an account from the Mahabharat about the abduction of Durydhana:
“Although sexual attraction seems to play a role in both modern and Vedic abduction stories, there may also be other motivating factors. The abduction of King Duryodhana in the Mahabharata is an example in which the underlying motives involved politics and military strategy.
King Duryodhana once had an encounter with some Gandharvas, who had cordoned off an area around a lake for recreational purposes and had blocked Duryodhana’s army from entering. When Duryodhana tried to enter anyway, a fierce battle took place, and he was captured by the Gandharva forces. At this point, Arjuna, who was staying nearby, used his political connections with the Ganharvas to free Duryodhana. Arjuna and his brothers had been driven into exile by Duryodhana, but Arjuna intervened to save him from the Ganharvas on the grounds that he was a relative and a human being.
Duryodhana was humiliated by being saved by a person he had scorned and mistreated as an enemy, and he decided to give up everything and fast unto death. However, it seems that some other parties had long-standing plans for Duryodhana, and they weren’t at all pleased by this turn of events:
‘Thereupon the Daityas and Danavas, hearing of his decision, the gruesome denizens of the nether world who had been defeated by the gods, now, in the knowledge that Duryodhana would wreak their party, performed a sacrificial rite in order to summon him.’
With mantras, the Danavas summoned a ‘ wonderous woman with a gaping mouth,’ and asked her to fetch Duryodhana. This woman was a Kritya, a type of demoniac being, and she was able to transport the king by mystical travel: ‘ Kritya gave her promise and went forth and in a twinkling of the eye went to King Duryodhana. She took the king and entered the nether world and a little while afterward handed him over to the Danavas.’
[Moderator’s Note: By being referred to as residents of the “ nether world,” Dr. Richard L. Thompson, the narrator, is not referring to the hollow portion of the Earth but rather, planetary systems below the Earth or possibly worlds in the inner shell.]
The “ Nether World “ is not exactly the region beneath the surface of the Earth. According to the Vedic literature, there are three regions known as Svarga, or heaven. These are delineated in relation to the ecliptic, or the orbital path of the Sun against the background of fixed stars. There is Divya-svarga, (divine heaven ), the region of the heavens to the north of the ecliptic. Bhauma-svarga (earthly heaven), in roughly the plane of the ecliptic;and Bila-svarga ( subterranean heaven ), to the south of the ecliptic. The Bhauma-svarga is sometimes referred to as Bhu-mandala, and it is the “ flat Earth “ mentioned previously (see pages 215 – 216).
... The nether regions can also be entered by taking the Pitr-Jana path, which is said in the Vishnu Purana to begin near the constellations Scorpio and Sagittarius and extend to the South in the direction of the star Agastya or Canopus. This is described in more detail in Chapter 7 ( page 281 of Alien Identities ).
Once Duryodhana was in the presence of the Danavas, they explained to him that his presence on Earth was arranged in advance as part of their plan. His great bodily strength and his near immunity to weapons were arranged by their manipulations. He therefore shouldn’t spoil everything by taking his life. Danavas and Daityas, taking birth as Earthly heroes, would assist him in his battle with the Pandavas. The Danavas also pointed out that they would use mind control to make sure that this battle would have the desired outcome:
‘The other Asuras will take possession of Bhishma, Drona, Kripa and the others; and possessed by them they will fight your enemies ruthlessly. When they engage in battle, best of the Kurus, they will give no quarter to either sons or brothers, parents or relatives, students or kinsmen, the young or the old. Pitiless, possessed by the Danavas, their inner souls overwhelmed, they will battle their relations and cast all love far off. Gleefully, their minds darkened, the tiger-like men, befuddled with ignorance by a fate set by the Ordainer, will say to one another that – ‘ you will not escape from me with your life! ‘ Standing firm in their manly might in the unleashing of manifold weapons, best of the Kurus, they will boastfully perpetrate a holocost.’
