The difference between belief and knowledge is, a belief is based on assumptions and experiments but knowledge is based either on experience or on hearing from those with experience. When a person believes something, he may have hesitations in presenting it to others as truth, even when his belief may in fact be a truth. It is also possible that a belief changes. On the other hand, when a person knows something to be truth, he does not have any hesitation in presenting it as such nor does he find any need to change his view. In other words, a mere belief causes hesitations but knowledge brings up confidence. Let me qualify this by a simple example: If you believe that a ring is made of gold, you may change your opinion if the seller tells you it is actually gold coated silver. But if you manufactured that ring from pure gold, you will not want to accept opposing arguments nor find any need to research to find the truth.
In light of the now politicized Vaimanika shastra, whether ancient people flew aeroplanes bigger than jumbo jets, went on space travel, had better technology than today, and so on, it would be interesting to analyse why there is no reason to shy away from presenting Vedic science and Puranic events to showcase India’s timeless brilliance.
So far Vedic scriptures are concerned, we have zero doubt that the knowledge given in them and the descriptions of various events narrated in there are all facts. I can say this with confidence because not only have I done my homework but have also heard from authentic sources who have heard it from their predecessors, who have not only seen it but have been a part of the events. What more? Reports show that the space researchers at NASA are also studying ancient scriptures available in Sanskrit to get a clue to the most complex codes written in the cosmic circuit.
It is foolish to discard the history of the universe written in the Vedic scriptures just because the mind boggling events described in there are beyond the reach of our limited brain substance. Such an attitude may be compared with an arrogant bumpkin who may not want to accept that today’s science can operate satellites remotely from the ground. His limited intelligence does not constitute sufficient reasons for the scientists to argue with him, not to speak of believe him.
In scientific terms, the world moves on codes and codes are written in a language. Even NASA ha started to realize that the present computer language, coded in English, falls too short of what is needed for communicating with distant worlds, and for creating super intelligent computers capable of understanding universal laws. It is just too ambiguous. On the other hand, Sanskrit, being the most unambiguous language, known as the language of mathematical precision, has the ability to provide all necessary ingredients for universal communication. The events described in the Puranas are possible only by using Sanskrit driven codes, called mantras.
In 1985, a NASA researcher, Rick Briggs, made some stunning observations on Sanskrit language. An article analysing his research states:
“The discovery is of monumental significance. It is mind-boggling to consider that we have available to us a language which has been spoken for 4-7000 years that appears to be in every respect a perfect language designed for enlightened communication. But the most stunning aspect of the discovery is this: NASA the most advanced research center in the world for cutting edge technology has discovered that Sanskrit, the world’s oldest spiritual language is the only unambiguous spoken language on the planet.
“The degree to which a semantic net (or any unambiguous nonsyntactic representation) is cumbersome and odd-sounding in a natural language is the degree to which that language is “natural” and deviates from the precise or “artificial”. As we shall see, there was a language (Sanskrit) spoken among an ancient scientific community that has a deviation of zero.”
“Sanskrit is a language whose harmonic subtlety, mysteriously sources the successive phases of creation all the way to origination. This implies the p ossibility of having speech oriented to a direct living truth which transcends individual preoccupation with the limited information available through the senses. Spoken words as such are creative living things of power. They penetrate to the essence of what they describe. They give birth to meaning which reflects the profound interrelatedness of life.”
Let us also look at a few Vedic statements made before millions of years and written down before some 5000+ years:
Shape of Earth is like an Oblate Spheroid. (Rig VedaXXX. IV.V)
‘Earth is flattened at the poles’ (Markandeya Purana 54.12)
The following statement from Srimad Bhagavatam, when brought to light, stunned the modern-day physicists struggling hard to decode the laws of Nature.
“The material manifestation’s ultimate particle, which is indivisible and not formed into a body, is called the atom – Param anuh. It exists always as an invisible identity, even after the dissolution of all forms. The material body is but a combination of such atoms, but it is misunderstood by the common man.” (Bhagavata Purana 3.11.1)
Thousands of years before Isaac Newton was born, the Rig-Veda asserted that gravitation held the universe together. The Indians of the fifth century A.D. calculated the age of the earth as 4.3 billion years; scientists in 19th century were convinced it was 100 million years!
This is the structure of the Universe created by scientists after a research of many years. If we take a look at the COBE results, we notice the uneven pattern in the radiation stemming from the decoupling of matter and radiation when the Universe was a mere 300,000 years old. The blue and magenta patterns represent areas that were slightly cooler and slightly warmer than average. These variations are at a level of about 1:100,000, but they must have been enough to seed the structures we see today.
Finally we came to conclusion that Universe is shaped like a egg but this information was already present in Hindu Literature. (Alan Kogut, NASA)
A few statements from modern mainstream scientists on Vedaic knowledge.
Hinduism is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientific cosmology. The Hindu literature is work of a Genius. (Dr. Steinn Sigurdsson, Pennsylvania State University)
It looks like that the writers of Vedas and Puran came from the future to deliver knowledge. The works of the Ancient Arya Sages is mind blowing. There is no doubt that Purans and Vedas are word of God. (Scott Sandford , Space Scientist, NASA)
How could Hindus (Aryas) have possibly known all this 6,000 years ago, when scientists have only recently discovered this using advanced equipment which did not exist at that time? Such concepts were found only recently. (Dr. Kevin Hurley of the University of California at Berkeley) Source: http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showthread.php?t=202595
What does all this this show, if not that the knowledge hidden in Vedas, Upanishdads, and Puranas, written in Sanskrit language is the most precise, purely scientific and sublime? It is most unfortunate that Indians, being brainwashed by Western propaganda during British rule, and suffering from its lingering effects, have got used to calling Vedic scriptures a mythology and are feeling shy to accept real events mentioned in there as historic.
What is advertised as great inventions and achievements by modern scientists is already explained in the Vedas in a more sensible and foolproof manner. The technologies that fascinate today’s generation is considerably insignificant when compared to what we study in Vedas. The difference is, previously the technology was mantra (sound vibration) driven and today it is yantra (machine) driven. Starting from daily lifestyle to operating military weapons and carrying out space travels, including inter-planetary ones, all was easily accomplished by chanting mantras by qualified beings.
Technologies described in the Vedas and Puranas are based on Mantra or Tantra (inferior to mantra) which are superior to Yantra (machine) technology. The reason is simple- the first two use finer energy while yantras, or machines, are made of gross material. Any learned man can understand that the more you go subtle the more it becomes powerful. One example is today’s laser technology used by astronomers and doctors. It uses subtle energy and so it is more powerful and accurate than machines made of gross mater. Wireless communication, which is in its infancy, is another example. Similarly, sending voice commands is like chanting mantras, which can activate complex codes built in the cosmic circuit. Nothing of this is automatic! It is all coded by living intelligence. Not accepting the superiority of ancient science and discarding the fantastic events mentioned in the scriptures as myths is nothing but a display of ignorance of how science is much more than what we see it today. The meticulously wonderful manifestation and management of this, and other universes, called brahmanda in Vedic scriptures, is also carried out by subtle energies of the supreme Lord. Hare Krishna