Mayadanava and Beyond
by Rodney Lingham
Amun-Ra was the Egyptian Sun-God. His name appears strikingly like the ancient Vedic Term for Indra, as ‘Idamdra’, from which Indra is said to have been derived, so the Upanishads state. Indra is also a form of the Sun-God, and has Shyena (falcon) forms, like Horus.
Indra like Ra, also had the characteristic of being likened to a King or Ruler, and most of all, Indra is the serpent-slayer, just as Amun Ra, was said to ‘daily kill the serpent’.
Indra is also associated with the God-King Ram of ancient India in of Rig Veda (X.86), from which Amun-Ra may have also come as Aum-Ram. Yet, as Idam-dra, it could also relate to Aton or Aten-Ra, which may also be related to Adi-tya (Primal Being), a common name for the Sun-God in Rig Vedic India.
The Eye of Ra, is also closely related as the Sun in the Rig Veda as the Divine Eye of the Gods:-
“Known to all mortals, the beneficient Sun, who is universal-eyed, ascends upwards – the deity who is the Eye of Mitra and Varuna, who rolled up the darkness like a bit of leather.” – Rig Veda. VII.63.1
“The Creative Sun, the God, has sent his immortal light upwards, for all mortals. Through the intellectual power of the Gods, that Eye was first created. The Dawn-Goddess has revealed the Universe.” – Rig Veda.VII.76.1
It is also interesting, that the same symbolism we see in the Egyptian reliefs, strongly resembles the hymns to the Sun-God of the Rig Veda, with his golden limbs etc:-
“The eight points of the Earth, has his effulgence illuminated – the three measures of the deserts and the Seven Seas. The Shining Savitar with Golden-eyes, has come here, giving gems to his worshippers.” – Rig Veda.I.35.8
“The Golden-handed creative Sun, far-sighted, goes on his way, through the regions of Heaven and Earth, driving away sickness, may the Sun approach us, and spread brightness through the region of darkness. May he, the Golden-handed Asura, the gentle leader, come to us with his help and favor. Driving off the demons and the sorcerers, the Shining One is present, reverenced in hymns at the evening.” – Rig Veda.I.35.9-10
Osiris as Son of Ra, was also Yama the Son of the Sun or the Sun-God Surya or Savitar, etc. in India. Both are also lauded in the Rig Veda, as being lauded as Lords of the Two Regions of Heaven and Hell:-
“Within the abode of Savitar, the celestial, all men and all beings have their place, forever.
There are Three regions of Light, two adjacent belong to the Creative Sun: in Yama’s (Osiris) world is One only – the region of Heros. As on a firm chariot-hub, all things immortal rest – he who knows it, let him declare it.”
– Rig Veda.I.35.5-6
The Egyptian deity Osiris in India was called Yama (Control), since he was the controller of death by being the controller of the breath of life (prana-yama). This also relates Yama to Asar, since as Asura, he would hence be the ‘Asu-ra’ (Ruling-breath), the Ruler of Breath or Life and Death as Pranayama etc., relating to the same.
Osiris was called as Asar in Egypt, which meant Throne or Royal-Seat. This appears related to Vedic ‘Asur’, which is a common term for Vedic Gods, meaning Mighty and Ruling breath.
Yet, on another note, Asura comes from ‘as’ (sit), and hence Asu-ra would also mean something like ‘Ruling-Seat’ in Sanskrit, becoming cognate to Asar of the Egyptians as Throne!
Isis and Osiris as Sister and Brother, is also cognate to Yami and Yama of the Vedas, who are likewise. Yama also is Green and golds a Staff or Danda, like Osiris.
Yama’s worship in India is wide-spread, but appears more likened to the S.Indian peoples, especially Brighus (as seen in Brahmanas), and the festivals and worship of Yama in S.India, and their shamanistic customs also resemble the Egyptian, with their masks etc. – especially those in more tribal regions and in Lanka, SE Asia etc.
Osiris’s body being scattered by Seth, also resembles the sacrificial-nature of Vritra as described in Yajurveda, or the Purushmedha or Cosmic-Man Sacrifice of the Rig Veda, or the later ones of Prajapati etc. It also appears to represent the same in Egypt.
