With no actual tracks of its beginnings, Hindu religion is the oldest religion found on earth.
Though its actual origin is still unknown, the history of Hinduism can be divided into a few different periods of development. And the very first known period of Hinduism is the Vedic religion that dates back to 1900 BCE.
About 5000 years ago, Hinduism wasn’t what it is today. It started out as a civilization rather than a religion itself.
But today, the political influence has changed the actual nature of the religion.
Over the centuries we can see the influence of Vedic religion spread out all over the world. From Buddhism to Christianity and all the other major religion has somehow been influenced by Vedic cultures.
And one of the major civilizations that were heavily influenced by the Vedic culture was the Egyptian civilization.
The Egyptian civilization was one of the most developed civilizations in the history. And there are several historical positions that link the Hindu civilization to that of the Egyptian.
The Evidence of Vedic Culture in Egyptian Civilization.
The Egyptian Civilization became what it was because of the river Nile which is also known as ‘Blue Nile’. It gets its name after its blue color.
The word “Nile” is derived from a Sanskrit word called “Nila” which means blue.
To give this thought a justification, we need to look at the history of ancient Egypt a little more closely.
Almost all ancient Egyptian names are derived from Sanskrit.
The word “Egypt” itself is derived from a Sanskrit word “Ajap” which symbolizes Lord Rama as the most illustrious family predecessor of the “Aja” clan (Aja was the grandfather of Lord Rama).
Rulers are the Descendants of Gods.
In Hindu tradition, the rulers like Lord Rama were considered to be the descendants of Gods.
Similarly, the Egyptians too considered Pharaohs as their Gods and their descendants.
Count M. Björnstjerna accounts that the principal trinity, the pre-existence of the soul, the transmigration, and the division of caste into the priest, warriors, traders, and agriculturists are the primary essence of both the system.
The representation of the shores of the Nile and Ganga is precisely the same.
Even when you look at the Phallus of the Ammon temples in Egypt, you can find Shiva Linga there.
Hindus claim that the temples of Lord Shiva have the ability to render barren women fruitful which is the same as the temple of Ammon in Egypt.
In both cultures “Lotus” is the symbol of the sun and immortality of the soul.
The Concept of Pyramid.
Vedic Pyramid or Vastu Sastra is a traditional Hindu system of architecture translated directly as the “science of architecture”.
These texts describe the principle of design layout, measurements, ground preparation, space arrangement and spatial geometry and they’re known from ancient times as a powerful design that connects energy forces or to the cosmic energy. And its shape is believed to have healing qualities.
The Egyptian pyramids also hold the same powers as the Vedic pyramids.
They’re known as a spiritual symbol as its form directs the electromagnetic energy surrounding the earth and form the stars and other planets. Its main function is to recycle or remove depressing and negative energy and focus on harmonizing energies.
The Concept of Preserving Dead Bodies.
Egyptians are forever known for mummies or the preservation of the dead bodies.
Hindu scriptures too mention the preservation of the dead bodies.
According to some scriptures, the demigods (half-human half-god) revived the dead body of Maharaja Nimi after the Brahmans requested the demigods to do so. The body was preserved in variously scented balms.
The Concept of How Solar Eclipses Occur.
In Hindu religion, Rahu is a demonic creature often depicted as a serpent riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses. It is a severed head of an asura (demon) called Svarbhanu that swallows the sun in an epic battle. This is what causes the solar eclipses.
In Egyptian tradition, Ra is the solar deity or the sun god is considered the bringer of light.
Apep the lord of chaos was the greatest enemy of Ra who was often depicted as a giant snake from the Nile from where the name “serpent of the Nile” or the “Evil Lizard” generated.
During a great battle between Ra and Apes, Apep swallowed the sun that led to a solar eclipse.
The Concept of the Third Eye.
The “Third Eye” is known as the gateway to a higher consciousness or the state of enlightenment.
In Hinduism, the third eye is known as “Inner Eye,” the mystical and esoteric concept referring to the “ajna” chakra.
It is associated with clairvoyance, out-of-body experienced, visions, and precognition.
While researching the concept of the third eye in Vedic and Egyptian civilization, the Egyptians have used exactly the same “eye” as the Hindus to symbolize the “Third Eye”.
The Concept of Breaking of Vessels.
In Hindu tradition, people break off all the mud pots that are usually painted red after using it in a funeral due to various religious and scientific reasons.
Egyptians also break all the red colored ceramic vessels and pots used to prepare bread at the end of a burial ritual so they won’t be used again.
The Egyptians believe in a mythical creature with a head of a human, the haunches of a lion, and the wings of a bird called Sphinx.
They are regarded as a merciless and treacherous creature who would kill and them those who could not answer their riddles.
The Vedas also mentions a somewhat similar creature that was half-man half-animal with bird wings, the tail of a tiger, and stomach and legs of a lion. They were called the Purusha Murga and they were the biggest devotees of Lord Shiva.
But the difference between the Sphinx and the Purusha Murga is that the Purush Mura is taken as the symbol of prosperity and protection which is included in many Puranas and also the carvings on temples.
The Concept of the Cosmic Egg.
According to Hinduism, the earth is in the shape of an egg.
The Sanskrit word for the cosmic egg is ‘Brahmanda,’ which is the derivation of two words “Brahm” meaning “cosmos” or “expanding” and ‘Anda,’ which means egg.
In some Puranas, it mentions that there is 7 heavenly planetary system in the upper half and 7 hellish planetary system below.
Earth is at the 7th planetary system in which Mount Meru is at the center.
According to the Egyptian tradition, the universe is in the shape of an egg.
According to the myth of the Ogdoad, the world arose from the water surrounding of the mountain (Mount Meru).
And Ra, the sun god was contained within an egg laid upon this mound by a celestial bird which is said to be an eagle.
Even if you don’t believe that Vedic culture has influenced the entire world, there are many pieces of evidence that suggest it does.
The Egyptian culture is only one example.