As I have been writing in the various blogs about Surya Siddanta, I find that this literature is definitely not about astronomy. The context of translation of this literature needs to be “the emergence of this empirical reality from the truth”. When translated in this context, the concepts that emerge is surprising. Each and every verse in this document describes a host of concepts that even the smallest change in the interpretation changes the meaning and the continuity can be lost.
I am in awe of the concepts described in this literature. The first hurdle to cross is in understanding the concepts presented in this literature. But, even if we can visualise and understand the concepts as a running system, it poses a huge problem to conceptualise enough of the working of the described concepts to think of a way to prove it. Given this to be the case, it is with astonishment that I wonder how someone was able to conceptualise the intricate details described in this literature and state it with the conciseness and preciseness that is present in the document. It is as if that which is watching this reality externally is explaining the emergence of this reality. That something or someone who can see the details of this reality working without being inherently involved in this reality.
For example, the literature starts with an “incomprehensible, unmanifested quality-less (something)”. Obviously, given it is quality-less, we cannot definitely visualise it from within the system. Yet, from there it is said that an unordered, abundant inactive is present. How can this be arrived at unless the incomprehensible is viewed as a third person? Another example is the definition of reality as “each and every movable”, where movable is not motion as we describe it. To understand what is meant by “movable” in this literature, requires a whole new perspective of reality around us, which can only be visible to someone external to our reality. The only word I can use to describe this literature is “beautiful”!!!
In this book, I have explained the concepts the best as I understand it with examples from reality around us. After all, even if our brains provide a glossed, analysed version of the raw data observed by the reality, there needs to remain some unvarnished aspects of the raw data which the brain utilises. This can be used to understand the concepts. Further it should also be understood that in every law we define in physics, chemistry, maths, in every experiment with do to understand the reality around us, every experiment we do to understand the working of the body a small part of the limitation of our own existence is revealed. Thus, these concepts can also be visible by analysing the various output from our thoughts, because our thoughts have to confirm to that underlying fundamental concepts the define us.
Empirical reality has been the focus of most scientific studies. But, humans have always been curious about how awareness, consciousness, sub-consciousness, or how the mind works. How are thoughts formed? Am I the mind? Is the brain responsible for consciousness? Are thoughts consciousness? Are there sub-conscious thoughts? Is the observable universe the truth? Is there a truth beyond reality? What is difference between a living being and a non-living being? What is the soul?
If it is not about consciousness, the next curiosity has been about space, time and matter. Is space finite or infinite? If space is expanding, where is it expanding into? What is time? Are there extra dimensions to space? Is time the 4th dimension? How many dimensions are present? How does space and time relate to consciousness? If consciousness was not present, would there be space and time? Is this whole universe just a thought? Is there a consolidated thought that ties all living beings together?
Surya Siddanta, the ancient sanskrit literature, when translated in the context of “emergence of reality”, answers just these questions. The concepts presented are surprisingly different and highly thought provoking, making us question our own science which we hold as undisputable. The Surya Siddanta describes the various steps involved the formation of reality, as it traverses from that incomprehensible, unmanifested qualityless truth to the formation of an Individual. This book explores the ideas, the principles and concepts presented in Surya Siddanta, and explains the steps presented with equivalent examples as seen in technologies created by us.
Some samples from the book