The Russian Veda And The Children Of Tara
While travelling throughout Russia, the great Vaisnava saint Indradyumna Marharaj met with professor Medvedev, chairman of the religious affairs committee. The irony of the professors name was not lost on Indradyumna Marharaj, he could immediately recognise its Sanskrit/Vedic influence. Medvedev is a common Russian word which according to academia means bear. The source of this name however is Vedic, Medevedev is Madhavadeva, Madhava a name for Krsna and Deva a Sanskrit word meaning God. Madhava comes from the word Madhu which means honey and Madhava means one who intoxicates like bees around honey. As well as bees we find others who are also attracted to honey, namely bears. The name Medvedev means "honey eater" thousands of years ago the people who lived in this part of the world used a Vedic/Sanskrit terminology to describe one of the prominent characteristics of the bear, thousands of years later Madhavadeva had become Professor Medvedev the chairman of religious affairs in Russia.
During the conversation Professor Medvedev surprised Marharaj saying "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".
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, Macedonia. The origins of these people go back thousands of years to the time of their Gods Tarkh and Tara. Tarkh was known as the guardian of ancient wisdom and his sister was the beautiful Goddess golden Tara. The Slavik people are known as the children of Tarkh and Tara and from the names of Tarkh and Tara came the great empire known as the Tar-tar-y.
Pictured above is Svetovid, one of the many deities worshipped by the Slavic people who populated large parts of Russia and Europe. Amongst the Baltic states he was considered the Supreme being, a God of war, described as shiny white and rides upon a divine white horse. Sveta is Sanskrit for white, bright and by extension it means pure, saintly. Vid is Sanskrit for "see" and "seer", from this we get the words vision, video and the Latin Videre and this is the language from which the name Svetovid originates. Svetovid is also extremely similar to Svetadvip, described in the Vedas as an island surrounded by a white milky ocean and this becomes even more relevant when we consider that the home of Svetovid is also an island, the island of Ruyan, the holy land of the Slavic people. In his right hand he holds a horn full of the nectar of the Gods and in his left hand a shiny white silvery sword. His body symbolises the upper, lower and middle planetary system, the lower part being hell, the middle this material realm and the upper portion representing the spiritual world where God resides. For those who are followers of Vedic culture and philosophy these afore mentioned descriptions are eminently Devic.
The deities of the Slavik world very much reflect the Devas of the Vedas. Yndra is known as the supreme thunder God, the hero in the battles to protect Svarga Loka (heaven) and the controller of rain. Yndra is quite obviously Lord Indra, the King of heaven and the great demigod of the Vedas. Morana is their Goddess of death, also known as Mora, Marana is the Vedic Goddess of death, also known as Mara, its reasonable to conclude they are one and the same. In the Vedas we have Maya who is the personification of this material realm, the regulatrix of this universe, in Slavic folklore we find Maya who is one of the divine forces of nature and one of the most revered of the Gods. Makosh is known as the mother of destiny, archeological evidence dates her existence to over 2,500 years. Ma is the Sanskrit Matr meaning mother and Kosh is the Sanskrit Kosa meaning treasury, accumulated wealth and provisions. Makosh holds the horn of plenty and provides for those who are righteous, she has two daughters, Dolya and Nedolya, known respectively as fate and doom. Dolya is known to hound you if you make the wrong choice, her name comes from the Sanskrit Doloya which means to be doubtful and uncertain and also Dola which means swinging, oscillating. Nedolya is simply the Sanskrit Na meaning none, no Dolya, no fate, no fortune. The patron Goddess of life and souls is called Jiva or Ziva and this is simply the Sanskrit word Jiva which means soul, living, existence. The Slavic God of light is Svantovich whose name is from the Sanskrit Svar meaning light.
Simargi is known as the doomsday hound, a mystical lion, its name seems to come from the Sanskrit Simha meaning lion. Perun is known as the Lord of the Universe, he is very much like Indra, yielding thunder and lightning as his weapons. Its interesting that the Slavik people saw thursday as the day of Perun, a day to be observed in his honour. In the Norse tradition we have another God of thunder called Thor. His day was also thursday, in fact the very name thursday is named after him Thors - day. Mother of Bog Rojana is assosciated with bringing wealth and riches to married couples and cares for the future of the newly born. Her name comes from the Sanskrit Rocana which means lovely, bright, shining, radiant, charming.
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.
In the Slavic tradition we find many deities where their names end with the suffix Bog, as in Belbog, Stribog, Ognebog and Dazhbog. This is similar to the Vedic Deva as in Indradeva, Suryadeva and Gangadevi. The origin of the suffix "Bog" is the Sanskrit Bhaga which is Bhagavan the Supreme Lord. Ognebog is Agni Bhaga the Vedic God of fire, Belbog may be Bhalu Bhaga the God of the Sun, we see this name throughout the world as Bhalu, Bel and Bal, espescially throughout the middle east and it is mentioned throughout the Bible as the God Bal, the God of the Sun. Dazhbog is the God of giving, in Sanskrit we have Da and Dana which means giving, donating, and this seems to be the source of the name Dazh.
