Vedic Physics of INDIA : The secret underliedI will mention some of the greatest achievements made by Ancient Indian Scholars in the field of Vedic Physics. Also shall be mentioned the translated versions of Nyaya-Vaisesika Darsana (school of logical physics) and related subjects. I would like to thank Indigo_child and Sbergman27 and many other who have motivated me to come up with this article. No starch, pressed and folded:
The Theological school
The entire universe/space is called Prakriti and manifests by a vibration of the Svra, a current of a life force or a super-string called the Parabrahman and the Purush. This in turns causes the subtle elements of the 5 ethers, or strings(the quality of ether is called sound) to vibrate, the distinct vibration causes the Pancha-Mahabhuttas, the five physical elements.
The five main elements occur in the following order of aggregation:
Akasha (Ether) Tejas (energy) Vayu (forces/fields) Pritvhi (Atomic elements) and Apas (fluid)
Except for ether, all of the elements are composed of discreet and distinct indivisible particles called Paramanu(beyond atoms) i.e. light is composed of discreet and distinct particles. Space, soul and time are eternal.
The Rationalist school
The Darsana’s were part of the six rationalist schools of the Vedas, the main schools were Nyaya(logic), Vaiseshika(physics), Yoga(metaphysics) and Sankhya(philosophy): Each school of thought is composed of it’s own Sutras or aphorisms, rules or formulas, that condense volumes of knowledge into a few sentences. They also contain Vriti(commentary), Bhaksha(explanations) by several teachers, making them selfcontained texts on their discipline. Each Darsana also has a Sutrakala, that is the first teacher that systematized the knowledge of the Vedic teachers into sutras.
The geneology of the teachers of the schools are mentioned and can be traced far into vedic times to the Krita Yuga, more than 5000 years ago. The NyayaVaisesika Sutra was founded by Rishi Gautama and Kanada. The Nyaya and Vaisesika schools originally started as separate schools, but then merged into one due to their common rational approach. The Nyaya-Vaiseshika Sutra consists of 373 Sutras and is composed of 12 chapters. It’s main postulates are:
- All of the universe is composed of the 5 mahabhuttas and the 4 non physicals: that is Fluid, Atomic elements, fields/force, energy, ether and space, time, mind and soul.
- Except ether, all of the physical elements are made of discreet and distinct paramanus or atoms
- Space-time is a frame in which the physical universe exists
- There are seven categories of experience, which are substance, quality, activity, generality, particularity, inherence, and nonexistence.
- Energy and mass are equivalent.
Here are some of the Sutras (The source is from an Indian microbiologist):
- Force is that which displaces, holds together or moves things apart.V.S 1.1.20
- In the absence of a force, a particle of matter experiences no change. V.S 1.1.6
- The forces to be considered are an external force, gravity, that with causes attraction of particles, that which causes repulsion of particles and the internal movements of them in matter.
- V.S 1.1.13 Action is opposed by an equivalent opposite reaction
- V.S 5.1.1618 The diversities of the movement of an arrow are due to the consecutive changes in the components of the acting forces. The stored energy provides the propulsion to the arrow and this causes it move further to a high point. This component keeps reducing while that of gravity increases resulting in its fall.Once the work against gravity ceases then the body reaches an energyless state falling under gravity.
- V.S 1.1.27 The force on a body is the resultant of gravity and the work done against it.
- V.S 5.1.13 In the absence of all other forces (saMyogabindings) gravity exists.
- V.S 5.1.7 The “guna” of forces (direction) prevents a magnitude from being obtained
- V.S.1.1.20a The nature of physical changes in matter is the terms of work being done on the basic particles that constitute matter.
- V.S 2.1.14 The particular nature of air is suggested by the mixing of gases that occurs on their collision. Despite of being made of atoms and occupying space air fails show orderly movement so its form cannot be perceived
- V.S 4.1.8 Solids occupy space and assume form due to conglomeration of the constituent particles.
- V.S 4.1.6 The (fluid’s) particles possess energy. This causes them to possess the property of fluidity. The heat bearing rays provide the particles with energy to form a gas and rise. The heated particles of air impact the vapor and with this energy it mixes with it. Freezing and melting of a liquid as being a result of heat being taken up or given up by its particles.
- V.S 5.2.9 Some apparently solid substances like ghee, lac and wax are in reality liquids, as their particles are naturally “heat-conjoined” or disorganized as in water. Other true solid substances such as tin, lead, iron, silver and gold need their atoms to be supplied with external heat to disorder them before they become a fluid.
- V.S 2.1.67 Any body’s mass needs to be wholly explained in terms of its constituent particles.
- V.S 1.1.89 A substance can only emerge from another substance and not on its own eventhough its properties change from one to another.
- V.S 9.1.9 Any fundamental particular entity can be a constituent multiple substances.
- V.S 1.1.22 Any substance comprising of two or more primary particle types requires a chemical reaction to generate the conjoining and break up of preexisting molecules.
- V.S 1.1.23 The “molecules” are stated as emerging from combinations between the fundamental entities.
- V.S 1.1.25 Forces are necessary to bring about combination and break up of molecules.
- V.S 1.1.28 The combinations of particles to produce molecules result in substances with states very different from those of the original particles.
- Vega (mechanical)
- sthitisthApakatA (elasticity)
- It is as a result of mechanical force that action is produced.
- Vega is proportional to the work produced and works in a given direction.
- Vega opposes combination of matter and sometimes one Vega produces other Vegas in sequence.
- Vega (mechanical force) is a special cause for action.
