So often nowadays, we experience how Western-oriented Hindus, specifically the scientific community and academic community, criticize traditional Vedic dharma in the name of secularism and progress. Westernized Hindus espouse not only Western intellectual thought, but they ape popular Western culture as well; this is especially true since the insertion of radio into even small, countryside villages and since the advent of television. It seems as if an element of India’s own population is undermining its own culture from within, almost as if it were some kind of fifth column against its own, dharmic culture.
On the surface, this tendency seems simply to be brought about by the onslaught of foreign culture as history has recorded it; first by the Muslim invasions, later by the British, and now by globalization and telecommunication. But if we scratch the surface a little, we might find a deeper, more remote cause. A nice clue is be found in Varaha Purana, as quoted by Kedaranath Dutt in his book ” Jaiva Dharma:”
Raksasah kalim ashritya
” In the Kali-yuga demons take birth in the families of brahmins.”
This idea of beings from other realms taking birth on Earth with agendas is not unheard of. In the tenth canto of Shrimad Bhagavatam, Shree Vishnu instructed the demigods to take birth ahead of the Krishna avatar in order to assist Him in His pastimes–
“ After all the demigods offered the Purusa-sukta prayer to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they apparently heard no response. Then Lord Brahma personally sat in meditation, and there was a message-transmission from Lord Visnu to Brahma. Brahma then broadcast the message to the demigods. That is the system of receiving Vedic knowledge. The Vedic knowledge is received first by Brahma from the Supreme Personality of Godhead, through the medium of the heart. As stated in the beginning of Srimad-Bhagavatam, tene brahma hrda: the transcendental knowledge of the Vedas was transmitted to Lord Brahma through the heart. Here also, in the same way, only Brahma could understand the message transmitted by Lord Visnu, and he broadcast it to the demigods for their immediate action. The message was: The Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear on the earth very soon along with His supreme powerful potencies, and as long as He remains on the earth planet to execute His mission of annihilating the demons and establishing the devotees, the demigods should also remain there to assist Him. They should all immediately take birth in the family of the Yadu dynasty, wherein the Lord will also appear in due course of time. “( Krishna Book, Chapter One )
The other way around, however, it seems that asuras, too, either take birth as residents of Bharat or that they express their influence through earthly beings, as we will see in the case of Duryodhana.
“ After being thus informed by Narada about the appearance of the demigods in different families Kamsa at once became alert. He understood that since the demigods had already appeared, Lord Visnu must be coming soon.”
“ Kamsa was made aware of his previous birth by the grace of Narada. He learned that in his previous birth he was a demon of the name Kalanemi and that he was killed by Visnu. Having taken his birth in the Bhoja family, he decided to become the deadly enemy of the Yadu dynasty; Krsna was going to take birth in that family, and Kamsa was very much afraid that he would be killed by Krsna, just as he was killed in his lastbirth.” ( Krishna Book, Chapter One ).
Even if the Hindus who raise their hands against their own culture are not consciously Raksasas, they might not be traditional Hindus in the sense that they might not have evolved to their present position through pious births. In fact, if they decry Vedic culture, then they certainly haven’t evolved piously because the pious soul is naturally sympathetic with the Vedic version. And the above-cited verse from Varaha Purana does state that, in this yuga, demons are born into Hindu families.
We will draw heavily on the presentation of Dr. Richard Thomson ( Sadaputa
Dasa ), in his book Alien Identities ( P – 241 ), to investigate the case of King Duryodhana: ” King Duryodhana once had an encounter with some Ganharvas who had cordoned off an area around a lake for recreationaal purposes and had blocked Duryodhana’s army from entering. When Duryodhana tried to enter anyway, a fierce battle took place, and he was captured by the Gandharva forces. At this point, Arjuna, who was staying nearby, used his political connections with the Gandharva to free Duryodhana. Arjuna and his brothers had been driven into exile by Duryodhana, but Arjuna intervened to save him from the Ganharvas on the grounds that he was a relative and a human being.
Duryodhana was humiliated at being saved by a person he had scorned and mistreated as an enemy, and he decided to give up his everything and fast until death. However, it seems that other parties had long-standing plans for Duryodhana and they weren’t at all pleased by this turn of events.
‘ Thereupon the Daityas and Danavas, hearing of his decision, the gruesome denizens of the nether world, who had been defeated by the gods, now, in the knowledge that Duryodhana would wreak their party, performed a sacrificial rite in order to summon him.’ (Mahabharat)
Once Duryodhana was in the presence of the Danavas, they explained to him that his birth on Earth was arranged in advance as part of their plan. His great bodily strength and his near immunity to weapons were arranged by their manipulations. He therefore shouldn’t spoil everything by taking his life. Daityas and Danavas, taking birth as Earthly heroes, would assist him in his battle with the Pandavas. The Danavas also pointed out that they would use mind control to make sure that this battle had the desired outcome.
