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How did Aryabhata change the world?

BY : Jahnu Das

He didn’t.

Aryabhata was an early, Vedic astronomer, who lived long before any Western astronomer. He was active 4–500 years after Christ. He may have revolutionized astronomy and inspired later European astronomers.

So despite the fact that sciences like mathematics and astronomy were known and used in the ancient Vedic culture, even at a time when the Europeans were at the so-called stone-age level, has it changed the world? Not at all.

The main problems of the material world at any given time, past or present, are still birth, death, old age, and disease, and these problems will remain so in the future. And there is nothing science can do about it.

Of course, in earlier ages when the planet was governed by Vedic kings, people lived longer, were less sick etc. but they still had to grow old and die. There is no solution to the basic problems of living in a material body, except a spiritual on.

The spiritual solution is to get out of samsara - the endless cycle of birth and death, and return home, back home to Godhead.

The Vedas direct:

tamasi ma jyotir gama

"Don't remain in the darkness. Come out to the light."

—Brihad-aranyaka Upanisad 1.3.28

Advocates of science like to claim that right now, due to the advancement of science, people have never lived longer and happier lives. But that is a load of baloney. It’s false propaganda.

Factually, in the present age of Kali, people have never lived shorter and more miserable lives than they do at this point in history.

That’s predicted in the Puranas.

Suta Goswami says:

O learned one, in this iron Age of Kali men almost always have but short lives. They are quarrelsome, lazy, misguided, unlucky and, above all, always mentally disturbed. —SB 1.1.10

Srila Prabhupada explains:

The devotees of the Lord are always anxious for the spiritual improvement of the general public. When the sages of Naimisaranya analyzed the state of affairs of the people in this Age of Kali, they foresaw that men would live short lives. In Kali-yuga, the duration of life is shortened not so much because of insufficient food but because of irregular habits.

By keeping regular habits and eating simple food, any man can maintain his health. Overeating, over–sense gratification, overdependence on another's mercy, and artificial standards of living sap the very vitality of human energy. Therefore the duration of life is shortened.

The people of this age are also very lazy, not only materially but in the matter of self-realization. The human life is especially meant for self-realization. That is to say, man should come to know what he is, what the world is, and what the supreme truth is.

Human life is a means by which the living entity can end all the miseries of the hard struggle for life in material existence and by which he can return to Godhead, his eternal home. But, due to a bad system of education, men have no desire for self-realization. Even if they come to know about it, they unfortunately become victims of misguided teachers.

In this age, men are victims not only of different political creeds and parties, but also of many different types of sense-gratificatory diversions, such as cinemas, sports, gambling, clubs, mundane libraries, bad association, smoking, drinking, cheating, pilfering, bickerings, and so on.

Their minds are always disturbed and full of anxieties due to so many different engagements. In this age, many unscrupulous men manufacture their own religious faiths, which are not based on any revealed scriptures, and very often people who are addicted to sense gratification are attracted by such institutions. Consequently, in the name of religion so many sinful acts are being carried on that the people in general have neither peace of mind nor health of body.

The student (brahmachari) communities are no longer being maintained, and householders do not observe the rules and regulations of the grihastha-asrama. Consequently, the so-called vanaprasthas and sannyasis who come out of such grihastha-asramas are easily deviated from the rigid path. In the Kali-yuga the whole atmosphere is surcharged with faithlessness. Men are no longer interested in spiritual values.

Material sense gratification is now the standard of civilization. For the maintenance of such material civilizations, man has formed complex nations and communities, and there is a constant strain of hot and cold wars between these different groups.

It has become very difficult, therefore, to raise the spiritual standard due to the present distorted values of human society. The sages of Naimisaranya are anxious to disentangle all fallen souls, and here they are seeking the remedy from Srila Suta Gosvami.


14 comentarios

22 abr 2020

Great one

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Hasnain Zahid
Hasnain Zahid
21 abr 2020

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Naman Mathur
Naman Mathur
21 abr 2020

Nicely Written

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