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As the great Indradyumna Marharaj continued his festivals throughout Russia, he came across Professor Medvedev, the chairman of the religious affairs committee. The irony of the Professors name was not lost upon Marharaj, “Medvedev” is a common Russian name meaning “bear”, however, its linguistic source is to be found within the Sanskrit language of Vedic India.

 

The Sanskrit root “Ma” means “limit” this becomes “Mad” and “Mada” meaning “to enjoy to the limit” “to become intoxicated” and from this comes “Madhu” meaning “honey”. “Mad” and “Madhu” meaning “honey” become the Russian “Med” meaning “honey” as seen in the Russian name “Medved” so named because a bear is a “honey eater”. The “Ved” comes from the Sanskrit “Veda” meaning “knowledge” we see this in the Russian “Vedma” meaning “witch” as in a sorceress who has “knowledge” and its also seen in the Russian word “Os-ved-omlennost” meaning “knowledge”.  And so “Medved” is ultimately derived from Sanskrit meaning “one who has knowledge ( ved ) of honey ( med )” which is a bear as it “knows ( ved ) how to find honey ( med )”.

 

As Marharaj spoke with Professor Medvedev, the Russian confided "The problem amongst our leaders may not be so much in having to accept your movement but in accepting that this Vedic culture may have been the original culture of Russia. In Russia practically all scientists accept that Vedic culture once flourished here, the centre being in the Volga river region. The debate amongst our scientists is whether the Aryans came from India or if they originated here. There is much evidence that the Vedic culture existed here, most notably the Russian Veda”.

 

Intrigued Marharaj asked the professor to explain more about this Russian Veda. "It is famous amongst our people" Professor Medvedev continued "It is as old as Russia and the stories are exactly like those found in the Vedic scriptures. The central figure of the Russian Veda is a personality called Krishen, he is the upholder of spiritual truths and the killer of many demons. His killing of a witch and a snake are exactly like the history of child Krsna killing the Putana and Aghasura demons in the Bhagavat Purana. The Russian Veda however is not for children, its full of spiritual truths. This Vedic culture was once prevelant throughout the world".

 

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“Tara” has a special place within Russian and Slavic folklore. Amongst the Slavic people she is golden Tara, the keeper of wisdom and the sister of Tarkh, the protector of the lands. Before the 18th century, much of the land of Russia was known as Tartary, in maps throughout Europe it was known as “the great Tartary” and when its people was asked why it was called Tartary they replied “we are the children of Tara and Tarkh”.

 

The 1771 edition of the Encyclopaedia Brittanica says the following “Tartary, a huge country in Northern Asia, bordering Siberia in the north and west is called the great Tartary. These Tartars living south of Muscovy and Siberia are called “astrakhan” “charkasy” and ”dagestani”. Those living in the northwest of the Caspian sea are called Kalmyk tartars and occupying the territory between Siberia and the Caspian sea, Uzbek and Tartar mongols, who inhabited the north of Persia and India and finally Tibetan, living in the northwest of China ( 881 ).”

 

“Tara” in Sanskrit means “crossing” we see it in “Avatara” meaning “one who crosses ( tara ) downwards ( ava )” and we also have “green tara” the Buddhist deity who helps people “cross over” at the time of death. Tara is formed from the Sanskrit root “Tr” meaning “to cross over” it then becomes “str” meaning “scattered” “spread” “strewn” “star” its also the source of the words “star” “astral” “transit" and of course it produces the word “tara” meaning “crossing”.

 

In the Vedas she is seen as a form of Goddess Kali. We have the Tara Devi temple in Himachal Pradesh India and also the Tarapith temple in the village of Tarapith, India. She is also seen as the Goddess of the stars reflecting her name “she who crosses ( tara ) over”, she is the wife of Brihaspati, the guru of the Gods and the lover of Candra, the moon God.

