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CONSEPTS OF REALITY
Volume I
Abhaya Mudra Dasi


Kalki Avatara painting by Abhaya Mudra Dasi

I dedicate this humble effort to my Guru Maharaja Shriman Suhotra Maharaja, who encouraged me to develop my talents. I dedicate the book also to my life partner his grace Patita Pavan das Adhikary, who has been instrumental in furthering my abilities to write. He is also the editor of this book.


Content:
ROOTS OF THE MODERN WORLD

Pitfalls of Democracy………………………………………………………page 4

How the Scientists Stole the Vedas………………………………………..page 12

Mechanics of Real Science………………………………...........................page 20

Doomsday (Stop Drilling the Earth)……………………...........................page 27

Deciphering the Codes of Kali…………………………………………….page 32

Lord Surya Narayana (Controller of Time and Destiny)……………….page 44

Secrets of the Bible…………………………………………………………page 51

Ancient Influences of Sun Worship on Modern Religions...…………….page 58

Revelation about the Book of Revelation.………………………………...page 65

Vedic Concepts of the New Year...…….………………………………….page 72

Year 2012……………………….…………………………………………..page 77

Our Home in the Universe………………………………………………...page 87

Clock Mechanisms and the Flat earth……………………………………page 95

Inside the North Pole (Alien Encounters)..……………….........................page 99

The Flying Machine of Victor Grebennikov……………………………..page 110

Vastu Shastra… and the Wheel of Time…………………………………page 113

Music of the Planets………………………………………………………..page 119
ASTROLOGY OF THE BHAGAVATA

Astrology and Free Will..…………………………………..........................page 124

From Ragava to Ratnavali...……………………………………………….page 130

Drekkanas of Lord Chaitanya’s Horoscope..……………..........................page 135

The Stars of Lord Ramachandra…………………………..........................page 137

Horoscope of the Mahabharata War………………………………………page 142

Lord Shiva in Jyotish Shastra……………………………………………...page 149

Rudrakshas and their relationship to the Nine Planets.………………….page 151

The Power of Gems in Vedic Astrology…………………………………....page 157

Tastes, Planets and the Food we Eat……………………………………….page 161

The Wealth of Ekadashi…………………………………………………….page 165

Planets of the Kumba Mela…………………………………………………page 170

About Rahu and Ketu……………………………………………………….page 173

How to Judge Eclipses……………………………………………………….page 175

Jupiter_Saturn Face Off……………………………………………………..page 176

Planetary Positions for the Golden Age…………………………………….page 185

Prophecies of Vanga………………………………………………………….page 189

Astro-Cartography and you………………………………………………….page 194

Astro-Cartography of Shrila Prabhupada…………………..........................page 197

The debate over Shrila Prabhupada’s Rising Sign………………………….page 199

Miscalculation in the Philosophy and Rising Sign of Shrila Prabhupada…page 204

Physiognomy of a Pure Devotee………………………………………………page 207

Brihaspati in the Horoscope of Devotees……………………………………..page 211

Shukracharya in the Horoscope of Devotees………………………………....page 215
LUST VERSUS LOVE

How Shri Krishna Calls Us Back……………………………………………..page 122

The Secret of Love……………………………………………………………..page 226

Sex and Spirituality...………………………………………………………….page 231

Crossing the Border of Imersonalism...………………………………………page 242

Homosexuality and the New Age...…………………………………………....page 253

Becoming Free of Sex Desire...………………………………………………...page 264

War on Maya……………………………………………………………………page 271

The Woman as Guru: Words of Silence……………………………………….page 177

Nefarious Nature of Women……………………………………………………page 281
FINDING SHRI KRISHNA MADE EASY

Who is Intelligent………………………………………………………………..page 286

Teaching the Mind to Chant…Even While Sleeping.…………………………page 288

Conversations with Paramatma………………………………………………..page 291

Three Levels of Devotees (Which one are You?)......……………………….…page 295

I am the Taste of Water”..…………………………………………………….page 303

How to never Come Back to the Material World...…………………………...page 305

Purpose in the Material World…………………………………………………page 308
Books by Abhaya Mudra Dasi:
1989 The Path to the Blue Light – novel about a personal journey to Krishna Consciousness
2000 Impressions – poetry about Shri Krishna
2005 The Chitra Gita – short essays in a poetic form with painting illustrations discussing various topics about Shri Krishna and His pastimes
2009-2015 Concepts of Reality – selected essays discussing all kinds of topics from the angle of Krishna Consciousness
ROOTS OF THE MODERN WORLD

