Monday, February 21, 2011




Albert Einstein once said, “Without Indians no worthwhile discoveries could have been made” The discoveries elaborated in the succeeding paragraphs are verbatim copies of Patanjali YOG SUTRAS, a complete scientific treatise and his source of inspiration is the knowledge contained in four VEDAS. Different scholars have interpreted Vedic knowledge differently. Patanjali is also one of them. He, in turn, has been interpreted differently and diversely by umpteen scholars from all over the world. Tragically all of them, without exception, have seen Patanjali in the light of spiritualism – a thought process that was introduced by some UPANISHADS and followed by entire Vedanta philosophy that holds the humanity in awe till date. (For details refer FIRST BLUFF- SPIRITUALISM). So much so that it has come to stay as the only synonym of Indian epistemology. For this a very simple and effective technique that holds good today also, was employed. The Vedic words, phrases and the terms used in Patanjali YOG SUTRAS were so craftily manipulated by the newly coined spiritualistic language that all rational and scientific concepts of Vedas were lost for ever along with will to discover but for certain brilliant patches of discoveries at some points of time like the contributions of CHARAK (चरक), SUSHRUT (सुश्रुत), PANINI (पाणिनि) and ARYABHATT (आर्यभट्ट) etc. I feel Patanjali (पतंजलि), KAPIL (कपिल), GAUTAM (गौतम) and KANAD (कणाद) also belong to this ilk and not to any so projected spiritualistic manipulation. They all have tried to explain the basic directive principles of DISCOVERING anything as given in Vedas in a language other than the classical Sanskrit of Vedas. On the other hand the origin of western philosophy promoted by all thinkers beginning from Plato to as recent as Kant and Schopenhauer and all types of religions can actually be traced to the UPANISHDIC concept of “that art thou” (TAT TWAM ASI तत त्वमसि) promoting no scientific but irrational and unverifiable spiritualistic meanings only and aptly reflected in the phrases like AHAM BRAHMASMI (अहम् ब्रह्मास्मि) or BRAHM ATMA AIKYAM (ब्रह्म आत्मा ऐक्यम) that is the inter-relationship of spiritualistic concepts of soul (आत्मा) and God (ब्रह्म). Strange it may appear but this in itself points towards a remarkable but decelerating contribution towards advancement of science by Indian philosophy about which also many western philosophers feel indebted though grudgingly at times. Paul Deussen calls it “unconscious dependence of all religions on the fundamental dogmas of Kantian philosophy which in a less definite form was already laid down in the Upanishads”. Schopenhauer goes a step further for which he faced quite a criticism. Quote - “In India our religion will now or ever strike root: the primitive wisdom of the human race will never be pushed aside there by the events of Galilee. On the contrary, Indian wisdom will flow back on Europe, and produce a thorough change in our knowing and thinking” – Unquote. Clearly these spiritualistic outbursts cannot be the concepts leading to “worthwhile discoveries” that Einstein has referred to. While going through the unique discoveries elaborated in successive pages any conscientious reader will straightaway be consumed by the comparative modern discoveries in various fields and the enchanting questions nagging his mind will always be like this. How far or near the Vedic thought Einstein, Darwin, Freud, Rousseau and such and such modern inventor / discoverer or philosopher have come? And what unlimited all is possible if we just know the basic directive principles encoded in Vedas? But in the mean time just ask the subsequent questions to yourself.

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