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Hymn II. Vayu.
1 BEAUTIFUL Vayu, come, for thee these Soma drops have been prepared:
Drink of them, hearken to our call.
2 Knowing the days, with Soma juice poured forth, the singers glorify
Thee, Vayu, with their hymns of praise.
3 Vayu, thy penetrating stream goes forth unto the worshipper,
Far-spreading for the Soma draught.
4 These, Indra-Vayu, have been shed; come for our offered dainties' sake:
The drops are yearning for you both.
5 Well do ye mark libations, ye Vayu and Indra, rich in spoil
So come ye swiftly hitherward.
6 Vayu and Indra, come to what the Soma. presser hath prepared:
Soon, Heroes, thus I make my prayer.
7 Mitra, of holy strength, I call, and foe-destroying Varuna,
Who make the oil-fed rite complete.
8 Mitra and Varuna, through Law, lovers and cherishers of Law,
Have ye obtained your might power
9 Our Sages, Mitra-Varuna, wide dominion, strong by birth,
Vouchsafe us strength that worketh well.


Hymn III. Asvins

1 YE Asvins, rich in treasure, Lords of splendour, having nimble hands,
Accept the sacrificial food.
2 Ye Asvins, rich in wondrous deeds, ye heroes worthy of our praise,
Accept our songs with mighty thought.
3 Nasatyas, wonder-workers, yours are these libations with clipt grass:
Come ye whose paths are red with flame.
4 O Indra marvellously bright, come, these libations long for thee,
Thus by fine fingers purified.
5 Urged by the holy singer, sped by song, come, Indra, to the prayers,
Of the libation-pouring priest.
6 Approach, O Indra, hasting thee, Lord of Bay Horses, to the prayers.
In our libation take delight.
7 Ye Visvedevas, who protect, reward, and cherish men, approach
Your worshipper's drink-offering.
8 Ye Visvedevas, swift at work, come hither quickly to the draught,
As milch-kine hasten to their stalls.
9 The Visvedevas, changing shape like serpents, fearless, void of guile,
Bearers, accept the sacred draught
10 Wealthy in spoil, enriched with hymns, may bright Sarsavati desire,
With eager love, our sacrifice.
11 Inciter of all pleasant songs, inspirer o all gracious thought,
Sarasvati accept our rite
12 Sarasvati, the mighty flood,--she with be light illuminates,
She brightens every pious thought.


Hinduism’s understanding of time is as grandiose as time itself. While most cultures base their cosmologies on familiar units such as few hundreds or thousands of years, the Hindu concept of time embraces billions and trillions of years. The Puranas describe time units from the infinitesimal truti, lasting 1/1,000,0000 of a second to a mahamantavara of 311 trillion years. Hindu sages describe time as cyclic, an endless procession of creation, preservation and dissolution. Scientists such as Carl Sagan have expressed amazement at the accuracy of space and time descriptions given by the ancient rishis and saints, who fathomed the secrets of the universe through their mystically awakened senses.


"European scholarship regards human civilization as a recent progression starting yesterday with the Fiji islander, and ending today with Rockefeller, conceiving ancient culture as necessarily half savage culture." It is a superstition of modern thought that the march of knowledge has always been linear." "Our vision of "prehistory" is terribly inadequate. We have not yet rid our minds from the hold of a one-and-only God or one-and-only Book, and now a one-and-only Science."

wrote Shri Aurobindo Ghosh (1872-1950) most original philosopher of modern India.

Unlike time in both the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and the current view of modern science Vedic time is cyclic. What goes around come around. The Vedic universe passes through repetitive cycles of creation and destruction. During the annihilation of the universe, energy is conserved, to manifest again in the next creation. Our contemporary knowledge embraces a version of change and progress that is linear. The ascendancy of Christianity brought the first major shift to historiography as handed down by the Greeks.

“The ancient Hindus could navigate the air, and not only navigate it, but fight battles in it like so many war-eagles combating for the domination of the clouds. To be so perfect in aeronautics, they must have known all the arts and sciences related to the science, including the strata and currents of the atmosphere, the relative temperature, humidity, density and specific gravity of the various gases...”

~  Col. Henry S Olcott (1832 – 1907) American author, attorney, philosopher, and cofounder of the Theosophical Society

VYMAANIDASHAASTRA AERONAUTICS by Maharishi Bharadwaaja, translated into English and edited, printed and published by Mr. G. R.Josyer, Mysore, India, 1979.