- Vega is proportional to the action produced and works in a given direction.
- Vega is opposed by an equivalent opposite reaction
- In the production or increment of karma (i.e. motion), the root cause is force. In other words, there is incremental or decremental change in motion.
- This law is a law of the measure of force. According to this, so long mechanical force works, there is change in motion i.e. there is momentum. To find its value, it is calculated how much work it produces in a unit time.
Initial momentum = mu
Final momentum = mv
Change in momentum = m(vu)
Therefore, the rate of change of momentum = m(vu)/
t = ma (from Kanada’s first law)
From Kandas second law,
force is proportional to the rate of change of momentum.
Or, p k ma
Or, p = kma (where k is a constant)
If m=1 and a=1, then
1 = k*1*1 or k = 1
Or, p = ma
Therefore, unit force is the one that produces unit acceleration in an object of unit mass. The VS then goes to say that force is a result of work and is not a physical quantity which is superior to Newtons law that measures it as a physical quantity.
The sutras on energy:
Vaiseshika defines energy as being a radiant thing(i.e. energy is radiation) and energy is related to
temperature and motion of a particle.
Prashatpad has discussed four kinds of energy: terrestrial, celestial, abdominal and Akaraj. These are
defined according to their source:
- Terrestrial: When fuels are burnt “with a flame” such as wood or coal
- Celestial: The energy produced by the sun and in electricity
- Abdominal: The cause of the process of digestion or subphysical.
- Akaraj: Paraphysical, metals like gold and platinum have this kind of energy.
- That which absorbs energy.
- That which refracts energy(the knowledge of refraction of energy is corroborated by the study of spectroscopy(Anshubodhini).
- That unseen cause of the motion of an iron rod towards a magnet and the effects of electricity are different kinds of energies.
- Sound that is in matter.
- Sound aspect of matter.
The Physics of light
The first physics of light in the modern world was proposed by Sir Isac Newton, that demonstrated that light can be split by a prism into it’s component rays/colors, however he believed light to be of infinite speed. His physics of light was rejected by mainstream science at the time. However, in Vedic India, the physics of light was understood and accepted. We also know that they had calculated the speed of light. As we have demonstrated in the previous post, the Vedic Indians understood the process of refraction and absorbtion of energy by “material obstructions” and they understood heat, eletricity and magnetism to be forms of energy. It is already understood by the elemental theory that light is also an energy and is composed of discreet units. This was of course was not understood in modern times till Max Plank and Einstein in the 20th cetury devised quantum theory after the study of black body radiation and the photoelectric effect.
Proof of the understanding of the physics and properties of light from various schools of Vedas:
The Mimamsa school:
- A flame is considered to comprise of light particles in constant motion and forming a radiation diffusing away from the wick. The field of vision of an eye extends out to in increasing circles and ends at the object. Cakrapani however felt that light rays move out in all directions much as sound waves do, the difference being that light travels faster.
- Light arriving at the retina serves both to illuminate the world world and thus become the faculty of vision. Varahamihira, the reflection of light is caused by light particles arriving on an object and then backscattering (kiranavighattana, murcchana). Vatsyayana refers to this phenomenon as rasmiparavartana and this explains the casting of shadows and opacity. Vacaspati interpreted light as composed of minute particles emitted by substances and striking the eyes. Refraction is caused by the ability of light to penetrate inter-atomic spaces of translucent or transparent materials. Uddyotakara drew a comparison with fluids moving through porous objects (tatra-parispandah tiryaggamanam parisravah pata iti).
- Color recognition was understood by the Nyaya-Vaisesikas as being caused by the nature of human eyes.
- The Eyes: were made up chiefly by unseen tejas particles(I suppose this refers to eye pigments). We already know they knew all the colors of visible light and their order in the electromagnetic spectrum, from the metaphysical charka system, of 7 main energy vorticies in the body from the base of the spine to the top of the head, each vibrating at a certain frequency and having a certain color. They are as follows: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. This is also taught by Rama’s acharya(teacher) in the Ramayana when he is in school. This knowledge can also be found in the Vedas (it should not be surprising, as the schools are based on the Vedas): “Seven horses draw the chariot of the sun, tied by snakes” .Rg Veda 5. 45. 9 The above poetic verse is extremely interesting, because not only does “horse” mean rays of light in this context, but the motion of a snake is curved, and it would therefore imply they knew light did not travel in straight lines, but in a curved path, which is a predicate of relativity that space-time is curved. This can be further corroborated by a verse in the Athara Veda, that says: there are seven types of sun’s rays” sapta surayasya rasmayah. “abilities to reflect and refract it, it would seem logical therefore that some kind of lens devices would have.
The secrets of alchemy:
As has been discussed already in other threads, the knowledge of the atomic numbers of elements is implied in the verse in Srimad Bhagvatam, where it said that bells metal is transmuted into gold through an alchemical process and bells metal is an alloy of copper and tin(Cu29 + Sn50 = Au79). As we know the science of alchemy originates in India, there is also some indications of alchemy in Egypt. In the above, we saw from the Vaiseseshika Sutras that certain metals are specified that are said to have a para-physical energy called Akaraj, and it mentions gold and platinum. We also know that Mercury had a very important role in vedic alchemy and is used in many devices, such as the mercury vortex ion engine.
