Recently I've been interested in Hindu scripture, and after some research I was amazed by some of my discoveries. I have decided to write my first
thread on this because I haven't seen any concerning this specific topic since around 2007-2008. I'm just wondering what everybody thinks/maybe
somebody knows something I don't and has more information to add. Anyways, enjoy.
is the name for the flying machines frequently described in Hindu scripture. The Ramayana
and the Mahabharata
two major epics of Ancient India - both often mention the Vimana. As a matter of fact, they circulate around the fact that deities and half-deities
exist and communicate with the earthlings, passing down advanced knowledge and advising humanity. It becomes a much more believable fact once you
realize just how much today's modern science is described in the ancient scriptures, humans alone could never have written something so relevant
without having seen the Earth from space, measured the distance from the Earth to the Sun, and traveled to then unreachable continents.
The Ramayana speaks of "two storied celestial chariots with many windows" that “roar like off into the sky until they appear like comets.” Whilst
the Mahabharata mentions “chariots, powered by winged lighting…it was a ship that soared into the air, flying to both the solar and stellar
The Vedas (Sanskrit for “knowledge”, also oldest Sanskrit scripture - 1500–1000 BCE) contain revolutionary contents which have practically built
the base of modern science once you realize how many "modern" scientists were fascinated by Sanskrit scripture. To name a few, Carl Sagan, Pierre
Simon de Laplace (the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system), J. Robert Oppenheimer - the developer of the atomic bomb (who studied
Sanskrit and read the Bhagavad Gita in its original language, later citing it as one of the most influential books that shaped his philosophy of
Here are a few excerpts from the Vedas:
“Through astronomy, geography, and geology, go thou to all the different countries of the world under the sun. Mayest thou attain through good
preaching to statesmanship and artisanship, through medical science obtain knowledge of all medicinal plants, through hydrostatics learn the different
uses of water, through electricity understand the working of ever lustrous lightening. Carry out my instructions willingly.” (Yajur-veda 6.21)
“O royal skilled engineer, construct sea-boats, propelled on water by our experts, and airplanes, moving and flying upward, after the clouds that
reside in the mid-region, that fly as the boats move on the sea, that fly high over and below the watery clouds. Be thou, thereby, prosperous in this
world created by the Omnipresent God, and flier in both air and lightning.” (Yajur-veda 10.19)
The Rig Veda is 5,000 years old, the oldest textbook of modern astronomy, and one of the oldest surviving texts in the world, was written by Rig
Veda seers - scientists.
Pre-Rig Veda astronomers had explained such advanced concepts as the sphericity of the Earth (whilst most of the Western
world will believe the Earth is flat), heliocentricity (meanwhile and for quite some time afterwards, Western scientists would still talk about the
Earth being the center - geocentricity); the Pre-Rig Veda astronomers had provided an astronomical explanation for the seasons, as well as for the
auroral displays. The earliest reference to the zodiacal signs can be found in the Rig Veda.
Earth as a sphere:
“The Sun does never set nor rise, when people think the Sun is setting (it is not so). For after having arrived at the end of the day it makes
itself produce two opposite effects, making night to what is below and day to what is on the other side…Having reached the end of the night, it
makes itself produce two opposite effects, making day to what is below and night to what is on the other side. In fact, the Sun never sets….”
(Aitareya Brahmana 3.44)
Earth as being flat at the poles and the age of the Earth:
Twenty-four centuries before Isaac Newton, the Rig Veda stated that gravitation held the universe together. The Aryans believed in a spherical earth
while the Greeks believed in a flat one. As a matter of fact, the Markandeya Purana (54.12) describes the Earth as being flat at the poles, and
bulging at the equator - not spherical but closer to it’s actual shape. Indians in 500 AD calculated Earth’s age as 4.3 billion years - scientists
in 19th century England were convinced it was 100 million years old.
