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Oct 10, 2000 07:22 AM
I have read your response below. Obviously your knowledge is of much finer detail and precision.
I have not read or studied those subjects for nearly 11 years. Little I knew is almost forgotten. I would agree with your opinion with the little I remember after all that time. The links between today's Arab, Persian, Israel world and Indian subcontinent has always been there as far as far-east's existence is known. Mahenjodaro (and it's date, it's location, culture) remains the firm evidence. The amalgamations were relentless I believe, in every aspect of life.
One part always puzzled me, that I could not see much relationship with any other part of the world is ---- Harappa. I have read little about it. It is as large as any other town could have been around that time of the world. The ruins indicate the town's main road being nearly 1000 miles long. Quite a large community. No wars definite with any other neighbouring civilization, not much trade either? (could someone correct me there?)
Harappa's existence seems to be from around 2700 B.C. .. destruction/abandoned around 2200 B.C. Speculation, a river or flood had washed out all it's inhabitants. Architecture is different from other sub continental areas. The statues/busts feature are same as what you get today in the subcontinent of Dravidian+Mongolian mixture. But the sculpting is more like the Dorrayush period.
My knowledge is vague there.. any expert contemplate? (if not too far out of topic for this forum)
Arthur Gregory wrote:
I was able to confirm a few things I did not know before or did not
appreciate as a result of investigating the Jesus in India or Tibet
1) There was a wide use of Aramaic script or derivative scripts from
Sogdiana by use of the Manichaeans as well as in Gandhara through the
Kharoshti script. So we know there was Aramaean influence in Afganistan
and Central Asia before the expansion of Islam in those areas.
2) Pali was used in some Buddhist circles as far north as Kashmir.
Most scholars assume Pali was not used at all in Kashmir and Tibet, but
this has been disproved by the discovery of a Pali document regarding
Maitreya prophecies found in Kashmir... also we now know that
Theravadin and Mahayana Buddhism existed together in the great Buddhist
schools and universities of northern India.
Trade routes between the middle east and India were well established at
the time of Christ.
I believe that the Qumran community of the Essenes was either directly
involved in the early origins of Christianity or there may have been a
similar Nazorean community separate but similar to the Essenes that was
the actual community of "Jesus" and or "John the Baptist". You can
study the Mandaean scriptures to find support for this.
- Arthur Gregory
"Nothing is higher than Mount Meru nor anything more expansive than the sky. Similarly know that no Dharma is equal to Ahimsa in this world."
- Bhakta-Parijna: 91
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