Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ
Reviewed by Danny McNeal
Close your eyes. Got 'em closed? Picture the love child of
Indiana Jones and Lara Croft, an adventurer-archaeologist, translator of several languages, intellectual marvel,
consummate historian, linguistics expert, respected mythologist and passionate human being, trotting the globe in
the service of modern-day society and uncovering evidence of ancient civilizations so that we may come to
understand the truth about our past.
Except for being able to claim a lineage from fictional
characters, this fantastical personage is made flesh in Acharya S. Having studied with the giants of her academic
field and having prostrated herself to well-respected altars of knowledge (not the least of which a 125-year-old,
highly exclusive Athens institute which houses tens of thousands of the world’s most coveted academic volumes and
ancient texts), living an adventurous life of academic discovery most of us can only dream of, Acharya S travels
the literary world over in search of archaeological and anthropological evidence.
Her finds are real; you can touch them. Her evidences are
sound; you can corroborate them. No blind faith is required. Well researched and well documented, saliently savvy
and playfully punchy, Acharya S's Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled offers a continuance of the wildly
successful Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever Sold. Nearly 600 pages of accessible
archaeology and hands-on history are linked for the layperson in this newest volume, replete with brilliant
insight and impeccably documented facts and evidences for an adventurous romp through the ancient past.
Political posturing and rusty rhetoric are left out; science and fact reign here. The Christian Church demands
that its claims be taken on faith, at face value and as truth without the inductions of intellectual discernment
or informed reason, much less evidence. Acharya S asks that not a single word of her arguments or evidences be
taken on faith but instead reasoned out and corroborated by her readers. For this, she has vested herself with
more integrity than all priests, monks, ministers and missionaries, past and present, combined, for never has a
believer been invited by such parties to uphold his faith with sound logic and objective research. Whether the
author herself can be said to be biased against religion is immaterial; it is the research of the reader, the
truth seeker, in which objectivity is to be affirmed.
It has been interesting to follow the Christian apologists'
attempts to refute Acharya’s work. The Christ Conspiracy was pounced upon rather fervently, though nearly
every single point raised by the apologists lacked import or content and rather belonged to a spurious "nitpick"
category that failed to speak to, let alone refute, the arguments of the narrative. Undaunted, the author launched
into countless hours of further professional and scholarly study over the next six years. Suns of God
answers the Christian apologists with the unwavering, booming voice of reason, logic and hard scientific fact,
leaving them speechless and fumbling through pages and pages of unorganized and contrived rhetoric. Says Acharya
"The arguments against Christ as a myth by modern
apologists are not original but the same as the rants of the early Church fathers, which have been dealt with
repeatedly for centuries. In every age are found individuals who ridicule and otherwise 'counter' with
sophistry and circular argumentation common-sense assertions by astute writers firmly pointing to the emperor’s
transparent nakedness." (Suns of God, p. 564).
One of the very mainstays of modern Christian apology is the
false claim that the charge of Christianity's plagiarism of various older Pagan philosophies is a modern invention.
"This charge of 'borrowing' by Christianity from Paganism is not new and was raised by non-Christians from the
beginning of the true era of Christian germination, i.e., the second and third centuries (p. 20)," admonishes
Acharya, who goes on to outline the main points of one of Christianity's earliest critics, Celsus, a philosopher
and pundit of the day who wrote circa 178 CE. Despite the early Christian Church’s campaign to eradicate Celsus's
damning criticism from public consciousness as well as from history's annals, Celsus's work lives on in the work of
others and has been recently compiled by R. Joseph Hoffman to yield Celsus's True Doctrine. The witticism of
Celsus reminds this reviewer of Jonathan Swift's scholarly allegorical social commentary, as in Gulliver's
Travels. Acharya S describes Celsus as "surprisingly modernistic," and indeed not a single one of his critiques
of Christianity that this reviewer has read was not immediately recognizable as one of the myriad of modern
critiques facing Christianity today.
