posted on Jan, 7 2010 @ 06:03 PM
Thankyou for your post regarding India in ancient times. an Indian friend of mine ,Anurhada, tells me that there are two books that anyone interested
in India should read. the are the Mahaburhata and the Ramayana (apologies if the spelling is wrong).
These are ancient holy writings that will give you insight into Indian beleifs and traditions. She tells me in India these books are considered more
history than myth, they describe technologies that should have been beyond the capabilities of that era. Including flying machines and weapons that
could conceivably be beyond what our society is currently capable of producing, with the exception of nuclear weapons and lasers, like Indras dart,
and vehicles such as Vimanas.
As I see it our current society could very well go belly up at any time, our buildings would stand, for a while at least, but without the ability and
resources to maintain our industries they will fall into disuse. Scenario: we manage to wipe ourselves out or are wiped out by natural catastrophe,
5000 years from now archeaologists find remains of huge buildings long since fallen and now just heaps of rubble and say the Statue of Liberty, if
they think the way we do they will assume she was some sort of ancient goddess, her tiara MUST represent the sun etc.
My point is this, sorry to be so longwinded, a later society could only speculate about us and anything written about us would only be a theory,
unlike the ancients our history isn't carved in stone, our books would decay, our computers and the data they hold would vanish and all they are left
with are myths and legends about a time when aircraft flew us all over the world, skyscrapers reached incredible heights, and illnesses and deformites
were miraculouly cured by "medicine men" , Priests ;Magicians and strange machines.
Whether you use the word "Civilzaton", "Society" or "Culture" is totally irrelevent, at some stage in history, mankind made enourmous leaps and
bounds it doesn't matter who made them or where those people were located be it India, Sumeria, Egypt, South America and many many other locations
worldwide, their legacy has helped forge the world we live in today. Science tends to look backwards to move forwards.
I would encourage other members to what i'm myself am doing, that is to track down a copy of these books and also writings known as the Vedas, mind
you it's REALLY hard going there are verses upon verses to read, then take a step back and really consider what you've learnt, put it into it's
proper context, then form an opinion as to whether or not India made a massive contribution to our current way of life, as did the other ancient
societies that we base our western way of life on.
If we remain close minded to the contribution of other societies we risk becoming too insular in our thinking, as in the above secnario imagine people
5000 years from now thinking only America and Europe were sufficiently advanced and that their acheivements the only ones worthy of note and that the
acheivements of people like Dr Victor Chang were of no importance at all, or worse still utterly forgotten, because he lived in Autralia, not the USA
or Europe. Australia being considered to be not advanced enough to have produced such a gifted Physician.
So lets hope that lively and productive discussion will be the tool we use to help this forum try to unravel some of the mysteries of the Ancient