There is something very astonishing about these metals: They belong to a rare group of metals called ORMES (Orbitally Rearranged Mono-atomic elements) that have only been recently discovered by high energy physicists and possess para-physical qualities:
The ORMES or m-state materials are thought to be the precious metal elements in a different atomic state. The following elements have been identified in this different state of matter:
Known ORMES Elements:
These m-state elements have been observed to exhibit superconductivity, superfluidity, Josephson
tunneling and magnetic levitation. These m-state elements are also present in many biological systems. They may enhance energy flow in the microtubules inside every living cell. We are beginning to see now that the physics of Vedic times is extremely advanced and we also have proof of it. We may learn something new about physics yet.
Most of the modern physics of the nature of waves was discovered in the 17th century and the late 16th century. Galileo was the first to study the nature of sound and waves and later his contemporaries advanced it further. However, as we have seen from the mounting evidence, physics in vedic times was more advanced, so not surprisingly the physics of waves was also understood and to an astonishing level(can you expect less from a culture that says everything is vibrations) In fact we’ve seen it was also understood that particles have a wave nature. As with all vedic physics, this is all united into a metaphysical concept of soul and mind. Remember, in vedic physics the observer is united with the universe. There exists no duality and separation in the vedic model of the universe, it is only part of an illusion of the mind, and it called “maya” thus modern quantum mechanics is closer to the vedic model than the mechanistic wave or particle model is.
According to VS, there are two types of sound:
- Musical sound
- Vocal sound
Sound are defined as waves and and there are two modes of waves according to the VS:
The relationship between svara and sruti, that is momentum and frequency of vibrations and tone, can be understood as parinama(nodal change), vyanjana(manifestation) jativyaktyoriva tadatmyam (genus and species), vivartana(reflection) and karyakaranabhava(cause and effect). An example is given of a wave on the surface of water. When a disturbance is created(dropping a pebble for instance) it creates a wave, which creates another equal wave with the same motion and this creates another equal and this progression continues towards the end. This is very similar to Huygens Principle, which says that each point on a wave front are independent sources, which produce more wave fronts, called wavelets at the same velocity as the propagation wave.
According to VS, sound is the highest quality of the fourth state of matter(ether or akasha) The ether itself has 5 states. It would appear it is referring to the state of plasma. As it explains the first state of ether arises due to high vibrations of sound. It says that matter has a sound aspect, and when a vibration is caused it generates an acoustical wave which travels through the air working with it concurrently and resulting in oscillations of paticles in the air and this causes the intermolecular space of the air to rise in vibrations and causes the atoms to eventually work into the first state of the ether.
As we’ve learnt from the VS earlier the state of solids, liquids and gas were understood in terms of the kinetic energy i.e. vibrations. When a particle is supplied energy from the “heat bearing rays” it disorders and posses the quality of fluidity(kinetic energy) which then rises into a vapor and joins with gasses in the air and it says the first ether is then produced from further vibrations of air, which can only be caused by providing even more energy, therefore the ether is indeed plasma. Plasma IS produced by heating gas to the point where it starts to release electrons and become ionized; i.e. charged gas is plasma. I think this is interesting, because for the first time a clear link between plasma and the metaphysical ether has been made. Thus we learn from the VS, that beyond plasma there are four other states. The key is vibration in creating those. However, if we continue to increase the vibration of the frequency in this matter indefinitely, eventually it will cause space itself by causing the fabric of space-time to rupture! Now, that is very interesting because space and time are indeed mentioned as the nonphysical elements in the VS. And, please do excuse me for my excitement, it EXPLAINS the physics of the quantum vacuum.
Why does emptiness have such an amazing potential of energy? Because, to create space we need an amazing amount of energy, and therefore the viritual quanta that fluctuate in and out of existence, are actually nothing more than particles vibrating at an amazing rate. This ultimately brings us to the Vedic concept of the entire universe being the vibration of the life force. The physics in the Vedas is truly astonishing. And it is no wonder why so many quantum physicists, such as Bell, Bohr, Heisenberg, Schrodinger, Einstein adored it so much. As Einstein said
“when referring to how god created the universe in Bhagvad Gita everything else seemed superfluous.”
There are many famous people, writers and Nobel laureates that hold Vedic literature in high esteem. For example Nicola Tesla: he is undoubtedly one of the greatest physicists and inventors to have lived. Yet, little is known that Nicola Tesla was very strongly influenced by the vedic literature and actually used Sanskrit terminology in one of his unpublished articles. It is very likely his theory of free energy and wireless transmission of electricity was influenced by the vedic teachings:
“There manifests itself in the fully developed being , Man, a desire mysterious, inscrutable and irresistible: to imitate nature, to create, to work himself the wonders he perceives…”
Long ago he recognized that all perceptible matter comes from a primary substance, or tenuity beyond conception, filling all space, the Akasha or luminiferous ether, which is acted upon by the life giving Prana or creative force, calling into existence, in never ending cycles all things and phenomena. The primary substance, thrown into infinitesimal whirls of prodigious velocity, becomes gross matter; the force subsiding, the motion ceases and matter disappears, reverting to the primary substance.” According to Leland Anderson the article was written May 13th, 1907. Anderson also suggested that it was through association with Swami Vivekananda that Tesla may have come into contact with Sanskrit terminology and that John Dobson of the San Francisco Sidewalk Astronomers Association had researched that association. It is also interesting to note that Tesla tried to show that matter is just potential energy after a discourse with Swami Vivekanada:
Vivekananda met with many of the well known scientists of the time including Lord Kelvin and Nikola Tesla. According to Swami Nikhilananda: Nikola Tesla, the great scientist who specialized in the field of electricity, was much impressed to hear from the Swami his explanation of the Samkhya cosmogony and the theory of cycles given by the Hindus. He was particularly struck by the resemblance between the Samkhya theory of matter and energy and that of modern physics. The Swami also met in New York Sir William Thompson, afterwards Lord Kelvin, and Professor Helmholtz, two leading representatives of western science. Sarah Bernhardt, the famous French actress had an interview with the Swami and greatly admired his teachings.
