Our first Hindu writings:
The Vedas, date from around 1500 to 900 B.C.
Rigveda – Yajurveda – Samaveda – Atharvaveda
We are taught by our gurus and pundits that there is no such thing as sin, there is only positive and negative karma. However when we study our original Hindu writings of the Vedas and Upanishads, they teach us differently: about sin, about heaven, about the mouth of death, hell, salvation from hell (Mukti) and one exclusive way of salvation through the Purush Prajapati.
What does Purush Prajapati mean?
The theme in the Rigveda and the Upanishads is the nature and purpose of the Purush Prajapati and his supreme sacrifice.
(Purush = Man, Prajapati = Supreme Creator) – Purush Prajapati is translated from Sanskrit as: “the Lord of all creation who became man”. (Sathpathbrahmana 10.2.2.1_2; Rigved Purushasukta 10:19)
The Role of the Purush Pajapati
* The Purush Prajapati is the one and only way to eternal life. “Nanyah pantha vidyate-ayanaya”. (Yajur Veda 31:18)
- He is the only sinless human being, and only in knowing him does one obtain immortality. (Chandogya Upanishad 1.6:6,7)
The Supreme Creator took a perfect human body and offered it up as a self sacrifice. “Nishkalanka Purusha” (Brihad Aranyak Upanishad 1.2.8)
After giving Himself as the ultimate sacrifice, He resurrects. (Brihad Aranyak Upanishad 188.8.131.52_5; Kathopanishad 3:15)
By his resurrection, the Purush Prajapati conquered death and released sin’s stranglehold on mankind. We are delivered from ‘karma’ and the ‘Mouth of Death’.(Rigveda 9:713.7-11; 4.5.5; 7.104.3)
Acknowledging the sacrifice of the Purush Prajapati imparts eternal life (Kathopanishad 1,3.8,11)
He was symbolized by a spotless lamb, which was the animal commonly sacrificed. (Maddyandiniya Sathpathbrahmana III)
9 main points of sacrifice to recognize the Purush Prajapati
We can summarize the nine ways to recognize the sacrifice of the Purush Prajapati:
- The sacrifice should be blameless, free from all sins. (Chantokia Upanishad 1.6-6.7)
- He has to be rejected by his own people (Itareya Brahmana 2.16)
- He seeks no release (Rigveda 5.46.1)
- It should be tied tight to the yupastamba, the sacrificial pillar. Na varute yapaat pasum alabhate kadachana (Satapata Brahmana III-7.3.1)
- Blood comes out of sacrificial Purusha who is cut. (Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad 184.108.40.206)
- Its bones should not be broken (Itareya Brahmana 2.6)
- After the sacrifice it should return back to life “Yad Vruksho vrukshano rohati, mulannavatharah punah, martyah svinmrutyuna vruknah, kasmaanmulaat prarohati, Retasa iti maavocata, jivatastat praja yate, dhanaruh a iva vai crau vruksho, anjasaa pretya sammbhvha” (Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad) The last part translates, “Remember this man is dead. But this man comes alive on his own”
- Its meat should be eaten by his saints. (Satpata Brahmana 220.127.116.11,2)
- His sacrifice fulfilled all the scriptures. “Tasmaad yagnat sarvahuta, nucha samaari jagnire, Chandaamsi jagnine, tasmaad yajustas naada jaayatah.” Through that sacrifice Purusha offered everything that he had, including the Rig, Sama, Yajur Vedas and the Chandas, the sacred writings. (Purusha Sukta verse 9)
Who is worthy?
If we can discover which person in history gave himself as a self-sacrifice and afterwards came back to life, according to these nine points of sacrifice, then we discover who this Purush Prajapati is. Subsequently, according to our Hindu scriptures, we have found the only true way of salvation: Mukti, freedom from the Samsara, the endless cycle of death and rebirth.
Looking across history among all the greats, from Buddha to Swami Vivekananda, from Alexander the Great to Genghis Khan, from Ashoka to Mahatma Gandhi, to Mather Teresa, we find only one person who fulfilled these prophecies found in the Vedas.
Only One fulfilled all the 9 points of sacrifice
THE SACRIFICE SHOULD BE BLAMELESS – “he was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Hebrews 4:15) Jesus’ judge said, “I find no fault in him.” (John 19:4)
HE HAS TO BE REJECTED BY HIS OWN PEOPLE – “He was despised and rejected of men.” (Isaiah 53:3) – “When they saw him they cried out, Crucify him, crucify him.” (John 19:6)
HE SEEKS NO RELEASE – “his judge said, Why do you not speak to me? Don’t you know that I have power to crucify you, or to release you?” (John 19:10)
IT SHOULD BE TIED TIGHT TO THE SACRIFICIAL PILLAR – “when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.” (Matthew 27:26) First tied for scourging and then crucified.
BLOOD COMES OUT OF SACRIFICIAL PURUSHA WHO IS CUT – “a soldier with a spear pierced his side, and at once came there out blood and water.” (John 19:34) “this is my blood which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” (Matthew 26:28)
ITS BONES SHOULD NOT BE BROKEN – “He keeps all his bones: not one of them is broken.” (Psalms 34:20) ”when they saw he was dead already, they brake not his legs.” (John 19:33)
AFTER THE SACRIFICE IT SHOULD RETURN BACK TO LIFE – “The angel answered, ‘I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. . . go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead;‘” (John 19:28-30; Mark 16:6)
ITS MEAT SHOULD BE EATEN BY HIS SAINTS – “and the bread that I will give is my flesh (John 6:51) . . . Jesus took bread,. . and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.” (1Corinthians 11:23,24)
HIS SACRIFICE FULFILLED ALL THE SCRIPTURES. “Knowing that all things were now accomplished that the scripture might be fulfilled, . . . he bowed his head and gave up the ghost.” (John 19:28-30)
This refers not only to all the four Vedas and the Chandas of HINDUISM, but ALL SCRIPTURE of the major religions of Jesus’ time, including JUDAISM, and BUDDHISM.
Lord Jesus fulfilled all the nine characteristics for the sacrifice of the Purush Prajapati as summarized from the Vedas and Upanishads. Hence, according to our original scriptures we can only find Moksha or Mukti (Salvation) in Him. He is freedom from the Samsara, the endless cycle of death and rebirth.
Lord Jesus is not Christian, nor Western, nor any particular religion, He is the Purush Prajapati: “the Lord of all creation who became man”. He is the core, the essence, the heart and soul of our Hindu religion.
What about the many millions of other gods, goddesses and deities?
Concerning the many gods and deities, the Rigveda states, “gods came later, after the creation of this universe.” Nasadiya Sukta (Rig Veda 10.129.6)
Consequently the Lord of all creation, who created the universe, the supreme Creator, the Purush Prajapati, should be worshipped above all other gods.
Then what is God like?
“God has no image and His name is Holy.” Nathasya prathima asityasya nammahastha (Yajurveda 32.3)
Seeing God has no image we should worship Him in spirit and truth. “the true worshippers shall worship God in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23)
When we worship the Purush Prajapati in spirit and truth, then He will answer our following prayer from the Brhad Aranyaka Upanishad
“From the unreal lead me to the real,
From darkness lead me to light,
From death lead me to immortality.”