 

In Montenegro the Slavic people named Tara after their most beautiful river and canyon and this became known as “The pearl of Montenegro”. In Siberia the same culture named one of their most prominent mountains “Tara” and In County Meath, Ireland, we have the “hill of Tara” the home of the Irish Druids, the children of Danu and the high seat of the kings of Ireland. Tara like Danu is a mother Goddess, a global phenomenon who nurtures and protects as a representative of mother nature and in her form of “Tara” she connects the cultures of Vedic, Slavic and Druid.

 

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The Russian Veda mentioned by Professor Medvedev was part of a culture which went beyond Russia, a culture which was prominent amongst the Slavic people who were the largest ethnic and linguistic groups of people throughout Europe. Their civilisation is described as Indo/European and was spread throughout Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Serbia, Czechoslavakia, Bulgaria, Belarusia, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Macedonia. The origins of these people go back thousands of years to the time of their Gods Tarkh and Tara and they are intimately related to the ancient culture of Vedic India.

 

Svetovid, pictured above, is one of many Gods worshipped in Slavic culture, in the Baltic states he is seen as the supreme God of war. His two main characteristics are he has four heads and he is depicted as a shiny, white, luminous being. His robes are white, his hair is white, his divine horses are white and he holds aloft a white shiny sword.

 

In Sanskrit "Sveta" means "white" "bright" in the Vedas we find the Svetasvatara upanisads which means the "white mule upanisads" or "that which is carried across ( tara ) by a white ( sveta ) horse ( asva )" and we also have "Svetadvipa" meaning "the island ( dvipa ) of the white ( sveta ) milky ocean". Its easy to connect the Sanskrit "sveta" with the "svet" of "Svetovid" whose distinguishing features are "white" "bright" "light". Sveta meaning "white" eventually corrupted to become the word "white" as it went from "sveta" to "svit" to "hvit" to "hwit" and eventually the word "white". In Europe "sveta" meaning "white" bright" took on the meaning of "saintly" hence throughout the Slavic regions we find place names such as "Sveti Peter" meaning "Saint Peter".

 

The second part which forms "Svetovid" is "vid" a Sanskrit word meaning "to know" "to perceive". Its the root of the vast storehouse of knowledge known as "Veda" and its difficult to imagine "vid" having a source other than the Vedas themselves and the Sanskrit language they are written in. Throughout Europe "vid" meaning "to know" "to perceive" takes on the meaning of "seeing" and so we have "sveta" and "vid" meaning "light" and "seeing". Svetovid was also known as "Belvid" and "Belbog" the "bel" is the Sanskrit "Bhalu" meaning the "Sun" and the "bog" is the Sanskrit "bhaga" meaning "God" the "God of the Sun".

 

A picture is now emerging which connects this supreme God of war to the Sun and when we consider that in Serbia the summer solstice is known as "vidovan" the day of Svetovid we can see that Svetovid with his luminous appearance and his four heads represents the "all seeing eye of the Sun". This is further emphasised when we look at the importance of the divine white horse which accompanied Svetovid, in the temples of Svetovid there would be a white horse which took part in acts of divination. In the Vedas Surya, the God of the Sun traverses the universe on a chariot drawn by horses and this concept as well as the Sanskrit language can be seen in the Slavic God of war known as Svetovid.

 

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"Makosh" is the Slavic mother of destiny, she holds the horn of plenty and provides for those who are righteous. Her name is composed of "ma" whose source is the Sanskrit "matr" meaning "mother" and "kosh" is the Sanskrit "kosa" meaning "treasury" "accumulated wealth" and "provisions". Her daughters are "Dolya" and "Nedolya" known respectively as "fate" and "doom". "Dolya" is said to haunt you if you make the wrong choice, her name is from the Sanskrit "dola" meaning "oscillating" and "swinging" and "doloya" which means "doubtful" "uncertain". "Nedolya" is simply the Sanskrit prefix "na" meaning "none" as in "no dolya" "no fate" "no fortune".

