Ancient Hindu scriptures say that the universe is approx. over 8.64 billion years (current scientific estimate ~13 billion years – obviously scientific error can creep in here) also considering these ideas were thought of over 5000-7000 years ago, it’s probably the closest any religion has ever got to the scientific estimate (and much closer than the 6000year chistian estimate – or whatever their estimate is).

Hindu scriptures say: “The universe is a cosmic egg that cycles between expansion and total collapse. It expanded from a concentrated form –a point called a Bindu. The universe, as a living entity, is bound to the perpetual cycle of birth, death, and rebirth”

Scientists kind of confirm that the universe started from a point called the “Big Bang” and that the universe “cycles between expansion and collapse”. Although as of yet we do not know whether the universe will continue to expand or collapse as we still have a long way to go before we find out, but the universe is currently expanding.

Also Hindu scriptures say there are about 4 lakh (400,000) species of plants etc. and science and biology states that there are around 385,000 species (obviously there would be some species that have not been identified yet).

If you research and closely study Ancient Hindu scriptures, they actually mention evolution long before Darwin’s “Origin of Species”.

Sushruta is regarded as the Father of Surgery. Over 2600 years ago Sushrata & his team conducted complicated surgeries like cataract, artificial limbs, cesareans, fractures, urinary stones, plastic surgery and brain surgeries.
Usage of anaesthesia was well known in ancient Indian medicine. Detailed knowledge of anatomy, embryology, digestion, metabolism,physiology, etiology, genetics and immunity is also found in many ancient Indian texts.

Bhaskaracharya rightly calculated the time taken by the earth to orbit the Sun hundreds of years before the astronomer Smart. According to his calculation, the time taken by the Earth to orbit the Sun was 365.258756484 days.

The value of “pi” was first calculated by the Indian Mathematician Budhayana to 28 decimal places (currently computers can only calculate to 16 decimal places), and he explained the concept of what is known as the Pythagorean Theorem. He discovered this in the 6th century, long before the European mathematicians.

Algebra, Trigonometry and Calculus also originated in India.Quadratic Equations were used by Sridharacharya in the 11th century. The largest numbers the Greeks and the Romans used were 106 whereas Hindus used numbers as big as 10*53 (i.e. 10 to the power of 53) with specific names as early as 5000 B.C.during the Vedic period. Even today, the largest used number is Terra: 10*12(10 to the power of 12).

There are also many other scientific examples in the Vedic scriptures which would take me all day to list but a few more examples:

Nuclear Physics in 3rd Century BC The smallest of them is called
Paramaanu which nearly equals one billionth part of a meter. This value tallies with the size of an organic molecule calculated by the western scientists.

Velocity of light as 325,940km/s in the Rig Veda was an approximation and much closer compared to what the Danish astronomer Ole Roemer gave in 1676 of 21,500km/s (Current scientific answer: 299,792.458 km/s)

Many ancient Sanskrit texts on Flight and Aircraft: The Yantra Sarvaswa of Maharshi Bharadwaja, Vimaana Chandrika of Maharshi Narayan, Vyoma Yaana Tantra of Sounaka, and Vyoma Yaanarka of Dandi Natha are some of them. They contained topics like Maargadhi Karana (Navigation and control of speed during flight), Lohaadhi Karana (alloys used for various components of
the aircraft) etc.

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  • You don’t have to agree with hinduism and I’m not trying to offend anyone, but the claim that hinduism has no scientific basis is not valid. Lastly, every religion has strange ideas, and the ones that are found in hinduism are due to thousands of years of degradation and misinterpretation, as metaphors were taken literally, customs were made up and taught, and invasions changed a lot of Indian culture and religion. Even the hindus who read the ancient Vedas now are prone to misinterpretation due to their knowledge and skill with sanskrit, which is a highly efficient language (suitable for use as a computer programming language due to its perfect syntax- more evidence for the Indians and computers concept :P) but each word can have many meanings depending on the context of its usage. “Purnam” could have been “full” or “perfect” depending on how I used it. An example of this is Hitler’s usage of the word “aryan” – which came from the Vedas to mean “noble” and was used to describe north Indians back in the day. The swastika is also a widely used symbol in India which means “that which is auspicious or good”, and was basically used as a symbol to bring prosperity, luck and happiness. That was also used by Hitler who bastardized the symbol.

