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By Swami B.V. Tripurari
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 Mayans connection.

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 directions?

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, and Egypt.

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 pachisi.

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 Orient.'



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