If this wasn’t enough, the Danavas also explained that the hero Karna and the “ sworn warriors “ ( a band of demons ) would slay Arjuna. After convincing Duryodhana that he would be victorious, the Danavas arranged for his return:
‘The same Kritya brought the strong armed man back when he was dismissed, to the very spot where he had been fasting unto death. Kritya put the hero down, saluted him, and when the king had dismised her, vanished then and there.
After she was gone, King Duryodhana thought that it had all been a dream, Bharata, and he was left with this thought: I shall vanquish the Pandus in battle.’
This story from the Mahabharat has a number of features that are seen in UFO abduction accounts. These include:
1. A strange being takes Duryodhana bodily to another location, where he has a meeting with other stange beings.
2. Mystical or higher-dimensional transport is used.
3. The strange beings have human form, but look “ gruesome.” Certainly they are “ aliens.”
4. These beings have been guiding Duryodhana’s life from the very beginning.
5. They designed his body so that he would be impervious to weapons. Thus they apparently engaged in genetic manipulations, or something similar.
6. The aliens were planning to manipulate human beings through mind control.
7. After his interview, Duryodhana returned to the spot where he was taken, and after settling him down, his captor disappeared.
8. After the experience, it seemed to be a dream.
9. There are accounts in the UFO literature which parallel the story of Duryodhana.”
The above has been an excerpt from the book Alien Identities, Pages 241 - 242
Below, there is another excerpt from Pages 364 - 365:
"There is one example, however, of an attempt by Daityas and Danavas to take over and rule human society, and this forms the main plot of The Mahabharata.
The story begins a long time ago, when human society was prospering. people were dedicated to principles of virtue, and they did not decline into decadence as they began to experience material success. However, this auspicious situation did not last. Just as in the story of the Kaleya Danavas, human society began to be affected by events occuring in celestial planetary systems. Here is what happened, as narrated by King Janemejaya by the sage Vaishshampayana:
'But then, Oh best of Monarchs, just as humankind was flourishing, powerful and demoniac creatures began to take birth from the wives of earthly kings.
Once the godly adityas, who administer the universe, fought their wicked cousins the Daityas [demoniac creatures] and vanquished them. Bereft of their power and positions, the Daityas began to take birth on this planet, having carefully calculated that they could easily become the gods of The Earth, bringing it under their demoniac rule. And thus it happened, Oh mighty one, that the asuras [also demoniac creatures] began to appear among different creatures and communities'.
As these demoniac creatures continued to take birth upon The Earth, the Earth herself could not bear the weight of their presence. Having fallen from their positions in the higher planets, the sons of Diti and Danu thus appeared in this world as monarchs , endowed with great strength, and in many other forms. They were bold and haughty, and they virtually surrounded the water-bounded Earth, ready to crush those who would oppose them.
They harrassed the teachers, rulers, merchants, and workers of The Earth, and all other creatures. Moving about by the hundreds and thousands, they began to slay the Earth's creatures, and they brought terror to the world. Unconcerned with the godly culture of the brahmins, they threatened the sages, who sat peacefully in their forest ashrams, for the so-called kings were meddened by the strength of their bodies'.
In response to this invasion, Bhumi, the Earth goddess, approached Lord Brahma and asked him to save the Earth. Brahma responded by ordering the devas to encarnate of Earth just as the Asuras [demoniac creatures] had done: ...
In due course of time, various Devas [pious celestials] appeared on the Earth, either by entering personally into the wombs of earthly mothers or by impregnating earthly women and producing offspring that partook of their own nature. Then Lord Vishnu appeared as Krishna, the son of Vasudava and Devaki.
Several points can be made about this complex story. The first point is that at the present time, much has been written about beings from other planets who reincarnate in human bodies as 'Wanderers' from other planets who reincarnate in human bodies with the aim of carrying out some higher purpose. There is also talk of 'walk-ins', or souls that take over the existing bodies and displace their original souls. These souls are similar to the idea presented in the Mahabharat that the Devas [pious celestials] and Asuras [demoniac creatures] could take birth on Earth with specific missions to perform".
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