of The Gods
Von Daniken author of the International Bestseller book, Chariots
of The Gods, writes:
For example, how did the chronicler of the Mahabharata know that a weapon
capable of punishing a country with a twelve years' drought could exist? And
powerful enough to kill the unborn in their mothers womb? This ancient Indian
epic, the Mahabharata, is more comprehensive than the Bible, and even at a
conservative estimate its original core is at least 5,000 years old. It is well
worth reading this epic in the light of the present day knowledge.
shall not be surprised when we learn in the Ramayana
that Vimanas, i.e. flying machines, navigated at great heights with the aid of
quicksilver and a great propulsive wind. the Vimanas could cover vast, distances
and could travel forward, upward and downward. Enviably maneuverable space
quotation comes from the translation by N. Dutt
in 1891: "At Rama's behest the magnificent chariot rose up to a mountain of
cloud with a tremendous din.." We cannot help noticing that not only is a
flying object mentioned again but also that the chronicler talks of a tremendous
is another passage from the Mahabharata: "Bhisma 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." ( C.Roy 1899).
imagination needs something to start off. How can the chronicler give
descriptions that presuppose at least some idea of rockets and the knowledge
that such a vehicle can ride on a ray and cause a terrifying thunder?
numerical data in the Mahabharata are so precise that one gets the impression
that the author was writing from first-hand knowledge. Full of repulsion, he
describes a weapon that could kill all warriors who wore metal on their bodies.
If the warriors learned about the effect of this weapon in time, they tore off
all the metal equipment they were wearing, jumped into a river, and washed
everything they were wearing, and everything they had come in contact with very
thoroughly. Not without reason, as the author explains, for
the weapons made the hair and nails fall out. Everything living, he
bemoaned, became pale and weak.
Mahabharata says: "Time is the seed of the Universe."
the Samarangana Sutradhara whole chapters
are devoted to describing airships whose tails spout fire and quicksilver.
passage from the Mahabharata is bound to
make us think:
was as if the elements had been unleashed. The sun spun round. Scorched by the
incandescent heat of the weapon, the world reeled in fever. Elephants were set
on fire by the heat and ran to and fro in a frenzy to seek protection from the
terrible violence. The water boiled, the animals died, the enemy was mown down
and the raging of the blaze made the trees collapse in rows as in a forest fire.
The elephants made a fearful trumpeting and sank dead to the ground over a vast
area. Horses and war chariots were burnt up and the scene looked like the
aftermath of a conflagration. Thousands of chariots were destroyed, then deep
silence descended on the sea. The winds, began to blow and the earth grew
bright. It was a terrible sight to see. The corpses of the fallen were mutilated
by the terrible heat so that they no longer looked like human beings. Never
before have we seen such a ghastly weapon and never before have we heard of such
a weapon. (C. Roy 1889).
of The Gods - By Erich Von Daniken p. 56 - 60). For more on Mahabharata, refer to chapter on Hindu
Scriputres, War in Ancient India
For more refer to chapter on