I’ve been interested in Hindu and Sanskrit scripture for a good while now, but one of the first things that astounded me in my research was their level of scientific knowledge, how incredibly observant they had to be to figure it all out thousands of years ago.
I started reading bits and pieces of the Vedas (and I’m planning to read them in their entirety, when I’m not sidetracked by other projects) after realizing just how many of the last few centuries’ “discoveries” were already known to ancient Hindus, such as the world being round, the sun being the center of the solar system, and that system being part of a galaxy, and other vast amounts of knowledge. So much that it is impossible to study it all in one lifetime.
To prove my point, I’ll start with the concept of vimanas, the flying machines frequently described in Hindu scripture. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the two major epics of Ancient India – and both often mention vimanas. 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 credible idea once you realize just how much of today’s modern science is described in these ancient scriptures. Humans alone could never have written something so relevant without being able to observe the planet from space, measuring the distance from the Earth to the sun, and travelling to then-unreachable continents.
The Ramayana speaks of “two storied celestial chariots with many windows” that “roar off into the sky until they appear like comets”, whilst the Mahabharata mentions “chariots, powered by winged lightning…it was a ship that soared into the air, flying to both the solar and stellar regions”.
The Vedas (Sanskrit for “knowledge”, also the oldest Sanskrit scripture – 1500-1000 BCE) contain revolutionary content which participated in the making of many modern scientific “discoveries”, once you realize just how many “modern” scientists were fascinated by Sanskrit scripture. To name several: Carl Sagan, Pierre Simon de Laplace (the nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system), J. Robert Oppenheimer (the father 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 life philosophy).
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 upwards, 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 lightening.” (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 believe in egocentricity); 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 states that gravity was the force which held the universe together! The Aryans believed in a spherical earth while the Greeks would believe 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 its actual shape. Hindus 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 Purana states the phases of the Moon, the causes of twilight, and the reason why the sky is blue (scattered sunlight). (78.8 and 103.9)
The sun as the center of the solar system, and stars being suns:
The Vedas not only recognized the sun as the source of light, life and warmth, the center of creation and of the spheres (heliocentricity), they also considered the idea of multiple “suns” (stars): “There are suns in all directions, the night sky being full of them.”
Two thousand years before Pythagoras, Hindu philosophers believed that gravitation 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?” is 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, mathematician, 598–668 AD)
“Just as the beams of sunlight entering a room reveal the presence of innumerable motes, so infinite space is filled with countless brahmandas [or solar systems].” And on the atomic structure: “There are vast worlds all placed way within the hollows of each atom, multifarious as the motes in a sunbeam.”
Kanada, a Hindu 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 have today.
The brahmastra, described in the Mahabharata, is a weapon which is said to be a single projectile charged 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, fanatic 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)
Interestingly, an ancient city in India, Rajasthan, has been found to be irradiated from an atomic blast, a heavy layer of radioactive ash covering a three-square mile area. In that area, there is a very high rate of birth defects and cancer, and the level of radiation is so high that the Indian government has now cordoned off the region. Scientists approximate that if there was in fact an atomic blast, it dates back thousands of years, from 8,000 to 12,000 years ago.
Unfortunately, Ancient Hindu history is somewhat unknown in today’s western society, and it’s quite a shame. Ancient Hindu texts describe worshiping nature as god, and since man, animals, plants, are all nature’s counterparts, in taking care of the environment and ourselves, we are worshiping god.
Modern Christianity has been molded to a comfortable form. People don’t worry about questioning the nature of life or being just a bit more observant of their environment, a bit more curious…they seem to accept the fairy tale (not that the contents of the Bible are a fairy tale, it’s just how the Bible is perceived nowadays – a lot has been “lost in translation”). It has been drained of philosophy as countries like the United States transform it into an entertainment cult to make it much more primitive and understandable, to be able to reach out to people of all levels of education, socioeconomic classes, races, locations, types of humor…they have made church “fun”.
Religion should be something which comes from the inside, not outside influence, something personal, not a herd you follow. The only reason some religious people attempt to “lure” others into their religion is to assure themselves that their religion is correct and has a logical basis, and that other people agree with them, because deep down inside they feel that there is much more to it than how they are made to understand the Bible. It might be a subconscious effort…but I think that’s what the psychology behind it is, what drives religious people to reject those of other religions as evil, to alienate themselves from other cultures and ideas, etc.
Some see the Ramayana as a software for re-load, if it seems as if one’s life is slowing down due to issues and social problems, the Ramayana indirectly programs the mind to handle many issues during the course of one’s life.
Quoting one of my sources*,
“The Indian Emperor Ashoka started a “Secret Society of the Nine Unknown Men”: great Indian scientists who were supposed to catalogue the many sciences. Ashoka kept their work secret because he was afraid that the advanced science catalogued by these men, culled from ancient Indian sources, would be used for the evil purpose of war, which Ashoka was strongly against, having been converted to Buddhism after defeating a rival army in a bloody battle.
The “Nine Unknown Men” wrote a total of nine books, presumably one each. Book number one was “The Secrets of Gravitation”. This book, known to historians, but not actually seen by them dealt chiefly with “gravity control”. It is presumably still around somewhere, kept in a secret library in India, Tibet or elsewhere (perhaps even in North America somewhere). One can certainly understand Ashoka’s reasoning for wanting to keep such knowledge a secret. Assuming it exists, if the Nazis had such weapons at their disposal during World War II. Ashoka was also aware devastating wars using advanced vehicles and other “futuristic weapons” that had destroyed the ancient Indian “Rama Empire” several thousand years before […]”
All knowledge has already been written down long ago, and academia is a farce.
There’s a concept which exists in the Rig Veda called the Golden Embryo/womb/egg (Hiranyagarbha), which represents the universe and which states that we are all in an expanding Golden Embryo, and there is not just one but infinite Hiranyagarbhas, and each one of them has their own laws and creator God (Brahma).
The dot which Hindu women wear on their forehead is the “Bindu”, a representation of the proto-Hiranyagarbha, having the entire matter of the universe condensed to a small point, which through heat (Tapas), expanded to the cosmos we experience around us today.
Following is an ~4,000 year old text from the Rig Veda speculating on the origins of the Universe.
There was neither non-existence nor existence then.
There was neither the realm of space nor the sky which is beyond.
In whose protection?
Was there water, bottomlessly deep?
There was neither death nor immortality then.
There was no distinguishing sign of night nor of day.
That One breathed, windless, by its own impulse.
Other than that there was nothing beyond.
Darkness was hidden by darkness in the beginning,
with no distinguishing sign, all this was water.
The life force that was covered with emptiness,
that One arose through the power of heat.
Desire came upon that One in the beginning,
that was the first seed of mind.
Poets seeking in their heart with wisdom
found the bond of existence and non-existence.
Their cord was extended across.
Was there below?
Was there above?
There were seed-placers, there were powers.
There was impulse beneath, there was giving forth above.
Who really knows?
Who will here proclaim it?
Whence was it produced?
Whence is this creation?
The gods came afterwards, with the creation of this universe.
Who then knows whence it has arisen?
Whence this creation has arisen
– perhaps it formed itself, or perhaps it did not –
the One who looks down on it,
in the highest heaven, only He knows
or perhaps even He does not know.
There is nothing new under the sun. Many civilizations have come and gone and the present is likely to follow suit. Hindu astrologers predicted that one day, ethics and morality will be turned upside down, and it’s quite obvious that we are in that era. Yoga teachers that evil must be done, but woe unto those that do it. All of Hinduism suggest a cycle of comfort and good, and discomfort and bad. The spirit inhabiting the earth is due for initiation and this planet must be cleansed.