In a letter to a friend, dated February 13th, 1896, Swami Vivekananda noted the following:
…Mr. Tesla was charmed to hear about the Vedantic Prana and Akasha and the Kalpas, which according to him are the only theories modern science can entertain…..Mr Tesla thinks he can demonstrate that mathematically that force and matter are reducible to potential energy. I am to go see him next week to get this mathematical demonstration. 
Swami Vivekananda was hopeful that Tesla would be able to show that what we call matter is simply potential energy because that would reconcile the teachings of the Vedas with modern science. The Swami realized that “In that case, the Vedantic cosmology [would] be placed on the surest of foundations”. The harmony between Vedantic theories and and western science was explained by the following diagram:
BRAHMAN = THE ABSOLUTE | | | | MAHAT OR ISHVARA = PRIMAL CREATIVE ENERGY | | +---------+ +---------+ PRANA and AKASHA = ENERGY and MATTERIt is not exactly known just how influenced Einstein was by the vedic literature. But, it is known that Einstein had actually been exposed to the Bhagvad Gita and held it in very high esteem. Remember, the relation between energy, mass and frequency and the relativity of time(we will cover this later) was already understood in the vedic literature and the speed of light was calculated and first mentioned in the 10th century by Sayana. Just before, Nicola Tesla was trying to relate energy and mass. So, Einstein could have indeed learnt it from the Vedas.
Erwin Schrodinger, famous for the physics paradox “schrodinger’s cat” and his works on wave theory of matter, the co-founder of quanum theory for which he was awarded the nobel prize for physics was obsessed with the Vedas. In fact he said in his autobiographical essay he explains that his discovery of quantum mechanics was an attempt to give form to central ideas of Vedanta which, in this indirect sense, has played a role in the birth of the subject. In 1925, before proposing theory was complete,
Erwin Schrodinger wrote:
“This life of yours which you are living is not merely apiece of this entire existence, but in a certain sense the whole; only this whole is not so constituted that it can be surveyed in one single glance. This, as we know, is what the Brahmins express in that sacred, mystic formula which is yet really so simple and so clear: [tat tvam asi], this is you.”
Even the famous Schrodinger cat’s paradox was an old Sankhya Vedic paradox that Schrodinger explains in his 1925 essay. In the 5th century a debate was held between the Hindus and Buddhists as to the nature of the universe flux, they said this:
“Buddists: The phenomena consist of an infinity of discrete moments following one another almost without intervals…. There is no matter at all, flashes of energy follow one another and produce the illusion of stabilized phenomena. The universe is a staccato movement.”
“Hindus: The phenomena are nothing but waves or fluctuations standing out upon the background of an eternal, all pervading undifferentiated Matter with which they are identical. The universe represents a legato movement.”
In 1925 Schrõdinger resolved that paradox the way the Vedantists did: he asserted that all consciousness is one. As he wrote:
“But it is quite easy to express the solution in words, thus: the plurality [of viewpoints] that we perceive is only an appearance; it is not real. Vedantic philosophy, in which this is a fundamental dogma, has sought to clarify it by a number of analogies, one of the most attractive being the many faceted crystal which, while showing hundreds of little pictures of what is in reality a single existent object, does not really multiply the object.”
Here is another quote from his essay:
“… you may suddenly come to see, in a flash, the profound rightness of the basic conviction of Vedanta:
… knowledge, feeling and choice are essentially eternal and unchangeable and numerically one in all men, nay in all sensitive beings.”
According to his biographer Walter Moore, there is a clear continuity between Schrodinger’s understanding of Vedanta and his research:
Schrodinger became a Vedantist, a Hindu, as a result of his studies in his search for the truth. Schrodinger kept a copy of the Hindu scriptures at his bedside. He read books on Vedas, yoga, and Sankhya philosophy and he reworked them into his own words, and ultimately came to believe them. The Upanishads and the Bhagavadgita were his favorite scriptures.
According to his biographer Moore, “His system or that of the Upanishads is delightful and consistent: the self and the world are one and they are all. In a famous essay on determinism and free will, he expressed very clearly the sense that consciousness is a unity, arguing that this “insight is not new… From the early great Upanishads the recognition [Atman = Brahman] (the personal self equals the omnipresent, all comprehending eternal self) was in Indian thought considered, far from being blasphemous, to represent the quintessence of deepest insight into the happenings of the world. The striving of all the scholars of Vedanta was, after having learnt to pronounce with their lips, really to assimilate in their minds this grandest of all thoughts.”
He considered the idea of pluralization of consciousness and the notion of many souls to be naive. He considered the notion of plurality to be a result of deception ([maya]):
“the same illusion is produced by a gallery of mirrors, and in the same way Gaurisankar and Mt. Everest turned out to be the same peak seen from different valleys.”
Schrodinger wrote a philosophical book later on called,’What is Life?’ which also used Vedic ideas. The co-discoverer of the DNA code was very inspired by Schrodinger’s book.
David Bohm: Bohm’s contributed on the work on the Manhattan project to devise the nuclear bomb. He contributed a lot of quantum mechanics and relativity theory, discovering the electron phenomena of the Bohm-diffusion. He also became very fascinated with the Vedas and was astounded to as how well his theories on quantum mechanics were consistent with the vedic views. Here is a transcript of a conversation between Bohm and Weber:
Bohm: Well, they say three persons, the Trinity, which are one. Anyway, it is something like a human being, or rather the other way around; that man is the image of God. That implies that there is a total significance. If you say Atman, in Hinduism, something similar is implied.