G. R. Josyer is the director of the International Academy of Sanskrit Investigation, located in Mysore. There seems to be no doubt that Vimanas were powered by some sort of "anti-gravity." Vimanas took off vertically, and were capable of hovering in the sky, like a modern helicopter or dirigible.

Bharadwaj the Wise refers to no less than seventy authorities and 10 experts of air travel in antiquity. These sources are now lost. Vimanas were kept in a Vimana Griha, a kind of hanger, and were sometimes said to be propelled by a yellowish-white liquid, and sometimes by some sort of mercury compound, though writers seem confused in this matter. It is most likely that the later writers on Vimanas, wrote as observers and from earlier texts, and were understandably confused on the principle of their propulsion. The "yellowish- white liquid" sounds suspiciously like gasoline, and perhaps Vimanas had a number of different propulsion sources, including combustion engines and even "pulse-jet" engines. It is interesting to note, that the Nazis developed the first practical pulse-jet engines for their V-8 rocket "buzz bombs."

Hitler and the Nazi staff were exceptionally interested in ancient India and Tibet and sent expeditions to both these places yearly, starting in the 30's, in order to gather esoteric evidence that they did so, and perhaps it was from these people that the Nazis gained some of their scientific information! According to the Dronaparva, part of the Mahabharata, and the Ramayana, one Vimana described was shaped like a sphere and born along at great speed on a mighty wind generated by mercury. It moved like a UFO, going up, down, backwards and forwards as the pilot desired. In another Indian source, the Samar, Vimanas were "iron machines, well-knit and smooth, with a charge of mercury that shot out of the back in the form of a roaring flame."

Another work called the Samaranganasutradhara describes how the vehicles were constructed. It is possible that mercury did have something to do with the propulsion, or more possibly, with the guidance system. Curiously, Soviet scientists have discovered what they call "age old instruments used in navigating cosmic vehicles" in caves in Turkestan and the Gobi Desert. The "devices" are hemispherical objects of glass or porcelain, ending in a cone with a drop of mercury inside. It is evident that ancient Indians flew around in these vehicles, all over Asia, to Atlantis presumably; and even, apparently, to South America.

* * * * *
The Sanskrit Account of the War of the Gods and Asuras


This little-known account, found in the Karna Parva of the Mahabharata, provides details of the triumph of the gods and the end of the war which are not contained in the more familiar Greek sources. According to the latter, the war between the Titans and Olympians raged on for ten years in a sort of stalemate, until Zeus "no longer restrained his soul, but straightway his mind was filled with fury and he showed forth all his might." His bolts "flew near at hand" with thunder and with lightning, while in his hands he was "rolling a holy flame." The life-giving earth "crashed as it burned, and the infinite wood cried aloud with fire." The oceans boiled and volcanoes (Cottus, Briareus and Gyes) hurled rocks by the hundreds. Once defeated, the warlike Titans are bound and imprisoned forever in Tartarus. The hint is given that "divine weapons" (given to Zeus by Kyklopes and Hekatoncheires) turned the tide against the Titans.

The Karna Parva is much more detailed, describing at least two battles involving aerial vehicles known as vimanas. The first battle fails to topple the regime; but eventually an especially large vimana is constructed and equipt with celestial weaponry including something containing the "power of the universe" (nuclear energy?). Sankara (herein called Mahadeva or "Great God") is given command of this aerial vehicle. He enters this celestial car, accompanied by cheering deities, and ascends into the heavens. Flying resolutely toward his enemies the Daityas and Danavas (Titans), Sankara streaks from the skies in his radiant vimana, and ends the ten year-long war by firing this god-given weapon straight at Tripura, totally destroying Triple City and sending the whole rebellious race of Asuras burning to the bottom of the "Western Ocean". Here is the account (edited because it is about a dozen pages long) from the Mahabharata:


