It was another chaotic morning in frustrating traffic, Fabulas with lots of honking and cursing but not much progress. My daughter then announced her brilliant plan: “Amma, I’m going to build a Flying Horse that will keep us inside and soar above all of this traffic.” Two buttons will be on it, one of which will open the wings. We press another button to close the wing doors once we are inside. How will it know when and which way to fly, I wondered. We’ll only tell the horse, it’ll understand, she said in answer.
At that point, it dawned to me that she may have drawn inspiration from the “Pushpaka Vimana” from the Ramayana, one of the two well-known Indian epics; this Flying Flowery vehicle is employed by Raavan, the villain, to kidnap Sita, the female heroine, in the well-known tale. Back then, bedtime stories were from the Ramayana.
I observed over the following few days that my children produced fantastic science fiction content. Anguished, “I wish I had a time-machine and a magic mirror to show you what REALLY happened!” was how one sibling quarrel even ended. She initiated it!
This intrigued me, so I made the decision to research how many of the weird occurrences we hear about in those myths and fairy tales are actually true. They actually make for a quite intriguing pile. So let’s begin:
THE FLOWERY VEHICLE OR PUSHPAKA VIMANA is a mythological allusion. The Pushpaka Vimana was a swan-shaped flying item with sufficient intelligence to determine its whereabouts only by reading the thoughts of the “pilot.” Sita was forced to be mounted on this incredible item, and Ravana rapidly transported her quite a distance away from her husband, Rama.
1. Modern science:
This device can be compared to modern airplanes and spacecraft. Despite the automation of the flight control and management systems, our flights today still need a pilot to pilot them. In-depth scientific explanations of how several of these ancient references have inspired contemporary flying technologies are provided in this History Channel movie. Flights can’t quite read the thoughts of the pilots just yet! Only now is the military starting to work on this feature.
2. NON-LINEAR TIME:
Mythological Reference: King Raivata traveled to another realm with his daughter Revathi to meet the creator Brahma. He stays there for a day, but when he comes back, he discovers that thousands of years have passed on earth. A well-known Japanese myth describes a guy by the name of Urashima Taro who traveled beneath the water and stayed there for three days. When he came back, 300 years had passed, all of his kin had passed away, and his home remained in ruins.
Current Science: Non-linear time dilation and its connection to light speed and spatial motion form the basis of Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. The recent blockbuster film Interstellar brought this idea back into the spotlight (The movie also begins with saying the space ship landed from New Delhi, India). It’s explained in more detail in this Science TV video. We still have a long way to go before completely understanding this.
3. WOMB LEARNING:
Mythological Reference: Son of the brave warrior Arjuna is Abhimanyu. While his wife is expecting Abhimanyu, Arjuna extols the virtues of a specific military tactic. He merely reveals the first half of the technique before stopping when he notices that his wife has fallen asleep. Abhimanyu never had the opportunity to learn it during his lifetime, and his incomplete knowledge of the secret motivated him to give his life in the Mahabharata war (An Indian epic).
Science Today: Annie Murphy, scientist Paul has dedicated her life to the study of fetal origins, which tracks how environmental factors affect an unborn child’s future physical, mental, and even emotional health. The importance of this field of study is highlighted in this TED Talk, which emphasizes how the fetal journey is just as crucial to a child’s personality development as early infancy. She discusses what we learn even before we are born in her book Origins. It’s hardly surprising that there are many yoga and meditation studios for expectant mothers who support mindful conception as much as conscious parenting.
Mythological Reference: A charioteer named Sanjaya is given the ability to observe the battleground’s events as they unfolded and report them to the blind monarch Dritharashtra during the Mahabharata, the second Indian epic.
Current Science: In today’s world, it is no longer a miracle to be able to view an event live from another continent. This is something that television, a game-changer, does for us. Sanjaya might be compared to any reporter covering the event in real time (in this case, a war).
5. USING HERBS AS MEDICINE:
mythological allusion Lakshmana, Rama’s brother, was defeated by Raavan’s son in a horrifying brawl, according to the Ramayana narrative. The monkey god Hanuman is tasked with bringing the plant known as Sanjeevani, which means “The giver of life” in Sanskrit. To find the plant, he travels all the way to the Himalayas. He is not a doctor himself, hence he is unable to identify the herb. He therefore transports the entire mountain to the physician, who then selects the plant and attends to Lakshmana.
It is no secret that the Himalayas are home to some of the most elusive medicinal plants utilized in the well-known branch of medicine known as Ayurveda. The Sanjeevini itself may have been discovered in the treacherous Himalayan peaks, according to this article. The “wonder-plant” Rhodiola boosts resistance, aids in climatic adaptation, and even has radio-protective properties (which is undoubtedly useful during a war! Additionally, mountainous regions of Central Asia, Europe, and the Arctic contain Rhodiola Rosia.
Mythical Reference The creation of Rama’s sons is the subject of a legend. Sita relocates to Sage Valmiki’s ashram where she gives birth to Luv. Sita retires to her room and leaves Luv in the sage’s care one afternoon. Sage Valmiki enters a state of deep meditation, and when he awakens, he notices Luv has vanished. He immediately fashions a copy of Luv out of a grass blade known as Kusha out of his fear that Sita will be upset. The replica is known as Kush. Later, Luv is discovered, and the pair become known as the Luv-Kush team.
Cloning is a startling fact in today’s science. The National Bioethics Advisory Commission (NBAC) of the United States has been examining the intricate problems that surround this contentious topic since early 1997, according to this medical study paper on stem cell research and cloning. When reporting to (Former) President Clinton in 1997, NBAC came to the opinion that a ban on human cloning would be prudent.
