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Hindu Scriptures Mention Gravity 1,500 Years Before

Isaac Newton
One of the countrys leading scientists and former ISRO chairman, G Madhavan Nair,
today propounded the theory that some shlokas in the Vedas mention the presence of water
on the moon, and that astronomy experts like Aryabhatta knew about gravitational force
much before Issac Newton.
The 71-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee said the Indian Vedas and ancient scriptures
also had information on metallurgy, algebra, astronomy, maths, architecture and astrology
way before the western world knew about them.
Speaking at an international conference on Vedas, he however, added that the information
in vedas was in a condensed format, which he said made it difficult for modern science to
accept it.
Some shlokas in one of the Vedas say that there is water on the moon but no one believed
it. Through our Chandrayaan mission, we could establish that and we were the first ones to
find that out, Mr Nair said, adding that everything in the Vedas could not be understood as
they were in chaste Sanskrit.
He also talked very highly about fifth century astronomer-mathematician Aryabhatta,
saying, We are really proud that Aryabhatta and Bhaskara have done extensive work on
planetary work (sic) and exploration of outer planets. It was one of the challenging fields,
said Mr Nair.
Even for Chandrayaan, the equation of Aryabhatta was used. Even the (knowledge of)
gravitational field Newton found it some 1500 years later the knowledge existing (in
our scriptures), he added.
Mr Nair, who was ISRO chairman from 2003 to 2009, also claimed geometry was used to
make calculations for building cities during the Harappan civilisation and that the
Pythagorean theorem also existed since the Vedic period.
Mr Nairs come against the backdrop of many BJP leaders talking about ancient Indian
scriptures having scientific information, including on plastic surgery and aero-dynamics.
The Vedas had a lot of information in the field of space and atomic energy. We were fine
until 600 BC. Then came the time of invasions till Independence. Since then, we are
growing. We deciphered the atoms for peaceful use, Mr Nair said.

While serving in ISRO, Mr Nair had made significant contributions to the development of
multi-stage satellite launch vehicles.
As a scientist, I would say that the computations evolved those days were really fantastic.
The Vedanga Jyotisa (one of the earliest books on astronomy) is one of the texts, which is
evolved in 1400 BC this is all recorded, he said.
These are the fundamental findings which the Western world did not have any knowledge
of. The only drawback was this information was condensed to bullet form and the modern
science does not accept this. And to read the Vedas, one must also know Sanskrit, Mr Nair
added.

One of the countrys leading scientists and former ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair on
Saturday propounded the theory that some shlokas in the Vedas mentioned about presence
of water on the moon and astronomy experts like Aryabhatta knew about gravitational force
much before Issac Newton.
The 71-year-old Padma Vibhushan awardee said the Indian vedas and ancient scriptures
also had information on metallurgy, algebra, astronomy, maths, architecture and astrology
way before the western world knew about them.
Speaking at an international conference on Vedas, he, however, added that the information
in vedas was in a condensed format which made it difficult for the modern science to
accept it.
Some sholkas in one of the Vedas say that there is water on the moon but no one believed
it. Through our Chandrayaan mission, we could establish that and we were the first ones to
find that out, Nair said, adding that everything in Vedas could not be understood as they
were in chaste Sanskrit.
He also talked very highly about fifth century astronomer- mathematician Aryabhatta
saying, We are really proud that Aryabhatta and Bhaskara have done extensive work on
planetary work and exploration of outer planets. It was one of the challenging fields.
Even for Chandrayaan, the equation of Aryabhatta was used. Even the (knowledge of)
gravitational field Newton found it some 1500 years later the knowledge existing (in
our scriptures), he said.

Nair, who was ISRO chairman from 200309, also claimed geometry was used to make
calculations for building cities during the Harappan civilisation and the Pythagorean
theorem also existed since the vedic period.
The comments by Nair came in the backdrop of many BJP leaders talking about ancient
Indian scriptures having scientific information including on plastic surgery as well as aerodynamics.
Nair said, The Vedas had a lot of information in the field of space and atomic energy. We
were fine until 600 BC. Then came the time of invasions till the independence. Since then
we are growing. We deciphered the atoms for peaceful use.
In ISRO, Nair had made significant contribution to the development of multi-stage satellite
launch vehicles.
As a scientist I would say that the computations evolved those days were really fantastic.
The Vedanga Jyotisa (one of the earliest books on astronomy) is one of the texts, which is
evolved in 1400 BCthis is all recorded.
These are the fundamental findings which the western world did not have any knowledge
of. The only drawback was this information was condensed to bullet form and the modern
science does not accept this. And to read the Vedas one must
also know Sanskrit, Nair said.
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22 comments on Hindu Scriptures Mention Gravity 1,500 Years Before Isaac


Newton

1.

