i too would be most interested if the OP would like to quote further sections with with chapter, verse numbers etc, i have 2 different translations
with me here, by Professor S.Radhakrishnan (Aauarian Press) and Juan Mascaro (Penguin Classics)... the interpretation of the quoted individual seems
designed only to attract gullible ufologists/pseudohistorians...
so whereas your sourse states
Atheists with deprived and small intelligence flourish and engage in malicious activities for the destruction of the world." (Gita 16.9) The
atheists become expert in yantra-vidya or the science of machines where as the Devas (intelligent life from higher planets) are expert in mantra and
do not need the assistance of machines such as fire combustible engines or even electrical ones to move about from planet to planet. Nor are they
destructive and violent wherever they go
my own say
"Holding fast to this view, those souls of feeble understanding, of cruel deeds, rise up as the enemies of the world for it's destruction"
"Firm in this belief, these men of evil souls, of truly little intelligence, undertake their work of evil: they are the enemies of this fair world,
working for it's destruction"
not so different from the initial translation you posted OP, but wtf did the crap about machines and planets come into this? the answer is it was
made up, like so much crap about hinduism and pseudohistory.
and yes, devas are very clearly spiritual beings, not extra planetary and should not be confused as such
edit on 4-5-2013 by skalla because:
typo + clarity
ETA: i've only read excerpts of the puranas so am digging deeper... i have found one source for the bhagavat purana that actually contains the exact
same wording as the article from the op
Similarly, the Bhagavat Purana records the following:
deva-dvisam nigama-vartmani nisthitanam
purbhir mayena vihitabhir adrsya-turbhih
lokan ghnatam mati-vimoham atipralobham
vesam vidhaya bahu bhasyata aupadharmyam
"When the atheists, after being well versed in the Vedic scientific knowledge, annihilate inhabitants of different planets, flying unseen in the sky
on well-built rockets prepared by the great scientist Maya the Lord will bewilder their minds by dressing Himself attractively as Buddha and will
preach on sub-religious principles." (Bhag. 2.7.37)
which i found here:
perhaps i'm a natural sceptic, which is no doubt founded in my reading of various other hindu texts, but i'd be dishonest if i didnt reveal what i had
found so far.... however i have not looked for alternative sources/translations, the history of the document or the credentials of the translator, i
hope to have an opportunity later.
i can't criticise the OP though with out also showing what i have found so far that appears to support at least part of it
edit on 4-5-2013
by skalla because: ETA bit, clarity, more info
2nd ETA: now as this purana is described at being composed between @5-9th centuries, how could it contain the term rockets and so on one wonders -
hardly seems credible. it's worth noting that the first translation into english did not occur untill the mid 18th century
i found another translation here:
which translates 2.7.37 as:
(37) For those who became well informed on the path of education but envious with the divine roam the worlds and the ether with inventions of
Maya [or with modern technology], He will dress up most attractively and [as the Buddha and His representatives] with the use of many terms deviating
from the tradition extensively discourse on their destructive bewilderment
which differs quite widely from the source's version - i know from my own reading that parts of hindu myth can read almost
science-fiction, and without exploring everone's credentials further etc, i'd naturally lean towards the more rational/religious reading, but thats
however, reading ancient texts where words are translated into dubious modern terms (such as "rockets") is fraught with the potential for large
errors, and just accepting that these words are correctly translated hardly speaks of critical thinking and examining all possibilities (ie accurate
and balanced research) from those involved.
edit on 4-5-2013 by skalla because: adding more as i find it.....