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THE BHAVISHYA PURANA AND THE PROPHECY OF JESUS CHRIST AND THE GREAT TRIBULATION
The Bhavishya Purana is especially known for its descriptions of the future. The word bhavishyati means "what will be." The Bhavishya Purana is comparatively short among the other Pur anas, with about 14,000 couplets or shlokas. It contains many topics, stories, and various levels of knowledge. However, it is most noted for its sections filled with astrological predictions and long lists of the dynasties of the age of Kali-yuga. Most of these predictions deal with the time following the war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas at Kuruksetra, generally accepted as having occurred around 3140 to 3137 B.C. Thereafter, the age of Kali began m the year 3102 B.C. with the disappearance of Lord Krishna. It is described that the Bhavishya Purana was written while Senajit was king, 267 years after the war of Kuruksetra.
One of the latter sections of the Bhavishya Purana clearly describes Kali-yuga as an evil time. It explains the Yavanas (Greeks) invade India with the ambition and hope of plundering others. Such Yavanas will follow corrupt ways: The rulers will not be properly appointed by qualifications. Various races will become prominent and rule the earth. Many races will decline as soon as they rise. Unrighteous and poor rulers and kings will kill each other for little reason. The sophisticated Aryan class of people and the lower class mleccha races, who do not believe in Vedic customs, will mingle freely. Such low class rulers will create conditions in which women, children, and old men will receive no respect, even being massacred. As the Yavanas, Aryans, and mlecchas in turn prevail over each other, civilization will become corrupt in moralistic principles. The populations will perish. Yavana was the name of one of the sons of Maharaja Yayati. He was given the area of Turkey to rule, so Turkey is the area of Maharaja Yavana's descendants. At one time the Yavanas were kshatriyas, warriors connected with the Vedic culture. However, they later gave up Vedic culture to follow their own proclivities. In the battle of Kuruksetra, they were defeated by the Pandavas after taking the side of Duryodhana and the Kauravas under the influence of Kama. Thus, they left the region of India. These Yavanas are described in the Mahabharata (Adi-parva 85.34). It was predicted that these Yavanas would return to India and conquer it. It has become true with the Muslim invasions.
The Bhavishya Purana also states that during the third century A.D., destitute outcasts and shudras (ordinary laborers) will become kings in areas along the rivers Indus, Chenab, and the Kounti, and in the area of Kashmir. None of these kings will have good qualities such as righteousness, truthfulness, or grace.Similar to these prophecies are those found in other Puranas, such as the Matsya, Vayu, Brahmanda, Vishnu, Garuda, and the Bhagavat Purana. These descriptions have their similarities and differences which we will see as we proceed to put together a detailed view of what they predict for the future.
Dr. Vedavyas, a research scholar with a doctorate in Sanskrit, discusses some important prophecies from the Bhavishya Purana, which he says dates back to 3000 B.C. He states that one prophecy describes the future appearance of Isha putra, the son (putra) of God (Zs/ja)(Jesus Christ), born of an unmarried woman named Kumari (Mary) Garbha Sambhava. He would visit India at the age of thirteen and go to the Himalayan Mountains and do tapas or penance to acquire spiritual maturity under the guidance of rights and siddha-yogis before going back to Palestine to preach to his people. So if Jesus was trained by the sages of India, this would explain why he was able to perform various miracles (siddhas). It also explains why there are so many philosophical similarities between early Christianity and Hinduism. (We have already explained many of these similarities in our previous volume, The Universal Path to Enlightenment.)