PITFALLS OF DEMOCRACY
In popular historical accounts the word democracy was first used in ancient Greece denoting a contemporary system of governing. In ancient Athens the word democracy was a compound term which could be broken into two parts: demos meaning people and kratein to rule. This ideal of governing inspires us even today. Democracy echoes the ancient ideals of equality and freedom into the modern governing systems.
Some authors like John Keane (author of Life and Death of Democracy) think that democracy has much older origins. He traces the meaning of the word democracy back to the Mycenaean period which preceded the rule of Greece in the Mediterranean region. There the word demos (a person) is slightly changed to be pronounced damos. John Keane discovered the word demos in the Sumerian language as well where it is pronounced dunu meaning ‘inhabitants of a designated region.’ In the ancient world the many of the different languages enjoyed a greater connection to one another than they do today. That is due to the fact that they all kept close phonetic link to their unifying origin, the prototypic Sanskrit. In Sanskrit or devanagari (lit. “language spoken in the cities of the demigods”) dham means “place.” Dhamu means “one who hails from a particular region.” Kratu implies intellectual ability. It becomes apparent that in ancient time dhemokrat meant to employ the thinking ability of every man and utilize it for the welfare of the total society.
How democracy was applied is evident by one such example taken from Shri Ramayana, the epic about Shri Ramachandara’s life. After defeating Ravana and returning to the throne of Ayodhya, Lord Ramachandra overheard that some low-class person, dissatisfied with his wife, calling her behavior “like Sita’s” (because She was forced to stay in the home of another). Shri Ramachandra immediately took the opinion of the shudra seriously. As consequence He ordered his wife, Shrimati Sita Devi, to be taken to the forest ashram of Sage Valmiki. The Personality of Godhead Shri Ramachandra could not allow the citizens of Ayodhya even to think or discuss Mother Sita in an unfavorable way. By sending Her to Valmiki’s ashram, He protected both Her and the citizens alike. Of course, we may think that the opinions of women were never taken into account in ancient times even when democratic verdict was applied. But women had much to say in their families and had the power to control the opinions of their own men. Kings were only considered true kshatriyas when they offered equal justice to all citizens.
The queen was equal to the king in making decisions. One such example is illustrated by the story of punishment applied to Ashvatthama, the son of Dronacharya. When Ashvatthama killed the five sleeping and helpless sons of Draupadi, he was captured by Shri Krishna and Arjuna. When the Lord and his friend were determined to kill Ashvatthama, Draupati was also consulted for a verdict. Her punishment was much milder and considerate of the mother of Ashvatthama. Consequently, Shri Krishna only disgraced Ashvatthama. For this reason the son of Dronacharya is alive even today. And if someone is fortunate to meet him he could be able to hear the stories of the Mahabharata war from a contemporary of Shri Krishna.
As long as there were true kshatriyas the citizens were protected. But the moment the kings became corrupt the people decided to take the reigns of power into their own hands. In ancient Athens democratic votes were given every day. Whenever there was a predicament all the people discussed the situation. For this reason the governments constructed large places for congregation. Every citizen had the turn to rule the city at some point of his life. Of course a big city was considered even a village of 10,000 people. But that made the application of democracy easier. Even in Manu Samhita and Shukra Niti it is noted that if a city is to be under the control of its ruler it should not exceed the population of 56,000. What is the situation today? We live in gigantic conglomerates. The idea of democracy is stronger than ever in our modern world. But although it may be one of the most used words in political accounts and discussions democracy remains an elusive dream when it comes to practical application.
Words have vast power in today’s world of the variegated media. Words in the form of information rule the world today; they change and shape the global perception of each generation. When we hear “democracy” we think equality and freedom. But there are many different forms of democracy and all of them are meant to discourage the straightforward practice of control by the people.
In Representative democracy the people elect a few candidates amongst themselves and those representatives run in an election. The pitfall of representation is that not all people in the population of a country are politically active and only the political parties elect representatives. Most people end up voting for candidates they do not like or they do not identify with. In this form of democracy the president will never be able to stand for all the views and wants of all the citizens at large. The main reason is because in this form of democracy the rule is wielded by the majority. This situation creates an oppressed minority. The oppressed minority acts in opposition to the elected representative. Because the opposition wants a share in the decision making process, this desire is used as an excuse to create a situation where a consecutive election is inevitable. Thus nobody remains on top of the political game for too long. No president has enough time to solve the major problems concerning his country and the world. Most presidents come to power, enrich themselves for their term of four or five years and then go away to make place for the next elected “leader” to come along and repeat the performance.
Because the Representative democracy, depending on the winner amongst the two leading parties, is either black or white, the more open-minded societies employ another type of democracy called Parliamentary. In this form of democracy there is an extended representation of the citizens in the form of a parliament. In the parliament all major political parties in a country have their representatives. The parliament has the right to vote against the decisions of the prime minister and the president. Although this is a better version of democracy than the Representative democracy, it is noteworthy to mention that an ordinary person has a little or no access to the parliamentary decisions. The high officials who supposedly represent the citizens are sitting in big chairs behind many closed doors. Their cabinets have high security alarms and the so-called “representatives” are virtually inaccessible to the ordinary citizens. The man on the street has a tough time influencing the decisions of the parliament.
Although the deputies are supposed to represent the opinions of the people they have their own political agenda. Often politics and corruption go hand in hand. On the surface Parliamentary democracy may seem fairer than other forms of democracy but in practice it does not provide better results. This form of democracy is confusing to the general public. The ordinary citizens are deceived that they personally take part in the government via their representatives. In fact, the chosen few in the parliament are only looking after the citizen’s interests in theory. In this unfair form of democracy only a chosen few can truly represent themselves and those few are the deputies in the parliament. When the citizens realize that nobody is truly looking after them they do not know how to overcome this social imbalance. In general society reacts by publicizing against the culprits. After the decision for exposing the guilty deputies is taken, the ones who want to fight for their rights loose track of priorities. They start by looking into the lives of the alleged high personas, and end up just popularizing their mistakes. Thus the freedom fighters inspire society to follow the corruption of the ones in charge. When you deal with many people things becomes very complicated.