Throughout history, Christians have managed to suppress these
venerable critiques through the oppressiveness of meticulously upheld ignorance in the populace and the fear of the
sword, affording the Church a thousand-year reign as "thought police," a lofty perch from which Christian vultures
could launch their attacks on free thought and destroy unflattering commentary. They attempted to eradicate all
negative thought against Christianity, and yet today those selfsame venerable critiques, complete with their
evidences, are shown to have survived the onslaught of nearly two thousand years of frenzied cultural destruction.
Acharya S has produced nothing less with Suns of God than a modern sourcebook of alternative thought
regarding Christianity, an impeccable platform from which discerning individuals may launch their own search for
the truth regarding Christianity. Never again will the crimes of Christendom be hidden from Humanity's sight. The
days of doctrinally imposed ignorance are numbered.
Another mainstay of modern Christian apology is the
obstructionist call for "primary sources." Acharya writes:
"When it comes to religion, alternative perspectives are
considered highly suspect and are subject to intense scrutiny, held up to impossible standards of proof, while
the accepted paradigm is lightly handled and can pass with little or no evidence at all. Those who step outside
the box are dunned with requests for credentials and bibliographies, while believers in the mainstream ideology
require no credentials except belief and seem not to need to read much at all, including the very 'sacred
scriptures' they defend. Moreover, when doing investigative research into religion, dating back thousands of
years, one must use a variety of sources, ancient and modern [a very basic and widely accepted tenet of
academia!]. If one uses works too modern, the hue and cry is for 'primary sources!' If one uses material 'too
old,' the criticism is that it is 'outdated.' Hence, the religious scholar is put in a double bind, while the
critical fanatic is never satisfied (p. 8)."
These apologists fail to realize, or else are hoping that no
one else realizes, that this argument, as specious, sophomoric and ultimately ineffective as it is, damns
Christianity as much as it will ever damn critics of Christianity. Where are the Christians’ primary sources
authenticating their bible, which, as it stands, is rife with demonstrable historical inaccuracies and therefore
itself meets no academic standard’s criteria for acceptance as a primary source? The author continues the
"Where are the primary sources that prove Christianity and
the existence of Jesus Christ? Where are the precious originals of the gospels, written by the very hands of
the apostles and other witnesses to Jesus’s alleged advent? The earliest New Testament manuscripts in existence
date only to the third or fourth century. Not only are there no primary sources proving Christian claims, but
what texts do exist have been altered thousands of times (p. 10)."
Further, if their bible is to otherwise be accepted as a
"primary source," why is it not considered "outdated" at its age of nearly 2000 years, if much younger primary
sources of Christian criticism are to be judged outdated? Christian apologists have an annoying habit of attempting
to use academic scholarship when it suits them and to deny such scholarship when it does not, not acknowledging
that reason, logic and science are a double-edged sword. Real scholars and scientists will live and die by
the double-edged sword of science and reason, but blind believers will abandon the sword’s use at the first sign of
trouble. So falls another column of support for Christian apology.
Suns of God is truly a magnificent volume. A myriad of
striking revelations ensue from page 1, all affirming the astrotheological roots of Hinduism, Buddhism,
Christianity and its tributaries through adamantine arguments weaved from well-researched and -documented facts and
observable evidence uncovered from the earth itself. Its significance is undeniable. It is nothing less than a
window into our very future. A phoenix wave of enlightened sentiment was propagated at the dawning of the
Renaissance over 600 years ago, rising steadily out of the ashes of the Dark Ages. It has grown by leaps and bounds
throughout our intervening history and now crashes upon the shores of our minds with a great tidal force. Its
hallmarks are reason and logic, and they do not shrink in battle against blind faith and holy fear. Today,
organized church membership continues to fall in the industrialized nations, while the accessibility of unrevised
history, empirical data and scientific information has spread like wildfire among the world’s citizenry. In writing
Suns of God, Acharya S presses this advantage, presenting thought-provoking arguments which lay waste to the
languid conviction of blind faith and correcting errant criticisms of otherwise venerable historians, researchers
and authors upon whose shoulders she now stands tall.
