By Swami B.V.
Excerpts from "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Ignorance."
By Swami B.V. Tripurari. Clarion Call Publishing 1994.
Here is a fascinating piece of information about Hindus and
According to Ambassador Poindexter, in his two volume 1930s
treatise "The Arya-Incas", called the Mayan civilization was 'unquesionably
Hindu' in origin.
Alexander von Humbolt (1769-1859) an eminent,
European scholar and anthropologist, was one of the first to postulate the Asiatic origin
of the Indian civilizations of the Americas. What mysterious pyschological law would have
caused Asians and Americans to both use the umbrella as a sign of royalty, to invent the
same games, imagine similar cosmologies, and attribute the same colors to the different
The Aryan civilization of India is a logical choice for the
beginning of the diffusion of our planet's civilization. American historian Will Durant,
in his book 'Our Oriental Heritage', described India as the most ancient civilization on
earth, and he offered many examples of Indian culture through out the world. He
demonstrated that as early as the 9th century B.C. E. Indians were exploring the sea
routes, and reaching out and extending their cultural influences to Mesopotamia, Arabia,
Most modern day historians prefer to accept ancient Egypt and
Babylon, as the most ancient civilization. Because they have no living representation and
thereby pose no threat to the status quo.
But India is alive and kicking. Prominent traces of ancient Vedic
civilization can still be found today not only in India but outside her borders as well.
If we recognize ancient India as a spiritual giant, we will have to reckon with her
modern-day representations. This poses a threat to modern civilization and the current
world-view. Vedic literature and spiritual ideology loomed as the greatest threat to the
British in their imperialistic conquest of India.
The Aryans' footsteps are found throughout neighboring Southeast
Asia. They were skilled navigators and pioneers of many cultural developments. According
to several sources, these Aryans ruled in Java, Bali, Sumatra, Borneo, Philippines,
Cambodia, Vietnam, Annan, Burma, and Thailand until the 14th century. Even today, the
kings of Thailand bear the title of Rama after the Indian epic of Ramayana. The story of
Ramayana is depicted on the palace walls of Bangkok.
Cambodia, the ancient Kamboja, boasts the largest temple complex
in the world, named Ankor from the Sanskrit language meaning 'the capital city'. It was
built in honor of Lord Vishnu. The complex extends over an area more than twice the size
of Manhattan and took 37 years to complete.
Vietnam once called Champa, figured prominently as a
stepping-stone of India's cultural expansion. The Hindu state of Java was founded by the
King of Kalinga (Orissa) in the 1st century C.E. Java is said to be the ancient
Yava-Dveepa mentioned in the Ramayana. The Indonesian national flag flies the symbol of
Garuda, the bird carrier of Vishnu.
In 1949, two scholars, Gordon Ekholm and Chaman Lal,
systematically compared the Mayan, Aztec, Incan, and North American Indian civilizations
with the Hindu-oriented countries of Southeast Asia and with India herself. According to
them, the emigrant cultures of India took with them India's system of time measurement,
local gods, and customs. They found signs of Aryan civilization through out the Americas
in art (lotus flowers with knotted stems and half-dragon/half -fish motifs found commonly
in paintings and carvings), architecture, calendars, astronomy, religious symbols, and even
games such as our Parchesi and Mexican Patolli, which have their origins in India's
Both the Hindus and the Americans used similar items in their
worship rituals. They both maintained the concept of Four Yuga cycles or cosmological
seasons, extending over thousands of years, and conceived of 12 constellations with
reference to the sun as indicated by the Incan sun calendar. Royal insignias, system of
government, and practice of religious dance and temple worship all showed remarkable
similarities, pointing its strongly to the idea that the Americas were strongly influenced
by the Aryans.
Another scholar, Ramon Mena, author of the "Mexican
Archeology" called the Nahuatl, Zapoteca, and Mayan languages of Hindu
origin. He says that ' their writing and their personal adornments.. their system and style
of construction clearly indicate the remotest antiquity....they all speak of India and the