Apr 4, 2016
The origin of the royal or divine connection with purple, blue and gold is not what you thought it was.
Preface: There is so much misunderstanding about the origins of many facets of our culture. One of these confusions concerns the origin of the royal and or divine colors. For instance, the modern myth or old wives’ tale that I learned was that purple dye—extracted from the Murex purpurea shellfish–was so expensive and rare that it was reserved for royalty. In this series Cardona has laid out part of the real story.
The next question to answer is: Why was the Saturnian planet and its god considered tohave been black? Did the proto-Saturnian sun really turn that color—did it lose all of its luster—once it got hidden behind the dust it had itself expelled?
That a star can expel dust as dark as soot was ascertained when such a star was seen to do exactly that.1 It is, however, doubtful that the dust expelled by proto-Saturn would have been as black as soot. Had that been the case, with the vast amount of dust that proto-Saturn would have shed, the world’s entire sky would have been blotted out. There would then have been no sign of proto-Saturn for it to have been described as black or any other shade. At present, when our Sun is hidden behind cloudy weather, even the most dense, it does not appear black. A total eclipse could have rendered proto-Saturn black, but there was no other body rightly placed for such an occultation to occur. Let us, then, dig deeper.
The Narada Purana contains another tract in which Saturn is painted black, but whoever was responsible for that information threw in an ambiguity. What we find reported there is that Saturn has a “complexion” which is either black or blue.2 Nor is the Narada Purana alone in this. While we have seen that Kala, one of the Sanskrit names for Saturn, actually means “black,” it also means “dark blue.”3 So, likewise, with Nilalohita. While serving as an epithet of Shiva,4 whom we have already seen identified as Saturn, this name’s meaning is “dark blue.”5 And so, again, with Nilakantha, which means “Blue Throat,” yet one more name bestowed on Shiva.6
Another Indic deity that catches our attention in this respect is the controversial Krishna. This god’s legendary exploits serve to cast him in a bold Herculean mold with traits in common with a Martian avatar. And yet there is no doubt concerning his original stature as just another Saturnian deity, so many of which culminated in overburdening Hinduism, as they did every other religion of the ancient world. We will have more to say regarding Krishna’s Martian traits, and the manner through which he came by them, in their proper chronological slot in a future volume. What concerns us here is Krishna’s original Saturnian character.
We commence with his very name. In conformity with one of the main characteristics of the planetary god in question, the name Krishna means “the dark one,”7 and/or “the black.”8 He is additionally believed to have been Vishnu reincarnated,9 which casts him as Saturn in a different mold.10 This link is also evident in the god’s stated identity as Time personified,11 another major characteristic of the Saturnian deity.12
In fact, Kala, meaning “black,” is not only one of the Sanskrit names of Saturn, it also stands for Time.13 Thus, to the Hindus, the “Wheel of Time” is known as the Kala-cakra (also rendered Kala-chakra).14 Truth be told, the original Saturnian identity of the god is not hidden in Hindu sources. As the eminent scholar Benoytosh Bhattacharyya pointed out in 1933, Saturn, or Shani, “receives a good share of attention” in the Rig Veda. In the later Koshas and Stotras, however, there are several other names supplied for the planet besides Shani, not the least important among which is Krishna.15
In keeping with our present line of interest, the god of whom Krishna was believed to have been the reincarnated form, that is Vishnu, is represented as being of a blue color.16 It is therefore not surprising that Krishna himself is also often painted blue.17 With his designation as “the black” and/or “the black one,”18 this tends to turn Krishna into a blue-black god.
Extracted from Chapter 12 of Metamorphic Star, one of the reconstruction books by Dwardu Cardona.