Strange heritage

  • Episode 58
  • 01-12-2022
  • 10 Min Read
Strange heritage

Frankly speaking, India is the only land where all diversities and differences co-exist so harmoniously. India is among the very few civilisations that continue. It has ever been land of great inventions.

It is in India that Dentistry began, it is in India that a weighing machine was used first. Einstein said, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”

It was in India that the first plastic surgery was done. India knew how to manufacture stainless steel. It also knew the secrets of solar system and milky way.

Plant life was studied in minute details and Charka Samhitha has given everything on utilising them for body healing. It is said that each plant was contacted and Maharshi Charaka knew the secrets of communication using mind. Teachers those days also knew how to pass the knowledge they have earned, to another by the measure they intended. That could be why gurudakshina came to be so important those days.

Lord Krishna is said to have given Bhagavad Gita within those 50 minutes just before the Kurukshetra war was opened. Gita contains 700 hundred verses in 18 chapters. Who else in this world has communicated faster than this? I have heard Western thinkers claiming that there is ‘know thyself’ written on the entrance arch of the great Apollo temple of Delphi in Greece. In India, we had been teaching ‘believe in thyself’ a rule deeper than, ‘know thyself’.

In the matter of language also India is recognised. The oldest known language in the world is Tamil and the most classical of all languages (Devbhasha) is Sanskrit. Both belongs to India. It was in Tamil that the first daily was published and that in 1863.Taxila, now in Pakistan, was among the earliest centres of higher education, a university in the modern sense. Nalanda in Bihar, another higher education centre, also belonged to India. Both these centres did not collect fees but an admission there was very difficult – only eligible could get through.

Now, India is suffering from diversity. When the West talks about social harmony, India lives worrying about religious disharmony.

It seems that all the powerful Scriptures and its messages have been shuffled. So much of dispute is there among religions and within sects.

Sir Isaac Newton (1642 –1726) was an English polymath – mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, theologian and author. He is accepted as the most influential scientist ever.

In his Principia, Newton formulated the laws of universal gravitation which later was superseded by the theory of relativity. Newton eradicated all doubts on the heliocentricity of the Solar System. His inference was that the earth is an oblate spheroid. It was Newton who first built the reflecting telescope and who demonstrated the ability of a prism to split light into colours.

Newton was a fellow of Trinity College and later Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge. He was a devout but unorthodox Christian, who did not accept the Trinity doctrine.

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