 

"Ognebog" "Stribog" "Dazbog" "Belbog" all have the suffix "bog" meaning "God" its source is the Sanskrit "Bhaga" and "Bhagavan" meaning "God". Dazbog is a Slavic solar deity whose name is formed from two Sanskrit words "dadati" meaning "to give" "gift" and also "bhaga" meaning "God". The same name is seen in the country of Iraq where we find its capital "Bhagdad" meaning "the gift ( dadati ) of God ( bhaga )" which is simply "Dazbog" in reverse. Ognebog is the Slavic God of fire whose linguistic and cultural source reflects the Vedic God of fire "Agni". Stribog is known as the "God of the wind" he is in charge of winds and hurricanes and appears as the mystical bird "stratim". His name may be related to the Sanskrit "str" which means "scattered" "strewn" "spread" its a Sanskrit root which gives us the words "star" and "astral". The Sanskrit "bhaga" which becomes the Slavic "bog" and the Iranian "Bhagdad" its also seen as the African "Kilimambogo" and the "Mbagathi" river which seems to mean "the mind ( dhi ) of God ( bhaga )".

 

The Slavic "Yndra" is the thunder God, a hero who battles to protect Svarga loka ( heaven ) and a personality who controls the rain. In the Vedas we have Indra the God of thunder, the God of rain and the King of heaven. It is futile to debate if "Yndra" the God of rain is related to "Indra" the God of rain, they obviously are. The Slavic Goddess of death is known as "Morana" in the Vedas we have "Mara" the Goddess of death and we have "marana" meaning "death" showing how the two cultures are one. Described as a divine force of nature "Maya" is a Slavic Goddess who bears the gifts of mother earth. In the Vedas "Maya" is the regulatrix of this world, the universal mother upon which everything rests, both "Mayas" are synonymous concepts emenating from a shared culture.

 

 

Above is the picture of the Slavic God named Kryshen playing his flute for the pleasure of his wife whose name is Rada. According to the Slavic tradition Kryshen journeys to the island of the Sun, described as the Greek island of Rhodes. There he meets the beautiful daughter of the Sun God her name being Rada. In the Vedas RadhaKrsna are known as the highest realisation of the absolute truth, they are the two complimentary aspects of the one absolute truth. This is not the first time the island of Rhodes has been assosciated with the name of Radha, some suggesting her to be the source of its name. The story continues that after successfully satisfying the demands of her father, Kryshen wins the hand of his daughter. Kryshen is also known as the shepherd, the protector of cows and bulls, which is obviously Gopal Krsna the lover of the cows.

 

Svarog is considered to be the supreme God whom all others pay their homage. He is seen as the God of the Sun, the God of fire, the guardian of the sacrificial fire, the hearth of the home and also the divine blacksmith. In Sanskrit Svar means "sky" "heaven" "Sun" "light" "lustre" we get "Svargaloka" meaning "the heavenly ( svarga ) realm ( loka )". This seems to be related to "Svarog" whose name is connected to the "Sun" and "heaven" and its possible his name was originally "Svabog" meaning "the God ( bhaga ) of heaven ( svarga )" or "the God ( bhaga ) of the Sun ( svar )" just as we see in the names "Dazbog" "Stribog" "Belbog" and "Ognebog" in fact we dont seem to see any other Slavic God whose name ends with "rog" so this may be a corruption of his original name "Svabog".