Some countries prefer another form of democracy called Presidential. In this form of democracy the president has the right to oversee the work of the government. His power is close to that of a king because he can interfere with all decisions made by the administration. The pitfall of this democracy is that the president is elected through one political party. He is supposed to be without bias and represents all political parties equally. In practice this is impossible because the president is always loyal to the party that promoted him. But a perfect ruler is not created in one or two days and he does not rule a country for one or two terms for limited number of years. A real well-wisher of all citizens is born as a king and trained since birth to follow dharma. Thus the pitfall of the Presidential democracy is that the imposed leader ends up being a mere panderer in the hands of certain powerful political parties or corporations. In some counties there is Semi-presidential democracy where the prime minister and the president have equal powers and are supposedly checking and correcting each others’ errors. The pitfall of this democracy is that the president and the prime-minister go into endless error fining. Instead of working constructively and solving real problems like tax, poverty line, employment and medical care they only add new meanings to political correctness.
Since all democracies in the above list have failed to properly represent all citizens, some political masterminds have made one last attempt to make democracy work using the power of law. Supposedly, in the face of law, the political parties, the president, the prime minister and the ordinary citizens are equal. The chains of law, ideally, stop all unfair and underhanded techniques and secure true representation of all citizens. But the pitfall of Liberal democracy does not make the democratic system more workable. In practice, it makes the drawbacks of the system legalized. And to cast the historical mistakes of modern classlessness as iron clad the last and supposedly perfect form of democracy is created, the Constitutional democracy. This democratic system is based on a constitution and it is a derivative of the Liberal democracy. The difference is that the constitution is supposed to be permanent while the law can be changed when, ideally, everybody agrees on that. The pitfall of the Constitutional democracy lies in the truth that the constitution is not a perfect document. It is written in a fixed time, which has its own trends, by a handful of people with limited experience. The constitution is a weak call to rewrite the laws of the Universe which only Manu, a true representative of Shri Krishna can inscribe and reinforce.
The devotees of Shri Krishna know that democracy cannot possibly represent spiritual equality. Devotees know the futility of voting for any listed political party because there is no representation for followers of Krishna consciousness. The truth is that if we wait for the world of samsara to represent us, we will never be heard or noticed. A devotee cannot be part of a world wherein the rule of selfishness dictates to the majority of representatives from whichever party they originate.
Today in the name of democracy gigantic corporations threaten to swallow even the little remaining freedoms of the ordinary citizens. People have been tricked in the name of democracy into voting away their autonomy. They have sacrificed their free time, the right to drink pure water, the need to breathe fresh air and to work at home producing their own God-given food. Big business assures the people that they do not have to do hard labor because all their needs will be taken care of. The corporations will bottle the water and sell it to the people in pretty containers. They will sell them air purifiers; they will open big supermarkets with all imaginable fruits and vegetables in every season, and they will vend them to the obedient citizens. The human beings do not need to do anything but surrender their freedom and in return they will receive plenty of money to spend it back into the system. Though such big corporations create a motherly image, they are true agents of Kali. They are the witches and the conditioned human beings are sleeping on their laps. Undetected, like beautiful Putanas, they enter our lives and lock us from our ability to think properly. They induce everyone to model their life after their unscrupulous principles. The big corporations console the sleeping souls with the promise that in the next election each citizen can vote for whoever he chooses.
But every civilian has but one time to vote every four or five years. And even then, many are watching how he exercises his vote. Family members who are politically oriented will also try to sway him into voting for their representative. The company he works for will also try to buy his vote. Around the time of the election campaign certain faces become famous for a short period of time. They are supposed to be the candidates of the ordinary citizen who has usually never met them in person. There is nothing personal about the aggressive way the candidates approach him from their posters, television, radio, and internet. They talk about themselves and how they are going to solve his problems but they do not care to personally know the voter. Because the candidates are also ordinary people it is impossible for them to know every single person who is going to vote for them on the elections. In the aftermath a person is not counted as an individual but as a vote.
Personalism is possible only in Krishna Consciousness. Lord Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, knows every single soul in the universe regardless the size of his body, from an insect to a demigod. It does not matter what form of democracy, monarchy or patriarchy society adopts. If Shri Krishna is not put in the center, there will always be a failure in the establishment. The system’s principles would stay elusively in the realm of idealism. Democracy is theoretically a very good system but in practice its ideals have been unreachable. On the contrary, Vaishnava philosophy does not claim that everyone is born equal. Every single entity has different karma and has to suffer different consequences in life. Though advocates of democracy claim that vox populi can provide equality but sameness does not exist. A man and a woman have different bodies with different requirements. A person with godly inclinations is also not equal to a person with demonic propensities. People have to be treated according to their individual karma, their respective characters and their goals in life.
Real equality means to treat every single person according to his or her situation while at the same time providing him or her with equal possibility for self-realization. This is the goal of varnashrama system established by Shri Krishna. The Lord explains this in Bhagavad Gita (4.13) to Arjuna:
catur-varnyam maya srishtam guna-karma-vibhagashah

