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How scientifically plausible is Mahabharata?
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Let us understand the question. "Plausible" has become an interesting vocabulary lately - plausible / possible / likely. The most appropriate meaning in this context is “acceptable, pleasant”. How scientifically acceptable is Mahabharata? Like Haricharan's answer, one can draw level with almost anything and everything. Anyway, like the comments he received, you can call BS on just about anything and everything. Or, like Deepak's answer, you can streamline the material and make sense of it.
Mahabharata, an epic, is a literature that has been heard and told by and to several generations on the Indian subcontinent. Although Vyasa is considered the author of the epic here, I almost certainly believe that there are multiple authors. Every translator, every teacher, every speaker, every viewer has passed on the knowledge again and again in their own style. No one who survives today has access to or read the original content. The Mahabharata that we know of is a meal prepared by several chefs. And my comment here doesn't apply to the real recipe.
It depends on the time. Everything changes over time as a frame of reference. The time that we quantify as a constant is related to the earth clock. It sure changes when we are on another planet / solar system / galaxy. I am not aware of the time frames mentioned in Mahabharata. But for sure, every event mentioned in the epic would correspond to one time frame or another. All analysis takes place in Dwapara Yuga. God knows if it was a very different time. The human race we know has made more progress in the last 10 years than in the last 100, in the last 100 than in the last 2000. Building a pyramid is a little too far-fetched in today's world, despite the technology and resources. There are just too many moving parts - think of it as a democracy or an intellectual revolution. Likewise, a high-speed train would have looked too far-fetched for people who lived two millennia ago. Everything is possible, but it depends on the time. Perhaps another Mahabharata is about to happen in the future and then everyone will realize how plausible it is. In either case, it is plausible that the Mahabharata could or would have happened. So the next question is, if has already happened, or will happen, where?
It depends on the room. As I sit here and spread my thoughts millions of miles around the world via a device that receives / sends intangible and invisible signals to / from a device in my living room, a tribal boy on a remote island of Andaman & Nicobar mimics an animal sound to his Tribe to convey a message about the hunting opportunity he experienced in the jungle. There is a paradox. Here, there and almost everywhere in the universe. Just because his ancestors chose to prevent a civilized group of individuals from interacting with them doesn't make this tribal boy know what internet is. Perhaps our ancestors failed to give us skills and access to Mahabharata and its events. Perhaps there was some advanced civilization that coexisted with us. Maybe they were capable of kurukshetra and did. Maybe this was why we wanted to take it slow, and it took 2,000 years to reinvent a nuclear weapon. Or maybe they were us and our ancestors had to start all over again.
I don't know most of my past and most of my future. Everyone is like that. I try to understand the present. How plausible is what I've learned in the past for the present and the future? But the fact is that my present is fleeting and the plausibility changes. Nobody knows if it's another Harry Potter or a young girl's milk. So, to repeat it again - Mahabharata is scientifically plausible depending on space and time.
Simply put, Mahabharata is the culmination of Dwapara Yuga. The years of pressure building for the struggle between Dharma and Adharma + technological and scientific advancement culminated in Mahabharata.
Since I mentioned that Mahabharata is the height of the Dwapara-Yuga civilization - here are some examples.
Matsyagandha gets her virginity back - there are surgeries that do that now.
The Pandavas were not born through Pandu - they were fertilized by “gods” - sperm donors?
The Kauravas were born through - in vitro fertilization. They were conceived in pots.
Arjuna's year-long exile as a woman - hormonal changes?
Ashwathamas Chintamani - a brain chip that had access to all the knowledge in the world?
Astras - rockets and modern technology?
Sanjaya's version of the Mahabharata on Dhritarashtra - Skype? or any video conferencing?
Bhima - potential “Hulk”?
Bheeshma's Longevity - Some Kind of Serum?
Amba and Shikhandi - sex reassignment?
Abhimanyu - hearing sounds in the womb - scientifically proven.
