I offer the following extracts from ‘Advanced concepts in Hinduism’ from the Internet. It is incredible that, way back in time, unknown people in Asia had speculated successfully, or had been told by extra-terrestrials, about matters we consider scientific; and that modern discoveries confirm some of these speculations. The following is an extract from the same site as the material below on the Vedas.
“Advanced Scientific Concepts in Hindu Literature:
Sphericity of Earth, Earth as Flat at poles, Sun the center of the Solar System, Atoms, Universal Time Scale, The Expanding Egg, Concept of Trinity, Hundred thousandths of a second, Airplanes, Description of Tides, Botany and Biology, Electricity and others.”
The material below offers a commentary on the Vedas, ancient writings.
“The Vedas have guided Indian civilization for thousands of years. They are the pillars of Hinduism. ‘Veda is the source of all Dharma’ declares Manusmirti (2.6.) There is no major religion on the planet, which has not been influenced by the Vedas. The creation stories of all major religions are based on Vedas. Though all other religions have forgotten their Vedic root or have been forgotten, there is one religion, Hinduism, that has kept the flame of the Vedic wisdom burning continuously. Vedas which means ‘knowledge’ contain a good deal of scientific knowledge that was lost over millennia, which needs to be recovered. The Vedic sages had discovered the subtle nature of reality, and had coded it in the form of the Vedas.”
“According to Raja Ram Mohan Roy, author of Vedic Physics, “The knowledge contained in the Vedas is very abstruse, and is well beyond the comprehension of ordinary human beings. Therefore Vedic sages coded the knowledge in a simple form in which it could be understood by everyone. The Rig Veda itself testifies that it has a hidden meaning in verse 4.3.16. Sage Bharata in his Natyasastra 2.23 refers to the sages who knew the hidden meaning of the Vedas. This coding of knowledge proved to be very successful in disseminating the knowledge to common folks. This would also explain why extraordinary steps were taken to preserve the Vedas, and the honor given to the Vedas by Hindus, even though its meaning is little understood today. “On the eve of the “Mahabharata War” our ancestors believed that their knowledge was in danger of being lost. They could have written it down, but writings could be destroyed. Therefore, it was memorized and passed on orally. Today, the Avesta, religious scripture of ancient Iranians, only a fraction of it is available. Alexander captured Iran in 326 B.C. and after a bloody war, destroyed each copy of the Avesta available.”
“As in modern physics, Hindu cosmology envisaged the universe as having a cyclical nature. The end of each kalpa brought about by Shiva’s dance is also the beginning of the next. Rebirth follows destruction.”
Author Dick Teresi says “Indian cosmologists, the first to estimate the age of the earth at more than 4 billion years. They came closest to modern ideas of atomism, quantum physics, and other current theories. India developed very early, enduring atomist theories of matter. Possibly Greek atomistic thought was influenced by India, via the Persian civilization.”
Apart from the reference to Alexander (who allegedly wondered whether he had been sired by a god), it is fascinating that advanced understanding was available to us so far back in history. Surely it does not matter whether the relevant information was home-grown (by whom or where), or given to us by extra-terrestrials.