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The Eternal Varna Asrama Dharma – Part 10
I think the basic flaw is in understanding Aryan as a Race, while it is NOT. It is a Civilization that could have been adopted by any set of people. As we have the western civilization today being adopted by almost everyone in the world.
My attempt in these article series is to judiciously understand our civilization and cultural evolution correlating evidences from different domains and learn from these. That is all.
The same studies which say that Aryans are a Caucasoid race and they invaded through Khyber pass also said later that Dravidians are possibly an Australoid race who came into India through the Southern Route. So how does it matter..?
According to Ramayana, South of India had lot of species of pre-homosapien race and they all were probably destroyed by different invading races of Homo-sapiens over a period of time.
So all the human beings here are killers of other species and they continue to do so.
We can do politics on racial and religious theories based on who came first or last. It does not matter where we came from. It only matters where we go from here.
I had proposed that a fourth white-skinned man cultured these races either independently or together and facilitated their confluence with which the Aryan Civilization was formed.
Before I go to the origins of the White-Skinned Man, let’s see how do I say that.
For that I need to go back to Indus Valley Civilization from where we have got hard-core evidence of an ancient civilization in this region.
Indus Valley Civilization – Aryan or Non-Aryan ?
The excavations in Harappa and Mohanjadaro threw up evidences of an ancient civilization in terms of their brick-worked buildings, well and a huge number of clay (terra-cota) idos (seals).
Strange was that huge number of clay tablets with carvings and inscriptions on them were recovered from a single house. These were called Seals as some of them indeed had a kind of Handle at the back-end to hold. Some of them were double-sided.
Some clay-tablets are ‘models’ of bigger objects. Some are ‘Description of parts’ of objects. Most are their observations of plants, animals and human beings around them. Some of them were probably ‘Events’ that they heard.
A detailed study of this civilization followed. Most came around to the conclusion that this was the evidence of a ‘Dravidian’ or ‘Non-Aryan’ civilization that had its own strange customs and beliefs, probably destroyed by invading Aryans. There were also minority studies that proclaimed that this civilization was actually a primitive Aryan civilization.
The ‘Non-Aryan’ theories were put forward because ‘horse’ which was the vital animal of Caucasoids that helped them expand to new areas were not found in any seals, while a huge number of other animals were found. Also some of the drawings on the seals were associated with ‘Pashupati’ alias ‘Shiva’ which was predicted as a ‘Non-Aryan’ God. Some drawings were associated with ‘feminine’ god forms and hence again ‘Non-Aryan’.
One thing that everyone would agree is that the civilizations represented in Harappa and Mohenjadaro are NOT well understood. None have clearly said, can clearly state the nature of these civilizations. Lot of interpretations and mappings exist, but nothing can be stated emphatically, except some opinions, deductions and mappings.
Since truth is always seen as an ‘opinion’ of the majority, there is a conflict between majority Aryan Invasion theory and Indigenous theory.
Let me present here my understandings of the Indus Valley civilization, as I try to understand the large number of drawings and seals.
The clay-tablet of Prajapati
The below drawings on the clay-tablet is generally interpreted as the drawing of Pashupati alias Shiva, when Shiva was a primitive ‘God’ of Non-Aryans. Since Pashupati can be interpreted as Leader of Animals and the Mohanjadaro inscription (LHS) has lot of animals, in particular with a tiger, this drawing is said to be that of Pashupati, who later on became Shiva. The Yogic posture, Naked-ness and to some extent the ‘three-face’ like representation are also touted as the reasons for these identifications.
I think the above seals are a representation of ‘Prajapatis’ and not ‘Pashupati’. The one on the LHS is from Harappa, one in the middle is from Mohanjadaro. The RHS one is a similar yogic posture of BKS Iyengar, the doyen of Yoga and a prime disciple of Krisnamachari.
Prajapatis are Rishis of the yore who guided, assisted and thereby lead the society. They were the pioneers of civilization. Praja (People) Pati (Guide/Lead)s are the ancestral Rishis who helped the human societies/tribes to evolve.
Prajapatis are those Rishis who were considered human but kept out of the regular human beings in the sense they were said to be descendants of Manasa-putras of Brahma. Their origin is not human, but said to be divine or not known to anyone, but they were human beings themselves for sure.
This means that these Rishis are NOT part of the tribes that they were guiding and leading, but had a totally different origin which is not known to the tribes they were working with. They had appeared as superior beings close to divinities, but not gods themselves.
These are the 4th white-skinned race that I was talking about which helped the confluence of races and create the Aryan society as we saw it.
Prajapatis of Potter Castes
The two Rishis appearing the above seals (and probably many more) are the ones who should have helped the Indus valley civilizations at that point of time in all their pottery skills as well as brick-work skills.
The Kumhars present in Punjab and Pakistan are castes that practice pottery. They are said to be descended from Prajapati or call themselves so even today. They are said to be taught pottery by Brahma Prajapati.
It is highly possible that kumhars are descendants of the Harappan civilizations that started practicing pottery with the help of these Prajapati Rishis and hence call themselves as descendants of Prajapati.
The head-gear worn by the Rishis in the tablet drops on the sides too. The head-gear seems to have a commonality though, at first look, they seem different.
The head-gear has five parts in both figures. A tree or plant like structure in the middle of head-gear, a Snake like structure on LHS of the tree, a Worm like structure on RHS of the tree, A Bird like beaked face on LHS, An animal face on the RHS .
In the Mohanjadaro tablet, since the the Snake and Worm figures have been shown connected with a tree structure in the middle, it appears like Horns. A careful observation and comparison would reveal the snake and worm figure differences.
The head-gear thus symbolizes that these yogic figures (whom I call Prajapati Rishis) have all the beings under their control or have knowledge about all of them.
In all figures with similar Yogic postures, there is a similar kind of head-gear. Hence I presume that the Rishis indeed wore such a head-gear as a way of covering their head that would also communicate their primacy to the tribes they were guiding in a meaningful way.
The Arm Bands
Both the Yogic figures are shown wearing lot of arm bands. Their arms are fully or mostly covered while the body is naked. This kind of naked Sadhus are seen even today, where their arms are covered with ash lines or beads, while their body is naked.
Both figures are sitting on a raised platform. Again sitting on a raised platform is the practice even today for many saints and sadhus.
The Inscriptions in these tablets, in my view, are not any alphabets. Instead they are depictions conveying a particular sentence.
The LHS top inscriptions of ‘fish’ and ‘makara’ (sea-horse) reminds me of Krishna’s words to Arjuna “jhasanam makaras casmi” (Of all the aquatics I am the Sea-horse).
The RHS top inscriptions in the Mohanjadaro tablet of animals swallowing one another reminds of Krishna’s words to Arjuna “mrganam ca mrgendro ‘ham“ (Of the beasts I am beast of beasts).
The RHS top inscriptions in the Harappan tablet of two Nagas reminds me of ‘anantas casmi naganam’. Note that Nagas are described as two-legged snakes in the puranic lores. The crawling snakes are descendants of two-legged reptiles and there were two-legged snakes millions and millions of years before.