One such venerable soul is found in "the much-maligned Kersey
Graves, [author of the 1875 volume] The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, in which Graves outlined hundreds
of such correspondences" as, for instance, damning connections between Christ and Krishna, of which Graves provides
approximately 340! "Contrary to popular opinion, Graves did not fabricate any of these correlations," continues
Acharya, "which means that he has been unfairly judged over the past century (p. 161)." "A number of these
resemblances are hotly contested because they do not appear in mainstream, orthodox versions of the Krishna myth,"
Acharya further explains in her foreword to a 2001 edition of Graves's seminal work. "These motifs include the
virgin status of Krishna's mother; his December 25th birthdate; his father's occupation as a carpenter; and his
crucifixion between two thieves. However, with some digging of our own [which Christian apologists might want to
think about trying themselves at some point], we discover that Graves did not make up any of these
correlations...(Acharya S in Kersey Graves's The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors, Foreword, p. 1)." The
claim that Krishna was said to have been born on December 25th in the Krishna mythos occurred earlier than Graves's
work and so could not have been fabricated by him. Godfrey Higgins in his Anacalypsis, first published
widely in 1836, mentions a date of birth for Krishna corresponding to the winter solstice. Acharya
"Graves acknowledges his debt to Higgins; however, both
Higgins and Graves used the original work of Christian authority Sir William Jones, the esteemed President of
the Asiatic Researches Society, whose publications beginning in the late 18th century threw open the door to
the study of Eastern culture, including its correspondences in religion to that of the West. Indeed, in the
first volume of Jones’s Asiatic Researches published in 1784 can be found some of the most significant
correlations between Krishna and Christ (Acharya S in Sixteen Crucified Saviors, p. 2)."
Acharya's work similarly venerates other scholarly critics of
Christianity throughout history, toppling yet another column of support of Christian apology itself.
It is abundantly evident that the Christian apologists have
failed to ever alter their tack in dealing with these venerable and damning critiques against Christianity, which
have been with us since Christianity's germination. Other than having to curb their violence (Christian authorities
can largely no longer get away with the outright and "broad-daylight" genocide of unbelievers), the Church's
apologist foot soldiers carry on today much as they have throughout history, continuing to viciously attack the
character and worth of critics of Christianity but rarely going on to speak to the actual points and arguments
being made, let alone refuting them. For the world's modern-day citizenry, especially those among the exponentially
increasing number of internet users, corroborating the facts in evidence against Christianity is becoming a simple
enough matter that many truth seekers are beginning to do just that, an activity heretofore engaged in only by
academicians and scholars. The apologists are utterly powerless against the exercise of intellectual discernment
and informed reason in the average citizenry, and the Church lacks far too much of the sociopolitical strength it
once enjoyed to even be able to consider a change in its plan of attack against its critics. The days of
doctrinally imposed ignorance are numbered indeed!
With an impeccable groundwork of long-established facts and
evidences laid and with the modern apologists stuttering and otherwise silenced as to the merits of such, Acharya S
begins-well-at the beginning, launching into an in-depth look at the astrotheology of the ancients and citing
corroborating evidences sometimes from Christian Church fathers and apologists themselves, fittingly using their
own sophistry against them. She reconstructs the academic arguments of the time for the reader and traces the
misuse of these arguments to establish the very basis of modern Christian apology, now shown to be flawed. Suns
of God continues with an exhaustive study of the outgrowth of the astrotheological sentiment, which led to the
devising of ancient solar pantheons by peoples all over the world. As each pantheon is resurrected and
painstakingly reconstructed in front of the reader's very eyes, one can recognize quite clearly many of the
figuratively identical bricks and columns, forms and architectures, which were cannibalized by and now support the
mythoi of Hinduism, Buddhism and Christianity.
