A review of “Technology in Hindu Mythology by Jyoti Tandukar”

The article is about the articulations that are present in Hindu Mythology done thousands of years ago. If not exactly the same, many of the articulations are similar to the technology we use today. People at the time had no knowledge about how such tools could be created, however the articulation of the fantasy is quite fun to read now that we already possess many things they could only fantasize about.

Pushpak Viman aka aeroplane

Ravana got his viman from Kuber, the richest man in the mythology(who else could have such resource to create such a vehicle?) and his brother. However, viman in modern age is accessible to many people at low price.

Advanced Cloning

Production of Kusha from grass and production of a new adult clone from every drop of Raktabij that drops on earch is another fantasy. While we are able to do cloning today, it is limited. But the future seems bright and we might get there soon.

Head Transplant

After killing his own son Ganesha, Shiva had to head transplant his son with the head of a elephant to save his son. At the time when soul was supposed to exist and one's life and consciousness was supposed to exist at the heart, that fantasy is sound and clear. But now that we know consciousness and the mind lies in the head, we can clearly see that Shiva failed to save his son's life and instead killed another elephant and saved it again by joining its head on human body. However, such advanced articulation of technology(more of magic at the time) is wonderful.

Television and Dhritarashtra

In Mahabharata, Dhritarashtra is narrated the live telecast of the battle via Dibya Drishti, a gift bestowed upon Sanjay by Vyasa. This can be analogous to modern day computer networks and internet, which is, unlike then, available to every human being on earth, not just Sanjay.

Astras and Advanced Missiles

Astras defined in the mythology behave similar to missiles in modern time. They always follow and hit the target and are powerful and precise. The astras seem to be available on-demand and controlled by special mantras(passwords?). Bramhastra could be considered a variant of modern nuclear weapons.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Dr. Tandukar reiterates that all these illustrations are to remind the reader to look at odd things for inspirations. Many fantasies are sometimes realistic. Mythology is also a part of fantasy and can be useful. He asks us to look at those text books not religiously, not morally but via technological perspective and we might see the inpiration we needed. Never stop looking, you never know when you might get the eureka moment.

As a final note, he wonders if we might ever travel at the speed of light, antardhyan as described in Hindu mythology.

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