19000 Years of Lost World History : The Astounding True Story of Religion

 
9781475126570: 19000 Years of Lost World History : The Astounding True Story of Religion

There is a wonderful, thorough look at the various religions in the world and how they got started. Absolutely fascinating to read and frankly, I was a bit ashamed to say that I did not know about most of what I read. - Tina (Former Top 500 Reviewer on Amazon.com)

It is a book of epic proportions that sets out to do nothing less than describe the history of our ancestors for the last nineteen-thousand years - it may very well draw you closer to your roots than you have ever been before - ReaderViews

The above two descriptive statements by two different reviewers describe what the book is all about from its two different angles - This is a book about history as well about religion. While historians say that human civilization is only five or six thousand years old, there is massive amount of evidence to show that Hinduism and Zoroastrianism originated more than ten thousand years ago. The same is the case with Christianity - there is evidence to show that the basic tenet of Christianity, the trinity of Father-Son-Spirit, has been in existence for more than ten thousand years. If we want to trace out the origins of these religions, the five or six thousand year framework provided by historians will be insufficient for the purpose. Talking about it the other way round, if we are to revise the timeline of man by reconstructing our lost history beyond the six thousand year period, our understanding of the origins of religions will necessarily change. Both are interdependent on each other. This is a book that does both. It constructs historical timeline for man for 19000 years from the scriptures of World Religions, while also showing how these religions were born. 

In a first of its kind attempt involving two decades of research, Prithviraj ferrets out massive amounts of historical information from the scriptures of World Religions. Zoroastrianism was born out of a bitter dispute that Zoroaster had with Vedic people, which led his followers to wage frequent wars with Vedic people for hundreds of years. Hinduism in its current form was born by integrating a large number of theistic cults into one unified religion in the aftermath of a massive Worldwide Catastrophe. Saivism, a sub-sect of Hinduism, was born as a result of a mighty volcanic eruption that completely destroyed a civilization in Indonesia. The prolonged three-century drought of 2200 BC devastated and mutilated civilizations across the globe in the most grotesque manner possible. People migrated hundreds or even thousands of miles to wherever they thought they could find water. The arduous search for the Promised Land by Abraham and his people in the Bible was nothing but a journey in search of water. The original set of Christ worshippers migrated away from their homeland during this time in search of water, taking their religion with them, leading to a large number of crucified savior figures all over the world. People's repeated entreaties to God to provide them relief and succor from drought fell on deaf ears as God did not answer their prayers  - this led to a loss of faith in God and the birth of atheistic cults like Buddhism.
 
Prithviraj interlaces the historical information present in the scriptures of World religions with Archaeology, Linguistics, Anthropology, Genetics, Biology, and the Geological phenomena such as Ice Ages, Three-century Drought, and Catastrophic events. He then tells a fascinating tale of human history never told before. He shows civilization to have existed in Egypt, India, Sri Lanka, Mesopotamia, Persia, Indonesia by 11000 BP (11000 years before present); with a few of them having reached highly advanced stage of civilizational development by that time.  The book talks about frequent wars that some of these communities had, and describes the relations, politics, and migrations between these ancient civilizations. The book takes the reader on a fascinating journey into the unexplored domains of Ancient World History.

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The Mystery of Christianity

The concept of Christian Trinity has been extremely difficult to comprehend – how anything can be one and three at the same time has been as mysterious as it can be. The Encyclopedia Americana notes that the doctrine of the Trinity is considered to be "beyond the grasp of human reason." Unable to explain what this trinity is all about, other scholars tend to often portray this trinity to be an outgrowth of pagan practices, where God is worshipped in unreasonable and fancy denominations.

With this book, Christianity need no longer wonder what its central concept is all about. The concept is simple and straightforward.

In Human conception, conception takes place when sperm enters the egg – Male contributes to the sperm while female contributes to the egg. Similarly, if we take the human body, the lifeless inanimate human body comes alive when the animate human soul enters into it. Likening it to the concept of the human conception, Indian seers have defined the animate soul to be the male component of the body, and the inanimate body to be the female component. At the cosmic level, the supreme soul of this universe has been called Purusha, meaning Man (Cosmic Man) – the one who contributes to the male component (soul) of all living entities. Similarly, this physical universe that we see has been called the Prakriti, meaning Woman (Cosmic Woman) – the one who contributes to the female component (body) of all living entities. Indian seers have defined this creation to be the interaction between Purusha and Prakriti.

