Hinduism,Cosmos ,Sanatan Dharma.Ancient Hinduism science.
The resilience of ancient decades has blown away, still many of us consider the golden age of “once upon a time’ as a very significant period in India; deeply philosophical and synchronized with spiritual harmony. Each spiritual aspect stands on a strong scientific base resulting in a re-birth of a new wisdom to the soul. Indian mythological literature like Vedas and Ancient India’s Science theory has its own sense of purity, which is considered as the most advanced work of the world from that era.
Let’s have a look at some of the greatest inventions of ancient Indian and its bases in science. The intensity of knowledge and imagination of our ancestors is sure to blow your mind away.
1. Ancient India knew of the solar system
Proof: Yajur Veda 33.43
Translation-“The sun moves in its own orbit in space taking along with itself the mortal bodies like earth through force of attraction.”
2. Ancient India theorized the way of gravity before the western world
Proof: – Rig Veda 10.22.14
“This earth is devoid of hands and legs, yet it moves ahead. All the objects over the earth also move with it. It moves around the sun.’’
3. Ancient India knew the speed of light way before the rest of the world knew it
Proof: Sayana, The Vedic scholar first discovered the speed of light back in the 14th century AD.
4. Ancient India knew the science behind eclipses at a time when the world was scared thinking eclipses are caused by some sort of black magic.
Proof: – Phrase of Rig Veda 5.40.5
“O Sun! When you are blocked by the one whom you gifted your own light (moon), then the earth will be surprised by the sudden darkness.”
5. Ancient India accurately predicted the distances between the Sun and the Moon
Proof: Hanuman Chalisa
“Yug sahasra yojana par bhanu,
leelyo taahi madhura phal jaanu”
The above verse written by Tulsidas in the Hanuman Chalisa translates to how “The Surya, situated the thousand ofYojanas(a unit of distance) away was swallowed by Hanuman thinking it to be a fruit”
1 Yuga = 12000 years
1 Sahsra Yuga = 12000000 years.
Also, 1 Yojan = 8 miles
So, Yug Sahsra Yojan(the first three words) would mean 12000*12000000*8 = 96000000 miles.
Converting it to kilometers, 96000000 X 1.6 = 153,600,000 kms
Actual distance from earth to sun = 152,000,000 kms(error of around 1%)
6. Ancient India measured the boundary of the Earth.
Proof: Brahmagupta, the mathematician of Ancient India first measured that the circumference of the Earth to be 36,000 km. That is very close to the actual figure of 40,075 km, with an error margin of 1%. It happened in the 7thcentury.
7. Ancient India concluded the PI value
Proof: Aryabhata worked on the approximation of value of pi () and came to the conclusion that is irrational and is approximately 3.1416 in 499 CE when he was 23 years old.
He can be considered as one of the smartest brains of Ancient India because the theory of pi was proved in Europe only in 1761 by Lambert.
Of course and very inevitably, he even derived the values of sine & cos and gave birth to the concept of trigonometry.
8. They Theorized that earth is a sphere
Although, the discovery of Earth being round is credited to the Greek astronomers interestingly, Indian astronomers had already claimed that the Sun is a star and that earth is spherical far long before the Greeks.
Proof: “Just as a passenger in a boat moving downstream sees the stationary (trees on the river banks) as traversing upstream, so does an observer on earth see the fixed stars as moving towards the west at exactly the same speed (at which the earth moves from west to east.”- Aryabhatiya.
Aryabhatiya concluded a formulation that proves that the earth is rotating on an axis. By estimating the value of pi to be 3.1416, he deduced the circumference of earth to be 39736 Kilometers, which is only 100 kilometers below its true value.
9. Ancient India built the world’s first underground drainage system
Proof: Indus Valley Civilization
The underground Drainage system and the world’s first modern sanitation was first invented by Indus Valley Civilization during the period of 3300–1300 BCE which was adopted by the rest of the world centuries later.
10. Ancient India theorized and actually implemented the concept of surgical procedures using surgical tools centuries before the rest of the world.
A few evidences of orthopedic surgeries were found concluding that ancient India had the technology to implement surgical procedures. Anesthesia was made using herbs in Ayurveda.
Proof– The Sushruta Samhita which was written by Sushruta is the earliest medical encyclopedia known to world. It was written during 1200BC; containing 184 chapters which carries the descriptions of 1,120 illnesses, 700 medicinal plants, 64 preparations from mineral sources and 57 preparations based on animal sources. You name a disease and it has a chapter on it.
11. Ancient India first theorized the concept of cloning, test tube babies and surrogate mother
Proof: Remember, the epic Mahabharata which describes Gandhari as a mother of 100 sons known as the Kauravas, the eldest of them being Duryodhana. In reality it is impossible to have 100 children. Actually,The Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separatekund (container).
The birth story of Karna and some Pandavas shockingly resembles the modern test tube baby concept.“Characteristics adopted from men of her choice”. In the Mahabharata, there is proof of surrogacy that now is termed gestational surrogacy to the modern world.
In other words, they not only had the concept of cloning, test-tube babies and embryo splitting but also had the dream to grow human fetuses outside the body of a woman; something that hadn’t been known to modern science until very recently.
What makes Ancient India so progressive even compare to 2015, is its level of intensity. Today’s world believes in exploration and discovery, Ancient India believed in intensity to any field and that’s the core intention of that decade from which today’s world has a lot to learn!