Did Ancient India Invent Internet?
“Udayji, did you know that Biplab Deb, the chief minister of the north-eastern state of Tripura said that the internet and satellite technology was invented in ancient India?” a reader from my WhatsApp broadcast list.
“What exactly did he say?”
“Udayji, he said that Internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of Mahabharata. How could have Sanjaya (the charioteer of King Dhritarashtra in the epic) given a detailed account and description to the blind king about the battle of Kurukshetra? It means internet was there, the satellites and that technology were there in this country at that time!”
“This statement is factually and technically wrong. Biplab Deb should have presented it in a scientific way. I do not know who fed such mis-information about Mahabharata to #BiplabDeb.” I said.
Such blunt statement is an insult to our great seer Ved Vyasa (Krishna Dvaipāyana), who was 100% logical, scientific and rational. Mahabharata is history. Unlike today’s Indian history, which is written to appease die-hard fans of invaders with political motive, Mahabharata is factual and truthful history. So there is no place for blunders in Mahabharata.
“Udayji, but it is said that Sanjaya was live-reporting to Dhritarashtra, right?” he asked.
“No. To start with, the War was not reported by Sanjay live but by a recollection. The whole conversation is as said by Vaisampayana to Janamejaya. So it is in double past tense.”
It is true that Sanjaya, the charioteer of Dhritarashtra was provided with the divine vision (Divya Dhristi) by Vyasa. But, Bhishma Parva clearly states that Sanjaya was endowed with the power of knowing the past, present and future.
Sanjaya did indeed report to Dhritarashtra as recollections and it was NOT a running commentary. Sanjaya also participated in the war and was held captive by Satyaki but was later released by him.
There is no reference to any device being used by Sanjaya, not that they were not in existence then. If he had a device to receive satellite signals, Vyasa would have mentioned it that way. Vyasa had explained about the automatic and non-automatic weapons (yantra-mukta) in Mahabharata.
Bhagavad Gita says that Sanjaya had been granted ‘a special vision’ for this purpose; other references to Sanjaya in Mahabharata do not indicate that he had special powers of vision at other times.
It is a true saying that ‘Vyasochhishtam jagat sarvam’ which means: “All the world of knowledge, in whatever branch of learning, art or science, is only what has already been said by Vyasa in some place or the other.” But there is a need of proper explanation in today’s context.
It’s also true that our Vedic sages practiced “art of seeing”. All Vedic mantras are recited as they see it with internal eye. It happens in a stage of Dhyana (not to be misinterpreted as meditation) when one cross-over the limitation of mind. The person who sees it called Drashtav (Seer). I have explained about this in my website.
I have a humble request to Hindus. We have nearly 2000 sacred scriptures. Our sages have explained everything scientifically with proper reasoning. They didn’t make any blunders or mistakes in any of those Vedic scriptures or Epics – especially Veda Vyasa and Valmiki.
There are Trojan horses in the guise of “Hindu Saviours” who promote fake science through Internet and WhatsApp. Their intention is obvious – tarnish Hindu Dharma.
They compare something or other in our ancient texts with modern science such a way that ignorant people blindly trust it and also get Goosebumps about our “glorious Hindu past”. Without even knowing about it, they fall prey to a larger conspiracy.
The Trojan horse has an aim. Divert Hindus from the real scientific heritage and later mock them.
I shall provide you with you two classical examples
1. Dashavatar is compared to theory of evolution. Millions follow this idea. (http://udaypai.in/dashavatar-is-not-the-theory-of-evol…/). The ten avatars are taken from the 24 avatars in the authentic scripture of Vishnu Purana, Bhagavatam, and had put it in a chronological order to look like evolution.
2. The five horses in the chariot of Arjun represent five senses. ( http://udaypai.in/krishna-reloaded-bhagavad-gita-ver-2…/ ) Krishna was charioteer of four horses.
There are thousands of such examples spread across social media and messaging media. We tend to believe that it is true. We propagate it. Later we become a laughing stock. We then feel ashamed of our past. We become apologetic Hindus. This is a new-age conspiracy. Please don’t fall for that.
“Anything that is western origin, first you verify it, and then accept it. Anything that is Indian origin, first accept it,” Swami Vivekananda said.
If you cannot explain our ancestors scientifically, that means you have not read the originals.
Please learn Hindu Dharma properly. You won’t see anything illogical or superstitious in Sanatan Dharma. So, if you follow any superstitions or blind beliefs which cannot be explained logically, then you are doing injustice to our sages. It’s no wonder that new generation is attracted to alien religions.
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