(Language learning starts in the womb, study results; newborn memories of ohs and ahs heard in the womb)
Warfare - the most advanced and scientific techniques you will ever see. Just to give you an idea of the formations -
Source - Akshauhini
There were 18 Akshahinis in the Mahabharata War. that would be around 4.5 million people. Mahabharata mentions that there were very few soldiers left from the last army - this implies that it was literally an apocalyptic war.
One must understand that one is not trying to use any particular word or phenomenon to describe particular events in Itihasa and Purana. They are analogies and should be understood as scientific events.
As much as you want to be
At some point you have to differentiate between science and science fiction. Also, be able to distinguish symbolism from fact.
Most of the claims made in Mahabharata can be traced back to the author's creativity.
- Do you really think Bheem was the strength of 10,000 elephants? Isn't it possible that he was like one of today's strong men?
- Existence of nuclear weapons. People claim that the various mythological weapons in Mahabharata are nothing more than modern nuclear weapons. If that's true, we might as well believe that Thor has a hammer that can control the light, and Poseidon's trident rules the seven seas.
- People claim that since it is impossible for one woman to have 101 children, we perfected human cloning and / or test tube babies eons ago. Then we must also believe in a flawless conception.
- Pushpak Vimana is said to be the first working model of the aircraft. But is it really like that? Would it have been too difficult for the author to look up at the birds in the sky and imagine a fantasy vehicle that humans can also fly? If we limit ourselves to written words, we might as well have invented the time machine centuries ago and have now completed the Death Star.
People need to realize that Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita are more than actual narratives that have enabled a fifth of the world's population to lead a moral life for years. Among them and the various other Puranas and Vedas they have the most comprehensive literature on "How to Live a Good Life". And they have to be. This is not to say that the events never took place, but the written report was certainly glorified.
Krishnas Vishwaroopa (Krishna's manifestation as Whole of the universe) is a literary device that implies that after Krishna's sermon, Arjuna could finally see the whole truth from every possible angle. Rama's murder of Vali from a hidden point of view is the eternal debate between idealism and realism. Hanuman's exploits are not exploits of strength, but rather show how strong commitment, perseverance, and commitment to a goal are.
The stories themselves may be based on a truth, but they are largely allegorical. The characters of the Mahabharata were changed by the various authors under the name “Vyasa” in order to adapt them to their personalities. The events have been ingeniously changed, perhaps very much to convey the message of the Dharma. However, the war was very real. The extent of the weapons used ... we don't know. This does not change the credibility of the Bhagavad-Gita.
First of all, I notice that you are asking how scientifically plausible are the events depicted in Mahabharata, including the great war. Correct me if I am wrong.
I haven't read the epic yet so my answer is based on my portrayal of the epic on television and the stories I (as an Indian) heard during my childhood.
In the Rigveda, the Saraswati River is revered as one of the most powerful and sacred, and the river's path is described as going from the mountain to the sea in a continuous flow (reference could be added later), while Mahabharata says the Saraswati River was dried up in the sea desert (Wiki on Sarasswati). It can be assumed that the Mahabharata is post-Vedic and Rigveda around 1500 BC. Is supposed to have originated (Wiki on Rigveda). One of the greatest empires in India was the Moorish Empire, which was between 322 and 185 BC Existed (Wiki) and was not mentioned in Mahabharata. The events in this epic must therefore be between 1500 and 300 BC. Chr. Lying. During this time the Indian civilization was cohesive, in fact the kingdoms mentioned in Mahabharata flourished during this period, just a quick search on the wiki will tell you. This creates the possibility of great war, and states almost always lean towards historical wars, and the evidence today is more than enough to justify this.
Mahabharata is most likely to be affected by such a major war. So my answer to your question is Mahabharata, the great war, the is very plausible for bites .
Now to the events described in Mahabharata or what I saw on the television series that was very well directed by Mr. BR Chopra, and the rather not so well directed series that has been aired for days now (personal opinion). The answer is for sure No, Within the timeframe set out above, there were quite a number of prominent philosophers (a general term for mathematicians, astronomers, scientists) that we know. If you just googling you will find out who they are and what they were working on and you will see that it was most certainly not nuclear physics or aerodynamics or genetic engineering (related to some earlier answers).