Translated from the Sanskrit
by Protep Chandra Roy

Duryodhana said,--Listen, once more, O ruler of the Madras, to what I will say unto thee, about what happened, O lord, in the battle between the gods and the Asuras in the days of yore! The great Rishi Markandeya narrated it to my sire. I will now recite it without leaving out anything, O best of royal sages! Listen to that account confidingly and without mistrusting it at all. Between the gods and the Asuras, each desirous of vanquishing the other, there happened a great battle, O king, which had Takara for its evil (root). . . Those Asuras then, filled with joy . . .and having settled it among themselves about the construction of the three cities [Tripura], selected for the purpose the great Asura Maya, the celestial artificer, knowing no fatigue or decay, and worshipped by all the Daityas and Danavas. Then Maya, of great intelligence, by the aid of his own ascetic merit, constructed the three cities . . . all in such a way as to revolve in a circle, O lord of Earth! Each of those cities measured a hundred Yojanas in breadth and a hundred in length. And they consisted of houses and mansions and lofty walls and porches. And though teeming with lordly palaces close to each other yet the streets were wide and spacious. And they were adorned with diverse mansions and gate-ways . . .

Those three Daitya kings, soon assailing the three worlds with their energy, continued to dwell and reign, and began to say,--"Who is he called the Creator?" . . . Crowned with success by means of austere penances, those enhancers of the fears of the gods sustained, O king, no diminution [sic] in battle. Stupified then by covetousness and folly, and deprived of their senses, all of them began to shamelessly exterminate the cities and towns established all over the universe. Filled with pride . . . the wicked Danavas ceased to show any respect for anybody. While the worlds were thus afflicted, Sakra [Cukra, in some translations], surrounded by the Maruts, battled against the three cities by hurling his thunder upon them from every side. When however Paradara failed to pierce those cities . . . the chief of the celestials . . . asked the divine Grandsire the means by which triple city could be destroyed. The illustrious deity, hearing the words of Indra, told the gods,--"He that is an offender against you offends me also . . . Those three forts are to be pierced with one shaft. By no other means can their destruction be effected." (Karna Parva, Section XXXIII)

The gods said,--"Gathering all forms that may be found in the three worlds and taking portions of each, we will, O Lord of the gods, construct a car [vimana] of great energy for thee. It will be a large car, the handy-work of Viswakarman, designed with intelligence."--Saying this, those tigers among the gods began the construction of that car . . . the Mind became the ground upon which that car stood, and Speech the tracks upon which it was to proceed. Beautiful banners of various hues waved in the air. With lightning and Indra's bow [celestial weapons] attached to it, that blazing car gave fierce light.

Thus equipt, that car shone brilliantly, like a blazing fire in the midst of the priests officiating at a sacrifice. Beholding that car properly equipt, the gods became filled with wonder. Seeing the energies of the entire universe united together in one place, O sire, the gods wondered, and at last represented unto that illustrious Deity that the car was ready. After, O monarch, that best of cars had thus been constructed by the gods . . . Sankara placed upon it his own celestial weapons . . . the gods repaired unto the Grandsire, and inclining him to grace, said these words . . . 'A car [vimana,] has been constructed by us, equipt with many wonderful weapons . . .'

Then Mahadeva, terrifying the very gods, and making the very Earth tremble, ascended that car resolutely . . . When that boon-giving Lord, that despeller of the fears of the three worlds, thus proceeded, the entire universe, all the gods, O best of men, became exceedingly gratified . . . having ascended the car [Sankara], set out for the Asuras . . . to the spot where the Daityas are!

When the boon-giving Brahman, having ascended the car, set out for the Asuras . . . towards that spot where triple city . . . stood, protected by the Daityas and Danavas . . . The triple city then appeared immediately before that god of unbearable energy, that deity of fierce and indescribable form, that warrior who was desirous of slaying the Asuras. The illustrious deity . . . sped that shaft which represented the might of the whole universe, at the triple city. . . loud wails of woe were heard from those cities as they began to fall . . . Burning those Asuras, he threw them down into the Western Ocean. Thus was the triple city burnt and thus were the Danavas exterminated by Maheswara . . . (Karna Parva, Section XXXIV)

* * * COMMENTS * * *

Notice that the war occurred in "the days of yore," which indicates an immense distance in time prior to the narration of the story. Just as Plato related in his account, the oral succession (the means by which the tale was passed down) is also given. Notice that Tripura is described as of circular construction and divided into three concentric parts. According to Plato, the capital city of Atlantis was round and divided into three parts by circular canals.

