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)