Thursday, September 18, 2008

Relativity in Vedic religion

For long I have wondered, if the Mythology that we read are true(atleast to some extent) or just pure fiction. The kind of theories that come out of this Mythologies are so fantastic to be true. One such fact (or fiction) is the age of human species on Earth, according to Indian mythology this world (or universe) has come into existence many times or even that humans have existed for 4,320,000 yrs and more.

A gist of the Timescale

A note on the time-scale of Brahma's Days and nights:(by Swami Sivananda)
Dvapara Yuga = 432,000 Years
Tretayuga (= twice Dvapara Yuga) 864,000 years
Kritayuga (=thrice Dvapara yuga) 1,296,000 years
Kaliyuga (=four times Dvapara Yuga) 1,728,000 years
The four yugas add up to a Mahayuga = (1+2+3+4=10 times Dvapara yuga)comprised of 4,320,000 years
71 such Mahayugas with an additional Sandhya, at the close of 1,728,000 years make one Manvantrara of 308,448,00014 such Manvantaras with another Sandhya, at the close of 1,728,000years constitute one Kalpa of 4,320,000,000 (1000 maha yugas)Two Kalpas make a day and night of Brahmaof 8,640,000,000 (2000 Maha Yugas)360 such days and nights make one year ofBrahma consisting of 3,110,400,000,000100 such years constitute His lifetime of 311,040,000,000,000

Another such fantastic inference comes about the Concept of relativity in Vedic religion, did they really had the knowledge of the General theory of relativity?
Let Us analyze some stories which seem to exhibit such intriguing knowledge of General Relativity.

Kakudmi in Brahmalok:

Brahma is the creator of the Universe according to Hindu religion and he lives in Brahma-Lok a different plane of existence and from the above explanation of Time scale you would have understood that time dilation is very much visible in these levels of existence.

Kakudmi was of pure character, and a benevolent ruler. He had one very beautiful daughter named Revati , endowed with all auspicious qualities. Although considered human, Kakudmi seemed to have been endowed with mystic powers, not found in ordinary humans today. Kakudmi was able to take his daughter Revati with him and travel to Brahma-lok (the plane of existence where Brahma, the Creator, resides) and to speak with Brahma at will.
Kakudmi’s Daughter was so beautiful that he thought there was no one eligible to marry her, so he took her to Brahma the creator himself to seek his help.When they arrived, Brahma was listening to a musical performance by the Gandharvas (Celestial Dancers), so they waited patiently until the performance was finished. Brahma explained that time runs differently on different planes of existence, and that during the short time they had waited in Brahma-loka to see him, 27 catur-yugas (a cycle of four yugas, totalling 108 yugas, or Ages of Man) had passed on earth . Brahma said to Kakudmi, "O King, all those whom you may have decided within the core of your heart to accept as your son-in-law have passed away in the course of time. Twenty-seven catur-yugas have already passed. You must therefore bestow this virgin gem (i.e. Revati) upon some other husband, for you are now alone, and your friends, your ministers, servants, wives, kinsmen, armies, and treasures, have long since been swept away by the hand of time."

Later on Brahma’s advice, Kakudmi arranged for the marriage of Balaram (Brother of lord Krishna) and Revati.
Let us assume that Kakudmi and Brahma waited in Brahmalok for an hour(for the musical performance) then Brahma’s one hour is Equal to 27 catur yuga
Which ,means 1 hr of Brahma = 27 X 4,320,000 human yrs.

Now another story Brahma vimohana Lila:
Once Lord Krishna was playing with the cows and shepherds in the Brindavan(a place near New Delhi), when Lord Brahma comes and steals all the cows and boys and put them in a secluded place in suspended animation for one year. Now lord Krishna creates out of him the cows and shepherds, when brahma returns to find the same boys playing with Krishna after a year, he was bewildered. After seeing the Vishwaroopam(universal image) in Krishna he leaves for Brahma lok. Even though Brahma spent one human year in Earth only a truti was passed on his time scale.

Now according to vedic definition a truti is equal to 1/33,750 of a second. Now based on our previous story, if we calculate how much time Kakudmi and Revati spent in Brahma lok
Time spent in Brahma lok = 27 X 4,320,000 = 116,640,000 Human yrs
1 human yr = 1 truti of Brahma.
116,640,000 human yr = 116,640,000 X 1/33,750 Seconds of Brahma
Time spent on brahma lok = 116,640,000 Human yrs = 3456 seconds in Brahma lok = 57 min 36 Seconds.
Which seems to be a logical assumption that a musical performance has taken place for about an hour.
Will come back with some more interesting food for thoughts…
Till then
Blessed Be.


Sachin said...

Another exaple from Mahabharata:-

Its mentioned that Lord Indra needed some valiant warriors to fight against demons. King Ipanush frm earth came to Indra's rescue after latter's request. The war between gods and demons went for one year in the spaces and times of heavens and ultimately, gods were victorious over demons. Upon being offered a favour by Indra, king Ipanush just wished to go back to earth to his famiy as he was home-sick after one year. But then Indra said that it has been one year in the heaven but 1000s of years have passed by on the Earth and no-one on the earth even remembers who king Ipanush was leave alone existence of his family. This is totally in accordance with the Theory of Reativity. There is a mention of this king Ipanush in the war of mahabharata where Lord Krishna uses his power to kill someone from the Kaurava's side.

Pankaj kumar yadav said...

thanks for the information sachin...

mranka said...

The information about timescale presented is not correct even though numbers are. The smallest is Kaliyuga and the longest is Krita Yuga

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