Here are some of the Ritucharya steps that you can take as we get into this autumn/fall season...
Now that we are into the fall season, a simple and yet very effective way to cleanse our system and reinforce our immune function and vitality is to follow basic ayurvedic principles that should be conducted between change of seasons. These simple principles are called Ritucharya.
Here are some of the Ritucharya steps that you can take as we get into this autumn/fall season...
A little bit ago, I wrote about how visiting the crystal caves in Slovenia, gave me some deep insights and understanding into life’s creative processes. If you have not read that article, then you can read it here.
Kali- the fierce Goddess is usually associated with primal female energy. Though the word Kali indicates time, which Ma Kali represents as the very first of the ten wisdom goddesses (Dasha Mahavidyas), what needs to be understood is that Kali also means “that which is carefully measured out”.
Any work of creation is accomplished by the conglomeration of carefully measured out smaller bits (of work, of efforts, of actions and so on) and this is what Ma Kali represents.
It can be our inner self or our outer self. If we want to create a successful life, we need to work with and harness the power of this very first, very powerful and the primal female energy of space and time- Ma Kali. She can help us on our soul journey…
As the Festival of Nine Nights- Navratri begins, let us make a firm resolve (Sankalp) and renew our commitment to walking this path of conscious and aware living.
To learn more about Ma Kali:
Also, mull over Ma Kali’s qualities and blessings and see how you can bring her presence, grace and blessings into your life.
There were various types of Vimanas during Vedic times.
Some of the most common types of Vimanas were:
Aerial Chariots in Vedic Times
Aerial chariots were referred to as ‘Ratha’ in the time of the Rig Veda and later the terminology changed to ‘Vimana’. As per texts in the Rig Veda and Yajur Veda, these ‘rathas’ had a triangular top with a broader, squarish base.
Also there is mention that the inside area was 9ftx9ft =81 sq.ft, which can comfortably accommodate 7-8 people.
The Pushpaka Vimana is one of the most important examples of this kind of Vimana technology.
Flying Palaces and Cities in Vedic Times
The Samarangana Sutradhara, an important Vedic text containing details of vimana technology states clearly that the planes were designed so as to imitate palaces on ground.
The temple design seal of a 1st century BCE temple at Bodh Gaya discovered recently reveals that its shape had a rectangular base with a tapering top reminiscent of a modern day helicopter shape. But more importantly, it adds weight to the Samarangana reference that perhaps it may have served as an inspiration for building an aerial palace in the days gone by.
An ancient Vedic epic – Arthashaastra-by Sage Kautilya refers to a flying city called Saubha, which belonged to King Harishchandra. In fact there is reference to “Saubhikas’ amongst the various tradespeople of the time, pointing towards people who were trained to operate the Saubha.
Vimanas for Interstellar Travel
Such Vimanas were called ‘Nakshatramandalas’ (nakshatra meaning star) and possibly there existed aircrafts capable of flying across galaxies. The strongest evidence for this comes from the discovery of some Sanskrit documents in Tibet by China. On analyzing the material, it was found to contain detailed instructions for building interstellar spaceships.
Apparently, these interstellar aircrafts were powered by “laghima’, the power of the ego, which is responsible for the levitation exhibited by Hindu yogis.
It does appear that a wide range of Vimana technology was present in Vedic times. It is also interesting to note in recent times and in the past, eye witness descriptions of UFO sightings are chillingly similar to the ancient Vimana designs.
It is a common practice among Hindus to offer coconut during prayers. Many people, including Hindus wonder- why this is the case.
Since many of the Hindu practices come from the original Vedic culture, which was very logical and scientific in it's approach, this practice of offering coconut has a very beautiful and logical explanation.
Watch on to know more...
Did Nuclear Warfare exist during Vedic Times?
Vedic texts describe in great detail the effects produced by certain weapons like the Brahmastra and Indra’s thunderbolt, which included intense heat, columns of smoke hampering visibility, blinding brightness and the ill health effects on victims. These details bear a chilling similarity to the eyewitness accounts of the nuclear bombings.
The Vedic period was an age characterized by high levels of individual intellectual capabilities in areas of mathematics, astronomy etc. So perhaps, the people then had already unlocked the mysteries of the atom.
There are many Vedic Texts which give references indicating Nuclear Weapons
The Mahabharata describes the effects of a particular weapon used in warfare thus:
Another Ancient text the Drona Bhisheka refers to a war fought between good and evil forces where “All cities were consumed in an all encompassing inferno”.
These references point out the fact that these effects may have been caused by the intense heat released in a nuclear explosion.
