If there is anything that is read, heard, watched, debated, loved and cherished over and over again through all the mediums you can think of for centuries together, it is The Ramayana and The Mahabharata, beyond a doubt with Ramayana being the Adhi-Kavya. Inspired from the original Valmiki Ramayana, the Kamba Ramayanam being the oldest among the rest of may be a hundred versions, we have Ramayana in many a languages. Recently, the Internet God Google has been instrumental for a version of it. It is one of the rarest of the rarest which makes you read it, watch it and listen to it no matter how many times you have already done so. It is not an exaggeration to say that Ramayana and Mahabharata are the direct or indirect inspiration for all the stories across the world.

The two epics stand out of the rest in their marvelous revelations about history, geography and the knowledge that was common in those times. Our forefathers were superior in their scientific knowledge that the recent discoveries stand as testimonials, so open and bold they were, that they challenge us to take it up, question it and verify it for ourselves.

Rather than being just a story, there are references for scientific facts, innovation for those who look for it. But, The Ramayana has been visited mostly for its divinity, moral character and on top, the incomparable story line which amazes the children of all ages. Through their dominance, the scientific facts normally gets overlooked. This probably resulted in many a passer-by comments it received and is generalized under the not-so-adequate word Mythology. We have had those pressing questions in our minds too. Was it real? Did such a man really exist in our country? Can somebody lift a mountain? Is that all possible and so on and so forth. They even said that a person of science will really laugh at such stories. But the questions persist.

But here’s a person who looks at it in the scientific sense and perceives the same story in a different perspective and reassures that our motherland has indeed produced the greatest of men and women who pioneered even in science and technology. He has written a book and aptly named “Valmiki Ramayanam, A scientist’s view”.

Yes, the author is a scientist.

Note:

This book can be obtained by emailing the author (krishlal @ yahoo dot com).

Ramayana, a scientists’s point of view.


This is one of the must-have books for anyone who wants to have the scientific view on the greatest epic. Need we say more that it will strengthen our views towards our country, its tradition, the character that Rama glorifies,
its culture and most importantly, it will restore the fact that we are the heirs of our great forefathers with the same potential?

 

GnanaBoomi interviewed him with some of these pressing questions:

[GB] Vanakkam and welcome to Gnana Boomi. Please tell us about yourself.

[GB] That is very impressive. Ramayana from a scientist’s view is not only interesting but something that we all have always looked for. What attracts a person of science towards the epic apart from its beautiful story line?

They knew Mathematics, Medicine, Geography, Astronomy and Astrology and so on. This was a time when most of the rest of the world lived in total ignorance. I feel that it is our duty to reveal this to the younger generations or else it could create a general feeling that everything came from the West and there was nothing in India. This feeling gradually could develop into a sort of inferiority complex and one is no longer proud about one’s own country. Furthermore this lack of knowledge of our past achievements could also seriously impair our progress. Therefore I wanted to read for myself and bring out these aspects that could be found in our Ithihasas.

I would like to caution and say that one should not also overdo and say that everything originated in India!

I am a scientist by profession and hence the type of treasure that I searched in Valmiki’s great work and my view of things could be somewhat different and perhaps be of interest. So I decided to find out for myself such details.

[GB] Is Valmiki Ramayana the main source of reference in your work?

[GB] Can you please provide an example in the Valmiki Ramayana for the interesting information on tradition, culture or science? 

[GB] I recall an article which I read earlier, where Valmiki mentions about an eclipse when Hanuman flew over the ocean to Sri Lanka. This was later verified with the help of software technology, when dated back to the days of Ramayana, there happened to be an eclipse as per the planetary positions. There are articles mentioning the exact date of birth of Rama to be on the noon of January 10 in the year 5114 BC. Do we have a scientific validation for these?

[GB] From a scientist’s perspective, do you think that our forefathers embedded greater truths and values in to stories, an easy medium to recall and sustain? If so, what is the value or truth that Ramayana teaches us?