tasya kartaram api mam viddhy akartaram avyayam
According to the three modes of material nature and the work ascribed to them, the four divisions of human society were created by Me. And, although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the non-doer, being unchangeable.
Varnashrama principle is “simple living and high thinking” because it relies on the resources of nature. Self-sufficiency, which is a normal consequence of agrarian living, is the key to freedom. Freedom is not possible if a single person is dependent on countless individuals; as it is the situation in the modern world. For example, we would be surprised to learn how many people handle the distribution of electricity before it reaches the consumer. How many individuals have been engaged in producing the devices which allocate the electricity, and how many devices are there that receive the electricity? How many people handle the bureaucratic side of electric distribution? How many people handle the electric invoices? Before someone receives a single kilowatt-hour of electricity, countless people have participated in its production. On the contrary, agrarian community makes the individual depended mainly on his family. In this way the family becomes the basic unit of society.
Today families are being destroyed by the artificial dependency on technology. Technology dooms human relations and destroys the feelings associated with human interaction. In modern society new psychological diseases are on the rise. We cannot disregard the fact that human beings are mainly emotional creatures. And despite the fact that in modern society all material needs may be met, the need for emotional security is not. The living entity does not have the facility to be close to many different individuals at the same time. For the living entity being close to only one person is natural. The original position of the living entity is to find his close relationship with the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. All other relationships are based on this fact. Reviving our lost relationship with Shri Krishna is the only way to solve emotional disorientation.
Democracy is just another form of confusion regarding our innate need to be close to another, to be close to the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna. Democracy promises personalism although it can never reciprocate. It is a system which encourages lies and deceit on all levels. In the name of democracy we see all kinds of atrocities being conducted by the big powers of the day. The large and powerful establishments force others into becoming democratic in the name of consumerism which they control. But no market is unlimited when the resources are in the hand of the greedy. The need of the hour is that we, as devotees, should try to entrench ourselves in secure situations. We need to own land and construct temples and other buildings. We need to develop communities which will grow to enact the vision for self-sufficient society which gives freedom and equality to all individuals to love Shri Krishna. Only then the utopia of direct democracy (when everyone’s desires, opinions and rights are fully counted) can be accomplished.

