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text extracted from the mag "Grapevine #12" by LSD (05/10/92) ++


{3        By Crypt Stalker/BUST

{1The Yajurveda quite clearly tells of a
flying machine, which was used by the
Asvins (two heavenly twins).  The
Vimana is simply a synonym for flying
machine.  It occurs in the Yajurveda,
the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the
Bhagatava Purana, as well as in
classical Indian literature.

Accurately translated the word Yantra
means "mechanical apparatus" and is
found widely in Sanskrit literature.
At least 20 passages in the Rigveda
(1028 hymns to the Gods) refer
exclusively to the vehicle of the
Asvins.  This flying machine is
represented as three-storeyed,
triangular and three wheeled (like a
delta wing aircraft), it could carry
at least three passengers.  According
to tradition the machine was made of
gold, silver and iron, and had two
wings.  With this machine, the Asvins
saved King Bhujyu who was in distress
at sea.

Every Sanskrit scholar knows the
Vaimanika Sastra, a collection of
sketches the core of which is
attributed to Bharadvajy the Wise
around the 4th century BC.  The
writings in the Vaimanika Sastra were
rediscovered in India in 1875.  The
text deals with the size and the most
important parts of the various flying
machines.  We learn how they steered,
what special precautions had to be
taken on long flights, how the
machines could be protected against
violent storms and lightning, how to
make a forced landing and even how to
switch the drive to solar energy to
make the fuel go further.  Bharadvajy
the Wise refers to no fewer than 70 a
thorities and 10 experts of Indian air
travel in antiquity!  The description
of these machines in old Indian texts
are amazingly precise.  The difficulty
we are faced with today is basically
that the texts mention various metals
and alloys we cannot translate.  We do
not known what our ancestors
understood by them.

In the Amaranganasutradhara five
flying machines were originally built
for the gods Brahma, Vishnu, Yama,
Kuvera and Indra.  Later there were
some additions.  Four main types of
flying Vimanas were described: Rukma,
Sundara, Tripura, and Sakuna.  The
Rukma were conical in shape and dyed
gold, whereas the Sundata were like
rockets and had a silver sheen.  The
Tripura were three-storeyed and the
Sakuna looked like birds.  There were
113 subdivisions of these four main
types that differed only in minor
details.  The position and functioning
of the solar energy collectors are
described in Vaimanika Sastra.  It
says that eight tubes had to be made
out of special glass absorbing the
suns rays.  A whole series of details
are listed, some of them we do not
understand.  The Amaranganasutradhara
even explains the drive, the controls,
and the fuel for the flying machines.
It says quicksilver and "Rasa" were

Unfortunately we do not yet know what
"Rasa" was.  The book "Vymaanika-
Shaastra Aeronautics" by Maharishi
Bharadwaaja is an old collection of
Sanskrit texts that could pass for a
manual for trainee pilots, not
thousands of years old writings.
There was a check list of 32
instructions to pilots which the man
in charge of an aircraft had to know
before he could fly the machine.
Among them were secrets such as how to
"jump" with the flying machine, how to
fly in a zig-zag, how the pilot can
see on all sides and hear distant
noises.  There were also instructions
about the use of the machines in

How an enemy manoeuvre could be
recognised in time, how to spot the
direction of hostile attacks and then
prevent them.  The information about
the metals used in construction name
three sorts, Somala, Soundaalika, and
Mourthwika.  If they were mixed in the
right proportions, the result was 16
kinds of heat absorbing metals with
names like Ushnambhara, Ushnapaa,
Raajaamlatrit, etc.

The texts also explain how to clean
metals, the acids such as lemon or
apple to be used and the correct
mixture, the right oils to work with
and the correct temperature for them.
Seven types of engine are described
with special functions for which th
y are suited and the altitudes for
which they work best.  The catalogue
is not short of data about the size of
machines, which had storeys, nor of
their suitability for various

To those who doubt the existence of
flying machines in antiquity, read
those books listed (get an English
translation if you can't read
Sanskrit!)  The mindless cry of "There
are no such things" should fall quiet
then!  The "Vymaanika-Shaastra Aerona
tics" should be compulsory reading for
aeronautical and aerospace engineers
and constructors.  Perhaps they will
discover solutions to projects they
are sweating over in the Sanskrit
texts.  Perhaps they could take out
patents.  Copyright for work thousands
of years old doesn't exist.  But first
of all our would-be-clever scientists
must decide to take old texts for what
they are - description of what once
were realities.


 ;) I've been searching for Vimana, quicksilver instead of mercury, and there may be more here.  Thanks for the tip, B.  I'll be adding something about Mayan machinery soon.  They have a little gold jaguar, and it doesn't fly, but it is definately a machine! 8) 


I first remember reading about vimanas, i.e. highly advanced ancient Indian flying machines, in Chariots Of The Gods, the first international best-seller of the controversial author Erich Von Daniken. Down the years I have come across several other interesting references to vimanas elsewhere, too. It wasn’t , however, until I recently received an e mail from an Indian reader of my article Ancient Astronauts, that I recalled just how very intriguing these vimanas and, indeed, many other references to space travel and fantastically advanced technology in ancient Indian texts are. To this end, the following piece is intended to take a fresh look at vimanas and, moreover, explore the Indian ancient astronaut connection in general.

