Sunday, August 10, 2008

Indian Martial Arts - Martial Arts History

The movie, 'Enter the Dragon' made Kung Fu and the Martial Arts very famous. Many Indians also tried to learn "Kung Fu" and "Karate", but themselves did not know the whole story, like the rest of the world.

I also did not know till 1998, when Monks from Shaolin Temple came to the Bay Area and there was an article in the San Jose Mercury News. Yes they are monks practicing Martial Arts called Kung Fu. This is what I learned.

Around 400 AD, a Buddhist Monk called Buddhi Raja, from Kerla, went to China and established the Shaloin Temple. There the local king's men would harass these monks at the Shaolin Temple. He introduced Kalari which became Kung Fu.

These monks can do amazing tricks, including breaking a stack of bricks, lying on a bed of nails, and many people stamping his body and standing over him, and displaying unbelievable physical strength.

Kalari works on the same principle, as the Kundalini Yoga, Astana Yoga, and Hatha Yoga, and the non destructive part of it is in the Ayurveda to heal, and has the same principle used in Tai Chi, and Acu Pressure and Acu Puncture system of medical treatments. It is called Marmaadi, or the Marmara System in Ayurveda.

It was so destructive, that it was banned by the Britishers during the British Rule and it went to oblivion and a near lost art of martial arts. To many Indians, and the rest of the world, they did not know that Indians had their own Martial Arts and its connection with Kung Fu.

What you see is perhaps not the fullest potential of the art as it was lost and banned for long time, only to be revived in last few decade, and shrouded in secrecy and confided to a few individuals, families, and villages. Perhaps the most potent form remains to be seen in Tai Chi.




















Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Kashgar - Kashi-GhaD - Place of Kashi - Shiva's City

The place is in the news because of an attack on the Chinese Police and killing of some personnel.

Kashgar - also mentions it as Kaashi.

It is close to Amu Darya, which is actually Somu-Darya and means Moon River, and next to Surya Darya, which is Sun River.

From posting Hammurabi:

Now come to the two rivers of Uzbekistan: "Surya Dariya" and "Amu Dariya". "Dariya" in Sanskrit means River. And Surya means "Sun", which Suryas or Hindus were, a Sun Worshiper, which most of the people of all lands and nations were. Please read my other articles. And "Amu" is "Hamu", which is "Somu", meaning Moon. Now this means they are Sun and Moon Rivers, which makes perfect sense.

The Kushans are also called Tushaars in Sanskrit add Tochaarians by Western Counries.

See the posting on Tochaarian_Script

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Gymnosophists

Note - Please see the Comments on the word Phallic - which has got corrupted by the exoteric view of the word and tendency of the commoners to attribute the meaning to the grosser representation.

From INFLUENCE OF THE PHALLIC IDEA, by BY C. STANILAND WAKE


The Vanaprastha were Brahminical anchorites, who inhabited the deserts, lived on vegetables, devoted themselves to contemplation, macerated the body, fought with devils and giants (as a natural consequence), and were insensible to heat and cold. They were called later, by the Greeks, Gymnosophists; and although they went perfectly naked, no throb or involuntary movement was ever seen in any part of their bodies. Women who were barren oftentimes came and touched their shriveled member, hoping thereby to become fruitful. Not the slightest emotion was noticed at such times.


The old ascetics would have regarded with contempt the practices of Christian monks, who were indeed children when compared with their Eastern ancestors.--The Monks before Christ, by John Edgar Johnson; and Description of the Character, Manners and Customs of the People of India, by Abbe J. A. Dubois.}, figured by the great serpent which occupies so conspicuous a place among the symbols of the gods on the black stones recording Babylonian benefactions."


The serpent was also the symbol of the Egyptian Kneph, who resembled the Sophia of the Gnostics, the Divine Wisdom. This animal, moreover, was the Agathodaemon of the religions of antiquity--the giver of happiness and good fortune.



