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Toronto, Mar 19 (Canadian-Media): Toronto based Jewish author Barry Brown, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Canadian journalist and author of "Humanity: The World Before Religion, War & Inequality" was present at Gore Temple, Brampton, Ontario earlier this week to speak about his book.
Barry Brown holding his book
‘Humanity: The World before Religion, War & Inequality' is the result of more than 8 years of research. During his research, Brown discovered there is no fossil or archaeological evidence of organized human war anywhere on Earth before about 6000 years ago.
Brown said India's epic Battle of Kurukshetra, which happened nearly 6,000 years ago, was humanity's first full-scale war. As described in the Mahabharata, the war claimed the lives of four million warriors. The war story concludes the tales of the Mahabharata and afterwards Ancient India’s history vanishes for 2,500 years until the time of Buddha (c 600 BC).
Brown told the audience that as a young man he spent 3 years as a brahmachari in the Hare Krishna temples in Vancouver (B.C.) and Toronto where he studied the Vedas and was initiated as a brahman.
He began his investigation into the historic and family ties between the Jewish and Hindu people after reading that the famous Greek philosopher Aristotle said the Jewish people were descended from the brahman priests of Ancient India.
To investigate Aristotle's claim, Brown first turned to the Jewish Bible. According to the Bible, human civilization began in the Garden of Eden and Eden was located in the eastern most part of the larger land called Havilah.
Brown then turned to the 20-volume, 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia where he discovered that more than 2,000 years of Jewish and Christian traditions have identified Havilah as India.
He then realized the 6,000 year old Biblical tale of humanity's exile from Eden and Ancient India’s story of the Kurukshetra War, refer to the same event – the end of the world before war.
This catastrophic war of 6,000 years ago was memorialized when the ancestors of the Jewish people started a new calendar to mark the time when Adam and Eve were banished from Eden and the world of warfare began.
From his study of Indian and Jewish genetics he found common family ties between the Jewish tribe of born priests called Levites and many branches of Hindu brahmans including the Yadavas.
According to the Bible, the ancestors of the modern Jewish people were called the Hebrews. The word "Hebrew" means "homeless wanderers from the East" and Brown discovered this referred to the time when the Indo-Semitic Hebrew people migrated to Mesopotamia, Europe and Northeast Africa from the Indus River Valley at the time of its collapse from climate change c 2000 BC. That event was the source of the Bible's story of Noah, he explained.
The Ancient Israelites and their line of born priests called the Levites, like India’s Brahmans, are identified by ancient family ties. The Levites are members of the family of Moses and his brother Aaron (c 1300 BC).
Dr. Lalji Singh, Vice-Chancellor of India’s Hindu University (Banaras) and a leader in India’s genetic research program told Brown that his study of the Jewish population of India revealed that their maternal and paternal gene pool is linked with the people of West- Eurasia. This hypothesis is further supported by the literary evidence, Singh added.
Then followed the question and answer period with the audience.
Q1: Can you distinguish between the symbol of Swastika of Hindu religion in India and that of the swastika symbol used by Nazis in Germany?
A1: Swastika in Hindu religion is known most widely as an important symbol denoting "auspiciousness." Taken from Sanskrit language, Swastika literally means to be good and hence its usage in all holy practices. It is also considered to bring good luck. Some scriptures considered this symbol as representing Brahma, the creator.
But different religions have different religious beliefs. Unfortunately, the Nazis of German nationalist movements saw the swastika as the Germans’ link to the Aryan master race and a symbol of Aryan identity it soon became associated with the idea of hatred.
Q2: Where did the Swastika symbol originate?
A: In the prehistoric times, one of the ways to transcribe and preserve history was inscription on caves. During my research I noticed that no image of human conflict was found on these caves. The Swastik symbol was not there. The oldest symbol of Swastika was uncovered in Ukraine, a country in Eastern Europe, carved on an ivory figurine which dates back an incredible 12,000 years ago.
Following questions were asked during the Canadian-Media exclusive questions and answer Session:
Q1. What lessons do you think all this history has for the modern world?
A1: Members of the Jewish, Christian as well as Muslim communities have praised this book.
"I don't know if you're right but you'll change history if you are," Yaen Vered, Canadian Representative Israeli Antiquities Authority.
"Barry, you've discovered the Rosetta Stone for understanding early Biblical history," John J. Mastandrea, Metropolitan United Church, Toronto
"Congratulations on this masterpiece of research," Dr. Abdul Hai Patel, Ontario Multifaith Council.
India's Consul General in Toronto, Ontario, Dinesh Bhatia, is one of the enthusiastic readers of Brown's book.
“India’s Ancient history ends with the great war more than 5,000 years ago. Your book is fascinating because it explains what happened after the Mahabharata,” said Bhatia.
After the war story, the record of India's ancient history is lost for 2,500 years until the arrival of the Buddha around 600 BC so this revelation of what happened after the war is "very exciting," he said.
I did not get any negative comment till now. Everybody liked this book. Even a 10- year old girl read this and wanted to read this again.
Q2. The Bible is a sacred book to both the Jewish and Christian communities. How have they responded to your research?