Rajendra Bajpai on May 19, 2015 at 9:56 pm said:

Mr. Nair and BJP should get the Vedas translated into English and put it on a web page.
Regarding the condense format, we have to discover the key for unravelling the knowledge.
The composer of sutras must have composed the sutras for use at their times and for posterity.
We must also accept that Vedas failed to emphasize the objective verification of a concept/
idea. It was, perhaps, a reason for loosing the knowledge of Vedas. We must not repeat the
same mistake now.

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suresh naiduon May 20, 2015 at 9:16 am said:

Why should they translate Vedas into english All are thinking that the east is more civilized
and running towards east. They are giving importance to the east and learning their culture and
language as quick as anything and running away. If anyone are interested in vedas let them
learn sanskrit and study only at reputed sanskrit vedic academies.
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R.Padmanabhanon May 20, 2015 at 11:19 am said:

There is nothing wrong in translating the Vedas and their science content in English. Let us not
go on an ego trip asking Westerners to learn Sanskrit and study the Vedas, they have done that
already, Max Mueller for one. The English versions would primarily benefit scores of young
Indian scientists most of whom have no knowledge of Sanskrit. It saves a lot of time for future
scholars.
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POon May 20, 2015 at 2:33 pm said:

Max Mueller was British Agent and his translation has created more confusion and helped
distroy Vedanta Knowledge. he is the idiot who profound Aryan Invasion Theory which is
defunct yet these Euro centric are totally blind and refuse to accept.
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sukumaron May 21, 2015 at 1:03 am said:

Yes. Max Muller has done more harm than good by trying to translate the intriguing vEdic
sanskrit into english without even knowing the mysticity of the vEdic sanskrit. It needs an
expert to decode vEdas. It is not just a simple sanskrit. One should read our Jagadgurus works
before even thinking spoon feeding the western thinkers

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Vinod Prasad on May 20, 2015 at 12:00 am said:

Incredible, it is all there what I dont understand why Indians or Sanatan Dharma does not
enlighten them in the name of our lord.

I am keen to put my hands on Vedanga Jyotisa.

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3.

Nagaraja Rao on May 20, 2015 at 12:32 am said:

It would be nice if some one lists the slokas so that people who have enough background of
Sanskrit literature can look into these statements. I am not doubting them, but eager to know.

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4.

Naresh Angra on May 20, 2015 at 2:07 am said:

We should try to decipher information contained in Vedas.

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5.

Ranganath V.Rao on May 20, 2015 at 3:49 am said:

In astrology Moon is given significator of manas wavering mind.Watery tatwa.Simly.Kuja or


Mangal is considered as Bhoomi putra .So Mangal has all the Earthly charecteristics. SHUKRA
is Venus is Lakshmi God of wealth .Saturn is farthest planet and dark or darkest .Where as
Jup.is Deva Guru.Advisor .Very large.Good for Growth.Mercury is nearest to sun.youngest
prince.Intelligence significator.

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srinivasan venugopalon May 20, 2015 at 12:29 pm said:

The statement is true but is very mundane.


We should seek , search, learn and propagate the wealth of knowledge left behind for posterity
by our fore fathers and create an environment of knowledge and knowing rather than trying to
boast merely with some traces of evidence.
Let every one be made aware and in the process knowledgable and we need to prove nothing to
anyone else more so the westerners.
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6.

S K Das on May 20, 2015 at 4:48 am said:

There are many such mentions in our scriptures which we till now know that these are
discovered by westerners. I am in the process of compiling these and propose to bring out in the
form a book. Till then Hindus should remain proud of their rich heritage and should not imitate
west by wearing suit in scorching heat in India.

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7.

Ranjith Vadiyala on May 20, 2015 at 5:29 am said:

No one can deny the fact that ZERO is an Bharath invention. We also know that Earth, moon,
sun and the universe are spherical to oval in shape and thats why they are called BhooGOL,
ChandraGOL, SuryaGOL and KhaGOL/BrahmAAND. All those ppl who blindly reject the
idea of Vendas having science should heed Sri Madhavan Nayar. If some one thinks that he
knows more science then Sri Madhavan Nayar, then its a sure indication that he is Hinduphobic

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8.

Charri Ramesh on May 20, 2015 at 5:44 am said:

Yes I agree with ISRO chairman; Sanathana dharma


is a solution for all of our problems.
Can any one help me to please learn Sanskrit?

