Saturday, November 17, 2012

Reclaiming our History | Decoding the Ramayana: The *real* Shri Ram: Whether he was a "bad husband" and what is "Ram-Rajya"? (Part-IV)

Author's Note: Please visit - The 'Real' Ramayana/ Ram-Rajya - to read the other parts of this series, so as to be able to fully understand or grasp the contents of this one.

The picture that you see is of the 'Jetman'.

1. So, *how* do you think Shri Hanuman reached Lanka?

2. *What* do you think is meant by Hanuman's giant leap (300 miles) to Lanka? [Btw, ancient Lanka very likely was a much larger area than we see today, so the distance may have been somewhat shorter. Land may have been swallowed up by the corrosive action of the waters as well as other natural events.]

As we all know, Hanumanji was powerfully-built (his body was as hard and strong as a 'vajra', remember?), and therefore, an appendage (like a Jet-suit or a jet-propelled wing) could be strapped around his body, and with that in place, he could easily *leap* across to Lanka, a la the Jetman. A one-man Flying Machine in every sense of the word! [More: HERE.]

Hanuman was the finest pilot ('Pavan-putra', 'Vaayu-putra', 'Maruti') of his era, and the Ramayan clearly talks about a variety of aircraft (vimanas). The Jet-suit is just one of them. [There are references to 'Viman-ghar' or hangers - in our ancient texts. Their presence in ancient Lanka is mentioned as well.]

Yet, the one that inspired a succession of "man-s": the 'Superman', the 'Spiderman', the 'Batman'... and now the 'Jetman', is still being called 'monkey' or 'ape', and his feats dubbed as part of 'epics' and 'mythology'. Ha!

Also: perhaps they knew how to harness wind power or wind energy for flying purposes. The best wind - meaning the most powerful and constant wind - blows at high altitudes. And our ancients may have had the technology to harness electricity with it, apart from possessing sleeker, more efficient wind power generators than we can imagine. [Read: Link.]

[Do read: Part-I and Part-II to know who *really* was this great human: Shri Hanuman, and who really were the 'van-nar' and the 'Van-nar Sena' and what they achieved.

Btw, Shri Hanuman did not have a tail, it is a metaphor to indicate that the 'van-nar' or the "forest-dwelling human" of the 2nd era (or the Treta Yug) was not accepted by the rest of the humanity as "full-fledged human". The rest of the humanity (those that lived outside the forest) considered them (the 'van-nar' or the "forest-dwelling human") as part of the 'animal-world'; that is to say: as 'lesser' humans; and hence the (metaphoric) tail.

Shri Ram, along with Sita, Lakshman, Kaikeyi, Manthara, Shri Hanuman, Shri Sugriva and his 'Van-nar Sena', et al endeavoured to change this perception, so as to integrate the 'van-nar' or the "forest-dwelling human" with the rest of humanity. Shri Jambavan too played a major role.

Do read Part-III - to know who really was this other great human: Shri Jambavan.

The 2nd Pandav, Bheem, was the finest pilot of his era - the Dwapar Yug or the 3rd era. And hence, Bheem and Shri Hanuman are "brothers".]

3. Now, *how* do you think the 'Rakshasas' or the cannibalistic humans *flew* around at will?

Pretty much in the same manner, right?! All they had to do was to just strap on the Jet-suit (or a jet-propelled wing) and vroom!!! Wherever they wanted and whenever they wanted. Bingo! Plus: they had a variety of aircrafts (vimanas) at their disposal. Shri Hanuman's 'leap' was therefore not a 'physical leap' as we have been led to believe - but one that was achieved through the use of very advanced technology.

Note: The custom-built Jet-suit (or the jet-propelled wing) sported by the 'Jetman' weighs 55kg, has a wingspan of two metres, 4 engines and can exceed speeds of 200km/hr. It took ten years to develop and more than 15 prototypes.

The 52-year-old Yves Rossy, also known as 'Jetman', is known as "the first man in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing" - a feat achieved in: November 2006.

But... is he really the "first man in history to fly with a jet-propelled wing"? *What* do you think?

Frankly: what the self-proclaimed modern and 'developed world' has only somewhat managed to do 5000-years into the current and 4th era (the Kali Yug) is not new to us at all. 'Coz all this and much more was not only known and achieved (many times over) but also bettered by our ancients that lived in the 2nd era, the Treta yug - itself.

What a wondrous land was ancient India then!!

Given the variety of wondrous technologies that were at the disposal of our ancients (and which we, the moderns, have studiously ignored), I have no doubt in my mind that Shri Hanuman's Jet-suit or even the ones sported by the cannibalistic (or perhaps miscreant) humans (the 'Rakshasas') would have been far superior to what the modern 'Jetman' flaunts. Frankly: far, far superior. And the various aircrafts (vimanas) at their disposal were nothing like what we see today. They were far more advanced - in all respects.

I say this because: Shri Ram and his siblings were very clearly born as a result of IVF therapy.

... But it was a very advanced In Vitro Fertilization or IVF therapy/technology: where nothing was injected into the body via an operation or through the vagina. It could be ingested!

Clearly: 'modern science' is as yet unaware of such advanced medical science, which was known to our ancients in the 2nd era or the Treta Yug itself...!

What a wondrous land was ancient India then...!!

And to think all this and much more have been labeled variously as: 'epics', 'mythologies', 'scriptures' and the like...!!! *Sigh*

Should we still continue to take our ancient texts, that are nothing but a treasure-trove of wisdom and knowledge, and our ancient history, our pracheen itihasa - that of our ancestors - at face value?

