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Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: lulu.com (October 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0557175453
  • ISBN-13: 978-0557175451
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,660,900 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Mystery of Christianity

The concept of Christian Trinity has been extremely difficult to comprehend – how anything can be one and three at the same time has been as mysterious as it can be. The Encyclopedia Americana notes that the doctrine of the Trinity is considered to be "beyond the grasp of human reason." Unable to explain what this trinity is all about, other scholars tend to often portray this trinity to be an outgrowth of pagan practices, where God is worshipped in unreasonable and fancy denominations.

With this book, Christianity need no longer wonder what its central concept is all about. The concept is simple and straightforward.

In Human conception, conception takes place when sperm enters the egg – Male contributes to the sperm while female contributes to the egg. Similarly, if we take the human body, the lifeless inanimate human body comes alive when the animate human soul enters into it. Likening it to the concept of the human conception, Indian seers have defined the animate soul to be the male component of the body, and the inanimate body to be the female component. At the cosmic level, the supreme soul of this universe has been called Purusha, meaning Man (Cosmic Man) – the one who contributes to the male component (soul) of all living entities. Similarly, this physical universe that we see has been called the Prakriti, meaning Woman (Cosmic Woman) – the one who contributes to the female component (body) of all living entities. Indian seers have defined this creation to be the interaction between Purusha and Prakriti.

At the beginning of time, there was only Purusha, the Man, the Supreme God. As desire to create started, there emerged the Prakriti out of him and thus came into existence – this physical universe. After creating the universe, Purusha also desired to create living entities. In order to do so, he brought out a massive life pervading spirit called Nara out of himself. This Nara is the soul of all living entities. All living entities originated from this Nara and got thrown onto different planets and that is how life came into existence on Earth and other planets. After giving birth to all living entities, Nara is still manifest in this universe as the life pervading spirit. After Ejecting Prakriti and Nara out of himself, what remained of the divine soul Purusha has been called as Narayana by the Indian seers. Nara also means man, Ayana means to emerge from or to take birth from. So Narayana means Son of Man because he is someone who emerged from or taken birth from Purusha at the end of creation. Since Man is God in this theology, Narayana also means Son of God. This is the reason why the terms Son of Man and Son of God are used interchangeably in scriptures. After the creation is complete, there are four entities that are now present.

1)    Prakriti or the physical universe
2)    Narayana – Divine Soul, Son of Man, Son of God
3)    Nara – Holy pervading soul of all living entities
4)    All living souls and entities

The actual God of this creation is the Purusha, the Man. However, he is always manifest in this universe as Narayana (Son of Man, Son of God) and Nara (Holy pervading Spirit). That is how God can be one and three at the same time. The concept is completely generic in nature – it does not bring in the idiosyncrasies of any one particular religion.

Indians are not in the habit of treating Purusha and Narayana differently – they do not keep one idol each for Purusha and Narayana at the time of worship – Purusha and Narayana are considered to be one and the same. However, five thousand years ago, because of certain peculiar historical circumstances, they came into this practice of keeping three separate idols – one each for Purusha (Man,God), Narayana (Son of Man, Son of God), and Nara (holy pervading spirit). They worshipped all the three idols simultaneously. The trinity became extremely popular among the laymen of the time as the trinity of Father, Son, and Spirit. This practice existed for a millennium or so, after which it faded out. However, the concept migrated to foreign lands at the time of the three-century drought of 2200 BC. At that time, Indians who migrated to foreign shores in search of water took this concept along with them to distant corners of the globe. A large number of native religions were deliberately modified to fit into this paradigm. The concept was ultimately adopted into Christianity two thousand years ago.

Christian Trinity is a well-explained and highly profound concept – please do not let anyone tell you that it is of pagan origins. And please do not let Encyclopedia Americana tell you that it is a concept "beyond the grasp of human reason." I hope Christendom wakes up to the fact that its central tenets are no longer mysterious, but are easily explained. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"In this encyclopedic volume, Prithviraj R. has made a far-reaching study of numerous topics, including world religions and their beginnings, linguistics, biology, genetics, anthropology, archeology and geology. The tone is conversational and personal--as if the writer were giving a lecture to 6 billion people about their origins...has potential for greatness...author has incorporated massive amounts of knowledge and research here...Readers who enjoy Joseph Campbell's the Powers of Myth Series as well as books like Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond will be fascinated by 19,000 Years of World History."- Foreword Clarion Reviews

Prithviraj presents the information in the form of a story without repeating ideas and information across the pages or chapters. It is as if the reader is reading one long captivating detective story that keeps her(him) on the edge of the seat as the plot unfolds itself sequentially from start to finish. The following are just a few comments, taken from the Amazon.com readers, about the fascinating quotient of the first ever story of its kind on Religion and Culture.

