Cosmic Order Vedas & Avesta – Part 2
The Advent of Indra
Priori to 3700 BC the solar system comprised only two terrestrial planets. Both were living planets with oceans, atmospheres, plant and animal life. The original form of Mars, which I call priori-Mars, was in an orbit closer to the Sun than the Earth. At that date this it appeared just as all the planets do today due to reflected sunlight – as a glowing body, a sura. When proto-Venus began rampaging throughout the solar system it had ‘innumerable’ close interactions with priori-Mars and eventually ejected it from its ancient orbit into one that intersected the orbit of the Earth. The atmosphere drawn off by proto-Venus during these encounters was visible and was imagined in the Vedas as Soma being quaffed by Indra (priori-Mars) from Tvashtri (proto-Venus), although Soma had not yet fallen on Earth at that date. These interactions eventually resulted in priori-Mars being ejected into an orbit which intersected that of the Earth. The Rig Veda tells that Indra’s rapid growth was caused by the Soma, but was actually due to priori-Mars approaching the Earth. As he grew, Indra was seen as an ‘ugly child’. This was due to the tidal effect of proto-Venus which had greatly distorted the rigid shell, creating what is known today as the Tharsis Bulge on Mars. This bulge was much more pronounced in Vedic times and resulted in priori-Mars also being called the ‘dog star’ and the inspired the form of the Egyptian deity Anubis. It had nothing to do with the star Sirius.
Thus began a long series of encounters in which priori-Mars was captured in orbit around the Earth and fifteen years later returned to its planetary orbit. At each capture it became tidally bound to the Tibetan-Himalayan uplift in a geostationary orbit above Mt. Kailash, called ‘Indra’s home on Earth’, within 37,000 km of the surface, appearing 500 times the size of the Moon. Its added moment slowed the rotation of the Earth to 360 days per year during each encounter and shifted the spin axis of the lithosphere relative to the mantle of Earth to Hudson Bay forcing Mt.Kailas to remain on a temporary equator during each encounter. This tidal dragging or slowing of the lithosphere resulted in the raising and reshaping of the continents and their relative positioning. The establishing of this orbital configuration and the return to normalcy upon its release from orbit was the cause of many myths about the sunset being hastened or the Sun halting or going backward in the heavens. (Joshua 10: 12-13 and 2 Kings 20: 11). This effect was described in the Vedas as the bandhu, the effect of the heavens on the Earth.
In the Rig Veda Indra was praised for ‘releasing the waters’. This was characterized by his repeated crushing and defeating Vritra (confiner), serpents that lived in the high Himalayan valleys. This was a picturesque way of saying that his presence above Kailash caused some breaking up and melting of the Himalayan glaciers. This was caused by the raining down of large hot rock bodies (maruts or daevas in the Avesta), deluges and thunderbolts (Parjanya) in the area. Thunderbolts were not ordinary lightning, which has no effect on glaciers. They were massive electrical discharges caused by the maruts, some of which created ionized paths through the atmosphere allowing the ionosphere to discharge catastrophically to the Earth. The Rig Veda even says that a thunderbolt would sometimes cause an entire mountain range to disappear into the Earth – Obviously the Himalayas were unstable at that time ‘the mountains had wings’. Melting also occurred because the area remained on the equator during each encounter, therefore experiencing continual summer climate, i.e. there were no seasonal variations during each fifteen year encounter.
The Rig Veda speaks of ninety-nine Indras. This meant that Indra was captured over Kailash ninety-nine times and released each time after fifteen years. It also states that a day of Brahma equaled a night of Brahma (I will explain Brahma in Part 3). This meant that when released, priori-Mars spent about fifteen years in its orbit around the Sun, before being recaptured. Thus each cycle was thirty years in duration and there were ninety-nine or one hundred cycles, adding up to 3,000 years. Greek myth confirms this, stating that ‘The Olympic Gods reigned for 3,000 years.’
Fifteen years after its capture in October, priori-Mars would be released at a vernal equinox, at which time the tidal forces of the Sun, Moon and proto-Venus, the eccentric orbit of which attained inferior conjunction at that time, would combine to draw out its solid iron core, through what is now called the Valles Marineris on Mars. The solid core would drop into an orbit zooming to the east while the outer shell would drift to the west toward the Middle East. The two would recombine eight days later according to a detailed Egyptian text. with the solid core reentering and the planet essentially repairing itself for the next fifteen years while orbiting the Sun. In this connection Professor Kak states: “Less known is the ritual of the nine-nights (barashnom i no-shab) which is like the Indian ritual of the same name (navaratri). The No-Roz occurs on the day of the spring equinox just as the festival of Indra.” The association with Indra implies that the nine-nights corresponds to the Egyptian eight days required for the recombination of Indra after its release. Because proto-Venus’ (an asura or ahura) approach was a crucial aspect of the departure of priori-Mars (a sura or daeva) the suras and asuras were seen to be combatants. This was the origin of the common myth of the ‘home god’ going off to fight the ‘foreign god’, e.g. the Greek gods Ares vs Athena.
Angra Mainyu and Ahriman
Zarathustra designated Ahuramazda (Mitra-Varuna) the supreme deity, ignoring the proto-Iranian deity Indar (Indra), describing him instead as Angra-Mainyu, the most evil daeva, also called Ahriman. “The whole history of the world is one long-continued struggle between Ahuramazda and Ahriman.” The Avesta describes the maruts as daevas ‘carrying out the bad intentions of the ‘deceiver’, Angra-Mainyu. This term obviously led to the the adoption of the Muslim “Deceiver,’ ad-Dajjal, now imagined to be an anti-Christ figure, the bulging-out left eye of which was originally a description of the solid core of priori-Mars just before it exited the planet. The same feature was the Egyptian ‘eye of Ra’ or Horus (also a left eye), the hieroglyph for which is an unmistakeable replica of the Valles Marineris visible in photos of Mars today. It was also the origin of the Greek Cyclops, one-eyed iron workers, due to the iron meteorites which fell to Earth from priori-Mars during and long after the encounters.
A Legacy of Indra
The earlier proto-Iranians, who lived during the Vedic period shared the same Vedic stories about Indar, did not have the negative bias toward him as did Zarathurstra in the Avesta, who obviously post-dated the Vedic period. Unknowingly, the Avesta contains one positive aspect of Indra (Indar) – it is the only ancient text that credits Haoma (Vedic Soma, Biblical manna , Greek ambrosia), plant life blasted from priori-Mars, freeze-dried in space, which fell to earth from orbit – for ‘carrying the seeds of tens of thousands of plants to the Earth’. Although the Avesta credits Ahuramazda, these actually came from the living (dying) Indar, priori-Mars, therefore indirectly from Ahuramazda.