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Who corrupted Hindu religion? Why?

Updated on May 5, 2014

When some group of the people does not have any history to boast of, they tend to corrupt the history to get credits of the great events of the past as soon they get the opportunity in course of the time. We find such instances in Nationalist history of every country. Religions too are not exception to this happening. False superiority complex normally is behind such occurrences. However while corrupting or recreating the history; unknowingly many loopholes are left behind so that one can analytically trace back what could have been the original and what is corruption.

This also happens with the kind of the people those don’t want to keep history as it is because it endangers their supremacy. Islam attempted heavily to wipe out pre-Islam history and existence of Pagan Arabia because it could become a great hurdle in spreading Islam. Christianity did it in different way. They created almost a false history of their religion, which now is being questioned by some scholars. Indo-Europen group of the languages theory too is a product of such false notions.

Hindu religion could not be an exception. Till invention of Indus culture it was a common understanding that Veda’s were original source of Hindu religion and that all the philosophy that is found in ancient Sanskrit was Vedic. They used to tell cult of Shiva and Vishnu began in later Puranik times which extends from second century AD till tenth century AD.

There was no question of challenging this theory as people trusted Brahmin’s being so-called head of the Hindu society and the religious texts written or polluted by them in the first part of the first millennium, as they got such opportunity in Gupta period. No one thought that there could be a malicious scheme behind these corruptions.

Let’s have a look at how and why the interpolations were made:

1. Epic poetry and Purana’s were translated to Sanskrit from original Prakrit. Sanskrit never was mother of all languages, but a branch of language that evolved from Prakrit to Sanskrit for religious purpose. There are no proof that even Vedic Sanskrit existed before first century AD. Even so the Sanskrit was labeled and revered as the "Language of Gods". This was first serious cultural corruption.

To stress the supremacy of Veda’s and Brahmana’s many mythical stories were created, no matter how irrelevant they were to the original body of their own scriptures.

This was done with an obvious reason that Vedic’s wanted to establish that Veda’s had final authority over any social issue, as Veda's are none but the creation of the God! This created an aura of divine auspiciousness around Veda’s. Also this helped elevating Vedic Brahmins as a head of the Hindu society. Brahmin’s got spared of any cruel punishments, no matter what degree of heinous crime they commit. Also they were spared of paying taxes and were eligible to receive heavy donations in form of the gold and lands from the Kings.

2. Now everyone knows that there is no social code of conduct or laws mentioned in any Veda’s, still authority of Veda’s was propagated through entire religious literature.

This was purposely done because whatever laws were made by the Brahmins couldn’t be turned down by the rulers for fear of wrath of the Brahmins that could destroy their fortune! The influence of the campaign of centuries had so deeply rooted in the minds of the rulers and public in general that challenging Vedic authority became a crime and sacrilege.

3. Most of the deities being worshiped by the non-Vedic’s since time immemorial, those never find a single mention in the Vedic literature, were propagated as if having Vedic roots, which was never a fact. Vedic pantheon of the Gods include Indra, Mitra, Varuna etc., about 645 deities, but none is worshiped by non-Vedic masses. non-Vedic deities like Shiva and Shakti (with their various forms) find no mention in any Veda;s. The religious rituals of the Vedic people are far different than non-Vedic people.

But they tried to connect Vedic God like Rudra with Shiva, Aditi with Shakti...though there is not present the slightest iota of resemblance in Vedic and non-Vedic gods.

4. It is crystal clear that Vedic is an independent religion and have no connection with idol worshipers Non-Vedic Hindu religion. Vedic philosophy, rituals, Gods and social order is distinctly different than of the non-Vedic Hindu religion. Still ironically Vedic people consider themselves as a part of Hindu religion which is not correct!

Then why should they do so?

They did it because the Vedic ritual, fire sacrifice, was almost seized to being performed by the kings and nobles by fifth century BC. Rise of Buddhism was a fatal setback to the Vedic people. As Fire sacrifices stopped their source of income too diminished. Hence they had to find new job opportunities.

They needed to find other source of income which they could see in the being priests of non-Vedic Gods. Hence gradually they started becoming priests on Non-Vedic God’s those were being worshiped by Non-Vedic people from Indus period. A very hard to digest situation to start praising other God’s those never belonged to them! But as we are aware of the human life facts, that is financials, those forced Vedic's to change their faith.

