9.15 – SHIVA THE DESTROYER (9.2.16)

HINDUISM [16b]

India. Covering over 1.2 million square miles, it is the world’s seventh-largest country. And with 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populated. Roughly 80% of the Indian population practices Hinduism, the world’s oldest surviving religion that dates back to at least 2000 BC. And for the Hindu faithful their gods are not mythological, but are real beings that have, at times, been present here on Earth.

“These many gods and goddesses have different stories and different energies and different principles that they represent. For many of the Hindu faithful, the gods are absolutely real. They exist physically, although they may not always be visible. In general, compared to Western belief systems, the tangible reality of the gods is much stronger in India.”

– Jonathan Young, Ph.D.
(Founding Curator, Joseph Campbell Archives)

“I’ve grown up as a Hindu in a strict Hindu family, so I know all the Vedas and epics. You know, I’ve read them hundreds of times. Hindus believe that the gods came down from the sky.”

Praveen Mohan (Founder, PhenomenalPlace)

“Hindus believe that these stories are not simply myth. They are historical records, because they are actually called itihasa – itihasa meaning ‘history.’”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

Thousands of depictions of the Hindu gods can be found throughout India, carved into temples, painted on ancient rock walls, and in the form of giant statues that dominate the landscape. And even greater is the sheer number of these sky gods that make up the Hindu pantheon.

“There are 333 million gods in Hinduism. They are divided into two realms: a higher realm and then the lower realm. And the devas are not immortal beings. You obviously have a lot of power, more power than ordinary human beings.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

While in the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is depicted as an all-powerful beings, in the Vedic texts Hindu gods often rely on the use of technology. This has led Ancient Astronaut Theorists to pose the question: is it possible that these religious texts describe not only encounters with the divine, but also with extraterrestrial beings?

“The Western mindset is different from that of India, where they accept the idea of extraterrestrial beings. The Hindu story of the Mahabharata is loaded with references to what seems to be extraterrestrial technology. You’ve got flying vehicles. You’ve got weapons that are voice-activated. And you have destructions of civilizations, by what seems like nuclear detonation.”

– William Henry (Author / Investigative Mythologist),
(Author, Freedom’s Gate), (The Judgment Day Device),
(Lost Secrets of the Watchers), (The Secret of Sion),
(Egypt: The Greatest Show on Earth)

“In the Mahabharata, there they write that one day gigantic cities surrounded the Earth. They did not have a word for ‘spaceship’ at that time. They say ‘cities.’ And they make clear difference that these cities were in the firmament, no in heaven. And small vehicles came down from these cities of the firmament. The old Indians called these vehicles vimanas. And out of the vimanas, the teachers came out. No doubt we were visited by extraterrestrials.”

Erich von Däniken (Author, Chariots of the Gods?)

Is the Hindu tradition a story of extraterrestrial visitation? Ancient Astronaut Theorists say yes, and suggest that this was orchestrated by an otherworldly being known in Hinduism as Lord Shiva.

“Shiva is a member of the Hindu trinity of major gods: Brahma, Vishnu, Maheshwara. Maheshwara is another name for Shiva.”

A.V. Srinivasan, Ph.D. (Author, How to Conduct Puja to Shiva)

“Shiva is also called Mahadeva. Mahadeva means ‘great god.’ So he is god of gods. He’s the head of all gods, and he’s also the most powerful god. Shiva has a dual function. One of his functions is destruction. The other one is creation. Without destruction, there is no creation.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

Depictions of Shiva embody this idea of destruction and creation. Shiva is most often shown holding a drum called a damaru, which he used to create the Universe. Around his neck is a cobra poised to strike. In one hand, Shiva holds a powerful trident-like weapon of destruction called the trishula, and in the center of his forehead, he has a third eye.

“Shiva is the only god that is depicted with third eye. If his third eye opens, a very powerful light, fire emits from his third eye, and anything that it sees, it destroys totally.”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“Usually, when you talk about the third eye, it’s about enlightenment. And then there is this other third eye, this third eye that was able to annihilate things. I don’t think they’re the same thing. So, the question is: What was it? And what was Shiva?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

“Shiva appeared at a very crucial time, when two gods – Brahma is the creator, and Vishnu, the preserver – were debating who is greater. All of a sudden, this blinging light, a shaft of light, appeared that has no end or beginning. And then this voice came out of this light, said that, ‘I am the greatest. I am the greatest god there is.’”

– Deepak Shimkhada, Ph.D.
(Adjunct Prof. of Religion, Claremont Graduate Univ.),
(Prof. of Hindu Studies, Claremont Lincoln Univ.,
School of Theology)

“Shiva is almost always surrounded by some type of a circular structure with flames. Now, what did our human ancestor artists try to depict here? Was he perhaps inside some type of a fiery craft? It is possible that Shiva is the same extraterrestrial that other cultures call by different names – Enki, Odin, Zeus, Viracocha, Quetzalcoatl, Kukulkan?”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

The earliest Vedic texts were first written roughly 4,000 years ago, but Hindus claim that the stories originated hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years earlier, existing as part of an oral tradition passed down from one generation to the next. And Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest that Shiva first arrived here on Earth at a time before the existence of modern humans, and before the event known in the Biblical tradition as the Great Flood.

“Every culture around the world that has any type of ancient writings or documents or even oral traditions, they always talk about some kind of great flood…that had a massive catastrophic effect, and utterly wiped out much of life on Earth in a single day. What I find interesting about this is that Shiva is the god of destruction. In the Hindu tradition, you have to have destruction in order to have creation. Is there a connection there?”

David Wilcock (Author/Filmmaker),
(Author, The Source Field Investigations),
(The Synchronicity Key)

“Tibetan lamas claim that, after the Flood, when the whole Earth flooded, and the waters gradually receded…man was crated anew by means of the seed that was guarded by Shiva.”

Ernst Muldashev, M.D. (Author, Where Do We Come From?)

Is it possible that Shiva was an extraterrestrial visitor that was responsible for both the creation and destruction of an earlier race of Earthlings? And if so, did he do this to clear the way for modern humans? Ancient Astronaut Theorists suggest further clues can be found by examining a mysterious temple in northern India and what might lie beneath it.

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