I’ve been interested in Hindu and Sanskrit scripture for a good while now, but one of the first things that astounded me in my research was their level of scientific knowledge, how incredibly observant they had to be to figure it all out thousands of years ago.

I started reading bits and pieces of the Vedas (and I’m planning to read them in their entirety, when I’m not sidetracked by other projects) after realizing just how many of the last few centuries’ “discoveries” were already known to ancient Hindus, such as the world being round, the sun being the center of the solar system, and that system being part of a galaxy, and other vast amounts of knowledge. So much that it is impossible to study it all in one lifetime.

To prove my point, I’ll start with the concept of vimanas, the flying machines frequently described in Hindu scripture…

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