Friday, September 5, 2014

Buddha came from the West (Shakya/Scythia)

Dhr. Seven and Amber Larson, Ashley Wells (ed.), Wisdom Quarterly (unrevised pre-publ.
Shakyamuni Buddha, Indo-Scythian, Indo-Greco, Gandhara, Afghanistan/Pakistan
The Buddha the Shakyan in stone from Gandhara, first renderings of him in human form.
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Blue-eyed baby boy
What began as a brief write up to accompany the video presentation of Werner Herzog's "Wheel of Time."

Prince Siddhartha, later known as Shakyamuni or "the Sage of the Shakyas"/Scythians (see below) set off from the foothills of the Himalayas, southwest of the Tibetan plateau, northwest of "India."
 
Prince's presumed path to Magadha/"India"
(Such foothills are nowhere near the site British and other historians have said was the capital Kapilavastu or the birthplace garden park Lumbini; they are the foothills of the part of the Himalayan range known as the Hindu Kush in and around modern Bamiyan and Mes Aynak, Afghanistan. See ranajitpal.com).

Tibet: "Wheel of Time"
The prince traveled east, crossed the river bounding his kingdom, which was the "Land of the Shakyas" (ancient Indo-Scythia, Sakastan) with its capital in Kabil or Kapil'avastu, and sought a spiritual path as a wandering ascetic in modern northern India, in the territory of Magadha and neighboring countries.
 
He wandered widely, studying with meditation teachers, attaining great meditative abilities, then set off on his own still in search of enlightenment and real liberation. Five others confident in his determination followed along.

His goal was to alleviate the suffering of living beings -- earthling- and space-dwelling devas, human beings, less kind unseen beings, animals, and others steeped in craving, aversion, and ignorance.
 
When he at last reached the goal of glimpsing nirvana (authentic moksha) and awakening to truth, he set rolling the Dharma in the suburb of the ancient holy Indian city of Varanasi (Benares).
The Indo-Scythians
Scythian coin from the Buddha's ancestral land: Obv: king on horseback goad in hand, bow behind, Buddhist Triratna symbol. Rev: standing king being crowned by goddess Tyche devi.
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Scythia extended from India to Ukraine
The Indo-Scythians were named "Shaka" [Shakya, Sakya, Sakka] in India, an extension on the name Saka used by the Persians to designate Scythians. From the time of the Mahabharata wars (1500-500 BCE) Shakas receive numerous mentions in texts like the Puranas, the Manusmriti, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Mahabhasiya of Patanjali, the Brhat Samhita of Vraha Mihira, the Kavyamimamsa, the Brihat-Katha-Manjari, the Katha-Sarit-Sagara, and several other old texts.
 
They are described as part of an amalgam of other war-like tribes [therefore labelled kshatriyas, "warriors," as if they were part of Vedic India and its Indus Valley Civilization inherited caste system] from the northwest. More

Afghan, Kushan, Scythian Buddhism
Kushan Buddha statue
Wikipedia, as of September 2014, goes uncorrected in stating, "The Bamiyan valley [of northern Afghanistan along the Himalayan foothills] marked the most westerly point of Buddhist expansion and was a crucial hub of trade for much of the second millennium CE.

"It was a place where East met West and its archaeology reveals a blend of Greek, Indian, Chinese, Persian, and Turkish influence."

Buddhism began almost simultaneously in Afghanistan (Kapilavastu of the Shakya-land or -stan), where the Buddha was born, and India, where he traveled, became enlightened, and first taught.
 
Kush: Africa to Varanasi
Are the Wiki editors somehow unaware of the Buddhist monoliths of Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan in Central India (Western China), or those reaching as far north as Northern Asia -- Kalmykia (Europe), Russia, Siberia, Mongolia -- with evidence of monastic Buddhist missionaries in ancient Rome, Greece, and perhaps even Israel, which the Occidental world seems intent on concealing the fact that what we call parts of the geopolitical "Middle East" are actually in Africa. The "State of Israel" is in Africa.
 
Africa: Egypt and Israel connect
Review a map, preferably one that accurately represents land mass rather than distorting to flatten or to politically enhance the importance of some areas while diminishing others. Just like the Sinai Peninsula and the rest of Egypt are, Israel is Africa, just as parts of the Kushan Empire were, where Buddhism was prevalent.
 
The Iranian/Persian/Aryan influence of Persepolis and the Kush -- a satrapy of the Achaemenid Empire (which ran from the Balkans and Ukraine down to the Indus River Valley formerly part of India) where one finds Pakistan's Kush mountain in Balochistan province -- suggests that Buddhism made it much farther west and north of Bamiyan.

Bamiyan in Scythia
Modern-day Bamiyan, Afghanistan, site of some of the largest Buddhas in the world, the real Kapilavastu, capital of the Buddha's Shakya Clan territory or janapada, clan-foothold (wiki)
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Ancient Gandhara, Scythia
Indeed Bamiyan -- perhaps the real Kapilavastu as Dr. Pal has suggested -- was an extraordinary Silk Route crossroads. This is where they remembered the Buddha so well as a native son that they built the largest Buddhist statues and monasteries in the world. They were needed because the Shakyas within seven years of the Buddha's ministry (sasana) began to ordain.

So many Shakyan/Scythian royals (nobles, rulers, kshatriya) went forth that some went just because they missed their family.

The Buddha, Gandhara (W)
The texts speak of the Buddha's triumphant return to what sounds like an Afghan loya jurga, where he proved himself to his proud father the king and others that he was in fact now a spiritually accomplished teacher not merely a prince with many talents.