This is why they started a mission…to justify the change in the faiths, they started connecting almost every non-Vedic God to Veda’s creating false mythical stories around them through Purana literature. Where it became impossible to connect highly worshiped God by the masses like Shiva with Veda’s, the explanation was created that Vedic Rudra and non-Vedic Shiva were one and the same…as there is some similarity in their attributes. In modern times scholars started stating that Vedic Rudra and non-Vedic Shiva, though different God’s, were unified after complete defeat of the non-Aryans, in an order to assimilate them in Vedic culture! Both the stories were naturally false because Vedic Rudra is an independent God as evidenced from Rig Veda itself. Defeat of non-Aryans is another blunder as there is no proof of it!

4. Ramayana was interpolated especially by adding two parts (Balkanda and Uttarakanda) to original body of Ramayana to make Rama biological son of a Vedic seer Rishyashringa. The legacy continued till recently as James Lain in his book published a street joke that Shivaji was biological son of Dadoji Kondadev, a Brahmin administrator of Adil Shaha (a Muslim ruler of south India).

Why this? As stated in the beginning, those who cannot create the history tend to corrupt the history! They did this with numerous historical great personalities. Either they made Brahmin their biological father (such as great epic Poet Vyasa) or Guru (master) such as Arya Chanakya to Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.

5. Rama and Krishna were non-Vedic personalities in the history. They too were hijacked and were declared as incarnations of Vedic God Vishnu. This apart, they did not stopped at declaring Lord Buddha, a staunch enemy of Vedicism, as incarnation of Lord Vishnu!

Such corruptions are ample. Such corruptions corrupted Indian mind set, making them forget their own religion and origins. Without authorizing non-Vedics to read, recite or even hear Veda's they could manage to establish its supremacy over the masses.

Now a days a big scheme is brewing up. They are calling Indus civilization being "Saraswati Civilization." They have started a mission to grab the credit of Indus civilization, though not a single Vedic element has been ever found at any ruins of Indus settlements. This attempt now is being challenged by the global scholars.

However now the buried facts have started surfacing and non-Vedic people are awakening. Difference between Vedic and Shaivait (Idol Worshiping) religion is so obvious that none can miss it with slightest knowledge of Veda’s and the religion that is being practiced by the masses. We now know that Hindu religion is as ancient as Indus culture where Shiva Lingams have been found abundantly, as same as can be seen in every Shiva Temple and household in India, whereas Vedic religion is later development.

Hindu religion has been corrupted by Vedic religion and time has come to cleanse Hindu religion by separating Vedic elements from Shaiva Hindu religion!

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      Ridiculous Man 2 years ago

      Dear Mr. Sanjay, with all due respect you have no idea what you are talking about... Although I'm not a scholar but I've made a point to take a deep enriching plunge into our culture and identity... And you are wrong... if your views would have been subjective then i would have had no problems with them...but you are objectively trying to address falsity with the facts that have no grounds and shows how naïve you have been towards our culture, religion and tradition... I am sure you haven't read any vedas or upanishads... which are held to be of supreme authority to moral, scientific and spiritual aspects... if you say you have read them after all, I feel pity that u don't understand them well... Again with all the respect, it just happens that I've written an article, not precisely on our culture and religion but for those who misrepresent it because of there ignorance or some knavish self-interest... It would be great if you can spend some time to read.. believe me when I say that maybe you will find a different point of view and will act more responsibly towards our heritage which is getting destroyed because of such views you presented in your article...

      here is the link..

      http://ridiculousman.hubpages.com/hub/hindu-the-ma...

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      Sanjay Sonawani 3 years ago from Pune, India.

      Karthik, I have not fallen to any propaganda...even of the Vedics too who all the time has been distorting the cultural history of the country and polluting history! However thanks for comments.

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      Karthik 3 years ago

      Unfortunately sanjay has fallen to the british propaganda of tarnishing the indian history by distorting fact. By dividing sanadan dharma, he is actually upholding the division of people into aryans and dravidans which was a conspiracy theory propogated by british for their favourtie "divide and rule" philosophy.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 3 years ago from Pune, India.

      Vishnu, vehemently expressed ignorance doesn't make anything true. Veda's explicitly prohibit idol; worshiping! If you don't know read Veda's carefully again...

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      Vishnu Kartik 3 years ago

      @sanjay-sonawani

      Being ignorant is OKAY but assertive about it is simply ridiculous! and how dare you say that i have a "Misunderstanding" about my own culture? watch your words mr!