The futility of democracy at work: American elected officials check sports scores, visit Facebook or play video card games while the Speaker of the House addresses the “dignitaries.”
Shrila Prabhupada on democracy: "This democracy is a demon-crazy. It has no value. It is simply waste of time and effort and no feeling, demon-crazy. I do not know who introduced this... Everyone is taking part in politics. What is this nonsense? It is meant for the kshatriyas. They can fight and defend. The rascals, bhangis, chamars, and they are also in politics. Harijanas... Every one of them vote, and everyone has got the right to become king, minister."
HOW THE SCIENTISTS STOLE THE VEDAS
“There are unlimited Vaikuntha planets in the spiritual sky, and the ratio of these planets to the material planets in the material sky is three to one. Thus the poor materialist is busy making political adjustments on a planet that is most insignificant in God's creation. To say nothing of this planet earth, the whole universe, with innumerable planets throughout the galaxies, is comparable to a single mustard seed in a bag full of mustard seeds. But the poor materialist makes plans to live comfortably here and thus wastes his valuable human energy in something that is doomed to frustration. Instead of wasting his time with business speculations, he might have sought the life of plain living and high spiritual thinking and thus saved himself from perpetual materialistic unrest.”

-Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita Adi 5.22 (Purport by His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)


When it comes to knowledge of the universe we live in, modern scientists are often described as “experts” in the same way a blind man will describe a man with fuzzy vision as expert in seeing. When one such so-­called “scientist” stumbles upon a natural law—each of which have their origins in the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna—that scientist will often jump to put his name on the effect. This is the demonic mentality of atheistic science as this essay will prove with due reference to the revealed shastras.
As an example of their mentality let us look to the naming of the very continents of North and South America. Both great land masses were well populated and existed long, long before they were “discovered” by Columbus when the Italian explorer first landed on Watling Island in 1492. These great continents would soon be named for Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci. Similarly, to this day borrowed “discoveries” are still appropriated in all branches of science. History records many other such instances of mis-appropriations in the names of discovery or science. For example, the electrical measurement or volt is named after Alessandro Umberto Volta who lived in the 19th century. The avogardo constant in the field of elementary particles is named after Amedeo Avogadro. The measure of frequency is called hertz after Heinrich Hertz. The synthetic element nobelium is named after Alfred Nobel. In this way deluded so-called scientists have trademarked, as it were, the energies of Shri Krishna. To the devotee, it stands to reason that a pre-existing reality that is appropriated by a lesser mind is a simple means of artificially attempting to overridee the glory of the original creator Shri Krishna.
When we read about so-called scientific genius, it is worth noting that the 19th century is characterized as the peak of scientific discovery. Let us take the example of Charles Darwin who lived during the heyday of the British Raj, from 1809 till 1882. Darwin became the father of the Darwinian theory of evolution much as Amerigo Vespucci is the “father” of America. There is evidence that Darwin requisitioned the concept of evolution from the Vedas. He adapted the Vedic version of transmigration of the soul from lower to higher bodies to the grossly materialistic Western view by propounding his atheistic views of physical evolution. In a word, Darwin’s demonic theory declared that the physical body does not contain an eternal soul and that evolution is based upon some phantasmagorical transformation of matter rather than the evolution of purifed consciousness.
To this Shrila Prabhupada responds (BGAI 8.3, purport), “In material nature [the living entity] may take a body from any of the 8,400,000 species of life, but in spiritual nature he has only one body.”
The history of modern science is deeply linked to Europe’s great geographic expeditions of the 15th and 16th centuries. And, ironically, much of the history of modern science—for all its borrowed glory—sprang from the simple idea of profiting from the exotic spices of the East. Instead of merely creating wealth, merchant ships stumbled upon a parts of the world prior unknown to them that the Europeans now named the “New World”.