It is generally reckoned that the present form of the great Indian national epic, the Mahabharata, dates from between the 4th century BC and the 4th century AD. According to Indian tradition The Mahabharata, a collection of around 80,000 couplets, was first gathered together by one Vyasadeva, possibly a incarnation of Vishnu. Vyasadeva’s ’s disciple Vaicampayana is said to have first recited The Mahabharata for the king Janamejaya some hundred years later.

Very simply, The Mahabharata tells the story of the long war between the Kauravas and the Pandavas. This war was apparently willed by the ancient Indian Gods with the intention of easing the problem of over-population in the world. In his English translation of Krsna – The Supreme Personality of Godhead., His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedenta Swami Prabhupada tells us that the Mahabharata was gathered together by the great sage Vyasadeva in order to bring Krishna consciousness to “ those less intelligent ( like women, labourers and the mercantile class)”. And further informs us that In the Mahabharata “Krsna is presented in His different activities”. , and perhaps more importantly for us here, that the “Mahabharata is history….”

It is in the Mahabharata that we hear about Bhima who “flew with his vimana on an enormous ray which was as brilliant as the sun and made a noise like the thunder of a storm”. And in the same great ancient Indian epic we also hear about the great warrior Arjuna’s ascent to Indra’s heaven. Importantly, Arjuna is, we are told, a mortal. However, during the telling of his particular adventure we are told of his ascent to heaven in a car that travels upwards to the clouds with a noise like thunder. Whilst travelling to heaven Arjuna apparently also sees flying cars that have crashed and are out of action and other flying cars that are stationary, whilst others fly freely in the air. 


Interestingly in the Mahabharata we also find information about the terrible weapons belonging to the ancient Indian Gods that, in the light of our present day knowledge, do sound uncannily like nuclear weapons. In his best-selling book According To The Evidence, Erich Von Daniken tells us how he found evidence of such terrible weapons held by Indian Gods in Book 8, Musala Parva:

The unknown weapon is radiant lightening, a devastating messenger of death, which turned all the relations of Vrishni and Andhaka to ashes. Their calcined bodies were unrecognisable. Those who escaped lost their hair and nails. Crockery broke without cause; birds turned white. In a very short time food was poisonous. The lightening subsided and became fine ash.

Like Von Daniken says, It really is very difficult not to consider such provocative passages in the light of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Could it really be possible, as Von Daniken infers in According To The Evidence, that the ancient Indian Gods held the terrible and awesome power of an atom bomb? And if they did, were such lethal weapons of destruction let loose on the earth in the dark and distant past, perhaps causing the a terrifying and ancient nuclear war?

In the Ramyana, often cited as the second great Indian epic after the Mahabharata , we are told about vimanas that fly at great heights with the aid of quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. These vimanas could apparently travel vast distances and manoeuvre upwards, downwards and forwards. In his first great best-seller Chariots Of The Gods Von Daniken quotes form a translation of the Ramyana by N. Dutt (1891):

“At Rama’s behest the magnificent chariot rose up to a mountain of cloud with a tremendous din…” The tremendous noise apparently caused by the ancient Indian flying machines are certainly reminiscent of similar phenomena in the Bible and other ancient texts from around the world. 


Interestingly, in another of his books, The Gold Of The Gods, Von Daniken presents us with a photograph of an old Indian bas-relief which is, he tells us, a depiction of a vimana that was easily identified by Sanskrit scholars. He presents the picture of this ancient Indian vimana, or flying machine, next to a prehistoric drawing found high up on a rock face in the Sete Cidades. In Daniken’s opinion the Sete Cidades drawing is “identical in style and layout” with the ancient Indian bas-relief.

In a similar vein to the above mention of awesome and devastating mention of weapons in The Mahabarata, The Ramayana also seems to make mention of such weapons, too. For instance in the tale of ‘Rama and Sita’ the king promises Rama that if he succeeds in bending a certain immensely powerful bow, he will have his daughter, Sita, the princess born from the earth. “Straight away the King gave the orders: five thousand well-built men strained to drag the eight-wheeled iron cart which contained the divine weapon. Try, commanded the devout king, and effortlessly Rama seized the bow and drew it. He bent it to such an extent that he broke it and the sound that the string made in breaking struck fear in everyone who witnessed it. My daughter, said the king, will be the prize won by your strength”.

Also in The Ramayana is the account of one of Rama’s comrades, the King of the Apes. This King of the Apes could apparently not only evolve into a giant or shrink into a midget at will, but he is also a brilliant and fearless pilot of an obviously tremendously powerful flying machine of some kind. As Von Daniken recounts from the original text:

When he begins his flight from the mountains, the tops of the cliffs break, the foundations of the mountains shake. Giant trees are stripped of their boughs and broken, a shower of wood and leaves falls to the ground. The mountain birds and animals flee to their hiding places.

Furthermore this same King of the Apes mentioned in the ancient Indian text The Ramayana, could also apparently lift off in his flying machine from within built-up cities. He did not, by all accounts, need a runway like most modern aircraft in order to take-off:

With burning tail he swings himself up over the rooftops and kindles vast conflagrations so that the tall buildings and towers collapse and the pleasure gardens are laid to waste.   


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