A. Being an investigative journalist, I make cold calls to find out about the reactions to my book.
I made a cold call to a distinguished Jewish rabbi in Toronto. After introducing my self and my book I told him about Aristotle's assertion that ‘the Jewish people are descended from the Brahman priests of India.
The rabbi reacted by saying that nobody knows from where Hebrews came from. Brown asked if he could continue explaining his findings. The rabbi agreed to listen and seven minutes later his reply was, “Send in your book; it could be of great interest to our adult education class.”
My book doesn‘t tear down what people believe; rather it gives a new way to broaden our understanding from the historical point of view and how humanity was one family.
Humanity is the first book to examine history as the two-part story of a single human family. The first part tells how a human civilization of travel, trade and language thrived for 3 million years or 99.9% of history before the first war. The second begins 6,000 years ago looks at the divisions created by the first war and follows its consequences to the modern world.
“You have created a very convincing map of the general unity of religions from Hinduism to Judaism to Christianity and Islam as a single path of human perception. This is absolutely brilliant.” Said Dr. Mayank Vahia, Astrophysicist Tata Institute for Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
Toronto, Nov 24 (Canadian-Media): The epic Battle of Kurukshetra in India as described in the Mahabharata nearly 6,000 years ago was the world’s first war that inspired the Biblical story of Eden, claimed the new book ‘Humanity – The World before Religion, War and Inequality', media reports said.
Toronto based Jewish author Barry Brown, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Canadian journalist, who published the book also said that this historical event claimed the lives of four million warriors, after which the Ancient India’s history vanished for 2,500 years until the time of Buddha (c 600 BC).
The book 'Humanity – The World before Religion, War and Inequality' is an epic journey through human history.
According to India’s text, after the war, the remaining members of its Royal Family, known as the Yadavas, begin to migrate westward from Eastern India.
The 6,000 year old Biblical tale of Eden and Ancient India’s story of the Kurukshetra War in the book, claimed Brown, refer to the same event – the world’s First War and the end of ‘Generation Eden’ – human history before war."
The faulty assumption held by people, claimed the book that wars had been fought over land and resources for as long as humans have walked the Earth.
The history that connects the end of Ancient India with the start of the Jewish Bible flows through the Indo-Afro-European people known as the Hebrews.
“Likewise, the nearly 6,000 year old Jewish calendar is said to begin when its first people – Adam and Eve – are exiled from Eden and begin their trek west. The Bible says Eden was a place at the eastern end of a land called Havilah. According to the 20-volume, 1906 Jewish Encyclopedia, more than 2,000 years of Jewish and Christian tradition identify Havilah as India. That places Eden by the banks of India’s sacred Ganges River.”
About 1,400 years ago, the Greek philosopher Aristotle said ‘the Jewish people are descended from the Brahman priests of India.’ It turns out, he was right, says Brown.
“The word ‘Hebrew’ means “homeless wanderers from the East and these people are first identified after the Biblical characters of Noah and his followers are forced to abandon their unidentified homeland for the Middle East and Northeast Africa around 2000 BC. This story refers to a period of worldwide climate change and the end of India’s Indus River Valley Civilization. The local people of Mesopotamia called these homeless Indo-Semitic people the ‘Hebrews’.”
These family ties had been traced by modern genetic science through the Ancient Israelites and their line of born priests called the Levites.
the Levites are Jewish priests, like India’s Brahmans, identified by their ancient family ties to the family of Moses and his brother Aaron (c 1300 BC).
Multiple origins for the family of European Levites including one line that is uncommon among Middle Eastern Jews but present in over 70% of the West Bengal Brahmans were found by a 2003 chromosome study of the R1a1a Haplogroup. Another Levite line, Haplogroup J1, leads from the Indus to the Middle East by way of the Persian Gulf while others lead to Europe and North Africa – all around the same time of 2000 BC and all matching the Bible’s tale of migration.
“Our study of the Jewish population of India revealed that their maternal and paternal gene pool is linked with the people of West- Eurasia. The literary evidence also strongly supports this hypothesis,” says Dr. Lalji Singh, Vice-Chancellor of India’s Hindu University and a leader in India’s genetic research program.
To summarise no fossil or archaeological evidence of organized human war was found anywhere on Earth before about 6,000 years ago. It was about 40,000 years ago that early humans began creating cave art about which document the human experience for 30,000 years from about 40,000-10,000 BC. But this lacks any image of human conflict on any of them. For about 6,000 years ago, defensive walls around villages, towns or cities were lacking. As well no war weapons found among the three million years of Stone Age tools. Although there is evidence of individual acts of violence in the prehistoric world, the bloody encounters were very rare and widely separated by time and geography.
Barry Brown, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated Canadian journalist has written over 3,000 articles for 120 news organizations worldwide, including ABCNews.com, MSNBC.com, The New York Times, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Jerusalem Post, Toronto Star and Sky News TV (London).
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)
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Toronto, Jul 3o (Canadian-Media): The story Peace By Chocolate was narrated by Tareq Hadhad. a Syrian refugee to Canada, at Toronto Reference Library on Jul 26 to a large audience.