      "The fact remains is there are two distinct flows within a so-called religion"

      Stop throwing around the word "FACT" without knowing the meaning of it! the only thing factual about this whole article is that its unscrupulous&unscientific.

      I am a South Indian(as you can tell by my name) i can tell you that there is no fundamental difference in North Inidan hidnus&South Indian hindus.

      And no one has authority of VEDAS STOP LYING! there is not a single verse in vedas where it says that idol worshipping is a sin so your argument is irrelevant vedas IS NOT A DOGMA!

      Hinduism is a very flexible religion it adapts&absorbs local customs&rituals and over time it evolved into an amalgamation of various Indian philosophies and innumerable local rituals&customs,i personally consider myself an atheistic hindu.

      You're trying to divide&categorize hinduism based on some divisive nonsense made up by max muller(which has been discredited by historians&scientists alike)

      I've got news for you! every state has its own "Version" of hinduism with its own unique culture,ritual,customs you cannot simply categorize them according to your whim.

      @Sanjay you are a disingenuous person! you have some personal agenda towards hinduism and what you consider "Corruption" is actually the EVOLUTION of hindu religion.

      Buddhism,Hinduism,jainism all started out as philosophies and with time they evolved into different religions,just because you don't like one of them doesn't give you permit to spew complete nonsense!

      Even in japan you can find buddha's idols,now tell me what insane theories do you have about buddhism in East-Asian countries? surely there has to be "two distinct flows within a so-called religion"! as buddhism comes from India/nepal.

      You have ZILCH understanding of non-abrahamic religions! it seems you simply can't comprehend how religion can propagate&flourish without forced conversions.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 3 years ago from Pune, India.

      Vishnu & Parvati, you have utter misunderstanding about Hinduism. The fact remains is there are two distinct flows within a so-called religion...one sect of the people who has born authority over Veda's and Vedokt Samskara's and the rest those have no authority over Veda's and mostly are idol worshipers since ancient times. Veda's do not permit any idol worship, though the Vedic's have turned up to Idol worship, the authority over Veda's and Vedokta's is still maintained by them without sharing with others. Vedic is separate religion which is evidenced from its philosophy, rituals and their independent pantheon of Gods, to whom non other revers or worship. Hindu religion is corrupted by mixing of Vedics in Non-Vedic people.

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      parwatisingari 3 years ago from India

      Vishnu,

      I wish there was button where I could thumbs up and like your comment.

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      Vishnu Kartik 3 years ago

      Hinduism is nothing but a blanket term for Indian indigenous religions and worldviews that's why Indian govt sees buddhists,jains&sikhs as "Hindus"

      Etymologically the word derives from the Persian word Hind, which means India - so Hindu originally just means person from India. Hinduism as a term for religious practices and beliefs found in India was actually minted by the British, who did neither notice nor understand the diversity in the practices they saw among the various Indian peoples, and thought they were all the same all over the Indian subcontinent, and so they dubbed it all Hinduism.

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      parwatisingari 3 years ago from India

      renuka is sand, or fine particle. Hinduism as stated today is 15th century. If parashurama created the parashuramakshetra by reclaiming the sea, the brits did it with bombay at a later stage. Look at Ramayana, Valmiki has no Lakshman Rekha, in fact Lakshmana rekha appears only in tulasi ramayana, but it is so advertised that it has become an accepted form. Again look at Kabir's doha, a man from the soceity earlier to tulasi speaks of an open society, but Tulasi is more non-inclusive so each era has added to the "religion" In the south we had matriarchal society with kids taking their maternal family names and lineage with Nehru govt. it has got patrilineal and that has cause social disturbance. so contribution to so called religion would be socio-political more than spiritual.

      Hey I could be wrong this is just my take.

      Vishnu Kartik presents an excellent case too.

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      Vishnu Kartik 3 years ago

      Wow... such Illuminati hogwash and anti-cultural propaganda! tell me sanjay are you by any chance a Marxist/congress activist? by your utter lack of knowledge and aversion for Vedas&Indian culture it sure seems like you are!

      First off all there was no "Hinduism" in the ancient days and it still isn't really much of a religion in a western sense it is not really organized there is no Vatican,pope,no dogma its more of a part of culture and people just happen to believe in Gods.

