The direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism,’ part fifty-five.
“At this point in our study,” related Dr. D. James, President and teacher of The Lay School in Clinton, Tennessee, as he continued his presentation before The Lay School faculty on the direct yet contradictory relationship between the Holy Bible of Christianity and the Vedas of Hinduism, “we are considering the passages in the Vedas and Upanishads that assert the total number of gods in their belief system. In some passages it is asserted that the number of gods totals thirty-three, and in one passage in the Taittirîyaka-Upanishad, Third Adhyâya, Ninth Brâhmana, (p791) it is asserted that there are 3306. In that same Upanishad, in fact, in the very same passage, the thirty-three gods are further identified as ‘the eight Vasus, eleven Rudras, or twelve Âdityas by name’; as we read further in the passage we learn the names of the eight Vasus and eleven Rudras, but, as we explained in our last session, the twelve Âdityas, who are identified as the twelve months of the year, are not identified by name in that same passage, however we did present a listing of them by name from the Yajur Veda, Kanda IV, Prapâthaka IV, paragraph 11: (p439). Now if this passage in the
Taittirîyaka-Upanishad, Third Adhyâya, Ninth Brâhmana, had ended its discussion on the number of gods with these listings of the number and names of the Vasus and Rudras, it would be so much easier to accept the claim of thirty-three gods, but unfortunately, this passage does not, but, in fact, as we continue to read, the number of gods is further limited, first to six, then three, then one and a half, as the following excerpt reveals:
7 He asked: ‘Who are the six?’
Yâgñavalkya replied: ‘Agni ( fire ), Prithivî ( earth ), Vâyu ( air ), Antariksha ( sky ), Âditya ( sun ), Dyu ( heaven ), they are the six, for they are all 3 this, the six.’
8 He asked: ‘Who are the three gods?’
Yâgñavalkya replied: ‘These three worlds, for in them all these gods exist.’
He asked: ‘Who are the two gods?’
Yâgñavalkya replied: ‘Food and breath.’
He asked: ‘Who is the one god and a half?’
Yâgñavalkya replied: ‘He that blows.’
And if this were not enough, the truth is further clouded by the remaining parts of this passage which we will consider in our next session!”
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