My conclusion: the great war of Mahabharata is very plausible, but the event described is not possible. It is clear that Mahabharata is one of the greatest epics ever written, but it is a poetic exaggeration of the plot possibly borrowed from real events.
To understand how technology works we need to use an example.
Take Torch as a case study. The torch as a source of light has been used by humans for a long time since they figured out how to start and control fire. Any suitable fuel was burned to produce light to see in the dark. Whenever possible these days, the torch has been replaced by an electric torch. Safe and yet an important example to understand what technology means.
Important components of a flashlight, sometimes referred to as a flashlite (as in the USA).
4. Metallic / plastic body
6. Cover the glass
The battery, lamp and switch show that people use electricity as a source of energy. If electricity is used in Torch, it must be used for millions of other purposes. Battery is a portable, stored example of this cable that enables thousands of power uses to be portable. A switch allows the option to be used or stopped - a safe way of handling electricity. Therefore, the population can use it without going into details and without fear of injury. With a miniature electric lamp, the light can be portable or installed in myriad spots to illuminate the dark areas when needed.
Understanding reflector point of optics and using objects to focus light on specific targets over long distances.
Metallic-plastic body means the ability to use and process materials from nature and to give them a variety of shapes. Millions of uses for it.
Cover glass shows the availability of material through which light can pass but air cannot. This article has tremendous potential in separating areas where visibility is required but atmospheric disturbance is not. Thousands of uses of it.
The point is, technology doesn't float in the air as an isolated object. It has thousands of components that are used elsewhere. In fact, these components already exist and are being put together to piece the technology together.
Now take a look at the technologies described.
Bow and arrow skill (arjun) or a batting club (bhim) are shown to be the best fighters. Where does technology go? Suddenly they are using Bhramastra (presumably Nuclear) without any intermediate ability. So we go straight from the bow and arrow to atomic bombs. None of the soldiers have even poor shooting skills. You're still in hand-to-hand combat. Why does everyone use animal power (elephants, horses)? Why didn't they use nuclear energy or any other energy?
As for the analogy, I'm surprised at the adoption of high-tech fertilization such as sperm donation rather than a simple, practical, and low-tech "extramarital affair".
I am assuming that you are mainly asking about two things that seem absolutely unscientific:
1. The birth of babies (for example Karna)
2. About the powerful weapons used by the warriors in the great battle.
To answer your question:
1. As far as women become pregnant by the gods, this is nonsense and completely unscientific.
2. The weapons, however, are a different set overall. The names seem strange, but it's not entirely impossible and unscientific. People could have had the technology even though there is no definitive evidence. But there is also no scientific evidence for the pyramids in Egypt!
I've always wondered if similar things happen to us. If our generation on earth is wiped out and after a few thousand years our fossils and other substances are discovered and deciphered, what would their impression be on our civilization today? Do you think we always fought with aliens and won after reading some Hollywood scripts? Or will they think we're all a bunch of idiots after reading Sajid Khan's scripts?
When something like this happens, I want them to find out all of the textbooks in all areas so that they understand how well known that era was.
I've always believed the Mahabharata was a fiction. If you keep religion and feelings away from it, you can easily see it. But there are so many other ancient scriptures in India that are not fiction, such as Charaka Samhitha. I would definitely be interested in how scientific this knowledge is.
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Personally, I consider the “Bhramastra” to be a kind of nuclear weapon.
When Ashwatama couldn't take back his bhramastra during the dual with Arjuna (he probably didn't know he could spread it) he redirected it to Uththara, the Asthra killed almost the entire Pandava generation, but Krishna managed to get Parikshith alone rescue.
Parikshith was born black and crippled, likely the side effects of nuclear radiation.
Also during the duel between Arjuna and Ashwatama, both were asked to withdraw their bhramastra because the world could not survive the collision of the bhramastra or the collision of two nuclear warheads.
