Ancient Indian Sages Who Held Advanced Knowledge on Science and Technology
Many modern-day scientists see themselves as the first to create all the technological advancements we use today. Yet many of the so-called discoveries are nothing more than re-inventions created by examining the knowledge of the ancients. Many things related to science and invention have their origins in the thoughts and imagination of the sages of Ancient India.
The Law of Gravitational Force and Bhaskaracharya
Bhaskaracharya, or Bhaskara the Second, was an Indian astronomer and mathematician who was born in the year 1114 and died around the year 1185. He was born in the village Vijjadit in Mharastra. His surviving mathematical works are called “Bijaganita” and “Lilavati”. These have no equal in the scientific world. In addition, the mathematician also wrote the treatise entitled “Siddhant Shiromani”. In this treatise, he describes astronomical equipment, mathematical techniques, eclipses, and planetary positions.
Bhaskara the Second was an Indian astronomer and mathematician who was born in the year 1114. ( ASI-POEC)
This Indian mathematician and astronomer discovered gravitational force thousands of years ago. In his text “Surya Siddhant”, the sage describes gravitational force as follows: “Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore, the earth, planets, constellations, moon, and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction.”
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The Airplanes and Flying Objects of Maharshi Bhardwaj
The achievements of the sage Maharshi Bhardwaj are described in the texts called “Purana”. He was one of the Seven Great Sages or Rishi. His wisdom is recognized up to the present day. In the distant past, in the Mahabharata and in the Ramayana, aeronautic inventions were used - a domain which was highly advanced at that time.
Maharshi Bhardwaj. (Vinay691/ CC BY SA 4.0 )
Maharshi Bharwaj discovered and wrote about the way in which airplanes or space ships appeared and disappeared and the way in which they traveled from one planet to another.
Garga Muni, a Sage of Stars
Garga Muni was the chief astrologer to King Prithu. This king was thought to be the earthly incarnation of the Hindu god Vishnu.
Prithu chasing Prithvi, who is in the form of a cow. ( Public Domain )
Few things are known about Garga Muni, but it is known that he was a sage who was very passionate about the study of stars. In his work entitled “Garga Samhita,” he included 60% of all the astrological science known today. This sage described the detailed rules of astrology in his work. (Please note that the line between astrology and astronomy was not as defined in the ancient past.)
Vishwamitra – The Inventor of Missiles
Vishwamitra was first a king and then a sage. He ended up becoming one of the most venerated and appreciated sages of India. He is a Rishi in the third book of the Rigveda. Thousands of years ago he discovered missiles. He was also a strong warrior, so he taught Rama the way missiles work and function.
Vishwamitra and Menaka (1890) by Raja Ravi Varma. ( Public Domain )
The missiles described by this sage were of many types. Some had fire, others had smoke. In addition, there were also missiles like the moon and sun.
Sushruta and Surgery
Sushruta was an Indian surgeon who wrote the treatise entitled “Sushruta Samhita.” In India he is considered to be “the founding father of surgery.” Apart from this, his treatise is considered the best scientific commentary pertaining to the domain of surgery.
This is Plate 2 of four plates published in the 1907 book, ‘An English Translation of the Sushruta Samhita in Three Volumes’, (Volume 1). ( Public Domain )
Sushruta was a doctor who worked in Varanasi. It is said that he lived sometime between the years 1200 and 600 BC. Mythological texts claim that this sage had learned surgery from Dhanvantari, the Hindu god of medicine, himself.
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The Father of Atomic Theory – Acharya Kanad
John Dalton is often said to be the inventor of the atomic theory, but this is not true. The concept of the atom and atomic theory appeared 2600 years ago, being invented by the sage Acharya Kanad. He was the first man in history to describe atoms and molecules. He explained that: “every object of creation is made of atoms which in turn connect with each other to form molecules.”
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Chanakya and Political Science
Chanakya was a sage and the teacher of Emperor Chandragupta. Archaeological discoveries have indicated that this emperor was the first man in history to have ruled over the entire Indian sub-continent. Chanakya wrote a treatise on political science entitled “Arthasastra” and he is still recognized as a political and economic thinker even today.
Artistic depiction of Chanakya. ( Public Domain )
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Dear viewers, its a simple logic that the discoveries or innovations by ancient India or any other old civilizations are dating a long time back, even when any form or type of papers were not invented.
So, the people who discovered or invented anything would share the knowledge with the people around them for them to know what it is or what's the logic behind a particular thing.
After papers were invented, these ideas were brought into written format, stating the names of the ones who discovered or invented it.
However, sharing knowledge wasn't a part of business in that time, especially for Ancient India, and the knowledge was free for everyone. Things like patenting, etc. came into being quiet a long years later.
So, there might not be much proofs for those inventions or discoveries, except for the books or holy books for instance, which contained all the information about the authors.
So, whether you believe or not, if some discovery or invention, if said that it's from India, its chance of being from India is the most.
The autor is a "trickster", the history AS a science will not exist if tricks will be the integral part of the thought processes. My guess this site desperately needs a serious moderator )
All inventions started as thoughts and ideas through the ages of man's civilization. The basis for such thoughts and ideas may never be known and they may be way ahead of their time but, that does not mean that they did not serve as an inspiration for some latter day scientist or inventor. The universe is so amazing that man will always dream dreams that make no sense now and which someone centuries later will say "Bah, humbug".
Now a days it is quite common in many countries that they are trying to glorify their past with out any proper scientific explanations. Hope articles in Ancient origins trying to regulate such unscientific articles . It may attract certain readers, but will not be appreciated as an authentic journal
The title of this article attracted me and the article content relative to the heading, left me flat.