- TIRUPATI --'India had a treasure
trove of hitech warfare technology that even the 'mighty West' does not
possess. The Brahmastra and Vimana used in the pre-Mahabharata period are
nothing but the earlier versions of today's nuclear weapons and spacecraft.'
- It is this feeling that one would get after listening
to a lecture on 'High Technology in Ancient Sanskrit Literature' by Mr.
C. S. R. Prabhu, senior scientist, NIC, Hyderabad, on Thursday as part
of the three- day Indo-Nepal Sanskrit Conference, currently underway at
the Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha here.
- Mr. Prabhu, quoting extensively from ancient texts, stressed
that the pre-Mahabharata period was an age of high technology, which was
ignored in the Medieval period due to reasons not known.
- He quoted from the texts of a great scholar, Subbaraya
Sastry, who, in a state of yogic trance, is said to have orally dictated
the spacecraft technology in a period somewhere between 1875 and 1919,
which was recorded by his disciples. The text, a copy of which is still
in Nepal's Royal Library, contained technical details on assembling, fabricating
and erecting a spacecraft, the metals, semi-conductors, advanced alloys
used and other minute aeronautical information. Though quite difficult
to be believed on the face of it, the fact that this technology did not
exist anywhere in the world - not even in America and Europe - in the mentioned
period, makes it hard for one to disbelieve.
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- The technical information given in Sastry's texts was
as minute, precise and clear, as if it were a 'Make your own spacecraft'
or a 'Spacecraft technology in 30 days' except for the Sanskrit language
used, which was very much archaic and obsolete, Mr. Prabhu said. On a tip
on making an alloy, the text said 'Krishnaseesam Chanjanikam Vajrathundam
samamsathaha' from which the real meaning of 'Vajrathundam' (used in that
context), could not be found in any contemporary Sanskrit dictionary. ''After
a great amount of interaction with ayurvedic specialists and Swamijis with
intuitive interpretations, it turned out to be the cactus plant,'' he said.
- To further strengthen his claim, he said there were wall
paintings in some forts in Rajasthan depicting the use of rockets in Mughal
warfare and even by Tipu Sultan of Mysore. Another interesting fact he
gave was that the spacecraft could become invisible on its own. The lead
alloy (Thamogarbha loha) used in making the body of the spacecraft would
absorb light around it in a photo chemical reaction that would make it
- On testing the Krishna seesa metal mentioned in the formula
in the laboratory of Birla Institute of Science, Hyderabad, Mr. Prabhu
found the metal absorbing 78 per cent of laser light, which means, any
other light could be easily absorbed, giving ample proof that there existed
a technology to make things invisible. Also the use of an alloy of copper,
zinc and lead made the spacecraft's body resist corrosion by 1000 times
over that of the current levels. Using Ararakamra material for the axle
and wheels had made it possible for taking 'U' turns and serpentine movements.
- An astonishing fact is that the Ararakamra metal was
an alloy of copper, zinc, lead and iron, the combination of which is impossible,
according to modern metallurgy. Technically, the ''Young's modulus'' of
this metal is said to be higher than that of steel, making it stronger.
As the spacecraft had to be capable of resisting high temperature, on re-
entering our atmosphere from the outer space, its body was made with a
metal called 'Raja Loha'. Its special feature was that apart from resisting
heat, it converted light from lightnings into energy. To crosscheck all
these details, there were no furnaces available in Hyderabad to melt metals
at a high temperature of 2500 degrees celcius, Mr. Prabhu lamented.
- Another hitch came into his research in the form of the
'energy' used. 'Though the texts explained that the spacecraft was propelled
by 'Sourasakthi', modern solar technology does not generate so much power
to drag a rocket', he pointed out. Later he found out to his bewilderment
that it was a kind of 'nuclear power' that was used in those days. 'The
solar power, when coupled with gamma rays produced nuclear energy that
had the power to propel a rocket', Mr. Prabhu observed.
- He even spoke on 'Tripura Vimana' that was used to travel
in space, water and on land, by using the metal 'Trinetra loha'. Mr. Prabhu
said he had submitted the model and some more information on the 'super
metal' to the Indian Metal Society Conference and further claimed that
the advisor to the government on scientific affairs Dr. A. P. J. Abdul
Kalam too had asked him to bring the design of the plane.
- A committee which was appointed by Indian Institute of
Science to investigate into it, declared Sastry's texts as 'fraud', but
Mr. Prabhu reasons that the descriptions mentioned in the ancient texts
were perhaps too advanced to believe, making the committee to hastily come
to the conclusion. He wanted a national level effort to prove that the
so called 'myths' were in fact, scientific formulae on advanced technology.
He said he had proposed a project called 'Bharadwaja Institute of Vedic
Science and Technology', the objective of which was to derive, decipher
and reproduce advanced methodologies and processes from Vedic and post-Vedic
Sanskrit texts, for which he sought government's support.
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