Re: Historicity of Mahabharat
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org> you wrote:
: There is a great need for Hindus/Historians to study the great epics like the
: Mahabharat to discover its historicity (is that a real word?).
: I believe the records in the epics to be true, however, in today's world
: "our religion" is being attacked on the basis that it holds no historical
: validity, that it is nothing more than the imagination of great storytellers.
: For example, Christianity can prove, if nothing else, that a man by the name
: of Jesus existed.
: (I may not have phrased the above paragraph properly, but I hope you
: understand the basic point.)
I do but I don't think it is worth worrying about. Christians may be
able to historically prove Jesus existed, but they cannot prove he is the
son of God or any of the other dogmas of Christianity. It is quite easy
to prove the historical invalidity of Christianity. When I get a little
more time I'll post an article on how to refute the common Christian
arguments. (The local Jehovahs Witnesses are scared to come to my house ;-)
The same arguments can be used against Muslims. So who's left? The
Marxists? One only has to look at the events of the past decade to see
how historically valid their faith is.
: We need to show that the time frames and geography and ... mentioned in our
: religious literature is true. That, we need to show the Mahabharat
: occurred some 5,000 years ago. And that the Ramayana took place prior to that.
: Rather than except what the western scholars claim.
If you are talking about bona fide scholars, not missionaries, you have
nothing to worry about. Their agenda is completely different to ours and
can be completely ignored.