Shiva’s bull warrior) dissuading Shiva and Bhadra from warring with the hostile tribe ‘Pakratis’ – as Shiva lowers his sword, not killing the Pakrati chief ‘Yakhya’ as Nandhi says, ‘killing is not for us.’

Perfect Hindu logic. Explains why India was overrun so smoothly by the moronic islamic invaders and later on by british troops. Right from the beginning, this is our life mantra. To pardon. Not to kill. Not to take life. Even our Gods have to adhere to this one formula.
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5. Introduction to ‘Meluha’ (India) is superb – and the gateway to Meluha is Sri Nagar in the Kashmir Valley. Obviously Shiva comes to Sri Nagar from the banks of Lake Maan Sarovar at the foot of Mt. Kailash, his celestial abode (in Tibet and now with China) – so people from my place even now go on yatra (pilgrimage) to the Nepali side of Lake Mansarover and Mt. Kailash to have a distant darshan of Shiva’s kingdom.

Incredibly even the gatekeeper Chitraangadh’s name is in usage until today like Bhadra’s, Nandi’s and scores of others. Ayurvati, the ayurvedic medical practioner in ancient hindu history whose medicine system is followed in India until today finds a rightful mention in the book. Whether she is implanted here delibrately by the author is unknown but i have seen drawn pictues of Ayurvati in many books/internet.

The name ‘Neel Kanth’ -the other name of Shiva – is still in usage in our society as boys’ name.

|As I have said at the outset, all the 5 rivers of Punjab including Ravi, Beas, Jhelum and ofcourse the Sindh go by the same name until today. I think i can recognize the old names Lothal, Karachappa (Karachi) and Devagiri.

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6. Very good definition of how the caste system came into prevalance in ancient INdia. The brahmins were the priests and teachers, the Vaishyas or the baniyas were the traders, the Kshatriyas were the protective warriors and the Shudras did al the rest of the work from farming to other manual labour.

This is how ‘Ram Rajya’ the perfect Meluhan way of life was as practised by Lord Ram, the greatest king of the universe of all.

The caste system was essential a good management technique with ‘dignity of labour’ as its chief governing principle – that got lost on us Indians in last 2000 years with erosion of our value system. Originally the caste system was a greatly successful organized way of living in our civic societies – with each designated member of a community going about his/her work with perfection that life went on for eveyone else without a hurdle. The system was functional and effective.

Where exactly the corrosion of caste system values started beats me. Its a sad story that in the last 2 millennia, the system has fallen into complete disarray, pushing some communities to the bottom of the ladder while promoting some factions to the highest echelons of the society. Corruption of ideals must have come with the invaders and occupiers who promoted certain sects over some others.

Originally this caste system was designed to be perfect and it continued to be so for thousands of years before ‘Ram Rajya’ collapsed. The ‘Suryavanshis’ that we are until today, ‘Ram Rajya’ is still considered in India, the perfect utopia, the model society that once existed in ancient Meluha/India.

Right from the start once again, greatest stress is laid on avoidance of conflicts, restraint even for Kshatriyas, the warriors, who hesistated to kill even in battles which until today defines INdian/Hindu character.

Meluhans are presented as a highly literate society practising advance medical procedures, capable of running a perfect civic society complete with good transport, plumbing and other such civic amenities, reading and writing in palm leaves, generally a happy lot … but a very complacent and tolerant society unwilling to battle and somewhat cowardly and shying away from external threats/terrorist attacks without matching attacking prowess. Always on the defensive, never on the offensive.

(to continue)

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