[GB] We are blamed to be dwelling too much in our glorious past! How is Ramayana useful in today’s world, in the field of science and technology? How can the ‘cool dudes of Facebook’ relate to it?

[GB] The Atharvana Veda allegedly talks about missiles and air-planes that flies with air, water etc! Did you find any such interesting notes from Valmiki?

[GB] A weird question. During the Aswamedha Yagna that Dasharatha performs, the translation from the original text of Valmiki allegedly talks about the queens mating with the slain horse etc. Though it sounds bizarre and ridiculous, these phrases are repeatedly pointed by those who preach negative on the Sanatana Dharma and particularly bash Ramayana. What is your view on those texts?

[GB] We now know that Medha in Ashwamedha Yajna does not mean sacrifice, but it also means the welfare. See here

[GB] From a scientific point of view, what do you think of the possibility of constructing a bridge over the sea, the pushpaka vimana, celestial weapons, lifting the mountain etc.?

[GB] Some claim that the birth place of Rama is not the Ayodhya of India, but as per the texts of Valmiki Ramayana, the geographical location of Ayodhya of Ramayana is in Nepal, with Sarayu river too. Do we have an authentic reference from the Valmiki Ramayana about this?

[GB] Do we have any scientific validation on the period of Ramayana & on Hanuman flying over, lifting the mountain etc.

[GB]NASA released a photograph of a allegedly man-made bridge, the Rama-Sethu. Do you think that it is indeed the bridge?

[GB] The most famous Sanjeevani. It is believed to bring back the dead to life. How does the modern science look at it? 

{GB} True. The Vedas were only recited orally and in groups (hence the name Veda Kosha), thus avoiding any possible adulteration. In addition, the Vedas contain cross verification technique, making it fool proof. Indeed, marvelous. 

[GB] The cover of the book is unique. Usually we see the primal characters of the story depicted in the cover. What does this depict?  Cover

Sweet! Thank you for your time sir. We are honored to have known you and we truly appreciate the value this book will bring in, to know our own tradition only more scientifically. Thank you again.

Further Reads:

http://www.stephen-knapp.com/lord_rama_fact_or_fiction.htm

Who was Rama – Myth or Historical Hero

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8 Responses

  1. Thank you very much sir. The full set of Ramayana by P.S.Krishnasamy iyer and edited by M.N.Ramasami iyer is being preserved by me after the passing away of my father P.S.Venkatraman of Mylapore. I would like to know whether the volumes are now available now. If so please let me know.

    1. Dear Sir
      Thanks for the comments. If you are referring to the GnanaBoomi Tamil magazine, we’re not them in their magnitude but a tiny little online group.

  2. The knowledge and importance given to the epic by a scientist is of great importance.It is a commendable attempt of Gangaboomi.Thanks a lot.

  3. Glad that a learned scientist is trying to piece together the great truths hidden in our scriptures, some entirely scientific and pre-saging modern discoveries. In a small way, I have been involved in such analysis, have found immense wealth of information in the Upanishads and the Srimad Bhagavatham of Sage Vyasa, totally corresponding with modern discoveries, including the relativity theory of Prof. Einstein.

    Five hundred years ago, Sir Isaac Newton propounded the laws of motion. The first law ‘a body continues to be in a state of rest or of uniform motion, until it is acted upon by an external force’ was stated in the exact language of Newton by the great ADI SANKARA (sixth century AD) in the opening verse of his SOUNDARYA LAHIRI, ‘SIVAH SAKTHYAA YUKTHO YADHI BHAVATI PRABHAVITHUM – NA CHED EVAM NA KUSALAH SPANDITHUM API’ meaning ‘Siva (matter) when yoked to Sakthi (energy) is capable of movement, if not thus, it is incapable of even slight vibration’. Similarly, the AITAREYA UPANISHAD is all about ‘matter’ and ‘energy’ synergy which engaged Einstein’s life-time. Proud of Dr.Krishnan’s efforts.

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