The Garden of Eden Discovered
Most people other than staunch believers in the book take take The Garden of
Eden, Noah's Ark and many other biblical stories as pure mythology or fable.
However the when or if the The
Garden of Eden existed has been a matter of conjecture for researchers. Up until recently, the
church fathers who have controlled the historic narrative have loosely agreed
that The Garden of Eden was probably in Babylon because Babylon is generally thought of as the cradle of civilisation,
therefore it's the logical place.
The biblical Garden of Eden story (likely related to Nandanavana नन्दनवन or the
divine grove of Indra) goes that Adam and Eve as the first two humans
living in a Paradise on Earth ate from the fruit of the tree of knowledge (which
is an oxymoron with powerful political connotations). After
eating the forbidden fruit they were expelled from Paradise. Many authors have
added flavour and interpretations to this story and there are people who believe
that some versions of the story are explicitly true. Those who believe fall into
two camps as masters and slaves.
Although some societies are beginning to change, the carrot and the stick or fear and reward
are the primary tools that governments use to retain control over populations
in order to follow a particular economic or social program. Things have been this way for many thousands of years or at least beyond the record of Western history
although not so much beyond the longer memory of Hindu or Indian
history. The Hindu (being a geographical region and not the people) have a recorded history extending back beyond
10,000 years although such ancient works are somewhat difficult to decipher.
To understand where the Garden of Eden was we have to look at a multitude of factors.
Is there any probability of the Garden of Eden?
In the absence of evidence in the traditional narrative there is no immediately rational incentive to say that there is yet we have learned throughout our history that there is often some truth behind the legend.
This has been found true with regard to Grimm's fairy tales and many other historic narratives although many truths are so mixed with fantasy, determining the truth
is often impossible but not always as the light of wisdom shines more brightly.
The story of the Golden fleece was thought of as a fantasy yet we often don't take into account the actual climatic and geographic events taking place. With the melting
of the great Northern icecap from about 10,000 BC through to perhaps about 6000 BC, there was a huge rise in sea level causing the Mediterranean Sea to overflow filling the Black Sea
which in turn created a navigable waterway into the Caspian Sea. In turn a waterway existed into the Aral Sea which covered a large area of what is now
Turkmenistan and and Uzbekistan
forming a seaway along most of the length of what is now called the Amu Dayra River.
This enabled ships to sail perhaps as far as or further than Termez in Uzbekistan
up until the beginning of the common era. The Golden fleece of course
was that sheepskins were and are still used as a sluice bed to collect fine gold, hence the 'Golden fleece'
and Jason was seeking gold.
Secondly, the Garden of Eden story appears in the old Testament of the Bible and given that it is a collection of stories committed to paper
from an oral tradition therefore is logical to think that there is a grain of truth though with repeated telling in a variety of languages
it is probable the story has taken on a completely new meaning complete with some highly titillating incestuous embellishments that constitute the greater part of the story.
"The original story of Adam & Eve is described as story of two birds in Mundakopanishad.
The initial process of creation from two forces as explained in Prasnopanishad 1/4, written around 6000 BCE. Someone who was not conversant with the high philosophy,
just took the stories from these upanishads and rewrote them in his own way. Both the Prasna and Mundaka are the Upanishads of Atharva Veda believed to have
been spread west by travellers." ~
The Hindu narrative is much more interesting, they have in their records a cosmological 26,000 year cycle known by modern science as axial precession or the
precession of the equinoxes referring to how the solar system moves through the signs of the astrological zodiac. How the people of India knew about this
and astronomical information we take for granted today is still something of a mystery however: this period of time is referred to as a Yuga cycle
and within this 26,000 years and there are various gravitational effects not exactly proven by modern science but accepted as probabilities
that influence human behaviour.
According to the Hindu narrative the last Golden age concluded some 15,000 years ago from which the human ability to live an idyllic life in Paradise declined.
Sat Yuga was a period of 10,368 years set in a time when it's largely thought that the people were primitive hunter gatherers it seems highly probable
they were laying the foundations for the people who would become us. The next Sat Yuga commences in about another 3953 years so if our species can endure for long,
our forebears may enjoy such a golden age provided of course we don't destroy ourselves in the interim.
It seems to me the Hindu narrative is more rational and logical especially since the timescale has been proven by modern scientific methods.
The Hindu narrative of social history tells us we have come through the darkest age (of the Kali Yuga) and we are now ascending toward the end of the Dwapara Yuga. There is also no doubt that we are becoming smarter and technologically creative even though the fighting continues for global domination.
The location per common thought:
Many agree on Babylon in relation to the Tigress and Euphrates rivers yet India
has four ancient river systems; the Ganga, the Indus, the Saraswati and the
Brahmaputra. Near a source of carnelian most commonly found in India as well as
Indonesia, Brazil, Russia (Siberia), and Germany.
The Garden of Eden was not in Babylon although Babylon may have been part of the Garden of Eden story. To understand this we again must turn to India
were their historic narrative coupled with solid archaeological, linguistic and spiritual concepts found across the globe indicate that India was central to a great
global civilisation before the commencement of the available historical records which continue to tell us very little.
The location per neglected evidence:
It is now evident that India has been continuously occupied for these
past 2 million years and in the large part, the population of India is
and has always been indigenous.
Hindu iconography and evidence of trade exists across Eurasia proving India was
central to all trade and communication since before the last Golden age, a time of paradise on earth
as called the Garden of Eden by certain cults.
India diminished from the world stage in the past 1200 years due to occupation by the Moslems and Europeans although it was badly infected by the virus of
patriarchal capitalism yet the legacy of the Garden of Eden continues to exist as isolated pockets within India. The forbidden fruit was the embracing of materialism
and a rejection of the spiritual life. As I repeatedly point out in my articles, the only outcome of materialism is suffering while the outcome of embracing spirituality
and identifying oneself as a soul facilitates the flow of joy and an inclusive state of consciousness.
8000 years ago the knowledgeable people of greater India understood the fall was taking place and as patriarchal capitalism began to take over, the Indus civilisation emerged,
sea levels rose, the climate changed more rapidly and populations were forced to move off the continental shelves leaving legends of the great flood.
Out of concern for the welfare of civilisation, Sanatana dharma was codified to guide the people through the rigours of the Kali yuga
and a temple culture emerged. Within India this is marked as a celebration of life (praising God) whereas in the West it is marked as power over life
(asking God for favours and blaming God when things go wrong).
So, in general terms the biblical narrative is in accord with the narrative within Vedanta yet the richness of Vedanta makes the biblical narrative
a sad reflection of the truth. This story is not for you to believe, it's for you to digest and perhaps guide your own research.
The Garden of Eden existed, it was across greater India and the fall was brought about by a highly significant but overlooked astrological phenomenon
that caused people to lose their spiritual identity. This allowed for the rise of patriarchal capitalism which orchestrated the social inequity
and suffering prevalent in the world today.
As intelligent beings we have the knowledge and the technology to recreate that paradise or heaven on earth, what we lack is the spiritual understanding
and the will to be so boldly creative.
Garden of Eden in other cultures
The Big Picture
Tracing Outr Origins
Yugas and Precessions
History by the Yugas
Less Ancient Times
A Chronology of Hindu History
The Garden of Eden
The Fall from Paradise
The Great Flood
North West Bharat
The Story of Omar
Why India Was Broken