Dr. Vedavyas goes on to say that the Bhavishya Purana describes how Jesus would visit Varanasi and other Hindu and Buddhist holy places. This is also corroborated by the manuscript on the life of Isha (or Issa), discovered by Mr. Notovich in 1886 at the Hemis monastery in Ladakh, India as well as by the Hebrew inscriptions found in Srinagar, Kashmir at the Roza bal, the tomb of Yuz Asaf [Isha or Issa]. The Bhavishya Purana also predicted how Jesus would meet Emperor Shalivahana who established the Shalivahana or "Saka" era. Dr. Vedavyas describes this in his Telegu book, Veerabrahmendra Yogipai Parishodhana. This description is found in verses 17-32 in one section of the Bhavishya Purana. It relates that the grandson of Bikrama Jit, Shalivahana, was the ruler of the Kushans. It is estimated that he ruled from 39 to 50 A.D. He also vanquished the attackers from China, Parthia, Scythia, and the Bactrians. After establishing a border between the Aryans and the mlecchas, he ordered all the mlecchas to leave India. Once when Shalivahana went to the Himalayas he reached the land of the Hun, or Ladakh, and saw a man who was fair and dressed in white, looking very saintly. The powerful king asked who he was. The man replied that he was called a son of God, born of a virgin, a teacher of the nonbelievers, and was earnestly searching for the truth.
The king asked his religion. The man replied that he came from a foreign country where there was no truth, only unlimited evil. He had appeared as the Messiah but the terrible demon Ihamasi of the barbarians appeared and he had ended up in her realm. The man explained to the king that his religion was to purify the consciousness and impure body, after which, seeking guidance in the Naigama [a scripture], man could pray to the Supreme. By acting in truth and justice and engaging in meditation and spiritual unity, man will return to Isa, the Supreme Being. God will one day unite with all wandering spiritual beings, and Ihamasi [evil] will be destroyed. Then man will be absorbed in the ecstatic image of Isa who exists in the heart and is the source of happiness. The man then told the king, "I am called Isa-Masih [Jesus the Messiah]." After the king heard the man speak, the king sent the teacher of the faithless back to his land of nonbelievers.
Another thing Dr. Vedavyas says is that there is evidence that it was not Jesus Christ whom they crucified on the cross but his double. The last words, "Oh Lord, why have you forsaken me?" refers to Jesus having left him on the cross after Jesus went to the "promised land" of Kashmir. Of course, there are other theories on this. Among other scholars, some say Jesus did not die on the cross but suffered and was later revived. Others also say his ascent into heaven was actually his journey up to the heavenly land of Kashmir, where he eventually died and was buried in Srinagar at the Roza bal, the presently known grave of Yuz Asaf, a name known to be that of Jesus.
Dr. Vedavyas goes on to say that the coming of Lord Kalki, as described in the Bhavishya as well as many other Puranas, is the avatara equivalent to the second coming of Christ as described in the Bible. Lord Kalki will be the next great world leader and will establish a world government and bring back the Vedic culture in a new Satya-yuga, a new kingdom of God. However, before this will happen, Dr. Vedavyas says the Bhavishya Purana describes a great tribulation and global disaster that could begin in May of the year 2000 A.D. There will be a planetary effect of great magnitude striking the earth causing widespread earthquakes, tidal waves, and a shifting of the north and south poles. This is also described in Nostradamus's predictions. The fact is that astronomers know that this is a time when many of the planets will form an alignment which could easily create a great pushing and pulling effect on this planet. This could cause an increase in earthquakes, volcanoes, strange weather patterns, floods, and earth changes. What else may happen remains to be seen. The Bhavishya Purana also relates the likelihood of a great war of wars which could change the entire map of the world near 1999. This date has been further corroborated by other psychics and astrologers. The predictions of Gordon-Michael Scallion follow in this view. He has drawn a new map of the world depicting how it will look after the earth changes that he envisions will occur in the next several years. His map, however, is different than the map drawn by Edgar Cayce, who also saw many coming earth changes. Aside from all of this, the Bhavishya Purana also contains quotes relating to various personalities, such as Adam, Noah, Allah, Shankaracarya, Jayadev, Kabir, Nanak, Aurangzeb, Shivaji, and on up to the rule of Queen Victavati, meaning Queen Victoria. It even describes how the British will build factories in Calcutta. Most of these quotations are rather short with little elaboration. An example of one such quote is that which describes the appearance of Mohammed.