Rudra in the Vedas or the dark side of Indra, where they are Brahmin-slayers, are also much like Seth. Rudra is tamas (darkness), and is often seen as ruler of ganas or bhutas (ghouls or hosts) in the Rig Veda, who are also ugra (terrible), and harness magical powers of illusion (maya), like Seth and his followers.
Like Seth, Rudra is also the Chief Sacrificer of Prajapati, and likewise in later myths, also kills Yama (Osiris) as well. He is lauded in Rig Veda as releasing us from Mrityu or death (VII.72.12), on this relation, later worshipped as Mahamrityunjaya, ‘Greatly victorious over death (Osiris)’.
The Animal-headed deities of Egypt, also resemble the Puranic descriptions of the Ganas or Hosts that dwell in the realm of Yama, the God of Dead.
The Egyptian book of the Dead (c.1500BC), is also like the mystical Brahmanas, Yajurveda etc. of the Vedas. It’s hymns resemble Rig Vedic hymns to the Vishvdevas, ‘Universal Deities’.
The Jaiminiya Brahmana, deals with a section of Brighu Rishi’s travel to Yama’s realm, which is much like the Egyptian ideas of hell and afterlife of Osiris etc.
Indian deities, as noted, are also Animalistic:- Indra had Shyena (falcon) forms, as well as worshipped as Vrisha (bull). The Cow was another common symbol for the Goddess, as was the Solar-disk or Eye, the Bitch-Goddess, Sarama etc.
Moreover, we note the Horses-headed Hayagriva of the Hinduism, who appears as Vedic Dadhyak Rishi, who wears a Horses head. The Egyptian deities appear much like this, with their own cultural or national symbols likewise.
The Sphinx is also much like Narasimha (Man-Lion) Incarnation of Vishnu in ancient India, who killed the father and family of the Rishi Prahlada, who appears to have been Indra.
In this connection, Indra worshipped as the Lion (Simha) in the Rig Veda. (V.83.3, IV.16.14), and also as the slayer of Prahlada’s people in the Kaushitaki Upanishad (III.1), connecting Indra to the Narasimha-avatar – all this shows that Narasimha was originally the Lion-form of Indra, like the Sphinx.
Indra as the Lion, Falcon and Bull is seen in the deities in Egypt, as Goddess Sekhmet, Horus and Ptah, which again seems to connect both cultures.
The Goddess Narasimhi or Simhi in India, would hence have been a form of Indrani originally, who was called Shachi, or Shakti:- very similar to Sekhmet, the name of the Lioness Goddess of Egypt, who’s name also means power.
Clearly, the Pyramids were built in a shape, just as Hindu temples are, to resemble Mt. Meru in the Himalayas – the Cosmic Mountain, and sacred Heaven of Indra or Shiva to Hindus. Hindus and Egyptians both seem to build in this style.
Moreover, it also reflects the shape of the Vedi or Fire-Altar in ancient India, of which was also shaped likewise. Perhaps, as the Egyptians did not cremate their deceased, they built these large ‘Fire-Altar’ structures, that metaphorically or symbolically resembled the body being placed on a Fire Altar and sent to Heaven that way*.
Interesting, the Sphinx and the Pyramids are the great structures of Egypt. We note how the Goddess Simhi, or Lioness of the Vedic people, is the form of the Fire-Altar in the Vedic Sacrifice (Yajurveda, Taittiriya Samhita – VI.2.7-8).
Thus, if the Pyramids were built to resemble large Fire-Altars as to not cremate the deceased, but represent the accession to Heaven through the Fire Altar, it would also explain why the Sphinx was also built, and seen likewise as Large and sacred, in relation to this Altar*.
Either way, it shows that the Sphinx, and relation to Sekhmet or Narasimha in both cultures, held an important place. Thus, perhaps the Vedas of India, can tell us a little more about the secrets or mysteries of the Pyramids etc.*
It is also interesting how Indus or Vedic releifs and imageries of the Sun-God later became Vaishnavism (worship of Vishnu) in India, and under the Ramanuja sect, used the Chakra or Solar-discus, symbol of Hanuman the monkey-god, Conch-shell and Garuda, just as we see in Egypt.
Ramanuja traced his lineage back to Brighu Seers of Vishnu in India, who were perhaps also whom Imenhotep (or Imhotep), the Priest-Architect to the first Kings in Egypt descended from*.