 

“Jiva” in Sanskrit means “life” “soul” this seems to be related to the Slavic God of life and souls known as “Jiva”. “Svar” means “light” “sky” “heaven” this is related to “Svantovich” the God of light and we also have “Mater Sva” the mother of the Sun and the mother of heaven, all of which are cognate with this Sanskrit “svar”. “Simha” is Sanskrit for “lion” and this seems to be related to the half lion/half bird known as “Simargi”. “Devana” is the Slavic Goddess of the forest, in Sanskrit “devana” can mean “the God ( deva ) of the forest ( vana )”. “Jurata” is a mermaid who falls for a human, in a fit of jealousy Perun kills them and during storms their piteous wails are said to be heard. In Sanskrit we have “jarata” meaning “love affair” and this is most likely related. “Domovoy” is the spirit of the house and this is related to the Sanskrit “dama” meaning “house” a word we see in “kingdom” “dominion” and “domestic”. We also have "Baba Yoga" "Pater diy" " "Samodivas" "Bog Rojana" "Vanapagan" and many more which are obviously cognate with the Sanskrit language.

 

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The swastika goes back in time at least 12,000 years according to archeology, its a Sanskrit word “suasti” meaning “it is ( asti ) good ( su )”. Its origin seems to have been the sudarsana disc of Lord Visnu, a spinning disc he used as a weapon. Sudarsana means “good ( su ) vision ( darsana )” just as “suasti” means “it is ( asti ) good ( su )”.

 

The Slavic culture has a similar symbol known as the “kolovrat” which like the suastika is a spinning wheel. Its name is formed from two words “kolo” meaning “wheel” and “vrat” which means “spinning”. The “vrat” which means “spinning” is related to the Sanskrit “vrt” which means “turning” “moving” as seen in the Sanskrit “vartate” meaning “to turn around”. “Vrt” is also seen in the English words “divert” “revert” “convert” “subvert” “pervert” as well as words such as “vortex” “vertigo” and “universe”.

 

The meaning of “kolovrat” seems to be related to “cycles” just as the Vedic suastika represents the universal cycles known as “yugas”. The kolovrat also represents the Sun which determines the cycles of day and night as well as the ever turning seasons. During burials the kolovrat or suastika would be engraved upon wooden idols above the graves as a symbol of the ever turning cycles of birth, death and rebirth.

 

These symbols are an intimate part of Slavic culture, embroidered upon their clothes as seen above. The youth of Vedic India should be similarly motivated to proudly display these cultural icons as the fabric of their every day life, after all why would one ignore ones greatest wealth. Veda is a treasure house of symbols, Sanskrit symbols, Vedic symbols, Devic symbols, an endless stream and one which should be infinitely expressed just as the Slavic people are proud of expressing their symbols such as kolovrat.

 

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Ukraine is a region which is on the Russian border, was once part of Russia and is part of the ancient slavik history. In the region of mezine, archeologists dug a manmade ornament of a bird fashioned from the ivory tusk of a wooly mammoth. Carved upon this ornament was a swastika, which, at a date of between 12,000 and 15,000 years, makes it the oldest swastika ever found.

 

The site where this was found was near the river "Desna" a Slavik name meaning "right hand" indeed throughout the Slavic languages we find "desni" meaning "right". The source of "Desna" meaning "right hand" is the Sanskrit "Daksina" meaning "right hand" we find this same name in the Dalmatian island of "Daksa".

 

A second archeological site in Mezine, known as Mezine 2, lies upon the fourth longest river in Europe known as the Dnieper. Its name is formed from two Sanskrit words "Danu" the ancient Vedic Goddess and "Apara" meaning "not having a shore" "boundless". Originally "Danu apara" it became "Danapra" then "Dnipro" and finally its ancient history is obscured in its present name "Dnieper".

 

"Daksa" which gives us "dakshina" which is the source of the river "Desna" was a great prajapati whose offerings and fire sacrifices were done with such priestly ingenuity his very name became synonymous with "right hand," even today we see his influence in the word "dexterity" meaning "one so skilled with his hands". As a prajapati, a projenitor of mankind, he had many daughters, some of whom became great personalities. One such personality was his daughter "Devi Danu" of whom the Dnieper is so named. So these two Russian/Ukraine rivers which flow close in the same region are not only Sanskrit names, they are, according to the Vedas, father and daughter.

