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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Vedic description of the world

The position of the Moon 
Prabhupada said, the modern astronomers' proposition that the moon is nearest to the earth should not be accepted. Actually, he said, the moon was far, far away and could not be approached by a so-called "moon expedition". As evidence, Prabhupada cited the chronological order in which people all over the world refer to the days of the week -- Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday; Sunday referred to the Sun, Monday to the moon -- and so on. This, he said, corresponds to the Vedic order of the planets and thus circumstantiates the Vedic version.

The origin of Greek and Roman Empires 
Maharaja Yudhisthira ruled over 5,000 years ago. His grandson was Pariksit, and his son was Janamejaya. Janamejaya's son was Maharaja Yayati. Yayati banished his two sons to the European quarters. They started the Greek and Roman Empires. Later, they deviated from the pure Vedic culture. This is the history." Amogha enquired whether the Greek civilisation kept any connection with Vedic culture. "Oh, yes," Prabhupada said. "They were worshipping demigods from the Vedas.

The numbering system
Srila Prabhupada explained, everything originally came from the Vedic culture. He gave the example of the Arabic system of counting. Indian astrology was taken up by the Arabians. The 'one, two, three, four, five, six, up to nine, then zero' -- these figures were taken from India.

Gold transported from Brazil to Lanka
Two million years previously, Ravana's brother Mahiravana lived in South America and had built a tunnel through the Earth from Brazil to Ceylon. (Mahi, Prabhupada pointed out, meant "Earth".) Ceylon at the time was called Lanka, and every building there was covered in gold -- thus the name svarna lanka, "golden Lanka". Prabhupada described how all the gold was transported through the tunnel from Brazil. "And," he said, "these Mexicans, South Americans, they resemble almost exactly Indian body." Contrary to modern theory, he said, the world at that time was fully populated. Paramahamsa, intrigued by Prabhupada's descriptions, wondered how they were able to build such fantastic temples and palaces. Prabhupada explained. Vedic civilisation was spread all over -- it was very prosperous, and so much advanced. Demons and giants were engaged for construction. They were very good artists. Such stories are in the Mahabharata also.

How the Temple of Lord Jagannath was built? 
Prabhupada detailed how structures such as Lord Jagannatha's temple in Puri had been built. Sand is stacked, just like this." Prabhupada pointed at the sand dunes bordering the beach. "The temple is being manufactured, and it is surrounded with sand, thrown all sides. When it is finished, the sand is taken away.

Serpent Kaliya in Fiji islands 
Amogha recounted a popular story he had heard from a devotee returning from Fiji. The local people described how Kaliya, the giant serpent described in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, is still living, residing in a big lake on top of a mountain there. Prabhupada verified the story. "Yes," he confirmed. "He was driven away from Vrndavana."

Hare Krishna

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hare Krishna. I hope the Temple of Vedic Planetarium being built at Mayapur will give more insight to the common man on the topic you have chosen. It is nice to read in a nut shell in your blog. I like it and believe all the readers too.