Under a very liberal interpretation, everything that does not violate the known laws of physics (with plenty of room to break through barriers, such as walking faster than light, time travel, etc. - since it is about open questions and not about impossibilities) and logic ( (there is not much room to break through barriers here) is scientifically plausible.
The Mahabharata in its current form is an epic that has been revised and rewritten for millennia, with new tidbits added here and there. So obviously there are a lot of omitted details compared to something written by a single person. and so there is much room for maneuver to adapt the story to the laws of physics and logic. As Haricharan Vijayaraghavan mentioned in his answer, it is pretty easy to interpret poetry into scientifically plausible events.
With this very liberal interpretation, however, one can regard almost all fictions as scientifically plausible. The Mahabharata is scientifically as plausible as “Star Wars” or “Star Trek” or “The Lord of the Rings” or “Harry Potter”.
Mahabharata is an extremely ancient piece of literature and has been paraphrased into many related pieces by famous writers. So the scientific plausibility is strictly based on what you have interpreted about the history of Mahabharata.
If everything that happens in your story is subject to natural events, it can be said to be scientifically plausible. However, if the story you are referring to is about someone who can control the sun and put off the evening, or children born without the action of sperm or unlimited automatic supply of substances when in need, then your mahabharata is implausible reasoning according to modern scientific standards.
The following are the summaries of two of my blog posts that cover the subject using verses from the Koran and the Bible:
The mighty old men
The earth is littered with ancient ruins. The verses in the Qur'an urge us to pay attention to these ruins, as these civilizations were "stronger and more impressive in the land". This study examines what the Koran says about the ancients and lists the discoveries of ancient ruins. It is interesting to note that contrary to popular belief, both point to powerful civilizations that flourished in the ancient past.
World history and future implications
Written records, mythology, and archaeological evidence show that this is not the first time humans have advanced technologically - rather, ancient human civilizations were far more powerful. According to the Scriptures, they indulged in the grave crime of changing creation, and despite repeated warnings, God saved mankind from extinction by destroying the criminals and their corruptions. Satan's constant enmity and tireless efforts to destroy humanity and his methods are mentioned in the scriptures.
As science advances, great advances are being made in genetic engineering and on many other fronts. At this point, to ensure judicious and useful use of the technology, it is important for believers, especially scientists and decision-makers, to reread the scriptures and be guided by them so that we do not inadvertently become Satan's tools for become our own eternal loss.
If I'm interested in theology and have read major texts from all major religions in the world, I can share my insights. Innocent people fail when they get evidence of some of the claims made in ancient stories ... and then assume that hundreds of other claims must be true. None of the ancient stories in all religions can be 100% true when the writer / observer / interpreter bias comes into play. Get good moral advice and lessons from them.
- High standards help to attract attention and increase the value of a story. Ancient Hindu texts have such startling examples.
- The Bible has many authors, different points of view, several translations that are losing credibility.
- The Qur'an, too, was correctly compiled much later after Muhammad's death, and the book itself contains contradictions, and man's political agenda in spreading an ideology is clearly visible.
Just take good points from everyone. I have read all the important texts of the major religions and therefore find some things plausible, but the majority are surprisingly creative.
It is up to you whether you believe in the epic or not.
Mahabharata is a mixture of real events and fiction. Many scholars have given different dates for this epic. It's difficult to trust any of them because they are so different.
Second, Mahabharata was written in Sanskrit. But when was Sanskrit developed? To do this, we need to find out the origin of Sanskrit. Then only we can come to a conclusion.
The most scientific and advanced culture lived in the Mahabharata era. The world's greatest epic mentions things like atomic bomb effects, planes and buildings, skillfully planned townships and cities, things like television, etc., to name a few
My personal opinion is that the Mahabarata is real to the extent that these people existed and the Great War took place. Calm is color added by different people over time. Kennedy was killed in the age of technology and television in 1963. We still don't really know why and how. September 11th is full of questions ... it happened in 3101 BC. BC ... When there was no technology to talk about and that largely seeped away through word of mouth ... So in general, it's true ...
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