Others must have gone because they had so much confidence in their erstwhile prince, who went away to become more famous than he ever could have become in his clan's kingdom (janapada) even if he had become a "world monarch" (chakravartin, cakkhavatti), the ideal of nomadic warrior tribes like the Scythians.

The Brahmins must have considered he and his kind "barbarians" -- who did not respect the traditional caste system at the top of which sat Brahmins in India but placed themselves at the top. Compared to themselves he could have been considered "barbaric," unwilling to accept the hierarchy they had in mind, except that he excelled them in their domain -- knowledge of the Vedas, liberated, able to guide others to their spiritual ideal of moksha.
 
Mes Aynak, Afghanistan, the largest Buddhist monastery in the world (most of which is still unexcavated), also in the vicinity of modern Kabul, is said to be 2,600 years old, the same age as Buddhism itself. (Buddhism may be much older, as are the other great religions of the world, and the lesser known Sumerian and Egyptian contributions to human spirituality, according to Dr. Pal and Ukrainian researcher Prof. Valery Bebik, a deputy principal of Ukraine University).

Scythian Buddha with blue eyes as described in ancient Theravada texts (Tenzinosel/flickr)
  • These arcane connections might explain why the first anthropomorphic images of the Buddha are clearly of a fair skinned Central Asian exhibiting Bactrian, Indo-Scythian, partial Caucasian features, and other images, particularly those in the Cambodian (connected somehow to the Kambojan Empire of the Kambojas), that show clear African-Asian traits.
  • But the Rhys Davids' translation of The Story of the Lineage describes a "noble" (Aryan, ~Iranian)  of the "Solar Race," and these words are put into the Buddha's mouth as describing himself, who he was and where he came from. And this has been extended to suggest what all buddhas are like and where they come from.
So when the Buddha chose to be reborn in the "Middle Country" (Majjhima-desa), he really chose well, picking the part of the world where East and West met, in what is now Central Asia below Europe, above India, east of Mesopotamia, west of China. And Western China is rich with Buddhist sites that Foushan documented as being Buddhist strongholds where the Dharma flourished.
 
Interestingly, the region of what is now called Ethiopia and the Sudan were the Kingdom of Kush, Kemet, extensions of the Kushan and Persian Empires (i.e., Kusana, Iran). And according to Dr. Pal, the Buddha's mother was likely from Seistan-Baluchistan, which is a province just east of Iran (Ariyan-land), south of Afghanistan, and west of Pakistan.
 
The First Buddhas
Gandhara Indo-Greco future Buddha (Wisdom Quarterly)
Kuṣāna under Emperor Kaniṣka was known as the Kingdom of Gandhāra. The Buddhist art spread outward [west] from Gandhāra to other parts of [Central and Northern] Asia. He greatly encouraged Buddhism. Before Kaniṣka, the Buddha was not represented in human form.
In Gandhāra, Mahāyāna Buddhism flourished, and the Buddha was represented in human form for the first time -- just as he is described in the ancient sutras, a tall, blue eyed, curly blacked haired, fair to golden skinned royal from the northwest, in what had been called Scythia, the real Land of the Shakas or Shakyas, not Nepal.
 
The region known to classical authors as "Scythia" included:
Shakyamuni Buddha (BBC)
One would wisely guess that the first representations by the people in the area where he had lived would be the most accurate not later fabrications by the ancient Greeks in Bactria the way it is reported and explained away nowadays. Some of the best examples of Gandharan Buddhist art reside in our own town of Pasadena, California on permanent display at the Norton Simon Museum of Art.

Most amazing of all, of course, for readers who cannot believe the Afghans or Scythians could have extended their reach all that far beyond northwest India (where the Indo-Scythians rules), Western historian Edward P. Vining in 1885 published their discovery of America long before Columbus along with the Chinese missionary monk Hwui Shan. More 

2 comments:

John Triplett said...

Uyigar Empire was foundation of Scythia and India- and yes this is where the traditions that vreated all Religions come from- Uyigar Empire is where both Egypt and China came from- you figured it out - yes Jesus was a Scythian- Isa - means "son of nobody" in Urdu with no prefix- Jeus had Red Hair- bot Quran and Gnostic scripture agree - Jesus sure looked like a Scythian

Pakistani Warrior said...

You stupid pink basturd retard, they're blue eye people in northern Pakistan named Kalasha with no connection to you germanic and Slavic trash of the west, you're all R1b monkeys of gog magog tribes, the Scythian were an Eastern Iranian tribe with R1a1, they're not even close to westerners, and also buddha wasn't from any of the Saka tribes either, how can an Iranian people be western? Blue eyes evolve in cold climates, the Himalaya are cold and the Kalash are haplogroup L which is from Pakistan, you're just pale monkeys, quit stealing our traditions, how can a man like buddha be from a race of rats like the white race who have a history of bullying natives and also aztecs, all germanic and Slavic races are not remotely close to anything that Pakistan or northern India has, only the Brahmins are from your khazarian tribes of the west, they're thievery nature seems to show and they're now brown skin, but they're without a doubt from the Kurgan through gene studies, these same people who wanted the buddha attacked, a white person is seen a blue eyed devil by the Chinese and the ancient Persians also, they're not talking about the blue eyed iranian and Indo Aryan who lived in the southern regions, p/ss off, you're nothing more than a Germanic, Viking, Slav mixed rat, and of course you would have blue eyes because you all evolved in the same snow, the Himalaya blue eye people have their own adaptation.