Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A one day international conference was organized by I-SERVE (Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas) on 16th July in Chanakyapuri, New Delhi on the subject “Chronology of Indian Culture since the Beginning of Holocene through Scientific Evidences”. More than 25 leading scientists from all over India participated in the conference and presented the latest research work being carried out by organizations like Archaeological Survey of India, ISRO, National Institute of Oceanography, Birbal Sahni Institute of Paleosciences, Anthropology Survey of India, Himalayan Institute of Glaciology, Deccan College, Hisar University and Kurukshetra University.
With the trashing of Aryan Invasion Theory as mythology based on linguistic guesswork, it has become an important challenge for academia to prepare an accurate chronology of the world’s oldest and biggest civilization that had flourished in the Indian sub-continent. With the advent of superior scientific tools and technologies for mapping, excavating and dating the early human settlements, there is a need to run a parallel and multi-disciplinary scientific platform for drawing conclusions about the Indus - Saraswati - Gangetic civilization. Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas has taken up this task of creating a platform for researchers from 10 different sciences to contribute inputs and then identify as well as correlate common and credible conclusions.

This work has led to some ground-breaking achievements, ranging from dating of Vedic hymns and references in Ramayan and Mahabharat to mapping of geographical features and human settlements since the beginnings of Holocene (10,000 BC to present). Mrs. SarojBala (Director, I-SERVE and a retired IRS officer) has proposed the writing of scientific history based on purely scientific evidences without any correlation with traditional history. According to her, latest mapping of Sarasvati River course, correlation of submerged and re-emerged settlements with sea level curve, excavations at Mehrgarh, Rakhigarhi and Lahuradeva and latest genetic studies of Indians populations, should all be correlated in the books reconstructing new scientific chronology of our cultural heritage, so that it does not get lost in endless controversies. In the words of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, such scientific history would push back antiquity of Indian Culture by a few millennia (to 7000 BC), could help unite all Indians and generate shared pride in our rich ancient heritage!

Here is an introductory video on the kind of work I-SERVE is pursuing.

Photograph of I-SERVE Conference - 16th July
Group photograph of attendees

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Rigveda to Robotics

To know if Ramayan is mythology or reality - Watch this video. Share it with others if you like it.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Concept of Yugas: Interpretations and Clarifications

Description of Chaturyuga in Human years as well as in Divine years as per Manusmriti (1/65-71) is summarised as under:

YugaMain PeriodSandhya + SandhyanshTotal Length
Krita-yuga4000 years400 + 400 years4800 years
Treta-yuga3000 years300 + 300 years3600 years
Dvapara-yuga2000 years200 + 200 years2400 years
Kali-yuga1000 years100 + 100 years1200 years

However, 1 divine year = 360 human years. Hence, total length of every yuga gets multiplied by 360 and we get:

YugaTotal length
Krita-yuga1728000 years
Treta-yuga1296000 years
Dvapara-yuga864000 years
Kali-yuga432000 years

Modern historians believe that originally Chaturyuga/Divyayuga was of 12000 human years but was later expanded to 12000 divine years (43 lac 20 thousand years). What could be the justification for applying divine year to the humans?

  In Manusmriti (1/67) it is said: “one full year of men (360 days) makes one day and one night of the Devas. The Northern solstice is their day (180 days) and Southern solistice is their night (180 days)”.  Probably in some remote past this was interpreted in the manner that by multiplying 12000 years of Chaturyuga with 360, duration of Chaturyuga was stated as 43,20,000 years.

  Thus actually a Chaturyuga may comprise only of 12000 years. Also there have to be descending and ascending cycles of Chaturyuga, with some more years in between. This takes us to completion of precession cycle of 25690 years! This view has been held by several Sanskrit scholars, including eminent Sanskrit scholar Medhatithi, Swami Yukteshwar Giri, Sri Sri Ji, jaggi Vasdev Ji, Pandit Bhagwaddutt, Ganguli, Richard thompson. Even Glaceology supports that this might be the seventh such cycle going on.


  If we accept the Chaturyuga  cycle of 43,20,000 years, then are we prepared to declare that Kaliyuga consists of 4,32,000, of which 4,27,000 are still left!