|mars-news.de||June 10, 2002|
Spaceflight in the Mahabharata
The Mahabharata, the largest ancient Indian epos, is at least 2000 years old.
Now, read this text from
Vaicampayana said: "After the Lokopalas had gone away,|
Arjuna - that slayer of all foes -  began to think,
O monarch, of the car of Indra!
And as Gudakeça gifted with great intelligence was thinking of it,
the car endued with great effulgence and guided by Matali,
came dividing the clouds and illuminating the firmament
and filling the entire welkin with its rattle
deep as the roar of mighty masses of clouds.
Swords, and miscrias of terrible forms,|
and maces of frightful description,
and winged darts of celestial splendor,
and lightnings of the brightest effulgence,|
and Tutagudas furnished with wheels|
and worked with atmospheric expansion
and producing sounds loud as the roar of great masses of clouds,
were on that car.
And there were also on that car|
fierce and huge-bodied Nagas with fiery mouths,
and heaps of stones white as the fleecy clouds.
And the car was drawn by ten thousand horses of golden hue,|
endued with the speed of the wind.
And furnished with prowess of illusion,|
the car was drawn with such speed
that the eye could hardly mach its progress.
And Arjuna saw on that car the flag-staff called Vaijayanta,|
at blazing effulgence, resembling in hue the emerald or the dark blue lotus,
and decked with golden ornaments,
and straight as the bamboo.
And beholding a charioteer decked in gold seated on that car,|
the mighty-armed son of Pritha regarded it as
belonging to the celestials. [...]
Matali the charioteer of Cakra, hearing these words of Arjuna,|
soon mounted the car and
controlled the horses. [...]
Arjuna blazing like the sun itself,|
ascended the celestial car.
And the Kuru prince, gifted with great intelligence, with a glad heart,|
coursed through the firmament on that celestial car effulgent as the sun
and of extraordinary achievements.
And after he had become invisible to the mortals of the earth,
he behold thousands of cars of extraordinary beauty.
And in that region|
there was no sun or moon or fire to give light,
but it blazed in light of its own,
generated by virtue and ascetic merit.
And those brilliant regions|
that are seen from the earth in form of stars,
like lamps (in the sky) - so small in consequence fo their distance,
though very large - were beheld by the son of Pandu,
stationed in their respective places, full of beauty
and effulgence and blazing with splendor all their own. [...]
These, O son of Pritha, are virtous persons,|
stationed in their respective places.
It is there whom thou hast seen, O exalled one,
as stars from the earth!"
If you can read sanskrit, I would be very interested in a comment!|
Some resources on the Mahabharata:
|June 10, 2002|