 

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The Danube is very much a part of Slavic folklore, its name comes from the Vedic Goddess Devi Danu. Danu is the wife of Kashyapa Muni, the Great Vedic sage of whom the country of Kashmir was named. From Danu we get the Danavas and from Kashyapas other wife, Diti, we get the Daityas. It is said that the ancient name for Germany was once Daityastan, it may have gone from Daityastan to Deutchland to the present name of Germany.

 

The river Don which flows through Russia also gets its name from Devi Danu. The Dnieper which is very much a part of Slavic folklore was previously called the Dnipro and before that the Danapra and before that the Danu Apara. Danu is the Vedic Goddess and Apara means boundless, distant, ect. The river Dniester is also very much a part of Slavik history, its name is just like the Danube, the river Don and the Dnieper, its named after the Vedic Goddess Danu, being a combination of Danu and the river Ister.

 

As well as the rivers named after the Goddess Danu we have numerous other rivers which flow through Russia and all seem to bear Vedic/Sanskrit names. The river Moksha, Kuma, Kama, Samara, Avacha, Dvina, Narada, Pichora, Siva, Surya, Vishera, Varonya, Angara, Pasha, Suna, Shuya, Syamozero, Sura, Pushma, Vaja, Valgu, Ira, Sesupe, Usa, Karak, Krasnaya, Angrapa, Kala, Padma, Sagora, Oka, Sarah, Sukhana, Ravan, Indola, Indomanka, Sindosa, Varna, Striga, Svaika, Hvarzenta, Arza, Pana and the river OM, the majority of these  names reflecting the ancient Vedic/Sanskrit culture.

 

And finally we have the Russian language itself which is intimately related to the Sanskrit language as the following tables present.

 

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“ In the sphere of vocabulary, there is such a large number of words which are common to these two languages ( Sanskrit and Russian ) that it has not been possible to mention all of them in this chapter. Only a list of basic words common to both these two languages has been given. Moreover, as explained in the succeeding paragraphs of this chapter many of the grammatical rules are common to both these languages and the number of words common to these two languages formed after the application of such common grammar rules could be further multiplied. This is not so when we compare Sanskrit with any other language belonging to the Indo-European group, leaving aside Iranian and Persian.“(p.14)  India & Russia – Linguistic & Cultural Affinity.   Dr. Weer Rajendra Rishi (1917 – 2002) was a well known Indian linguist. He was fluent in Russian and worked in the Indian Embassy in Moscow between 1950—1952.

 

 

" The Vedic literature opens to us a chamber in the education of human race to which we can find no parallel anywhere else. Whoever cares for the historical growth of our language and thought, whoever cares for the first intelligent development of religion and mythology, whoever cares for the first foundation of Science, Astronomy, Metronomy, Grammar and Etymology, whoever cares for the first intimation of the first philosophical thoughts, for the first attempt at regulating family life, village life and state life as founded on religion, ceremonials, traditions and contact must in future pay full attention to the study of Vedic literature."  -  Max Muller  -  India what it can teach us.

 

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" Indian art had accompanied Indian religion across straits and frontiers into Sri Lanka, Java, Cambodia, Siam, Burma, Tibet, Khotan, Turkestan, Mongolia, China, Korea and Japan. In Asia all roads lead from India.”  Will Durant (1885-1981) American historian

 

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“ I take issue with the old school of thought that the cultural and civic life we Westerners enjoy originated in the works of Greek and Roman philosophers. Instead the mind and soul that inspired our words sprang from neither Greece nor Rome, but from an Indo/European homeland located much further north. In truth according to my studies the history of we Westerners does not begin with the Greeks, we were invented along with the Greeks by Vedic poet seers through their mother tongue, Sanskrit, which evolved into Greek and Latin, which are simple phonetic variants of it.“. Franco Rendich  -  Comparative etymology Sanskrit, Latin and Greek

 

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