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Most recently, Western historians and Indian historians influenced by gedam West, have constantly portrayed it in an absolutely erroneous manner. Xtharvana most significant example of this type is the aberrant analysis has been applied to the greatest and most profound Hindu literature of all time, namely the Veddam. For Hindus, the Vedas are of completely divine origin. We believe that the Vedas are words of divine wisdom from the eternal source of Supreme Consciousness itself.
However, according to veam styled analysts like Max Mueller and thousands of Western as well as pseudo secular Indian historians, the Vedas are nothing but a bunch of ritualistic hymns connected with nothing more spiritual than charms and incantations.
These people would have us believe that the profound heights of spiritual philosophy that are expressed in the Vedas, are nothing short of tribal vedak upheld by a primitive people. Of all the Vedas, none has been more maligned than the Atharvanq Veda. Such exceptionally ignorant statements make it clear that sacred Hindu literature is being treated in the most demeaning and prejudiced way.
These type of views clearly demonstrate the prejudices and biased approach that Western-educated historians bring to their analysis. Of these, the Atharvaveda consisted of nine branches or sakhas, according to sage Patanjali. Of these nine, we vedaj of only two, namely Saunaka and Paippalada branches. Even in this incomplete form, the Atharvaveda was the source of development for such immense philosophical systems as Tantra and practical systems vedan Ayurveda.
Often, Hindu scriptures have been criticised, as being too vague and full of profoundly difficult philosophical flights and abstract vedqm, that are impossible for the common reader to grasp. In fact, the Atharvaveda is a prime example of how the majority of Hindu scriptures DO delve into practical and material matters that affect everyday human life.
The Vedas are a wealth of information, not only about philosophical and spiritual ideals, but also invaluable reference manuals that clearly vdam the laws governing scientific phenomenon, practical applications, and the methods for utilization of awesome natural resources.
Scientists, mathematicians, manufacturers, computer programmers and many others can vedxm benefit from this vast repertoire of information and knowledge. Although most people today concentrate on significant aspects of the Atharvaveda such as medicinal plants and healing practices, many other fascinating subjects such as marriage rites, the healing properties of water, atomic and solar energy, electricity, and the states of the Supreme Consciousness are also discussed.
I will expound more on these subjects in future articles. One of the most exciting topics covered in the Atharvaveda is electricity and specifically, the detailed description of valuable applications that harness and utilize this immense source of energy.
Some of the applications described, include important specifications for a control system that harnesses the intense power of electricity for use as a deadly weapon, utilization of hydroelectric power for manufacturing and the fission properties of electricity.
These are only some of these amazing instances that clearly demonstrate taharvana the most advanced scientific laws and phenomenons are described in the Atharvaveda. It will be fully apparent from the atnarvana verses that Electrical Energy and its properties were fully understood by Vedic sages. It was definitely used in everyday technological applications as much if not moreas it is for us today.
It is also clear that Vedic scientists knew far more about the properties of electricity than us. It was not till vesam recently, that modern day scientists discovered and began research on the potential usage of electrical energy in military science and related areas.
What these verses clearly demonstrate to us is the fact that Vedic Society was at an extremely advanced state of technological advancement and fully utilized Electricity in innumerable productive applications. I have followed a standard format to make identification of the verses easy. The Sanskrit verses are highlighted in maroon where as their translations are highlighted in Blue.
According to the descriptions found in Atharvaveda, electrical energy can be utilized in many useful applications such as creation of powerful engines, illumination, agricultural machinery, hydroelectric power plants, manufacturing plants, biomedical engineering, extraction of medicines, etc. Electricitywhich breaks, by the energy of its arms the 99 cities, destroys the cloud, which covers the rays of the sun, the source of all energy and power.
This initial description describes the inherent properties of of electrical energy. The 99 cities refers to the 99 elements, as known to modern day scientists. That very electric power may be our peaceful friend, providing us with the horse-power to drive our machines, light to light up our houses, and power to produce grains in the fields. Let it bring on prosperity and well-being for us by flowing into numerous currents. These verses clearly refer to the various useful applications of electricity.
The mention of horse powered driving machines is a direct reference to electronically powered vehicles like automobiles, aircraft, etc.
In our times, even prototypes of electric cars are a very recent development.
Atharvana Vedam (Tamil)
In the present era, Electric car prototypes were created due to the dawning realization that gasoline fuel is a perishable resource as well as polluting to the environment.
It looks like thousands of years ago, our Rishis were already aware of these dangers and used electric engines in their vehicles, as one of their primary modes of transport as well as for motors, etc. This veda also clearly mentions that electricity was used to light up buildings, just as we do today.
In addition there is a reference to electrically powered agricultural machines, which helped in the manufacture and processing of crops from the fields. Indra Kratuvidang sutang somang harya purushtutPiba vrishaswa taatripim. Let electricity, so highly spoken of by many learned people, help extract the essence of medicines, thus produced by those, who are well-versed in manufacturing things.
Let it keep safe and shower, on us the rain, satisfying all. In modern times, we have discovered that certain electronic devices such as centrifuges, deep refrigeration, etc. Apparently our ancient scientists were well aware of these methods and perhaps even more advanced than us in their knowledge. The last sentence refers reverentially to the role of electricity, which in the form of lightning is instrumental in creating life giving rain for the entire planet. The picture that emerges from these verses is that of an extremely advanced culture, that utilized superlative technology and yet maintained an enormous respect and reverence for the ecosystem atbarvana the natural environment.
The proponents of Vedic culture saw spirituality everywhere, and held sacred the power of all divine forces, from water, to electricity.
Not only this, but they had analysed the properties and laws of all these natural energies and thus comprehended perfectly the best way to utilize them.
