Ancient Indian facts are being forgotten and the younger generation, drunk with modern technological feats, seems to have forgotten all our scientific feats which are, in fact, the basis of most western scientific achievements
“It is through science that we prove, but through intuition that we discover.” -Jules H. Poincare
We are supposed to have got independence in 1947. It has only been a political independence and not intellectual independence. We are still the slaves of western thoughts. We have anything but contempt for our ancient wisdom and have that hubris of “scientific” superiority. Even today the Doon School, Oxbridge, and Harvard mentality of the holier than thou attitude towards those that are not western trained is very much in the air. Some of our elite are really not Indians in the true sense. I call them RNIs-Resident non-Indians. That is why we have lost our self- respect. We need a certificate from western science to authenticate anything, although the west seems to be losing faith in their own reductionist science, which does not fit the bill correctly.
Prof John OM Bockris, distinguished professor of chemistry at A&M University in Texas, in his classic The New Paradigm, demolishes the false belief that western science is sacrosanct and goes on to show how all the foundations of science are flawed. Prof Paul Feyerabend of London School of Economics (LSE) fame in his book, Against Method bares the irrationality of western science. So do two physicists, Harry Collins and Trevor Pinch in their treatise, The Golem, expose the myth behind western science and call it a Golem like the Prague Golem -- to keep the colonies under control.
Indian sages had enormous power of their mind where they could see things which ordinary people and even the western science could not see. Thousands of years ago, Indian sages had described the anatomy of the heart in the Narayansooktani (Dashasooktanis). It fits in correctly with our knowledge today. The heart was described by Indian sages as Hridaya, hri means suck and da means to give. This was thousands of years before William Harvey and much more advanced than Frank Starling in exposing the correct physiology of the heart. Anne Besant, Charles Leadbeater and Babington, the three physicists from Cambridge came to India in the early part of last century and became Yogic Sidhis. They had correctly (toady’s opinion) described the inside of the atom of all the elements from hydrogen to helium with the “third” eye they seemed to develop when they get into siddhi. The details are in a small book they wrote in 1920, Occult Chemistry, published by Oxford University Press, Madras. Quantum physics in 2014 feels the same way about the inside of an atom.
Indian vaccination really was able to eradicate the only one disease, small pox. The western vaccination science has a very shaky base and we have not been able to eradicate any disease to date. Edward Jenner’s cow pox vaccine was not able to get any result. In fact, 90% of those vaccinated died of smallpox and the King had to order it stopped. It was TZ Holwell in the year 1747, who studied the Ayurvedic vaccination system in “The Bengall” prospectively for 20 years before submitting it to the Royal College and then to the King. About 90% of those thus vaccinated escaped death from small pox. Rest is history.
Paropakaaraartham idam shareeram is an old Indian adage. Helping others can make you healthier. Greek philosophers argued over the relative benefits of hedonic and eudemonic happiness. Hedonic well-being sees happiness as a factor of increased pleasure and decreased pain, while eudemonic (humanism) happiness has more to do with having a larger purpose or meaning in life. A recent study from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill psychologist Barbara Fredrickson published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year, found that while both types of happiness can make you feel good, the latter could promote physical health and longevity as well.
Acupuncture went to China from India where it was called acupressure. This was known to balance the prana or life force, Chi in Chinese. It can restore balance to your body. A new study of acupuncture published in Archives of Internal Medicine found that the age-old practice may be an effective way to relieve migraines, arthritis and other chronic pains. Large families and community support were the back bones of good health in ancient India. A 2010 study conducted by Brigham Young University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers confirmed this belief, concluding that a healthy social life promotes longevity. This report analysed 148 studies and 300,000 individuals. The effect of social relationships on mortality risk is even greater than the effect of exercise or obesity.
The famous serenity prayer says it all. Accepting what one cannot change is the key to reducing suffering. Buddhist teachings, one must accept the things they cannot change in order to reduce suffering. Now, scientists have found that this belief rings true, especially for older adults who are working through difficult life changes. Researchers from Deakin University in Australia found “that facing the realities of living with assistance and losing a degree of independence helps seniors live longer and feel far happier.” This study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies last year, compared feelings of life satisfaction and perceived control of older adults living with assistance and those living in the community. The analysis showed that the ability to accept the inevitable in an assisted living setting, was a significant predictor of life satisfaction. The researchers concluded, "In order to protect the well-being of older individuals, adaptation involves both a sense of control and the active acceptance of what cannot be changed."
I have defined health as “enthusiasm to work and enthusiasm to be compassionate.” Now a study has shown this to be true. The Harvard Grant Study, led by psychiatrist George Vaillant, followed the life trajectories of 268 male students in order to answer life’s universal questions of growth, development, value and purpose. Vaillant considers the most meaningful finding of the study to be that a happy life revolves around loving relationships.
Ancient Indian facts are being forgotten and the younger generation, drunk with modern technological feats, seems to have forgotten all our scientific feats which are, in fact, the basis of most western scientific achievements. Aryabhatta, the great astronomer and scientist, discovered zero. The number system was also invented in ancient India. The Indus valley civilization was one of the most advance civilizations in terms of town planning etc. The greatest universities were in India. The most ancient system of medical care, Ayurveda, was the most scientific of systems which looks at man as a whole in connection with his consciousness. India was called the golden bird and all invaders came here to loot that wealth.
Bhaskaracharya, the great astronomer and mathematician of ancient India, was the first person to calculate the time taken by the earth to orbit the sun. It was during the 6th century that Budhayana first calculated the value of pie and explained the concept of Pythagoras theorem. It is interesting to note that ancient India was so advanced in science and mathematics that Algebra, trigonometry and calculus all came from India. In the 11th century Sridharacharya propounded the Quadratic equations. Ancient Indians had a well-developed concept of water harvesting. The earliest reservoir and dam for irrigation was built in Saurashtra. This lake was called Sudarshana and built by the Shaka king, Rudradaman. Indian surgeon Sushruta conducted complicated surgeries like caesareans, cataract, artificial limbs, fractures, stones, plastic surgery and brain surgery. Anaesthesia was well known in India long before that came to England.
Wake up Indian youth to realise and take forward this famous Indian science and make India the leader again just as it was up until the 12th Century.
“Nothing has such power to broaden the mind as the ability to investigate systematically and truly all that comes under your observation in life.” - Marcus Aurelius
(Professor Dr BM Hegde
, a Padma Bhushan awardee in 2010, is an MD, PhD, FRCP (London, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dublin), FACC and FAMS. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of the Science of Healing Outcomes, chairman of the State Health Society's Expert Committee, Govt of Bihar, Patna. He is former Vice Chancellor of Manipal University at Mangalore and former professor for Cardiology of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School, University of London.)