7. TEST TUBE BABIES:
Mythical allusion The 100 enemies Kauravas grow as embryos outside of their mother’s womb in the Indian epic Mahabharata. After the gestation period, all 100 of them are born as completely formed infants.
Science Today: In Vitro Fertilization and Test Tube Babies
Today, tube births are a common substitute for normal conception. This video explains the procedure that is similar to the occurrence that was previously discussed.
8. OPTIC ILLUSIONS:
Mythical Reference The mystical Pandava palace, known as the “Palace of Illusions,” is described in the Mahabharata. Nothing in the Palace was as it seemed. Walls were permeable, and what appeared to be empty spaces actually included walls. What appeared to be a safe plank was actually water, and the water-pool was walkable.
Science of today: According to this TrendHunter article, illusory architecture is now a reality and includes optical-illusion walkthroughs and enchanted staircases.
9. WATER-RESISTANCE AND YOGA:
Mythological Reference The antagonist in the Mahabharata epic, Duryodhana, is a master of the “water-resistance” or “Jalastaambana” technique. He meditates underwater to develop extraordinary strength, flexibility, and agility before his decisive encounter with his foe Bheema.
Current Science The Guinness Book of World Records has a Frenchman who has been practicing yoga continuously for 43 years and controlling his breathing underwater. He exhibits incredible flexibility and mental fortitude.
10. SATURN’S MOVEMENT:
Mythological Reference Saturn is personified in Indian mythology and astrology as having a limp and a blue physique, which stops him from moving quickly. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are the planets that are close enough to a person’s horoscope to have an effect. Saturn’s transition is supposed to take the longest, lasting seven and a half years. By focusing on Saturn’s negative influence, several stories illustrate this enduring influence.
Current Science: Saturn’s orbit around the Sun, which is the slowest of the powerful planets named above, takes around 29.5 earth years (10767.5 earth days). Pride of India, Samskrita Bharathi (reference)
11. HOW FAR THE SUN IS FROM THE EARTH:
mythological allusion According to an Indian myth, Hanuman (the monkey god) thought the setting Sun looked like a tempting fruit and flew there, only to be let down. The Hanuman Chalisa, a well-known story-chant, also makes reference to this incident mathematically.
The distance he traveled to reach the Sun is indicated by the phrases “Jug Sahasra Yojan Par Bhanu.”
1 Jug is equal to 12000 years, 1 Sahasra is equal to 1000 years, and 1 Yojan is equal to 8 miles, so 12000*1000*8 = 9,60,00,000 miles, or 15,36,00,000 km.
Current Science According to reports, the Sun and Earth are separated by about 150,000,000 km.
12. Fabulas LEECHES ARE USED IN TREATMENT
Mythological Reference: According to an Indian myth, a broad-chested guy with leeches in one hand and herbs in the other appeared when the great Ocean was churned. Dhnvanthari, the father of medicine, notably Ayurveda, was his given name. To this day, some well-known temples in South India still house this representation of the “first doctor.”
Current Science: Classified as Live Medical Devices, leeches are increasingly seen as a radical therapy method. The FDA approved Leech Therapy’s usage for medicinal purposes in 2004. (Reference: Samskrita Bharathi’s Pride of India)
13. Fabulas SURROGATE MOTHERHOOD:
Fabulas Mythical allusion According to the Mahabharata, Devaki, Balarama’s biological mother, let Rohini access to her womb in order to protect the kid from her evil brother Kamsa.
Gestational surrogacy is a commonly acknowledged modern alternative to natural conception.
14. Fabulas AEROSPACE WAR:
Fabulas mythological allusion The epic last battle of the Mahabharata resembled an atomic conflict. The “Brahmastra,” a weapon used by Brahma, was reputed to be extraordinarily powerful and capable of producing explosions that were brighter than “thousand Suns.” People’s loss of hair and nails after the conflict is mentioned as evidence that weapons of mass devastation were definitely employed.
Modern science: Dr. Oppenheimer, the man who invented the atomic bomb, cites the Bhagavad Gita and the Mahabharata as his sources of inspiration. Massive devastation and radioactive material traces were discovered. When asked by a student if the bomb that went off at Alamogordo was the first in modern times, Dr. Oppenheimer responded, Fabulas “In Modern Times, of course!”
15. Fabulas SEX CHANGE:
Mythological Allusion According to an Indian myth, when Vishnu, the Protector of the Trinity, assumed the female form of Mohini, Shiva (The Destroyer), who represents destruction, fell in love with her. A son born of their union later killed another monster.
Science Today: In today’s science, we learn about Fabulas or “miracle stories” of males having children after undergoing hormone therapy and sex change procedures. From the story, where a male entirely changes into a woman and gives birth, there is still a long way to go. Women can still alter their sex and retain their female reproductive organs in order to successfully carry a kid to term.
THE IMPORTANCE OF Fabulas
The question of whether these tales are only the products of the author’s imagination or contain elements of technical skill is one that is Fabulas frequently debated. We would go to our scientists and archeologists to provide an answer to this question. (A few of the aforementioned references imply sound technical understanding.) But that is a different issue ( perhaps another post).
What counts is the Fabulas chance that these tales will set off sparks all over their tiny skulls. What counts is how similar connections may be drawn across different civilizations and mythological settings.
Fabulas Next time, don’t end your sentence with “Once Upon a Time, Long Long Ago.” Join the dots with them to their present and future selves! And who knows, maybe by the time I have grandchildren, my tiny private horse will actually materialize!
Fabulas After all, didn’t Einstein say, “Read fairy tales to your children if you want them to be bright. Read them more fairy tales if you want them to be smarter.