‘ After it was over, King Duryodhana thought that it had all been a dream, Bharat, and he was left with this thought: I shall vanquish the Pandus in battle.’ ” Thus was Duryodhana empregnated with asuric agendas.
Another clue is provided in the recently discovered phenomena of UFOs. Again, we will draw heavily on the comparison given by Dr. Richard Thomson ( Sadaputa
Dasa ) inAlien Identities ( P 224 – 225 ). There, the good doctor points out the tenth-canto Bhagavatam narrative of Salva’s Wonderful Aircraft and the similarities with modern UFOs. ” A number of interesting parallels with UFO accounts can be found in the story of Salva in the tenth canto of the Bhagavat Purana.’ The aircraft occupied by Salva was very mysterious. It was so extraordinary that sometimes many airplanes would appear to be in the sky, and sometimes there were apparently none. Sometimes the plane was visible, and sometimes not visible, and the warriors of the Yadu dynasty were puzzled about the whereabouts of the peculiar airplane. Sometimes they would see the airplane on the ground, sometimes flying in the sky, sometimes resting on the peak of a hill, and sometimes floating on the water. The wonderful aircraft flew in the sky like a whirling firebrand- it was not steady even for a moment.’
The flight characteristics of this ” airplane ” resemble those of UFOs in many respects … UFOs are well known for this kind of behavior, and they are also described as hovering over water and then abruptly taking off.”
Modern accounts of abductions similar to that of Duryodhana’s, in craft similar to that of Salva simply abound. In the above-mentioned book by Dr. Thompson as well as Secret Life by David M. Jacobs, PH.D., scores of cases are investigated in a serious and statistical manner. In the Jacobs book, for example, UFO abduction victims are interviewed separately with no knowledge of or contact with other such victims; even so, they uniformly describe similar experiences. Their descriptions of UFO interiors are also astonishingly uniform.The film “Communion” depicts the true story of the former New York playwright –Whitley Strieber– who had abduction experiences and was influenced. Typically, abduction victims are influenced by some suggestions made hypnotically, literally made to forget the experience by some kind of hypnotic suggestion, and then set down again on the surface of theEarth with an agenda to carry out, as in the case of Duryodhana, little more than marionettes of beings little understood. The abduction victims who do receive suggestions and agendas are often influential people, such as politicians, musicians and authors.
Armed with Vedic descriptions and definitions, we can understand these UFO beings to be none other than the Daitays and Danavas of Vedic lore. Their influence did not stop in Vedic times. It would be naive of us to think that, even though during the Dvarpara yuga the asuras made such an impact, they now exert no influence in the Kali yuga proper. If anything, their influence has been greater in this yuga that in the past. Due to their manipulations, the once world-wide Vedic culture has been truncated angain and again, and the off-shoots transformed into the materialistic cultures we have witnessed over the last several thousand years.
Genetic collection and manipulation seem to be the principal activity of these UFO-borne Daityas and Danavas. Women are their main abduction victims, in approximately 80% of the cases, according to Secret Life by Jacobs. Biological probing; extraction of the human egg; and artificial insemination, incubation, birthing and nursing seem to be their main interests. The same women, once (genetically) identified, are preyed upon again and again for the purpose of egg extraction. DNA seems acts as a via medium between the subtle astral plane, where consciousness dwells, and the physical world. In this way, their indentification and cultivation of certain genetic types comes to make sense-certain DNA strains open the body up to manipulation by these Daityas and Danavas, currently known as reptilians and the Greys. In fact, the current genetic collection activities could even have the purpose of developing suitable bodies for occupation by demoniac, reptilian souls who have not yet incarnated; this would relieve them of the necessity of having to manipulate human beings who have already taken birth. Reports of large nurseries suggest that a whole legion of half-breed human-Daitya or Danava beings are being reared.
The forboding nature of these activities is heightened by descriptions in the puranic literature defining the Daityas as being residents of a Netherworld. Although this could refer to some galactic abode below the plane of the solar system, reports of underground destinations by abduction victims suggests that the Daityas also dwell within our very planet. The Bible, too, defines that demons live in worlds beneath the surface of the planet. Consider one of the more recent descriptions from the book Extraterrestrial Visitations: True Accounts of Contact by Preston Dennett:
Taken to an Underground Base
“ The standard abduction scenario usually involves a person being taken inside a UFO and examined by grey-type extraterrestrials. But again, this scenario is not as common as many might believe. Consider the following case, in which a young man was abducted, not by grey-type ETs, but by praying-mantis type ETs. Nor was he taken inside a UFO. In fact, he recalled being taken to an apparent underground base!