Weber: Atman and Brahman, seen as identical; the micro and the macrocosm.
Bohm: Yes, and Atman is from the side of meaning. You would say Atman is more like the meaning. But then what is meant would be Brahman, I suppose; the identity of consciousness and cosmos.
Weber: Looked at from the so called subjective side it would be Atman. And what is meant is the objective: meaning in this sense that somasignificant and signasomatic unite the two sides. This claims that the meaning and what is meant are ultimately one, which is the phrase ‘Atman equals Brahman’ of classical Hindu philosophy.
Weber: It’s an identity thesis claim. To relate this again to what some of the great philosophers of the past have said: soma-significant and signa-somatic aren’t they your way of working out your own creative concepts for what Spinioza meant by mind and body, and what Hegel meant by subject and substance?
Bohm: Yes, this is a way of understanding how these are related, extending the understanding, or extending the meaning.
Weber: It has plagued philosophers through the ages that there are these two ways of apprehending reality. You are proposing that signa [mind] and somatic [body] are somehow the very fabric of everything in the universe and that this gets expressed in appropriate ways at different levels of organization.
Bohm: Yes [meaning is relevance in a knowledge unit for producing the change that results in the emergence of the prime attribute, and the larger context in which it causes change]. and the bridge is the energy that creates the soma and regulates it and so on.
Weber: Let’s pursue this idea of the bridge of energy.
Bohm: The energy which is informed with meaning [potential relevance in this circumstance].
Weber: Could one put into words the idea of a meaning or a purpose for all this? You once suggested greater clarity of the universe about itself.
Bohm: That could be part of its end. Maybe an end of greater order, greater clarity, an end to create something.
Weber: So that meaning and being become transparently clear to the organism at all levels of itself?
Bohm: That would be part of the end. I don’t know how to put the end yet. The end could be said to be love, it could be said to be order, harmony, but the end could also be said to be the process itself.
Weber: Spinoza would have liked that. He said that the universe doesn’t have to have a reason, it is, and that’s enough. Although you start out from physics, your view seems to be similar to that.
Bohm: Yes, because it’s not to say that it has meaning, but that it is its meaning. We are trying to be more clear as to what this meaning is, because then it will have changed our being. [Since this meaning is the only one we have, it is good. Living in harmony with it is good. Living in disharmony with it is evil. [72798jb]
Weber: You are a physicist, yet so much of this sounds like what a mystic would say: that in the mystical experience there simply is profound and selfevident meaning, without utilitarian overtones. Isn’t that what you are saying?
Bohm: Yes,. utility is only a small part of meaning. Utility is a meaning, but its a rather restricted
meaning. The question is: Useful for what? It always occurs in some context without
the context we cannot discuss utility.
Weber: So concerning the question raised earlier, ‘Do we discover or do we create meaning?’ it is as if in discovering it we create it or create it in us.
Bohm: Not only that, but we enrich it; we create something which has not been there [but had the
potential to be there, if organized properly].
Weber: We add to it.
Bohm: Yes, we are part of it and it is part of us.
Weber: Since any meaning we grasp in it changes its being, this makes us partners in the evolution of the universe.
Bohm: Yes, that’s the proposal… p. 449.
Weber: Well what does all this imply for the human world? Looking at the universe in this way changes our lives in what way?
Bohm: It’s hard to say at first, but it will clearly imply something very different, a different attitude in the sense that we won’t give that much primary weight to the external and the mechanistic side the side of fragmentation and partiality [Slobadan Milosovich, us against them at all costs. They do not matter, because we are different from them and distant from them with no interaction with them determinism (separate and independent, fractured mentally (not integrated) and fractured socially (projecting out major parts of ourselves on to the "enemy"]. Also it encourages us much more toward a creative attitude, and fundamentally it opens the way to the transformation of the human being because a change of meaning is a change of being. At present we say because of the confused fragmentary meanings we have confused fragmentary being, both individually and socially. Therefore this opens the way to a whole being, in society and in the individual.
Weber: To relate it to human psychology and transformation, the key seems to be the Socratic maxim ‘Know yourself,’ go inward, and also ‘Observe’.
Bohm: And also outward. The outward and the inward are one part of one total meaning.
Robert Oppenhemier was a very famous nuclear physicist and also called the father of the nuclear bomb, he made many contributions to quantum mechanics and later his work lead to the quantum tunneling effect. He was also smitten by Vedic literature and used a passage from the Bhagvad Gita to describe the first nuclear bomb explosion. He even alluded to the belief that the the nuclear bomb is not the first in human history. Here are some of the things he said and wrote:
“Access to the Vedas is the greatest privilege this century may claim over all previous centuries.”
The general notions about human understanding… which are illustrated by discoveries in atomic physics are not in the nature of things wholly unfamiliar, wholly unheard of or new. Even in our own culture they have a history, and in Buddhist and Hindu thought a more considerable and central place. What we shall find [in modern physics] is an exemplification, an encouragement, and a refinement of old wisdom.”
He was asked by Christian Century magazine to list 10 books that have shaped his life and philosophy of the world. Two of those he mentioned were vedic texts and a third by T.S elliot(who was also a veda lover) which alluded to a lot of vedic literature. We therefore learn that a lot of modern quantum physics is based on the Vedas and many scientists and physicists appreciate them. Yet, it is not surprising, because the Vedas indeed are the fountain head of knowledge and we are seeing in this thread just how advanced Vedic physics is and hence why so many scientists resonate with them.
