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Science behind 108 beads: II

The more we delve into our ancient texts, the more we are amazed at the insight yogis of yore had into the immutable laws of science.

india Updated: Mar 10, 2004 16:56 IST

Let us now explore further the interconnectedness of natural scientific laws and ancient yogic science. The more we delve into our ancient sacred texts, the more we are amazed at the deep insight that the yogis of yore had into the immutable laws of science.

It is only in the past few hundred years that the West has come up with, according to them, mind-blowing scientific facts. When we compare their knowledge with that contained in the ancient scientific treatises, we realize that they seem to have caught up on science very recently. In fact, till only about six to seven hundred years ago, they believed that the sun travelled around the Earth, to give us night and day.

While the Western scientists can only lay claim to the Universe having existed for about six thousand years, our Yogic sages have always maintained that the Omniverse is billions of years old. In fact, the Puranas, which are treatises written thousands of years ago, give a beautiful description of how the Earth along with the solar system, was formed.

It was from the eternal womb of eternity, through the Thought and Will of our Creator, that a lotus shaped vortex emerged. This gaseous matter then coalesced into the present solar system. The description of this enormous gaseous cloud likens it to an ocean of milk, or the Kshir Sagar.

Now, as we know it, the ancient yogis did not have any sophisticated scientific instruments to measure the astronomical distances of the Heavens.

The Rig Veda, one of the holiest texts of the Hindu tradition, declares, "With deep respect, I bow to the sun, who travels 2202 yojanas in half a nimesha." If we calculate the distance the sun travels in 8/75 seconds, (the nimesha is 16/75 of a second), we can get the same result as the Western scientists got. A yojana is nine miles, and nine times 2202, multiplied by 75/8 seconds, gives us a figure of 185,794 miles per second. Phew! That is so very close to the figure of 186000 miles per second, that our scientists, with all their sophisticated instruments could calculate. Isn't this the most amazing coincidence that we could ever fathom?

Reverting to the importance of the sacred number 108, we now know that the distance between the sun and the Earth is approximately 108 times the sun's diameter.

Again, the distance between the Earth and the moon is 108 times the moon's diameter. And the diameter of the sun is approximately 108 times that of the diameter of the Earth!

Now if we read these facts correctly, it shouts to us that God, in His wisdom, used the figure 108 to formulate exact positions and sizes of our solar system.

Now, eight plus one gives us nine, and twelve times nine gives us a hundred and eight. Base 12 is the fountainhead of all the maths of the Universe, and nine is the number of completion, so we have our own solar system completed through these two numbers, and their multiples.

The accuracy with which the Universe is presented to us, not only the part that we can see, but also through the vast stretches of eternity, leave us dumbfounded at the precision with which the Heavenly structures have been set up.

I bow to the Master of all Master Scientists! I send my adoration to the Supreme Architect!

Part I