The Markandeya Puarana states the phrases of the Moon, the cause of twilight, and the reason why the sky is blue (scattered sunlight). (78.8 and
The sun as the center of the solar system, and stars being suns:
Not only did the Vedas recognize the sun as the source of light, life and warmth, the center of creation and of the spheres (heliocentricity), they
also contemplated the idea of multiple suns (stars): “There are suns in all directions, the night sky being full of them.”
Two thousand years before Pythagoras, Indian philosophers believed that graviation was the force which held the solar system together, and the most
massive object (the sun), must be at its center.
Marquis Pierre Simon de Laplace
(1749-1827) was a French mathematician, philosopher, and astronomer. He is best known for his nebular
hypothesis of the origin of the solar system.
“Nevertheless the ancient reputation of the Indians does not permit us to doubt that they have always cultivated astronomy, and the remarkable
exactness of the mean motions which they assign to the Sun and the Moon necessarily required very ancient observation.” (Laplace)
“How is it that though the Sun is not bound and is directed downwards, it does not fall?” (a question repeatedly asked in the Rig Veda)
“Objects fall on the Earth due to one force. The Earth, planets, constellations, moon and sun are held in orbit because of that one force.” (Surya
Sidhantha, 400 AD)
“All things fall to the Earth by law of nature; for it is the nature of the Earth to attract and keep things.” (Brahmagupta)
“Just as the beams of sunlight entering a room reveal the presence of innumerable motes, so infinite space is filled with countless brahmandas
(solar systems).” And on the atomic structure: “There are vast worlds all placed way vithin the hollows of each atom, multifarious as the motes in
Kanada, an Indian scientist, is the founder of the Vaisesika system of philosophy, and according to him, the entire matter of this world consists of
atoms as many in kind as the various elements.
The Atomic Bomb:
Most people agree that no human civilization before us had knowledge of atomic energy and its by-products. The atomic bomb is something completely
novel to modern science. But we find in the Vedic literature descriptions of weapons that had a similar amount of energy as the atomic bombs we use
“The atomic energy fissions the ninety-nine elements, covering its path by the bombardments of neutrons without let or hindrance. Desirous of
stalking the head, ie. the chief part of the swift power, hiden in the mass of molecular adjustments of the elements, this atomic energy approaches it
in the very act of fissioning it by the above-noted bombardment. Herein, verily the scientists know the similar hidden striking force of the rays of
the sun working in the orbit of the moon.” (Atharva-veda 20.41.1-3)
, described in the Mahbharata, is a weapon which is said to be a single projectile charded with all the power of the universe.
“An incandescent column of smoke and flame as bright as ten thousand suns rose in all its splendor: it was an unknown weapon, an iron thunderbolt, a
gigantic messenger of death, which reduced to ashes. The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas…the corpses were so burned as to be
unrecognizable. Their hair and nails fell out; pottery broke without apparent cause, and the birds turned white. After a few hours all foodstuffs were
infected…to escape from this fire the soldiers threw themselves in streams to wash themselves and their equipment.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer
(1904-1967) was a scientist, philosopher, bohemian, radical, fanantic of ancient Sanskrit literature…a theoretical
physicist and the Supervising Scientist of the Manhattan Project
, and most importantly, the
developer of the atomic bomb.
Seven years after the first successful atom bomb blast test in New Mexico (Trinity
Dr. Oppenheimer was giving a lecture at Rochester University. To the question “Was the bomb exploded at Alamogordo during the Manhattan project the
first one to be detonated?” he gave a strange reply:
“Well — yes. In modern times, of course.”
And as for Oppenheimer’s first words after the detonation of the bomb,
“If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the mighty one. Now, I am become Death,
the destroyer of worlds.” (Bhagavad Gita)
...and this has only been a summary of Sanskrit scripture's role in science.
For more information:
Biblioteca Pleyades - Vimanas
Thank you for reading.
edit on 11/3/11 by NebuchadnezzarIII because: Embedded images