After Prime Minister Narendra Modi blended mythology with ancient science by mentioning Ganesh surgery weeks ago, BJP MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank on Thursday came up with another interesting comment, claiming astrology is far ahead of science, calling it a “pygmy” compared to astrology.
Not relenting, the MP further put his foot in his mouth saying “All streams of science are dwarfed in stature when compared with the science of astrology. Astrology is the number one science for the entire world.”
However, expecting high sensibility from the MP may be asking for too much but nonetheless, there has always been discussion and debate over the ancient science mentioned in many mythologies. Many ancient practices are still in vogue to this day and many believe that even mythological stories could have taken place for real long ago.
The only problem is a missing link in between to explain them scientifically. Perhaps, the talent could have perished with sages who might have refused to impart their knowledge to ordinary mortals on the earth. Here are some instances of ancient beliefs and mythological references:
Yoga is now famous across the world as the practice will benefit people of all ages and abilities, providing them with health and inner happiness. The Science of Yoga is one of the unique contributions of India to the world. When “yoga is widely accepted and known among people, why not other ancient practices” question some people, reiterating that many mythological references might have had some basis.
One of those ancient “stories” include the reference to surgeries. Speaking tree says, Sushruta, who was believed to have born 2,600 years ago, is known as the Father of surgeries. It is hardly believable that Sushruta and health gurus of his time had conducted complicated surgeries such as cesarian, cataract, fixing artificial limbs, rhinoplasty (restoration of a damaged nose), 12 types of fractures, 6 types of dislocations, urinary track stones and even plastic surgery, not letting brain surgery aloof.
Another “myth” mentioned in ancient books, is about the flying vehicle, called Vimana, which actually defies any rational explanations. It has been mentioned in the epic Ramayana when victorious Rama and Seetha returned to Ayodhya by such plane. Even in Mahabharata, Arjuna was described to have travelled in a flying chariot across the Himalayas.
The other point, which will gain attention owing to current controversy on atom or the centre of nuclear theory. While the credit for the development of atomic energy goes to John Dalton of the medieval period, Indian writings say that it was actually formulated 2,500 years ago by Acharya Kanad, an Indian sage and philosopher near Dwaraka or present Gujarat. Though there are references to usage of nuclear weapons during the 18-day Mahabharata war, many historians have disagreed on the feasibility of any such possibility as it would have routed out the entire post-war progency of Pandavas as well.
Cloning is another interesting angle gleaned from ancient Indian works. It has been mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam that when King Nimi was dead, the seers by process of Mantha, (human cloning) created a new baby from his dead body. The baby was called Janaka, as it was out of (mantha) cloning of his father. The process was called Videha, as it was born out of a non-sexual process.
However, Speakingtree quoting Dr. B.G. Matapurkar said that the Kauravas in Mahabharata “were products of technology that modern science has not even developed yet”. He has reportedly said that, the Kauravas were created by splitting the single embryo into 100 parts and growing each part in a separate container or “they not only knew about test-tube babies and embryo splitting but also had the technology to grow human foetuses outside human body.” There goes the logic over science or empirical evidence.