The first time I opened to a random page I was glued to it and continued reading for hours...
One random glance into the book will wow the reader and gets him glued to it until done ! That's what happened to me...
This book is absolutely fascinating ...
This book should not be rushed, but rather like a fine wine should be enjoyed and savored chapter by chapter...
There is something new to learn on every page which keeps the reader interested and thirsting for more...
Truly amazing book...
Extremely interesting and novel work regarding the origin of Christianity...
Extremely interesting to read...
You gotta read it to believe it..
First of its kind attempt at (re)writing history...
Greatest History on Religion book I have ever read...

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This is a book meant to be read and re-read.
J. Cormier
Years of World History: The Story of Religion" by Prithviraj Rathod is a well written and well researched book that I found extremely interesting to read.
Terry Hurley
Having said that, I would suggest the reader to approach the portions on monotheistic religions like Christianity and Judaism without any presupposition.
Esther Dhanraj

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Cole on September 18, 2011
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I am going to be only constructively critical here, while still praising the work with Five Stars.

The book contains lots of good information, yet there is still much work to be done to prove many of the ideas spoken of here. Proofs must be expanded and documented, including original, especially scriptural, source quotes, along with more specific bibliographies, indisputable archeoastronomy references, and when talking linguisitics, more proofs.

When the Puranas are mentioned I would have liked to see the specific passages, a exact locations of the passages.

These proofs have been missing in the internet writings holding various views of revisionist or corrective historical studies, The same issues of proof and documentation, pop up here.

Anyone seriously involved in these studies wants to be able to track done and check all sources for themselves. The first disappointment I had in this book was when first trying to turn to a comprehensive index.

There is much conjecture mixed with solid facts, but wading through qualifiers can sometimes be aggravating, at the same time, it is understandable, that the vast span of information needed for a study like this to be completed, is unweildy to say the least. This book, I see as an outline for further study, rather then a definitive work.

Much of it feels a bit too much like a compilation of internet hearsay and research where those articles themselves failed to fully prove their ideas. Connecting the dots with internet research is a very non-linear kind of thing and if trying to arrange it, one can be hasty and forget the big picture.

The details of all source materials must be easy to locate, for the serious reader.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esther Dhanraj on May 2, 2011
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A first of its kind reasoning of the origin of religions, this 555 page book, 19,000 Years of World History, puts the author in the same bracket as Friedrich Schleiermacher, Sigmund Freud, C.G Jung and Joseph Campbell, all of whom have approached the theory of origin of religions from their perspective, which is human. For the first time, author, Prithviraj has given a detailed and logical reasoning on the origin of religions from a historical perspective - world's historical perspective, most of which makes a perfect sense.

Even before going into the chapters of the book, what caught my attention is the Snapshot View in the preface. As a student of a seminary in the west, studying to be an evangelist, my view of the origin of the universe, much less its history, has not gone beyond the 5000 BC mark, , as taught by conservative Judeo-Christian theologians.

One random glance into the book will wow the reader and gets him glued to it until done ! That's what happened to me. I have to admit that my perspective on religion changed. At first, the portions on Christianity and the deity of Jesus Christ, which the author refuted, put me in an odd situation and challenged my faith. I had to re-read the portions back to back to find any offensive statements. I realized that I had to set all my biases aside and approach the subject with an open mind, after which I was comfortable in continuing into portions that spoke about the God of Jews being Krishna.

Books on world religions often are marked with large sections of mud-slinging on all the other religions, in order to elevate the authenticity of the religion the author adheres to. That was what I had expected this book to be, by its title.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Sabin on April 14, 2010
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I confess, after reading the other reviews before deciding to dive into this book, I read the epilogue first. As a Religious Studies major in college, I learned it was important to know the author's perspective and purpose before diving into their writing. It is in the epilogue of 19,000 Years of World History that we most clearly learn the religious perspective of the author. That being said, it does not make the book any less of a worthy read. It just helps to keep the information being read in perspective.

It is incredibly interesting to read this book from my own perspective, that of a evangelical Christian, and to see Western religious history mostly ignored in the main time line found at the beginning of the book. This does not represent a flaw in the book mind you, but rather, how ethnocentric we have become in America in our expectations of what ought to be in a history book of the world.

I did find author Prithviraj Rathod's description of Christianity at the beginning of the book to be spot on and could find no fault with it. Unfortunately, after this initial description of Christianity, the author goes on, in Chapter 19, to attempt to disprove the diety and crucifixion of Jesus, turning this book into an attempt at Hindu apologetics. That disheartened me and I felt misled by the time I got to the end of this particular chapter.

I think also, the author is likely to alienate his devout Jewish readers when he attempts to build the case that the "God of Jews is Krishna."

This book is not for the faint of heart and is not what I would consider a rainy day read. My friend Becker would love it because it is deep and rich and provides lots of footnotes and references to follow up on, he also happens to have recently chosen the path of Hinduism.
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