Taa Vajrinam Mandinam Stomyam mad indram rathe vahato haryataa hareePurunyasmay savanaani haryata indraaya somaa harayo dadhanwire. Those two speedily moving forces qtharvana attraction and repulsion propel the electric current, powerful like the vecam, pleasant and praiseworthy, in this pleasant plane or car. Manifold are the generating powers for the refulgent electricity borne by speedy moving Somas — various kinds of liquid fuels.
Arang Kaamaay Haryo dadhanwire sthiraay hinvanharayo Haree turaArvadbhiyor Haribhijorshameeyate so asya kaamam harivantamaanashe.
Whatever complex is attained by these fast moving horsepowers, is enough to achieve the beautiful objective of his, the manufacturer. Here the principles of electromagnetic force discussed are being used to generate motion. In addition, the reference to a liquid fuel propellant, informs us that a combination of high-speed and intense electrical power was used to produce a number of favourable results like exceptionally fast vehicular modes of transportation, as well as efficient manufacturing processes.
For example, extremely fast centrifugal force is used to separate genetic materials in Biomedical labs today. The combination of speed gedam power is certainly desirable to increase the efficiency of manufacturing plants. Adha te vishwamanu haasadishtaya aapo nimneva savanaa havishmatahYatparvate na samasheeta haryata indrasya vajrah shnathita hiranyayah.
Just as all productive works of the manufacturer depend upon waters flowing down with speed, so do all the desired objects of him depend upon you Electricityas its powerful striking force cannot be obstructed by any cloud, or mountain in the way.
It smashes all impediments, with its radiant energy. Electricity does have the power of striking through any element. The portion about productive works depending on waters flowing with speed is an obvious reference to harnessing hydroelectric power. It is obvious from this verse that Vedic society was well aware of methods that harnessed the power of electricity through systems like hydroelectric power plants.
Once harnessed, they incorporated the force to implement manufacturing concerns atharvaa power machinery.
Asmay Bheemaaya namasaa samadhwara usho na shubhra aa bharaa paneeyaseYasya dhaam shravase naamendriyam jyotirkaari harito naayase. O well-versed engineer make use of this terrible electric power fit to be utilized for useful purposes by controlling it, for non-violent, brilliant light like the dawn.
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It has the potentiality to help hearing, control energy and spread light in all quarters. This confirms the fact that electricity was a topic that was researched and explored in great detail. Skilled electrical engineers used athwrvana devise specific utilities and controls for electric power. Illumination was certainly one of its widely used applications. From the last line, we can also glean the information that electronic devices atahrvana used as hearing aids and sound magnifiers.
Sophisticated systems for controlling electricity and measuring electricity were in place, and electronic panels that aided in controlling other forms of energy were also used. Up until very recently, modern day scientists were not even aware of this potentially devastating aspect of electricity being utilized as a weapon. It is only in the past decade or so, that scientific research has begun concentrating on the potential use of Electricity as a deadly weapon.
Electrical bombs can be utilised to destroy all sorts of vital equipment and inflict veeam damage. Topics like the EMP effect and the consequent possibilities of using electrical weapons, were rudimentary information to Vedic people, wheras we have barely begun our explorations on this topic. The ElectroMagnetic Pulse EMP effect was first observed during the early testing of high altitude airburst nuclear weapons.
The effect is characterised by the production of a very short hundreds athadvana nanoseconds but intense electromagnetic pulse, which propagates away from its bedam with ever diminishing intensity, governed by the theory of electromagnetism.
The ElectroMagnetic Pulse is in effect an electromagnetic shock wave. This pulse of energy produces a powerful electromagnetic field, particularly within the vicinity of the weapon burst. The field can be sufficiently strong to produce short lived transient voltages of thousands of Volts ie kiloVolts on exposed electrical conductors, such as wires, atharvaana conductive tracks athharvana printed circuit boards, where exposed.
It is this aspect of the EMP effect which is of tremendous military significance, as it can result in irreversible damage to a wide range of electrical and electronic equipment, particularly computers and radio or radar receivers.
The damage inflicted would be the same as that of striking the equipment with huge bolts athravana lightning. Computers used in data processing systems, communications systems, displays, industrial control applications, including road and rail signalling, and those embedded in military equipment, such as signal processors, electronic flight controls and digital engine control systems, are especially vulnerable to the EMP effect.
What amazes one is the fact that Vedic Rishis clearly KNEW about the EMP effect and have composed vivid descriptions of the usage of electric weapons as the verses atharvqna will demonstrate:. Twam tamindra parvatam mahaamurum vajrena vajrinparvshashchakartithaAvaasrijo nivritaah satarvaa apah satraa vishwam dadhishe kevalam sahah.
The Hymns of the Atharvaveda
Just as the thundering electricity reduces the vast cloud to nothing by its thunderbolt, so do you, O King, equipped with piercing weapons like the thunderbolt, smash into pieces the vast armies of the enemy, consisting of various units, by your striking power like the thunderbolt. Just as the waters of the cloud released by the electricity, fall down and flow over the earth, similarly the well-equipped armies of wtharvana enemy; being subdued by the might of the king are duly regulated by him.
Truly do you alone, O King, hold all the power to subdue the foes. The inference is quite obviously to weapons utilizing electricity. The lethal electric weapons are used to counter various units of the army.
This is another clue, ztharvana as discussed above, the EMP effect can be used to advantage for a number of targets ranging from computers, to communication systems. Apparently electricity was employed as one of the primary weapons in military combat during the Vedic era. Electricity is well mixed up with Prana and Apana, the 2 horsepowers, yoked to vedma of speech. Electric power has the striking power of a deadly weapon and is full of brilliance.
Here we find it stated starkly that electricity has the striking power of a deadly weapon. There can be no greater proof of the deployment of electrical weaponry during the Vedic era.