5 Scientific Discoveries And Inventions Found In The Vedas
The Vedas are one of the earliest and richest sources of knowledge documented in India and are filled with references to the scientific, political, artistic, social, economic and intellectual progress of the nation. They are also proofs of the technological advancements made in Indian society at an early age even before the world discovered truths such as the solar system and the heliocentric universe. Here are 5 inventions and discoveries mentioned in the ancient texts, which benefit man even today.
Ayurveda: Who can forget the good old Ayurveda?! This ancient knowledge about medicine and healing is one of most preferred forms of medicine today. Most people all over the world opt for Ayurvedic therapy over the more modern ones such as allopathy and even homeopathy. Ayurvedic centres have been opened all over the world to serve the growing demand for this age-old medicine. Many people even flock to India to enjoy its entire range of benefits in its home country, where one can be sure to undergo a divine healing experience which tackles the problem at its root and eliminates it from your inner system forever.
Modern ink: This humble stationery item which is the foundation of all literary and to a certain extent social progress was invented in India. This ink was black in colour and was made by burning bones, tar and pitch. The Vedas were written with this very invention, which was then discovered by the rest of the world – beginning with the Chinese and the Japanese – through trade and conquests.
Solar system: Ancient Indian scholars knew about the existence of the solar system way before the Western world discovered it. One of the four Vedic texts, the Rigveda, specifically states that, “The sun moves in its own orbit but holding earth and other heavenly bodies in a manner that they do not collide with each other through force of attraction.”
Medical surgeries: Even before the world was introduced to modern surgery, Indians boasted of knowledge of various forms of medical surgery. Sushruta, an ancient Indian sage who was believed to reside in the Himalayas, is considered as the founding father of surgery. His theories and procedures are outlined in the Sushruta Samhita, from which most knowledge of Indian advancements in surgeries arises. Legends state that he learnt his profession at Kashi from the Indian god of medicine himself, Lord Dhanvantri. His know-how ranged from mere diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of illnesses to advanced forms of plastic surgery and cataract surgery.
Eclipses: While the rest of the world were still stuck in the muck of black magic and believed the occurrences of scholars to be the work of evil forces, Indians already had understood the science behind it. The Rigveda again mentions thus, “O Sun! When you are blocked by the one whom you gifted your own light (moon), then earth will be surprised by the sudden darkness.” Ancient Indians’ penchant for scientific innovations and discoveries helped them understand nature in the right perspective and contributed greatly to the work of their future generations which included great men such as Aryabhatta, Brahmagupta and others.