At the beginning of time, there was only Purusha, the Man, the Supreme God. As desire to create started, there emerged the Prakriti out of him and thus came into existence – this physical universe. After creating the universe, Purusha also desired to create living entities. In order to do so, he brought out a massive life pervading spirit called Nara out of himself. This Nara is the soul of all living entities. All living entities originated from this Nara and got thrown onto different planets and that is how life came into existence on Earth and other planets. After giving birth to all living entities, Nara is still manifest in this universe as the life pervading spirit. After Ejecting Prakriti and Nara out of himself, what remained of the divine soul Purusha has been called as Narayana by the Indian seers. Nara also means man, Ayana means to emerge from or to take birth from. So Narayana means Son of Man because he is someone who emerged from or taken birth from Purusha at the end of creation. Since Man is God in this theology, Narayana also means Son of God. This is the reason why the terms Son of Man and Son of God are used interchangeably in scriptures. After the creation is complete, there are four entities that are now present.

1)    Prakriti or the physical universe
2)    Narayana – Divine Soul, Son of Man, Son of God
3)    Nara – Holy pervading soul of all living entities
4)    All living souls and entities

The actual God of this creation is the Purusha, the Man. However, he is always manifest in this universe as Narayana (Son of Man, Son of God) and Nara (Holy pervading Spirit). That is how God can be one and three at the same time. The concept is completely generic in nature – it does not bring in the idiosyncrasies of any one particular religion.

Indians are not in the habit of treating Purusha and Narayana differently – they do not keep one idol each for Purusha and Narayana at the time of worship – Purusha and Narayana are considered to be one and the same. However, five thousand years ago, because of certain peculiar historical circumstances, they came into this practice of keeping three separate idols – one each for Purusha (Man,God), Narayana (Son of Man, Son of God), and Nara (holy pervading spirit). They worshipped all the three idols simultaneously. The trinity became extremely popular among the laymen of the time as the trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit. This practice existed for a millennium or so, after which it faded out. However, the concept migrated to foreign lands at the time of the three-century drought of 2200 BC. At that time, Indians who migrated to foreign shores in search of water took this concept along with them to distant corners of the globe. A large number of native religions were deliberately modified to fit into this paradigm. The concept was ultimately adopted into Christianity two thousand years ago.

Christian Trinity is a well-explained and highly profound concept – please do not let anyone tell you that it is of pagan origins. And please do not let Encyclopedia Americana tell you that it is a concept "beyond the grasp of human reason." I hope Christendom wakes up to the fact that its central tenets are no longer mysterious, but are easily explained.

From the Back Cover:

"In this encyclopedic volume, Prithviraj R. has made a far-reaching study of numerous topics, including world religions and their beginnings, linguistics, biology, genetics, anthropology, archeology and geology. The tone is conversational and personal—as if the writer were giving a lecture to 6 billion people about their origins...has potential for greatness...author has incorporated massive amounts of knowledge and research here...Readers who enjoy Joseph Campbell’s the Powers of Myth Series as well as books like Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond will be fascinated by 19,000 Years of World History."- Foreword Clarion Reviews

Prithviraj presents the information in the form of a story without repeating ideas and information across the pages or chapters. It is as if the reader is reading one long captivating detective story that keeps her(him) on the edge of the seat as the plot unfolds itself sequentially from start to finish. The following are just a few comments, taken from the Amazon.com readers, about the fascinating quotient of the first ever story of its kind on Religion and Culture.

The first time I opened to a random page I was glued to it and continued reading for hours...
One random glance into the book will wow the reader and gets him glued to it until done ! That's what happened to me...
This book is absolutely fascinating ...
This book should not be rushed, but rather like a fine wine should be enjoyed and savored chapter by chapter...
There is something new to learn on every page which keeps the reader interested and thirsting for more...
Truly amazing book...
Extremely interesting and novel work regarding the origin of Christianity...
Extremely interesting to read...
You gotta read it to believe it..
First of its kind attempt at (re)writing history...
Greatest History on Religion book I have ever read...

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