Imhotep appears to have been revered by the Egyptians like Asuramaya of the Brighus is, as founder of Astrology, Architecture, the adviser to the S.Indian people (Asuras), and also is well-known for his unique ‘Vimana’ or ‘Meru’ (Pyramidal) design of Temples, like those in SE Asia and S.India, like Imhotep and the Pyramids.
We should also note, the Egyptian Priests are depicted wearing simply Lion-Cloths and Shaven-headed, just like the Brahmins of India – especially the Brighu recessions, who shaved their heads*. It shows the two cultures are even stronger related.
Later texts also state of Asuramaya in a Western Land called Romakapura, which is perhaps Egypt and their Imhotep, the ‘Western Asuramaya’, derived from the Indian Brighu, Asuramaya or Maya Danava – Ushana.
Like Imhotep, Maya Danava or Asuramaya, was also responsible for the Construction of the Greatest Abodes in India. In Mahabharata, he constructs the wondrous palace for the Pandavas (at Indraprastha), and also Krishna’s Chariot or Ratha, which he adorned with gemstones.
He also is Patron of S.Indian or Asura Architecture. He is said to have constructed the Tripura or Three Cities, of the Demons of Gold, Silver and Bronze, and also the Chariot for the
demonic Salva, who fought Krishna.
Yet, like Imhotep, he also composed Manava Shilpa Shashtras, the forerunner of Stapathya Veda and Shilpa Shastras, on Indian Architecture which Indus cities also used. He also composed Surya Siddhanta, the Astrological text which he received from the Sun-God, and is lauded as actual founder of the Science!
It hence appears Imhotep is another version of Asuramaya-worship, under Brighu priests. Perhaps Imhotep, is derived from Vedic ‘Purohit’ (percepter).
The Egyptians also called Punt, a ‘land of the gods’, to the East, also the region of their god Ra (not only as rising Sun, but historically), which appears as India. Especially as Lothal, Dholavira and Dvaraka in E.India are well-known to have traded with Egypt and the Middle-East, makes this more plausible than Somalia or Ethiopia (which lie to the South) – also since the Egyptians have close ties with the Brighu peoples around these regions, as also Kerela and S.India.
Punt maybe related to Pani, the Vedic term meaning trader or merchant, and referring to the ancient materialistic peoples of Kerela, Lothal and Dholavira. Punt is hence ‘land of the Pani’, their ancestors. It may also be a mispronunciation of Bharat (India).
Kerela was actually said to have been formed from Parashurama of the Brighu’s axe, which fell into the Sea and created Kerela. It was also the ancient capital of the Danava King Bali, a great devotee of the god Vishnu, who’s adviser was also Asuramaya. He also conducted a Horse-sacrifice in Brighukacha, showing the relation of this area. Kerela was also from where Adi Shankaracharya, the great Monist of India, was born.
We should note, Kerela also not only has the Asuric-Brighu culture we see in Egypt, but it’s architectural styles, are perhaps even more Pyramidal evidential than others in India – they have an extremely unique architectural style that so-much resembles the Egyptian Pyramids.
We also note in Tamil Nadu, the ‘Great City of Bali’ (Mahabalipuram), in which the Shore Temples there are also built in a Pyramidal styles, as also the Five Rathas, have long been considered the ‘work of Egyptian craftsmen’, also showing the Egyptian origin in S.India.
Also, the grand 81-Tonne Boulder-Dome atop the 65-metre high Brihadeshwar Temple in Tanjore, shows a similar method employed by Egyptian Pyramid-builders was used, also showing an ancient unsung culture of S.India.
The idea of the Egyptian rejection of cremation may also be likened to these peoples.
Many are aquainted with the story of King Nemi of ancient India, who was embalmed. It is also interesting that the first King in the Egyptian Dynasty, appears as King Narmer, who may be mythologically, King Nemi of India, their ancestor, who was emblamed, or Narmer named after him, as the first Egyptian King*, ‘in decent of Nemi’. There is also a demonic Raja Narmara who hoarded wealth in Rig Veda (II.13.8), who may be Narmer of Egypt – vanquished by Indra
Bali, King of Kerela’s son was Virochana, himself of whom is said to have rejected the idea of the Self, and revered the body as the soul, and hence created practices to preserve the body (described in Chandogya Upanishad).