Although profit was the bottom line for those risky adventures, the wonders that the early European explorers chanced upon formed the foundations for much modern scientific research. Unknown local traditions in far-off lands were seized upon by intrepid explorers. Once these discoveries were in their hands, instead of honoring the learning and realizations of their new-found teachers, the explorers turned into invaders. They responded by diabolically seizing the lands of less aggressive and unsuspecting peoples while covering their own tracks by labeling these cultures as barbaric. The knowledge of the local folk was ingeniously used to enslave them.
The genocidal decimation of the Native Americans—the so-called red Indians of North and South America where entire languages and cultures were utterly lost—stands as historical recod. Yet no place on earth became subject to Kali Yuga exploitation as it was designed in Europe like India. Thus a once-glorious country was turned into a now-tarnishing jewel in the crown of the British Empire.
The shores of India were beseiged by private companies of different European origins—France, the Netherlands, Portugal and England—in the early 17th century. By the beginning of the 19th century, it was Britain and its East India Company that had gradually succeeded in taking over the country and which now held ninety percent of India’s territory. Not co-incidentally, the greatest strides in science were achieved during those days of glory when Britainnia held India in her iron grip. The factual Vedic version was scrutinized by those Western minds and interpreted according to their limited capacity. As a result, this new-found knowledge of India was suitably altered and adapted in ways that would prove suitable to serve the needs of the Western world. Much of the ancient texts of India were translated into English, German and other languages and carefully kept in the British libraries. Meanwhile the politically-motivated theory of Aryan invasion was promoted as a political ruse to override and minimize the ancient glory of Bharata-varsha. The foreign invaders were free to utilize India’s heritage for their own “scientific discoveries”.
The Industrial Revolution spanning from approximately 1750 till 1850 was stimulated by the era of great geographic discoveries that occurred between the late 15th to early 17th centuries. The steam locomotive first began its operations in 1804. Many mechanical devices and machines were invented in the 19th century leading to increased production with a result that populations now began to centralize in the cities. Such sophisticated mechanics are well described in the Vimana Shastra which deals with the science of aerodynamics. Even by today’s standards those who apply Vedic knowledge are much more technologically advanced.
Some unusual discoveries were also made in the 19th century. In 1820 the mission of Fabian Gottlieb Thaddeus von Bellingshausen of Russia discovered Antarctica. Consequently in 1899 Stepan Osipovich Makarov led the first icebreaker on an expedition to the Arctic. With his explorations of Tibet Nikolay Przhevalsky and other Russian pioneers were the first proponents that the Earth may have other dimensions—and in fact may be hollow. See the following quote from Shrila Prabhupda (SB 5.24.8):
“In these seven planetary systems, which are also known as the subterranean heavens [bila-svarga], there are very beautiful houses, gardens and places of sense enjoyment, which are even more opulent than those in the higher planets because the demons have a very high standard of sensual pleasure, wealth and influence. Most of the residents of these planets, who are known as daityas, danavas and nagas, live as householders. Their wives, children, friends and society are all fully engaged in illusory, material happiness. The sense enjoyment of the demigods is sometimes disturbed, but the residents of these planets enjoy life without disturbances. Thus they are understood to be very attached to illusory happiness.”
Many device of modern science are merely gross material manifestations of the subtle powers long known to India’s adepts. For example telepathy, a siddhi known to the yogis, inspired long distance communications like the telegraph which first came about in 1837. Similarly, the first electric motor was built in 1829. Therefore it is evident that the inspiration for many scientific discoveries came from information that already exists in the Vedas.
The Vedas are known as the manual of the Universe. All scientific phenomena are ever present in latent or obvious forms in the vast creations of Shri Krishna. As stated in Shrimad Bhagavatam (1.2.32): “The Lord as Supersoul pervades all things, just as fire permeates wood, and so He appears to be of many varieties, though He is the absolute one without a second.”