Space and time
The nature of space and time:
The science of space, time are amongst the highest science of the Vedas, and indeed space, time and consciousness, also called metaphysics, is what modern scientists are grappling with today. This is 21st century science and the ball was set into motion by Einstein’s theory of relativity. Relativites main postulates are that space and time are relative to the observer and energy and mass are equivalent and most cutting edge quantum physics has devised the model of observer dependent spacetime.
Slowly, we are coming towards the vedic model of the universe, though our understanding is still premature. The Vedic Indians already had figured it all out thousands of years before Einstein and modern quantum physicists. The argument between Schrodinger and Heisenberg had already taken place between the Buddhists and Hindus 1500 years ago. The particle-wave duality and the equivalence of energy and matter was already postulated in the Vaiseshikla sutra near 3000 years ago and all this knowledge is as ancient as the Vedas which could be more than 10,000 years old.
We will now cover space and timeseparately according to the vedic model. Space, time and mind are considered as nonphysical elements and seen as energies that are composed of particles. The nature of space, time and mind is fractal, like a molecule of DNA, that is that subset contains the entire set. This is surmised in this passage from the yoga sutra: the entire universe exists in one subatomic particle and the three worlds exist in one strand of hair.
There is space and there is Prakriti Prakriti is unmanifest infinite space. While, space, is the manifest state of Prakriti and is a form of energy, it is calleed akasha or ether. As we’ve seen earlier akasha exists in 5 states of energy and the first is plasma and beyond the plasma state exists space-energy. So Space is not a void, but rather a form of energy. It is composed of constituent particles in a constant state of flux. Further, space is not flat, rather it is curved and this is because of the high state of space energy and it’s universal gravitational field. Yes, space would thus have a univeral gravitational field, because it’s a high concentration of energy at a single point an because of the curved nature of space. Matter is not the cause of gravity, rather gravity is an effect of space. We learn this in the Shiva Purna where it tells us that the ethers shape Prakriti into a sphere. Space is defined as a frame in which matter exists in the Vaiseshika-Sutra, while the Srimad Bhagvatam define space as a bubble in which matter exists. Ultimately, it is called “maya” an illusion.
Time is called “samay” and is also a form of energy, one of the non physical elements, and the cause of all material nature. The factor of time affects all people in different ways. A difficult concept this maybe for some to grasp, but the past, present and the future are simply illusory and they all exist in one moment in the absolute reality of Mahavishnu. The time aspect of this universe(there are infinite universes) is seen as both relative to the observer and absolute to Brahmas reality the universal consciousness. The vedic time cycles are measured relative to Brahma. His time is as follows:
- One day of Brahma: 4.32 billion years
- One day and night of Brahma: 8.6 billion years
- One life of Brahma: 133 trillion years
The higher universes/worlds exist in a state of high energy and time is slower there. In the Purans it speaks of humans being that have gone to the higher universes/world for minutes and seconds and experienced time-dilation effects of thousands and millions of years.
One such account is given in the Srimad Bhagvatam Purana: A king of an submarine(underwater) civilization, maharishi Kakudmi and his Revati were a highly advanced race with great technology.
Kakudmi went on his spaceship to the Brahama’s world/universe. “O Maharaja Pariksit, subduer of enemies, Revata constructed a kingdom known as Kusasthali in the depths of the ocean. There he lived and ruled such tracts of land as Anarta, etc. He had one hundred very nice sons, of whom the eldest was Kakudmi. Taking his own daughter, Revati, Kakudmi went to Lord Brahma in Brahmaloka, which is transcendental to the three modes of material nature, and inquired about a husband for her.
When Kakudmi arrived there, Lord Brahma was engaged in hearing musical performances by the Gandharvas and had not a moment to talk to him. Therefore Kakudmi waited, and at the end of the musical performances he offered his obeisances to Lord Brahma and thus submitted his long standing desire. After hearing his words, Lord Brahma, who is most powerful, laughed loudly and said to Kakudmi, ‘O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time. Twenty seven catur-yugas have already passed. Those upon whom you may have already decided are now gone, and so are their sons, grandsons and other descendants. You cannot even hear about their names.’ (SB 9.3.2832)
- A caturyuga = 4,320,000 years
- 27 catur yuga = 116,640,000
- One second of Brahma = 100,000
Srimad Bhagvatam Purana:
- “The time factor, who causes the transformation of the various material manifestations, is another feature of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Anyone who does not know that time is the same Supreme Personality is afraid of the time factor.” (SB 3.29.37)
- “All these are considered the qualified Brahman. The mixing element, which is known as time, is counted as the twenty fifth element.” (SB 3.26.15)
- “The influence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is felt in the time factor, which causes fear of death due to the false ego of the deluded soul who has contacted material nature.” (SB 3.26.16).
- “My dear mother, O daughter of Svayambhuva Manu, the time factor, as I have explained, is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, from whom the creation begins as a result of the agitation of the neutral, unmanifested nature.” (SB 3.26.17)
- “By exhibiting His potencies, the Supreme Personality of Godhead adjusts all these different elements, keeping Himself within as the Supersoul and without as time.” (SB 3.26.18)
- “The Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His feature of eternal time, is present in the material world and is neutral towards everyone. No one is His ally, and no one is His enemy. Within the jurisdiction of the time element, everyone enjoys or suffers the result of his own karma, or fruitive activities. As, when the wind blows, small particles of dust fly in the air, so, according to one’s particular karma, one suffers or enjoys material life.” (SB 4.11.20)”
This is a highly advanced understanding of space and time. We’ve seen that the nature of space and time as an energy, their relativity and the effects of time-dilation.
