In the age of modern science and technology, often the legends recorded on the pages of epics and scriptures are seen from the lens of mysticism and impracticality. However, as a matter of fact, the writings in these repositories epitomise the real heights and advancements of science and technology. This statement holds valid in the light of the fact that over the period of time as modern science has advanced, many aspects of these ancient writings have been found perfectly scientific and logical, that too of fine stature. Moreover, where there are numerous instances of the theories and revelations of modern science being proven incorrect or incomplete, there, the legitimacy of the revelations in these texts of wisdom stands unchallengeable. This section will unfold the scientific and logical angle behind the tales and legends as mentioned in these texts, which have been generally considered as fiction. It will indeed unveil the richness of these ancient texts from the perspective of reasoning and authenticity.
Let's move to the time frame when, after all possible attempts to reconcile failed, it was finally decided that a massive battle of Mahabharata will take place between the Kauravas and the Pandavas to resolve the feud. At that time, the blind King Dhritarashtra expressed his desire to know about the happenings in the battlefield. The Mahabharata (Bhishma Parva, Chapter 2, verse 10) says that considering the King ' surge, Sanjaya (Dhritarashtra's trusted counsellor and attendant) was provided with the faculty of distant vision by sage Ved Vyasa. The sage said to the king– Sanjaya will give the description of all the incidents of the war. Nothing in the battlefield will go unseen or unheard by him. Whether an incident occurs before his eyes or behind his back, during the day or night, concealed or in public, and whether it manifests in the form of an action or appears only in thought– he will know them all in their exact form. Neither the weapons or arrows will hit him nor will he feel tired.
As stated in the epic of Mahabharata, Sanjaya then narrated to the king the entire scene through the power conferred on him by the sage– the way the armies took their position, who all participated in the war and when, their actions and reactions, etc. Although, both of them remained inside the palace, far away from the battleground.
Now, what was that power which enabled Sanjaya to see and hear what was happening in the distant battlefield?
As an answer, we come across several notions that are today beheld by the rational, logical, and analytical minds. Let's take a glance of these versions:
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