The volume then continues with exceedingly comprehensive
reconstructions of the mythological lives of Krishna, Buddha and Jesus, relating the myriad similarities between
their fantastical lives and the histories of nearly countless sun gods which came before. "Despite its boasts and
claims, Christianity is not unique, as practically all of its dogma, tenets, beliefs, myths and fables can be found
in the numerous cultures that preceded it in a wide area of the world (Suns of God, p. 563)," Acharya S
authoritatively states at the last. However, all the while Christian readers of Suns of God will likely
continue to loudly proclaim the dire need for Jesus in the world today and insist that their religion is a good
thing, but Acharya S points out:
"It is further claimed that there are 'good things' in
religion. Of course there are: Nothing can be so encompassing and be all bad-or all good. The good within
religion is in accordance with human nature, inherent in the human conscience, such that it is not a product of
religion but a nucleus. In other words, what is good in religion is already innately good and does not need
religion to make it so. Many human beings are innately good; they would behave in a decent and empathetic
manner, no matter what religion they believed or disbelieved. Moreover, the goodness and morality found within
any given religion generally exists within other religions-thousands of them-and in secular ideologies as well
Pointing out what religion does provide, however, the
"Fortunately, in many places today the torture related to
religious conversion is no longer physical; yet it continues, in the form of psychological attacks, ad
hominems, and the voodoo called 'prayer,' used by fanatics to 'smite their enemies' or otherwise entrap their
psyches in a morass of superstition and oppressive dogma. Popular imagery and films such as 'The Passion of the
Christ,' which depicts Jesus's scourging and crucifixion in gory, gruesome detail, represent mass mind-control
and psychological abuse (p. 566)."
In the final analysis, as one of my favorite authors is fond of
putting it, Acharya S deserves an audience with all who call themselves Hindu, Buddhist, Christian or atheist, or
who call themselves beloved of God or born of evolution. She deserves an audience with all who call themselves
Human. Asks Acharya of the reader:
"Do you truly want to continue to have religious
'enemies'?...Would it not be more pleasant and refreshing to know that, behind mythological and fantastical
accretions, your beliefs and morals are essentially the same as those of your so-called adversaries? That most
of us are human beings trying to manage and make sense of the world the best we can? That we are, in fact, one
family sharing one home? In reality, the study of the origin of religion demonstrates that, despite the obvious
divisiveness of modern religions, many cultures worldwide share a common heritage, one more fascinating and
wondrous than has been perceived or depicted over the past few millennia. It is to this engrossing and shared
inheritance that we shall now turn, with a mind to understanding our past and progressing into our future (p.
Let us begin to be honest with ourselves, then with each other.
Let us close the battleground dialogue between theists and atheists and open the middle-ground dialogue. Let us
agree to use true academic scholarship to keep the dialogue open. Let us teach one another how to open our minds to
each other. Let us never forget that truth has to be worked for, and that minds are not changed overnight. Let us
accept the challenge to refrain from making claims beyond their merit, from passing off opinion and belief as fact,
and from letting ends justify means. Let us never tire of reasoning truth out with our own minds and senses and
sharing what we've learned with our middle-ground compatriots. Let us, as Thomas Jefferson implored, "fix reason
firmly in her seat and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion." Acharya S writes, "In this day and age, as
the world becomes smaller than ever before, there is an increasing need for investigation and education in
religion, as it is one of the most important and volatile of all human issues" (p. 3). The consequences of carrying
on in battle with each other may be more than our world and civilization can take. Let us educate
Give Suns of God an honest read with a truly open,
objective mind. I dare you. If your beliefs are worthy of you, then they can surely stand up to the
Danny McNeal, Medical, Political, and Religious Studies Journalism, freelance
For more information, see Suns of God: Krishna, Buddha and Christ Unveiled.