Abraham and Sarah – Jewish links to Vedic Roots?

Jews are derived from the Indian philosophers; they are named by the Indians Calani.

History of the Jews, by Jewish scholar and theologian Flavius Josephus (37 – 100 A.D.), quoting Greek philosopher Aristotle

The Jews descend from the philosophers of India. In India the philosophers are called Calanians. In Syria they are called, Jews.

Clearchus of Soli

There are striking similarities between the Hindu god Brahma and his consort Saraisvati and the Jewish patriarch and matriarch, Abram and Sarai. GD changed their names to Abraham and Sarah when they were much older, after making the covenant of the brit (circumcision) with them.

Voltaire was of the opinion that Abraham descended from some of the numerous Brahman priests who left India to spread their teachings throughout the world.

Moisés y los Extraterrestres, by Tomás Doreste

In support of his thesis Doreste presented the following elements: the similarity of names and the fact that the city of Ur, land of the patriarchs, was near the border of Persia, the road to India, where Brahma had been born.

Brahma was highly respected in India and his influence spread throughout Persia as far as the lands bathed by the rivers Euphrates and Tigris. The Persians adopted Brahma and made him their own. The Torah states that Abram (Abraham) came from “Ur of the Chaldeans.” “Chaldean,” more correctly Kaul-Deva (Holy Kauls), was not the name of a specific ethnicity but the title of an ancient Hindu Brahmanical priestly caste who lived in what are now Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Indian state of Kashmir.

The Persians also claim Ibrahim, (Abraham), as their forefather. The Persians, the Jews and the Arabians are descendants of Abraham. Terach, the father of Abraham, originally came from an Eastern country called Ur, of the Chaldees or Culdees, to dwell in a district called Mesopotamia. Some time after he had dwelt there, Abram (Abraham) or Brahma and his wife Sarai (Sarah) or Saraisvati left their father’s family and migrated to Canaan.

In Hinduism, Saraisvati is Brahma’s sister. The Torah says the same of Abram and Sarai. When they were strangers in Egypt, Abram told the Pharaoh that Sarai was his sister. Later, he admitted she was his wife. He also told king Avimelach of Gerar that Sarai was his sister. When the king scolded him for lying, Abram (Abraham) admitted “Sarai is the daughter of my father, but not my mother; and she became my wife.” (Genesis 20:12.)

In India, a tributary of the river Saraisvati is Ghaggar. In Jewish tradition, Hagar was Sarai’s maidservant. It’s hard to miss the similarities between Ghaggar and Hagar.

The Torah also states that Ishmael, son of Hagar and Abram (Abraham), and his descendants lived in India. “Ishmael breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his kin… They dwelt from Havilah (India), by Shur, which is close to Egypt, all the way to Asshur.” (Genesis 25:17-18.)

The names of Isaac and Ishmael are Sanskrit names: (Hebrew) Yitzhaak / (Sanskrit) Ishakhu. (Hebrew) Ishmael / (Sanskrit) Ish-Mahal.

Indian historian Kuttikhat Purushothama Chon believes that Abram was driven out of India by a flood. The Indo-Aryans, unable to defeat the Asuras (the mercantile caste that once ruled in the Indus Valley or Harappans) spent many years fighting covertly against the Asuras by destroying their huge system of irrigation lakes and causing destructive flooding. Eventually, Abram (Abraham) and his kindred just gave up and marched to West Asia.

Hinduism, which is based on the Vedas (ancient scriptures Rig, Yajur and Sam) are some of the most ancient scriptures in the world. The oldest among them, Rig Veda, is approximately 7,000 years old.

No belief system or religion is truly unique. All religions flow into each other and borrow from each other. Religious stories flow from one religion to the next. Certain aspects change, but core elements remain the same. Could Brahma and Saraisvati and Abram and Sarai (later changed to Abraham and Sarah) be one of those evolving stories? There’s no doubt there are very distinct similarities.

Thoughts?

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5 thoughts on “Abraham and Sarah – Jewish links to Vedic Roots?

  1. This is really interesting.
    I don’t see a contradiction. They could be the same people and abram could be abraham who embraced whatever he embraced. My understanding of the world is that coz their is infinity and this world is finite everything in the world is infinite based, meaning it’s all a blueprint of what the infinite and source must be. My understanding of abraham (leaving aside whether he existed or not of which I’m not sure what I think) is that he embraced the source as the power, rather than using intermediaries. Which later evolved into Judaism, which, if its truth this source made the finite connect to the infinite and showed a path of connection. So both can be truth.

    This really isn’t clear! But from what you’ve written until now I’m hoping you’ll get what I mean even though.

    Love, light, and glitter

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    1. Soul Circle

      Great thoughts! I get it, totally! It really aligns with a class I gave once about how Judaism started and what set it apart. I’ll find it and post it. Love your reflections! Thank you. 💖

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  2. Phil Sutherland

    About two years ago, I took a class in comparative religions and was struck by the similarities in many of the world religions. I had not heard this comparison previously, but, it very much lines up with what I studied and how there are very similar names and beliefs in many of the world religions. The closest comparison is of course, the Christian religion that builds off of Judaism. The Christian Bible has a verse in it that was mentioned in our class and I have always thought was appropriate. It mentions that we, humans, see through a glass darkly, but then face to face, now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known. Even our sages disagree on the interpretation of Torah. With the limited knowledge of the world and various cultures, and the fact that most never traveled much distance in their lifetime, the knowledge of the people groups was also very limited. Therefore, those writing down Torah, had to do so with the limited information that they had. So, it would not surprise me that they used what they knew. We are looking at the world through much different perspective, so, it is easier for us to connect the dots, so to speak. Good post!

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    1. Soul Circle

      There are so many inter-religious parallels and intersections, that once you start studying different faiths you can no longer believe any are unique — although each will have their take (spin) on a commonly shared premise. Great comment and input!! Thank you for bringing your reflections to the table.

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