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9.

dev on May 20, 2015 at 12:15 pm said:

one can learn Sanskrit from the web. Even the spped of light is correctly written in Rig Veda.
In kaliyuga, the dharmic sciences will go dormant. kaua moti chugega hansa dana khayega

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10.

Stephen Beres on May 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm said:

Much credit & praise deservedly belongs to India in the field of mathematics. Especially
important is the Hindi numerical system, including the concept of 0. This replaced the
cumbersome Roman numerals, with which much of algebra and all calculus would be
impossible. India to this day produces some of the best mathematicians ever.

Here is the caveat:


1. Chaste Vedic scripture which could not be deciphered until the Western Scientific Method
combined empirical measurement with mathematical concepts, And was able to use maths to
accurately predict & describe physical phenomena of complex systems, makes them merely
academic studies. Gravity as a concept was a great leap, but ended there.
Newton not only muses & mentions gravity, he invented Calculus to calculate, predict and
verify physical bodies in motion. Newtonian Physics, not Vedic Maths, flew humans to the
Moon.
2. Romans, despite their awkward math, were excellent Engineers. Roman built bridges that
today carry trains through the Alps. The Pantheon is still the largest unsupported concrete dome
in the world.
3. Vedic Maths had such great potential, but were not generally used for large scale public
works, urban planning & infrastructure (Roads, tunnels, aquaducts, sanitation, lavish bath
houses,).
They were also not used to measure the size of the Earth, the size & distance to the Sun &
Moon, to predict eclipses & comets.
4. Early Renaissance scholars Knew that there was water on the Moon, named and mapped the
Seas, which still carry their original names (despite their total absence of liquid water).
5. Because of the abortion of Vedic Maths before they were put to practical use, Modern
Science, Technology and Large Industry developed in Europe, but stalled in the East.
6. Vedic Maths are so intrinsically woven into Scripture, they could not have produced Modern
Science, which, by definition, must exclude the Supernatural. That belongs with philosophy,
mythology & metaphysics, Not science.

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Malathi Rajagopalanon May 20, 2015 at 5:11 pm said:

You are right Shlokas are admirable but practical application requires an entirely different
approach.
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Malathi Rajagopalanon May 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm said:

Stephen Beres is right. Our scriptures are wonderful but practical application is different and it
needs a creative perception.
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Angel Rodhaon May 21, 2015 at 1:43 pm said:

I was ready to reply something similar. Very nice job Stephen.


Hindu scientists as Mr. Nair should accomplish something for the real world based in those
vedic knowledge of the past. Scientific achievements requires evidence of usefulness more than
mere claims and statements.

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11.

surinder Goel on May 20, 2015 at 4:03 pm said:

Our vedas & Purans are rich in science. Rishi Vyas gave fundementals of open channel flow,
Rishi Bhrigu gave Astrology, Jal Shashtra, Bernoullies equation was first propoundee by Rishi
Vyas & so on a long list. We should propound our vedas by making them easy.

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12.

Bharat Kalra on May 20, 2015 at 9:12 pm said:

Bring Sanskrit and veda scholars, scientists and industrialist on one platform. Keep the
politicians out of this at any cost. And soon you will find the old glory of India resurfacing
which will benefit not only India but the entire world. Because knowledge belongs to the
human race.

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13.

M. Basheer Ahmed Khan on May 21, 2015 at 8:04 am said:

If scientists like Dr. Madhavan Nair can bring forth the knowledge lying in the abysmal depth
of vedic literature, it would be a yeoman service to the world at large which is torn apart with
several convictions and persuasions. We must rise above faiths to scientifically analyze the
facts available in which ever language or region and make such knowledge for the betterment
of the humankind, environment and universe at large and that is precisely is the expectation of
the hidden forces!! If we do not want to translate Sanskrit slokas into English, fine. But we can
translate them into Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Bengali, Odish etc. so the Indians at least can be
enlightened who in turn will educate and enlighten the rest of the world. Let us all work

towards bringing the soul of wisdom of Sanatan Dharma for the benefit of Sab ka Vikas! Let
us have Sab Ka Sath for this endeavour!! Jai Bharat!

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14.

dr pawan aryan on May 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm said:

Why PM Modi is inviting world to make in India? If science and electronics is buried in Veds.
We failed to see Vashudhev-Kutubkam and Na Tasya Partima Asti in Veds.
Veds are our literary treasures which tried to stop us inventing gods in advance, but we didnt
bother till day.
Veds are wishfull-poems of our ancestors to keep us from Idol-making and worshiping.
How long shall we keep buried in illusion?
Our kids are suspecting us as jhooth-bolne wale, hate mongers.