Here is the piece on the ancient light spectroscopy, and is the clearest proof yet of how
advanced vedic civilization were, and consistent with other vedic texts. I have worked very hard in getting the Hindi translated with my friend. Some parts still remain untranslated and I will not include them, as they are probably not necessary. They talk about prism settings, calculations and instructions on how to make the lens and prisms.
As was said, recently Indian scientists had constructed an ancient spectrometer/monochrometer from Maharishi Bharadwaja’s Amsu Bodhini. Maharishi Bharadwaja is the same author of the Vymaanika Shastra, however unlike the Vyaamanika Shastra, the Amsu Bodhini has not been channeled psychically and was kept in a very old library at Oriental institute, Vadodara in India. It is the first chapter of Maharishi’s masterwork yantra Saraswana(all about machines) of which VS(science of aeronautics) is also a section.
This is a highly credible and technical text and supported by the biggest scientific institutes in India, including NML(National metallurgical lab) where it was constructed. It was also published in India’s prestigious scientific journal, INSA. I have also included the original Sanskrit, I don’t know what much good it will do, but for those who want to research this further, can do so. The information given in this
post on the spectrometer will probably not be sufficient to understand how it works or construct one from the directions. This is because this is not an engineering post, but a post to show that spectroscopy was practiced in Vedic India. For those who want the entire scientific papers, you will have to arrange for this yourself by either contacting NML or INSA. What is certain however, that they do exist.
We will also note that the theory of particle physics, radiation and quantum dynamics of ancient India, all that have been explained from their original source in this thread, were advanced enough to allow the empirical science of spectroscopy(heck, we’ve also learnt that some of modern physics is derived from the Vedas) The key knowledges are for any kind of spectroscopic knowledge are the following:
- Energy and mass are equivalent
- Heat and light are a form of energy; radiation
- Light is composed of discreets units of quanta
- A particle has a wave nature
- The wave nature of radiation
- A wave can be absorbed, reflected or refracted with certain materials
Radiation Spectrometer: This is quite a novel spectrometer, it’s ancient name is, Dwanata Pramkar yantra, and you have never seen anything like it before. It is an astronomical instrument, that splits light rays with prisms into it’s components, due to dispersion of particles. It is analogue and measures all kinds of radiation of various wavelengths, based on the spectral deviation from a Vedic preset universal minimum deviation setting, which is a new concept for modern times which causes a reading of spectral lines on a dial, which is indexed with table which has the various readings for various kinds of radiation. The Amsu Bodhini is a cosmological text that deals with the evolution of the universe. It teaches that the evolution of the universes are caused by bindu vishput/maha vishput(big bang) which causes the solar systems and the suns( There are 5 types of spectrometers to measure radiation, the one we are discussing is a optical instrument and radiation is categorized into 3 types: infrared, visible and ultraviolet. If we recall, the maha vishput is also talked about in the Rig Veda.
Electromagnetic radiation is explained as frequency of the vibration and movement of high velocity positrons(anti electrons) and electrons and causes the three gunas, which here are defined as infrared, visible and ultraviolet. Now, that is interesting as it relates the cause of various kind of radiations to be simply the vibrations and movements of electrons and positrons, further still, electrons and positrons
would annihilate each other, and produce pure energy i.e radiation.
It would therefore mean that the Vedas are telling us that energy is simply the constant annihilation of particles and antiparticles. This would perhaps explain the state of the quantum vacuum and virtual particles, that are constantly fluctuating in and out of existence, in effect they are colliding with anti-particles and being annihilated, therefore the resultant is always zero. However, what we perceive to be
zero, is actually space-energy.
This concept of the universe being in a state of perpetual annihilation is depicted by Shiva’s cosmic dance.
This is also consistent with vaiseshika Sutra view of all manifestations of nature, space, time, plasma, energy, matter is simply vibrations of particles(which are turn cause by vibrations of a superforce)
Summary of the Dwanata Pramkar Yantra: In the Yantra Saraswana there are 109 different machines, that are composed of 32 different components. Our spectrometer is composed of 13 components:
The components are prisms, windows, lens and various kinds of materials, they all have been fabricated from the metallurgical and chemical formulas given in the text. One such component, is a highly sensitive and transparent infrared glass, which is completely resistant to moisture. The refraction of the light is measured in ancient Vedic angle units, called kakshay(1 kakshay = 104 radian) and the action and motion of particles dispersed are counted. The data is analysed according to the mathematics of the deviations from the universal minimum deviation setting, for which a simple mathematics formula has been obtained.
Directions on building the device:
Note: The units that are used are angula (finger) and karmac. I am not sure what their equivalent is, but I estimate it as 1 finger = 2cm and 1 karmac = 1mm.
- First and foremost. Make a 120 * 120 finger elipse from a mirror
like glass of 106 karmac(mm) which will form the base. In the centre
draw lines like a a 24 hour clock and two circles on both sides of it
and making sections on it like a
पश्चाच्छायापकर्षणदर्पणे शास्त्र:क्रमात् -
- After that, with a stony glass, make a 4 finger radius and 72 finger
height pole and place it in the center of the base. Then from the start
of the pole to the end, at 1212 finger distance apart make three holes,
so that they will correspond to the electrical wiring to the sides.