Virochana is himself often identified with Asuramaya. We should also note that Asuramaya of the Asuras also knew the secret of reviving the dead Danavas through the Mamatrityunjaya-mantra, similar again to Egyptians, who possibly came from this culture and also attempted it.
The Brighus were also foremost of Indian Rishis that had knowledge of Soma preparations, drinks for Immortal life, which were created through mystic chants, and perhaps related to Mahamarityunjaya etc. chanted over these creations. Again – perhaps the Egyptians lost this knowledge and Bhargava and Soma priests of India who did likewise.
There are also ancient Rock-cut tombs of Kerela, and an ancient culture of S.India that is the Danava-form of Vedicism, which is in some ways preserved today, which resembles the Egyptian, which we should note also, as also the system of Stupas in India which are like the Pyramids, and appear to be related to older demonic Indian Kings like Shambara, who buried their deceased’s ashes or body, along with riches, chariots etc. in Mountains*.
Such ancient practices of the Vedic Danava people, are reflected in the Kathakalki dances of Kerela, the Stapathis (architects preserving the Vedic Stapathya science), the Ayurvedics, and moreover, the serpent-worship and Dhanurveda (martial arts) traditions in Kerela, which have survived from older forms of Vedicism. Hence, instead of Dravidians looking for their origin in Egypt – as many have done – they should look for the Egyptian origin in their own backyards!
For example, the Tamil Epic Silappadikaram, which resembles the story of Osiris. Moreover, S.India’s Agama and traditions, versions of Vedic mythologies from their own Kings and renderings, hence appear to be the origin of Egyptian also.
For example, the Jains and Buddhist peoples in India have their own form of Sanskrit (Pali), and also their own Myths of the Vedic Mahabharata and Ramayana and Puranic stories, as well as their own practices and Deities.
Thus, the Egyptians in a foreign land could be just as likewise, having even more removed forms and practices from the Vedic, just as Jainas and Budhdists have their own forms – or even the different forms of Hinduism we see from Bali to Karnataka to the Himalayas!
The Sphinx is also related to these regions through the Narasimha-avatar, since Prahlada who worshipped Narasimha, himself was the Father of Bali! This all relates the Egyptians to a lower-Sindhi or Kerelan Brighu people, or a blend of both. Narasimha as the Sphinx, is hence an ancient Asuric-Brighu symbol, of their Danava heritage from India.
Moreover, Kerela has been an ancient trading-port, known since the time of the Phoenicians, and possibly much earlier. Thus, when Queen Hatshetsup around 1500BCE sent a ship to Punt, it could have been any of the ‘Pani’ port-cities, from Gujerat to Kerela.
The name that the Egyptians gave to the King of Punt, is also close to Indian Puru, the name of the descendants of Pururavas, and related to Yadavas of Western India. It may also be Pani*.
We should also find this as no surprise that Vedic peoples and influenced were wide-spread. Later Buddhist Kingdoms under the Mauryas, Guptas and Lalitaditya, extended their reign and influences and missionaries, as far as SE Asia, Japan, China, Central-Asia and West into Greece, Egypt, Turkey and Iran, as well as Rome.
Remnants of a pre-Polynesian Sanskritic culture is also evidenced in the mythologies, genetic makeup, linguistics and culture of the peoples of New Zealand, of which a Tamil Ship bell with inscriptions dating back to 1000AD and showing the ship came from Tanjore in S.India, also shows such ancient Sea-faring travels of the Indians, some 700 years before the Europeans! Their formless pervading-deity, ‘Io’ is cognate to Aum of Hindus as a name for Brahman, as their Sun is Ra, cognate to Ram (they drop the ‘m’ on all accounts).
Moreover, considering the S.Indian influences in Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia etc., for which their own replicas of S.Indian Wonders (i.e.. Angkor Vat, Borobudur Stupa), which resemble the Egyptian show that such influences could have (a) spread west and (b) occurred at an earlier time in History.
Kerela, Sri Lanka and the Maldives all traded with Indus peoples, and it was known the Asura-peoples were there – and also in latter times is attested to by their Magnificent Cities and Palaces and Temples. Ravana and Vijaya both took control of Lanka from Gujerat at various times, and were related to the Bali-peoples of Kerela, which also shows they possibly also went to Egypt also.
(c) 2005 – 2006 Rodney Lingham