“India –the land of the Vedas, the remarkable works contain not only religious ideas for a perfect life, but also facts which science has proved true. Electricity, radium, electronics, airship, all were known to the seers who founded the Vedas.” – Ella Wheeler
Many attempts have been made to explore and analyse the ancient scientific approach to be found in early Indian scriptures, especially the Vedas, which modern scientists term as the Vedic science. We can find a large number of verses, references, Sutras and materials presented in the ancient Vedic literature, which was indoctrinated more than three thousand years ago and reveal a much-advanced scientific content. The Vedas are along with the basic source of spirituality, the most important scriptures for cultural wealth and also for great scientific inventions much ahead of modern sciences.
This short article is meant to analyse the status of science in ancient India. The evidence of the history of Indian civilization is clearly available for more than five thousand years, and it is a mammoth job to list the development of Indian science in chronological order. But, it would suffice to mention the major scientific achievements in the Vedic age.
Every civilization that has advanced economically and socially owes its success to science and technology. India is proud to have one of the oldest civilizations in the world. Tracing back the chain of scientific achievements in ancient India, would give a clear hint as to how far our seers had gone in inventions to offer to the world.
Back in the ancient times, when some Indian seers were busy discovering the power of the Yoga, the Ayurveda and chanting of the Mantras, others were busy in exploring life and making scientific inventions that could seek the welfare of mankind. Flipping through the scriptures will substantiate the fact that modern inventions seem nothing but a rediscovery of the things that already existed in the Vedic era. But as there was no such thing as patent, the ancient sages documented their work in the Vedas only for future generations to read, analyse and extend. They do indicate that centuries before we set up our modern laboratories, our ancient scientists of India had advanced enormously in the field of science and technology.
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