While scriptural texts are usually taken literally in religious contexts, The Indian Science Congress changed the game by relating ancient texts to modern science.
Many at the Mumbai conference were shocked to hear renowned speakers suggest that claims made in ancient texts like the Vedas and Puranas were rooted in truth. One of the more controversial lectures was given by a retired pilot named Anand Bodas, who addressed the possibility of ancient aviation alluded to in the Rigveda.
“The basic structure was of 60 by 60 feet, and in some cases, over 200 feet. They were jumbo planes...The ancient planes had 40 small engines. Today's aviation does not know even of a flexible exhaust system.” - Anand Bodas
The more-than-3,000 year old scripture also described this ancient aircraft's ability to move in any direction and travel from planet to planet. Needless to say, many fellow scientists remained skeptical, while some even considered Anand's lecture to be an affront to modern science.
Others shared Mr. Bodas' sentiments and found great importance in drawing from ancient Indian texts to further contemporary science. Other ancient technologies introduced at the congress included complicated polymers used to build houses, and a bacteria with ability to turn animal food into pure, 24 carat gold. Oddly enough, bacteria with alchemical abilities has been discovered! Read about it here.
Another surprising claim, described in an ancient Indian epic entitled the Mahabharata, relays the battle of two kings on the planet Mars. During the battle, one of the kings' helmets falls to the ground.
In an eerie coincidence (or was it?) Nasa captured the following image on Mars:
The scientific community continues to ask itself if scriptures have any scientific integrity, and if these texts could perhaps aid us in unlocking a new level of human potential.
Author: Nate Morgan