Exploring science in ancient scriptures

As I have tried to bring out in various translations and books, the ancient Sanskrit scriptures have pure science in them. But, the science in them is completely different from what we know in modern science. It is sad then that we try to equate the science in those scriptures to the science that we know as modern science. There are many instances of people claiming that ancient India had knowledge of nuclear devices and aeroplanes and trying to equate verses to the intelligence in modern science. This is equating oranges and apples and is always going to be impossible. Just as how the only reason apples and oranges are comparable is the fact that both are considered fruits, the only reason we compare modern and ancient science is because both deal with reality around us and are different forms of science. But, an implication that both the classes of science view reality in the same way is questionable assumption. The modern science way of seeing reality has led to quantum physics, nuclear devices, aeroplanes, chemistry and many such modern technologies. But, why should this imply that the ancient science way of seeing reality also needs to lead to the same set of technologies? An unbiased study of these texts open our mind to the fact that “even the basic tenets of study of reality around us” can vary. it leads us to a very startling conclusion that all postulates, laws, experiments and principles need not always involve matter around us. In fact it helps us question the very basic assumptions that we have made regarding space and time and its relation to the observable individuals around us. It opens up a different world of viewing reality around us.

Many people I have met and talked with, about this particular interest of mine have always asked me “So, what is the benefit of doing this? What has this given you in terms of monetary returns?” My answer always has been “What is the benefit of learning modern day science? Why do we do it?” Sure, it looks as if “modern science” can be translated to technology and hence money in the short term. But, what has this technology given “me” in the long run? Even in the shortest run of just my current life-span, these technologies don’t last. Isn’t it true that while we can plant a tree and be assured that unless someone mows it down, it will last my whole life and beyond giving the fruits over and over again? Can the same be said of any technological innovations that we have? A phone at the max lasts a few years, any electronic device lasts for a few years and that is about it. Any vaccination or any other such pharmaceuticals taken has a very limited effect and wears away. The technologies that we have invented are very transient in nature. In-fact, if we explore the final state, each and every technology that we have created goes towards becoming garbage at the end. Any electronic item like TV, phone, USB wires, chargers, does not matter what, last sometime and later on becomes electronic waste. Batteries, clocks, utensils, furniture, houses built, bridges built, idols, paintings, sculptures, take anything. Over time, they turn into garbage, either highly valued garbage that is hung on walls or place as decorations like painting and sculptures or recycled trash such as some electronic and plastic items or just environmentally harmful garbage such as plastic bottles and one-time use plastics. The major problem is that we have not created technology for long-run. Technology that is retained imperishable as it is called in these ancient scriptures.

When I say long run, I mean as in existence that involves death and beyond. If death implies that what I have learnt as science and technology is forgotten, then how is it long-run? If there is truly a transference of the “I” into being projected as another energy form, it implies that a totally new set of thoughts need to be formed when the new energy form starts existence, with all the previously accumulated thoughts of science being lost, then how is it long-run? Then the obviously the question arises, why form and re-form over and over again these energy forms and hence thoughts? Aren’t the thoughts that are formed as a part of just one energy form, of no value? Isn’t it more important to understand thoughts and the relation of those thoughts to the underlying environment we live in, so that we can understand the impact of the formed thoughts in the long run. Potentially, this can allow us to form longer lasting thoughts that lend purpose in the long run as opposed to these short-lived thoughts which are transient in nature and lend no-purpose even in the short-term? Isn’t it better to just find the reason for reality as opposed to assuming that death is final?

It maybe argued “Is it possible to even guess this or find this or scientifically explore this?” My take is, given the amount of details that are present in the ancient scriptures that have been written which address exactly this, it definitely has to be possible to scientifically explore it and form technology from it. My take is that it has been forgotten or given up due to the difficulty involved in such a scientific endeavour, reducing it down to the modern science that we have in the current world. The reason I find the reason for the short-term transient nature of our technology is the fact that we have not explored the science utilised in these technologies all the way to the root of existence and have been content in turning the science to technology the minute we found and application to the concept. For example, electro-magnetism is a principle that is highly used in many of our technologies. Yet do we really know the relation of these electro-magnetic waves to the surrounding environment around us? Have we asked the correct questions to understand it fully? Do we know, how these transverse waves travel in space without any evident medium of transmission? Isn’t it only when we know the root, do we understand the full impact of just transmitting such waves into the atmosphere? Or do we understand what space really is and whether mass occupies space or space is replaced by mass or if mass is in actual just space? Yet, we have started converting many of the materials around us to custom made materials without understanding the impact on the surrounding space. Plastic being one such which has caused untold havoc.

Yet, just pure talk is not going to spread awareness of the science explained in these scriptures. Hence, I am writing these blog series where I try to explain my understanding of the ancient science and how that understanding can give rise to a totally different set of technologies when compared to the technologies that the understanding of modern science has given rise to.

This understanding is driven mostly from the various translations of many Sanskrit literature, but primarily driven by my translation of Surya Siddanta and subsequently an alternate understanding of the Bhagavad Gita. You can read a detailed description of the concepts that I propound in these blogs in my book “Surya Siddanta: Explaining the emergence of reality” or alternatively follow to this blog to get more updates when I add more summary blogs to this topic.

The below list of blogs related to this topic (I will update this list as I add more):

View of space and matter

Defining existence

Defining Logic (sAMkhya)

Defining work done (Karma)

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