According to this account (Section XXXIII), the "excellent Ocean" was said to be the abode of the Danavas, just as the "Ocean" (Oceanos, located in the far west) is the location of the Titans in Hesiod's account. (In Diodorus "Ocean" is said to be the origin of the gods of his Moroccan "Atlanteans"--see my Mythology page.) That ocean we now call the Atlantic.

According to the above narrative, pride gained the upper hand when one military success led to another, until the Daitya kings wanted to take over the whole world, which created a tremendous panic and fear. But the gods engineered the destruction of the evil culprits by creating a weapon containing the "energy of the universe". It is stated that the only way Tripura can be destroyed is by a single "shaft" powerful enough to destroy all three parts at one time. This would require a destructive blow on a par with what we know today as nuclear energy.

The deific "power" the gods invoked upon that shaft during its preparation for use is described in these chilling, but graphic, words: "Then . . . smoke . . . looking like ten thousand Suns, and shrouded by the fire of super-abundant Energy, blazed up with splendour." This sounds very much like a nuclear test! How could the ancient Hindu sages describe such things if they had never witnessed such an event?

Following the destruction of Triple City, the land sinks beneath the Western Ocean (Section XXXIV). There can be no doubt that all such references are to the Atlantic Ocean! The ball of "holy flame" utilized by Zeus in Hesiod's account is not far removed from the smoke "looking like ten thousand Suns" which "blazed up in splendour" in the Sanskrit account.

In regard to nuclear weapons and the attendant radioactive fallout, the Mahabharata also describes:

an iron bolt . . . through which all members of the race of Vrishnis and Andhakas became consumed into ashes. Indeed, for their destruction, Canra produced a fierce iron thunderbolt that looked like a gigantic messenger of death. (Mausala Parva)

This weapon was so feared that "in great distress of mind" the king had the bolt reduced to fine powder and thrown into the sea. Even with these precautions, peoples hair and fingernails fell out overnight, birds turned white and their legs became scarlet and blistered, even food went bad. Massive numbers of skeletons have been found by archeologists in the ancient Indus Valley city of Mohenjo-Daro which are extremely radioactive even to this day.


The Mahabharata (the complete English translation of which comprises twelve large volumes) contains numerous such accounts. The Drona Bhisheka contains a short description of the destruction of another city located on the White Island, Atala, called Saubha.

"Putting forth his prowess, Mahadeva hurled into the sea the paradisiacal Daitya city called Saubha protected by Salwa, and regarded as impregnable . . . these all he vanquished in battle: The Avantis [close to "Atlantis"!], the Southerners, the Mountaineers . . . In days of old, penetrating into the very sea, he vanquished in battle Varuna himself in those watery depths, surrounded by all kinds of aquatic animals." (Drona Bhisheka, Section XI)

Notice it is again Mahadeva who hurls the "paradisiacal" Daitya city into the sea, and even pursues the sea-god Varuna into his own environs in order to vanquish him. Incidentally, Varuna is the Vedic equivalent of the god Poseidon, founder of the civilization of Atlantis in Plato's account--and the Danavas are "giants" and "Titans" according to a standard Sanskrit Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1974).

Another aspect of the War of the Gods and Asuras is given in the Harivamsa (ch. 56) in which Asura Maya (the designer and architect of Tripura) himself carries out an extensive bombardment of his enemies (Europeans?) from the heights above in his vimana while the remainder of the battle is carried out by foot soldiers on the ground. This by no means exhausts the Sanskrit accounts of the legendary battle. It is definitely a favored theme in ancient Sanskrit literature.

A question has come up regarding how the inhabitants of India could have been familiar with Atlantis and the problems it created for Europeans--being so far removed in distance. Others have even suggested that Sri Lanka might be "Atlantis". Such an hypothesis is unnecessary, the answer being very simple.

It should be realized that the Aryans of India who composed these writings were once part of the original Indo-European people who thousands of years earlier were located in the Danube Valley in Central Europe. From there migrations took place in all directions where they became known as Nordics, Kelts, Romans, Greeks, Medes, Persians and Indians. So during Atlantean times the Aryans who eventually committed these epics to writing were just as close to Atlantis as were the later historical Greeks and Romans. Some of them may have had to fight the Atlanteans. Linguists and Ethnologists are able to trace the Indo-Europeans back for 10,000 years to their original homeland in Central Europe.



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