  • First of all Hinduism doesn’t fall under the western concept of a religion. It can be considered as a way of life with the ultimate aim of self realisation.It consists of the realisations and teachings of thousands of great eniligthened teachers of ancient India and not like the teachings of a particular teacher or a particular book. Hence it is something undefinable.

    Hinduism is so vast that it encompasses everything from sex to superconsciousness, from the physical to the metaphysical. The so called discoveries of the modern science may the discoveries at a very lower level from the standpoint of the great spiritual teachers of Hinduism , because they have explored much higher levels of existence.

  • In fact the biggest definition, the life of this universe goes something like this

    It takes approx 325 Billion years for God’s eyelid to blink. In that blink of an eyelid, One Universe is created, exists and is destroyed. Job definition for Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva who are responsible for these tasks. Like you said it will take us a very long time in research to arrive at the “Life of the Universe” figure. But this statement also gives us an approximation of the size of that entity we call God. Which if we accept changes everything. Like in this philosophy God is not worried if you do not believe in him/her. Given the difference in physical size, one can understand God’s disinterest.

    It is very difficult for people to respect “other” religions.Even as I write, there are these Southern Baptists fanning out in my country trying to “Save” Hindu savages by offering a religion that seriously says God created this planet in 6 days!!! Ironic, isnt it?

  • Dear Friend,

    I wonder whether you made a statement or asked a Question.

    If it is a question, really , you have asked a thesis.I fully agree with you.

    But many Hindus even doubt and express that these are fiction.That is the State of affairs.

    I beg to submit the Sri Ramayana contains all the above points, (Valmiki Ramayana)

    The Mathematical aspects, science aspects, Vimaana Shaastra, medicinal plants, Vaastu shaastra,

    Astrology, Shakuna Shaastra, Military vyuuhams, Raja manadirams and the pleasures in it etc etc are so vividly described in Sri Ramayana.

    But ONE HAS TO STUDY RAMAYANA VERY SLOWLY AND STOP AFTER EACH VERSE AND CONTEMPLATE WHAT IT MEANS INTERNALLY.

    If Ramayana is read in tha way , every reading gives new insights and reveals our Great HINDculturere and the Intellectual level of ouMaharishis.

    I will try to add later some more .

    God bless you.

  • Once upon a time, Islam accompanied a well-developed body of science and philosophy.

    Buddhism and quantum physics go together quite neatly. The Buddhist monks I’ve known have all had an ‘well, of course’ attitude about this. Some even studied physics as well.

    Jewish scholars have worked on using Torah to determine the age of the universe since the Middle Ages. Centuries ago, someone got a figure of something like 12 billion. Aryeh Kaplan, a rabbi and physicist, arrived at 15.3 billion years, using Torah and rabbinic commentaries, a few decades ago.

    More practically, read Jewish law with an eye to regional agricultural and sociological practices. That’s where we really came into our own. The explanation may have been G-d says to do this and you’ll have a good harvest, do that and you’ll starve, but things like allowing fields to lay fallow have proven to be sound practice.

  • well yeah. According to some scared scientists who are afraid of their funding being taken away, we have had developed civilizations that were more developed than we are now. Atlantis is reported to be one of them. If you can get a chance to look up the piris map and a book called the bermuda triangle, you will find some more references to your interesting article. Wow there is some really close minded people in here about hinduism. It is a religion, but we are dealing with scolars from india. Its not really a good idea to make fun of others belief you know. People its the same God

  • What is of the spirit of the world that spirit agrees with the same; and the spirit of this world is judged with and in satan.

    sincerely the truth, edwah z j

  • So like, why did they wait for so long to develop nuclear power and flight?
    They could probably take over the world with either in 5000BC…

    I’m sure the ancient Hindus were all right, but let’s not get carried away.

  • Forgive me, but I always find attempts to merge physics and religion to be more than a bit tedious. They really aren’t talking about the same thing at all.

    No offense against the Hindus, who do have some very interesting ideas (and some very strange ones, too, like all religions).

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