The Vedas are a collection of ancient Indian religious scriptures, the foundation of Hinduism and ancient Indian culture.
These are composed in Sanskrit. They are considered and believed to be the oldest Hindu scriptures. They consist of four collections Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda, and Atharvaveda. The Vedas are revered as sacred in Hinduism and are considered divine revelations containing hymns, prayers, and religious instructions that are meant to be memorized and passed down through the generations. Unlike these other religious scriptures, the Vedas do not contain a single narrative or set of commandments. Instead, they are collections of poems, songs, and mantras used for various religious rituals and ceremonies. Despite this, the Vedas are considered incredibly rich in philosophical, spiritual, and scientific knowledge and have been studied and worshiped for thousands of years. The most striking example of this is the concept of the universe in the Vedas. According to Hindu cosmology, the universe is divided into many levels, including the physical world, the subtle world, and the celestial world. This cosmology is said to have been passed down from ancient sages who are believed to have gained their knowledge through meditation and divine revelation. In the Rigveda, there are references to a “cosmic egg” and the creation of the universe from a singularity, which many have compared to modern theories of the Big Bang. The Vedas contain references to the structure of the atom, including the concept of protons, electrons, and neutrons. In the Atharvaveda, there are references to the “ultimate particle” and the idea that matter is made up of smaller and smaller particles. This is consistent with modern atomic theory and the idea that matter is made up of atoms and subatomic particles. Ancient scriptures are the basis of all modern science in this world. Even though we have progressed in all spheres of life, ancient scriptures like the Vedas continue to inspire us and our scientists even today.
Principles of science originated in Vedas
Chandrayaan-3 was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India on 14 July 2023 to demonstrate new technologies and achieve India’s first soft landing on the Moon. This historic victory is credited to ISRO chairman and other scientists. Science has its foundation in the Vedas, thus none other than the Chairman of ISRO. ISRO Chairman S Somnath said, ‘Principles of science originated in the Vedas, but were repackaged as Western discoveries: algebra, square roots, concepts of time, architecture, structure of the universe, metallurgy, aviation were first found in the Vedas. According to Somnath, the contribution of scientists in the journey of Indian culture over thousands of years can be seen in Sanskrit. “Discoveries in astronomy, medicine, science, physics, chemical science, and aeronautics were written in Sanskrit. But they have not been fully utilized and researched,” he pointed out and gave the example of Surya Siddhanta, an astronomy book believed to date back to the 8th century. “Being a rocket scientist, I was fascinated by this book in Sanskrit that talked about the solar system, the time scale, and the size and circumference of the earth,” he said. The function of the weapon is more than a missile. It is said that the weapons used in the Mahabharata may have used technologies that emit extremely dangerous rays like gamma and others, which have exceptional penetrating power. Some weapons return to the person who initiates them, for example, Krishna’s Sudarshana Chakra. It may be similar to the reusable missiles that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is working on.
Veda means knowledge, derived from the Sanskrit root ‘vid’ meaning to know, see, or know. Vedas are known as Vidyas which means the ways of knowledge or understanding. The Vedas are the vidyas of the sages shown on the inner screen of the meditative mind. He is said to be identified with the Universal Being or Brahman by the human mind. Some scholars have suggested that certain concepts and ideas of Vedic literature, such as the concept of consciousness and the interconnectedness of all things, have influenced the development of certain branches of modern science, such as quantum physics. Others have argued that certain mathematical and astronomical concepts found in Vedic literature may have influenced the development of early Indian mathematics and astronomy. However, the relationship between Vedic literature and modern science is complex and multifaceted, and it is an ongoing debate among scholars that these texts have influenced current scientific and technological developments. Sanskrit is the wealth of future technology. You may have noticed that NASA scientists are developing a programming language in Sanskrit. Vedic mathematics solves the most complex calculations by the mind.
Happily, the Vedas influenced many from Nikola Tesla to Bohr. It inspired him to explore new vistas of science and technology and imagine the unimaginable. Bohr, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger regularly read Vedic texts. Heisenberg said, “Quantum theory does not seem ludicrous to those who have studied Vedanta.” Vedanta is the conclusion of Vedic thought. The Upanishads are a collection of Sanskrit texts passed down orally from teacher to student over thousands of years. While the Vedas prescribe rituals to propitiate the deities, the Upanishads deal with the nature of reality, mind, and soul. Schrödinger was first exposed to Indian philosophy around 1918 through the writings of the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer. An ardent student of the Upanishads, Schopenhauer said, “There is no study in the whole world so beneficial and uplifting as the study of the Upanishads. This is the peace of my life. He says, There is a concept of reality and the universe based on observation and reasoning. In the precepts of these texts, physicists found moral comfort, intellectual courage, and spiritual guidance. According to Schrödinger’s Modern Science, the Vedas represent the pinnacle of human thought. He sought to draw inspiration from Indian philosophy.