The Mausala Parva, a Vedic text describing the aftermath of the Mahabharata war says “36 Years after the great Mahabharata war – strong and dry winds carrying gravels (rock fragments) still blew from every side. The horizon was always covered with some kind of fog in all directions. Blazing pieces of coal fell from sky to earth. The disc of the Sun was always covered with dust”.
Such a massive and long term impact on nature is usually the result of nuclear warfare.
Two decades after the Mahabharata, a war was fought that led to the destruction of the Yadava Clan. The Mausla Parva describing the effects of this war says “Asses were born of kine, and elephants of mules. Cats were born of bitches and mouse of the mongoose”
This may be a reference to widespread genetic mutation that radiation exposure causes in the course of nuclear warfare.
In this way, we find several references in many different ancient Vedic texts about the existence of nuclear technologies during the Vedic times!!
Vedic Science and Vedic Technologies
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It is now well established that flying machines or vimanas existed in ancient India. Vedic texts like the Rig Veda and epics like the Mahabharata and Ramayana have numerous references to ‘flying machines’, which cannot be overlooked.
Further the book ‘Vaimanika Shaastra’ written by Sage Bharadwaj contains amazingly accurate and precise details of construction, operation and maintenance of Vimanas.
Types of Vimanas
Some of the most commonly referred to Vimanas in the Vedic texts include-
• Aerial Chariots intended for individuals or smaller groups, mainly for pleasure travel
• Flying Palaces and Flying cities, which were obviously much larger in scale and operation
• Vimanas equipped with features that made them particularly useful in war and
• Vimanas intended for interstellar travel
In this manner, as we research into ancient texts and check out various evidence, we find that there were many different types of vimanas-flying objects that were present during Vedic times.
It was a major breakthrough for mankind when the Wright brothers made their first successful flight in 1903. Or so we thought. There is now evidence that technology was utilized to build flying machines in Vedic times.
Several ancient Sanskrit documents credit sages Agastya and Bharadwaja with establishing the principles for aircraft construction. In fact, there are references to ancient ‘flying machines’ that are very similar to modern day hot air balloons (called a “Chchatra”) and parachutes (called a “Vimandvigunam”).
The ‘Vaimanika Shastra’ written by sage Bharadwaja not only elaborates technology for aircraft building, but also includes technology for steering the aircraft, protection from storm and lightning and incorporates elaborate diagrams. The book was discovered in an Indian temple and has since been translated into English from the original Sanskrit.
The Vaimanika Shastra further reveals that the aeroplanes took off vertically, indicating that some form of anti-gravity technology was utilized in their construction. There is also reference to a liquid propulsion agent, most likely gasoline that propelled the aeroplane through air.
The book also mentions the use of a technology that made the aeroplanes invisible to enemy during aerial warfare. On reconstructing the particular alloy referred to in the text, scientists found that it absorbs as much as 78% light, making it ‘invisible’ for all practical purposes.
In this manner, as we research ancient texts, there are several authentic mentions and clear proof of existence of airplane (aeroplane) and aviation technology during the Vedic times.
Happy Hartalika and a wonderful joyous Ganesh Chaturthi everyone! :-)
As we walk our path on this spiritual journey, it is even more important to understand the lessons and wisdom of Ganesh. He is supposed to be honored before venturing on any new endeavor and probably the most important endeavor we ever take in our life, is our decision to find the Divine- to find our "real self".
You may want to watch Who is Ganesh? to learn more about this wonderful and kind deity who is always willing to hear our woes and help in removing our sorrows and obstructions!
Ganesh Symbolism and Meaning is a nice short video explaining the Vedic symbolism in why Ganesh has been attributed the form that he has- which is with an elephant face and a human body.
Principles of Vedic Mathematics
The essence of Vedic Mathematics is contained in 16 sutras or word-formulae that can be applied to solve any and every mathematical problem. These sutras are constructed in such a manner as to be in line with natural mental thinking.
So it is easier to internalize them, which in turn directs the student (problem solver) in the right path for figuring out the solution.
Features of Vedic Mathematics
Because all formulae are based on the 16 sutras, there is a general sense of coherence across the Vedic Mathematics system. It is not a muddled mixed bag of unrelated techniques as in conventional mathematics.
Incidentally, that is why most students can’t grasp math, it appears very random. For instance, the one line simple technique used for determining squares just needs to be reversed to arrive at square roots.
Secondly, Vedic Mathematics offers a degree of creativity. In Vedic Mathematics, math and creativity do go hand in hand. As the sutras reveal a general direction, it is possible for students to come up with their own unique methods for solving a problem based on the sutra. This keeps math interesting and fun.
Finally, Vedic Mathematics facilitates solving complex problems like reciprocals, big number multiplication, square and square roots etc quickly and mentally.
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