This is also called the principal
- After that, make three holes on both sides and from principal pillar
at 1010 finger distance, make a 60(4) finger height pole(from the same
stony glass) so that it corresponds to the first hole. Then make an 88
distance from that at 50(5) finger height and finally at 66 distance
make a 40 finger height pole(6). Fix these tightly. Then do the same
with the right side, except make them slightly longer. The top of all
the poles will have a chain and axle-mechanism.
- After that, 3030 lines on both sides make a 50 finger radius
circular glass plate. On this, a 80 Surya Prism will be placed(a
collminating lens) put in the third hole on the right(top) in such a
manner, the corresponding pole on the right can turn it at 3 revolutions
- Make a 24 finger radius glass wheel of 206 karmac, on which CAOH
and phosphoric acid ray absorbing prism will be placed. Join this to the
corresponding chain and axle mechanism on the
- After that, with the Ushmapakshika material made of Madhuvaran, make
a circular plate of 6 finger less radius, inscribed with points and
indicators, so that two cavaties form on both sides of the plate. In the
first cavaity place the 164 karmac infrared sensitive glass. Join this
to the corresponding chain and axle mechanism on the
- After that, points, lines and indictators that have been made on a
173 karmac dhoom colour circular glass plate, on which is placed a 214
karmac lens suitable for ultraviolet radiation. Join this to the
corresponding chain and axle mechanism on the left. When exposed to sun
light, it will tell us about the ultraviolet radiation, according to the
- After that, a caliberated 96 karmac glass circular wheel, will be
joined by a 42 karmac prism. Join this to the corresponding chain and
axle mechanis, on the right. पश्चाद्द्विचत्वारिंशतिकप्रभामणिनायुतम्।
- The above special lens that was made of 96 karmac on which
graduations were made, on which a 9 karmac prism is seated. Join this to
the first hole and corresponding rope axle mechanism. The reflective
quality of the special lens, will cause the rays of the light to be
- After that, on the base an ultraviolet-visible differentiating glass
display panel is made so that it can collect the projections on both
sides of the wheels. छायाप्रभाविभाजकलौहस्यात्कृतकस्तत:।
When the rays of light enters the top wheel, on which is a collimation lens. By that, the rays coming
from through the lens enter the conical prism on the wheel underneath and continues cascading
downwards to component 2, which leaves a projection of a spectral ring, which can be measured
technically on the dials on the base. A reference table is given in the Amdu Bodhina for various radiation types, with technical names and radiation spectral kakshaya count(kakshaya units are vedic angle units):
Science is based on building blocks. There is yet another form of knowledge, that we sometimes call inspiration, intuition or revelations, that is not understood and in which parapsychological terms is called accessing a greater field of information and in vedic terms is called accessing the Akashic records. That is that all knowledge is actually part of a universal field of information, which is where the Vedas have said to have originated. Einstein theory of relativity was one such revelation. Einstein himself said that this all came to him in an instant and came about from his imagination (right-brain). His asking questions like riding a beam of light to the past lead to relativity:
“I sometimes feel I am right, but do not know it. When two expeditions of scientists went to test my theory I was convinced they would confirm my theory. I wasn’t surprised when the results confirmed my intuition, but I would have been surprised had I been wrong. I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination, which I think is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”
For Newton, an apple falling on his head or so the story goes was a revelation of the laws of gravitation. Again, this was a moment of inspiration. Nobody knows how it happened how
an apple falling on his head would make him understand gravity; but it did.
Arguably the greatest mathematician in modern history and without whom string theory would not be possible, who formulated modular functions, but did not provide the proofs(an old Indian trait) said he learnt all his maths from a goddess who told him in his dreams.
In fact, the discovery of the structure of the molecule Benzene, came to it’s founder, Friedrich August von Kekule, in a dream, where he saw it as a coiled snake biting it’s own tail:
“I turned my chair to the fire [after having worked on the problem for some time] and dozed. Again the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. This time the smaller groups kept modestly to the background. My mental eye, rendered more acute by repeated vision of this kind, could not distinguish larger structures, of manifold conformation; long rows, sometimes more closely fitted together; all twining and twisting in snakelike motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. As if by a flash of lighting I awoke… Let us learn to dream, gentlemen.”
Even Archimedes “Eureka” moment, was not by cold logical thinking, but a flash of insight, so wonderful was that moment, he lept out naked onto the streets.
So you see, there is thinking and then there is knowing, and wouldn’t you agree, knowing is more powerful than thinking. The logical mind is limited by structure, beliefs, preconceptions, rigid patterns and a cloud of thoughts. The right-mind is unlimited.
It’s directly from the mind of the universe or god, which is the source of consciousness, however some of you do not believe this, and therefore I can only say that you don’t know where it comes from because if we did we would understand consciousness.
There is so much that happens to us in our life synchronistic events they usually have something very relevant for us. Sometimes, the right person comes along, sometime the clouds form in such ways that we see messages, sometimes a single fortune cookie, could bear a message that means a lot to us, and only to us, and we get a sense of knowingness. It is this knowingness that is mysterious well
at least for you.
- You may as well refer to this: http://www.aaai.org/ojs/index.php/aimagazine/article/view/466/402 being a paper by a NASA scientist and the topic being “Knowledge representation in Sanskrit and Artificial Intelligence”
- Book on Trans-ontology: http://oldsite.esotericteaching.org/home/books/683-transontology
- Nicholas Tesla: http://www.hinduism.fsnet.co.uk/namoma/life_swamiji/life_swamiji_tesla.htm