The laws of Rita are part of the Slavic tradition, in Sanskrit we have the same word Rta which means righteousness, Dharma. Throughout the world we find this Sanskrit word, amongst the Greeks many of their warriors and Kings had this Rta as a common prefix declaring themselves to be righteous. Artaphernes was the brother of the great King Darius of Persia, his name is two Sanskrit words, Rta and Varnas. The Greeks were always fond of adding an "A" to names and so what was originally Rta becomes Arta and the Phernes is from the Persian Farnas which means qualities and this in turn comes from the Sanskrit Varnas meaning the same thing. Artaphernes means the quality or glory of righteousness. Other Kings who had this name were Artabanos - Artabazus - Artabryzana - Artosyras - Artaxias and Artambare to name a few. One of the most popular of the Greek deities is Artemis, the Goddess of the forest. Her name is once again Rta meaning righteousness and the Mis is the Sanskrit Mus meaning one who excells - to excel in righteousness. This Sanskrit Rta, meaning righteousness, is found throughout most languages and we also find it in the Slavic language as the laws of Rita.
The Slavic people were very much forest dwellers, which due to Christian propoganda was stigmatised as pagan. Trees were held to be sacred and as with all creation they possessed an immortal soul, trees had a soul, plants had a soul and the forest for the Slavic people was their temple.
Baba Yoga, known also as Baba Yaga and Mother Yoginya is a yogini and great mystical sage of the forest. Baba Yoga belongs to a time when Brahmanas and Druids lived in the forests. In the Vedic tradition retired life was called Vanaprastha which means retiring to the forest, Vana meaning forest and Prastha meaning to go, proceed. The prefix Pro which we find in proceed is actually from the Sanskrit Pra which means to go forth. Thousands of years ago the forests of Bharata (India) was the home of Brahmanas. Along the sacred rivers of the Ganga, Yamuna, Sarasvati, Godavari, Kaveri, thousands of ashrams would wind their way up to the snowy peaks of Himalaya. Thousands of ashramas, thousands of spiritual teachers and perhaps millions of Brahmanas, all part of what was once a land of enchantment. Baba Yoga was a great friend of orphaned children, she would take them to her temple within the forest and teach them the sacred lore. When the children became adults they would leave the forest and lead normal lives nourished by the teachings of Baba Yoga.
The Samodivas are described as young women with golden hair carrying bows and arrows while riding throughout the woods upon deer. They are known as the guardians of the earth, immortals and with their healing abilities they restore sick and wounded animals back to health. They have an affinity with fire, they can produce it at will and they live in huge trees. Apparantly there is another, dangerous side to them however this may be due to later propaganda from Christian Europe. The Diva in Samodiva is either the Sanskrit Diva meaning heaven or Deva meaning divine, God. The Samo seems to come from the Sami tree, at one time fire was produced by rubbing together the branches of a tree and the wood from the Sami tree was used for sacrificial fires. The Samodivas had an affinity for fire, they could produce it at will and they lived in trees so the Sami tree may be the source of their name. Pater Diy is described as the protector of hidden wisdom. Pater is the Sanskrit Pita meaning father, Lord, and Diy may be the Sanskrit Dhi meaning wisdom, knowledge - the lord of wisdom. The Druids worshipped this God as Pater Dis.
Devana was known as the Goddess of the forest. Her name is pure Sanskrit, Deva meaning God and Vana meaning forest - the God of the forest. Vanapagan is known as the devil of the forest, the devil of the underground, his name once again reflects this Sanskrit Vana meaning forest. Veles is the Vedic God Vala. Veles is the God of the underworld, Vala is the God of the underworld, Veles is a serpent, Vala is a serpent, they seem to be one and the same. At one time in the ancient past the Slavic people spread throughout Europe and into the British Isles leaving their impressions upon Scotland and Wales. There are some that say that the name Wales comes from the name Veles, the Anglo Saxons refer to the lands as Wealas. And when we consider the spoken V invariably becomes the written W, Vales and Vaeles seems pretty close. Jurata is a Slavic mermaid who falls in love with a human fisherman. In his anger Perun, in a fit of jealousy, sends a bolt of lightning which kills the two lovers and it is said that during storms you can hear her pitiful wailing. Jurata may come from the Sanskrit Jarata which means "love affair".
