Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Myth of the 'Vedic Age'!

I wonder when I see all the time the Vedicist scholars of the modern day, even IIT'ans relate advanced mathematics and other sciences to the Vedic times. I wonder what Vedic times they speak about? Is there any historical proof that shows the particular era was the Vedic times? 

To call Vedic times it should be assumed that the Vedicism was spread almost in all parts of the country. We must then admit that the scholars of every branch were Vedics. There should be no hesitation in admitting to the facts if they are proven, at the least to some extent. 

But what facts tell us?

a. Vedas originated in ancient Iran around about 1500 BC.

b. Entry of the Vedic religion in this country was around about 1000 BC.

c. Mature Indus Civilisation's attested period is 2600 BC.

d. The Vedics sought the first refuge in the valley of Indus and then moved towards Kuru-Panchal and Videha region. Later they established in Magadha where they had to face tremendous resistance from Lokayats, Jainism and Buddhism. (6th Century BC) It took another four to six hundred years for the Vedics to come out of the setback and spread throughout the country by way of the conversions. It was a slow process. Hence till second century AD, Vedic religion remained in obscurity. 

e. Vedas and early Vedic literature in itself don't contain any science or scientific view. Their mathematical knowledge was rudimentary and limited to the construction of the fire altars.

f. We do not find the trace of any Vedic element, even the language, on the numismatic or inscriptions across the country beginning from sixth Century BS till First century AD. 

g. It is proven beyond doubt that the creation of the major three darshans, Upanishads and Agamic literature can not be linked with the Vedic tradition and some of them are anterior to Vedas.

iron artifacts

h. Long before Vedic entry in India, in 2000 BC, Indians already had invented the iron and were making implements from them including scientific devices like one that to draw the circle. (Refer to the excavations in Gangetic region)  Vedas did not know iron till they came in India. Indus civilization is known for it architectural advancements and manufacture of specialty goods and metal works. Without the scientific background, this is not possible. This does mean that the Indians were far advanced long before the Vedics entered Indian subcontinent. 

i. If at all there was any Vedic era that was during Gupta reign when the Vedic religion got royal patronage and a chance to spread their religion by polluting the history. But we still do not find any advancement in the science that can be termed as "Vedic". The tradition of the science of metallurgy, architecture, shipbuilding, textile etc. finds it advanced stage right from 2600 BC till later era which has nothing to do with the Vedic tradition. 

j. Few Vedic mathematicians indeed did emerge, like Aryabhata, Varahmihira etc. who substantially contributed to the mathematics but the ground already was prepared by the Hindus i.e. the people following traditional non-Vedic religion.  

k. None of the reputed and revered Vedic god ever reached to the high esteem in India. This clearly indicates that the Vedic age is a carefully nourished myth. 

Hence, the objection is referring to the Vedic age when it was nonexistent prior to second century AD. Later also, though the Vedics gradually became socially dominant because of the converts and royal patronages, still 85% of the Hindu populace kept on following their own religion and ritualistic practices. Vedics could not extinguish the Hindu religion though they hated it. Till this date, Hindus are adhering to their own religion though they have psychologically accepted the Vedic supremacy! The constant propaganda about the sanctity of the Vedas and fire sacrifices helped them penetrate the psyche of the general masses. However, there is no reason to believe ever there was era Vedic era and that the all scientific advancements belong to them! 

India had achieved monumental advancement millenniums before the Vedic religion was founded! They came to India as refugees, not as the conqueror. The foreign dynasties like Kushans even do not acknowledge their existence! You may refer to the Rabtak inscription of Kanishka to know this very fact. Is there any physical proof that can substantiate their claim of the Vedic Age? 

But they have a web of speakers. They have a bunch of the intellectual goons that so faithfully distort the history and proofs to misguide and misinform the Hindus so that the illusion of the Vedic supremacy remains unshaken even in the modern era.  

The tragedy is Hindus do not much take interest in the cultural and religious history for their strife for survival and fighting with the odds. They are the majority and yet intellectually influenced by the alien religion because of the constant Vedic propaganda and apathy towards the schemes those Vedics have been designing all the time to ensure their reign over them. 

There was nothing as called as Vedic science. To term any science as Vedic you need to prove that the unbroken tradition of all the branches of old science were introduced, commanded and practiced by them for the benefit of the intellectual paupers! There is not a single instance to prove that! Still, they brag on every platform about "Vedic achievements" and "Glory of the Vedic forefathers!". Yes, there were some extraordinary intellectuals among them also, but they were not originators of any. Most of the later Vedic philosophy is a reaction to the Hindu philosophy! 

The history evidences how they hijacked even the local deities like Vitthala and Tirupati. Attempts to hijack Shiva and Shakti are ancient and yet we find their antagonism towards both the major deities of the Hindu religion. Examples are many. They hijacked deities, philosophy and the cultural ethos of the Hindus making them inferior before them when they were not! This is time to stop all these practices and abandon the psychological burden that is created by the Vedics for their selfish motives.

-Sanjay Sonawani

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