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Re: Theos-World India's ancient flying machines, the "vimanas":

Oct 08, 2000 09:16 AM
by Joleen D. Du Bois

Most of the "chariots" found in the paintings of N. Roerich are symbols of
the "Chalice." The Chalice is often times depicted as given to a "warrior" -
one of peace. For example Buddha, it is reported was given a Chalice, which,
after he died was then stored in Shamballa. History says that this
particular "Chalice," when it is given to a "messenger" ... contains the
teachings of the Kalachakra.

Joleen Du Bois

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Subject: Theos-World India's ancient flying machines, the "vimanas":

> The celestial chariots and such have a long history in the great
> epics
> of India. I came across a fascinating article on the subject and
> decided to share part of it. If there is interest I will share the
> remainder.
> The following is an excerpt from Dr. Gopalakrishna's article:
> In the Vedic literature of India, there are many descriptions of
> flying
> machines that are generally called vimanas. These fall into two
> categories:
> (l) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with the aid of
> birdlike
> wings, and (2) unstreamlined structures that fly in a mysterious
> manner and
> are generally not made by human beings. The machines in category (l)
> are
> described mainly in medieval, secular Sanskrit works dealing with
> architecture, automata, military siege engines, and other mechanical
> contrivances. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works
> such as
> the Rg Veda, the Maha-bha-rata, the Rama-yana, and the Pura-nas. In
> addition, there is one book entitled Vaima-nika-sa-stra that was
> dictated
> in trance during this century and purports to be a transcription of an
> ancient work preserved in the akashic record. This document gives an
> elaborate description of vimanas of both categories.
> In this chapter, I will survey some of the available literature on
> vimanas,
> beginning with the texts dating from late antiquity and the medieval
> period. The latter material is described in some detail by V.
> Raghavan
> in
> an article entitled "Yantras or Mechanical Contrivances in Ancient
> India."
> I will begin by discussing the Indian lore regarding machines in
> general
> and then turn to flying machines.
> Machines in Ancient and Medieval India
> In Sanskrit, a machine is called a yantra. The word yantra is defined
> in
> the Samarangana-sutradhara of King Bhoja to be a device that
> "controls
> and
> directs, according to a plan, the motions of things that act each
> according
> to its own nature." There are many varieties of yantras. A simple
> example
> would be the taila-yantra, a wheel that is pulled by oxen around a
> circular
> track to crush seeds and extract their oil. Other examples are
> military
> machines of the kind described in the Arthasastra of Kautilya,
> written
> in
> the 3rd century B.C. These include the sarvato-bhadra, a rotating
> wheel
> that hurls stones, the sara-yantra, an arrow-throwing machine, the
> udghatima, a machine that demolishes walls using iron bars, and many
> more.
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