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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Madhi and/or Mahdi?

I have posted a few posts dealing with the more than coincidental coinciding metaphors in the Hindu Trimurti and the Judaic, Christian and Islamic traditions. Of significant interest in world affairs these days is the conflict between the primary divisions of Islam, and their interpretation of a particular figure they are seeking called Mahdi. I noticed a kirtan chant I downloaded in a torrent of songs in praise of Devi entitled Madhi Sarada Devi, and thought to look up the Sanskrit definition of this term that seems obviously related to the construction of the concept of the Islamic Prophecy regarding the Mahdi.

मधि mADhi f. (only L.) the fibre or the germ of a leaf ; honouring , reverencing (fr. %{mah}) ; dejection , sadness ; a back or double tooth (also %{maDhI}) ; poverty , indigence ; anger , passion ; the hem or border of a garment ; N. of a district. (Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon)

Mahdi (مهدي Mahdī, also Mehdi; "Guided One") "According to the Shia and Sunni versions of the Islamic eschatology the Mahdi (مهدي Mahdī, also Mehdi; "Guided One") is the prophesied redeemer of Islam who will stay on earth seven, nine, or nineteen years (depending on the interpretation[1]) before the coming of the day, Yaum al-Qiyamah (literally "Day of the Resurrection" or "Day of the Standing")." (Wikipedia article "Mahdi").

Interesting to consider, as such connections are important in understanding the underpinnings of the world's conflicts. Most of what the media refers to as "sectarian conflict" is between the aforementioned groups in Islam and their views of the aforementioned term. I will not make any further comment regarding the interesting correlation with the Sanskrit term that seems related.

(For background information on other obvious correlations between Islam and the Third Person of the Hindu Trimurti, Siva, and those great Devis that are affiliated with said figure, as well as the correlations between Judaism and Bramah (First Person of the Trimurti) and Krishna (one of ten avatars of the Trimurti) see previous post entitled "The Hidden Origins of the West").

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