Looking Inside the Buddha’s Head: A New Book Suggesting a “Disruptive Genius” Became Buddha
To investors it’s the Age of Unicorns, but for innovators in Silicon Valley it is the Age of Disruption. A new book with the intriguing title The Buddha from Babylon is proposing the man who became the Buddha was a “disruptive genius” who lived 2,500 years ago.
“Today’s disruptive tech trend is only the latest version in the world’s long history of progress achieved through evolutionary disruptions of the status quo,” says Spiritual Archeologist, Harvey Kraft, the book’s award-winning author.
“In ancient times, when the will of kings and clergies dominated the lives of people, disruption might get you executed, brutally. Disruptions usually challenge dominating entities able to control and exploit situations. Still, against the odds, some visionaries can see what doesn’t work or where things can be improved. Due to our bravest ancestors, much of the world has changed for the better and still is changing. History shows that disruption of dominant forces tends to precede a more populist form of progress, while the forces of exploitation tend to succeed by subtraction.
Calling him a “disruptive genius” Mr. Kraft has unearthed important new findings about the historical Buddha. In The Buddha from Babylon the narrative story that emerges of Siddhartha Gautama, the man who became the Buddha, is the image of an unparalleled seer and observer, philosopher, cosmologist, and a proto-modern man who could be acknowledged as the father of psychology.
After a lifetime of research into archaeology, ancient history, proto-science, mythic literature, linguistics, pre-Socratic philosophy, theological cosmology and the origin of Buddhist psychology, Kraft’s massive research constitutes an extraordinary and far-reaching attempt to re-examine the legendary biography of the Buddha. He asserts that the Buddha became a popular leader who identified with the plight of ordinary people and challenged the military, political, social and religious powers of his time.
“The Buddha used a three-phase disruptive strategy called Upaya (Sanskrit)—proposing over time solutions correlating with one’s ability to comprehend. First, he would embrace respectfully the views of other seers who came before him. Next, he deconstructed their dogma and identified potential weak points. Finally, he superseded them with a new way of looking at things, at once encompassing the old views, to a point, while showing what previously had been unseen or unappreciated.”
The book offers a rich storehouse of insight and farsight, as well as story and history that modern readers will appreciate. It brings forth a new level of clarity to an ancient battle…between the forces of domination and brutality vs. those seeking harmony and healthy consciousness…an issue still unfolding today.
“With anxiety disorders growing at unbelievable rates nowadays,” the author commented, “one of the most important areas demanding disruption is mental health. As a result of ongoing neurological, biological, and consciousness research, and the communications technology that is spreading this information, people are learning that an aware consciousness is essential to healthy individuals and collective functionality. There is now an explosion of interest in the area of proactively improving the mind.
“If ever there was an expert on this subject, it’s the Buddha,” he continued. “I’m not talking about him as a religious icon. I am speaking of a visionary-seer, possibly the greatest-ever living humanist, who, most importantly, connected human consciousness with the Universe at-large.”
Challenging the traditional stories that Siddhartha lived as a prince in isolation and studied religious practices and achieved his breakthrough in isolation, The Buddha from Babylon cites evidence that in the 6th C. B.C.E. the seer-philosopher became a popular and heroic leader in Babylon just as algebra and the zodiac were created.
Against the backdrop of mad-with-power conquerors seeking immortality, the Buddha declares that the noble path to peace, compassion and harmony can be achieved through the self-transformation of mortals to a higher evolutionary state. Returning to the Indus Valley, where he achieves Enlightenment, he goes on to disrupt the prevailing belief systems of his day offering astounding revelations of Reality as a renewable system.
According to Harvey Kraft, “Like a disruptive tech innovator seeking market opportunities often dominated by a large organization, whether they be overlooked or neglected, the hero of The Buddha from Babylon disrupts the notion that people are doomed to suffer by offering in the midst of a brutal and exploited world a self-liberating course for lifting one’s mind above the ravages and delusions of life.”
Film star, actor, producer, Mariel Hemingway, praised the book, “The history of the Buddha is compelling. To know the truth of where and how Buddhism all began still holds mystery…The Buddha from Babylon could be the answer to many questions…This is a fascinating and hugely informative read.”
THE BUDDHA FROM BABYLON: The Lost History and Cosmic Vision of Siddhartha Gautama By Harvey Kraft Publisher: SelectBooks Inc., NY. Awards: Winner of 2014 USA Best Book Awards in TWO categories: Eastern Religions; History – General/World (nonfiction) Silver Medal for best book in Religion (Eastern/Western) from 2015 Independent Publishers’ IPPY Award. Two Honorable Mentions from the 2015 LA Book Festival for: Spiritual; General Non-Fiction books.
Harvey Kraft is an award-‐winning American author, and a Spiritual Archeologist adept at interpreting ancient mythic language. As an expert on higher consciousness and storytelling, he offers innovative and strategic insights to individuals and organizations seeking to transform brands, mindsets and relationships. He is a writer and speaker providing breakthrough thought leadership derived from ancient visionary wisdom. Web: BuddhafromBabylon.com.
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