Vedas and the speed of light

COLOUR AND SPEED OF LIGHT–AS PER VEDAS:In Rig veda, light is explained as a sorce of energy or source of our life. Nature of light as a wave or as a particle was not come into picture till late into the modern age, but in Rig Veda it is clearly mentioned that “Seven horses draw the chariot of the sun, tied by snakes”. Rig-veda 5. 45. 9 Above poetic verse speaks about the nature of light as being composed of 7 rays and the snake symbolizes it’s curved path. Now, these colors are actually described as red, orange, yellow, green, blue, Indigo and violet in the yoga sutras and the Vedic Upanishads. These colors was not discovered in western science till Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727 ) experimented to split light into it’s 7 colors by a prism. In Rigveda, following sloka’s state about the speed of light which is nearly about of modern value of 186,282.397 miles / seconds: “ Yojananam Dwe Dwe Shate Dwe Cha Yojane Aken Nimishardhena Krammana Namostute” (Rig-veda I,50-4) In the verse Sun light speed is measured with the help of units called Yojan & Nimesha.This verse explain that sunlight moves 2202 Yojans in Half Nimish. Taranir Vishvadarshato Jyotishkrdasi Surya | Vishvamaa Bhaasirochanam || Meaning: Oh Sun! (You) overwhelm all in speed, visible to all, source of light. (You) shine pervading the Universe.Sayanacarya’s Calculation for Speed of light (The commentary on the Rig-veda by Sayana (c. 13 15-1387), a minister and scholar par excellence in the court of King Bukka I of the Vijayanagar Empire in South India): In the Vedas, Yojana is a unit of distance and Nimisha is a unit of time. Distance travelled =2202 Yojanas 1 Yojana = 9 miles, 110 Yards =21,144.705 miles (Apprx) Time taken 1/2 nimesha = 0.114286 seconds(Apprx) Speed of light= 185,016.169 miles / seconds. Modern Value= 186,282.397 miles / seconds. Modern science claims the speed of light to be aproximately 186,282.397 miles / seconds Unit of Time: Nimesa Nimesa Definition as per Moksha dharma parva of Shanti Parva in Mahabharata 15 Nimisha = 1 Kastha 30 Kashta = 1 Kala 30.3 Kala = 1 Muhurta 30 Muhurtas = 1 Diva-Ratri (Day-Night) One Day-Night = 24 hours Unit of Distance: Yojana Yojana Definition as per “Vishnu Purana” 10 ParamAnus = 1 Parasúkshma 10 Parasúkshmas = 1 Trasarenu 10 Trasarenus = 1 Mahírajas 10 Mahírajas= 1 Bálágra 10 Bálágra = 1 Likhsha 10 Likhsha= 1 Yuka 1o Yukas = 1 Yavodara 10 Yavodaras = 1 Yava 10 Yava = 1 Angula 6 fingers = 1 Pada 2 Padas = 1 Vitasti 2 Vitasti = 1 Hasta 4 Hastas = a Dhanu, a Danda, or pauruSa (a man’s height), or 2 Nárikás = 6 feet 2000 Dhanus = 1 Gavyuti = 12000 feet 4 Gavyutis = 1 Yojana = 9.09 miles Now, you may also want to read… Color and speed of light ||It says sun light travels 2202 Yojanas in a half Nimesa. Yojana is an ancient unit of length. Arthasastra defines it as being equal to 8,000 dhanus, which is equivalent to 9 miles. A nimesa is an ancient unit of time that is equal to 16/75 seconds.

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