Such also is the Semitic custom referred to in the Hebrew Scriptures as "the putting of the hand under the thigh," which is explained by the Talmudists to be the touching of that part of the body which is sealed and made holy by circumcision: a custom which was, up to a recent date, still in use among the Arabs as the most solemn guarantee of truthfulness. 5



He adds that "the symbol of the Bacchic orgies is a consecrated serpent," and that according to the strict interpretation of the Hebrew term, the name Hevia, aspirated, signifies a female serpent. 1



Thus, in the annals of the Mexicans, the first woman, whose name was translated by the old Spanish writers "the woman of our flesh," is always represented as accompanied by a great male serpent. This serpent is the Sun-god Tonacatl-coatl, the principal deity of the Mexican pantheon; and the goddess-mother of primitive man is called Cihua-Cohuatl, which signifies woman of the serpent. 16 According to this legend, which agrees with that of other American tribes, a serpent must have been the father of the human race.



This notion can be explained only on the supposition that the serpent was thought to have had at one time a human form. In the Hebrew legend the tempter speaks; and "the old serpent having two feet," of Persian mythology, is none other than the evil spirit Ahriman himself



The references made to the serpent, to the tree of wisdom, and to the bull in the legend of the "fall," sufficiently prove its phallic character; which was, indeed, recognized in the early Christian church. 42 This view is confirmed, moreover, by analogous legends in other mythologies. The Hindu legend approaches very nearly to that preserved in the Hebrew scriptures. Thus, it is said that Siva, as the Supreme Being, desired to tempt Brahma (who had taken human form), and for this object he dropped from heaven a blossom of the sacred fig-tree. Brahma, instigated by his wife, Satarupa, endeavors to obtain this blossom, thinking its possession will render him immortal and divine; but when he has succeeded in doing so, he is cursed by Siva, and doomed to misery and degradation. Mr. Hardwicke, when commenting on this tradition, adds that the sacred Indian fig is endowed by the Brahmans and Buddhists with mysterious significance, as the tree of knowledge or intelligence. 43 This legend confirms what I have said as to the nature of the Hebrew tree of knowledge, and also the phallic explanation of the "fall" itself, which we consider the attributes of the tempter of the Hindu story. The Persian legend preserved in the Boun-dehesch is, however, still more conclusive. According to this legend Meschia and Meschiane, the first man and woman, were seduced by Ahriman, under the form of a serpent, and they then first committed "in thought, word, and action, the carnal sin, and thus tainted with original sin all their descendants." 44


C
ommon World In heritage Comments:


Gymnosophists -> Gyna + su + paa + iST.

Gyana - is from the Sanskrit "gN" as "gNani" sound and even in Hindi people mispronounce is as "Gyani", like "Gyani Jail Singh", which is to be pronounced as "gNani".

su - prefix for good.

paa - to obrain, but with aspiration it becomes as "ph" as noticed in the speech of western speakers.

iST - Faith God, "S" and "T" are Cerebral sounds.



Sa-gatho-deamon -> su-gato-da-maan

S->A/H rule makes it Sa-gatho-deamon - is it su-gato-daa-maan, as it has been noticed that sound 'an' of Sanskrit becomes 'un' in Latin/English words to make negatives (for vowels in case of Sanskrit) - Su is good, gato is gatah (visarga - hard aspirated 'h') before Sandhi, a passive past participle of the root 'ga' - go - , meaning having been led to a state, and "daa-maan" is passive past participle of root 'daa' - give. So someone who gives you the state of a good ending - which symbolic with happiness and fortune? Is this a coincidence or valid IE word, close to Sanskrit, you decide.


Ahriman - A-Shri-man? Sometimes "a" is seen as an article of singularity and sometimes as a negative article. Shri-man or Shri-Maan is Sanskrit word for the Divine worthy.

If this is a negative article, then it means Not-Divine, and if it is an article of singularity, then perhaps the Devas/Suryas God was Persians/Ashuryas Demon! Funny how words change their symbolic and contextual meanings.


Hevia -> Shevia - Following the "Sh" -> "H" rule. Name for Shiva? Serpent is associated with it, which is a strange association. Female of "Shiv" is "Shivaa" (by one rule - like "Ram" as Male becomes "Ramaa" as Female) or "Shivaani".