      #2 the word “hindu” isn’t even mentioned in the Vedas and it is not supreme,majority of hindus haven't even read,its just ancient philosophy really it has no stuff like "believe in GAAW OR YOU GO TO HELL!" or "You must not do so&so things in your life" stuff... again because its clearly NOT a "religious scripture” it's a "PHILOSOPHICAL" scripture learn the difference!

      Hindus just regard it as a highly significant text because it is one of the most ancient texts to be found in India and you don't seem to like that so you want to somehow "prove" that they've been "Fabricated" by Brahmans even though most of the Vedas is preserved by an oral tradition by Brahmans so fabricating anything will be like shooting themselves in the foot for them.

      If Brahmans really wanted to "Fabricate" hindusim(modern religion) they would've made themselves the supreme authority in the society(like the pope) there would be no other higher castes with more power than them when in reality they held little power in the society aside from being a priest and even today they're persecuted for the crimes of majority of higher caste people who aren't even brahmans!

      #3 Vedic scholars lived in perfect harmony with Buddhists other various philosophers they had schools of thought and often debated on stuff vedic,jain,buddhists come from one single source ancient INDIAN CULTURE!

      Just because Buddhism was prevalent in one time doesn't mean it was overthrown by hindusim that's a misnomer both Hinduism&Buddhism share many of their core philosophies&doctrines like the holy element of fire,karma,saffron as a holy color(again fire),spirituality,swastika,meditation etc

      People living in India simply leaned towards the vedic philosophy rather than the Buddhist one as people in India tended to see spirituality&God as a part of nature rather than the calm detachment of self from nature type of spirituality Buddhism preaches… its just a matter of preference.

      Also remember Buddhism was only more prevalent in the SCHOOLS the common folk still worshiped Gods and went on their daily work,you cannot label them "Hindu" or "Buddhist" they could be both proto-Buddhist&proto-Hindu.

      Hinduism as of right now is based on the vedic philosophy closely knit together with Indian culture,so if you try to tamper or threaten vedic philosophy(or any ancient Indian philosophy for that matter) you're dealing with Indian culture itself! there's no "separate" vedic culture because its just a PHILOSOPHY and Hinduism is a religion based on Vedic philosophy.

      Hindusim or Vedic invaders(as you might like to call them)had no conflicting ideologies with Buddhism unlike Islam&Christianity that is.

      "non-Vedic deities like Shiva and Shakti (with their various forms) find no mention in any Veda;s. The religious rituals of the Vedic people are far different than non-Vedic people."

      Err.. ever heard of "SHIV MAHAPURAN"!?

      There's no such thing as a "non-vedic deity" a deity is made up by people and people write them down,Vedas happens to be *COUGH* the oldest literature in India and it ties with the mythology of ancient Gods because who wrote them probably wanted to connect newer Gods! that’s just like asking why Spiderman&X-men weren’t in the avengers even though they’re in same universe.

      "Vedic philosophy, rituals, Gods and social order is distinctly different than of the non-Vedic Hindu religion"

      There's no "vedic religion" or "non-vedic religion" just culture INDIAN CULTURE,culture which has so much impact that even the muslims&christians living in India CANNOT get rid of even after so many years.

      "Still ironically Vedic people consider themselves as a part of Hindu religion which is not correct"

      No Ironically,sanjay you don't realize that there were no "vedic people" just Indian people who created the said vedic philosophies and then the same people went on to create the mythos of hindusim,so its perfectly logical of them consider themselves Hindus... as they created the bloody thing!

      "They did it because the Vedic ritual, fire sacrifice, was almost seized to being performed by the kings and nobles by fifth century BC. Rise of Buddhism was a fatal setback to the Vedic people."

      OH REALLY? that's a bold claim can i see the evidence for this please? if you're hypothesizing that Brahmans only source of income was fire sacrifices then you really need to read more often... what do you think Buddhist’s source of income was? faith healing? Ever heard of “BHIKSHUKAS”?

      "They needed to find other source of income which they could see in the being priests of non-Vedic Gods"

      Again you continue being ignorant sanjay! i already told you the logic goes like this :-

      Indian people adopted VEDIC philosophies then they started integrating their own Gods INTO their myths.

      "false mythical stories around them through Purana literature"

      What do you mean by "False"? lol just because puranas disproves your whole anti-Indian propaganda you call it false you should join the Illuminati club or congress ALL mythologies are false!

