The U.K. Times Disrespects Ancient Vedic Heritage




The Times U.K. has shown direct and blatant disrespect for the worlds’ oldest and greatest religion – Hinduism. The recent articles like the one by Stephen Farrell ridiculing the R.S.S. and V.H.P. claim of our glorious past is the last straw! His article "India always got there first, say Hindu Mentors", dated January 2, 2001, pokes fun of the following facts:

1) Hindus claim to have had beaten Columbus in his discovery of America

2) Pythagoras Theorem was written before he was born by the Hindus in ancient Indian treatise called Shilpa Sutra

3) In 476 CE, a Master Astronomer and Mathematician discovered gravity long before Newton.

4) The invention of electrical and solar energy, the decimal system, the concept of zero was long past known in ancient Vedic times.

5) Sanskrit is the source of all languages and is most suitable for computers

6) The father of Plastic Surgery was Shri Acharya Sushrut (600 BCE) who at that time also performed cataract removals and grafts.

7) Dam technology, wireless technology and chess originated in the Vedic era and is not something that is recently discovered.

We are protesting the above writing and general attitude of the Times towards India and Hindus. We are simply pointing out to The Times that they should be more open to ideas that may seem not real in today's world. Remember so was Galileos’ idea that the world was round and not the center of the universe . The Times seems to be behaving in the same manner as their Christian predecessors. It should however be pointed out that we the Hindus have known the shape, size and the diameter of the earth long before the Western world. The gravity, zero and numerous other facts have been known to us. I believe a brief history lesson of the original vedic masters of science is due. It will indeed put things into perspective and allow the western mind to further research into how advance Hindus have been.

Acharya Bharadwaj (800 BCE) was the pioneer of aviation technology and has written ‘Yantra Sarvasa’ which includes astonishing and outstanding discoveries. He at the time described three categories of flying machines that travel from one planet to another but also astonishingly from one universe to another. Space travel existed in the ancient vedic times, something that science today has even barely broken the surface on.

Acharya Kapil (3000 BCE) was the father of cosmology. His research on primal matter and creation makes todays science look like an introductory course. The big bang theory? How about when he answers questions on the creation of the
universe. Hindus were far ahead of their times. The proof exists in our sacred books.

Acharya Charak (600 BCE) was the father of Medicine. His renowned work ‘Charak Samhita’ which is considered the encyclopedia of Ayurveda today goes in depth about his principals, diagnoses and cures that still retain their potency and truth even after a couple of millennia. His research led to the facts of the Human anatomy, embryology, pharmacology, blood circulation and diseases like diabetes , tuberculosis, heart disease, etc. Charak Samhita describes medicinal qualities and functions of 100,000 herbal plants that todays science is still doing research on.

Acharya Kanad (600 BCE) was the founder of Atomic Theory. In his ‘Vaisheshik Darshan’ treatise he wrote "Every object of creation is made of atoms which in turn connect with each other to form molecules". This statement ushered in the Atomic Theory for the first time ever in the world, nearly 2500 years before John Dalton.

Rishi Nagarjuna (100 CE) The Master of Chemical Science. His vast research produced maiden discoveries and inventions in the faculties of Chemistry and Metallurgy. His textual masterprices like ‘Ras Ratnakar’, ‘Rashrudaya’ and ‘Rasendramangal’ are his contributions to Chemistry. Where medieval alchemists of England failed, Rishi Nagarjuna has discovered the alchemy of transmuting base metals into gold. His discoveries still impress and astonish scientists today.

Rishi Aryabhatt (476 CE) Master Astronomer and Mathematician. At the age of just 23 he wrote a text on astronomy and an unparalleled treatise on mathematics called ’Aryanbhatiyam’. He formulated the process of calculating the motion of planets and the time of eclipses. (100 years ago, the church had problems describing and accepting this as a scientific phenomenon). Aryabhatt was the first to claim that the earth was round, it rotates on its axis, orbits the sun and suspended in space – 1000 years ago before Copernicus published his heliocentric theory. Aryabhatt was the first to acknowledge the Pi to four decimal place (3.1416) and the sine table in trigonometry. Centuries later, in 825 CE, the Arab mathematician Ibna Musa credited the value of Pi to the Indians, "This value has been given by the Hindus". Above all Rishi Aryabhatt’s most spectacular contribution is the concept of zero without which modern computers technology would have been non-existent.

Rishi Varahamihir (499-587 CE) - Master Scientist, Astrologer and Astronomer. In his book ‘Panchsiddhant’, he notes that the moon and the planets are lustrous not because of their own light but due to sunlight. In the ‘Bruhad Samhita’ and ‘Bruhad Jatak’, he revealed his discoveries in the domains of geography,
constellation science, botany and animal science.

Rishi Bhaskaracharya II (1114-1183) - Master of Algebra/Geometry/Astronomy. His works in Algebra, Arithmetic and Geometry catapulted him to fame and immortality. His renowned works are ‘Lilavani’ and ‘Bijaganita’ which are considered unparalleled. In his works ‘Surya Siddhant’, he makes a note on the force of gravity: "Objects fall on earth due to a force of attraction by the earth. Therefore the earth, the planets, constellations, moon and sun are held in orbit due to this attraction".
Bhaskaracharya was the first to discover gravity, 500 years before Isaac Newton.

Aside from these masters, our ancient Hindu-Vedic civilization produced hundreds of other masters in all scientific fields known today.

It would seem acceptable to the western minds that the Mayans and the Incas also had a calendar but only when it comes to India and Hindus do they try to make a mockery of it. They should be told in no uncertain terms that they are wrong and their attitudes must change. Ancient Hindu-Vedic knowledge is and will remain second to none. Instead of wasting this knowledge, the world should dig deep into some of our most sacred and ancient scientific papers and attain this knowledge. This would prevent reinventing of the wheel.

Stephen Farrell certainly owes the Hindu community an apology for such blatant disregard and disrespect that his article portrays.

Rohit Vyasmaan
Chairman HinduUnity

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