As a western superiority obsessed disinfo agent, who also reads vedic literature (note my sarcasm), i did a quick search for the Vimanika Shastra
which i have read before to post some of the hilarious pics of aircraft therein - doing so because i could not get the OP link to work.
I came across this gem whilst doing so and it is really worth a share:
A CRITICAL STUDY OF THE WORK
By H.S. MUKUNDA§, S.M. DESHPANDE§, H.R. NAGENDRA§§,
A. PRABHU§, AND S.P. GOVINDARAJU§
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore‐560012 (Karnataka)
It is well worth a read. One particularly pertinent extract relates to the quality of Sanskrit it uses - Sanskrit is noted for it's complex idiom and
grammar, which takes years of dedication to learn and the use of which reveals much about who wrote it. The report concludes
a few words did have a structure
similar to that of the Vedic Sanskrit.
The number of such words being
very small, and their usage being
incidental, it appears appropriate
to conclude that the Sanskrit used
in the text is modern
And just so people can hear from someone other than me that self powered flying machines (ie: containing an engine and replicable, as opposed to a
holy person powering flight through the use of ascetic practice to gain magical powers) are not a part of Hindu Myth:
The most important of texts like
Ramayana and Mahabharata make
no mention of the use of aircraft
for travel, military, or war
purposes. The ‘Pushpak Vimana’
of Ramayana, as described
therein, has no flying qualities
except possibly by invocation of
‘mantras’ or ‘tantras’.
People here also often reference the Brihatkatha
as talking of powered Vimana (which translates as
"Palace" in Sanskrit) flying in the air, so just to head that one off, the Brihatkatha has no extant copies what so ever so the people who claim this
are less than honest. The Kathasaritsagara
of Somadeva is generally accepted as having the
best remains of this ancient text contained within it's pages - i've read this book a great many times and have a copy on my desk right now. None of
this is present, and it is the best source.
of Visnu Sarma also contains traces of the Brihatkatha. On my desk too
Hit the books dude, find out for yourself.
edit on 29-10-2013 by skalla because: typo