Thursday, June 27, 2013

Rahu's giant head in a jar!

   This is copied from The Wikipedia page Ocean of Milk. I found this while looking into human history around the Indian Ocean, after becoming curious of the claw marks on the sea floor on my globe. All web-based information is suspect and cultural misunderstandings keep us confused and divided, but there are threads tying us all together. I think curiosity is one of them. 

The Churning of the Ocean[edit]

Hindu mythology also contains a story about the churning of the Cosmic Ocean in order to obtainAmrita - the nectar of immortal life. At the suggestion of Vishnu the gods, (Devas) and demons (Asuras) churn the primeval ocean in order to obtain Amrita which will guarantee them immortality. To churn the ocean they used the Serpent King, Vasuki, for their churning-string. For a churning pole they use Mount Mandara placed on the back of a Great Tortoise - the Kurma Avatar of Vishnu. As the gods and demons churned the sea, a terrible poison issued out of its depths which enveloped the universe. The Devas and Asuras approach Shiva who took the poison into his throat and swallowed it. Shocked by his act, Goddess Parvati strangled his neck and hence managed to stop it in his neck and prevent it from spreading. However, the poison was so potent that it changed the color of his neck to blue, thereby earning him the name of Neelakanta (blue-throated one).[3] When the Amrita finally emerged along with several other treasures the Devas and Asuras fought over it. However Vishnu in the form of Mohini the enchantress manages to lure the Asuras into handing over the Amrita to her, which she then distributes to the Devas. Rahu, an Asura, disguises himself as a Deva and tries to drink some Amrita himself. Surya (the sun-god) and Chandra (the moon-god) alert Vishnu to this deception. Vishnu then decapitates Rahu just as he is about to swallow the nectar, leaving only his head immortal.

According to Bhagavata, outcome of the churning of Ksheerasagara is Halahalam (terribly destructive poison), Amrita (nectar) with Dhanvantari (physician of Gods), Lakshmi (Goddess of Riches), Jyestha (Goddess of Poverty), Chandra (the Moon), a white elephant named Airavata, a horse named Uchchaisrava, Kalpavriksha (the tree that yields whatever is desired).

   Then finding all the islands in the Indian Ocean are under the control of some obscure arm of the French govt. seemed like something out of a science fiction story. Far from the gods and demons of ancient India, now it seems like a modern day military initiative to hide something. I'm not sure if they are hiding immortal god heads or crawling around on and studying a gigantic alien life form. 

   Read this entire article if you're interested. It talks about the ship that supplies the islands. Then link onto Reunion Island, where the "Southern Antarctic Lands" is based. Check out the 1,600 children abducted and deported from 1962 to 1982 from Reunion Island. Or the 2005/2006 deployment of 500 French troops to battle mosquitos. Read about it.éunion        

   Could all be one big coincidence. These things may have nothing to do with each other. Carvings in the Indian Ocean are weird. Indian Ocean islands under French control seems pretty strange, too. In the article about Reunion Island they also mentioned the island is the only land mass on the opposite side of the continental United States, if you drew a straight line through the earth. A single spot in Montana. Why would they say that? How do they know that so precisely? Wormholes? Seriously... Weird.

   I think it is fun to wonder about things like this. Might write a short story about it, someday. Doubt it. ha ha ha So if you have a second, copy those links and try to read all of the information. Would love to hear what anyone thinks... Feed your imagination.

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