      "as there is some similarity in their attributes"

      "Vedic Rudra is an independent God as evidenced from Rig Veda itself"

      HA HA HA i love how consistent you are with your arguments(SARCASM)

      BTW "Rurda" means RAGE,anger,destruction and that is exactly what Shiva stands for he is the God of destruction.

      "those who cannot create the history tend to corrupt the history"

      I love the irony in this one,you're the one who's claiming that thousands of years old ancient scripts and the entire base of Indian culture is fabricated:D

      "Rama and Krishna were non-Vedic personalities in the history"

      oh really? can you give me an insight into their non-vedic origins?

      "Lord Buddha, a staunch enemy of Vedicism"

      HA HA HA XD Oh that's so hilarious! so Buddhists who were classmates&blood brothers of vedic philosophers were suddenly "enemies" of each others?

      "making them forget their own religion and origins"

      Because there was no "Region" organized religions never existed in India before monotheism entered India.

      "They are calling Indus civilization being "Saraswati Civilization."

      did you know that “Indus/indos” is just a greek pronunciation of the river “Sindhu” from ancient vedic times? lol owned!

      "though not a single Vedic element has been ever found at any ruins of

      Indus settlements"

      That's because vedic civilization didn't exist in the same time period as Indus valley!

      "Difference between Vedic and Shaivait (Idol Worshiping) religion is so obvious"

      Sanjay the only thing obvious here is your lack of knowledge,so please stop making yourself look like a fool.

      "We now know that Hindu religion is as ancient as Indus culture where Shiva Lingams have been found abundantly"

      Hindusim(religion) NEVER existed in the ancient vedic times and no lingams were found in indus valley STOP LYING!

      "and non-Vedic people are awakening"

      Oh yeah you mean NON-HINDU leftist nutters right? because Veda is just a philosophy and its an integral part of modern Hindusim&Indian culture! Feeble divide&rule tactics cannot threaten something like that.

      "Hindu religion has been corrupted by Vedic religion"

      Yup and Christianity was corrupted&fabricated by jews true story.

      You my friend are a perfect example of why leftist&communist parties are on life support in India! Congress&other communal parties only go so far with their divide-India agenda but you ppl take it to the next dimension!

      You may convince some white supremacists,Muslims and some naïve foreigners but forget about making any Hindu or Buddhist to take your insanity seriously.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 4 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks torrilyn for your support. It is really encouraging.

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Sanjay,

      thanks for the read it was very insightful

      and helped me to understand your point of view

      on what has happened with this very strong

      and beautiful religion. thanks once again.

      voted up.

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      Sanjay Sonawani 4 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks Parvatisingari for the interesting info that I will have checked whether it helps me in a hypothesis I am working on!

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      parwatisingari 4 years ago from India

      sanjay, look at the geographic placing, malabar, the mahabalikshetra, then the parashuramakshetra so renuka and sand, there is a nebulous pattern

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      Sanjay Sonawani 4 years ago from Pune, India.

      Thanks parwatisingari for comment. Institutionalisation in way plays a great role in formation of any religion that I agree with you, but this seems to have happened in India in some weird way. I do not see any logic Vedics picking up non-vedic Gods to become priests of...strange.

      Lamberdar Sir, I agree with you that origins of many things are unknown as they are too ancient. I can understand connecting Parshuram's mother Renuka with Mother-Goddess Renuka as may be original meaning of Renuka could have been disappeared in the course of time...but connecting Rudra to Shiva, is something strange.

      I will meanwhile will visit the links you have provided. (Previous links about genetics has been very helpful and will revert back on it tomorrow. Thanks Sir.

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      Lamberdar 4 years ago from Toronto

      Dear Sanjay ji,

      Hindu religion has evolved much since its beginning.

      Moreover, there are many practices and rituals currently whose origins are unknown (forgotten) and there is no proper explanation for them.

      Similarly, the basis for many things in Hinduism is highly philosophical (http://www.geocities.ws/lamberdar/aastika_nastika....

      Here is a brief summary on this very vast subject in the following.

      "Farming and philosophy in India during ancient times,” …

      http://creative.sulekha.com/farming-and-philosophy...

      Lamberdar

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      parwatisingari 4 years ago from India

      hey it was great to read you,

      from my point I call it aryanization of vedic and ethnic religion. the local worships were drawn into mainstream.

      One interesting thing however that I come across is institutionalization has played a great role.

      I have put my work on my blogs though a bit randomly check out www.parwatisingari.wordpress.com