“ In 1967, twelve-year-old, Paul Nelson (pseudonym) was visiting the island of Catalina with his parents. Also along was Paul’s best friend, Michael (pseudonym.) The two boys decided to go inside their boat and read some new comic books. Suddenly, however, they both experienced an episode of missing time. Their next memory was of waking up the next morning. While Paul was unable to convince his parents that anything unusual had happened, both Paul and his friend knew that the event was strange.
Two weeks later, Paul was alone in his Reseda, California home when he had another strange experience. He was alone in his room when the door began to rattle. He jumped up and threw it open. To his shock, he saw the shadow of a small figure running down the hallway. He chased after it, but found nothing.
“ Paul didn’t know how to explain these experiences and didn’t connect it to the UFO phenomenon. However, afterwards he developed an interest in UFOs and began to read up on the subject.
“ Many years later, he grew up, married, became a doctor and had two children. Then he had a UFO sighting of a distant object in the daytime sky. This renewed his interest in UFOs. He began reading about the missing time aspect of UFO encounters when he realized that he had experienced missing time.
“ Intrigued, he eventually underwent hypnosis to recover his lost memories. Having read about UFOs, he expected to find that he had a frightening encounter, during which he would be examined by grey-type ETs, aboard a UFO using highly technological equipment. Instead, it was nothing like this.
“ As Paul underwent the regression, his first surprise was that he was not aboard a UFO, but instead appeared to be in an underground base. Says Paul, “I was taken to a round-walled room. It seemed to me more underground than it did onboard a ship. The walls had kind of rock-like facet to them. And I was on a tableYeah, rock-like walls rather than metallic craft-type walls. It gave the impression that I was in a cavern [rather] than in a shipIt was more of an underground feeling that’s true. That is a little anomalous.”
Under hypnosis, Paul recalled his friend, Michael nearby, also being examined. His next surprise was that the beings were what he expected. Says Paul, ‘The beings weren’t the typical greys, they were more the ‘Praying Mantis’ type, as I later understood. The eyes were slightly bigger than what is seen in the typical small grey, and a little more insectoid-likeThey wore tight-fitting uniforms, I believe. There was even a color to them, but I can’t remember what the color wastight-fitting jump-suit like things. I think there was one in that bunch that had a tunic-type thing, more looser fitting over it. I couldn’t tell how tall they were because they were over me and I was on my back. So I couldn’t give you the exact height. They didn’t look particularly tall though.’”
And it is not hard to tell that the influence of dharmic culture, fostered by the demigods, is on the wane. The demigods reciprocate with us in relation to yagña and piety. But yagña is not properly performed in the Kali Yuga; for one thing, the Sanskrit mantas are not properly chanted, and piety in general is fast disappearing. To what degree will the demigods and their followers oppose the demoniac insertion in favor of an earthly, human population which is fast becoming as materialistic as the demons themselves!
For these reasons it is important for Hindus to make a connection between the modern, materialistic seductions of largely Western culture and the manipulations of the asuras. Then Hindus have to ask themselves if this is what they really want. Do the descendents of Vedic culture want to play into the hands of asuric manipulators who undermine dharmic culture? Do Hindus want this for their children’s children’s children?
It is interesting to note that Muslim countries have faced a similar challenge. For example, resisting Western culture is basically what the Iranian revolution was all about. There might have been extremes and an element of fanaticism, but at least the Persians deserve credit for recognising the intrusion and defending their culture. And notice that as soon as the Talaban (Muslim fundamentalist students) took control in Kabul a couple of years ago, the first thing they did was throw all the televisions away!
Unfortunately, Hindus haven’t done this. Maybe the poverty in India has made Western culture attractive by comparison. But if even the Muslim culture, which is iconoclastic and engages in meat eating, has resisted Western culture as being too sinful, then Hindus should be even more resistent! At least Islam does not approve of alcohol or sexual promiscuity. Hindus are witnessing all of these things gather prominence in their country.
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, the founder of the Hare Krishna movement, made some appropriate observations in this regard, back in the 1950s, in a note to the 14th text, second canto of the Bhagavat Purana. There, he noted that ” Even fifty years ago, the social structure of all Indians was so arranged that they would not read any literature that was not connected with the activites of the Lord. They would not play any drama not connected with the Lord. They would not organise a fair or ceremony not connected with the Lord. Nor would they visit a place which was not holy and sanctified by the pastimes of the Lord. Therefore, even the common man in the village would talk about Ramayan and Mahabharat, Gita and Bhagavatam, even from his very childhood. But by the influence of the age of Kali, they have been dragged into the civilization of the dogs and hogs, laboring for bread without any sense of transcendental knowledge.”
Maybe the inhabitants of Bharat/India haven’t resisted the cultural onslaught because they haven’t made the connection between the insidious underming of their culture and Daitya-Danava designs– countrymen antagonistic to traditional dharma have not been considered in the light of the verse from the Varaha Purana. Maybe now Hindus will make this connection and begin to resist the seduction of Western culture, and take steps to safeguard traditional Dharmic values and norms.