The humans that preceded us - in the Satya Yug (the 1st era), the Treta Yug (the 2nd era) and the Dvapar Yug (the third era) - would have been very different from us, the modern humans of the 4th era or the Kali Yug. In every way: i.e. in appearance, height, strength, longevity, caliber, intelligence, intellect, perception, knowledge, science and technology, the arts, and so on and so forth. We 'moderns' - enslaved by our arrogance and a linear view of history - have failed to acknowledge all that.

Infact: We have done even better. We have simply refused to acknowledge them!

... Well, what can one say?


May Shri Hanuman bless us always and remove all difficulties (sankatmochan) from our lives:

manojavaM mArutatulya vegaM, jitendriyaM buddhimatAM varishThaM
vAtAtmajaM vAnarayuth mukhyaM, shri rAm dutaM sharaNaM prapadye

[Translated: I seek refuge (sharaNaM prapadye) in Shri Ram's Envoy (shri rAm dutaM); who is swift as thought (manojavaM), powerful and swift as the wind (mArutatulya vegaM), in control of his senses (jitendriyaM), supremely intelligent (buddhimatAM varishThaM), commander of the army of forest-dwellers (vAnarayuth mukhyaM), and son of the wind-god (vAtAtmajaM).]

Please note: the 'son' (putra) of the wind-god or Pavandev/Vaayudev/Marut = a metaphor. Shri Hanuman was the finest pilot of his era. ['Pavan-putra', 'Vaayu-putra' and 'Maruti' probably was to our ancients what 'pilot' is to us. Perhaps even: 'Vaayudoot'. Or 'Vaayudoot' could have been the name of a type or fleet of aircraft, or even of the 'air-force'.] Yes, the Ramayan clearly talks about various types of aircraft. The Ramayan is not 'mythology' or 'epic' but the comprehensive itihasa (history) of the 2nd era - the Treta Yug.

Jai Bajrangbali!

Here are some more pics of the 'Jetman':

(Do stay tuned…)

Picture: The 'Jetman' and Shri Hanuman ('leaping' across the ocean to Lanka.) Pic courtesy: Link.


  1. Now,i just talk about parallel universes out of my imagination.....does it mean that we really have parallel universes right now? At least have we discovered such things now till now? No.

    Valmiki had described various flights. Fine. But that doesnt substantiate that his ideas took shape....Even leo nardo davinci had drawn many of his ideas on flight but he didnt made them ..

  2. Coming out of the content....

    Please take my bow for the pains you take to write about minute things in such a detailed and comprehensive manner.....I may disagree with your opinions, but i would always be in the first bench in your class....

    Yes, am standing and clapping for you, Frenemy....

    And yes, i will continue my questions until my stack and heap gets emptied ....or until you ask me to stop bothering you....or until you write a book...

    And yeah,i would like to read about socialism from your perspective

  3. @Mahesh Kalaal: tvaaM dhanyaM vadaami. Dhanyavadagalu. Dhanyavadalu. Dhanyavad. Dhonnobad. :)

  4. Instead of IVF, could it not be that even the birth of shri Ram was dictored/amended in the later works?? For all we know, virgin births always form the basis for a prophet or an incarnation.. Take Jesus, or Moses.. Even Zoraster is said to come the same way!

    And as for the erotic description, i have a friend here in the hostel pursuing Sanskrit hon. (i respect his decision to study it in todays india.) i had him read to me the whole description in the ashok vatika .. It was an erotic description, no doubt. But (as much i have known from my writing experience...) it wasn't projected the way people percieve it as today.. (as you said.. That was a different yug n this is different.. ' and nigh the two can meet' !!
    Also we hail from the civilosation that gave kamasutra and the konark. Whats wrong with that anyway??

  5. @Abiral: Wherever technology has been used, and very advanced technology that is, the later translators and writers have got confused.

    I have clearly mentioned what ‘Agni’, ‘Yagna’ and ‘Yagnakunda’ meant w.r.t our ancient texts. Or what ‘curse’ meant.

    Ram and his siblings were not ‘virgin-birth’ or ‘fire-born’ – since they were gestated in the wombs of their respective mothers.

    [See the birth procedure of the Pandavas and the Kauravas, even that of Dhritarashtra, Pandu and Vidur or of Karana, Bheeshma, Draupadi, et al. Those were total ‘virgin-births’, i.e. no involvement of the human element – even in their gestation.]

    Our understanding and interpretation of the ‘Dasavatara’ is very off the mark.

    [Ram is not a prophet or ‘avatar’ in that sense. He is a king and a Chakravarti King at that. Though some efforts have gone into turning him into an ‘avatar’ of Vishnu – but that is thanks to ‘efforts’ of other people.]

    Ram predates all those you have mentioned.

    If we are to study the writings of our (ancient) greats with respect to technology, medicine, etc, there is no doubt (whatsoever) that they were far more advanced than we think or give them credit for.

    As for the erotic element: there are other descriptions too.

    Yes, we have the ‘Kama Sutra’ etc, but I am talking about Valmiki.

    His original narrative would very likely have been some to-the-point, dry stuff. In the sense: that he would have probably listed down some events, names, etc.; and of course the weaponry, et al.

    Other people down the line – in an effort to ‘flesh-it’ out and ‘contemporise’ it - have given it other ‘embellishments’. The result of this has been: that the story itself has taken on a different hue.

    As you can see by the: ‘Lakshman Rekha’ incident.

    Valmiki is unlikely to have witnessed what happened @ Ashok Vatika. And therefore, he is unlikely to have written much about it.

    These ‘fleshing out’ of the narratives are therefore the work of later ‘kavis’.

    In the process: humans have turned into monkeys, bears, and even birds…!

    And these sort of things help stage plays and street plays. Some centuries ago – given the situation we were under – people would not have understood technology or advanced medical science. So… the story has taken a detour.

    PS: Our ancient texts, including our ancient itihasa have influenced other writings – elsewhere.