You, I, and the rest of mankind live lives encased by illusion, sin, and death. Since the beginnings of human history, thinkers, sages, rsis and prophets have reflected on our human condition and sought the way of escape from this existence. Much sacred literature has been written by Holy men since the earliest times on these questions. The Rg Veda is the earliest such sacred text from the Indian subcontinent, having been written down between 2000 – 1000 BCE. The sacred poems in the Rg Veda reveal a search for God and a deeper quest for salvation from our cycle of illusion, sin and death.
A well-known prayer from the Upanishads (the sacred literature after the Vedas ca 800 BC) illustrates this search. The Transliteration as well as the translation from Sanskrit is given below
Translation to English
|Asato ma sat gmayaTamaso ma jyotirgamaya|
Mrtyor ma amrtam gamaya
|From the Unreal (untruth) lead me to the real (truth)From darkness lead me to light|
From death lead me to immortality
Cutting across all cultures, languages and religions this prayer expresses the human desire to know the way to immortality.
The Promise: Answers to Prayer are Coming
Around the same time that this prayer was written in Sanskrit into the Upanishads on the Indian subcontinent, a Divine message of knowledge was imparted in Semetic Hebrew in the Middle East to the Israelite rsi or prophet called Isaiah. As you read it you will notice that these are Promises by God to answer the Upanishad prayer above
“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;
I will take hold of your hand.
I will keep you and will make you
to be a covenant for the people
and a light for the Gentiles,
to open eyes that are blind,
to free captives from prison
and to release from the dungeon those who sit in darkness.
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned. Isaiah 42:6-7, 16, 9:2
Hundreds of years after these Upanishad prayers and Isaiah’s Divine Messages were written down the world was turned upside down by what was called The Good News. This News so changed the world of that day that our lives today, whether we know it or not, have been radically affected by this News. It led to the invention of books (as opposed to scrolls), words separated by spaces, punctuation, upper and lower case lettering, universities, hospitals and even orphanages were first founded by people as they understood how the Good News should affect society. But even more fundamental, the advent of this News profoundly changed the way people viewed themselves, others, life, death, immortality and God. The Good News was known as The Gospel, and it has obtained the allegiance of the hearts and minds of many since that era, precisely because it answers our fundamental need for truth, freedom and immortality.
The message of the Gospel centers on the person of Jesus of Nazareth. He claims (and we look at this claim in this site) to be the incarnation of God into Man that can meet our need for truth, freedom and immortality.
I put up this website to provide all interested people with an opportunity to consider this Good News, from the perspective of the Rg Veda, as well as from the perspective of the Bible. When the Bible was first translated into Hindi it was called ‘ Veda Pusthakam’ or ‘Book of supreme knowledge’. These two Vedas promise to show the path to immortality. Surely that is worth considering. I invite you to join me in considering the gospel from these two Vedas.