Mater Sva is described as the mother of the Slavs, indeed her other name is Slava which may well be the source of the name for the Slavik people. Mater Sva appears as a beautiful flame coloured bird, known as the bird of the Sun. Mater is simply the Sanskrit Matr meaning mother and Sva is Sanskrit Svar meaning the Sun. Mater Sva is a solar Goddess whose name means the mother of the Sun and this of course is consistent with her being the mother of Svarog who is the God of celestial fire and the father of Dazhbog. Svarog is the Slavic God of celestial fire, one of the solar deities. He is the father of Dazhbog, the God of the Sun. His name comes from the Sanskrit Svar which means the Sun and can also mean heaven. Domovoy in Slavic folklore is said to be the the house spirit, the protector of the home. Dom comes from the Sanskrit Dam meaning house as in Dampati meaning the lord of the house. We see this Sanskrit word in King-dom meaning the house of the King and Dom-estic meaning home and we also see it in Domovoy, a Slavic name which means the protector of the house.
Dajd Bog as previously mentioned is the guardian of ancient wisdom, known as the giving God, providing his people with the Santi Veda. Dajd comes from the Sanskrit words Da and Dana which both mean to give. The Santi Veda comes from Sanskrit, Santi meaning peace and Veda meaning knowledge - the knowledge of peace. His sister is the beautiful golden Tara, together they cultivate the land for their people to live on. Tara pacifies the trees which are about to be cut and shows how to replace them. It is said the Tartary empire bears her name, the Slavik people being the children of Tarkh and Tara, hence the name Tar-tar-y. In Siberia there was once a great temple complex glorifying Tara as well as a city built in her name and a river Tara which flows in her memory.
The Kolovrat is a Slavik symbol similar to the Swastika. Its related to the Sun God Svarog whose name is once again derived from a Sanskrit word, Svar being Sanskrit for Sun. Just as the Sun is symbolic for time, its rising and setting manifesting our days and nights, the Kolovrat, amongst other things, seems to be a symbol of time. In the Vedas we have the Kala Chakra, the wheel of time, and the Kolovrat seems to be a similar concept. Kolo seems to be a corruption of Kala and Vrat is the Sanskrit Vrt or Vart meaning to turn, revolve.
We see this Vrt or Vart in English words, they simply replace the "a" with an "e" and it becomes the suffix vert as in divert, subvert, convert, pervert, revert, ect, and the meaning is the same - to turn. Divert means to turn in another direction, Revert means to turn back to its original state and Pervert means to turn into something unnatural. Kolovrat seems to be Kala and Vart which means the wheel of time, just as Cakra - varta means the wheel that turns. Swastika also symbolises the wheel of time, its four legs being Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali the four universal cycles of time. Swastika is actually Su - asti - ka, Su being Sanskrit for good and Asti Sanskrit for "it is" the name meaning it is good or it is auspicious.
The same Kolo we find in Kolovrat we may see reflected in Koliada, the Slavic end of the year festival the Christians pinched and renamed Christmas. Koli is Kala the Sanskrit word for time and Da is the Sanskrit word for giving which is seen in Dana, Dadati, Dani, ect. Although there are no certainties the name does seem to reflect the nature of the festival. In the Slavik country of Belarussia it is actually called Kalada which is pure Sanskrit for "a time for giving". In Lithuania it is called Kaleda and in Bosnia, Croatia, Czechoslovakia and Sloven it is called Koleda, which reflects the different spellings and how the spoken word may have once been Kalada, the time for giving.
Many names in the Slavik language end with the suffix Mir which comes from the old Slavik Meru which is the cosmic axial mountain of the Vedas. According to the Vedas there exists a subtle multi dimensional mountain which rises up through the centre of this universe and on top is the home of the Gods, known in various languages as Brahmaloka, Asgard and Mount Olympus. As well as meaning peace Mir also means great/world/universe which all reflect this great cosmic mountain. Dragmir is one example, Drag meaning precious and Mir being Meru which means great. One of the early Slavik chieftans was Mezamir, the Mir being Meru which means great. Vladimir is a popular Russian name, Vlad meaning to rule and Mir being Meru meaning great - great ruler. Other names whose suffix is derived from this Vedic mount Meru are Branimira, Dobromira, Krasimira, Lubomira, Stanimira, Velmira, Lyubomir, Radomir, Vitomir, Zlatomir and many others.
In Siberia we also have the mountain itself, a reflection of the great cosmic mount Sumeru. Amidst the golden mountains of Altai which stretch across Russia, Mongolia, China and Kazhakstan, is the highest peak called Mount Belukha. Belukha is the heart of Siberia, seen as a mystical mountain, a source of magic and cosmic wisdom. Its original name was Uch-Sumer and the east Kalmuck people who lived there believed that the world is centred upon a great cosmic mountain called Sumer, which is of course the great cosmic mount Sumeru, whose name we see reflected in Slavik names as Mir and Mira.
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 went 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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