In 1869 Dmitri Mendeleev created the Periodic Table of Elements. He was famous for his quote that resounds the wisdom of the Vedas: “Nothing is lost. Matter only transforms from one state to another.” The Vedas are full of classifications, including the elements. See this from Shrila Prabhupada’s purport to SB 1.3.10: “The sum total of the creative elements is twenty-four in all. Each and every one of them is explicitly explained in the system of Sankhya philosophy. Sankhya philosophy is generally called metaphysics by the European scholars. The etymological meaning of sankhya is ‘that which explains very lucidly by analysis of the material elements.’ This was done for the first time by Lord Kapila, who is said herein to be the fifth in the line of incarnations.”
In 1820 the Hungarian Sándor Kőrösi Csoma set out for Tibet to explore the culture of the region. With British assistance Csoma was able to translate many Tibetan works. Thus the first English-Tibetan Dictionary came into existence and the mysticism of Tibet became available to the western world.
Another interesting detail linked to the 19th century is that London doubled its population. The medical science of the day advanced so much that many modern diseases appeared to be overcome. Anesthesia was also used for the first time in 1842. This success is linked to the science of Ayurveda that has solutions for all diseases not excluding even the plague and cancer. The systematic evaluation of body types has been known since time immemorial as recorded in the ancient Vedic texts and different treatments and injunctions according to nature and temperament were individually prescribed.
Shrila Prabhupada says, ‘‘A person is born in one of three categories, known as deva-gana, manushya-gana and rakshasa-gana. In different parts of the universe there are demigods and demons, and in human society also some people resemble demigods whereas others resemble demons.” (SB 9.18.23, purport)
By the 19th century personal hygiene was now held in great esteem, contrary to the Middle Ages when people seldom bathed, if at all. This practice was prolonged even in the Renaissance when clone perfumes were invented in France to cover the foul odors of the privileged and royal classes. Hygiene was and is deeply imbedded in the culture of India. There the brahmanas were accustomed to bathing thrice daily in order to maintain the high standard of cleanliness required for the performance of sacred ceremonies. The British imported these elevated standards of hygiene first and other nations followed. Some of the first advocates of hygiene like Philip Semmelweis came from the hospitals. He “discovered” that the likеlihood of disease is drastically reduced when a person is clean.
“The three transcendental qualifications—cleanliness, austerity and mercy—are the qualifications of the twice-born and the demigods. Those who are not situated in the quality of goodness cannot accept these three principles of spiritual culture.” (SB 3.16.22, purport
Another social change grew from the translation of Kama Sutra by the British explorer and attaché Richard Francis Burton. Contrary to current belief, the actual purpose of kama shastra is one of self-control. For example Kama Sutra begins with the admonishment that sexual relations are proscribed in three of four ashrams: brahmacahary, vanaprastha and sannyasa. Therefore the purpose of kama shastra is not to propogate illicit sex, but to control physical urges for procreation in the grihasta ashram. However, the Western mind imposed its own misunderstanding upon the Kama Sutra and painted India’s culture as one of unrestrained sense gratification. Misunderstood, the book inspired free exploitation of sexual activities that lead to many social changes not only in uncontrolled sexual partnerships but also indirectly gave birth to the feministic movements.
The new doctrines of the 19th century were tremendously influenced by the teachings of the East. Georg Friedrich Hegel, a German philosopher, explored the relationship of the mind and nature. Allan Kardec founded Spiritism which stated that the soul does not die with the so-called “death” of the body. Friedrich Nietzsche, the master of the “school of suspicion”, proved by his own example that over-intelligence leads to denial of God. Arthur Schopenhauer explored the nature of desires, and stated that desires cannot be satisfied unless one turns to a more renounced lifestyle. Vladimir Solovyov and Master Peter Dunov took some of the elements that they found in the Vedas and implemented them into Christianity. Helena Petrovna Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society intending to discover the Ultimate Truth through the help of Eastern philosophy. Sigmund Freud also used ideas found in the Vedas wherein it is clearly explained that the sexual urge is the underlying principle of material existence. Carl Jung developed the analytical philosophy and published his finding on the archetype or the Supersoul.
Science expanded its views in the area of observation as well. Thomas Edison developed the light bulb and the motion picture. The idea that light defines or makes our universe visible can be found in the Vedic texts as explained by Shrila Prabhupada in his purport to SB 2.9.4 “In the darkness one cannot see the sun, nor himself, nor the world. But in the sunlight one can see the sun, himself and the world around him.”