Vasudha Sharma and Tareq Hadhad
After a short introduction by the interviwer Vasudha Sharma, Broadcast Journalist, Web Writer, Video Producer, Social Media Story teller Hadhad started narrating the story.
Hadhad said the story contains a universal message of peace for the people of all nationalities and then continued that while in Syria a few years back, his father's flourishing business of 20 years in chocolate as well as much of the homeland was totally destroyed due to a bombing.
This had forced Hadhad and his family to leave everything behind and flee to Lebanon where they lived in a refugee camp with little opportunity or hope.
Then with the help of some friends they were able to cross the Lebanon border again without taking anything.
Having no friends, they registered as refugees at United Nations (UN) and like the rest of the refugees were given numbers.
While waiting at the UN office for registration, when officers started calling the refugees not by their names but by their numbers, Hadhad did not reply when his number was read aloud.
When asked by the officer the reason for not replying, he replied that he was not a number. He felt humiliated that UN did not consider him as Syrian, not even Lebanese but only a refugee.
Next day he again went to UN and offered to volunteer in the health care, the field in which he was experienced as he did not like to rely on the refugee fund.
Hadhad helped set up many health care centres, and ultimately when he with his family was invited to Canada they felt their dreams were coming true.
But when he announced the news of their immigration to Canada, all the family members including his siblings said, “but Canada is too cold.”
Neverthelss they left for Canada and after they arrived in Toronto, Canada in 2015, they were very warmly welcomed and Hadhad realized that these Canadians did not care about their colour, cast or ethnicity. Their main concern was the safety of his family of 9 members.
Hadhad remarked that more than Canadian Government, it was about the Canadians who had raised funds to sponsor Syrians to Canada even without knowing them.
Vasudha Sharma then asked Hadhad to throw light on Peace of Chocolate business.
Hadhad continued that after moving to Canada in December 2015, he with his family settled in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. His father was much interested in starting their own chocolate business and started brewing the chocolate that he did 30 years back.
History repeated itself and soon they were able to rebuild their chocolate company and in 2016 Hadhad founded Peace by Chocolate.
Having worked as a physician in Syria, Hadhad wanted to pursue his career in medicine, due to a great shortage of physicians in Nova Scotia.
But Hadhad did not want to take away any body’s job there and added he had come to Canada to create new jobs with their skills and not take other people’s jobs.
He decided in favour of chocolate business because of their previous experience and their business began to grow.
His siblings had started going to school.
Hadhad’s family registered with the farmers’ market but were not much hopeful that a small community of 4000 people of Antigonish would come to the farmer’s market to purchase the chocolate.
But their amazing response encouraged their business which grew in 3 months, instead of his father’s earlier prediction that it would take at least 20 years before the business could be established.
Hadhad said the message at the core of the company was about spreading peace and added they had started the company more for a cause than to do business.
He said “hate and intolerance sell very easily”, peace along with love were noble values on earth.
Vasudha then asked what he would do to encourage the other refugees coming to Canada.
He replied that tolerance, hard work and perseverance, their entrepreneurship to help their community would be their greatest assets.
Many Syrian refugees who had earlier left for Alberta to seek jobs were called back to Nova Scotia by Hadhad, who offered them jobs in his own business
During the question and answer session with the audience, Hadhad was asked what motivated him to learn the English language and be successful in business, apart from his family’s entrepreneurship.
Hadhad replied that besides being welcomed warmly by the Antigonish community, it organized tours and offered his family everything although they could even when they did not speak even one word of English.
Other helpful assets were the resources offered both by the community, the local libraries and community events which taught them much about the country.
Being in the medical profession while he was In Syria, he had to learn all the ins and outs and ABCs of the business like accounting, business number, registering the business as well its marketing. Hadhad’s father’s distribution of free chocolates to the community members opened connection with everybody in Antigonish.
The best thing was the slogan on the package of the chocolate: One Peace Won’t Hurt.
Hadhad was asked by the audience if he had been interviewed byTed Talk
Hadhad replied he had this opportunity twice, once in Montreal and the other in Dalhousie University.
He was also asked by the audience if Hadhad and his family ever thought of exploring licensing the products to the other countries.
To this Hadhad replied that within a few weeks products would be available from coast to coast.
Then an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher asked Hadhad to give advice on the best ways to teach English language to adult new comers to Canada ,
Hadhad said after spending 3 months in the local library of Antigonish to learn the English language, his advice was that newcomers to the country should not be compelled or rushed to learn English language. Instead there should be interpreters in the room to understand the concerns of the newcomers. One-on-one tutoring and the help of the volunteers in teaching the new comers would be very helpful. Hadhad added that new immigrants learn more from the support of community members than by lesson curriculum in the library. In the end he stressed a great need of a unified method of teaching English to the new immigrants.
The last question by the audience was to name his favourite chocolate.
Hadhad replied that although he liked all brown chocolates, his favourite was the one on which PEACE was written in various languages such as Arabic, French, Punjabi as well as in indigenous languages.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)