Alexander von Humboldt saw that the continents once were a joined land. Could his inspiration have originated from the story of King Priyavrata who divided the world into seven continents by his chariot?


“Maharaja Priyavrata lived with his wife and family for many thousands of years. The impressions from the rims of Maharaja Priyavrata’s chariot wheels created seven oceans and seven islands. Of the ten sons of Priyavrata, three sons named Kavi, Mahavira and Savana accepted sannyasa, the fourth order of life, and the remaining seven sons became the rulers of the seven islands.” (SB 5.1, Summary)
Nikolai Lobachevsky worked on the curving of space: a fact which occurs due to our limited sense organs, namely, the roundness of our eyes. His so-called “discoveries” bear his name to this day: Lobachevskian geometry. Bernhard Riemann put the basic for the theory of relativity in which everything can become relative depending of one’s point of observation:
Factually, (the Lord’s) appearance and disappearance are like the sun's rising, moving before us, and then disappearing from our eyesight. When the sun is out of sight, we think that the sun is set, and when the sun is before our eyes, we think that the sun is on the horizon. Actually, the sun is always in its fixed position, but owing to our defective, insufficient senses, we calculate the appearance and disappearance of the sun in the sky. And, because His appearance and disappearance are completely different from that of any ordinary, common living entity, it is evident that He is eternal, blissful knowledge by His internal potency — and He is never contaminated by material nature. BG 4.6 (Purport)
Léon Foucault worked on measuring the speed of light or other big masses like earth and space. These ideas to measure space and time are also taken from the Vedas:
Each and every planet within the universe travels at a very high speed. From a statement in Shrimad Bhagavatam it is understood that even the sun travels sixteen thousand miles in a second, and from Brahma-samhita we understand from the shloka, yach-chakshur esha savita sakala-graham that the sun is considered to be the eye of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, and it also has a specific orbit within which it circles. SB 4.12.39 Purport
Nikola Tesla has gained popularity today through his exploration in the studies of frequencies or the power of sound which was well known in the Vedas. As we devotees well know, the appropriate construction of sounds that are used for particular purposes is called mantras.
We can clearly see that the Vedic texts were translated not only in English but into many other languages in the 19th century. The translations did not credit the original writers like Shrila Vyasadeva, Narada Muni or even Lord Shri Krishna. Anyone possessed of a curious mind could find and read these translations and share these “new” ideas. In the 19th century—before TV, internet surfing, computer games and other time-robbing exploits we are heir to nowadays—societies for discussing novel philosophies, discoveries and ideas were popular. Usually, the progressive minds (including scientists, artists, musicians and philosophers) constituted the members of such clubs. The ideas were floating in the air and many took advantage of them. Some of them have admitted the great impact India, the keeper of the Vedas, had on them:
Albert Einstein stated, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made.”

 

Mark Twain admitted, “India is, the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.



 

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